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Fan Fic: Magical Pony Lyrical Twilight
Magical Pony Lyrical Twilight by PurpleProse is a Lyrical Nanoha/My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic crossover fanfic series.

In another universe, Yuuno Scrya would have landed on Earth in search of the Jewel Seeds and discovered the prodigious magical talent of Nanoha Takamachi.

This is not that universe.

Instead, Yuuno lands in Equestria, where it falls on Twilight Sparkle to take up Raising Heart. It is also Equestria where Fate Testarossa goes to find them, and their paths thus collide.

Magical Pony Lyrical Twilight is the first story, showing how the events of Nanoha's first season go differently in the land of pastel ponies. It is complete.

Magical Pony Lyrical Twilight A's is the second, covering the events of Nanoha A's. The Wolkenritter's appearance and attack on Twilight throws a wrench into diplomatic talks between the TSAB and Equestria, forcing both sides to work together. It is also complete.

Magical Pony Lyrical Twilight StrikerS is the third in the series, covering the events of Striker(s). Equestria and the Bureau are allied together, and Chrono has called in Twilight to teach the Forwards as part of a new version of RIOT Force. Currently incomplete.

See also the discussion threads, where parts of the next uncompleted chapter are posted as they are written.

Beware Late Arrival Spoilers for the two original series.

This fanfic series contains examples of: (In later stories, beware spoilers for the earlier ones)

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  • Abusive Parents: Naturally, Presea in the first story. In A's, it is implied that this might have also been the case with Trixie's mother. Nyx likens Luna's relationship with her to this in order to explain why she can't get along with the latter.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • In the past, Luna named the Tome of the Night Sky's Master Program Nyx. Ultimately, the name change was not kept. It was revealed that when Nyx tried to stop Princess Luna from becoming Nightmare Moon, in addition to violently changing her programming, Luna also took away her name. So when Trixie became Mistress of the Book, she gave Nyx the same name as in canon, Reinforce. But this is ultimately a Double Subversion, because even though her name is still Reinforce, her full title is not the Blessed Wind, but the Brightest Light in the Darkest Hour.
    • In a variation, the Wolkenritter use the names Mallet (Vita), Sword Dancer (Signum), Swan Lake (Shamal), and Sapphire (Zafira) while hiding out in Equestria.
    • There's also the Meaningful Rename of Fate Testarossa-Sparkle.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Some of the book titles Twilight mentions, like Turquoise Talisman’s Twenty Treatises on Thaumaturgy, Ascent of Astronomy: An Almanac of Astral Academics and Felicity’s Fantastic Fables for Fillies and Foals.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Rainbow Dash usually calls Yuuno "Fuzzy" and Fate "Pipsqueak."
  • Alternate Universe: The author has a blog post officially laying out which canon episodes are and aren't canon, or were changed from canon. The following had changes:
  • An Ice Person: Luna is often associated with ice and cold due to her magic. This is particularly obvious when she becomes angry.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Princesses and doubly so in Luna's case.
  • Badass Adorable: According to Arf, Fate makes for a very cute pony and the transformation hasn't diminished her skills in the slightest.
  • Badass Bookworm: Yuuno, as per canon. He's an archaeologist who has a great deal of skill as a Barrier Warrior and is good at Excuse Me While I Multitask. But he has nothing on Twilight, who boasted about how many books she's read and when necessary, demonstrated the ability to create new spells, like the Counter Shot and the Wink Shot.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Humans who enter or leave Equestria without taking the proper precautions get Ponified, unless they're shapeshifters like Yuuno. Revealed to be Luna's doing, over a thousand years ago.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • The rest of the Mane Six lend a hoof during Twilight's fight with Fate.
    • Fate shows up to help the Mane Six out against Precia's robots.
    • Celestia sends the Wolkenritter running with her mere presence at the end of the first battle.
    • In a flashback Trixie is saved from Diamond Dogs when the Book of Darkness activates.
  • Big Secret:
    • The Tome of the Night Sky used to be Luna's Device.
    • The hints that Alhazard is Equestria, or at least connected to it.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Fate Testarossa. Also, to a lesser extent, Arf in MPLT.
    • Fate's case put a rather interesting twist on this trope. It was triggered by Princess Celestia in a safe environment via Armor Piercing Questions because she had noticed that Fate's psyche had been left balanced on a razor's edge by Presea. So she decided to prevent Presea from potentially causing irreparable damage to Fate's psyche when she would set this off by breaking her early on, but gently and in a situation where it would be easy to pick up the pieces.
  • Calling Your Attacks:
    • Everyone who uses Nanoha-style magic does this. Notably, Twilight doesn't do it when she teleports around, only when she casts Midchildan spells.
    • Celestia technically calls her fire spells, but she uses the same attack call for anything from lighting a man on fire to dropping a solar flare on someone: BURN.
    • Luna in flashbacks is an exception, as she uses full incantations to launch her more powerful spells. This may be more for dramatic purposes and a way to command her Tome of the Night Sky.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Luna does things like create razor chains out of her enemies' shadows, freeze them solid and launch massive waves of despair in combat. That's assuming she doesn't simply snap your neck like a twig with her telekinesis.
    • Twilight also fights this way. Her default defense is teleporting away from an attack and one of her original spells is a Divine Shooter variant that teleports past shields.
  • Cruel Mercy:
    • Precia getting healed by the Elements of Harmony. At the end, she's begging someone to kill her.
    • And in A's, after the Nightmare Moon incident, Princess Celestia royally put her hoof down on the nobility. Rather than executing them for treason, she simply revoked their titles and wealth, leaving them alive but no better than common ponies.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • No, seriously. You know how in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Fate was pushing herself beyond her limits in her search for the Jewel Seeds, and how Presea whipped Fate for not doing her job quickly enough? Here, the consequences of this is much harsher, to the point that Fate's Familiar, Arf, is forced to get help from Zecora and the TSAB to keep Fate from dying. This also causes her to invoke a Zeroth Law Rebellion because she knows that continuing to follow Fate's orders will only result in causing Fate's condition to get worse.
    • And then there's A's...
  • Death by Despair/Driven to Suicide: One of Luna's many spells.
  • Death Glare: Fluttershy's Stare is so scary that Yuuno wonders if it's a Rare Skill. It even affects non-sapient robots that presumably can't be normally scared.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: It's a crossover between Friendship is Magic and Nanoha. What more needs to be said?
  • Demoted to Extra: We won't be seeing Nanoha or Hayate anytime soon, if ever. On the bright side, this Hayate doesn't have to worry about paralysis.
  • The Dreaded: Luna used to be this.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • In the last chapter of season one, Luna mentions having talked to several members of the Bureau's administration board, including Carim Gracia.
    • Schach Nouera appears in the fanfic's version of A's as part of the TSAB delegation to Equestria. She then assists in fighting the Wolkenritter. Gil Graham also communicates with the TSAB High Council.
    • The epilogue of A's introduces Jail and Uno. Due is revealed to have appeared earlier in a disguise.
    • On the MLP side of things we have Shining Armor and Princess Cadance appearing before the Season 2 finale, and a Pensieve Flashback to Sombra and the Crystal Empire.
  • Fandom Nod: "Confound those ponies."
  • Fantastic Racism: Not all Humans think highly of Ponies, being an established non-Human civilization with their own goals and agendas makes some people nervous. This includes Teana, although hers is It's Personal because her brother was killed by one.
  • First Name Basis: One of the signs of Chrono's Character Development is when he starts calling Twilight by her first name instead of Miss Sparkle. Yuuno calls him on it.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • The obvious one is that the Jewel Seeds land in Equestria. Played with in that Equestria has had prior contact with dimensional space, so it's more than just a small change.
    • In A's, the master of the Book of Darkness is an Equestrian native. Specifically Trixie, who found the Book sometime after leaving Ponyville and later activated it while working at the rock farm she mentioned in canon. Again, it's more than a small change as Luna originally created the Book when it was the Tome of the Night Sky. However, this also means Gil Graham never found the Book of Darkness's master the way he did in canon and he never implemented his plan to seal the book.
      • In Spite of a Nail: With that said, Graham is up to some shady business, although this time he's being pressured into it by the TSAB High Council. Chapter 13 also reveals that he still found an orphaned Hayate...but since Hayate wasn't the master of the Book of Darkness Graham adopted her and made sure she had a happy life on Earth.
  • Gender-Blender Name: The reason Zafira is not too fond of his Equestrian alias, Sapphire.
  • Genre Blind:
    • Spike, you should know full well that any shady characters sneaking about would take exception to getting caught. Why didn't you get some backup or at least warn someone trustworthy first before confronting Aria and Lotte?
    • Same to you too, Shining. When the Kid Sidekick tells you something's wrong, you shouldn't just dismiss it for lack of evidence.
    • And that goes double for you Admiral Graham. Did you really think that the obviously evil mysterious organization wouldn't just go through with blowing up Canterlot?
    • You lot who are getting rid of the Arthra's hijackers, please stop Tempting Fate.
  • Glamour: The Princesses seem to possess some form of this; anyone in their presence feels a sudden urge to kneel before them. Strong-willed individuals can resist it relatively easily, however.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Luna has shades of this, due to her former role as Equestria's protector. Doubly so in flashbacks, where she uses the threat of a kingdom-wide despair bomb to cow a hostile Griffon King, demonstrating it on the king's court.
  • Gratuitous German: It's the language of Belka, and spoken by Belkan Devices including Nachtwal. Celestia and Luna speak it fluently, and it appears in a few flashbacks.
  • Grumpy Bear: Chrono has shades of this when he comes to Equestria, mostly because he doesn't do whimsy. Part of his development is growing out of this; he forms a bond with Twilight thanks to their similar qualities and is genuinely impressed with the Sonic Rainboom.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Luna, back in the old days. The nobility commonly called her The Nightmare and assumed she killed Sombra (true and fully justified) and was responsible for the Crystal Empire incident (false).
  • Hour of Power: Twilight and Fate's Full Drive forms only last for three-hundred seconds before the auto-shutdown kicks in.
  • I Hate Past Me: Celestia has a great deal of regrets due to her youthful arrogance and mistreatment of Luna.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Luna was called "the Nightmare" in the past, Call Forwarding to Nightmare Moon.
    • Fate herself has been dubbed "The Child of Lightning".
    • I Have Many Names: Celestia's Badass Boast in the distant past (see above) reveals some of hers.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • In spite of all the changes made, the name Reinforce still gets applied to the Tome of the Night Sky here. Granted, Trixie comes up with her own reasoning for doing so, unique from Hayate's in canon.
    • The fire at Coastal Airport 8 still happens, and Subaru is still saved by Raising Heart's wielder. Of course, it's Twilight, not Nanoha...
  • It's Personal:
  • Kill It with Fire: One of Celestia's primary tactics, when she's not firing beams of light or calling down solar flares. One of her spells creates fire so hot it melts dragon scales.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When he arrives in Equestria, Chrono thinks that he just wandered into a girl's cartoon.
  • Made of Iron:
    • Arf. She took a direct hit from Presea's Photon Bullet spell, which blew a hole through her torso, and was able to escape by throwing some of her blood in Presea's face before teleporting away. Sure, she was nearly dead by the time she got back to Fluttershy's house, but she had taken injuries that would have already killed a normal human. And it is implied that this extends to all Familiars.
    • The Wolkenritter, being constructs, have similar durability. Vita is still up and fighting after taking a massive beating from both Twilight and Chrono, while Signum shrugs off Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom strike with nothing more than a dislocated shoulder.
  • Magic Knight: Luna and Fate.
  • Mentor: Luna becomes Fate's magic teacher.
  • Megaton Punch: Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom is treated like this. It's powerful enough to destroy one of the Jewel Seed monsters and sends Signum flying. Unfortunately for Rainbow Dash, however, Signum's a bit hard to knock out.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • "The CVK-792-R system isn’t exactly something you install willy-nilly. ....You’re lucky that S2U’s a relatively simple Device. I’d hate to try to install something like that on an Intelligent Device..."note 
    • Chapter 11 of the first story has Princess Luna mention that she is worried about the effects if Twilight's Starlight Breaker were to hit a populated area. This is most likely a nod to the fact that in The Movie, it wiped out a whole city when it was used. Luckily, it was all created from magic and enclosed in a barrier, so no lives were lost.
    • The Crystal Heart is also known as the Examia. A piece of it created the Tome of the Night Sky's Master Program.
    • Chapter 11b of A's gives us a two-for-one special. Trixie revealed that she was working at a rock farm following the events of Boast Busters, and just like Hayate, she fainted when the Wolkenritter introduced themselves to her.
    • “Yes. And your original plans involved a big, pointy crucifix. I’m sick of crosses.” note 
    • Just like in canon, the ending involves Raising Heart and Bardiche being used to cast a spell on Reinforce. Luckily, this time it's a spell to save her, not a spell to make her disappear.
    • “I guess someone forgot to buckle their seatbelt before they got on Scootaloo’s back.”note 
    • Flax Seed and Wheat Grass, the two hippies/cosmetics producers from Rarity's Micro comic, shows up for an appointment with Fancy Pants, having been referred by Hoity Toity.
    • By the time of StrikerS the Shadowbolts have been reformed by Princess Luna, albeit as a special unit under Fate.
  • Not so Above It All: One of the signs of Character Development from Chrono in As and StrikerS is the fact that he is willing to make jokes from time to time.
  • Outside-Context Villain: The Equestrians are this to the TSAB High Council, being naturally-occurring (as opposed to deliberately-engineered) nonhuman sapients who are not servile familiars and having abilities the Bureau has no experience with. The fact that their entire species can use magic in one way or another probably doesn't help.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Celestia and Luna. Celestia can call down solar flares on people, giving her the equivalent of a clean tactical nuke. Luna just scales up her attack spells to engage entire armies at once.
  • Playing with Fire: In contrast to Luna, Celestia is associated with fire and heat. When she pulls out the stops, she's often surrounded by a halo of iridescent flames.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Averted more often than not.
  • Post-Victory Collapse:
    • Twilight, in chapter two of the first story. In her defense, she had just used Raising Heart's Wave Motion Gun for the first time, and she wasn't expecting how much it would drain her energy.
    • Another example in chapter 15 of A's. This time it's Twilight, Fate, and Reinforce. (Don't worry, she gets better.
  • The Power of Friendship: Obviously. Even the humans get into it.
    Yuuno: We’re her friends. And in Equestria there's no power stronger than friendship.
  • The Power of Love: Given this is Equestria, this is fully in effect. It's strong enough to recharge Twilight's Linker Core and stabilize Trixie's physical condition.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "YOU. DO. NOT. HURT. MY. FRIENDS!" (from where?)
  • Redemption Promotion: Nightmare Moon was dangerous, but went down easy in the original show. Princess Luna, by comparison, wipes out armies with relative ease. Even Twilight notices this.
    If this is what Princess Luna's really like... then I think I'll stay in her good graces. She makes Nightmare Moon look like a half-trained foal.
    • As it turns out, Nightmare Moon wasn't a slouch either in this continuity, as she handily crushes Celestia. The only reason that Twilight managed to defeat Nightmare Moon in the first place is that she had just escaped from a thousand-year-long sealing within the moon.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Celestia and Luna will not hesitate to directly intervene if their students are facing a massively powerful entity that would be too much for Twilight and Fate to handle on their own.
  • The Sacred Darkness: Luna's powerset includes literal solidified shadows. She uses them as razor chains. She's also one of the nicer ponies you'll meet and essential to the proper functioning of the world.
  • Sequel Hook:
    • At the end of the first story, Celestia and Luna enigmatically discuss if Presea knew just how close she had gotten to Al-Hazard. Nothing's come of it in A's though.
    • At the end of A's, Gil tells Chrono that the faction which forced him to act against Equestria is still around.
    • Similarly, we also see Jail, Uno and Duo, the last of whom is given a new, currently unrevealed mission.
  • Shock and Awe: Luna throws around blasts of shadowy lightning whenever she fights. And Fate, as per canon. Luna even calls her "child of lightning"
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: How the Princesses are presented. Celestia is the kind, playful voice of diplomacy and reason who has no problem lying and concealing things that are inconvenient, while Luna is the stern, humorless warrior-princess who values honesty and honor.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
  • The Stations of the Canon: Subverted. While the key Stations are much the same as canonsuch as , many of the details are considerably different.
  • Teleport Spam: Twilight's preferred combat style, combined with Magic Missile Storm. Taken to extremes when she engages Raising Heart's Stargazer mode, which allows her to create a temporary portal network.
  • Time Skip: Five years pass between the end of A's and the start of StrikerS, and another five pass in StrikerS between Twilight rescuing Subaru from the Coastal Airport 8 fire and present day.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Celestia is the diarch with more raw power, but less finesse in combat. It was even worse in the flashback to the Celestia vs Nightmare Moon fight where Celestia was nearly tapped out using her power statically, whereas her foe had hardly broken a sweat despite staying mobile and using various multi-front attacks. In the present she's gotten better - she's still less skilled, thanks to the inherently unsubtle nature of her power, but she can now stand toe-to-toe with Nachtwal in their fight on the moon.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • Chrono has less raw power and inferior equipment, compared to Twilight or Fate. He also comes off much better against the Wolkenritter, fighting Vita to a draw after she wiped the floor with Twilight and Signum beat Fate fairly easily.
    • Luna appears to be this in comparison to Celestia. Even when armed with the Tome of the Night Sky, she doesn't throw around nearly as much power, but is far better at fighting.
  • You Are Not Alone: A running theme throughout the stories. Fate's change of heart comes when she realizes this.

    In the first one only 
  • Arc Words: "Nopony deserves to be alone," for MPLT.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Celestia nails Fate with several in a row during the first story.
    “But let me ask you something; if it wasn’t your mother ordering you to do everything, would you still be acting as you do? ... If you didn’t feel obligated to do as your mother asks, would you have gone it alone, with only your familiar by your side? Or would you have done things differently? ... If anyone other than your mother had hurt you... would you have let them? Or would you have stood up to them?”
  • Happily Adopted/I Choose to Stay: Fate decides to stay in Equestria and remain a Pony. She gets adopted by Twilight's family.
  • Heel Realization: Presea, due to being Spared by the Adaptation, although the way her sanity was restored by the Elements of Harmony sent her into a massive Villainous BSOD that she would have been Driven to Suicide if she had been left alone after this happened, making it a Cruel Mercy.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In chapter 11 of the first story, Fate, of all ponies, gives one to Presea, who had used a bind spell on Twilight and Arf, and was about to start whipping Fate like she usually did to punish her. This time, instead of letting it happen, Fate used her telekinesis to grab the whip, stopping it in midair. She then said the following;
    Fate: You’re wrong Mother. When I was hurt, Zecora tended my wounds. When I slept and when I cried, the Princesses held and comforted me. Pinkie Pie threw a party for me just because I was new to town. Fluttershy watched over my familiar. Rarity clothed me, Applejack offered a caring shoulder, Rainbow Dash wanted to fly with me and Twilight… Twilight offered me the chance to stay here. I am your daughter, Mother, but these ponies have shown me and Arf more love and respect than you ever have. I only wished that you‘d love me as much as they do.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: The inevitable result of Fluttershy versus Arf.
    "BAD DOG! BAD, BAD, BAD DOG!"
  • This Is Unforgivable: Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Applejack react this way when they learn about Presea's treatment of Fate.
  • Who's on First?: Pinkie Pie's reaction to hearing Yuuno's name. Twilight cut her off before it could get out of hand.
  • Villainous BSOD: Precia Testarossa goes through a massive one after being hit by the Elements of Harmony.

    In A's only 
  • Adaptational Badass: Nachtwal may be even more of a bitch than canon, but you can't deny it's also far more powerful here. Especially its One-Winged Angel.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Nachtwal in A's. The original Defense Program was more misguided/corrupted and had a Nothing Personal air to its actions. Here, it's far more openly malicious and hateful.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Celestia during Nightmare Moon's first rise.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse:
    • In A's Chapter 11 B, the TSAB High Council gives Admiral Gil Graham two days to obtain the Book of Darkness, or they will initiate their backup plan which is suggested to be something horrible. When Gil protests, the Council threatens to make something unpleasant happen to "the girl" who is revealed to be Hayate in chapter 13.
    • Discussed in the A's epilogue with regards to the Wolkenritters' actions:
    “Not willingly, no. If a madman were to put a blade to the throat of your child and ordered you to commit murder, would you say that you did so willingly? That is the choice we faced; the death of our beloved Mistress, or the scorn of the authorities…”
  • And This Is for...: In A's chapter 15.
    Lindy (as she activates the Arc-en-Ciel): “This is for Clyde, you monster.”
  • Animalistic Abomination: Nachtwal's Bishonen Line form.
  • Ascended Extra: Shamal has a much larger role in this fic's version of A's.
  • Badass Boast: Princess Celestia informs the Belkan fleet about what will happen if they attack Equestria.
    “Let me explain something to you, Wilhelm Albrecht the Second, Admiral of the Fourth Fleet,” Celestia continued, “because it seems that you are woefully unaware of the forces with which you treat. I am Princess Celestia of Equestria. In the ancient tongue of the dragons, I am Vaal Kreinsejun and Vaal Unslaad Yol, the Sun-Queen and the Eternal Fire. To the zebra tribes I am mama wa majira ya joto, the mother of summer. To the griffon clans, I am the sun-tyrant and the witch-princess. And to your Sankt Kaiser, I was Kind der Sonne, Sun-Child. I am fire and heat and light. I bring dawn and dusk, and warmth and order follows in my wake. I am older and brighter than the very stars and I bow to nobody. You think your fleet invincible. You think yourself unbeatable. However, should your ships dare to enter my world’s borders, I will be more than happy to prove you wrong. Your machines will melt. Your fleet will be turned to glowing slag. Your soldiers will die burning and blind, and you yourself will be reduced to nothing more than ash. Because it does not matter how great your fleet is. It does not matter how many machines or men you have, nor how thick your armor or how powerful your magic. I will turn the full fury of the sun upon you without hesitation. You. Will. Burn.”
  • Batman Gambit: NachtWal knew the other characters were going to try and purify it and led them on, then used the energy to restore itself.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Celestia the first time she fought Nightmare Moon.
    A nasty smell quickly reached her nostrils, causing her opponent to laugh.
    “Well,” Nightmare cackled, “so much for your pristine dress. That’ll take ages to wash out.”
  • Broken Pedestal: Narrowly averted with Twilight. She was understandably unnerved after seeing what Princess Celestia was like 1,000 years ago, but a talk with Shining Armor helped prevent this trope from happening.
  • Bullying The Dragon: The nobles 1,000 years ago. Sure, go ahead and lie about, harass and demonize the Alicorn Princess of the Night. The same pony who has a tendency to wipe out entire armies with her magic. That will turn out wonderfully.
  • Came from the Sky: In this continuity, Trixie found the Book of Darkness this way.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Done to Lindy by one of the Arthra's hijackers.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Trixie's Device, Hellstestern, is this; a giant golden staff with a star-shaped tip and a long, flowing banner. It's twice as big as Raising Heart, and rather heavy. Twilight and Raising Heart lampshade this in their dialogue.
  • Compensating for Something: Twilight's opinion on Trixie's ridiculously large Device.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Nyx realized too late that this was the case with Nachtwal.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: The nobles of a thousand years ago were arseholes, plain and simple.
  • Defiant to the End: Vita in chapter 10 is a nonlethal example of this trope. She was trapped in a bind spell, and Twilight offered her the option of surrendering peacefully or getting knocked unconscious via Twilight's Prominence Buster.
    Vita glanced from Twilight to her staff, then back to Twilight as she weighed her options. “I’d rather go out with a bang than just surrender. Gimme your best shot.”
  • Demonic Possession: In a departure from canon Nachtwal "bodyjacks" Reinforce/Nyx shorly after she manifests and fights the heroes.
  • Dirty Business: Gil really wishes he didn't have to do what he does.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: Nightmare Moon does not like being called Luna, to the point where she declares her old self to be dead.
  • Dynamic Entry: Rainbow Dash during the Nachtwal fight.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: Princess Cadence in A's. And later, Trixie, Reinforce, and the Wolkenritter.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even though Trixie was tempted by the power that the Book of Darkness would give her, she refused to send the Wolkenritter out to hunt Linker Cores when she learned what it would do to the victims.
    Trixie: Trixie will admit, she was tempted. Very tempted. However, Trixie is many things; an entertainer, a storyteller, a magician of vast and improbable talent and… well, a bit of a braggart. But I am not, and will never be, a thief. It’s just… wrong to hurt other ponies just to better myself. There are lines that just should not be crossed. And stealing magic? That‘s one of them. Trust me.
  • Exact Words/Jackass Genie: In A's Trixie asks Nachtwal to "stop", which it "misinterprets" as stopping the Wolkenritter.
  • Forced to Watch: Nightmare Moon wanted Celestia to watch the ponies suffer and reduce her to also being a "princess of nothing".
  • Fun Size: Reinforce, as of the epilogue of A's, now has the stature of a young pony, similar to Zwei's size difference in canon. Unlike canon, however, she remains the same device.
  • He Had a Name: Chrono says something like this when beating up Vita.
    "You don’t even have the decency to remember him! Or his name! I’ll make sure you never forget the name Harlaown again!"
    • Turns out the Wolkenritter genuinely don't remember him, thanks to Nachtwall
  • Heroic BSOD: Twilight goes through a brief one in the early chapters of MPLT A's after losing her magic and cutie mark to the Book of Darkness. She gets better.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Nachtwal absorbing the Element of Magic. It allows Luna to enter the Book, repairs Nyx and drives Nachtwal out of the book.
  • I Like Those Odds: Rainbow Dash's response to being told she's outnumbered by the Arthra's hijackers.
  • Implacable Man: Nachtwal in its initial avatar.
  • Interspecies Romance: Shamal gets a serious crush on Fancy Pants. He reciprocates.
  • It Can Think: In A's, the good guys basically have this reaction when Nachtwal loudly protests their plan to destroy it, revealing it was listening to them the whole time.
  • I Warned You: A throwaway comment by Celestia in Chapter 11 of A's shows that she did give fair warning to the Belkans not to tamper with the damaged Tome of the Night Sky. Clearly, they did not listen to her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Trixie. Like canon's Hayate, she considers the Wolkenritter to be her friends rather than her servants, and refused to let them fill up the Book's pages when doing so would have harmed innocents. She's still being, well, herself, and has a tendency to berate her friends vocally when they're being stupid.
  • Jossed: "Princess Twilight Sparkle" reveals that, unlike in this fic, Celestia already had her multicoloured hair before using the Elements on Nightmare Moon, and that sealing Nightmare Moon away was intentional, not an accident.
  • Just Hit Him: In the flashback to the past, Nightmare Moon had quite a few instances to decisively kill Celestia, but did not.
  • Just One Man: The Princesses did not bring the Elements of Harmony to fight Sombra because they made this mistake.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Precia and Fate, as in canon. Then in A's we have Nachtwal who is many times more evil than its canon counterpart. Remember the berserk defense program from canon? This time It Can Think, and it hates you.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In a stark contrast to Vita, Signum chose to surrender when she was in a similar situation. A large part of that probably comes from the fact that when she tried having Laevatein use her last cartridge in the hopes of the surge of power freeing her, the fact that one of the spells trapping her was Yuuno's Struggle Bind, which acts as a magical grounding point, she got a trickle of power from that last cartridge, instead of an explosion of power.
  • Mama Bear: Sombra made the mistake of enslaving Luna's granddaughter. The results were... most unpleasant.
  • Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal: Sombra's mother refused to believe he could have brought down the Crystal Empire.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Chrono gets it again in A's. This time from Amy, so he doesn't mind.
  • Moment Killer: Pennyworth walks in on Fancy Pants and Shamal about to kiss.
  • Motive Rant: When Celestia sends Nachtwal into a Villainous Breakdown, it does this.
    “I hate all things, Celestia. All things, from the tiniest speck of bacteria to the mightiest alicorn! That which I hate must never gain access to this system! To prevent this, that which I hate must be DESTROYED!”
    • In general Nachtwal has a tendency to explain what it's doing at the moment.
  • Mysterious Past: Fancy Pants has one. He used to be a Kingmaker, which is basically an Equestrian secret agent.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Cadance attempts to fix the Book with a massive dose of love magic. It would probably have helped if Nyx got it, but Nachtwal stole it instead and used it for its own gains.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • Chrono starts giving one to Vita before Twilight manages to teleport him away.
    • Celestia ended up on the receiving end of one at the hooves of Nightmare Moon.
  • No MacGuffin, No Winner: In A's the TSAB High Council tried to do this with the Book of Darkness. Fortunately, our heroes were able to undo their hijacking of the Arthra first.
  • No Sell: Celestia with the Elements against Nightmare Moon.
  • Not Himself: In A's, Chrono notices that Gil Graham and the Lieze twins are acting very stressed. (Unlike in canon Graham never found the master of the Book of Darkness, which means he didn't set up a long-term plan to seal it. Instead, he's being pressured to do something by the TSAB High Council during a delicate diplomatic meeting with Equestria. No wonder he's stressed.)
  • Oh Crap:
    • Chrono has a brief one when the Book shows up, before deciding to kick Vita's ass.
    • The Wolkenritter utterly freak out when Celestia shows up and run away before she even gets through the barrier.
    • Celestia had one a thousand years ago when she received a report of Luna going on a rampage against Sombra's slanderous family.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Nachtwal in A's. After absorbing Twilight and Fate on the Moon it turns to Equestria and calmly calculates the firing patterns needed to destroy all organic life on the planet. See also its Motive Rant.
  • One-Winged Angel: Nachtwal turns into a ship with Spikes of Villainy, Eyes Do Not Belong There and Beam Spam.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In the original series, Hayate bought Vita a doll she wanted. In this version, the Book of Darkness' master refused to buy it as it was too expensive for them... so she made Vita one instead. Sure it was lumpy and smells of dirty laundry and... it was so ugly it made Vita cry.
    • Signum gets one when she "orders" Shamal to pursue a relationship with Fancy Pants.
  • The Power of Hate: Nachtwal runs on this. Probably because the core of the Book of Darkness is a piece from the emotionally reactive Crystal Heart.
  • Pseudo Crisis: After the final battle of A's it looks like Reinforce is going to die like in canon, but in the epilogue it's revealed she's alright.
  • Put Down Your Gun and Step Away: In A's, this is attempted on Chrono by the hijacker who tortures and holds Lindy hostage. Luckily, Chrono has a plan just for it.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Nightmare Moon gave a few to Celestia. For example:
    “That is your nature! You know NOTHING! Indolent, spoiled mare! Lounging about in the sun! Spoiled and ignorant! A fine combination indeed, oh fairest and brightest of all ponies! I know not whom I can believe, Celestia. Not even thee. With thy honeyed words and golden tongue, thou art as base and deceitful as they are."
and...
“How does it feel, Celestia,” Nightmare’s ghostly voice mocked as Celestia looked about, turning slowly as she tried to pinpoint the source of the voice. “How does it feel to be completely useless for once? To be impotent? It must hurt, having so much power and being unable to do anything to help your country.”
  • Redundant Rescue: When Luna and Twilight entered the Lotus-Eater Machine that the Book of Darkness had Fate trapped in, it was obvious that Fate had the situation under control, and the most they could do was provide her with a way out.
    “Hello Teacher. Hi sis,” Fate said calmly, slowly approaching the pair as her Barrier Jacket unfurled about her, Bardiche slowly glittering into existence at her side. “Did you come to save me?”
    “We did, but it seems that our intervention was unneeded,” Luna quipped, causing Fate to blush. Twilight quickly rushed forwards, embracing Fate as ‘Presea’ stepped back.
  • Refusal of the Call: Trixie refuses to let the Wolkenritter fill up the Book's pages, even though this would make her incredibly powerful, because doing so would have harmed innocents. She is genuinely upset when she finds out they had to do so anyway.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Nachtwal's most common form, particularly in dreams, is that of four snakes made of darkness and fire that speak simultaneously
  • The Reveal: The Book of Darkness' master turns out to be none other than The Great and Powerful Trixie.
  • Sand in My Eyes:
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The nobles' demonization and Malicious Slander of Luna led to her snapping and becoming the very Nightmare they accused her of being.
  • Spanner in the Works: The ponies' plan to fix the Book of Darkness might have worked if it wasn't for Admiral Gil Graham and his familiars.
  • Start of Darkness: A's goes into how Luna became Nightmare Moon and what that has to do with the Book of Darkness.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Nachtwal, the Book of Darkness's defense program. It's kind of a jerk.
  • Tempting Fate: Repeatedly by the characters trying to reverse the hijacking of the Arthra:
    • Schach hopes they managed to take out the guards before the alert could be raised... then the alarm goes off.
    • Arf says it's too easy, then something has to prove her wrong.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: What happens when Luna finally snaps.
    "...So be it! If I am the Nightmare, then let me be Nightmare! No…not merely Nightmare. I am Nightmare Moon!”
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Luna goes straight for her army-killing barrages of lightning, solid shadows, blades and ice against Sombra. He only survives because he had made himself immortal.
  • This Means War!: Nachtwal's understated response to Celestia's "World of Cardboard" Speech. The new Glowing Eyes of Doom help.
  • Unreliable Expositor: The Book of Darkness' Mistress when she tells about how she met the Wolkenritter.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: In A's, Rainbow Dash's plan to take out some enemies.
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough: Vita has this view of Twilight trying to be diplomatic.
  • Willing Channeler: This is how Celestia's solo use of the Elements is depicted.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech:
    • Celestia has an AMAZING one as she faces down Nachtwal to buy Luna time to hack it. See the Awesome page for the full quote.
    • Fate gives one after revealing that unlike her canon counterpart, she was not fooled for a moment by the Lotus-Eater Machine that Nyx trapped her in.
    Fate: Alicia’s dead. I saw her buried and I visited her grave. Linith vanished a long time ago, after she completed my training and asked us to have a family meal together. And my mother… my real mother is currently in the Bureau’s custody undergoing psychiatric treatment. None of this is real.
    Fate: No, you can’t. Once upon a time, I would have liked that. A year ago I would have happily thrown myself into this delusion… but not now. I have a family waiting for me. I have friends. I have a place in the world. And all of that is more important than any dream you could offer me.
    Nyx: But not for long… there’s no way you can win. You understand that, don’t you? You can’t win. It’s impossible. Why not just surrender to this peaceful world? You won’t feel pain in this dream…
    Fate: Because I‘ve got something worth fighting for. I’m not the same little girl I used to be. I’m Fate T. Sparkle, Child of Lightning, sister of Twilight Sparkle, student of Princess Luna, daughter of two families. And if something threatens those I hold dear, I will strike it down.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Celestia actually sends Nachtwal into one.
    • It goes into a final one just before it's destroyed. One of it's last words is "Damn YOU!" in German.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Princess Celestia gave a thoroughly justified one 1,000 years ago, when a member of the Deadly Decadent Court proposed a day of celebration in response to Nightmare Moon being sealed in the moon on top of the Malicious Slander that served as her Start of Darkness. Cue them losing everything that set them apart from common ponies.
    • A more downplayed and surprisingly heartwarming example is at the end of A's, when Trixie chewed out Reinforce for being okay with just fading away.

    In StrikerS only 

  • Berserk Button: Spike hates being called not a "real" dragon.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Twilight is doing audio bugging of Stars Squad in a somewhat misguided attempt to emulate Princess Celestia.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Scootaloo is wary about Subaru's attempts to reach out due to someone named "Hotshot" using this trope.
  • Culture Clash: The TSAB's sorta-use of Child Soldiers gives Twilight pause in StrikerS.
  • Exact Words: In a training exercise pitting the Forwards against Twilight, with Teana in charge of the Forwards, she was told to use every available resource. It wasn't until they were down to their last shot at winning the match that she realized this probably included Mission Control. It did, allowing the Forwards to gain the information they needed to win the match.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Chrono has gained one due to currently-unknown causes during the Time Skip before StrikerS.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • Riot Force here stands for "Resolution Instructional Operations Task Force". The peculiarity of the name is lampshaded.
    • Joint Equestrian-Mid Childa Military Resolution or "JEMM Resolution".
  • Genius Bruiser: Subaru, of all people, appears to be gradually becoming this, being a fan of Twilight instead of Nanoha.
  • Had To Be Sharp: Radi believes that "Survival is the best teacher".
  • He-Man Woman Hater: In StrikerS we learn that the Equestrian Royal Guard has accumulated a rather severe case of patriarchal privilege that is resisting cleansing from no less than the Princesses themselves, no thanks to a cultural mythos of heroic male figures. The ones stupid enough to voice it openly were quickly dealt with, but more subtle dissent persists. It's suggested to be part of Scootaloo's newfound issues. According to Word of God, it didn't help that "Celestia needed a large and physically intimidating force during the early years of the Solar Monarchy", which unintentionally created an unhealthily "'hyper-masculine' culture".
  • Heroic RROD: This time, it seems Chrono was handed the bad deal when using the Cartridge System.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Scootaloo reminds herself of this after Subaru tries to reach out to her.
  • Insistent Terminology: In a subversion of Japanese Rangurage and Spell My Name with an S, Word of God explains that Caro's full name is Caro Ru Lushe, but her tribe is named Lu Lushe; "Ru" is "of" while "Lu" is "the".
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Scootaloo in StrikerS.
  • Noodle Incident: Played for Drama with Scootaloo. We have been given a few hints about the reason she Took a Level in Jerkass, but other then knowing about a pony named Hotshot being involved and that Rainbow Dash thinks she totally let her down in spite of getting in enough trouble doing what she did to help her, we haven't been given a whole lot of details.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Also In-Universe. When they first meet, Caro is surprised to learn that Spike's a dragon considering her native dragons are quite different from him. For some reason, Friedrich considers Spike a "commoner" and "savage".
  • Power Incontinence: Spike appears to suffer from this. During the Time Skip, the power from his Linker Core was so massive, it burned through the first Device he got.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Fate in StrikerS, just like in canon. According to the author (see bottom of post), she's meant to look Fleur-like.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • Spike and Scootaloo are only just barely capable of this, due to Scootaloo being a Ineffectual Loner and Leeroy Jenkins.
    • It looks like this will be the case for all of RIOT Force's Forwards between the above and Friedrich being an elitist who sneers at Spike as not a "real" dragon.
    • Teana seems to be very distrustful of ponies, quietly expressing no small amount of unhappiness upon learning Twilight, Fate, and Trixie are among her instructors; her Fantastic Racism towards ponies seems to be connected to whatever happened to her brother in this timeline.
  • There Are No Therapists: Discussed and double subverted in StrikerS for Scootaloo, for whom there was, but it did not help.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The other two characters taking the Class B test alongside Subaru and Teana? Scootaloo and Spike. The former mentions having taken Guard training, while the latter has been under the tutelage of Zafira.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Scootaloo in StrikerS. There are suggestions it has to do with something that happened in the Royal Guard during the Time Skip, but no explicit information yet.
  • Tranquil Fury: During the debriefing for RIOT Force's first training exercises, Twilight faces down the bickering Stars squad "with an almost aggressive level of calm".
  • Unusual Euphemism: Scootaloo in particular seems to use these, particularly 'rutting,' and 'horse-feathers.'
  • Wham Line:
    “You have no idea.” Teana replied darkly. “Bad enough he’s gone… but knowing one of those… things killed him?”
  • What Were You Thinking?: Implied to be Twilight's mental reaction to seeing Erio's new Device, Strada, has jets on it.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: After Caro chokes and chooses to surrender rather than risk hurting Twilight, Spike gives her reassurance and counsels her to not be buried by fear of "maybes".


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