Diaries of a Madman is a is a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan fiction story by whatmustido.Set many years into the future on an Alternate Universe version of Earth, this Darker and Edgier take on Equestria starts with a certain chimera breaking free from his stone prison. Quickly forcing Celestia into making a deal with him to save her ponies — and making sure one of the terms is that she forgets the deal even existed in the first place — he also ensures the summoning of the one person the God of Chaos truly despised, as part of a ploy to finally bring his long-term plan to fruition, and gain the ultimate revenge on the one who ruined it all those many years ago.Welcome to the mind of a madman, driven insane ó or, perhaps, finally sane ó by the events to follow. Welcome to the tale of Navarone.From here, we follow our poor Deadpan Snarker protagonist through various adventures and slice-of-life tales, as he attempts to determine his purpose in the world, discover exactly what happened to the rest of his species, figure out just how the being known as "Discord" factors into everything, and proves to everyone just what a human can do when he sets out to achieve a goal...Currently striving to be one of the longest fanfics out there, it can be found here. Just be sure to take a break once in a while.
Diaries of a Madman contains examples of the following tropes:
Calix has such a low reputation that even his bodyguards don't make the slightest effort to protect him when Nav murders him, and the rest of the guards donít appear to show any disapproval of Navís actions.
Luna was making progress on recovering from this following her return, but after various scandals finally catch up with her, she finds herself firmly in this territory again.
Action Girl: While the Mane 6 are already this in canon, it particularly applies to Pinkie. Kumani, Kat, and Taya also qualify.
Actually Pretty Funny: Celestia is secretly amused when Nav swipes her crown as a prank, but still wastes no time in tasking Twilight to retrieve it. Probably on account of all the chaos this causes, given that she could effortlessly retrieve it in an instant if she wanted.
Averted with Shakespeare's tragedies, which don't go down well with ponies, resulting in Celestia banning Nav from transcribing and selling any more. Other written works are far better received, and after Nav introduces Vinyl to various genres of human music it transforms her career.
Generally averted with Nav as well, who tends to view the pony arts as far less interesting than those of human cultures. He does appreciate Lyra's skill with the lyre, however.
Ambiguous Gender: During their trip back in time, Nav suggests this will be an issue for Rainbow during her attempts to score, since while he's used to ponies and can easily tell the difference, others are not.
American Accents: Similar to AJ, Nav has a southern drawl but his only becomes particularly pronounced when he's feeling especially frustrated or upset.
An Aesop: Navarone privately mocks the ridiculous nature of Twilight having to send friendship reports, and is not happy when Celestia makes him give one to her himself. Celestia isn't exactly thrilled by what he comes up with either.
An Axe to Grind: Nav gets a rather nice one when he takes up the role of a Lunar knight. This is then subverted when he refuses to use it due to his lack of expertise, and continues using weapons he's acquired some proficiency in.
Animorphism / Humanity Ensues: A failed spell from Trixie turns Nav into a pegasus, and Twilight into a human. After the princesses figure out how to reverse this, the spell gets used several times throughout the story. Nav despises being a pony, though others are impressed with how useful hands are.
Changelings and diamond dogs have an extreme mutual hatred of each other. As do changelings and griffons.
Celestia and Luna have one in Discord.
Navarone is Discord's most hated nemesis, but Nav is currently unaware of that.
Arranged Marriage: After Nav and Luna cause a scandal with the griffons, Bloodbeak finds a way of forcing Nav and Gilda to marry in order to take advantage politically, as well as benefiting from Nav's knowledge. Nav eventually finds a way out, but helps Bloodbeak anyway. Later Bloodbeak tries to set him up with his daughter, Princess Gilda, which doesn't work out.
Yes, I was causing chaos. Yes, there was some misery involved. Yes, I might have been the cause of the duckbill platypuses.
As Herself: An in-universe example at the dream party in Chapter 86. Several of the most attractive mares in Equestria have given permission for their forms to be used as part of the entertainment, but Sapphire Shores, Cadance, and Spitfire are all secretly playing themselves.
Despite Blueblood's many failings, it's hard for anyone to argue that he deserved to be robbed of his looks and almost killed by poison, or that he deserved to die, after this leads to Discord indirectly getting him killed.
Calix was a very unpleasant pony to say this least, and while his behaviour would have jeopardized their mission, this probably didn't warrant the extreme step of Nav murdering him.
The Equestrian ambassadors to Egypt are hardly paragons of diplomacy and etiquette, given that they've been Reassigned to Antarctica. Emerald Script isn't too bad, but Calix is so unpleasant and nasty that Nav murders him before he can jeopardize matters.
Blueblood was sent to a foreign social function in Paris after Celestia and Luna were unable to make it, where he continues to be his usual self. Up until someone tries to poison him, at any rate.
Authority in Name Only: Nav dismisses Cadance as a powerless figurehead at first, but she later becomes a useful ally of his, and demonstrates far more political skill and power than he initially gives her credit for.
The axe Nav gets when he becomes one of Luna's knights. It's a nice weapon, but utterly pointless to hand someone a weapon they've got no training with and expect them to use it in combat. Nav being Nav, he makes this point somewhat more bluntly.
After being sent back in time, Nav wants to take some firearms back with him, but is told not to bother since obtaining more ammunition would be almost impossible without modern infrastructure.
Ax-Crazy: Luna tried to have Nav murdered in a rage early on in the story, and then lies to him that she was going after Rainbow Dash instead when it fails.
Badass Boast: Nav gives one on behalf of humanity to Celestia.
Navarone: There is no force in the multiverse stronger than a group of humans plotting revenge. You may think youíre immortal now, but piss some people off where I come from and youíd find out for sure. And if you are, you might end up wishing you werenít.
Badass Grandpa: Fancy Pants is one of Celestia's knights, and shows signs of being an effective commander in the field during a war games exercise.
Bad Dreams: Nav suffers from them. Celestia also has nightmares of her own, one of which Nav wanders into at one point.
Bad Liar: Ponies are utterly terrible at lying, a fact which is balanced out by their naivety and willingness to believe the other is telling the truth, unless there's extremely strong evidence to suggest otherwise. Navarone often takes advantage of this.
invokedBanned in Equestria: Celestia bans Nav from transcribing any more tragedies after many ponies find Hamlet to be very upsetting.
Barbie Doll Anatomy: The fact that this isn't kept from the original source material is alluded to a few times. Tails apparently serve as a very convenient Scenery Censor for the most part, but it's safe to say that Equestrian standards of modesty and privacy differ from that of most human cultures. Strangely, when a somewhat out of his mind Nav points out that from a certain angle, nothing is left to the imagination, Twilight is extremely embarrassed.
Bavarian Fire Drill: Nav briefly employs this while infiltrating a slave ship and dressed as one of the crew. About to be caught with some freed slaves, he yells to an approaching Mook that the ship has been compromised and that he'll watch the slaves while the guy warns the crew.
The Beastmaster: Nav is something of a variant; after his partial transformation, less intelligent wildlife ignores him since they recognise him as a tree. He also manages to develop a rapport with the timber wolves in the Everfree Forest owing to this, who had previously been thought to be mindless creatures.
Fluttershy — who is one in her own right — seems to believe Nav plays this one much straighter however, after he helps her with Angel misbehaving. In other words, Nav threatens to eat Angel if he doesn't stop mistreating Fluttershy.
Occurs during the revised Chapter 6. Nav is not happy with what he finds.
Nav later on wakes up to find Rainbow Dash in his bed, and is rather disturbed until Flo reassures him that nothing happened, and they'd just been drunkenly wrestling before passing out.
Beginner's Luck: Nav wins his fights early on pretty much entirely on this.
Benevolent Precursors: Humanity created the other races, as well as the elementals to try to protect them from Discord, and are revered by the minotaurs for this reason.
Berserk Button: Nav might not have manystandards left as the story goes on, but assuming he has none whatsoever is a good way of making him livid with anger, as AJ finds out first hand. Viewing him as weak and helpless is another. And start running for your life if you target those who can't fight back.
Bestiality Is Depraved: One of Eva's personalities, "Mirror", claims to have been forced into this due to the lack of food available, though she's far more enthusiastic than you'd otherwise expect. Nav and Flo are suitably freaked when they find out, and try their best to forget they ever saw anything.
Celestia and Luna have a spell for this purpose, which deeply angers Nav when he finds out they've been spying on him. Blocking this spell is one of the main uses of his Anti-Magic ring, after he stumbles across it.
Discord is usually watching through Nav's eyes, though Nav is unaware of this.
Big "WHAT?!": Twilight's reaction upon learning Nav is about to challenge a crazy unicorn who just threatened him...
Bi the Way: Nav emphatically insists he isn't this, and doesn't normally show any interest in his own gender. It's more a case of him becoming increasingly depraved and pretty much literally saying "fuck it".
Bizarre Human Biology: Nav starts off as a regular human, but after a combination of events ends up being stuck with the wings of a pegasus in human form (albeit larger than normal, since he has less magic and so requires larger wings for lift, as well as being far slower in the air), and gains several plant-like characteristics as a result of his Emergency Transformation. Ultimately he gets changed so much that he's no longer biologically human, even if he mostly resembles one externally.
Luna herself shows several of these tendencies, and seems to believe humans as a species are all this.
Chrysalis takes far too much pleasure in slaughtering a diamond dog clan.
Body Backup Drive: Discord is capable of acting as one, though the only two people we know he's backed up are Cain and Navarone. Nav is currently unaware he is not the original.
Body Horror: Some of the atrocities Discord ended up committing upon the alicorns. From literally splitting them into the three pony races, to corrupting them into changelings. The ones he drove insane would probably count as a Cruel Mercy, considering.
Book Safe: Used as a hiding spot for Nav's diaries at one point.
Boring but Practical: The items Nav brings back with him after his trip through time are for the most part not very interesting due to their impracticality. As a result he ends up bringing stuff that falls into this instead, such as a laptop filled with a lot of humanity's scientific and technological knowledge, and seeds for many useful plant species.
Bow and Sword in Accord: In keeping with his status as a Combat Pragmatist, Nav equips himself with a variety of weapons for different situations, though he is especially proficient with his crossbow and daggers.
Brains and Bondage: Both princesses are very much into this, but especially so with Celestia.
Brilliant but Lazy: Navarone has an extremely cunning mind, but doesn't use it to its fullest owing to this. He even tells Celestia that he could get her overthrown and install himself as the de facto ruler of Equestria by using Luna as his puppet, but he lacks the ambition and motivation to do so. That and he admits he'd be a terrible leader.
Broken Pedestal: Both Celestia and particularly Luna's reputations take a severe hit over the course of the story, though it is suggested that Luna is trying to drag Celestia down with her.
Brutal Honesty: One of Navarone's defining character traits, and one which often drives others to tears, violence, or both.
Can't Argue with Ponies: Ponies hold themselves to be superior than the other races, though this attitude is especially prevalent amongst the nobles. Nav is quite willing to call others out on this.
Nav is a very twisted and complicated example. While much of the interest in him is due to his fame, reputation, or novelty, he's surprisingly adept at charming others when needed or desired, though there are those that are immune to his attempts.
Blueblood is also very good at charming the ladies, despite his reputation.
The Chains of Commanding: Applies to Celestia particularly. While she deeply cares about her subjects and doing what is best for Equestria, she's also very isolated by her position and comes to value Nav as a friend simply for the fact he refuses to treat her with the reverence everyone else shows. She also ends up being extremely stressed as a result of her crown, and is often placed in impossible situations.
Blueblood is also quite popular with the mares, owing to his looks.
Christmas Episode: Chapter "Fourteen and a Half". After mentioning Christmas before Hearthís Warming Eve, Nav finds himself browbeaten into delivering presents to the children in Ponyville.
City of Adventure: Ponyville's ability to attract danger and excitement is heavily lampshaded by Nav...
Freed Slave: Iíve heard nice things about PonyvilleÖ
Navarone: Someone lied to you, then. That place is not good for those like us. It looks like a nice little village from the outside, but if you spend a month there, youíll probably wind up with at least two near disasters and all manner of terrifying events.
The Dreamlands operate in this way, as you might expect given that it's a dream world, and Nav shows a very high degree of control over this when he visits there.
"Real magic" also works in this way, though it requires a lot of effort to master.
The collective belief of ponies also has an impact. In particular, Nav can fly despite his general lack of magic because, having wings, ponies believe he should be able to do so. When he and his party get briefly sent back in time, both him and Rainbow lose the ability to fly because of this.
Color-Coded Wizardry: Unicorn magic does this, but humans are the only species known to be capable of seeing it thus far. Twilight is extremely reluctant to accept this, but is eventually forced to... after running a bunch of tests of course.
Combat Pragmatist: Navarone doesn't just fight dirty, but actively shows his contempt for honourable fighting on multiple occasions. Given the number of times it would have gotten him killed, it's hard to argue.
Navarone: Why the hell would anyone fight with honor? If Iím in a fight, Iím in it to win, not to make my opponent feel okay about losing.
Comes Great Responsibility: When Taya almost kills Nav though Power Incontinence, Nav refuses to allow her to give up on her magic, simply telling her that it's a gift, but she needs to learn responsibility and control in order to do great things with it.
Nav is also fairly skilled at lying, but not quite as good as he thinks he is. Nor is he as good at detecting lies as he thinks either.
Cool and Unusual Punishment: How does Celestia get Nav back for working with the griffons and ruining one her of long-running plans? Award him a ridiculous set of armor during an extravagant award ceremony, which everyone else treats as a huge honour.
Cooldown Hug: Nav ends up on the receiving end of quite a few of these, but it's more a case of others thinking he needs one, rather than him actually needing one. A few others also receive one.
Cool Horse: Nav briefly takes Celestia as his mount on one occasion after she annoys him. She's surprisingly into it, seemingly because it's the exact opposite of what a princess would do.
Cool House: Nav's custom built fort, which was designed by the changelings and even comes with its own prototype electricity system, rather than being powered by magic like elsewhere.
Cover Innocent Eyes And Ears: Twilight does this to Spike to start with, but it's revealed that not only do dragons age differently to ponies, but he's generally far more mature than she realises... though there are some exceptions to this.
Crazy-Prepared: Nav makes several copies of his journals and fills them with false information, just on the off chance that anyone trying to read them will bring up something and tip him off.
Creepy Child: Given Taya's lack of social development and a complete lack of awareness over certain social conventions, there are times where she comes across as extremely creepy.
Cuddle Bug: Celestia is something of one. For someone who Hates Being Touched, Nav is generally quite tolerant when she does it, even if he finds it mystifying.
Cursed with Awesome: All over the place. Navarone's wings and magically gained abilities. Celestia and Luna's agelessness. Especially so with Discord...
Culture Clash: Several cultures end up clashing with pony culture. In particular, naga, griffin, and human culture.
Cultured Warrior: Despite Rarity tending to berate him for his lack of manners and sophistication, Nav is familiar enough with many classical works to be able to transcribe their main outline from memory. And then selling those for profit.
Darker and Edgier: Compared to the show's version of Equestria, the depiction in Diaries of a Madman is much darker, despite it superficially appearing to keep the Sugar Bowl setting.
Dating What Daddy Hates: Taya tries to invoke this as a way of getting attention, only for it to backfire spectacularly when Nav doesn't have any problems with her dating or her choice of date, and simply tells her to be careful.
Deadly Decadent Court: Downplayed somewhat. While rarely deadly, upsetting the major players in Canterlot can have very negative repercussions. At one point Nav and Rarity manage to upset Fleur, who manages to get them thrown in jail. Luna is also somewhat mystified over why her sister puts up with it.
Deadly Euphemism: When deciding that Calix needs to be killed, Nav uses the extremely thinly veiled euphemism of "anything can happen on a dangerous road", which fools no-one.
Celestia's initial deal with Discord in the prologue.
Discord also offers or forces other characters into such a deal over the course of the story.
Death by Irony: Or rather Life by Irony. When Nav gets sent back in time, he inadvertently ruins Discord's plans to kill himself. Discord does at least appreciate the irony of managing to ultimately ruin his own plan.
Death Glare: Good luck trying to keep count of the number of times this occurs.
Death Seeker: Discord's main motivation is finding a way of ending his existence.
Demoted to Extra: Much of the Mane 6 only appear somewhat sporadically as the story moves on, particularly so with AJ, who barely appears at all within the story.
Demythtification: Generally inverted, given the All Myths Are True nature of the setting. However, the Greek godess of knowledge and wisdom, Athena, states that she was once a mortal human who explored magic very deeply, and in her own words is not a god.
Depraved Dentist: Colgate gives off this vibe in spades. However, Nav mistakes her for that kind of depraved dentist, and when he at one point tries to play into this by propositioning her, it doesn't work at all.
Nav survives the campaign in Egypt pretty much entirely on this, and attributes the willpower due his desire to avoid Spike getting hurt while he's being used as a hostage.
Casting "true magic" on another involves overpowering them mentally. For this reason it's impossible to will someone dead, because the will to survive will always overpower the caster. Discord's willpower is such that the only way he can be affected through it is if he allows it.
Did They or Didn't They?: Briefly between Rainbow Dash and Nav after a night of drinking. They didn't, and had just been wrestling instead.
Dirty Business: Most of the tasks Celestia gives to Nav tend to involve this, but particularly the campaign in Egypt.
Flo is revealed to be comprised of nanomachines, a fact she was completely unaware of.
Inverted with Pinkie Pie, as her bizarre abilities are revealed to the reader as the product of "real magic", even if Pinkie and the rest of the cast are unaware of this.
Don't Call Me Sir: After being knighted, Nav constantly has to ask those he meets not to call him sir. It's still a problem for him even after he quits as Luna's knight. In a similar vein, he also hates it when others make use of some of the other titles he's collected.
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Nav hates this so much that he leaves Equestria completely when the truth about Luna's crimes against him comes out. He was planning to leave anyway, but he moves his timetable forwards to avoid this happening.
Doorstopper: At over 1.3 million words long, the story is currently the largest on Fimfiction.Net and no way near being complete. For reference, this is longer than any officially published book, and only a few fanfics have a higher word count.
Dope Slap: Nav does it to Spike whenever he does something particularly silly. Lacking hands, others sometimes return the favour by cuffing him with their wings, or just flat out kicking him instead.
Dramatic Irony: Regularly crops up as Discord interjects to give readers information that the main characters are lacking. Also applies during the prologue where Discord makes Celestia and Luna forget about their deal.
Dreaming of Things to Come: Nav has a few nightmares of Discord shortly after arriving in Equestria, who he's never met nor seen at that point. It can be assumed Discord had some influence over this.
Dream Walker: Nav eventually learns how to do this as part of his duties as Luna's knight, and becomes quite talented at it. Due to the fact he's a human, he also has far more control over the dream machine than Luna does.
Dressing as the Enemy: Used when Nav infiltrates the slave ship in Chapter 26. Though as it's crewed by cats and dogs, his disguise is pretty much limited to him also being bipedal, and wearing enough clothing to obscure the fact that he's a human with wings.
Driven to Madness: Discord ended doing it to some of the alicorns, which was probably one of the nicer things he did.
Dude, Where's My Respect?: A complicated example. Among other races, Nav generally has the respect that you would expect given his accomplishments, but this is mostly played straight amongst ponies, even if he does have the respect of some such as the princesses and the royal guards. While he doesn't exactly demand the respect of others, he does point out to Celestia that he doesn't have much reason to stay in Equestria where a large amount of the population fears him, when he could go elsewhere and live like a king. In several cases, quite literally.
Earth All Along: Readers find this out at the beginning of the story, but it takes Nav some time and several hints before he figures it out himself.
Eating the Eye Candy: At the Grand Galloping Gala in the revised Chapter 10, Nav's pegasus form gets eaten up, both by Luna, and also many of the noblemares attending.
Emergency Transformation: An unintentional example. After almost being killed in a magical accident, Celestia and Luna have to infuse Nav with life force taken from elsewhere in order to save him, in this case from a tree. As a consequence he's no longer fully human and ends up gaining several plant-like characteristics and a much increased life expectancy.
Emotion Eater: Changelings are capable of feeding off all emotions in this version of Equestria, though most prefer love. They can also feed off memories, though they are less satisfying than the real thing, with the exception of human memories which are as nutritious due to humans attaching emotions to memories more so than other species.
Empathy Pet: Freki, Nav's adopted timber wolf, who can magically pick up on Nav's emotions towards a target and behaves accordingly.
Erotic Dream: Luna ends up using the dream machine to give all ponies erotic dreams of Navarone as a form of revenge. This includes the stallions... and the children including his daughter. Very understandably he is furious and extremely upset about this, and it causes a lot of awkwardness and damage to his reputation.
Luna: Why should we be forced to change to their desires? We are royalty!
Eternal Prohibition: Alcohol was allowed in Equestria until the princesses banned it after a Noodle Incident in which half of Ponyfornia was knocked into the ocean, though Celestia turns a blind eye to Nav importing it and sharing the information on how to make it. Other states are far less less restrictive, and salt is allowed in Equestria.
Ethical Slut: Navarone doesn't have many rules, but he will refuse to get involved with married couples, and won't have anything to do with any mare in heat who hasn't previously expressed any interest in him while in a more sound frame of mind.
Discord has never killed (or at least, so he claims), though seeing as he readily admits to getting others indirectly killed, it's not exactly much of a standard for him to be proud of.
Chrysalis is sickened by what Taya has had to live through, as well as some of the acts other races are capable of. This being someone who delights in genociding her hated enemies.
Even the Guys Want Him: Nav, quite literally. His human form is nothing special, but his pony form is an exceptionally handsome pegasus, and gets a lot of positive attention from both mares and stallions who are of that orientation.
Celestia tasks Nav with 'assassinating' her during the Gala between 6PM and midnight. He completes his task at 6:00:01, much to her surprise.
The Exile: Nav effectively becomes one temporarily when he's sent to Egypt to take care of a situation for Celestia after committing a crime. Several others also end up being sent with him, but it's more being Reassigned to Antarctica in their cases.
Exotic Equipment: The fact that this is generally averted is lampshaded by Nav, but it is played straight with changelings. Or more specifically Chrysalis.
Nav nails a Mook right in the eye with a throwing knife at one point, and later gouges out the eye of another upon being provided with deliberately wrong information.
The miner later on in the story loses both his eyes to the unseen force haunting the mines. Thankfully this happens off-page, since the description of this is already bad enough.
Face Palm: Nav does this regularly. The habit is so ingrained that he still tries to do it while in pegasus form, despite the lack of hands.
Fantastic Arousal: Pegasus wings are quite sensitive, in what is now a Fanon staple. It is slightly more justified here however, since wings contain nerve clusters which are pleasurable when correctly manipulated.
Fantastic Drug: A large amount of them. Alcohol appears to have similar effects on most species, but there are also species-specific drugs, such as salt (ponies), catnip (guess), mercury (naga) and chocolate (the dogs).
Fantastic Racism: Nav accuses ponies as a species of doing this, particularly as they're the only ones to use terms like "anypony", though it's something of an exaggeration on his part. Some of the nobles do look down on the other races and play this one straight, but ponies in general are a very light version of this and casually assume they're better than other cultures without questioning this, rather than it being out of hatred or contempt.
Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Most of the different cultures encountered usually take some inspiration from non-Western human cultures. Perhaps a slightly more justified example than most, given that many capital cities are built on the ruins of older human cities.
Fate Worse Than Death: The fate of changeling prisoners, kept alive and forced to consume love poison in order to provide nourishment for the hive.
All of the commanders in the Royal Guard treat their men well, but it particularly applies to Fancy Pants when he ends up as the ranking officer in charge during a war games exercise, and is convinced to surrender by Nav, on the grounds that if it were real it would spare his men's lives.
Strangely enough, this actually applies to Nav as well. He shows deep regret whenever anyone under his command comes to harm, and refuses to leave one of his crew behind without at least making an effort to save him.
Humanity did this twice, once when trying to save itself from Discord by putting some humans into stasis, and again when creating the other races, as well as providing the elementals to protect and guide them.
Merlin also did this, as seen within Chapter 99 where he sends Arthur and Nimue into a portal, and orders Excalibur to be thrown into the sea so it can be taken up by another in the future.
Foil: Shining Armor for Nav. A Lawful Good officer who tries to do right by others, versus a Chaotic Neutral who might be on the same side most of the time, but generally opposes much of what he stands for.
Nav goes to visit Rainbow Dash In Chapter 3, only to remember far too late that he can't fly. At that point, anyway.
Nav again runs into this problem In Chapter 31, due to the feathers on his wings being burnt off by Taya's Power Incontinence.
For Want of a Nail: Nav occasionally plays the role of a nail when it comes to the few storylines from the show that are included. In particular, Spike no longer goes on a rampage after Nav tells him to stop stealing stuff before his greed can get out of hand, and he provides a momentary distraction which allows Celestia to win her Beam-O-Waragainst Chrysalis, resulting in a completely different outcome.
Fountain of Youth: Twilight temporarily turns herself into a filly when — what else — one of her magical experiments goes wrong. Thankfully it wears off after a few hours, but not before Filly!Twilight ends up throwing Nav through a window out of fear of the "monster".
Friend to All Children: Harming children is one of the few things that really angers Nav, and he usually goes out his way to look after them, albeit somewhat unwillingly. This is best exemplified when he discovers Taya who he adopts as his daughter.
Navarone stumbles across a pair of magical artifacts that change the user's gender upon touching them. It occasionally gets used for a disguise, but more often than not it ends up being used by interested parties for bedroom experimentation, for practical jokes, or for revenge.
Twilight is mentioned to have once reversed the gender for half the palace's staff in a Noodle Incident.
General Failure: Shining Armor is an interesting example. While his forces are easily beaten in a mock battle between the Day Guard and Night Guard (the latter under Nav's leadership), this is more because of ponies' lack of knowledge of modern military tactics and not having much experience with war, rather than personal failings on his part. And once he realises this, he's very willing to learn from the experience and what Nav can teach him.
Genocide Dilemma: This actually crops up twice for Nav, firstly when he intervenes on behalf of the changelings in the aftermath of Cadance and Shining Armor's interruptedwedding to spare them from starvation, and later again when he works with the changelings to destroy a diamond dog clan. Despite trying to argue for peace in the latter example, he helps the changelings when this proves to be impossible, though he's disgusted with his part in it.
Genre Savvy: Nav becomes quite savvy over the course of his adventures. A particularly good example is when he goes to the Crystal Empire, and later when he recognises that they're trying to interfere in his relationship with Kumani.
Nav boots Doppel out his room during Chapter 33, after she tries coming onto him using a female version of himself, freaking him out in the process.
Celestia furiously orders Nav and Spike to get out after they come to her seeking healing following a wild night on the town. Though her resulting mood is certainly not helped by her being in heat, and by Spike having mailed her various items of an adult nature during the course of the previous evening.
Twilight kicks Nav out of her house in Chapter 64, resulting in him getting his Cool House built and permanently moving out.
Giant Flyer: The "giant moth thing" Nav gets attacked by in Chapter 12.
Gilligan Cut: After Nav agrees to model for Rarity in Chapter 20:
Rarity: You wonít regret this! I swear it!
A week later, we were both sitting in a jail cell.
The Glomp: Due to the strength disparity, many of the times a pony attempts to hug Nav turn into this.
A God I Am: Discord. He also gets very irritated when anyone refers to Celestia or Luna as one, viewing them as pretenders.
Go Look at the Distraction: Attempting to escape from Pinkie generally does not work well, but rather bizarrely invoking this does.
Navarone: Look over there, a distraction!
Pinkie Pie: What are we supposed to be looking at?
Navarone: Just keep looking, youíll see it
Good Is Not Nice: Navarone and Celestia could easily be the poster children for this.
Gory Discretion Shot: Nav refuses to describe what Kat does when interrogating an assassin within Chapter 24.
Green-Eyed Monster: There are several hints throughout the story which suggest Luna is still rather resentful and bitter of her sister, unlike her canon counterpart.
Grew a Spine: Navarone is initially reluctant to refuse the princesses' demands but eventually grows to have no issues refusing them.
Navarone: Itís the humanís personification of Death itself.
Rarity: ThatísÖ interesting. Why anthropomorphize it as another of your kind instead of making it something completely different?
Navarone: Because we killed all of the monsters we ever ran into, save for ourselves and Death. What better way to respect death than to give it the form of the only monster we could never kill?
"Groundhog Day" Loop: Discord briefly puts himself through one of sorts during the prologue, as part of his attempts to convince Celestia. Every time he says something wrong he wipes her memory and starts from the beginning, and mentions to having gone through hundreds of loops until he succeeds.
Happily Adopted: While it's difficult to suggest either is particularly happy given what they've gone through, Taya clearly loves Navarone and vice versa. Even if he does constantly fear he's a terrible parent, and that Taya has dependency issues.
Hates Being Touched: Nav appears to take after Morrigan in this regard, in that he doesn't mind intimate contact quite so much, but generally dislikes being touched or hugged by others. Though there are exceptions to this, and he becomes more tolerant of it over the course of the story.
Healing Factor: Nav ends up with a minor version of this after his Emergency Transformation, since he heals faster, and becomes capable of regenerating from damage that would kill a regular human. Serious injuries still result in significant levels of downtime and recuperation however, and he's far from invulnerable.
Healing Hands: Many of the magic users Nav deals with on a regular basis have at least some proficiency at this, particularly the more powerful ones like Twilight and Taya. It was actually Celestia's original calling, and she at one point expresses deep regret and anger that Discord's actions made this impossible for her.
Vinyl Scratch, as you might expect from someone involved in the rave scene.
Navarone turns into one, using drugs, drink, and sex as coping mechanisms.
Heel Realization: It takes a long time, but Luna eventually comes to realize what she did to Nav, and expresses remorse for the wrongs she's committed upon him. As well as admitting all this quite extravagantly in a press conference.
He Knows Too Much: A non-lethal variant. The cats refuse to allow Nav to leave them since he knows their location, and use Spike as a hostage to force him to stick around and comply with their demands.
Hellish Pupils: Luna places an enchantment on her knights and the Night Guard that results in this, as well as dramatically improving their night vision.
Hemo Erotic: Luna. Her combining this with her Mind Rape of Nav ends up being the final straw and causes him to break off their relationship. After he's run out the room screaming in terror.
Heroic BSOD: Twilight has a small one upon killing something for the first time in Chapter 99. Unfortunately Nav is probably one of the worst possible choices to comfort her.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: Nav and Spike, despite the ridiculous innuendo that occasionally crops up between them. To the point that when Nav leaves Equestria, Spike chooses to go with him instead of remaining with Twilight.
Hidden Depths: Derpy is one of the few ponies who actually bothers to use the Ponyville library, and regularly checks out advanced science textbooks.
Hidden Villain: Discord sets the entire story in motion and influences events behind the scenes, but none of the main characters are aware of his actions or presence until later on.
Her Own Worst Enemy: Luna has some serious problems, but never really seems to stop and consider that she may be at fault, or that a change of behaviour is warranted. It is also implied that Celestia has been somewhat shielding her sister from all this, or otherwise indulging her, and she eventually comes to realise what she's done.
Honor Before Reason: Nav constantly lampshades how stupid this is when he comes across it, and particularly when he finds out at least one assassin's guild will only make a single hit, believing that surviving means the target has earned the right to live.
Why is honor such a big factor in this world?
Horsing Around: Celestia does it to Nav after he invades one of her dreams, which gets a Call Back while he's desperately trying to keep his hold on a monster in Chapter 99.
Ames' unfortunate drunken escapade with the giant squid. It's probably best not to think about it too much.
Discussed briefly when Nav brings up his relationship with Kumani and how this might be a problem in the long-term.
How Do I Shot Web?: Nav initially has to learn to fly with his new wings and doesn't have complete control over them for much of the story, as you might expect from someone who has suddenly grown a new set of appendages. In fact, he doesn't even know how to fold them properly until Fluttershy finally takes pity on him and shows him how.
Humanity Is Superior: Despite the advantages ponies have over humans — notably strength and magic — Nav strongly believes that human society is far better, and he's certainly right to believe it on the technological front. To the point where his relatively limited knowledge of technology and science — though good for his age and level of education — is able to kickstart a technological revolution in changeling society, and sets in motion a dramatic altering of the balance of power between the races.
Humanity's Wake: Aside from a few legends amongst the minotaurs, very little is left of humanity, though many of the major cities are built on the ruins of older human settlements.
Humans Are Diplomats: Nav is a complicated example. Despite the violence he tends to be drawn into, and certain perceptionsof humanity which he occasionally goes out of his way to foster if it serves his purposes, he prefers peaceful solutions where possible and will argue for it as the first course of action. He manages to broker a somewhat uneasy peace between ponies and changelings, and in one instance his mere presence is enough to keep a fight from breaking out at a gathering of the other races, due to his connections with each of them. The irony is that in the case of several races, it's the very fact he's fostered his Humans Are Warriors image that leads them to respect him enough to listen when he argues for peace.
Navarone: Lonely or not, humans are survivors. That is our long history and as the only one here, I shall do my best to hold onto the tradition.
Humans Are Warriors: Luna in particular believes this to the point of thinking all humans are Blood Knights, and Celestia also comments favourably on humanity regarding this, when she sees how useful Nav has been. Nav himself occasionally cultivates this image when it serves his goals.
I Did What I Had to Do: Both Navarone and Celestia show this on several occasions, and there are many times where both regret the necessity of their actions.
If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Nav's generally fairly relaxed about the idea of Taya dating someone, but he does take a moment to warn Spike not to hurt her if he does anything with her.
I Let You Win: Discord created the Elements so that other species would have a chance against him, and isn't really bothered when he ends up being imprisoned by them.
I Lied: Discord does this to Taya when luring her and Nav into a trap.
I'm a Humanitarian: A variant, given the number of sapient species. Spike's growing desire for meat at one point causes him to ask Nav if he can eat some the corpses they run across. Nav quickly tells him to cut it out.
Body Backup Drive: Discord creates Navarone from one at the beginning, and presumably could continue to do so as much as he wanted. However, since "true magic" cannot create or destroy life, Nav isn't truly 'alive' as such.
Life Drinker: Nav is a variant of this. By Celestia/Luna periodically using the spell to transfer Life Energy it would be possible for him (or anyone else) to effectively become The Ageless. The spell also works on non-sentient beings such as plants and so can be used benevolently instead of requiring a victim to steal from.
I'm Standing Right Here: Twilight gives this, after Nav and Pinkie ignore her in favour of discussing her tendency to dictate what others should do in Chapter 5.
Twilight: Iím standing right here, you know!
Navarone: Yeah, I know. We were just in the barber shop together, remember?
Pinkie Pie: Yeah, Twilight, weíre not blind.
And I Must Scream: Discord's fate, having lived for billions of years. Whenever he gives anyone else a glimpse into his suffering, this is precisely their reaction.
Incompatible Orientation: After AJ and Nav get Rainbow drunk while testing out their home-brewed alcohol, they then get Big Mac to flirt with her, partly as a prank and partly since he needs the practice. It doesn't work for this reason.
Shining Armor is probably the most unambiguously good character in the story, and dedicated to making sure everyone receives justice, regardless of their rank. He does take part in a black op to remove a dangerous criminal from power at one point, mostly because it's the right thing (rather than being in it for the large monetary reward), and actually finds it wrong when Nav comes up with an easy shortcut because it means he earns his side of the reward with very little work.
Ponies believe this about Celestia, but over the course of events it's shown to be far from the truth.
Fancy Pants is pretty much the only one of these among the Canterlot nobility, and genuinely uses his position as a force for good, rather than self-interest.
Nav's interactions with Ames usually result in copious amounts of this.
As the story progresses, the interactions between Spike and Nav end up being ridiculously laden with innuendo.
Innocently Insensitive: Spike can occasionally come out with stuff that has a very different meaning from what he thinks. In several cases this deeply angers Nav, but he forces it down when he reminds himself that Spike doesn't know what he's saying, and that he doesn't mean anything by it.
Innocent Swearing: A variant. Apple Bloom overhears Nav commenting on how Twilight needs to get laid, and has no idea what this means. So of course she asks about this in front of her family... and Twilight!
Intimate Healing: A platonic version where Nav lathers up Fluttershy to help her with her flea problem, since hooves are not the best tool for the job. It is extremely awkward however, and certainly not helped by Fluttershy's badly-hidden interest in him.
Invisibility Cloak: There's a unicorn spell that does this, but it's very difficult to master and hence quite rare. It's also quite a draining spell to cast, and so can only be used for short amounts of time, unless it happens to be one's special talent.
It Amused Me: Celestia occasionally tries to alleviate some of her boredom in ways that would be described as unusual at best, and highly unethical at worst. Navarone can sometimes engage in this as well, often in response to Celestia's antics.
It Gets Easier: Nav is initially extremely reluctant to kill another sapient being, and only does so to help Pinkieís family. While he grows to have less reservations about using lethal force, he never takes any pleasure in it and prefers peaceful solutions.
It's All About Me: Just one of the many issues Luna has. Her resulting lack of respect for personal boundaries is one of several reasons that finally leads Nav to end their relationship.
It's All My Fault: Upon learning about some of the stuff done to Nav in Egypt while being used as a hostage, Spike is extremely upset at what he perceives as it being his fault, but Nav quickly assures him he wasn't responsible in the slightest.
Navarone: Never blame yourself for something you have no control over, and never blame someone else for something they have no control over.
During the mock battle between the Day and Night Guard, Shining Armor calls in Luna to arbitrate a dispute over Nav's "cheating", and then takes her hostage when she rules in Nav's favour. The Night Guard and particularly Luna are not pleased by this.
Discord becomes this for Nav, when he discovers the former is responsible for the extinction of humanity.
Discord is also this for the Royal Sisters, due to him destroying almost all the alicorn race, save for themselves.
Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Nav threatens to do this to an assassin to gain information, and makes good on that threat, though he's fairly unskilled at it. Kat's abilities in the field would probably make Jack green with envy, and seriously creep Navarone out.
Jerkass Has a Point: Twilight might be unwilling to accept it, but everyone else present admits that Nav does have a point when he says that it's selfish of her to focus on her test to single-handedly save the Crystal Empire, instead of putting the lives of its citizens ahead of such concerns.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might be abrasive, condescending, and make little secret of how much he thinks you suck, but if you're a good person or his friend then the chances are that Nav will eventually come through for you when you need help.
Just Friends: Nav and Celestia, for whatever strange definitionpasses for friendship between them. While she does ask to take him as her consort a few times, various events, politics, or even (in the case of Nav) psychological trauma all conspire to keep this one on the ground. Though for what it's worth, Nav hasn't definitively said no.
Kick the Dog: Most of the things Discord does to distract from his boredom. The guy will commit genocide or torture while casually whistling a happy tune, and inflict suffering on others for no reason other than because it amuses him.
Kill It with Fire: Nav suggests the changelings dispose of a diamond dog clan in the mines in this way. The lucky ones are quickly asphyxiated by the fire sucking out the oxygen. The unlucky ones...
King Incognito: After Nav is sent to negotiate with the leader of a Naga clan in Egypt, he ends up in a discussion with the sentry escorting him. Only after noticing that the politically-minded questions being asked are not those of a sentry does he realise who he's been talking to the entire time.
Kissing Under the Influence: Cadance recklessly firing off love magic leads to a bunch of palace staff and guards doing this... including Celestia. Few are happy with the results. Those few are usually paired up with others who are not.
Kiss of the Vampire: Vamponies don't have to do this in order to feed, but can play this one straight if they wish. Nav ends up asking Midnight Blossom for one as a going away present in exchange for allowing her to feed off him.
Kneel Before Frodo: Standard practice for ponies whenever Celestia makes an appearance. Nav flat out refuses to bow down to anyone and claims this is a cultural thing for humans, which sends Twilight into a fit over the breach of protocol. Apparently the fact that Celestia actually would prefer it if others didn't do this is lost on her.
Knife Fight: Nav gets in quite a few when he ends up fighting off assassins.
Knight in Sour Armor: Nav starts out fairly idealistic but becomes increasingly cynical as he gets let down and used throughout the story. He doesn't even bother trying to pretend otherwise later on in the story.
Lampshade Hanging: Nav often lampshades how Equestria feels like a cartoon world, and other things that make no sense, such as ponies shrugging off impacts that should injure them, or Pinkie Pie's insanely weird abilities and behaviour.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Memory spells are capable of removing specific memories, though there can be side-effects from the procedure.
Navarone is the last remaining human. Later on his transformations render him only partially human, and when he discovers that he's no longer human enough to qualify he becomes somewhat depressed, since it now means humanity is completely extinct.
Celestia and Luna are the last two remaining alicorns, due to Discord destroying the rest.
Nav and the Naga agree to this regarding a certain incident that took place after a night of drinking.
Celestia makes everyone present agree to never say anything of what happened between her and Pinkie after Cadance recklessly started firing spells off.
Lightmare Fuel: An in-universe example. When Shining Armor tries to break into Nav's mind yet again, Nav gives him a choice between two doors in Nav's mindscape. Shining ends up picking the door that leads to all of Nav's memories of being tortured and abused, to which Nav comments was a fortunate choice since the other door led to the memories of him having sex with Celestia. It's more a case of Faux Horrific for Nav and the reader however.
Living Lie Detector: There's a unicorn spell that does this. Celestia and Twilight eventually figure that it's a good idea to cast it on Nav, though he sometimes gets around it by employing Exact Words or being metaphorical.
Loads and Loads of Characters: The show already has a huge amount of characters. As well as keeping many of them, the story then adds far more on top.
The Loins Sleep Tonight: Cadance and Shining Armor experience trouble in paradise after the birth of their daughter, and end up asking Nav for advice. Apparently said advice helps.
Celestia and Luna, almost to the point of appearing to be The Ageless. Technically they do age, but extremely slowly; Celestia states that she's physically in her late twenties despite being over 6200 years old. Apparently her extended adolescence was not a fun time.
Celestia: What you did was nothing short of brilliant, and yet at the same time so darkly underhanded that I feel dirty congratulating you for it. Iím thinking about changing the rules for the first time in history.
The Medic: Celestia's original calling, prior to her and Luna ruling Equestria.
invokedMemetic Sex God: Some of Navarone's exploits end up giving him a legendary reputation. Rather unfairly for him however, several of these events are caused by factors completely outside his control, rather than willing actions on his part.
The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: When Nav first gets turned into a pony, his lack of familiarity with the instincts that come with that renders him particularly vulnerable to pony pheromones. This can be negated through magic or experience however.
Averted on the subject of attraction; even after being turned into a pony himself, Nav does not find them appealing in the slightest.
Navarone deliberately invokes this when Shining Armor tries to break into his mind, by presenting him with horrifying memories. It ends with Shining Armor screaming on the floor in terror.
Chrysalis is so disturbed at what Taya has had to live through that she refuses to feed off Taya's sorrowful memories, despite them being extremely filling.
Mindlink Mates: There's a unicorn spell for this which Luna tries on Nav at one point. Not being a unicorn and thus having no control over what happens in the environment, it ends badly for Nav. Very, very badly.
Mind Rape: Nav suffers a horrific one at the hands of Luna.
Mind Screw: Discord doesn't just break the fourth wall, but on a few occasions actively deceives the reader.
Moment Killer: A very one-sided moment between Luna and Nav is ruined in the revised Chapter 11 by a ride attendent. Nav is particularly grateful for the interruption, even if the resulting silence afterwards is extremely awkward.
Morality Pet: Taya often acts as one for Navarone. The others occasionally fulfill this role as well.
Mundane Utility: Nav makes use of the healing magic of others for everything from genuinely threatening or painful injuries, to eliminating the effects of hangovers.
Twilight offhandedly mentions a time where she happened to switch the genders of half the palace staff.
The Minotaurs ended up being banned from various functions because of what is described in story as a "noodle incident".
Celestia brings up the time she once disguised herself as a chair for a year just to see what would happen.
What precisely happened at a party after Nav got drugged is never mentioned to the reader, and Nav himself doesn't want to find out, though it doesn't take too much imagination to figure out roughly what happened.
Noodle Implements: While trapped with Twilight in a Portal Book, Nav decides to pass the time by regaling her with some of his bedroom antics with Kumani off-page, treating readers to an utterly bizarre mental image.
Navarone: ...and thatís when I discovered yet another use for tooth floss.
No One Gets Left Behind: Nav makes a valiant effort to invoke this when trying to save the miner he hires during his trip to the Crystal Empire, but sadly it's not enough to save the guy.
The Nose Knows: While not exactly taken to superpower levels, ponies have a much greater sense of smell than humans. Other species also beat out humans in the nose department.
Taya lacks social graces, partly as a result of the trauma she's suffered. Given that she continues to develop her magical abilities rather than socialise with her peers, it could also be considered an example of Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training.
Navarone often acts like this, simply because he doesn't care. He can turn on the charm if he wants to however.
Not Afraid of You Anymore: In Chapter 16, after a week of being used as Kat's Sex Slave under the threat of them killing Spike, Nav finally stands up to her and tells her that he'll kill her if she so much as looks at him in the wrong way in future.
Not Distracted by the Sexy: Any mare attempting to distract Nav in this way fails spectacularly due to him not finding ponies physically attractive.
Nav modelling clothes for Rarity while discussing his dancing lesson with Pinkie in Chapter 6 gives Fluttershy the mistaken impression she was interrupting them in the middle of something completely different.
One of the times Midnight Blossom attempts to feed off Nav gives a very different impression from what actually happened.
Oblivious to Love: Early on in the revised Chapter 10, Nav is completely and utterly oblivious to Luna's interest in him.
Odd Friendship: Odd doesn't even begin to describe the friendship between Nav and Celestia. While several elements of their personality are Not So Different, she's a pony princess and the most politically powerful ruler on the planet, he's a fairly average snarky human — though he manages to obtain a surprisingly large amount of political power and wealth — and often gets used as a pawn in Celestia's many schemes. Half of their interactions find them on opposing ends of an argument, or dealing with the fallout of something or another. Even the definition of friendship you'd use to describe all this would be rather warped.
Oh Crap: The crazy unicorn who believes Nav is a monster gets an extremely strong case of this when Celestia tells him that Nav is a friend of hers.
One-Dimensional Thinking: Nav at one point explicitly tells Rainbow Dash that her ineffective use of the Z axis is the reason why her attempts to escape from Pinkie often fail. He doesn't make the same mistake.
One Steve Limit: Averted with the two Gildas. Nav at one point takes to calling them "OG" (Original Gilda) and "PG" (Princess Gilda) to differentiate between them.
Only in It for the Money: Kumani, being a dragoness, is quite willing to jobs providing the pay is good. Nav sometimes shows this attitude, but flips between this and being altruistic for it's own sake, even if he tends to focus more on payment as the story progresses.
Only Sane Man: Given the amount of craziness in the world, you could be forgiven for thinking Nav is the only one, and judging by his narration he certainly seems to think so, even if he's not the most impartial judge. Celestia might give him a run for his money most of the time, but otherwise there's a lot of crazy about.
Older Than They Look: Spike is a variant of this. Since dragons age differently from ponies, Spike matures more quickly in certain areas than others as the story goes on. He still does retain a few childish characteristics and innocence in certain areas however.
Orphan's Ordeal: The details given in Taya's backstory show this in spades. Even Chrysalis is disgusted and shocked by what she's had to live through.
Orwellian Editor: Luna and particularly Celestia admit to Nav that they've censored large amounts of history, and that the past few thousand years have been far more bloody and violent than ponies are aware of.
Our Vampires Are Different: Vamponies follow many of the standard vampire tropes, but are capable of going out in sunlight, albeit at the expense of being weakened and getting terrible headaches.
Overprotective Dad: Generally Inverted by Nav, mostly on the grounds that he didn't have a father figure in his life, and doesn't really know much about being a father. He does try to protect her by offering practical advice, but he's not as proactive about it as he should be.
Photographic Memory: Nav gains this while Flo shares his body, since she has this and can recall anything he's forgotten for him. Not that his memory was bad to begin with.
Pity Sex: Nav sleeps with both princesses due to their loneliness and desire for some companionship (a lie in Luna's case since she's not over her infatuation with him). It ends up leading to Nav and Luna's brief relationship, and when that fails, a Friends with Benefits relationship with Celestia, though she attempts several times to go for a Relationship Upgrade.
Plagiarism In Fiction: Nav makes a pretty decent sum of money by transcribing various human works from memory and selling them.
Portal Book: Twilight and Nav get sucked into one at the end of Chapter 98.
Trixie's attempts to cast a spell on Twilight and Nav backfire completely, destroying her horn, setting the stonework on fire, and transforming Nav and Twilight.
Taya almost accidentally kills Nav with a case of this when she gets overly stressed by Pinkie's sisters bothering her. It almost puts her off magic entirely, but Nav tells her that her abilities are a gift, and that she simply needs to learn proper control.
Promotion to Parent: Celestia ended up having to act as a parent for Luna, after Discord wiped out most of the alicorns, including their parents. Technically she adopted Luna as her sister, but lied to Luna over this.
Properly Paranoid: Nav is often accused of being paranoid, but in many cases — particularly during his time in Egypt — heís completely right and usually proven so in short order.
Nav repeatedly lampshades the punny versions of human names.
The elementals all appear to use these. Those named so far include the water elementals Flo and Aqua, and the air elemental Aerie. Also doubles as Family Theme Naming, given that elementals of the same type consider themselves family.
Puppy-Dog Eyes: Even Nav sometimes has a hard time resisting them, particularly when Pinkie does it. His attempts to invoke this himself aren't quite as successful.
Luna: Your eyes arenít large enough to pull off a proper pout.
The Quest: Nav leaving Equestria to locate and free the elementals, with the hope of gaining allies against Discord.
The Quisling: Averted with the Night Guard changeling Quisling. Despite taking on the name (with Nav even commenting on the implications of it), he didn't actively betray his hive, but got tired of the life and left it for another. And while he doesn't flaunt his species, he does have the respect of his fellow guards.
Quit Your Whining: Nav tells Celestia to do so after herbreakdown in his typical blunt fashion. While she dislikes the way he says it, she does concede that he has a point.
Rags to Riches: Nav. Initially starting with nothing, he gains a tidy sum after winning a competition, makes a lot by plagiarising human works, receives a very large reward after helping take down a dog crime boss, and ends up with a stake in a gem mine after helping the changelings liberate it from the diamond dogs. Despite all this, he doesn't have any real need for the money and lives a fairly frugal lifestyle, though it probably doesn't help that he has a poor grasp of just how much bits are worth.
Rags to Royalty: Nav gets the option to do this several times, but so far has turned them all down. He briefly ends up as Luna's consort before the relationship goes spectacularly south, declines an offer from Chrysalis to be her consort, gets out of an Arranged Marriage with a griffon princess (both politically motivated), and puts an offer to be Celestia's consort on hold several times.
Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The team Nav puts together later in the story, which includes ex members of the guard, a dragoness, a cat assassin, Zecora, and more.
Rainbow Pimp Gear: Navarone gets granted a set of technicolour armour to go with his title of Defender of Harmony. Ostensibly it's a huge honour, but in reality it's a form of revenge by Celestia due to him ruining one of her plans.
Reality Warper: Anyone capable of using "true magic" can do this. Discord is a master of it, but Celestia, Luna, Taya, and Pinkie Pie have some abilities in the subject. One of the few limits mentioned is that you can't simply will someone dead, though this doesn't stop you from creating a fatal situation.
Navarone ends up doing this as a coping mechanism for the psychological damage he suffers over the course of the story, and becomes increasingly more depraved as it goes on, which others chastise him for.
Doppel to the point where calling her the village bicycle would be generous. Then again, she is a changeling who prefers feeding on lust...
Fleur, Fancy Pants' wife. He's well aware of her behaviour but tolerates it for several reasons.
Lyra also does this with her marefriend Bon-Bonís permission.
Refuge in Audacity: Nav tries and successfully (albeit temporarily) manages to pass off the infamous time he got drugged at a party as "some strange rumors" to Twilight.
Rescue Romance: After her previous attempts to woo Nav fail, Luna tries to go for this by secretly causing a dingonek to attack him so she can play the role of saviour. Unfortunately for her (and Nav), Rainbow Dash accidentally knocks her out, resulting in Nav being injured before Fluttershy can calm it.
Retcon: A few of them, as the author modifies anything he's particularly unhappy about in earlier installments. In particular, Chapters 1-12 were completely rewritten.
Revenge Before Reason: Blueblood is offered a chance by Discord to have his looks restored after his poisoning, or gaining 'revenge' on Nav (who isn't responsible for it in the slightest). Despite his looks being his most valued trait, he goes with the latter, though mostly due to Discord (pretty much literally) whispering in his ear.
Ridiculously Successful Future Self: Or due to Time Travel Tense Trouble, past self. When Nav gets sent back in time, he finds out that his past (real) self has become a doctor and a successful scientist. His past self is also fairly impressed with how Nav has got on, arguably making them both successful future versions of each other.
Right Through the Wall: Nav deliberately invokes this in retaliation for Cadance trying to meddle in his love life in Chapter 32. Despite the very poor resulting night's sleep, it still doesn't stop her from trying to interfere yet again later on in the story.
Big Mac ends up discovering Navarone several times in highly compromising situations.
Nav complains whenever he finds himself in Celestia's sitting room, with it morphing from simple dislike to an almost pathological hatred. At one point he even refuses to talk with her until they've gone somewhere else.
Sanity Slippage: Nav. As the story progresses he starts becoming increasingly crazy and reckless, and becomes far more depraved.
Satellite Love Interest: Nav's relationship with Kumani is pretty much limited to crazy bedroom antics, with the two having almost nothing else in common. It does serve as a pleasant distraction though, and the man probably deserves that much at least.
Passing things off as a magical mishap of Twilight's is often used when a convenient excuse is needed. However what makes it such a believable excuse is the number of times Twilight has genuinely caused these.
Nav jokingly uses Spike as a fallback excuse at times, since he "seems like a good fall-guy".
Scary Impractical Armor: Averted, at least with the impractical bit. The set of armour Nav receives is extremely intimidating and scary but still highly practical, and is mentioned to resemble a slightly less spiky version of that seen in Overlord.
Nav often manages to get away with breaking laws because of his connection with Celestia... and because she finds him far too useful to have him imprisoned. She does however often end up using non-standard punishments, usually helping her out with some unpleasant task.
The Element-bearers are almost untouchable due to their importance.
Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Initially the princesses themselves are pretty much above the law and can do what they want, given their essential roles in raising the sun and moon, which is both a blessing and curse for Nav. However, events and scandals eventually catch up with them, and they're not quite as above the law as they'd like to believe.
Celestia: Rules can be rewritten, after all.
Sealed Good in a Can: Flo. Most of the elements are also sealed, but whether they qualify as good is still an unknown.
Self-Deprecation / Who Writes This Crap?!: Several of the events that were retconned or rewritten survive as fake entries in Nav's journal. Which the cast then proceed to make snarky comments mocking them...
Navarone: ...and Iím sure Twilight could tell you quickly that there never was such a person called Z that seduced her at the Gala.
Twilight: Really Nav, your imagination is strange. Why would Princess Celestia ever do that to me?
Navarone: I made a lot of shit up.
Sex Slave: Nav gets used as one by Kat for a week while in Egypt due to Spike being held hostage, until he finally snaps.
Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Nav and Twilight temporarily get locked into pony and human form respectively, until a way of reversing the spell's effects is figured out a week later. Once this is done, anyone capable of casting the spell can freely switch someone's appearance.
Multiple characters repeatedly try to ship Navarone with Fluttershy, as much as he tries to get them to stop.
Cadance tries to ship Nav with Luna and later with Fluttershy, which frustrates him immensely.
Nav ends up setting Derpy and Doctor Whooves up on a date in Chapter 20. Heís reluctant to provide any further advice, however, and gets quite irritated when the good Doctor repeatedly follows him asking for more.
Ship Sinking: Nav does it to a pair of Naga in-universe in Chapter 18.
Shout-Out: There's a huge of them, many of which are in the form of Nav making references to pop culture which fly over the heads of everyone else present. Chapter titles often contain them as well.
Nav quotes Obi-Wan's famous line from A New Hope in the revised Chapter 7, and then laments shortly afterwards that Rainbow Dash didn't take the opportunity to steal a certain line from 300 when she kicks him off a cloud.
Nav references Blindsight in his narration within Chapter 75.
Skewed Priorities: Having just been sucked into a Portal Book with Nav, how does Twilight react? By focusing on the fact that the books are all in piles instead of neatly stacked on the bookshelves. Nav isn't amused.
Twilight: But look at them! Thatís terrible for them!
Nav ends up being drugged at a bar and wakes up in a pile of mares. While unhappy about this, he shrugs it off and prefers not to know exactly what happened, and his friends end up being far more upset about this than he is.
Some dogs try this on Nav in Chapter 15, but he switches his drink with Spikeís to check for this.
Fleur tries it on Nav while heís modelling for Rarity in his pegagus form in Chapter 21. Yet again, he avoids it by switching his drink for someone elseís. Are you noticing a trend here?
Smells Sexy: Ponies pheromones work to devastating effect on other ponies, hence most settlements tend to be heavily skewed towards one gender.
Smug Snake: Discord constantly does it. Given how powerful he is, to the point where he dwarfs Celestia and Luna, he does have some justification for his attitude, and he often uses it to manipulate others into acting how he wants.
Sociopathic Hero: Nav falls into this territory at times. It is played slightly differently from normal in that he does empathise with others, but buries it deep down as a way of psychologically protecting himself, given the trauma and betrayal he's suffered from.
Something Only They Would Say: When Twilight messes up a spell and body swaps everyone present, Nav (as Taya) is sent to summon Rarity to help. Anyone he runs into refuses to believe his story, until convinced by rather colourful language which only he would use.
So Proud of You: A dark example, when Twilight first kills a monster in Chapter 99, and Nav hugs her out of pride while she's BSODing.
Spanner in the Works: Nav ends up disrupting several very old plans of Celestia's over the course of the story, which she is not happy about.
Split Personality: Changelings can occasionally suffer from this, particularly if they feed off certain emotions like anger. Eva is the most prominent example in-story.
Chrysalis: Idiots! Incompetents! None of them know how to think, they all require permission! No initiative at all!
Switching P.O.V.: Aside from the prologue, most of the story is narrated by Navarone but very occasionally Discord will briefly take over.
Take a Third Option: After Nav quits as Luna's knight following the complete breakdown of their relationship, Celestia offers Nav the chance to be an Umbral knight — which comes with some very useful perks — instead of binding himself to either of the Royal Sisters. Nav himself takes a third option by putting the offer on hold, rather than accepting or rejecting it.
The Talk: Nav has to give Taya one which turns out to be extremely awkward, and which certainly isn't helped by his lack of knowledge of equine biology.
Talk to the Fist: Nav socks Chrysalis in retaliation for her taking on the form of his sister.
Tampering with Food and Drink: Blueblood is almost assassinated in this way and barely survives, though it ruins his good looks. Subsequently, he vows revenge on Navarone since he holds Nav responsible for failing his duties as a bodyguard.
Tap on the Head: Averted. After Nav gets knocked out at the end of Chapter 15, he spends the next day passing in and out of consciousness with a severe concussion, and is rendered very ill by the experience.
invokedTastes Like Diabetes: Navarone takes advantage of Taya's ability to invoke this, usually as a way of distracting anyone mad at him.
Nav has a minor breakdown after making his first sapient kills.
Celestia at one point breaks down and admits to Nav how tired she is of being in charge after he places her in an impossible position, and having learned what she's inadvertently done to him it reduces her to some of her first tears in living memory.
Teleportation Sickness: Anyone unused to the levels of magic needed to teleport suffers from a fairly mild version this for a few minutes afterwards, with longer distances requiring more magic. It only takes a single exposure to that amount of magic to become immune to this in future though.
Tempting Fate: Most of the cast pull this off at some point. Nav does it a lot, and continues to do so even after he realises he shouldn't.
One of these days Iíll learn, I swearÖ
There Are No Therapists: At least not in Equestria, which is rather unfortunate considering how badly some could use one, especially Nav. When Nav gets briefly sent back in time, he does end up seeing one.
Nav starts fairly low down on the scale, winning his fights out of luck more than anything else.
Taya initially begins with almost no magical knowledge, understandably given her background. As the story progresses, she becomes an extremely powerful mage, with her abilities in battle magic — which turns out to be her talent — edging out Twilight's. Twilight is still far superior across the board, however.
Nav threatens an assassin with this in Chapter 24, and then makes good on it.
Navarone: Look, I donít like hurting people. I really donít. But if you keep this up, I will keep hurting you. I will remove all your teeth, I will remove your fingers joint by joint, I will remove your toes, and then Iíll just get creative.
Nav's threat to anyone who tries to assassinate Cadance under his watch...
Navarone: Ladies and gentlemen and Jocasta. This is Princess Cadance. She is the new representative for Princess Celestia. If anyone dares attack her, I will not kill you. I will do everything to you but kill you. Your screams will be heard across the fucking planet. The dog that poisoned Blueblood was sentenced to Tartarus. What you will get will make you wish you were him.
Tragic Monster: Moonbeam's corruption into Chrysalis. A kind-hearted midwife who was tricked by Discord and warped into her current form, and who readily admits to being a monster.
Translation Convention: Much of the dialogue in the story is in the Equestrian language, but rendered into English for the reader by Nav. It can also be assumed that he's mostly writing in the Equestrian script, since no one else understands written English without the use of a translation spell.
Treachery Cover Up: The "treachery" is rather more abstract, as several of Luna's crimes are more betrayals of the ideals Equestria ostensibly stands for. In any case, Celestia still helps to cover up Luna's more insane actions to avoid shaking the system, and ensures she's punished discreetly.
Trophy Wife: Fairly common among the Canterlot nobility across both genders, and it used to be standard practice for the princesses to take a stallion as a platonic date to the Gala for this purpose.
Truth Serums: Nav's Skeleton Key can be used in this way by 'unlocking' a person's mind, briefly sending them into a trance and forcing them to speak the truth, however unwilling they might be.
Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Nav collects all sorts of titles over the course of his adventures, which he has to try to persuade others not to use. At one point he could claim to call himself as Sir Navarone, Knight of the Lunar Order, Defender of Harmony, Royal Savior, Hero of the Changelings, and Liberator of Egypt.
Ungrateful Bastard: After Nav infiltrates a slave ship and helps free them, he's almost killed by an overly cautious unicorn, though the remaining slaves immediately stop her and are very grateful to him.
The shapeshifting spell that gets discovered allows this, but most casters only have limits on what they can change, with it usually being used to transform from a human to a pony, or vice versa. Celestia, being far more powerful, has much more leeway with shapeshifting.
Athena states she was once a normal human but ended up transformed into her current state after exploring the depths of magic.
Played straight whenever Nav turns into a pony, though this is only done temporarily. Also applies after he gains his wings and plant-characteristics.
While she wasn't ever human, Chrysalis used to be an alicorn by the name of Moonbeam until she was corrupted by Discord into the Queen of the Changelings.
Weapon of Choice: Knives and his crossbow for Nav. The latter since it requires very little skill and training, and the former since he's not often going toe to toe with opponents. He later on starts to learn how to use his Infinity+1 Sword, but it takes a lot of time and effort before he even begins to become competent in its use.
We Are Everywhere: Changelings have a few members in disguise throughout most Equestian settlements.
While he generally doesn't have anything complimentary to say about ponies' appearances, even Nav privately finds Celestia — and particularly her eyes — to be beautiful. Not that he'd ever tell her that of course.
He also tells Vinyl Scratch that she should stop wearing her glasses because of this.
In the revised Chapter 6, Nav wakes up between Rarity and Pinkie and is rather horrified when he works out what happened.
A lighter example later on when Nav wakes up next to Rainbow Dash, after their drunken wrestling, when he's quickly told that nothing untoward happened.
What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Nav isn't just oblivious to it (at first), but has very little understanding of it due to his inexperience on the matter. It certainly doesn't help that due to psychological trauma, he's not even sure if he's capable of feeling it.
Discord desperately tries to find an outlet for his boredom having lived for billions of years.
Celestia mentions she would rather have lived a normal life and died thousands of years ago, a sentiment it can be assumed Luna shares.
When Navarone gains a much increased life expectency after his accidental Emergency Transformation, he's rather despondent.
Winged Humanoid: Nav ends up as one after a botched spell by Trixie. While he initially hates his wings and finds them very uncomfortable (in part owing to his lack of control over them), he does grow to accept them, though his flying abilities are far weaker than the average pegasus.
A Unicorn Did It: Lampshaded by Nav in his narration when he admits that there are some things he's completely unable to explain, due to him being in a world that operates on magic.
Look, even I realize that there are some things that just are never going to make sense to me. Laws of reality are more like suggestions around here. [...] Maybe one day Iíll just start saying Ďbecause magic.í
The Mare Wearing the Queenly Mask: While the princesses are already this in canon, just how isolated and lonely they (and particularly Celestia) are by their position is brought up several times.
World Building: There's a lot of it about, as the details of various cultures and the history of this version of Equestria is fleshed out.
Would Hit a Girl: It's pretty safe to say that no-one has any real compunctions about this, particularly Nav. When Nav does it there is justification for it however.
You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Nav generally has a fairly firm grasp of his strengths and flaws, and while his assessment of his behaviour is usually accurate — even if he sometimes ignores it — he can be a little too quick to dismiss the genuinely good things he does, prompting others to remind him. More often it's the other way around though.
You Are Grounded: Despite his general lack of parenting skills, Nav finally puts his foot down in Chapter 98 and grounds Taya over her recent antics, as well as denying her the use of her magic for a week.
You Are Not Alone: Twilight and company tell Nav this at the end of Chapter 12. At this point in the story, it actually cheers him up immensely.
You Didn't Ask: When Fluttershy finally takes pity on Nav and shows him how to fold his wings, he immediately asks why no one told him before. Turns out they were all waiting for him to ask, and weren't banking on him being so stubborn.
Navarone suggests this to Twilight on several occasions, and she eventually ends up taking that advice. It does actually work fairly well as a way of stress relief. Of course, Twilight being Twilight, she gets easily stressed.
Others believe the same thing about Nav, prior to some of his legendary antics.
You Shall Not Pass: Celestia's guards try to stop Nav from walking into Celestia's room after Luna Mind Rapes him. Nav beats them up, and they deny that they tried to stop him the following morning.
You Will Not Evade Me: Any unicorn that is already attuned to someone after having teleported them can do this, though most have a distance limitation due to the magical power required. Celestia threatens Nav with this at one point, telling him that at full power she can teleport him to her from anywhere in the world. It's only when Nav gets his Anti-Magic ring that this threat becomes nullified.