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[[caption-width-right:350:They aren't [[AceCombat5 Ghosts of Razgriz]], but they can certainly [[WeDoTheImpossible perform great feats]] (from left to right: [[CommunicationsOfficer Lightning Bolt]], [[ActionMom Derpy]], [[TheHero Rainbow Dash]], [[TheLeader Firefly]], [[PluckyGirl Cloud Kicker]], [[TagalongKid Medley]], [[TheHeart Fluttershy]].]]
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--> ''"We’re in for a wild flight."''

A mini-series of CrossOver fanfics by Tropers/PolishValsion[[note]] otherwise known as [[http://www.youtube.com/SonicTheHedgehog17 SonicTheHedgehog17]][[/note]] that combines WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic with the AceCombat video game series.

In the first story, '''''Ace Combat: The Equestrian War''''', the griffins prepare an invasion on Equestria and a team of brave pegasus ponies (Firefly, Rainbow Dash, Lightning Bolt, Cloud Kicker, Fluttershy, Derpy and Medley), known as "Mirage" squadron, is attempting to protect their land and mount a comeback.

While not a direct adaptation of any Ace Combat game, the story uses a lot of references to the [[AceCombat04 Playstation]] [[AceCombatZero 2]] [[AceCombat5 titles]], as well as AceCombat6 and the latest [[AceCombatAssaultHorizon Assault Horizon]].

[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/24736/Ace-Combat%3A-The-Equestrian-War The complete story is here]].

In the sequel, titled '''''Ace Combat: Wings of Unity''''', a group of ponies, descendants of those who were exiled from Equestria by Princess Celestia long ago for their dangerous behaviour and experiments, seeks to return and exact revenge on the princess. The story is currently being written and [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/114356/ace-combat-wings-of-unity can be read here.]]

There is also a spin-off story, '''''Ace Combat: Gryphon Wings''''', which deals with events that happen between the two conflicts from the perspective of [[HeroOfAnotherStory Black Star]], as he struggles with his own problems and tries to fight a major threat to the Griffin Kingdom. This story [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/116859/ace-combat-gryphon-wings can be read here]].

[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Character sheet]] can be found [[Characters/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles here.]]


!!Common tropes featured in the stories:
* AFriendInNeed: Rainbow Dash helps Firefly adjust to a new situation in the first few chapters of ''The Equestrian War''. She also goes on a solo mission to rescue Applejack in chapter 6.
* [[AcePilot Ace Fliers]]: On the pony side, there is Mirage squadron and the Wonderbolts. The griffins have the Aquilla squadron in the spin-off ''Gryphon Wings''.
* AdaptationalBadass: Several ponies, especially the ones flying in Mirage squadron. From characters who had little screen time and next to no words spoken in the show, they're given distinct personalities and traits.
* AdultFear: Derpy is constantly fearing for Dinky's safety in both ''The Equestrian War'' and ''Wings of Unity''.
* TheAlliance: Equestrian Allied Forces (EAF)
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: In ''The Equestrian War'', the griffins [[spoiler: besiege Canterlot]] from chapter 15 to 17. Earlier, in chapter 8, they [[spoiler: take over Cloudsdale. It remains theirs until it's recaptured in chapter 14]].
** [[spoiler: Canterlot is actually taken over by the Exiles]] in ''Wings of Unity''.
* AmazonBrigade: The Mirage squadron.
** Downplayed with enemy forces: In ''The Equestrian War'', [[spoiler: Gilda]] (and a one-off mention of female {{Mooks}} in a late chapter) were the only female enemies the Allies faced.
** ''Wings of Unity'' has a mare BigBad in the form of Aurora Starlight, but Reaper Squadron are all stallions.
* AnachronismStew: Regular weaponry, such as artillery and anti-air guns, are coupled with laser weaponry, especially on the griffon side.
* BigDamnHeroes: Ever since chapter 2 of ''The Equestrian War'', where Firefly helps Rainbow Dash out against Talon squadron, it had almost became a tradition.
* [[BigWHAT Big "WHAT?!"]]: Rainbow Dash lets out several of those.
* BreakTheCutie: In every story, there are multiple characters that suffer terribly due to war. Firefly was [[BrokenBird broken long before the first story even began]].
* CanonImmigrant: Firecracker Burst, a HotBlooded unicorn who can use fire-based magic.
* ChekhovsSkill: Some of the stuff Firefly shows to her wing-mares help in future battles.
* ContinuityPorn: The stories contain multiple references to the show and ''Ace Combat'' series.
* {{Crossover}}: The FusionFic variety, although a few ponified AceCombat characters do appear.
* CurbStompBattle: In several chapters of both ''The Equestrian War'' and ''Wings of Unity'', the Mirage squadron (sometimes with the help of their allies) manages to easily overcome their opponents, be it the grifins or the Exiles.
** [[InvertedTrope However, the heroines sometimes end up on the receiving end of this trope as well]]. The best example can be found in chapter 11 of ''The Equestrian War'', where Rainbow Dash (who was immobilized earlier) is brutally curb-stomped by [[spoiler: Gilda]].
* DisneyVillainDeath: If not disposed of by NeckSnap or other methods, most {{Mooks}} taken out by the heroes are knocked from the sky and fall to their dooms, their injuries leaving them unable to recover flight.
* DeathFromAbove: Anytime bombing raids come into the picture or when fliers from either side perform diving attacks from a high altitude.
* EvilVirtues: Mirage's foes for all their villainy tend to be tight-knit units loyal to their cause, commanded by intelligent (if sometimes questionably sane) leaders.
* FiveBadBand:
** The griffins in ''The Equestrian War'':
*** BigBad: [[spoiler: Red Cyclone]]
*** TheDragon: Black Star
*** EvilGenius: Scythe
*** TheBrute: Night Raven
*** DarkChick: Edge
*** SixthRangerTraitor: [[spoiler: Zeakros]]
** The Exiles in ''Wings of Unity'':
*** BigBad: Aurora
*** TheDragon: Deathwing
*** EvilGenius: Shockwave
*** TheBrute: Havoc
*** DarkChick: Trickster
* [[FiveManBand Five Pony Band]] / MagnificentSeven: The Mirage squadron, naturally.
** In ''The Equestrian War''
*** TheHero: Rainbow Dash (with some shades of TheBigGuy)
*** TheLeader: Firefly
*** TheSmartGuy: Lightning Bolt (also TheLancer to Firefly)
*** KidAppealCharacter: Cloud Kicker
*** TheHeart: Fluttershy (doubles as TheChick)
*** TheSixthRanger: Derpy
*** TagalongKid: Medley
** In ''Wings of Unity''
*** TheHero: Rainbow Dash (doubles as TheLeader)
*** TheLancer: Firefly
*** TheSmartGuy: Lightning Bolt
*** TheChick: Cloud Kicker
*** TheHeart: Fluttershy
*** TheBigGuy: Derpy
*** TagalongKid: Medley
* FusionFic: The entire story takes place in Equestria, and there is no mention of Strangereal. However, the story is told in the style of the AceCombat series, and there are numerous {{Shout Out}}s to AceCombat, as well as some characters from the series.
** The author recently confirmed that the stories are placed in Strangereal timeline and occur between 2018 and 2021.
* {{High Altitude Battle}}s: Obviously. Sometimes, they involve GoodOldFisticuffs.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Both main stories have at least one scene where an enemy bomber is disposed of with their own explosive.
* [[ImprobablePilotingSkills Improbable Flying Skills]]: Several Pegasi and griffins are capable of various dangerous tricks or maneuvers used to defeat their opponents. Mobius is a prime example.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Callsign]]: Lightning Bolt, Cloud Kicker, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash have their callsigns named after their cutie marks.
** Firefly picks her callsign ("Flash") to emphasize on her agility, while Medley, being the youngest Pegasus among the seven heroines, is called "Kid".
* MythologyGag: Quite a few lines of dialogue from Ace Combat games are incorporated into the stories.
* NeckSnap: A non-stealthy variant of this (necks being broken from punches and kicks) claims several characters, mostly {{Mooks}}.
* NoNameGiven: No parent (except for Derpy) is named in the stories.
* [[NeverSayDie Occasionally Say Die]]: [[{{Mooks}} Unnamed enemy fliers]] taken out by the heroes are sometimes referred to as being "defeated", rather than [[ExactWords explicitly]] "killed". [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] when one considers that even if they weren't killed, they were knocked clean out of the sky and taken out of the fight. (Perhaps crash-landing, being rescued by a medic, or returning to battle off-screen.)
** However, it ''is'' often made clear that an enemy was, indeed, killed. This is indicated either by the use of words such as "eliminated", or the injuries inflicted by the heroes. (The narration sometimes describes attacks as breaking necks, or being aimed at a foe's head, both obviously lethal injuries). Named antagonists (so far, only the griffons) who fall in battle ''are'' largely acknowledged as being killed.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Of the "blink and you'll miss it" variety: battle scenes sometimes have quick, subtle descriptions of clever tricks and kills by the heroes alongside the more detailed action.
* OhCrap:
** In ''The Equestrian War'':
*** The Wonderbolts' reaction when the turrets open fire at them in the first chapter.
*** It's probably the best way to summarize the expressions of Lightning Bolt, Derpy, Medley and Soarin' when [[spoiler: The Burning Talon's laser smashes the Cloudsdale gates to pieces]] in chapter 8.
*** The griffins have the same reaction when they see [[spoiler: The Burning Talon being destroyed in chapter 10]]. May count as an IronicEcho.
*** Firefly's reaction when she notices that Scythe attempts a SuicideAttack to bomb Stalliongrad in chapter 13.
*** Red Cyclone gets a glorious one in chapter 19 when [[spoiler: Firefly comes to help Rainbow Dash]].
** In ''Wings of Unity'':
*** When the main heroines [[spoiler: notice smoke coming from New Saddle, which have just been attacked]].
*** Two in chapter 3, both happen when [[spoiler: Scinfaxi prepares a missile attack]].
*** Two ''more'' in chapter 4, one from an Exile {{Mook}} when Sunburst throws his own bomb back at him after stopping his bombing run; the next comes from the heroes when [[spoiler:The Exiles call in a ''dragon'' wearing magic-resistant PowerArmor]] as back-up.
* OriginalCharacter: All Pegasi team leaders. Firebolt and Gale may also count. Same for the griffins (besides "G" aka [[spoiler: Gilda]]) and the foreign aces.
* POWCamp: Highly Downplayed. There's little mention of prisoners being taken in large enough numbers to require these by either side. Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] when one considers that defeated enemy fliers are unlikely to survive their falls ''to'' surrender and/or be taken captive in the first place (and ''that's'' only if they weren't already killed in mid-air). Moreover, WordOfGod has implied that injured troops, on both sides, are largely rescued by their own medics off-screen.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Fliers on both sides will sometimes forego punches and kicks and simply slam into an enemy in an aerial tackle. Lightning Bolt's [[SignatureMove Shining Spark]] is essentially a ramming attack, boosted by her own skill and some Pegasus magic.
* RecursiveFanfiction: Has a spin-off titled ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/116859/ace-combat-gryphon-wings Ace Combat: Gryphon Wings]]''.
* {{Revenge}}: A central theme for each story.
* SchizoTech: There are communicators and radars, [[spoiler: the griffins have access to laser technology]], but there are no armored vehicles or fighter jets.
* ShoutOut: Has [[ShoutOut/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles it's own page]].
* TimeSkip: There's a three-month break altogether between chapters 10 and 13 in ''The Equestrian War''.
** The epilogue takes place one month after the war.
** ''Wings of Unity'' begins two years later, during the third season of the show, but excluding episodes after "Spike at Your Service".
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Despite the horrors of war, the ponies always stick together and believe that as long as they do that, they can accomplish everything.
* TheSquad: Mirage, Gult, Talon, Northwind, Reaper, Racer and Burner just to name a few.
* ThemeNaming
** AnimalThemeNaming: Some Pegasi squadrons are named after various creatures (Dragon, Phoenix, Stingray, Hornet).
** ColourfulThemeNaming: Gult, Crimson and Silver squadrons on the griffin side.
* TotalPartyKill: ''Entire squadrons'' of fliers, on either side, are sometimes wiped out to the last in all three stories. Also done by implication; i.e., no mention of lifeboats when an Exile battleship is destroyed in ''Wings of Unity''.
* TryNotToDie: Said word-for-word by Firefly to Rainbow Dash in chapter 6 of ''The Equestrian War''. Similar pleas happen in other parts of all three stories.
* VirtualSoundtrack: The author is using themes from Ace Combat games [[PaintingTheMedium in order to incorporate atmosphere into the stories]]. Listening to those tracks is purely optional.
* WarIsHell: Especially in ''Gryphon Wings''.
* WeaponOfChoice: Hooves, beaks and talons. Sometimes heads.
** ''Wings of Unity'' introduces strap-on machine guns for pegasi, used frequently by both sides.
* YouAreNotAlone
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!!''Ace Combat: The Equestrian War'' provides examples of:
* AbnormalAmmo / EdibleAmmunition: Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo fire frozen apple pies and various other foodstuffs at the griffins.
* AirJousting: Done by Rainbow Dash and [[spoiler: Gilda]] in chapter 20, recreating the [[AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar final duel between Cipher and Pixy]].
* AirstrikeImpossible: Surprisingly subverted in chapter 10, where [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash performs a Sonic Rainboom to break inside the Burning Talon]].
** Played straight, however, in chapter 19.
* AlasPoorVillain: Several griffin soldiers, but especially [[spoiler: Echo]], though he wasn't all that evil.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Overdrive to Tornado Swirl. He [[spoiler: [[RelationshipUpgrade doesn't mind]]]].
* ArcWords: All ponies are "children of this land".
* BackFromTheBrink: Things start hard for the ponies, but finally, in chapter 17, they turn the tables.
* BattleInTheRain: Rainbow Dash fights [[spoiler: Gilda]] during a rainstorm.
* [[BigNO Big "NO!"]]: Fluttershy in chapter 17. Firefly does a bigger one in the next chapter, after experiencing a nightmare.
* BilingualBonus: Echo's "Gult" squadron. It means "[[AceCombat04 Yellow]]" in Icelandic.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The ponies manage to win the war and end Red Cyclone's plans. They even reconcile with the griffins]]. But at the same time [[spoiler: many ponies and griffins had died during the conflict, many others were traumatized and majority of Equestria was ravaged by the conflict]].
** However, the epilogue [[spoiler: gives a [[{{EarnYourHappyEnding}} happy ending]] to several characters]]. See below.
* BreakThemByTalking: [[spoiler: Gilda]] does this to Rainbow Dash in chapter 11, combined with a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
** Comes back to bite the former hard in the butt during their second and final confrontation.
* BreatherEpisode: Chapter 9. Since the next chapter, things get [[DarkerAndEdgier serious]].
* BrokenTears: Every main heroine sheds those at least once in the story, with the exception of Lightning Bolt. To elaborate: Firefly in chapters 7, 8 (in the flashback) and 16, Fluttershy in chapter 10, Rainbow Dash and Medley in chapter 11 (Rainbow carries them to chapter 12), Derpy and Cloud Kicker in chapter 15. [[DarkAndTroubledPast Each of]] [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest them]] [[TheseHandsHaveKilled has]] [[ItsAllMyFault a justified]] [[BreakTheCutie and valid]] [[DeathWail reason]] [[TearsOfFear to cry]].
* CallBack: Fluttershy uses [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster The Stare]] to scare two griffins in chapter 3.
** Medley, in chapter 4, sneaks between the trees to track the griffins who kidnapped fillies. It may bear resemblance to Apple Bloom doing the same thing while [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip following Zecora]].
** Pinkie Pie's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff party]] for Gilda is mentioned in chapter 11.
* {{Canon Foreigner}}s: [[OneManArmy Mobius]], [[AceCombat6 Talisman]], [[{{Wingman}} Shamrock]] and [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Sky Eye]].
* CasualDangerDialog: In chapter 19, Flare Star says the following gem after knocking a griffon soldier down:
--> '''Flare Star''': Hey, Spitfire! When this mission is over, I’m ordering a first-class cold shower!
--> '''Spitfire''': Sure, as long as you’ll come back alive.
** Not to mention this conversation between Firefly and Rainbow Dash as they're escaping from [[spoiler: [[CollapsingLair the collapsing Fortress Intimidation]]]]:
--> '''Firefly''': You know…this is probably the most intense flight I've had in my life! Hahaha!
--> '''Rainbow Dash''': Yeah…but we gotta make it out of here, so we can live to tell others about it!
--> '''Firefly''': Let’s speed up! Now it’s only a straight way out! There’s a light in front of us!
--> '''Rainbow Dash''': I hope it’s not a passage to the other world! *laughs*
* CatapultNightmare: Firefly experiences one at the beginning of chapter 18 due to a [[{{BadDreams}} Bad Dream]].
* CheerfulChild: Dinky tries to remain optimistic despite the carnage of the war happening around her.
* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler: Gilda]] performs it on [[TearsOfFear Medley]] in chapter 11. Applejack is also subjected to one in chapter 6.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Said word-for-word by Rarity in chapter 3, when she introduces the vests for Firefly's team, each being colored to match a pony's coat. These vests are used by both ponies and griffins in order to distinguish their alignment and to which unit they belong.
* CooldownHug: Lightning Bolt gives one to Cloud Kicker when she breaks down into tears in chapter 15, assuring her that no matter what will happen, they will remain best friends.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: [[spoiler: Firefly]].
* CrowdSong: At the end of chapter 9. What's better is that the ponies sing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVx1kq0B38U "Gotta Stay Fly" from Ace Combat: Assault Horizon]] , though with slightly altered lyrics.
** Ditto for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-9KFA6TQos The Anthem of Harmony]] sang in the epilogue, where the crowd joins in during the second part.
* CurbStompCushion: [[spoiler:The second battle of Cloudsdale in chapter 14. Thanks to the support of Mirage squadron, the Wonderbolts and the three foreign aces, the Pegasi managed to beat a griffin group army roughly twice their numbers, losing no more than ten fliers]].
* DarkestHour: Chapter 15. [[spoiler: Canterlot is seized by the Griffin Army, with the castle being the only save area; many ponies are injured, several died and things generally look bleak for the heroes]].
** DramaBomb
* DeadPersonConversation: [[spoiler: Firefly speaks with the spirits of her parents]] in the epilogue.
* DeathWail: [[spoiler: Derpy did not take Carrot Top's death very lightly]].
* DecisiveBattle: In chapter 17, when the EAF operational army is split into two groups. One defends (or at least, tries to defend) the city, while the other leads a counterattack on the enemy's rear.
* DeflectorShields: [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Princesses Celestia and Luna]] put one together around the entire Canterlot Castle!
* DemotedToExtra: The Mane Cast besides Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy gets much less focus in the story.
** Ultimately subverted. They become a vital ground support during the Battle for Stalliongrad, help in [[spoiler: the liberation of Canterlot]] and lead the ground forces into the FinalBattle.
* DespairEventHorizon: Rainbow Dash comes dangerously close to crossing it in [[HeroicBSOD chapter]] [[ItsAllMyFault 12]]. Thankfully, [[spoiler: Medley's GetAHoldOfYourselfMan]] changes the situation.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Carrot Top dies in Derpy's arms]] in [[TearJerker chapter 15]].
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The mission to destroy [[spoiler: The Burning Talon]] in chapter 10. It is a great success for the EAF, but the story is only halfway there...
* DownerBeginning: The Wonderbolts are taken down by the griffins, leaving Equestrian skies almost completely defenseless. Good thing Firefly returns to Equestria on the same day.
* DudeWheresMyRespect?: Beautifully averted, as in the Ace Combat games. [[spoiler: Before the Burning Talon was destroyed by Firefly's team, they were just another squadron of Pegasi]]. Aftermath, they are revered as great heroines. And it seems other ponies are aware of the Elements of Harmony and those who bear them.
* DuelBoss: Quite a few.
** Firefly and Black Star.
** Lightning Bolt duels with Greyback, while Cloud Kicker (later supported by Fluttershy) fights Razor in chapter 10.
** Fluttershy battles Night Raven while Derpy fights with Axe (both in chapter 17).
** Mobius against [[TheRival Echo]].
** Rainbow Dash and [[spoiler: Gilda]]. Overlaps as FinalBoss.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: As reported by Flare Star in chapter 15, [[spoiler: Blueberry]] fought against four griffins all by herself and even managed to kill one [[spoiler: before Night Raven killed her]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Equestria is slowly recovering from the ravages of war, Rainbow Dash becomes a honorary member of the Wonderbolts, Derpy [[{{HappilyAdopted}} adopts]] Pipsqueak and Firefly stays in Equestria, becoming Rainbow Dash's older twin sister (even though they are actually cousins)]].
** Twilight Sparkle [[spoiler: gets to see her whole family at the celebration, this includes Shining Armor and Princess Cadance]].
* EasilyForgiven: The ponies are quick to forgive each other for mistakes. They are also willing to [[spoiler: forgive the griffins after the war is over]].
--> '''Rainbow Dash''': There is another face of pride... it's called forgiving.
* TheEmpire: This is the direction The Griffin Kingdom is headed under [[spoiler: Red Cyclone]]'s leadership.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Some griffins (Zeakros, Echo, Edge) are actually honorable warriors. General Silverbeak refuses to accept [[spoiler: Red Cyclone]]'s EvilPlan.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: Or as close as one can get without any aircraft. The first time Rainbow Dash and company tangle with the griffons in chapter 3, they haven't even been properly inducted into the military yet. They even put up a great fight, and judging by Cloud Kicker's confusion at Fluttershy ''not'' finishing a falling griffon off, they're prepared to use lethal force despite being civilians.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler: Greyback gets fried by the Burning Talon's laser]]. Also, [[spoiler: Blueberry's death, as described by Flare Star and Wind Whistler]].
* FoeRomanceSubtext: Between Rainbow Dash and [[spoiler: Gilda]], especially in the case of the latter.
* ForTheEvulz: Apparently, the only reason [[spoiler: Gilda]] breaks Medley's wings after exposing her to a great pain beforehand.
* ForcedToWatch: Rainbow Dash had to witness the moment mentioned above on her own eyes. Had she moved, Medley would end up wingless…
* FreakOut: A temporal one for Firefly in chapter 16, when she hears that [[spoiler: Black Star actually feels remorse for killing her parents]]. She bursts into hysterical laughter before unsuccessfully trying not to scream, tearful. Thankfully, Rainbow Dash manages to calm her down.
* FrickinLaserBeams: [[spoiler: How the Burning Talon operates]].
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: In chapter 12, [[spoiler: Medley]] smacks [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash]] in the face in order to snap her out of a HeroicBSOD.
* GoshDarnItToHeck: The author tries his best to avoid making ponies say any vulgar words, [[HoldYourHippogriffs replacing curses with pony-specific words (hay, buck) at worst]]. The same can't be said about the griffins, though.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Rainbow Dash encountered a certain old friend after the battle for Ponyville. And it didn't end well at ''all''.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: [[SacrificialLion Carrot Top]]]] in [[TearJerker chapter 15]]. [[spoiler: Echo]] in chapter 19.
* GracefulLoser: Both [[BloodKnight Night Raven]] and [[AcePilot Echo]] praise their opponents after they are defeated.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Fluttershy]] experiences one in chapter 10 when she thinks her attack killed Razor. Upon until this point, she never took any real offensive actions against the griffins. Doubles as MyGodWhatHaveIDone.
** [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash]] undergoes an even more [[TearJerker heartwrenching one]] in chapter 12.
** But it's nothing compared to [[spoiler: Derpy]]'s [[SerialEscalation suffering]] in chapter 15.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: [[WeHardlyKnewYe Sea Spot]]]] in ''The Equestrian War''. Overdrive doesn't take it well.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Edge]] in chapter 16, [[spoiler: Zeakros]] in chapter 19.
* HoldTheLine: The Battle of Stalliongrad certainly seems like that kind of mission.
** The plan to [[spoiler: liberate Canterlot]] presented in chapter 16 may count as well, at least for the main defense force.
* HopeSpot: In chapter 14, the Pegasi manage to [[spoiler: retake Cloudsdale]]. Then [[spoiler: Canterlot is attacked and besieged by the griffins]].
** In chapter 17, [[spoiler: Canterlot is liberated and the griffins are driven out of Equestria]]. But by the end of the chapter Derpy reveals that [[spoiler: Axe told her about Red Cyclone's new super-weapon, Fortress Intimidation]].
** In chapter 19, [[spoiler: Fortress Intimidation is destroyed, Red Cyclone died]] and it seems the war is over. But as ponies and griffins alike celebrate, [[spoiler: Firefly is struck down]].
* InsultBackfire: In chapter 19, after Red Cyclone tells Rainbow Dash about [[TakeOverTheWorld his]] [[TheEmpire ambitions]].
--> '''Rainbow Dash''': You know what? I've met many psychos and weirdos in my life, but you…You are downright ''insane!''
--> '''Red Cyclone''': That’s your opinion.
* ItsPersonal: One of Firefly's reasons for coming back to Equestria.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Firefly says this to her companions in chapter 18 before she [[spoiler: resigns as a leader of the squadron and designates Rainbow Dash as the new one]].
** Rainbow Dash says it in the epilogue to Mobius as he leaves Equestria with Sky Eye. [[spoiler: He responds with [[{{IKissYourHand}} I Kiss Your Hoof]], acknowledging Rainbow as his equal]].
* [[ItWasADarkAndStormyNight It Was a Cold And Cloudy Morning]]: At the beginning of chapter 5.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Red Cyclone]] in chapter 19. [[spoiler: He dies inside the very fortress he created]].
* [[KidnappingBirdOfPrey Kidnapping Birds of Prey]]: Edge's Crimson squadron in chapter 4, when they kidnap little fillies as hostages.
* KirkSummation: Rainbow Dash to [[spoiler: Gilda]] during the last battle. Predictably, she responds with a ShutUpKirk
--> '''Rainbow Dash''': You’re the one who can’t let go, [[spoiler: Gilda]]! You refuse to leave the past behind, you live in your own world! And that’s why you can’t beat me in this fight!
--> '''[[spoiler: Gilda]]''': Shut up! I don’t need lectures, especially from you!
* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler: Gilda]] in chapter 11, at least as far as Rainbow Dash is concerned. Earlier, Black Star in chapter 7, as he fights Firefly on equal ground and openly states that only she is capable of defeating him.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: By the end of chapter 19, Sky Eye says: "Well, it's GameOver for him", referring to [[spoiler: Red Cyclone]].
* [[LeaveHimToMe Leave Her to Me]]: Red Cyclone gives his soldiers the following order when facing Mirage squadron:
--> '''Red Cyclone''': Kill those cursed Pegasi, but that rainbow-maned one is ''mine''!
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Many griffins don't really want to fight the ponies, but they do so because they believe it would bring glory to their kingdom. Also, [[JustFollowingOrders it's about orders]].
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: Fluttershy pulls this off against [[BloodKnight Night Raven]] and even manages to [[NeckSnap kill him]].
--> '''Fluttershy''': My name is Fluttershy! I’m a member of the Mirage squadron! And I've sworn to protect Equestria and my friends! I’m a pony that represents the Element of Kindness! But, to you…I will show ''no mercy''!
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Rainbow Dash is subjected into one in chapter 11 at the claws of [[spoiler: Gilda]].
** In chapter 17, Night Raven does a brutal one to Fluttershy. But she manages to [[HeroicSecondWind return the favor]].
* NoIAmBehindYou: How Firebolt defeats Vulture in chapter 8. It also happens throughout the story at certain moments with other characters.
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Averted. The heroes ''never'' attack civilian targets; in fact all of their missions revolve around defending their home turf, or attacking purely military installations.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: Derpy, in probably the biggest TearJerker in the whole story says this to [[spoiler: Carrot Top]] in chapter 15:
--> '''Derpy:''' [[spoiler: Carrot]]…Please…Please don’t die…Don’t leave me…Don’t leave me all alone!
** Firefly does it toward [[spoiler: the spirits of her parents]] in the epilogue. She gets over it, though.
* PostClimaxConfrontation: [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash vs. Gilda]].
* PosthumousCharacter: King Lightbeak, [[spoiler: Firefly's parents]], Morning Glow.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Happens to Fluttershy in chapter 17. She passes out after Firefly congratulates her for defeating Night Raven.
* PrecisionFStrike: Firefly seems to be fond of those. In chapter 12, she yells at Rainbow Dash, who is suffering from a HeroicBSOD:
--> '''Firefly''': You know what? TO [[HoldYourHippogriffs HAY]] WITH YOU!
** In chapter 16, when Rainbow Dash tries to calm her down:
--> '''Firefly''': I CAN’T CALM THE BUCK DOWN!
** In chapter 19, she does it for [[RuleOfThree the third time]], this time aiming it at [[spoiler: Black Star]]:
--> '''Firefly''': I DON'T GIVE A FLYING FEATHER ABOUT YOUR ORDERS!
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Played straight with Axe, but averted with [[spoiler: Black Star]].
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler: Tornado Swirl and Overdrive]].
* TheReveal: Chapter 16 (and, by extension, chapter 19) reveals that the entire conflict was orchestrated by [[spoiler: Red Cyclone]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Firefly does this as a filly (combined with BerserkerTears) against [[spoiler: Black Star]] when he shrugs off the fact [[spoiler: he killed her parents]]. Rainbow Dash attempts one at the end of chapter 14. [[spoiler: Both fail]].
* RousingSpeech: Twilight Sparkle delivers an epic one in chapter 17.
--> '''Twilight Sparkle''': We have to stand together once more, but this time, not as Earth Ponies. Not as Unicorns. Or Pegasi. We must stand together as the ponies of Equestria! It’s true that, on the outside, each of us is different. We live in different parts of Equestria, we have different names, we look differently. But…we have fought, suffered and died together! Deep inside, in our hearts and souls, we are all [[ArcWords children of this land]]! We cannot ignore the time when our land is in danger. We must fight! We must have courage! I don’t know if you will decide to follow me or not, but I want to live in Equestria with my friends! That’s why [[{{Determinator}} I]] ''will'' keep fighting! To the bitter end, if it must be! […] Everypony, we’re gonna take back Canterlot today! Let us make haste! The sun and the moon will lead our way to victory! Know that this is not the day we will surrender! This is not the day we fall! This day we ''fight''! [[BattleCry FOR EQUESTRIA!!!]]
* RuleOfThree: Both griffin super-weapons have three generators that power up their systems. Mobius helps the Mirage squadron three times. And as mentioned above, Firefly delivers [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers three]] {{Precision F Strike}}s.
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Blueberry]]. She is properly introduced in chapter 13. Her death is reported two chapters later.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Carrot Top]]. She was present in the story since Chapter 4.
* SadisticChoice: In chapter 11, Rainbow Dash faces one: either she could try and stop [[spoiler: Gilda]] which would most likely end in [[spoiler: Medley's death]] or [[spoiler: abandon her friends and Equestria to join forces with Gilda]]. Being the Element of Loyalty, she chooses the [[spoiler: former]] and [[spoiler: Medley survives, albeit with temporarily broken wings]].
** In chapter 13, Lightning Bolt is torn between [[spoiler: saving Cloud Kicker from being killed by two griffins]] and [[spoiler: trying to stop another griffon from bombing the Eastern Sector of Stalliongrad]]. Though she chose the [[spoiler: latter]] at first, [[spoiler: the Garuda team's BigDamnHeroes moment made her go and help Cloud Kicker]].
** In chapter 20, the Mane Cast, together with Princesses Celestia and Luna, are attempting to combine the power of the Elements of Harmony with the Royal Sisters' magic. The result of such spell could either [[spoiler: [[WorldHealingWave gradually rejuvenate Equestria's flora and fauna to the moment before the war]]]] or [[spoiler: [[ResetButton revive every single victim of the war, despite the fact that doing so may cause the Elements to be unusable and both princesses may fade away from existence]]]]. [[spoiler: They chose the former]].
* SandInMyEyes: Firefly's reaction to Fluttershy calling her a real friend in chapter 10.
** A SingleTear in chapter 15, when she overhears that [[spoiler: Derpy decides to adopt Pipsqueak]].
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying: At least in chapter 9, thanks to Pinkie Pie ([[spoiler:actually, it was the idea of Princess Celestia]]).
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Defied with the rookie griffon Slip: he ''almost'' deserts, but decides to keep fighting because he knows he'll be executed for deserting. Not to say he's really ''brave'', though, or a good fighter, as he's killed in battle with very little effort. [[spoiler: Night Raven]] [[UnfriendlyFire did him in]].
** Also defined with a griffon Mook in chapter 13: When he spots Derpy diving on him, he drops his bomb and tries to bug out. Derpy catches up with him anyway, and, while the ponies are passing the bomb between them and later throw it back at him, Derpy knocks the griffon out of the sky and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he gets caught in the blast of his own bomb as he crashes onto it.]]
* [[HesBack She's Back]]: Firefly returns to Equestria after five years of absence. [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash]] comes back into action in chapter 12 after experiencing a HeroicBSOD.
* ShrineToTheFallen: Seen in the epilogue. It was build in the Canterlot Gardens, to honor all fallen ponies.
* ShipTease: A mild one, being [[spoiler: Fluttershy and Shamrock]].
* SkywardScream: Rainbow Dash makes a chilling one by the end of chapter 11.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler: Tornado Swirl and Overdrive]] are the only original members of their teams who survive the assault on [[spoiler: Canterlot]]. Before [[spoiler: her]] death, [[spoiler: Blueberry]].
* SoProudOfYou: Firefly got this treatment from her parents when she was younger.
* TakeThat: Slip is one to [[StarFox Slippy Toad]]. From [[ButtMonkey constanly recieving beatdowns from Mirage]]--complete with pleading for his comerades to save him--to [[TheLoad generally being useless]]. He even has green feathers!
* TalkingToTheDead: Derpy does it halfway through chapter 15 in a really heartbreaking manner.
-->'''Derpy''': [[spoiler: Carrot Top]]…you were smiling until the end…I…I will never forget you. I will always remember the moments we shared together…Goodbye…I hope you will have beautiful dreams…Rest easy…I will avenge you!
** [[spoiler:And she does.]]
* TearsOfFear: [[spoiler: Medley]] in chapter 11.
* [[TheseHandsHaveKilled These Hooves Have Killed]]: [[spoiler: Fluttershy]] behaves this way in the second part of chapter 10 before she is comforted by her friends.
** Averted with the rest of Mirage, who ''are'' prepared to use lethal force from the get-go, despite being civilians. Cloud Kicker is even confused why Fluttershy ''doesn't'' finish an injured griffon off in Chapter 3.
* ThisCannotBe: [[spoiler: Red Cyclone]], moments before his death.
* [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself This Is Something She's Got To Do Herself]]: Spitfire tells Medley to let Rainbow "do her job" and face her rival in the second and final duel between them in chapter 20.
* TheWarHasJustBegun: At the end of chapter 10, as Firefly addresses the ponies gathered on the castle grounds in this fashion, even quoting the trope's name.
* TitleDrop: "The conflict that would eventually be known as 'The Equestrian War' was set to begin soon…" in the first chapter.
** Also, several chapters have characters say its title in one way or another; though it's usually in a way that fits naturally as dialogue without sounding shoehorned in.
* TraumaCongaLine: [[spoiler: Derpy]], [[TheWoobie once again]]. Her daughter gets kidnapped early in the story (though she is rescued) and she loses her two best friends. First she learns of [[spoiler: Raindrop's]] death, and then [[spoiler: Carrot Top]] dies in her arms...
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: As told by Firefly in chapter 8.
* TryingNotToCry: In chapter 15, Cloud Kicker confesses to her friends that she tried to cover her worries with cheerfulness. [[spoiler: Carrot Top's death]] was the straw that finally caused her to cry, big time.
* UnfriendlyFire: A particularly cruel instance. [[spoiler: Night Raven]] kills Slip for desertion…even though Slip had changed his mind and decided to keep fighting.
* VillainousBreakdown: Scythe suffers one at the end of chapter 13.
** Also, [[spoiler: Gilda]] goes gradually more ballistic during her second confrontation with Rainbow Dash, as the blue pegasus slowly gains advantage over her.
* WaveMotionGun: [[spoiler: The Burning Talon's laser]] is capable of firing at a long range and dealing considerable damage to Cloudsdale. Any contact with the beam will result in the victim being burned to death, as [[spoiler: Greyback]] found out.
* WeHaveReserves: [[spoiler:Red Cyclone has no problems with killing a few griffins if it means defeating the ponies.]]
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 7. [[spoiler: Firefly's encounter with Black Star]] sends the whole story into DarkerAndEdgier territory.
** [[TearJerker Chapter 15]] counts as well.
** Chapter 19. [[spoiler: Equestria has ''won''. Red Cyclone is dead and even the griffins want peace. But at the last moment, Gilda suddenly appears and strikes Firefly down (she survives), forcing a final confrontation between her and Rainbow Dash]].
* WhamLine:
** From chapter 7, when Firefly meets Black Star and is clearly upset about it. There's a good reason for that:
--> '''Firefly''': Because…he…he…! He [[spoiler: killed my parents!]]
** From chapter 16, when Edge tells Firefly that Black Star has a message for her:
--> '''Black Star''': [[spoiler: I feel regret for killing her parents]]. Let her know that.
** At the end of chapter 19:
--> '''[[spoiler: Gilda]]''': "So, have you found your reason to fight yet? Dash…"
* WhatTheHellHero: In chapter 3, Firefly ''smacks'' Fluttershy for refusing to fight the griffins and calls her a moron. Lightning Bolt calls Firefly out in chapter 12 after she yells at Rainbow Dash.
* WhiteAndGreyMorality: There's no question that the Equestrians are the good guys, but aside from Red Cyclone the griffons are, at worst, [[JustFollowingOrders doing their jobs]] and hold no animosity towards ponies beyond that of being enemy soldiers.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Rainbow Dash gives one during her final battle with [[spoiler: Gilda]].
--> '''Rainbow Dash''': I hate to break it to you, G, but you've lost this battle the moment you attacked Firefly. No…actually, even back when you hurt Medley. But I've got to thank you for one thing. For challenging me! Thanks to you, I still have one more reason to fight and live! We may not be so different after all, but I can clearly see who is who. And you’re not yourself! But since there is nopony else in the sky besides us, now you’ll get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see just how fast I really am!
* YouAreNotAlone: Lives and breathes this trope.
--> '''Firefly''':[[spoiler: "Mom... Dad... I’m home. I’m finally home. My journey is finished. And I am not alone."]]
* YouCantThwartStageOne: [[spoiler: The griffins eventually manage to seize Canterlot in chapter 15]]. At least, the city itself.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have A Blue Mane]]: Gale, Firefly, Tornado Swirl, Sunburst, Blueberry and Sky Eye.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Rainbow Dash has this reaction in chapter 14 when she sees Canterlot [[spoiler: being attacked by the griffins]]:
--> '''Rainbow Dash''': Oh, HAY NO! This is not happening!
* [[spoiler: [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Parents]]: Firefly holds bitter grudge against Black Star for killing her mom and dad when she was younger]].
** Not helped by the fact that [[spoiler: Red Cyclone falsely accused them of trying to stage a mutiny against the Griffin Kingdom, which was the reason Black Star was sent to kill them]].
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!!''Ace Combat: Wings of Unity'' provides examples of:
* [[AHandfulForAnEye A Hoofful For An Eye]]: In chapter 8, Derpy tosses a snowball in an Exile flier's face, blinding him and throwing off his attack. Seconds later, he's shot full of holes by an AA gun controlled by the Equestrians.
* AsYouKnow: The Ulyssess Disaster and its catastrophic effects are still remembered by the ponies and pretty much everyone in the world. However, it happened 20 years prior to the story, at the time when most of the main heroines were not even born yet. It's mostly for this reason that Spitfire explains major facts about it to Rainbow in chapter 8.
* BadassCreed: A villainous example from chapter 3:
--> '''Deathwing''': We are the servants of Lady Aurora. We are the Reapers. We will be your death.
* BloodKnight: The as-yet-unnamed pegasus--heavily implied to be a ponified [[VideoGame/AceCombatZero Demon Lord/Cipher]]--from the end of Chapter 8, and in spades. He ''savagely'' kills the four Exile survivors; even laughing as he kills the last one via NeckSnap (whose last words were terrified pleas for mercy).
** When Mirage hear about the corpses of said Exiles being found by an intercept squad, they're rather put off by how brutally they were killed. Considering that they're all veterans who've killed their own fair share of enemies, that's really saying something.
* BondVillainStupidity: Aurora is clearly the winning side after the first few chapters. She has several chances to annihilate the EAF soldiers (including members of the Mane Six), but ultimately decides to let them retreat, because she doesn't consider them to be a threat and believes that fear will eventually make them incapable of fighting.
** She's shown it in previous chapters as well: The Exiles' victories so far have largely been due to Aurora [[SuperweaponSurprise springing an unexpected asset into the fray, and catching the heroes off-guard]]. And even ''then'', it's only after her forces have taken considerable casualties. This is most clear in Chapter 3, when Reaper Squadron isn't deployed until late in the battle...by which point, an ''entire wave'' of landing ships has been sunk (undoubtedly killing ''hundreds'' of troops), followed shortly by a good chunk of the invasion fleet's warships being destroyed.
* CallBack: Spitfire and Rainbow Dash are talking about Lightning Dust and her antics during and after the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E7WonderboltsAcademy Wonderbolts Academy]].
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 The Crystal Empire]], as well as the events that happened in it during and after Sombra's reign are referenced in chapter 6.
* FourIsDeath: The Reaper squadron. It consists of four pegasi and each of them is a dangerous oponent.
* HeroicBSOD: Spitfire suffers a major one in chapter 7 after [[spoiler: Firebolt's death]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Firebolt]] in chapter 6; [[spoiler: she saves Spitfire's life, but gets shot down by Aigaion and dies a slow, agonizing death from burns]].
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: Subverted]].
* ItWillNeverCatchOn / DoesntLikeGuns: Rainbow Dash is skeptical when Lightning Bolt (and later, Tornado Swirl) shows her some strap-on machine guns she can use in flight, preferring to just use her hooves...even though they give her a long-range attack that's been unheard of InUniverse so far, and have the potential to ''revolutionize warfare.''
** Later subverted, when she puts the guns on and [[spoiler: uses them to shoot down a cruise missile launched at Fillydelphia.]] She has yet to use them again, though.
* [[spoiler: KamehameHadoken]]: [[spoiler: Princess Celestia uses her own magic to launch a devastating beam of energy at the Exiles, which threaten her subjects in chapter 8. Princess Luna [[KillSat finishes the job]]]].
* KillItWithFire / {{Fireballs}}: Aigaion's way of disposing of his enemies, naturally.
* [[NoTranshumanismAllowed No Transponyism Allowed]]: To put it lightly, [[spoiler: Aurora's attempts at earning alicorn wings were not met with Princess Celestia's approval]].
** Though that ''might'' have had more to do with Aurora's experiments requiring the ''deaths'' of several ponies than her science-granted ascension in of itself.
* MassOhCrap: [[spoiler: Gleipnir's appearance produces this reaction from both the Mirage squadron and, later, the ponies who are defending Ponyville]].
** The Exiles get one in Chapter 8, courtesy of [[spoiler: the Princesses themselves]]. (See MookHorrorShow below for the details).
* MookHorrorShow: The end of chapter 8. The story (thankfully) doesn't go into [[{{Gorn}} excessive detail]] on what [[spoiler: the Princesses' attack]] does to the Exiles, but we do know that most died screaming in agony and burned to ashes. And that the few survivors were ''smashed against mountains'' as they tried to run away. Yikes.
** It's also telling that ''no'' order to comb the area for any survivors or take prisoners is given.
** A briefer example happened in Chapter 3, when Derpy bombed the Exile battleship. Right after the bomb drop, there's a brief depiction of the terrified crew desperately trying to escape and get to lifeboats...and then things cut back to Mirage as they watch said battleship explode, and lifeboats are ''nowhere to be seen''. Like Chapter 8, it's a quick scene, but captures the Exiles' OhCrap moment very well.
* OneHitKill: Chapter 3 has Fluttershy (in the midst of a FreakOut) take out an Exile flyer with one punch, screaming in rage. Firefly remarks on how she'll avoid making her angry at all costs.
** Happens later when Derpy bombs the Exile battleship, the bomb implied to have detonated the ammo storage.
* OneHitPolykill: Downplayed in Chapter 3, when Mirage arrive at Fillydelphia. Rainbow Dash pulls a Sonic Rainboom ''right'' as she zooms through a flight of Exiles, knocking all of them out of the air with the shockwave. It's implied she ''did'' get a few kills with this, but most of her targets rejoin the fight and have to be dealt with hoof-to-hoof.
** Played straight with Flare Star and Tornado Swirl in Chapter 6. They each manage to blow up a nice cluster of Exile AA guns in a chain reaction, both using one bomb each time.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* PietaPlagiarism: [[spoiler: Firebolt's death]] in chapter 6, as evidenced by [[spoiler: her LastWords]] [[note]] Although it is unclear if she is actually referring to [[spoiler: Spitfire or her biological mother]] [[/note]]:
-->[[spoiler: '''Firebolt''']]: [[spoiler: Mo...ther...]]
* [[ManOnFire Pony On Fire:]] When Sunburst kills an Exile pegasus with his own bomb in Chapter 4, the unfortunate {{Mook}} is caught in the explosion, and all that hits the ground is a smoking pony-shaped crisp.
* PowerArmor: [[spoiler: Aigaion and his Drake Generals wear these]].
** [[spoiler: Gleipnir's armor allows him to absorb unicorns' magic attacks and make him stronger, while the one wore by Aigaion lets him perform two devastating [[{{Fireballs}} fire-based]] [[KillItWithFire attacks]].]].
* PreMortemOneLiner: Derpy, Sunburst and Flare Star all get great ones, in Chapters 3, 4 and 6, respectively. All three of them involve killing Exiles by way of a bomb.
* StartOfDarkness: Aurora was a curious unicorn filly at first until she learned about the alicorns. When her desires and methods of obtaining wings were met with Celestia's disaproval, she was banished from Equestria for life, because her experiments were perceived as dangerous. For the next 50 years, she was planning revenge against the princess she used to adore.
* StealthyColossus: [[spoiler: The Drake Generals]] are able to use optical camouflage system that is provided by the armors they're wearing.
* [[ThatManIsDead That Mare Is Dead]]: When Celestia addresses Aurora with her original name in chapter 2, the renegade alicorn quickly corrects her and then interrupts her when she says it again.
--> '''Princess Celestia''': Your experiments were dangerous to both you and other ponies, Starlight. I had no choice, but to prevent you-
--> '''Aurora''': My name is Aurora!
* VillainsWantMercy: Chapter 8 ends with [[spoiler: the only]] four survivors from the Exile army group [[CurbStompBattle easily disposed of]] by an unknown gray pegasus. The last Exile begs for his life, clearly surrendering...only for the unnamed Pegasus to snap his neck. And it ''wasn't'' via impact of a punch or kick, like most [[NeckSnap Neck Snaps]] in the series. He just wrenches the guy's head and snaps his spine. Yikes.
* WeHaveReserves: Aurora has shown willingness to press attacks despite taking heavy causalities (usually courtesy of Mirage squadron), seemingly regarding the deaths of her troops as mere setbacks... even when they're taken out by the ''hundreds'' (such as losing a wave of troop transports during the attack on Fillydelphia.)
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 6. [[spoiler: Canterlot is taken over by the Exiles, despite the EAF valiant attempts to defend it. Also, Firebolt dies after she saves Spitfire's life]].
** Chapter 8. [[spoiler: Princess Celestia and Princess Luna use their powers to aid their subjects for the first time, in a very effective way no less]].
* YouWillNotEvadeMe: When the Exiles go into retreat in Chapter 6 after their initial attack falters, the EAF forces briefly chase down straggling Exiles for some easy kills, none of whom manage to escape. Thunderlane in particular gets style points for casually finishing off an enemy pegasus with a quick [[NeckSnap kick to the neck]] as he tries to flee, summing it up with a calm [[BlaseBoast "Eh, just doing my job."]]
** The mysterious gray pegasus at the end of Chapter 8 follows this trope to a T.
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-->''May the sun and moon shine upon us!''