[[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/story-of-mares-and-magic.html Of Mares and Magic]] is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' {{Shipping}} fic between Twilight Sparkle and Trixie Lulamoon, involving Trixie's attempts to prove her superiority in magic to Twilight.

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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal:
-->'''Trixie:''' "You can't be serious. Of all the convoluted, contrived, ''confounding'' coincidences, this one has to be the least profound, least precise, least ''possible'' possibility ever postulated by ponykind. It was just somepony setting off...a firework or something. Nothing at all like this...phenomenon you call a Rainboom. Puerile! Psychotic! ''Preposterous!''"
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Derpy ends up taking Trixie's side [[spoiler:in the seventh contest]] because Trixie didn't gawk or make fun of her eyes when they first met.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle]] seems to outdo even Celestia in this fic. She [[spoiler:places Trixie's scry spell on a photo in Trixie's bag to listen in on her, faking StalkerWithACrush behaviour and [[InvokedTrope invoking]] LoopholeAbuse in order to test Trixie's determination and compassion for her]]. This shows up even earlier when she [[spoiler:actually uses her magic at [[CurbStompBattle full power for once]] in the third trial in order to gain the rights to spend time with Trixie through more LoopholeAbuse, so she can learn more about her and finally become friends with her.]]
* CompetitiveBalance: The purpose of the seven tasks in a Magician's Duel is in acknowledgement that magical prowess can manifest in different ways, and the three most prominent unicorns in the story illustrate this in different ways.
** UnskilledButStrong: Twilight Sparkle has the most raw magical power known to exist short of the Princesses, but is more likely to rely on that than any sort of finesse.
** WeakButSkilled: Rarity is capable of incredibly fine detailed work as part of her fashion business, but can't come anywhere near Twilight's or Trixie's strength levels.
** JackOfAllStats: Trixie has neither Rarity's precision nor Twilight's raw strength, but still performs very well in both areas, [[spoiler:and that balance allows her to officially retain the title of Great and Powerful.]]
* ConnectedAllAlong: Twilight concludes that [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles Rainbow Dash's first Sonic Rainboom]] caused Trixie to get her Cutie Mark as well.
%%* DefrostingIceQueen: Trixie.
%%* EarnYourHappyEnding: Trixie Lulamoon.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Derpy and Fluttershy became a couple after the former crashed into the latter's cottage and had to be nursed back to health.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: These are what [[spoiler:Trixie]] ends up fighting when [[spoiler:she leaves Ponyville to become stronger at magic.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:Trixie pulls this on Twilight, because the title they're battling for requires the challenger to go [[WalkingTheEarth walking the earth]]. Fortunately for her, Twilight [[XanatosGambit has it all under control]].]]
* OverNineThousand: [[spoiler:At the tournament, Twilight's magic point average is revealed to be this.]]
* PairTheSpares: Defied when Trixie and Pinkie are talking about the relationships their friends are in.
-->'''Trixie:''' "I suppose next youíll tell me Applejack and Rarity are-"
-->'''Pinkie:''' ďOh ho ho, oh no, ha ha ha, noooooo no, wow, thatís just...thatís probably the silliest thing Iíve ever heard, those two? Ha HA, thatíd be a laugh. Ahhhh, oh Trixie, youíve got some crazy ideas.Ē
* RecursiveFanfiction: The first chapter of ''Fanfic/TheSweetieChroniclesFragments'' is set in this universe.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Derpy and Fluttershy had this before the story began, as did [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie.]] By the end of the story, [[spoiler:Twilight and Trixie have gotten here as well.]]
%%* SecretlyDying: [[spoiler:Trixie's dad]] was revealed to be this.
%%* SexyDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:"Whatever ''that'' was, it sure was a doozy!]]
* SeriousBusiness: Titles are prestigious enough that there are formal rules regarding how they are transferred and competed for, and ''seventy'' unicorns end up competing for "Great and Powerful" in the tournament. And the subsequent victor will spend the rest of their life stalked by challengers. [[spoiler:Said rules have a few useful loopholes to avoid most of the hassle, though.]]
* ShoutOut: Sprinkled throughout, including;
** Sea Pony Lyra makes an appearance.
** At one point, Trixie [[spoiler:ends up heading into the Everfree Forest to find the CMC, and stumbles upon [[VideoGame/StoryOfTheBlanks a certain village]].]]
** The tournament roster contains several minor characters (Blueblood, Lyra, Vinyl Scratch and Moondancer) in order to give the competition more content.
** The first two rules of Rainbow Dashís Ultimate Unicorn Obstacle Course Deluxe, Mark Three [[Film/FightClub sound suspiciously familiar.]] It gets lampshaded, too.
--->'''Trixie:''' Where is she getting these rules? This sounds like a crazy pony's checklist.
--->'''Twilight:''' Why is the second rule the same as the first?
--->'''Rainbow Dash:''' It's not! Itís more menacing, since I shouted the Ďdo notí part.
* StalkerWithACrush: Twilight often comes across as this, [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope she's not.]]]]
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Methodical, by-the-book Twilight is the Technician to flashy, showy Trixie's Performer.
%%* ThirdPersonPerson
* WalkingTheEarth: [[spoiler:Trixie]] does this near the end of the story to become a more powerful unicorn. By the end of the fic, she has to do it again because [[spoiler:it's a requirement of winning the title of Great and Powerful.]] Fortunately, [[spoiler:Twilight pulls her [[LoopholeAbuse Loophole Abusing]] [[XanatosGambit Xanatos Gambit]] at this point.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Trixie is this to her father as part of her [[FreudianExcuse backstory as to why she was a bully]].