''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7360739/1/Waking_Nightmares Waking Nightmares]]'' is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' crossover fan fiction written by Jonathan "[=KnightMysterio=]" Spires. It also incorporates elements from ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Franchise/TheSlendermanMythos'', some ''VideoGame/GarrysMod'' animations, and a number of My Little Pony fan fictions. Princess Luna has been having some bad dreams, and when she informs Celestia, Celestia is worried, and wishes for her sister to be safe. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Naturally, the wish is granted.]]

A few days later, Derpy Hooves discovers nine strange ponies outside Ponyville, whom introduce themselves as the [=BLU=] team. It goes south from there as what appears to be Diamond Dogs launch an attack on Ponyville but these Diamond Dogs seem different...

Can also be found [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/1990/Waking-Nightmares here.]]

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!!This Fan Fic provides the following examples:

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* AbnormalAmmo: The Fusions' weapons are charged with their requisite Element, providing them with bullets of Kindness, rockets of Love, and so on.
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Rarity is more resistant to poisons than dragons. She became immune by [[spoiler: growing up with [[LethalChef her parent's cooking.]]]]
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Doctor Whooves takes a moment to compliment Nightmare Gardener's sense of humor.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Hugh Jelly has a vat of jelly for "[[{{Squick}} personal use]]".
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Pinkie Pie's Patented Pony Party Panzers.
* AllJustADream: In a more recent chapter, Twilight ([[spoiler:or Trisha Sparks, if you prefer]]), wakes up in what appears to be [[spoiler: a mental hospital in which human versions (no, not the humans from Equestria Girls; actual Humans) of all of the characters from the MLP set in the story so far are being kept, all apparently having latched onto characters from the show as part of a delusion after some sort of chemical accident.]]
* AllOfThem:
--> '''Heavy''': "SOLDIER! SNIPER! Go retrieve bacon!"
--> '''Soldier''': "Sir, yes sir! How much bacon, sir?"
--> '''Heavy''': " ALL OF THE BACON!"
* AllThereInTheManual: [[http://knightmysteriolibray.tumblr.com/ KnightMysterio Tumblr]] has some info not found in the fic, like the problems the [=BLU=] team had in they first days as Ponies, or the canon status of ''Equestria Girls''. Is also a CharacterBlog for the [=BLUs=] and Mane 9.
* AllYourPowersCombined: [[spoiler: Mare Do Well. She has the powers and traits of each of the Mane 6. So, yes. She does turn into an [[WingedUnicorn alicorn]].]]
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Rarity's parents are definitely this.
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler:Rarity loses one of her legs when she rescues Gem Sentry from Nightmare Clockwork.]]
* AndIMustScream: Grey Hoof's ultimate punishment: [[spoiler: Celestia imprisons him in the ruins of Sunnytown, and places a [[CodeGeass geass]] on the village to turn away forms of life from Sunnytown's former location, as Sunnytown has also shifted dimensions so that Grey Hoof can't be seen by anyone else. And to add insult to injury, Celesita's spell also prevents Grey Hoof from going insane.]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes Proof that you should ]] ''[[GoodIsNotNice never]]'' [[GoodIsNotSoft piss Celestia off.]]
** When [[spoiler: Rarity]] is brainwashed by Nightmare [[spoiler: Cuddles]], he leaves enough of her intact that she knows what she's doing and can't stop it.
** Sniper when [[spoiler:possessed by Christian Brutal Sniper.]]
* AntiVillain: Grey Hoof is the only one of his team who's really malicious, and even he has some sympathetic moments. [[spoiler: Until his VillainousBreakdown, anyway.]]
* AllAPartOfTheJob: Fine Print. He knew that Flim and Flam were scumbags when they hired him. However, they paid his fee in full, so he was obligated to do his job. Apple Bloom understands though.
** The [=BLUs=] often claim this as their reason to protect Ponyville - they're hired, so they do their job. Of course, they soon develop more personal reasons for protecting the town.
* AlwaysABiggerFish / AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: A mind-controlled Barricade picks a fight with Princess Luna, hoping that an alicorn might provide a decent challenge. [[CurbStompBattle She does]]. In the same chapter, a mind-controlled and dragoned-out Spike finds out for himself why dragons do not threaten Equestria anymore.
* AnythingThatMoves: [[spoiler:Celestia during the fifty years she sent drunk.]]
* ApocalypticLog: The diary of a researcher trying to study Slendermane. It ends with [[spoiler: SLENDERMANE]] scrawled across two pages.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Twilight gets one that snaps [[spoiler: Barricade]] out of being BrainwashedAndCrazy.
--> '''Twilight''': "[[spoiler: Barricade]], is it really the Doctor you hate?"
* ArtShift: The WITNESS chapters. They're short, in all caps, and [=KnightMysterio=] [[http://knightmysteriolibray.tumblr.com/post/39630138105/so-you-are-saying-that-you-have-not-posted-a-chapter claims]] that he only gets error messages when he tries to view them.
* AscendedExtra: Although the latter two were never truly extras in the traditional sense, [[spoiler:Derpy, Zecora, and Trixie]] have their roles greatly extended from the TV Show as the [[spoiler:Elements of Love, Trust, and Hope, respectively.]]
* AssholeVictim: Nightmare [[spoiler: Gardener]] is eaten alive.
** Brickhouse, one of the JerkJock pegasi that gave Rainbow Dash a hard time, is [[spoiler: killed by Princess Celestia while Slendermane is controlling her.]]
* TheAtoner: Spy, before the war games. [[spoiler:He was a collaborator for the Nazis in return for his town and family being spared, until just before the Normandy invasion... when he discovered that the town had been taken, and his mother raped to death. After killing every Nazi in the area, he was prepared to kill himself when he heard of Soldier's rampage across Europe, and instead started secretly providing him with Nazi information so Soldier could wipe out the whole chain of command, all the way up to Hitler himself.]]
* BadassFingerSnap: Christian Brutal Sniper does this a few times as he imprisons the [[spoiler: [=BLU=]s and element bearers]] in a shared dream.
* BadDreams: Slendermane and [[spoiler:The Nightmare]] both do this to the protagonists.
** Also, Pyro gets these.
* BagOfSpilling: The [=BLU=] team loses all their gear, with the exception of Spy's butterfly knife, upon arriving in Equestria. They can mimic some of their lost abilities with magic, however.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Spycora pulls one against Nightmare Clockwork. In order to get past [[DeathTrap a corridor fuilled with death traps]], She uses some magic dust (a Zecora trait) to create a smokescreen to hide, knowing that Clockwork would most likely panic and fire off all the traps. True enough, Clockwork does indeed fire off all the traps, only to find that Spycora didn't move at all, and simply walks past all the traps as they reset. And then, just to rub it in, she lights a cigarette off of some smoldering flames left by a laser beam trap.]]
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Nightmare [[spoiler: Doctor]] summons phantoms of numerous threats Equestria has faced in the past. Twilight destroys them with phantoms of what bested them in reality.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Grey Hoof is the only one of his group who's glad that [[spoiler: their curse is lifted]]. Everyone else is too busy being horrified at the cost.
** This along with TemptingFate:
--> '''Mayor Mare''': "At this rate it'd take a [[spoiler: crisis of some kind where ponies actually died]] to convince them to approve (the plan to train Ponyville to defend itself)."
--> ([[StuffBlowingUp Explosions]] and screaming)
--> '''Mayor Mare''': "Of course. [[LampshadeHanging The INSTANT I say it]]. I just HAD to FUCKING SAY IT!!"
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [[spoiler: Grey Hoof's friends]] experienced friendship and love in Ponyville for the first time in ages. They unanimously choose not to abandon the town, even if it means getting cursed again.
* BerserkButton: The biggest button for any of the mercenaries, [=BLU=] or [=RED=], is hurting a teammate when there's no Respawn available. Hurting one will bring the [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge wrath of God]] in the form of the other eight mercenaries down on your head. It's even worse if you hurt an Engie and a Pyro finds out about it...
** Even insulting Engineer around Pyro is a very bad idea.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Princess Celestia is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who's quite calm and collected most of the time, but she ''really'' hates Slendermane, and is truly enraged, something that she hasn't been in years, when chasing one of its minions.
** Also, when she discovers what's been happening in [[spoiler: Sunnytown]] she curses the entire town. The inhabitants turn into zombies, and "live" long enough to go crazy and recover again.
* BigBallOfViolence: The [=BLU=]s when trying to subdue PainisCupcake.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Trixie shows up just in time to interrupt a possessed Twilight. Mayor Mare also has her moments, unexpectedly taking down minor villains with her lead pipe.]]
** Luna gets two of these in quick succession when she arrives in Ponyville to protect it from the latest Nightmare attack.
--> '''Luna''': "NIGHTMARE JUGGERNAUT! WE WOULD HAVE WORDS WITH THEE!"
** A small army from Canterlot arrives in Ponyville just in time to battle the giant robot army that's attacking.
* BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler:Just as Nightmare Gardener managed to bind all the fusions, the [=BLUs=], the Elements of Harmony (including PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE), Barricade, the Doctor, and the hostages, the night is saved by the changelings.]]
* [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]: Barricade. She's bigger than Heavy, who is bigger than even Big Macintosh. [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis]] [[AffectionateNickname nicknames]] her "Family-Size."
* BigWhat: [[spoiler:Masky Pegasus, during his jail break, corrupts [[TheBigGuy Heavy ]]into, of all things, a plush toy named Nightmare Cuddles. It was not something it or anypony expected.]]
** Pyro and Medic also get one when Spy asked if Discord living with Fluttershy was true.
* BiTheWay: [[spoiler: Applejack and Rarity used to date. It ended because of their clashing personalities.]]
** [[spoiler:Celestia slept around with any stallion or mare that was interested during the fifty years she spend drunk off her horn.]]
** Orion, although "bisexual" is far too narrow to describe him. [[spoiler:Since he is in fact Jack Harkness in pony form.]]
* BigBad: [[TheSlendermanMythos Slendermane]]
** BigBadDuumvirate: In later chapters, BigBad status is more-or-less split between Slendermane and Grey Mann.
* BiggerOnTheInside: Nightmare Clockwork.
* BlessedWithSuck: Spy can disguise without his disguise kit now. It turns out that's because [[spoiler: he's a changeling, and part of the changeling hive mind, meaning that Chrysalis can control him.]]
* BodyHorror: The zombie curse. It's described in great detail. [[spoiler: Medic]] can feel wind blowing in his ribcage.
** The villain of that arc has a ''very'' disturbing TransformationSequence. His skeleton, and only his skeleton, grow to the size of an alicorn. He also grows bone wings and a horn. As expected, this tears his flesh apart.
* BodySwap: Twilight knows a spell to do this. She's very reluctant to cast it, though, as it can go wrong in a number of ways.
* BoundAndGagged: [[spoiler: Masky Pegasus]].
* BoredWithInsanity:
** Grey Hoof and his buddies were insane for part of the time they spent as [[spoiler: cursed zombies in Sunnytown.]] Eventually, they got better.
--> "At least it is fucking warm out here," the disembodied [[=BLU=] Spy] head said. "I've been in zat goddamn fridge for years now. Do you know how many times I've gone insane and recovered? THREE TIMES! And STILL zis bastard wouldn't kill me!"
* BorrowedCatchphrase: Heavy, Engineer, and Solider borrow Big Mac's "Eeeyup" when Big Macintosh comments that Pyro isn't right in the head.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Slendermane is a ''very'' psychological villain, so this happens to a lot of people. All the Nightmares are cases of this.
** During the "Nothing Can Stop it" arc, the Masky ponies do this to [[spoiler: Spy, Fluttershy, Twilight, and Spike, as well as some guards.]]
** Nightmare [[spoiler: Doctor]] does this to Lyra and Bon Bon.
** Nightmare [[spoiler: Cuddles]] does this to [[spoiler: Barricade]].
** This slowly happens to [[spoiler: Princess Celestia, culminating in the end of Quick Little Gashes.]]
* BreatherEpisode: Several seem to be this, but see MoodWhiplash.
* BreakTheHaughty: Pretty much the core concept behind turning Blueblood into BLU's Cadet; it's hoped that their TrainingFromHell will either cure him or kill him.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
--> '''Scout''': I'm not sure I wanna see where this fanfic goes next...
* BroughtDownToNormal / BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle. During Discord's relapse, Alicorn!Twilight fought him and was partially the reason why Fluttershy was almost killed. She then depowered herself due to viewing herself as unworthy.]]
** The [=BLU=] team is considerably less effective without their equipment. Doesn't stop them from being able to put up quite a fight.
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler:Under the CloudCuckoolander, Pyro is this.]]
* BrownNote: Nightmare [[spoiler: Harmonic's]] song in the "Melody of Agony" arc. The first time it's heard, especially loyal ponies start freaking out. The second time, they start to bleed from their eyes. The third time, victims try to kill whoever they are loyal to, to end the pain.
* BullyHunter: According to the tumblr, Trixie makes a habit of ruining the Flim Flam brothers' scams whenever she can, almost solely for her own amusement.
* BurningWithAnger: Celestia when she discovers that [[spoiler: Sunnytown murders anyone who gets a cutie mark.]]
** And again when she senses that some survivors are in Ponyville.
** Rainbow Dash does a variant with electricity instead of fire when she finds out Scout got fired from his job at the weather factory on his first day.
* CallBack: Several.
** The [=BLU=]s initially assume that Merasmus is responsible for their transportation to Equestria, just like last time with DeGroot Keep.
** Medic is again asked, "Are you sure this will work?" He responds, "I have no idea."
** Soldier get whacked on the head by several falling objects dropped by Derpy's boss, who was [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen attempting to 'show Derpy and Raindrops how it was done.']]
** Rainbow Dash tells Sniper the story of the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress Marzipan Mascarpone Meringue Madness]].
** Engineer asks Rarity why Pinkie seems to be able to warp reality.
** Spy reminds Twilight of her [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero mental]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime breakdowns]].
** Luna gives Mitta [[spoiler: an amulet that lets her become [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell The Mysterious Mare Do Well]] ]]
** [=RED=] Medic still has [=BLU=] Spy's decapitated but still alive head from "[[SupplementalMaterial/TeamFortress2 Meet the Medic]]" in the fridge. [[spoiler:Although it's dead now thanks to Slenderman.]]
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Doctor]] weaponized a CallBack, summoning shadow copies of Tirek, Crunch the Rock Beast, Grogar, the Daleks, and Jeff the Killer. Twilight counters by weaponizing a CallBack of how each of those threats where defeated, then finishes off the Nightmare the same way he was beaten the first time: [[spoiler:twenty level three sentries.]]
** The author's [[Main/CharacterBlog Tumblr Page]] often mentions past tidbits, such as:
*** When someone questioned the Doctor on the existance of Clara, he stated that he didn't know who she was, and hadn't encountered her yet; which places his personal timelime half way through Season 7 of ''Series/DoctorWho''. Justified by his apparent [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan loss of the Pond couple]] almost immediately prior to his arrival in Equestria, which was the storyline preceding [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen Clara becoming a main character.]]
* TheCasanova: Spy seduces the ladies with astounding ease. Even the pony ladies. Medic warns Spike not to mess with Spy over the fact that he's living with Rarity, as he may decide to woo her out of sheer spite. On the other hand, he claims to have had genuine feelings for many past conquests, including Scout's mother.
** Orion, aka [[spoiler:Jack Harkness]].
* CastFromHitPoints: The Masky ponies can spit [[MadeOfEvil Smooze]]. They're essentially spitting part of themselves at their enemies.
* CatapultNightmare: Twilight Sparkle.
* CerebusRetcon: In this fic, Applejack moved to Manehatten to visit the Oranges after her parents died in a manticore attack.
** The same attack killed Derpy's husband, leaving her a single mom.
* CharacterTics: Spy goes to Twilight for help interpreting pony body language, which he has no experience with.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: PlayedForLaughs in Sniper's revenge fantasy against [=RED=] Spy.
--> '''Dream [=RED=] Spy ''': ''“Please, Monsieur Sniper, don't hurt me! I'm so weak and puny and French, I can only fight you from behind!”''
* [[ChildEater Child Eater]] [[spoiler: The Maskies, and of course Slendermane.]]
* CigaretteOfAnxiety: Spy badly needs one after seeing Discord's reign, before Celestia and Luna intervened.
* ClingyMacGuffin: The Elements of Harmony can teleport to their wielders under certain circumstances.
* CloningBlues: Discussed by the [=BLUs=] due to their uncanny resemblance to the [=RED=]s. Defied by Scout, who comes up with an awesome if illogical justification for why they're better regardless of who's the clone.
* [[CloudCuckoolander Cloud]] [[JustForPun Pyro]][[CloudCuckoolander lander]]: Pyro.
* CoDragons: Masky Earth Pony, Masky Pegasus, and Masky Unicorn to [[spoiler: Slendermane]]. [[spoiler:Gray Mann has also taken this position.]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The [=BLUs=] have blue colorations, whether it's their coats, manes or clothes. [[spoiler:[=RED=] Spy gets a red coat when he crosses over. When the changelings take on the forms of Mann Co robots, they are colored green to distinguish themselves from the actual robots.]]
* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive:
--> [[spoiler: '''Mitta''']]: If either want (sic) to protect every pony in Ponyville from suffering a FateWorseThanDeath, then you have to come with me at once.
* CompositeCharacter: The [[spoiler:fusions]]
* ConfusionFu: Derpy fights like this, using her "destructive clumsiness" to her advantage.
* ConsummateProfessional: Sniper, played seriously. (The original game plays it more like a joke.) His dedication is enough to shrug off mind control.
* CordonBleughChef: Rarity's mother. Her big dinner for the heroes moves on its own, glistens in colors no food should be, smells worse than Medic's lab, and tasting it is enough to knock ''Pinkie Pie'' unconscious. They need to have the substance incinerated and the kitchen exorcised before anypony can relax again. Rarity mentions being highly resistant to mundane poisons simply from being exposed to her mom's "food". Fortunately she seems to have gotten better after Heavy (a master chef) shows how it's really done.
* TheCorruption: [[spoiler:The Smooze]], which also doubles as a MythologyGag.
** King Sombra left some artifacts behind which partially corrupted Cadence. She was only physically affected, though, with one of her eyes changing color and her horn curving. [[spoiler: Then it turns out that Sombra can possess Cadence now.]]
* CrazyPrepared: Pinkie Pie, according to the Mann Co robots. Their analysis is that she is either capable of breaking the laws of physics, or she's prepared for any scenario, up to and including dueling with a magical knife-wielding psychopath. Canonically, she could be either, or both.
* CrossOver: Naturally, WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic and VideoGame/TeamFortress2, but also has DoctorWho, [[spoiler: Slenderman, (Both as Slendermane in the pony universe and the regular Slenderman in the Team Fortress 2 universe.]] G1 My Little Pony, various Tumblrs, etc...
* CuckooNest: [[spoiler: Almost the entirety of Ponyville is trapped in one in the chapter "The Difference Between Dreams and Reality]]. The nest is in a world where the My Little Pony TV show exists, and no-one can remember anything that's not from the TV show, adding to its credibility.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: All the mercenaries have some form of this.
* DarkerAndEdgier: [[UpToEleven YES!]]
** News flash, it started off a teen story with simple descriptions of death, it's now mature with more [[BloodierAndGorier blood and gore]].
** DarkFic
* DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler:"The Rainbow of Darkness once existed in perfect harmony with the Rainbow of Light. But the greater demon Tirek seized control of it a hundred years before the dark reign of Discord. Its power was corrupted, and thought lost for ages. Researchers believe, however, that the Rainbow of Darkness may have simply retreated somehow, gone into dormancy to purge itself of the corruption Tirek inflicted on it." It seems that The Rainbow of Darkness is what transported the [=BLU=] team to Equestria, and they are The Dark Elements of Harmony.]]
* DarkReprise: Of "Hush now, quiet now" oh so very much. The first time we hear it, it's a soothing lullaby. The second time, it's [[spoiler:part of Fluttershy's MindRape nightmare]]. Hearing the song again after that is... traumatic.
** Celestia sings "I know for absolute certain/that everything's going to be fine..." after [[spoiler: murdering a guard, drinking the Smooze, and hypnotizing Harbinger to cover it up.]]
* [[DealWithTheDevil Deal With The Eldritch Abomination]]: [[spoiler: Slenderman makes Gray Mann a deal during the "Brutal Sniping" arc. Gray Mann does something for him, and in exchange Slenderman gives Gray Mann some Australium.]]
** Spy makes one with [[spoiler: Queen Chrysalis]] so that he can get the medicine he needs to help his friends, at the cost of a favor.
** King Sombra made one with Slendermane for powerful crystals in exchange for becoming its proxy.
** Grey Hoof and co. make a deal with Masky Pegasus to be free of Sunnytown and its curse.
** [[spoiler:Chrysalis tries to make a deal with Slendermane, but it turns out he is only stringing her along for his own amusement. This is one of the motivations for her HeelFaceTurn.]]
* DeathGlare: Barricade, Fluttershy's mother, wields a Stare so strong that people who aren't even the targets can feel it.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Medic.]] To put it in perspective, when each of the [=BLU=]s are being evaluated by the villains, [[spoiler:Medic]] is called "The dead one." Everyone else has a more badass title like "The raging war cry". The only one who comes close is [[spoiler:BrokenBird Pyro]], who's called "The lost soul of fire".
** The influence of the other [=BLU=]s has been good for him, though. He says that he probably would have killed himself long ago if he hadn't met them.
** The severed spy head Medic's been keeping in his fridge for three years is also looking for death.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Barricade's last actions before being MindRaped are to spit in her attacker's face and yell "Celestia Regina!" It's an expression of loyalty to the throne.
* {{Determinator}}: Despite facing an unstoppable EldritchAbomination with no chance of survival, [=RED=] Medic absolutely refuses to let Slenderman take [=RED=] Heavy, desperately firing Heavy's minigun, Sasha, at the foe. His conviction is so great that [[spoiler:he manifests the Dark Crown of Magic and empowers Sasha with Harmony, which is one of the few things capable of actually injuring Slenderman.]]
* DescendingCeiling: This and a rising floor show up in Nightmare Clockwork.
* DespairEventHorizon: Medic says that [[RespawnPoint after dying so many times]] he's "moved past despair".
** [[spoiler: Twilight Tragedy]] knows a spell that can cause enough despair in their victims that their bodies actually shut down.
* DeusExMachina: Far too many to list. Pretty much every mayor fight and crisis gets solved by one at the last minute.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: As Nightmare Cuddles leaves Rainbow Dash and Sniper after using his hypno eyes on them, he realizes that he forgot that Rainbow was currently blind, thus protecting her from the hypnosis.]]
* DopeSlap: Spy does this to Scout whenever he gets fed up with him.
--> '''Scout''': "That hurts more with hooves, y'know."
--> '''Spy''': "GOOD."
* DrillSergeantNasty: Soldier treats [[spoiler:[[PrinceCharmless Blueblood]] ]] like this, who now goes under the name Cadet.
* DrowningMySorrows: [[spoiler: Celestia, due to her guilt over what she did to Princess Luna, spent about fifty years drunk off her horn. During that period she approved several laws she probably shouldn't have and has been trying to get rid of them ever since.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: All the [=BLU=]s have some kind of DarkAndTroubledPast.
* EatenAlive: The gristly fate of [[spoiler:Nightmare Gardener]]. Having her body consist of a mass of extremely poisonous flowers was a good idea - less so when changelings are immune to it and consider it to be delicious candy.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:Slendermane]], and quite possibly the Maskies. [[spoiler: Even [=MONOCULUS!=] was frightened of it.]]
* EmpathicEnvironment: Pyroland starts rotting when [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon possesses several of the Element bearers.]]
** Pyroland does this around Slendermane and his more powerful minions.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Pyro, Medic and Engineer can use magic as ponies. Spy, Sniper, and Scout can fly. While most of their magic replicates abilities they had before they became ponies, they do have some new abilities. For example, Engineer can construct more advanced sentries, and Pyro has more control over flame.
** As a pony, Spy's disguises become actual shape - shifting, and can be maintained while attacking. He can cloak indefinitely as well. [[spoiler: It's because he's [[BlessedWithSuck part changeling.]] ]]
** Engineer can construct full AIs using gems.
* EpicFail: The [=BLU's=] plan to contain PainisCupcake by using [[MemeticMutation Demopan]] and a paradox ends in one of these, causing Twilight to remark that the Cutie Mark Crusaders have never failed ''that'' epically.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Herr [=BLU=] Medic is a self-proclaimed "sadist of the vurst sort" but even at his worst he would never give someone something cooked by [[LethalChef Marsha]].
** Discord knows Slendermane. He's not at all fond of him.
* EveryDeviceIsASwissArmyKnife: [[spoiler: Rarity's artificial leg]] also functions as a hand, a gem cutter, a flashlight, a drill, pickaxe, shovel, wrench, lightning gun, and diamond - tipped chainsaw.
* EvilLaugh: Nightmare [[spoiler: Doctor]].
* ExactWords:
-->"Two things. First… will this hurt the princess in any way, shape, or form?"'' Brickhouse asked, pawing the ground uncomfortably.''
-->''The masked pegasus smiled, an enticing, inviting smile.'' "I can honestly say that your actions will not bring any physical harm to the princess in any way, shape, or form."
-->''If Brickhouse were a smarter pony, he might have noticed how specific her statement was. [[TooDumbToLive As it was, all her statement did was make him start to accept it.]]''
* ExtremeOmnivore: Rarity is a mild version. As she puts it, her mother's horrible cooking is the reason why she has a greater poison resistance than that of a dragon.
* [[spoiler:FacialHorror: The human forms of the Pyros.]]
* FakeMemories: Luna does this to everyone in Ponyville but the [=BLU=]s and the bearers of the Elements in the aftermath of Nightmare Grave's attack on Ponyville so they don't remember all the NightmareFuel they experienced. They instead remember a LighterAndSofter version of events.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Cutie Fracture, the complete loss of your own special ability and, essentially, a loss of who you are. This is NOT something you can recover from either and [[spoiler:drove an affected pony to suicide in the past.]]
* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler: Cheerilee]] doesn't take being turned into a nightmare lying down. She manages to slow the Nightmare down and mess with it several times, and then [[spoiler: actually escape it]].
* FourthWallObserver: Pinkie, and she's rubbing off on Scout.
* FlatWhat: [[spoiler: During his jail break, Masky Pegasus corrupts Heavy, turning him into Nightmare Cuddles. Masky Unicorn does not find this funny at all.]]
** [=RED=] Spy does this when he realizes why Soldier created the Decoy MvM map.
** Spy does this after hearing Soldier's plan before their first battle, which is completely unintelligible because of him using a bunch of gibberish code phrases.
** While watching one of Sniper's revenge fantasies, this happens:
--> '''Dream Sniper''': ''Release the Snoipahdiles!''
--> '''Spy''': ''What.''
** Engineer's response upon finding that Gem Sentry, his AI-controlled weapons platform and surrogate daughter, has joined the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Whose latest misadventure has reached the usual "covered in pine sap and no cutiemarks" ending.
* FoeTossingCharge: Heavy barrels through several corrupted Diamond Dogs to get to Fluttershy.
* ForcedToWatch: When [[spoiler: Sniper]] becomes a Nightmare, he can still see what he's doing, but he can't stop Nightmare Brutality from trying to kill his friends.
* ForcefulKiss: Soldier (as [=PAINis=] Cupcake) plants one on Derpy. [[PostKissCatatonia She takes it rather well]].
* ForScience: [=RED=] Medic's reason for keeping one of [=BLU=] Spy's heads alive, leading to this exchange:
-->'''Merasmus:''' ...Interesting. Why have you kept the head alive?
-->'''[=RED=] Medic:''' For SCIENCE!
-->'''Merasmus:''' ...That's not an answer.
-->'''[=RED=] Demoman: '''[[MadScientist For him it is.]]
* ForTheEvulz: Virtually everything bad that happens is all part of Slendermane's attempt to torment Celestia to insanity, and we are given NO REASON WHATSOEVER as to why he's doing it. He also strings Queen Chrysalis along with a phony DealWithTheDevil just for the hell of it.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Applejack gets an odd itching feeling on her neck when Demoman makes a remark about being honest. Rarity and Rainbow Dash gets the same, when Engineer promises to compensate her for the resources he took and when Sniper expresses his dedication to protecting his team. Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle experiences the same thing, although in Twilight's case the sensation is on top of her head…
** [=PAINis=] Cupcake decides to kiss Derpy rather than try to eat her. Seeing as he has no compunctions about trying to eat his own teammates, this means a lot.
* FriendlyEnemy: Even during the war games, when they weren't actively fighting, the [=BLUs=] would occasionally form truces and do friendly stuff, such as when the Scouts rigged both bases with pie traps. (Canonically, [=BLU=] Soldier and [=RED=] Demoman developed a close friendship in the source material until the Administrator ruined it.) [[spoiler:Since the war games are cancelled with the deaths of the Mann brothers and the disappearance of [=BLU=], the [=REDs=] have cast aside their animosity and are doing what they can to help.]]
* FryingPanOfDoom: Fifty-one of these falling on Soldier's head [[spoiler: turn him into PainisCupcake.]]
** And then Soldier knocks Heavy out with one.
* [[spoiler:FusionDance]]: [[spoiler:The Elements of harmony are each able to fuse with a member of the [=BLU=] team. So far the fusions are:]]
** [[spoiler:Heavy + Fluttershy = [=FlutterHeavy=] ]]
** [[spoiler:[=AppleJack=] + Demoman = [=AppleDemo=] ]]
** [[spoiler:Rarity + Engineer = [= EngiRarity=] ]]
** [[spoiler: Pinkie Pie + Scout = [= Scoutie Pie=] ]]
** [[spoiler: Derpy + Soldier = [=Solderp=] ]]
** [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash + Sniper = [=Rainbow Sniper=] ]]
** [[spoiler: Zecora + Spy = [=Spycora=] ]]
** [[spoiler: Also, presumably in future chapters]]:
*** [[spoiler: Trixie + Pyro]]
*** [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle + Medic]]
* GambitPileup: In addition to BigBad Slendermane messing with the heroes, [[spoiler: the nightmare that turned Luna into Nightmare Moon]] is plotting something that seems to be detrimental to both Slendermane and the heroes. What it is isn't clear yet. Meanwhile, the [=RED=] team is [[spoiler: working with Merasmus to figure out what happened to [=BLU=].]]
* GenreSavvy: The [=RED=]s shoot out the tires of a cop car chasing them for speeding. This exchange occurs:
--> '''Officer One''': "You want to call in back up?"
--> '''Officer Two''': "Why bother? [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain I recognized the one-eyed nigger and the commie in the car.]] We call in backup, it'll all be killed by them."
--> '''Officer One''': "What do we do then?"
--> '''Officer Two''': "Pity the poor fucks that pissed them off."
* GilliganCut:
--> '''[=BLU=] Scout''': [[spoiler: "At least (our families) have the [=RED=] versions of us there, so they won't be without some version of us and be worrying."]]
---> '''[=RED=] Engineer''': [[spoiler: "Damn, Helen, you can't do this! They're our FAMILIES!"]]
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: [[spoiler:Queen Sombra]]
* GodzillaThreshold: Scout decides that they need [[spoiler: [=PAINis=] Cupcake]] to defeat [[spoiler: Heavydile, Christian Brutal Sniper, and Vagineer.]]
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Happens to [[spoiler: the [=BLU=] and [=RED=] Engineers]] after being trapped on another planet for 2000 years and trapped in a mine for 1000 years, respectively. They would be long dead if not for Smooze and Australium poisoning.
* GondorCallsForAid: [[spoiler:In ''Pony vs. Machine'', literally ''everyone'', from Mare-Do-Well to the Wonderbolts to the Changelings, gets called in to defend Ponyville from Gray Mann's forces.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: The [=BLU=] team, especially with Equestria as a contrast. Just about all of them have some kind of psychological issues, especially Pyro, Soldier, Medic, and [[spoiler:Sniper.]]. They're also much more relaxed about murder.
** [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis, after her HeelFaceTurn]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: We never see exactly what happens to the Diamond Dogs Pyro catches.
-->'''Scout''': Oh my God...
-->'''Soldier''': Oh geez... That ain't right. Even for HER that ain't right...
-->'''Engineer''': Pyro... darlin'... yer scarin' the locals...
* GotMeDoingIt: Spy accidentally pronounces sandwiches "sandvitches".
* GracefulLoser: Nightmare Dubstep.
--> '''Nightmare Dubstep''': "Ahright (sic). You win, I won't hold it against you."
* GratuitousFrench: Spy, after [[spoiler: being corrupted by Masky Pegasus.]]
** [[spoiler: Queen Chrysalis]] does this when impersonating Spy.
* GratuitousGerman: Medic tends to swear in German.
* GroinAttack: Heavy decides to practice applebucking on a pole in an old farmhouse at Sweet Apple Acres. He misses on his first attempt, resulting in this.
** Medic threatens to do this to Merasmus with a serrated, rusty scalpel.
** Happens to Merasmus by six [=RED=] team members at once after he insults them one time too many.
** Also to Blueblood after he cops an attitude with the mercenaries. To be fair, though, they ''did'' say that Pyro would set his crown jewels on fire...
** Merasmus tends to attract these: Spy gives him one after returning from [[spoiler:Equestria]].
* GreenThumb: [[spoiler:Nightmare Gardener. And now Cheerilee, the pony the latter was based from]].
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[[folder: Tropes H - M]]
* HandicappedBadass: After Rainbow Dash is temporarily blinded, Sniper trains her to use her other senses to see. She is able to detect Twilight from the sheer feeling of her magic, whereas she identifies Rarity by her perfume overuse.
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: We don't see Sniper's fantasy about Rainbow Dash, but we know that it made [[LuminescentBlush Rainbow blush redder than her hair]].
* HealingFactor: Nightmare Gardener heals in seconds from [[EyeScream a machete through the eye]], a sawblade to the chest, and having both wings and a leg chopped off in seconds.
* TheHeart: Scout considers himself and Pinkie Pie to fill this role, being the ones to keep the others smiling when everything feels too grim to bear.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Chrysalis, after she gets a sustainable source of love to feed her hive. Also, Trixie could be considered this, given her position as an antagonist in the show.]]
* HelpfulHallucination: Pyro's friend Mr Balloonicorn has enough self-awareness that he can look out for her and offer observations that she is unaware of. [[spoiler: Since he is also [=RED=] Pyro's hallucination, he's aware of what is going on in their original world too, and can relay information.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Trixie pulls a non-lethal variant, [[spoiler:absorbing two thousand years worth of agonizing memories from Engineer (and another thousand from his conterpart, which was not expected) in order to free him from the Nightmare remnants.]] It is as horrible for her as you'd expect, and only the knowledge that it's not actually hers make it bearable. The [=BLUs=] have a very solid respect for her for this.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Doctor Whooves has saved Equestria at least once before the story begins, and then there's his adventures in canon Doctor Who. Derpy's worked with the Doctor for at least some of his time in Equestria, and saved Trottingham at one point.
* HoldingOutForAHero: The old officials of Ponyville apparently think of this for the Elements of Harmony, But after [[spoiler:a very powerful robot sent by Gray Mann nearly destroys the town after [[TheJuggernaut powering its way past all the heroes at once]] ]], they finally agree to let the town be trained to defend itself.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Soldier mentions it took [=BLU=] team "way too long" to learn basic motor control in their new bodies.
** No-one is sure how to trigger a fusion, either.
* HiddenDepths: Pyro surprises Twilight and Trixie with her reasoning as to why Celestia is so informal.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: Both Soldier and Pyro identify as their title. [[spoiler: Soldier didn't even know his real name until he drank a potion from Zecora.]]
* HumanoidAbomination: [[spoiler:Vagineer and the Heavydile.]] On the pony front, the Nightmares can count as these.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: Celestia inverts this trope by summoning a small sun in the midst of the Daleks.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Nightmare [[spoiler:Brutality]]. Although his weapons are made from magic, this does count since he spawns so many weapons during his fun.
** Pinkie Pie employs this as well. And she's teaching Scout to do it.
** PainisCupcake frequently pulls things out of nowhere.
* HypnoticEyes: Nightmare [[spoiler:Cuddles/Juggernaut]].
* ICanExplain:
-->"GOTCHA," [Celestia] said, roughly yanking the mask off of Brickhouse's face. She blinked, startled to see a perfectly normal pony beneath the mask.
-->Brickhouse grinned weakly. "[[ICanExplain I can explain]]," he said.
-->Celestia snarled. "Explain it to the guards," she said.
** Masky Pegasus says this when attempting to justify [[spoiler: losing to the protagonists with two Nightmares.]]
** Gray Mann does this when attempting to justify [[spoiler: failing to destroy Ponyville to Slendermane]]
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: Doctor Whooves]] begs the [=BLU=]s to kill him before he transforms into a Nightmare.
* ICanStillFight: A badly poisoned Pyro claims this, but no one buys it.
* ICantDance: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]. Engineer and Pyro can't dance, though it could just that they aren't used to dancing as ponies.
* ImAHumanitarian: The Maskies are this.
** [[spoiler:Heavydile is also this, causing Heavy to swear off meat after he reverts to normal.]]
** Painis Cupcake also counts by technicality, having never actually eaten anyone.
* ImposterForgotOneDetail: The changelings impersonating [[spoiler:Soldier, Derpy and Sparkler]] got enough details wrong that their cover was blown within one day.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Sniper turns a cloud into a sniper rifle during the Nightmare Dog attack. Rainbow Dash is both amazed and disturbed.
** Demoman uses a plank of wood with some nails stuck through it in the same battle.
** Soldier still fights with a shovel occasionally.
** Mayor Mare is quite deadly with a pipe.
* ImStandingRightHere:
-->'''Scout''': (to Rainbow Dash) "You'll be lucky if you beat HEAVY!"
--> '''Heavy''': "I'm standing right here."
* IncompatibleOrientation: [[spoiler: Heavy for Medic]].
* IndyPloy: Medic figures out Twilight's capable of mimicking his spells, so they Ubercharge Celestia and Luna '''without knowing if they can survive an ubercharge.''' As it turns out, [[spoiler:they survive.]]
* InLoveWithYourCarnage:
--> '''Pyro''': (hearing Heavy's minigun) "Oh my God that sounds sexy."
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Applejack after [[spoiler: beating Nightmare Grave as [=AppleDemo=].]]
** Cheerilee after talking with Soldier.
** Demoman after seeing what Discord's reign was like before Celestia and Luna intervened.
** Sniper needs one when Soldier starts talking about his head collection.
** Berry Punch after the events of Brutal Sniping.
* InsistentTerminology: The [=BLU=]s are adamant that returning to their world is a matter of "when", not "if".
* InsultBackfire: Scout experiences this in chapter 8.
-->'''Scout:''' You do realize that you basically said "I'll tell Mom on you" just now?
-->'''Spy:''' You do realize [[IBangedYourMom that I've done your Mom?]]
* Intelligible Unintelligible: Gem Sentry speaks in electronic beeps and warbles like a regular sentry, but Engineer and a few others can understand her.
* InterspeciesRomance: Quite a few.
** [[spoiler: Spy/Zecora]]
** [[spoiler: Scout/Pinkie Pie]]
** [[spoiler: Soldier/Derpy]]
** [[spoiler: Demoman/Berry Punch]]
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: The [=BLUs=] each get hit with this upon entering Equestria.
** Soldier, Demoman, and Heavy are turned into earth ponies.
** Engineer, Medic, and Pyro are turned into unicorns.
** Scout, Sniper, and Spy are turned into pegasi. [[spoiler:The [=RED=] Spy turns into one as well upon entry to Equestria.]]
*** Also, the [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]] as well as River Song (taking the name of Minuette) and Captain Jack Harkness (under the name Orion) is hit with this.
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: The Spy, A.K.A. the guy who ''disguises himself as your friend to stab you in the back,'' is the Element of Trust along with Zecora.]]
* KillerRabbit: Nightmare [[spoiler:Cuddles]]. Don't let his appearance and general friendliness fool you: He's a Nightmare through and through. Soldier seems to be the only one who recognized this.
* KnifeNut: Christian Brutal Sniper's weapons are a large variety of blades.
* KnightTemplar: Once her SanitySlippage starts setting in, [[spoiler: Celestia]] becomes this, willing to kill someone on suspicion of them being Slendermane.
* LampshadeHanging: Most of it is done by the [=BLUs=]:
** Medic, Spy, and Engineer wonder why there are horse drawn carriages in a world filled with fully sentient ponies.
** Pinkie Pie's emergency parties. Engineer states that it makes more sense than it should.
** Twilight telling Marsha that if a book as "nomicon" in it's name, it's usually evil.
* LaughingMad: Three Leaf after seeing what [[spoiler: having her curse lifted]] cost.
** Grey Hoof as part of his VillainousBreakdown.
** Scout after his first kill.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: [=EngiRarity=]]] removes everyone's memories of being [[MindRape Mind Raped]] by Nightmare [[spoiler: Doctor]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Scout does this when talking to Horse Power about his status as a {{running gag}}. The reply is pretty good.
* LeaveHimToMe: Queen Chrysalis does this when facing [[spoiler: Nightmare Gardener.]] The brutality with which she kills Chrysalis's changelings is more than Chrysalis can stand.
* LeeroyJenkins: [=BLU=] Soldier, especially when the teams were just getting started.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[spoiler:Nightmare Cuddles]] has one in ''Living In The Sunlight'' by Tiny Tim.
** [[spoiler:Christian Brutal Sniper's]] is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRRSiuqZzxQ The Millionaire's Holiday]].
** The "Cheshire Cat" from the Tumblr has... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQDLyxTXLzE this.]]
* LethalChef: Rarity's mother, Marsha Mallow. For an example, she found a book called the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Chefinomicon]] and thought it would be just dandy to cook from it. She ends up getting the kitchen haunted by [[EldritchAbomination Windigos]] without even realizing it.
* LightEmUp: The primary powers of [[spoiler:Nightmare Dubstep]].
* LivingLieDetector: Spy tries a hastily made cover story against Celestia and Luna. As she once bore the Element of Honesty in the Waking Nightmares timeline, Luna retains some of its power, and thus is not fooled.
* LogicBomb: Cheerilee manages to stop [=PAINis=] Cupcake by putting a mirror in front of him and trying to get him to eat himself. The bomb doesn't kill him unlike most examples; it just 'resets' him back to being Soldier.
* LoopholeAbuse: Trixie pulls this on Flim and Flam to render their victory over the Apples moot. They really want the Zap Apple grove, but since the grove is technically part of the Everfree Forest and not the Acres, it's under custody of Ponyville and the Mayor, and she's perfectly willing to lease it to the Apples. When they think they can at least make money off the farm proper, they are informed in no uncertain terms that nopony will do business with them, all the other Apple families in Equestria will boycott them, and Rainbow Dash is within her rights to deny them the rain they'd need to grow anything in the first place.
* MadeOfEvil: The Smooze: A force of pure darkness that corrupts everything it touches. Just about every boss and plenty of mooks the heroes face have been severely corrupted and mutated by Smooze exposure. It's also what turned Luna into Nightmare Moon.
* MadeOfIron: Rover survives a backstab from Spy. Even a fully overhealed Heavy can't do that. Admittedly, he's badly hurt afterwards, but that still puts him in a category with Gray Mann's toughest robots.
* MadOracle: Because they both bear elements of [[spoiler: Generosity, when Engineer is turned into a Nightmare, Rarity]] knows what's happening to him. She's not able to convey the news very coherently, though, as she's seeing what he's gone through.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Barricade and her husband Dr. TL Care. After meeting the anxious little fellow, Engie finally figured out why Fluttershy is the way she is.
* MagiTech: Engineer's Gem Sentry.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Nightmare [[spoiler:Harmonic]].
** Changelings can do this as well.
** Engineer installed a sonic attack in Gem Sentry.
* MamaBear: Barricade. Berry Punch is also willing to jump an indestructible EldritchAbomination and beat on it to make it let go of her daughter, and attacks the robot manning the Disharmony device without either weapons or plans other than a fierce desire to save her daughter.
** [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis, after her HeelFaceTurn, would rather engage a Nightmare on her own than let her children get killed. Having a psychic bond that lets her experience their deaths may be a strong motivator.]]
* MeaningfulName: Lets review, shall we?
** First, the [[spoiler:fusions. They are simply a portmanteau of the names of the fused.]]
** Barricade of the Pegasus Guard. She is pretty large, surpassing Big Macintosh and Heavy in size. And she is sent to Ponyville to act as defense against the Maskies.
** Harbinger of the Earth Pony Guard. True to his name, he delivers news of Celestia's SanitySlippage to Barricade.
** The Nightmares. Their names represent what they are (the Nightmare Dogs, Nightmare [[spoiler:[[OurLichesAreDifferent Grave]]]]), Nightmare [[spoiler: Clockwork]] or what they did before their corruption (Nightmare [[spoiler:Doctor]], Nightmare [[spoiler:Dubstep]], and Nightmare [[spoiler:Harmonic]].)
* {{Metaphorgotten}}:
--> '''Trixie''': "You literally cannot swing a cat anywhere in Equestria without an apple catching the cat and telling you to stop hurting the poor thing."
* MindRape: Half of the Elements have suffered from this, having severely traumatizing nightmares that are loosely based on famous Darkfics they have been the antagonists of… Naturally, ''FanFic/{{Cupcakes}}'' is the nightmare Pinkie suffers. [[spoiler:And Rainbow Dash's is ''FanFic/RainbowFactory''. Fluttershy's, though, [[FanFic/{{Pattycakes}} is something much, much worse.]]]]
** And, as such, the return of the Engineer as Nightmare Clockwork also invokes this, through his ability to reverse time and reawaken the other Nightmares, even to the extent of affecting the [=RED=]s despite their distance.
** Nightmare [[spoiler:Doctor]] also likes inflicting this on people. He'll leave you reliving the deaths of every version of yourself from an alternate universe. All the really painful ones. anyway. He also makes people relive the Element's MindRape nightmares. Until you tick him off enough.
** Nightmare [[spoiler:Cuddles]] uses this too. His repertoire ranges from just making you happy and lazy, to removing your memories and adding subconscious orders, to trapping you in a delusion ''while a small part of you in unaffected and forced to watch''.
** Happened to both [[spoiler:[=BLU=] and [=RED=] Engineers, over the course of a very lonely 2000 years on a deserted planet and 1000 years in an Australium mine, respectively.]]
** This is also Slendermane's speciality. He's ''very'' good at it.
* MixedAncestry: [[spoiler:Spy]]. He is part-[[spoiler:changeling while in Equestria.]] [[spoiler: Being his other half, this applies to [=RED=] Spy as well.]]
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Apparently, according to [[spoiler:Gray Mann]], Slendermane has been doing this formula when attacking Ponyville
* MoodWhiplash: Happens often enough that it's practically a trademark. Whenever there's a comedic/slice-of-life/feel-good chapter that doesn't have anything to do with the main story, you can bet money that there will be one of the aforementioned MindRape nightmares at the end.
* MoreDakka: As [=EngiRarity=] puts it, if a gun proves a non-viable solution, use more gun. And one of the advantages of having only one opponent (albeit an extremely powerful one) rather than several opponents with advanced anti-sentry tactics, as well as being free of the Administrator's rules, is that she's not restricted to just one sentry. Try ''twenty''.
* MundanemadeAwesome: Trixie has a spell that can respawn destroyed ''hats''. The [=BLUs=] are very impressed.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Twilight, once she's no longer BrainwashedAndCrazy but remembers that she [[spoiler: tried to murder everyone in Ponyville.]]
** [[spoiler: Discord]] had this reaction when he accidentally nearly killed [[spoiler: Fluttershy]] during his FaceHeelTurn. Once he realized what he'd done, he healed her and surrendered.
** All the [[spoiler: zomponies, with the exception of Grey Hoof]], are so horrified by the cost of their freedom that they immediately HeelFaceTurn.
* MyGreatestFailure: Barricade's is [[spoiler:the massacre of her entire platoon by Jeff the Killer, thanks to failure on both her part and the Doctor's.]] Has resulted in quite a bit of self-loathing, as well as animosity toward the Doctor.
* MythologyGag: [=AppleDemo=]'s grenade launcher has a six - shot clip. Demoman's only has four, but the gun appears to have six tubes for grenades. Originally, Demoman's grenade launcher was going to have a six - shot clip, but it was cut back to four for balance reasons.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Tropes N - S]]
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: An interesting case. Because ''Friendship is Magic'' is still on the air and ''Team Fortress 2'' is still receiving updates, new details from both are integrated into ''Waking Nightmares'' as they become apparent. One such example is Gray Mann. When Waking Nightmares started, Gray Mann was not introduced into Team Fortress 2 canon. When he was introduced, he and his robots received their own subplot in ''Waking Nightmares''.
** Another well done example of Knight Mysterio's adaptability is Discord… [[spoiler:In one scene in Waking Nightmares, he was having a chat with Celestia while he was a statue. Come Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn, and Discord is revealed to have been turned back to stone.]] Because of this, the story is assumed to take place over a year after the end of Season 3.
*** According to WordOfGod, unless something major happens, the only thing that will cause the author to make this an AlternateUniverse story is if the Cutie Mark Crusaders get their cutie marks in the show.
*** Initially, it was unclear how much of Season 4 [[AlternateContinuity would be]] [[canon]], but it has sice been confirmed that it all is.
* NighInvulnerable: [[spoiler: Slenderman. During his visit to the [=RED=] team's base, The only thing that was capable of damaging him was Medic's desperate use of Sasha to protect Heavy. That act allowed Medic to channel the [[PowerOfFriendship Elements of Magic]] and Kindness (through Sasha)]].
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Pyro. Even her own team fear her (which is, in fact, canonical) and prefer to pay very little attention to what she does to her enemies because they like to sleep at night.
* NoodleIncident: Pinkie blew up a cake one time. The Cakes and her agreed to [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain never speak of it again.]]
* NoodleImplements: Chocolate, popcorn, taco sauce and whipped cream were involved in blowing up the NoodleIncident cake.
** When Medic wants to interrogate someone, he lists off the multitude of creative and horrifying uses of a number of instruments. The order is usually a scalpel and bonesaw, syringes, chemicals, a melon baller, an ice cream scoop, a hot water bottle, a tazer, three bananas, a canister of chili powder, a walnut cracker, and a power drill. He's never gotten past the power drill before a subject starts talking.
* NoMoreForMe: Berry Punch, after seeing Soldier and Pinkie bouncing down a road together.
* NoPlaceForMeThere: Of a sort. Medic says that the [=BLU=] team "does not belong (in Equestria), in zis good place...".
* NoSell: [[spoiler:Slendermane's extension to the human world]] was this to the [=RED=] team, Not so much as flinching no matter what the [=REDs=] do to [[spoiler:him]], even killing the Medic and Demoman while they were [[NighInvulnerability Übercharged]]. And while [=MONOCULUS!=] could at least damage [[spoiler:him]] some, it was [[OneHitKill taken out in ONE HIT!]].
** Mare-Do-Well's mask shields her from Smooze spit, allowing her to simply shrug it off.
** Someone who's insane, like Discord, is immune to Slendermane's powers and illusions, as he's already mad. Slendermane can't do much to someone who's already gone crazy.
** Nightmare Clockwork smashes Twilight's shield (that's withstood multiple powerful explosions) with a single blow.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon. When the Mane 6 purified Luna, they did not kill Nightmare Moon. She still exists in some way, as a separate entity from Luna, but how has yet to be revealed.]]
** And apparently, she refers to Luna as 'Mother'.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Nightmare [[spoiler:Cuddles/Juggernaut]]. The only one who seems to realize that [[spoiler:he]] is a real threat is Soldier.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: [[spoiler: Balloonicorn]] is becoming this, as he's able to notice things that [[spoiler: Pyro]], who was thought to be hallucinating him, doesn't.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Ponyville town council, with Mayor Mare the OnlySaneMan.
* OhCrap: This shows up so often it's almost as common as the above mentions MoodWhiplash.
** All the [=BLU=]s have one when they realize [[spoiler: Soldier's become PainisCupcake.]]
*** And again when [[spoiler: PainisCupcake]] somehow manages to [[spoiler: find two metal girders]].
** Masky Unicorn's eyes widen when Medic's ÜberCharge turns [[spoiler:Applejack into an alicorn and uses the power of truth to cure Spy and the princess's guards from their corruption.]] Then it gets a good look at the princesses, and decides to run.
** Nightmare [[spoiler:Doctor]] realizes he is screwed when [[spoiler:[=EngiRarity=] reveals the''' ''[[UpToEleven twenty]]'' '''[[NoKillLikeOverkill level three Sentries]] she built ]]when he was distracted.
** Masky Pegasus gets a triple one during his first confrontation with Mitta [[spoiler: as the Mare-Do-Well.]]
** All the [=BLU=]s and Element bearers when they realize Gray Mann is [[spoiler: attacking them with nearly a thousand robots.]]
* OhNoNotAgain: Rainbow Dash has apparently ended up in one of Hugh Jelly's "personal use" vats of jelly before.
* Omniglot: Princess Celestia learned every language a long time ago. Justified in that she's certainly had time.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: Nightmare Cuddle's true form, Nightmare Juggernaut.]]
* OffscreenTeleportation: Spy tends to do this, thanks to his new powers, despite being a pegasus. [[spoiler: He does have Changeling [=DNA=] inside him, which enables him to do this.]]
** Soldier is also capable of this as PainisCupcake.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[spoiler: [=BLU=] and [=RED=] Soldier cry when they finally remember what happened before the war, and [=RED=] Soldier is being polite to Merasmus.]]
** It's also a sign of changeling impersonation.
** It's a sign of how serious the [[spoiler: melody of agony]] is that it terrifies Sniper.
* OutOfContinues: When the [=BLU=]s got transported to Equestria, they lost the benefits of the respawn. If they die now, they're gone for good.
* PainfulTransformation: The zompony plague, and when [[spoiler: Grey Hoof]] takes it UpToEleven.
--> [[spoiler: '''Grey Hoof''']] "I swore I wouldn't do it again, as the transformation HURT."
** Any time someone transforms into a Nightmare is bound to be this. The transformation is caused by ingesting [[MadeOfEvil Smooze]], after all.
* PaintingTheFourthWall: The Masky Ponies and those affected with the zombie curse [=SpEaK iN aLtErNaTiNg CaSeS=].
* PaintItBlack: [[spoiler: Doctor Whooves]], after becoming a nightmare. His coat turns a dark black.
** This seems to be a theme with the nightmares - it happens to [[spoiler:Sniper]] as well.
** When [[spoiler: Octavia]] becomes Nightmare Harmonic her coat turns jet black.
* PapaWolf: [=RED=] Medic is willing to stand in the way of the Slenderman to keep him from harming his friend. [=BLU=] Medic regards Chrysalis's taking of his friends as a clear invitation to kill her in the most horrific way imaginable. And he has a vivid imagination.
* PartingWordsRegret: [[spoiler: Soldier/Solomon fights with his brother, who wanted to enlist, the fight makes his newborn daughters cry and he leaves to run an errand, only for the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor to begin, his family was killed when a shot-down plane crashes into his house.]]
* PerceptionFilter:[[spoiler: Slendermane can cause people to simply not notice him unless he wants to be seen. The Maskies also seem to be able to create these.]]
* [[PlantPerson Plant Pony]]: [[spoiler: Nightmare Gardener, whom has vine and petaled wings.]]
* PoisonIsEvil: Masky Earth Pony laces cookies with [[MadeOfEvil Smooze]] to deal with [[spoiler: Doctor Whooves.]]
* PowerCopying: Twilight and Trixie are both able to figure out how to cast spells by seeing them performed.
* PowerLimiter: [[spoiler: Twilight had her alicorn powers sealed and princesshood abdicated after a moment of recklessness harmed Fluttershy, thus explaining why she's still a unicorn. She reclaims it during her fight with Nightmare Brutality.]]
* PowerNullifier: [[spoiler: Gray Mann's Disharmony Device, capable of negating the fusions.]]
* PowerTrio: Barricade, Harbinger, and Shining Armor, whom are the captains of the Pegasus, Earth Pony, and Unicorn Guards respectively. Also, the Doctor, Riversong, and Captain Jack Harkness.
* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision C-strike]]: Spy gives one to the Administrator when he discovers [[spoiler: why the [=RED=]s and [=BLU=]s are identical.]]
** Nightmare Brutality has one when he starts losing.
** Rainbow Dash has one during her nightmare.
* PrecisionFStrike: Mayor Mare has one as the latest threat to Ponyville arrives.
--> '''Mayor Mare''': "At this rate it'd take a [[spoiler: crisis of some kind where ponies actually died]] to convince them to approve (the plan to train Ponyville to defend itself)."
--> ([[StuffBlowingUp Explosions]] and screaming)
--> '''Mayor Mare''': "Of course. [[LampshadeHanging The INSTANT I say it]]. I just HAD to FUCKING SAY IT!!"
* ProperlyParanoid: Jeff the Killer covered his warehouse in magical trap glyphs. They turned out to be quite useful.
* PsychicLink: [[spoiler: The [=REDs=] have this with the [=BLUs=] because they are two halves of a soul.]]
* PyroManiac: Pyro, of course. It's more noticeable now that she's capable of speech.
* RageBreakingPoint: Merasmus hits this after [[spoiler: Heavydile eats him.]]
--> '''Merasmus''': "FUCK THIS NOISE!!"
* RealityWarper: [=PAINis=] Cupcake. He ÜberCharged ''himself'''.
** Pinkie Pie taught Scout how to move through the narrative as well as she does, so now ''he'' is capable of her teleportation antics!
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Bomonomicon gives one to Merasmus detailing why the [=RED=]s don't like him: He [[spoiler: gave the Administrator the spell to split their souls]], constantly preens, exaggerates the sacrifices he makes for them, and always talks like he's better than them.
* RecursiveFanFiction: The story incorporates material from several other known stories. Most of the nightmares tormenting the protagonists are based on several darkfics such as ''FanFic/{{Cupcakes}}'' and ''FanFic/RainbowFactory''. ''StoryOfTheBlanks'' is also fully canon, as is ''Fanfic/TheLightInTheDarkness''.
* RedemptionEarnsLife: PlayedWith. [[spoiler: Gray Hoof's subordinates]] have a HeelFaceTurn during his plan. Celestia gives them a second chance by reincarnating them.
** PlayedStraight with [[spoiler:Mitta]], who was freed from the curse.
* RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear: Grey Mann repeats Slender Man's half of the conversation, which is entirely telepathic.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Averted with the equestrians, who don't need a heart transplant to survive the effects of Medic's ubercharge. Their horse hearts are more resilient than a human's.
* ResetButton: Destroying a Nightmare tends to heal whatever injuries and even repair collateral damage it caused during its rampage. Averted for the last chapters, due to the fic getting increasingly darker as it goes on.
* {{Retcon}}: If anything new is added to either the ''Friendship is Magic'' or ''Team Fortress 2'' canon, it will be mentioned in Waking Nightmares in some way, shape, or form. See NewPowersAsThePlotDemands.
* [[RobotGirl Robot Mare]]: Gem Sentry.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder:
--> '''Barricade''': "Do you like your beatings performed with the foorhooves or backhooves?"
--> '''Imposter''': "Backhooves. ({{Beat}}) Wasn't I supposed to answer?"
* RunningGag: Soldier smacks himself in the face whenever he salutes as a pony.
* RunOrDie: When Medic and Engineer first face Nightmare [[spoiler: Doctor]], they turn and run.
* SamusIsAGirl: Pyro.
* SanitySlippage: Slendermane slowly does this to [[spoiler: Celestia]], beginning with horrible visions and ending with [[spoiler: turning her into a Nightmare.]]
* ScaledUp: Chrysalis pulls this off [[spoiler:during her rematch with Nightmare Gardener.]]
* ScarsAreForever: Because the wound was caused by a Smooze creature, Medic can't [[spoiler: regrow Rarity's leg. Engineer and the Doctor construct a [[ArtificialLimbs replacement]], though.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Trixie invokes this while [[CurbStompBattle curb stomping]] Flim and Flam, not by using her connections, but Twilight's and her friends' connections. [[CrowningMomentofAwesome It's as awesome as it sounds]].
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: [[spoiler:Merasmus tells the Administrator off for making him keep secrets from [=RED=] Soldier. So he's going to tell him and the rest of the [=REDs=] why the [=BLUs=] are more important than either team realizes.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Hats for the [=BLUs=]. This naturally goes for the [=REDs=], too. Justified since it's an easy way to distinguish yourself and avoid CloningBlues.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Inverted. When Mitta, Demoman, and Applejack are reliving a traumatic event in Mitta's past, she needs to proceed through the memory as it really happened, letting [[spoiler: her sister die]] to snap the others out of it.
* SevenDeadlySins: [[spoiler: Nightmare Cuddles/Juggernaut power is to take one's sins and give them hold over you.]] He seems to greatly favor Sloth.
* SealedEvilInACan: Discord. [[spoiler:About a year after 'Keep Calm and Flutter On', Discord relapsed and tried to take out Celestia, hurting Fluttershy in the process. Once he realized what he had done, he surrendered and willing went back into his can.]]
* ShipTease: The following people have some level of relationship:
** Soldier and Derpy
** Demoman and Berry Punch
** Spy and Zecora
** Scout and Pinkie
* ShoutOut: Quite a few.
** Pinkie Pie's bad dream is obviously ''FanFic/{{Cupcakes}}''.
** Mayor Mare's father is the mayor of [[FinalFight Metrot City.]] She even has a lead pipe in her office.
** Upon becoming a Nightmare, [[spoiler: Doctor Whooves]] has this to say:
--> [[spoiler: '''Doctor Whooves''']]: "Oh, I so hope I haven't become one of those [[spoiler: [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Blog/DiscordedWhooves cowardly Discorded versions of myself]]]]."
** There's a cutie mark-related disease called "Cutie Fracture." It involves a pony being unable to perform their special talent, indicated by their cutie mark, and is indicated by their cutie mark appearing fractured and broken. That may be a reference to [[http://fracturedloyalty.tumblr.com Fractured Loyalty]]. In it, Rainbow Dash's cutie mark appears fractured. [[WordOfGod KnightMysterio]] says otherwise, however.
** Merasmus has heard of a [[Franchise/MyLittlePony girl who disappeared, only to return broken and mad, talking about a demon called Tirek.]]
** Heavy's reaction to [[LethalChef Marsha's cooking]]?
-->[[WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs "Aww, isn't that cute? BUT IT'S WROOONG!!!"]]
** "Now is [[WebVideo/EpicMealTime EPIC COOKING TIME!]]"
** [[FanFic/RespawnOfTheDead Herr [=BLU=] Medic created a zombie virus]]; [[GenreSavvy he never used it, as while it's easy to make zombies, it's hard to]] ''[[GenreSavvy control]]'' [[GenreSavvy them.]]
** Slendermane is referred to as "the child of Krastos", as in Krastos the Gluemaker, a jokingly proposed archvillain mentioned among fans in the early seasons.
** Scout decides to taste the rainbow waterfall outside Dash's house, and his eyes tear up from the extra-spicy flavor. Sniper remarks that Spy was right - rainbows do make him cry!
** Several ''VideoGame/GarrysMod'' joke characters make their appearance. Some, such as {{Painis Cupcake}} and the Demopan, are played for laughs. Others, very much not.
*** {{Christian Brutal Sniper}}, unlike the original, explains the christian part of his name. [[spoiler: He's the embodiment of everything Sniper hates about himself, including the time he was Christian. He stopped when he found out his church had murdered some aboriginals in the area for not being white.]]
** [[spoiler:Chrysalis's BattleCry during her rematch against Nightmare Gardener?]] "Time to find how many bites it takes to get to the center of a Morrigan pop!"
%% Does anybody know just what is the above line a ShoutOut to? %%
** Lyra once went around in a [[FanFic/BackgroundPony black hoodie]] to '''avoid''' being noticed.
** [[spoiler: Cheeriliee's nightmare form is Nightmare Gardener, which is probably a shoutout to Cheerilee's Garden, another grimdark fan fic.]]
** In the chapter "Running of the Leaves", Spy quotes something from ''KungFuPanda''.
--> '''Spy:''' "Zere is an old Chinese saying on my world… Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. Zat is why it is called ze present."
** Averted in chapter 33: The author notes that the scene in question was written before he became aware of {{FanFic/Asylum}} and that it is not a reference.
* ShrinkingViolet: TL Care, Fluttershy's father. Except when it comes to the sight of injuries and even he won't be scared of Heavy while tending to him. That, and Harbinger.
-->'''Harbinger''': A million things terrify him and I'm not one of them.
* SixthRanger: [[spoiler:Derpy, Zecora, and Trixie, whom are the lost Elements of Love, Trust, and Hope respectivly. Cheerilee, Berry Punch, and Mayor Mare also lend their hooves when they can.]]
* SmugSnake: Gray Mann. It's accentuated here because he's [[spoiler: Slendermane's flunky.]]
--> '''Gray Mann''': "Oh, and because I'm feeling like being an especially large dick today…"
* SociopathicHero: The [=BLUs=] are perfectly aware of the fact that they are dangerous, psychologically damaged killers, and prefer that their pony friends remember this. Medic in particular is a self-admitted sadist who has only his strict adherence to ethics and loyalty to his friends to keep him from performing horrible and fascinating experiments on anything he can find, including the ponies they're supposed to protect. His habit of bringing up his interests in casual conversation comes across very much as reminders to others not to let him slip up.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: The monsters attacking Ponyville and the protagonists become much more deadly as the story goes on.
* [[spoiler:SplitAtBirth: While not exactly at birth, Merasmus reveals that the [=REDs=] and [=BLUs=] were split from the nine people they originally were thanks to the Administrator. The Mann brothers hired nine mercenaries. The problem was that both of them wanted the nine, so the Administrator performed a ritual (that Merasmus unknowingly provided) involving their blood and Australium to split them into half. As such, the [=REDs=] experience a fraction of what the [=BLUs=] are experiencing in Equestria.]]
* SpotTheThread: Several of the protagonists start noticing minor inconsistencies when some of their friends are replaced with changeling impostors.
* StealthHiBye: One of Slendermane's ways to mess with someone is to appear, possibly with other, more disturbing illusions, and then vanish as soon as they look away.
* StraightGay: Heavy is comfortable with his orientation, although his crush does not answer his feelings. Which may be for the best.
* {{Steampunk}}: [[spoiler:Nightmare Clockwork]]
* SummonBiggerFish: During ''Pony Versus Machine'', [=RED=] Scout realizes they only have one option to deal with the Freaks — bring out their own. [[spoiler:Painis Cupcake]] nearly kills Scout before he sets his target on the bigger and tastier opponents.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: Anything that consumes [[spoiler: the Smooze]] tends to develop one of these.
** [[spoiler:Machinima/ChristianBrutalSniper]]
* SuperMode: Medic's Übercharge in regards to the [[spoiler:Elements of Harmony]]. Using it on them temporarily turns them into [[spoiler: an alicorn.]]
* SuperSpeed: Harbinger. While you can still see him run, he qualifies because he is faster than a train. ''[[BeyondTheImpossible He's an Earth Pony.]]''
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: A romantic song begins playing out of a radio when [[spoiler: Soldier]] kisses [[spoiler: Derpy]].
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* [[TakenForGranite Taken For Steel]] Nightmare Clockwork does this to [[spoiler: Pyro]].
* TearsOfBlood: The second time the Melody of Agony is played, it causes this in its victims.
* TeleportSpam: Celestia's not fast enough to catch [[spoiler: Brickhouse]], so she teleports after him. She still can't stop him, though, so what ensues is mistaken for a ''light show'' by onlookers.
* TemporaryBlindness: Masky Pegasus caused this to Rainbow Dash to get her off its [[JustforPun tail]] during a chase. She gets it back in the chapter "Brutal Sniping - Part 1"
* TemptingFate:
--> '''Soldier''': "Here, though, it's not like something's going to fall out of the sky at random."
--> ([[AnvilOnHead Frying pan on head]])
--> '''Soldier''': "I'm fine. This is why I wear a helmet all the time."
--> ([[UpToEleven Fifty frying pans on head]])
* ThatManIsDead:
--> '''Nightmare Clockwork''': '''"NEGITIVE. THIS UNIT IS NO LONGER DESIGNATED [[spoiler: Engineer]]. THIS UNIT IS CURRENTLY DESIGNATE: NIGHTMARE CLOCKWORK.'''"
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: The end of chapter 26.
-->'''''do you think you are safe?'''''
-->'''''do you think this is just a story?'''''
-->'''''you are wrong. '''''
** [[spoiler: [=KnightMysterio=] [[http://knightmysteriolibray.tumblr.com/post/39630138105/so-you-are-saying-that-you-have-not-posted-a-chapter claims]] that whenever he visits [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/1990/19/waking-nightmares/witness this page]], he gets a 404 error message. ''Someone else posted that chapter, and they're hiding it from the author.'']]
** Also, [[spoiler:[[Film/AliceInWonderland the Cheshire Cat]]]] sometimes answers questions in Knight's stead…and he doesn't even know it. He doesn't even see him when asked about it. You know something's wrong when everybody can see something "invisible" to the author himself. Also, [[spoiler:the Cheshire Cat]] had hijacked his Tumblr blog during March 17, 2014 for 12 hours.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: None who can treat [[spoiler: Princess Celestia]], anyway.
* TheJuggernaut: Nightmare [[spoiler:Juggernaut]] and Captain Punch.
* TheWorfEffect: Discussed by Barricade in "Brutal Sniping - Part 2". She explicitly mentions not wanting to be that one pony just badass enough to make the villain look good when they defeat her.
* ThisExplainsSoMuch: Scout says this when he finds out that [[spoiler: Pyro's a girl.]]
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Barricade and her husband, Tender Loving Care.
* TitleDrop: Chapter 8 "Tick Tock Goes The Clock - Part 2."
--> '''Nightmare [[spoiler: Doctor]]''': "Tick tock goes the clock, an eternity of screams. '''Waking nightmares''' will haunt you all, live out your friends bad dreams."
** Also happens in Chapter 12 "Melody of Agony - Part 2".
--> '''Nightmare''' '''[[spoiler:Dubstep]]''': "Let never ending '''WAKING NIGHTMARES''' begin!"
* TooDumbToLive: During Trixie's Canterlot performance, two unnamed fanponies decided to one-up Snips and Snails in the "very bad ideas" department and drag an Ursa MAJOR to the stage for Trixie to defeat, despite her having given up that particular boast just to avoid this scenario.
* TookALevelInBadass: Trixie took the opportunity to beef up her magic skills (without evil amulets this time) before returning to Ponyville for the third time so she could live up to her title. Rarity has also seen the need to improve, learning to teleport among other things.
** On the show, Mayor Mare is a rather ineffective political figure fond of making speeches and not much else. Here's she's the daughter of a ponified [[FinalFight Mike Haggar]] who enforces Ponyville law with a ''lead pipe'' when the police can't do enough.
** The Diamond Dogs get the jump on a group of heroes, including Celestia and Luna, and knock them out with gas bombs. They also take steps to neutralize Rarity and her whining. Of course, they have no way of dealing with Celestia, Luna, or even Pyro, but it's a marked improvement.
** After being the host of a Nightmare, [[spoiler:Cheerilee]] has her Earth Pony magic significantly enhanced, being capable of making entire trees grow in an instant.
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Soldier has one. In fact, all of the BLUs get one [[spoiler:when struck by Queen Sombra, forcibly breaking any fusions.]]
* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside: In her original human form, Pyro is a pudgy mess of scars and burns due to her pyromania [[spoiler:and abusive childhood]], but Engineer says that she's an angel on the inside - in contrast to his ex-wife Irene, a monstrous harpy of a bitch with the body of a superstar photo model. The scars were omitted when she crossed over into Equestria, though - as a pony, Pyro is very pretty.
* TwinThreesomeFantasy: [[spoiler:[=RED=] Spy]] suggests the option when he crosses over. Against her better judgment, [[spoiler:Zecora]] actually entertains the possibility. And as of "Running of the Leaves" [[spoiler:she actually did it]].
* VillainousBreakdown: Grey Hoof does not take the desertion of his friends well.
* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler: Queen Chrysalis shows up in time to defeat Sergeant Crits and Major Bomber.]] She's partially {{HeelFaceTurn}}ed at that point, but the truce is still uneasy enough to count as this.
--> [[spoiler: '''Queen Chrysalis''']]: "This town is under my protection. So swears [[spoiler: QUEEN CHRYSALIS, mistress of the Changeling Swarm!]]"
* TheVoiceless: Slendermane is this, communicating with his subordinates telepathically.
* VillainousBSOD: [[spoiler: The zomponies, with the exception of Grey Hoof]], after seeing what breaking their curse cost.
* WalkingWasteland: The Sunnytown curse turns its victims into zombies. The condition spreads to anyone touching them. The effects are reversed when they stop touching, though.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Ponyville. Apparently the place was crazy even ''before'' Twilight moved in. (The Doctor being a resident may have been an influencing factor.) To whit, the sight of Soldier anatomy-defyingly snaking along the ground making clicking noises and threatening to eat ponies is met with, at most, mild concern and subsequently disregarded once he's returned to normal.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
--> [[spoiler: '''Grey Hoof''']]: "So what if it cost Ponyville their souls? After so long, didn't their freedom matter? Wasn't it the ONLY thing that mattered?
* WhamEpisode: At the end of Quick Little Gashes, Part 2, [[spoiler: Celestia's SanitySlippage leads her to kill Phalanx (a minor background character who was completely innocent) and drink the Smooze.]]
* WhamLine: The Bombinomicon was created by [[spoiler:Star Swirl the Bearded]].
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Masky Unicorn, Masky Pegasus, and Masky Earth Pony.]]
* TheWorfEffect: A single Nightmare Dog gets the drop on and badly injures [[spoiler:Princess Celestia.]] They go down pretty quickly after that.
* WorldHealingWave: [[spoiler: When Applejack is ubercharged, she releases a wave of honesty]] that cures everyone currently BrainwashedAndCrazy.
** [[spoiler: [=EngiRatity=]]] has a a variant that repairs all damage done to Ponyville and heals the wounded.
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: Zecora gets greeted with this by Rarity's parents.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: When Twilight sent Princess Celestia a friendship report summarizing all her previous friendship reports.
--> '''Spike''': "The Princess's response was to send you some videos from her 'private collection' as well as a sternly worded letter encouraging you to go out and get..."
--> '''Twilight''': "OKAY!"
* YourAnswerToEverything: Played for laughs with Pyro invoking this on herself in regards to Twilight's long list of chores.
-->''As Twilight and Trixie argued, Pyro stared at the list blankly. And then her horn flashed, a demented grin coming to her face. The list burst into flames, Spike yelping and dropping it as the scroll turned into a pile of cinders.''
-->"Chores done!" ''Pyro chirped.''
-->''Trixie fell over laughing, Spike joining her moments later. Twilight stared, aghast.'' "Pyro!"
-->"Oh, Trixie does like you indeed, firebug!"'' Trixie said, struggling to catch her breath between fits of laughter.''
-->''Pyro just grinned.'' "I find that, if you think about it, there are few problems that cannot be solved in some fashion with copious amounts of fire."
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: [[spoiler: In this fic take on the sparrow story from ''PokerNightAtTheInventory'', Heavy got chewed out for it, lectured and beaten for showing compassion by his commander. After killing him in revenge years later, the man approved of his actions.]]
* ZergRush: In ''Pony vs. Machine part 2'', when [[spoiler:Gray Mann attacks Ponyville with a robot army well over 1000 strong.]]
* [[ZombieApocalypse Zompony Apocalypse]]:: Medic claims to have created a viral agent capable of creating one. However, he was forced to discard it due to being set on fire by Pyro, and the fact that while creating a zombie plague is easy, ''controlling'' it is not.
** [[spoiler: Celestia on the other [[JustForPun hoof]] creates a localized one in [[StoryOfTheBlanks Sunnytown]] after seeing the horrors within.]]
*** [[spoiler: Grey Hoof manages to create a localized one in Ponyville to free him from Celestia's curse. It fortunately doesn't last.]]
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