Fan Fic / My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic
aka: My Little Unicorn

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"FIM is a BIG MISTAKE to me... its horrible... so I guess an alternate universe is in order!"
Dakari-King Mykan, on the original My Little Unicorn: Magic is Believing

My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic is a series of fanfics based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic with a heavy emphasis on Original Characters written by Dakari-King Mykan.

The series began after Mykan watched several episodes of Friendship Is Magic and quickly decided he hated it for various reasons, not the least of which was the message of friendship.

Enter his personal Alternate Continuity, in which a team of Winged Unicorns, led by main character Lightning Dawn, must save the land of Unicornicopia from various monsters, while learning about the power of believing (what they are supposed to believe in is never stated) from the king of Unicornicopia, The Grand Ruler (a three-horned Alicorn).

Originally entitled My Little Unicorn: Magic is Believing, Mykan later reworked the story IN SPACE as My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic. The series is treated as if it were a TV show, with each fanfic being called a "season" and each chapter an "episode". So far, there have been six seasons:

In addition to this, Mykan has also written five "movies". The first one is an "original" storyline, the next two are based on My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, the fourth is about a human named Mykan Stevens, who is TOTALLY not an Author Avatar and the fifth is based on My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games. Despite the fact that My Little Pony has its own theatrically released film, Mykan has stated he has no intention of making a Starfleet one in response. They can be found here:

There are also a couple of fics that cross over with Mykan's other fics, the first of which takes place before the Space Ponies came to Equestria:

Oh and at least two Death Battles:

Mykan has since moved the series to DeviantArt and Fimfiction.Net and is in the process of re-uploading.

Due to the many questions he gets in regards to this series, Mykan has created a Q&A where anyone can inquire. Do make sure your questions haven't been already answered before posting them.

There are now two "tributes" to his story that serve as lovely deconstructions of his work: Mykan Tribute: Fall of Starfleet, Rise of Harmony and My Brave Pony: Starfleet Nemesis, as well as an Alternative Continuity appropriately titled Starfleet Redone.

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  • Aborted Arc: Twilight Sparkle loses her wings to Nightmare Moon, and the story states that Twilight must work to earn her wings back. She actually gets them back offscreen between seasons 2 and 3.
  • Alternative Continuity: Because the author hated FiM's universe too much to use anything from it, even though that's what he was doing anyway, he first made up an entirely different universe with similar though deliberately opposite themes. However, about three-quarters through, it crosses over with the FiM universe. They are even merged into one kingdom at the end, which itself makes for a bit of an alternative continuity again. Also, Starfleet Humans takes place in the same alternate world that Equestria Girls took place in. Mykan has gone on record as saying that Season 4 of FiM onward is non-canon in the Starfleet universe, making it clearly alternative again. This is because he started the series after Season 2 and doesn't want to rewrite large parts of earlier stories to fit the more recent episodes.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Name an enemy species. Any enemy species. The Crystallites, the Demonites, the Insectos, doesn't matter; if a few, some or all of them oppose Starfleet, they're all evil and need to be killed.
  • An Aesop: Most chapters end with the Grand Ruler giving an Aesop that is tangentially related to the events of the chapter. Unfortunately, the supposed morals are pretty weak and their connection to the main Aesop of "believing" is not very clear. However, these were removed from the retooling, until the Deviant ART version which reinstates most of them.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: The author makes a big deal of how Unicornicopians are Petting Zoo People as opposed to equine in nature. Equestria's population also gets this treatment somewhere along the line.
  • Apple of Discord: In Chapter 16 of Starfleet Magic V, Lightning becomes this when he is injected with something that makes females love him and males hate him.
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • In one chapter, Fluttershy has to go to the hospital, because of her appendix. Ponies don't have one. The author admitted he knows that, but he was too lazy to think up something else to make Fluttershy sick. In the story, this is handwaved by Anthropomorphic Shift giving the ponies one.
    • Cadance is rendered infertile by the pillar that falls on her and causes her to miscarry. An impact strong enough to cause that much damage to the female reproductive system would realistically cause much bigger problems than just sterility. And that's not even getting into the matter of the stillborn child staying in her room for the rest of the season; decomposition isn't even brought up in the slightest.
  • Ascended Fanfic: The bad news is: This fanfic is being published as an actual novel. The good news is: Someone else is publishing it and claiming it as their own!
  • Ash Face: A dragon gets completely covered in soot thanks to Artie somehow making its fire blow up in its mouth in Starfleet Humans.
  • Author Avatar:
    • Lightning Dawn falls into this sometimes, during his more jerkish moments.
    • invoked Or the Grand Ruler, whose design is directly lifted from the author's OC cosplay and Word of God even states that he's voiced by him.
      • When he came up with the concept for the first time, Celesto was even going to be named Mykan.
    • Titan is theorized to represent the deep-seated hatred the author has for FiM.
    • Dr. Kudos in Starfleet Magic IV represents Mykan's hatred of friendship, love, and especially, redemption.
    • Human in United Equestria features a character named Mykan Stevens. His pony self appears in season 6, and acts pretty much like his real life counterpart.
  • Author Tract: Every chapter of the rewritten story when it was first posted started or ended with a rant by the author of how much better this story is compared to the original show. It has since been reposted a second time without the author's notes, however.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Titan suddenly returns in the Season 1 finale, and returns again in The Movie.
    • In My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III, Fratello's ghost combines with his replacement robot body.
  • Bad Future: The Dark King comes from a future where Celestia and Lightning are dead and he has conquered nearly the entire universe.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Apparently, "unlike most parallel universes; [their] space has a breathable atmosphere, and comfortable temperature.”
  • Beam-O-War: Celesto and Titan engage in one (the former using the Uniforce) at the halfway point of the first season.
  • Big Bad:
    • Titan in My Little Unicorn/My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic and My Brave Pony: The Movie.
    • Queen Chrysalis in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II.
    • King Sombra in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III.
    • Sapphira in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Humans.
    • The Dark King in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic IV.
    • King Pinsar in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic V.
    • Surprisingly, there is no overarching Big Bad in VI. Windy Bag is the closest the series gets, as she plays the largest antagonistic role.
  • Big "NO!": Lightning when a stone column topples onto Cadance in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic V.
  • Black and White Morality: The unicorns are good, Titan is evil. There is no depth to any of the characters.
  • Blade Lock: Actually, horn and blade lock in an early chapter of Magic is Believing.
  • Blind Obedience: What the "Grand Ruler" Celesto actually constitutes, and taught Twilight Sparkle in the second season of this badfic. The fic also indicates this is the default belief of the Space Ponies.
  • Broken Aesop:
    • The author wrote the story to try and prove that you don't need friends to succeed, and that friendship isn't magic, but rather useless. However, in the vast majority of the fights in the series, it's Lightning's friends who figure out how to defeat a monster or do most of the work, with Lightning only blasting the Rainbow Rod or the Uniforce at the end as a finishing blow. The Grand Ruler even says at one point that friendship is an important part of magic, completely contradicting the fic's intention. It gets even more broken with the fact that one of the major inspirations for the story is Power Rangers, a franchise that emphasizes teamwork, even with certain seasons (and Japanese counterparts) having notorious cases of Spotlight-Stealing Squad.
    • When Twilight is killed by Raven, the fic tries to hammer home the moral that people should not go after a threat to a loved one's life if they've been commanded not to or they will lose their own life and be derided for disobeying orders...except the characters proceed to give Twilight a huge funeral, complete with cremation, and erect a monument in her honour!
  • Bug War: In My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic V, the Space Ponies fight against an army of insectile beings.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Krysta. An entire chapter is dedicated to her getting constantly wet in the fight with a water monster.
    • Another example is Ace Ray.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Each use of the Uniforce, at least early on, is accompanied by a recited mantra.
  • Cain and Abel: Ace Ray (whose "crime" is complaining about Starfleet) and his sister Skye.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "RAINBOW FORCE...!" "DRILL QUILL...!" "STAR SHOWER...!" "PTEAL DANCE!" ...And so on. Strangely, they even call their attacks when pulling out their weapons.
  • Can't Argue with Elves: The Unicornicopians are portrayed as always right, whether it's imposing martial law, stating that they're superior to Equestrians, killing opponents, brainwashing dissidents, etc.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Every time someone tries to question or register a complaint with Starfleet, they are usually looked down upon as crazy, degenerate or wrong.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Cadance wakes up from one involving her brother this way early in Starfleet Magic III.
  • Catch Your Death of Cold: In "It's Raining, Evil's Pouring/Wetter Works", Krysta catches a cold due to all the times she got drenched.
  • Chirping Crickets: Nothing but this and the campfire can be heard when Rainbow proposes the name "Rainbow and the Cool Clouds" for Lightning's band.
  • Circling Birdies: In the original version, Lightning ends up seeing both birds and stars after charging Strong Stone.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The entire premise of the story is based around this. The author has stated in forums that he believes in this concept.
  • Climactic Volcano Backdrop: The last fight between Lightning and Harkin takes place at a volcano in Starfleet Magic III.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Unicorns of a certain color tend to live in a specific area of Unicornicopia. For example, blue unicorns live in Bluesville. The only remotely clever name is O-Range for orange unicorns, and even then, the original version used the decidedly less clever "Orange-Range".
  • Concepts Are Cheap: The fanfic's supposed theme, believing, is constantly being thrown about. However, its message is ridiculously weak and vague.
  • Continuity Snarl: Despite this fic taking place after season 3 of FiM, Discord is still encased in stone and not reformed. This is the case for two reasons: 1) the author hates redemption, and 2) he didn't want to change the outcome.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: In the fifth "season", a column collapses onto Cadance, killing her baby when she was only a few weeks away from giving birth, just so the author can punish her some more for being happily married. According to this Tweet, Mykan originally intended to write Cadance miscarrying when a possessed Shining Armor kicks her.
  • Crossover: Originally, the intent was for My Little Unicorn to be completely separate from MLP:FIM, but eventually it became a crossover, and then was fully integrated into an MLP story.
  • Cryo Prison: Some criminals end up getting shot by a special blaster that traps and freezes them in small spheres.
  • Dark World: The Dark Planet, formerly called the Dimension of Darkness.
  • Death by Origin Story: Frequently. As of Starfleet Magic IV, the origin story body count includes the entire Enticorn race, including Lightning's parents, Starla's parents, Buddy Rose's parents and sister, Buddy Rose's Cousin's parents, Titan's mother-in-law, Penny Sillon's grandmother, Raven's husband, and technically, Celestia with regards to The Dark King.
  • Deconstructor Fleet: Mykan claims this story to be one for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • Demoted to Extra: Countless characters.
    • Cookie Dough, who was a core member of the team in the initial series, was removed for several stories and when reintroduced in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III, was a minor character. The Deviant ART remake brings him back, not as a member, but as a recurring background character.
    • Krysta is acknowledged maybe once or twice in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III despite being the main character's best friend.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: From the first chapter: "The central town at the very center of the kingdom was Rainbow City Central." And that's just one example!
    • A particularly common example is "vanished/disappeared/exploded, and was gone."
  • Deus ex Machina:
    • The Uniforce. A force of good only unicorns with golden horns can summon to amplify their magic by shouting that they believe. It is never explained what it really is, why only golden horned unicorns can use it and how the Grand Ruler discovered it, but it is the main attack to kill all Big Bads.
    • Mystic Light, the finishing move of The Grand Celestial Ruler.
    • Powers aside, there are still plenty of these. One of the most blatant examples is when Mysterious, Dementia, and Rep-Stallion first return after Titan's defeat at the hands of Grand Ruler and receiving a dose of Super Empowering, strong enough to get the upper hand against Lightning and company. How are they defeated? By their new powers spontaneously fizzling out. It wouldn't be too much of an exaggeration to claim that this trope accounts for the vast majority of times that the heroes win.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Twilight dies in Lightning's arms.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: By the freight train load.
    • Titan got his face disfigured in his past and was shunned by everyone for his hideous looks afterwards. Years later, he kills his entire species and starts to destroy parts of the multiverse for no other reason than that it is fun. His former fiancee, Serpentari also has a similar motive.
    • Ace Ray gets sent to an insane asylum and (in the original version) essentially brainwashed into liking Starfleet, for the crime of... saying mean things about them. Sure, he beat up his sister but the way it's worded, it sounds like Starfleet was looking for an excuse to arrest him. Also, even if he really wasn't arrested because he was insulting Starfleet, this implies that citizens who beat up folks all get sent to asylums...
    • Frosteye had been trapped in a frozen cavern for a century by Princess Celestia due to being a mocker.
    • Being stripped of his title and made to clean the palace grounds for cheating in a tournament was adequate punishment for Dusk Shine; being disowned by his parents wasn't.
    • Flash Sentry is imprisoned for life for stealing treasures and smuggling secrets.
    • Starfleet Magic VI states that some of Starfleet's prisoners have been imprisoned for centuries and are still alive. Apparently, being imprisoned by Starfleet implies an automatic life sentence - or several.
    • The fact that Princess Cadance gets abused a lot because the author hates her being Happily Married counts.
      • As does Twilight Sparkle getting assassinated because the author hates her for pretty much trying to make life better for everypony around her.
    • Brass Bolt: Sure he was motivated to prove Starfleet is an evil regime by releasing all prisoners by accident (he intended to release only a few) and making them look bad. Does he deserve to be punished? Yes. Should you consider him a bad guy? No. Does he deserve his comeuppance, to be thrown into prison? Ye— Well... Until you remember he was sentenced to prison for life, and it was established that the prisoners kept there are starved and beaten to keep them quiet. In fact, while he was about to be taken away, he directed his gaze at Princess Celestia and demanded to know what she was thinking in allowing United Equestria to happen.
    then he cast a look at Celestia “and I can’t believe you of all Equestrians would approve of this and let them into our lives with their over-powered slavery.”
  • Distress Ball: Given to all of Equestria when Nightmare Moon and her allies enslave the place without much resistance and take Luna and Celestia hostage. Naturally, the Unicornicopians have to come to the rescue.
  • Down to the Last Play: In My Brave Pony: Starfleet Humans, the Canterlot Wondercolts triumph over the Crystal Empires (seriously, that's the name Mykan gave their team) with a three-point shot at the last second.
  • Dramatic Drop: Several characters do this when they find out Lightning Dawn went to the human world in Starfleet Humans.
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: Overused throughout the fanfic and a defining characteristic of the author's fanfics in general.
  • Dramatic Reading:
  • Dynamic Akimbo: Lightning strikes this pose when dealing with a biker gang in Starpops.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the original version of the first season, My Little Unicorn: Magic is Believing, Starfleet didn't have a name, the Space Ponies were called unicorns and they could walk on all fours.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: What happens to Equestria and Unicornicopia. They got better.
  • Expy: Most of the characters. Made most obvious in one of the author's YouTube videos explaining his characters, clearly showing that they are recolors of the original show's cast!
    • The Grand Ruler and Lightning Dawn are male versions of Celestia and Twilight Sparkle, while Starla Shine is based on Rarity. Lightning's Enticorn form is said to be a combination of a Super Saiyan and an Anodite
    • Krysta is named after the main character of FernGully: The Last Rainforest and appearance-wise is pretty much Fluttershy with her mane and coat color swapped, and in human form.
    • Dyno and Myte are based on Mas Y Menos from Teen Titans.
    • Rhymey, Abra Kadabra and Goldwin are based on Muffy Mouse, Waldo the Magnificent and Jeff Hyslop from Today's Special.
    • Titan is inspired by Wiseman and No-Heart.
      • His appearance is reminiscent of D'Sparil, even.
    • In My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III, Raven, Twilight's assassin, is named and based off the Teen Titans character.
    • The Dark King is based on the villain of the same name from Pretty Cure. Furthermore, Thunder Cloud/Esroh Dab is based off of Kiriya, also from Pretty Cure.
    • Titan and Krysta are reminiscent of Ganondorf and Navi, respectively. The Grand Ruler's trinity of golden horns, which sealed Titan with the Uniforce, is inspired by the Triforce.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: By the bucket load. Discord, Titan and Nightmare Moon get blown up. The deaths of Titan`s henchponies get handwaved with the excuse that they were just artificial beings. Worst example is probably in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II, where Cadance's brother Fratello gets killed by her and then blown up, because the author wanted to make her suffer.
    • On the heroes' side, Twilight Sparkle gets slashed through the heart by Raven because the author hated her. There's even still blood on Raven's claws afterwards.
  • Fantastic Racism: Members of Starfleet tend to point out quite often how superior they are compared to Equestrians.
  • Finger in a Barrel: A variation occurs in the prologue of Starfleet Humans: Artie somehow lassoes the mouth of a dragon about to breathe fire shut which, for some reason, causes the flames to blow up in his mouth.
  • Fix Fic: With the elements the author seeks to change being absolutely everything.
  • Flanderization:
    • Twilight and friends are reduced to their basic personality traits. For instance, Applejack’s only personality trait in the story is her accent. Rarity is only defined by her love of fashion, is portrayed as constantly forcing makeovers on those who don't want them and whining quite a bit. Pinkie Pie is portrayed as being so annoying that even her friends groan at her and is also shown to be a bit of a crybaby.
    • Even his own characters aren't immune from it. In his first appearance, Ace Ray does hate Starfleet but has other priorities such as his sister. By the time of My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III, all he does is rant about his hatred of Starfleet and hates his sister.
  • Flat Character: Every single character. The first time they show up, everyone gets introduced by showing off their one defining character trait (like Artie being an artist, Rhymey talking in rhymes etc.). After that, they are just generic fighters for the rest of the fic. While everyone has their own set of attacks, personality-wise, they are pretty much interchangeable. This gets especially glaring when we get introduced to Dyno and Myte, whose defining character traits are being twins who speak in Mexican slang. In the fimchan discussion, the author mentions that this was intentional because he believes that personality holds back the possibilities with his characters and has no place in a species of warriors. Many of the villains manage to get even less characterization.
    • The most extreme example of a flat character is Melantha, one of Sombra's four minions in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III. While other characters at least have a backstory and one character trait, Melantha has no characterization at all.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Lightning Dawn and Twilight Sparkle switch bodies in one chapter.
  • Fun with Acronyms: MOM or Memory Operating Machine in the remade version of the fifth episode of season three.
  • Furry Reminder: "And he threw his head high up into the air and let out a very loud and mournful NEIGH... just like the pony he was."
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: When you use a combination of DNA manipulation and magic to create a Proud Warrior Master Race, indeed it is.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The second half of the story is devoted to heroes and villains trying to find the "Rainbow Stones," (Renamed the Star Stones in the remake) which would grant them new powers; My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III has them search for the shattered remains of the Crystal Heart.
  • Grand Theft Me: The changelings' modus operandi in season 2.
  • Guilt-Free Extermination War: The Space Ponies and Insectos decide that the best way to deal with each other is to completely annihilate the other in season 5. With the exception of Phoebe and Jetar who are imprisoned in suspended animation and a few other Insectos who were taken into custody, the former succeeds.
  • Hanging Judge: According to this comment, Starfleet sometimes doesn't have trials if they have "more than enough proof". This is demonstrated in VI when they immediately arrest and imprison the Spectros without bothering to hear them out.
  • Hate Fic: As stated by the author:
    "I do not like FIM at all... in fact I hate it and wish it were never made... and it makes me angry with all its lies and falsehoods about friendship being magic and the true salvation. Not to mention all the horrid emotional pains it brings me. So…I create this to bash at it."
  • Hate Plague: In Chapter 16 of Starfleet Magic V, Lightning is injected with something that makes females love him and males hate him.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Queen Chrysalis in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II.
    • Distraught in My Brave Pony: The Movie.
    • Phaedra in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III.
  • Hellhole Prison: As shown in the sixth "season", prisoners are tortured and not given food if they don't keep quiet. According to Mykan, Starfleet prisons are like this because this is what real world prisons are like and MLP needs reality.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Twice, in fact. Towards the end of Season 1, Nightmare Moon is built up as the final antagonist, when suddenly Titan reappears. He then returns in The Movie, hijacking the role of main villain from Distraught.
  • Hollywood Genetics: According to Mykan's Starfleet Q&A, the offspring of a Space Pony and Equestrian will always be Space Ponies.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Starfleet destroys Titan's minions (or, in the original, leaves them to die) on the grounds that they're evil, artificial beings. However, with the exception of Celesto, all Space Ponies are descended from artificial beings. And then there's Goldwin, a statue given life who's a protagonist.
    • In Ace Ray's debut chapter, Twilight told Spike it wouldn't be right to force the ex-Wonderbolt to think like others in order to cure his "attitude problem". Guess what happens in Ace Ray's second appearance (in the original version)?
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Lightning Dawn initially blames himself for Twilight's death until other characters convince him it was the victim's fault. Rather than blaming, you know, the killer.
  • I'll Kill You!: In My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III, Ace Ray says this to Skye after she declares him to be as bad as the evil they face, which results in him being officially declared a criminal, beaten and arrested.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Season VI mentions pigs being used as food. Considering that livestock animals in this world are sentient... Oh and Mykan tries to justify it in his blog by stating Starfleet gets the meat from other planets.
  • In-Name-Only: As you can see from pretty much everything else described here.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: The city of Horn Kong is depicted as a mashup of Chinese names and Japanese imagery.
  • Kangaroo Court: In the rewritten version, Ace Ray is given a trial in the loosest sense of the word before being sent to an asylum. The narration actually states, "Court was held the next day at once, at Lightning’s requests for such a severe case, but really, since Ace and his gang were already proven guilty of their crimes charged, the trial was merely to decide the punishment, not the innocence or guilt."
  • Kill Sat: Sapphira uses one to try to transform the citizens of the human world into her slaves.
  • Killed Off for Real: Discord and, as of Starfleet Magic III, Twilight Sparkle
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Twilight Sparkle is dead as of season 3. Some of the author's blogs reveal that to unsuspecting readers.
  • The Load:
    • Lightning Dawn. Despite his physical strength, most of the villains use magic and his inability to use magic is quite a liability in battle. Anytime he finishes a battle is with his Uniforce.
    • Krysta is more of a hindrance to the others than anything.
    • Brain also qualifies.
  • Love Is in the Air: In Chapter 16 of Starfleet Magic V, Lightning is injected with something that makes females love him and males hate him.
  • The Magic Touch: In one part of My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II, Rarity essentially gets the Midas Touch.
  • Make Them Rot: One of the one-shot villains in Starfleet Magic VI has this power.
  • Might Makes Right: There are strong hints of this littered in the badfic, regardless of the author's intent. It doesn't help that the main character and his friends are self righteous and live in a military supremacist society.
  • Monster of the Week: Most chapters deal with fighting one-shot monsters. In series order, we have: a minion of Titan (Starfleet Magic I), a Changeling sent by Chrysalis (Starfleet Magic II), one of King Sombra's minions (Starfleet Magic III), one of the Dark King's Cardinals (Starfleet Magic IV), one of Pinsar's commanders (Starfleet Magic V), or an escaped prisoner (Starfleet Magic VI).
  • The Multiverse: Unicornicopia is supposedly part of only one of many dimensions in a multiverse, whose worlds the unicorns can visit. But the author repeatedly mixes up the terms planet and dimension to the point where he refers to the planets themselves as other planes of reality.
    • The remake attempted to fix this by saying that they are in fact planets, but transportation between planets is still called "dimension travel".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After essentially being brainwashed in the original version of My Brave Pony III Starfleet Magic, Ace Ray reacts this way to memories of his past actions.
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  • Narrating the Obvious: The author tends to spell out everything, such as outright telling the audience how a mirror-based monster has the power to reflect attacks right back after it's been shown to the audience multiple times already.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Starfleet believes itself to be in many ways superior to other species in the multiverse, the winged unicorns have actually conquered parts of other realities and they teach in the militaristic force to always follow orders blindly or you will get socially shunned. Not to forget that they excuse murder by deponyizing their enemies. The author admitted on multiple accounts that this is intentional.
  • No Endor Holocaust: There's no mention of anyone dying while Discord is destroying Unicornicopia, even though they only began evacuating after the destruction started. The same goes for Equestria during Nightmare Moon's takeover and its subsequent destruction - and that's not even getting into all of the non-pony species on Equestria when it exploded. Granted, the "power of believing" ending might have undone all of the damage inflicted in the above, but there's no mention of anyone being brought back to life. Though one has to wonder where the plants on United Equestria came from...
    • United Equestria has also been frozen over by Frosteye and had its atmosphere poisoned by one-shot villain Poisandra on separate occasions, but apparently neither of these killed anyone.
  • Nonindicative Name: Starfleet doesn't have a fleet of starships!
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, though it's not certain whether this was deliberate. There are two characters named Rani in the series: Khan's wife in the Movie, and Reginald Rolls' wife in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III.
    • It has happened again in Starfleet Magic IV, where Big Bull is both the name of a minotaur in one of Lightning's nightmares and a Cardinal.
    • There are two villains with the name Slick: an Insecto general in Starfleet Magic V and one of the Demonites in Starpops.
    • The Skye that appears as an enemy in Starfleet Magic VI is not the sister of Ace Ray.
  • Our Homunculi Are Different: The Space Ponies originated with Grand Ruler artificially creating a pony-like form and then magically granting it life. They also fill the typical role of being completely loyal to their master. Titan's minions have a similar origin, meaning that they qualify as well.
  • Palette Swap:
    • A particularly lazy example; as seen on the author's YouTube video on the characters, as the cast consist of just recolours of Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy and Scootaloo. Made even more obvious by the fact that, with the exception of Lightning Dawn, the author never actually bothered to recolour their eyes.
      • Heck, Rhymey isn't even a recolour; just Fluttershy with a horn, clothing, yellow tail, mane and different hairstyle.
    • invoked Starla Shine is, according to recent videos, just a Rarity clone, but not as shallow as the original. He has tried to cover this up by... slightly darkening Starla's coat, which he feels "ruins the design".
  • Parental Substitute: Grand Ruler for Lightning. Not that their relationship has any significance on the overall plot.
  • Penal Colony: Starfleet uses entire planets as prisons! Let that sink in...
    • They're not too keen about releasing prisoners, either; some of them have been locked up for centuries.
  • Percussive Therapy: Shining Armor beats away at some punching bags after Twilight's funeral.
  • Phantom Zone: The Dimension of Darkness/Dark Planet.
  • Police State: The narration states that it's benevolent. Yet it apparently sucks at surveillance, as despite cautionary measures being taken every time a new Big Bad shows up, the villains will always manage to avoid detection until they enact their evil plan du jour. Every. Single. Time.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Starfleet forces the Equestrians to drop pony-related terms like "anypony" because not all the characters are ponies.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Episode 9 of My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II sees a Changeling almost escape due to an argument between Lightning and Starla.
  • The Power of Friendship: Averted. The author is not afraid to proclaim how much he hates the very idea of it.
    • Or at least, the author intended to avert it. But as described under Broken Aesop, it ends up actually being used quite a bit.
  • Reality Ensues: Mykan has stated that he intends to give the Equestrians "a dose of reality" with Starfleet Magic.
  • Recursive Acronym: Dream, or Dream Reprise Emulating Action Machine in the original version of the fifth episode of season three.
  • Recycled In SPACE: Invoked In-Name-Only seeing as My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic is just Magic is Believing with a few extra lines and the Aesop of "believing" cut out.
    • It's been reposted after being taken down, with the author's notes and many of the songs now cut completely.
    • The Deviant ART version brings back some of the songs, and attempts to rewrite some of the dialogue with barbs specifically pointed towards his critics.
  • The Remake: My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic is an ongoing remastered version of My Little Unicorn. Beside minor changes regarding obvious narrative flaws, not much has really changed at all.
  • Remember the New Guy:
    • Turns out, the second main antagonist of My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II is Cadance's brother Fratello, who we never heard of before. Not to mention that Equestria seemingly has been invaded by robots around 15 years ago, of which no one has a memory of.
    • Another example would be Krysta's adopted son Twink, who suddenly appears with no foreshadowing in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II, Episode 1. When asked about why he suddenly appears, Mykan answered "New characters get thrown in all the time (everyone knows that)".
  • Ruptured Appendix: When Fluttershy comes down with appendicitis in My Brave Pony II: Starfleet Magic. See Artistic Licence Biology for more.
  • Sadist Teacher: Episode 5 of Starfleet Magic IV sees Cheerilee temporarily replaced by Mr. Harshwhinny.
  • Satellite Love Interest:
    • Lightning and Starla. They develop a crush on first sight and we never learn much about her other than her interest in astronomy, which is practically forgotten after her introduction. Starla doesn't even appear in the author's video of character bios for the fic!
    • Another example would be Rhymey and Fluttershy in the later half of the story.
    • Celestia to the Grand Ruler.
  • Shout-Out: Frequently.
  • Show, Don't Tell: One of the story's main problems from a technical standpoint is that the author drives the plot forward more through the means of narrative exposition instead of actual dialogue or interaction between characters. The story also lacks detailed descriptions of fight scenes or settings, making it feel rushed. This is explained by the author as a result of him trying to make every chapter like a summary of a TV episode instead of working on a good narration.
  • Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: The characters are ponies in the same way as the characters of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, but the author makes a big deal out of the fact that they can actually walk on two legs like humans most of the time. Rather than using their hooves like hands, Starfleet at the very least uses gloves that function as human hands.
  • Sliding Scale of Plot Versus Characters: The fic is on the extreme end of the plot side of the spectrum, in that the author explicitly says that he believes complex characterization is confusing and can hold back the plot.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Fluttershy and Rhymey have one in Starfleet Humans' prologue.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: In the chapter following Twilight's death, several people assure Lightning Dawn that it's not his fault that Twilight was killed and that it was the victim's own fault for not following orders instead of, say, the murderer's for, you know, murdering her.
  • Spirit Advisor: Amando becomes this to his parents Cadance and Shining Armor after his stillbirth.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: The fanfic is this to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as a whole. While FIM is based around The Power of Friendship, MLU is based around the power of belief.
  • Spiritual Successor: The fanfic is considered this to Sonichu.
  • Spit Take:
    • Several characters do this when they find out Lightning Dawn went to the human world in Starfleet Humans.
    • Human!Rarity spits out her milkshake when she learns her pony self is engaged to Spike.
  • Strictly Formula: Many of the chapters, especially in the first half of the fic, all go the same route: Lightning has to help a friend, one of Titan's minions and the Monster of the Week appear, Lightning charges at the monster and fails to even scratch it, his friend figures out a way to weaken it, Lightning finishes it with the Rainbow Rod, the minion flees and is scolded by Titan, Everybody Laughs Ending, and The Grand Ruler spells out An Aesop.
  • Stuff Blowing Up:
    • To the point that every time something blows up, the author uses onomatopoeia like "Kabloom" and "Bang".
    • Dyno and Myte like causing this.
  • Sudden Name Change: In My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II, the newly militarized MLP cast is called the Friendship Force. In My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III, they are now called "Friendship is Magic"... at least until the Deviant ART rewrite, where they have always been called FiM.
    • Cerise first appears under the name Cerise Wonder, but her second appearance uses Cerise Magenta.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: Unicornicopia being destroyed by Discord.
  • Sugar Bowl: Unicornicopia, with its population of winged unicorns and places named after colors.
  • Super Mode: Nearly every major protagonist has one. Celesto and Celestia have The Grand Celestial Ruler, Lightning has the Enticorn form, as well as "Mega Mode", which is shared by his Starfleet teammates, the MLP ponies can transform into the Valkyries of Harmony (as of Starfleet Magic IV), Spike can turn into The Dragon Knight, and even Cadance has a Super Mode as a ninja.
  • Take That!: Titan blowing up Equestria and the author turning the main cast into losers who can't do anything without the Unicornicopians' help may be one, taking the Revenge Fic nature of the story into account.
  • Take That, Critics!:
    • In a flashback chapter, we see the Grand Ruler as a teenager being constantly bullied by a unicorn with the name Dusk Shine. Said character is based on someone who posted on fimchan and asked the author about various Plot Holes.
    • The entirety of Chapter 5 of Starfleet Magic 3 is a prolonged attack on all his critics.
    • A very inexplicable one occurs in Human in United Equestria Act 1, where after Mykan Stevens asks if he is alive or dead, Dakari-King Mykan adds in an authors note saying "Sorry to disappoint you mockers and haters, oh wait, no I'm not"
  • Tempting Fate:
    • After months have gone by without an attack, Lightning wishes for some action. Cue the alarms going off.
    • Lightning assures Krysta they won't have to deal with Celestia anymore after encountering her for the first time in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Humans.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: With the exception of the "theme song", all of the songs are there just to be there. Most of the songs were removed in subsequent revisions, although that's more because Mykan believed that they were the reason the older versions were removed, as Fanfiction.net has a (rarely-enforced) rule against using copyrighted songs. As Deviant ART does not have the same limitations, that version retains the songs and includes links to YouTube videos of the songs he copied.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: When Starla is kidnapped in the midst of her own wedding, Starfleet refuses to go rescue her until Celesto gives the order to.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Twilight and her friends. When meeting Rhymey during his visit in Equestria, they all mistake him for a crossdressing Fluttershy. Bonus points go to Rarity, who outright states she has no problem that "she" completely transformed herself with magic into a male. The remake tries to address this by making them believe that she is disguised, which manages to make them look even dumber.
  • Troll Fic: What many bronies think this story is. It isn't. He's been writing stuff like this since 2006, and he apparently sets a word quota for himself (every story MUST be equivalent to the average 30-minute episode, no exceptions). Then again, he might just be a ridiculously persistent troll...
    • Mykan briefly attempted to release non-Starfleet MLP fanfics that were likely intended to troll fans of the show by ending after the first chapter with no intention to continue. It didn't work.
    • However, it's since become one, if only partially, as the author has admitted to putting things in to "piss off [his] haters".
  • Two Girls to a Team: Krysta and Starla in the first one.
  • Un-Evil Laugh: Practically all the villains, whether it's Rep-Stallion's "Heh, heh, ah, ah, ah, ah…!” or Titan's "Hmm, hmm, hmm!"
  • Unexplained Recovery:
    • Nightmare Moon, who has survived her demise at the end of Elements Of Harmony, and Titan, after being blown up halfway through the story.
    • Speaking of Titan, turns out he survived getting THROWN INTO THE SUN and becomes the Big Bad of The Movie.
  • Unfortunate Names: Speaking of the movie, Snatch. It's a thieving name, but it can bring to mind "other" implications.
    • Dementia's name is supposed to reflect her ability to "warp dimensional energy and waves", but when reading the name, the first thing that comes to mind will likely be "senility".
    • The Colorful Theme Naming of Unicornicopia's settlements occasionally hits a snag with places like Bluesville, which gets a snippet of narration clarifying that it is not a place where everyone is depressed, but generally isn't too bad. However, it takes an exceptionally clean mind to not burst out giggling at the mention of Big Brown Canyon.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Celesto and Celestia become parents to twins Castor and Leilani.
  • Villain Decay:
    • Discord, god of chaos and, in general, considered one of the best characters in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, is reduced to a brainwashed monster henchman of Big Bad Titan near the end of the story and loses his reality warping abilities. To add insult to injury, he gets Killed Off for Real by Celestia.
  • Villain Team-Up:
    • Nightmare Moon and Titan's henchmen team up in order to take over Equestria.
    • A smaller-scale example occurs in Episode 16 of My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III, where Raven and Harkin team up.
  • Violence Is the Only Option: Another theme of this "fanfic": it is pointless to try to solve problems passively, they can only be solved through force.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Inquirius and Cookie Dough (who was a core member of Starfleet in the first one) don`t play any role in the sequels. According to Word of God that`s because he had no idea how to use them anymore. The same goes for Abra Kadabra, who is only there to make Goldwin come alive.
    • Another example is My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II one-shot character Cerise, who, despite being a high-ranked Starfleet member and being only the 3rd character shown to be able to use the Uniforce, is only mentioned once in passing later.
  • Whole Plot Reference:
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?:
    • In one chapter, Rep-Stallion is ready to deliver the killing blow to Lightning when Titan calls him back for no reason at all. If he had just given him five more seconds, the hero would have been dead. Titan later explains that this is because he wants Lightning alive so he can take his powers. Not exactly the smartest plan when Lightning is the only one who is able to defeat him and he's conquered worlds without the Uniforce before.
    • Happens again in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III, Episode 11, where Phaedra is called away by Sombra when she is about to kill Royce and Pinkie Pie, though at least this time there's a reasonable explanation (She already got the Crystal Heart Sombra told her to get).
  • A Wizard Did It: When not Narrating the Obvious, Mykan tends to explain away major plot holes and details with either "magic" or "belief".
  • The Worf Effect: Mykan makes Lightning and Celesto go through one just so they can't prevent Twilight from getting killed.
  • You Have to Believe Me: For much of the first half of Starfleet Humans, Lightning Dawn tries to convince the human counterparts of his friends that he's a magical pony from outer space on a mission to retrieve the Rainbow Rod. Naturally, they all think he's making it up.
  • You Monster!: Human!Luna calls Human!Celestia this for punching her and unsuccessfully attacking Lightning when he insulted her and stated it was a good thing her pet horse is dead.

Alternative Title(s): My Little Unicorn

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