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* AbstractApotheosis: The Minor Arcana Alicorns are all this, being mortals who became Concepts. [[spoiler:The Magician Alicorn (Dark World Twilight) and the Draconequus of Cruelty (Dark World Fluttercruel) did this as well.]]
* AbusiveParents: In ''Reharmonization'', what Discord made [[spoiler:Derpy Hooves]] into.
** And of course, there's his own [[EldritchAbomination Parents]].
** [[spoiler:There's Derpy's biological mother, who tried ''[[OffingTheOffspring kill her]]'' when she was just a foal.]]
* AccidentalPun: [[spoiler: Luna's filly alternate self who plays with Pip is called Moonlight. That is, she's moonlighting as a normal filly. WordOfGod is that this was completely unintentional.]]
** Likewise, the fact that Discord turned Blueblood into a ''literal'' DefrostingIceQueen (well, Princess), which lead to him fulfilling the ''actual'' trope, has been said by WordOfGod to be accidental.
* AchillesHeel: [[spoiler:Turns out the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s imprisoned in Tartarus are vulnerable to a mixture of the blood of a member of Nature's Law and Nature's Fury due to rejecting existence. This also strips them of their immortality and lets them be destroyed, which the one Celestia and Luna fought found out too late.]]
** [[spoiler:Makarov's is that his powers weaken if he's enraged or taken off guard, as well as the fact Shining Armor is ImmuneToFate.]]
* ActionMom:
** [[spoiler: Trixie's mother, Morgan actively defends Hoofington from Princess Gaia's army. and, from what we see, is a pretty powerful Unicorn when she fights.]]
** [[spoiler: Derpy Hooves defending her daughter from Princess Gaia's forces, anyone?]]
** [[spoiler:Despite being insane, Screw Ball/Golden Tiara certainly counts. Breaking out of the heavily guarded insane asylum she's kept in is ''childs play'' for her the first time. The second time when her MamaBear side finally kicks in? She not only kicks everypony's flanks who tries getting in her way, she ''kills a Cockatrice and a Timber Wolf '''bare hoofed!'''''.]]
* ActuallyADoombot: [[spoiler:In 15 Part 2, after getting a beatdown by a supercharged Princess Cadence, then shot in the head by Dima, it's revealed that Makarov was a robot. Justified, as it's implied it ''was'' Makarov until he was shot and he just used his powers to put a robot in his place at the last second.]]
* AdaptationalBadass:
** The G1 ''MyLittlePony'' series pony, Mimic. What is she like in this timeline? The ''only'' mortal pony to ''ever'' injure Discord and the reason he's missing that tooth by kicking him thousands of times in the face at ''the speed of sound!'' Sure, she died horrifically afterwards, but give the girl some credit!
** [[spoiler:G3 Pinkie Pie, Thistle Whistle, Sky Wishes, Star Catcher, Wysteria, Rarity, Spike, and Minty, though all of them had to TakeALevelInBadass. Everyone but Pinkie and Minty managed to give Strife, a {{Physical God}}dess and RealityWarper on par with Discord, a run for her money and actually ''scare her'' at one point. Pinkie and Minty ''beat'' Luna, though she was weakened at the time, she was still a powerful {{Physical God}}dess at the time. Oh, and Star Catcher was [[GodInHumanForm mortal incarnation of]] ''[[AmnesiacGod Celestia]]''.]]
** [[spoiler:While Canon!Cadence turned out to [[BadassPrincess be pretty badass herself]], this universe's version managed to ''fight [[EldritchAbomination Havoc's avatar!]]'' with an implication she actually ''won''. It's not yet been explained how the present Cadence came to be, however.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Luna is this a good bit during her second sidestory.
* AdultFear:
** While just another bullet in a long list of horrors, [[spoiler: Trixie fighting her awakening as an Element of Magic]] laser targets that special nerve of paranoia and fear for those who those who ever had to deal with that sort of emotional crisis [[MissionFromGod for]] [[ComingOutStory whatever]] [[ConscienceMakesYouGoBack reason.]]
** There's also the fact that [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash now fears Scootaloo's real parents will come and take her away from her.]]
** Bright Eyes' Gaiden Story contains a lot of this, particularly from Lancer's perspective. His wife lost his memory, forgetting who he is and their time together and, as a result of a complete accident, he has to live in constant fear of her being lynched for the disaster with the possibility of ponies taking RevengeByProxy on their ''children'' (which ''almost'' happens on the day his second child is born).
*** There's also Bright Eyes' recovered memory of being lost in the woods as a filly and [[spoiler:nearly being killed by a pack of coyotes]] while her parents had no idea where she was. [[spoiler:Thank goodness that deer spirit showed up when she did...]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Fluttershy's ''entire'' situation in "Fluttercruel's Punishment". No matter how much she wants to protect her daughter, others rightfully desire to punish the child for her crimes. In the end, Fluttershy is forced to admit her daughter was a psychopathic SerialKiller and a monster who harmed others, and allow her to be punished for her crimes.]]
* AffablyEvil: Princess [[spoiler:Gaia]] is a polite, gentle, and friendly host to the Mane Cast. [[spoiler:Of course she is still Fluttershy after all]]
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Havoc goes out of His way to ''avert'' this trope due to being the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Fear. Rancor said He was going to use an Avatar to drop her off personally in Dark World, but couldn't decide if it was more scary due to UncannyValley or less scary due to being an 'outdated model'.
** Also averted with the Father of All Alicorns, who, despite [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm His true form being somewhat confusing]], never seems to hide it. This might be His presence in naturally comforting anyway.
** [[spoiler:Havoc, Entropy, and the Father all take disguises during Starlight's Trial, but none of Them seem to be doing it for this reason. Havoc is doing it to appeal to Starlight's pride, the Father is likely doing it out of fairness (since His true form would likely reveal He was on Starlight's side), and Entropy because...Havoc drug Her there and made Her do it.]]
** According to WordOfGod, the courtroom from [[JuryOfTheDamned Starlight's trial]] (actually the realm of Judicium, the Alicorn of Judgment) was an example of this trope.
* AfraidOfNeedles: Twinkle Shine is apparently terrified of needles, when the Shining's group needs to get vaccinations before arriving in Zebrafrica she is clearly hesitant to get hers, and apparently ''ran away'' at some point during it. Shining himself also seems to have this fear as well, though he at least has good reasons ''why''. According to [[WordOfGod Godzillawolf]], the beta reader who suggested the joke, he did it as a TakeThatMe to himself, as he's this trope in real life.
* AfterTheEnd: [[spoiler:Turns out the present world is the result of a ApocalypseHow/{{Class 2}} Apocalypse of the G1/G2 world. ''Pony POV Series Gaiden: Seven Dreams/Nightmares'' takes place in this world.]]
** The [[BadFuture Dark World Arc]] probably counts as well, seeing as Discord's ruled the world for a thousand years.
* TheAgeless: Celestia and Luna[[spoiler:, though they actually have NighInvulnerable immortality. Everypony in the G3 world had this, however, thanks to an ancient spell. Unfortunately, giving birth to Star Catcher broke the spell on her mother, Star Maker, and resulted in her aging and dying while all around her remained the same. Pinkie was included in this, but its safe to assume she's lost it.]]
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Destruction. Despite being literally addicted to destruction, he was also the most sympathetic of them, as he hated his addiction and wished he didn't have it at all. His desire in the war was to cause so much destruction he'd finally be rid of it once and for all. Him being killed and eaten by his own brother is extremely tragic.]]
** Kind of hard not to feel sorry for the Master in the Dark World[[spoiler:, who the Valeyard subjected to the same thing Discord did. What's worse, according to WordOfGod, the Valeyard's claim to keep killing him until he gets a good personality was just an excuse to kill him over and over again.]]
** Despite spending a thousand years massacreing entire families with no remorse, following Discord's orders without protest, and generally being the biggest {{Jerkass}} in the Dark World, It's pretty hard not to pity Angry Pie when [[spoiler:Twilight gives her a HUGE NoHoldsBarredBeatdown in "Cold Hoof Blues".]] By the end of the chapter, Angry Pie is crying and begging her foals to forgive her for failing to succeed in her task to bring them back to life. Even the other heroes (whom Angry Pie just tried to kill) [[WhatTheHellHero are shocked and horrified by Twilight's actions.]] [[spoiler:Thankfully, they manage to talk Twilight down and she ultimately redeems Angry Pie with a reverse Memory Spell (showing her Twilight's memories instead of her own).]]
** Similarly, it's hard not to feel bad for Dark World Fluttercruel, even after all she's done, when [[spoiler: she watches Discord get literally stabbed in the back by Rancor]], which she simply cannot comprehend. She ends up crying and pleading with Discord [[spoiler: to absorb her to heal himself]]. It shows that despite all else, she's still a foal who deeply loves her father [[spoiler: and doesn't want him to die]]. What's she like by the end of the final fight with her? [[spoiler:A broken little child who by that point knows her actions were wrong but is too driven by her UndyingLoyalty to her father to make a HeelFaceTurn.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Discord as well, who wanted nothing more than to save Fluttercruel, but Paradox won't let him, ever. While at the beginning of the GroundhogDayLoop he was an unrepentant monster, by the time we've seen him, he's been trapped for several hundred million years in his own IronicHell and ''wants'' to pull a HeelFaceTurn, but Paradox is ''forcing'' him to remain an EvilOverlord. Seeing him actually tell Twilight not to stop the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown the rest of the mane cast are giving him because he deserves it and making them promise not to do the same to Mad Tiara and Screwball (his own family he has left) makes him rather sympathetic.]]
** "Nightmare World: Broken Mirror" does this with [[spoiler:Nightmare Mirror in an AlternateUniverse were [[TheBadGuyWins she won]]. After a thousand years ending with her having managed to remove the concept of deceit from the world...she shuts down her defenses and lets the Princesses capture her without a fight because she won't lie, because she's the 'Cruelest of Truths', she can't hide from the fact she's a criminal who did horrible things to make her dream world a reality. Despite succeeding, [[NoPlaceForMeThere her methods of obtaining it mean even she can't deny the evil she's done]].]]
* AlienGeometries: Discord's castle in the Dark World. It constantly shifts both exterior and interior, seemingly as much of its own will as of Discord's, and many of its rooms seem dedicated to psychologically breaking ponies for Discord's amusement. Oh, and for bonus points, one room is a void that leads to [[EldritchAbomination Ponythulu's]] domain.
** Pandora's Realm also has them, being a giant nonsensical labyrinth.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:Luna wakes up, gets told by Celestia her night out with Pip has gotten her painted as a molester by the tabloids, has an arguement with Celestia at a guardian party, ''kills and revives Pip as an immortal zombie'', [[FaceHeelTurn turns evil again]], tries to murder her sister, only for Celestia to break out her ultimate weapon and fight back. Luna gets bisected by a spear and... wakes up in her chariot next to Pip. It's left unrevealed as to rather or not this was a vision of a possible future or simply a nightmare, either way, it teaches her a lesson she really needed to learn.]]
** [[spoiler:"Character Rerailment/There Are No Bad Seeds" is a subversion. Silver Spoon ends up having a nightmare where she experiences the events of "One Bad Apple" [[AndIMustScream trapped in her own body as it acts out her actions in the episode]]. The subversion comes from the fact it's actually her being {{Mind Rape}}d by the now Nightmare Diamond Tiara trying to convince her her only role in the world is to be her minion. Silver breaks the nightmare and drives Diamond off by showing her resolve to save her.]]
* AllOfThem: Shining threatens to throw the book at Thunderchild and clarifies he means this. Given they're in a library at the time, it would rather sting...
---> '''Thunderchild''': "Even the Roedinian literature? There are some big books there..."
* AllThereInTheScript: The audio adaptation refers to TheVoice in the Dark World chapters as "the Nameless Passenger" for the sake of having ''something'' to refer to it as in the credits. [[spoiler: Likewise, its GoodCounterpart is referred to as "the Benevolent Interloper".]]
* AlternateEnding: Kendell2's [[http://fav.me/d4qyvwm Ditzy Butterflies: Best Mother]] and Knight Mysterio's [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7850381/2/Pony_POV_Discorded_Ponies_Side_Story Reharmonizing: Old Wounds]] give alternate versions of Ditzy's reharmonizing, but both have been declared LooseCanon by WordOfGod, leaving it up to the readers which one they consider canon, if either.
* AlternateTimeline: Several have been revealed. It's also revealed that the Pony POV universe is an AlternateTimeline to the main series.
* AlternateUniverse: Is established as one from the actual series, referred to as the 'heart world'.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Parodied InUniverse with Luna and Celestia, the tabloids do this ''all the time''. Celestia, being [[ChessMaster who]] [[{{Troll}} she is]], has fooled around with them a good bit with this under an assumed name for various reasons.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Subverted. Despite Discord being purely evil, being born of Disharmony does not automatically make one evil. This is a major plot point in Fluttercruel's story arc. [[spoiler:It's also revealed that Discord was simply one of a group of Draconequi, but seems to be the only ''truly'' evil one of the bunch. We see some of the others in "Generational Transitions" and some of them are downright ''nice''. Even Destruction, a MadBomber who loves blowing things up, has some degree of empathy for the ponies. Discord was having the time of his life doing whatever he pleased in a universe that was going to be destroyed anyway.]]
** [[spoiler:Not to mention that in "AJ's Dream," Liarjack (or one version of her) was shown to wield the Element of Kindness.]]
** Also subverted with Diamond Dogs. The original trio actually end up entering a business venture with Rarity and Shining Armor reveals there are even some ''very'' loyal ones in the Guard. ''Completely'' subverted in Dark World were they were hyper evolved by contact with the Heart of Ponyland and became monks.
** Also subverted with the Changeling, as some, such as [[spoiler:Moth]] realized what they were doing was wrong. [[spoiler:The two Changeling brothers who were sent to kill Trixie also had a HeelRealization and [[DeathFakedForYou faked Trixie's death]] when she didn't show, then proceeded to smuggle some innocent ponies out of the castle in the chaos.]]
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Twilight and Shining Armor's, at least their mother. For one thing, she published a book...about a ''[[HaremGenre Harem Comedy]]'' [[RecycledInSpace In Space]]. While Cadence and her hoofmaidens apparently enjoyed it enough that they all read it, Shining and Twilight are both humiliated by its mention (Shining more so for accidentally giving her the idea to put it in space).
* AmazonianBeauty:
** Dark World!Rarity is described as this after her HeelFaceTurn and getting a bath, due to hauling around Tom and tons of other rocks around for centuries in addition to being one of Discord's CoDragons making her physically powerful. While Spike doesn't care about her appearance, it's definitely a plus.
** Apparently, Discord created an island of Amazonian mares...who all look like Shady.
** Patch in the 7 Dreams/Nightmares story becomes this due to becoming an [[ActionGirl Action Mare]] and regularly overthrowing {{Evil Overlord}}s
* AndIMustScream: Discord shares the same fate as his canon self. [[spoiler:Ironically, being TakenForGranite is ''normally'' a subversion in this universe. It is actually surprisingly pleasant for the average person, you just peacefully contemplate your place in the universe, mentally compose poetry, and generally remain in a peaceful, zen-like state and aren't even traumatized when you're freed. It's only this for Discord because he can't ''stand'' being sane and peaceful, so it's torture for him.]]
** [[spoiler:A voluntary case in [[DarkMessiah Nightmare Whisper]], who reveals that the pain and suffering that she bears has already killed her twice, but she keeps using her power to bring herself back to life so she may continue to bear it.]]
*** [[spoiler: Celestia's description of what she would have done to Fluttershy if she had inadvertently killed all of the unborn foals of Equestria. "I would have torn out your soul... and sealed you away for a lifetime per every life you had ended. In the sun, your soul five thousand miles below the surface. Able to feel everything."]]
** [[spoiler:You know how Dinky was turned into a muffin in [[BadFuture Epilogue]]? Dark World 14 reveals that she was ''conscious'' the entire thousand years!]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Discord was on the receiving end of one by Nightmare Paradox. Spent what amounts to several hundred '''million''' years trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop that always ends with his and Fluttercruel's deaths. He considers being DraggedOffToHell and killed several billion times by his family as punishment for his crimes ''relaxing'' compared to it.]]
*** To put this in perspective, according to a LooseCanon RecursiveFanfiction, [[spoiler:the Valeyard considers his fate less horrific than what Paradox did to Discord. The Valeyard is saying this while in ''{{Hell}}''.]]
** Sweetheart's little sister Cream ended up suffering this in Sweetheart's Gaiden story. The explosion ended up 'locking her in', meaning her ''body'' was paralyzed to the point she couldn't even speak, but she was completely aware and conscious of everything. [[spoiler:Including being [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath dragged off and torn apart by mutants created by the explosion]], taking this trope literally in that she literally ''couldn't'' scream. Worse in that because of her condition, they may simply went straight to eating her alive.]]
** Another potential candidate for this trope is [[spoiler: Nightmare Mirror in the Dark World. Her very status as the Cruelest of Truths means that she is fully aware of all of the flaws in the Dark World, and unlike the other Nightmares, she knows that the ponies are all living beings, no matter how much Nightmare Paradox insists that they're all just unimportant [=NPCs=] who aren't even real. This means that assuming she gets purified by the Elements of Harmony, she is going to be hit extra hard by HeroicBSOD combined with MyGodWhatHaveIDone, and will probably become TheAtoner even more then the other Nightmares.]] It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Mirror is completely aware of just how horrific the Nightmares' actions are and they're earning an eternity in Hell for it, and even the thought that the end result will prove TheExtremistWasRight isn't enough to make her stop hating herself for it.]]
** Stitches, one of Dark World!Fluttercruel's numerous victims, was subjected to this. Fluttercruel cut her tendons to keep her from escaping and slowly tortured her to death, keeping her alive ''solely'' to draw it out as long as she possibly could. She was even denied escaping into insanity by being forced to hold her mind together so the SerialKiller would focus on her instead of her younger siblings. [[spoiler:It turns out, [[AmnesiacGod Stitches was actually]] [[TheKillerInMe Fluttercruel inserted into the past]] after her Draconequusification as [[IronicHell punishment for the crimes she committed.]] The experience actually completes her HeelRealization.]]
** [[spoiler:Makarov's 'Alicorn' Cyborgs. The moment that Shining frees the first one, Yablokovodka, she breaks down sobbing and Mother Deer implies she was completely aware the entire time and Shining killing her had been a MercyKill.]]
** [[spoiler:When Makarov {{Ret Gone}}s the Changelings with his RealityWarper powers, the story cuts to Ponyville where Moth, a benign Changeling living with Lyra and Bon Bon, is left invisible and incapable of interacting with them, but capable of hearing them ''talk about her 'death''' while she's helpless to do anything about it. The scary part is Makarov does this ''casually''.]]
** [[spoiler:When Shining breaks Makarov's antler off and later when the Lights begin leaking out, he starts hearing the voices of Makarov's victims begging him to kill Makarov. The implication is ''everyone'' that Makarov has consumed is suffering one of these!]]
** [[spoiler:Silver Spoon during "Character Rerailment". Nightmare Diamond [[MindRape traps her in a nightmare]] where she must watch her body act out the events of "One Bad Apple", only able to act when she wants to do or say something the canon Silver did. She spends most of it watching her body laugh as the Crusaders are tormented by Babs Seed. Thankfully, she finally escapes in the end.]]
** Chrysalis mind control seems to be this for certain ponies. [[spoiler:Twilight and Applejack both show signs of being aware of what she's forcing them to do while Moon Dancer's mind control ''broke down'' and almost destroyed her mind while she tried to help stop herself from helping her to no avail. Applejack's response to being asked what being brainwashed was like was to refuse to talk about it due to how horrible it was. However, Sweetie Belle and Spike haven't shown signs of this, with Sweetie almost seeming ''happy'' to do Chrysalis' bidding. It's hard to say which is worse.]]
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: Discord's defeat in "Origins" sparks this, [[ForegoneConclusion obviously]].
* {{Animesque}}: The audio-adaptations have recently been taking a step in this direction, complete with an official opening theme that's actually ''shortened'' for each installment and title cards!
* AntiHero: Trixie after her HeelFaceTurn. She's undoubtly on the good side, but she's still got a lot of issues to work around and is willing to use methods that aren't exactly heroic to get the job done.
* AnyoneCanDie: Zigzagged in the Shining Armor Arc. [[spoiler:Once the final battle [[BigBad Makarov]] begins, characters both major and minor start dropping like flies. However, due to the [[RetGone nature]] of Makarov's defeat, they're all resurrected once he's dead.]]
* ApocalypticLog:
** [[spoiler:Razzaroo from the G3 universe wrote one as her final act, being allowed to finish by Pandemonium due to it being her final work. In TheStinger, Twilight gets her hooves on it thanks to [[MysteriousWatcher the Interviewer]].]]
** [[spoiler:Bon Bon the First's diary, which details the aftermath of the destruction of civilization Destruction triggered to prevent the G3 universe from being created.]]
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler:We don't see it, since it's happening in Trixie's head, but Princess Starflower apologizes before smacking Trixie on the head with a mallet to snap her out of Princess Gaia's LotusEaterMachine.]]
** [[spoiler:Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper herself is also one.]]
* AppeaseTheVolcanoGod: Mentioned in Bright Eyes' chapter in a CallBack to ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales''. Back in the present, Twilight and Pinkie ask Luna if there actually ''are'' volcano gods. She replies that while there are deities who qualify (some of which she's related to), none of them require pony sacrifices, that was a Lava Demon thing.
* ArchEnemy:
** Discord to the Princesses and the Mane Cast.
** Makarov to Shining Armor.
* ArcWords:
** Almost all the stories end with the pony in question accepting her new position, declaring "I'm free." In the Discorded Series, this is normally a ''bad'' thing, but in the Reharmonized Series, it's a good one.
*** [[spoiler:After her HeelFaceTurn in the [[BadFuture Dark World]], Twilight includes it in her WorldOfCardboardSpeech.]]
** [[spoiler:Pearls for Fluttershy and Fluttercruel's arc.]]
** [[spoiler:There's an arc SONG in the form of the three "So Many Wonders" reprises. The first is about Fluttercruel's happiness over being free from Fluttershy and able to see the world, second is a VillainSong by Princess Gaia used to hypnotise ponies into her vision of the world, and the final is a TriumphantReprise at the finale of the arc, Fluttershy and Fluttercruel singing ''together'' about how their worldview has changed for the better.]]
** "Dying is easy, living is hard" for the entire series, but ''especially'' the Dark World. While in the main series it deals with overcoming what Discord did to them, in the Dark World it's about [[TheAtoner living with what you've done]] and the world you live in.
** "Forgiveness is not earned, it's given" for the Dark World. In addition to the above theme, {{Forgiveness}} is an overarching theme, both being able to give it and being able to accept it.
** "Sweet Music" for Melody's 7 Dreams/Nightmares Gaiden story, both the song and the words. First it's part of Melody's fame, then it is the name of her daughter but the song itself is something that must be kept quiet or it'll get the family killed (Melody was made TheScapegoat for the disaster). [[spoiler:In the end the song and the words come to represent Melody's legacy, which lives on her in descendants Rarity and Sweetie Belle.]]
* ArmorIsUseless: Subverted. The Shining Armor Arc has armor which, while not COMPLETELY invulnerable, has protected its wearer from more serious injury. It's just Shining Armor's shield spells are ''more'' effective so they're more frequently used.
** Subverted even more so later on when the special armor he obtains [[spoiler:as a gift from Pandora]] saves him from a sniper round to the chest [[spoiler:and later stops Gilda from being killed instantly by Makarov, allowing her to perform a LastBreathBullet that destroys the Iron Curtain.]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: A large part of [[spoiler:the Father of All Alicorns']] dialog to [[spoiler:Liarjack]] consists of these. Justified, as [[spoiler:Applebloom [[SummonBiggerFish got his help in the first place]] to break Discord's control on Liarjack and reform her.]]
** Dark World!Rarity gives one to Rainbow Dash to snap her out of her HeelFaceTurn induced HeroicBSOD, asking her the one question [[SadisticChoice Discord hasn't let her ask herself]] for a thousand years.
--> '''Rarity''': Dash…we all have a choice…Ours is to save the world…I've chosen to want you back as my friend…But what do YOU want to do?
** Dark World!Rainbow Dash later returns the favor after [[spoiler:ripping out her own Element to snap Rarity out of her own self-delusion.]] Also a CallBack to [[spoiler:Rarity trying to ''forcibly'' take it when Rainbow was suicidal.]]
--> '''Rainbow Dash:''' [[spoiler:Not so hot when you have to do it the dirty and ugly way is it?]]
** Dark World!Twilight delivers one to [[spoiler:the rest of the Dark World!Mane Cast to make them realize [[WhatTheHellHero them attacking a defenseless, mortally wounded Discord was wrong.]]]]
--> '''Twilight''': [[spoiler:What does hurting a monster who's already dying and no longer a threat to anything DO? Payback? Retribution? ]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Discord]] manages to [[spoiler:do this to ''himself'']] by proxy of asking the question to Twilight and hearing her answer, [[spoiler:making him realize there's one choice he can make to stop Paradox's GroundhogDayLoop plan.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Discord''']]: ...Twilight...what would you say if I said I never had a choice?
--> '''Twilight''': ...I'd say you were wrong. You always have a choice.
** In a literal example, Twilight asks [[{{Glamour}} the unaskable question]] that triggers the [[TheVoice the Nameless Passenger's]] GlamourFailure and forces it to reveal itself.
--> '''Twilight''': [[spoiler:What are you?]]
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The Wedding Arc, especially compared to the Shining Armor arc.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: ''Every'' sentient cow in the [[BadFuture Dark World]] somehow did this a few years after Discord's reign started. [[NoodleIncident We never get an explanation as to how this happened]], but being [[WorldOfChaos Dark World]], it doesn't warrant as much confusion as it would otherwise.
** [[spoiler:The Breezies were taken directly to Heaven by Abbatissa, the Alicorn of Prayer, as opposed to being remade or erased, with the exception of Daisyslow and Zipzee, who [[IChooseToStay stayed with Rainbow Dash]], becoming Derpy and Fluttershy respectfully. It seems be partly because of their selfless personalities and partly because Zipzee managed to perform a miracle to break Discord's spell on the Breezies. They also got to take Breezie Blossom with them due to DivineIntervention literally answering Zipzee and Daisyslow's prayers, though Abbatissa makes it clear it's only because of ''very'' unique circumstances that that was possible.]]
* AsHerself: InUniverse, Princess Luna plays herself in a play where she makes a DealWithTheDevil with three Earth Ponies. She also wrote it 1000 years ago.
* AssimilationPlot: The Princess Gaia arc, [[spoiler:where Fluttershy plans to assimilate all of Equestria's suffering into herself.]]
** This is also the plan of the extradimensional invaders imprisoned in Tartarus, with the added horror of turning the universe into a horrific world where the torment never ends.
* TheAtoner:
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel [[LikeABadassOutOfHell fights her way back from]] TheVoid to confront Nightmare Whisper after being doomed to non-sentience, because she truly cares for Fluttershy as a parent and a friend and doesn't want her last thought to be that she led Fluttershy to evil.]]
** [[spoiler:Fluttershy still holds a lot of guilt over what she did, even if good DID come of it in the end. [[BeAllMySinsRemembered She decides it's best if she lets everypony decide rather they want to love her for the good she did or hate her for the bad, but admits she'll regret some of her misdeeds the rest of her life.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Trixie to some degree, as all the things she'd not felt guilty about now cause her a great deal of it.]]
** Dark World!Applejack after her HeelFaceTurn. While Twilight has this too, Applejack's is more pronounced as [[spoiler:she wants to earn her place in Pony Heaven next to her sister.]]
*** ALL of the Dark World Mane Six count after each has had their respective HeelFaceTurn really.
** [[spoiler:Dark World!''Discord'', due to having long since had a HeelRealization during the GroundhogDayLoop and only being evil because Nightmare Paradox is ''forcing'' him to. When Rancor throws a wrench in her works, Discord {{Out Gambit|ted}} her and gets Twilight to see his memories to give them a chance to stop her. When we next see him in the afterlife, Discord has already sent apology letters to Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy and is willingly allowing his family to punish him.]]
* AudioAdaptation: A ''very'' large fanproject presently in the works is making [[http://www.youtube.com/user/LouisBadalament/videos?view=1 one of these]]. Yes, the ''entire fanfic'' from start to finish... already available in ''two'' languages [[note]]English and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC43rBqW3eI&feature=relmfu German]][[/note]], nontheless.
* AuthorAppeal: Kendell2, the co-author of the Shining Armor arc, is a huge fan of Franchise/SuperSentai and Franchise/KamenRider. Once he became the co-author of said arc, numerous references to the two series started cropping up in the arc.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Celestia and Luna are ''literal'' {{Physical God}}desses in this universe. [[spoiler:The Elders are all so powerful the physical universe can't withstand them manifesting physically in it.]]
** Every military leader in Shining Armor's story, including Shining himself, Master Chief Spartan, and [[BigBad General-Admiral Makarov]], is more than capable of keeping a lot of flank.
* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler:Applejack willingly steps up to see this by looking into the Truth in order to fully understand the thing that Discord used to break her. She learns a ''lot'' of harsh truths, but ultimately uses them to help everypony. It also causes her to become a LivingLieDetector as a result.]]
* AxCrazy: Discord, natch.
** The Corrupted Six in the Dark World timeline are this to varying degrees. While Angry Pie and Fluttercruel are your typical "bloodthirsty psycopaths who get off on murder and torture" insane, the others have more subdued forms on insanity. Twilight Tragedy is chronically depressed and down, physically incapable of seeing joy or hope in ''anything'' [[spoiler:until her meeting with Apple Pie]], Liarjack is physically incapable of telling any truth at all [[spoiler:until her reunion with Applebloom]], and Greedity is a deranged AttentionWhore who literally ''lusts'' over a pile of rocks. The only one who isn't insane in some way is Traitor Dash, but that doesn't stop Discord from tormenting her and forcing her to be his lapdog.
** In ''Reharmonization'', Discord made [[spoiler:Archer]] arrow-crazy and [[spoiler:both Silver Spoon's father and Golden Harvest]] literally AxCrazy.
** General Admiral Makarov, the BigBad of Shining Armor's Arc. 'Send a small army to try and kill them' is his default reaction to you not knowing his name.
** Queen Chrysalis, but in a more subdued way than the others. She's a mass murdering {{sociopath}} with a sadistic streak a mile long, but for the most part her psychotic nature is kept subtext rather than in the forefront like with Discord and Makarov. In a way it makes her more frightening, as she feels more off than over the top.
* BackForTheFinale: [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash and the Princesses]] return in the [[BadFuture Dark World Series']] GrandFinale just in time to help [[spoiler: fight the FinalBattle with [[BiggerBad Nightmare Paradox.]]]].
* BackFromTheDead: Apparently happened to Tirek offscreen over 1000 years ago. The Rainbow Of Darkness regenerated and brought him back to life with it, after which he challenged Luna for the title of ruler of the night. While we don't learn the details, Luna won and claimed his chariot as her prize.
** One of the {{Recursive Fanfiction}}s contains a more [[spoiler:back from the ''nonexistence'']] example. [[spoiler:After being {{RetGone}}d from the Pony POV universe by Entropy for refusing to become a Nightmare, Neo Stream is "reborn" in...the GarrysMod verse!]]
** It should be noted this is normally a defied trope; [[GrimReaper Mortis]] apparently specifically has a rule ''against'' this happening and is said to [[CameBackWrong have good reason for it]]. [[spoiler:Celestia and Luna's second life on Earth is specifically said to be cheating and something that normally wouldn't happen.]] How Tirek did it is presently unknown.
** [[spoiler:Mortis permits Queen Libra to do this with all those who died as a result of Discord's evil in Dark World who desire to come back (those who die of old age or unrelated causes couldn't). Among them are Granny Smith, Scootaloo, Gilda, Magica, Poison Apple, Tom, and Sparkler. Sadly Applebloom and Sweetie Belle died of old age, and couldn't be resurrected, while Pinkie Pie died of RapidAging and Fluttershy has those that still need her.]]
** [[spoiler:Dima, Gilda, and the rest of Makarov's victims all are restored when he's destroyed. Justified as [[RetGone Makarov's erased from history]], repairing all the damage he'd caused, including those who's lives he ended.]]
* BackupFromOtherworld: [[spoiler:The Dark World Arc has the loved ones of the mane six return from beyond the grave to help guide the mane six back from their corruption. Cadence (possibly Trixie, it's kind of unclear) help Twilight, Apple Bloom helps Applejack, Sweetie Belle helps Rarity, and Scootaloo helps Rainbow Dash. Though out of all of them, Sweetie Belle is the only one to ''physically'' manifest, in the form of one of Rarity's golemns. Later on, Roseluck, a former companion of the Doctor, returns during the fight with the Valeyard using the same method as Sweetie Belle and actually physically joins in the fight (though her physical form is destroyed) and guides Rarity to the Valeyard's regeneration template, as well as entering his body and helping restrain him.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Fluttershy returns to hold back Cruelty's spirit after her second body's destroyed, allowing the heroes to use the Elements to banish her from the mortal plain. Pinkie Pie also does this, since she died during the battle, but her spirit blocks Cruelty from possessing Twilight, setting up Fluttershy's.]]
** [[spoiler:During the FinalBattle with Nightmare Paradox, Discord distracts the Nightmare to give Twilight time to power up the final spell to defeat her once and for all. By calling her on Anarchy's cellphone from the afterlife. And {{Troll}}ing her until she's so enraged she forgets she's in the middle of a battle.]]
* BadassBoast: [[spoiler:Mimic]] to [[spoiler:Discord]] in "Origins" right before [[spoiler:her DyingMomentOfAwesome]]:
--> [[spoiler:Mimic: [[MamaBear You float one inch towards my daughters]] I will kill you and seal your spirit in one of my horseshoes!]]
** Rota Fortuna gives one to the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s she helped [[SealedEvilInACan seal away in Tartarus]].
--> '''Rota Fortuna''': You should leave all the same. Or would you rather I 'kick your flanks', as she so eloquently put it, again?
** Subverted with Shining Armor in 17.2. Shining tries to make one after escaping Makarov's clutches, but it falls flat when the Griffins he's talking to have no idea what he's talking about. [[spoiler:Double Subverted when Makarov's flagship blows up in the distance and confirms his boast.]]
--> '''Sandgriff''': We thought you were being held in that fortress.
--> '''Shining Armor''': Makarov threatened my little sister, so I blew it up.
--> '''Sandgriff''': ...The completely intact fortress to the south?
--> '''Shining Armor''': Uh, sorry, it was a big ship, I forgot it was a ship.
--> '''Natasha''': Eh, easy mistake, it was pretty much a flying fortress.
--> '''Shining Armor''': It's still bad flank I blew it up, right?
--> '''Frost''': Blew what up?
** He does get a good one the following chapter, however, after [[spoiler:rescuing the rest of [[BandOfBrothers Misfit Actual]]]].
--> [[spoiler:'''Captive Audience''']]: But...how did you get here?
--> '''Shining Armor''': [[RoaringRampageOfRescue By kicking everyone's flanks that got in my way.]]
* BadassPacifist: Fluttershy, naturally, counts as one [[spoiler:until she becomes [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Whisper]]]]. She manages to subdue Fluttercruel in a completely nonviolent fashion.
** Mother Deer, the Mother Goddess of the Deer. She managed to convince several Hooviets pull a genuine MookFaceTurn just by talking to them.
** [[spoiler:The Brotherhood of the Scorpion. While a group of pacifists who [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant have frightening tastes]], they still managed to out coup the ''Hooviets'' and take control Maasailand.]]
* BadassSanta: In the Dark World timeline, the Equestrian Santa Claus breaks into Discord's fortress yearly to read aloud his naughty list and distribute lumps of coal.
* BadFuture:
** "Epilogue" shows one where Discord won and rules the world. It's ''not'' pretty.
** It turns out [[spoiler:there's a BadFuture ''for'' the BadFuture in the futures [[FutureMeScaresMe Nightmare Paradox]] comes from where Twilight goes Nightmare and erases Dark World to continue the GroundhogDayLoop she trapped Discord in. From what we see, the set up for some of those is ''worse'' than the Dark World in that typically either some or all the mane cast minus Twilight ''dies'' fighting Discord or there's planet wide destruction and death in some fashion.]]
** We see another one in [[spoiler:Luna's second sidestory. Luna [[FaceHeelTurn turns evil again]], kills and revives Pip as an immortal undead, and attempts to kill Celestia, killing a number of innocent ponies in the process, only for Celestia to ultimately kill her to protect Equestria. Turns out it was AllJustADream, or at least a vision of a possible future.]]
** [[spoiler:To some degree the present is this, particularly for the Deer. The Shadow of Chernobull was released from [[SealedEvilInACan Pandora's Box]] and became General-Admiral Makarov, who [[RealityWarper altered history so that]] the [[TheEmpire Hooviet Empire]] never collapsed, resulting in not only a horrific military dictatorship remaining in power for 20 years longer than it should have, but all the atrocities that Makarov and the Hooviets have caused since. The goal of the Rebels and Shining is to lure [[ClockRoaches the Wolf]] to Makarov so it can [[RetGone erase him]] from existence and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.]]
** Cadence receives a vision of what will happen if Chrysalis wins, and it certainly counts. [[spoiler:Chrysalis activated a rune that rips the emotions out of every creature in Equestria and absorbs it, becoming [[AGodIAm a being strong enough to overpower Discord]] and conquer the world, reducing all other sapient beings to slaves, turning Sweetie Belle into TheDragon, and remaking the Changelings into her own twisted version of perfection.]] Cadence is naturally horrified by this.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: The two Night Guards Luna leaves in charge of the [[spoiler:four Day Guard Pegasi turned]] foals end up this way.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: Discussed in the opening narration of 'StormingTheCastle', which says that [[SubvertedTrope there's no such thing]], it is merely something certain wicked people justify their actions; saying for every hero there must be a villain.
* BalefulPolymorph: Discord did this to a great many ponies. During her adventure in Canterlot, Applebloom ''[[NoodleIncident somehow]]'' ended up being unwillingly transformed into a Sea Pony. Even Applejack isn't sure how that even happened.
* BargainWithHeaven: Joining the Royal Guard seems to work this way. It involves being infused with a bit of the Princesses power (each do half) with a bit of transformation involved, more for Luna's than Celestia. However, the contract is ''very'' thorough about this (at least in Luna's case, it's in big bold letters across two pages in size 40 font, complete with before and after pictures) and applicants know exactly what they're getting into.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:How Celestia convinces Trixie to stop fighting her awakening Element Of Magic.]]
** [[spoiler:The Dark World!Mane Cast use one to defeat Nightmare Eclipse. They launch an all out attack that seemingly kills her and her Nightmares...[[TimeMaster only for Eclipse to rewind time and counter it.]] Which is exactly what they wanted her to do, allowing Twilight to [[PowerCopying copy her time spell]] and use it against her.]]
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Pinkie Pie has one against an evil fractured piece of her personality called Angry Pie caused by Discord's corruption. [[spoiler:The final battle with Loneliness takes place in the center of Trixie's mind, which has been rendered a CrapsackWorld by Loneliness' taint.]]
* BeAllMySinsRemembered: [[spoiler:Despite the fact there are a great many ponies who love her for what she did, Fluttershy outright says in her speech she'll accept rather whether ponies choose to love her for the good she did or hate her for the bad.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Fluttershy''': I didn't do everything right, I did bad things I don't know if I'll ever stop regretting. Some ponies won't ever forgive me for those things and maybe they're right to. I'm sorry for those things, but I wanted to help ponies, and it looks like I did. And I'm happy I was able to. And for everyone hearing this, if you'll take me back for what I accomplished, I'll accept that. If you won't take me back for what I did, I'll accept that too. I make no excuses, what I did I did and I was being a foal.]]
* BeingEvilSucks: In the [[BadFuture Epilogue/Dark World]] timeline, Liarjack, Traitor Dash, and Twilight Tragedy all hate what they've become, but Liarjack and Traitor Dash can do nothing about it, while Tragedy has effectively given up all hope and feels her service to Discord is all she has left. Averted with Angry Pie and Fluttercruel, who not only embrace their newfound evil, but ''relish'' in it.
** [[spoiler:The Nightmare Manacle and Mirror in Paradox's group PsychoRangers are the same way; Manacle still loathes herself possibly ''worse'' than Traitor Dash did and Mirror? She's ''completely aware'' of how horrific the Nightmares' actions are and knows they're earning a spot in Hell for it. The only thing she has left is the idea TheExtremistWasRight and their world in the end will be worth it.]]
--> '''Derpy''': You pill hate yourself, won't blue, [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash?]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Manacle''']]: I never stopped!
* BeneathTheMask: [[spoiler: Underneath what appeared to be the perfect Princess Gaia was a suffering monster: Nightmare Whisper.]]
** [[spoiler:Beneath that? Fluttershy in torture devices, holding all the suffering and pain of Equestria in herself.]]
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:Don't call Trixie a [[FantasticSlurs "half-dirt unicorn".]]]]
** Don't hurt one of the Crusaders, the others will [[LetsGetDangerous Get Dangerous]] and do anything to protect them.
* BetterThanNew: Happens to Pinkie Pie during her week long slumber after she finally crashes from going a week without sleep. She wakes up able to think clearly and say things so profound (though still in character) that even Twilight is incapable of arguing her points. This happened because during that time she [[spoiler:performed a SplitPersonalityMerge.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:Fluttershy, or should we say [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Princess Gaia.]]]]
** Shining Armor and Princess Cadence. Despite being ''very'' nice {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s who would ''very'' much prefer a peaceful resolution to any conflict, do ''not'' harm innocents around ''either'' of them. [[spoiler:General-Admiral Makarov]] found this out the hard way with Cadence when she [[spoiler:powered up using the bonds of Misfit Actual to stop him from slaughtering a village and [[CurbstompBattle curbstomped]] him.]] Shining? [[spoiler:He ''crushed a Diamond Dog to death'' when it killed his uncle in front of him and when Makarov]] tried to repeat it with Twilight, [[spoiler:smashed Makarov's DoomsdayDevice and almost crushed ''him'' to death.]]
*** [[spoiler:Shining ultimately [[FedToTheBeast feeds Makarov to]] [[ClockRoaches the Wolf]], [[RetGone erasing him from existence]]. Shining might be a nice guy, but do ''not'' buck with him!]]
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Discord, as in canon.
** General-Admiral Makarov, the BigBad of the Shining Armor Arc. Despite being a PsychopathicManchild LargeHam who throws a temper tantrum anytime things don't go his way, he's ''still'' leader of one of the largest and most powerful military groups on planet with high tech weapons, and no restraint in using them to murder people [[EvilIsPetty for the pettiest of reasons.]] He's also strong enough to deliver a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Shining Armor without breaking a sweat. [[spoiler:He's actually an [[HumanoidAbomination Equinoid Abomination]] with RealityWarper and CharmPerson powers who escaped Pandora's Box and is trying to take over ''the story itself''. He's even capable of [[RetGone erasing entire races from existence]] with a ''sentence''.]] When his endgame begins, he's [[spoiler:murdered several thousand if not ''million'' innocents and started a world war.]]
* {{BFG}}: The Shining Armor Arc has a few:
** Natasha, the sniper among the Rebel Deer, has a modified sniper rifle that shoots 14mm rounds (which are Heavy Machine Gun rounds). [[ICallItVera It's named Sasha.]]
** Makarov has a massive horncannon of his own. [[BlingBlingBang It's gold plated.]] It gets progressively more gaudy as the story progresses.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:[[EnemyWithin Loneliness]] for the overarching plot with fixing Trixie. She's an entity that was keeping Trixie from being saved after Discord broke her. When Twilight enters Trixie's mind to free her, she ends up trying to kill her repeatedly to keep Trixie under her clutches until she's finally destroyed by Trixie rejecting her. Unfortunately, Discord's MindRape on Diamond Tiara causes her to free him and let him take over as the main villain.]]
** However, before his arc happens, [[spoiler:Fluttershy's SuperpoweredEvilSide]] Princess [[spoiler:Gaia/Nightmare Whisper]] serves as the BigBad for her self titled story arc.
** "Origins", being a prequel, naturally has Discord as the BigBad.
** Discord in the Dark World Arc. [[spoiler:Though the Valeyard's FinalSpeech implies he might not be [[BigBadEnsemble the only one.]]]]
*** [[spoiler:As of "The Real Hoof Blues", it would appear TheVoice is the BigBad of which he spoke. She even makes an attempt to corrupt Twilight into a [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare]]. It is later revealed that she's a version of Twilight who already ''became'' what she tried to make Twilight into and Twilight's [[FutureMeScaresMe potential future self]], Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox.]]
*** [[spoiler:Then, Discord is stabbed InTheBack by Rancor, who steals Destruction's power back and leaves him mortally wounded. He gives his power and the power of Havoc's Avatar to Fluttercruel. She then becomes the DragonAscendant and attacks the heroes of her own free will with the motivation of using the Elements of Chaos to save her father's life.]]
** General-Admiral Makarov[[spoiler:/[[HumanoidAbomination The Shadow of Chernobull]]]] for Shining Armor's arc.
*** [[ClockRoaches The Wolf]] [[BigBadEnsemble is another]] BigBad, being an AnimalisticAbomination that [[ImplacableMan has tracked Shining Armor across entire countries]] attempting to [[RetGone erase him from existence]] and which nothing can seem to stop. [[spoiler:After Makarov's demise at its claws, it appears the Wolf might still be after Shining, becoming the BigBad proper.]]
*** Also from the Shining Armor Arc, [[spoiler:[[Series/DoctorWho The Master]] is this from Minuette's perspective, having spent the entire story trying to influence her [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan to open her fob watch and become him again]] and since TheReveal, actively trying to tempt her into doing so every chance he gets.]] Not a BigBadEnsemble in that, at present, Shining Armor is unaware of his existence and he's not threatening Shining deirectly like Makarov and the Wolf have. [[spoiler:Like the Wolf, he's defeated in the GrandFinale of the Arc.]]
** Sharp Spear in the last leg of Melody's '7 Dreams/Nightmares' Chapter. Even if he only appears in person for one scene, he's still more or less responsible for nearly everything bad that happens to Melody's family after her daughter's birth due to his FantasticRacism [[spoiler:including basically kidnapping her daughter]] and unlike the villains in Patch's tale, is the only antagonistic force in the storyline.
** [[spoiler:D___t's Shadow of Existence]] in Bright Eyes' Nightmares section. [[spoiler:He tries to devour Zipzee at the end of G3 by forcing her over the DespairEventHorizon so he could take her infant Concept and become real again. After that failed, he spent the entirety of the Nightmares section stalking her, trying to increase her feelings of depression and fear to do the same before finally trying to take her Concept by force to become real, forcing her to destroy him completely.]]
** [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Cocoon]], Chrysalis' predecessor, serves as this for Chrysalis' OriginsEpisode, despite Chrysalis being the VillainProtagonist at the time.
** Chrysalis for the Wedding Arc, as in canon.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Fluttercruel in "The Foal of Omelas", who [[LikeABadassOutOfHell tears herself out of her tormented oblivion]] and comes to the Mane Cast's aid just in time, letting them use the Elements Of Harmony to defeat Nightmare Whisper.]]
** Dark World!Rainbow Dash does this twice [[spoiler:during the battle with Odyne!Cruelty, first by shattering her [[DeathGlare Ultimate Stare]] and saving the group, then by plowing through several walls and delivering a Sonic Rainboom tackle to Cruelty's back to save Rarity.]]
*** [[spoiler:Does so again, accompanied by the Princesses (who she flew up ''into space'' to recharge directly from the sun and moon), during the FinalBattle, arriving in time to save the group from Paradox and her PsychoRangers.]]
** In Bright Eye's Gaiden Story, [[spoiler:Logan saves Lancer and Bright Eyes from an Ahool using the Yellow Shard of the Rainbow of Light to calm it down before it can kill Lancer.]]
*** Later its revealed that [[spoiler:some kind of deer deity saved Bright Eyes from some coyotes when she was a filly, which caused her to develop her environmentalist views.]]
** [[spoiler:Twinkle Shine and company due this at the end of Chapter 10 of the Wedding Arc, after Chrysalis has managed to barely beat Celestia and repel Luna's counterattack via Shining's shield supercharged by her magic.]]
** [[spoiler:Trixie comes to Cadence's aid during her fight with a BrainwashedAndCrazy Twilight Sparkle, throwing a wrench in Chrysalis' plans.]]
* BigEntrance: [[spoiler:[[LikeABadassOutOfHell Fighting your way through a portal while demonic beasts try to drag you back inside]] to make a BigDamnHeroes moment? Fluttercruel certainly knows how to make an entrance!]]
** Trixie tends to make these [[LargeHam whenever she physically can.]] [[spoiler:Comically parodied when her doing so during the wedding arc causes a misunderstanding with her friends.]]
* TheBigDamnKiss: [[spoiler:Garnet gives on to Running Gag after he uses his language skills to trick some Hooviet mercenaries into going the wrong direction, allowing Misfit and the Doctor to escape without a fight. To add to the awesomeness, Cadence promotes him on the spot.]]
* BiggerBad: Discord. He's already been put back in his can before the Reharmonizing series begins, but the aftermath of his actions have had deep and [[MindRape lasting effects on everypony.]] [[spoiler:He eventually breaks free and becomes the BigBad proper for the finale.]]
** In addition [[spoiler:it's revealed Discord was responsible for King Sombra, having gotten one of his cousins to orchestrate his creation due to his own hatred of the Crystal Empire. However, by the time Sombra's creation was complete, Discord had long been defeated and Sombra was primarily a self contained threat.]]
** [[spoiler:The Nameless Passenger/[[FutureMeScaresMe Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]] turns out to be this for the Dark World, as while Discord is the primary villain, it's only because of her actions he's allowed (and to some degree ''forced'') to remain the BigBad, as otherwise he'd have been defeated or [[HeelFaceTurn turned good]] [[GroundhogDayLoop cycles ago]].]]
** Father Deer presumably for the Shining Armor Arc, given he's Makarov's boss. [[spoiler:Subverted in that Makarov is more than he appears and the Father Deer is simply a figurehead.]]
** In a way [[spoiler:Makarov is the BiggerBad of the Wedding, his RewritingReality to kill off the Changelings being what allowed Chrysalis to become a much bigger threat, long after his demise.]]
* BigGood: Princess [[spoiler:Gaia]] considers herself as this. [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans In reality, however...]]
** [[spoiler:[[GodOfGood Fauna Luster and the Father of All Alicorns]] for the Alicorns, and the multiverse in general.]]
** [[spoiler:The Benevolent Interloper in Dark World qualifies, acting both to counteract [[BigBad Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]] influence with good advice and acting as MissionControl during the FinalBattle.]]
** Mother Deer, the Mother Goddess of the Deer, serves as this for [[LaResistance the Rebels]] against the Hooviet Empire, and by extension, their ally Shining Armor.
* BigNo: [[spoiler:The undead foal inside Nightmare Whisper's crystal heart lets one out when Fluttercruel's Element Of Kindness manifests, allowing the Mane Cast to utilize the Elements against her.]]
** [[spoiler:Makarov/The Shadow of Chernobull lets out two when he realizes that [[DyingMomentOfAwesome a dying Gilda]] is about to [[LastBreathBullet blow up the Iron Curtain with a grenade launcher.]]]]
** [[spoiler:The Master lets one out as Minuette [[DeaderThanDead feeds him to the]] [[ClockRoaches Blank Wolf]].]]
* BigScrewedUpFamily: [[spoiler: The Draconequi, as to be expected from {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that operate on BlueAndOrangeMorality.]]
* BigSisterInstinct: Rarity ''will'' '''''end''''' you if you try to do anything to harm Sweetie Belle.
** In the alternate Fanfic/StoryOfTheBlanks timeline where the bone fiends got Apple Bloom, Applejack "proceeded to tear Sunnytown to its foundations and [buck] the head off of any zombie pony that got in her way."
* BittersweetEnding:
** WordOfGod has stated they wish to turn the [[BadFuture Epilogue]] timeline into one of these, and several fans have [[RecursiveFanfiction already tried.]]
** [[spoiler:The Dark World Series eventually ended this way. The world is saved, the Chaos Six have all been redeemed, Spike and Rarity are HappilyMarried, the ecological damage from Discord is fixed, and Queen Libra is permitted to bring back anyone who died from Discord's evil if they desire it. However, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Applebloom, and Sweetie Belle were KilledOffForReal, Twilight and Rarity have become Alicorns to make it possible, meaning they've given up any chance of ever being reunited with their loved one in Pony Heaven, and Twilight has to leave to perform her duty as Concept of Magic and Happy Endings.]]
** [[spoiler:The Nightmare Granfalloon timeline. Yes, half the mane cast are dead, and Granfalloon's rampage caused a lot of pain, but Golden Tiara is sane again and reunited with her family, meaning that Diamond Tiara won't let Discord out of his prison again. On top of that, WordOfGod confirmed that Fluttershy in this timeline never becomes Nightmare Whisper.]]
** Depending on how you look at it, [[spoiler:"Generational Transitions" ends like this. Yeah, the G3 world ended, but the universe was saved from dying ''for good'', meaning a new one will take its place. Plus, even though Minty died Pinkie saved her from being deleted, allowing her to live on as part of Twilight Sparkle, and was saved from deletion herself.]]
* BlackComedy: When the [[BadFuture Dark World]] arc isn't being [[NightmareFuel horrifying]] or [[TearJerker just plain depressing]], its this, especially in later chapters.
* BlasphemousBoast: In Dark World, [[AGodIAm the Valeyard]] does these quite frequently, as he believes himself higher than [[TopGod the Elders]].
** According to a LooseCanon RecursiveFanfiction story, Havoc actually keeps track of how many times He'd heard certain BlasphemousBoast from people condemned to [[{{Hell}} His domain]]. He even tells [[spoiler:the Valeyard]] exactly how many times he'd heard each of his.
--> '''Havoc''': I Heard Your Rant About Villains Not Playing By The Rules 325,285,347 Times, Your Claim About Perfection 186,032 times, Your Speech About Life 432,874,222 times, Your Declaration Of Controlling The Universe 987,873,365,321 Times But Your FinalSpeech Was Something New For Once.
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse's claim she chose her name for eclipsing Celestia and Luna and exceeding them is considered this by the Dark World!Mane Cast. She also claims to be above all the other Gods and outright states she's going to destroy the Goddess of Fate.]]
** Queen Chrysalis' VillainSong in chapter 16 of the Wedding Arc starts with one of these:
--> '''Queen Chrysalis''': I am mightier than the Sun,/More cunning than the Chaos./More beautiful than Harmony,/I put her face to shame" .
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: [[spoiler:The Draconequi have a form of this. Their role in creation makes it impossible for them to have the same moral framework as Alicorns and ponies, but they still have a form of love that allows them compassion and they ''do'' each have some degree of empathy and compassion, without which they'd be...well, Discord. They also enjoy chaos because they're ''born'' from it. But even by ''their'' morality, [[CompleteMonster Discord's is black]] and doesn't so much enjoy causing chaos as the suffering he inflicts while doing so.]]
** Also applies to Dragons (minus Spike) and Diamond Dogs. Both of which are stated to be instinctively greedy beings and thus their form of morality revolves around it, but neither are not ''completely'' selfish or immoral. They consider their loved ones possessions, and thus extend their protectiveness of their possessions to them. Diamond Dogs also are willing to die for their pack (including adopted members).
** This is the entire reason that [[spoiler:the world is scared to death of Maasailand. The country simply have somewhat inverted perceptions of what other cultures think of as symbols of good and evil. So what they think makes them look like a peaceful, beautiful place to live makes them look like {{Mordor}} to the rest of the world.]]
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:Nightmare Whisper.]]
* BookEnds: The first glimpse of hope we see for the [[BadFuture Dark World]] is Apple Pie saying "Hey, even in the darkest of times you hav'ta find something to laugh about!". [[spoiler:She and Twilight say it again as their goodbye to one another as Twilight leaves Dark World after they've [[EarnYourHappyEnding finally saved it.]]]]
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:Dima tries to execute Makarov this way, but Makarov uses his powers to pull an ActuallyADoombot.]]
* [[spoiler: BossRush]]: See above for details.
* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: Princess [[spoiler:Gaia's]] favorite trick.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: When Applejack recounts [[NoodleIncident Applebloom's adventure in Canterlot]] to the reader:
--> '''Applejack''': It involved Applebloom spookin' every Pegasus in armor around, a royal fountain, Applebloom needin' to redefine her meanin' of 'public bath' . . . and Ah think the ghost of a Hippocampus and a lost family locket but Ah kinda ain't sure 'bout them details.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** Pinkie Pie does this ''all the time''.
** Princess [[spoiler:Gaia]] has answered quite a few readers comments personally... [[spoiler:[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou And attempted to trap the writer of them in her]] LotusEaterMachine.]] She's even personally requested a few edits to this very page herself...
** [[FromBadToWorse And now it's getting better.]] [[spoiler:[[CompleteMonster Discord]]]] has taken to responding to some comments, taunting and mocking the writers of them as he boasts of things such as [[DespairEventHorizon he's become immune to the Elements of Harmony.]]
--> '''[[spoiler: Discord]]''': "Oh, but you all LOVED it when Princess Gaia did it! Don't worry, Shadows-Who-Watch, I'm sure you'll be [[BlatantLies delighted]] to see me one again doing to [[WorldGoneMad all Equestria]] what I've done to [[spoiler:[[BrainwashedAndCrazy Diamond Tiara!]]]] Isn't that right, ''my'' little pony?"
** And then in the [[BadFuture Dark World]] arc there were several occasions where [[TheBrute Angry Pie]], [[BloodKnight Fluttercruel]], and [[TheDragon Twilight Tragedy]] responded to comments by the readers, usually either to mock or threaten them. Even [[BigBad Supreme Kahuna Discord]] gets in on it later on, in an oddly depressed sounding way. It makes sense when we discover [[GroundhogDayLoop what's really going on]].
* BreakTheCutie: Obviously, but Trixie and [[spoiler:Diamond Tiara]] take the cake, ''especially'' the latter.
** BreakTheHaughty: Trixie also has shades of this.
* BreatherEpisode: [[spoiler:The first half of the Penultimate episode comes right after the climatic, and terrifying, battle with Loneliness and Fluttershy going all Nightmare Moon, but is just, for all intent and purposes, the cast just getting to know the "One and Only Trixie".]]
** Also, [[spoiler:New Game Plus. In between the first part of Mind Games, which is a tense 3 part series about Onyx Tiara healing while Diamond Tiara seeks to restore Discord, and the rest of the mind games which will arc into the finale arc, we have a brief interlude letting the author link the episodes not yet covered into the main story. There are certainly serious moments, but the overall tone is MUCH Lighter in comparison.]]
** "Different From Everypony Else" is set immediately after "New Game Plus", but was published between the last two installments of Mind Games. It has its dark moments, but is ultimately very heartwarming, and even the dark moments don't compare to the content of Mind Games.
** "ecnarbmemeR-Remembrance", a rather normal, lighthearted episode following Shining Armor was published right after the DarkestHour of the Dark World Arc. While there are some creepy aspects, it's pretty much just a relaxing little chapter.
** "Family Reunion" is about as lighthearted as it gets in the Dark World arc: before meeting the Apple/Pie family to [[spoiler:recruit Apple Pie as the new Element of Laughter]], Twilight and the gang decide to make themselves look more presentable by taking a bath; HilarityEnsues as they try to bathe [[HatesBaths Rarigreed]], the filthiest of the gang after spending a thousand years wallowing in rocks and dirt. Even their meeting with the family that follows goes over fairly smoothly (that is, as smoothly as things can get after some of the family members greet them with a few cautionary explosives).
** "Retcon-Struction Blues" is sandwiched between two Dark World Chapters, one being the beginning of an all out brawl between Discord's remaining minions and the heroes, and the other being the continuation of that battle and a major WhamEpisode. The chapter itself is about Twilight reconciling with the CMC from the Smartypants Incident.
** Shining Armor Part 11 is a short, uncomplicated story about the trip to, and the group enjoying their first day in, the zebra nation Zamura. This comes right after all the drama Shining went through in Columbia, and is posted right after the Dark World Mane Cast confront [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]]]].
** "A Day at the Circus" is simply the mane six and the CMC enjoying a day at the circus. While it's a LooseCanon RecursiveFanfiction, the author fully intended it to be one of these for ''everyone'', from himself and Alexwarlorn and the audience to the characters themselves.
** Wedding 19 is simply the mane six reconciling and recuperating after [[spoiler:rescuing Twilight and Spike.]]
* BrickJoke: In Shining Armor's story; in part 1, during Blueblood's VerbalBackpedaling (after insulting Twilight in front of Shining), he says he was actually thinking of a Twilight ''Sharkle'', who he then accidentally says is a shark. In part 11, a Major Dawn Sharkle is briefly mentioned, and the unit she's in has [[FunWithAcronyms a title that spells SHARC]].
** Earlier in the Columbia saga, it's mentioned the country has 'no singing zones' due to [[MusicalWorldHypothesis random musical numbers]] causing traffic jams. Later on, Cadence's hoofmaidens had their own [[NoodleIncident crazy adventure]] ending with them being arrested for singing in a no singing zone. Also, in part 11, before arriving in Zebrafrica, Cadence reassures the group no such law exists in Zebrafrica.
** Also in Part 11, Shining mentions that Running Gag [[AnimalsHateHim apparently gets attacked by every cat he meets.]] Later in the chapter, while TemptingFate [[ItMakesSenseInContext regarding Honey Badgers]], Running Gag is promptly attacked by a cat.
* BringMeMyBrownPants: [[spoiler:We're not told who, but one of the Mane Cast wets themselves in reaction to the undead foal inside Nightmare Whisper's heart.]]
* BrokenAngel:
** One pegasus that was driven insane in Cloudsdale by Discord ended up losing their wings. It's implied she ''chewed them off''. As if we needed another reason to call Discord a sick buck.
** [[spoiler:Running Gag has one of his wings blown off by Makarov. While he survives (thanks to Garnet and the PowerOfLove), he is still clearly upset by it.]]
* BrokenPedestal:
** Rainbow Dash is terrified of this happening with her if it becomes known that [[spoiler:she abandoned the game in the maze to save Cloudsdale of her own free will.]]
** Turns out, [[spoiler:Spitfire had the same fear, after the repeated failures of the Wonderbolts to help in an ''actual'' emergency. She also shows concern what she tells Rainbow Dash about herself might do the same. [[SubvertedTrope She's wrong]], and Rainbow tells her that she and the Wonderbolts ''are'' heroes, because their actions inspire others and, at the very least, they're still ''her'' heroes.]]
** [[spoiler:Kind of happens to Pandora when Strife tells her their brother D___t wasn't the good Draconequus she idolized and was instead a WellIntentionedExtremist by ''Dragonequus standards''.]]
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:Type two. Thistle Whistle rams Strife head on with all her power to save Sky Wishes...and shatters every bone in her entire body, killing her. Though she ''did'' save Sky Wishes' life and Strife even acknowledges her bravery for the act.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Dark World!Celestia and Dark World!Luna, due to their magic being drained during their imprisonment. While they can probably recharge, at present they're powerless until then.]]
* BullyingADragon: As one commenter points out, the Hooviet-Dragon war occurred because the Hooviets did this ''literally'', and the end result was the destruction of the entire southern half of their empire.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: "Canterlot Chaos" has Discord say something to this effect about his ''multiple genocides''.
* CallBack: More have been showing up as the Dark World storyline comes to a close, especially in Part 20. [[spoiler: Spike's hoof wrestling skills first mentioned way back during Trixie's party are what keep him alive against Rancor. Fluttercruel's ultimate technique is the same as her mother's: The Stare.]]
** [[spoiler:Odyne!Cruelty uses a version of Strife's Devil Blades Serpents attack called Strife Tribute: Hell's Gate Hydra.]]
* CanonWelding: The fic does this with the ''MyLittlePonyAndFriends'', ''MyLittlePonyTales'', and ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' continuities. The G1 Series took place thousands of years ago and the G1 Cast became TheAgeless due to the Rainbow of Light. The G2 Series took place over a thousand years after that and the AnthropomorphicShift was the result of the ponies taking cues from Megan's civilization (Megan actually left because she was afraid she was influencing them too much) and [[TheMagicGoesAway magic and the existence of the other tribes has faded into myth]] until [[TheMagicComesBack Patch rediscovered them]]. Unfortunately, the world suffered a Class 2 Apocalypse, [[AfterTheEnd which resulted in the tribal history depicted in "Hearth's Warming Eve"]] and eventually the G4 universe. [[spoiler:''MyLittlePonyG3'' also happened, but it was erased by a CosmicRetcon due to becoming unstable thanks to the wish spell that created that world. Pinkie Pie actually ''is'' G3 Pinkie Pie.]]
** ''StoryOfTheBlanks'' and several other fanfics are also incorporated as {{Noodle Incident}}s or {{Alternate Universe}}s.
** And then in Dark World 29, we find out that [[spoiler: through the actions of Nightmare Paradox, ''[[UpToEleven every recursive fanfic of Dark World is technically canon]]'' as a part of the GroundhogDayLoop she created.]]
* CantHoldHerLiquor: [[spoiler:Fluttercruel realizes this rather quickly about Fluttershy when [[DrunkOnMilk drinking saltwater]] at a bar. Since they're SharingABody this extends to her as well.]]
* CerebusRetcon:
** According to a LooseCanon story, the reason Pinkie has MediumAwareness is because [[spoiler: she's the same Pinkie]] ''[[spoiler: from G3]]''. Why? [[spoiler: To prevent the universe from collapsing, some Alicorns and Draconequi (think Discord, only a ''lot'' less evil) essentially]] ''[[spoiler: [[CosmicRetcon rewrote reality]]]]'' [[spoiler: into G4, and Pinkie was the only leftover (although her brain was rewritten to fit the change) because [=StarSong=] [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed herself so she was erased instead of Pinkie!]] [[TearJerker Harsh…]]]].
** Remember the Parasprites? [[spoiler:They're what Discord turned at least ''some'' of the Flutterponies into!]]
** [[spoiler:Twilight is actually a fusion of the G1 Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie's best friend Minty, and is that way because Minty died right in front of Pinkie and had her spirit transferred into the G1 Twilight by Pinkie.]]
** Mild example: turns out, Celestia secretly sent backup, in the form of a Black Ops SAS team, to shadow Twilight and her friends in case they couldn't defeat Nightmare Moon.
** The entire ''setting'' has been subject to this, thanks to the fact [[spoiler: Chrysalis has been infiltrating for decades, and the changelings for centuries before her, meaning that no character can be trusted any more, and the whole world has been handed the IdiotBall to let them do it]].
* ChainsawGood: The [[ItMakesSenseInContext cyborg Diamond Dog]] that Shining Armor is fighting produced one.
--> '''Shining Armor''': ''[[OhCrap Oh CELESTIA! IT HAS A CHAINSAW!]]''
--> '''Pegasus Interviewer''': What?!
--> '''Shining Armor''': It started cutting through my riot shield with a bucking CHAINSAW that popped out of its back! Who equips a cyborg diamond dog with a chainsaw?!
* ChaosIsEvil: Subverted for the most part. While Discord, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Chaos, is evil, he's not ''inherently'' evil, and did not start out that way. The rest of his family, despite embodying Natures Fury and being chaotic, are actually important parts of keeping the universe running smoothly and all have at least some concern for life. Any threat they pose is simply them doing their jobs. Discord is the exception, as he decided ItsAllAboutMe and decided to take over Equestria and turn it into his own personal playground.
** Also subverted with the Elements of Chaos. Despite Discord brainwashing the [[BadFuture Dark World]] mane six to use them to act as his CoDragons, using them in such a way is their incomplete state. Their completed state comes from realizing ''both'' sides of the Element (good and bad), and once they do so, the Mane Six perform a HeelFaceTurn and become {{Phlebotinum Rebel}}s.
* CharacterRerailment: [[{{In-universe}} A chapter uses this as its title,]] naturally. It concerns [[spoiler:Silver Spoon being forced by Nightmare Diamond Tiara to [[SubvertedTrope experience/act out her actions]] from the original version of "One Bad Seed"]].
* ChekhovsGun:
** [[spoiler:Applebloom's adventure in [[StoryOfTheBlanks Sunny Town]] was first mentioned in Applejack's Reharmonizing as one of the things Applejack saw in the Truth. During the Princess Gaia Arc, the citizens of Sunny Town appear in Princess Gaia's castle as her servants.]]
** [[spoiler:We find out in "Black Pearl" that Celestia has an alias called Sunny Day. She shows up in this alas in "Playtime" to distract the foals heading to Princess Gaia's castle.]]
** Earlier in Dark World, Twilight (in response to one of the Valeyard's attacks) immunized the group to near every poison she was able to. [[spoiler:Odyne!Fluttercruel is composed of mostly poisonous animals, and this immunity serves as an advantage during their fight with her.]]
** [[spoiler:The Crusaders accidentally summoning a Fire Elemental once. During the Wedding, Applebloom does it ''intentionally'' to ssummon one to distract the Changelings and cover their escape after saving Spike. [[EpicFail They somehow summoned a Water Elemental,]] but still.]]
* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunpony]]:
** [[spoiler:Pinkamenia and Trixie's [[ImaginaryFriend Imaginary Friends]] return to snap them out of [[LotusEaterMachine Princess Gaia's spell]].]]
** [[spoiler:Ruby, who is mentioned repeatedly when it comes to Sunny Town. During "Playtime", a mysterous song snaps Applejack out of it so she can see through Princess Gaia's illusion. It's later hinted by Applejack to have been Ruby.]]
** [[spoiler:The Interviewers, who seemed to just be a narrative device in the beginning, have gradually grown more and more important to the story, to the point of dropping hints to the characters to lead them in the right direction and giving Twilight Sparkle Razzaroo's ApocalypticLog, something that isn't supposed to even ''exist'' in this timeline.]]
** [[spoiler: Tom's last shard saves DarkWorld! Rarity from being killed by Fluttercruel.]]
** [[spoiler:Lemon Hearts was mentioned several times in the SA arc, along with an 'Angry Mother Lemon'. We finally see her during the Wedding Arc...[[EstablishingCharacterMoment by chasing a couple Changelings down a hallway]] [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower with said Angry Mother Lemon yelling "HOW'S THAT FOR AN ANGRY MOTHER LEMON?!"]]]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Twilight [[spoiler:and Trixie's]] PowerCopying ability has been this multiple times.
** Earlier in Bright Eyes' Nightmare section, it's established Lancer trained Bright Eyes to use a sword as bonding and continues to do so to help her survive in the post apocalyptic world. [[spoiler:This ultimately enables her to defeat Cruel Eyes/D___t's Shadow of Existence in a sword fight at the end.]]
* ChildByRape: Given how disturbingly close to actual rape that Discord's MindRape is described, Fluttercruel counts, as she was born from Discord's MindRape of Fluttershy. As if Discord doing this to Fluttershy wasn't horrible enough ''without'' this mentle image.
** Whats worse -- this is confirmed as what actually happened, for all intents, ''literally'', as of Chapter 93 : Love Hate Bedlam.
* ClonesArePeopleToo: Despite being a twisted copy of Fluttershy, Fluttershy believes Fluttercruel has a right to be her own pony and ''how'' she was "born" doesn't matter. [[spoiler:Fluttershy has a talk along these lines with Fluttercruel after Fluttercruel nearly performs a HeroicSacrifice to defeat Nightmare Whisper, pointing out that, even though she's a copy, Fluttercruel managed to earn a ''unique'' Cutie Mark. Celestia then proceeds to give Fluttercruel the ability to switch places with Fluttershy at will so she can live her own life. "Trixie's Last Hurdle" reveals that they even threw her a Cute-ceañera to celebrate earning her Cutie Mark.]]
* CloningBlues:
** [[spoiler:Alright, so she's not a "clone" per se, but Fluttercruel sees herself as just a knockoff of the real Fluttershy, not truly alive and completely unable to be a unique individual simply because of how she was created. This causes her a great deal of heartache because she really ''wants'' to be.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted after she realizes she's real, regardless of whether or not she's a copy. When as part of their 'punishment', Luna brings up the possibility that Fluttercruel is a ''severely'' MindRaped Fluttershy and "Fluttershy" is the copy, they don't care, they're ''both'' real, why should it matter which one of them is the "original"?]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** Pinkie Pie, as to be expected. [[spoiler:Even ''after'' her SplitPersonalityMerge, but she's able to think a ''lot'' more clearly.]]
** Screwball is an even ''bigger'' one than Pinkie, though she actually ''is'' crazy.
* CoitusEnsues: Inverted. [[spoiler:Bright Eyes finally decides to have sex with Lancer for the first time after losing her memory.]] Not only does [[spoiler:Bright Eyes]] ''refuse'' to go in detail about it other than saying it happened, it's a plot point because [[spoiler:it triggers her memories of their relationship together.]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler:Nightmare Whisper's ''entire existence''. Not only is she strapped with all manner of torture devices and in agonizing pain, she's enduring the suffering of ''all of Equestria'' the whole time. All of this is pretty much ''self inflicted''.]]
** [[spoiler: After the battle with Nightmare Whisper, Fluttershy still holds onto the suffering, not wanting to release it back into the world (and she also feels she deserves it as punishment for her actions). Later Pinkie Pie [[YouAreNotAlone helps Fluttershy bear it]] to ease her suffering.]]
* ConfusionFu: Very common, with Discord (naturally), Pinkie Pie, and Dark World!Applejack being prime users due to [[RealityWarper their ]] [[ToonPhysics power]] [[MasterOfIllusion sets]]. Part of what makes Dark World!Derpy an effective combatant is she has an unpredictable flight pattern. Dark World!Twilight gradually learns to make good use of this and even suggests it as the best method of fighting Discord because he's not expecting chaos to be used against him. It'd actually be a shorter list to name characters who ''don't'' use this at some point.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse is defeated when the power of the [[CrisisCrossover G1, G2, G3, G4 (Pre-Discord), and Dark World Mane Casts' and the Princesses']] Elements of Harmony are combined into one final strike.]]
* CompleteImmortality: The Dark World!Mane Six have a form of this. The don't age and can [[FromASingleCell regenerate from anything so long as the Element isn't destroyed]]. The only way to kill them is by destroying or removing their Element of Chaos, though they can still be hurt and their immortality doesn't prevent exhaustion or being knocked unconscious. Most of their major enemies are also immortal in a similar sense, preventing it from being a StoryBreakerPower.
* CompositeCharacter: [[spoiler:According to LooseCanon, Rainbow Dash is ''literally'' a fusion of Firefly and the G3 Rainbow Dash.]]
** [[spoiler: Likewise, Twilight Sparkle is a literal fusion of G1 Twilight and G3 Minty.]]
** [[spoiler: The G3 ponies who were recycled into G4 versions of themselves usually resulted in this, except for the cases who got regular [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnation]] instead.]]
* ConspiracyTheorist: Onyx Tiara believes that door handles and tooth brushes are tools of the unicorns and their gryphon co-conspirators to keep hard working Earth Ponies at a disadvantage. He's also convinced that Celestia's good nature is a "mask that hides the Tyrant beneath" that every negative event in Equestria's history can be traced back to her. That, or its a unicorn/pegasus plot.
* ContinuityNod: It's mentioned in the Shining Armor Arc that Zebra, Deer, and Minotaurs can see visions of other worlds and access knowledge they otherwise couldn't in locations where nine leylines converge and that one of the locations where this happens is in the Everfree Forest. This is later mentioned in Bright Eyes' Gaiden Story as a possible reason for [[spoiler:Zecora having dreams about her past lives Kimono and Ms. Hackney.]]
* ContinuitySnarl: As a result of her MediumAwareness, Pinkie attempts to avert this in-universe, [[spoiler: but ultimately fails and nearly drives herself insane.]]
* CoolDownHug: Used by Pinkie Pie to calm down [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash when she slips so far back into her self loathing she loses it.]]
* CoolPet: In addition to the canon ones, we finally see what Luna has for pets. What are they? [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Windigos!]] They provided the "special effects" for the Hearth's Warming Eve play.]]
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: According to [[spoiler:Moth]], a Changeling's magic color is dependent on who they've pledged loyalty to. This was shown earlier with the Changelings having a different magic color under Cocoon than Chrysalis.
* CosmicHorrorStory: The Shining Armor Arc has aspects of this due to the nature of the antagonists and psychological horror. However, it's more LovecraftLite.
** Queen Chrysalis' origin story is a straighter example, to the point some readers have even called it 'Lovecraftian'.
** Alexwarlorn seems to have a knack for turning villains' origins into these. [[spoiler:A one shot chapter explaining how the Crystal Empire fits into this universe has this with King Sombra's origins. He's not actually a unicorn, but a [[HumanoidAbomination Equinoid Abomination]] Discord got one of his cousins (which seem to include several Lovecraftian deities) to trick the crystal ponies into siphoning off their negative emotions, primarily fear, which was fed into the ground deep underneath the Empire. This eventually created King Sombra, who emerged and conquered the Empire, making Sombra literally the suppressed fears of an entire kingdom given shape. In addition, there's even creepy chanting in an alien tongue while Discord's unnamed cousin awakens his creation.]]
** Ironically, Ponythulhu's appearances are subversions. The big guy [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu is actually very polite and pretty fun to hang out with.]]
* [[spoiler:CosmicRetcon: The Alicorns and Draconequi were originally in charge of this according to ''very'' LooseCanon, but only if a universe was on the verge of entropy and needed a drastic overhaul if there was any hope of saving it. They retconed the G3 universe into the G4 universe because it was on the verge of dying if they didn't.]]
** [[spoiler:More like destroying the G3 universe and rebuilding it completely as G4 Equestria. The Draconequi function similar to Shiva the Destroyer, demolishing the aging universe to clear space for its recreation. Discord [[PsychoForHire apparently liked his job too much]] and started destroying for the sake of destruction. Anarchy implies the Alicorn's job is the "recreation" side of the coin.]]
** [[spoiler:The Blank Wolf destroying Makarov and the Master causes these as well, but it's stated in its case it's repairing the damage rather than erasing the timeline.]]
* CrapsackWorld: The [[BadFuture Epilogue timeline]], oh so much.
* {{Crossover}}: [[spoiler:The original ''MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'', ''MyLittlePonyAndFriends'', ''MyLittlePonyTales'', and ''MyLittlePonyG3'' all play some role in the story. Due to the Rainbow making Paradise Estate Ponies immortal until they left willingly, the Paradise Estate group who fought Discord during his first reign was composed of characters from the first three. Pinkie Pie is LITERALLY G3 Pinkie, and G1 Applejack was the Bearer of the Element of Laughter when Applejack called for aid from her alternate selves. However, so far there hasn't been a total team up between all the groups, so it isn't a CrisisCrossover just yet.]]
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Back when she was still in her AGodIAm phase (before mellowing out a ''lot''), Luna gave Tirek the Rainbow of Darkness so he could try and prove his love to her. During her and Celestia's reign, Tirek returned to life and ended up having a battle with her for dominion over the night.
** [[spoiler:Celestia didn't make Discord a monster, but she taught him how to plan and ultimately accidentally helped him discover he was a sadist. She also left him to be punished by his family for helping her bring the Windigos to Equestria, causing him to keep a grudge against her.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Discord ended up creating [[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]]. She was originally Twilight Sparkle until he turned her into Twilight Tragedy and put her through a living hell for a thousand years. When she finally broke free, she [[StartOfDarkness snapped]] and decided to ''invoke'' [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmarification]] to become Nightmare Purgatory and brutally kill him in revenge. By that point, she's [[HeWhoFightsMonsters been so consumed by her thirst for vengeance]] that she turns her plan to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong into a GroundhogDayLoop IronicHell for Discord, becoming the OmnicidalManiac she is now.]]
* CrisisCrossover: [[spoiler:The G1, G2, G3, and G4 (pre-Reign of Chaos) Mane Casts are all brought to the present by Twilight the Unicorn during the FinalBattle of [[BadFuture Dark World]], each using a set of Elements (along with the present mane cast and the Princesses) to defeat [[BigBad Nightmare Eclipse]] once and for all.]]
** [[spoiler:Implied to be what it took for the entity that would become Makarov to be defeated for the first time in the Realm of Legends where it took the form of an [[WingedUnicorn Alicorn Princess]]. While the actual battle is unseen, she's shown to have taken an army of fictional characters including Paul Bunyan and Daring Do to defeat and restrain her so Pandora could remove it's stolen Lights and [[SealedEvilInACan seal it away.]]]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler:Ditzy Doo might not be the smartest pony (and went the wrong way to retrieve birds ''twice'' in a row at the Winter Wrap-Up), but [[MamaBear mess with her daughter]] and you're in for a serious flank kicking!]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:After kicking one of his teeth out, Discord becomes [[BerserkButton so enraged]] at Mimic that he lacerates her ''with the tooth'' before finally slamming her into paste.]]
** [[spoiler:Literally ''every single death'' in the Transitions arc.]]
* CryForTheDevil: [[spoiler:"Everkind Forest" makes the zombie ponies from ''StoryOfTheBlanks'' seem downright tragic. The Princess Gaia brainwashed them to forget their actions, but whenever they look into Applejack's eyes, they remember. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Their reaction]] is just heartbreaking.]]
** [[spoiler: Origins manages to invoke this for freakin' [[CompleteMonster Discord]]! In the the later chapters, it's revealed that, in order to reach Equestria, he incarnated himself as a mortal draconequus born to G1 pony Shady; she raised him like a mother and it was heavily implied that, growing up, he wasn't anything worse than mischievous and actually got along well with Celestia and Luna when they did the same. More to the point, when his spirit starts to awaken, he is utterly terrified of it and actively resists it happening for a time. It's made all the worse because we, as readers, know [[ForegoneConclusion he's going to fail]].]]
* CuckooNest: [[spoiler:Loneliness tries to convince Twilight the time from her picking up Trixie to the present where hallucinations and [[ShapeshifterGuiltTrip she killed Trixie in her insanity]]. Twilight [[AGlitchInTheMatrix realizes its fake due to the 'psychiatrist' not operating like a real one would]].]]
* CurbStompBattle:
** Fluttershy dishes one out to Fluttercruel, [[BadassPacifist in her own way.]]
** Angry Pie does this to Pinkamenia's imaginary friends in her pursuit of the other parts of Pinkie Pie's personality. [[spoiler:Then gets one of her own when [[SplitPersonalityMerge Pinkie Pie merges with Pinkamenia]] to [[OneWingedAngel transform into Surprise]].]]
** The Dragon-Hooviet War turned into one of these at the end, when [[{{Kaiju}} Queen Tiamat]] got involved. She laid waste to half the empire, and stopped just short of completely destroying their capital.
** Shining Armor's [[FinalBossPreview first fight]] with [[BigBad General-Admiral Makarov]]. Shining gets ''one'' hit, the rest of the fight consists of Makarov delivering a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Shining. Makarov probably would've beat him to death if Thunderchild hadn't performed a BigDamnHeroes moment to save his flank.
** There's also the Dark World!Mane Cast vs. Discord's [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot army of]] {{Mook}}s. It's so one sided Rarity and Applejack manage to have CasualDangerDialog while kicking flank. Special note goes to the [[EldritchAbomination Shadow-Beast-Of-The-Third-Unresolved]] (which was probably the most ''normal'' thing there) and the giant-cyborg-spider-vampire neither of which even get to ''attack'' before getting taken out by Pinkie Pie pulling an OffhandBackhand with her ''party cannon'' and Apple Pie using a LogicBomb respectively.
** Shortly before that, we have [[spoiler:[[SuperpoweredEvilSide Proto-Nightmare]] [[KnightTemplar Twilight]] vs Angry Pie.]] The battle is ''extremely'' one sided and by the end, [[spoiler:Twilight, after being brought back to her senses, is left wondering how many times over she would've ''killed'' Angry Pie if she weren't immortal and Angry is left near catatonic.]]
** In Melody's '7 Dreams/Nightmares' chapter [[spoiler:Rancor, while visiting the past, gets out of hand and [[GrimReaper Mortis]], who's watching her at the time, has to step in. He easily disables her by paralyzing her with acupuncture in a couple seconds.]]
*** In the second half, Melody's daughter, Sweet Music, steps up to defend a unicorn named Spell Circle from three colts who are bullying him. Despite being a blank flank filly, she beats the crap out of all three and sends them running home with a warning that if she catches them doing it again, she'll tell everypony in town [[IWasBeatenByAGirl they got beat up by a girl.]]
** [[spoiler:The Dark World!Mane Six's first encounter with Paradox's PsychoRangers ends with everyone but Twilight disabled in one hit each and ends the chapter on a cliffhanger.]]
** One happens in the backstory of the series. A mortal pegasus uses the Concept Killing Spear to permanently kill the son of Celestia's sister, the LoveGoddess Venus. [[MamaBear Venus descends to the mortal plain in]] an UnstoppableRage and confronts said Pegasus, who prepares to try and kill her with it. [[DoNotTauntCthulhu Venus blows a heart-shaped hole through her chest before she can even attack]].
** [[spoiler:The Redeemed Six versus Nightmare Paradox in a previous timeline. The Redeemed Six barely even got a single hit in before [[LiterallyShatteredLives literally]] being torn apart.]]
** [[spoiler:[[CrisisCrossover The G1, G2, G3, G4, and Dark World Mane Casts]] and the Princesses vs the PsychoRangers. While they try to fight back, the Nightmares are no match for ''six'' sets of Elements and are easily washed away.]]
** Back in "Origins" there's [[spoiler:Discord vs Galaxia. [[WorfBarrage Galaxia hits him with everything she has]], but Discord {{No Sell}}s it with no effort and proceeds to [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath slice her wings and legs off, drive his claw through her throat, and]] [[FinishingMove atomize her with Destruction's power]]. Discord doesn't even break a sweat and actually [[VillainSong takes time to sing his version of 'You're Only Second Rate']] through the fight just to toy with her.]]
** Makarov does this to Natasha and Thunderchild in 15, simply dodging the former's sniper round and redirecting the latter's lightning bolt at her, before blowing up his thundercloud with a {{BFG}} (though both survive). [[spoiler:[[BewareTheNiceOnes This prompts Cadence to power up]] using the bonds of Misfit Actual and the Rebels and return the favor.]]
** [[spoiler:[[ClockRoaches The Wolf]] vs [[HumanoidAbomination Makarov/The Shadow Of Chernobull]]. Makarov makes it flinch once and the Death Dome slows it down briefly...that's it. The rest of the 'fight' is the Wolf ripping him to shreds and his blows failing to even hurt it.]]
*** [[spoiler:The Blank Wolf verses ''anything'' is normally one of these. We see it have to deal with another ParodySue, Incubators, and it's implied to have dealed with other beings. None of them last more than a couple minutes against it. Shining only survives his encounters via quick thinking and [[HeroKiller running for his life]]. The ''only'' reason it loses in the end is Cadence TakingTheBullet for Shining results in it being stripped of its immortality, and even then it doesn't go down with a big fight.]]
* CursedWithAwesome: Fluttershy SharingABody with Fluttercruel isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. Fluttershy quickly catches on to how useful having a second, more assertive person to help her out in difficult spots can be.
* CutAwayGag: During the battle between Dark World!Spike and Rancor, Rancor says that Spike would make a good [[TheChosenOne Champion]] for her. Spike asks who'd want to be her champion and it cuts to a pony version of {{Lobo}} fighting [[{{Superman}} Superstallion]] in a city, implying Lobo is one of Rancor's Champions.
** Later, Dark World!Discord [[VillainousCrush asks Pinkie to marry him]]. Pinkie turns him down, saying it'd take a zillion years for her to reform him. The scene cuts to an AlternateUniverse a zillion and ''one'' years later where Discord gives up evil and kisses his wife.
* CutenessProximity: [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie can't resist Filly Zecora's cuteness. While the others don't gush like she does, they do find her extremely cute.]]
* CutSong: [[spoiler:Rarity [[http://fav.me/d4gm8eb had a song]] written for her by one of the Beta Readers to be used in "Pearl Necklace", but the author ultimately couldn't fit it in and included it as a WhatIf scene. It's a reprise of "Art Of The Dress" covering her relationship with Diamond Tiara that would be used to get through to Pinkie.]]
* DaddysLittleVillain: Epilogue!Fluttercruel is this to Discord; she's the loyalist of the discorded Mane Six, and he in turn refers to her as his "little princess" and actually cares about her, to the point of ordering her to retreat from a fight with [[spoiler: Queen Cadence]] because the latter is powerful enough to actually harm her.
* DarkerAndEdgier
** LighterAndSofter: The second half, compared to the first.
*** [[spoiler:Until [[KnightOfCerebus Loneliness]] shows up and Discord returns.]]
* DarkestHour: The ''chapter'' title of one of the chapters of the [[BadFuture Dark World Arc]]. And indeed it is.
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** Fluttershy quickly realizes that just because Fluttercruel was ''made'' by Discord doesn't mean she's evil like him. She's right.
** [[spoiler:"Applejack's Dream" implies that Liarjack becomes an ''Element Of Kindness'' in the BadFuture. We finally see this come to pass in Dark World.]]
** [[spoiler:Maasailand is DarkIsNotEvil: [[UpToEleven The Country]]. [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver The red and black color-scheme]] and [[ScaryScorpions scorpion motif?]] In their culture they're symbols of love and peace and the Brotherhood of the Scorpion are actually ''pacifists''. Even their Manticores are cute, docile, and vegetarians. It just happens that symbols of evil in most cultures happen to be symbols of good and peace in theirs.]]
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Twilight Tragedy and Rarigreed had both forgotten the ones they once loved while being controlled by Discord in Dark World. Whether it was Discord's brainwashing or their own way to cope with it isn't known.]
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox originally reset the world to end Discord's reign of terror and suffering once and for all, but by the time she [[SuperpoweredEvilSide went Nightmare]] and tortured him to death, she'd decided [[HeWhoFightsMonsters he hadn't suffered enough]] and [[GroundhogDayLoop made his reign endless so his punishment would be]]. Even more ironic when she was originally hesitant to use time magic at ''all'' because she was afraid of [[FromBadToWorse making an even worse future]], which is exactly what she did.]]
* DarkReprise:
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel gets one of Fluttershy's "So Many Wonders" song... Sort of. While it's not as sweet as Fluttershy's version, it's far from dark.]]
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel tries to sing Fluttershy's lullaby in a desprate attempt to snap Fluttershy out of her [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare mode]], but doesn't get the chance.]]
** [[spoiler:Princess Gaia's VillainSong is a true DarkReprise of "So Many Wonders", this time being used as a siren's song to hypnotise Applejack. Instead of focusing on how wonderful the world ''outside'' is, it's focusing on happy they'll be by forgetting everything and coming to join her in her LotusEaterMachine forever.]]
*** [[spoiler:Made even better when we discover she's lying ''to herself'' about what she is as much as everyone else.]]
** The first chapter of the Dark World Arc begins with a DarkReprise of the show's opening theme [[VillainSong sung by Discord and the corrupted Mane Six.]]
* DayInTheLimelight: Recent chapters have focused on Zecora, Princess Celestia, Nurse Redheart, and Owlowiscious.
* DeaderThanDead: [[spoiler:Loneliness's death. She's described as exploding ''twice''; the first explosion ''atomizing her'' and the second destroying whatever was ''left''.]]
** Which is FridgeBrilliance- Why yes, Spike, you CAN explode twice! Pinkie would know.
** D__t, Discord's elder brother, was erased by Entropy, something Havoc still holds against Her. [[spoiler:His Shadow of Existence is later destroyed by Bright Eyes, destroying what was LEFT of him.]]
** [[spoiler:Makarov's fate, having been erased by the Blank Wolf.]]
** [[spoiler:Ditto for the Master, who Minuette later feeds to the same entity.]]
* DeadlyDistantFinale: 7 Dreams/Nightmares Gaiden, taking place several thousand years ago, shows the fates of each character, and thus counts as this to G3. [[spoiler:Ironically, [[EarnYourHappyEnding it's actually pretty happy all things considered]].]]
* DeadlyGas: Makarov has access to various types of it. [[spoiler:He plots to gas every dragon on the planet with some, and had already got rid of all the Changelings with it]].
** A Mammoth Tank fires some gas rockets mixed in with explosive rounds, claiming the lives of a few Allied soldiers [[WeHaveReserves and the nearby Hooviet conscripts]].
* DeadpanSnarker: The Equestrian Royal Guard suggests this as the appropriate response to certain circumstances;
--> '''Shining Armor''': ...the Royal Guard Regulations state in Rule Four Hundred and Nine, that 'in face of [[TooDumbToLive overwhelming stupidity]], an officer is permitted to deploy sarcasm'(I appreciate the Princess' understanding of our position).
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Diamond Tiara made one with Discord to carry out a ritual in order to free him. What was ''his'' side of the deal hasn't been revealed just yet, but given [[ManipulativeBastard who he is]], it's unlikely she'll get what she wanted out of the deal.]]
** [[spoiler: It probably has something to do with her insane mother Golden Tiara aka Screwball, who was the only happy pony during Discord's brief reign since to her the world finally made sense.]]
** Luna plays herself in a theater performance where she makes these with three Earth Ponies. Though the way she does it is more of a SecretTestOfCharacter, as the ones who were selfish were the ones who paid the price -- they died and she took their souls -- while the third went free and lived to old age. No, she didn't actually do that, [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant she just wrote the play as one of her artistic pursuits.]]
*** Yeah, well, this one is based on a Deal with ''Death'' from ''TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard''.
** [[spoiler:Celestia made one with Entropy, Discord's mother, to get the means to end hatred on Earth. The only thing she COULD give Entropy was the memory of an alicorn had to come crawling to her for help. Unfortunately, while Entropy didn't exactly trick her, the reflections provided to carry out her desire ended up becoming the Windigos to acomplish Celestia's wish.]]
* DeathFakedForYou: [[spoiler:While they thought Trixie had already left, the two Changelings who were sent to kill Trixie couldn't bring themselves to condemn a completely innocent pony to death (on top of an existing HeelRealization) and instead faked her death by killing a stray cat and giving the bloody knives to their superior.]]
* DeathGlare: Fluttershy's Stare, as expected. [[spoiler:She can also use it as Nightmare Whisper. Unfortunately for her, so can Fluttercruel.]]
* DeconReconSwitch: While the fic deconstructs the simplicity and easy answers inherent in a children's show, the central themes of the series such as ThePowerOfFriendship and the value of honesty, generosity, laughter, loyalty and kindness are constantly reaffirmed even after having seemingly been torn down.
* DeconstructionFic: Confirmed to be such by WordOfGod. It deconstructs things like Scootaloo's lack of any present family, Diamond Tiara being the AlphaBitch, Pinkie Pie's mental state, the theory Fluttercruel is a Discord created SplitPersonality, and that not everything can be fixed up with one WorldHealingWave and psychological damage takes a long time to fix. [[spoiler:However, the deconstruction doesn't lead to a DownerEnding, [[{{Reconstruction}} instead all these elements ultimately lead to everypony changing for the better.]]]]
** It also deconstructs the "the three pony sub-races are now in harmony" aspect of the show's Hearth's Warming Eve play. The actions and attitudes of Onyx Tiara and Silver Spoon's mother show that many, ''many'' Earth Ponies are still ''very'' bitter over how the Unicorns and Pegasi once treated them.
*** Then ''reconstructs'' it by revealing its not as widespread as Onyx acts like it is [[spoiler:and Silver Spoon's family were mainly humoring Onyx]], and [[spoiler:Onyx eventually realizes his racism nearly ruined his life.]]
** "Retcon-struction", ironically, deconstructs [[spoiler:the events of ''Lesson Zero''. Twilight has been ''mentally torturing herself'' out of guilt for the riot she caused and desperately tries to make up for it, even after everypony already forgave her. It takes getting [[WhatTheHellHero called out]] by Silver Spoon and a heart to heart with Trixie before she finally lets go of her guilt.]]
** Pretty much every chapter of the original Reharminozation series involves deconstructing the whole "and everything went back to normal" ending of Return of Harmony. Fluttershy is confronted with the fact that Fluttercruel is now an entirely new entity and resolves to raise her herself. Rainbow Dash is haunted by her decision to abandon her friends and is completely unable to understand why they just welcomed her back as a friend so quickly. The whole Tom incident has given Rarity a ''severe, crippling'' fear of all things related to gems, diamonds in particular. Applejack becomes obsessed with telling the truth. Pinkie becomes so obsessed with parties and happiness that she puts her mental and physical health at life-threatening risk. Trixie is so affected by Discord's BreakingLecture that the WorldHealingWave ''had no affect on her at all'', and even after everything was restored, she remained so catatonic that she literally couldn't survive on her own and needed to be cared for by her family like a paraplegic vegetable ([[spoiler:Though this turns out to be mainly due to Loneliness possessing her]]). Twilight's SanitySlippage in "Lesson Zero" is made into having been because of Discord's torture of her. However, being a DeconReconSwitch fic, they all recover and turn out stronger for it.
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: After being browbeat into submission, Fluttercruel becomes a valuable ally for Fluttershy. [[spoiler:Even when she takes control, she's not outright mean and cruel to Fluttershy, she just wants to actually ''enjoy'' life for a change.]]
** [[spoiler:This pays off during the battle with Nightmare Whisper, as Fluttercruel cares enough about Fluttershy to return from beyond to save her.]]
* DefiantToTheEnd: Despite the rather small amount of detail given, [[http://firedrake368.deviantart.com/art/Sucks-Doesn-t-It-268692445 both]] [[http://fav.me/d4lgn8g times]] Mimic's DyingMomentOfAwesome has been shown in RecursiveFanfiction, her final moments have been depicted in this fashion.
** The Epilogue version of Cadence never stops resisting Discord's rule, even singing a song about how she won't stop fighting until her last breath [[spoiler: [[KilledOffForReal and indeed she doesn't]].]]
*** [[spoiler:She's even defiant ''passed'' the end. Her spirit (or at least Twilight's mind choosing her image) returns five hundred years later to help Twilight finally break free of his control.]]
** Subverted with [[spoiler:the Dark World!Mane Six, who ''pretend'' they're doing this to keep Nightmare Eclipse and her PsychoRangers busy long enough for Twilight to put their ''real'' plan into action.]]
* DefrostingTheIceQueen:
** To some degree, this applies to Trixie learning to accept the Mane Cast's friendship.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders attempt to do this with Silver Spoon. [[spoiler:Thanks in part to the Princess Gaia incident, they succeed.]]
* DefusingTheTykeBomb: This is what Fluttershy does, teaching Fluttercruel that she is so much more than a cruel parody of Fluttershy.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Twilight after her memory spell backfires on Nightmare Whisper, forcing her to experience all the suffering and pain Nightmare Whisper had absorbed. Trixie pulls her back with the memory spell. It then turns out that Nightmare Whisper can fire a beam of pure suffering from her mouth to make anyone it hits experience this, which she uses on Rainbow Dash. Thankfully, the memory spell works again that time.]]
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:The ''entire'' mane cast during the FinalBattle with Nightmare Whisper. Absolutely ''nothing'' will stop them from saving Fluttershy. Trixie gets electrocuted and has a rib broken, Applejack gets glass daggers lodged in her back, Pinkie Pie gets cut up being thrown through a stained glass window, and Rainbow and Twilight both end up getting MindRaped, but refuse to quit. But Rarity takes the cake by ''using telekinesis to keep moving after having her '''legs broken!'''''.]]
** Also,[[spoiler:Diamond Tiara resists Princess Gaia's song through willpower and SelfDeprecation, though it's encouraged by Discord shouting into her mind.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Discord:''' "IGNORE IT! ONLY BAD LITTLE FILLIES WHO DON'T CARE THAT THEIR MOTHER STAYS SICK FOREVER LISTEN TO THAT SONG! IGNORE IT! YOU ARE NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT OR PAY ANY ATTENTION TO IT AT ALL!!!"]]
** Silver Spoon ''will'' find and save Diamond Tiara. [[spoiler:Not even being {{Mind Rape}}d by her Nightmare can stop her.]]
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Ponythulhu is surprisingly polite and friendly for an EldritchAbomination, to the point Dark World!Twilight makes a note to be friendly to send him a friendly note after [[spoiler:throwing the blackbirds that spent the last 1000 years torturing Derpy into his realm, providing him with a recipe for them.]]
** Shining Armor once set in to a diplomatic meeting between Celestia and [[{{Kaiju}} Queen Tiamat]]. He comments how surreal it was to witness the sun goddess having a polite conversation over tea with a five-headed dragon so massive her tea cups are bigger than most buildings.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The mane six's previous defeats of Nightmare Moon and Discord, of course, but they add two to the count with the defeat of [[spoiler:Nightmare Whisper]] and Applejack [[spoiler:teaming up with five alternate versions of herself to defeat [[MultiversalConqueror Nightmare Mirror]]]].
** There's also G1 Mimic managing to bust out Discord's tooth ''permanently'' and perform a successful YouShallNotPass. She may have died, but she still managed to wound him in such a way ''no one'' has been able to do before or since.
** [[spoiler:Pinkie and Minty managed to defeat Princess Luna with a musical number during the CosmicRetcon of G3. Even though Strife had weakened her, that's still a great accomplishment.]]
** [[spoiler:Cadance managing to defeat [[TopGod Havoc's Avatar]]. It may not have been NEARLY as strong as the real thing, but that's still impressive.]]
** [[spoiler:The Paradise Estate Ponies, even taking into account they had three Alicorns supporting them (all three were ''considerably'' weaker than him), managed to defeat Discord in a straight up fight with the Rainbow Of Light. Unfortunately, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Galaxia decided to shatter him]], allowing him to BodySurf into a new body.]]
** Dark World!Spike manages to get the upperhand on Rancor, the Draconequus of Violence, Passions, and Anger, and force her into retreat temporarily. She is a young Draconequus, but still.
** There's also an AlternateUniverse Rainbow Dash being shown [[spoiler:killing Pinkie's Nightmare, Nightmare Granfalloon.]]
** [[spoiler:The Dark World Mane Six managing to defeat Odyne!Cruelty, first destroying her body (unfortunately killing Sparkler in the process), then by blasting her soul with the Elements, banishing her from mortal reality.]]
** One that occurs offscreen was a mortal Pegasus, armed with the Concept Killing Spear, managed to kill the demigod Cupid, permanently due to having a personal hatred of love. Unfortunately for said Pegasus, said demigod was the son of [[MamaBear Venus]], [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu who descended to the mortal plain]] in an UnstoppableRage...
** [[spoiler:Bright Eyes manages to defeat Discord's older brother D___t in a sword fight and kill him DeaderThanDead. True, it was simply [[EmptyShell his Shadow of Existence]], but its still no small feat and is implied to have possibly saved existence from an insane Concept coming back into existence.]]
** [[spoiler:[[CrisisCrossover The Dark World, G1, G2, G3, and G4 (pre-Discord version) Mane Casts]], Princessess, and Minty Pie finally managing to defeat [[TimeMaster Nightmare]] [[BigBad Eclipse]] and her PsychoRangers. Not only do they defeat her, due to her merging with every Nightmare Purgatory the moment of their birth, they defeated ''every'' Nightmare Eclipse to ever exist.]]
** [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis managed to somehow brainwash Half-Light Dusk/the Unicorn Interviewer, who is one of Amicitia's children and Spirit of Happy Conclusions.]]
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Shining Armor is [[CurbstompBattle hopelessly outmatched]] against [[GeneralRipper General]] [[SuperSoldier Admiral]] [[BigBad Makarov]] in their [[FinalBossPreview first fight.]] Even after Thunderchild [[BigDamnHeroes saves his flank]], things still don't look good. The two of them discover Makarov does not take '[[DeadpanSnarker Equestrian wit]]' well and proceed to spend several moments snarking the heck out of him to get him furious. [[spoiler:Becomes a better example of this trope later on when we discover Makarov's [[HumanoidAbomination true nature]].]]
--> '''Shining Armor''': What? I'd finally found a weakspot in the jerk's armor, why not hit away at it?
** Dark World!Grogar's last act when [[SealedEvilInACan he was banished back to his prison]] after his [[EvilVsEvil war with Discord]] was to laugh in Discord's face.
** Apple Pie tries doing this to Rancor. [[spoiler:Rancor isn't effected by her LogicBomb powers and gives her a nasty wound that takes her out of the fight for awhile.]]
** [[spoiler:Minty Pie's presence in the FinalBattle is pretty much one long one to [[BigBad Nightmare Paradox]]. She's able to handle herself, but isn't powerful enough to do any lasting damage to her. However, she does make a good distraction and her [[WhyWontYouDie refusal to die]] begins driving Paradox into a VillainousBreakdown.]]
** There was also [[spoiler:Dark World!Discord forcing Nightmare Paradox to endure several thousand pictures of him mooning himself in the mirror set to a loop while Twilight sees his memories from the Memory Spell. While this did help Twilight by not letting Paradox see ''what'' memories she got (causing her to be more cautious in the fight), it seems Discord mainly did it [[{{Troll}} just to piss her off]] after enduring an AndIMustScream fate at her hooves for so long.]]
** There's also one of the fics' iconic moments when G1 Mimic pulls off a YouShallNotPass on Discord. She ''knows'' its going to get her killed, but does it to let the others [[spoiler:[[MamaBear including Celestia and Luna, her daughters]]]] get away. She then exploits this trope by [[spoiler:telling Discord the way to Earth has been destroyed, trapping him in Equestria]], causing him to have a VillainousBreakdown that gives her an edge. [[DefiantToTheEnd Her last words]] also qualify, as after shattering his tooth ''permanently'', she spits his own claim she wouldn't be able to scratch him back in his face before he kills her.
--> '''Mimic''': Who can't hurt who now?
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Twilight smacking Nightmare Eclipse in the face with a soapbox to distract her for phase one of the Mane Cast's BatmanGambit. The rest of the Mane Cast proceed to pretend to be DefiantToTheEnd to distract her long enough for Twilight to prepare for phase two. Finally, Discord [[BackupFromOtherworld calls her from the afterlife on Anarchy's cellphone]] to distract her long enough for the final blow to be charged up.]]
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler:The G2 Mane Cast, who ultimately reunite in heaven in the end.]]
* DisabilityImmunity: [[spoiler:Laughter!Applejack's world's version of Pinkamena has multiple personalities (though apparently in a far more stable form), which rendered her immune to the Stallions In Black's memory wiping spell, as the other personalities would remember what the one that got wiped forgot.]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:[[EnemyWithin Loneliness]] serves as the [[BigBad main antagonist]] for the story arc about saving Trixie but meets her end when Trixie breaks free and accepts her Element Of Magic. Before the chapter is over, Discord has been freed from his prison once again to take over as the main villain. However, before they have to deal with him, [[OutsideContextVillain Princess Gaia]] serves as the BigBad for the penultimate story arc.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Discord was the BigBad for the majority of the Dark World Series, only to get stabbed InTheBack by [[SixthRangerTraitor his sister Rancor]], mortally wounding him. He then transfers his remaining power into his daughter Fluttercruel, allowing her to [[OneWingedAngel transform into a true Draconequus]] and become the DragonAscendant. While the heroes do confront Discord afterwards, Discord's on his deathbed and of no threat at all to them, in fact he doesn't even really ''try'' to antagonize them all that much. On top of that, there's been warnings of an 'Alicorn Witch' on her way to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the world]], implying Odyne!Cruelty was merely the [[DiscOneFinalBoss Disc Two Final Boss]]. Pinkie Pie even lampshades this fact (from Heaven). Said Alicorn Witch turns out to be [[TheVoice The Nameless Passenger]], who finally reveals herself as a version of Twilight Tragedy who [[SuperpoweredEvilSide went Nightmare]] and trapped Discord in a GroundhogDayLoop.]]
** Turns out that [[spoiler:Makarov was this for the Shining Armor Arc. After Shining feeds him to [[ClockRoaches the Wolf]], chapter 19.2 reveals the Wolf might still be chasing him.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:The Master[=/=]FluffyTheTerrible from Clover's Gaiden Story ends up being sent falling off a mountain to his death by Bahamut crashing through his shack.]]
** [[spoiler:According to a Loose Canon story, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends Somnambula]] was (potentially accidentally) knocked off a opera house balcony to her death by Shady during a fight sometime after Discord's first defeat.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: General-Admiral Makarov's reaction to Shining Armor not knowing who he is? To ''try to assassinate him'' as a plan A, with plan B being subjecting him to a FateWorseThanDeath.
* DivineIntervention: The Fires of Friendship that destroyed the Windigos was Fauna Luster lending Her power when Clover, Smart Cookie, and Pansy forged a friendship in spite of their impending deaths and the racial hatred so prevalent in their world. According to Celestia, while Fauna Luster ''always'' has Her power offered, very few mortals have ever managed to actually open the door for Her to intervene. [[spoiler:Also, the Elements of Harmony use ThePowerOfFriendship to tap into Her power as well.]]
** [[spoiler:After most of the Breezies [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence are taken directly to Heaven]] by Abbatissa, the Alicorn of Prayer, Zipzee and Daisyslow want to send Breezie Blossom, their home, with them. Abbatissa tells them to pray, which they do, and their prayers are answered.]]
** [[spoiler:In a way, Dark World!Discord's BackupFromOtherworld moment qualifies, seeing as he ''is'' a God and did so using his brother's aid.]]
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: A mortal Pegasus decided to permanently kill the Demi God son of Celestia's sister [[LoveGoddess Venus]]. This was a ''very'' bad idea, as Venus [[UnstoppableRage did not]] [[MamaBear take it well.]]
** [[spoiler:General-Admiral Makarov believes he's succeeded in [[AGodIAm becoming a God]] and thus beyond the reach of [[ClockRoaches the Wolf]]. He spends a few minutes taunting it and punches it in the face. It replies by slashing him, causing his stolen lights to begin leaking out and ultimately [[RetGone erases him from existence.]] Granted, it was going to erase him anyway, but he probably didn't do himself any favors clopping it off.]]
* DoomedByCanon: Inverted. After Applejack stares into the pool of Truth and gains the ability to discern lies at a glance, [[spoiler: Luna makes it pretty explicit that her sense of Truth will drive her nuts if the canon timeline diverges too much from the POV-verse. Fortunately, that's taken care off by the CrisisCrossover of all the other staple AJ's of the multiverse teaming up and taking out the most evilest AJ with alternate AJ's based off of the other Elements of Harmony.]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome So that happened.]]
* DownerEnding: The BadFuture AlternateEnding, though WordOfGod says they'd like to write or see someone write a good follow up where this is turned to ''at least'' a BittersweetEnding if nothing else.
** In Applejack's Healing chapter, [[spoiler:it's implied things may change.]]
** [[http://ardashir.deviantart.com/favourites/47106860#/d4lrntt Someone finally wrote just that story right here]].
** Part one of Chrysalis' origin story ends with [[spoiler:Chrysalis slaughtering her entire home village to hide her existence and defeating the witch doctor that tried to end her reign of terror before it could truly begin.]]
* DraggedOffToHell: [[spoiler:The ponies from Sunnytown are dragged back to the town's boundaries in this fashion.]]
** [[spoiler:Almost happens to Dark World!Applejack when Shadows of Oblivion try to drag her to Entropy's Realm.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Discord is ultimately dragged off to Entropy's realm [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath through the wound Rancor left in him]]. Though, by his words, he may consider this a ''better'' fate than the one he was presently experiencing.]]
* TheDragon:
** [[spoiler:Cheerilee as Princess Gaia's Knight.]]
** In the BadFuture, it appears Twilight Tragedy plays this role for Discord.
*** Though now that [[spoiler: she's been [[HeelFaceTurn redeemed]]]], Fluttercruel seems to be shaping up to the role.
** [[spoiler:G1 Shady to Discord in Origins, because she's his mother (he got to Earth by being born through her) and she genuinely loved him, something Discord gladly exploited.]]
** [[spoiler: As of the end of Mind Games, Diamond Tiara has become Discord's new Dragon.]]
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Paradox [[CoDragons has five]]; [[PsychoRangers Nightmares Banneret, Granfalloon, Mirror, Manacle, and Whisper.]]]]
** Technically speaking, General Admiral Makarov is TheDragon to Father Deer and the Hooviets, as he's not officially their leader. Unofficially, however, he's the acting BigBad due to being both TheHeavy and playing his superiors as his pawns, making him a DragonInChief and DragonWithAnAgenda.
*** Makarov has [[CoDragons four Dragons of his own]] in the form of four ponies he converted into cyborgs modeled after Alicorns named Yablokovodka, Saharnoj Vaty, Lunabaleta, and Puzyri. [[spoiler:Shining ends up killing Yablokovodka first, revealing [[AndIMustScream all four are aware of their situation but unable to do anything about it.]]]]
** Queen Chrysalis' CoDragons appear to be [[CoDragons General Hercules Beetle and Digger Wasp]]. Even though she demotes Hercules and makes his brother Goliath General, the story still focuses on him out of Chrysalis' changelings and Digger Wasp was key to her plans working. Both are shown to answer directly to her.
* DramaticIrony: Twice now the readers have known something about the current BigBad the characters don't, such as [[spoiler:Fluttershy becoming Nightmare Whisper and Discord's plan to escape.]]
** During "Modern Major EvilOverlord", the story crosses over with one of the RecursiveFanfiction pieces when [[spoiler:Twilight Tragedy inadvertently redeems an alternate universe's Discord]]. Anyone who read said fanfic will recognize the scene, but Twilight has no idea she's doing anything more than thinking to herself.
** During the next chapter "Lemons N' Flint Rocks", has it as well, in a similar fashion. [[spoiler:Apple Pie is talking with Twilight Tragedy, but has no idea she is, as Tragedy is disguised as an Earth Pony filly named Half-Light Dawn. She unknowingly, thinking she's just talking to a normal filly, ends up triggering a VillainousBSOD in Tragedy.]]
* DrinkingGame: One of the games the group considered for Fluttercruel's Cute-Ceañera. It's rejected due to [[NoodleIncident what happened last time Twilight got drunk]] and that Fluttercruel was afraid of what Pinkie Pie might do if she gets drunk.
* DrunkOnMilk: Saltwater apparently has the same effect on ponies as an alcohol. [[spoiler:In the "Black Pearl" chapter, Fluttercruel[=/=]Fluttershy end up getting drunk on it, in part because Fluttershy [[CantHoldHerLiquor doesn't drink normally.]] It's revealed the next chapter that they drunk so much that it would've gotten ''[[PhysicalGoddess Princess Celestia]]'' drunk!]]
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: [[spoiler:Havoc in Origins. The chaos generated by the war was so intoxicating it caused him to undergo SanitySlippage into a MadGod.]]
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:Happens to all but one of Makarov's [[CoDragons Alicorn Cyborgs]] when they're killed, though the third simply didn't get the chance as she was killed instantly. Saharnoj Vaty also manages to fight through Makarov's control long enough [[HeroicSacrifice to self-destruct to destroy Skyfall.]]]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: This universe's version of [[MyLittlePony Mimic]] was killed fighting Discord when he appeared in Equestria for the first time, knocking out his tooth in their fight. According to Princess Luna, she's the ''only'' one to ever successfully injure Discord in battle, and she didn't even have the Elements Of Harmony.
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Discord's last act before dying is getting Twilight to use her Memory Spell on him. Not only does this {{Out Gambit|ted}} the Nameless Passenger, but forces her to endure [[CrowningMomentOfFunny several hundred pictures of him mooning himself in the mirror set to a continuous loop.]] Discord truly [[MagnificentBastard died]] [[TheChessmaster as]] [[{{Troll}} he lived.]]]]
** [[spoiler:In the early [[GroundhogDayLoop loops of Dark World]], including the first, Apple Pie died in a HeroicSacrifice distracting Discord so Twilight's plan to reset time could work, managing to break his horn off before being brutally murdered by the enraged tyrant. Unfortunately, that Twilight was the one [[HeWhoFightsMonsters became Nightmare Paradox]], causing her to turn it into a SenselessSacrifice.]]
** [[spoiler:A previous loop that saw Trixie become an Alicorn. While Paradox defeated and likely killed her, Trixie went down fighting and left a WoundThatWillNotHeal in the form of a fourth degree burn on Paradox's face that's the reason for her WhiteMaskOfDoom.]]
** [[spoiler:Saharnoj Vaty, the third of Makarov's Alicorn Cyborg CoDragons, managing to [[FightingFromTheInside fight off Makarov's control]] with ThePowerOfLove she has for her sister long enough to self-destruct and destroy Makarov's Skyfall weapon. As the Interviewers point out afterwards, she beat Makarov in the best way possible: by proving he was ''wrong'' to believe love was weak.]]
** [[spoiler:Dima [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices himself]] to [[TakingTheBullet save Gilda's life]] when Makarov attempts to kill her as part of his 'script'. Realizing he's crippled even if he survived, Dima refuses medical attention so he can ''ruin'' Makarov's planned climax with his death in order to enrage and weaken him. The result [[VillainousBreakdown enrages Makarov so badly]] that for a second the entire ''base'' flickers and Makarov suffers a temporary GlamourFailure. When Makarov appears again, for the first time in the entire story that Makarov's composure ''doesn't'' suddenly snap back to confidence and he's still in a psychotic rage.]]
** [[spoiler:Sunset and Ranger die saving a pilot's life while helping stop a megastorm that's threatening Caruba, Sunset dying in the process of trying to save Ranger's life. They're even awarded a Solar Horseshoe and a Lunar Horseshoe posthumously for their actions and Celestia has them buried in the royal catacombs with Equestria's heroes.]]
* DynamicEntry: [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie does this in the FinalBattle with Nightmare Whisper via OffscreenTeleportation.]]
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