[[caption-width-right:350:[[NightmareFuel The consequences of losing somepony that she truly loved]].]]

'''''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/11583/The-Death-of-Princess-Luna The Death of Princess Luna]]''''' is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic by GigaBowserNS. In the story, after a fight between [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicThePrincesses the royal sisters]] Luna and Celestia, Luna is unexpectedly and tragically killed, leaving a brokenhearted Celestia in tears. When the Mane Six receive the news of Luna's passing, they too are devastated, given that they had just saved her from Nightmare Moon after a thousand years.

A month after her "death" and subsequent funeral, Twilight discovers that her death was a hoax covered up, evidenced by an incident at Luna's graveyard and looking upon Luna's tomb to discover that her body wasn't present, and is actually another dead pony. Upon realizing this, the Mane Six realize that she is still alive, but her whereabouts are unknown. Fearing for her life, the Mane Six and Spike go out to find her in the Everfree Forest.

Meanwhile, an imprisoned Luna, suffering from hunger, fright, and hopelessness, discovers a terrifying secret about one of her captors.


!! This ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' FanFic provides examples of:
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Navy Shield]].
* ChekhovsGun: Chapter One has a few [[spoiler:namely the fact that it takes a lot to kill an Alicorn]].
** [[spoiler:Twilight staring at Luna's coffin during the funeral for later discovery that it wasn't her]].
** [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Scroll]]: While crying in her cell, Luna discovers a [[spoiler:scroll]] hidden under her cell bed. [[spoiler:This scroll was sent by Spike, and would lead to Twilight and her friends finding the house Luna is held in]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: Luna becomes the main focus of the story.
* DespairEventHorizon: Almost ''everypony'' suffers this, especially Celestia, [[spoiler:until Luna is rescued]].
* DisneyDeath: Averted, but quite possible. Also, see NearDeathExperience below.
* DueToTheDead
* ExpressiveHair: Celestia's mane and tail turn grayscale and go limping and sweeping like fabric. [[NightmareFuel It's pretty disturbing]].
** [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie's mane and tail deflating again upon hearing Luna's "death"]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* {{GASP}}: Celestia after [[spoiler:Navy Shield attempts to assassinate Luna by shooting her]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The characters occasionally swear in some chapters, but for a reason beyond explanation, it was still given a [[SameContentDifferentRating K+ rating on FanFiction.net as well as a classification of "Everyone" on FIMFiction.net]].
* GrayRainOfDepression : The first three chapters.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Sums up the motivation of the kidnappers. [[spoiler:According to an ancient tome, that no one had ever heard of and which was written after the duel between Celestia and Nightmare Moon, Luna is long dead and her body is controlled by Nightmare Moon. To prevent her from body surfing she needed to be knifed during a new moon.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Celestia's reaction and breakdown after hearing of Luna's death.
** [[spoiler:Things only get worse when the news spreads to Twilight and her friends. Fluttershy's reaction is similar to Celestia's.]] Such a sad scene.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Navy Shield]], Comet Tail, Sunny Ray, and High Noon. They only ''think'' they're doing right when it comes to [[spoiler:killing Luna]].
* NearDeathExperience: [[spoiler:After a heartwarming, tearful reunion with her sister, Navy Shield quickly gets up, gallops directly at Luna, pulls out a pistol and fires at her, almost killing her.]] Could also count as a DisneyDeath.
** What makes matters even worse is that Luna is in a severely emaciated state as she stayed in her prison cell, being fed only an odd, soapy substance [[LethalChef that doesn't even look, taste, or feel like food]].
* OverusedRunningGag: The rest of the Mane 6 ask Fluttershy if she's doing okay; she gets rather annoyed.
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Subverted.
* SoProudOfYou: Princess Celestia expresses this about the Mane 6 and Spike to Luna [[spoiler:when they are in the hospital after her rescue and attempted assassination]].
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: Somewhat deconstructed. Celestia pulls everyone's else needs far ahead of her need to properly mourn, resulting in said DespairEventHorizon getting worse.