YMMV tropes for Mykan's ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn'', the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[ByNoIMeanYes fanfic-that-isn't-a-fanfic]].

* AccidentalInnuendo:
** Lightning's main weapon is the Rainbow Rod, a long stick with a ball, which shoots rainbows and has to be held tightly between his hooves.
*** Even better: After using it, Lightning is usually exhausted and it takes a certain amount of time [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything to recharge]].
** One-shot character Cerise uses the Magenta Lance.
** "Artie and Rep-Stallion were going at it hard. His scythe against Artie's big brush spear…" Yeah.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** The Grand Ruler: [[TheGoodKing benevolent king]], or racist tyrant?
*** [[TakeAThirdOption OR]] a [[TheGodsMustBeLazy slothful godking]] who lets Lightning Dawn and friends do all the dirty work?
** Unicornicopia: a utopian paradise, or autocratic dystopia?
*** Or [[Film/{{Brazil}} too paper-thin and inefficient a dystopia]] without Lightning Dawn and his merry band?
** Titan: a villain with no redeeming qualities at all, or a bitter old man who lost his mind because no one ever gave him a chance, leaving [[ThenLetMeBeEvil turning to the dark side as his only option]]?
*** Or an EvilSorcerer who is plagued with BondVillainStupidity to a degree similar to a bad {{Sentai}} villain?
** Starfleet in general, with its tendencies to act as a multiversal police force and army, can seem like an evil overlord's armed force, making sure that everyone obeys the whims of the Unicornicopian overlords.
*** And even then, the only Starfleet people shown to be any effective at that are [[RuleOfThree Lightning Dawn and co.]] (Seriously, was there ever a Starfleet RedShirt that showed their prowess in battle at '''any point''' in the series?)
** For that matter, Ace Ray. Is he a bitter washout who [[UngratefulBastard badmouths the people who saved his life]]? Is he going through a hard time in his life and looking for some form of solace when no one will support him? [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong Or is he being unfairly persecuted for daring to speak the truth about the regime]]?
*** Although he should have simply [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere quietly left said regime]] as, well, it's nowhere near as effective at security.
** The mysterious future voices in ''Starfleet Magic IV''. Helpful guides or sociopaths looking to torment Cadance?
** Brass Bolt: an eventual wannabe terrorist, who will be rebuked or [[TragicVillain shot]] by Starfleet in the end, with a possibility he could end up in a worse position than Ace Ray...
*** Or a young naive [[HeroAntagonist freedom fighter]] who actually had the guts to act with haste instead of feeling indifferent like Ace Ray.
*** Or the initiate of actual substance in terms of plot and characterization. Doubtful, but his realistic reaction to the setting gives us a whole new perspective towards the fic...
** As a meta interpretation, are we seeing through the eyes of happy content citizens and heroes of the greater good...
*** Or a brainwashed and indoctrinated society where tyranny rules over their lives without them noticing it? After all, we are always seeing it in the perspective of Lightning Dawn in the lessons he learned which praise Starfleet's methods. The Badfic itself could be inverse propaganda intended for children and the next generation of Unicornicopians. A true Antithesis to MLP [=FiM=]'s intent. There are [[Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetNemesis two]] [[Fanfic/MykanTributeFallOfStarfleetRiseOfHarmony stories]] that go with this interpretation.
* ArchivePanic: These fanfics are ''long and numerous.'' If you want to catch up, be warned.
* {{Asspull}}: Here's a short list of examples:
** Lightning suddenly being able to summon the Uniforce because he remembers to believe, right when Titan is going to kill him.
** In the rewrite, Nightmare Moon destroys Twilight's wings; it's never explained how she's able to do this, why she does this, why she doesn't do the same with the Pegasi or other princesses, or why she doesn't take her horn as well.
** [[spoiler:Brain turns out to have a spaceship in his backyard, which the others use to escape the exploding Unicornicopia.]]
** [[spoiler:Celesto and Celestia fusing and turning into the Great Celestial Ruler, who destroys Titan]].
** [[spoiler:The MLP and Starfleet ponies being able to reconstruct a planet through the power of belief]]
** [[spoiler:Lightning is the last of a race of creatures known as Enticorns, which, as [[WordOfGod the author confirms]], is partially based off of [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super Saiyans]]]].
* BileFascination: There are some people out there that will read the story just to see what's so controversial about it.
* CaptainObviousAesop:
** One of the many Aesops given out by the Grand Ruler can be summed up as "There are different ways to solve problems."
*** ...Which is another BrokenAesop, considering that throughout the fanfic, the Unicornicopians are portrayed as always being right and those who have different solutions are always wrong.
** Another one deals with how nightmares are frightening.
* ClicheStorm: Let's see... The villain is an ObviouslyEvil wizard who lives in a [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment dark castle in the dimension of darkness]]. His minions are a TerribleTrio consisting of a shallow VainSorceress, a [[EvilGenius schemer]], and [[TheBrute a brute]], none of whom possess any redeeming or positive qualities. On the other [[InsistentTerminology hoof]], we have a realm of good where the unicorns live happily without any personal conflict between each other, are ruled by a wise king and protected by a group of SuperSentai[=/=]MagicalGirl-inspired good guys, whose leader has a fairy sidekick, defeats monsters with ''Franchise/SailorMoon''-based moves and has to learn to believe in himself.
* CreatorsPet:
** Lightning Dawn, Rhymey, and the Grand Ruler.
** The sequel adds Goldwin to it, an {{Expy}} of Jeff from ''Series/TodaysSpecial''. Several episodes in ''My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II'' (which plagiarize entire episodes of ''Today's Special'') are made specifically to involve Goldwin, even when they add nothing to the overall plot whatsoever.
** Ironically, while the author is willing to shout at everyone who makes fun of his characters, he does not care for the majority of them at all, ignoring them completely if he thinks that they serve no purpose for him anymore outside of battle scenes.
* CriticalResearchFailure:
** Mykan gets a lot of the basic facts about ''[=FiM=]'' wrong in the story. For starters, the author believes Rainbow Dash has magic (to be fair, pegasi have a latent magic in them that allows them to control the weather, but it's not the same as the unicorns' mystical powers).
** Another example would be his description of United Equestrian rail travel. He states how the new trains (like almost all of his creations) are SO much faster than the Equestrian ones and don't have to be pulled by ponies. It's clear he got this assumption from a brief scene in the episode "Over a Barrel" where several stallions are pulling a steam locomotive. What Mykan seemed to have forgotten was that this phenomenon was only shown once in the show and it was mostly done for the sake of a subtle joke towards wild-west culture. The show has shown on multiple occasions (including one version of the show's opening) that Equestrian steam locomotives run pretty much like the ones in real life and do not need to be pulled by other ponies.
** Mykan has a word limit on all of the chapters because he believes that is the same way scripts for television episodes are made. However, scripts for TV episodes and even movies tend to vary in length all the time regardless of how long the final product will be.
** During Starfleet's TransformationSequence and role call, Buddy Rose announces "Power of Fauna!". However, his element is [[GreenThumb plants]] so it should be "Power of Flora!". How Mykan made (and continues to make) such a mistake is anyone's guess.
* DesignatedHero: The heroes are this to some extent. As described elsewhere on this page and even the main page, their practices and beliefs can be very questionable, if not outright horrible. About the only thing that could prevent them from entirely qualifying is the fact the main villains are often legitimately evil and not {{Designated Villain}}s.
** [[AuthorAvatar Mykan Jaden]] from Dakari-King Mykan's Yu-Gi-Oh!/Totally Spies fanfics, the last of which crosses over with My Little Pony. In the "final season", in spite of being a "master duelist", he makes two rookies duel brainwashed ponies despite knowing that, should they lose, they'll get brainwashed too. When the rookies triumph and Shining Armor is teleported away, Mykan gets so mad at a brainwashed Cadance for trying to brainwash and accidentally destroy his world with card games and double crossing them on a deal they made, [[http://dakari-king-mykan.deviantart.com/art/Chapter-16-Part-2-Tough-Love-524582150 he soundly beats her up]] with the power of a Millenium Item. When Mykan attempts to finish her and is stopped by his wife, he implies [[VictimBlaming that it's Cadance's fault]] that he nearly killed her. Incidentally, in the author's note at the end of that particular chapter, the author Mykan notes that it felt good to beat up Cadance in a manner that makes it sounds like he jizzed to it, then goes on to state [[BlatantLies he wouldn't disrespect real-life women like that.]]
** ''Starfleet Magic VI'' gives us the case of [[AuthorAvatar the pony counterpart of Mykan Stevens]]. He spends most of the season being an antagonistic {{Jerkass}} towards everybody and tries his level best to BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible toward Starfleet as they deal with their latest threat, and ultimately, they end up unintentionally spurring him into a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the ArcVillain ''after'' they've already pretty much defeated said villain. This results in Mykan going out in a SenselessSacrifice that inflicts untold amounts of gratuitous collateral damage, at which point Starfleet has him memorialized as a hero despite him never having demonstrated any sort of heroic behavior whatsoever.
* DesignatedMonkey:
** Cadance, full stop. The author hates her for being HappilyMarried so he makes her [[spoiler:kill her own brother who's been turned partly mechanical and evil]], suffer horrific nightmares, get beaten up by the AuthorAvatar, and [[spoiler:miscarry when a pillar topples onto her]]. For some reason, [[DoubleStandard even though he's her husband, Shining Armor doesn't get punished nearly as much]]...
*** Despite the "hates Cadance for being HappilyMarried" excuse, other relatively happy couples have shown up (Spike and Rarity, Lightning and Starla, Fluttershy and Rhymey) and haven't been been treated nearly as badly as Cadance has. Make of that what you will.
** Twilight Sparkle. Shortly after Equestria is introduced in the rewrite, she loses her wings and never gets them back, the MLP cast as a whole TookALevelInDumbass, she's called out for not following the Grand Ruler's orders no matter what, and of course [[spoiler:she is murdered, which Starfleet and [[OutOfCharacter Celestia]] [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming blame her for]] and the latter takes up her mantle as the Element of Magic]].
* DesignatedVillain:
** May not exactly be an in-universe villain so much as merely an in-universe loser, but Ace Ray can still qualify.
** Brass Bolt for speaking out against Starfleet's draconian nature. The author tries to take sympathy away from him by having him release a bunch of prisoners, but seeing how our DesignatedHero cast mistreat the prisoners, it actually makes him more likable.
* EightDeadlyWords: Due to the [[DesignatedHero heroes being utterly unlikable]] [[FlatCharacter cardboard cutouts]], canon characters being stripped of their likable traits, loads of racism, sexism, all-around ''fucked-up'' morality, and {{Cliche}}d villains that always lose, there's no point in reading the series.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Ace Ray. See StrawmanHasAPoint and TakeThatScrappy below.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: It's a LongList of them.
** The Season 2 episode "Order of Choice" is a copy of the ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' episode "[[Recap/PowerRangersLightspeedRescueTrialByFire Trial By Fire]]". The original episode was all about learning to see all of the variables and learning about trust. This episode was more about obeying blindly without thinking, essentially Mykan saying his characters are better.
** In "Win, Lose, or Die", Twilight races out to fight Raven despite there being orders that nobody under any circumstances is to fight her due to her immense power. Everyone and their mother will condemn her for this [[spoiler:when she is subsequently killed]], even though disobeying her boss would save lives. Thus, readers are taught that you should not try to take down a threat to your loved ones, especially if you've been ordered not to do so and/or the threat is much more powerful.
*** Not to mention the fact that when [[spoiler:[[VictimBlaming Twilight dies, she's blamed for her own death. So, if someone kills you because you tried to defend someone from them, it's your fault and not the murderer's.]]]]
%%** Unknown is bad, so stick to what you know and never explore or try to figure out said unknown.
%%** Having your DNA changed is fun! No bad implications here. (Seriously, none of the girls complain about new...human female problems?)
%%** [[HolierThanThou Your beliefs, way of life, and ideology are wrong. And if someone new comes along and tells you this, then you better believe them.]]
%%** [[FantasticRacism If you are not like us, then you are wrong. You will forever be weak and feeble and never allowed the ability to reach greatness.]]
** "Desperate Efforts" carries the morals that, if your loved ones die on your birthday, you should never celebrate it again because that would be to celebrate their demise, that your loved ones would want you to be sorrowful on your special day and that you should think about your family and friends only on the day they died.
%%** [[PacifismBackfire Pacifism is wrong. All kinds.]]
%%** [[LeeroyJenkins Thinking out your solutions to the problem is stupid.]] [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption Better to just punch it away and hope it stays down.]]
%%** Forget punching, that just causes recoil that will hurt you. Please see a cartoon I watched once. (OK, that was a Mykan quote, but still...)
%%** Never do anything beyond what you studied for. Only stick to your hobby or job. Never look into things you don't understand.
%%** Never show any emotion other than being strong and manly. If you do, then you are crazy, a wimp, and no true warrior.
%%** [[TakeAThirdOption There is no third option.]] [[AvertedTrope So, if faced with the choice of killing or saving a person, kill them.]]
%%** [[BlackandWhiteInsanity Everything is black and white.]]
%%** [[FelonyMisdemeanor If you do one bad thing, then you are damned for all of eternity.]]
%%** [[FelonyMisdemeanor One mistake, and you are evil...kill yourself.]]
%%** If you find yourself moving past what you are, kill yourself.
%%** If you're HappilyMarried with a steady life, [[RuleOfThree kill yourself]].
%%** [[OverlyLongGag Suicide is A-OK!]]
%%** [[FantasticRacism Your actions don't dictate the person you are. Your species does.]]
* GirlShowGhetto: Essentially the whole story was written because Mykan hated the original series for being "girly" and was surprised that it appealed to boys at all.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Mykan always wanted to make a more action-oriented story than ''Friendship Is Magic'', to no real avail. Come [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 the season 4 finale]], suddenly the show he hates gets an action sequence that blows anything he could write out of the water (not like that's particularly hard). {{Irony}} at its finest.
** The series has always stated that personalities are pathetic, cutie marks are stupid, individuality is wrong unless you're the leader, it's okay to shun and belittle others who are not the same as you, and that dissenters should be locked up and/or brainwashed. Cue [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E1TheCutieMapPart1 the Season 5 premiere]] of ''MLP'', featuring a society espousing those very "virtues"!
** Part of the main reason the fanfic was written was to denounce the values of Friendship and instead go with TheHero doing things all on his own, using the belief he has in himself. Irony of basing the fanfic off [[Franchise/PowerRangers a franchise based around teamwork]] aside, many detractors of My Little Pony have pointed out that the show's later arcs revolve around Twilight having to do things herself despite the theme of ThePowerOfFriendship.
** This is not the first time [[WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark an infamously awful work implemented believing as its primary aesop.]]
** Mykan has stated that he wanted to give the Equestrians a dose of reality and [[EpicFail failed miserably]] [[Main/{{Irony}} at it]]. There would later come ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetNemesis'' and ''Fanfic/MykanTributeFallOfStarfleetRiseOfHarmony'' which flat out ''succeed'' in [[DeconstructionFic applying]] [[RealityEnsues reality]] to the Unicornicopians.
* InferredHolocaust: At one point in ''III'', Frosteye freezes all of United Equestria over, with temperatures reaching as low as ''-100 degrees'' in parts such as the Crystal Empire. This is treated simply as global HarmlessFreezing by the story, but considering the toll it takes on Lightning and company despite their survival, it's safe to assume that some weren't so lucky...
* ItWasHisSled: [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle is killed in season 3.]]
* MarySuetopia: The world of [[IncrediblyLamePun Unicornicopia]].
* MemeticMutation:
** SHUT THE F*CK UP, RHYMEY! [[labelnote:explanation]]The default response of most [=MSTers=] (and just in general people who have read ''Starfleet Magic'') to [[TheScrappy Rhymey's]] [[PainfulRhyme terrible rhymes]].[[/labelnote]]
** Rhymey: [[{{Fartillery}} Power of Flatulence]] [[labelnote:explanation]]Every member of Starfleet announces their element ([[FlatCharacter which also tends to be their one character trait]]). Rhymey's is [[PainfulRhyme "I summon within; power of wind!"]] Naturally, readers have taken [[ToiletHumor something else from that statement]].[[/labelnote]]
** "POWER OF ''FLORA''", YOU IDIOT! [[labelnote:explanation]][[GreenThumb Buddy Rose]] [[CriticalResearchFailure incorrectly announces "Power of Fauna"]] during the TransformationSequence when he should have said "Power of Flora". [[EnragedByIdiocy Reactions to this tend to be outrage at such a stupid mistake.]][[/labelnote]]
** PREFERENCES [[labelnote:explanation]]What Mykan uses to justify writing his stories the way they are; it's what he prefers. Naturally, people respond with the fact that, since Mykan is putting his stories out where others can read them, it is no longer about preferences and it is now about what makes a story good. Additionally, he thinks [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E13SpiceUpYourLife "Spice Up Your Life"]] justifies his writing however he wants.[[/labelnote]]
** Vanity [[labelnote:explanation]]What Mykan uses to explain why he and his works are so disliked. Responses to this are are typically YouKeepUsingThatWord.[[/labelnote]]
** [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]] [[labelnote:explanation]]Mykan's idea that demons are all-powerful beings and thus numerous villains are at least partially demonic.[[/labelnote]]
* MoralEventHorizon:
** The Grand Ruler crosses it in ''My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II'', when he actually makes Twilight believe she is responsible for an entire family getting hurt, just so he can teach her that she should always follow his orders blindly.
** Lightning Dawn has one of his own in ''My Brave Pony: Starfleet Humans''. After Principal Celestia kicks Starla out of the play due to photographic evidence of her trashing the props and costumes, Lightning barges into her office, insults her and even states that ''it's a good thing her pet horse is dead.'' This causes Celestia to attack him but, of course, being a Gary-Stu, he's not affected by the punches and chokes and he fells her with a flip, a shove and by smashing a cup of coffee onto her head, which burns her. Naturally, Grand Ruler finds Celestia at fault and fires her. Lightning feeling ashamed of what he did and getting suspended doesn't negate his actions one bit since he runs off and doesn't go back to help and doesn't apologize to her until later in the fic.
*** As shown in UnintentionallySympathetic below, Celestia's attack is ''supposed'' to be seen as this for her. However, see below to understand why that's a load of [[{{Pun}} horsecrap.]]
** [[spoiler:Twilight]] dies and rather than blame, you know, ''the killer for killing [[spoiler:her]]'', Starfleet blames [[spoiler:Twilight]] for [[spoiler:her]] own death. Yeah, [[VictimBlaming Starfleet blames someone for their own death]] because they had the gall to disobey orders and try and fight someone who was a threat to someone they love. [[SarcasmMode Our heroes, everyone]].
* {{Narm}}:
** The very idea of "the magic of believing". Believing in what specifically, we are not told until near the end of the second chapter of the first fic where Celesto says that Lightning has learned to believe in his own inner magic.
** Raven's death threats toward Celestia are a bit too ridiculous to take seriously with the gratuitous capslock and double exclamation marks, especially since she feels the need to send more than one, as if she's worried that Celestia might forget.
** [[spoiler:Twilight's death]] is presumably supposed to be a TearJerker moment, and is built up to be tragic. Too bad it loses all meaning when you realize that Mykan went through with this because he hates [[spoiler:Twilight]]. Also not helping matters is how Lightning responds to the horrendous act that had just occurred:
--> "And he threw his head high up into the air and let out [[SkywardScream a very loud and mournful NEIGH]]… just like the pony he was."
** The villains of ''Starfleet Humans: Starpops'' are the Demonites. They have a cover band with the name ''[[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain D-Man]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Knights]]'' ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer SERIOUSLY]]). Their VillainSong is a cover of Michael Jackson's ''Thriller'' ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer SERIOUSLY]]) with '''THIS''' as the chorus:
--> We are the D-Man... D... Man... Knights\\
So learn our names just right and be a...[[note]]The individual members never say their names in this song.[[/note]]\\
[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse He-Man]], [[{{Bifauxnen}} She]][[DudeLooksLikeALady -man]], [[PainfulRhyme Be-Man]], [[AccidentalInnuendo C-Man]]...\\
* NightmareFuel: Ace Ray's "[[MindRape reprogramming]]" in the original version of ''Starfleet Magic III'', which reads eerily like the infamous "Room101" scene from ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'' - and serves much the same purpose, too. It's made even worse by the fact that '''this is carried out [[DesignatedHero by the heroes]]''' and that it's meant to be seen as a '''[[ProtagonistCenteredMorality good thing]]'''.
* OvershadowedByControversy: The fanfic is remembered more for the author's [[{{Wangst}} wangsting and whining about MLP:FiM]] and how bad it is than the fact that it's a fanfic at all. His notoriety in the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' fandoms haven't helped. Although people can [[InNameOnly find]] [[ComplainingAboutComplaining plenty to dislike]] [[SelfInsertFic about the fic itself]].
* {{Padding}}:
** The author outright admits to using this, as he believes he has to fill a word quota. More specifically, he believes that every chapter has to be an equivalent length to a half-hour TV episode, with no exceptions.
*** Amazingly, he complains in the author's notes of the third series about how long his fanfics are, and yet does nothing to fix this.
** Aside from padding in-chapters, Mykan seems to have an obsession with writing 26 episodes per-season, which leads to many episodes where nothing advances the plot. The biggest offenders are in ''My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II'' and ''Starfleet Magic VI'' (which doesn't have an overarching plot so much as it does a bunch of unrelated story arcs stuck together).
* PainfulRhyme: Rhymey is meant to be an {{Expy}} of [[LiveAction/TodaysSpecial Muffy the Mouse]]. However, whereas Muffy's dialogue was written by people who knew what they were doing, Rhymey just rhymes for the sake of rhyme. And as you can guess, ''none'' of them are good. [[SarcasmMode Even better]], unlike Muffy who actually had a personality, in tune with the fic's [[FlatCharacter Flat Characters]], rhyming is Rhymey's only notable trait. Hence why he's the most hated character out of the lot.
** [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Zecora]] isn't immune to this either, especially with the way her accent is imitated. Seems to be a running gag in this story that nopony can rhyme...
** Taken UpToEleven in ''My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II'', where there is an entire chapter written in rhymes. Ironically, it may be one of the better chapters in the entire story even though it plagiarizes an episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Arthur}}''.
* RootingForTheEmpire: The story is meant as a RevengeFic against ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', centering around ponies in another dimension and[=/=]or in space, fighting off an evil sorcerer [[AvertedTrope without]] ThePowerOfFriendship and therefore being superior to the cast of the original show. Many readers actually wished to see the bad guy win, just so that the main characters get their asses kicked.
** Especially the case with the ArcVillain Windy Bag in ''VI'', whose goal boils down to kicking Starfleet off of Equestria. Considering Starfleet's DesignatedHero status and treatment of the Equestrian population, it's not hard to see her as a WellIntentionedExtremist at worst. It helps that she also has a vendetta against a blatant AuthorAvatar, and a particularly jerkish one at that.
** In an actual decent twist, in chapter 20 of the original badfic, we find out that Serpent Tyrant's motive for collecting the Rainbow Stones is to undo the genocide his son Titan had caused. Other than being told the supposed Dimension of Darkness's denizens are evil, there are no indications of them committing great atrocities and we are only seeing things from a certain point of view - [[HolierThanThou The]] [[DesignatedHero Unicornicopians.]] It's also not hard to see him as a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* TheScrappy: While most of Mykan's "original" characters are detested, Rhymey is the least liked out of all of them. It doesn't help that he ends up being paired with [[TheCutie Fluttershy]].
** Don't forget Grand Ruler. Racism aside, he mostly lets Lightning Dawn and friends do all the work, [[TheGodsMustBeLazy only pitching in when the plot calls for it]] (and that rarely happens). And then there was [[MoralEventHorizon what he did to Twilight Sparkle]] in ''My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II''.
** DamselScrappy: Krysta.
** EthnicScrappy: Brain, Dyno and Myte.
* {{Sequelitis}}: The original story has four sequels and counting, one's a "movie" and another is based on WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls, and they don't get any better. [=Beats0me=], a Website/DeviantArt member who draws parody comics of MLU, noted that the beginning of the series is SoBadItsGood, reminiscent of watching a corny old kids' action cartoon. However, the further it goes on, the more racism, sexism and other disturbing content start cropping up.
* SerialNumbersFiledOff: The prologue and first two chapters are pretty much a rip-off of the pilot episodes of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
* SnarkBait: Just look at the other entries on this page for an explanation.
* SoBadItsGood: For some. The sequels are a much different case as shown by the {{Sequelitis}} entry.
* StrangledByTheRedString:
** Lightning and Starla, who fall in love immediately for no reason besides that the main character needs a love interest.
** Rhymey and Fluttershy as well.
** Ditto the Grand Ruler and Princess Celestia.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: In ''My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II'', there is an ex-Wonderbolt named Ace Ray who was kicked off the squad for [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong badmouthing Starfleet]] and has become [[StrawLoser a loser who sits around stuffing his face all day]]. However, he accuses the Starfleet of being arrogant and lazy for not taking action against their enemies sooner and thus leading to the destruction of Equestria. He also calls them out on assuming every enemy they fight is [[AlwaysChaoticEvil irredeemably evil without even considering the possibility that they might have a reason for acting that way]]. He then accuses them of being overlords due to their species essentially taking over United Equestria, doing everything of value, and Celesto being extremely powerful, both politically and literally. The reader is clearly supposed to side with his sister Skye, who tells him he's bad for speaking his mind about Starfleet. However, he makes some very good points that were mentioned by reviewers and [[{{MST}} riffers]] of the original fic.
** ''Starfleet Magic VI'' has Brass Bolt, who's basically Ace Ray 2.0, and makes even ''better'' points about Starfleet than Ace did. It's very hard not to agree with him, especially since his thoughts and situation read very much like a protagonist in dystopian fiction and are completely accurate to Starfleet's portrayal. To quote the story itself:
--> “They come to our world, lead their enemies to us, and if that wasn’t bad enough they turned us from normal ponies into these human shaped weirdos! Oh, and to add insult to injury, they treat us all like we’re inferior and enslave us with their martial laws, and when trouble comes they just fight and kill, and they arrest creatures with no good reason…
--> …They’re nothing but a bunch of silly, overbearing tyrannical dictators! Why can’t you guys see that? Why can’t anyone see that?”
* TakeThatScrappy: Rhymey is one of the more hated original characters because [[RhymesOnADime he speaks in nothing but rhymes]], [[PainfulRhyme and unfortunately, not good ones]]. [[note]]The canon character Zecora also speaks in rhyme, but unlike Rhymey, she actually has a personality.[[/note]] An unintentional example happens when he confronts Ace Ray in ''My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III'', who is in the process of making [[StrawmanHasAPoint points about Unicornicopia that are more valid than the author realizes]].
-->'''Rhymey''': There's no need to make a fuss / there is nothing he can do to us.
-->'''Ace Ray''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And you... will YOU STOP WITH THAT RHYMING]]!
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Cerise from ''My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II'' is a major in Starfleet, can stand toe-to-toe with Lightning and can use the Uniforce. She was a one-shot character up until ''Starfleet Magic VI'', where her appearance consists of her completely sucking at her job.
** Brass Bolt from ''Starfleet Magic VI'' is a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Ace Ray who wants to see a revolution overthrowing Starfleet and sets an entire prison's populace loose on them, making for a very interesting potential BigBad who's not a completely clichéd GenericDoomsdayVillain. Instead, he gets busted in the second chapter by a cheap {{Asspull}}. Even better, the author later complains that [[{{Irony}} he's having trouble driving the story forward without a Big Bad pulling the strings]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** It may sound farfetched, but the relationship between Lightning and [[ParentalSubstitute the Grand Ruler]] could have been quite an interesting plot arc in the hands of a better writer.
** The entire concept of another world of ponies having their own adventures and learning valuable lessons about the important things in life while also fighting against a common enemy could have been made entertaining (it worked for ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' with ''[=FiM=]'') if the author would not depend so much on clichés.
* UncannyValley: The Unicornicopians are represented as pony heads on top of humanoid bodies, and later the Equestrians are forcibly converted into being the same thing. The result is completely unsettling. Probably the worst example is Brain.
* UnintentionallySympathetic:
** [[StrawmanHasAPoint Ace Ray]]: Even in the rewritten version, it is still this trope. For punching his sister upon being insulted and rejected by her, and the others who don't agree with him in making correct assumptions about Starfleet being an oppressive government, he is punished by getting his freedom taken away from him. Even though he's a clearly sane but jaded guy, he was pretty much stated to be imprisoned in an asylum for life. Wait, this sounds similar to Room101. Seriously, read his entire chapter and see if you can deem him [[http://dakari-king-mykan.deviantart.com/art/Episode-5-Truth-Hurts-468597311 insane:]]
-->''No one had ever broken out from this asylum, and even If they had there was no way they could leave the planet. The warp portals that led out into Dimensional Space were inaccessible by all convicts. Any one of them who tried to enter only got tossed back out again.''[...] '' Poor Ace, he did not take being locked up very well, and continued to insist he wasn’t insane, only to be restrained and sedated by the medical staff.''
** Human!Celestia in ''Starfleet Humans''. It's shown at the beginning when Lightning [[TooDumbToLive sings and dances while in the middle of the road she is driving on,]] clearly stressed and upset. Granted, it's not a good idea to look at your notes while driving, but the story [[NeverMyFault (and Lightning)]] shoehorns all the blame towards her for getting angry at him. When the fic reveals that her pet horse died, which led her into a HeroicBSOD [[spoiler:courtesy of Sapphira]], Lightning uses it as ammo against her in the aforementioned MoralEventHorizon above. We're supposed to see the attack as ''her's'' instead, as indicated by Luna calling her a 'monster' (even though, as mentioned earlier, Lightning was not hurt at all), but granted, Lightning, maybe saying that it's a good thing someone's pet is dead wasn't exactly the best course of action when you're trying to prove your friend's innocence.
** [[spoiler:Twilight dies and Starfleet has the nerve to blame her for her death because she disobeyed orders. Keep in mind, Twilight disobeyed orders to try and protect her loved ones from Raven, so even if you did consider her actions to be irrational, there would be a good reason for that behavior. So Starfleet, [[DesignatedHero as always]], just come across as assholes who only want that everyone follows what they say.]]
%%** Brass Bolt also shares this treatment.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: [[UpToEleven Practically the entire cast.]] The Equestria cast is simply TooDumbToLive or too busy CharacterShilling Starfleet ([[{{Flanderization}} not to mention that they've all been reduced to one-note cutouts that hardly resemble their canon selves]]}. Starfleet is full of [[FantasticRacism racist]], sexist, and [[DesignatedHero outright sociopathic "heroes" who see anyone who disagrees with them as their enemies]]. [[SarcasmMode Our heroes, everyone]].
* WhatAnIdiot: [[WhatAnIdiot/MyLittleUnicorn Has its own page.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The story preaches that things like love and tolerance are actually worthless and only brute force can lead to true happiness. Characters get KilledOffForReal in rather brutal ways for little kids, and there are certain sexual innuendos to be found in the entire story. Yet the author proclaims that the fanfiction is way better entertainment for kids than the actual show it rips off.
** The best example for it may be a chapter of ''My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II'', in which Fluttershy is in the hospital to be operated on. A changeling slips in and tries to kill her by cutting her open and letting her bleed to death.
** Chapter 13 of ''Starfleet Magic VI'' is another good example: it deals with the full ramifications of a MayflyDecemberRomance, kills off the VillainOfTheWeek via RapidAging, and ends on a none-too-subtly implied sex scene. [[SarcasmMode Y'know, for kids]].