Racer and the Geek
The racer, the geek, the zebra and the cameo
is a romantic story written by Kalash93.
As usual for a Kalash93 story, there is a very solid narrative backed up with plenty of character development and world building as well as some surprisingly intelligent social commentary and parallels to the real world.
Sunny Breeze is a seemingly ordinary stallion who lives alone in Ponyville. He just goes to work and whiles away his days alone in his apartment. This all changes when Rainbow Dash suddenly shows up at his doorstep one night and demands that he go with her to the Spring Equinox festival. Things begin to snowball quickly. Hilarity Ensues
. It quickly becomes apparent that not all is well with Sunny Breeze. Not everything is as it seems, however. There's more going on in Rainbow Dash's mind than Give Geeks a Chance
. And even Sunny Breeze himself harbors dark secrets and Hidden Depths
The story is currently ongoing. It typically updates once every two weeks. Between updates, the author often releases side stories.
The author worked as an editor on Rainbow in the Dark
, and it's been revealed that it is possible that both stories exist in the same universe, although perhaps not in the same continuity. Small nods, links, and references are present. This is still completely nebulous.
Warning: Spoilers are present and unmarked.
This work contains examples of:
- Action Girlfriend: Rainbow Dash is a Wonderbolt. While she's not involved in fighting, she is technically part of the military and her job is not for the faith of heart either.
- The Alcoholic: Sunny Breeze. He drinks to excess in every chapter and typically doesn't do anything without first taking a swig.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Averted- Sunny is capable of controlling himself and keeping his wits even when very drunk.
- Badass Adorable: Gunponies.
- Bad Dreams: Sunny suffers from these a lot. Chapter six gives a glimpse of their content.
- Bilingual Bonus: Several.
- Bullying a Dragon: Lightning Dust does this to Telny in chapter three. It almost costs her her life.
- Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: Telny and Keffiyeh have this dynamic. Telny is the rough one. Keffiyeh is the mellow officer.
- Celeb Crush: Zigzagged- Sunny Breeze doesn't start out with a crush on Rainbow Dash, but he is still starstruck initially.
- Christmas Cake: Rainbow Dash certainly counts, as does Zecora.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Pinkie Pie, of course.
- Creator Cameo: Brownie makes an appearance in the cover since he's the Author Avatar of the artist. It doubles as Shared Universe as he's also the main character from Rainbow in the Dark.
- Date Peepers: Pinkie Pie does this to Sunny and Rainbow at the festival.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Goggles excuses his late arrival at work by claiming that he was preoccupied with Rarity.
- Eating the Eye Candy: Sunny the first time he meets Rainbow.
- Ethical Slut: Implied to be the norm for ponies.
- Fantastic Arousal: Unicorns have their horns get reactive. Pegasi get wingboners.
- Fantastic Racism: Some exists against zebras. However, the prejudice against firearms and their users is very strong.
- Fantastic Slurs: Leadhead is a mild slur against firearms users. Foal Killer is offensive enough to provoke serious violence, and is grounds for justifiable homicide.
- Fantasy Conflict Counterpart: One of the main characters is a Shell-Shocked Veteran of a war in "Afgneighistan".
- Gender Rarity Value: A mild case, considering how badly mares outnumber stallions.
- Genre Savvy: Sunny displays limited amounts of this.
- Give Geeks a Chance: Sunny is cynical and Genre Savvy enough to question this coming right out of nowhere.
- Girl Next Door: Faraday.
- Gratuitous German: The beginning of chapter five features a song sung in untranslated German.
- Gratuitous Russian: Not as much as German, but it's still here.
- Gun Porn: Fairly mild for the standard, but more attention is lavished over the weapons and gear of gunponies than necessary.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: The Wonderbolts, particularly Rainbow Dash and Spitfire.
- Hates Being Touched: Sunny Breeze. He grows out of it somewhat over the course of his character development.
- Hired Guns: Gunponies are this for the most part.
- Holding Hands: This is about as far as Sunny as comfortable with going physically.
- The Ingenue: Scootaloo.
- Introduction by Hookup: Haye and Klee originally met in an earlier story in this continuity, Welcome To The Brothel, after Haye went to a brothel to lose his virginity. By this story they're Happily Married.
- Jailbait: Scootaloo. It's not so much about age as it is about her lack of a Cutie Mark.
- Just Friends: Telny tries to pass off his relationships with Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash as this.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: Goggles looks up to Shades. Shades looks up to Telny. Telny looks up to Keffiyeh.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Several examples. Rainbow Dash is definitely the dark feminine archetype. Faraday is definitely a light feminine archetype. Others are more mixed.
- Likes Older Women: Sunny definitely does this.
- Living a Double Life: All gunponies do this. It's a matter of survival.
- Loveable Sex Maniac: While nothing explicit has happened, Rainbow certain has this reputation.
- Loves My Alter Ego: A very intersting case, as one alter ego is hated and the other is beloved.
- Luminescent Blush: Sunny Breeze could make extra income as a lantern.
- My Beloved Smother: Sunny thinks this of his mother.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Rainbow claims to think so, but this is questionable.
- Nice to the Waiter: Sunny is not only nice to the waitress, but he also tips well.
- Not Quite The Right Thing: Rainbow wonders this over her treatment of a gunpony.
- No Hero to His Valet: Rainbow Dash is just an ordinary pony to her friends. She still has a somewhat inflated ego.
- Outdoorsy Gal: Scootaloo and Rainbow Dash both fit the bill.
- Passionate Sports Girl: All the female Wonderbolts are this to one degree or another.
- Pragmatic Hero: Telny operates more by pragmatism than anything else.
- Professional Killers: The popular perception of gunponies. This perception, however, does not extend to state military or police.
- Quit Your Whining: Sunny has an internal version of this when he is running up a mountain.
- Race Fetish: It is implied that the different types of ponies stand for different races. Naturally, some ponies have preferences.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo have something like this. It's not clear just what its exact nature is.
- Shared Universe: The author of Racer and the Geek worked as an editor on Rainbow in the Dark, and it's been revelaled that it is possible that Rainbow in the Dark exists in the same universe, although perhaps not in the same continuity as Racer and the Geek. Small nods, links, and references are present. This is still completely nebulous.
- The fact that Brownie makes a cameo standing beside Rainbow Dash in the cover may hint towards this. May count as a Creator Cameo.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Sunny.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Rainbow Dash.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Rainbow Dash comes to the realization than gunponies perhaps are not pure evil. It's complicated.
- Sympathy for the Hero: Telny has this for Goggles when he realizes just how new and naive the latter is.
- The Tease: Rainbow Dash loves this one.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: The single strongest moral prohibitions in pony society are against killing and violence.
- Tomboy: Rainbow Dash.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Scootaloo.
- Town Girls: The Wonderbolts definitely have this to varying degrees.
- Unicorns Are Sacred: Subverted- Telny shooting a Cerynitian deer stag establishes him as pragmatic and near ruthless, but it doesn't establish him as evil.
- The Vamp: Rainbow Dash has many such tendencies. Scootaloo actually refers to her partners as conquests.
- The Verse: Racer and the Geek is starting to turn into this thanks to its connections with other stories by Kalash93, including Relax, Welcome To The Brothel, and to a debatable degree, Shell Shock.
- Violence is the Only Option: The gunpony opinion on bandits and threats. Highly justified.
- Violence Really Is the Answer: When faced with a threat, gunponies have few issues with using lethal force.
- Weakness Turns Her On: Rainbow claims this when she first goes after Sunny.
- Wham Episode: Chapter six, where we finally get see what really happened to Sunny.
- Would Not Shoot a Civilian: The popular opinion of gunponies means that it really surprises ponies when this is the case.