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Fan Fic: My Little Unicorn
"FIM is a BIG MISTAKE to me... its horrible... so I guess an alternate universe is in order!"
Dakari-King Mykan

My Little Unicorn: Magic is Believing is... hoo boy.

My Little Unicorn 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 Alternate Universe, 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)

With the release of this fanfic came controversy, in which the author became infamous for his irrational and fanatical hatred of FiM and its themes. This led to him spouting off hysterical, over-the-top insults and accusations towards his critics, believing that his story could not be improved in any way. This led to Bronies MSTing the story en masse, and Mykan would remove the original copy of the story, which has been mirrored on Fimfiction.Net.

Mykan later reworked the story IN SPACE as My Little Unicorn Star Fleet Magic, which can be found here. He also wrote a sequel, My Brave Pony Star Fleet Magic II, which can be found here.

A third fanfic, called My Brave Pony: The Movie was released, which centered around a new villain named Distraught. This can be found here; currently, Mykan has completed the fourth, My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III, and completed the second My Little Unicorn Movie, Starfleet Humans, based on Equestria Girls.

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Not to be confused with the My Little Phony on Dexter's Laboratory.

This story contains examples of:

  • 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.
  • Alternate Universe: Because the author hated FiM's universe too much to use anything from it. At least until it crosses over with the FiM universe about three-quarters through. They are even merged into one kingdom at the end.
  • Artistic License - Biology: In one chapter, Fluttershy has to go to the hospital, because of her appendix. Horses don't have one. The author admitted he knows that, but he was too lazy to think up something else to make Fluttershy sick.
  • 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.
  • Author Avatar:
    • Lightning Dawn.
    • 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.
  • Big Bad: Titan.
    • Queen Chrysalis in the sequel.
  • Black and White Morality: The unicorns are good, Titan is evil. There is no depth to any of the characters.
  • 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 Lighting'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.
  • Butt Monkey: Krysta. An entire chapter is dedicated to her getting constantly wet in the fight with a water monster.
  • Cain and Abel: Ace Ray (whose "crime" is complaining about Starfleet) and his sister Skye.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "RAINBOW FORCE...!" "WARD SWORD...!" "STAR SHOWER...!" "PTEAL DANCE!" ...And so on.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Unicorns of a certain color tend to live in a specific area of Unicornicopia. For example, orange unicorns live in Orange Range.
  • Completely Missing the Point: The author thinks that friendship is magic in the sense that is an actual force to fight, similar to a Kamehameha, instead of just a positive virtue.
    • For being a revenge/hate fic, the sequel actually shows Twilight and her friends to be more competent in general, than Lightning and Starfleet.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Dark World: The Dimension of Darkness
  • Death by Origin Story: As we learn through flashback narration, the case for Lightning's family. In the remake, the same goes for Starla's parents.
  • 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 he was reintroduced in the third series, he was a minor character, while Krysta is acknowledged maybe once or twice in the third series despite being the main character's best friend.
  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Titan got his face disfigured in his past and got 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.
    • The author wrote the entire fanfic, which insults bronies as being losers who dare to believe in positive things, because one single brony made fun of him.
    • In the sequel, he makes Cadance suffer just because he does not like the fact that in the show she got happily married.
    • Ace Ray gets sent to an insane asylum and essentially brainwashed into liking Star Fleet for the crime of... saying mean things about them.
  • 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 for the rescue.
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: Overused though out the fanfic, and a defining characteristic of the author's fanfics in general.
  • Dramatic Reading: A few have popped up.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: What happens to Equestria and Unicornicopia. It 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!
  • Fairy Companion: Krysta for Lightning. Named after a certain other animated fairy.
  • 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 the sequel, where Cadance's brother Fratello gets killed by her and then blown up, because the author wanted to make her suffer.
  • Fantastic Racism: Members of Starfleet tend to point out quite often how superior they are compared to Equestrians.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Everyone in Unicornicopia dresses up in ridiculous Power Rangers bodysuits.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Titan. He has all power and wants to destroy Unicornicopia just so he can spread chaos and destruction over reality, just because. His dialogue is dripping in clichés and there is nothing unique about his appearance at all. Being Stupid Evil and going with the first Saturday morning cartoon plot his minions come up with doesn't help matters.
    • Queen Chrysalis in the sequel.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The second half of the story is devoted to heroes and villains trying to find the "Rainbow Stones," which would grant them new powers; the second sequel has them search for the shattered remains of the Crystal Heart.
  • Hate Fic
  • Hijacked By Titan: Turns out Distraught isn't really the villain of The Movie.
  • Hypocrite: The author, big time. He spends most of his time bragging on how evil people who bash the work of others can be (something related to him being the victim of several mocks over the years) and admitted to have worked as a child entertainer who taught little kids about how important friendship and believing in yourself is. But then he created this fanfic to bash a show just because it rules on The Power of Friendship, admits to being glad when he makes fans of the show angry/sad with his work, and abandoned the concept of believing in yourself entirely for the remake. Let`s not forget that he hates the original show with a passion, but watched it till the second season finale, and actually ships his Gary Stu with Celestia because he himself has a crush on her.
  • In Name Only: Up to Eleven.
  • Irony: The author wrote this story partly because he thinks FiM is too girly, childish, and does not appeal to boys that much. His story contains effeminate characters with girlish interests, fairies, songs from children's shows like Strawberry Shortcake and Barney & Friends, and fight with choreography that's inspired by Sailor Moon.
    • Also ironic is how Titan, a character portrayed as a spiteful villain who hates friendship and happiness, shares multiple personality traits with the author himself.
  • Killed Off for Real: Discord and, as of Starfleet Magic III, Twilight Sparkle
  • The Load:
    • Lightning Dawn's inability to use magic is quite a liability in battle, and he can only defeat his foes with the Uniforce.
    • Krysta is more of a hindrance to the others than anything.
    • Brain also qualifies.
  • Magic Knight: Applies to all winged unicorns, especially Rhymey.
  • Master Race: The winged unicorns of Unicornicopia and their "god" known as Grand Ruler are seen as that. They themselves have no problem to call others out on how inferior they are to them because they live on the ground alone.
  • Monster of the Week: Most chapters deal with the good guys blowing up Titan's recently created monster.
  • MST: There are plenty of them.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 dehumanizing their enemies.
    • Worse, the author admitted on multiple accounts that this is intentional. According to certain posts, he might not even know the significance of something like the Holocaust and thinks mass murder is okay.
  • Palette Swap: A particularly lazy example; in one of the author's youtube videos, the pictures of his characters are 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; he's just Fluttershy with a horn, clothing, yellow tail, mane and different hairstyle.
    • Starla Shine is, according to recent videos, just a Rarity clone, but not as "shallow as the original".
  • Parental Substitute: Grand Ruler for Lightning. Not that their relationship has any significance on the overall plot.
  • Plagiarism: A regular accusation levied towards Mykan and it has proven to be accurate on some occasions. For example, in a Youtube video introducing the characters Krysta's design was a recolor of a Deviant ART picture depicting Fluttershy as a human, while Starla Shine is just Rarity.
  • Phantom Zone: The Dimension of Darkness.
  • The Power of Friendship: Averted. The author is not afraid to proclaim how much he hates the very idea of it.
  • The Power of Hate: Pretty much what gave birth to this story. The author appears to be a big fan of it.
  • Recursive Acronym: Dream, or Dream Reprise Emulating Action Machine.
  • Recycled In SPACE: Invoked In Name Only seeing as "My Little Unicorn: Star Fleet Magic" is just "Magic is Believing" with a few extra lines and the Aesop of "believing" cut out.
    • It's been reposted again after being taken down, with the author's notes and many of the songs now cut completely.
  • The Remake: My Little Unicorn: 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 the sequel 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.
  • Revenge 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."
  • 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: Frequent, to the point of near-Plagiarism. The scene of the Grand Ruler dancing and doing hopscotch is inspired by a sketch from Today's Special.
  • 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 and use their front hooves like human hands. In other words, it's just like in My Little Pony Tales.
    • And apparently, in a later installment, Celestia will get surgery to gain the ability to walk on two legs.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Up to Eleven. According to Word of God, the population of Unicornicopia consists mostly of males. While the story has at least four female winged unicorns in it, only Starla (who is mostly there as the Love Interest) and Dementia have any form of slight significance to the overall plot.
  • 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.
  • Stellar Name: Starla Shine as well as the creatively named Celesto (AKA The Grand Ruler).
  • 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 Mite like causing this.
  • Sudden Name Change: In the sequel, the newly militarized MLP cast is called the Friendship Force. In the third one, they are now called "Friendship is Magic".
  • Sugar Apocalypse: Unicornicopia being destroyed by Discord.
  • Sugar Bowl: Unicornicopia, with its population of winged unicorns and places named after colors.
  • Super Sentai: One of the main inspirations for the author. The unicorns fight their enemies like Power Rangers, minus the giant robots.
  • 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.
    • A more explicit example is given later on. 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.
  • 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 songs.
  • 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.
  • Troll Fic: What many bronies think this story is. It isn't.
    • 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.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Krysta and Starla in the first one.
  • 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 killed again, and becomes the Big Bad of The Movie.
  • 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.
    • The sequel also does this to Queen Chrysalis.
  • Villain Team-Up: Nightmare Moon and Titan's henchmen team up in order to take over Equestria.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Inquirius and Cookie Dough (who was a core member of Star Fleet 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.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: In one chapter, Rep-Stallion is ready to deliver the killing blow towards 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 Lighting alive so he can take his powers. Not exactly the smartest plan when Lighting is the only one who is able to defeat him.
  • Winged Unicorn: Most of the characters.
  • X Meets Y: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic meets Sonichu meets Eiga Sentai Scanranger, with a touch of Today's Special.
  • You Are Number Six: Unicorns have serial numbers on their jumpsuits (CM's being another one of the things the author didn't get/like and changed).
  • You Haven't Seen the Last of X: Variations on this phrase are used at least three times.

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