-> ''Something is very wrong in Canterlot, and as the sun finally, reluctantly rises, it brings with it a very hollow morning, devoid of warmth or meaning. Today, Celestia is not here. The sun rises without its mother: it is awake and very, very afraid.''

Formerly known as ''My Little Castlevania'', ''Equestrylvania'' is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin crossover fanfiction between the settings and characters of both the]] ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' series, with a writing style inspired by Creator/StephenKing and an overall apocalyptic plotline that draws heavily from ''LiveActionTV/TheWalkingDead''. In short, horror-loving bronies/Castlevania fans are in for a real treat!

Be sure to check out the [[{{YMMV/Equestrylvania}} divisive]], [[{{Heartwarming/Equestrylvania}} heartwarming]], [[{{Tearjerker/Equestrylvania}} sad]], [[{{Awesome/Equestrylvania}} awesome]], and [[{{NightmareFuel/Equestrylvania}} terrifying]] pages, too. (Or don't if you don't like spoilers!)

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* ''Current Books in this Series:''
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/46026/My-Little-Castlevania Equestrylvania]]'' (Book 1)
*** Suddenly and without warning, Castle Canterlot has been whisked away, replaced by the wicked Castle Dracula. Now, without the Princesses to guide or protect them, Equestria is left helpless at Dracula’s mercy. Can the Mane Six stop Dracula’s forces from destroying and dominating this once-innocent land?
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/105656/my-little-castlevania-adventure Equestrylvania Adventure]]'' (Companion Book)
*** A collection of side-stories that happen during (or in the first arc's case, just after) the main books of the series.
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/172937/my-little-castlevania-ii-cradle-of-ruin Equestrylvania: Cradle of Ruin]]'' (Book 2)
*** Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm sneak into the monster-infested Canterlot to rescue Princess Cadence.

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!!What A Horrible Night to Love and Tolerate These Tropes:

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[[folder: General Tropes]]
* AdultFear: Part of what makes this series so scary is that it contrasts the horrors of real life with “ghost story” horror.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: With the Castle taking the place of Celestia's palace, it's child's play for Dracula's forces to occupy all of Canterlot and wipe out the local Royal Guard.
* ApocalypseHow: According to WordOfGod, [[spoiler: the Castle removing itself from its home timeline caused said timeline to "implode", and that Aeon's mission is to return the Castle to its own timeline in order to prevent the timeline’s collapse.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: [[{{Jerkass}} Shatterstorm]], [[BigBrotherInstinct Tiger Cross]], [[MrViceGuy Roaring Yawn]], [[TheCaligula Rose Blade]], [[SoftSpokenSadist Whisper White]], [[ImprobableAimingSkills Eagle Eye]]... Really, we could be here all day.
* [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins: Before the story even begins, it turns out Dracula has already defeated the Belmonts and his forces have already destroyed whole worlds in search of his body parts.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Which everypony can see.]]
* BigBad: This is a crossover with ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''. If you don’t know who the [[{{Dracula}} Big Bad]] is, shame on you!
* BreakTheCutie: Let's just say this is a very prevailing trope in the series, and leave it at that.
* CallBack: [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest The heroes must embark on a journey to recover Dracula’s lost body parts.]]
* CrapSaccharineWorld: And if Dracula has his way, he’ll turn Equestria into an outright CrapsackWorld.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of quite a few elements regarding [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic both]] [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} series]].
** [[PoliceAreUseless How would the Royal Guard honestly fair against something as malicious as Dracula if they're powerless against most of the other enemies the Mane Six fight anyway?]] Furthermore, wouldn't being useless against real threats against the kingdom affect these soldiers?
** If magic can be studied, does that mean there's a science to it?
** Is Equestria really the SugarBowl some people make it out to be, or is there [[SurpriseCreepy something sinister underneath it?]]
** There's already been canon proof that racial politics in Equestria weren't always as good as they are now. How far did this go? Were there wars?
** If the Castle itself is a [[GeniusLoci sentient creature of chaos]], then what is it REALLY like to be [[UncannyValley inside it?]]
** What if a pony got stuck with something no one really likes doing as his special talent?
* ForTheEvulz: Dracula and his minions are [[AlwaysChaoticEvil beyond reasoning with.]]
* FunetikAksent: [[DeepSouth The Apple family.]] As expected.
* HeroicResolve: It's about the only thing that gets the heroes through this story.
* KickTheDog: The villains do so love rubbing their opponents' faces in their failures and the horror surrounding them.
* MeaningfulName: Each story arc is named for a song from ''Castlevania''. Expect that song to have something to do with the story’s contents.
** Continuing the tradition of meaningful pony names, we have guys like [[BadassBaritone Roaring Yawn]], [[CreepyCemetery Dirt Nap]], and [[CrazyAwesome Shatterstorm.]]
* OutsideContextVillain: The heroes have no idea who or what they're up against when Castlevania appears in their world. [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't end well for them.]]
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Perhaps Shatterstorm's most noticeable flaw is his [[HeManWomanHater misogyny]].
** [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Charlotte Aulin]]. See ValuesDissonance below.
* SmugSnake: Something else most of the villains have in common.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm, all the time, as part of their BelligerentSexualTension.
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Spell My Name With A "C"]]: Anyone who played ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'' or ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLegacyOfDarkness'' for the Nintendo 64 would like to have a word with the author. 'Actrise' is actually supposed to be spelled ''Actrice''.
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[[folder: Equestrylvania]]
* AliceAllusion: The Chronomage is based on Creator/LewisCarroll characters, so there's plenty of this.
* ArchEnemy: Aeon and the Chronomage.
** There's a rapidly growing animosity between Twilight Sparkle and Marble, as well.
*** [[spoiler: Marble was actually possessed by Actrise, who by the end of the first book is tasked by Death with killing Twilight personally. So ''they'' are archenemies, if you want to be specific.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: Shatterstorm, after [[spoiler: he stares into the eyes of Death.]]
* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: [[spoiler: White Dwarf attempts this with Pokey Pierce in the epilogue, but it doesn’t seem to work.]]
* CallBack: "I take it [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest you now prossess Dracula's rib?]]"
** Pinkie Pie [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed puts two and two and two together.]]
** [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood The hero gets assaulted by Death before coming home to find their town is under attack.]]
** [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow One of the villains gains abilities to manipulate and create fire.]]
** [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow Any time anyone tries to go down a certain hallway,]] [[spoiler: the Chronomage rewinds time to push them out.]]
** Spike at one point is shown [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 wearing pillows and a pan as body armor.]]
* ContinuityNod:
** Twilight Sparkle and Applejack talk about [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony events in the second episode of season one]] while trying to defend themselves from Dirt Nap.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Rainbow Dash]] [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal hates having to hang out at the hospital.]]
** Aeon’s story about Richter is obviously a recounting of both ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood'' and ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''.
* CrazyPrepared: Pinkie Pie, as expected. [[spoiler: But even so, she doesn't expect it when the Magic Cross goes missing...]]
* DealWithTheDevil: In order to better serve Actrise, Dirt Nap willingly binds himself to Aguni.
* [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]]: Roaring Yawn starts out the story as a complete JerkAss to Twilight, but warms up to her after what happens at the Castle.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: It eventually turns out that Marble was possessed by Actrise when she [[WouldNotHurtAChild refused to poison the foals.]]]]
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: According to Aeon, the entirety of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' was this for Richter Belmont.]]
* DontYouDarePityMe: Shatterstorm ''despises'' being a JerkassWoobie.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Implied with Shatterstorm's apparently intense dedication to protecting Twilight.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Nevermore the Perverse created a poison that only affects foals, but was sure to also create a cure, just in case anypony got the idea to use his poison on his own kids.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: While Marble/White Dwarf willingly joined Dracula's minions, she still refused to [[WouldntHurtAChild poison foals.]] So of course, Actrise possesses her to get it done, leaving White Dwarf as the fall-mare.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Both Roseluck and [[spoiler: Pinkie Pie]] attempt this when they feel they no longer have an option to escape. [[spoiler: Thankfully averted.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: ''MARBLE.''
* FiveBadBand: For the first book, we have:
** BigBad: {{Dracula}}
** TheDragon: [[GrimReaper Death]]
** EvilGenius: [[WickedWitch Actrise]]
** TheBrute: [[TheCreepyUndertaker Dirt Nap]]
** DarkChick: [[HairRaisingHare Chronomage]]
** SixthRanger: [[PlayingWithFire Aguni]]
** TeamPet: [[ImplacableMan The Behemoth]]
** [[spoiler: SixthRangerTraitor: [[BeautyIsBad Marble]]]]
* FreakOut: Sweetie Belle has a particularly jarring one of these after [[spoiler: she witnesses the death of another foal.]]
** Annnnd, she has yet ANOTHER one in Chapter 9. We later learn that this was actually a result of [[spoiler: being poisoned by a deadly hallucinogen.]]
* [[FromNobodyToNightmare From Nopony to Nightmare]]: Dirt Nap the grave digger.
* GoodIsNotNice: Even though Roaring Yawn and Shatterstorm are on the good guys’ side, they are hardly the nicest ponies you’d ever meet.
* GoodIsNotSoft: And as nice as she is, Twilight Sparkle holds no sympathy for Dirt Nap after he [[spoiler: burns down most of Ponyville.]]
* [[GuileHero Guile Heroine]]: Twilight Sparkle picks up this trope and uses her wits to confront enemies that are too powerful to fight directly.
* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]]: Twilight's reaction when her friends see Roaring Yawn's picture and tease her about him.
* HeroicBSOD: This might as well be the subtitle for the first book. Almost all of the main characters go through one!
* HeroicSacrifice: Pinkie Pie attempts this in order to save both Roseluck and Rainbow Dash. Fortunately, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt she lives.]]
** [[spoiler: Tiger Cross, who holds off Death so Twilight can get to safety, isn't as lucky.]]
* HolyBurnsEvil: The Magic Cross is able to ward off all of Dracula's monsters. Notably, even the Behemoth is scared of it, to the point that in a blind panic to get away from it, it [[spoiler: runs right into the Aguni-possessed Dirt Nap, burning itself to death]].
** When Marble not-so-subtly threatens Fluttershy, she panics and thrusts the Magic Cross into Marble's face, [[GoodScarsEvilScars leaving a cross-shaped burn mark on her cheek.]]
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: How Big Macintosh keeps Applejack from going after Marble.
* IHaveManyNames: It turns out [[spoiler: Marble's real name is White Dwarf.]]
* IHaveYourWife: [[spoiler: The reason Marble continued working for Dracula's minions even after her disgust over poisoning the foals.]]
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Beast]]: No matter what Pinkie Pie or Rainbow Dash do to the Behemoth, it just keeps getting right back up.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Spike between any of the Mane Six, of course, but now he’s also friends with Shatterstorm.
* ItsAllMyFault: Rarity's attitude toward [[spoiler: feeding Sweetie Belle poisoned food by accident.]]
** [[spoiler: Aeon seems awfully remorseful for something...]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Turns out Roaring Yawn’s not ''that'' bad a pony, really. [[MrViceGuy He’s just really stuck on himself.]]
** For all his [[HeManWomanHater snide comments on mares]], Shatterstorm seems [[FriendToAllChildren pretty good with kids.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Dirt Nap is burned to death by the power of the demon he sold his soul to.]]
* KickTheDog: The Chronomage causes a cart Bon Bon is pulling to throw a wheel, for no other reason than [[ItAmusedMe it amused him.]]
* MadLove: Dirt Nap becomes infatuated with Actrise the moment he sees her.
* MalevolentArchitecture: If what Roseluck tells Twilight Sparkle is true, ''the castle itself'' is one of the main villains in the story -- which would be keeping with ''Castlevania'' mythology. ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' established the castle as "[[GeniusLoci a sentient creature of chaos]]."
* MindRape: Just ''looking'' at Death's face causes whoever does so to relive every painful memory they have. The fact that Dirt Nap is unaffected by it is what clues Death and Actrise in to the fact that he might be an asset.
* MyGreatestFailure: How Shatterstorm feels about succumbing to Death's MindRape and being unable to save Tiger Cross.
** Bon Bon feels this way about abandoning Lyra during the attack on Ponyville. Her saving Aeon from the Chronomage's mud men is her [[MyGreatestSecondChance second chance]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: There is constant mention of one Mr. ''NEVERMORE THE PERVERSE''.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: Spike attempts to pull a YouShallNotPass on a group of monsters to protect Rarity and Sweetie Belle, only for [[spoiler: Fluttershy to show up with the Magic Cross and scare them off]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Chronomage implies that Aeon [[spoiler: is the one who scattered Dracula's body parts across the multiverse, instigating the plot.]]
** This is confirmed in the following story.
* NoNameGiven: "This Man" and the "Ghostly Dog" combined are both actually the Dead Mate enemy from ''VideoGame/SuperCastlevaniaIV''.
** The pony with "intelligent chocolate eyes".
* NoOntologicalInertia: The moment Aguni leaves Equestria, all the fires go out at once.
* OutGambitted: Marble manages to force Twilight into giving her Dracula's rib, then to act as her escort out of the hospital just to humiliate her. Twilight has no choice but to comply.
** Twilight gets her back when [[spoiler: it turns out she managed to use the rib to channel a spell to the other body parts that mutes their presence, making it nearly impossible for Dracula's minions to find them.]]
* [[spoiler: ParentalIncest: Horribly, horribly implied with Shatterstorm.]]
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: The Chronomage possesses an interesting language of portmanteaus and nonsense words.
* PlayingWithFire: Dirt Nap gains fire powers upon fusing with Aguni.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Applejack's argument about Aeon's ambiguous behavior.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Twilight gives one to Dirt Nap when he tries to play the TragicVillain card.
* SadisticChoice: Marble [[spoiler: poisons most of the remaining foals in Ponyville]] and tells Twilight she'll only [[spoiler: give her the cure]] if she hands over Dracula's rib. And ''then'', once she has the rib, she adds the stipulation that Twilight escort her out of the hospital unharmed before she'll hand it over.
* ShipperOnDeck: Scootaloo, for [[SlapSlapKiss Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm]].
** The rest of the Mane Six (and Spike) ship Twilight Sparkle and Roaring Yawn. Or at least pretend to in order to tease her.
* ShoutOut: The author was really going for one or two Shout Outs per chapter, and it shows:
** [[Literature/{{Cujo}} A small child is attacked by a St. Bernard that used to be such a sweet dog.]]
** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda “It’s a secret to everypony.”]]
** Several lines are actually lyrics from different songs, ranging from [[TheEagles Hotel California]] to [[MichaelJackson Thriller]].
** A lot of Rose’s scenes have shout-outs to [[Fanfic/EyesWithoutAFace ''Eyes Without A Face'']], the author’s [[AuthorAppeal admitted most favorite MLP fanfic.]]
** [[Film/IronMan "Are they in a cave, WITH a box of scraps?"]]
** Twilight at one point mentions World 8 of ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Super Mare Sisters]]'' to describe [[NintendoHard doing something that's really hard.]]
* ShowerOfAngst: Shatterstorm in the epilogue.
* [[SingleMindedTwins Single-Minded Triplets]]: [[ThemeNaming Ear, Nose, and Throat]], the directors of the Ponyville Hospital. They constantly [[FinishingEachOthersSentences finish each other's sentences]] and occasionally speak in unison. The one time they don't do either is when Throat asks his brothers whether they think he [[ShipTease has a shot at dating Twilight.]]
* SpitTake: Rainbow Dash nearly chokes on her pizza when Scootaloo casually ships her and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Shatterstorm.]]
* TakeThat: The author has stated that part of Dirt Nap's characterization is designed as one of these towards ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'''s portrayal of main characters as whiny, self-centered, "woe-is-me" types [[spoiler: who become villains for no good reason]].
* TeleportSpam: Twilight's tactic against Dirt Nap. As she puts it:
--> Teleport spamming. It's an obnoxious, physically-taxing tactic. On the other hoof, it perplexes and confounds enemies.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Dirt Nap invokes this by saying that since everypony always mistreated him because of his special talent of embalming, he's going to make them pay by joining Dracula.
** This trope gets [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] however, when Twilight gives him a pretty righteous TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that sums up why no sympathy is given to him.
* VillainousBreakdown: Dirt Nap has one when he attempts to play the TragicVillain card, only for Twilight Sparkle to shove it all in his face.
** When Actrise realizes that Twilight's tricked her (see OutGambitted above), she starts [[SayMyName screaming her name]] while beating the Chronomage bloody with her staff. She calms down after a few minutes, but is now determined to see Twilight dead.
* WhamLine: We get one in Chapter 9: "Death Fair."
-->[[spoiler: "It's a monster."]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Big Macintosh quite loudly reminding Applejack of what will happen if she tries to kill Marble.
** Applejack herself tears into Aeon for not being clear on the limits of his powers, and keeping secrets in general.
* WouldHarmAChild: Several foals have already been killed in the wake of Dracula's minions. Many have also [[spoiler: been poisoned by Marble.]]
* WouldntHurtAChild: [[spoiler: White Dwarf is only possessed by Actrise because she didn’t want to poison the foals in the first place.]]
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[[folder: Equestrylvania Adventure]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: One of the themes of this book is focusing on characters outside the mane cast and how they're dealing with Dracula's influence.
* {{Adorkable}}: Charlotte Aulin's darling interaction with Aeon implies this about her.
* ArcWelding: Aeon's backstory is connected to [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness St. Germain]] and the [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest woman who appeared to Simon Belmont in a vision]].
* AvengersAssemble: Aeon has gathered a team of some of the greatest heroes from across the Castlevania timeline. However, the others are currently staying in the dimensionally-displaced Castle Canterlot, training the Royal Guards there, due to Aeon's fear that Dracula will attack it [[spoiler: and because his powers have diminished to the point he ''can't'' move anyone other than himself between dimensions]].
* CallBack: [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight "The same could be said of all relig]] -- er, sales ethics..."
** Soarin and Applejack remember each other from the Grand Galloping Gala.
* CassandraTruth: Roseluck fears this will be the case if she or Twilight try to warn anyone about the visions the Castle is tormenting her with.
* DemonicPossession: In his first scene, Alucard teaches a group of Royal Guards how to recognize the signs of this, and whether or not it is voluntary.
* EldritchLocation: The Heavenly Doorway, the place between worlds that Aeon travels through to move between dimensions. It's alive, and wants to consume the mind of anyone who passes through it.
* EroticDream: While not "erotic" per say, Rainbow Dash ''does'' have a dream of her and Shatterstorm admitting their feelings for each other and passionately kissing... and then [[DreamWithinADream "wakes up"]] to find herself sharing a bed with him.
* EvilerThanThou: Applejack describes the feeling from Dracula's rib as worse than Nightmare Moon, King Sombra, and even Dracula's minions themselves.
* ForWantOfANail: The Castle arrived the night that Twilight received [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Star Swirl the Bearded's journal]], meaning she never had a chance to read it, ultimately meaning she never became an alicorn.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Spitfire and Shatterstorm.
* ThePeepingTom: Applejack apparently caught Dirt Nap watching her sleep. Several times.
* SealedGoodInACan: WordOfGod strongly implies this is the cause of Luna and Celestia's disappearances. They, their castle, and everyone in it, are currently in another dimension than Equestria.
* [[spoiler: SecretlyDying]]: Revealed to be the case with Aeon.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Jonathan's reaction towards people talking about his relationship with Charlotte.
** Luna teases Celestia about having a crush on Julius Belmont. Celestia immediately changes the subject... [[ShipTease but she doesn't deny it.]]
* ShipTease: Between Soarin' and Applejack.
* ShipperOnDeck: Aeon ships [[ChildhoodFriendRomance JonathanXCharlotte]], to which [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend Jonathan denies.]]
** Luna seems rather pro-[[InterspeciesRomance CelestiaXJulius.]]
** Spitfire: Captain of the Wonderbolts, and Co-Captain of the S. S. [[PortmanteauCoupleName RainbowStorm.]]
* ShoutOut:
** "[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Sorry, Spike. I don't]] ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames give]]'' [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames credit. Come back when you're a little]] ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames richer.]]''"
** “[[Music/TenaciousD ‘This’ is not the greatest song in the world. ‘This’ is just a tribute.]]”
* SpitTake: Happens ''[[RuleOfThree three times]]'' with Soma in his first scene. He [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] it, wondering why he keeps drinking tea whenever someone says something shocking.
* StepfordSmiler: Julius admits to being one, keeping up a facade of cheerfulness in spite of everything he and the others have seen.
* TerribleTrio: The Coven.
* ValuesDissonance: InUniverse. Charlotte is from a much earlier time than Soma, so he shouldn't be too shocked when she uses words like "negro" or "colored people" when comparing zebra culture in Equestria to African culture on Earth.
* WhamLine: The last line of Chapter 3, when Actrise's minions reveal they have something important to show Fluttershy:
-->"There, clenched in Chloe’s fingers, is [[spoiler: Princess Cadence’s crown]]."
* WhatTheHellHero: Pinkie scolds Shatterstorm for selfishly acting as if he's the only one suffering from what's been going on.
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[[folder: Equestrylvania: Cradle of Ruin]]
* AgentPeacock: Rose Blade, the new Captain of the Royal Guard, is boyishly attractive, and keeps a collection of his namesake flowers. [[spoiler: He also has no problem beating ponies to death.]]
* AirVentPassageway: Rainbow Dash does this to escape the room she's locked in [[spoiler: by Rose Blade]].
* BatmanGambit: How Roaring Yawn gets rid of the Guards watching the room that [[spoiler: Shatterstorm]] has been locked in; after telling them that the Wharg has gotten loose, he runs off, and makes noises that sound like it's close by, counting on them panicking and running off.
* BerserkButton: Rose Blade does not respond well to his authority being questioned.
* BigDamnHeroes: Roaring Yawn and a couple of Royal Guards show up and save Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm from the Wharg chasing them by hitting it with a tranquilizer just in time.
* BlatantLies: Turns out, [[spoiler: Dracula's minions never had Cadence, they just took her crown when she dropped it while escaping with the Royal Guards.]]
** Then it turns out that [[spoiler:the traitor Royal Guards handed her over anyway, so Dracula ''does'' have her.]]
* CombatSadomasochist: [[spoiler: Whisper White]] actually seems to enjoy a vengeful Shatterstorm beating him within an inch of his life.
* DepravedBisexual: [[spoiler: Whisper White]] is a psychopath who finds both Shatterstorm and Rainbow Dash beautiful.
* {{Determinator}}: Shatterstorm is locked in a room sealed with an unbreakable door. He just keeps bashing himself against it until it ''does'' break.
** Rainbow Dash refuses to back down when cornered by the Wharg [[spoiler: eventually beating it into submission]].
* EyeScream: After Shatterstorm is [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown done with]] [[spoiler: Whisper White]], one of the latter's eyes has been ''bashed into jelly''.
* FaceMonsterTurn: Shining Armor has succumbed to the infection he gained in the first book.
* GenreBlind: Shatterstorm feels that Rainbow Dash is this towards the... ''[[PerverseSexualLust attention]]'' she gets from the other Royal Guards, to the point that he pretends to be her boyfriend to make them back off.
* GhostCity: Canterlot is almost completely deserted, the populace having either fled or been killed, save for a small remaining group of Royal Guards.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The remaining Royal Guards have become little better than Dracula's minions, killing and mutilating the corpses of those who would act as LesCollaborateurs.
** [[spoiler: Then it turns out that ''they'' are LesCollaborateurs, and they killed the ones they did for refusing to go with them.]]
* ItsAllMyFault: Roaring Yawn feels this way about failing to cure Shining Armor.
* LaResistance: What's left of the Royal Guard in Canterlot.
** [[spoiler: Until it turns out that they're actually LesCollaborateurs, working with Dracula in exchange for their lives.]]
* LightningBruiser: Whisper White can move so fast Rainbow Dash doesn't even see him do it.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler: Rose Blade and Whisper White]] enjoy doing this to those who disobey them. Shatterstorm later returns the favor to the latter.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm encounter a Wharg upon their initial intrusion to Canterlot.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Many of the remaining Royal Guards have apparently decided that this is acceptable since they're all likely to not live much longer anyway.
* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler: Rose Blade]] gives Rainbow Dash one after capturing her. Either Rainbow Dash lets him [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil have her]], or he kills Shatterstorm.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When the Wharg gets loose in their base, many of Rose Blade's Guards flee, fearing it more than him.
* ShoutOut:
** The story opens with Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm traipsing through a GhostCity that's dense with fog, finding instances of monster attacks, coming across [[ApocalypticLog letters left behind by those who'd come before them]], finding a red radio that emits white noise just before [[spoiler: they get attacked by a monster]]. [[VideoGame/SilentHill Sound familiar?]]
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler: [[TheCaligula Rose Blade]]]] and [[spoiler: [[DissonantSerenity Whisper White]]]] are both this to different levels, though Rainbow Dash says the latter is the one who actually scares her.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Shatterstorm gives one to Rose Blade after [[spoiler: finding out he's a traitor]], saying he'll ''never'' be the Captain that Shining Armor was.
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''What is a pony? Nothing but a miserable little pile of friendship!''