'''''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/9904/My-Little-Denarians My Little Denarians]]''''' ([[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7636040/1/My_Little_Denarians also available at FF.Net]]) is a ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''[=/=]''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' crossover fanfic by Chengar Qordath. After the events of ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/9743/Forever%21 Forever!]]'', a previous short story in which Harry accidentally summoned Pinkie Pie to his kitchen, her brief presence on Earth turns out to have major repercussions: Nicodemus learns of Pinkie Pie and by extension, of the possibility of travelling to various fictional universes through the Outside. His team of Denarians arrives in Equestria just at the start of the second season, making the episode go off the rails in hope of bringing Discord to Earth. Now, to save both worlds, Harry must save the mane six - not just from the effects of Discord's brainwashing but from the corrupting influence of the black coins...

Now complete.

Compare and contrast ''Fanfic/TheDresdenFillies''.

Although all effort has been taken to mark spoilers appropriately, the fanfic is set after the ''Dresden'' book ''Literature/GhostStory'' and {{Late Arrival Spoiler}}s may slip by. Be warned.

There is now a sequel. Titled ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/114804/dresden-gets-schooled Dresden Gets Schooled]]'' ([[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9475383/1/Dresden-Gets-Schooled FF.Net link]]), it is set after ''Literature/ColdDays'' and will place Harry in the events of Equestria Girls.
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!''My Little Denarians'' provides examples of the following tropes (''Dresden Gets Schooled'' has its own section below):

* AccordionMan: Discord's powers include cartoon invulnerability. Harry also contemplates how cartoon invulnerability could be used, like for example, surviving the backlash of a certain powerful ritual spell.
* ActionGirl: Nearly all of the Mane Six at one point or another, but Rainbow Dash and Applejack especially. And [[spoiler:Lash]].
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Harry notes with dismay that his stay in cartoon-land may have changed his thinking process somewhat.
--> '''Harry:''' Wait... Why am I thinking in alliteration? Being in cartoon-land is really starting to mess with my brain.
** Also used by Pinkie (of course): "Chilly Cherry Chocolate Chive Chili!"
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Played with. Apparently Equestrian can be any language the show has voiceover for.
* AllStoriesAreRealSomewhere: A basic premise of the plot. All fictional worlds are real.
** Lampshaded by Harry, who wonders if his world was just made up "by a long-haired guy named [[Creator/JimButcher Jim]]."
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler:Lash]] by proxy. She is a [[spoiler:nephilim, with all of Lasciel's memories of having comitted genocide on her kind]].
* ApologeticAttacker: The ponies profusely apologize to [[spoiler:Cadence]] while they tie her up and gag her to delay her return to the guards.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler: Fluttershy wins her IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight with Rarity by asking Rarity "Why haven’t you killed me yet?"]]
** Later Applejack gives one to [[spoiler:corrupted Celestia]], namely: "Where is [[DeathOrGloryAttack Rainbow]] [[HeroicSacrifice Dash?"]]
* AsLongAsThereIsOneMan: Invoked when [[spoiler: Harry makes Trixie, Cheerilee and some of the other ponies stand up in defiance of Discorded Celestia, encouraging the unaligned to stand with them.]]
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: Lash]] is offered a chance but refuses, instead accepting a PowerLimiter, so she can stay on Earth and help Harry.
** Also sort-of how [[spoiler: Lash]] defeats [[spoiler: Lasciel.]] She explains that there is only room for one soul [[spoiler: in the coin,]] and that by replacing [[spoiler: Lasciel]], and thus killing her, [[spoiler: Lash]] has gained her powers and [[spoiler: angelic status]]. She turns it down, however, as seen above.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** Apart from unicorns, who can use telekinesis, ponies really aren't made to wield [[spoiler:lightsabers]].
** Harry diagnoses "giant demon hellfire dragon" transformations as these, contrasting with Nicky's more low-key but practical LivingShadow.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Pinkie]]. Surprisingly without being corrupted by either Nicodemus or Discord, [[EnemyWithin which actually makes it worse.]]
* BackToBackBadasses: Applejack and [[spoiler:Sanya]] in 23.
* BadassBoast: At one point Harry intimidates a demon by listing all the Denarians he has killed since the beginning of the story. He notes that not all of what he said was necessarily ''true'', but adds to the intimidation factor anyway.
* BadLiar: Applejack's inability to lie gets referenced a few times.
* BatmanGambit:
** Discord pushing Celestia's BerserkButton [[spoiler: so that she exhausts her powers trying to hurt him and can be easily captured. Note that he did have enough raw power to do it the hard way - it was just more fun to use trickery.]]
** Harry's plan [[spoiler: for defeating Nicodemus - hope a ScheherezadeGambit manages to hold Nicky off killing him long enough for Sanya to run him through. Which also depends on Sanya still having enough fight left to do so.]]
* BavarianFireDrill: How the group gets into the palace.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: As soon as he learns about the possibility of travel between worlds, Harry wishes for a chance to visit [[spoiler:StarWars]]. By the end of the story he gets his wish and as it turns out, almost getting beheaded by [[spoiler:Darth Vader]] is the high point of this trip.
* BerserkButton: Discord casually stomps on [[spoiler:Celestia's]] long enough to distract and kidnap [[spoiler:her]].
** Nicky having [[spoiler: Derpy]] shot makes Harry boil with rage. Immediately following that, [[spoiler:Jenkin's death at the fangs of a Denarian-possessed rabbit, and Nicodemus' casual mockery of it]] makes Harry abandon all pretense of snarking and scream right into the phone that Nick is "[[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] dead."
* BeyondTheImpossible: Everyone thought that it was impossible to destroy [[spoiler: a Denarian's coin, leaving Harry shocked when Lash's victory over Lasciel results in just that happening.]]
* {{BFG}}: The [[spoiler:mega party cannon. As well as the party artillery. And party bombs. Taken UpToEleven with a ''party heat-seeking missile launcher.'']]
** Also, several Denarian cultists bring 50-cal machineguns with them.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Discord and Nicodemus.
* BigDamnHeroes: In no particular order, [[spoiler:Derpy, Luna, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Lash]] all pull this off.
** Pretty much everyone in the cast pulls this off.
*** First it was [[spoiler: Lash to Evil!Harry]], then [[spoiler: Rainbow to Harry]], then [[spoiler: Rainbow to Pinkie Pie]], then [[spoiler: Rainbow, ''again'']], and so on and so forth. Even the primary OC gets a turn.
---> Harry: Stupid Element of Loyalty...I swear, she was like a younger, less wise version of me. Well, she was like me if I’d been a magical female cartoon pegasus.
* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash]] after a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from [[spoiler:Applejack/Magog]]. It was as serious as it looked.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: A mutual case between [[spoiler: possessed Fluttershy and Harry]]. Only instead of a room, it was across an entire mountain.
* BobFromAccounting: One of Harry's {{Imagine Spot}}s contains "Bob the cultist", an unfortunate servant of Nicodemus forced to watch and rewatch the first season of ponies to gather intelligence on their targets.
* BreakTheCutie: All of the Denarian's holders, to some extent, after they have realized what they did under the coin's influence.
** An especially harsh example for [[spoiler: Twilight.]] She was completely and utterly broken, in mind, body, and spirit.
* BringNewsBack: Before going for a really desperate plan, Harry persuades [[spoiler:Lash]] to leave the group and warn everybody in case he fails.
* [[spoiler:BrokenBird: Twilight has a severe case of PTSD after returning from the moon. She's even more timid than ''[[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy.]]'']]
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Celestia, after being hit by Harry's Friendship Nuke. Fortunately, it will only take about a week for her full power to return, unlike Luna who had to take a full year to recover after being healed by the Elements of Harmony. Unfortunately, a week is more than enough time for Discord and the Denarians to turn Earth into a crater.]]
* BrownNote: Harry has a bit of a BrownNote when [[spoiler:he sees Discord swimming in the Outside instead of hanging around Equestria]].
** Also occurs when Harry sees something really, really terrifying. Like an angry [[spoiler: Discorded Celestia]].
--> '''Harry:''' If I pissed myself in terror because of a [[spoiler: girly pony princess]], I would never live it down.
* BuffySpeak: In chapter 26, 'Even without pain as a factor I was limping more than ... something that really limps a lot.'
** In chapter 20:
--->'''Harry:'''a poker face to rival … I dunno, something with a really good poker face.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Derpy. She is every bit as ditzy as she looks, but that means she can get away with any level of ObfuscatingStupidity - and being a postmare allows her to go almost anywhere without looking suspicious.
** She is Luna's personal spy for the resistance, who believes a variety of equipment means different flavors of muffins.
* BystanderSyndrome: When Harry and the girls get back to Earth, this is pretty much the main reason no one else except Lash, Rashid the Gatekeeper and [[spoiler:[[JustInTime Sanya]]]] do anything to help. To clarify, it would be perfectly possible for one of the {{All Powerful Bystander}}s to help, but the cost to do so is so high, it is better to wait for some other sucker to pay the butcher's bill.
* TheCaligula: [[spoiler: Discorded Celestia and Possessed Cadance. They try to paint Luna as this but no one wants to believe it.]]
* CallBack: In chapter 26 Harry pulls the same "punt car at villain" move he used back in ''Literature/DeadBeat''.
* TheCameo: While moving between worlds, the characters briefly encounter {{Deadpool}}, Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}} Pinkie and [[FalloutEquestria Littlepip]]. Pinkie Pie herself seems to have making random cameos as a hobby. [[spoiler: Cupcakes stops being a cameo in Chapter 21.]]
** [[Fanfic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony Cloud Kicker and Blossomforth]] also put in a very brief appearance at one point.
* CardCarryingVillain: All over the place. Parodied with [[spoiler:possessed Harry]].
** [[spoiler: Lash]] ponders if this is [[spoiler: Harry's]] way of fighting back, since he normally has more than enough Genre Savviness to be a nightmare.
* CatchPhrase: How Pinkie Pie is originally summoned to Earth, compelled to deliver the punchline when Harry discusses the consequences of losing a friend's trust.
** '''FOREVER!'''
* ChekhovsGun: In chapter 9, [[spoiler:the bottle of chocolate syrup]].
--> Harry: Fallen Angels and evil gods of chaos and disharmony are no match for the power of friendship. And chocolate. But mostly friendship.
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler: Fluttershy in chapter 15 shows that she still knows how to use the Dragon Shouts.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Harry in spades, just like in canon. Also with Rainbow Dash.
* ClosestThingWeGot: Rarity briefly being pressed into service as a medic because she knows how to make stitches, and [[spoiler: Luna planning to take Twilight's place using the Element of Magic]].
* CombatClairvoyance: [[spoiler: Harry when he becomes a Jedi in the StarWars universe. Technically all the Denarians have this two as they became Sith, but [[DamnYouMuscleMemory them actually having centuries to millennia of training in real sword fighting keeps them from fully letting go and using it,]] giving Harry the edge.]]
* CombinedEnergyAttack: How Harry ultimately defeats [[spoiler:Discorded Celestia]], by tapping into the friendship power of the large crowd of ponies [[spoiler:who he and his co-conspirators had successfully goaded into taking a stand against Celestia's new oppressive regime]]. Though Harry notes that it isn't as powerful or as focused as the Elements of Harmony, it operates under the same principles and does the job.
* ConfusionFu: Derpy helps the heroes greatly through acts of seemingly random clumsiness.
--> '''Harry, after Derpy smashes through a pillar to obstruct their pursuers:''' How does a single pony manage to keep smashing through solid stone?
* ContinuityNod: Harry references the dropping of the old Soviet satellite that happened in ''Literature/DeathMasks''. Also from there, '(being able to forget the time I soul-gazed a Denarian would be nice)'
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E23PonyvilleConfidential Princess Celestia was gonna have this big slice of cake]] for dessert, and Princess Luna used her magic to hide it. Celestia was ''so'' mad."
** Derpy says [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup "I just don't know what went wrong".]]
** Harry [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess pauses a moment to think before saying "nah".]] Even better, he does it to Applejack, who did it first.
** “Saying you’ll snipe someone I care about unless I chat with you? You’re slipping Nicky. Last time you tried that trick, you were gonna shoot Molly if I didn’t make nice with you. I expected a little more variety.”
* CoolButInefficient: Harry accuses the outfit Rarity gave him of being this in chapter 26. "The outfit Rarity had me set up with might be wonderfully stylish, but it was woefully lacking in the keeping-me-alive department."
* TheCorrupter: Discord and the Denarians, natch. Discord also claims that he [[spoiler:helped turn Luna into Nightmare Moon]].
** In chapter 23, Harry is deeply concerned that he has become this [[spoiler:in regards to Twilight]].
* CorruptTheCutie: Harry unintentionally performs a mild version of this by expanding Rainbow's vocabulary to include human swear words. He also wonders if Applejack being a smartass DeadpanSnarker in chapter 19 is his fault. [[spoiler:In chapter 23 he wonders if he's turning Twilight into a monster.]]
* CosmicPlaything: Harry is convinced the universe hates him. Events in canon and in this fic support that idea.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Harry [[spoiler: giving Pinkie a soul.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Derpy.
* CuteWitch: Rarity and Twilight.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Lash and Tessa, having actual swordfighting experience unlike Harry, can't let go of their training when [[spoiler: they take up lightsabers.]] Later given as the reason for why [[spoiler: Harry didn't just escape to the Outside; having spent the whole of his life being told that knowledge and use of the Outside is a capital offence, in the high stress situation it fails to enter his instinctual responses.]]
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Words of Creation, with a capital W. [[spoiler:Unusually for the trope, it backfires completely, not only doing no damage to the bad guys but also taking Lash out of the battle and stunning Harry, which Discord then uses as a basis for his BreakingSpeech]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: Discorded Celestia]], keeping the elements at hand rather than in some secluded location. Also [[spoiler: They aren't really in her throne room - it's a trap.]]
* DarkestHour: The end of Chapter 5. [[spoiler: The ponies are captured, Discord is free, Nicodemus is planning to use the ponies as hosts, Harry is discorded, Lash is gone, Celestia is gone, Luna is missing, etc.]]
** The ending of chapter 13, with [[spoiler: the Elements being a trap and possessed Cadance]]. And then chapter 15, with [[spoiler: Luna sent back to the moon and Rainbow Dash apparently dead.]]
* DarkFic: A half-example, since it's dark for a My Little Pony fic, but about on par with canon for The Dresden Files.
* DarkMagicalGirl: The possessed Ponies, [[spoiler:Fluttershy and Rarity]] especially.
** [[spoiler: Discorded Celestia and Possessed Cadence.]]
* DeadlyDodging: Twilight uses her TeleportSpam to this effect. Later attempted against Magog, to much lesser effect (since him hitting a wall at full speed only does damage to the wall).
** [[spoiler: Fluttershy later does this against a guardspony by using Wuld Nah Kest Dragon Shout when he tried to tackle her.]]
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: Jenkins, dying while saving Dash and Harry after they were the ones to go LeeroyJenkins and fall into a trap]]
* DeathOrGloryAttack: Luna's attempt to distract [[spoiler: Discorded Celestia]] so that the Elements can be retrieved. [[spoiler: It fails.]]
* DemonicPossession: All over the place via the blackened Denarii.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash attacking Discorded Celestia.]] Also goes with Heroic Sacrifice.
* DidntThinkThisThrough:
** Harry's idea to disrupt a magical storm by siphoning energy from it. Fortunately, the realization of what exactly he is doing dawned on him just in time to avoid getting fried. He immediately fell to the trope again, deciding to fight [[spoiler:possessed Dash]] in the open.
** Rashid accuses him of this when [[spoiler: givings souls to the ponies, who are Outsiders.]]
** Harry has this thought in chapter 26 when he tries to [[spoiler: burn away Nicky's LivingShadow... that was trying to crawl up his pants.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Jenkins]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: Several denarians, thanks to typical [[spoiler:Coruscant architecture]].
* {{Dissimile}}: Harry's attempt to describe Lasciel. "‘A rebel angel amongst rebels.’ Sort of like JamesDean, except with fire and brimstone instead of motorcycles and leather jackets."
* DissonantSerenity: Nicodemus does this a lot, though Harry finds it more annoying than creepy.
** He also gets frustrated when his best snarking attempts just bounce right off him.
* DivideAndConquer: In chapter 25, Discord attempts this on Harry and the ponies when he realizes his attempts to rewrite the ponies' personalities via the writers isn't working. He offers to teleport Harry to Nicodemus giving him a chance to end the Denarians' evil for good. Harry knows Discord is trying to separate them, but the opportunity to stop Nicodemus is too tempting. [[spoiler:He decides to trust the ponies to triumph without him and, with the encouragement of the ponies, accepts Discord's offer.]]
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Harry really shouldn't have tried to call Nicky's bluff in 24.
* DoWrongRight: Harry criticizes [[spoiler: Discorded Celestia]] for an insufficiently dreary dungeon.
* DoubleTap: After Applejack knocks down a Denarian cultist, Harry wonders if he's unconscious or just PlayingPossum. [[spoiler: Sanya]] solves the problem by promptly putting a few rounds into him.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: [[spoiler: Derpy does this by disguising as a guard.]]
* TheDreaded: Harry puts [[spoiler: Twilight]] into this category after she almost casually [[spoiler: sends some Denarian cultists to the moon]] in Chapter 23.
* DuelingShows: with Fanfic/TheDresdenFillies.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Present and accounted for in Harry. As usual.
* DynamicEntry[=/=]HeyYouHaymaker: [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash]] lands a flying buck to [[spoiler:Discorded Celestia's]] face. It's actually fairly effective, since it managed to give her a black eye and a bloody lip.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Princess Luna uses her powers to transform Applejack's cellar into one.
* EliteMooks: Nick's cultists. They wear body armor, use sniper teams and flanking tactics, arrange ambushes, coordinate assaults, and armor their cars. Harry thinks they seem almost too competent to willingly work for someone like Nicodemus.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:Discord in the Outside. The sight of an embodiment of Disharmony and Chaos free of cartoon conventions]] greatly disturbs Dresden, who is no stranger to seeing horrifying things.
* EmergencyTransformation: Defied. [[spoiler: Harry chooses not to give a dying Jenkins a coin because of how easily the coin and the decision would corrupt them both.]]
* [[spoiler:EndlessDaytime: After Celestia is corrupted by Discord, she brings this about.]]
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler: Discorded Shining Armor refusing to help Twilight against Discorded Celestia, even sealing her in.]]
* EurekaMoment: Harry has several, pushing the action forward whenever the group gets stuck.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Pony Soldiers Have Standards]]: When [[spoiler: Discorded Shining Armor takes Diamond Tiara hostage]], even his subordinate soldiers aren't happy with what he's doing.
** When Shining Armor is giving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech by an enraged Fluttershy, he slackens the grip on his knife, which prompts three of his soldiers to suddenly tackle him.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: Of course. Even the Discorded Cultists believe in it.
--> '''Discorded Cultist:''' Smack him with the motherfucking rainbow of friendship, Twilight!
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler: Possessed Harry]] offers [[spoiler:Lash]] a choice between HellBentForLeather, BadassLongRobe and SpikesOfVillainy and actually hopes she goes with SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains and chooses something {{Stripperific}}. She is less than thrilled.
** She says it best:
--> '''[[spoiler: Lash]]''': I see you opted to combine all three for your own outfit, before covering the whole thing in skulls and adding a cape. I'm speechless.
** In chapter 25 we learn that some of Nick's mooks [[spoiler: get a "chaotic costume switch" after joining Discord.]]
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: Harry describes the touch of Nicky's shadow tendrils as vitality-drainingly cold in chapter 25.
* EvilIsPetty:
** Nicky [[spoiler: having Derpy shot]] in 24. It wasn't like it would directly impact Harry's ability to fight; Nicky was just being a dick.
** In chapter 26 Nicky does it again, [[spoiler: stabbing Harry in the leg and twisting it with deliberate patience]] just to hurt him.
*** Harry even wonders if Nicodemus was the one to invent the phrase, "twist the knife." He's certainly old enough...
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: The Denarians' backstory and one of the many reasons for the Fall. Any possible sympathy is negated by their MotiveDecay.
** As Harry puts it:
--> '''Harry:''' Y'wanna know the simple truth, [[spoiler:Nicky]]? If you ever were some kinda wanna-be hero, then you jumped off the slippery slope so long ago that your feet don't even remember what it feels like to touch the ground. If you're a liar, then you're a crappy one. Either way, I'm not buying the shit you're selling, because the simple truth is that you're an asshole.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: [[spoiler: Lash]] throws her [[spoiler:lightsaber]] at a Denarian and it seems to have only scratched her ... but she was not aiming for vital areas:[[spoiler: she was aiming for the coin.]]
* ExactWords: Invoked. [[spoiler: Harry may have promised to let Cadance go, but when he starts getting doubts about his ploy, Rarity comes to his aid by saying that ''she'' never made such a promise.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:At some point or another, someone stuck a coin on Derpy. However since her particular demon is against Cadence's, [[EnemyMine she continued to help Harry somewhat.]] Until she leads Harry and co. into a trap.]]
** [[spoiler:Pinkie possibly thanks to one of her selves from the Outside.]]
* FandomNod: Remember all those fan vids about [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=togphLLgcuE Fluttershy using Fus Ro Dah?]] Guess where Harry has to go to find her?]]
** [[MemeticMutation "You don’t even stay dead when you’re killed!”]]
* FashionVictimVillain -[[spoiler:possessed Harry]] - HellBentForLeather, TinTyrant, InTheHood, BadassCape, SpikesOfVillainy, BadassLongRobe and SigilSpam (skulls of course!) may all be cool but certainly not all on one uniform - [[spoiler:Lash]] mocked it but it went over his head. {{Invoked| Trope}}.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Several Denarians but most notably [[spoiler:possessed Fluttershy]]. Harry has enough experience with it, that when [[spoiler: Discorded Shining Armor]] does it, he's instantly suspicious.
--> '''Harry:''' In my experience, when the bad guys start sounding friendly, it’s almost always a sign that they’re about to hit you with something big and nasty.
* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler:The reason Harry acts like such a cliched villain after being possessed despite the fact he's competent enough to be a MagnificentBastard.]]
** Also implied of [[spoiler:Celestia]], given how smart [[spoiler:she]] usually is.
* FlashStep: [[spoiler: Fluttershy]] through her voice powers. After being purified [[spoiler: she retains the ability but is afraid to use it in fear of hurting people.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Really, the only thing [[spoiler: Warden Jenkins]] is missing is a [[spoiler:FatalFamilyPhoto]].
** “Of course, sometimes I’m shooting at things that find bullets of any size annoying instead of painful.” Later in the very same chapter, the character who said that falls victim to OnceIsNotEnough.
* FullNameUltimatum: Harry gets one from [[spoiler: Lash]] for teaching Rainbow Dash to swear. He thinks that all women are capable of the feat, then wonders how [[spoiler: Lash]] knows, since she has no experience as a human female mortal.
* GameBreaker: InUniverse, the nephilim, with angelic powers and human free will. For this reason the Heavenly Host [[DefiedTrope decided to exterminate them.]]
* GameBreakingInjury: Dash suffers a cracked rib while trying to subdue [[spoiler:Fluttershy]]. She overcomes the pain through sheer stubbornness, but later on, the loss of agility proves a dangerous weakness [[spoiler:when she gets between unconscious Pinkie and Magog, almost getting her killed]].
* GenreBlindness - For most of the story, Harry is GenreSavvy to great effect. However, he forgets that even in cartoonland, where good always triumphs, [[spoiler:YouCantThwartStageOne]]. Also, by Equestria standards he is an AntiHero, so he doesn't fully benefit from Equestrian tropes for heroes.
** Tessa suffers from a [[spoiler:fatal]] case of ContractualGenreBlindness.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Is what Chapter 13 should be renamed.
** Also, it is significant that by that time [[spoiler: the radar is completely off. No cartoon NarrativeCausality to protect the heroes anyomre]]
* GildedCage: In chapter 20 [[spoiler:after Harry lets himself and the Mane Cast be captured as part of his plan]], Harry and friends are confined to a posh suite with nice furniture and fresh food, which is apparently the closest thing Canterlot palace has to a dungeon. Harry complains since he wants the [[DoWrongRight authentic evil dungeon experience]].
* GirlWithPsychoWeapon: [[spoiler:Cupcakes-version Pinkie]]. And it is freaking terrifying.
* GladHesOnOurSide: After seeing what Twilight can do when angry, Harry is very glad she didn't take the coin.
** Also with Celestia and Shining Armor. Harry notes later than Celestia, when going all-out, is [[GoshDangItToHeck pants-horse]][[UnusualEuphemism appling]] terrifying, and that Shining Armor is one of the few spellcasters who can give him a challenge.
* GladiatorGames: Discord transforms Twilight's library into a huge arena for Denarians vs ponies showdown.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Traveling through The Outside will do this to anyone who doesn't have some sort of guide to lead them through. Harry wonders if Pinkie's frequent travels through The Outside have contributed to her barely-controlled cheerful craziness.
** Also comes up during the first battle. Harry is facing an illusionist demon but can't use his Sight, for fear of seeing the true form of something really, ''really'' bad.
** Harry makes sure Rainbow Dash won't see the pony-themed toy section in a shopping mall, fearing that it could result in a serious existential crisis.
*** Semi-PlayedForLaughs, when Pinkie Pie pulls out a ''Harry'' doll.
---> '''Harry:''' I don't even try to understand why she does the things she does anymore.
* [[spoiler:GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Discorded Celestia and Denarian Cadance.]]
* GodzillaThreshold: Harry [[spoiler: taking a hostage]]. Also, at some point the group discusses the possibility of contacting hell to SummonBiggerFish. And Rarity [[spoiler: using firearms]]. Things get desperate pretty quickly here.
* GoodCopBadCop: [[spoiler: Denarian Cadance and Discorded Celestia.]] The latter is the bad cop.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Harry covers Dash' eyes when [[spoiler:possessed Fluttershy]] kills an old man. All we get is a SickeningCrunch as she crushes his skull.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Invoked in Equestria. My Little Pony is a kids' show after all. Harry can't even THINK a curse.
** This becomes a PlotPoint. [[spoiler:The fact that Harry ''CAN'' curse in Equestria, even if it's just inside his head, means the fundamental laws of the world such as [[LighterAndSofter good beating evil and no genuine death]] are breaking down.]]
* [[spoiler:GottaCatchThemAll]]: [[spoiler:All of the Mane Six have been Denarianed-up by Nicodemus.]] And now Harry and [[spoiler:Lash]] have to go on a journey to free them [[spoiler:to use the Elements of Harmony.]]
* GrenadeHotPotato: Done by Derpy... by accident.
* GuileHero: Rarity in chapter 18. Also, SilkHidingSteel.
** Harry in 21.
* GuiltComplex: Harry. [[WhatTheHellHero Noted and accounted for]] by Rarity.
* GutPunch: [[spoiler: Chapter 5 ends with Harry and the ponies being MindRaped into DemonicPossession and a FaceHeelTurn by Discord and Nicodemus]].
* HalfTruth: Used by Discord to break [[spoiler:Harry, tallying all the people that died as the result of his actions, while forgetting all he saved people with the same actions]]. Though considering the mind-boggling number, he may have just been outright lying.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Harry fears that he's bringing [[spoiler: Twilight]] down this path, thinking of Morgan as he does so.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Averted - [[spoiler: Cadence's charms]] could be borderline LethalHarmlessPowers but the Denarian inside her head has no idea how to use them in a fight and ends up not using them at all.
** To drive the point home, [[spoiler: Cadence' ability to supercharge spells with love]] gave enough power to trap a ''goddess''.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Discord drives Harry into one with a HalfTruth about the consequences of his actions]].
** [[spoiler:Twilight after confronting Discorded Celestia.]] It does not end well for her.
** [[spoiler:[[TheHighQueen Celestia]]]] has a more reserved one after coming out of her possession.
** [[spoiler: Twilight again]] after unwittingly killing some mooks. [[spoiler: by sending them to the moon, which unlike the Equestrian moon, doesn't have an atmosphere.]] She throws up all over Harry's shoes.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash attacks corrupted Celestia to get the rest of the group a chance to escape]]
** StupidSacrifice: Possibly. see OneDimensionalThinking
* HeroicWillpower: Two of the ponies [[spoiler:break out from possession on their own when presented with the right stimuli]].
** [[spoiler:Lash]] killing [[spoiler:Lasciel]] in a duel of wills.
* HitMeDammit / MyFistForgivesYou: Invoked by Applejack after [[spoiler: she severely injures Rainbow Dash while under the effects of DemonicPossession]].
** Promptly subverted by [[spoiler: Fluttershy, who also wants Rainbow's forgiveness and says she's willing to follow Applejack's example, despite how much the thought terrifies her]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Rarity]] taking control of some Denarian cultists' machine guns.
** Naturally, [[spoiler: Nick can only be killed by his own noose.]]
* HopeSpot:[[spoiler: Darth Vader]] gives Harry one, possibly to repay him for calling him ''Little Orphan Annie.''
** The ponies finally find the Elements of Harmony...[[spoiler: its an illusion, and a trap.]]
** [[spoiler:Cadance in Twilight Sparkle's FlashBack of what happened while Harry and co. were missing from Equestria. And then [[DemonicPossession she holds up a tarnished coin...]]]]
** Just when it looks like Harry and co. are about to successfully escape, [[spoiler:Discorded Shining Armor]] catches up to him and traps the entire group.
* HostageSituation: Harry does this to [[spoiler: Cadance. Shining Armor]] later does this to [[spoiler: Diamond Tiara.]]
** Taken UpToEleven, when [[spoiler: Denarian Derpy holds ''herself'' hostage.]]
* IAmSpartacus: Sort of.[[spoiler: The ponies declaring against Discorded Celestia which Element they would take up if a Bearer fell.]]
* IDidntMeanToKillHim: [[spoiler: Twilight]] assumed that our moon has an atmosphere, as Equestria's does, when she casts a banishment spell. It takes summoning a corpse back to convince her otherwise and triggers a HeroicBSOD.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Harry, as usual. He notes that a [[HeroicSelfDepreciation man like him]] who did horrible things for the greater good has no business in a land of cheerful and innocent cartoon ponies.
** [[spoiler: Rarity]] rationalizing her use of a machine gun.
* IdiotBall: Getting tricked by a Denarian - it happens. Getting tricked by a duo of [[spoiler: [[DumbMuscle Magog]] and [[BadLiar Applejack?]] Pinkie...]]
** Harry notes that this may have been [[spoiler:Celestia]]'s way of fighting Discord's corruption since [[spoiler:she]]'s usually so smart.
* IdiotHero: Derpy. Rainbow Dash has some shades of this as well though in her case, it's more HonorBeforeReason than genuine stupidity.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Nick uses this a few times in 24.
* IHaveAFamily: Discussed in 24. "It is so dreadfully tiring when all you ever hear is ‘No, no! Please, no! I have a family! .... As if I wouldn't kill their families too, I despise loose ends."
* IHaveThisFriend: [[spoiler: Shining Armor trying to describe his feelings for Cadance.]]
** Jenkins tries to say his sister watches the show when quizzed on how he knows so much. [[spoiler: He blows his cover when he reveals that he knows about Littlepip and MLP fanfiction.]]
* IHaveYourWife: [[spoiler:Harry literally does have Shining Armor's wife, Cadance]]. At least he didn't use her as a tactical weapon...
** Though since this takes place at the start of season 2 [[spoiler: they aren't yet married, but Shining Armor is still in love with her.]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight / TalkingTheMonsterToDeath : Fluttershy's default way of fighting. And it ''works.''
** Against [[spoiler: Denarian Rarity]], [[spoiler:Discorded Shining Armor]] and [[spoiler: Ursiel's host.]] Usually by TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* ImmortalityHurts - being able to regenerate from any injury as long as you have your coin is a cool power, but if your opponent is in an UnstoppableRage and armed with a [[spoiler:lightsaber]], he will just keep chopping you up until he finds it.
** Well, its debatable. The Denarians don't actually seem to experience pain, unless it comes from one of the Swords.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: In chapter 26, [[spoiler: Nicodemus, though he remains still pretty alive.]]
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: presented by [[spoiler:actual imperial stormtroopers]]. Harry complements them on their amazing marksmanship with no irony, since it would take an amazing amount of skill to point the gun at him and avoid hitting accidentally.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: [[spoiler:StarWars]] has no actual wizards, so upon entry, Harry is turned into [[spoiler:a Jedi, [[CombatClairvoyance the Force]] and all]].
* ImprovisedWeapon: Pinkie Pie weaponizes the party cannon, many weeks before it was validated by the cartoon series.
* IndyPloy: Discussed - Harry wishes he had an actual plan but the enemy is forcing his hand and there is no time to gather additional intelligence.
* InSeriesNickname: Pinkie suggests that Harry call [[spoiler: Saluriel-possessed Cadance]] Snakeyhooves.
* InsistentTerminology: Luna angrily dismisses Pinkie's attempts at coming up with a name for [[spoiler:Discorded Celestia like "Daymare Sun", refusing to call her sister anything but "Celestia".]]
** Harry wonders what to call the Denarians whose names are too difficult for him to make fun of.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:Lash]] discusses the [[spoiler:human / angel]] variation. She finds it distasteful.
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:Celestia sent a force to recover the Elements of Harmony to defeat Nightmare Moon in canon. Luna sends a force to recover the Elements to defeat Celestia.]]
* ISurrenderSuckers: [[spoiler: Harry offers Rainbow Dash a fake Denarian coin to lure possessed Fluttershy into range.]]
** Later on he [[spoiler:gets himself and the rest of the Mane cast captured so he can sucker Celestia into a public debate that breaks her hold over her subjects.]]
* ItGetsEasier: Discussed after the Mane Six take part in a shootout.
* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler:Harry is suffering from a ''bad'' case of this in chapter 16. Rainbow Dash's apparent death, Twilight's banishment, being suckered by Celestia's trap...he blames himself for all of it.]] And he's partly right.
* ItsPersonal: If it wasn't before for Harry, it clearly becomes so once the villains make [[spoiler: Fluttershy kill a defenceless man.]]
** Again, after Harry finds out what happened to [[spoiler:Twilight.]]
** The fight against Lasciel is personal for [[spoiler: Lash]] by default.
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: Harry gets paranoid when the infiltration plan goes too smoothly.[[spoiler: He is right.]]
** When Harry says this trope word for word, this annoys [[spoiler:Lash]] quite severely.
--> '''[[spoiler:Lash]]:''' That line was a cliche thousands of years before you were born, Harry.
* JackOfAllStats: The White Council requires one to know multiple magical talents before he can be considered a proper wizard. Harry considers this arrogant.
** Shining Armor's sheer competence is considered proof that he is right.
* JediMindTrick: [[MundaneUtility Used to avoid paying for a cab ride.]] Best of all, its [[spoiler: actually used in the Star Wars universe.]]
* JustInTime: Chapter 22: Hi, [[spoiler:Sanya]]!
* KillerRabbit: Literally in 24 with the help of a Denarian coin, complete with ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' references.
* KillOneOthersGetStronger: Harry fears it may be the case with the Denarians.
* KirkSummation: Chapter 19.
** WorldOfCardboardSpeech
* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler:possessed Fluttershy]].
* KryptoniteFactor: Harry hopes that [[spoiler: Shining Armor knows what Celestia's is. He doesn't.]]
* LaResistance: Princess Luna organises it in Equestria.
* LadyOfWar: Luna is shaping up to be this. She's a decent tactician at least.
** Rarity.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: In 23.
* TheLancer: Rainbow Dash becomes this to Harry.
* LargeHam: [[spoiler:Possessed Harry]] - mercilessly lampshaded by [[spoiler:Lash]].
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Has some for the ''Dresden'' books, being set after the currently latest book ''Literature/GhostStory''.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: So much due to the nature of fictional worlds being on the Outside.
** PlayedForDrama in 21:[[spoiler: Discord is now using the ''freaking SCRIPT'' to fuck around with Equestria. He starts with [[FourthWallObserver Pinkie Pie]].]]
* LethalHarmlessPowers: discussed - Harry muses about how ponies don't generally do that.
* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler: Corrupted Celestia bathes the whole of Equestria in scorching summer heat]]
* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: PlayedForDrama in 23 when [[spoiler: Twilight sends some cultists to the moon, not knowing that Earth's moon is not survivable like Equestria's.]]
* LudicrousGibs: Getting hit at full speed by a furious pegasus when you have no shields is... messy.
* MagicAIsMagicA: Harry's first action after arriving to a new world is usually to test how the local magic works and how it affects him.
* MakeMeWannaShout:[[spoiler: Possessed Fluttershy]] lands in [[spoiler:Skyrim]]. The expectable happens.
* MamaBear: Cheerilee for her students [[spoiler:something Shining Armor learns the hard way]]. Chapter 17 is even called "Nopony Messes with a Mama Bear".
* ManipulativeBastard: Discord. Poor [[spoiler:[[BadassInDistress Celestia and Harry]]]].
* MegaCrossover: The major crossover here is Dresden Files/My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, but Harry and the ponies travel from [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim the Imperial Province of Skyrim]]]] to [[spoiler:the Star Wars universe]].
* MoodWhiplash: Compare the beginning of chapter 13 to the end of chapter 13.
** Or the beginning and ending of [[spoiler: Skyrim battle]]
* {{Mooks}}: Zigzagged. Though obviously weaker than Harry and the Mane Six in a fair fight, [[spoiler: Canterlot royal guards]], Denarian cultists and [[spoiler: Imperial stormtroopers]] do manage to seriously inconvenience the heroes and become a credible threat when allowed to play to their strengths.
* MoreDakka: [[spoiler: Possessed Pinkie's p]]artillery attack.
* TheMultiverse: Not only do all works of fiction have their own worlds but any fanfic that is popular enough will form its own bubble reality.
* MutualKill: [[spoiler: Jenkins vs the KillerRabbit]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Anyone who got possessed, even though Harry tries to protect them from learning about the worst things they did.
** Twilight, when she realises she has just [[spoiler: teleported a bunch of enemy mooks to a Moon with no atmosphere ]]
* MyGreatestFailure: How Harry feels about [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash's death. Actually this is pretty much how he feels about everything in the story so far.]]
* MythologyGag: Bon Bon's voice is different each time she speaks.
** Jokes about Twilight never telling anyone about Shining Armor keep turning up.
** [[Literature/GravePeril "'He died doing the right thing']] isn’t a bad thing to have written on a stone over your corpse."
** Some of the chapter titles refer to canon:
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony Rainbow Dash Finally Finds the Spy]]
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup Harry Just Doesn't Know What Went Wrong]]
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: [[spoiler: Harry and the ponies, though it may only be a brief farewell.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: InUniverse, Harry says this to Nicodemus in chapter 26 about choosing to victimise ''MLP''.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Not only does [[spoiler:Lash]] get a body as the result of visiting Equestria, when Harry is [[spoiler: reduced to a broken heap by Dash' MeteorMove]] it turns out [[spoiler: she can heal him,]] something extremely rare in Dresdenverse.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** [[spoiler: Scootaloo's desire to see Rainbow Dash again sees her calling out to a group of guard Pegasi, drawing their attention to the escapees. All the way up to the end, whether she gets chewed out for it remains unknown.]]
** [[spoiler: "In hindsight, taking Cadence hostage had been a bad move on my part. Apparently, it had inspired all the bad guys to follow my example and start pulling the hostage card too."]]
** In chapter 24, [[spoiler: Harry deciding to call Nicodemus's "bluff" and promptly cancel the fragile truce agreement once Rainbow Dash is safely back. Turns out the sniper Nicodemus had so casually mentioned had ''another'' pegasus in his sights from the start...]]
* [[spoiler:NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Twilight, at the hooves of Celestia.]]
* NoOntologicalInertia: Discussed. "I guess demonic immortality doesn’t come with much in the way of ontological inertia."
* NobodyCanDie: An important plot point, as the effect depends on the current setting. In Equestria, this is mostly true, especially for the heroes. Other worlds are much less forgiving. [[spoiler:Discord and the Denarians have messed with reality enough that this is no longer the case even in Equestria.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Harry chides the ponies for [[spoiler: eavesdropping on him and Twilight after they scolded him for reading her diary.]]
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: In chapter 23, Twilight [[spoiler:sends a bunch of cultists to the moon.]] She only wanted to send them there a couple days to give them time to think about what they did [[spoiler:except in our reality the moon has no atmosphere]]. She is horrified when she brings back one of the cultists [[spoiler:who turns out to be very, very dead.]]
* NotSoOmniscientAfterAll: Luna has the power to block her sister's Intellectus [[spoiler:and Harry's tracking spell.]]
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou - realistically averted. Harry's force shield can protect him just fine from a barrage of kicks by [[spoiler:possessed Dash]]. A 50 meter MeteorMove? Not so much.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The defeat of [[spoiler: Discord.]]
* OhCrap: Ptzriel when he realizes [[spoiler:he is left alone against the mane six]]. Harry and his friends when [[spoiler:Possessed Pinkie pulls out her array of weapons]]. Magog, when [[spoiler:Pinkie pulls out a bazooka]].
** Chapter 13:Hey, [[spoiler:corrupted Cadance]]. Fancy meeting you here.
** Chapter 20: Um, [[spoiler:Pinkie]]? Please put down the [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon knife.]]
** Chapter 21: [[spoiler: The Denarians have taken the production crew hostage.]]
** Chapter 22: Harry realizing that [[spoiler: Mab manipulated him into violating the Seventh Law of Magic to tighten his leash.]] The Gatekeeper is also unpleasantly surprised when Harry reveals that he gave a bunch of Outsiders souls.
** Chapter 23 gets 2 OhCrap reactions out of Harry in the span of about 3 seconds: First when [[spoiler: Fluttershy gets shot]] and a moment later when it results in [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle going avatar state on the cultists]]
** Harry in 24, first after realising how Nick has played him and then when the actual meaning of Nick's ExactWords dawns on him.
* OhMyGods: Ponies use Celestia or Luna to swear or curse by.
* OnceIsNotEnough: [[spoiler: Jenkins]] underestimating the durability of Denarians.
* OneDimensionalThinking: Or four-dimensional thinking in this case. The heroes could have avoided a lot of problems if they remembered that they can shift to the Outside to escape danger.
* OneOfUs: The author and, by extension, Harry, though he falls a bit behind due to being a WalkingTechBane.
** Warden Jenkins turns out to be a brony.
* OneWingedAngel: "Silly me, I forgot about the demon transformation."
* OnlySaneMan: [[spoiler:Lash]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Dash asking for reassurance. Later, Pinkie [[spoiler:swearing]].
* TheOphelia: [[spoiler:Pinkie snaps after Rainbow Dash dies]].
* OutGambitted: “I figured you’d look behind you when I disappeared, so I decided to pop up right in front of you."
* OutOfTheInferno / TheWorfBarrage: Celestia tries to fight Discord, unleashing ThePowerOfTheSun on him and actually melting a large part of the great hall in the process. Yet when the smoke clears, Discord is not only unharmed but casually backstroking in the resultant pool of lava.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Harry and Lash have them of course but it's iffy if anyone from Equestria has one.[[spoiler:Until chapter 21, when, to keep Discord from affecting their free will, Harry gives each of the six Bearers of the Elements of Harmony a piece of his soul to mature into their own.]]
** SoulPower: Harry and Soulfire.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Harry's [[spoiler:[[UnstoppableRage rage-induced murder of Tessa]]]] would have come across as cruel to even a [[CardCarryingVillain Denarian]]... but it's [[spoiler:Tessa]] so no one feels a drop of remorse.
* PeacefulInDeath: [[spoiler: Jenkins]]
* PinballProjectile: Apparently spells can ricochet off AllNaturalGemPolish
** Later validated by the tv series.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: The KillerRabbit. Realistically subverted in that with all its strength it still has a mass of several pounds, with all the consequences. Also there is only so much damage resistance one can give to a body this size.
* ThePlan: Harry has one to re-take the Elements of Harmony and defeat [[spoiler:Celestia.]]
* PlayingPossum: Nicodemus, which causes [[spoiler: his henchmen to get trashed without his support but lets him execute his XanatosGambit.]]Also, [[spoiler: Lash]], with a little help from her illusion magic.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: mostly played straight but with one interesting subversion - unlike the cartoon version, Rainbow Dash is "discorded" by getting her judgement skewed rather than by personality reversal - she is still fiercely loyal to her friends but blind to what has happened to them. The combination of denarius powers and genuine HeroicResolve makes her extremely dangerous.
* ThePowerOfHate: [[spoiler:Harry is understandably leery of instilling this in Twilight Sparkle not just because of [[SugarBowl the world she's from makes it pretty anathema to her]] but because hatred, even righteous, understandable hatred can both rob one of joy and [[KnightTemplar blind one to their own increasingly glaring faults.]]]]
* PreAsskickingOneLiner:
-->''"Hey [[spoiler:Princess]], taste the rainbow."''
-->'"Hey assholes, Winter is coming! Arctis!"''
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash]]:
-->''"We're fucked."''
* PsychoElectro: Both Tessa and [[spoiler:possesed Rarity]] enjoy spamming lightning attacks while in [[spoiler:StarWars]]
* PummelingTheCorpse: [[spoiler: Dash makes a bloody mess of a sniper who shot Derpy]]
* PunchClockVillain: Harry recognises that the guards are these.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway as usual, it works. What is surprising is that [[spoiler: it works for the heroes]]
* RazorFloss: Deirdre's hair obviously. [[spoiler:And Derpy when she's corrupted.]]
* RealityEnsues: In 26: 'Maybe an action hero can [[OnlyAFleshWound shrug off getting shot in the meat of their upper thigh with nothing more than a manly grunt and a slight stumble,]] but when that happens to a real human being your leg collapses on you, and your face meets the ground. Ow.'
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Lampshaded in chapter 24 when Harry realises he is on the verge of going on one.
* SamaritanSyndrome:
* SarcasmBlind:
** [[spoiler:Possessed Harry]] - his ego makes him unable to grasp that anyone might mock his LargeHam behaviour, his magnificent evil costume or his master plan.
** Nicodemus, in spades.
* ScheherezadeGambit: In chapter 26 [[spoiler: Nicodemus thinks he has Harry dead to rights and Harry tries to buy time with storytime.]] 'Kinda like Arabian Nights, except more horrifying.'
* ScrewDestiny: [[spoiler:Discord starts screwing with the show's scripts back home, forcing Pinkie to try and kill Harry. [[HeartwarmingMoment Harry helps her fight it.]] It gives Pinkie not just free will but a ''soul.'']]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Defied by the Gatekeeper, who [[spoiler: warns Harry that being in Mab's service won't save him from the Council if he breaks too many of the Laws.]]
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Harry and Lash.
* ShipTease: A bit towards Pinkie Pie/Rainbow Dash at the end of the ninth chapter.
** Even more in chapter 13 and it adds Lyra and Bon Bon to the mix.
* ShootTheDog: Harry's pragmatic side tells him to [[spoiler: let Diamond Tiara die]], reasoning that the life of one is an acceptable price for billions and that no one would miss [[spoiler: the local schoolyard bully]]. He tells it to zip it.
* ShoutOut: In keeping with his canon status as a PopCulturedBadass, Dresden tosses lots of references into his dialogue and narration.
** Pinkie Pie will occasionally get in on the act, such as calling Discord [[Franchise/StarTrek Q]].
** One chapter name is "Single Rainbow All The Way Across The Sky".
** "Princess Celestia" eats a banana while subjecting [[spoiler: Fancypants]] to exile. This is a possible reference to the popular fan-animation FriendshipIsMagicBitch.
** "If we made a deal, it was just a matter of time before the Nickleheads’ [[Series/{{Firefly}} sudden but inevitable betrayal.]]"
** "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice … been fooled, [[Music/TheWho won’t get fooled again.]]"
** [[Creator/MontyPython “Give up the whole demon thing and take up lumberjacking – I’ve heard it’s a pretty lucrative career. Plus, you get to dress up in women’s clothing and hang around in bars.”]]
** [[Literature/AnimalFarm Four legs good, two legs better.]]
** [[Film/BackToTheFuture one-point-twenty-one jiggawatts]]
** [[Literature/HarryPotter Well, unless it was one of those evil magical journals that was really serving as a container for the soul of a legendary dark wizard. Wizards named Harry have a bit of a bad record with those.]]
** [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} “Since almost everypony thinks you’re dead, you should sing a song about how you’re still alive!" ... When she was a couple lines in and fully occupied with a strange little song about how she considered this a triumph and was making a note about how big a success it was...]]
** The Gatekeeper says that there's a "young and impetuous" Warden called Jenkins; Pinkie asks if he's [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Leeroy]], to which Rashid says that he's [[Franchise/MassEffect Richard.]]
*** “Ah, yes, ‘settling disagreements.’ I thought we had dismissed that claim.”
** “Yes, well sometimes we have to use what tools are at our disposal, not the ones we want."
** [[LooneyTunes “Be vewy, vewy quiet, .... “I’m hunting wabbit.”]]
** [[Film/{{Terminator}} “Doesn’t anyone watch the good old classics anymore?” I put on a very bad imitation of an Austrian accent. “‘I’ll be back.’ ‘Hasta la vista, baby.’ Anyone?”]]
** [[CSIMiami “Looks like Discord,” I paused for dramatic effect, “...just got stoned.” For some reason, that prompted Pinkie to scream "Yeeeeaaah!" and put on a pair of sunglasses.]]
* ShutUpHannibal: In chapter 26, [[spoiler: Harry laughs off Nicodemus's suggestion of being a NotSoDifferent WellIntentionedExtremist, saying that the latter had [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped off the slippery slope]] too long ago.]]
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler: Jenkins]]
* SmartBall: [[spoiler: Deirdre]] manages to act like her victim normally would surprisingly well.
* TheSmartGuy: [[spoiler:Lash]]. Also Rarity.
* {{Squee}}: Harry ''definitely'' has this reaction after realizing that he's ended up in the [[spoiler:Star Wars]] 'verse after finding out his trusty blasting rod has been replaced by a [[spoiler:lightsaber]].
* TheStarscream: Averting this trope is revealed to be why [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash gets a different type of brainwashing than the other ponies; just inverting her [[UndyingLoyalty virtues]] would have given her ChronicBackstabbingDisorder]].
** Still, Nicodemus isn't GenreSavvy enough to avoid hiring [[spoiler:Tessa]], who clearly has an agenda of her own and gleefully throws his backup plan out of whack by using lethal force against [[spoiler:the mane six]]
* StealthHiBye: standard for Pinkie. Very surprising for [[spoiler:Derpy]].
* StopOrIShootMyself: [[spoiler: Deirdre's coin [[HostageSituation holds Derpy hostage]] to make Harry acquiesce to her demands. [[BigDamnHeroes Thanks to Rarity,]] it fails.]]
* StupidSacrifice: [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash's apparent sacrifice]], though noble, could have been avoided if the heroes remembered they could shift to the Outside to avoid danger. Harry knows it's possible the opposition had safeguards to prevent that and recognises that [[DamnYouMuscleMemory he'd been labouring under the thought that it was illegal far too long to unlearn it so quickly]], but he still kicks himself for not even thinking of that option at the time.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Subverted for [[spoiler:Harry's possession]]. Subconscious resistance causes [[spoiler:him]] to become a ridiculous CardCarryingVillain, still dangerous but much less so than raw power might suggest. Played completely straight later when [[spoiler:Harry briefly succumbs to the DarkSide]].
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: In the epilogue, 'I definitely didn’t sound as choked up as the climax of a chick-flick.' 'Yup, definitely not getting choked up at all.'
* SympathyForTheDevil: Discussed in chapter 26 when Harry thinks that 'Seeing Nicky in the role of the grieving father struggling to avenge the death of his daughter might’ve made it just a bit harder to see him as a complete murdering psycho.'
* TakeOverTheWorld:[[spoiler: Possessed Harry's]] plan.
* TakeThat: In [[spoiler:StarWars]], Harry is glad to see the [[spoiler:Jedi Temple]] in ruins, as it means [[spoiler:the prequel trilogy]] is already past.
** 'sending waves of agony shooting through her head as the alicorn cracked (the stuff unicorn horns are made of, not the misused term for a pegacorn)'
** In 24, the three humans denounce the less-reliability of a Fabrique Nationale F2000.
* TastesLikePurple: The Outside. The fact that it also includes directions makes navigation an unforgettable experience.
* TaughtByExperience: After getting his arse kicked by possessed pegasi a few times, Harry forces [[spoiler: Deirdre-possessed Derpy]] to the ground as soon as she tries to take flight.
* TemptingFate: The moment Harry thinks he can get out of a confrontation with the guards while having to protect the escapees, [[spoiler: Shining Armor's barrier appears.]]
** Lash's relief that Harry didn't start using annoying cold and ice-based puns after becoming the Winter Knight is shortlived since she admitted that in earshot of Harry. Harry immediately commences the punishment.
** In 23 Harry is glad that he hasn't started using pony puns like "everypony". A few paragraphs later...
** 25 does this twice in rapid succession. Harry asks Discord if his duster would be taken away. That happens. [[spoiler: Sanya]] tells Harry to look on the bright side as he still has his dignity. Discord replaces the rest of his clothes with "stiletto heels, a bright pink feather boa, and white boxers with little red hearts on them."
* ThatManIsDead: - Used by [[spoiler:Rarity]] in a fight against [[spoiler:Fluttershy. Fluttershy proceeds to prove her wrong]].
* TheoryOfNarrativeCausality: Its made explicit that worlds originating from the human imagination, like Equestria, follow the general narrative conventions of their source work. [[spoiler: The Denarians mess with the laws in Equestria; Luna and Harry aren't sure if they simply removed the "good always wins" rule, or [[OhCrap if they replaced it with an "evil always wins" rule.]]]]
* ThereIsAnother: [[spoiler:Unfortunately, nopony bothered to mention to Harry that there are actually three winged unicorns in Equestria: [[LightIsNotGood Celestia]], [[DarkIsNotEvil Luna]] and [[HeartBeatDown Cadance]]. [[WhamEpisode He finds out, naturally, at the worst time]].]]
* TimeAbyss: Invoked by Lash to stop Jenkins from hitting on her. He doesn't seem deterred.
* TimeyWimeyBall: During her first appearance, Pinkie not only ignores the laws of physics, as is usual for her, but causality as well.
* {{Trigger}}: Applejack trying to get Fluttershy to shout louder reminds the latter too much of [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash.]]
* TokenYuriGirls: Lyra and Bon Bon.
* TookALevelInBadass: Most of the main cast, but particularly Rarity.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Directly invoked by Harry at the end of chapter 18.
* UnstoppableRage - Pushing Harry's BerserkButton by threatening innocents is risky even under normal circumstances. Do it in [[spoiler:StarWars]] verse, where he is susceptible to [[spoiler:the DarkSide]], and you have one paragraph left to live.
** Twilight Sparke has had a week of BreakTheCutie. She isn't particularly stable now. So don't threaten her friends. Just don't.
** Same for Raindow Dash. She may be no wizard but at the speeds she can move at, normal people are MadeOfPlasticine. Also, she isn't very good at holding back her emotions.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Parodied. [[spoiler:Possessed Harry]] attempts a SmokeOut but has not prepared the escape route and is still struggling with a window when the smoke clears.
* VillainsWantMercy: [[spoiler:Lasciel]] begs Uriel to save her [[spoiler:when she realizes Lash has the upper hand in their fight to the death. Uriel refuses.]]
** Also invoked when Harry finds [[spoiler:Tessa]]. Harry refuses. ''[[UnstoppableRage Vehemently.]]''
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Discussed by Harry, who is quite glad not to have to go there.
** Pinkie drops in there for a brief cameo on her way to Equestria.
* WeakButSkilled: In the context of the cast, Rarity. See her crowning moment of awesome.
* WeCanRebuildHim: After spending the whole chapter on a race against time to save [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash]], Harry suffers a moment of FridgeLogic when he realises the group had access to all sorts of fictional realities, with their respective brands of magic and/or technology.
* WeCanRuleTogether:[[spoiler: Possessed Harry]] to [[spoiler:Lash]], delivered in the cheesiest way possible.
* WeHaveReserves: In 24, Nicky says that he can afford to throw away hundreds of his minions, but Harry can't afford any losses.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:[[spoiler:possessed Harry]] has a delusion of being one.
* WhamEpisode: Chapters 5, 10, 11 and 12: [[spoiler: Discord and Nicodemus succeed in corrupting Harry and the girls, Rainbow Dash nearly dies fighting Magog, Discord has left Equestria (which is worse than it sounds), Luna admits that the "NobodyCanDie" law may no longer be in effect and furthermore, Twilight Sparkle IS ON THE MOON]].
** [[spoiler: Luna is off fighting Celestia so who's going to help fight ''[[ThereIsAnother CADANCE?!?]]'']]
** Chapter 15: [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash DIES.]]
*** Chapter 19: [[spoiler: [[BackFromTheDead NOPE! She's alive,]] [[HellYesMoment and Harry has just rallied thousands of ponies to help him give Celestia a Rainbow of Light to the face!]]]]
** Chapter 20: Okay, so [[spoiler: Celestia's free of Discord's brainwashing, but the Rainbow of Light has left her powers drained as it did with Luna, and Twilight's in bad shape due to Discord and the Denarians' vile manipulations]] -- oh, and [[spoiler: Pinkie appears to have been taken over by her [[AxCrazy psychotic]] and evil alter-ego from ''Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}}'']], much to Harry's grief.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Several plot points are left unresolved by the end, including:
** How are the ponies taking having killed now that the action's over?
** [[spoiler: Nicodemus is dead, but what about his Coin?]]
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Harry correctly guesses that [[spoiler: Cadance's normal powers aren't useful in a fight.]]
** WordOfGod states that they could actually be very dangerous - but [[spoiler: the demon]] [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower lacked the creativity to use them and didn't have a proper appreciation]] of ThePowerOfLove.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Averted. Harry has no problem killing Denarians, regardless of rank, because he considers them no longer human. However, he won't kill [[spoiler: Imperial stormtroopers]].
* WhatTheHellHero:
** All of Harry's companions, (except for [[spoiler: Dash]], who is becoming a bit of an AntiHero from all she experienced) are shocked by him [[spoiler: taking a hostage]].
** In chapter 16, Pinkie Pie delivers a roundabout one to Harry [[spoiler:for Rainbow Dash's apparent death.]]
** Later, Fluttershy saves the party by crushing Shining Armour with one.
** Harry gets this again when Rarity points out that Harry is essentially [[WhiteKnighting trying to fight Celestia, Discord and Nicodemus all by himself]].
** While Harry understands their reasons, he can't help but bitterly call out Celestia and Luna on [[spoiler: leaving Earth to Discord and the Denarians while waiting for Celestia's power to return]].
** The Gatekeeper calls out Harry on violating the Seventh Law of Magic and ensouling Outsiders. He also calls Harry out on not asking him -- the guy in charge of watching the Outer Gates -- for help instead of chasing after the demons. He makes it clear to Harry that Harry's position as Mab's Winter Knight is the only reason the Council isn't going to execute him.
** On a lighter note, Sanya makes a big deal about Harry reading Twilight's diary.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Party cannon won't get the job done? How about [[spoiler:ten?]]. Still nothing? Then how about a [[spoiler:party heat-seeking missile?]]
** Shining Armour is a BarrierWarrior and lacks offensive spells (or the personality to employ LethalHarmlessPowers). Still he puts his abilities to good use, dividing the battlefield to thwart the enemy team tactics and allow the guard to corner individual opponents. Chapter 17 emphasizes this.
--> Contrary to what the popular saying claimed, when all you have is a hammer, it usually means you start getting extremely skilled at using a hammer and find all sorts of creative ways to use it.
** And in Chapter 19, he manages to [[spoiler: restrain Celestia, admittedly with Cadance's help, long enough for Harry and the rest to prepare their next move]].
** Having no healing magic of his own, Harry tends to use ice magic as an emergency means of stopping bleedings.
* WillingChanneler: [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash]] is brainwashed into this. The result is an insane boost of power, enough for [[spoiler:her to whip up a full-sized tornado all by herself]].
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Luna, which she drops temperarily while talking to Harry about [[spoiler:the upcoming battle with Celestia, locating Twilight and Discord's possible successes]].
* WorfHadTheFlu - used in-universe by [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash.]] After [[spoiler:getting saved]], she can't stomach the defeat despite the circumstances and blames it on [[spoiler:the demon]], despite all the evidence to the contrary.
* WorstAid: In chapter 26 [[spoiler: Harry pulls a hunk of metal out of his leg]] and recognises it might be doing more damage than leaving it in. Fortunately he can freeze over the wound to hold the blood loss back. Justified in that [[spoiler: the iron was cutting him off from his Winter Knight powers.]]
* WouldHurtAChild - [[spoiler:Shining Armor]] holds [[spoiler:Diamond Tiara hostage with a dagger at her throat]] in a bid to make Harry surrender. Harry takes this as proof that [[spoiler:Shining Armor]] has also been Discorded, reasoning that [[spoiler:anyone who was made the Captain of the Equestrian Royal Guard back when everything was still okay in the first place would normally be too good a person to threaten a child like that.]]
* XanatosGambit - Nicodemus' plan to have the denarians fight the mane six - if they win, they will have eliminated the greatest threat to his EvilPlan. If they lose [[spoiler:the ponies will be tired and vulnerable to attack - and since they have won, they will make much better hosts for the demons]].
** During their phone conversation in chapter 24, Harry suddenly finds himself very much wondering if his past canon "victories" against Nicodemus haven't instead served to make his enemy's position ''stronger'' all along. After all, a Denarian (especially a nigh-invulnerable one like Nicky) can fairly comfortably afford to take the long-term view and spin a half-dozen slowly unfolding flexible master plans while Harry is much more often compelled to make snap decisions whose consequences may come back to bite him later just to survive from one day to the next in his line of work...
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: [[spoiler:After he Soulgazes her to make sure no one's controlling her anymore [[ItMakesSenseInContext (long story)]]]] Pinkie reassures Harry that he's a GREAT person [[YouDidEverythingYouCould who's always done his best]] and that he shouldn't get so down on himself.
* YouCantThwartStageOne
* YouDoNotWantToKnow: Pinkie to Harry, after dimensional navigation error briefly lands them in ''Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}}''.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Discussed. "Or maybe instead of a limit on the magic, it was a case of the legions of darkness opting for the Darth Vader method of dealing with minions who failed them."

!Dresden Gets Schooled provides examples of the following tropes:

* GroinAttack: [[spoiler: Human Rainbow Dash subjects Harry to one for kissing her. Repeatedly.]]
* ItsPersonal: Michael agrees to go with Harry after Sunset Shimmer because her situation reminds him of Molly's case.
* OffTheRails: One hell of a FirstEpisodeSpoiler follows. [[spoiler: Harry and Michael, with the help of Human Rainbow Dash, break into Principal Celestia's office and grab the Element of Magic. Harry then uses a warning shot to scare Sunset Shimmer off smashing the portal and brings Sunset back to Equestria. Celestia then asks him to take her as an apprentice.]]
* ShoutOut: [[Film/PulpFiction “Oh, I’m sorry. ... Did I break your concentration?"]]
* WhamLine: From Celestia: "Thankfully, as I understand it Harry Dresden has some experience with helping troubled young ladies."
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