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Fan Fic: Reality Checks Nyxverse
RealityCheck's Nyxverse is a set of recursive fanfictions by Ralph Hayes, Jr. using the penname RealityCheck and based off of Pen Stroke's hugely popular and influential My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction Past Sins. In chronological order, they are:

  • Nyx's Family: Nyx and Spike travel to the Crystal Empire with Twilight Sparkle when she is called in to update the empire's library. Unfortunately, Shining Armor, whom she's staying with, has bitter feelings toward the filly formerly known as Nightmare Moon... and the Crystal Ponies, who were ruled by unicorn kings and queens and then enslaved by a unicorn tyrant, have bitter feelings towards anything with a horn...and this is before a gang of teenage dragons decides to raid the place in search of lost treasure. Complete.
  • Nightmare Night and Nyx: This is Nyx's first Nightmare Night, a holiday she has no knowledge of, especially the darker connections with her past. Complete.
  • Alicornundrum: After the events of Magical Mystery Cure, Twilight has become an Alicorn. However, not everyone's happy with the shift of power or how close Nyx is to the throne now, and both their lives are turned upside down by their new status as royalty. Complete.
  • Cheerilee's Class: This fic focuses on Willow Wisp, a thestral, moving to Ponyville and getting acquainted with the more eccentric members of his new class. Incomplete.

Most of the stories start simple, but they quickly add more elements that the story's synopsis is only a small part of.


The series as a whole provides examples of the following:

  • Adorkable
    • Twilight Sparkle is a major character, so this trope is instantly in play.
    • Nyx is, if possible, even more adorkable. Among many other things, she becomes a huge fan of the Equestrian equivalent of The Hobbit and throws marathon screenings with her friends.invoked
    • Bright Eyes, the friend Nyx makes through their shared love of Bilbo Burro (the Hobbit Expy), is this as well. They become fast friends after Nyx saves him from a Gang Of Bullies who were making fun of his Bilbo Burro plushie.
  • Alternate Universe: What with Nyx's presence, and everything. Oh, and apparently, Pinkie Pie was put in charge of reforming Discord, instead of Fluttershy.
  • Anachronic Order: The list above puts the stories in chronological order. In publication order, it's Nightmare Night and Nyx -> Nyx's Family -> Cherilee's Class -> Alicornundum.
  • Author Appeal: Immortality. Both the concept itself and the means to achieve it. Luna and Celestia are on a quest to bring immortality to the citizens of Equestria. The astute reader will pick up on several hints that this quest is eventually successful. For example, near the end of Nyx's Family, Rarity and Cadance get into a conversation over the peculiar beverage they are drinking. Rarity will eventually find herself thinking back on that talk more than a century later.
  • Author Filibuster: Considering who the author is, the truly interesting thing is how few of these there are. Reality Check clearly is more interested in telling stories here than expounding on his often controversial political views. Still, if you are looking for them, there's at least one example per fic, some much subtler than others.
  • Badass Bookworm: Twilight, Nyx, Spell Nexus, Dubious once he stops being a Jerkass, and most of the research team that Twilight puts together in order to look for the Founder's Tomb. It is hinted that Pinkie Pie is this as well.
  • Badass Family: The Sparkle Clan. Dear Lord, the Sparkle Clan. By the time Alicornundrum is in its second chapter, they are a full-bore Cadet Branch of the Equestrian Royal Family, and they are out there all day kicking flank and taking names.
    Night Light: Don't mess with me, boy. I am one of Equestria's fierce beasts. I am the original steam powered animal; I have dual pistons and a built-in cowcatcher and I will roll over your tiny ego like a herd of pie-crazed buffalo. I have SEEN horseapples.
    "I spent a portion of my daughter's cuteceneara day as a potted cactus. I nearly was father in law to a giant cock-a-roach. I have alicorns in my kitchen on a regular basis. My family pic-a-nics in Everfree Forest and likes it.
    "The Elements of Harmony swap Hearth Warming gifts with us. The fruits of my loins are forces of nature, boy. My daughter juggles ursa minors for a pastime, makes Nightmare Moon sit in the corner when she's naughty, and turned a chaos god into a birdbath. She and her friends destroyed the Grand Galloping Gala and Princess Celestia applauded. My son slaps armies out of the sky by snogging his wife. My daughter in law sits on a THRONE and held the sky up for three days by sheer force of will.
    • Other family members have had their moments:
      • Shining Armor chews out the parents and grandfather of an underachieving colt when they try to sign him up for the Royal Guard (Nyx's Family).
      • After putting six overgrown dragons in the hospital, Spike promises to do far worse to them if they ever threaten his friends again (Nyx's Family).
      • Twilight Velvet catches three nobles gossiping about her daughter's upcoming wedding and goes into full Mama Bear mode, verbally ripping them a new one (Alicornundrum).
      • Fed up with the petty scheming of the nobles bringing petitions before the throne, Twilight Sparkle unloads on them with such ferocity that two-thirds of them simply clear out on the spot (Alicornundrum).
    • So far, the only immediate family member who hasn't gone off on an epic tirade is Nyx. Word of God said that she would get hers in this verse's version of One Bad Apple.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The stories never get too dark, but they do tend to get darker than they started out.
  • Continuity Snarl: It's small, and easy to ignore, but in Alicornundrum, Ink Spot claims to have been involved with Twilight by the time of the events of "Lesson Zero", which would place Nyx's Family and Nightmare Night and Nyx early on or before Season 2... except they clearly take place after "The Crystal Empire", putting them somewhere in Season 3.
    • However, this may mean that something caused it to happen later than in canon.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: One of the Royal Guards looking after Nyx is named Lightning Blitz, with Blitz being German for "Lightning". The author admits to the redundancy.
  • Foil: Nyx and Diamond Tiara have almost the exact opposite personality traits from each other, which causes Tiara to view Nyx as her Arch-Enemy and despise her. To wit, Diamond is haughty, showy, pretentious, and anti-intellectual; has a hard facade; has a carefully crafted self-image of blase superiority; and refuses to reveal her inner emotions. Nyx is demure, humble, honest, nerdy, excitable, hyper-intellectual, and extremely curious; hates being the center of attention; is sensitive and empathetic; and finds it next to impossible to hide her feelings. Diamond Tiara had long set herself up as the closest thing that the "backwater" of Ponyville had to a noble and thus behaved as she thought nobles should behave, which was fine as long as no nobles lived in Ponyville. By the end of Nightmare Night and Nyx, however, Nyx is officially a "de facto" member of both the Equestrian and Crystal Empire royal families and has her own security detail. The fact that Nyx's behavior is almost the exact opposite of Diamond Tiara's exposes the latter as a fraud, a fact of which Diamond is all too well aware.
  • Footnote Fever: Like his other MLP fics. Keep track of those numbers with Control+F kids.
  • Generation Xerox: Twilight gets her Super OCD traits from her mother, and Nyx seems to have inherited a few from her.
  • Glamour Failure: Special lanterns that act as a kind of Anti-Magic, dispelling Changeling disguises, are mentioned and show up multiple times throughout the series.
  • Hidden Depths: For Diamond Tiara of all ponies. Turns out one of the reasons she hates Nyx is she blames her for her father getting brainwashed in Past Sins and thinks she is a Karma Houdini who avoided punishment for it. She also helped Silver Spoon deal with a trauma-based fear, albeit in a meanie fashion.
  • Hollywood History: In-Universe, it turns out that the Hearth Warming's tale is this. For starter's, Chancellor Puddinghead was actually a brilliant scholar named Level Head ("Puddinghead" was a derogatory nickname by the unicorns and pegasi), and it was actually the Crystal Heart that scared off the Windigoes.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Consistently subverted. When Twilight and Ink Spot start dating in Nightmare Night and Nyx, Shining Armor gives his "obligatory big brother greeting and death threat", but shrugs it off as a joke and says he likes the guy. And when the two become engaged in Alicornundrum, Twilight's father Night Light actually refuses to do this, stating that if he thought Ink Spot was the type of guy who might hurt Twilight, he wouldn't have let them date in the first place.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Celestia and Luna certainly think so and have a master plan to make everyone immortal as well.
  • Modest Royalty: Celestia , Luna, Cadence, Shining, and Twilight are all, of course, this, since it is one of their defining character traits in the show itself. But it's really taken Up to Eleven with Nyx, who dislikes being reminded at all of the fact that she is royalty. Understandable, given how much she detested her tenure as Queen of Equestria and how her birthright to the title of Dark Queen of Equestria has been the source of every major trauma in her life, including kidnappings, multiple assassination attempts, and being feared and despised by many. Her royal status is essentially a trigger for her. The typical result when someone brings up the fact that she will inevitably be granted a royal title of some sort is as follows:
    "But really, y'all," Applebloom said. "Nyx, Twilight Sparkle's a princess now. And that means sooner or later YOU'RE gonna be a princess too—"
    "Lalalalala CAN'T HEAR YOOUUU laallaALALALALA..." Nyx sang at the top of her lungs, hooves over her ears.
    • This is the main, but not by any means the only, reason Diamond Tiara hates Nyx. See Foil above.
    • Twilight even goes as far as to try and abdicate near the end of "Alicornundrum", with Celestia lampshading the Irony that those suited most for royal power are those who don't desire it.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Celestia, Luna, Cadence, Shining, and as of "Alicornundrum" Twilight and even our little Nyx.
  • Running Gag: Just because Flitter looks, acts, smells, tastes, sounds like, and has the phobias of a bug...
    • Nyx's reaction to being called a princess.
  • WAFF: A Slice of Life portion introduces every fic in the series, and Nyx is always just as Adorkable as her mother.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: As a result of both living with Twilight and her past experience as Nightmare Moon, Nyx has some pretty insightful moments.

Nyx's Family provides examples of the following:

  • Affectionate Nickname / Stealth Pun: Night Light and Shining Armor call Nyx "Nyxy Sticks."
    • Ink Spot does likewise in Alicornundrum.
  • Amplifier Artifact: Fire Opals make dragons grow larger, temporarily. In large doses, they can even grant extra heads.
  • Author Filibuster: Chapter 11, wherein Market Forces, an economist in the employ of the Royal Sisters, where we are treated to a flashback of Celestia and Luna using a magic mirror to consult HUMAN economists in order to create Equestria's economic system.(According to the author, because it was too much of a pain in the behind trying to "ponify" the names of various economists so as to be recognizable.) From that point on, no mention is made of the topics in that chapter. Word of God is these elements may reappear in future stories, however.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Spike. Holy shit, Spike.
  • Big Bad: Garble in the latter portion of the story as he and his gang plan to and ultimately invade the Crystal Empire thinking that there's treasure to steal there.
  • Brick Joke: Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's fangirl crushes on Shining Armor.
  • Brown Note: The MythBusters expys use a giant tuning fork against a dragon to try to invoke it: the tuning fork ends up breaking the fire opals he ate with… disastrous results. When asked if the myth was confirmed, Jamie wasn't sure.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Fluttershy tries the same method she used in "Dragonshy," which looks successful for a moment, but an angry maternal tone doesn't have the same effect on a dragon who disdains his mom.
  • Comic Book Adaptation: Fury of the Purple Dragon, on deviantART, focuses on Spike's transformation during the final battle. The author and the fans approve. Go to the Awesome page for a link.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Sombra gets even more points with this here than just what he shares with his canon counterpart. Basically, the reason Twilight and Nyx (plus Spike and Peewee) go to the Empire is so Twilight could help reorganize the library system. They need to do this because Sombra had destroyed all their card catalogs, keeping anypony that wasn't him from finding anything so he wouldn't have to destroy information he might need later.
  • Genre Savvy: Nyx. Part of the reason she decides to give away most of the gifts she received after the attempted bombing (besides the fact that there wouldn't be any room in her room for her if she brought them all home and that it was fun to share) is that she's apparently read a story like that situation before:
    Plus, she'd read enough books to know how this story went: the little filly gets all sorts of nice presents and then she turns into a horrible spoiled brat from getting so much stuff and has to have something terrible happen to her and learn an awful lesson at the end. Well no way was she going to fall into that trap! She'd already gone through turning into an evil Princess; flirting with one bad storybook plot in her lifetime was enough for her.
  • Glamour Failure: When Nyx is magically made to look like an ordinary filly, camera flashes briefly reveal her true appearance.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Shining and Cadence, chapter 5.
    Shining: I'll think about it tonight.
    Cadence: Not yet, you don't.
    Shining: Oooh...
    • Their room is soundproof for exactly that reason.
  • Godzilla Threshold: In Chapter 28, Spike realizes that the Dragons were going to kill his pony friends. To stop them, he decides to cross the Threshold, and trigger his rage form.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Narrowly averted. Dubious stands directly under boulders and shoots them down in order to separate his party from the assailing dragons. But Rainbow Dash, of all ponies, saves him.
  • Hannibal Lecture/Shut Up, Hannibal!: The first from Garble, and the reply from Bright Eyes in chapter 31.
  • Jerkass: Dubious. He gets better.
  • Kudzu Plot: Word of God admitted that the story was supposed to have been a one-shot. It clearly didn't end up as one.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Dashie tried to fly straight to the palace after the attempted bombing. She got netted.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the end, Nyx complains of feeling like someone else took over her story.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Nyx rediscovers her capacity for the Royal Canterlot Voice while facing Diamond Dogs.
  • Multiple Head Case: Garble after an overdose of Fire Opals. Not much fun for him once the battle is over, and it's only the beginning - he's eventually going to split into three of himself.
  • Mythology Gag: The magic disguise Nyx uses at the press conference is the same one she uses in Winter Bells, the Past Sins supplemental story whose existence contradicts this one.
  • Noodle Incident: Rainbow Dash has apparently had to booby trap her kitchen to keep Derpy away from fresh muffins in the past. And she implies this is a regular occurrence.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Celestia and Luna "fighting" the dragons Spike accidentally teleports to them.
  • Oh Crap: The terrorist's expression when he realizes that his "bomb" will strike no one but himself.
    • The dragons get one after Flange got nailed by Spike's Teleport breath when he rose as Spikezilla.
  • One-Winged Angel: Garble, after eating way too many Fire Opals, grows huge and sprouts two extra heads.
  • Out of Focus: Nyx quickly becomes this (the "Shining holds a paranoid grudge" plot lasts only the seven first chapters). She lampshades it in the last chapter.
  • Playing with Fire: You have to expect as much in a dragon battle.
  • Power at a Price: The adolescent dragons learn the hard way why older dragons rarely gorge on Fire Opals.
  • Relationship Upgrade / Ship Tease: Rarity promises to give Spike a chance in a few years. Cadence assures her that it's not a false hope; they have ways of overcoming differences in species, size, shape, and eventually age.
  • Schizo Continuity: This fic conflicts with Pen Stroke's Winter Bells, in that both deal with Shining Armor getting over his fear of Nyx, but in different ways. What makes this significant is that part of another story in Pen Stroke's In The Family series is mentionednote . As such, Winter Bells is not canon to RealityCheck's Nyxverse.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Spike attempts to persuade the attacking dragons to leave by offering himself up as requested. To no one else's surprise, it doesn't work.
  • Shout-Out: Numerous. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Hobbit, Godzilla, Pacific Rim, Gurren Lagann, Mobile Fighter G Gundam...
  • Spit Take: Of the liquid-out-the-nose variety. Shining Armor does this multiple times in Chapter 4 with coffee, then orange juice, due to Nyx's actions and dialog.
  • Suicide Attack: Attempted by a lone terrorist. Fortunately, he didn't count on unicorns proficient in shield magic — and what he thought was the Equestrian equivalent of The Anarchist's Cookbook turned out to be a book of pranks.
  • Super Mode: This time, Spike's greed-induced growth spurt is this.
    • And not only because he's in control this time. He's much bigger and with Hulk-like muscles.
    • Instant Armor: The Armor of the Crystal Champion.
  • The Letter Knew You Would Say That: Celestia's letter revising Nyx's legal status from 'parolee' (as of the end of Past Sins) to 'time served'
    Spike: Wow. She's good. Whups, here's a postscript...
    [Letter Postscript]: Dear Spike,
    Darn tootin' I am.
    -Celestia.
    Spike [Eyes Glazed]: Urrrh....
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Scootaloo adores panda bears and gets a giant panda plushie from Nyx.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Spike and Bright Eyes.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Well, the literary version. Two dragons lose their Fire Opals that way.


Nightmare Night & Nyx provides examples of the following:

  • Accusation Fic: Celestia and others are made to feel guilty for perpetuating the old Nightmare Night traditions now that Nightmare Moon has become Nyx.
  • Adult Fear: Flitter goes off without her parents. They come looking for her in forbidden, decidedly dangerous territory.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted. Flitter and her parents reveal that the Changelings are not this trope. In fact, most of the species consider Chrysalis a "rabble-rouser" who almost destroyed their food source.
  • Anticlimax: A surprising number of chapters follow the biggest, most suspenseful event of the evening.
  • Author Filibuster: Bruce Mane lecturing Applejack on the Broken Aesop from "The Mysterious Mare-Do Well." Also Thunderlane urging Rainbow Dash to embrace her feminine side.
  • Brats with Slingshots: "CUTIE MARK CRUSADER ANTI-AIRCRAFT ARTILLERY, YAY!"
  • Cloning Blues: Nyx suffers this for a good part of the story.
  • Disney Death: Nyx is seemingly killed by the conspirators, only for it to turn out she was just knocked out by her magic being drained. Of course, it is said in-story that a non-alicorn would indeed have been killed if they went through the process.
  • Discontinuity Nod: The Alphabet Conspirators' plan for Nyx, believing she's just a malignant blob of magic, is to dissipate her. This was originally what Celestia planned to do to Nyxnote  in the original version of Past Sins.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: See Snails under You Just Had to Say It.
  • Expy: Bruce Mane is one to Bruce Wayne.
    • In-Universe superhero BatStallion, a thestral, is one to Batman. Bruce Mane dresses as him for the ball. He is also the inspiration for BatStallion: He saved an aspiring artist from some thugs, and his transformation trinket accidentally got ripped off, revealing him to be a thestral. This inspired the artist to make a thestral superhero with a tragic backstory named BatStallion. Whether or not Bruce Mane is BatStallion isn't revealed.
  • For Nightmare Night I Am Going as Myself / Hidden in Plain Sight: Flitter the changeling is disguised as... a changeling.
    • Bruce Mane is dressed as BatStallion and turns out to be the In-Universe inspiration for the character.
  • Has Two Mommies: The realization that Nyx is technically related to Twilight leads to the realization that she may also be related to Luna by the same reasoning. After an epic Spit Take from Celestia (or was it Luna herself?) disguised as Nightmare Moon, she summarily discards the notion.
  • Hidden Depths: Pinkie Pie has an extensive education in psychology, which she explains is necessary to be the best party-planning pony possible.
  • I Can't Dance: Luna's as bad a dancer as Twilight. Then it turns out that was actually Celestia disguised as Luna.
  • Imagine Spot: When Twilight finds out about Celestia's hoof in her and Ink Spot getting together, she imagines her dancing on the ceiling above them holding marionette controllers.
  • Love at First Sight: Seems to be the case with Twilight and Ink Spot, though it's not until later that they admit their full feelings.
  • Mama Bear: Twilight towards Nyx, as per Past Sins canon. When she thinks the conspirators killed Nyx, she goes berserk and almost kills them. She's only stopped by Celestia showing that Nyx was still alive.
    • Fluttershy, also for Nyx, is no slouch herself.
  • Mind Screw: There's a lot of this In-Universe when it's revealed that Celestia and Luna have been impersonating each other off and on for most of the party.
    • Poor Pipsqueak suffers this when ponies try to explain the relationship between Nyx, Luna, and Nightmare Moon to him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The cult members have this when they realize that Nyx isn't merely a malignant blob of magic.
  • Oh Crap: "But.... but there shouldn't be a body."
  • Our Souls Are Different: Nyx is shown her own soul to help her get over her Cloning Blues.
  • The Reveal: Played with. It was strongly implied that Ink Spot was an undercover Royal Guard... but it turns out he really is a book editor as he said, but one who's been hired to help the actual undercover guards keep their cover.
  • Shipper on Deck: Nyx and all of Twilight's friends are this for her and Ink Spot. And Celestia was pretty proactive about it too.
  • Ship Tease: Primarily Twilight/Ink Spot, but there's also Nyx/Rumble, Rainbow Dash/Thunderlane, Applejack/Bruce Mane, and Fluttershy/Caramel. (Pinkie Pie's time with Pokey Pierce gets little coverage; Rarity's time with Big Macintosh gets even less.)
  • Spit Take: Celestia has an epic one when Twilight tricks her into thinking she and Ink Spot are having a foal. She spits out her punch at supersonic speeds, the glass she's holding disintegrating in the process.
    • Before that, Nyx wonders aloud whether Luna counts as her "father." Celestia (or possibly Luna in disguise) clearly hadn't thought of that interpretation.
  • The Atoner: Spell Nexus.
  • Those Two Guys: Lightning Blitz and Sundiver, a pair of Royal Guards assigned to discretely watch over Nyx and Twilight.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Apparently Twist's candy includes a secret ingredient produced by earth pony magic that is nutritionally equivalent to Changeling nectar (love bound to sugar water), solving Flitter's family's food supply problem. And before that they had been subsisting on the adoration of forest animals, plus it's implied that their original method of feeding on love from ponies wasn't harmful.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The cult firmly believe that Nyx is still evil, has brainwashed the Element Bearers and the Princesses, and must be destroyed for the good of Equestria.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Bruce Mane gives one to Applejack for the whole Mare-Do-Well incident.
  • Writer on Board: Rainbow Dash feels uncomfortable slow-dancing and doing feminine things out in public, because she is afraid people will view her as weak and not awesome. This results in a scene where Dash realizes that her animosity to "frilly froufrou stuff" is leaving Scootaloo, who looks up to her as a role model, conflicted.
  • You Just Had to Say It: In Chapter 13, the other foals try to explain to Snails that there is no real Nightmare Moon, just Nyx. Snails points out that, if Nyx was grown of the scraps of Nightmare Moon, couldn't another piece have grown up and become another Nightmare Moon, too?
    Scootaloo: Of all the times and places in the world, you had to pick THIS one to get smart...

Alicornundrum provides examples of the following:

  • Arranged Marriage: Lord Blueblood gets Night Light drunk in order to trick him into agreeing to setting up one of these between Twilight and Prince Blueblood. When Twilight finds out, she... forces him to sign an annulment. When he protests that he did so under duress, Celestia points out that she outlawed certain types of arranged marriages centuries ago to kill the practice of trading heirs like possessions the laws now specifically require all participants (including the bride and groom) to be of age and sound mind at the time of the signing), and that his specific contract constitutes rape, enslavement, kidnapping, contractual fraud, blackmail, and treason, so it'd be illegal anyway.
  • Batman Gambit: Twilight signs away most of the political power of she and the other Princesses... which was something Celestia was planning on all along.
  • Big Bad: Lord Blueblood, who's willing to sink to any level to take advantage of Twilight's ascension to increase his family's own power.
    • Big Bad Wannabe: Ponies whom Duke Blueblood attempts to ruin tend to wind up better off through mysterious circumstances. Servants told they'd never work in Canterlot again win massive sweepstakes prizes, guards Reassigned to Antarctica get diverted to the verdant Crystal Empire... You'd think he would have realized he was outclassed by several orders of magnitude when that "uppity" cousin he married off to a brutish wife beater found herself a rich widow after a sudden crocodile attack.
  • Big Entrance: When Ink Spot hears about the above mentioned Arranged Marriage, he uses a network of unicorn teleportation to get to Canterlot, and bursts into the throne room wearing gryphon armor (loaned by a sympathetic gryphon), and challenges Prince Blueblood to a duel for Twilight's hoof in marriage. Even though the whole thing had been resolved already, it's still impressive.
    Spike: (to Bright Eyes) That's how you make an entrance, dude.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Luna feels protective towards Nyx, and verbally rips Triton a new one when his poor word choice made her think she had accidentally killed thousand of sentient beings.
  • Big "YES!": Nyx's reaction to Twilight's ascension, and then to her and Ink Spot getting engaged.
  • Blackmail: After Twilight gets out of the Arranged Marriage, Lord Blueblood convinces his son to help him do this instead to gain control of her.
  • Book Ends: Nyx does her Big "YES!" routine both when Twilight ascends and when Ink Spot ascends. They also have an alicorn experiencing angst over outliving their loved ones .
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Killdeer-Adder do this to their grandfather Emperor Eagle-Cobra, pointing out how they've always been used as a political tool while still being looked down on, and can't take it anymore, which is why they're seeking political sanctuary in Equestria.
    • Twilight calls Celestia out on making her a princess without her input or considering whether she actually wanted the position (which she did not.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Flitter's Logic Bomb gives Twilight an idea on how to fix the mess they're in. Twilight even references it during the unveiling.
  • The Chessmaster: Celestia. Her plan to reduce her own powers qualifies.
    • Duke Blueblood tries to be this, but it's fairly obvious Celestia has him outclassed.
  • Continuity Nod: Twilight brings up how Celestia promised her that she and Nyx wouldn't be dragged into royal politics (at the end of Nightmare Night and Nyx) when protesting being made a princess.
    • Nyx talks Twilight into assigning Sundiver and Lightning Blitz to her security detail as a thanks to them for their heroics in Nightmare Night and Nyx.
    • In Nyx's Family, Nyx, Bright Eyes, and the family watch the first film in Equestria's version of The Hobbit. Here, she watches the second one with her old and new friends.
  • Eureka Moment: Twilight ends up having one regarding how to fix the Celestial Council's problem, after a revisiting of Gossamer's Logic Bomb conversation.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Prince Blueblood may be rude (especially towards women) and egotistical, but he doesn't like his father's plans for trying to force Twilight into a marriage to him. Furthermore, it's said that he'd never do anything bad to children - at least, nothing worse than eating candy in front of them without sharing. Doubloon finds this out when she tries to distract him by flirting with him; since she's young enough to be his daughter, he gently turns her down. He also reacts with horror when he discovers exactly what his father plans to do to remove the Princesses from power, and immediately decides to go tell them about the other stallion's plans.
  • Family Theme Naming: Killdeer, a young royal griffin Nyx meets at the summit, has a family tradition that gives the names of bird species to their griffin bodies and snake species names to their sentient snake tails, with Killdeer's snake tail being named Adder.
  • Fate Worse than Death: The nobles caught up in the conspiracy, if and when convicted, will have their names and titles stripped and punished accordingly. Duke Blueblood, after being found out, had a stroke and will be treated in a nursing home as a child for the rest of his natural life. Compassion of the Crown was granted to his wife, who will most likely be his primary caretaker.
  • Genki Girl: Gossamer the Flutterpony, to the point that Nyx wonders if she and Pinkie are related.
  • Genre Blind: Lord Blueblood's attempt to force Twilight to marry his son not only failed to take into account the fact that the contract needs Twilight's signature to be legal (along with numerous other legal issues that would have gotten him life in prison at best), but how Celestia would react to someone trying that trick on her student, and that he's gotten her VERY angry with him.
    • It appears that this is a general trait of his, as he constantly fails to recognize that he's been Out-Gambitted whenever he tried to ruin a pony's life.
  • Genre Savvy: Prince Blueblood, unlike his father, realizes how the Duke is always Out-Gambitted by Celestia.
  • Gilded Cage: Killdeer-Adder refers to being his grandfather's heir as thing, which is why he emigrates to Equestria.
    • This is part of why Twilight tries to abdicate, her duties and such are keeping her from her friends and family.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid/Misfit Mobilization Moment: Nyx calls for help from her Ponyville friends, as well as the other Royal Brats, in order to successfully sneak into the Bluebloods' home in order to find proof of their political scheming. She's more than a little surprised when every single one of them shows up.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: If Blueblood hadn't cooked up the fake pictures scheme, Nyx and friends wouldn't have revealed his plots.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After Pele makes a comment about the other Council members messing up, every Council member there says KRAKATOA.
  • Idle Rich: Blueblood, and he feels that both he and the people are happier if he stays that way.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Nyx when speaking of Bright Eyes:
    Nyx: He may be all tough when he's running around with you, but he's all sweet and sensitive and vulnerable with me when we get his armor off. ...What? (Hoofmaids burst into laughter and Spike is facepalming) Whaaaat? What did I say?
  • King Incognito: Songhili is the Selkie King.
  • Legend Fades to Myth: Twilight explains this trope in regards to how knowledge about the true nature of their world was lost — the truth was never meant to hidden, but over time the facts faded to legends, the legends to myths, and even the myths were eventually forgotten.
  • Logic Bomb: Gossamer does this to the pony in charge of maintenance of Canterlot's central clock tower — the clock is how everypony in the city tells time, so how would they know how to reset it? Well, they'll just use the palace sundial. But what if Celestia sleeps late? Well, she'll have an alarm clock set, except how will they know how to set it if the clock tower isn't working? It's at this point that Nyx decides to lead the group away, while the poor pony is left facing an existential crisis.
  • Mama Bear: Celestia shows this side in spades when she tells off Lord Blueblood for trying to force Twilight to marry his son, going so far as to threaten him with the possibility of four death sentences if he doesn't drop the idea fast.
    Celestia: DID YOU IMAGINE FOR A SECOND THAT I WOULD REFRAIN FROM BRINGING MY FULL POWER AND WRATH TO BEAR AGAINST ANYONE WHO TRIED SUCH A THING WITH MY MOST BELOVED STUDENT?
    • Twilight Velvet finally gets her Sparkle Clan brand moment of awesomeness in this manner, confronting three gossipy nobles.
    Velvet: You won't have to worry about what Celestia will do to you because the last thing you will see in this world will be me taking a bite out of your still-beating hearts. Oh, and don't think I won't do it. My grandson is a dragon. I know how to get rid of the bodies.
  • Manly Tears: Sundiver bawls during Twilight and Ink Spot's wedding, much to Lightning Blitz' disgust.
  • Morton's Fork: The Celestial Council has made its fair share of mistakes, causing numerous natural disasters, often because they don't plan ahead well. But without the Council, if the way things worked before it are any indication, things would be even worse than our world, with the forces being pretty much nonexistent instead of merely uncontrolled. Luckily, Twilight has a plan.
  • Multiple Head Case: Like chimeras, royal griffins have a snake tail that has a brain, mind, and name of its own.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: An abstract example. Spike's intensive training, in which eggs represent ponies relative to his huge form, ends with only one egg unbroken. Rock Steady teaches him the hard lesson that enemies who don't care about your allies and bystanders may leave you little choice but to get reckless in the fight, possibly causing collateral damage yourself.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Nyx's brief reign caused massive global repercussions.
    • Twilight later discovers that the Celestial Council has a history of doing this themselves. Apparently, while many natural disasters are coincidental or designed to release pressure (like Pele causing small earthquakes to prevent large and destructive ones, etc.), a number of them are caused by the Council members screwing up at their duties guiding nature. For example, Pele messing up (by means of a scheduling conflict) caused this universe's version of the Krakatoa eruption, or Jormungandr causing the freeze from the Hearth's Warming tale, etc.
  • Never My Fault: As Twilight points out, the Western Kingdoms have hurricanes already, and they shouldn't blame Nyx for the fact that they live in hurricane territory.
  • Noodle Incident: According to the footnotes, Ink Spot punched out a Diamond Dog in the badlands in the process of retrieving the diamond for Twilight's engagement ring; other than that, the only detail given is that it's a "long story".
    • Velvet apparently once fought off a manticore that threatened an infant Twilight.
    • Carp and dragons are apparently mortal enemies because of some sort of competition atop a waterfall in Neighpon.
  • Oblivious to Love: Triton is completely oblivious to Celestia's attraction to him.
  • Oh Crap: Blueblood had this when he learned Rarity is a Element of Harmony after the Gala.
  • Out-Gambitted: Duke Blueblood often attempts to ruin the lives of ponies he feels have slighted him in some way, yet fails to realize that Celestia is much better at manipulating things than he is, to the point that his "victims" are actually better off afterwards.
  • Overprotective Dad: Subverted repeatedly with Twilight's father.
  • Painting the Frost on Windows: In addition to what the ponies do and Celestia and Luna's control of the sun and moon, the Celestial Council is pretty much responsible for making the world run smoothly.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Triton's word choice makes Nyx think that she killed thousands of sentients.
    • Most natural disasters (not including simple mistakes), are the result of small errors and miscommunications between the members of the Council compounding themselves. For example, Krakatoa was the result of a scheduling mishap.
  • Puppet King: Celestia intentionally sets things up so the powers of her and the other Princesses are reduced to this, as Equestria has been capable of running itself without them for centuries.
  • Reality Ensues: This occurs with Nyx causing an extended night in Past Sins, There Are No Global Consequences being entirely averted.
  • The Reveal: The planet was essentially turned into a giant spaceship, complete with artificial sun and moon orbiting it, thousands of years ago in order to escape a dying star system.
    • Songhili is the Selkie king.
  • Sanity Slippage: Twilight a la Lesson Zero early into her new role. Celestia ends up appointing her four hoofmaidens to help with the workload.
  • Smug Snake: Duke Blueblood: Besides his Arranged Marriage scheme having numerous holes and his failure to realize when he's been Out-Gambitted by Celestia in his attempts to ruin innocent lives, his plan to overthrow the Princesses failed to account that the Council wouldn't have let him just Take Over the World like that.
  • Spanner in the Works: The CMC and the Royal Brats are the ones who ultimately foil Duke Blueblood's scheme.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: Celestia and Luna give this as the reason they crowned Twilight Sparkle almost immediately after she grew the wings — they themselves were worshipped zealously to the point that they literally had a castle built around them, so they know that Twilight would be worshipped whether she wanted it or not.
    • Also how Canterlot came to be — after Celestia banished Luna to the moon, she fled to the highest mountain peak she could find, only for the ponies to start building around her.
  • Super Window Jump: When Ink Spot challenges Prince Blueblood to a duel for Twilight's hoof, the Prince — already unnerved by Twilight and Celestia's Unstoppable Rages — forfeits and goes out the nearest window (and lands on a pole).
  • Take Over the World: Duke Blueblood's ultimate plan.
  • Take That: The whole Arranged Marriage with Blueblood thing is one aimed at a fic with a similar premise that the author hated (due to everyone from Celestia to Twilight carrying massive Idiot Balls throughout the entire story.)
  • There Are No Global Consequences: Averted. Nyx halting the day-night cycle caused a lot of global problems, too many to list here in fact.
  • Time Master: Twilight uses magic to get five years worth of worth done in five days.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Nyx's Family, Rock Steady was brawny but not very educated or sure of himself; it took him two tries to pass an equivalency exam so he could join the Royal Guard. Shining Armor promoted him from Private to Lieutenant for his bravery in the battle against the dragons - leading three charges against them without losing a single soldier. As of Alicornundrum, he has been put in command of the "Heavy Platoon" and begun to display leadership and confidence.
    • The CMC and their friends use their skills to successfully sneak into the Blueblood's suite and find a briefcase of evidence (though they do get caught).
  • Troll: Blueblood was being one when he was rude to Rarity during the Gala. He figured that she was a social climber (based off the fact that she was actually eager to be around him) and behaved like an absolute lout on purpose.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Twilight and Celestia both have this reaction to Lord Blueblood's attempt to force an Arranged Marriage between his son and Twilight.
    • Luna rips Triton a new one verbally when he accidentally makes Nyx think thousands died because of her.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between Celestia and King Triton. It finally gets resolved in chapter 24, thanks to Luna.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Duke Blueblood after his plans are foiled — his mind essentially shuts down, and he's reduced to sucking on his hoof like a foal. As it turns out, he broke down so much that he was reduced to the mental state of a foal. It's later stated that he actually suffered an aneurysm and would be spending the rest of his life in a nursing home, at his wife's expense.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Spike shows he now can alternate between his normal form and his "Hulkzilla" adult form at will.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: More for the lead up than the proposal itself — When Ink Spot hears about the above Arranged Marriage attempt, he bursts onto the scene in gryphon armor and challenges Prince Blueblood to a duel for Twilight's hoof in marriage. Blueblood instantly forfeits, after which Twilight confirms that Ink Spot meant what he said; he responds by pulling out a horn ring he made on his way there.
  • We Need a Distraction: The children use Dinkys cuteness to distract the royal secretary pool to get into Blue Bloods's secretarys desk. All it takes is a sob story and a few, not so crocodile tears and every mare in the room drops everything to comfort the poor little filly.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 24, whic has the planet revealed as a starship, Twilight unveiling her device, and the Duke's plans revealed and foiled.
    • In chapter 25, Killdeer-Adder emigrates to Equestria, Po gains Flight, Songhili is revealed to be the Selkie King, Time Turner proposes to Ditzy, Celestia and Triton make their relationship official, Blueblood is appointed as an ambassador to the Western Kingdoms, and Twilight abdicates.
    • In chapter 26, Celestia, having shot down Twilight attempt to abdicate and listening to her Calling the Old Man Out speech, drafts up a new law that allows Twilight to live in Ponyville (and allows the other Princesses to have more freedom).
    • In the 27th and final chapter, Ink Spot and Twilight are married, and a massive magic surge makes Ink Spot an alicorn!.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Nyx spends the first chapter angsting over the fact that she'll outlive everyone she loves and is thus overjoyed when Twilight becomes an alicorn.
    • Twilight undergoes a similar experience when considering that she'll outlive Ink Spot during their wedding. Luckily, a combination of a garbled Star Swirl's Asension spell, along with Elements of Harmony, the Second Crystal Heart and energy from a gaggle of nigh-immortals allows him to ascend.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: The worst Prince Blueblood will do to a child is eat candy in front of them and not share.


Cheerilee's Class provides examples of:

  • All the Other Reindeer: Willow has been bullied a lot.
  • An Ice Person: Frosty, being Half-Windigo, has the ability to generate cold.
  • Continuity Nod: Snips and Snails mistake the new student for a vampony from the movie Curse of The Vampony, which was revealed in Nyx's Family, when he scares them. Nyx facehoofs, saying, "Oh, No... Not Again!!"
    • Flitter's lunch consists entirely of candies made by Twist and infused with her equivalent of Changeling nectar (as explained in Nightmare Night and Nyx). The first time Willow sees Flitter, she's sucking on a candy cane during class.
    • Nyx still has the oversized hat/sunglasses combo she started using back in Nyx's Family.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Willow is a thestral and thus looks like a walking Nightmare Night display, but he starts making friends once he realizes that most of his classmates are as off-center as he is.
  • Demoted to Extra: Willow is the viewpoint character for this story, and while Nyx does play a major role, she's not as prominent as in the other stories.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: When Cheerilee tells Snips and Snails that vamponies are an old mare's tale, Snails points out that everypony thought that about Nightmare Moon as well.
  • Emotion Eater: Subverted. Frosty repeatedly asserts that Windigoes do NOT feed on hate.
  • Fantastic Racism: Willow Wisp has faced a lot of this due to prejudice against thestrals.
    • Also, there's still some fear of Flitter for being a Changeling (though in this case, with Chrysalis's failed invasion and all, Flitter admits it's to be expected, though she's still hurt by it).
    • We can expect a similar problem for Frosty, given the Hearth Warming pageant.
  • Glamour Failure: Flitter is turning into caricatures of ponies in town on the way to school when a pony activates an anti-changeling lantern, which forces her to change back to normal.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: "Frosty warmed to the topic." Frosty is half-Windigo.
  • Making a Splash: Doubloon and her parents have tridents that allow them to control water.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, at one point, Twilight was experimenting with Sea Pony magic and created a giant waterspout by mistake.
    • Apparently she also experimented with antimatter (or at least a magical equivalent) at one point. When Nyx asks Spike what happened, he responded thusly:
      Spike: Well, she brought these two clouds of stuff together, I remember this bright light and a really loud noise, and when I woke up the library had a new skylight.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: See Continuity Nod above.
  • Pet the Dog: Silver Spoon hugs Willow for comforting her. Diamond Tiara admits that he earned a point (but just one) in her opinion.
    • Followed by a Pay Evil unto Evil moment when Diamond Tiara reveals how she comforted Silver Spoon.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Snips and Snails's first meeting with Willow.
  • Power Incontinence: Frosty easily loses control of his powers when in warm temperatures without his protective suit.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The class counts. In addition to the ordinary students, there's an alicorn who was Nightmare Moon, a dragon who's now one of the two Champions of the Crystal Empire, a Crystal Pony who's the other Champion of the Crystal Empire, a Changeling, a zebra, a Sea Pony, a thestral, a half-pony half-Windigo... and the original Cutie Mark Crusaders.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Ziggy, Zecora's nephew, tries to introduce himself in rhyming couplets but stumbles after a few lines.
    • Starts to shift into Rhymes on a Dime at lunch that day; he does a couple of different rhyme schemes and even comes up with a haiku.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Flitter apparently has a fear of spiders.
    • Also, Rumble has a fear of insects... and a lingering phobia of Changelings, which makes his friendship with one complicated.

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