The Twilight Child is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction written by Scorntex under the pen name Detectivefish.Twenty-odd years from the present day of the series, a young mare in Ponyville has an accident with teleportation, an accident that winds up sending her back to just a few weeks after the defeat of Discord by Twilight Sparkle and her friends. This would be a problem for anyone, but for this pony, it's even worse, because Twilight Sparkle just happens to be her mother.Can be found here.
This fanfic contains examples of:
Abusive Parent: Future!Chrysallis is physically violent toward Wisp, nearly killing him at one point. He only survives through the Power of Love.
Accidental Truth: Twinkle flippantly suggests that Star-Swirl the Bearded's journal is kept in a vault inside another vault inside a bunker guarded by sword-wielding golems. Then she finds out that it is.
A Day In The Lime Light: One chapter gives a small amount of focus on Carrot Top, who's about the only pony in town who isn't crazy about apple cider, and is therefore incredibly lonely when Cider Season hits Ponyville.
Adorkable: Twilight Sparkle's truly awful dancing returns. This time, however, Twinkle (who can dance) decides to join in, in part to mess with the Canterlot ponies watching (and also to make sure Twilight isn't alone).
Carrot Top. She tried to make a diorama out of carrots from sheer boredom.
Cadence, who at one point starts hopping in a circle like Twilight Sparkle.
She also adds on to Twilight's alliterative spiel on Cutie Pox. Applejack chides her for it.
An early chapter has Twilight remark that "Pinkie's pretty persistent at persuading ponies to participate in her parties". Twinkle tries to respond with alliteration of her own, only to fail half-way through.
Airport Novel: Discord casually reads one while hovering in the air over Canterlot. This despite the fact that Equestria doesn't have airports. But then, he is Discord.
All Just a Dream: Twilight Twinkle was honestly expecting this to happen, towards the end. Turns out it was very real.
Always Someone Better: At twelve years old Twilight Twinkle was already fed up of being compared to her mother.
Ambiguously Gay: Twinkle has some heavy indicators toward this. She does have an attraction to Wisp (and Big Macintosh), but she also went to the Grand Galloping Gala in a suit, and then there was the fact that she called Trixie a "firecracker". And toward the end of the fic, apparently all the Mane Six thought there was something going on with her and Applejack.
At one point, Pinkie mentions Rarity and her "nemesis" had apparently gone on a mini-break. Rarity's reaction doesn't help.
Midday notices Cherry Jubilee remarking Applejack has a "strong back".
Angst Coma: Twinkle eventually falls into one after one unpleasant event too many. A Journey to the Center of the Mind wakes her up, but it's made clear she hasn't actually gotten over the problems that caused her to go into a coma in the first place.
Are We There Yet?: Naturally occurs when Rarity, Rainbow, Twilight and Midday follow after Spike in Rarity's dragon costume. Twilight threatens to "turn the dragon around" in the middle of an argument, before admitting she has no idea why she said that.
Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: Twilight Sparkle asks Rainbow Dash if she's thinking the same thing as her, when they find themselves in a mental reconstruction of the Crystal Empire. Rainbow Dash's response?
Unless you're thinking about the Wonderbolts, no.
Armor-Piercing Question: Applejack is insistent she can't return to Ponyville after her failure at the rodeo. Twilight Twinkle just asks "no matter how much it hurts Apple Bloom?" This stops Applejack dead in her tracks.
Bait and Switch: Halfway through chapter 47, Trixie is asked to distract Flim and Flam while Midday does something to their machine. Sabotage? No, the machine works perfectly fine the next day (Until the two mess up). At the end of the chapter, it turns out what she did was leave a little note to the brothers about the perils of fishing.
Barrier Warrior: Shining Armor. Twilight Twinkle as well, as Twilight Sparkle takes note of, noting that Shining Armor is one of the few ponies she's ever seen that was any good with shield magic. But then, Twinkle did bug her uncle into teaching her what he knew when she was younger.
Don't hurt a member of your family, either physically or emotionally.
Don't mistreat Spike, or take him for granted.
Don't bully the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
Don't try to control her mind. Or anyone's mind, for that matter.
And don't be the Changeling Queen.
And should you ever value your fur to remain un-dyed, never compare her to her mother. (She gets better about this one, though.)
Gossip sets her off as well.
Also, don't ever, ever, ever say Lyra isn't the most important thing in Bon-Bon's life. And don't ever hurt Lyra, either.
Rarity's is poor color-coordination.
Don't mention Seaponies around Twilight Sparkle.
Big Brother Instinct: Inverted. Twinkle considers Spike her big brother, and is incredibly protective of him. She gets angry at Twilight Sparkle for almost leaving him in Ponyville on her birthday.
Big Eater: Scootaloo manages to win an eating contest, beating out Rainbow Dash, Midday, Trixie and Pinkie Pie.
Celestia and her cake. One chapter has her eating a large slice of cake in front of some Canterlot ponies in an incredibly casual fashion.
A Birthday, Not a Break: Midday regards most of her birthdays as terrible, and mention is made of her having to go to school on her birthdays. Invoked with chapters 62 and 63, which Break the Cutie even further, and just happen to be named "Happy Birthday, Twilight Twinkle".
Blatant Lies: Rarity doesn't have her wedding planned out. No, not at all.
She also doesn't have any sort of attraction to anypony's brother, and she certainly never wrote any poetry about him either.
Blessed with Suck: Cadence's talents with love come with a drawback, in that she can sense where ponies who are in love have broken up, or had a fight, or worse. And it's even worse with true love. Lyra and Bon-Bon having an argument over in Ponyville causes her physical pain.
Boisterous Bruiser: Princess Luna used to be this, long ago. And she still is. Her reaction to seeing an army of Changelings heading for her?
As she charges them, the narration points out that she's laughing.
Bookworm: Twilight Sparkle's old bedroom doubles as the family library.
Shining Sapphire is a tremendous shut-in who spends most of her time reading. She once moved her bed into one of the Crystal Palace's libraries.
Twinkle can be a fast reader, when she chooses to be. She just needs a subject to be interested in first.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Pinkie Pie doesn't do this very often. However, after being badly battered with a piano she reappears a few paragraphs later as fresh as a daisy. She explains it as a "blatant retcon in my favor", before turning and looking at "no-one" mentioning that she'd been "saving them for the wedding".
Brick Joke: Early on, it's show that Twilight Sparkle will wig out if the word "seaponies" is mentioned in earshot. At the very end, when Twinkle reunites with her family, she's asked how she got her wings. She replies with "seaponies".
In an early chapter, Luna is having trouble saying the word "fun" without sending ponies flying. She's gotten the hang of it by the time of her niece's wedding.
In the second chapter, Spike mistakes Twinkle for another fangirl trying to become Twilight Sparkle's student. Many chapters down the line, one such pony appears. And again when Twinkle tries to sneak away at the end of the story.
Flim and Flam warn Twinkle against her involvement with the Apples, stating that she's a "little fish in a big pond". At the very end of the chapter, when they're arrested, they find a note from here stating "be careful what you fish for".
In one of the Hearth's Warming chapters, mention is made of a law which made an invitation to somepony's house for tea legally binding, until the lawsuits piled up and the law was gently buried. Many chapters later, Pinkie uses this law to make everypony attend a party.
Twinkle's cover as an accountant almost seems like an afterthoughtt, until Flim and Flam show up. Twinkle introduces herself to them as a "consulting accountant".
Brilliant, but Lazy: Twinkle is one of the most powerful ponies alive, and she can be pretty cunning and clever when she wants to be. She just doesn't want to be.
Rainbow Dash's actions during the Mare Do-Well incident sets her off completely, specifically her holding off saving somepony to sign an autograph.
Broken Pedestal: Played for laughs with Rainbow Dash, when she learns that several Wonderbolts are "eggheads".
Calling the Old Man Out: Twilight Twinkle to Princess Twilight Sparkle in the sixth flashback, pointing out her mother was barely there during her childhood. She almost instantly regrets it, but by then it's too late.
She tries again at the end of the story, but with less anger this time.
Camp Gay: The pony managing the theatre in Canterlot Castle pretends to be this. He's actually got a very deep and clear voice.
Depending on the lie, she'll either immediately feel compelled to backspace, or her vocal cords just stop working, like when she tries to claim that she and Rainbow Dash were both "mature and responsible adults".
Can't Spit It Out: Apparently Shining Armor has a problem with this, re. proposing. Even Cadence is beginning to get mildly annoyed about it, while Twilight Velvet was giving up on the thought of ever seeing any grandkids.
Cassandra Truth: A completely fed-up Rainbow Dash confronts Midday on who she is. Midday calmly tells her exactly who she is. Rainbow Dash's reaction?
Despair Event Horizon: Lyra takes being dumped by Bon-Bon very hard. She even suffers Cutie Mark Failure, and her coat begins turning grey. She soon recovers, though.
Twinkle hits this twice. Once before the story began, and another during. It never works out well either time.
Determinator: For better or worse, if Twilight Twinkle wants to do something, she'll do it, and nothing will stop her. This nearly gets her killed in a flashback, and gets her into serious trouble more than once.
Shining Armor. Even after Chrysalis casts no less than seventeen brainwashing spells on him, he still manages to fight against them.
She also admits she didn't give her trip into the underworld much thought either. Her great-grandmother agrees with her.
Digging Yourself Deeper: Happens when Twilight Sparkle and Comet Chaser start talking, and Twilight states that her friends wouldn't interfere. Or that Applejack and Rainbow Dash wouldn't, and certainly not Trixie, but she's not so sure about Rarity, or Pinkie Pie, or even Fluttershy.
Disproportionate Retribution: Cadance throws a snowball at Luna while she's asleep. In response, Luna buries her and Shining Armor under a highly-localised snowstorm.
Do You Want to Haggle?: Twilight Sparkle spends fourteen minutes haggling with Pinkie Pie over chili. She angrily remarks that no, she did not want to haggle.
Twinkle manages to be worse, haggling for over an hour with Rarity over a dress.
Doorstopper: Over eighty chapters long, though most of the chapters only average out to a couple of thousand words each. Usually. As the fic goes on, though, the chapters get longer.
Drama Queen: Averted in an early chapter when Rarity runs out of taffeta in the middle of working. Instead of loudly declaring it the "Worst! Possible! Thing!" she just states that it's annoying.
Dropped A Bridge On Her: Midnight, Twinkle's other-dimensional counterpart, is casually mentioned by Discord as having died in the last chapter. Given Twinkle's own near-death situation a few chapters prior, though, it's not as surprising.
Drowning My Sorrows: Rainbow Dash's reaction to the Mare Do-Well incident? She gets so drunk she can't even fly, and ends up passing out on Rarity's fainting couch.
Dude, Where's My Respect?: The Mane Six's lack of acknowledgement gets brought up more than once. For example, after Shining Armor and Cadence's wedding, Rarity buys a fashion magazine about the wedding which contains absolutely no mention of her work. She isn't exactly happy about it.
Also happens to Rainbow Dash when she talks to Spitfire toward the end of the story. Bear in mind, Rainbow Dash had saved her and the rest of the Wonderbolts from the Changelings only the day before.
Averted when the Mane Six perform the traditional Hearth's Warming play. The stage director is at first furious to see them, but when he finds out who they are, he instantly changes tack.
Ear Worm: Invoked. The "Care" song that started the Seven-Minute war is mentioned to be "irritating yet extremely catchy".
Emotion Eater: Every Changeling, and they're not restricted to love. They don't have to take it either. Chrysalis is just a jerk.
The Nightmare that possesses Twinkle fuels itself on her negative emotions. And boy does Twinkle have a lot of those.
Escalating War: The Seven Day Prank War between Midday and Rainbow Dash, which eventually winds up covering most of Ponyville in paint. It finally ends via Act of Rarity.
Twilight Twinkle, when taken over by Nightmare Eclipse. Unfortunately the monster draws strength from her negative emotions, so Twinkle's reduced to just snarking from the inside.
Flat Joy: Twinkle isn't exactly used to cheering. For a moment, everypony present thought it was Fluttershy.
Flat "What.": Twinkle, on hearing Applejack's rodeo winnings will be donated to repair Ponyville's town hall. Probably because the building has been completely gutted.
Fluffy Tamer: Remember Cerberus? Big dog, three heads? He's Princess Luna's dog. (She calls him "Kirby".)
Foreshadowing: When Rainbow Dash is in her body, Midday notes that her body looks "thinner". At first this seems like a throwaway line, but much later on down the line, her concern gets more noticeable.
In chapter 45, Twinkle is noticeably nervous about deserts, or being near desert, or just outside when it's incredibly warm. It's six chapters before we learn why.
Chapter 2: while looking through a book on children's tales, Midday has a bad reaction to Discord, and an even worse one to Changelings. It's several chapters before we learn why, though.
For the Evulz: Seems to be the reason Future!Discord went on his rampage.
"Freaky Friday" Flip: Inflicted on Midday and Rainbow Dash by Trixie. At first it starts out (mostly) harmless, Twinkle finally getting to experience flying under her own power, along with hanging out with Scootaloo, but it quickly takes a turn towards Deconstruction when Rainbow Dash finally wakes up in Midday's body. She freaks out, and loses control of Midday's magic, Scootaloo is rightly offended at Midday lying to her, and even when it's fixed, Rainbow Dash holds a serious grudge against Midday for it.
Free-Range Children: A young Twilight Twinkle tried to be this, much to her mother's exasperation. At one point she runs off mere seconds after being lectured for running off.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders are frequently this, but Scootaloo is the worst offender of the bunch, wandering around freely on a Monday morning. Strangely, nopony seems to be able to remember where she lives, or what her parents even look like. Even if they're sure they've met them...
During a visit to Canterlot to see a Wonderbolts show, Rainbow Dash momentarily leaves to find her bearings, and Twinkle knows that the second she goes the Cutie Mark Crusaders will run off. She turns around, and finds that yes, they have run off.
From the Mouths of Babes: When Rainbow Dash as Commander Hurricane utters something rude in the play, Midday notes that one of the Cutie Mark Crusaders is probably going to repeat it at some point.
Full Name Ultimatum: A variant, when Twilight Sparkle uses Twinkle's full name to reveal she knows who she is.
Averted with Princess Twilight Sparkle, who never calls Twinkle by her middle name.
Fusion Dance: Between Midday and Trixie. As they (she?) notes, it feels weird, not least because some parts of their minds have merged, and they're not certain if they're either pony or something new. Also of note is that Trixie's mane starts to behave like that of the Princesses.
Future Badass: It's heavily implied that Future!Rainbow Dash became leader of the Wonderbolts at some point, and that Scootaloo is doing just as good, if not better.
Future Me Scares Me: While not scared, Spike doesn't have a high opinion of his future self, and calls him a jerk, even though he's never met him. Meanwhile, Twilight Sparkle is unnerved by the idea of becoming a Princess, and what Princess Twilight did to her daughter.
Gender Bender: A future version of the Doctor has regenerated into a woman, who also happens to finally be ginger.
Gender Neutral Writing: For whatever reason, whenever taking about the future child of Big MacIntosh, the narration avoids specifying their gender. Eventually, it turns out Lil' MacIntosh is a mare.
Heroic BSOD: After the events of the last flashback, Twinkle is so badly scarred emotionally that she just... collapses after arriving in Ponyville.
Rarity does not take the idea of Pinkie Pie having children well. She quickly recovers.
Heroic RROD: After knocking himself out, Shining Armor won't wake up, no matter what healing spells are used on him. Then Twinkle notices that what with the wedding planning and the stress, he's been pushing himself too hard, and has in fact just fallen asleep.
Hidden Depths: In addition to Fluttershy's knowledge of sewing, she also has good knowledge of musical tone, and writing.
Soarin' of the Wonderbolts has a doctorate.
Hideous Hangover Cure: Rarity gives Rainbow Dash one, which can be served on a small spoon. When Rainbow Dash drinks it, it's described as "the drink equivalent of getting your brain smashed out with a bag full of bricks". And it tastes awful.
Homemade Sweater From Hell: Any sweater made by an Alicorn will inevitably be this, since Alicorns have no ability to knit. Cadence hasn't caught on, but Luna and Celestia have. Luna even uses the possibility of getting one as a threat. A later chapter shows that Cadence made sweaters for both of them anyway.
Honorary Aunt: The rest of the Mane Six, as far as Twinkle is concerned. Except Applejack, though she eventually changes her mind.
Rarity as well, but that's because she's Twinkle's sister in-law.
Hot God: Cadence is noted to possess the sort of beauty that would "turn even the most intelligent, witty and urbane being into a dribbling, smiling mess on the floor even on an average day."
When Shining Armor sees Cadence dressed up for a Hearts and Hooves day date, he's rendered speechless.
Hyper Awareness: Twinkle has something like this, being able to notice things others don't, as well as having abnormally good hearing. It doesn't come up too often, and it isn't portrayed as a superpower, just something she has. Of course, some of it might also just be her Genre Savvy-ness.
Hyperspace Arsenal: Pinkie Pie and her Party Cannon. Rainbow Dash even asks her where exactly she keeps it in one chapter, though circumstances mean Pinkie can't tell her.
I Gave My Word: If Twinkle gives somepony her word she'll do something, she'll do it. She gets angry at the others for not doing their "job" at the Dodge Junction cherry mill, in favor of questioning Applejack.
It Runs in the Family: Apparently Twilight Sparkle's freak-out back in "Lesson Zero" is the result of a madness that runs through her family, and has done for generations. Shining Armor is unaffected by it, and for the most part Twinkle and Shining Sapphire as well.
The Pie offspring, most of whom have their mother's wild mane and general weirdness (though none are shown that have Pinkie Sense), even the adopted ones. Per Word of God, her firstborn Banana Bread is more along the lines of her aunt Maud.
I Want Grandkids: Twilight Velvet expresses sentiments along these lines. Twilight Sparkle reacts with embarrassment.
Future!Cadence is pretty much the same with her daughter.
Karma Houdini: Averted for Flim and Flam, who get arrested by the Guard.
As they're fighting, Chrysalis mentions she considered replacing Princess Luna, before choosing Cadance. The reason she didn't? It didn't seem worth the effort.
Kids Are Cruel: In an inversion of the Cutie Mark Crusader's miseries, Twinkle was bullied for having a Cutie Mark. And for not having wings like her mother.
Kid from the Future: Guess. However, Twinkle doesn't actually make any attempt to get the younger versions of her parents together, and Twilight doesn't learn the truth until three-quarters of the way through the story.
Lady Swears A Lot: Mention is made of Twinkle swearing up a storm all the time, though most of it is kept off the page. However, get her incensed enough, and she'll utter the most horrific curse imaginable: Belgium.
Large Ham: Rarity, and Princess Luna, as is standard. Twinkle is capable of the occasional act of ham, when she feels like it.
Future!Rarity's still got it. At one point she's heard screaming, but her daughter isn't concerned because there's "no thump".
Impy: You spend most of your time around her, you figure the pattern of her freak-outs pretty quick
There's also Big Lug, a guardpony who manages to speak very loudly.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Princess Celestia could erase Twilight Sparkle's foreknowledge. But she never will, and is actually hurt by the suggestion that she would.
Leeroy Jenkins: Princess Luna, during the fight against King Sombra, apparently rushed his forces on her own.
Let's Get Dangerous: Twinkle rarely has to use more than a small amount of magic. When she gets the chance, however...
Shining Sapphire, at the very end of the story, fights Chrysalis one-on-one and actually wins. Sort of.
Lies to Children: Chapter 25 reveals that what Princess Twilight Sparkle told Twinkle about the Crystal Empire during the first flashback wasn't entirely true, which is somewhat obvious given large chunks of it were quotations from The Lord of the Rings.
Locked Out of the Loop: Princess Celestia, during the Wedding arc. Justified, since if she knew about the Changelings, she'd just directly attack Chrysalis, which Twinkle is certain would endanger Cadence and Shining Armor.
Lotus-Eater Machine: Twilight Twinkle winds up getting attacked by a Black Mercy, which shows her visions of what she'd have been like if she'd gotten everything she wanted when she was a foal. Her reaction to waking up is... chilling.
Loud of War: Vinyl Scratch and her amps. They go up to eleven, as the Changelings can attest.
Made of Explodium: The Cutie Mark Crusaders once made an oven explode. It convinced them they probably weren't going to become Cutie Mark Crusaders Pastry Chefs.
Made of Iron: When Applejack stops a runaway vehicle Twinkle, who at that point didn't exactly like her, questions how Applejack wasn't hurt.
Twinkle isn't exactly made of Styrofoam herself. At one point she gets kicked clean through a door and into a wall, and the only thing it does is make her momentarily dizzy.
Magnetic Hero: Twilight Sparkle's ability to get ponies doing what she says is noted, as well as the fact that Twinkle has the beginnings of it.
Mama Bear: Princess Celestia makes it quite clear off the bat, that if Twilight Twinkle is someone trying to hurt Twilight Sparkle, then she's going to find herself at the business end of an angry Physical God. It's also the reason she's left out of the loop regarding the Changelings, because Twinkle knows she'll instantly confront them, even if her fighting skills are somewhat rusty after years of disuse.
Trixie makes her opinions on an angry Ditzy Doo quite clear.
"An angry single mother? Trixie would much rather face an Ursa Major with only a wet towel at her disposal."
Future!Fluttershy. When the Changelings attack her house, she manages to knock several of them out.
Maybe Ever After: How Twilight Sparkle and Comet Chaser end up. They're definitely attracted to one another, but nothing's set in concrete.
Meaningful Name: Shining Sapphire, the daughter of Shining Armor and Princess Cadence, so named for her sapphire blue hair.
Meaningful Rename: Twilight Twinkle renames herself Midday Eclipse after she ends up in the past.
Future!Pinkie's children have in some cases inherited this. What we see of Minty Pie's internal monologue shows she definitely has it.
The Munchausen: Any tale Rainbow Dash tells will eventually mutate into one of heroism and darin' do. For example, trying to avoid Pinkie Pie somehow involved fighting off a band of sky-pirates. The only tale Rainbow Dash will never exaggerate is the "Party of One" incident.
Mushroom Samba: Inflicted on some Changelings, who start seeing the Mane Six as various cutesy things, like ducklings or teddy bears or walking piles of cotton candy.
Must Have Caffeine: Princess Luna needs her coffee. Averted for Twilight Twinkle. Caffeine and her do not mix.
Apparently when Future!Pinkie was carrying Banoffee Pie, she drank some coffee, and since the resultant filly was even more hyperactive than her mother, Pinkie swore off drinking coffee ever again.
My Greatest Failure: Princess Celestia regards every failure as her worst one. And at over a thousand years old, she has more than a few of those.
For Luna, it's not being able to save the Crystal Ponies from Sombra.
Narrative Profanity Filter: When the snow starts up again in the play, Rainbow Dash is supposed to say "oh no, no again", but because things aren't going right, Commander Hurricane says something else, something the narration informs us is "both more character accurate, and incredibly rude and unsuited for publication".
The Necromancer: Apparently Sombra dabbled in this, turning the entirety of the Crystal Parliament into undead servants, which Princess Luna destroyed when they confronted him. However, when asked about this, Luna doesn't recall fighting any undead sorcerers.
No, Except Yes: When asked if helping the Apples against Flim and Flam is cheating, Midday says it isn't. Then she immediately backpedals and admits that, yes, it is. But it's okay since they cheated first.
Noodle Incident: Whatever it was that went down between Applejack's aunt and Pinkie Pie that nopony is allowed to speak about.
Whatever happened when the CMC tried to be Assistant Librarians. Twilight Sparkle forbade them from ever setting hoof in her library again. It didn't help that they somehow managed to set Spike on fire, with a telescope.
Apparently the Cakes won't let Pinkie Pie near a piano, though she gets cut off before she can go further.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders tried their hooves at potion making once. From the sound of it, it went as well as everything else they try.
Trixie mentions she's been to more than one wedding, many of which ended badly. ("Lots of fire, some water")
Rarity's "exploits" with her rival and nemesis.
At some point in the past, Future!Trixie briefly stayed with Princess Twilight Sparkle. She is determined never to let this happen again.
Rainbow Dash's last attempt at dressmaking. Which everypony swore never to mention again.
A few lines later, Rarity mentions the time Twilight let Spike eat a curry. From her reaction, the result smelled something bad.
Apparently there was once a famous diplomatic blunder that caused a Zebra ambassador to be warmly greeted with the words "Your wife is a hippo". It's on the same level as the Appleoosan war with the Buffalo.
Cloud Kicker somehow managed to make it rain frogs. Or so Rainbow Dash says.
Twinkle has numerous thoughts to something that happened involving her, some friends from college, an opera singer and a land-squid. It apparently ended with a building getting filled with oatmeal.
Luna's one and only attempt at attending the Grand Galloping Gala. It ended in molten cake.
The last time somepony told Spike there'd be "no heavy lifting", he ended up carrying a whole roll of parchment, three puppies, some guard armor and twenty eight books.
Not a Morning Person: Lyra really isn't. Of course, the only time we see this she was at a wedding reception the night before.
Rainbow Dash, as well.
Trixie is incapable of speech before noon or coffee, whichever comes first.
Not That Kind of Doctor: Averted with Princess Celestia. She is a doctor. Or rather has been, at some point (among other things).
Played straight when Twinkle mentions that several Wonderbolts have doctorates, much to Rainbow Dash's alarm.
Nothing Is Scarier: Whatever it was that happened to Twinkle in that alternate universe she was in for three days, it's only hinted at in the most oblique sense, and she refuses to talk about it, much less mention it, to anypony.
Not Now, Kiddo: As everyone's worrying about the freshly re-released Discord, the Cutie Mark Crusaders desperately try to point out something important. Such as the fact that Twilight Twinkle's body has just vanished.
Not so Above It All: Twilight Twinkle may not match her mothers' nerdish tendencies, but she secretly likes listening to lectures.
Spitfire apparently knows one hundred and twelve separate butt-jokes.
Not So Different: Twinkle imitates the Doctor on numerous occasions, even though she unknowingly dislikes him, since he is or was Star-Swirl the Bearded.
Also, for all she and her mother don't get along, they also have several things in common.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Princess Luna admits to her sister she's pretending to have difficulty with learning modern Equestrian just because she can.
Oblivious to Love: Twinkle never noticed her best friend and her cousin were in love, she had to be outright told. It doesn't work out very well, for anypony. But once everything's settled and she's had a few months to think about it, she's completely okay with it.
Obviously Evil: Flim and Flam. Twinkle lampshades it via tortuous metaphor.
Twilight Twinkle: They called themselves "Flim" and "Flam". Flim and Flam? C'mon, that's a freaking clue train pulled right up to the station.
Oh, Crap: Twinkle and Trixie's reaction to learning the Cutie Mark Crusaders have gotten their hooves on a potion-recipe book. And then again when Twilight asks what a love poison is.
If Twinkle gets drunk, she starts speaking with Received Pronunciation. At first, at any rate.
One of the Kids: Twinkle gets on pretty well with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, for the most part. During a snowball fight, she notices Diamond Tiara, and when Scootaloo suggests aiming at her, Twinkle chides her... because as the oldest pony present, she gets the first throw.
One Steve Limit: Averted, when Twilight finds out who Twinkle is. After that she starts calling Twinkle by her first name, which makes some conversations confusing.
Also averted when talking about the fic, since there's two version of the mane six, as well as Shining Armor and Cadence, the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Discord, Chrysalis and the Doctor.
Only Mostly Dead: Twinkle, when she takes a blast of magic for Princess Celestia. She actually thought she was going to die, but given she was half-dead anyway, it wasn't an unreasonable assumption.
Orphaned Punchline: "Are you kidding me? I'm not going back in there! It's full of oatmeal!"
Orwellian Retcon: Several songs were removed from the fic by the author after a few months.
Other Me Annoys Me: Averted when Twilight Twinkle meets an alternate version of herself, going by the name of Midnight. The two get on reasonably well, even writing a joint letter to Princess Celestia. It helps that they're pretty sure that an actual fight would level Ponyville. Then, just before she leaves, Midnight!Twinkle teleports (something Midday!Twinkle can't). She takes it... poorly.
Played straight when they meet again. Midnight clearly isn't happy to see Twinkle again.
Out-of-Character Alert: Rarity notices something's up with Rainbow Dash when she starts enunciating properly. This is because it's Midday in Rainbow Dash's body.
Parental Substitute: Twilight Sparkle and Princess Celestia have this going on. Twilight Sparkle points out she does actually have her own parents, and that she's perfectly happy with them.
Peggy Sue: Averted, mostly. Twinkle has very little in-depth knowledge of what happened twenty-two years ago, and no real desire to rock the boat (aside from stopping Trixie from using the Alicorn Amulet, though she doesn't know the specifics of what went down there). She is, however, extremely determined to stop the events of her aunt and uncle's wedding from happening the way they did.
Piano Drop: Utilised on Trixie by Twinkle in a duel. Trixie holds a grudge over it for the next eighteen chapters.
Much later on, a bored Discord does this to the whole of Canterlot.
The Pig Pen: Rainbow Dash doesn't really care much about looking after her mane. A few minutes in her body is enough to drive Midday to wash it.
Rarity accidentally gets a sniff of an unwashed Rainbow Dash. She quickly remarks that it smells worse than Spike's breath after he's eaten a curry.
Power Incontinence: Twinkle, when she catches a cold at Winter Start-up. Her magic makes her start sounding like the Princesses, and her attempt to fix that briefly turns Owloucious into a chicken.
Any time Twinkle is terrified, she teleports, with no control over where she goes. In one instance, this results in her teleporting from the Crystal Empire to Ponvyille, which in this story is several hundred miles.
Power Limiter: Princess Twilight Sparkle created some manner of magical power limiter for Twinkle when she was five. Exactly how it functioned is unclear, but it was supposed to wear off when Twinkle was "ready". It's the reason she can't teleport, and it's implied to have slowed her learning down as a child.
Twinkle: I'm sorry, you two, but you're about to see a bad side of me.
Properly Paranoid: Rainbow Dash remains convinced for several months that "Midday Eclipse" is not some minor accountant from Canterlot, and sets out to prove it. By the time she's just about given up, Twilight Sparkle learns the truth.
Purple Prose: By and large, the story stays nearer the beige end of the writing pool, though in some instances (describing the TARDIS landing, for example) the prose suddenly gets very purple.
Reality Ensues: When Nightmare Eclipse attacks Shining Sapphire, she breaks one of the mare's back legs with her first attack. At the end of the fic, when Shining Sapphire's recovered from the rest of her injuries, she still has a noticeable limp.
Reality Is Unrealistic: Invoked by Trixie, who implies she's had things thrown at her because of this. She then says the trope name out loud.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Midday gives one to Diamond Tiara. However, it just makes the filly angrier at everypony, and is implied to have destroyed what little friendship there was between her and Silver Spoon (who did not get lectured).
Retgone: Twilight Twinkle's father, Comet Chaser, courtesy of an angry Discord. After three years, Twinkle starts wondering if he ever existed at all, or if he's just somepony Discord made up to mess with her, which doesn't help her already terrible mood. Turns out he does.
The Reveal: At the end of the second flashback, Wisp turns out to be a Changeling. And Chrysalis' son.
Chapter 27 reveals Twinkle was briefly possessed by a Nightmare.
The Rock Star: Future!Sweetie Belle has become a very successful musician, and has also apparently broken off contact with everypony she used to know.
Running Gag: Whenever Twinkle teleports, something usually happens that causes her to appear several feet above the ground, at which point reality kicks in.
Ponies pointing out that Twinkle really doesn't act like Twilight Sparkle's daughter.
Ponies pointing out that Twinkle looks an awful lot like Twilight Sparkle (this one eventually stops a few chapters in)
Spike declaring someone is "a jerk".
Sanity Slippage: Happens to Twinkle in the seventh flashback, and happens hard.
Also, her "help rampage" several chapters in, eventually ending with her being arrested by the entire Royal Guard.
Sarcasm-Blind: Twilight Sparkle can't tell that Midday really doesn't wanna hear more about Star-Swirl the Bearded.
Scars Are Forever: Evidently averted with Wisp, whose scars from "the camping trip from hell" wear off after a while. But then, he is a Changeling. He can hide them.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the Prank War begins, one of the Flower Trio makes a run for it. The narration informs us that she isn't seen again for several weeks.
According to Octavia, most of her band members ran for it when they saw Pinkie in the castle again.
Secret Keeper: Spike, and then later the Cutie Mark Crusaders are the first to find out who Midday really is.
Ditzy manages to almost instantly figure out how many scrolls are in the Star-Swirl the Bearded wing of the Royal Canterlot Archives (for the record: seven hundred thousand, nine hundred and eighty-five).
Shipper on Deck: Twilight Sparkle's parents ship her and Comet Chaser. As do Rarity and Pinkie Pie. Applejack stops them before they can try anything, though.
Twinkle lists the activites of Ponyvillians: They talk, go for picnics, have wholesome athletic activities, play chess, and screw. Much like the actors in that movie, Trixie can't help but laugh over that one.
When Puddinghead announces the name of the new Earth pony nation, she decides to call it Earth. Cue Smart Cookie saying it's a terrible name.
The chapter based on the events of "The Last Roundup" is titled "Let That Be Your Last Roundup". Not coincidentally, in that chapter Twilight Twinkle learns to overcome her prejudice toward Applejack. And before they set out for Dodge Junction, Pinkie Pie hands out color-coded uniforms in either red, yellow or blue. Pinkie Pie identifies herself as the "young, excitable one who gets victimised to create an artificial atmosphere of terror".
The title for chapter 55 is Quite Possibly, and also functions as a reference to the Peter Davidson-Doctor episode Kinda. The chapter is Doctor-heavy.
The title for chapter 56 is A Distinctly Average Paradox, since the chapter is about the events of "It's About Time". It's also a What Could Have Been moment, since the characters were going to "infiltrate" the Canterlot Archives by singing "With Catlike Tread", for Refuge in Audacity (not even the author knows why they didn't).
Sore Loser: Twinkle speculates that Trixie is one, after their ludicrously short duel. Considering Trixie holds a grudge about it for several chapters, she might just have a point.
Rainbow Dash takes being pranked poorly. It's part of the reason she doesn't trust Midday for so long.
Stating the Simple Solution: Fluttershy asks whether it wouldn't be an idea to just talk to Rainbow Dash about her showboating. Then Twinkle asks if she's ever know Rainbow Dash to listen to somepony other than herself and Fluttershy.
Stealth Expert: As Wisp explains, when you've spent your life trying to avoid the Pies sneaking past Changelings is easy.
Stealth Hi/Bye: Twinkle manages to pull one of these off despite standing in front of the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Lampshaded when Sweetie Belle asks how that happened.
In a flashback, Twinkle performs one on Twilight Sparkle mid-lecture, replacing herself with an illusion while she sneaks out.
Zecora's second appearance has her pulling off one of these, disappearing almost as mysteriously as she appeared.
Pinkie Pie manages to get into the library and place herself in-between the Twilights, and Spike, without any of them noticing until she starts speaking.
Stepford Smiler: Twinkle's well on her way towards this by the end of the story, if not sooner. She would actually be there were it not for her inability to lie.
The Stoic: Princess Celestia used to be this, long ago. She implies she blames that attitude for Luna becoming Nightmare Moon.
Surreal Humor: A given, with Discord around. Any chapter featuring him gets very bizarre.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: Twinkle's reaction when Twilight Sparkle says that only Princesses have a horn and wings, and Princesses don't come in the same size as regular ponies.
Twinkle: Indeed. Most true. That is completely accurate and there is no chance of it being wrong.
Sympathy for the Devil: Averted, in regards to Twilight Twinkle and the Changeling Queen. She openly admits she doesn't give a damn about the mare's motives or history, and that nothing could justify the things she's done.
Even after all she's done to them, the Cutie Mark Crusaders still try to show sympathy to Diamond Tiara after the aforementioned "The Reason You Suck" Speech. She just swears loudly at them.
Take Me to Your Leader: Twinkle takes the opportunity to ask this of the Canterlot guards in chapter 3. It's noted to be such a cliché that several guards suffer physical pain. Shining Armor doesn't even flinch.
Take That: Of all things, one aimed at Men at Arms. Twilight Twinkle states that "you don't say you're a good pony, and then go and kill someone".
The story of the first half of the season 2 finale is savaged. Repeatedly. Twinkle ends up recounting it to the Mane six, and their reaction is shock and disgust.
In the epilogue, Discord mentions he thought Twinkle would change her name to something like Twilight Eclipse, before dismissing it as nonsense.
Tempting Fate: Twilight Sparkle is terrible about this. Eventually even she realises it, and is worried when Twinkle doesn't comment on it.
By the time Twilight Twinkle was twelve, Princess Twilight Sparkle has almost gotten a handle on it.
Rarity made sure to lock her workshop before going out for lunch, so therefore the Cutie Mark Crusaders couldn't possibly get into it. A few seconds later and she's making a mad dash out of the restaurant.
Theme Naming: Most of Future!Pinkie Pie's many, many children are named after different types of pie. Failing that, they're named after foodstuffs.
Discord, of all beings. But then, he is the embodiment of chaos. He can't exactly play havoc with the dead.
Time Travel Tense Trouble: Comes up during the re-enactment of "It's About Time" when Twinkle dwells on the situation. Even though it's all in her head, and she knows what's going on, she still gets confused.
Totally Radical: When Twilight Sparkle casually uses the word "totally", Trixie comments that Rainbow Dash usually says "totally". At which point the two argue, with Rainbow Dash quickly stating she "totally doesn't (say totally)".
Training Montage: Implied to be a standard training method for Royal Guard recruits, if the fact that Future!Shining Armor was singing while teaching Twinkle was any indication.
True Blue Femininity: Twinkle is, as the narration repeatedly informs us, royal blue, though she's not the most feminine character in the story.
Truly Single Parent: Due to Discord's actions, almost everyone thinks Princess Twilight Sparkle created Twinkle by accident when messing with the Mirror Pool.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The first flashback chapter shows us a young Twilight Twinkle. She's a bouncy, excitable filly who wants to go on adventures, and gets on well with her mother. This, compared to the surly miserable, bitter, emotionally broken teenager she is when we first see her.
Vague Age: None of the Mane Six's ages are revealed, though it's generally implied that they're more-or-less older than Twinkle.
Villain Teleportation: During a discussion about Chrysalis, and the fact that she managed to enter a room with only one door without coming through it, Twinkle realises she must have the ability to teleport. If she does, she doesn't use it very often.
Well Done Daughter Gal: Twilight Twinkle felt emotionally neglected by her mother when she was younger. These days, she cares a lot less, but deep down she's still tremendously hurt over it. She actually gets surprised when Twilight casually thanks her.
She also comments of her mother's tendency towards this with Princess Celestia and how irrational it is.
Wham Episode: The second flashback, when Wisp is revealed to be a changeling prince.
Chapter 27: Luna/Eclipse, where Twinkle reveals she was possessed by a Nightmare at some point.
The fourth flashback, where we find out what happened to Twinkle's father. Discord Retgone-d him.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Twinkle is afraid of Timberwolves, after Wisp was badly injured and nearly killed by some when she was younger. She's also twitchy about deserts, what with nearly dying of dehydration in one, twice.
In a much more bizarre version, Rarity is deathly afraid of... cheese.
You Can't Fight Fate: Twilight Sparkle refuses to believe she and Comet Chaser have to be in a relationship, but they keep winding up together, and clearly have some attraction towards each other, and share a moment on top of a tower. However, the story ends with a Maybe Ever After.
Her niece Impossibility is twelve, and she's already the size of Princess Luna (it helps that Impossibility is half-dragon).
Yowies and Bunyips and Drop Bears, Oh My: Discord, in a fit of boredom, decides to cover Canterlot in drop bears. He has them fall from the sky out of giant floating salt and pepper shakers. The bears themselves have no idea what's going on. They vanish when Discord's re-imprisoned. Pinkie's upset about that.