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[[caption-width-right:250: These ain't your [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic regular ponies]].]]

->If I'm going to tell you my adventure of my life -- explain how I got to this place with these people, and why I did what I'm going to do next -- I should probably start by explaining a little bit about [=PipBucks=].
-->'''-Prologue'''

''[[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-fallout-equestria.html Fallout: Equestria]]'' is a crossover fanfic between ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' universe.

Set in an alternate future, it follows the story of Littlepip, a rather underwhelming Stable-dwelling unicorn in a post-apocalyptic Equestria. Stuck in the monotony of one of the lowest ranking jobs in the Stable, her life changes when she leaves in search of Velvet Remedy, the Stable's singer idol.

Outside, she must learn to survive in a blasted, poisoned land... And possibly, with the aid of friends made along the way, bring new light into the darkness of the Equestrian Wasteland.

Has a [[Characters/FalloutEquestria character sheet]].

The story is enormously popular and has inspired hundreds of [[RecursiveFanfiction side stories]], including ''[[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons Project Horizons]]'', ''[[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaPinkEyes Pink Eyes]]'', ''[[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaHeroes Heroes]]'', and ''[[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaMurkyNumberSeven Murky Number Seven]]'', which have their own articles on this wiki. More information, including other side stories and art, can be found on its [[http://fallout-equestria.com/ fansite]].
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!!''Fallout: Equestria'' contains the following tropes:
* ActionMom: [[spoiler:Xenith and Gawd.]]
** Eventually [[spoiler:Ditzy Doo, by her adoption of Silver Bell.]]
* AffablyEvil: Now [[BigBad Red Eye]] may be the most despicable mass murderer throughout all of Equestria's history-–what with how he enslaves thousands of ponies and subjects them to both torture and experiments of undefinable cruelty–-but ''gosh darn it'' if he isn't just plain likable.
* AfterTheEnd: The story is set in a post-apocalyptic Equestria, suffering from the effects of what was effectively a nuclear war. In this case however, it was done with Balefire and megaspells, rather than nuclear missiles.
* AIIsACrapshoot: The AI in [[spoiler:Stable 29]] which killed the population off slowly, trying to make up for a deteriorating water talisman, and to 'preserve pony life'.
* AlcoholicParent: Littlepip's mother.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Littlepip notes that she herself—while not outright hated—never could fit in with basically anypony in Stable 2. She was treated like dirt in every recollection of her past with the residents, and pretty antisocial in most definitions of the term, which caused people to avoid her most of the time. When Velvet Remedy left the Stable, Pip was unfairly blamed and recognized even more as an outcast by the populace. When she leaves the Stable to go after Velvet Remedy, she's even told that they will not let her back in under any circumstances, despite having stated earlier that they planned on sending a search party out for the more important Velvet. [[spoiler:Later in the story, when the Stable is then being sacked by a group of murderous Steel Rangers, Littlepip and her troupe pull a BigDamnHeroes and save it anyway, ignoring how badly it treated her in the past. In a small subversion of the trope, Stable 2 is actually kinda grateful for the rescue.]]
* AlwaysChaoticEvil:
** The Hellhounds. It's suggested a few times by Velvet Remedy that they might actually be a subversion. However, since Velvet suffers from some symptoms of StupidGood, it should probably be taken with a grain of salt.
** Chapter 42 reveals that [[spoiler: Hellhounds believe ponies are this.]]
** Raiders. Just like in [[Videogame/{{Fallout 3}} the game]], their only purpose is to torture and kill everypony they see ForTheEvulz.
* AmmunitionBackpack: Battle Saddles in general.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: The fates of Fluttershy and Celestia immediately following the war.]]
** Somewhat subverted. [[spoiler: They are both considerably better off at the end of the story.]]
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Littlepip narrates the entire story in first person, with the exception of [[spoiler: the epilogue and afterword. The former is a radio broadcast and the latter is told from Fluttershy's perspective ten years later]].
* {{Anticlimax}}: Calamity finds [[spoiler: the confrontation with his father to be nothing like he ever imagined, and in fact it's fairly amicable on Calamity's end.]] It shows his growth as a character.
** Lampshaded by [[spoiler: Red Eye when Littlepip threatens to just shoot him and end his tyranny.]]
** One of Littlepip's primary goals is to [[spoiler: find new bearers for the Elements of Harmony so that the Gardens of Equestria can heal the world. She finds four bearers, but Gardens isn't activated during the story and the bearers of Magic and Generosity are never named. The only acknowledgement of Gardens' activation is a retrospective mention in the afterword.]]
* AntiHero: Although [[spoiler:Scootaloo]] is the earliest example of this, [[TheBigGuy [=SteelHooves=]]] and [[spoiler:Littlepip]] constantly seem to ride the line between this and WellIntentionedExtremist.
* AntiMutiny: Realizing that the Steel Rangers had warped their original philosophy of protecting the innocent from harmful technology to protecting technology from the innocent, many decided to break off and form the Applejack's Rangers to follow their true goal.
* AntiVillain: Red Eye. He preaches a lot about rebuilding Equestria, returning the country to its former glory, everyone being safe again, and all that good stuff. For the most part, he means it. Unfortunately, this new world is built on the broken backs of thousands of slaves.
* ApocalypseHow: A Class 2, caused by a war similar to the one seen in the VideoGame/{{Fallout}} series.
* ApocalypticLog: Considering the setting, there are a few examples.
** Stable 24's logs, leading up to the point where everyone gets [[spoiler:killed or poisoned by the chimeras]].
** Also [[spoiler:Stable 29]] giving details up to point of its occupants' mass extinction.
** The logs in Maripony showing the origin of the Goddess.
** [[spoiler:Diamond Tiara's]] audio records, which show her [[SanitySlippage gradual descent into insanity]] as she turns to suicide to [[AFateWorseThanDeath avoid running into raiders.]]
** The crew behind the fanfic's radio play released the play’s prologue, which is the very definition of an Apocalyptic Log. [[http://soundcloud.com/radiohooves/the-voices-of-wartime Listen for yourself.]]
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Black Book, a nigh-indestructible compendium of dark zebra magic. [[spoiler: It's also sentient, constantly trying to [[DealWithTheDevil tempt]] its owner.]]
* AscendedToCarnivorism: Most wasteland ponies have no issues with eating bacon, the village of Arbu survived by exporting radigator meat [[spoiler: and took this a step further with their secret tradition of cannibalism]].
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Many believe that this is what happened to Celestia and Luna after their HeroicSacrifice, now acting similar to more conventional gods. There's no evidence for it (and many pegasi dismiss it as bunk), but there's not really evidence against it, either [[spoiler: until Littlepip finds Celestia's consciousness inside of the Single Pegasus Project]].
* AttemptedRape: Littlepip narrowly escapes a gruesome fate at the tentacles of a pony [[Videogame/{{Fallout3}} Centaur]] in Chapter 31.
* AwardBaitSong: [[RecursiveFanfiction One fan wrote]] a song called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksn91wXHgx8 Lil Pip]] that hits just about all the criteria.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: [[MeaningfulName Deadshot Calamity]].
* AudioAdaptation: There is an audiobook project currently underway, with the author's blessing. New chapters are published (and available for download) on the overly-ambitious narrator's [[http://www.youtube.com/user/Scorch238 youtube page.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/user/EBC1Productions There is a full radio drama of the fanfic currently underway as well,]] courtesy of a nascent fan production group that calls itself the Equestrian Broadcasting Company.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: By the time of the afterword, the alicorns have managed to avert OneGenderRace. An alicorn filly makes a brief appearance. [[{{Averted}} However, none of the main characters display any interest in having children]]]].
* BatmanGambit:
** Pulled off quite well when, due to some fast talking, Littlepip has both Gawd and Deadeyes in one room, and each think that she's going to kill the other for them. [[spoiler:She kills Deadeyes, for what happened to Silver Bell's family under his orders.]]
** Red Eye is planning one against [[spoiler: the Goddess]].
** Both of those are blown away by Littlepip's plan to take down the Goddess. [[spoiler: The Goddess can read minds, so she forms a plan to sneak a balefire bomb into their lair, telling everyone involved their part to play and nothing else, and then has her own memory removed (and stored) so that nobody knows enough to stop them. Then she leaves notes behind to manipulate herself into doing her part. Yes, she pulled a Batman Gambit on herself.]]
** Red Eye's plan to [[spoiler:achieve godhood]] is the best example yet. [[spoiler:Realizing the need for a true alicorn 'template,' Red Eye, an earth pony, has decided to have both a unicorn and pegasus ascend with him, rather than the purely unicorn mixture that the Goddess was made from. However, as a precaution against the more charismatic Autumn Leaf gaining dominance of the persona, he tempts the equally strong-willed ''Littlepip'', knowing that her [[FatalFlaw overwhelming sense of justice would ensure the Wasteland's safety.]]]]
* BigBadDuumvirate: [[BigBad Red Eye]] and [[LargeHam The Goddess]], for the majority of book. After [[spoiler: Littlepip kills the Goddess, Colonel Autumn Leaf takes her place.]]
* BigBrotherIsWatching: The Ministry of Morale/Pinkie Pie. FOREVER.
* BigDamnHeroes: The main characters serve as this for many of the wasteland dwellers, saving ponies being chased by raiders or [[spoiler: shooting a dragon with a [[BigFreakingGun tri-barreled magical plasma cannon]]]].
** Cruelly subverted throughout [[spoiler: Chapter 34. Littlepip's killing of bandits who are implied to know about Arbu's secret cannibalism, and her needless slaughter of skittish Brotherhood of Steel members at the bridge, are in unknowing defense of a village that's quite blackly evil. The dead bandits and their motivations also serve as a dark CallBack to how Calamity and Littlepip met: shooting someone who looks evil and only later asking questions]].
* BigFreakingGun:
** Some Battle Saddles are in this vein.
** The magic cannon that Calamity uses against Topaz is literally bigger than him.
** Spitfire's Thunder is so big it needs to be packed up and then reassembled before battle.
** The B.E.L. in Chapter 36 is the equivalent of Fallout's Fatman.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:In a parallel to the ending of VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}, Pip plugs herself into the Single Pegasus Project, going into an induced coma in order to bring new light and hope to the Wasteland. Mitigated by the idea that she can still communicate with those she loves from the inside, and by the fact that the SPP's hibernation chamber keeps her alive for longer despite the various toxins that have shortened her natural lifespan (though a mutation from exposure to taint did grant her an increased lifespan already). The 10-years later epilogue shows that the last two Element Bearers have been found, Gardens of Equestria has been activated, alicorns have become a viable pony species, and the New Canterlot Republic is a stable government.]]
* BloodyMurder: A form of dark magic, allowing the wielder to form blood into weapons.
* BioAugmentation: The ghoul doctor attempted this with his patients and manticore poison sacs. The [[SuperSerum Zebra Alchemy]] perks "Bone-Strengthening Brew" and "Zebra-Augmented Pony" are more benign examples (and notably incompatible with cybernetics).
** Given the way the chapters end with game mechanics, it's likely that it's less 'incompatible' than branching story lines; if Littlepip had resolved Fillydelphia differently, she likely would have gained access to cybernetic perks instead of alchemy.
* BodyHorror: What happened to most of the ghoul doctor's experiments in Chapter 17.
* BodySurf: [[spoiler: Twilight is able to survive the Goddess' destruction and jump into a nearby alicorn, later coming to Littlepip's rescue. However, since the body was already occupied, Twilight (apparently) dies soon after.]]
* BondOneLiner: [[spoiler: ''"Gawd sent me."'']]
* BookEnds: [[spoiler: If I’m going to tell you about the adventure of my life -- explain how I got to this place with these people, and why I did what I’m going to do next -- I should probably start by explaining a little bit about PipBucks.]]
* BossBattle: Littlepip has one near the end of almost every town or city that she visits, [[CurbstompBattle and always almost dies.]]
* BrainUploading: A possible action with the Crusader Maneframes, put there in case [[GenreSavvy they ever went rogue.]]
** Elder Cottage Cheese also tries this, but is stopped by Littlepip.
** [[spoiler: The ultimate fate of Celestia.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie, as always, except here she is able to break the fourth wall of the fanfic, by interacting with Littlepip through the memory orbs. Since this fic is DarkerAndEdgier, she can only do this when it serves the plot, not for RuleOfFunny like usual.]]
* BreatherEpisode: Arguably Chapter 32, which takes place mostly in Tenpony Tower and includes Xenith going on a shopping trip, all real action only taking place inside memory orbs and Velvet and Calamity doing... [[CoitusEnsues Things]].
* BrokeTheRatingScale: Similar to how ''Cupcakes'' is the only fic to get the "GRIMDARK AS FUCK" tag on EquestriaDaily, ''Fallout: Equestria'' is the only fic to get the "LEGENDARY" tag there.
* BuffySpeak: Littlepip's thoughts on why one of Calamity's plans isn't, because "Plans have...plan stuff".
* CallBack: The night before the final battle, [[spoiler: Spike cajoles Littlepip out of bed to join a festive party much like he had tried centuries beforehand with Twilight Sparkle on the eve of Nightmare Moon's return. Spike]] lampshades this.
* TheCallHasBadReception: [[spoiler:Littlepip isn't the ChosenOne, and she's not the first band Watcher has tried.]]
** Double subverted when [[spoiler:Spike realizes that although Littlepip isn't a Bearer of an Element of Harmony, [[TheUnchosenOne her role as the ''spark'' to make everything possible proves her role is the most important of all.]]]]
* CanNotTellALie: Monterey Jack, who would rather confess a crime [[spoiler: and be executed for it]] than lie.
* CastFromLifespan: Due to exposure to radiation as well as insane amounts of violence that nearly kills Littlepip several times over, it's made clear that if and when her quest ever ends, the damage she's taken trying to free the Wasteland will catch up with her, causing her to die young. [[spoiler: Then she gets exposed to taint, enough that her lifespan increases ''dramatically'', so it more or less evens out.]]
* CatapultNightmare: Diamond Tiara, causing the prisoners to become aware of her existence and therefore indirectly causing her death.
* CharacterBlog: [[http://asklittlepip.tumblr.com/ Littlepip]] and [[http://askredeye.tumblr.com/ Red Eye]], both on Website/{{Tumblr}}. Warning: Since the answers are based on information directly from the story, there are many spoilers abound.
* ChekhovsGun: An armory's worth. The author has mentioned that this is her favorite literary device to set up. Just to name a few:
** Littlepip's mother's tendency to alcoholism is mentioned in the prologue and summed up in [[spoiler: Chapter 19, where Dr Helpinghooves gives it as a reason for Littlepip's tendency to addiction.]]
** The magical plasma cannon which is undergoing repair in Chapter 10 comes back in [[spoiler: Chapter 12, where it helps Calamity blow a large hole out of the dragon, Mr Topaz]].
** In Chapter 13, Littlepip decodes a recording left by Trixie that said she was going to help Twilight with an important scientific experiment. In Chapter 29, we learn both what this experiment was and its end result. This one gets bonus points for Littlepip outright stating it's nothing special.
** The red wagon Velvet Remedy uses in Chapter 18 to pull supplies, is then used to [[spoiler:transport an unconscious Littlepip to the clinic]].
** The [[spoiler:[[FantasticNuke Balefire Bomb]] found in Sliver Bell's home]] is later used by [[spoiler:Red Eye]] to gain leverage over Littlepip. After that, it's used to [[spoiler:destroy both the Goddess and the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Black Book.]]]]
** Littlepip finds a special little book by the name of "[[spoiler: Supernaturals]]" while the Shatteredhoof Correctional Facility. It is stated offhandedly and not mentioned again, until they find [[spoiler: Fluttertree]] in the Everfree forest. At which point, Littlepip comes to the revelation that [[spoiler: she read about a cure for poison joke in an old book she found]] and they use it to [[spoiler: cure her.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Littlepip's lock-picking. Significant in the fact that only she seems to be the only one capable of doing it to any sufficient level in the entire wasteland. This is also an example of a MythologyGag, since the player's character in any of the Fallout games will constantly find supplies that appear to have been locked up since the apocalypse ''several centuries ago''.
* ChestBurster: Chimeras and Hospital Horrors (the local equivalent of Centaurs).
* ClusterFBomb: Doctor Glue elevates swearing to an artform.
** Understandable, since his cutie mark is a blasphemy.
* ComicBookAdaptation: [[http://urimas.deviantart.com/art/Fallout-Equestria-Ch-1-Done-216655836 Oh]][[http://l9obl.deviantart.com/art/Fallout-Equestria-The-Hand-Drawn-Comic-Issue-1-281007729 there's]] [[http://talonsoficeandfire.deviantart.com/art/FO-E-comic-1-cover-347999157 quite]] [[http://veraciousneophyte.deviantart.com/art/Fallout-Equestria-prologue-panel-1-346725076 a]][[http://majorbrons.deviantart.com/art/Fallout-Equestria-Page-1-350977223 few]]
* CooldownHug:
** Velvet Remedy gives [[spoiler:Silver Bell]] one of these in Chapter 9. Also doubles as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
** Littlepip does this to the sea-blue pony in Chapter 17. Before that, she was [[spoiler:smashing the ghoul doctor to a bloody pulp out of rage]].
* CombatPragmatist: Anyone in the wasteland, given half the chance. Credit goes to Littlepip for [[spoiler:levitating a boxcar, using telekinetic magic light to hide its shadow and then using it to smash an alicorn to a thin paste]].
* ClarkesThirdLaw: Magic and technology go hand-in-hand so much it's hard to tell where it one starts and the other ends.
** Although in some cases they are mutually exclusive. When Littlepip gains the [[spoiler:Zebra augmentations]] it is explicitly stated that they are mutually exclusive with [[spoiler:cybernetic enhancements]].
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: Mint-Als seem to pop up in the most inconvenient of places.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Alicorns come in three colors; blue, purple and green, each with their own unique abilities.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive:
** Most of the Ministry of Technology, to the point of [[spoiler: trying to assassinate Applejack at least once for attempting to rein them in]].
** It's not entirely clear whether [[spoiler: Scootaloo, head of [=StableTec=]]] was this or a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* CrapsackWorld: Equestria is now a desolate and unforgiving wasteland, with mutated creatures and the like all trying to kill you, and 'Taint' making everything else worse. This is made even crappier when you catch glimpses of what used to be.
** CrapsaccharineWorld: The war quickly turned Equestria into this.
* {{Cyborg}}:
** Red Eye and his dog Winter.
** The epilogue mentions that [[spoiler: Calamity needed some implants]].
* [[ADateWithRosiePalms A Date With Rosie Hooves]]: Littlepip tries to relieve some sexual frustration while sick with a fever. While Velvet is sleeping next to her. Luckily, she doesn't wake up.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Obviously more so than [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic MLP:FiM]], but [[UpToEleven surpasses the Fallout series with gore and depravity by leaps and bounds.]]
** The Canterlot Ruins, which borrow elements from the Sierra Madre (''Dead Money'') reflect this well, as many of the already deadly threats are ramped up to even nastier levels. The original cloud would sap your health; the pink cloud is not only faster but threatens to warp flesh and fuse you to equipment or furniture or the ground. The bomb collars were mostly a puzzle and harmless as long as you turned off the speaker or got out of range; in Canterlot, their necromantic effect mean you start suffering and dying as soon as you get into range, making it all that much harder to get away.
* DarkestHour: Let's take a count, shall we?
** The megaspells launch, wiping Cloudsdale ''completely'' out of the sky. The Pegasi seal themselves away above the cloud cover.
** The megaspells hit Canterlot, forcing Celestia and Luna to combine their powers into a shield to protect everyone. [[OutGambitted Unfortunately, the zebras already moved the Pink Cloud megaspell into the city]], killing the Princesses and everyone inside while also turning Canterlot into the most lethal place in the Wasteland.
** The megaspells hit Splendid Valley. Good news? Twilight Sparkle thought to protect the facility, and no one dies from the nuclear explosions. The bad news? [[spoiler: Trixie falls into a vat of a concentrated magical formula, turning her into a monster that kills everyone inside anyway, becoming The Goddess.]] Oh, and the Diamond Dogs get coated in magical waste, becoming the most lethal ''creatures'' in the Wasteland.
** Applejack is sealed inside Stable 2, [[spoiler:pregnant]], never able to know what happened to her friends or family; Pinkie Pie was ''minutes'' away from preventing a balefire bomb from going off in Manehattan, but fails; Rarity teleports Fluttershy and Angel away from Canterlot, getting killed by the Pink Cloud in the process, only for [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext Angel to become petrified and Fluttershy to turn into a tree]]]]; Twilight Sparkle is [[spoiler: dragged into a vat of chemicals by Trixie, [[HiveMind being trapped inside of her consciousness for centuries]]]]; and Rainbow Dash is a complete mystery, though she's all but confirmed for dead.
* DeadlyGas: The Pink Cloud in Canterlot.
* DeathByIrony: The Killing Joke's modus operandi.
* DeathIsDramatic: Subverted. [[spoiler: [=SteelHooves'=]]] death, while foreshadowed, is abrupt and realistic.
* DeathWorld: Think of the Equestrian Wasteland as a typical ''Fallout'' Wasteland mixed in a bit with the [[Videogame/{{Stalker}} Chernobyl Exclusion Zone]]. In ''Fallout'', few creatures have energy-based attacks, Super Mutants don't have the ability to generate extremely sturdy protective shields or fly, and Deathclaws aren't adapted enough to qualify as a faction on their own, with enough wit to reverse-engineer firearms for their own uses, plus being able to dig fast enough for it to be a viable combat tactic. Even the background element of F.E.V. is incarnated as an active environmental threat. Likewise, the environment offers relatively mundane challenges, including permanently cloudy weather due to the Enclave which brings massive rainstorms, and the dangers of the decaying structural integrity of the ruins Littlepip and friends end up exploring.\\
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On the plus side, the magic in the wastes is mostly stable and the deadliness of it is (at least somewhat) offset by the fact that the heroes have access to [[MagicAndPowers spells and telekinesis]], {{flight}} and such. Also, despite the condition of the world and the time since the missiles fell, Littlepip and her allies never find themselves struggling for basic resources like food or water, thanks in large part to Calamity's obsessive scavenging.
* DeconstructionFic:
** Not much from My Little Pony gets this, but several aspects of the games (and, to some extent, those who play them) are given a good look through this lens. The Party-Time Mint-Als are an excellent example: a player would merely be annoyed by the stat drop caused by addiction, but seeing how [[spoiler:it causes a schism between Littlepip and Velvet that indirectly ensures the death of Monterey Jack]] from the addict's point of view is a very sobering experience.
** Killing, even in self defense, is intensely deconstructed as well. Both Littlepip and Velvet have extreme difficulty coming to terms with the fact they have to kill to survive, even in self defense, to the point that Littlepip [[spoiler:goes into an extended period of [[HeroicBSOD self loathing]] after wiping out a cannibal clan]], and Velvet [[spoiler:has a nasty BSOD after gunning down a tribe of Raiders, despite the fact they were both threatening innocents and desecrating her idol's home.]]
** Remember the shooting range James sets up in the Vault 101 reactor chamber in ''{{Fallout 3}}''? The same story happens in Stable 29, but with a tragic ending: one stallion did the same thing for his son, who [[spoiler:accidentally shot the water talisman (the heart of the water purifying system), which doomed the complex to being murdered the artificial intelligence programmed to control population levels by any means necessary so that they remain proportional to the amount of resources]].
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Littlepip considers the very concept of an eclipse to be blasphemous and obscene. Apparently, Celestia and Luna never had such things occur while they were alive.
** Littlepip reacts badly to Stables with differences in design and society. The first one she encounters had a patriarchal society, initially prompting Calamity to question if she had an issue with males in authority.
* DespairEventHorizon: Littlepip comes to believe that, rather than simply being born evil, ponies become Raiders after the Wasteland destroys every last shred of hope they have inside them.
* DeusEstMachina: [[spoiler:Celestia puts herself in a SoulJar so she can ensure no one misuses the Single Pegasus Project, even if her body dies.]] It works, but she spends the next 200 years watching senseless death and pain throughout the Wasteland.
* [[spoiler:[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did They Just Buck an Ursa Major?]]]] [[Awesome/FalloutEquestria Yes they did]], and they top that later by [[spoiler: nuking the Goddess/Trixie]].
* DirtyBusiness: How Littlepip sees killing and looting. Though in later chapters, she questions whether it's becoming too normal for her.
* DistantFinale: The epilogue takes place a few weeks after the final chapter. The afterword takes place ten years after that.
* DividedWeFall: The Ministries [[spoiler: driving apart the Mane 6.]]
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: [[spoiler: The Enclave hijack [=DJ-PON3's=] broadcast to announce their return.]]
* {{Doorstopper}}: Hoo boy. As of its completion, Fallout: Equestria reached approximately 608,000 words - longer than ''WarAndPeace'' (560,000 words). Fo:E is one of the longest, if not ''the'' longest [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic MLP:FiM]] fanfiction. Forty-five lengthy chapters, not to mention the numerous fanarts, game mods (mostly for VideoGame/TeamFortress2) and RecursiveFanfiction about it. If you had the time, the paper, and the ink, this would literally be a novel, if not several. The author has identified the points where it should be broken to make either a trilogy or a 5-book series.
** The RecursiveFanfiction [[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons Project Horizons]] has actually exceeded it in length, while only being past the predicted halfway mark.
* TheDragon: Deadeyes is the leader of the Shattered Hoof Raiders, and acts as a "second in command" to his to employer Mr. Topaz [[spoiler: (Ironically, Mr. Topaz is literally a dragon)]].
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Littlepip does this by accident when wearing raider's armor, [[spoiler: causing Calamity to mistake her for one and nearly kill her]].
* DrivenToSuicide:
** [[spoiler: Diamond Tiara]], in one of the {{Apocalyptic Log}}s. Chilling.
** Also, [[spoiler: Monterey Jack's confession and subsequent execution counts as this.]]
** And it was suggested this was the fate of [[spoiler: Fluttershy, but that was later shown to be incorrect]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:[=SteelHooves'=]]] death is sudden, unexpected and wholly ignoble. It just comes out of the blue and is over before you register it happened. A fitting reminder of how cheap and pointless death actually is in the Wasteland.
* DrugsAreBad: Littlepip's crashes after taking Party-Time Mint-als and addiction to said drugs do not bode well. Especially considering the eventual fate of [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie]].
* DueToTheDead: Averted for the most part. There are weathered skeletons and defiled corpses galore in the Wasteland. Almost none of the pre-war characters receive any sort of burial. [[spoiler: [=SteelHooves=], however, gets a proper send-off from his friends and co-workers. Red Eye gets a particularly gruesome aversion that sickens even a horror-inured Littlepip.]]
* EldritchAbomination: Zebras believe that the stars are an entire race of these, looking to destroy Equestria. [[spoiler: This was part of the reason the zebras were so deadset on winning the war: they believed Luna was their agent, and the events of the war were oddly similar to a prophecy for how the stars would finally kill them.]] It's strongly implied that there is some truth to this... [[spoiler: but it's ultimately subverted. The falling stars were just rocks. Poisonous rocks, yes, but still rocks.]]
* EliteMooks:
** Alicorns. Like Celestia and Luna, they have wings of pegasi and magical horns of unicorns and are pretty darn hard to kill. As long as the shields are up anyway. [[spoiler: Without them, or when caught by surprise, they're just as vulnerable as any other pony.]] Not to mention their powers of cloaking, regenerating, and shooting lightning bolts. And if they've absorbed an especially large dose of radiation, then you'll ''also'' be dealing with an AttackOfThe50FootWhatever.
** Hellhounds. They are the equestrian equivalent of Deathclaws. Fast, intelligent and able to burrow underground at amazing speeds. Oh, and they know how to use energy weapons.
* EnemyCivilWar: In the epilogue, [[spoiler:Red Eye's army splits into various factions that fight one another for control, and the Enclave begins a civil war once the rest of the pegasi find out what their government has been doing to the surface and how much they've been lied to.]]
* EnemyMine: When the Enclave starts to invade the Steel Rangers and Applejack's Rangers temporarily put aside their differences to fight side by side.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: The Everfree Forest in the show was already a wild, dangerous place populated with [[DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] monsters. In ''FO:E'' it's mutated into a honest-to-Celestia [[DeathWorld patch of instant death]]. [[spoiler:And it's on fire when Lil'Pip and co. visit.]]
* EvilWeapon: [[spoiler: Starmetal weapons are this. They are described as wanting to kill and are capable of obliterating a fully shielded alicorn in a single attack.]]
* TheExile:
** Littlepip and Velvet Remedy, who can never come back inside the Stable once they've left. [[spoiler:Irrelevant now that the surviving Stable members have been relocated to Shattered Hoof Ridge after the Steel Rangers raid it.]]
** [[spoiler:Calamity]], for daring to descend to Equestria before the rest of his kind are ready for their glorious return, and for following Rainbow Dash and becoming a Dash-ite.
** [[spoiler:Scootaloo]], who became the very first Dash-ite.
** [[spoiler:Littlepip again]], upon activation of the Single Pegasus Project.
* ExpandedUniverse: The author has done a lot of world building, and, due to a large amount of fan interest, has encouraged others to try their hoof at making a story in the Equestrian wasteland. [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/fallout-equestria-side-stories.html Which some people have actually done and can be read here.]] According to WordOfGod however, only ''A Mare Worth Fighting For'' (the infamous 'Chapter 20.5', in which Littlepip and Homage discuss their motives and perform various sexual acts upon one another) can be considered canon to the main story.
** Four of [=FoE=]'s side stories - ''[[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons Project Horizons]]'', ''[[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaPinkEyes Pink Eyes]]'', ''[[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaHeroes Heroes]]'', and ''[[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaMurkyNumberSeven Murky Number Seven]]'' - have grown to the point of getting their own trope pages.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: The Griffins in Chapter 18:
-->'''Griffin 1:''' Where are the rest of you?\\
'''Littlepip:''' This is it. Just us.\\
'''Griffin 2:''' Well, this isn't much of a rescue.\\
'''Littlepip:''' Gratitude. Look it up.
* {{Expy}}: To be expected, since the story is based off VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'s. Though usually very loosely (ex. Ditzy has already finished the Guide and is over 200 years old).
** [[ThePollyanna Ditzy Doo to Moria Brown]].
** [[IncrediblyLamePun Tenpony Tower]] to Tenpenny Tower.
** DJ [=PON3=] is a combo of Three Dawg and Mr. New Vegas.
** Mint-als to Mentats, Dash for Jet, among others.
** Red Eye to Lord Ashur (with shades of President Eden and the Mutant Lieutenant), and Fillydelphia to The Pitt.
** The Zebra Empire to [[DirtyCommunists China]] with a few shades of Caesar's Legion.
** Hellhounds to Deathclaws.
** [[KnightsTemplar Steel Rangers]] for the Brotherhood of Steel, though they seem to act in their West Coast ideology.
*** [[spoiler:Applejack's Rangers or the Outcasts to the Brotherhood Outcasts, though in a reversal, the Outcasts of this story are the ones who want to use their technology for altruistic means rather than just hoard and study it.]]
** [[FantasticNuke Balefire and Megaspell bombs]] as a stand in for nukes.
** The Taint (or rather, [[spoiler: Impelled Metamorphosis Potion]] for FEV.
** The Alicorns are meant to be the Super Mutants of the universe.
*** The Goddess / [[spoiler: Trixie]] for the Master.
** The Pegasus Enclave is, well, the Enclave.
** The Canterlot Ruins for the [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Sierra Madre]] with a few elements of the Big MT thrown in. Similarly, Elder Cottage Cheese for Father Elijah with a few shades of Mr. House.
** The Ministry of Technology as a combination of Vault City and Underworld.
** Arbu for Arefu[[spoiler:, at first. It's a much closer parallel to [[IAmAHumanitarian Andale]]]].
** Glyphmark for Big Town.
** Qarl Death-Hoof for Garl Death-Hand.
*** Making Xenith's former tribe an expy of the Khans, and thus Glyphmark's Angels are an expy of the Great Khans.
** Maripony for the Mariposa Military Base.
** Friendship City is a mix of Rivet City and Junktown.
** Old Appleloosa to Paradise Falls.
** New Appleloosa to Megaton.
** Old Olneigh to Old Olney.
** Colonel Autumn Leaf to Colonel Augustus Autumn.
** Barkin' Saw to Arkansas.
** Neighvarro to Navarro
** [[spoiler: Calamity's Father to Sergeant Dornan]]
** The Everfree Forest to Vault 22 but with even more terrifying things, like now magical deadly plants and spore creatures.
** The ''[[FlyingCar Sky Bandit]]'' for VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'s [[CoolCar Chryslus Highwayman]].
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Spike takes a plasma cannon shot]] to the eye in Chapter 44.
* FakeDefector: [[spoiler: Zecora]]
* FakeUltimateHero: Subverted. [[spoiler: After finally descending, the Enclave attempt to set themselves up as this, claiming to be Equestria's saviors and trying to take credit for Littlepip's deeds. No one buys it, largely because of Homage doing her best to spread the truth and the Enclave's going around and killing innocents just to kill a select few ponies.]]
* FallenHero: While we don't get details, Homage has seen many of these throughout Equestria. [[spoiler: So many, that when it appears that Littlepip has become one, she doesn't find it hard accept that her girlfriend might be evil.]]
* FantasticDrug: Despite the obvious downside to most of the drugs (addiction, crashes, overdoses, etc...) Party-Time Mint-als have let Littlepip overcome a whole lot of problems due to the increased clarity of thought. They also [[spoiler: enhanced Pinkie Pie's Pinkie Sense to near PsychicPowers levels.]]
* FantasticNuke: Balefire bombs, of course.
* FantasticRacism: People distrust ghouls, expecting them to turn into killing zombies, even the nice ones like [[spoiler:Ditzy Doo]]. During the war, zebras were almost always represented as monsters in war propaganda.
* FateWorseThanDeath:
** The fate of those who survive the ghoul doctor's experiments.
** [[spoiler:Twilight, who gets dragged into the Goddess's consciousness, hanging on the edge of insanity for over two centuries.]]
** [[spoiler: Fluttershy, who gets [[CallBack turned into a tree]] and is forced to watch the deaths of anyone who wanders too far into the Everfree Forest. She gets better, though.]]
** Rarity is the most extreme example, because she [[spoiler:let her own soul be ripped into forty-three pieces to stuff most of it into 42 Ministry Mare figurines.]]
* FireForgedFriends: Littlepip and Calamity. Possibly Velvet Remedy as well.
* [[FiveManBand Five Pony Band]]
** TheHero: Littlepip, despite her insistence that she's not the leader.
** TheLancer: Calamity, snarkiness included.
** TheChick: Velvet Remedy
** TheBigGuy: [=SteelHooves=]. Comes with being the most capable fighter and wearing PowerArmor on a [[spoiler:(necessarily)]] consistent basis.
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Mare]]: Littlepip, but Xenith is this in different fields.
** TeamPet: Velvet Remedy's Balefire Phoenix, Pyrelight.
** TheSixthRanger: Xenith.
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie, high on mind-altering Mint-als, Pinkie Senses Littlepip (who has not been born yet) listening in on her memory orb (which has not been recorded yet). This inspires her to have Rainbow Dash collect a series of memory orbs from each of the Manes, one of which of herself ''communicating directly with Littlepip'', and stash them in the Canterlot Ministry of Awesome after the apocalypse kicks off so that Littlepip can stumble across it 200 years later. The information in the orbs turns the entire tide of the story. ''Sunshine. And. Rainbows.'']]
* FootnoteFever: The end of every chapter includes a little footnote describing Littlepip's current level and/or acquired Perks.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: While trying to fend off [[spoiler: the Wonderbolts]], Littlepip's mind is assaulted by a group of alicorns, [[MindRape who are ordering her to kill Velvet Remedy.]] She resists with the help of the Ministry Mares statuettes, only for the alicorns to say as a reminder to "Tell Red Eye that she has passed." Not too much later, Littlepip learns that the exact same thing happened to Colonel Autumn Leaf, which is a part of Red Eye's well-crafted BatmanGambit.
** In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment during Red Eye's conversation with Colonel Autumn Leaf, the former mentions that a few things can get through the shield at the main hub of the Single Pegasus Project. [[spoiler:One of them is certain kinds of dragon magic.]]
* FreudianTrio: [[TheKirk Littlepip]] and her two most constant companions, [[TheSpock Calamity]] and [[TheMcCoy Velvet Remedy.]]
* FrickinLaserBeams: Energy weapons, a trait carried over from ''Fallout''.
* FriendOrFoe: The E.F.S system on the [=PipBuck=] somehow determines the status of all living beings and marks them as either hostile or friendly.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: The Diamond Dogs, once some of the most pathetic villains around, have been transformed by magical radiation into one of the deadliest and most dreaded threats in the Wasteland.
* FusionFic
* GladiatorGames: The pit.
* GodIsDead: Celestia and Luna sacrificed their lives to protect Equestria during the apocalypse. Since the sun and moon now move on their own, (though differently, as eclipses never occurred under their watch) many ponies, especially the pegasi, have turned to atheism. On the other hand, just as many believe that Celestia and Luna [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended]] and now perform their duties and watch over Equestria from there, similar to more conventional gods. Turns out [[spoiler: Celestia survived, but her grief in losing Luna caused her to flee to the S.P.P]], if you count uploading your mind while your body dies.
* GodJob: Discussed. [[spoiler: Red Eye thinks that Equestria can't function without a god, and that ponies will turn to anarchy and cruelty without someone carrying a big stick to watch over them. In other words, a god like Celestia or Luna doesn't just move celestial bodies, they make civilized society possible without the props of violence and slavery. Littlepip disagrees, believing that Equestrians can heal the world through the magic of love and friendship.]]
* GodzillaThreshold: To the Zebras, [[spoiler: Luna's takeover of Equestria's government]] meant that if they lost the war then they faced a fate worse than death [[spoiler: at the hooves of Nightmare Moon]]. When it looked like that had become inevitable, risking MutuallyAssuredDestruction with a first strike became the preferable option.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The Goddess was created [[spoiler:in an attempt to artificially generate alicorns. See HiveMind for the results.]]
* GottaCatchThemAll: Type C. One of the major plot points for story is for Littlepip to find ponies that represent the Elements of Harmony so that she can activate the [[spoiler: Gardens of Equestria and hopefully rid Equestria of all the Taint and radiation.]]
** In universe, the [[spoiler:magical statuettes of the Mane six also work like this]].
* TheGovernment: In the war, after Princess Celestia stepped down, Princess Luna formed a war government by having the Mane Six form the Ministries to deal with the war. In the wasteland, there isn't much of a government [[spoiler: until after Red Eye, the Goddess and the Enclave are defeated, and the Single Pegasus Project and Gardens of Equestria are activated.]]
** The Mane Six's Ministries all had a purpose in the war effort and had influence over Equestria's culture - Twilight Sparkle's [[{{Magitek}} Ministry of Arcane Sciences]], Applejack's [[MagicFromTechnology Ministry of Wartime Technology]], Rarity's [[PropagandaMachine Ministry of Image]], Fluttershy's [[HospitalParadiso Ministry of Peace]], Pinkie Pie's [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou Ministry of Morale]], and Rainbow Dash's [[HeroesRUs Ministry of Awesome]].
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Similar to Fallout, there aren't any overtly evil or good people. Instead there are mainly people with similar goals, and differing methods. Such as Littlepip and Red Eye (though admittedly Littlepip is ALighterShadeOfGrey in comparison).
* GunsAkimbo: Battle Saddles. Sort of.
** Reggie also uses twin pistols modified by Calamity.
* HammerSpace: Littlepip's saddlebags. Able to carry at any time up to almost a half dozen guns, including full sized rifles, several healing potions, the Ministry Mare statuettes, and other assorted items.
* HealingFactor: All ghouls and alicorns when exposed to radiation. Later Littlepip herself gains the "Rad Regeneration" perk following exposure to Taint.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Littlepip's only spell is telekinesis, which is the most basic unicorn spell, and she has a significant amount of angst over it. Velvet later points out that she is capable of doing telekinesis better than any other unicorn in existence. [[spoiler:The Black Book later gives her Hemokinesis. Yes, power over blood.]]
* HeroicSacrifice:
** Big Macintosh. To save Celestia from a Zebra assassin.
** Celestia and Luna to prevent the Pink Cloud from devastating Equestria. [[spoiler: [[{{Averted}} Celestia survives]]]].
** Rarity, teleporting Fluttershy and Angel to safety from the Pink Cloud. [[spoiler: [[SoulJar Technically,]] she's still alive.]]
** [[spoiler:Littlepip upon entering the Single Pegasus Project. Celestia offers her the chance to leave so that she won't spend the rest of her life in an artificial coma. Littlepip decides to stay, [[YouAreNotAlone saying that no one should have to be without friendship.]]]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: [[spoiler: Littlepip spends a brief stint as this after she kills the Arbu cannibals. Information on the massacre spreads slowly at first, and all anypony knows initially is that Littlepip massacred an entire village for no apparent reason. To their credit, everypony is aware that they're acting on incomplete information, but they're also aware how much damage an evil Littlepip could cause, and well, better safe than sorry. Fortunately, the whole thing is cleared up fairly quickly, and Homage delivers a public apology.]]
* HetIsEw: The Enclave encourage homosexuality among its rank and file as a means of population control, given their limited [[StealthPun arable]] farmland.
* HiddenElfVillage: Of a sort. When Cloudsdayle was hit with a megaspell at the start of the war, most of the pegasi brought about a permanent cloud cover and built new hidden cities to hide from the zebra forces. The pegasi living up above the clouds maintain that they'll be back to help the world eventually, though 200 years after the war's end they're still in hiding. In Chapter 38, [[spoiler: they finally descend and bring the Wasteland under martial law. However, the real reason they've arrived is so they can deal with Red Eye, and they don't have any plans on staying once that's done.]]
* HitMeDammit: At the end of Chapter 44, [[spoiler: when Littlepip needs Spike to breath fire on her.]]
* HiveMind: Littlepip comes to the conclusion that [[spoiler:the alicorns]] have one when they state they remember her killing them. They also refer to themselves collectively as 'Us'.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Some of the characters swear by/pray to Luna and Celestia. Littlepip comes up with gems like "Luna shitting moon rocks". Really, some of the joy in this story comes from the brilliant color of Littlepip's vocabulary. Including "Stick a horn where Celestia don't shine" and "Solar-flaring orgasms of Celestia". [[spoiler: To her profound embarrassment, Celestia recognizes her as "she of the colorful vulgarities".]]
* HonorBeforeReason: See CannotTellALie.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: "Everything will end in sunshine and rainbows!"]]
* HowWeGotHere
* HurricaneOfPuns: As expected when the source material is half from [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic MLP:FiM]].
* IAmLegion: The alicorns, and by extension the Goddess, who is (at least partly) [[spoiler:The Great and Powerful Trixie]].
* ILied: While not quoted outright, Littlepip bluntly lampshades her dishonesty as she turns her gun on [[spoiler: Colonel Autumn Leaf]] instead of fulfilling her end of their deal.
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm a Ponytarian]]: The residents of [[spoiler:Arbu are cannibals, killing and eating ponies including a wandering preacher and various bandits. Littlepip [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge does not approve.]]]]
* IncestIsRelative: [[spoiler: When Stable Two was founded, several of the ponies were part of Applejack's family. As years passed and no new additions were made to the gene pool, the inhabitants came dangerously close to inbreeding.]]
* IncompatibleOrientation: Littlepip had a crush on Velvet Remedy since she was little. Unfortunately, Velvet is straight. [[spoiler: Though this was probably for the best, as they're distantly related.]]
* IndyPloy: Expect these every time you see the words 'Stealth mission,' as well as pain, violence, explosions and more violence.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: When Calamity and Velvet start making out, in Chapter 41, Littlepip excuses herself with a "Time to go do the thing, in the place!"
* [[InsaneTrollLogic Insane Zebra Logic]]: Littlepip's first impression of Xenith's philosophy.
* InstantExpert: Littlepip leaves the stable with no knowledge of how guns work. She learns how to operate a shotgun simply by seeing it fired a few times, and within hours is capable of winning gunfights against groups of armed opponents. It's not long before she adds a revolver, an assault rifle and a sniper rifle to her arsenal as well.
* {{Invisibility}}: The blue alicorn's unique ability. [[spoiler:Acquired from Trixie.]]
* IronicEcho: When littlepip meets [[spoiler:Monterey Jack]] again, and accuses him of robbing her:
--> '''Guard:''' Sorry. But it’s your word against his, and frankly, seeing as you aren’t a [[spoiler:Tenpony]] citizen, your word doesn’t mean much here.
** After he confesses, she finds out that there's a death penalty, and she claims he didn't do it:
--> '''Guard:''' Sorry kid. But it’s your word against his. And like I said, your non-citizen word doesn’t mean the dirt on my hoof around here.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: Due to their hive mind, the same trick cannot be used on alicorns more then once. [[spoiler:They are also capable of learning said tricks themselves, and once the hive mind is destroyed, they form an alliance with Velvet Remedy because they realize it's a better option than fighting Littlepip, the pony who outwitted and blew up their Goddess.]]
* ItsAllMyFault: Calamity's reaction when [[spoiler:Littlepip has to come to terms with her addiction to Party Time Mint-Als.]]
** Celestia's reaction to [[spoiler:Big Macintosh's sacrifice and the destruction of Luna's academy.]] Ironically, if she hadn't stepped down as ruler of Equestria, the apocalypse may never have happened.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:[=SteelHooves=]]]
* KillerRabbit: Angel Bunny TookALevelInBadass during the Great War, gaining the title of Doombunny from the Zebra army.
* KillSat: Of a sort. [[spoiler: Celestia One - the megaspell in Tenpony Tower - focuses the sun's energy into a devastating beam]].
* KirkSummation: Littlepip tries to talk Elder Cottage Cheese out of plugging himself into the Crusader Maneframe. [[spoiler:It doesn't work, and she resorts to shutting down the entire system instead.]]
* LadyLand: As per the show, the lead authority of the Stables is always female. (Exception: Stable 24, which had a patriarchal culture as it's sociology experiment.)
* LargeHam: [[spoiler: The Goddess, aka, the Great and Powerful Trixie]].
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The memory orbs work either by copying or completely extracting the victim's memories, meaning they can't look back on them without accessing the orb. At the end of Chapter 31, [[spoiler: Littlepip uses this to set a plan in motion against The Goddess, without the telepath finding out about it in advance.]]
* LegacyCharacter:
** DJ PON-3. The current holder of the title being [[spoiler: Homage]].
** All of the Element Bearers, particularly [[spoiler:Calamity and Velvet Remedy, for their admiration of Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy, respectively.]]
** [[spoiler:Littlepip herself]] is this in part for Twilight Sparkle, for [[spoiler:finding the majority of the Element Bearers, as well as being the 'spark' responsible for helping them fulfill their destinies.]]
* LeftHanging: [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash's ultimate fate and the Bearers of the Elements of Magic and Generosity were never revealed.]]
* LightIsNotGood: Littlepip finds other characters who embody the virtues in ways that causes more harm than good. It's explicitly stated by Watcher that the virtues can't do any good without [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship]] behind them.
** Loyalty: The mercenary that is loyal to money and contract, but could easily betray co-workers.
** Honesty: The pony who caused his own death by telling the truth, even when it was not necessary.
** Laughter: The filly who tried to suppress all negative emotions, turning into a StepfordSmiler.
** Generosity: The dictator who goes to monstrous lengths to gift Equestria with a future.
** Magic: The Goddess [[spoiler:Trixie]], absorbing Unicorns and turning them into the powerful Alicorns, stripping away their identity and free will.
** Kindness: Littlepip herself. At multiple points in the story, she goes to great lengths to save the people living in the wasteland, only to abandon them when the danger has passed or to find out that the people she helped weren't as good as she thought and saving them may not have been the right thing. The Goddess notes her "virtue" is Corrupted Kindness, words that haunt Littlepip more and more after he leaves her.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Littlepip, Velvet Remedy, and [=SteelHooves=] are distant relatives.]]
* MadDoctor: The ghoul doctor, who tries to [[spoiler:create a pony-chimera hybrid capable of resisting the taint, killing many individuals in the process]].
* MadScientist:
** Doctor Glue, and he's completely unrepentant about it.
** [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle qualifies as well. While she had very good intentions, she left a lot of collateral damage in her wake, to the point that Spike feels the need to preemptively defend her to Littlepip]].
* {{Magitek}}: Balefire bombs, magical energy weapons that shoot lightning/plasma/laser beams, several [=PipBuck=] functions, rifles that shoot flammable bullets[[note]]That is, a rifle that turns normal bullets flammable[[/note]], and so on.
* MeaningfulName: As in MLP.
** Littlepip: Diminutive, and a [=PipBuck=] technician.
*** MythologyGag: [[VideoGame/FalloutVanBuren Van Buren]] was going to have a stand-in for the Pipboy called a Lil Pip.
*** Littlepip's RedBaron, the Bringer of Light, takes significance later: [[spoiler: she's convinced that her purpose is to bring the sun back to Equestria.]]
** Velvet Remedy: Remedy as in a medicine or treatment, more appropriate for a healer than a singer.
** [[spoiler: Deadshot]] Calamity: Expert markspony. Also many of his plans have a habit of either backfiring spectacularly or having tons of collateral damage. [[spoiler: And his mother died in childbirth.]]
*** Also a reference to Calamity Jane.
*** ZigZagged: He bears no obvious similarity to [[NamesTheSame Calamity]], a ghoul in VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas.
** [=SteelHooves=]: Never takes off his steel armor. Technically his nickname though.
*** His real name, [[spoiler: "Applesnack"]], is oddly similar to his former girlfriend's name. Much to Dash's amusement.
* MechanicalHorse: Security robots that shoot lightning.
* MemoryGambit: Littlepip's big plan with Red Eye and the Goddess hinges on her NOT knowing what the plan is.
* MindOverMatter: Littlepip's only magic is telekinesis, which all unicorns can do, but the sheer level of her capability is staggering; during The Pit fight, she manages to levitate herself, an ally, a lance and ''several gallons of toxic goo'', the last being stretched out to cloak them from snipers. And then she decides to pick a lock, without tools, by grabbing the tumblers from inside. ''And succeeds''. She's extremely taxed by the feat but it would probably be flat-out impossible for any other pony short of Celestia or Luna. (Admittedly she had spent several traits on this.)
* MindRape: [[spoiler: The surviving alicorns under Red Eye attempt this on Littlepip, forcing her to turn her gun on Velvet Remedy. Littlepip manages to break free of their control before she pulls the trigger, however.]]
* MisplacedAccent: Calamity's family (with the exception of Autumn Leaf) seem to be the only ponies in the Enclave – possibly the entire Wasteland – to speak with "Southern" accents.
* MixAndMatchCritters: The snake/cat/wasp beasts in [[spoiler:Stable 24]].
* MotiveDecay: InUniverse. The Steel Rangers were originally some of the foremost protectors of Equestria. After the nuclear holocaust, many of them began misinterpreting their oath as "protect Equestrian technology, and kill anyone who gets in our way." [[spoiler: This eventually causes the Rangers to splinter into two factions: one loyal to the old ways (protecting the citizens of Equestria) and another loyal to the new interpretation.]]
* MoreDakka: [=SteelHooves'=] armor is equipped with a rocket launcher and a grenade machine-gun. Even with this arsenal, Calamity still considers adding a plasma rifle to the armor.
* MutuallyAssuredDestruction: The only thing the zebras could think of to escape their presumed slaughter under the reign of Nightmare Moon was to take out the entirety of Equestria with them as they went down. As stated in chapter 36:
--> The zebras had already lost. Equestria had won. It was only a matter of playing it out. Checkmate in a predictable number of moves. And if the zebras truly believed that there was no possibility of surviving a surrender, that they were facing annihilation or worse under Nightmare Moon... and they did truly believe that... then the only move left was to blow up the board.\\
The zebras didn’t see any other choice.
** Befitting to the setting, this trope had a rather different and more ironic name in Equestria: Communally Assured Reciprocal Existence, or CARE -- Fluttershy came up with it, naturally.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Littlepip in Chapter 19 which leads to her flushing away all her Party-Time Mint-Als.
* MyGreatestFailure:
** [[spoiler:Arbu]] for Littlepip, to the point where she starts obsessing over it.
** [[spoiler: Luna's magic academy]] is this for [[spoiler: Princess Celestia. There were three equally good sites for the school, but she picked the one in Crescent Moon Canyon for the sake of a ''joke'' on her sister. Because this allowed for the later massacre as the school was near the Zebra border, escalating the war to the point of no return, Celestia]] blames herself for the eventual apocalypse and [[spoiler: Luna's death]].
** The apocalypse likely never would have happened if [[spoiler:Fluttershy hadn't given megaspells to the zebras as a sign of good faith.]] She acknowledges this.
* NailedToTheWagon: [[spoiler: Littlepip by Velvet Remedy.]] She gets tranquilized and transported (in what happens to be a wagon) to the addiction clinic against her will. She doesn't take it well.
* [[NayTheist Neigh Theist]]: Played unusually. While [[spoiler: Littlepip freely]] believes in the divinity of Celestia and Luna and is reverent towards them, [[spoiler: she]] does ''not'' agree with [[spoiler: Red Eye that the Wasteland needs a god to save it, or that it needs a living god to make everypony behave.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Most of the major players in the Great War caused severe consequences or problems which lingered on two-hundred years later:
** Princess Celestia - Building Luna's magical academy in Littlehorn Valley and the massacre that followed led to the darker years of the war.
** Princess Luna - While she did not do any major damage, [[spoiler: her very presence as monarch triggered a devastating shift in the zebra's war mentality, not to mention the damage that was caused as a result of the Ministries that she created.]]
** Twilight Sparkle - Her alicorn project led to the creation of the Goddess and the alicorn army, and the discarded Impelled Metamorphsis Potion batches eventually were mixed with balefire radiation, creating mutated species.
** Applejack - Her Ministry built many weapons which devastated zebras and ponykind, help fund many companies which caused just as many disasters in the war, and founded the Steel Rangers who eventually became hoarders of technology, abandoning their oath to protect Equestria.
** Rarity - Her Ministry's role making propaganda only fueled the hatred towards zebras.
** Pinkie Pie - Pinkie Pie subverted her own Ministry's war on drugs, leading to rampant drug problems in Equestria, and even cooked up [[FantasticDrug Party Time Mint-als]].
** Fluttershy - [[StupidGood She gave megaspell science to the zebras]], in the hope to end the war peacefully. Instead, [[CrapsackWorld it lead to a apocalyptic holocaust via magical superweapons.]]
** Rainbow Dash - The alarms Rainbow Dash rigged to the box of memory orbs in Canterlot end up triggering the Enclave invasion of the wasteland two centuries later. Oops.
* NoOSHACompliance: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Littlepip herself in this quote from Chapter 29 when the Goddess plays a video recording of the incident that created her.
-->"Again with the catwalks-over-factory-floors aesthetic of wartime Equestria," I groused.
* NotWhatISignedOnFor:
** [[spoiler: An unnamed Pegasus Enclave soldier, upon witnessing his squadron leader vaporize a terrified filly.]]
** [[spoiler: Later: the entire crew of an Enclave airship. They cease their bombardment of Friendship City once it becomes clear that the defenders can no longer fight back. Their former allies promptly blow them out of the sky.]]
* NoPlaceForMeThere: Red Eye knows that he isn't fit to rule Equestria once he's restored it. Thus his plan to [[spoiler: ascend to godhood and control the sun, moon, and weather in the background while Littlepip takes the lead.]]
* NuclearNasty: Magical radiation and 'Taint' mutated parasprites, bats, phoenixes and pretty much every other creature out there.
* NuclearOption: [[spoiler: Littlepip kills the Goddess and destroys the Black Book by detonating a megaspell. Note that it was more or less the only option, as both are pretty much invincible otherwise.]]
* OnceMoreWithClarity: Littlepip will often recall a seemingly inconsequential throwaway detail in somepony's dialogue, memory, or audio log several chapters down the line to either provide another layer of philosophical reflection, unravel the pre-apocalypse conspiracy, or arm herself in the present.
** Justified: [[spoiler: the entire book turns out to be based off a direct copy of Littlepip's memories, edited and all.]]
* OneGenderRace: The alicorns are all female. Even if they try to assimilate a male, [[GenderBender he won't be one anymore]] by the time the transformation is complete. [[DeconstructedTrope This is actually bad for them:]] they plan to become the dominant race in Equestria, which can't be done unless they have a method of reproduction outside of assimilation. [[spoiler: In the [[DistantFinale coda]], many of them have been turned back into males with the help of Xenith and the killing joke.]]
* OperationJealousy: Subverted. While angry at Calamity, Velvet considers doing this with Littlepip. Littlepip immediately [[WhatTheHellHero rips into her for it,]] pointing out that Velvet is trying to manipulate someone who has an unrequited crush on her in order to get back at someone else.
* OppositesAttract: Calamity and Velvet Remedy.
* OurGhoulsAreCreepier: Just like the VideoGame/{{Fallout}} version, some are mindless and feral while some are intelligent and a couple are allies (like Ditzy Doo, [[spoiler: [=SteelHooves=] and Lion]].) Though they might actually be undead due to the possibility of necromantic magic in the Balefire bombs. There is no doubt about the Canterlot ghouls: save beheading, they ''always'' come back after being "killed".
* TheParalyzer: Part of the Fallen Caesar style of fighting.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Next to Homage, Calamity is Littlepip's closest friend. [[spoiler:He's even the last person she asks to see before she activates the Single Pegasus Project.]]
-->'''Littlepip:''' [[spoiler:Please, Celestia, if you would, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming show me Calamity.]]]]
* PlotArmor: [=LittlePip=]'s escape from Fillydelphia involves an extreme amount of action and combat, much of which the character performs while suffering from both a fractured leg and a punctured lung.
* PlotHole: A minor one in chapter 5: Calamity casually mentions his mother reading child stories to him. [[spoiler:Actually, she died giving birth to him.]]
* PopulationControl: Due to lack of farmland the Enclave doesn't allow ponies to reproduce until they've served in the military. Homosexual ponies are given preferential treatment.
* PosthumousCharacter:
** Pretty much the entire cast of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic.'' If the war didn't kill them, the two centuries in between the war and the events of the story did. The only known exceptions to this rule are Ditzy Doo, [[spoiler: Spike and Star Sparkle, Twilight's mother]].
** [[spoiler: If you can count being/part of a multi-conscious being 'alive' then Trixie and Twilight Sparkle are also exceptions. Twilight Sparkle survived the destruction of the Goddess by body-jumping into an alicorn, though she apparently died shortly afterwards.]]
** [[spoiler: Rarity is still alive to an extent, having put most of her soul into [[SoulJar the 42 figurines of the Ministry Mares.]]]]
** [[spoiler: If you count being turned into a tree as being 'alive', then Fluttershy is also an exception. You'd better, however, count her [[{{Averted}} getting cured and rehabilitated.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Celestia is still alive, having downloaded herself into the SPP's Crusader mainframe and turned it into a soul jar.]]
* PoweredArmor: All Steel Rangers, Applejack's Ranger, and Enclave soldiers wear a powered suit. Similar to VideoGame/{{Fallout}} power armor.
* PragmaticHero: What Littlepip has to become in order to save the Wasteland. Also one of the defining themes of the story.
* PreMortemOneLiner: A partial one from Littlepip.
-->'''Littlepip:''' How do you like...[them apples] (Just before sending a bunch of apple grenades down [[spoiler:Mr Topaz's]] throat)
* ProperlyParanoid: Scootaloo goes to extreme measures to have safe meetings with her friends, thinking the Ministry of Morale may be watching. [[spoiler:She's right]].
* PunchClockVillain: While in Shattered Hoof, Littlepip meets some Raiders that aren't raping-and-killing monsters, and are just trying to survive in the wasteland.
* PunnyName: It's a ''Friendship is Magic'' fanfiction. Go figure this will be a good chunk of the cast, of whom cheese shop owner Monterey Jack is only the first.
* RadiationImmuneMutants: Ghouls and other creatures that survived the original nuclear fallout, such as phoenixes are resistant and even heal in the presence of radiation.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Lil' Macintosh (a scoped revolver) is one of Littlepip's most powerful guns. May be [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as this one was crafted by, [[spoiler:and shown in [=SteelHooves=]' memory, used by]], the head of the Ministry of Wartime Technology AKA Applejack, and would therefore pack quite a punch.
* RoguesGallery: Although Littlepip and co. usually dispatch Raiders and the like, she has a number of foes that she crosses paths with on multiple occasions, the most notable ones being [[DiabolicalMastermind Red Eye]], the BigBad of the story; the Goddess, the most powerful entity in the Wasteland and the ruler of the Alicorns, and [[spoiler:Colonel Autumn Leaf, Calamity's older brother and leader of the Grand Pegasus Enclave.]]
* RunningGag:
** Whenever Gawd's name is used in conversation. Ex -- "I'm on a mission from Gawd."
** Littlepip's [[PlayfulHacker obsession with lockpicking and hacking]].
** Calamity's [[KleptomaniacHero penchant for looting whenever possible]].
** Homage having way too much fun embarrassing Littlepip over the air.
** Watcher sneaking up on Littlepip.
** The Ministry Mares playfully hitting on Applejack, particularly [[CampStraight Rainbow Dash.]]
** Littlepip being a [[PaperThinDisguise toaster repair pony.]]
** Every chapter [[FootnoteFever ends up with Littlepip gaining a new perk]], which are parodies of Fallout ones. Some examples are:
*** ''Cherchez La Filly - +10% damage to the same sex and unique dialogue options with certain ponies.''
*** ''Math Wrath – You are able to optimize your [=PipBuck=]’s targeting spell logic. S.A.T.S. is now 20% cooler.''
*** ''Mighty Telekinesis (level three) – Your telekinesis is Twilight Sparkle tier. You can handle multiple objects with ease; and with enough focus, you could probably carry around an Ursa Minor!''
* ScrewYouElves: Pegasi have become the elves of the setting, living safely in the clouds and claiming that they'll come down to [[BigDamnHeroes save Equestria,]] but never getting around to it. Rainbow Dash, Scootaloo and Calamity (who are pegasi themselves) gave them this treatment, with Calamity doing it every chance he gets. [[spoiler: And now that they've descended, pretty much everyone is giving them this treatment.]]
* SecretPolice: The Ministry of Morale.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: The zebras feared that Princess Luna taking over the rule of Equestria was the beginning of a prophecy that Nightmare Moon would return and destroy the world. Cue the zebras going to such lengths to prevent that from happening that ''they'' end up destroying the world out of sheer desperation.
* SequelHook: A handful. [[spoiler: The cloud cover is broken, the taint and radiation are mostly cleansed from the land, and Equestria sees a period of relative peace. However, the remains of the Enclave and Red Eye's forces are engaged in bitter civil wars, energy sources remain a long-term concern, the bearers of Magic and Generosity are never named, and the fate of Rainbow Dash remains a mystery]].
* SexIsInteresting: Mentions of sexuality are common. Characters usually have "lovers"[[note]]which basically means "these individuals are having sex"[[/note]] rather than "fillyfriends" or "coltfriends[[note]]which don't necessarily involve sex[[/note]]. There are at least two [[GirlOnGirlIsHot lesbian mares]] and two gay stallions. Littlepip's profanity is usually some variation on "[Celestia/Luna/Both] [sexually violate] me with her [body part]!". Lifebloom notes that he was kicked out of the Republic because his homosexuality, while the population-wary Enclave are explained to give preferential treatment to homosexual officers (with Calamity referring to one of his older brothers as an example).
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:Equestria was mere ''weeks'' from decisively winning the war. Twilight Sparkle had cracked the zebras' spell Bypass, enabling her to create impenetrable megaspell shields if she had just a little more time, and had begun testing the alicorn mutation formula the day of the bombings. The only reason the apocalypse started was because they thought Nightmare Moon was going to exterminate them after winning the war and that they seriously had nothing to lose.]]
** Even more heartbreakingly, [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie's strike team was mere ''minutes'' too late breaking into the Four Stars building to stop the megaspell that would destroy Manehattan. Her call to Twilight asking for help with her drug addiction and to repair their friendship was sent minutes after Twilight got bombed in Splendid Valley, and minutes before Pinkie herself was incinerated in the Manehattan blast.]]
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Stated quite emphatically by both Calamity and Velvet Remedy in Stable 29. Littlepip [[GenreSavvy doesn't buy it]].
-->'''Littlepip:''' By the Goddesses, could they be any more obvious!
** Also an example of SelfFulfillingProphecy, as part of the reason they hooked up is because Littlepip thought it was inevitable.
* ShutUpHannibal:
** [[spoiler: Fluttershy (or at least a vision of her) gives one to the Black Book. "Hush now. Quiet now."]]
** [[spoiler: Littlepip delivers a barn burner of one to both Red Eye and ''herself''.]]
* ShoutOut: An audiolog in Stable 24 mentions sending [[Film/{{Alien}} a guy with a flamethrower into the ventilation system to root out the monsters.]]
** "[[TheBluesBrothers Mission from Gawd]]", anyone?
** The water talisman in stable 29 being damaged is one for Fallout 1; however it doesn't turn out very well this time.
** [[spoiler: Spike]] reminds an Enclave soldier that she's "[[DoNotTauntCthulhu tasty and goes good with ketchup]]" (the "Meddle not in the affairs of dragons..." meme).
** Several events in the show are off-handedly mentioned.
* SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset: Nightseer wears the bones of [[spoiler: Princess Luna]] as armor/trophies. It's ultimately her downfall, as Littlepip telekinetically impales her with them.
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: [[spoiler: Spike. He feels immense guilt over this, since this left his closest friend Twilight Sparkle to die alone.]]
* SlobsVsSnobs: A lot of the arguing between Velvet Remedy, Calamity and to a lesser extent LittlePip can come across as this.
* SoulJar: A form of dark zebra magic.
** [[spoiler: The Black Book acts as this for the mad zebra who created it]].
** [[spoiler: The 42 figurines of the Mane Six serve as this for Rarity, though she was doing for altruistic reasons.]]
** [[spoiler: The SSP Crusader mainframe is one for Celestia.]]
* TheSpeechless: Ditzy Doo.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Littlepip's name can be a source of confusion, with readers sometimes spelling it as [=LittlePip=] or Littlepip. This isn't helped by the fact that the spelling is occasionally inconsistent within the story itself [[note]]The very first mention of her name, for example, is '[=LittlePip=]'[[/note]].
* SpinOffspring: Velvet Remedy is a direct descendant of Sweetie Belle, while Littlepip is descended from an undefined branch of the Apple family.
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler:Pinkie's drug-induced interactions with Littlepip inspire her to safely stash the memory orbs Littlepip used to interact with her 200 years later.]]
* StealthPun: Her image devastated after the events of "Boast Buster" Trixie is implied to have wound up pulling tricks by a Canterlot Turnpike.
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler: Silver Bell]]
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler: Monterey Jack]]
* SugarApocalypse: This ''is'' the world of ''Friendship is Magic'' after the equivalent of a nuclear war, after all.
* TakeThat: Chapter 11 has a jab at the one-use nature of permanent items.
--> (It's not as if books can only be read once, after all.)
** The story also takes jabs at various parts of the games, such as:
*** Megaton in ''Fallout 3'', when sheriff Railright comments on how keeping an undetonated megaspell in a town would be a terrible idea.
*** There's an alicorn that appears in chapter 37 that's a likely reference to Dog and God from ''Dead Money.'' Velvet comments on how someone with a mental illness that deep-seated couldn't simply be cured by talking to them.
* TakeUpMySword: The world needs six new bearers for the Elements of Harmony so they can [[spoiler: cast a mega-spell that can restore Equestria]]. The first prime candidates are [[spoiler: Ditzy Doo as Laughter and Homage as Honesty]], and later [[spoiler: Velvet Remedy as Kindness and Calamity as Loyalty]]. ([[TheUntwist Was there ever any doubt?]])
** Near the end, [[spoiler: Lifebloom comments that magic has always come easy to him, and he's never found a spell he couldn't learn: however, the limits to the strength of his magic are far weaker than Littlepip's, much less Twilight Sparkle.]]
* TakingTheBullet: Big Macintosh took a shot meant for Celestia, hence the memorial statue in Ponyville.
* {{Telepathy}}: The green alicorn's unique ability. [[spoiler:Acquired from Gestalt and Mosaic.]]
* TeleportersAndTransporters: The purple alicorn's unique ability. [[spoiler:Acquired from Twilight.]]
* TerminallyDependentSociety: In part. One of the main reasons for the Great War was strained relationships with the zebras, resulting in Equestria not getting the coal it needs to fuel its infrastructure. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Littlepip when she berates the old government for running a country on [[IdiotBall a resource that it didn't even]] ''[[IdiotBall have.]]''
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Monterey Jack. By his admission of banditry, and subsequent execution, he forces the responsibility of his children's fate onto the now guilt-ridden Littlepip]].
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler: Red Eye poked around a little in confidential Enclave secrets. As a result, the Enclave finally descend and launch a full-scale military invasion to kill Red Eye and anyone else who might also have the information. And since they can't be certain how many people know the information, best to destroy entire cities just to be safe. [[BatmanGambit This may have been Red Eye's plan all along,]] as their overreaction is destroying the Enclave's claims to be Equestria's saviors and allows him to bait and trap Colonel Autumn Leaf.]]
** Also the modus operandi of [=SteelHooves=] and Butcher, who both have a tendency to fire their huge guns at any kind of threat, even in enclosed spaces and if a single bullet would have sufficed. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] multiple times by Littlepip.
** Apparently the sum total of the Enclave's battle tactics. Then again, they're the ones with [[CoolAirship siege platforms]] [[RuleOfCool made of thunderclouds]] and bristling with magical [[EnergyWeapon energy]] [[PlasmaCannon weapons.]]

* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Littlepip's MemoryGambit as noted above counts on her not watching her own extracted memories until after everything is in place, and has written a letter to herself explicitly telling her this. Naturally, the first thing she does is watch the first one -- and immediately catches an angry earful from herself for being nosy.
** Pinkie Pie's memory orbs where she addresses Littlepip come close.
* TitleDrop: The epilogue's subtitle is 'Of Forgiveness and Fallout.'
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The Black Book.
* ToughLove: An example in Chapter 19, where Velvet Remedy [[spoiler:shoots Littlepip with a dart gun to paralyze her and then drag her to Doctor Helpinghooves to forcibly put her through the addiction treatment.]] Littlepip is understandably upset afterwards, [[spoiler: though that may be because Velvet's intervention resulted in Monterey Jack's death]].
* TownWithADarkSecret: [[spoiler: [[CannibalClan Arbu]]]]
* TransferableMemory: Memory orbs, they can be used by unicorns or ponies with Recollectors to live another pony's memory. It's a dangerous process, since the user won't be able to perceive their environment during the memory.
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: Glyphmark receives a fair bit of training and equipment from Littlepip and Co.
* TwinTelepathy: Gestalt and Mosaic. [[spoiler:It's the source of the green alicorn's telepathy.]]
* UnnamedParent: Littlepip’s mother.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Littlepip's plan to deal with the Goddess. An interesting example in that ''Littlepip'' doesn't know what it is either. [[spoiler: It works quite well, although the untimely arrival of the Enclave made the exit rather ugly.]]
* UnstoppableRage:
** Littlepip goes absolutely kill crazy after finding out the ponies of [[spoiler:Arbu]] are cannibals. Leads to a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against every inhabitant there.
** Not as extreme as Littlepip's, but Velvet Remedy goes trigger happy on a group of raiders who not only [[spoiler: tortured and forced a number of young pony children to fight for their amusement, with the added promise of getting their parent's dead bodies back,]] but they also have the gall to [[spoiler: set up their camp at, and defile Fluttershy's cottage, a mare who Velvet looks up to.]]
* VillainTeamUp: Red Eye and the Goddess have such an alliance, though both are plotting behind each other's back. Subverted when [[spoiler: the Enclave tries to form one with the Goddess. Since she has just a few minutes before being killed by a megaspell when they make the offer, the Enclave has incredibly bad timing.]]
* WeCanRuleTogether: Done by Red Eye to Littlepip. [[spoiler:He's aware that he's the last pony the wasteland needs as a ruler, so he offers Littlepip the chance to ascend to Godhood with him, becoming the resulting being's conscience. Her response is an impressive ShutUpHannibal.]]
* WeatherControlMachine: It's the reason why Equestria is perpetually cloudy. During the apocalypse, the pegasi that would become the Enclave protected themselves by filling the sky with clouds, making the zebras unable to target their cities. [[spoiler: It's also the source of the Enclave's power: by using it to grow crops above the clouds and using the perpetual cloud cover to fabricate stories about the surface world, they can maintain their autonomy. If control was ever taken away from them, they would not be able to survive and would be forced to leave the skies and join the rest of the world.]]
* WhamEpisode:
** Chapter 29: [[spoiler: The Goddess is Trixie, and Twilight Sparkle is part of her MindHive.]]
** Chapter 38. [[spoiler: The Enclave arrive.]]
** Episode 39 is worse. [[spoiler: [=SteelHooves=] dies, Velvet Remedy leaves the group, the Enclave take control of the Wasteland, and the chapter ends on a cliffhanger ending where Ditzy Doo apparently dies. The next chapter reveals that Ditzy survived, but that doesn't detract from the wham, since Ditzy instead pulled off a Sonic Rainboom.]]
** According to the author, chapters with "The X of the Y" titles (such as Chapter Seventeen: "The Villain of the Piece") are plotted to be "Wham Episodes" which [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore significantly alter]] the course of the story, although sometimes only obviously so to readers in retrospect.
* WhamLine: Chapter 25. [[spoiler: "Burning hoof means Littlepip's watching me.". It takes "Pinkie Pie is watching you FOREVER" to a new, horrifying level.]]
** Chapter 40, when Littlepip finally discovers [[BatmanGambit just what she was planning.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Littlepip's alarm:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: >RUN! ]]
]]
-->[[spoiler:[[/folder]]

[[folder: >XENITH HAS PLANTED THE BALEFIRE BOMB BENEATH MARIPONY. ]]
]]
-->[[spoiler:[[/folder]]

[[folder: >YOUR FRIENDS ARE SAFELY AWAY. ]]
]]
-->[[spoiler:[[/folder]]

[[folder: >YOU HAVE THIRTY-EIGHT MINUTES TO GET CLEAR. ]]
]]
-->[[spoiler:[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: >RUN! ]]
]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In this case, referring to an actual mouse. Littlepip and friends set off a spell that turns the dragon in the Canterlot Royal Treasury (possibly Spike's mother) into a field mouse. They then leave (only confirming the spell's success through a gem), and later Canterlot is destroyed by the Enclave. [[spoiler: Subverted when the mouse reappears in the Chapter 43.]]
* WhatTheHellHero:
** DJ-Pon3 calls Littlepip out on this after killing all the inhabitants in [[spoiler:Arbu]].
** Scootaloo planned to pull off an absolutely ''epic'' one to the Ministries and the Princesses themselves. [[spoiler: When the Ministries, governors, and Princesses show up Stable 1, Scootaloo would seal the door and then viciously call them out on the horrific war that has cost so many lives. And since she believes that they don't deserve to have Equestria, even when it recovers, she designed the stable to remain shut ''forever'' until every single one of them died. It doesn't quite work, since most of the ponies never arrive, but ''goddamn'' Scootaloo.]]
** Littlepip - called out by both Velvet Remedy and Littlepip herself after [[spoiler:her destruction of the Goddess also wiped out the Splendid Valley hellhound warrens. Notably, the hellhounds living outside the area did not levy the same WhatTheHellHero condemnation considering the Splendid Valley hellhounds had been engaged in a genocidal war against ponies.]]
* WhatWouldXDo:
** [=SteelHooves=] basically runs on "What would Applejack do?" [[SubvertedTrope This doesn't mean he won't do things he knows Applejack wouldn't approve of.]] Realizing how much he's strayed, and living up to her legacy becomes a big part of his character development.
** Later invoked by Littlepip asking herself what the late [[spoiler:[=SteelHooves=]]] would do.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Littlepip has a particularly jarring encounter with an obviously magical mirror which depicts her inner soul- [[spoiler: as a raider dying in combat.]]
** It later becomes a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming when it is revealed to actually show her at her finest- [[spoiler: shot repeatedly while dressed in raider armor, she nonetheless stood undaunted between a caravan of unarmed innocents and what she believed to be an attacking raider.]]
* TheWikiRule: [[http://falloutequestria.wikia.com/wiki/Fallout:_Equestria_Wiki Here, needs love.]]
* WorldHealingWave: The purpose of [[spoiler: The Gardens of Equestria.]]
* WrittenByTheWinners: The Enclave approach to history.
* YouAreNotAlone:
** [[spoiler: When the Black Book comes dangerously close to corrupting Littlepip in a dream, Rarity's soul jars take the form of the Mane Six and give Littlepip a MindHug.]]
** Mentioned off-screen with Velvet Remedy, whose figurines comfort her after the onslaught of emotions following [[spoiler: [=SteelHooves'=] death.]]
** From Littlepip to [[spoiler:Celestia]], claiming that everyone needs the magic of friendship.
* YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler: Upon realizing that Pinkie Pie is aware that Littlepip is watching her through memory orbs, Littlepip tries to avert the megaspell apocalypse by communicating with her. Pinkie refuses, because that's a secret, and secrets are something that should be kept [[MemeticMutation FOREVER!]]]]
** [[spoiler: Though it's later revealed that Pinkie did act on this knowledge, creating a StableTimeLoop.]]
* YouWillBeAssimilated: The alicorns and the Goddess.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: In the story it's referred to as becoming "The Villain of the Piece" -- doing what is right even though everyone will think you're a horrible person for doing it. It's very easy to slip from this into actual villainy, though, if your moral compass is skewed.
** Scootaloo first uses the phrase to describe her decision to seal the Manehattan Stable before the apocalypse actually happens. If the end doesn't come, everyone will think she imprisoned hundreds of ponies on a whim. [[spoiler:Since it was her idea to run 'experiments' on the Stables before the bombs dropped, public approval wasn't much of an objective. When the bombs ''do'' drop, however, it's a happy coincidence that the Stables were already occupied.]]
** [[spoiler: Littlepip]] ultimately makes a similar decision. [[spoiler: To heal the wasteland, the cloud cover must break, which means destroying pegasus agriculture. Like Scootaloo, Littlepip is forced to choose between the lesser of two evils.]]
** Littlepip's plan to destroy [[spoiler: the Goddess. Detonating the balefire bomb under Maripony was necessary not only to save the Wasteland at large from the Goddess and the Black Book, but also to save Homage and those in Tenpony Tower from Red Eye. The downside? Littlepip's responsible for a nuclear holocaust that kills a massive population of hellhounds, which indirectly causes [=SteelHooves'=] death.]] The worst part about it? ''It was the "best" possible option''.
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''"In a world filled with misery and uncertainty, it is a great comfort to know that, in the end, there is a light in darkness."''