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Fan Fic: Death Battle Equestria
I'm Yah-Shee and he's Arrell, and it's our job to analyze their weapons, armour, and skills to find out who would win an Equestrian Death Battle.

Crossing My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic with Death Battle, DEATH BATTLE: Equestria is a fan fiction written by R.L. Yoshi that essentially takes the idea of Death Battle and makes it pony-specific. The story originally started off as a joke and not much actual work was put into it, but after seeing the amount of readers it was earning, the author began to look into battles and match-ups much better, just like in the actual Death Battle series.

The two hosts are Yah-Shee and Arrell, whom the author has described as just being Wizard and Boomstick note  as ponies and with the author's own humor mixed in. Over time, the story has become less about just the battles, and been giving more focus to actual…well, story.

An OC tournament is going on currently, but recently, the author has given control of the tournament to other people so he can focus more on the regular battles.

It can be read here.

    List of Battles 
Tournament battles are not counted in this list.

  1. Trixie VS Gilda. Trixie wins. Reasoning 
  2. Applejack VS Rainbow Dash. Rainbow wins. Reasoning 
  3. Omnius VS Mobius. Mobius wins. Reasoning 
  4. Cutie Mark Crusaders Free-for-All (Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle). Scootaloo wins. Reasoning 
  5. Twilight Sparkle VS Pinkie Pie. Pinkie wins. Reasoning 
  6. Mane Six Free-for-All (Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy). Fluttershy wins. Reasoning 
  7. Echo the Diamond Dog VS Griffin the Griffon. Griffin wins. Reasoning 
  8. Big Macintosh VS Iron Will. Big Mac wins. Reasoning 
  9. The Flim-Flam Brothers VS ATLAS and P-Body. The Flim-Flam Brothers win. Reasoning 
  10. Ditzy Doo VS Vinyl Scratch. Ditzy wins. Reasoning 
  11. Antagonist Free-for-All (Nightmare Moon, Discord, Queen Chrysalis). Nightmare Moon wins. Reasoning 
  12. Trixie VS Gilda (a second look at the first battle). Trixie wins. Reasoning 
  13. Nyx VS Fluffle Puff. Fluffle wins. Reasoning 
  14. The Wonderbolts VS The Mario Bros. The Mario Bros. win. Reasoning 
  15. Little Mac VS Big Macintosh. Little Mac wins. Reasoning 
  16. Nightmare Moon VS Slender Man. Slender Man wins...? Reasoning 
  17. Littlepip VS Blackjack (not yet released; possibly final battle).

DEATH BATTLE: Equestria provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: All female fighters, natch. Except Raritynote .
  • Advantage Ball: It's revealed that Nyx's sudden transformation to her Nightmare self was because of Fluffle Puff. The ball instantly goes back to Fluffle after that, however, due to perceiving her as a threat.
  • The Alcoholic: Arrell is implied to be this, just like Boomstick.
  • Alternate Ending: The Cutie Mark Crusaders Free-for-All was originally going to end with Scootaloo throwing Apple Bloom off the cliffnote . It was changed to something the author felt was more original, with Scootaloo instead strangling Apple Bloom with her own hair ribbon.
    • An odd example with Nyx VS Fluffle Puff; one ending was released, with Nyx hugging Fluffle Puff, who reacts by happily licking her, and then the two of them go off to have fun. While the author insists that this is what would actually happen, he is making a second ending with the two of them actually battling so people don't complain.
  • Badass Adorable: Since this is set in Equestria, this is to be expected.
    • One particular example is Fluttershy, who wins the Mane Six Free-for-All.
    • Another is Fluffle Puff, who drowns Nightmare Nyx in a lake.
  • Badass Pacifist: Like in regular Death Battle, any restraints the characters would have against fighting or killing are removed. This ends up being the key to Fluttershy's victory; her shyness and unwillingness to fight is one of her defining character traits, not to mention practically her only negative trait. Without it, she was unstoppable.
  • Berserk Button: Yah-Shee reacts to Rarity the way Wizrd reacted to Michelangelo. Arrell reacts better compared to Boomstick, though.
  • Bi the Way: Knightmare has this reaction to Tundra Stanza's little secret.
  • Call Back: The "Second Look" for Trixie VS Gilda is basically one big Call Back to the story's first battle. Even the way Trixie kills Gilda is the same.
  • Clipped Wing Angel: Nyx becoming Nightmare Moon caused Fluffle Puff to see her as a threat, which led to her defeat. However, the transformation wasn't of her own volition.
    • Similarly, Little Mac becoming Giga Mac actually evened the battle out more...when he had the advantage. It made him stronger, but slower, and his speed had been a primary advantage. In the end, though, he still wins.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Rainbow Dash VS Applejack. Rainbow as the stomper, Applejack as the stompee.
    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders Free-for-All, at least partially. Sweetie Belle lasted maybe fifteen seconds. Apple Bloom VS Scootaloo, however, was fairly close.
    • Seth Disarmonia VS Big Lugnut. At first, anyway. Nothing Seth does can hurt Lugnut, and being the powerhouse that he is, Lugnut is able to get some pretty good hits in. Subverted in the end, however, when Seth accidentally starts a fire that weakens Lugnut enough for Seth to rip his gears out.
    • Ivan VS Scarlet Lightning. The fact that there still isn't much story on Scarlet didn't help her odds against the blood-fetishist zebra, making their battle the shortest one ever.
  • Disney Villain Death: Not really a villain, but Apple Bloom's original death was going to be this before it was changed In fact, it's Scootaloo who (seemingly) falls off the cliff before rescuing herself via the vines below.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first two battles were jokes and not properly researched, though the first one had a "Second Look" later on. The third battle was also a joke, but was properly researched. All battles afterwards were looked into properly.
    • At the beginning of each tournament battle (sans the first one), there used to be a small interaction between the previous battle's fighters. This was dropped after Vinetion VS Lucario.
  • Excuse Plot: Averted! It took until the start of the tournament, but an actual story has been given for the battles. Arrell came up with the idea to do battles between ponies, and Yah-Shee had access to the technology needed to create simulations of the sort (so nopony actually dies). They did it for fun at first, but as it got more popular, the battles became more of a sport ponies could watch.
  • Gender Reveal: In the first tournament battle, Knightmare attempts to hit on Tundra Stanza. Tundra points out that she was male back when she was a human. Knightmare is…actually pleasantly surprised.
  • Geo Effects: Averted. The author deliberately compares the combatants as if they fought in a place that gave neither of them any advantages or disadvantages, and writes the battles the same way while still giving them an environment that can make the battle interesting.
  • Guns Are Worthless: In Brand Fire VS Plymouth Valiant, the latter's gun doesn't do much. Except for landing the killing blow.
  • Hidden Depths: Judging by a comment from Arrell in Blue Breeze VS Quick Fix, he is (or was) in the Royal Guard.
  • How Much More Can He Take / The Determinator: One main trait about Arrell Ragnarok (the fighter in the tournament, not the host) is that, when he gets angry, he can take just about anything you throw at him. However, as Yah-Shee points out, he isn't invincible - he just doesn't react to the pain.
  • Implacable Man: Big Lugnut.
  • Kill It with Fire: Downplayed. Seth weakens Big Lugnut with fire, but the killing blow doesn't use it; the killing blow was only made possible because of the fire however, so it still had an indirect yet crucial part.
    • One of Slender Man's powers. It doesn't get used.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Fluttershy won the Mane Six Free-for-All due to most of her negative attributes being removed by default Death Battle rules.
    • Fluffle Puff seems like an odd choice of opponent for Nyx, who is widely regarded throughout the fandom as overpowered. The hosts make sure to point out several of Fluffle Puff's odd powers that make her a strong foe. Fluffle Puff wins without so much as breaking a sweat.
  • No Sell: Big Lugnut is tough; nothing Seth does to him leaves any lasting damage. Or even any temporary damage. Except for ripping his gears and wires out, killing him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Arrell and Yah-Shee. Lampshaded by their respective text colors.
  • Sliding Scale of Visuals Versus Dialogue: Compared to Death Battle, this one focuses more on dialogue. Obviously, since it's a written story rather than an animated show, but it also counts thanks to the fanfic taking more time to show the actual story rather than just being loads of fight scenes.
  • Squee: In the first ending, Nyx does this as she hugs Fluffle Puff.
  • Taught by Experience: Fluffle Puff's advantage over Nyx; the latter is really just a filly, and the former is simply a child-like mare.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: The hosts have this reaction upon realizing that Nightmare Moon has possessed Slender Man.
    Yah-Shee: So, the winner is nobody. Because honestly, with that thing roaming around, everyone might as well kill themselves now.
    Arrell: ...probably right.

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