'''Perfect Companions''' is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' FanFic by Godzillawolf and a side story[=/=]sequel to ''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves''. It can be read on Website/FimfictionDotNet [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/28093/perfect-companions here]], [[Website/FanfictionDotNet FanFiction.net]] [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8146409/1/Perfect_Companions here]] and Website/DeviantArt [[http://kendell2.deviantart.com/gallery/39036805 here]].

Fluttershy is going about her day, taking care of her animals, when she's interrupted by a knock at her door. She's greeted by Applejack and Winona, the latter of which has had a run in with a [[SmellySkunk skunk]]. While cleaning up the dog, it occurs to Fluttershy that for all the care she gives her friend's pet, she has no idea how Applejack came to own her. The answer she receives not only reveals HiddenDepths about her friend, but makes the pegasus realize just how little she knows about the pets she takes care of.

The story was on hold while the author focused on school, but Pinkie Pie's chapter, 'Alligator Blues' was finally posted followed not long after by Fluttershy's, which served as the finale, though WordOfGod has hinted at a bonus chapter which ultimately turned out to be about Trixie getting her pet.

!!This ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' FanFic contains examples of the following tropes:
* AmicableExes: [[spoiler:Fluttershy's parents. They divorced simply due to growing apart and are still friends. Fluttershy stayed with her mother primarily so she could be happier with the animals that surrounded Posey's cottage and her father had no problem with it. While Fluttershy still finds this sad, she seemed to have a fairly happy childhood.]]
* BadassAdorable: Rarity was taught martial arts to protect herself from bullies as a filly. Cue a significantly larger bully receiving a judo throw from a small adorable filly.
* CallBack: [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie's theater seats were the ones that Discord used to watch the mane cast fight at the beginning of "Return of Harmony Part 2". Pinkie found them after his defeat and decided to put them to good use.]]
** [[spoiler:Fluttershy's 'Ninja Chicken' still hates Trixie.]]
** Sally the skunk (who sprayed Trixie in the original story) shows up [[spoiler:as one of Trixie's potential pets, and the one she ultimately adopts.]]
* TheCameo: [[spoiler:Trixie]] makes a short appearance in "Alligator Blues", showing the fic takes place after the conclusion of ''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves''.
* CoolOldLady: According to Pinkie, Granny Pie.
* EndingTropes: Each of the stories ends on a different one, stated to be intentional by WordOfGod.
** DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Applejack's]] story; [[spoiler:Applejack's parents die in a tragic accident, leaving her, Big Macintosh, and Applebloom orphaned.]]
** BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Rarity's]] story; [[spoiler:Rarity gives Opal a good home and her family gets out of poverty, but Rarity never had a cuteceaņera as a result.]]
** HappyEnding: [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie's]] story; [[spoiler:Pinkie is accepted in Ponyville and makes friends after getting Gummy as a 'welcome to Ponyville' gift from the Cakes.]]
** EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Fluttershy's]] story; [[spoiler:Fluttershy works hard for weeks and finally makes enough money to buy Angel and give him a good home.]]
* FishOutOfWater: [[spoiler:''Pinkie Pie'' [[MagneticHero of]] [[FunPersonified all]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} ponies]] [[HiddenDepths is revealed to have been this]] when she first moved to Ponyville, due to having never left the rock farm or seen outsiders until then. She got Gummy at the party the Cakes threw her to help her get over it.]]
* FramingDevice: Fluttershy taking care of her friend's animals serves as the frame story for the stories about her friends getting their pets.
* FridgeLogic: occurs in universe when the gang wonders how Trixie got her stage into Fluttershy's backyard.
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* GoodFeelsGood: Rarity states that she ''enjoys'' helping those less fortunate than herself and [[spoiler:learned that fact taking Opal in.]]
* GoodParents: Pinkie's parents, who were understanding and embraced her special talent to make the rock farming more enjoyable for the entire family. [[spoiler:They sent her to Ponyville because they saw she was miserable on the rock farm and felt she'd be happier there.]] WordOfGod said this was intentional, as many fics depict them as either not understanding Pinkie at all or being AbusiveParents towards her and he wanted to avoid it.
* GreaterNeedThanMine: Rarity [[spoiler:gave up her cuteceaņera as a filly so her family could use that money to afford to take in Opal, who was abandoned as a kitten out in the rain in a cardboard box in the middle of a storm, believing the kitten needed a home more than she needed a party every foal got. As a result, she never got a cuteceaņera at all.]]
* HeartbrokenBadass: Both this story and the side story "Happy Mother's Day" portray [[spoiler:Applejack]] as this due to the [[spoiler:deaths of her parents.]]
* HiddenDepths: The stories Fluttershy hears about her friend's pets reveal this about them:
** Applejack's parents [[WhenYouComingHomeDad were rarely home when she was growing up]] and got her Winona as a birthday present to keep her company on the farm, [[spoiler:shortly before they died in a tragic accident.]]
** Rarity's family [[spoiler:was poor when she was growing up]] and she got Opal by [[spoiler:giving up her cuteceaņera so her family could afford to take the poor kitten in, which taught her that GoodFeelsGood]]. It's also revealed that she was bullied as a filly and learned martial arts to defend herself.
** Pinkie Pie left the rock farm because her parents saw she wasn't happy there and felt she'd do better in Ponyville with the Cakes. And [[spoiler:she actually had ''trouble'' approaching ponies in Ponyville to befriend them because she was nervous about being a FishOutOfWater due to never leaving home before.]] She got Gummy [[spoiler:as a welcome to Ponyville gift and he (and the party she got him for) helped her get over her nerves and start making friends.]]
* LargeHam: [[spoiler:Trixie]] is still one, but is notably no longer an AttentionWhore after her CharacterDevelopment in the main fic. [[spoiler:Some of her ham seems to have rubbed off on Stage Hoof as well.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Just a couple for the main fic.
* LegacyCharacter: Applejack's mother was also Applejack, and it's stated to be tradition on her side of the family to name the first born daughter Applejack.
* MythologyGag: Applejack's mother (also named Applejack) is modeled after G1 Applejack and Fluttershy's mother is modeled after G1 Posey (the pony Fluttershy was originally supposed to be).
* NoodleIncident: Pinkie and her grandmother apparently once threw a party of such intensity that it ''triggered a fault line''.
* NotSoDifferent: The peacock that tries to become Trixie's pet acts a lot like Trixie used to.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Fluttershy comments on how [[spoiler:strong willed Applejack]] normally is makes it that much harder to see her [[spoiler:start crying at remembering how she lost her parents.]]
* PassThePopcorn: Pinkie gives Fluttershy some popcorn to enjoy her flashback with.
** Then, when it's Fluttershy's turn to tell a story in the last chapter, Pinkie does it again, this time going so far as to pull out a set of theatre seats for everypony to use.
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: Apparently, Discord gave himself the title of 'President of Equestria' [[spoiler:or at least that's what the tag on his theater seats says.]] Twilight naturally lampshades this.
* [[SelfMadeMan Self-Made Mare]]: While mentioned in the main fic, the fact [[spoiler:Rarity's family]] are this is a main element of her story as [[spoiler:it's revealed to be the source of both her greed and generosity; she's greedy at times because she had so little as a child, but she's generous because she wants to help those that are less fortunate than herself because she's been there.]]
* SharedFamilyQuirks: Fluttershy's mother Posey is every bit as shy as her daughter.
* SliceOfLife: As opposed to ''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'', this is more about the ponies' individual lives and the FramingDevice is simply Fluttershy taking care of her friend's pets.
* SmellySkunk: Winona getting sprayed by one sets off the plot. [[spoiler: Also the pet Trixie ends up with]].
* TheSociopath: Checker has now been officially diagnosed as a sociopath, which should surprise no-one who read the original fic.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: [[spoiler:Trixie is shown to have gotten a good deal better at the teleportation spell she was learning from Twilight at the end of the main fic, now using it just to show off when she originally struggled with it. According to WordOfGod, this is due to teleportation falling under her special talent of stage magic, making her a natural at it.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WordOfGod considered having Pinkie get Gummy [[spoiler:from a friend who moved away and she never saw again, explaining her severe separation anxiety]] but it was changed due to one of the other stories already having a [[spoiler:tragic ending]]. See EndingTropes for more.
** Originally, [[spoiler:Trixie was supposed to get Violet the fox instead of Sally the skunk as her pet]] but as the author wrote the chapter, they realized [[spoiler:Trixie getting Sally made the most sense because they had history and Sally was the one who seemed to care about her the most, and Stage Hoof had more in common with Violet due to his past.]]
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Applejack's parents had to travel to help the other Apple Families get their farms started up, and as a result weren't there that often, even missing her birthday several times. They finally made it to give her Winona to help keep her company while they were gone. [[spoiler:Sadly they died in an accident shortly thereafter.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Some of the colts who bullied Rarity when she was a filly, which was why she learned martial arts in the first place.