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Fan Fic: A Trusted Friend In Science And Ponies
She's still alive.

A Trusted Friend in Science and Ponies is a is a Fan Sequel to Better Living Through Science And Ponies written by Rethkir. Like its predecessor, it is a crossover fic between My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Portal.

It is an ongoing fic, first written two years after the publication of the original in response to its Sequel Hook and lack of a sequel. The story takes place following the events of the original, continuing the Story Arc.

Spoilers for Better Living Through Science And Ponies will be unmarked.

After saving Equestria from GLaDOS' evil, Chell is finally able to live the life she never had... until GLaDOS sets in motion her plan to rebuild Aperture Science. It's only a matter of time before the experiments begin again, and only Chell will be able to stop her.

Tropes that appear in this story:

  • Evil Counterpart: GLaDOS is this to Celestia, since they look very similar and love cake. They are also foils to each other.
  • Fan Sequel
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: Fluttershy's sacrifice takes place in a forest fire, as it begins to rain.
  • Foil: Celestia and GLaDOS are foils to each other, as they share a similar appearance and both love cake, but have very different personalities.
  • Forced to Watch: GLaDOS' goal is to make Chell watch the destruction of Equestria and her friends.
  • Foreshadow: There's a healthy amount throughout, but Chapter 6 takes the cake, no pun intended.
  • Freudian Excuse: This fic delves into the reason why GLaDOS changed after Portal2
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: GLaDOS's laser canon becomes her signature weapon.
  • Genre Savvy: Applejack is savvy enough to accurately predict a conversation between Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash.
  • Ghost Memory: GLaDOS obtains Caroline's memories early on. You'd better believe it's a Chekhov's Gun.
  • Heroic BSOD: Happens to Chell when she finds out that GLaDOS is still alive. Ditzy is able to pull her out of it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Fluttershy sacrifices herself to save some animals. (She doesn't quite die, though.)
  • Kill the Cutie: Almost happens to Fluttershy. The fans were not taking it well.
  • Late Arrival Spoiler: It's very hard to talk about this story without spoiling things from the previous one.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: GLaDOS offers this gem: "Donít give me one of your stupid pretentious friendship lessons. Iíd watch a show for little girls if I wanted to hear that. I swear, I feel like Iím in one when Iím around you stupid, happy ponies."
    • And of course, there's Pinkie: "Oh, Rarity, you donít need to address me with expositional dialog explaining the characters, setting, and situation. Thatís what the narrationís for."
  • Mechanical Horse: GLaDOS has adjusted very well to her new body.
  • Mundane Utility: Celestia and Chell agree the portal guns could easily fall into the wrong hands, and so limit their usage to creating an Equestria-wide transit system via the portals, keeping the guns locked up after.
  • Near Death Experience: Fluttershy has one in chapter 8.
  • People Puppets: How GLaDOS brings Atlas and P-Body back.
  • Portal Cut: Chell explains why this doesn't happen in chapter 3.
  • Portal Network: Utilized for transportation in Equestria during the Time Skip.
  • Powered By A Forsaken Pony: Poor Twilight.
  • Pyromaniac: GLaDOS loves burning things with that laser.
  • Recursive Fanfiction
  • Sequel Escalation: Itís significantly longer than the original and has a more intricate plot, and all of Equestria is now at stake.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The anti-mass spectrometer requires 1.21 gigawatts of power.
    • Chell and Ditzy briefly meet the Doctor. He calls Ditzy "Derpy" and mentions that they've been on adventures before, a reference to Doctor Whooves and Assistant. He asks if there are any Zeppelins and mentions knocking four times.
    • The pegasi that Rainbow Dash selects to assist Fluttershy with the animal rescue are some of the main characters in Ace Combat The Equestrian War.
    • Pinkie speculates using Chell's necklace to allow dogs to talk, a reference to Up.
    • GLaDOS attempts to activate Twilight's powerful magical state by saying "yip-yip."
      • Later, Celestia quotes Uncle Iroh.
    • GLaDOS places a Moon's Tear in the anti-mass spectrometer.
    • The Space Core sings "Whalers on the Moon" and the Star Wars theme.
  • Skewed Priorities: GLaDOS is relieved that the giant snake eating Spot is not poisonous because she could only say I Warned You for giant snakes, not giant poisonous snakes. Her priorities in general are pretty skewed.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: This is why GLaDOS made a Face-Heel Turn in the previous story.
  • Time Skip: A few months pass during chapter 3.
  • Tsundere: GLaDOS, big time. It becomes apparent during Chapter 10, as her personality becomes more erratic and switches between mean and kind.
  • You Have Failed Me: GLaDOS is not very forgiving to her Diamond Dog minions.
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