Fan Fic: The Assassination Of Twilight Sparkle

The Assassination of Twilight Sparkle is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Death Fic by Rated PonyStar.

A year after Twilight’s coronation, she’s murdered by a jealous Blueblood and his conspirators, believing her to be trying to usurp Celestia. The fic picks up four months later, as Celestia comes out of mourning to visit her student’s grave one last time. The story is currently complete, and can be read here.

A sequel, titled Aftermath of a Fallen Star, is now available to be read. It features everypony's reactions to Twilight's death, and how it affected ponies, sometimes in ways you wouldn't expect. It is currently ongoing.

This fic contains examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating: After killing Twilight, Prince Blueblood has become the most hated pony in Equestria.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Celestia threatens to give up her throne after it cost her so much. Luna talks her out of it.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy / In Vino Veritas: Part of Blueblood's plan involved seducing Marble Pie and getting her drunk enough to let the location of the Pie family's orichalum mine slip, information which was crucial to killing Twilight.
  • All Deaths Final: Word of God has proclaimed this the case for all characters who've died In-Story.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Poor Applejack...
  • Ambiguous Disorder: The Pie Curse, which affects one Pie family member a generation, gives them their abilities, but the family member starts Hearing Voices, and most experience Sanity Slippage until they either go crazy and are Driven to Suicide or do something that gets them killed. Apparently doctors have compared it to schizophrenia, but Pinkie feels like it's a bit different, like each voice is a different soul, waiting to take over.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: While he and Twilight never fully became friends, Discord does end up feeling sorrow for her loss, mostly out of respect as a Worthy Opponent.
    • Likewise, Trixie. Her chapter in the sequel is titled Farewell, My Rival.
    • Sunset Shimmer. She is devastated when she finds out that Twilight is dead, breaking down and crying for hours.
    • Apple Bloom's chapter has Diamond Tiara clocking Silver Spoon in the face for saying that Twilight's death was deserved. Yes, really.
  • Apathetic Citizens: See Ignored Epiphany below for more details.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Not across the board, but Blueblood and his conspirators certainly fit.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Celestia, full stop. She’s not so kind and motherly when you've killed her child.
  • Big Bad: Prince Blueblood, as the one responsible for Twilight's death.
    • Bigger Bad: He died long before the events of this story, yet the repercussions of his actions are still being felt. It's also implied that his family was a bigger one, being responsible for making him the way he is.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Shining Armor is this, bordering on Knight Templar Big Brother. During the trial, he looks at the murderers and plotters like he wants to kill them. When two ponies crack a mean joke about Twilight in front of him, he beats them up. And last but not least, it's implied that the, as Flash Sentry put it, "well deserved justice" he and the guards gave to Blueblood was his idea.
  • Big "Shut Up!": Blueblood gives one (as well as short speech about he deserved to be an alicorn and not Twilight) in response to Celestia's "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Twilight's mom became pregnant about a month after Twilight died. Twilight Velvet figures she gained this life in exchange for the one lost.
  • Black Comedy: Stag indulges in this often, mentioning that in his line of work it's necessary in order to avoid insanity, alcoholism, or both.
  • Body Horror: The pegasus conspirators had their wings amputated before the sentencing. Similarly, the unicorns had their horns removed.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Five royal guards conspired in the plot to kill Twilight.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Two ponies think it's a good idea to crack a sick joke about Twilight and Flash to Shining Armor. Needless to say, they suffer.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Twilight is preserved in a glass coffin.
  • Declaration of Protection: Princess Celestia promised Twilight that she'd keep her safe if things got worse. Her failure to do so led to her four-month Heroic BSOD.
  • Diabolus Ex Machina: Twilight's life went downhill immediately after her coronation, bordering on Sudden Downer Ending.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Twilight Velvet, in her anger, strikes Celestia across the face so hard she actually knocks her to the ground.
  • Dirty Coward: By the time Blueblood is brought before Celestia, he's begging for mercy and someone to help him.
  • Divine Parentage: Blueblood is descended from the first Blueblood, a knight, and Celestia herself.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Twilight's new position apparently sparked a wave of backlash amongst the people with the more tolerant ones not as vocal. A little like how the fandom reacted to this event, eh?
    • According to Word of God, this was intentional.
    • Sunset Shimmer being called "Sunset Satan" by her classmates after the Equestria Girls climax brings to mind the fandom's reaction to her demonic form.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The fate of Queen Chrysalis.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Rainbow has begun drinking in the wake of Twilight's death due to her Parting Words Regret.
  • Driven to Suicide: Poor Regal...
    • Flash Sentry decides to do this in order to be with Twilight again.
    • Sunset Shimmer, unable to deal with with feeling all the pain she'd caused due to being hit by the power of the Elements and the hatred of the entire school (which got so bad that she occasionally had to go to the nurse), tried to walk off a bridge, and was only stopped by Human!Twilight.
    • This happened with Granny Pie, but the exact circumstances of this are still unclear. It's later revealed that Hearing Voices affects whichever Pie family member has Pinkie's abilities each generation, and many end up taking their own lives.
  • Dying Dream: Rainbow's drinking eventually ends up giving her alcohol poisoning causing her to have one of these where she sees all of Ponyville mourning her death. This is enough to put an end to her alcoholism.
  • Dying as Yourself: If Cadence is to be believed, Blueblood died not as the monster he became, but rather the good pony he used to be.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Stag may be a torturer, but he does not like the idea of hurting an innocent child. This is because when Chrysalis was still alive she ordered the deaths of many changeling children in order to eliminate any threats, including one of Stag's relatives.
  • The Evil Prince: Between rallying Equestria to try and force Twilight to step down from royalty and masterminding her death, Blueblood's actions graduate him from Prince Charmless to this.
    • He also got Marble pregnant after seducing her in order to find the location of the mine.
  • Et Tu, Gallant Heart?: Evening Glory, the new captain, is horrified to learn of Gallant Heart's identity as a conspirator.
    "I can't believe it, Gallant Heart... the Gallant Heart. He’s always been loyal, his family has been in the royal guard since it was founded. Shining Armor picked him as one of his best stallions at his wedding! His brother is even in the academy! How could... this is...”
  • Evil Former Friend: Blueblood and Cadence were friends before his fathers "lessons" turned him into the pony he is today.
  • Fantastic Caste System: Equestria has one in all but name. A ponies cutie mark determines not only what their special talent is, but what job they'll do for the rest of their lives, whether they like the job or not. Performing a job that doesn't pertain to ones special talent will get them arrested like Diamond Tiara's nanny Strawberry Star.
  • Fantastic Racism: It’s mentioned that Twilight’s planned reformations included more toleration of other races. The nobles didn't like that. They didn't even like Twilight adopting Spike.
  • Freudian Excuse: Blueblood used to be a good pony, but his parents' 'lessons' turned him into what he was.
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: See 10-Minute Retirement.
  • Happily Adopted: One of Twilight's first actions as princess was to officially adopt Spike
  • Happily Failed Suicide: Sunset Shimmer tried to take her own life by walking off of a bridge, only to be saved by Human!Twilight.
  • Hearing Voices: Pinkie. This is revealed to be a hereditary problem that accompanies Pinkie's abilities (which has been compared to schizophrenia, though Pinkie says that it feels different), though she's lucky enough to have a family that can afford to buy the medication she takes to help the problem through their contracts with minotaurs.
  • Heel Realization: Except not really. Three years after Twilight's death and most ponies still refuse to accept her as a princess. They still insult her behind her back, make mean spirited jokes about her relationship with Flash Sentry, and some even went to her funeral just to spread more venom and propaganda.
  • Heroic BSOD: Celestia spends four months in one.
  • She's Just Hiding: invoked This is Trixie's initial reaction when she first hears about the assassination. It's not until she sees Spike mourning Twilight at her funeral that she's forced to acknowledge the truth.
  • Hidden Depths: Diamond Tiara hates her cutie mark and is jealous of the Crusaders. She even punches out Silver Spoon for badmouthing Twilight.
  • Hypocrite: The ponies who tried to disparage Twilight went into a state of mourning... and promptly went back to disparaging her.
  • Jaw Drop: Everypony after Diamond Tiara punches Silver Spoon for badmouthing Twilight.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Twilight Sparkle...but that should be obvious.
    • After their plot was uncovered, Blueblood and his nine conspirators (four nobles and five soldiers of the Royal Guard) were executed by burning at the stake.
    • Regal, a nephew of one of the conspirators who suffered endless bullying for his uncle's actions to the point of shooting himself in the head in front of his entire class.
    • Flash Sentry, who was in a relationship with Twilight and shortly after her assassination committed suicide to be with her.
    • Queen Chrysalis died a week after the invasion of Canterlot.
  • Kill It with Fire: Celestia orders Blueblood and his conspirators to be burned at the stake. Because that’s as painful a punishment as she can legally give.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Twilight's death had little (if any) effect on the ponies who didn't like her. If anything, she's accumulated more hatred since her plans to modernize Equestria are happening no matter what.
  • I Have No Son: Gallant Heart’s parents disown him for his part in killing Twilight, burning all his pictures except one his brother manages to save.
  • In the Blood: It turns out that Pinkie's abilities are hereditary, appearing once in every generation of her family. Unfortunately, Those with the power also start Hearing Voices.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Applejack was in love with Twilight.
  • It's All About Me: Blueblood's entire motivation for the assassination was out of the feeling that he should have been an alicorn instead of Twilight.
  • It's All My Fault: Celestia blames herself for Twilight’s death.
  • Karma Houdini: Blueblood's father, Amadeus Blueblood. Yes, he does get his title, power, and money stripped... ...But he has a successful backup plan, go to the far off kingdom of Unicornia, where... Well, let's just say Fancy Pants thinks (without a trace of sarcasm or "he'll get what he deserves") he'll fit right in.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Twilight's assassins and the nobles behind the plot suffer this by being burned at the stake. Boulder Brawler and Flare and their families after Regal's suicide in front of the entire class are driven out of Canterlot out of disgust and anger by everypony else. The school will also apparently suffer this, as Cheerilee sends a copy of her resignation letter to the Manehattan newspaper and expresses pleasure that Equestria's Education Council will most likely conduct an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the incident.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: Twilight to Celestia. Luna admits she thought of her as a sister.
    • Cadance, too, thought of Twilight as a sister.
    • It's eventually revealed that Celestia still loves Sunset as a daughter, in spite of everything.
  • Magitek: One of the new innovations is the development of devices that combine magic and technology.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Blueblood, who manages to seduce Marble Pie into giving her the oricalcum used to kill Twilight. Who knew Blueblood had that in him?
  • Medieval Stasis: The reason for Equestria's is that there are a lot of traditionalists that insist that things should be done magically or by hoof, even though other nations are developing their technology to the point that Equestria is falling behind. These traditionalists are part of the reason Twilight met such opposition with her reforms, though things are changing in that regard now.
    • As Pinkie's chapter reveals, this also applies to medicine, with many ponies with mental problems simply declared lost causes because there's no magical cures for their conditions or arcane treatments in the works, with many simply locked up in sanitariums. Pinkie is lucky enough to have a family that can afford to import the medicine she takes, allowing her to be herself and use her talents while maintaining her sanity, but others aren't as lucky, which is part of the reason Pinkie supported Twilight's attempts to advance Equestria's medicinal knowledge.
  • Meaningful Name: Chapters 9 and 10 are focused on a changeling OC named Stag, as in a stag beetle.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: It's implied that Blueblood regretted his actions in the end. But by the time he did, it was to little, to late.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Flash Sentry was going to propose to Twilight before she died. This becomes the catalyst for his suicide
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: At the sentencing, Princess Celestia informs the conspirators and everyone present that she will personally ensure each and every last one of the reforms Twilight was planning to make will become law. In other words, the very thing they were trying to prevent will still come to pass.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Blueblood gets one from the guards before he dies. It was so brutal that Cadence sees him she actually feels pity him, saying that he "barely looked like a pony."
  • Offing the Offspring: Not a direct son, but Blueblood is descended from Celestia’s children. That doesn’t save him.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Big Macintosh realizes something's wrong with Applejack when she stops wearing her hat.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Twilight’s parents, natch. Celestia, too, has outlived at least three.
    • Blueblood seduced Marble Pie to get the metal for the blades used to kill Twilight, and it turns out that he impregnated her.
  • Painting the Medium: Each one of the voices Pinkie hears is represented by a different color of text. Including the one that may or may not be Twilight.
  • Parental Substitute: Spike saw Twilight as his mother. No points for guessing he takes it as hard as Celestia.
  • Parting Words Regret: The day before Twilight's death, she and Rainbow Dash got into an argument over her recommending that Rainbow not be immediately put on the Wonderbolts due to her Hair-Trigger Temper. The last words the pegasus ever said to Twilight was that she hated her.
    • Blueblood's last words to Cadence is a sincere apology.
  • Personality Powers: Celestia controls the sun, so naturally her power generates intense heat.
  • Physical Goddess: The way Princess Celestia gets described when really angry makes her come off as this.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: Celestia to Twilight.
  • Posthumous Character: Blueblood and Twilight. They appear only in flashbacks or ponies remembering them.
  • Power at a Price: Pinkie's abilities are revealed to be In the Blood, and whichever Pie family member has them once a generation also starts Hearing Voices, with most either killing themselves or doing something that gets them killed. Pinkie's lucky enough to have parents with the connections and money to import medication that helps quiet Pinkie's voices.
  • Produce Pelting: It's mentioned briefly that Twilight would often be victim to this by the population.
  • The Promise: Twilight Velvet makes Celestia swear to her that she will never try to claim Velvet's new child as an apprentice, even if they grow up to have the same sort of magical potential as Twilight did.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Celestia gives one to Blueblood and his fellow conspirators.
    • Fancy Pants gives one to Lord Hex, a noble who refuses to accept the changes happening to Equestria.
    “Hex I know you never approved of Twilight’s reformations, even if you never went public about them. You still were part of the side that favored tradition and wanted nothing to change. And now you look around you and see change happening, regardless of what you and those brave enough to still hold on to their argument can see. You’re not just upset you’re losing money or that Equestria is moving on, you’re upset because your side lost when Twilight died. All of Equestria is looking to reform itself and you have no choice but to follow, kicking and screaming like a foal having a temper tantrum because he didn’t get his way.”
  • Recursive Fanfiction: Has inspired two. One starring Sweetie Belle, and one starring Original Character Breaking Dawn.note 
  • The Reveal: Fancy Pants was very supportive of Twilight's plans, especially the one allowing interracial marriages. This is because Fleur-de-lis, his wife, is actually a changeling in disguise,meaning they won't have to hide their love anymore.
  • Rescue Romance: After Human!Twilight stops her attempt to walk off a bridge, she and Sunset became lovers.
    • Fancy Pants met Fluer half starved to death at his summer house. The fact that she was undisguised as her changeling self didn't matter to him.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Before Blueblood is executed, the Royal Guard (and the Prince of the Crystal Empire) engage in a little free-lance torture just to express their contempt for him.
  • Secret Relationship: Twilight had one with Flash Sentry, although it's implied that Celestia knew about them.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Due to their orichalcum mine, the Pies are very wealthy, though they don't live a rich lifestyle.
  • Shout-Out: "You see... there is one thing you never want to be when you face me either in public or when I’m having you tied to a chair ready to put a cage of hungry rats over your head and release them if you don’t tell me what I want to hear."
  • Sins of Our Fathers:
    • Gladius Stride, a Solar Guard, is continually harassed for being the brother of one of Twilight’s assassins. Even Celestia is guilty of hating him until the end, when she makes him her personal guard.
    • Regal, the nephew of one of the conspirators, is constantly harassed and bullied at his Manehattan high school for his connection to the assassination, despite the best efforts of Cheerilee, who transferred to the school to get away from the grief surrounding Ponyville following Twilight's death. What makes it worse is that the father of one of his two main tormentors actually encourages the bullying on the grounds that "the brat needs to learn his kind can't get away with murdering just because somepony doesn't like what they do." He eventually crosses the Despair Event Horizon after the bullying goes too far and shoots himself in the classroom right in front of his classmates and a horrified Cheerilee, who resigns from the school to return to Ponyville soon after.
    • This will likely happen to Marble and Blueblood's unborn child.
  • Sketchy Successor: Blueblood’s lineage went from noble and good knights and Celestia herself to... Blueblood.
  • Slain In Their Sleep: This is how Twilight was killed.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: When Cheerliee writes her letter of resignation, she leaves the headmaster this gem:
    "Thank you for the experience, sir. May you rot in Tartarus. Signed, Cheerilee."
  • Split Personality Takeover: Pinkie says that the voices in her head feel like different souls waiting for their chance to do this to her, citing the "Party of One" incident as a time when it did happen.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Discord mentioned that he first used his powers to make ponies laugh. However, everypony called him a monster based on his appearance... So he decided to become one.
  • Together in Death: Flash Sentry commits suicide for this trope.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Blueblood and his conspirators, for not realizing that Celestia would come down on them like a ton of bricks for to doing that to Twilight. Later on, we get the two ponies who crack a sick joke about Twilight... ...Right in front of Shining Armor.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Star Swirl the Bearded’s Guide to the Arcane Arts, the first book Celestia gave Twilight.
  • Used To Be A Sweet Colt: Cadence remembers not the vicious, self-centered and arrogant monster Blueblood became but the friendly, happy, good-natured pony he was before his father 'fixed' him.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Some of the conspirators honestly believe they were saving Celestia from a potential usurper. The biggest example would be Gallant Heart.
  • Wham Episode: Maud Pie's chapter in Aftermath reveals that the weapons used to kill Twilight were made out of orichalcum, the only metal that can kill an Alicorn. There are only two places to get orichalcum: the Minotaur islands or The Pie Family rock farm.
    • The first part of Pinkie's chapter reveals that Pinkie's sister Marble was the one who sold the metal that became the blades that slew Twilight to Twilight's killers.
    • The second part of Pinkie's chapter reveals that Marble is pregnant with Blueblood's child, after he seduced her in order to find the location of the mine. (According to Word Of God, it was not rape)
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Luna gives one to Celestia about her 10-Minute Retirement.
    • Velvet calls Celestia out for not protecting her daughter better, accusing her of allowing the assassination to happen through her neglect.
    • Celestia gives one to Sunset Shimmer for almost committing suicide.
  • Would Hurt a Child: One of the conspirators mentions that if Spike was with Twilight when she died, they would have killed him first and made Twilight watch. Since Stag is the one who this is told to, it...doesn't go well for the other conspirators.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Twilight Velvet accuses Celestia of this in her grief. Though once she calms down she apologizes.