Fan Fic: Romance and the Fate of Equestria
Romance and the Fate of Equestria
, or RFE
, is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
fanfic written by Supa Supa Bad Truly Mad Moves. First published on June 2, 2012, and picking up where the second season ended, it has an elaborate continuity which ignores all post-season 2 canon, (though occasionally runs into eerie parallels with later official content) making it something of an Alternate Universe Fic
due to its continued progress. Obsolescence aside, it's largely Original Flavour
, emulating the style of the series while infusing the characters and their world with more mature and adult themes.
The story begins with the Mane Six having a sleepover shortly after the events of the Season 2 finale, where Twilight reveals that her experiences at the wedding have gotten her interested in The Power of Love
, which she intends to start studying the same way she studies friendship. What follows is a massive
ensemble piece which weaves together many storylines, with all characters receiving a fair bit of the spotlight. While predominantly a Romantic Comedy
, the flavor of its many plots varies enough to qualify it as a Gen Fic
It can be found on fanfiction.net here
. An illustrated version, featuring special features such as fantasy cast lists and song lyrics, is slowly being produced on DeviantArt
and can be found here
The series is divided into segments; Part One consists of chapters 1-36, while the much-longer Part Two ran from chapters 37-110. Part Three began on August 3, 2014 and is in progress.
Also has a prequel, Legend of the Goddesses
, which serves as an Origin Story
for the RFE version of Celestia, Luna, Discord, and several OCs
Romance and the Fate of Equestria and Legend of the Goddesses contain examples of the following tropes:
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- Acceptable Breaks from Canon: As it was started shortly after Season 2 ended, all canon from afterward is ignored, save for minor strokes of inspiration and a whole lot of weird coincidences.
- Snowdrop took place on the one hundredth anniversary of Celestia and Luna's rule. Before Snowdrop came out, RFE had already stated that the sisters only ruled together for nine years, so in Snowdrop's scenes in Legend, the events of her film are said to have happened on the first anniversary instead.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Rarity, from the beginning of the story, defaults to being gloomy and depressed; it's eventually revealed that she's been suffering from depression and self-loathing.
- Celestia as well. It's implied that she's been a Stepford Smiler over the course of seasons 1 and 2 and has only now begun opening up, mostly just to Luna and Twilight.
- Adaptational Villainy: Lyra and Bon Bon.
- A minor example in Legend with Star Swirl the Bearded, who is responsible for the unicorns extorting food from the earth pony nation, and in a roundabout manner, for ponies shunning the night, turning Luna into Nightmare Moon.
- Another Legend example: Celestia. Though it's not quite to her memetic Tyrantlestia level, and it's a Foregone Conclusion that she'll evolve into her grounded-in-canon RFE self, she plays Teens Are Monsters and Psychopathic Man Child to the hilt, to the point that Annihilara's assessment of Nightmare Moon is that Luna has "turned into Celestia".
- Affably Evil: Vorpal Blade, to the point where he's said to be too nice to use The Power of Hate properly.
- Kane and Boll, though the most openly evil of the Old Gods, are also the friendliest. Really, all of the Old Gods qualify; they may not be good, but they're certainly nice.
- Faux Affably Evil: Skippmud and Crazyface are almost as casual and conversational as their leader, but far more brutal and destructive.
- Affectionate Nickname: A few characters get nicknames not seen in canon or fanon. Zecora is occasionally called "Z", Apple Bloom calls Silver Spoon "Silv"; Applejack calls Discord "Dis". "Tia", Luna's Fanon nickname for Celestia, is mentioned, but explicitly stated to have never been used by Luna. Luna herself is called "Lulu" by Princess Annihilara, who Luna in turn calls "Lara". Snicker-Snack calls Twilight "Smiley", even when they're not on the best of terms. And Fluttershy and Big Mac call each other "Shy" and "Macky".
- Applied Phlebotinum: Golden Thread, a versatile substance which Gilda allegedly invented. What exactly the stuff is provides one of the first mysteries of the story.
- Art Evolution: The illustrated version is being worked on by two artists, one of them the author. While their art is far from being great, the improvements they make with each successive piece are truly something to behold. KnitzyArtista95 is steadily phasing out her borderline-Chibi style for more appropriate proportions, while Truly Mad Moves is experimenting with getting more mileage out of his crayon-and-marker technique.
- Author Appeal: The fanfiction term for this trope, "pepperjack cheese", is name-dropped by Spike when Twilight expresses her fondness for soft pretzels and what they mean to her on a deep personal level.
- Bathos: Pinkie Pie is regularly used for this. A heartrending scene of Fluttershy drowning her sorrows is accompanied by Pinkie accidentally getting drunk herself, while another, similarly dramatic relationship moment includes a Funny Background Event of Pinkie and others taking gulps of a drink to cope with the tension - even though the drink turns out to be raspberry vinaigrette.
- Bi the Way: Rainbow Dash. The stereotypical nature of this characterization choice is lampshaded very thoroughly in Chapter 20. She also falls vaguely into the Anything That Moves stereotype being depicted as the most sexually experienced and dirty-minded of the Mane Six.
- Bigger Bad: Sørmur dï Mitgaeard, who exists only as vague allusions to an approaching storm until Chapter 74, whereupon she debuts and takes the position of Big Bad.
- There are implications the Beast is this.
- Break Them by Talking: Discord goes off on rants and lectures a lot, possibly a side effect of the Elements of Harmony forcing him to always be truthful. In Legend of the Goddesses, we see his trademarked mix of the Lecture and Mind Rape as he attempts to break Celestia and Luna. The tactic manages to break Luna, but fails against Celestia, who breaks him with a lecture of her own.
Discord: Do you two like games? My game is simple and has only one rule: whoever keeps their sanity wins.
- Breakup Makeup Scenario: Big Mac and Fluttershy break up in Chapter 45 and get back together in Chapter 88. They don't interact with each other much between the breakup and the makeup, but we see how it affects them both.
- A platonic example in Legend with Soledad and Jolly. They go through this three times onscreen and at least as many times between appearances.
- Catch Phrase: "Hidey-ho. Cocoon am I." Cocoon's Madness Mantra during his imprisonment, and still the thing he opens every conversation with, no matter how many times he's met the individual before.
- The Cake twins have "WHAZZUP?"
- After mentioning his name, Fork always adds, "I'm a pixie pony."
- Cerebus Syndrome: Averted, and defied by the author. While Part One ended on an extremely dramatic note, the author reminded us that the story's genre is listed as Romantic Comedy and that it would soon be returning to its Slice of Life roots, just like the show often does after big story arcs. Part Three has similarly gone back to comedy after the Darkest Hour that was the end of Part Two.
- Character Development: Pretty much every character starts out with a T-rated version of their canon personality, and evolves over the course of the story.
- Princess Luna's adjusting to the modern world can be tracked by her speech; her language becomes more and more modern with successive appearances, until Chapter 78, when she can be seen correcting herself every time she uses an antiquated word, and subsequently speaks normally. Celestia even notes that there was a specific moment when Luna started saying "have" instead of "hath".
- The Cutie Mark Crusaders start to actually become noncommittal about earning their cutie marks, enjoying life as it is and pursuing projects for the sake of pursuing them. Apple Bloom gets her cutie mark from a simple moment of self-reflection, and actually has trouble getting used to the idea.
- Pretty much the entire point of Legend of the Goddesses. It's a Foregone Conclusion for Celestia, who's a massive Jerk Ass for most of the prequel. Kopé is a good example as well; she goes from being willing to put up with an abusive companion so she doesn't Go Mad from the Isolation, to embracing the silence that follows her escape from that situation.
- The Chosen One: Villainous example. Vorpal Blade is the chosen champion of Sørmur dï Mitgaeard.
- Composite Character: Octavia is also Pinkie Pie's sister Inkie Pie, based on a fan theory long since Jossed.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Oh, Pinkie Pie...
Hmm. I don't get it. Pinkie Pie:
Well, it's funny 'cause the whole letter talks about Iron Will in the third person, and then it's signed Iron Will
No, I got that
- Failed Attempt at Drama: Twilight triumphantly throws all of her books about romance into a trash can and decides to proceed intuitively... then remembers that the books belong to the library.
- Derpy attempts to dramatically remove her wedding dress, only to get stuck inside it and need help getting out.
- Flowery Elizabethan English: Luna's is more well-researched than you'll see in most fanworks. Though the proper use of "thee/thou" vs. "you" is acknowledged, her speech sticks exclusively to "thee/thou" for Rule of Cool purposes. Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe, however, is almost completely averted. She steadily outgrows it as the story progresses.
- Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: Silver Spoon starts distancing herself from Diamond Tiara from their very first appearance, and they officially "break up" in Chapter 90.
- Four Lines, All Waiting: There's a lot going on in this fic. Lampshaded by Discord:
Some days, it feels like you ponies live in a story
with about three hundred percent too many subplots.
- Legend of the Goddesses has six distinct stories, chronologically from oldest to youngest: Sørmur dï Mitgaeard and Discord (tens of thousands to millions of years ago); Soledad (around 2000 years ago); Celestia, Luna, and Annihilara (starting 1400 years ago); Kolassa (1000); Kopé/Okapiopteryx (700); and Song Li (300). As of Chapter 31, the first four stories have somewhat blended together, as they all now inhabit the same time period of around 1000 years ago.
- Gadgeteer Genius: The Cutie Mark Crusaders. With only a few months' education on magic and mechanical engineering, they are able to build machines that can turn anypony into a cyborg alicorn. Once the technology falls into the hooves of villains, the Crusaders hide it all away and don't seem to be pursuing the gadgeteering path anymore.
- Genre-Busting: A Romantic Comedy on the surface, it has an easy time switching to mystery, drama, action, horror, or high fantasy depending on the situation.
- Good All Along: Both Venni and Annihilara, at different times, turn out to be more than what they appear.
- Gratuitous Spanish: The language is identified as Epoña, and Spike is fond of using it, whipping out every Gratuitous Spanish trope in the book, such as El Spanish O and "El Niño" Is Spanish for "The Niño". For bonus points, the author actually uses the phrase español gratuito.
- Grey Goo: Sørmur dï Mitgaeard's original MO. Instead of nanobots, she uses actual gray goo.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: Nearly any instance of actual combat is accompanied by this:
- A very angry Twilight faces off with Affably Evil Vorpal Blade in Chapter 34, and it's glorious.
- Discord versus Mitgaeard.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Inverted with Rainbow Dash, who brings up the fact that she's bisexual as often as possible. It's even on her résumé! She apparently feels the need to assert this because she's only ever had heterosexual encounters (not counting Fluttershy).
- Heel-Face Turn: Gilda and Silver Spoon both have Character Development which leads them to this at a gradual pace. They both voluntarily befriend the Mane Six and the CMC, respectively, starting out as a Token Evil Teammate before becoming core members of their social groups.
- It's a bit blurred with Trixie, who has become friendlier and less obnoxious but more morally ambiguous.
- Discord endlessly zig-zags this trope. As of the end of Part Two, he's allied with Queen Chrysalis but is having a horrible time of it, and who he is loyal to, if it's anyone but himself, is unclear.
- The author even devotes a rant to pointing out the subtle differences between some of the characters who are going through this.
- Hellish Pupils: The trope is taken to its logical extreme by the Beast's pupils: they're pentagram-shaped. In addition, Cocoon's pupils are diamond-shaped and white; Queen Soledad's eyes have purple scleras, red irises, and yellow pupils; and Iron Throne's Supernatural Gold Eyes include his glowing pupils.
- Hotter and Sexier: Than My Little Pony, as one might expect. Bawdy jokes and sexy situations abound, though the story seldom pushes the limit of its T rating.
- Receives an epic Lampshade Hanging in Chapter 117, which does push the limit quite a bit, when Twilight calls back to the events of Chapter 1:
Twilight: Funny thing, isn't it? Before that night, we'd all known each other for over two years and I feel like we never once discussed sex or dating. But then I brought it up at that party, and ever since then it's practically all we ever talk about.
- I Have Many Names: Venni. She's gone by the alias of Gewgaw, the stage name of Loli Pop, and currently calls herself Vengeance Lash. She hasn't yet revealed her birth name.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: A Running Gag, as in most FIM fics. Starts with Applejack in the first chapter, after discovering Big Mac's Chick Magnet status.
- Incoming Ham: Annihilara tends to announce herself with huge musical fanfare and displays of her powers.
- Interspecies Romance: A Discussed Trope in Chapter 52, first by the characters and then by the author, who goes into detail about the implications of the trope in all settings where it's possible.
- Kaiju: Sørmur dï Mitgaeard, Lady Kolassa, and occasionally Annihilara.
- Living Shadow: Annihilara. She can be either a shadow on the wall, or a three-dimensional being made of shadow. In either form, she can be any size and shape, but defaults to being a Winged Unicorn roughly the size and shape of Celestia - and is always pitch-black with a gruesome Nightmare Face inspired by the Man Under the Bed from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- Love Triangle: Spike gets over Rarity and starts pursuing Sweetie Belle at the same time Rarity considers accepting Spike's advances. Once the triangle actually becomes an issue, the conflict leads to Rarity becoming Shipper on Deck for Spike/Sweetie.
- Love Dodecahedron: Rainbow, who has feelings for both Big Mac and Derpy, both of whom are taken.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Rarity likes Spike, who likes Sweetie Belle, who likes Featherweight, who likes Diamond Tiara. Also applies to Rainbow's situation.
- Magitek / Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: The words "magic" and "science" are used interchangeably. On one occasion when they're not, the question is asked as to what the difference is, and Twilight's explanation is extremely subtle.
- Meaningful Name / Steven Ulysses Perhero: Apparently, such a thing is a genuine force in the story, dubbed "name science", and is a frequent topic of discussion.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Queen Okapiopteryx appears to be a cross between an okapi and a Microraptor. Legend confirms that that's exactly what she is.
- The Nicknamer: Gilda. Twilight is "Bangs", Pinkie is "Party Girl", and Fluttershy is "Peeper" or "Ducky".
- No Pronunciation Guide: The Informed Obscenity "Przewalski" gets thrown around a lot before the story states that it's pronounced "Chevalski", (while also revealing that Silver Spoon has been pronouncing it phonetically). Gets a Call Back when Silver Spoon corrects Diamond Tiara's pronunciation of it, which is even more horrid.
- A pronunciation guide is provided for the names of the goddesses Annihilara, Kolassa, Okapiopteryx, and Sørmur dï Mitgaeard, though quite some time after they are all introduced.
- Something of a hint is provided in Legend when it's mentioned that Soledad's name has to be mispronounced to rhyme with "bad".
- Nothing Is Scarier: The Beast is only seen in bits and pieces—literally, as he's been chopped up and only some of his parts found. When seen alive in Legend of the Goddesses, he is shrouded in darkness and we see no part of him we haven't seen before. When Discord conjures up an illusion of him, his appearance is barely described.
- Odd Name Out: The members of Przewalski, the OC rock band featured in the story, are named Ryu, Nyu, Kyu, and Magnolia.
- Oh, Crap: Twilight has a huge one early on in Part Two, when Celestia mentions that the previous story arc's use of Vagueness Is Coming did not refer to the heist of the castle that served as Part One's climax, but to something even bigger.
- In Legend, Discord's "Ohhhhh no" when his Kaiju of a mother unexpectedly attacks him; and, in an extremely similar vein, Celestia's "Holy shit" when being chased down by Lady Kolassa.
- Oh My Gods!: Variants on the common "oh my Celestia" are used. Celestia herself, meanwhile, has responded to a shock by saying "Oh my Hasbro!"
- OOC Is Serious Business: Fluttershy's agitation at wanting to ask out Big Mac expresses itself as highly un-Fluttershy-like ranting and cursing. The author cites the use of this trope in Chapter 2 as one of his biggest failings, as the readers took it as a simple Out-of-Character Moment, having not learned yet whether he could write the characters properly.
- Used again by Fluttershy and lampshaded here:
Fluttershy: So, this was all some kind of petty tit-for-tat? Damn it, Rainbow, I don't DO that!
Rainbow Dash: Not to nitpick, but you don't normally yell at me or swear, either.
- Painting the Frost on Windows: During World Building, it is explained that this occurs wherever there is a large population of ponies. Elsewhere, nature works on its own.
Gilda: You know, where I come from, the ecosystem pretty much takes care of itself.
Fluttershy: (giggle) Yes, so I've heard. I had to be told that the way it works in Equestria, requiring guidance and nurturing from ponies, isn't the norm. In most places, the flora, fauna, and weather work independently. Though it's not just Equestria, it's anywhere with a strong pony influence. I guess there's something about us.
- Perky Goth: Apple Bloom of all ponies becomes this. Though it's her angst and depression that lead to the decision to become goth, the makeover itself seems to lead directly to regaining her original, perky personality.
- Physical God: Celestia and Luna are not unique in this respect; they are part of a group collectively known simply as "the goddesses".
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Skippmud is racist against griffons and has called Rainbow Dash a dyke. Word of God calls her "just plain hateful".
- Powered Armor: Empress Song Li.
- The Power of Friendship: Despite the premise of the fic, this trope continues to be more prominent in the scheme of things than The Power of Love.
- The Power of Hate: Vorpal Blade's magic runs on this; his whole purpose in getting to know Twilight was to betray her and get her to hate him, and he continues to make contact with her to kindle her hate even further.
- The Power of Love: The title implies this, though in practice romance is treated in the same way that friendship is in non-arc episodes of the show.
- Precision F-Strike: Cursing in the story is frequent but fairly mild; serious words are reserved for serious moments:
- Twilight experiences a severe Adult Fear moment and remarks, "Oh, shit."
- The following Discord quote:
Discord: My mother's a lot of things—a lot of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad things—but a cynic isn't one of them. She's too analytical to be a cynic or an idealist. So if her analysis tells her that the core concept of the law is money… you can take that to the fucking bank.
- The author has one when "Twilight's Kingdom" promises to be yet another episode with eerie parallels to the events of the fic.
- Anytime Fluttershy curses is this. Though she was the first character in the story to technically use bad language, it's definitely only under serious duress that she does so.
- Prophet Eyes: Snicker-Snack, aka Vorpal Blade, has blank white eyes, which he claims are a side-effect of his cutie mark talent.
- Psychic Link: Discord and Celestia have been mentally linked for a thousand years.
- The Rant: Both versions contain some pretty lengthy ones, with those on DeviantArt serving as something of a look back.
- Averted in Legend of the Goddesses. While RFE contains many rants, Legend has only one, at the end of the prologue, which explains that there will be no further rants in order to provide the readers with complete immersion.
- Really 700 Years Old: The goddesses. In addition, Vorpal Blade reveals that he and his friends are also immortal, he being this trope and Skippmud and Crazyface merely being Older Than They Look.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Twilight gives one to Vorpal Blade at the climax of Part One, all while pelting him with magic spells.
- Rainbow Dash really digs into Big Macintosh after they spent the first few minutes of their date in total silence, and she demands to know why he ever broke up with Fluttershy.
- Legend examples: Jolly gives one to Soledad via a doo-wop harmony sung by her three young daughters. Soledad seems to be a magnet for these. Also, Ragnarok gives one to Celestia and Luna about their constant fighting.
- Recursive Fanfiction: To Snowdrop. Luna spends much of Part Two attempting to make a Bio Pic of Snowdrop's life. Also to Cupcakes, in an Alternate Continuity sort of way; in RFE, Cupcakes is a book series which has recently been adapted to film, and ponies are starting to notice the similarities between Pinkie Pie and the story's main character, here called Bonny Blu.
- Red Baron: Kolassa is "Titaness of the Whispering Desert", and Okapiopteryx is "the Four-Winged Queen". Legend of the Goddesses also features repeated use of "vampire queen of the seaponies" and "lords of flames and terror", though these titles aren't capitalized as the first two are. Sørmur dï Mitgaeard is also called "Serpent of the Matrix", though this is said to be a translation of her name rather than a title. The trope is lampshaded by Annihilara.
Annihilara: I'm Annihilara. No title, no "of" anything, just Annihilara.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Crazyface seems to avert this at first—red eyes aren't unheard of in ponies—but it's quickly revealed that he came to deserve those eyes by being one of the most savage and unforgivable characters in the story. Annihilara fits the "dangerous" aspect of the trope, but not the evil part.
- The Reveal: Many. A couple of bombshells are dropped at the climax of Part One, first that Twilight's boyfriend is a master criminal at large and is even now on his way to steal the crown jewels of Equestria—with more and more Reveals about his true nature coming as the story continues. Part One's denouement gives us another: Gilda has a bloodthirsty changeling imprisoned in her basement, and it's he who produces Golden Thread.
- Part Two's biggest ones are the unveiling of the real Big Bad, Sørmur dï Mitgaeard, Discord being returned to life to protect the Elements of Harmony from her, and the exact relationship that exists between the two.
- And a few non-major ones. See Rule of Perception to see how they're executed.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Zecora, as usual. It is explained that this is a mental discipline practiced by her religion. Taken Up to Eleven by her goddess herself, Queen Okapiopteryx, who, to set an example, speaks entirely in limericks.
- Rule of Perception: A few teeny-tiny Reveals are set up by concealing details from the readers. In Chapter 17, Fluttershy and Big Macintosh have a conversation which is eventually revealed to be taking place in bed, just before they were about to have sex for the first time. Done again to a lesser extent in Chapter 37, which appears to be a private Freudian Couch scene between Twilight and Rarity, until Rarity casually asks why Rainbow Dash is there as well.
- Running Gag: Several, most notably the one in which Rainbow Dash baits Applejack with a comment about the latter being a hillbilly—usually but not always related to inbreeding—to which Applejack responds with a Pie in the Face.
- Said Bookism: Brought up by the author:
Like any young writer, I've been told a couple of times that I overuse the word "said", and should try replacing it with more colorful alternatives. As I write this story, I'm starting to realize that I'm finally running into the opposite problem: using the "colorful alternatives" too often to the point that it's douchey and pretentious
. Pretty cool, huh?
I've never been douchey and pretentious before. That's what they call growth as a writer.
- Screw Destiny: Skippmud attempted this, but fell victim to the dreaded Cutie Mark Failure Insanity Syndrome. She makes it clear that the pursuit of her cutie mark talent is a hobby she does on the side, nothing more.
- Second Love: Joe.
- Self-Deprecation: Scootaloo frequently makes jokes that disparage her own intelligence. Played for Drama, meanwhile, with Rarity, whose depression makes her unable to see the good in herself.
- Then there's Supa Supa Bad Truly Mad Moves himself, whose rants are sometimes light-hearted and sometimes outright suicidal but almost always self-deprecating in some way. The subjects include the story being too long, the chapters being too short, the story being obsolete ever since Season 3 started, the story's lackluster readership, the liberties he takes with economics and math, his own status as a Basement-Dweller, and that he's a...
- Shameless Self-Promoter: The author has proved himself willing to try some pretty extreme, desperate, and pathetic things to get people talking about the story. Including creating this page.
- Shout-Out: The cover art for Chapter 6 is a reference to the cover art to the famous fic The Vinyl Scratch Tapes.
Rarity: If you have time for new reading material, I would instead recommend the stick-figure comics she mentioned. Once you get past the slew of obscure gaming references, the characterization really does capture your heart. High art.
- Rainbow and Fluttershy briefly discuss a superhero team called The Adventurers. That team's equivalent to Hawkeye is named Mustang.
- Chapter 40 introduces Rainbow Dash's cloak, which resembles Jon Snow's. To drive the point home, she makes a veritable hurricane of Game of Thrones references.
Don't tell anypony, keep it under your hats, but my sources tell me that… you know. Winter is coming. Twilight:
Of course. Rainbow Dash:
So, as always, beware of white walkers from the north, and the last dragon leading in her army from across the eastern sea, all that jazz.
- When announcing the Running of the Leaves, Spike introduces himself as Chesterfield Snapdragon McFisticuffs and then launches into an Irish Drinking Song.
- The author of this story's version of Cupcakes is named Sprinkles York, a reference to the real author, Sergeant Sprinkles, and to either Sergeant York or Dick York and Dick Sargent.
- One of Discord's first lines is, "Well, don't just sit there slack-jawed and buggy-eyed."
- Discord is not allowed to pave anything.
- The original actress from Cupcakes is named Syrenity Jossfly, calling to mind a few things.
- Rainbow Dash mentions a song which goes "hi hi hi" and another that goes "papaya pa pa payapa", referencing the first two theme songs of the Japanese dub of FIM.
- The place names in Song Li's story in Legend of the Goddesses have Punny Names in the style of the horse puns of the series, being deer puns derived from places in HBO shows: her country is Westeroceros, and her hometown Fawn Temps. Celestia and Luna's hometown Ribbondale is clearly named after Rivendell.
- Discord's response to the Sickeningly Sweethearts effect of the love potion is to raise an eyebrow and remark, "Fascinating."
- Shout Out To Norse Mythology: Sørmur dï Mitgaeard's name, and a very small portion of her behavior, are a corruption of that of the Midgardsormr, or World Serpent.
- The Snark Knight: Skippmud.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Princess Luna, as she adapts to modern language.
Unsurprising, sister. 'Tis well-known that thou canst not see in the dark worth crap.
- Annihilara as well, who concludes an ominous farewell with "Lates, yo" and enters the Gathering of the Goddesses with "What up, my immortal bitches?"
- Spell My Name with an "S": Skippmud takes the time to point out that her name is spelled with two P's and one D, likely in response to frequent misspellings on the part of the reviewers.
- A few characters fall victim to common misspellings of their names: Big Macintosh instead of Big McIntosh, Fancypants instead of Fancy Pants, Owloysius instead of Owlowiscious. At least Princess Cadance was spared.
- Sssssnake Talk: Sørmur dï Mitgaeard.
- Stalking Is Love: The actions of both of Twilight's love interests could be interpreted as stalking her, and yet she finds the revelations of such to be highly attractive.
- Averted with Sweetie Belle, who finds Spike's constant attention unsettling.
- Strange Syntax Speaker: Cocoon. His sentences are constructed backwards, one word at a time, and even reading them backwards produces a few strange quirks.
- Sudden Name Change: Alicorns are identified as "immortals" in the story. The term "alicorn" had not yet become canon when the story started using "immortal", but it had always been Fanon, making this a somewhat odd decision. Word of God admits a few times that it wasn't the best idea, and Legend of the Goddesses uses "alicorn" on occasion.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Iron Throne and Soledad both have yellow pupils.
- Terrible Trio: Vorpal Blade, Skippmud, and Crazyface are both the story's most prominent villains and an inseparable trio of True Companions.
- There Are No Therapists: Sort of. In a few situations where a therapist would be called for, Twilight is used. Otherwise, therapy doesn't seem to be needed, since characters are able to simply talk out their feelings with whatever friends are available.
- Those Two Guys: DJ P0n-3 and Octavia.
- Ragnarok and Xanadu in Legend.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Derpy and her muffins, natch. She has a moment of Serious Business about them, and Rainbow even attempts to invoke Minor Flaw, Major Breakup when Pierce misidentifies her TFF as scones.
Derpy: If you diss muffins, I will have to cut you.
- Vagueness Is Coming: Celestia spends much of the story plagued by ominous predictions, but has trouble getting any more specific than A Storm Is Coming, much to her frustration.
- Verbal Tic: DJ P0n-3, ahhh yeah. Also Celestia whenever she's addressing Twilight; her statements are peppered with various pet names, "darling" and "dearest" being the most common.
- The Voiceless: Featherweight, as in the series. Though numerous ponies describe conversations they've had with him—he's even been the lead in two musicals—he never speaks onscreen. Lampshaded when the narrative finds him and Sweetie Belle in the middle of a conversation, and she demands to know why he's suddenly stopped talking.
- Walking Spoiler: It's immensely hard to talk about Snicker-Snack without mentioning that he's a villain whose name is actually Vorpal Blade. Even a single mention of the latter's name gives away the connection for anyone who's familiar with Jabberwocky.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Skippmud has a very deep resentment for her special talent of catching fish, regarding it as useless.
- Silver Spoon is similarly insecure about her own cutie mark: it symbolizes that she's meant to be a servant or sidekick to a friend.
- Annihilara, though she has impressive Casting a Shadow powers, is definitely in the same boat as the first two as far as her cutie mark talent, suicide.
- The Worf Effect: Vorpal Blade effortlessly takes out three royal guards, Luna, Shining Armor, and Celestia, in that order, before being almost defeated by Twilight.
- In Annihilara's first appearance, she appears to be sent packing by Trixie and her adventuring team, then proves that she's been Just Toying with Them when she runs into an Ursa Major on her way out and kills it instantly.
- World Building: Begins near the end of Part One, with a few veiled references to the world's history. Starts hitting its stride in Part Two, with the exploration of the past and the numerous countries and cultures outside of Equestria. Legend of the Goddesses is almost entirely about this.
- Adult Fear: The revelation that Crazyface is a serial pedophile, who has been working with school-age ponies on their school play. Seeing him alone with Apple Bloom after this is revealed is chilling.
- Badass Boast: Near the climax of Part One:
Running away, are you? That's cute, that you think you can get away from me. Even with my bad wing and your fancy magic horseshoes—which, by the way, I designed—you can't outpace me. Nopony can. I'm Rainbow Dash, bitch.
Vorpal Blade: You're not gonna be so arrogant as to compare yourself to Celestia, are you?
Twilight: Not at all. Except in the sense that I'm the one she calls when everything goes to hell.
- Chewing the Scenery
So much potential, WASTED! Apple Bloom:
Ooh, chew that scenery, Scoots! Scootaloo:
Did somepony order a LARGE HAM
- Cryptic Background Reference: It is said of Celestia that "all the other goddesses call her a sissy". It is a very long time before there's any clarification.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Skippmud and Crazyface have this awed reaction when Vorpal Blade takes out Celestia. The thrill of it leads to the Chewing the Scenery moment above.
- Establishing Series Moment: The first chapter sets up the premise of Twilight beginning her studies on The Power of Love, and displays the character dynamics, humor, and sexy but not smutty atmosphere which would permeate the rest of the story. In particular, Applejack's outburst of "Twilight, where do you keep the liquor?" is considered the definitive moment of establishing the story's tone.
- Evil All Along: Snicker-Snack, aka Vorpal Blade, and his friends.
- Evil Laugh: See Chewing the Scenery above. Apple Bloom turns out to have one as well when Crusaders Mecha is first unveiled.
- Evil Lawyer Joke: Skippmud doesn't care for them.
- Foreshadowing: The entrance to Gilda's basement is hidden by a tapestry depicting an armored griffon and several chickens. In Part Two, the tapestry's imagery turns out to be significant to Gilda's backstory.
- Hammerspace: Among the many items Venni can produce from her pockets without hesitation are a wrecking ball and a hang-glider.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Big Macintosh is the pony equivalent of One Head Taller to average mares, and Fluttershy isn't particularly small, but is definitely meek and delicate. Before the two of them sleep together, Big Mac expresses a fear that he might break Fluttershy's pelvis when they do.
- The "I Love You" Stigma: Fluttershy tells Big Mac she loves him; when he fails to respond in kind, she kicks him out of bed. The next morning, he says it in writing, and finally manages it out loud when they're ready to give that first time another try.
- Killed Off for Real: Granny Smith is murdered by Crazyface.
- Made of Indestructium: One of Shining Armor's wedding gifts is a shield which is actually made of indestructium. As in, it's explicitly referred to as such.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Fluttershy's Stare, while genuinely awesome, becomes this trope when Fluttershy describes it as her "awesome veterinary superpowers". Sweetie Belle's tireless study of magic enables her to... kill the lights.
- Not Actually The Ultimate Question
- Overly Narrow Superlative:
DJ P0n-3: You're listening to The DJ P0n-3 Hour, Ponyville's most popular early morning radio show with me in it.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Peewee. Foreshadowed when Spike worries about him being malnourished; later, it's revealed that he was simply renewing himself and has come back as an adult.
- Red Herring: A few pieces of evidence stack up to give a false impression of who the Big Bad is.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy made out at their high school graduation party; they both acknowledge it as meaningless, and when describing their romantic past, both tend to leave the event out.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Of the "decided he'd make it happen" variety. Vorpal Blade has a prophecy that whenever he decides to steal the crown jewels, he will succeed. He doesn't take any chances; when he goes for it, he's extremely well-prepared and well-equipped. Pure fate clearly has some sway, as a ceiling randomly collapses to his benefit (he mentions that odd stuff like that happens often), and when he faces Celestia and Luna again in Part Three, he's significantly less powerful.
- Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: Twilight's professional opinion of the Rarity/Spike/Sweetie Love Triangle.
- Sue Donym: Somepony named Vorpal Blade comes up with the alias Snicker-Snack. Apparently the Jabberwocky reference exists In-Universe.
- Terrible Interviewees Montage: The Mule manages to be one of these by himself.
- Their First Time: Occurs between Twilight and Snicker-Snack, and Fluttershy and Big Mac. The two relationships contrast each other: Twilight's occurs first even though Fluttershy and Mac get together much earlier in the story; Fluttershy's is planned out carefully, cancelled once, and only allowed to happen after a declaration of love, whereas Twilight's is spontaneous and the "I love yous" come some time later. Neither is presented as better than the other.
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Introduced almost immediately. In Chapter 1, Rarity reveals she's considering accepting Spike's love someday. In Chapter 2, Spike reveals that he's over her.
- Delayed Reaction: Fluttershy, to Applejack's Unusual Euphemism.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Scootaloo mentions that boys only like her for having developed wings. When Spike checks them out for himself, she retorts, "I'm over here."
- Hollywood Nerd: Discussed Trope when Twilight calls herself a geek; Applejack reacts with amusement and counters with a summary of the trope.
- The Immodest Orgasm: Rainbow Dash. Earlier in the same chapter, Rarity experiences, at the very least, immodest Fantastic Arousal.
- Interspecies Adoption: Twilight has stolen five changeling eggs from their hive and intends to raise them.
- Operation Jealousy: Spike and Scootaloo set up this scheme, pretending to date to get Sweetie Belle to like Spike.
- The Other Darrin: In-Universe, a couple of lucky occurrences lead Pinkie Pie to take over the lead role in the Cupcakes franchise.
- Unusual Euphemism: Applejack uses "getting your chimney swept" as a euphemism for sex.
- Villain Decay: Vorpal Blade admitted that this would happen when he first escaped at the end of Part One, as he would no longer be affected by the prophecy that guaranteed his success. Sure enough, when he battles Celestia and Luna at the beginning of Part Three, he can hold his own but can no longer one-shot them.
Legend of the Goddesses A-M
Legend of the Goddesses N-Z
- OC Stand In: Princess Bubbles and Prince Dragonglass are the couple from the history book in "Hearts and Hooves Day".
- Omniscient Morality License: The Old Gods believe they have this, as does Fork.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Princess Amethyst Abjurer Dweomer is better known as Princess Bubbles.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: The seaponies.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Soledad. She doesn't sleep, eat, or breathe, and is hurt by direct sunlight. While she drinks blood, it doesn't seem to be necessary for her survival, as she doesn't even discover she's a vampire until the same moment the readers do, when she's already been one for four years.
- Race Lift: The prince in the "Hearts and Hooves Day" book was an earth pony; Prince Dragonglass is a unicorn instead. Similarly, Princess Bubbles is an alicorn, while the princess she's based on was an earth pony in one shot and an alicorn in another.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Soledad and Jolly, despite both of them having boyfriends in their early appearances as fillies, and continuing well into their adulthood and Jolly's marriage.
- Seldom Seen Species: As mentioned under Mix-and-Match Critters, Okapiopteryx's younger self, Kopé, is an okapi with a pet Microraptor. In addition to that, we have Spyder, a gemsbok, Minister Giorgi, a Megaloceros and Stellaris, a Macrauchenia. Hukwurm and Shifter change into a couple of these among their many transformations.
Hukwurm: You don't like isopods? How do you feel about trilobites?
- Ship Tease: There are hints in later chapters that Discord and Shifter were an item.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: In a story containing almost no obscene language, Scraggle curses harshly and constantly. Take a look at his Establishing Character Moment:
Scraggle: Shiiiiit, man. It's been a long-ass fuckin' time since bitches fuckin' dared to challenge my shit. Fuck yeah!
- Square/Cube Law: Actually mentioned by name during Kolassa's story. Indeed, growing her to an enormous size is explicitly used as a method to kill her. Turning herself into a magical statue made out of sand is how she makes herself sturdy enough to escape that fate.
- Stop Being Stereotypical: Khan snaps at Mitgaeard about her Sssssnake Talk; indeed, Mitgaeard is the only serpent in the story to talk like that.
- Third-Person Person: Spyder.
- Time Abyss: The Old Gods. Stellaris states that some of them predate the world itself. It takes them seven million years to notice that Mitgaeard exists, and when Discord mentions he's almost a million years old, they laugh him off as young and stupid.
- Token Good Teammate: Carto among the Old Gods.
- The Unreveal: Bogglesby's cutie mark. Okapiopteryx considers sneaking a peek at it, but decides she doesn't care.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Hukwurm is The Swarm, but what exactly he's a swarm of changes wildly with his mood; seemingly, any sort of invertebrate is up for grabs. His sister Shifter's shapeshifting is less voluntary—she changes every few seconds, her options being every creature she's ever seen, and she has a small level of control over her next shape if not her transformations, as evidenced when she cycles through a few faces from Soledad's past.
- We Can Rule Together: Nightmare Moon offers this to Annihilara.
- You Already Changed The Past: Fork quickly realizes that this trope applies to him, and begins to take sadistic glee in manipulating events however he likes, knowing it's all predetermined.