[[caption-width-right:350:An experiment in WhatCouldHaveBeen.]]

->''"Can grimdark actually be a little funny and not depend on gore and blood?"''
-->-- '''Description of the fanfic'''

[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne So Pinkie Pie has been rejected by her friends for Gummy the Alligator's after-birthday party]], [[HeroicBSOD and isn't taking it too well]]. She holds a party with inanimate objects, smiting her friends, when Rainbow Dash visits to invite Pinkie to Sweet Apple Acres. And when Pinkie refuses, Rainbow Dash will just strong-arm her into going, and everything will be resolved once she gets there. Just like in {{canon}}, [[TemptingFate right]]?

However, Rainbow Dash lets her guard down for a split second, before finding herself in the mercy of a deranged Pinkie Pie. Tied up with streamers and gagged with a caramel apple, she discovers some nasty truths about Pinkie Pie during her "party," including the fact that the inanimate objects are supposed to be her friends, and are being ripped apart by Pinkie just like what's about to happen to Rainbow Dash! What was assumed to be a short struggle has turned into a life-or-death situation, as Rainbow Dash needs to use both her wits and speed to escape Pinkie's grasp. Reason is not an option.

A collaborative effort between Sparkler and Quill, ''Party of None'' explores the alternative to what could have happened in episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]." It's written with ''[[{{Fanfic/Cupcakes}} Cupcakes]]'' in mind, as it takes special care to avoid any extreme violence.

The story can be found [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/party-of-none.html here]] and [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/5828/party-of-none here]].

!!''FanFic/PartyOfNone'' contains examples of:

* AlternateEnding: To "Party of One."
* AxCrazy: Pinkie Pie.
* BittersweetEnding: No one is killed or even seriously harmed during the course of the story, [[spoiler:but Rainbow Dash has not been left mentally unfazed. Also, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking her hair is ruined]]]].
* BlackComedy: As with the episode this fic is based on, Pinkie Pieís SanitySlippage is PlayedForLaughs, only now itís turned UpToEleven.
* BloodierAndGorier: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] from other [[DarkFic Dark Fics]].
* BoundAndGagged[=/=]UnwillingSuspension: Rainbow Dash.
* ButtMonkey: Rainbow Dash, [[RunningGag as expected]].
* CerebusRetcon: The bobbing-for-apples tank makes a return from the beginning of ďParty of One,Ē this time used as a waterboarding device for Rainbow Dash, complete with Gummy attempting to suffocate Dash the same way he latched on her face before.
** [[spoiler:Also, the ending from the original episode is reused [[{{Irony}} to twist the knife in further]], as Pinkie appears oblivious to the fact that she just attempted to kill Rainbow Dash, and even asks why she just didn't tell her in the first place]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' "Good thing I won't leave you, right Pinkie? Right?"\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' "Oh, I know you won't leave, silly! [[BoundAndGagged You're all tied up]]!"
* CuteAndPsycho: Pinkie Pie [[spoiler:and later Rainbow Dash]].
%% CycleOfRevenge
* DarkFic
* DeconstructionFic: The story is based on the logic of [[DarkFic Dark Fics]] applied to the actual {{canon}} of "Party of One."
* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]; when Rainbow Dash slips on a slice of cake while running away from Pinkie Pie, the latter slips on the same slice, letting loose the grip of her knife and cutting Rainbow Dashís wings free]].
* {{Gorn}}: Completely [[AvertedTrope averted]].
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler:Despite her best efforts to [[DefiedTrope defy this trope]], this happens to Rainbow Dash once ''she'' gets a hold of the knife]].
* InsaneEqualsViolent
* MindRape: Pinkie inadvertently uses the mundane variety on Rainbow Dash.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:[[AvertedTrope Averted]]; Pinkie brushes the entire thing off once she returns to normal]].
* NothingIsScarier: InUniverse example of the third variety, it's revealed that Pinkie Pie has been spying on Rainbow Dash months prior, confirming her suspicion that she was being watched.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The whole ordeal results in Rainbow Dash creating the FanFic/RainbowFactory.
* PsychologicalHorror
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech
--> [[spoiler:"So, Pinkie Pie," Rainbow Dash growled through the knife, "I came over to invite you to a surprise party for you! For your OWN BIRTHDAY which you forgot all about, and THIS is the thanks I get? Well, GUESS WHAT?! I've got a little PRESENT of my OWN for you, Pinkie Pie... meet my friend Mr. Stabby!"]]
* {{Reconstruction}}: Of both ''[[{{Fanfic/Cupcakes}} Cupcakes]]'' and [[DarkFic Dark Fics]] as a whole. Yes, it's completely possible for grimdark to not use any [[{{Gorn}} gore]] and [[BloodierAndGorier blood]], and still be pants-shittingly terrifying.
%%* spoiler:SequelHook
* ShoutOut: A reference to ''{{Fanfic/Cupcakes}}'' is made when Rainbow Dash is hesitant to accept a cake from Pinkie Pie, fearing it may have been drugged or poisoned. [[spoiler:Itís safe, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking but Pinkie thinks itís her worst batch ever]]]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: In contrast to {{canon}}, very cynical. Case in point: [[spoiler:it takes a knife to the throat to finally convince Pinkie to snap out of her HeroicBSOD]].
* SplitPersonality: Pinkie shows signs of this in her unstable state.
* SpiritualAntithesis: To ''[[{{Fanfic/Cupcakes}} Cupcakes]]''.
* StalkerWithoutACrush: Pinkie Pie was revealed to be this to Rainbow Dash, long before she was ever rejected.
* SubvertedTrope: [[spoiler:The situation looks as if it's going to descend into ''[[{{Fanfic/Cupcakes}} Cupcakes]]''-level carnage, yet it never does]].
* TraumaticHaircut
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler: Subverted, although she does become insane]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Rainbow Dash to Pinkie Pie.