The sequel to Parting Words.The story begins at the start of the season 3 finale and contains a second divergence from canon. Instead of only Twilight ascending, all of the Mane six become Alicorns. Now Celestia and Luna have a new job for the Mane 6: To move the Great Plan forward, they must go out and track down all the other alicorns that they believe are manifesting all over Equestria.By the way, Luna thinks it might be a good idea if they focused first on finding an alicorn stallion or two...It is still ongoing.Can be found here.
Accusation Fic: Though not as prominent as in the previous story, this story continues to call out the actions of many of the characters in canon: Applejack failing to stop the bullying, Celestia's manipulative tendencies by Sunset Shimmer of all ponies and the total failure of the Wonderbolts to act in dire situations.
...the frazzled fashionista, freed from fickle friction...
The Ahnold: Pinkie Pie's guards, former bouncers, intentionally act like this. The sight of them sends Luna to a series of cold showers and a raid on the ship's stockpile of ice cream.
Amazon Brigade: Rarity's Radiant Guard are almost entire made up of mares. They double as Ladies of War, though she apparently took them mostly so she could use them all as models for her dresses.
Also note that Celestia's Day Guard includes mares as well (many of whom were transferred to the Radiant Guard), but they were largely disguised as maids. Still just as deadly as the stallions.
And Then What?: Celestia asks this of Sunset Shimmer in Chapter 18 before revealing her reasons for the Pancaea, as Shimmer didn't know what Celestia's true plan was. (Interestingly, Sunset Shimmer does have sort of an answer to the trope question: Sunset Shimmer admits she didn't really have a plan on what she was planning to do after becoming a princess, but she says that well, if she was a princess, she'd have plenty of opportunity to figure it out. Opportunity that Celestia denied her.)
Badass Adorable: Fluttershy's kid brother Breezy Shy, a.k.a. Bishi. As shy as her... and a trained martial artist (only uses it in self-defense, of course.)
Poor Luna has a HILARIOUS one on ALL of her bodyguards.
Inverted with Fluttershy, with all the guards having a crush on her.
The Bet: Before meeting Fluttershy's folks, her friends take bets on which one will be 'the loud one'. (Dash, knowing the answer, abstains.) Babs wins the pot by correctly guessing that the whole family acts just like Fluttershy.
Rainbow Dash loses a bet to Spike over which one of the Mane Six will be the first to find another alicorn.
Born Lucky/Born Unlucky: It turns out that Pinkie Pie's unusual abilities are due to an innate ability to perceive and manipulate probability. It's a extremely rare variation of Earth Pony magic, unfortunately they're most commonly known as "Ill-Starred" and thought to be jinxed.
And Celestia and Luna have learned it, and Luna gets the unfortunate job of mentoring Pinkie. Celestia, who was left behind with the nobles, is debating who actually drew the short straw.
Broken Pedestal: In chapter 13, the Wonderbolts lose significant respect for Rainbow Dash when they think she bought her way onto the throne. After Spitfire chews her out in chapter 15, RD's pedestal quickly crumbles. Thankfully, both are rebuilt in the next chapter after a nice, long talk.
The Bully: Pennyworth and his two surprisingly thuggish companions, Bullhorn and Air Drop, along with Marzipan, Ruby Drop, and Ivy.
Butt Monkey: Discord takes a lot of comedic abuse. He forgets that Fluttershy now being an alicorn supercharges The Stare, getting his eyes exploded for his trouble. He suffers the most from the plunderseed's vines, ending up with thorns in a lot of painful places. And in this universe his riddle to trick the Mane Six into the maze never worked in the first place thanks to Twilight's logic.
Orange Roughy, one of Fluttershy's guards, gets this role when he volunteers to give Breezy some fighting lessons. Not knowing Breezy's background, he tells the colt to ditch his training shoes and take his best shot. Breezy's first punch lays him out cold and sends him to the dentist to get his teeth fixed.
This also serves as a bit of a callback to the prequel, where Celestia wondered where the attitude of "Fighting back makes you just as bad as the bullies" comes from. Here, we see one source of where this attitude comes from.
Crazy-Prepared: Breezy Shy brings his martial-arts training shoes to the Junior Gala just in case he has to defend himself. When the bullies from Babs' school start to threaten the Crusaders, he changes into those shoes and handily beats the stuffing out of their leader.
Twilight and Flash Sentry have opposing definitions of the term. For Twilight, it means everything is punched into an itemized checklist, while for Flash, his preparation is in his lack of preparation.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Everything relating to the Mane Six princesses are color-coded according to their coat color. From their elements up to their airships.
Averted when Bishi says goodbye to his sensei — who turns out to be a much more serene Iron Will.
Dash calls Spitfire out on this attitude in chapter 16.
Eternal Love: Princess Luna swore to herself that her next lover will be immortal after she lost her previous partner five hundred years before Nightmare Moon.
Cadence and Shining Armor are now officially this, thanks to Twilight's spur-of-the-moment decision to try and ascend Shining to Alicornhood. It worked.
For Want of a Nail: A blink-and-you-miss-it example: Chapter 5 reveals that Spike still has Peewee.
For whatever reason, different circumstances mean that Equestria Girls didn't happen in this universe. Instead, Sunset Shimmer was arrested while infiltrating the Crystal Empire, after which Celestia makes amends and helps her ascend.
There's also the prequel's version of how Sombra was handled, where it took maybe a few minutes (tops) to defeat him utterly. In a similar vein, Twilight analyzed the riddle that Discord gave her, and found the Elements almost immediately, leaving Discord standing alone in the maze for over an hour before he tried to find the Mane Six... who were now decked out with the Elements and waiting for him.
Discord remembers the whole Tree ofHarmony situation before it gets out of hand, allowing the Royal Guard to stop the vines from spreading beyond the Everfree. The Mane Six still have to give up the Elements, but that doesn't matter now that they embody their Elements, and they still get the mystery box, but Celestia puts that on the back burner until their current mission is over.
Genre Savvy: Spike and Owlowiscious took cover in the Library's basement as soon as Twilight received Starswirl's notebook, and Spike started wearing a hard hat for good measure. A smart move, considering what happened.
Happy Dance: Luna and Celestia go into one when they realize that Twilight had successfully ascended the Mane Six into alicorns.
Heel-Face Turn: Sunset Shimmer in chapter 18, thanks to a combination of Celestia's apology, being told of the Panacea, and being ascended herself.
I Always Wanted to Say That: Twilight's thrilled that she can walk into one of her favorite stores (a book store, of course) and order one of everything.
And ironically it happens around the same foal. The first time was at the Junior Gala, where he revealed she was eating goose liver paste and shrimp toast, described to her as 'mudbugs.' The second time was when it was revealed that honey is made from pre-digested honeybee spit. Both times had the same reaction.
I Need a Freaking Drink: After her short arc in Neigh Orleans, which involves getting dragged through the bayou and having to sleep on a lice-infested bed, among other things, Rarity decides to get "smashed off [her] freaking plot" (her words) once back on her airship.
Her servants eventually switch the champagne in her mimosas for ginger ale in a well-meaning (if hopelessly belated) effort to keep her from doing too much damage to herself.
Idle Rich: Played straight at first with Fancy Toff, a noble's son attending the Junior Gala. Averted by the time of the Cherry Jubilee in Dodge Junction; he's started helping out around his father's honey/sweetener business.
Living Forever Is Awesome: Celestia and Luna are tired of outliving everypony else, but otherwise they hold this opinion. Thus, they ask the Mane Six to assist them in their quest to make everypony immortal.
Living Lie Detector: Applejack's Elemental powers give her a version of this that overlaps with Blessed with Suck. She can tell when she isn't getting the full story, even if whoever's talking to her is telling her everything they know, and her Element won't let her rest until she gets all the facts.
Marry Them All: Ponies can form herds (or at least used to, fairly recently. It's far less common in the present.) Sweetie Belle thinks this'd be the perfect solution to all the CMC crushing on Breezy Shy.
Mayfly-December Romance: Luna had one about 500 years before her banishment; she swore not to try again, but after 1,500 years of not getting any she's feeling a bit tense. And as of chapter 7, Cadence and Shining Armor's marriage is no longer one.
Mistaken for Racist: Southern Comfort expresses his discomfort for using zebra potions as remedies in such a way that Applejack believes he's got a problem with zebras. He gets flustered and explains he meant because they're untested.
Applejack herself briefly falls victim to this earlier, when she first meets her zebra guardsman Omari. First, when she expresses surprise at a zebra in the Royal Guard, he asks if that's a problem, and when he asks if he knows Zecora, he seems insulted that she apparently assumes all zebras know each other.
Noodle Incident: Apparently the greatest state of chaos Canterlot palace ever faced was not at the hands of Nightmare Moon or Discord or the Changelings, but when a griffon ambassador's wife called Celestia's hindquarters fat.
"One hundred bowling balls... three hundred and sixty five 'happy pine tree' carriage air fresheners... twenty four ACME brand cannons... a blender... six hundred boxes of instant cake mix... one ton of confetti... one hundred forty four pink flamingos... a bag of marbles... five bags of fortune cookies... a lug wrench... a box of elephant prophylactics... Five cans of purple paint... five cans of yellow paint... five cans of PINK paint... one jelly-bean pooping plastic moose... five spare tires... a rubber life raft... eight thousand Kewpie pony dolls... a giant flyswatter...a toaster... one pair of each kind of 'Groucho Marks' glasses... one live parrot... one dead parrot, stuffed..."
Even more hilarious is that Luna admits she can think of uses for over half of those items...which worries her. Naturally, as Noodle Implements, the uses are not given.
The departure ceremony at the end of chapter 12 probably accounts for how the cannons, cake mix, and some of the confetti are being used...
Oh, Crap: When Pinkie Pie becomes an alicorn, she realizes she can do magic. This trope is Rarity's reaction.
Mass "Oh, Crap!": The bullies get this when they realize the CMC were telling the Truth about being related to the new Princesses... via an angry Applejack showing up after hearing them start to plan getting revenge.
Of Corset Hurts: First thing Dash does after the ceremony is over is strip off her girdle and advise Scootaloo to never let anyone talk her into wearing one.
Rarity's ability to find gems has been expanded into the ability to know what ponies need, and then let her find it and get it to them. This includes the plant that saves Sweet Peach's life, the alicorn who helped grow it, and enough booze for a massive drinking binge to calm her nerves after the crisis has passed.
The Plan: Celestia and Luna's plan is thus: find other alicorns, and with a combination of their magic, insight, and (ahem) bloodlines, abolish old age.
Poor Communication Kills: Well, not kills, but it does lead to a lot of friction between the Wonderbolts and Rainbow Dash. Spitfire claims that Celestia told her about their new assignment... which Rainbow Dash assumes is that they've all been briefed on "The Plan" (see above). Celestia actually told Spitfire that their mission was to keep an eye on Rainbow Dash, and that Dash would provide further details later. As such, the Wonderbolts feel like they're babysitting a spoiled fangirl, while Dash can't understand why they don't like her.
Pinkie thought her family sent her away because they were scared she was "Jinxed". They were, scared for her, namely that the ponies they lived around would hurt her over it and so sent her to Ponyville where odd things were more common in hopes of letting her live a more normal life. And the reason they didn't reply to her initial coronation invites was they thought people might look down on Pinkie from coming from a family of rock farmers and didn't want her reputation to suffer.
"So I don't break your jaw when I kick you in the face."
Ragtag Bunch of Misfits/Reassigned to Antarctica: The majority of Applejack's guard, The Roughnecks. Aside from the usual discipline problems, there are also few donkeys, a crystal pony, three batponies, a gryphon, a zebra, even a diamond dog. And one of Applejack's cousins, the sight of whom really throws her for a loop.
Rank Up: When Twilight inducts the first bunch of Royal Guards into her branch (the Twilight Guard), Celestia's last act as their commander is to promote Flash Sentry on the spot from Lieutenant to Captain, pointing out that he is Captain of the Guard anyway, so he should have the rank to prove it.
When Celestia learns that there aren't enough Royal Guards to provide a security detail for all of the Mane Six, she immediately promotes all the recruits in basic training to active duty.
Reaching Between the Lines: In Chapter 14, Pinkie Pie reaches through the magic mirrors they're using to communicate to give Rainbow Dash a hug. Naturally, everypony else wonders how she did that.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Chapters 15 and 16 have a back and forth of this: The latter half of chapter 15 involves Spitfire chewing out Rainbow Dash because she thinks Dash didn't 'earn' her position as a Firebolt or princess. Chapter 16 swings the other direction with Dash reminding Spitfire that all the deeds she had done, including her work with the Elements of Harmony, her Sonic Rainbooms, as well as saving Spitfire's life, were all based on her own merit. While every time the Wonderbolts have been called to do anything more than put on a stunt show, they'd failed spectacularly.
Running Gag: Apple Bloom enjoying a food and then discovering it is something/is produced in a way she finds revolting.
We also find out that one of the reasons Twilight was so scared of being sent back to magic kindergarten in "Lesson Zero" was because she was bullied a lot as a young filly and it was giving her flashbacks. She's mostly over it by now, but it can still make her eye twitch.
Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Babs' bullies always got off scot free due to having wealthy and influential families. Unfortunately for them, Babs is now technically royalty. They didn't realize that until after they tried to attack her AND the CMC and Bishi, three of whom are royalty, being immediate family of three princesses, and one practically being an apprentice to one. So not only did they get their flanks kicked, they also got on the bad side of the Princesses, shipped off to Sweet Apple Acres to do hard labor or not get fed, and cut off by their parents due to royal decree.
Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Pennyworth and Babs' other bullies are used to getting away with their actions due to this. As part of their punishment, they get cut off.
Both Screw The Rules tropes are also hinted at heavily by the Wonderbolts, wondering who that mare is in charge. This doesn't go over well.
Shared Family Quirks: Fluttershy's parents and brother share her coat/mane colors, soft voice, and introverted demeanor. Like her, they are also surprisingly talented: her brother is skilled at martial arts, her father is a cloud sculptor/architect who developed the principles of cloud hydroponics, and her mother is a gardener in Cloudsdale. Yes, Fluttershy's mother grows plants on clouds.
Ship Tease: The captain of the Guard appointed for Twilight by Celestia is Flash Sentry — and Twilight seems to be developing a crush on him.
Shout-Out: Discord briefly dresses up as Ash while fighting the living vines.
Sibling Team: Three out of the six princesses are this. With the exclusion of Twilight and Pinkie Pie, we have:
Rarity and Sweetiebelle
Applejack with Applebloom and Babs Seed
Fluttershy and Bishi
And 'honorary sisters' Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo
The Smurfette Principle: Inverted. As of chapter 26, there are 12 alicorns in Equestria (the Mane Six, Celestia, Luna, Cadence, Shining Armor, Sunset Shimmer, and Necturus a.k.a. Mudpuppy), only one of whom is male. Luna would really like that gender inequality to be fixed soon.
Snake Oil Salesman: Years before, one of them sold a medication to several ponies near Neigh Orleans that was supposed to make birth easier. Problem is, it was really their world's equivalent of Thalidomide, and so most of the foals were stillborn or had physical deformations that led to their early deaths. Only two of that entire group survived to the present day, one of whom did so by ascending into an alicorn while still in the womb, though nopony realized she was an alicorn and not just another deformed filly until Rarity met her and discovered the truth.
Stealth Hi/Bye: Jade Blossom, a member of Rarity's Radiant Guard, apparently does this all the time.
Sweet and Sour Grapes: Due to her ascension to alicornhood, Rainbow Dash cannot become a Wonderbolt. She can, however, command them... and since the titular hunt will be done undercover, she can fly with them as part of her cover story.
Take That: The whole idea of a "wingboner" gets called out as a ridiculous myth spread by unicorns and Earth ponies. The idea of a unicorn's horn being "Sensitive" is called equally silly.
Chapter 6 has several towards a few of the more iconic moments in the series, such as the Winter Wrap Up (just letting the snow melt would probably be more beneficial), The Running of the Leaves (two ponies squabbling shouldn't be enough to prevent leaves from falling; wind would be more efficient and easier), Weather Factories (making individual snowflakes by hoof is remarkably inefficient), and draining the reservoir via tornado (evaporation would work just as well, with much less time, energy, and effort for all involved).
Title Drop: "It looks like the great alicorn hunt is on, after all."
Too Dumb to Live: You would think Pennyworth and his goons would realize that the CMC were telling the truth, seeing that them being nobility (or having as much money as them) would be the only way they would've gotten into the Junior Gala in the first place.
Trickster Mentor: In spite of halting her 'cryptic mentor' tendencies with Twilight Sparkle, Celestia still tends to be enigmatic and manipulative with a few things, not the least of which includes selecting a host of male guards for Twilight and Fluttershy in hopes that they find their 'super special somepony'. Kinda backfires with the Wonderbolts when she fails to fully debrief them on their 'true' mission with Rainbow Dash. This is also a major factor in why Sunset Shimmer fell, as she saw Celestia much like Twilight did in the beginning of Parting Words, and hated being manipulated.
What the Hell, Hero?: After having had enough of the Wonderbolts giving her the cold shoulder and badmouthing her behind her back, Rainbow Dash confronts Spitfire about it. When the latter says that Dash is a show off who hasn't earned anything she has, Dash snaps and gives her a scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech, pointing out how hard she worked to earn everything she has, not to mention has saved the world several times, whereas the Wonderbolts are either no-shows or ineffective in a crisis, and Spitfire herself is as guilty of being self-absorbed as she accused Rainbow Dash of being. Spitfire admits Rainbow Dash is right, and they make amends, with Spitfire helping Dash mend fences with the other Wonderbolts.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: Or rather, who wants to live alone forever? Celestia and Luna have no problems being immortal, but having to watch, again and again, the ponies close to them grow old, feeble and die after such a short time together is truly heartbreaking for them. This is what kicks off the main plot of the story — to find more Alicorns and eventually find a way to pass the gift of immortality on to everypony.
With Great Power Comes Great Perks: After Rarity discovers how the Element of Generosity works for her - allowing her to look at a pony and let her magic guide her to exactly what they need at that moment - she has fun testing it out here and there. The first things she intentionally procures? A tissue and a piece of gum, a bit coin, a book, a hard kick in the pants (for Prince Blueblood), and a raid on the airship's wet bar (for herself).
Your Head Asplode: How Dapper Blue, one of Rarity's Radiant Guard, deals with a kappa terrorizing a couple of passing ponies (one of whom is in labor). He stuffs an exploding chili pepper (a result of crossbreeding with poison joke) into a cucumber that then gets fed to the kappa, the resulting explosion taking its head off.