''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/24001/Post-Nuptials Post Nuptials]]'' is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' FanFic written by Darth Link 22.

Set right at the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 Wedding]]", the story takes a ''much'' closer look at how Twilight Sparkle's friends reacted after discovering her accusations against Princess Cadance, which they'd previously ignored, were ultimately correct. Has Twilight truly forgiven them for not believing her? Was a simple apology really all it took to fix the damage they'd done? How will this incident shape their lives from now on?

The fanfic has spawned an entire series known as the "Nuptialverse", which establishes its own DarkerAndEdgier mythos distinct from the show as depicted in Season 3 onward (as it was being written before the season has aired), eventually delving into full AlternateUniverse territory. The stories are as follows:

* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/24001/Post-Nuptials Post Nuptials]]'' - The story that started it all. Set right at the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 Wedding]]", the Changelings have been defeated and Shining Armor and Princess Cadance have wed, but Twilight's friends are still left to deal with the strain on their friendships left from their falling out at the wedding rehearsal.
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/38150/metamorphosis Metamorphosis]]'' - A one-chapter side story also set in the same timeframe as ''Post Nuptials'', where Queen Chrysalis reflects on her defeat and the circumstances that led to her becoming the ruler of the Changelings.
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/57308/honeymoon Honeymoon]]'' - Another side story, this one-shot shows Princess Cadance and Shining Armor embarking on their honeymoon and reminiscing the events that first brought them together.
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/295370/outrage Outrage]]'' - A later side oneshot showing [[MamaBear Twilight Velvet]] and Night Light's efforts to get a handle on just what happened at the wedding.
* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/40064/Families Families]]'' - The sequel to ''Post Nuptials''. Picking up immediately where the first story left off, Twilight and Rainbow Dash are determined to find out what's been eating Spike and Scootaloo since the wedding reception, while Pinkie Pie is forced to confront the ghosts of her long-abandoned past. It is complete.
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/313280/the-visit The Visit]]'' - Set during ''Direction'' but acting as a closer for Scootaloo's storyline in ''Families'', this oneshot features her [[spoiler: visiting her parents in jail in order to finally end that part of her life.]]
* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/147356/direction Direction]]'' - In this third installment, Twilight and Spike are sent on a journey far away from home, leaving the rest of their friends to save Equestria without their team's backbone. It is ongoing.
* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/312087/through-the-mirror Through the Mirror]]'' - Simultaneously to the events of ''Direction'', Twilight and Spike pursue Sunset Shimmer into another world in order to retrieve the stolen Element of Magic. It is ongoing.

Beware of {{Late Arrival Spoiler}}s in later story folders.
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!!This series provides examples of:

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[[folder: The Series as a Whole]]
* AdaptationNameChange: Due to Pinkie's family appearing before their canon names in the show were introduced, here they go by the names that were common among fans. Pinkie's sisters are named Inkie and Blinkie instead of Marble and Limestone, and her Father is named Cylde instead of Igneous Rock. To a lesser extent Pinkie's mom is named Sue instead of Cloudy Quartz.
* AdaptedOut: Due to Post Nuptials and Families being made long before Maud Pie appeared in the show, she is absent from Pinkie's backstory and family.
* AncientKeeper: The Keeper, an alicorn tasked with recording [[AkashicRecords the events of the lives of everyone who's ever lived]], whom Twilight meets in dreams on several occasions throughout the series.
* CentralTheme: The complexities of forgiveness and dealing with guilt are explored heavily here.
* DarkFic: Let's see, we're [[DeconstructionFic exploring the consequences of failing to protect Canterlot on not just Canterlot itself]] but also [[HeroicBSOD its defenders]], we have domestic abuse, coups, backstories laden with betrayal, Discord being much more of a monster than the show makes him out to be, the list goes on. It's to the point where fans have pressured the author to add a Dark tag to his stories. The first story is an exception, however.
* TheDreaded: [[RealityWarper Discord]].
* EnsembleCast: Just like in canon.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Queen Chrysalis, which isn't much of a surprise considering how the stories are based off her malicious actions in "A Canterlot Wedding".
* TheMultiverse: In addition to Equestria and the Equestria Girls universe, the Keeper informs Twilight that there are a vast other number of universes out there.
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[[folder:''Post Nuptials'']]
* AccusationFic: The story has Twilight and her friends apologizing not just for the infamous MadeOutToBeAJerkass moment in the season 2 finale, but for pretty much every time they acted like jerks in the first two seasons (intentionally or not).
* AdaptationExpansion: Several of the individual focus chapters are based on and include the snapshots from the reception sequence at the end of the actual episode.
* ArcWords: Of Applejack's chapter: "[[StepfordSmiler Just don't think about it]]."
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When the CMC are talking to Spike and are trying to get him to overcome his guilt from not listening to Twilight, Sweetie Belle states that part of being a family is sometimes making mistakes, then reconcelling. Spike then asks her if any of the mistakes that she or the Crusaders ever made got somepony they cared about almost killed at the hands of a monster like the Changeling Queen, or if they almost got Equestria taken over and every one enslaved.
* BrutalHonesty: [[spoiler: When Twilight [[WhatTheHellHero finally rips into her friends about how they easily turned against her at the wedding rehersal]], she wastes no time pointing out that they did it for somebody they had just met and who had been a total jerk to them the entire time. The Mane 5 wince, because they know perfectly well how right Twilight is about that.]]
* BookEnds: The first and last chapters are about Twilight and her friends talking, making up, and [[GroupHug hugging]].
* CryCute: Rainbow Dash is easily the crowning example of this: in the opening chapter, she tearfully screams at Twilight for forgiving her and the others so easily for letting her down; in her own chapter, she breaks down a second time as she confesses how much she wanted Twilight to "get even" with them for betraying her.
* DeconstructionFic: ''Post Nuptials'' deconstructs the aftermath of "A Canterlot Wedding", specifically how the Mane Six and other associated characters react to Twilight forgiving them for not believing her about Fake!Cadance; Twilight's friends continue to feel ashamed for turning their backs on her, [[spoiler:while Twilight hides how angry she really feels out of fear that her foolish behavior nearly cost her her friends]].
** Spike's chapter deconstructs the AbsenteeActor trope by having a justification: Spike didn't appear in most of the episodes during Season 2's tenure due to his [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horror]] of what happened during [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess his birthday]].
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Most of the Canterlot ponies don't even know the Mane Six even after they stood up to Nightmare Moon and Discord, [[JustifiedTrope mainly because those threats only really popped up in Ponyville before being suppressed]]. A select few such as Soarin' and Fancypants, on the other hand, fully acknowledge them and their efforts.
* EasilyForgiven: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}; everyone feels even more undeserving of Twilight's friendship when she insists on forgiving them instead of chewing them out like they expected her to do. [[spoiler:It's ultimately {{subverted|Trope}} when Twilight admits she is still mad at them. Fortunately, getting all of the bitter feelings off Twilight's chest becomes the first step towards truly forgiving her friends]].
* EtTuBrute: {{Subverted|Trope}}; during the reception, Twilight tells everyone who walked out on her that she doesn't feel they betrayed her trust, even though they feel they had. [[spoiler:[[DoubleSubversion Then, on the train ride home]], [[WhatTheHellHero she admits she lied and calls them out on what they did to her]]]].
* EveryoneHasStandards: According to Fancypants, even [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Jet Set and Upper Crust]] find [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver Prince Blueblood]] to be a pompous jerk.
* FixFic: The author admits feeling that the whole "Twilight getting dismissed" subplot in the season 2 finale deserved a lot more than a simple apology from Applejack for closure.
* ForegoneConclusion: Most of Shining Armor's chapter takes place during Twilight's last-minute wedding planning, so when he says he's having cold [[WorldOfPun hooves]], readers who have seen the episode (or read the rest of the story up to this point) will know that he will change his mind.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Twilight smacks Shining Armor in the face when he starts ranting about how poor of a brother, guard captain, and potential husband he's been. In a way, she also did this towards everyone else.
* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: Fluttershy doesn't understand why or how a sadistic and cruel being like Discord could exist. [[spoiler:Of course this was written before Season 3.]]
* GuiltComplex: Everyone regrets hurting Twilight so much that they feel they don't deserve to be her friends. Each chapter of ''Post Nuptials'' (and, in Spike's case, about one third of ''Families'') focuses on them overcoming their guilt.
** Some of the Mane Six feel as though they've betrayed the Elements of Harmony they represent: Rainbow Dash, the [[UndyingLoyalty Element of Loyalty]], turned her back on a close friend in favor of someone she'd just met; Rarity, the [[GreaterNeedThanMine Element of Generosity]], was too absorbed in generating business via her dresses to listen to Twilight; and Fluttershy, the [[FriendToAllLivingThings Element of Kindness]], coldly broke Twilight's heart along with everyone else.
** When the rest of the Mane Six are apologizing to Twilight for shunning her, they're so upset and angry with themselves that they believe they haven't been good friends at all to her during the time that they had known her. They cite several incidents where they're right like the Ticket incident, when they brushed off Twilight's breakdown in Lesson Zero, and when Applejack and Rarity kept fighting during Twilight's first-ever sleepover. However, they completely ignore the stuff where they have been good friends to her, and also begin to blame themselves for things they had nothing to do with (Like ''Discord'' brainwashing and corrupting all of them, despite the fact that he was too powerful, he had broken Twilight, too, and the only reason that they were able to win was because Celestia managed to restore her student's faith). Twi's quick to call them out on this, but it doesn't make them feel any less guilty.
** Celestia and Shining Armor beat themselves up over ignoring a pivotal warning from their loyal student and sister, respectively, during high alert. In fact, Shining Armor thinks he's failed as a Captain, brother, and a potential husband for letting Chrysalis fool him, and even considers canceling the wedding altogether because of it.
** [[spoiler:Twilight hides how angry she really is because she knows she had acted completely out of control when she accused Cadance of being evil, and fears that she could have lost her friends for good had she been wrong. The whole thing had also made her question whether or not if her friends have faith in her.]]
* HandWave: Assuming the Elements of Harmony were still kept behind the same door in Canterlot Tower shown in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 The Return of Harmony]]", which can only be opened by Princess Celestia, how would the Mane Six have opened it in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding]]"? Well according to this fic, the Elements would have come to them on their own if they got close enough.
** The stories go with the interpretation that the reason Twilight's breakdown in "Lesson Zero" happened was because it was a week after Discord was defeated and she was still recovering from all the horrible things he had done to her. It was also why Princess Celestia had let her off the hook so easily for the Smartypants Incident.
* HeartbreakAndIceCream: Pinkie may deny it, but Luna deduces that her cake binge during the wedding reception is motivated by her lingering guilt.
* HeelRealization: {{Discussed|Trope}}; Iron Will tells Fluttershy he started his assertiveness seminar to keep others from being bullied like he was in his youth. Since the events of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]]", he has discovered that [[HeWhoFightsMonsters his seminar turned not only Fluttershy, but all of his customers into the same kind of bullies he tried protecting them from]].
* HeroicBSOD: All the focal characters find themselves in the middle of one in the beginning of the story. The rest of the series is about how each of them gets out of it and deals with the repercussions.
* HumblePie: Twilight's friends, while not feeling so great since they're prepared to move mountains to earn her forgiveness, are still brought down a few pegs when Twilight forgives them like it's nothing instead of angrily screaming at them like they anticipated.
* ICantDance: Rainbow Dash jokes that she's an even worse dancer than [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Twilight]].
* {{Irony}}: Meta-example: The author often lampshades the irony in his posts that the episode that he hated the most (A Canterlot Wedding) was the one that he spent a lot of his time writing about and that it brought him fame in the Fimfiction community.
* JerkassRealization: Celestia, Shining Armor, Spike, and the mane Six were already hit with this hard in the canon episode, but we don't see much of that due to time constraints, other than Applejack apologizing for everyone. This fanfic takes it UpToEleven, with everyone really beating themselves up over how badly they had broken Twilight's heart.
** Both Applejack and Rainbow Dash recall how they and the others felt like complete jerks for walking out on Twilight once she and the real Cadance crashed the first wedding; Rainbow got hit with this particularly hard, to the point where she actually ''wanted'' Twilight to yell at her and the others for betraying her, because she originally argued Twilight needed to earn back their respect after what she did during the rehearsal.
** Rarity has another one in her own chapter while speaking with Fancypants when she mentions how relieved she was to be forgiven by Twilight, only to then realize Twilight must also be harboring her own regrets for the rehearsal incident.
** Spike's is so big that he absolutely refuses to even be in the same room as her, and it's not until the sequel that he even finds the strength to talk about his guilt with her.
** Shining Armor's chapter shows [[spoiler:Twilight having her own JerkassRealization when, after stewing over her friends not listening to her, it dawns on her that she should've gathered evidence of the fake Cadance's behavior or spoken with Celestia before throwing accusations, [[DramaticIrony even though there was no way for her to gather any in this case]]]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: For the Flim Flam brothers, as told by Apple Fritter. She tells Applejack they've tried their luck at Appleloosa, but Braeburn and Thunderhooves weren't pleased with what occurred in Ponyville and ran them out of town, trashing their machine in the process. Then they went to Canterlot to see if they'd do any better there, but skipped town as fast as they could when they found out that ''Celestia'' was friends with Applejack.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: After Fluttershy and Iron Will stumble upon Octavia and Vinyl Scratch making out with each other while in the hedge maze:
-->'''Iron Will''': Did you see...\\
'''Fluttershy''': No.\\
'''Iron Will''': Me neither.
* LikeASonToMe: Celestia loves Twilight like a daughter, which is a prime factor for her guilt over how cold she was to her beloved student. On a lesser note, neither Cadance nor any of Celestia's other "nephews and nieces" (including Blueblood) are actually related to her; they're just titles she gives to ponies she's especially close to.
* LivingLieDetector: {{Subverted|Trope}}. Applejack specifically tells Apple Fritter that no, wielding the Element of Honesty does ''not'' automatically make her capable of telling when someone's lying, when the latter asks how the Changeling Queen managed to fool the former.
* MustMakeAmends: The Mane Five visit Twilight at the very beginning of the story to make sure she knows how sorry they are for how terribly they treated her at the wedding rehearsal, and swear to make it up to her. Twilight tells them not to bother, and that just being her friends is enough to earn her forgiveness.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The crowning trope of ''Post Nuptials''. Whereas Applejack simply apologizes on her friends' behalf for not listening to Twilight about the impostor Princess Cadance in the show, all of Twilight's friends in this story, including her brother and mentor, are completely wracked with guilt not just for brushing her suspicions aside, but outright deserting her when Twilight drove the impostor off in (crocodile) tears with her accusations. [[spoiler:Twilight is similarly mortified by her own outburst rather than just calmly forgiving her friends, as she fears they never would have forgiven her if she were wrong]].
* MyGreatestFailure: The wedding rehearsal incident is this for everyone involved: Twilight's friends for abandoning Twilight, which led to Equestria almost being destroyed, and Twilight for making a complete fool of herself.
** Twilight considers the "Smartypants incident" in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]" to be her second-greatest failure.
** Princess Celestia and Shining Armor also take into account that Princess Cadance was trapped for five days in the caves beneath Canterlot, and that the city was very nearly invaded, due to their negligence.
* NightmareSequence: Princess Celestia has a nightmare in which Nightmare Moon, a Changeling-turned Cadance, Queen Chrysalis, Discord, and his [[FaceHeelTurn new]] "[[TheDragon Queen of Chaos]]" Twilight taunt and accuse her of letting down her kingdom by ignoring her student.
* NoodleIncident: There are two words explaining why alcohol was banned from Equestria for five hundred years, causing a decade-long economic depression: ''drunk Luna''.
* NostalgiaFilter: It's explained that this is one reason the others didn't believe Twilight's suspicions about the fake Cadance--they assumed that her complaints about "Cadance" not acting the way Twilight remembered was just Twilight trying too hard to relive her nostalgic memories.
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: Applejack becomes a nasty victim of this in her chapter, where every time she sees Twilight laughing happily with Princess Cadance, or hears others say what an awesome friend Twilight is, drives a metaphorical knife through her heart. It reaches its peak when Apple Fritter tells her how Twilight immediately set out to find her after she told her friends she would be leaving Ponyville in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup The Last Roundup]]".
** There's also the moment where Cadance asks Applejack to play the fiddle for the reception. When the cowpony tries to decline, the princess insists, stating that she wanted to know about Twilight's other family, and threw in that Applejack had made Twilight an honorary Apple. As one commenter put it, "With Applejack's devotion to family, that has GOT to twist that knife."
** Oddly enough, [[spoiler:Twilight's friends slinging their own guilt becomes this for Twilight. As they go on and on about how they should have listened to her, Twilight thinks they would have done the opposite if she turned out to be wrong]].
* RealityEnsues: The whole point of the fic is to show how everypony would realistically react to what happened during the ACW two-parter. Everybody is wracked with guilt for deserting Twilight when they discovered that she was technically right, Shining Armor and Princess Celestia feel like total idiots for not being able to tell that something was wrong with Cadance and not being able to defend Canterlot (Shining was completely brainwashed the whole time, [[GuiltComplex but he's refusing to use it as an excuse for his failures]]), and Spike is unwilling to bring himself to face Twilight out of fear that she might reject him for what happened. [[spoiler: Meanwhile, Twilight is angry with everypony, but realizes she was out of control during her outburst and fears what could've happened if she had been wrong. The whole thing has also caused her to have trouble sharing her feelings with her friends, especially when she suffers nightmares in the next story.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Everybody is fully expecting Twilight to give this to them. When she insists on turning the other cheek, however, each and every one of them give it to themselves in their ensuing guilt. [[spoiler: Twilight finally gives a bit of one to her fiends at the end during her WhatTheHellHero speech on the train ride home]].
* SequelHook: By the end of the story, Pinkie, Spike, and Scootaloo still have familial issues that need taking care of.
* ShipSinking: Rarity only dances with Fancypants, as shown in the canon episode, because they're friends. Likewise, Sweetie Belle only dances with Spike to try and cheer him up. {{Subverted|Trope}} with Rainbow Dash and Soarin'; they actually are on a date, and have plans for him to visit Ponyville for a proper one.
%%* ShoutOut:
%%** In one of Pinkie's DaydreamSurprise sequences, Spike calls Shining Armor [[Series/{{Dinosaurs}} "Not the Mama!"]]
%%** In another sequence, Big Mac [[SelfDemonstrating/TheIncredibleHulk Hulks Out]].
%%** Discord sings [[Film/TheWizardOfOz "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"]] as he's turned into stone.
%%** The King of the Dragons is named [[VideoGame/{{Lunar}} Dyne]].
%%** ''Direction'' contains references to Big Macintosh's short story arc in [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW the IDW comics]].
* SimultaneousArcs: Aside from the first, last, and Shining Armor chapters, all of ''Post Nuptials'' happens during the wedding reception, each chapter told from the POV of one of Twilight's friends (we actually get a sneak peek of Spike's chapter in Pinkie's because of this).
* TearsOfRemorse: Quite abundant as everyone is still angsting over how they acted during the wedding rehearsal.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Completely averted. Pinkie Pie recalls that after she and the rest of the bearers had defeated Discord for good, Celestia had them all see trauma therapists, because after everyone was returned to normal, it was like waking up from a bad dream. To the Bearers, however, the effects from his brainwashing still lingered, since they were Discorded directly.
* ThinkHappyThoughts: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}; Pinkie laughs and smiles until she feels better whenever she's sad, never talking with her friends about negative feelings because she doesn't want to make them unhappy. As a testament of how unhealthy this is, Princess Luna tells her this kind of attitude is what led to the birth of Nightmare Moon ([[NoodleIncident and a five-hundred-year ban on alcohol]]), and suggests that her imaginary friends from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]" are a product of this.
* {{WAFF}}: ''Post Nuptials'', apart from [[AccusationFic calling out the main characters for not believing Twilight about the fake Cadance in]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 "A Canterlot]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 Wedding"]], does what many anti-ACW {{Hate Fic}}s do not: focus solely on Twilight reconciling with her friends after suffering their biggest falling out so far.
* WhatAnIdiot: InUniverse, the characters lampshade the total IdiotPlot of ''A Canterlot Wedding''. The fact that the Changeling Queen called Twilight's friends out on what they did during her extremely sarcastic thank you speech in the actual episode probably didn't help.
** Twilight admits she should've gathered evidence, or spoke in private with Princess Celestia, about what she had seen before throwing out accusations.
** Celestia ''REALLY'' beats herself up over being so inattentive and not being able to tell something was seriously wrong ''with her own niece''. She admits sensing something was off with Cadance's magic to Luna and she recalls that the real Cadance had never treated anypony poorly during major tasks, even when she was stressed. Then Celestia states that since she had taught Twilight personally, she should have known that the unicorn would know the difference between a brainwashing spell and one to cure headaches, and that the entire invasion could have been avoided if she had checked Twilight's claims, no matter what.
** It's mentioned that every single guard was kicking themselves over not noticing what was clear in hindsight.
* WhatTheHellHero: {{Subverted|Trope}} at the start, when everyone is fully prepared for Twilight to tear into them for how they treated her at the wedding rehearsal, yet she instead calmly rationalizes their actions and says she has forgiven them. [[spoiler:[[DoubleSubversion Double subverted]] on the train ride home when Twilight ''does'' call her friends out on not only for ditching her for somepony they had just met, but for somepony who had been mean to them the entire time]].
** Twilight gives a guilty Shining Armor [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan a good smack to the face]] when he temporarily decides to cancel the wedding, because doing that would break Cadance's heart more than he thinks he's already done.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre:
** Twilight gives this to her guilty friends and brother this as part of her forgiveness speech to them, pointing out that just because they made one horrible mistake didn't automatically make them horrible friends/brother.
** Luna tries to gives Celestia this, since neither of the alicorns are actually omnipotent and can't sense everything underneath their muzzles. It doesn't really take effect until Luna gets Twilight into Celestia's room so they can properly make up.
** [[spoiler: Shining Armor and Celestia give Twilight this when she reveals her anger and guilt over the rehearsal incident, pointing out how smart and perceptive she is, how proud they are to have her as a student/sister, and how they would have forgiven her if she really had been wrong about the fake Cadance. This inspires Twilight to come clean with how upset she really is to her friends. After she's done, they admit that they were planning on talking to her after the wedding and were planning on forgiving her]].
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Played with to, "Your Easy Forgiveness Fills Us With Shame" since Twilight's [[spoiler: Initial]] forgiveness made everybody feel a whole lot worse.
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[[folder:''Metamorphosis'' / ''Honeymoon'' / ''Outrage'']]
* AdaptationalVillainy: Discord is ''far'' more twisted and evil in this universe than his canon counterpart who, while certainly malicious and powerful, is more along the lines of a misbehaved brat and, against the author's expectations, [[spoiler:[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn turns (sort of) good]]]].
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: It hasn't been properly explained, but Discord comments during his first meeting with Chrysalis that he's arrived to take the Windigos' place.
* BreakTheHaughty: In ''Metamorphosis'', [[spoiler:Private Pansy's death does this to Commander Hurricane. Chrysalis is similarly broken by her transformation into a Changeling and subordinate to Discord]].
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The ways in which Discord kills [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Equestria's founders]] as shown in ''Metamorphosis'', most of which fall into DeathByIrony territory--Private Pansy is skewered with arrows that come out of Commander Hurricane's mouth; Chancellor Puddinghead's head literally turns into pudding and slides off her still living body; Smart Cookie is turned into a living cookie and crumbles under her own weight, feeling every minute of it; Clover the Clever's magic summons clovers that smother her; Princess Platinum is turned into a slab of platinum; and Commander Hurricane is left bloodied and broken.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Shining and Cadance have known each other since before Twilight was born, and have been in love with each other almost as long (though they didn't admit their feelings until much more recently).
* CompleteImmortality: Celestia and Luna are the only immortal ponies due to [[spoiler:Discord's magic]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Metamorphosis'' compared to the rest of the series, [[WordOfGod by admission from the author]].
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Chrysalis' deal with Discord in ''Metamorphosis''; she destroys the Energy of Friendship (the same flame that vanquished the Windigos) so Discord can enter Equestria, and Discord gives her the powers of all three pony tribes]].
* [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Deity of Pony Origin]]: It seems alicorns only come into being when regular ponies of sufficient strength go through something called "the Trials of the Source".
* TheDragon: Chrysalis is revealed as one to [[spoiler:Discord]].
* DrivenToSuicide: ''Metamorphosis'' shows [[spoiler:Celestia and Luna tried killing themselves after Discord murdered their entire family and [[ForcedToWatch forced them to watch]]. [[KickTheDog He made them immortal before they could]]]].
* EtTuBrute: Chrysalis anticipates this reaction from [[spoiler:Discord when she plots against him right behind his back]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Chrysalis, who at least has subjects to look after, is utterly terrified of [[spoiler:her master Discord and what he'll do to her now that she's effectively betrayed him]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Queen Chrysalis is only ever referred to outside of ''Metamorphosis'' as the Changeling Queen. {{Justified|Trope}} because she never formally introduces herself in the episode she appeared in, giving the characters no reason to know her name.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Chrysalis doesn't understand how Shining Armor and Cadance were able to use ThePowerOfLove to defeat her. Also, she doesn't seem to grasp why Twilight would still fight to save everyone even after they turned on her.
* FantasticRacism: Queen Chrysalis once harbored these feelings against [[spoiler:unicorns and earth ponies back when she was an ordinary pegasus]].
* FlashbackNightmare: ''Honeymoon'' opens with Cadance having a nightmare of when she was kidnapped by Queen Chrysalis.
* ForcedToWatch: When Celestia and Luna first stood up to Discord, [[spoiler:he summoned all their blood relatives and forced them to watch him murder them in horrific ways]].
* JackassGenie: In ''Metamorphosis'', [[spoiler:Discord promises to fulfill then-pegasus Chrysalis' desire to obtain the powers of all three pony tribes. Chrysalis thinks it means she will become an alicorn, but Discord thinks just turning her into an alicorn would be boring]].
* MamaBear: Velvet doesn't hesitate to chew out Applejack and Luna (and by extension, the rest of the Mane Six and Celestia) for how they treated Twilight. Twilight and Night Light have to work very hard to calm her down and get her to let everything go.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:Discord makes Celestia and Luna immortal [[WhoWantsToLiveForever to torture them]], and lets them take the remains of the orb containing the Energy of Friendship. This gives them the time they need to become alicorns and turn the pieces into the Elements of Harmony. Longtime viewers of the show know how well that would have turned out for Discord]].
* NoNameGiven: ''Metamorphosis'' reveals "Chrysalis" is not the Changeling Queen's real name; [[spoiler:it's rather one Discord gives her after transforming her into a Changeling. Her real name is never mentioned because he wipes all memory of it from history, leaving her only with the name he gave her]].
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Applejack does this to Velvet in retaliation for the latter assaulting and insulting her.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler:Back when she was a pegasus, Chrysalis betrayed her own kind to help Discord rule and gain power for herself. She was rewarded with [[BalefulPolymorph being transformed into her current hideous form]], [[BreakTheHaughty stripped clean of her pride as a soldier by becoming Discord's slave]], and spending the rest of her life fearing a FateWorseThanDeath should she ever betray her new master, [[TheStarscream which she does]]]].
* SequelHook: ''Metamorphosis'' closes with Chrysalis swearing revenge on Twilight, Shining Armor, and Cadance.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: ''Metamorphosis'' [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this; the accomplishments of Equestria's founders are seemingly rendered meaningless when the then-pegasus Chrysalis breaks the orb holding the Energy of Friendship into six pieces, ushering Discord's rise to power and the founders' horrible deaths. After failing to stop Discord and being made immortal, however, Celestia and Luna gather up the six pieces and bring them to "the Source", which turns them into the Elements of Harmony]].
* StartOfDarkness: ''Metamorphosis'' is one for Chrysalis; [[spoiler:she was originally one of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Commander Hurricane's]] chief lieutenants, but [[FantasticRacism her refusal to make peace with the other tribes]] and personal thirst for power led to her being kicked out. She then made a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Discord]] to gain great power, which he twisted to make her the first Changeling and his [[TheDragon right-hand mare]]. She and the Changelings were [[SealedEvilInACan sealed with him]] when the Princesses defeated him, and then kept sealed by him upon his release in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 The Return of Harmony: Part 1]]" to be set free as a backup plan in case he was defeated again. Of course, Chrysalis has no intention of continuing to serve him]].
* TheStarscream: It is revealed in ''Metamorphosis'' that [[spoiler:Chrysalis is one for Discord; the point of her invasion plan was to absorb enough love so she could face Discord. Since her plan failed, she is desperate to form a new one in case Discord breaks free again]].
* TheTease: Princess Cadance in ''Honeymoon''. For example, when Shining Armor tries convincing her to marry him by saying she'd gain Twilight as a sister:
-->'''Cadance:''' Wait. You think I'd marry you to get closer to another mare? Do you really think I swing that way?\\
'''Shining Armor:''' What? No, I...\\
'''Cadance:''' Only kidding... though Twilight is kind of hot...
* VillainEpisode: ''Metamorphosis'' focuses on Queen Chrysalis and Discord.
* [[WasOnceAMan Was Once a Pony]]: [[spoiler:The entire Changeling race was an obscure fourth pony tribe called Flutterponies (ponies from G1 with butterfly wings) transformed by Discord to serve as Chrysalis' army; Chrysalis herself, meanwhile, was an ordinary pegasus similarly transformed by Discord]].
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Celestia and Luna undergo this since [[spoiler:Discord makes them immortal after killing all their blood relatives]], leaving them with no one but each other to keep company. [[FridgeHorror Imagine how much worse this became for Celestia after banishing her sister for a thousand years]].
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[[folder:''Families'']]
* AbusiveParents: Scootaloo's parents, but especially her father Speedy Delivery. Both mess with Scootaloo's head, forcing her to act like a foal around them and calling her clumsy, all while maintaining a casual demeanor. [[spoiler:Once Scootaloo confronts her dad, he decides to get a bit more physical]].
** [[spoiler:Pinkie's birth parents are shown to be this in a flashback when they respond to Pinkie getting her cutie mark by spanking and yelling at her for, in their opinion, wasting time on pointless parties. This leads to her eventually running away.]]
* AkashicRecords: The Keeper's library/plane of existence contains a book for every being who's ever lived, which in turn contain every single detail of their lives.
* TheAlcoholic: WordOfGod says Scootaloo's mother Quick Delivery is this.
* AncientKeeper: The Keeper, an alicorn who records the lives of every living creature, who Twilight meets when her spirit for some reason travels to her realm. She's so old she can't even remember her real name or how she came into being.
* AndThenWhat: Celestia uses this when pointing out the flaws in [[spoiler:Olive Branch's plan for immortality. Not only has he committed several felonies just to be able to make demands of Celestia, but he's also detailed his travel plans afterwards, betrayed his confidants while doing so, and left Celestia free to pursue him after his grand exit.]].
* ArcWords: Scootaloo's story arc has this recurring exchange with her father:
-->'''Speedy Delivery:''' Now, what do you say?\\
'''Scootaloo:''' I love you, Daddy.\\
'''Speedy Delivery:''' I know you do.
** [[spoiler: When Scootaloo finally stands up to him for good, she says, "I hate you, Daddy".]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: After Pinkie Pie mentions that she has second thoughts about not trying to work things out with her parents, Rainbow Dash says that they were jerks and Pinkie should just forget them. Pinkie's response is "Isn't that what we did with Twilight?"
** [[spoiler:After the Mane Six saves Spike from the dragons, Twilight and Spike finally manage to talk to each other back at the library. To get him to open up, Twilight asks how he felt about Twilight's outburst at the rehearsal. Spike admits that he was disappointed, but still loved her and wanted to reconcile with her. Twilight then asks why she wouldn't feel the same way after it was discovered Twilight was right about the fake Cadance.]]
* TheAtoner: Despite Twilight telling her friends not to in the previous story, Rainbow Dash becomes this by taking Scootaloo under her wing, feeling it's the only way she can be redeemed for her harsh attitude towards Twilight since she treated Scootaloo the same way in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E23PonyvilleConfidential Ponyville Confidential]]" for the CMC's hurtful gossip columns.
** [[spoiler:Pinkie's parents, Clyde especially, after they mistreated Pinkie into running away. They spent the past several years trying to track her down just so they could apologize.]]
* AscendedFridgeHorror: This fic explores the long lasting effects of the Changeling Invasion as part of it's subplot. Celestia is under fire from tabloids, thinking she's incomtenent due to not being able to stop the Changeling Queen. Ponies have also noticed that Twilight was missing from the fake wedding and had an important role in the second one; their suspicions are up and some suggest that Twilight's being controlled and brainwashed as a weapon and a lapdog by Celestia. Parinoia about the changelings have also increased and spells have been formed to tell the real ponies from the fakes.
* BigBad: Olive Branch. [[spoiler: Turns out to be a BigBadWannabe, given how easily his plans fail]].
* BullyingADragon: Celestia responds to the news that [[spoiler:the conspirators have kidnapped Twilight Sparkle to use as a bargaining chip with a burst of laughter. Cut to three of her captors [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere running for their lives]] after Twilight blows up the device that ''should'' be restricting her magic]].
* CallingTheOldManOut: With encouragement from Rainbow Dash, Scootaloo eventually stands up to her father. [[spoiler:This doesn't end well for her]].
** [[spoiler:She does it again at the climax, much more strongly. Punctuated by Rainbow Dash then kicking his flank.]]
** In ''The Visit'', she does it one final time, as [[spoiler: she sums up to her parents [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech exactly why they're awful]], and saying that this is the last time she'll speak to them until they ask for forgiveness.]]
* CerebusRetcon: Scootaloo's canonical desire to earn her Cutie Mark as quickly as possible is cast in a harsher light after her mother casually brings up that she's becoming a mare, but still has an ''incredibly'' long way to go.
* TheConspiracy: Features one that aims to discredit Celestia, to the point that [[spoiler:their leader, Olive Branch, gives Garble's gang directions to Ponyville so that Celestia's "pet dragon" (Spike) can be blamed for the resulting damage. Speedy Delivery is later revealed to be a member]].
* ConspiracyTheorist: Olive Branch and the tabloid ponies are a very small, very loud minority of these.
* CooldownHug: During Twilight's tearful breakdown in talking things out, Applejack desperately holds her in one of these. They eventually fall asleep in Twilight's bed with Applejack still embracing her.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Pinkie's is hinted at in the previous story, but is fully revealed here. [[spoiler:Her father Clyde became bitter and distant following the death of his mother, and lashed out at Pinkie when she earned her cutie mark and realized her destiny of throwing parties, which he called a waste of time; in truth, he was hurt by Pinkie's well-intentioned attempts of filling the void left by her grandmother. The emotional pressure became so much for Pinkie to bear that she eventually ran away from home]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Families'' gets fairly dark (though not nearly as much as ''Metamorphosis'') in terms of the sheer amount of emotional turmoil and psychological abuse the characters, particularly Spike, Scootaloo, and Pinkie, go through.
* DarkFic: Not by choice, though. Some readers began demanding that the story be given a "dark" tag due to [[spoiler:how brutal and realistic Speedy Delivery's abuse of Scootaloo is]], and [=DarkLink=] was ultimately forced to comply.
* DaydreamSurprise: As a RunningGag, ordinary scenes suddenly turn bizarre, followed by somepony telling Pinkie to knock it off.
* DeconstructionFic: ''Families'' cranks the deconstruction from ''Post Nuptials'' UpToEleven: from Spike's relationship with Twilight (he always viewed her as a mother and works hard because he wants her to see him as her son), to the perpetual absence of Scootaloo and Pinkie Pie's parents ([[spoiler:both have AbusiveParents; Scootaloo's want her out of the house because they're working to overthrow Celestia, while Pinkie ran away from home because her parents could not tolerate her partying]]), to the Royal Guard's utter failure to stop the Changeling invasion despite Princess Celestia and Shining Armor making a big deal of how they were "prepared" for something bad to happen (the populace is outraged, giving the villains some [[VillainWithGoodPublicity good publicity]] when they announce their intent to [[spoiler:overthrow Celestia]]). It even deconstructs some fanon elements, such as "Tyrant Celestia" and "Scootabuse". Heck, [[spoiler:the climax of the subplot shows what would really happen if a rebellion against two God-like beings happened]].
* DeusAngstMachina: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Rainbow Dash when the number of issues she and her friends have to deal with keeps piling up:
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Oh for... When did we get all this drama in our lives?
* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler:Olive Branch's master plan for immortality. The first problem is that Celestia and Luna ''can't'' grant him immortality. It only goes downhill from there]].
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: Speedy Delivery]] turns out to be Olive Branch's... and [[DragonInChief is much more of a threat]].
* TheDreaded: Discord, if what the Keeper tells Twilight about him has any bearing.
-->'''The Keeper:''' If I told you half the things he wants to do to you once he's free, you'd have nightmares. I mean, even worse than you've been having.[[note]]Just for scale, the nightmares Twilight has are about getting eaten by Changelings or her friends cheering for her death.[[/note]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:Olive Branch admits that as soon as Speedy Delivery [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness was no longer needed]], he was going to help have him arrested for his abuse of Scootaloo.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Olive Branch refuses to believe anyone with as much power as the Princesses is really as selfless as they appear, nor can he fathom why most of the citizens still support Princess Celestia despite letting the Changeling Invasion happen.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:The fight between Twilight and Garble ends with Twilight shoving a burning piece of wood through his left eye]].
** Implied during Pinkie Pie's retelling of Mrs. Cake's ScreamingBirth: "...she somehow got a hold of that scalpel...fortunately, [...] Nurse Redheart sees almost perfectly out of that eye now..."
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Olive Branch does this when his negotiations fail to get his followers to riot and create a diversion for him to escape. It doesn't work, and only serves to shatter whatever credibility he had when he's shown to be alive afterward.]]
* FantasticRacism: The ponies of Canterlot are quite prejudiced against dragons, considering how much trouble they gave Spike when he and Twilight were growing up. Olive Branch's anti-Celestia conspiracy only makes it worse when he [[spoiler:paints Spike as the one who instigated the dragon attack near Ponyville]].
** Twilight admits to Applejack and Rarity during their spa time that her decision to stay in Ponyville after Nightmare Moon was partially made by seeing that the citizens of Ponyville were a lot friendlier and more accepting of Spike.
* FlatWhat: Princess Luna, when Olive Branch reveals that [[spoiler:he doesn't actually care how she and Celestia run Equestria]].
* ForcefulKiss: Soarin' starts his surprise visit to Rainbow Dash by sneaking up behind her, pulling her around, and planting a big one. Though upset because it took her by surprise, Rainbow Dash returns his affection quickly.
* FreeRangeChildren: Speedy Delivery actually ''encourages'' Scootaloo to spend as much time away from home as possible, because her parents don't want her "goofing around" when they're working. [[spoiler:Or more specifically, he doesn't want anyone finding out what he and Olive Branch have planned for Princess Celestia]].
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Pinkie's father Clyde became bitter out of grief for his mother's death]].
* FriendlyTickleTorture:
** Rainbow Dash playfully tickles Scootaloo after one of their training sessions.
** Twilight and Spike has several tickle fights when they were growing up in the castle.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Luna had shades of this trope show up multiple times, being less restrained than her sister. She gets to show this in full form by [[spoiler:sparing Olive Branch's life, but subjecting him to all the horrors he forced on others]].
* GoryDiscretionShot: When [[spoiler:Twilight gouges out Garble's eye]], the scene cuts away to the Keeper, who shudders at the act.
* GullibleLemmings: A good bulk of Canterlot buys into the tabloid ponies' stories about Princess Celestia being an incapable ruler, Spike her unruly pet, and Twilight her loyal attack dog. It's somewhat {{Justified|Trope}} by Celestia's failure to anticipate the Changeling invasion, but it's mostly fueled by the Canterlot ponies' FantasticRacism against dragons. The Ponyvillians, on the other hand, [[ShutUpHannibal aren't nearly this stupid]].
* HappilyAdopted: Pinkie Pie with the Cakes, albeit unofficially. [[spoiler:Spike by Twilight and Scootaloo by Rainbow Dash follow suit by the end of ''Families'']].
* HonoraryUncle: Speedy refers to [[spoiler:Olive Branch]] as Scootaloo's uncle, but WordOfGod says it's just honorary.
* HopeSpot: At the end of the story, it seems as if the Changeling threat is finally going to be dealt with, as the Royal Guard and their buffalo allies have found Chrysalis' hiding spot. [[spoiler:Then Discord has her transported elsewhere to meet another "associate" in order to engineer his escape]].
* HypocriticalHumor: In a flashback to Twilight's first day with Spike, she scolds Shining Armor for addressing him in baby talk, as she wants him to learn proper Equestrian. Shining leaves the room for a few minutes to get Spike's baby bottle, and when he comes back...
-->'''Twilight''': Who's a cute dwagon? You're a cute dwagon! A cutie-wootie! You're Twiley's favorite dwagon! Yes you are! Yes you... ''(realises Shining is there)'' [[VerbalBackpedaling And that's how not to talk]].
** A meta-example, Rainbow Dash says that she's giving up on the ''JustForFun/DaringDo'' fanzine for now because of lame fanstories, particularly one where "every character was whining that they didn't believe Daring that Derring's coltfriend was Ahuizotl in disguise."
* HypocrisyNod: At the beginning of the story, when [[LargeHam Rarity]] tells Applejack she wants to help Twilight find ways not to overreact, she acknowledges she [[DramaQueen isn't really much better in that area]] when the farm girl. Unlike most examples, though, Rarity insists that it's more important for Twilight, since she's the team leader and nobody wants a repeat of what had happened at the wedding.
** A more PlayedForDrama example occurs later: When Applejack is trying to convince Twilight that she can be more open with her and the rest of the Mane 6, the cowpony outright says that Twilight had ''every single right'' to doubt that she could trust her friends after they ignored the Discord-induced PTSD breakdown that caused the Smartypants Incident and her doubts about the fake Cadance.
** Olive Branch [[spoiler: reveals that he doesn't really care about his movement as long as he gets immorality out of the deal.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: {{Inverted|Trope}}. Rarity tells Twilight that while it was excessively violent, her [[spoiler:maiming of Garble]] was necessary to keep Spike safe.
* ImmortalitySeeker: The ultimate motivation for [[spoiler:Olive Branch, who starts an entire movement against Princess Celestia's rule in an elaborate plot so he can get her to tell her the secret to immortality in private]].
* InsistentTerminology: Scootaloo's mother Quick Delivery insists she always call her "Mommy".
* IronicEcho: While stewing in her guilt during ''Post Nuptials'', Princess Celestia bitterly states how she depends on Twilight to be her little loyal attack dog, when Luna is pointing out that she does have faith in Twilight. Olive Branch's conspiracy lables Twilight, her friends, and whoever else supports Princess Celestia as "loyal little attack dogs". Luna even lampshades the irony.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Apart from the FantasticRacism-fueled bits that demonize Spike, the anti-Celestia tabloids and speakers in Canterlot bring up a number of valid points on why the ponies of Equestria should doubt their current rulers. Just to bring up a few: Princess Celestia failing to see the Changeling invasion coming during high alert; ignoring her student's warning that could have prevented it sooner; treating Twilight like her attack dog by ordering her to get the Elements after losing to Queen Chrysalis (in front of the other ponies, no less); the Royal Guard, trained to expect such an attack, losing within minutes; Shining Armor going on his honeymoon instead of hunting down the Changelings; entrusting a group of inexperienced children to take on Nightmare Moon and Discord instead of doing it herself; etc.
* JerkassRealization: Fluttershy has one when she learns that her TheReasonYouSuckSpeech she gave Pinkie in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]]", which she already feels bad enough about, reminded Pinkie of [[spoiler:her parents' ''real'' reaction to her cutie mark]].
* KnightOfCerebus: The CerebusSyndrome doesn't really set in until Olive Branch shows up.
* LaserGuidedKarma The ultimate fate of the villains. [[spoiler:Olive Branch gets his in the form of a spell performed by Luna herself that subjects him to ''all'' the pain and torture that he has inflicted or ever will inflict onto others, directly or indirectly; Speedy and Quick, meanwhile, are "rewarded" for their abuse by being forced into a SadisticChoice: either rot in jail for the rest of their lives or be forced to give up their child in trade for lighter sentences.]]
* MamaBear: Twilight, once she realizes that Spike sees her as his mother and begins thinking of herself as such. So, in case the aptly titled "Mama Ursa" chapter didn't give it away, [[spoiler:when she sees Garble trying to hurt Spike, she rips a huge tree out of the ground with her magic and starts using it as a club. And when Garble describes [[ToThePain what he's going to do to Spike]], Twilight [[BurningWithAnger goes into]] [[{{Pokemon}} Rapidash]]-mode, ''[[EyeScream stabs out his eye with a fiery slpinter]]'', and threatens to kill him if he ever comes back. Even anti-magic rings aren't able to hold her down when Spike's life is on the line, as Olive and his group [[OhCrap discovers]].]]
-->'''Darth Link 22''': "Okay, if Mama Bear is not on ''The Nuptialverse'' TVTropes page within 24 hours, I have failed."
* ManipulativeBastard: Olive Branch turns a significant portion of Canterlot's population against Celestia (for [[JerkassHasAPoint partially valid reasons]]) just so he can [[spoiler:get her to spill the beans on how she and Luna became immortal so he can attain it for himself]].
* MathematiciansAnswer: Most of the answers the Keeper gives to Twilight. This is partially because she's not allowed to give straightforward answers, and partially because [[TheGadfly it's fun]].
* MoodWhiplash: Partway through the story, Scootaloo ''finally'' clears up her issues with her father, who's ready to turn over a new leaf and... [[spoiler:[[AbusiveParents Wait, why's he pinning Scootaloo's wing to the floor]]? [[TheConspiracy And why is the head of the anti-Celestia tabloids there]]?!]]
* MoralityPet: Scootaloo becomes one for Rainbow Dash, who sees treating her like a sister as a form of redemption for abandoning Twilight.
* MotiveRant: Speedy Delivery gives one in chapter 24, claiming [[spoiler:he spent literally his entire life working hard for the sake of his family, only to end up in poverty, whereas ponies all around him managed to get rich and famous while barely having to work for it. Olive Branch convinced him that this perceived "favoritism" was a sign of how "corrupt" Equestria's system was, leading him to become Olive Branch's [[TheDragon second-in-command]].]]
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: At the climax, [[spoiler:Olive Branch]] combines this with FakingTheDead, courtesy of a special spell. When fired off, it [[spoiler:announces that it's a [[DeadManWriting failsafe set up]] in case Celestia had him silenced. This causes his followers to start rioting]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Pinkie's father Clyde had this reaction a week after she ran away, after remembering something his mother used to say.]]
* MythologyGag: The Keeper is based on Creator/LaurenFaust's Alicorn self-portrait.
** The stories Pinkie's grandmother used to tell her are based on G1 episodes.
* NeverLiveItDown: InUniverse:
** Shining Armor's started calling his sister "[[AffectionateNickname Twiley]]" when he caught her using BabyTalk with an infant Spike, right after ''she'' scolded ''him'' for treating Spike like a baby.
** Used by both of Scootaloo's parents as part of their ongoing emotional and psychological abuse of their daughter.
** Dash tells Scoots that her old nickname of "Rainbow Crash" came from how she choked while running through an obstacle course once.
* NeverMyFault: Speedy Delivery truly does not see himself as a [[AbusiveParents horrible parent]], and blames Princess Celestia and Rainbow Dash for butting in on how he raises his daughter.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:Olive Branch's men manage to turn the situation in a complete 180 merely by [[MamaBear telling Twilight that Spike will die]]. As Luna gloatingly tells him, his half-assed plan and the actions of himself and his lieutenants have caused the anti-Celestia movement to lose almost all support, not only allowing the royals to focus once more on searching for Chrysalis rather than defending their position, but now no one will object to Twilight officially adopting Spike.]]
* NightmareSequence: Throughout the story, Twilight is plagued with nightmares where Princess Celestia puts her to death for an unspoken crime so horrible that her friends curse her and Shining Armor, her executioner, basically tells her "[[IHaveNoSon I have no sister]]."
** Twilight later has another one in which she is chased by hungry Changelings and runs to her friends for help, but they don't believe her and leave her to be eaten alive.
** She has one more later where she is relaxing with Spike having a picnic when members of the conspiracy against Celestia arrive to try to take him away. When Twilight tries to stop them they reveal themselves as Chanelings and when she continues fighting Spike also turns into a Changeling and bites her from behind.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Applejack comforts Twilight over her nightmares and spends the night by her bed. When Pinkie walks in on them the next morning, she takes this as evidence that her [[ShipperOnDeck theory about them]] is right.
* OffscreenTeleportation: One of Garble's flunkies tosses Pinkie several miles away, only to turn around and see her standing in front of him again. [[LampshadeHanging He's dumbfounded]].
** It runs in the family, as Inkie and Blinkie demonstrate when [[spoiler: their parents and the Cakes try to shoo them out of the room before Pinkie arrives]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[spoiler:Once Olive Branch is finished laying out his grand plan to attain immortality by using the Mane 6 (at least the ones they deem most threatening) as hostages, he realizes something's up when Celestia starts guffawing uncontrollably in response]].
* OrwellianRetcon: It turns out that when Pinkie told the story about [[spoiler:her getting her cutie mark]], she edited it for the CMC's sake.
* OverprotectiveDad: Speedy Delivery, to morally disturbing levels; he's so possessive of Scootaloo that he raises her to be as psychologically dependent on him, and ''only'' him, as possible. [[spoiler:When she finally [[CallingTheOldManOut calls him out]], he only tightens his grip]].
* ParentalIssues: Spike, Scootaloo, and Pinkie Pie have some pretty deep-seated issues with their parents or [[ParentalSubstitute parental figures]], which are all examined closely.
* ParentalLoveSong: Twilight sings Spike a lullaby after officially becoming his "mother."
* ParentalSubstitute: Spike sees Twilight as his mother, but keeps avoiding her for a good part of ''Families'' because he thinks she'd never want him as a son after walking out on her.
** The same applies to Pinkie Pie and the Cakes.
* PassThePopcorn: Celestia does this while [[spoiler:Olive Branch futilely waits for confirmation that Rainbow Dash and Soarin have been executed. It's pretty much an in-universe invocation, since Celestia is stated to hate the taste but feels it best proves her point of how badly Olive has miscalculated]].
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Olive Branch turns in Speedy Delivery for his abuse of Scootaloo. Not that it makes him a good pony; [[EvenEvilHasStandards merely a better one than Speedy Delivery]].]]
** In Chapter 25, a few members of Rabble Rouser's mob see [[spoiler: Pinkie's sisters]] quietly slipping out the back of Sugar Cube Corner with Pumpkin and Pound Cake in tow, but let them without incident, because they don't want to let innocent children get hurt in [[MoralMyopia their quest to run the "dangerous" baby dragon Spike out of town.]]
* ThePollyanna: Pinkie Pie is an even bigger example here than she is in the show itself, given [[spoiler:how troubled her relationship with her parents became following her grandmother's death]].
* PoorCommunicationKills: Spike's refusal to talk to Twilight, and his making the CMC promise not to tell anyone, leads to him stewing in his guilt until [[spoiler:he decides it's best to run away]]. The chapter where this happens is even named after this trope.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: When Twilight goes MamaBear for Spike:
--> '''Twilight''': Get. Away. From. My. Son!
** Twilight again when [[spoiler:she sees the tabloid badmouthing Spike]].
--->'''Twilight''': What. Is. This?
* RealityEnsues:
** [[spoiler: The climax shows how badly a revolution against two PhysicalGods would fail.]]
** Twilight, while choosing to forgive her friends, has developed some trust issues with them. When she begins to suffer nightmares caused by the Invasion, she's clearly losing sleep, but hides the cause from her friends. Applejack even admits that nopony really proved that they were willing to listen to Twilight with the rehersal incident after she gets the unicorn open up about them.
** Also, an invasion happening in Canterlot during high-alert, the fact that a poor impersonation of Cadance didn't raise ''any'' sort of suspicion, and the guards being defeated within minutes despite being highly trained for an attack, would make several ponies question Celestia's competence in ruling Equestria. This is something Olive Branch and his conspiracy take advantage of.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Celestia informs the rioters that they managed to do more damage to the Castle in a single day than Spike did in his entire life and they should really reconsider who's the bloodthirsty monster.
* RoyalBrat: The dragon king Dyne's son, [[spoiler:Garble]].
* RunningGag: Far too many readers were theorizing that Changelings were still behind the conflict for the author's taste. So, with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, he [[{{jossed}} Josses]] that theory by having Twilight run a detect-changeling spell on nearly every group of people she runs across, which always turns up negative.
* SadisticChoice: Celestia is given one by [[spoiler:Olive Branch, who has Rainbow Dash and Twilight abducted, planning to use their lives as leverage to force her to comply with his demands. {{Subverted|Trope}}, however, as Celestia knows right away that he's underestimated his victims and is doomed to fail, so she just laughs in his face.]]
** Luna later gives one to [[spoiler:Speedy and Quick Delivery: rot in jail forever for their crimes, or securing lighter sentences for themselves by signing Scootaloo up for adoption. [[ItsAllAboutMe They pick the latter]]]].
* ScreamingBirth: According to Pinkie, Mrs. Cake was like this when birthing the twins. Aside from screaming "these funny words to Mr. Cake that [Pinkie's] not allowed to repeat", she also apparently [[NoodleIncident grabbed a scalpel and used it on Mr. Cake and Nurse Redheart]].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:When an enraged Twilight easily breaks free of the PowerNullifier that Olive Branch's goons had used on her, she only has to fling one of them into unconsciousness. The other three bolt immediately when they see the spells beginning to fail.]]
* SelfDeprecation: Scootaloo engages in a lot of this due to how her parents treat her.
** A meta one. Rainbow Dash says that she's given up on a ''JustForFun/DaringDo'' fanzine because she didn't like one fanstory which was nothing but the entire supporting cast angsting about how they didn't believe Daring when she said that Derring was dating Ahuizotl in disguise.
--->'''Rainbow Dash:''' "I mean, seriously, [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs who would think that was entertaining?]]"
* SequelEscalation: ''Post Nuptials'' is about [[{{WAFF}} heartwarming reconciliation]]. ''Families'' is about deep psychological and emotional trauma, and a conspiracy to discredit Celestia's public image. Judging from the author's future plans for the story, it just keeps growing.
* SequelHook: Ends with [[spoiler:Discord contacting Chrysalis in a dream and ordering her to meet with an "associate" of his in order to plan his release]]. Meanwhile, relations with the dragons are now tense due to Garble's actions, and on top of that, several canon Season 3 events are alluded to (Trixie plotting her revenge, the reemergence of the Crystal Empire).
* ShamingTheMob: Celestia tells all of Olive Branch's followers that they've caused more damage to her palace than Spike ever did the entire time he lived there after she [[spoiler:exposes Olive Branch's lies to them]].
* ShipperOnDeck: Pinkie seems to think that Applejack has an unrequited crush on Twilight. While the others don't really believe it, Rainbow Dash can't help but make fun of Applejack about it.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Pinkie's hilarious {{Imagine Spot}}s come to an end right before [[spoiler:Scootaloo and her father's relationship begins to boil]].
* ShoutOut: To {{Series/Dinosaurs}}. The first thing Spike does upon meeting Shining Armor? Shout "Not The Mama!" and hit him with a frying pan. [[spoiler: At least, that's how it happens in Pinkie's daydream.]]
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Twilight plays chess with Pinkie's sister Blinkie.
* SmugSnake: Olive Branch. The point is especially driven home when, during his negotiations with the Princesses, [[spoiler:he reveals he's had Twilight kidnapped, only for Celestia to ''laugh in his face'' and explain exactly why he's going to fail. He falls apart at that, as he desperately grasps at straws for leverage. [[ZigZaggedTrope However, he successfully grasped a straw and managed to get the crowd of Canterlot citizens convinced that Celestia killed him and cause a riot. And even that straw breaks, as Luna easily restrains said riot, while Celestia captures him before he can escape]].]]
* StrawHypocrite: [[spoiler:Olive Branch, in the end. He really wanted immortality, and all the anti-Celestia movement was a charade to gain an advantage over the Princess.]]
* TakingTheHeat: Not only is Celestia willing to put up with all the tabloids' slander against her, but when Twilight and Shining Armor come under fire, she fabricates some details to shift the blame onto herself and protect them.
* TheyDo: After much [[ShipTease Ship Teasing]] in the original story, the sequel has Soarin' and Rainbow Dash finally get together after a surprise visit by Soarin'. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, one of their first activities as a couple is [[FromBadToWorse having dinner with Scootaloo's parents]]]].
* ThirdLineSomeWaiting: Pinkie's story arc progresses more slowly compared to Twilight/Spike's and Scootaloo's. [[InvokedTrope This is entirely deliberate]], as Pinkie is fully aware that they have their own issues they're working through and was reluctant to talk to anyone about ''her'' problems when she knew they had their own to deal with. It takes [[spoiler:receiving a letter from home]] to prod her into talking to anyone other than the Cakes about her ParentalIssues.
* ToThePain: At the climax, [[spoiler:Twilight gets Rabble Rouser's entire mob to surrender by calmly listing and describing all the offensive spells she knows.]]
* TranquilFury: Celestia, when she learns of tabloids accusing her of brainwashing Twilight into being her "loyal attack dog" following her absence from Shining Armor's first wedding and sudden appearance in the second.
-->'''Celestia:''' [[ThisIsUnforgivable How...could they...]]
** [[spoiler:This is how Speedy Delivery conveys his displeasure towards Scootaloo's decision to rebel against him.]]
* UnderestimatingBadassery: [[spoiler:Olive Branch does this with Twilight; she easily overpowers the [[PowerNullifier anti-magic horn ring]] placed on her by his conspirators, quickly defeating them.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Olive Branch and his team of tabloid writers/anti-Celestia conspirators, at least in Canterlot.
* VillainousBreakdown: Olive Branch's [[SmugSnake confident attitude]] shatters the instant [[spoiler:Celestia begins laughing uncontrollably at how stupid his master plan is, and only keeps crumbling as she pokes holes through it]].
* VillainousLegacy: Everything wrong in this story is more or less related to the emotional fallout caused by Queen Chrysalis' invasion, from the emotional strain on Twilight's friendships to her friends' guilt to fuel for Olive Branch's anti-Celestia tirade. Not to mention she's still at large while everypony else deals with their own problems.
* VoodooShark: In a flashback, Twilight explains to Spike that it's impossible for ponies to shape shift anything. This was meant to explain away why it never occurred to Twilight that the Cadance who didn't recognize her was an impostor and why the shape shifting was a uniquely changeling trait. However, it was pointed out that Twilight has shape shifted several things in the show proper. The author has since rewritten it to state that shape shifting one sapient being to another takes a load of magic, more than many can use, making it impractical for a pony to disguise herself as such.
* WeAreAsMayflies: Ponies only live about seventy years, while dragons live for about a thousand. Spike wasn't aware of this until he read a book about dragons.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Carrot Top and Applejack discuss this trope in regards to Twilight [[spoiler: after the mane 6 fought off the dragons and CT was trying to get confirmation if the rumors were true]]. After Applejack states that life has been crazy since the Elements were awakened, Carrot asks if she meant ever since Twilight moved into town. When AJ coldly asks what she means, [[InnocentlyInsensitive Carrot points out that all of the weird things that have happened in the past two years have happened after Twilight arrived in Ponyville, such as the Ursa Minor attack and Discord.]] Applejack angrily points out that Discord probably would've come to Ponyville anyway, and that Carrot doesn't have anything to complain about because getting Discorded and Undiscorded had no severe psychological effects on her or anypony sans the Bearers.
--> '''Carrot Top''': (realizing that she went overboard a bit) “I know... I know. I wasn’t saying anything was her fault, really. I guess a lot of it would have come with or without Twilight. It’s just... honestly, there are times she just seems like a disaster magnet.”
--> '''Applejack''': (Sighs, her anger fading a bit) “I’d be lyin’ if I didn’t say I got that impression sometimes. Still, Twi’s helped this town more than she’s hurt it.”
* WhamLine: When Olive Branch brings his list of grievances to the Princesses:
-->'''Princess Luna''': And what matter would thou wish be focussed on first?\\
'''Olive Branch''': [[spoiler:The list isn't anything I care about. You may do what you wish.]]\\
'''Princess Luna''': ...[[FlatWhat What?]]\\
'''Olive Branch''': [[spoiler:I really don't care how you run Equestria. It doesn't matter to me in the end.]]
** When Garble returns home:
--->'''Dragon''': ...[[spoiler:Prince]] Garble, what...
* WhatTheHellHero: Scootaloo is outright disgusted with Spike when he keeps making excuses to avoid talking to Twilight about his guilt.
* WhereDidWeGoWrong: [[spoiler:Pinkie's parents initially thought this when Pinkie earned her cutie mark in party-throwing, thinking it contradicts everything they taught her about hard work, and again when she ran away after being rebuked for it]].
* WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: [[spoiler:Speedy Delivery responds this way after pinning Scootaloo's wing to the floor with his hoof for trying to rebel]].
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[[folder:''Direction'']]
* AbusiveParents: Trixie's parents emotionally abused her (thankfully not to the extent of Scootaloo's), by pushing her to be the best, scolding her whenever she was less than perfect, and eventually driving her away.
* AcceptableBreaksFromCanon: The story manages to work in elements of Season 3 and even ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]'' that fit with the established plot while ignoring everything else. [[WordOfGod Darth Link]] has even posted a [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/133067/s3-and-the-nuptialverse journal entry]] explaining the differences between season 3 and the fic's universe.
* ActionGirl: Applejack and Rainbow Dash, of course, but Rarity proves herself more than capable as well.
* AlienGeometry: Scootaloo ends up wandering a seemingly endless maze of identical hallways when the Crusaders get separated. She discovers that she's actually in an old dungeon cell with an illusion on it.
* AlternateUniverse: This is the first story clearly categorized as one due to [[AcceptableBreaksFromCanon season 3 playing out differently from the Nuptialverse's established continuity]]. As such, several episodes are tailored to fit this {{Fanon}}, some of which are based on WhatIf scenarios like, "What if Trixie wasn't redeemed at the end of '[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel Magic Duel]]'?"
* BigYes: This, combined with {{Squee}} and TearsOfJoy, is Twilight's reaction to being told she's ready for the Trials.
* BreakTheHaughty: Olive Branch has been reduced to a shattered remnant of his former self, who's apparently on [[DeathSeeker suicide watch]].
* BrickJoke: In order to get Rarity to agree to not drag along so much useless stuff on their expedition, Rainbow Dash agrees to let Rarity give her a makeover when they get back (and drags Applejack into it as well). When they do get back, Rarity {{troll}}s AJ by bringing this up and suggesting she'll put her in something pink.
* TheBrute: Red Hoof is pure muscle, and is easily able to match, and overpower, Applejack in a fight.
* CallBack: Soarin' once again greets Rainbow Dash by grabbing her from behind and giving her a surprise kiss.
** Pinkie Pie is ''still'' convinced that Applejack and Twilight are in denial about their true feelings for each other.
* CanonWelding: The events of the G1 cartoon are revealed to have taken place in the distant past of Equestria.
* CastingAShadow: Sunset Shimmer has this ability, being able to cloak herself in shadows to hide from royal guards.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** Rainbow Dash has become more level headed and less egotistic, as a result of having Scootaloo to look after.
** Applejack eventually swallows her pride, admits that she's not as capable of handling everything as she thought, and as a consequence, accepts Celestia's financial aid in maintaining the farm without argument.
* TheConspiracy: Whatever Fancypants and Zecora are up to, it's apparently being done without Celestia's knowledge, and Zecora feels that Twilight would disapprove if she knew about it.
* ContinuityNod: The "he's a dragon" pediatrician from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]]" shows up again. Rarity even says Twilight told her about him.
** When calling out Applejack on her stubbornness, Rainbow Dash references the events of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]" and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]]".
* CurbstompCushion: Applejack is unable to get in any effective hits on Red Hoof due to his [[MadeOfIron extremely dense musculature]] and [[LightningBruiser unexpected speed]], but a fortunately-placed pair of scissors allows her to momentarily escape his grip, and only her own hesitance to shed blood prevents her from pressing the advantage.
* DeusExitMachina: Twilight's ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]'' adventure is used as this.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Trixie is built up as a major threat in the first few chapters, but is defeated handedly well before the story is over.
* DramaticIrony: Trixie puts together a team to deal with the Mane Six so that she can get revenge on Twilight, completely unaware of the fact that Twilight isn't even in Equestria.
** Rarity at one point fantasizes that Twilight will have a star crossed romance on the other side of the mirror, which Applejack scoffs at. Of course, Twilight is in fact having something developing with Flash at the same time they're discussing this.
* DrowningMySorrows: The first thing we see Lightning Dust doing is this, over getting kicked off the Wonderbolts. [[NeverMyFault Which she blames on Rainbow Dash.]]
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler: While Trixie is still arrested, the fact that her worst crimes were done under the influence of the Amulet means that her punishment is reduced quite a bit.]]
* [[HumanShield Equine Shield]]: [[spoiler: Trixie takes Sweetie Belle hostage during her attack.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Lightning Dust is a little disturbed at the depths of Trixie's hatred.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The pony and llama soldiers that the girls meet on their quest invoke this as a security precaution against Changeling infiltration, only giving the girls their rank titles, and nothing else.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: A flashback to Sunset Shimmer's foalhood reveals that Celestia had her look into a magic mirror that shows the viewer their deepest desires. For Sunset, it was becoming an alicorn and ruling solely over Equestria, and she seemed rather confused when this unsettled Celestia.
** Celestia later discusses this trope with Fluttershy and explains it to her -- truly evil beings deny seeing anything good in the world, being unable to grasp that others aren't as self-centered as they are.
** Trixie seems unable to understand why Gilda doesn't immediately jump at the chance to get back at Rainbow Dash.
*** Later, she seems surprised when Rarity's reaction to her offering her a last request is to [[spoiler: ask her to release Sweetie Belle and spare her the sight of watching her die]], rather than begging for mercy.
** Chrysalis is shocked, despite it being more than a year since the Wedding, that the Mane Six have managed to move past their guilt. Rarity admits that she wasn't expecting the Changeling Queen to understand.
* FatalFlaw: Applejack's stubborn pride in her work ethic and refusal to accept help comes up again, with Rainbow Dash calling her out on it.
* ForWantOfANail: The idea is that "Magic Duel" happened, but with Trixie remaining corrupted.
* FourLinesAllWaiting: SequelEscalation applied to the previous installment's ThirdLineSomeWaiting. The prologue sets up Queen Chrysalis engaging in an unknown plan [[spoiler:on behalf of a resurgent Discord]], potential tension over the unknown circumstances of Celestia obtaining Spike's egg, and ''[[UnclePennybags Fancypants]]'' ''and'' ''[[TheHermit Zecora]]'' of all people apparently up to shady business as well.... All of which is promptly ignored for several chapters (and over a year's worth of updates), as [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Twilight and Spike leave for another dimension in pursuit of the stolen Element of Magic]], the remaining Mane 5 have to balance [[SliceOfLife their everyday responsibilities]] with investigating Sunset Shimmer's break-in (under the shaky supposition that the villains of the ''last'' story were involved), Celestia grows obsessed with barely-remembered tales involving the human girl [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials Me]][[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends gan]], Rarity deals with Sweetie Belle suddenly falling ill, and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel a still-crazy Trixie]] runs around trying to [[LegionOfDoom put together a team of the Mane 6's old foes]], to the point where it's not even clear what the plot is supposed to be. However, after the first arc ends [[spoiler:with Trixie's HeelFaceTurn and her accomplices' escape]], this is greatly trimmed away, with the plot threads resolved or relegated to the background in favor of an apparently straightforward quest.
* FreudianExcuse: All of Trixie's issues are tied into how her parents treated her.
* GuiltComplex:
** Downplayed; After a year, the Mane Five and Princess Celestia still feel pretty bad for not listening to Twilight about the fake Cadance, but they managed to overcome their guilt, to the point where they laugh when Chrysalis tries to remind them of how they had gotten tricked at the wedding in an attempt to give them a psychological disadvantage in their fight.
** Rarity feels like [[spoiler: Sweetie Belle almost getting killed by the corrupted Trixie was her fault because she knew the pediatritian was bad and should've taken her to a better doctor.]]
** During a rest break in the jungle, Rarity and Applejack discuss how Princess Celestia took the Changeling Invasion much worse than they did; Applejack points out that at least she and the others felt good enough to show up at the wedding reception. She theorizes that whenever Celestia screws up, it's putting tons of ponies at risk, which is why she is under constant pressure.
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: After being cured of the Alicorn Amulet's corruption, Trixie recognizes not only her actions under its influence, but many of those from before, as being awful. Enough that she collapses in tears once purified.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Applejack has a small scale one after her experience in the LotusEaterMachine, due to it forcing her to relive the pain of losing her parents.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Rainbow Dash is convinced that they wouldn't have so close to losing to Trixie's group if Twilight had been there.
* HeroicWillpower: With Twilight gone, Rarity is entrusted with learning the Changeling detection spell, just in case. And despite the fact that it's beyond the range of her normal magic skill and therefore painful, she still pushes herself to learn it.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Rainbow Dash might be a bit of a jerk about it as AJ continues to refuse to accept her points, but she's entirely right when calling Applejack out on her {{Pride}}.
* KarmaHoudini: Unlike canon, Trixie doesn't have a HeelRealization after the events of "Magic Duel". Instead, still left [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity half-mad]] by the Alicorn Amulet, she fled into the Everfree Forest where she's eluded capture since. [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted, when she's purified of the Amulet's influence and lets herself be arrested.]]
* TheLancer: Rainbow Dash becomes this to Applejack after she takes over leading the group in Twilight's absence.
* LotusEaterMachine: Scootaloo stumbles into a mild one when the Crusaders end up separated in the abandoned castle -- she ends up wandering a seemingly endless maze of identical hallways, only to realize something's wrong, and discovering that she's actually in an old dungeon cell with an illusion on it.
** The Changelings use the same mechanism to trap the Mane Six when they caught in the llama temple, based on their greatest desires, but since Pinkie has everything in her life that she could want, it doesn't work on her and she's able to free the others.
* MeaningfulName: The pediatrician from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]]" chose the name "Malpractice''. Considering how inept he is, it fits perfectly, though he chose it himself.
* MythologyGag: Fluttershy briefly discusses with Celestia the possibility of some day reforming Discord, in reference to her role in doing so in canon (which never happened in the Nuptialverse).
** Tiberius, Luna's pet possum from the micro-series comics, shows up.
** The events of the first MLP series are mentioned multiple times.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: After Trixie is drained of the Alicorn Amulet's influence, she's horrified at everything she did beforehand.]]
* NeverMyFault: Lightning Dust completely refuses to take responsibility for her own actions leading to her dismissal from the Wonderbolts.
** [[spoiler:After she is freed from the Amulet's influence, Trixie subverts this and accepts responsibility for her actions, which shows to Celestia that she's not as bad as she first seems]].
** Olive Branch, while mostly broken by his defeat in the previous story, still maintains enough ego to blame everyone else for his failures. [[spoiler: Trixie calls him out on this, shutting him up.]]
* NightmareFetishist: When the girls are informed that their quest will take them into an untamed jungle inhabited by wild animals that make timberwolves look tame, they're all understandably a little worried... except Fluttershy, who's thrilled at seeing things like giant snakes, flesh-eating fish, and ant swarms that can carry off a grown pony. Everyone else is a bit disturbed by her reaction.
* NoodleIncident: We don't know exactly what Pinkie did during the attempted questioning with Rainbow Dash, but Rainbow thinks she may have crippled a stallion for life!
* OffscreenTeleportation: Rainbow Dash tries to get Pinkie to use hers to get the group past the changelings guarding the temple, but Pinkie says she doesn't actually teleport, she's just really fast.
* PragmaticVillainy: [[spoiler: Discord scolds Queen Chrysalis]] for trying to kill the Mane Five, in that doing so would alert the llamas of their presence and they no longer [[spoiler: provide a threat without Twilight.]]
* PromotionToParent: Rainbow Dash and Soarin' are essentially Scootaloo's adoptive parents by this point, though Dash at least is still embarrassed by it.
* PutOnABus: Twilight and Spike embark on a journey through the mirror, with the bulk of the story afterward focusing on their friends dealing with Twilight's absence.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Big Mac and Luna's one time sorta-date from the comics has led to them actually dating.
* ShamingTheMob: When Trixie is arrested, most of Ponyville shows up and tries to attack her in order to make her pay. Rarity responds by asking them all if this is what they think Twilight would want. This gets the crowd to disperse.
* ShipperOnDeck: Rarity's dream in the LotusEaterMachine shows that she'd be happy to see Spike hook up with Sweetie Belle.
* ShooOutTheClowns: [[spoiler: Trixie turns Pinkie Pie to stone, which sets up the drama for her fight with the Mane Six. She gets better after Fluttershy drains Trixie from the rest of her dark magic.]]
* ShoutOut:
** The Mirror portal from ''Equestria Girls'' is given additional qualities similar to the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Mirror of Erised]].
** [[http://conicer.deviantart.com/art/The-Search-385995793 The cover art]] was partly inspired by that of ''WesternAnimation/PoohsGrandAdventure'' due to thematic similarity between the two stories.
** WordOfGod states that [[spoiler: the "buddy" Discord mentions in the chapter "The Victor Go the Spoils" who stated mortals need to learn how to party is [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Bill Cipher]]]].
* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler: When Trixie is put in a cell adjacent to Olive Branch, he tells Trixie that by trying to be TheAtoner, she's pathetically letting herself be Celestia's pawn. Trixie ignores him and tells the guard watching them to do likewise, since riling them up would validate him. They ignore him, and he eventually shuts up.]]
* SimultaneousArcs: The events of this story and of ''Through the Mirror'' happen alongside each other.
* SoProudOfYou: Rarity says this to Sweetie Belle when the latter [[spoiler: forgives Trixie for what she did to her while corrupted.]]
* SpotTheImposter: When Chrysalis first encounters the Mane Six, she disguises herself as Discord to catch them off duty, only for Pinkie of all people to spot the inconsistencies.
* {{Squee}}: Twilight's reaction to being told she's ready to take the Trials.
** Luna's reaction to finding Tiberius.
* AStormIsComing: One chapter, where Trixie is preparing to make her move against the Mane Six, uses a variant of this in its title.
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler: When Trixie attacks, she turns Pinkie to stone. After her HeelRealization, she reverses the process.]]
* TickleTorture: [[spoiler: After Rainbow Dash sternly gives her punishment to Scootaloo for her and her friends going into the Everfree forest, the older pegasus breaks the tension by tickling her charge as "another part of her punishment".]]
* {{Troll}}: Celestia deliberately doesn't tell Luna and Big Mac that the Bearers have returned from their mission, so that the group will find out about the two being in a relationship.
* UncannyValley: In-universe, everyone is disturbed by Red Hoof's constant stoicism, even in the heat of battle.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: [[spoiler: Much to Trixie's shock, Rarity more that managed to handle her attack when face-to-face with Trixie. But Trixie ''really'' underestimated Fluttershy, since she wasnt't taken into account for her plan; she got Lightning Dust to handle Rainbow Dash and Red Hoof to take on Applejack. She [[TakenForGranite petrifies]] Pinkie Pie to make her and her abilities useless during the fight, and brainwashes Sweetie Belle in the hopes that Rarity will surrender herself to free her sister. Trixie figured that Fluttershy would be scared stiff, but not only did the Pegasus temporarily help out Rainbow and Applejack with their battles, her being left alone during the attack allowed Fluttershy to escape back to the library and grab the device to purge Trixie of the remaining dark magic and defeat her.]]
* UnfortunateNames: Meet Dr. ''Malpractice'' the pediatrician. He actually chose the name himself!
* VillainExitStageLeft: [[spoiler: Lightning Dust and Red Hoof flee when the Royal Guards show up to arrest them, leaving the emotionally broken Trixie behind.]]
* VillainTeamUp: Trixie recruits Lightning Dust to help her get revenge on Twilight by promising a chance of payback against Rainbow Dash. She also tries to recruit Gilda, who isn't buying (at least for the moment).
** To balance out Gilda's refusal to join, Trixie hires an earth pony felon named Red Hoof to [[TheBrute match Applejack's strength]].
* VirtueIsWeakness:
** After bring freed from [[spoiler: the Alicorn Amulet, Trixie's cellmate Olive Branch laughs at the idea that she would feel genuine remorse.]]
** [[spoiler: Queen Chrysalis simply scoffs at the idea that the group would get over their guilt.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Luna apparently caught some flak from Celestia for [[spoiler: how she punished Olive Branch]] at the end of ''Families''.
** Sweetie Belle isn't happy with the other Crusaders for going to the old castle, even after she pointed out how dangerous it was, leading to them getting separated and mildly hurt.
** Rainbow Dash calls out Applejack on stubbornly refusing any help on the farm, even when it causes financial problems, and especially now when it's getting in the way of their investigation.
** Granny Smith eventually calls out both Applejack and Rainbow Dash for being so stubborn and prideful that it leads to conflict between them.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The Alicorn Amulet gave Trixie greater power but left her insane. [[spoiler: After its residual magic is drained, her sanity is restored.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Trixie turns Sweetie Belle into a mind-controlled puppet (the process of it happening making her ''very'' sick), so that she can use her as a shield during her attack on the Mane Six.]]
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: When Applejack tries to hand over interim leadership of the group to Rainbow Dash, feeling that she doesn't deserve it, the latter points out that Twilight wasn't perfect either, and that as long as they all have each other's backs, it doesn't matter.
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[[folder: ''Through the Mirror'']]
* AdultsAreUseless:
** Averted in the case of Celestia and Luna. Since this AU has Celestia present when Twilight and Spike chase Sunset through the portal, she and Luna knew what was going on since the beginning. They both agree to help Twilight get her crown back from the school board, give her a place to stay, and regester her as a temporary student. Celestia ''does'' feel useless as a principal, however, because she can never find evidence Sunset is hurting her beloved students, despite the fact that ''everybody'' knows she's connected somehow. Despite this, all of the students look up to the sisters for at least trying to actually ''do'' something to get Sunset expelled from CHS.
** Most students see the school board superviser, Hope, as this, because no matter what Sunset does and no matter what Celestia brings to her about the teen, she dismisses every single case.
* AlternateUniverse:
** The Dazzlings are already at Canterlot High, and working with Sunset.
** Celestia and Luna knew who Twilight is and where she came from since the beginning.
** In the movie, Twilight didn't meet Human Rarity or Human Rainbow Dash till nearly halfway through the film. Here, Rarity is the first one Twilight meets when Celestia takes her clothes shopping, and Luna has Rainbow Dash be Twilight's tour guide for the school on Monday. As for meeting the others, it more or less sticks to canon.
* BalefulPolymorph: As per canon, Twilight and Spike are transformed into a human and a dog, respectfully, after traveling into the other world.
* CassandraTruth: Both Principal Celestia and Vice Principal Luna admit that if it weren't for the talking dog, neither of them would believe Twilight's story about coming from another world.
* DeathGlare: When Twilight asks Rainbow about the rumor of her and Fluttershy being lovers, the athlete gives her a nasty one. She lost it when Twilight quickly reassured her that she doesn't have a problem with homosexuality.
* FashionHurts: Twilight decides to try out pants for Tuesday's outfit. She finds them extremely uncomfortable and wonders how the humans can wear them on a daily basis.
* FixFic: To various plot holes in the first Equestria Girls movie. Flash is also fleshed out a lot more than his canon counterpart.
* ForWantOfANail: Principal Celestia happens to be present when Twilight and Spike arrive in the human world, so she and Vice Principal Luna know her situation from the start, and help her by providing a cover story and coming up with plans to retrieve the Element of Magic.
* GodzillaThreshold: A small scale example, but Twilight crossing dimensions is considered serious enough that the Keeper actually gives her straight answers for once.
* HatesBeingTouched: When Twilight attemps to hold Fluttershy's hand in an attempt to comfort her, the yellow girl pulls it away and apoligizes because she doesn't want anybody to get the wrong idea.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHetrosexualToday: When Twilight asks about it, both Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy confirm the rumor about them having a sexual relationship is false.
* HeroicBSOD: Small scale example, but Spike briefly goes into shock after his transformation.
* HeroicSelfDepreciation: Human Rainbow Dash engages in this a lot. Twilight figures out that it's because of the pain of the rumor about her and Fluttershy causing them to split up.
* IKissYourHand: After helping Twilight practice how to dance, Flash playfully kisses her hand.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Human Luna's reaction to Twilight and Spike's arrival is to ask Celestia to break out the whiskey, though the latter refuses.
* ItsPersonal: Sunset takes it as a personal attack when she sees support posters for Twilight's campaign with her holding hands with Flash Sentry, Sunset's ex-boyfriend and "best conquest." She then immediately makes plans to humiliate Twilight.
* LaughingMad: Sunset just laughs when she finds out Twilight signed up for Fall Formal Princess. Even Snips and Snails thought she had gone insane.
* LimitedWardrobe: Averted, as Principal Celestia provides Twilight with different sets of clothes so that she doesn't have to wear the same thing every day.
* MagneticHero: Twilight, due to running against Sunset, willingness to stick to it, and her cover story of being Celestia's niece, has already gained a following of students who will vote for her if she survives the running till Friday. Applejack, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie (who aren't able to stand each other at the time) were even able to sit together for a few minutes at lunch with her and discuss what she needed for the campaign.
** Much to Twilight's mortification, she got even more followers when Diamond Tiara posted the picture of her and Flash holding hands.
* MythologyGag: The universes that the Keeper shows Twilight when lecturing her on TheMultiverse include the MirrorUniverse from the IDW comics, and most of the {{Bad Future}}s Starlight Glimmer created in the Season 5 finale.
* NarniaTime: Appears to be in effect, as while Sunset had a several hour lead time on Twilight, Principal Celestia says she and Spike arrived almost immediately after Sunset. Twilight herself realizes this later.
** As the Keeper points out, this means that Twilight has only a week to retrieve her Element, instead of a month.
** The fifth chapter mentions that it's been 15 years since Sunset ran away, but only three in the Human World.
* {{Nephewism}}: Twilight's cover story for being at CHS is that she's temporarily staying with her "aunts" because her house had recently burned down and her parents, desprate for money to make ends meet, got jobs overseas.
* NoodleIncident: Luna says that Yearling still owes her for one of these in Guatemala.
* NotAMorningPerson: Vice Principal Luna. Twilight says it makes sense.
* RealityEnsues: Twilight thinks that showing Pinkie, Applejack, and Rarity the proof that Sunset engineered their break-up will get them to reconcile immediately. While they are more willing to work together with Twilight to bring Sunset down now, the rest of the damage done to all of their friendships was done by their own hands, so they can't automatically get over all of that, much to Twilight's distress.
* RetiredBadass: The human versions of Celestia and Luna are implied to be retired government agents.
* SimultaneousArcs: Occurs alongside the events of ''Direction''.
* {{Squee}}: Twilight's reaction to finding out about the Internet is go practically catatonic with joy.
* StarCrossedLovers: Twilight realizes early on that she can't establish a romantic relationship with Flash because of NarniaTime and the different nature of their two worlds. As a result, she tries not to get too involved with him in spite of their mutual crushes and the rumor Diamond Tiara spreads.
* TakeThat: When the Keeper shows Twilight different universes where different outcomes occurred, Twilight is horrified to see one world where she is bitter and angry at her friends for what they did to her during the wedding rehearsal. This is a common occurrence to many [[AccusationFic Accusations Fics]] about A Canterlot Wedding where Twilight just gets mad and yells at her friends.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: It is shown that even though Sunset Shimmer and the Sirens are working together, none of them actually like each other. The Sirens are only helping Sunset because they see it as the lesser of two bad outcomes for them.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: It's speculated in-universe that their physical change in species is the cause of things like Spike actually acting like a dog and Twilight developing a crush on Flash (when she's never even had an interest in stallions back home).
* TranquilFury: When Sunset gets the mass email about Twilight and Flash holding hands together, she ''snaps'' her smartphone in her hand. She then calmly orders the Sirens, Snips, and Snails to start digging up info to use against Twilight.
* UncannyValley: InUniverse, Twilight is rather disconcerted by how similar yet different things are in the human world.
* ValuesDissonance: InUniverse, this was inevitable considering how Equestria and the Human world are alternate dimensions run by completely different species:
** Twilight wasn't happy when she found out that humans are omnivores, and was disturbed whenever she saw anybody have or even ''mention'' meat. Fortunately for her, she did discover from Celestia that the animals people do eat aren't sapient, and that some, like Fluttershy, abstained from it.
** Due to the nature of Cutie Marks in the Pony World, general education lasts until foals are 12 years old, then they get special training in whatever they interpret their cutie marks to be and/or other hobbies. General education for human kids lasts till they're 18, then they go off to college if they desire it.
** Same-Sex couples are a lot more widely accepted and common in Equestria, so Twilight was both shocked and confused when she discovered that several inhabitants of the human world are wary of it, and how Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy were driven apart by a false rumor spread by Sunset on how they were in a sexual relationship.
* VillainTeamUp: Sunset is working with the sirens.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Invoked by Sunset, who used rumors and blackmail to drive the human versions of the Mane Five apart.
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