Waking Nightmares is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Team Fortress 2 crossover fan fiction written by Jonathan "KnightMysterio" Spires. Princess Luna has been having some bad dreams, and when she informs Celestia, Celestia is worried, and wishes for her sister to be safe. Naturally, the wish is granted.A few days later, Derpy Hooves discovers nine strange ponies outside Ponyvile, whom introduce themselves as the BLU team. It goes south from there as what appears to be Diamond Dogs launch an attack on Ponyvile but these Diamond dogs seem different...Needs More LoveCan also be found here.
This Fan Fic provides the following examples:
Abnormal Ammo: The Fusions' weapons are charged with their requisite Element, providing them with bullets of Kindness, rockets of Love, and so on.
And I Must Scream: Grey Hoof's ultimate punishment: Celestia imprisons him in the ruins of Sunnytown, and places a geass on the village to turn away forms of life from Sunnytown's former location, as Sunnytown has also shifted dimensions so that Grey Hoof can't be seen by anyone else. And to add insult to injury, Celesita's spell also prevents Grey Hoof from going insane.Proof that you should neverpiss Celestia off.
Sniper when possessed by Christian Brutal Sniper.
All A Part Of The Job: Fine Print. He knew that Flim and Flam were scumbags when they hired him. However, they paid his fee in full, so he was obligated to do his job. Apple Bloom understands though.
The Atoner: Spy, before the war games. He was a collaborator for the Nazis in return for his town and family being spared, until just before the Normandy invasion... when he discovered that the town had been taken, and his mother raped to death. After killing every Nazi in the area, he was prepared to kill himself when he heard of Soldier's rampage across Europe, and instead started secretly providing him with Nazi information so Soldier could wipe out the whole chain of command, all the way up to Hitler himself.
Big Damn Heroes: Trixie shows up just in time to interrupt a possessed Twilight. Mayor Mare also has her moments, unexpectedly taking down minor villains with her lead pipe.
Big Damn Villains: Just as Nightmare Gardener managed to bind all the fusions, the BLUs, the Elements of Harmony (including PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE), Barricade, the Doctor, and the hostages, the night is saved by the changelings.
The Big Girl: Barricade. She's bigger than Heavy, who is bigger than even Big Macintosh.
Big "WHAT?!": Masky Pegasus, during his jail break, corrupts Heavy into, of all things, a plush toy named Nightmare Cuddles. It was not something it or anypony expected.
Pyro and Medic also get one when Spy asked if Discord living with Fluttershy was true.
Bi the Way: Applejack and Rarity used to date. It ended because of their clashing personalities.
Celestia slept around with any stallion or mare that was interested during the fifty years she spend drunk off her horn.
Orion, although "bisexual" is far too narrow to describe him. Since he is in fact Jack Harkness in pony form.
"At least it is fucking warm out here," the disembodied [BLU Spy] head said. "I've been in zat goddamn fridge for years now. Do you know how many times I've gone insane and recovered? THREE TIMES! And STILL zis bastard wouldn't kill me!"
Borrowed Catchphrase: Heavy, Engineer, and Solider borrow Big Mac's "Eeeyup" when Big Macintosh comments that Pyro isn't right in the head.
Brought Down to Normal / Brought Down to Badass: Twilight Sparkle. During Discord's relaspe, Alicorn!Twilight fought him and was partially the reason why Fluttershy was almost killed. She then depowered herself due to viewing herself as unworthy.
Brown Note: Nightmare Harmonic's song in the "Melody of Agony" arc. The first time it's heard, they start freaking out. The second time, they start to bleed from their eyes. The third time, victims try to kill whoever they are loyal to, to end the pain.
Bully Hunter: According to the tumblr, Trixie makes a habit of ruining the Flim Flam brothers' scams whenever she can, almost solely for her own amusement.
RED Medic still has BLU Spy's decapitated but still alive head from "Meet the Medic" in the fridge.
The Casanova: Spy seduces the ladies with astounding ease. Even the pony ladies. Medic warns Spike not to mess with Spy over the fact that he's living with Rarity, as he may decide to woo her out of sheer spite. On the other hand, he claims to have had genuine feelings for many past conquests, including Scout's mother.
Cloning Blues: Discussed by the BLUs due to their uncanny resemblance to the RE Ds. Defied by Scout, who comes up with an awesome if illogical justification for why they're better regardless of who's the clone.
Co-Dragons: Masky Earth Pony, Masky Pegasus, and Masky Unicorn to Slendermane.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The BLUs have blue colorations, whether it's their coats, manes or clothes. RED Spy gets a red coat when he crosses over. When the changelings take on the forms of Mann Co robots, they are colored green to distinguish themselves from the actual robots.
Cordon Bleugh Chef: Rarity's mother. Her big dinner for the heroes moves on its own, glistens in colors no food should be, smells worse than Medic's lab, and tasting it is enough to knock Pinkie Pie unconscious. They need to have the substance incinerated and the kitchen exorcised before anypony can relax again. Rarity mentions being highly resistant to mundane poisons simply from being exposed to her mom's "food". Fortunately she seems to have gotten better after Heavy (a master chef) shows how it's really done.
Dark Is Not Evil: "The Rainbow of Darkness once existed in perfect harmony with the Rainbow of Light. But the greater demon Tirek seized control of it a hundred years before the dark reign of Discord. Its power was corrupted, and thought lost for ages. Researchers believe, however, that the Rainbow of Darkness may have simply retreated somehow, gone into dormancy to purge itself of the corruption Tirek inflicted on it." It seems that The Rainbow of Darkness is what transported the BLU team to Equestria, and they are The Dark Elements of Harmony.
Deal With The Eldritch Abomination: Slenderman makes Gray Mann a deal during the "Brutal Sniping" arc. Gray Mann does something for him, and in exchange Slenderman gives Gray Mann some Australium.
Chrysalis tries to make a deal with Slendermane, but it turns out he is only stringing her along for his own amusement. This is one of the motivations for her Heel Face Turn.
Death Glare: Barricade, Fluttershy's mother, wields a Stare so strong that people who aren't even the targets can feel it.
Determinator: Despite facing an unstoppable Eldritch Abomination with no chance of survival, RED Medic absolutely refuses to let Slenderman take RED Heavy, desperately firing Heavy's minigun, Sasha, at the foe. His conviction is so great that he manifests the Dark Crown of Magic and empowers Sasha with Harmony, which is one of the few things capable of actually injuring Slenderman.
Didn't Think This Through: As Nightmare Cuddles leaves Rainbow Dash and Sniper after using his hypno eyes on them, he realizes that he forgot that Rainbow Dash was blinded, thus protecting her from the hypnosis.
Drowning My Sorrows: Celestia, due to her guilt over what she did to Princess Luna, spent about fifty years drunk off her horn. During that period she approved several laws she probably shouldn't have and has been trying to get rid of them ever since.
Fusion Dance: The Elements of harmony are each able to fuse with a member of the BLU team. So far the fusions are:
Heavy + Fluttershy = FlutterHeavy
AppleJack + Demoman = AppleDemo
Rarity + Engineer = EngiRarity
Pinkie Pie + Scout = Scoutie Pie
Derpy + Soldier = Solderp
Rainbow Dash + Sniper = Rainbow Sniper
Eldritch Abomination: Slendermane, and quite possibly the Maskies. Even MONOCULUS! was frightened of it.
Epic Fail: The BLU's plan to contain Painis Cupcake by using Demopan and a paradox ends in one of these, causing Twilight to remark that the Cutie Mark Crusaders have never failed that epically.
Even Evil Has Standards: Herr BLU Medic is a self-proclaimed "sadist of the vurst sort" but even at his worst he would never give someone something cooked by Marsha.
Fate Worse Than Death: Cutie Fracture, the complete loss of your own special ability and, essentially, a loss of who you are. This is NOT something you can recover from either and drove an affected pony to suicide in the past.
Flat "What.": During his jail break, Masky Pegasus corrupts Heavy, turning him into Nightmare Cuddles. Masky Unicorn does not find this funny at all.
While watching one of Sniper's revenge fantasies, this happens:
Foreshadowing: Applejack gets an odd itching feeling on her neck when Demoman makes a remark about being honest. Rarity and Rainbow Dash gets the same, when Engineer promises to compensate her for the resources he took and when Sniper expresses his dedication to protecting his team. Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie and Twilight experiences the same thing, although in Twilight's case the sensation is on top of her head...
Friendly Enemy: Even during the war games, when they weren't actively fighting, the BLUs would occasionally form truces and do friendly stuff, such as when the Scouts rigged both bases with pie traps. (Canonically, BLU Soldier and RED Demoman developed a close friendship in the source material until the Administrator ruined it.) Since the war games are cancelled with the deaths of the Mann brothers and the disappearance of BLU, the RE Ds have cast aside their animosity and are doing what they can to help.
Gondor Calls for Aid: In Pony vs. Machine, literally everyone, from Mare-Do-Well to the Wonderbolts to the Changelings, gets called in to defend Ponyville from Gray Mann's forces.
Groin Attack: Heavy decides to practice applebucking on a pole in an old farmhouse at Sweet Apple Acres. He misses on his first attempt, resulting in this.
Happens to Merasmus by six RED team members at once after he insults them one time too many.
Green Thumb: Nightmare Gardener. And now Cheerilee, the pony the latter was based from.
Handicapped Badass: After Rainbow Dash is temporarily blinded, Sniper trains her to use her other senses to see. She is able to detect Twilight from the sheer feeling of her magic, whereas she identifies Rarity by her perfume overuse.
The Heart: Scout considers himself and Pinkie Pie to fill this role, being the ones to keep the others smiling when everything feels too grim to bear.
Helpful Hallucination: Pyro's friend Mr Balloonicorn has enough self-awareness that he can look out for her and offer observations that she is unaware of. Since he is also RED Pyro's hallucination, he's aware of what is going on in their original world too, and can relay information.
Lethal Chef: Rarity's mother, Marsha Mallow. For an example, she found a book called the Chefinomicon and thought it would be just dandy to cook from it. She ends up getting the kitchen haunted by Windigos without even realizing it.
Living Lie Detector: Spy tries a hastily made cover story against Celestia and Luna. As she once bore the Element of Honesty in the Waking Nightmares timeline, Luna retains some of its power, and thus is not fooled.
Logic Bomb: Cheerilee manages to stop PAINis Cupcake by putting a mirror in front of him and trying to get him to eat himself. The bomb doesn't kill him unlike most examples: It just 'resets' him back to being Soldier.
Loophole Abuse: Trixie pulls this on Flim and Flam to render their victory over the Apples moot. They really want the Zap Apple grove, but since the grove is technically part of the Everfree Forest and not the Acres, it's under custody of Ponyville and the Mayor, and she's perfectly willing to lease it to the Apples. When they think they can at least make money off the farm proper, they are informed in no uncertain terms that nopony will do business with them, all the other Apple families in Equestria will boycott them, and Rainbow Dash is within her rights to deny them the rain they'd need to grow anything in the first place.
Mama Bear: Barricade. Berry Punch is also willing to jump an indestructible Eldritch Abomination and beat on it to make it let go of her daughter, and attacks the robot manning the Disharmony device without either weapons or plans other than a fierce desire to save her daughter.
First, the fusions. They are simply a portmanteau of the names of the fused.
Barricade of the Pegasus Guard. She is pretty large, surpassing Big Macintosh and Heavy in size. And she is sent to Ponyville to act as defense against the Maskies.
Harbinger of the Earth Pony Guard. True to his name, he delivers news of Celestia's Sanity Slippage to Barricade.
The Nightmares. Their names represent what they are (the Nightmare Dogs, Nightmare Grave) or what they did before their corruption (Nightmare Doctor, Nightmare Dubstep, and Nightmare Harmonic.)
Mind Rape: Half of the Elements have suffered from this, having severely traumatizing nightmares that are loosely based on famous Darkfics they have been the antagonists of… Naturally, Cupcakes is the nightmare Pinkie suffers. And Rainbow Dash's is RainbowFactory.
And, as such, the return of the Engineer as Nightmare Clockwork also invokes this, through his ability to reverse time and reawaken the other Nightmares, even to the extent of affecting the RE Ds despite their distance.
Nightmare Doctor also likes inflicting this on people. Until you tick him off enough.
Nightmare Cuddles uses this too. His repertoire ranges from just making you happy and lazy, to removing your memories and adding subconscious orders, to trapping you in a delusion while a small part of you in unaffected and forced to watch.
Happened to both BLU and RED Engineers, over the course of a very lonely 2000 years on a deserted planet and 1000 years in an Australium mine, respectively.
Mood Whiplash: Happens often enough that it's practically a trademark. Whenever there's a comedic/slice-of-life/feel-good chapter that doesn't have anything to do with the main story, you can bet money that there will be one of the aforementioned Mind Rape nightmares at the end.
More Dakka: As EngiRarity puts it, if a gun proves a non-viable solution, use more gun. And one of the advantages of having only one opponent (albeit an extremely powerful one) rather than several opponents with advanced anti-sentry tactics, as well as being free of the Administrator's rules, is that she's not restricted to just one sentry. Try twenty.
Mundanemade Awesome: Trixie has a spell that can respawn destroyed hats. The BLUs are very impressed.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: An interesting case. Because Friendship is Magic is still on the air and Team Fortress 2 is still receiving updates, new details from both are integrated into Waking Nightmares as they become apparent. One such example is Gray Mann. When Waking Nightmares started, Gray Mann was not introduced into Team Fortress 2 canon. When he was introduced, he and his robots received their own subplot in Waking Nightmares.
Another well done example of Knight Mysterio's adaptability is Discord… In one scene in Waking Nightmares, he was having a chat with Celestia while he was a statue. Come My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic S 3 E 11 Keep Calm And Flutter On, and Discord is revealed to have been turned back to stone. Because of this, the story is assumed to take place over a year after the end of Season 3.
According to Word Of God, unless something major happens, the only thing that will cause the author to make this an Alternate Universe story is if the Cutie Mark Crusaders get their cutie marks in the show.
Nigh Invulnerable: Slenderman. During his visit to the RED team's base, The only thing that was capable of damaging him was Medic's desperate use of Sasha to protect Heavy. That act allowed Medic to channel the Elements of Magic and Kindness (through Sasha).
Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Pyro. Even her own team fear her (which is, in fact, canonical) and prefer to pay very little attention to what she does to her enemies because they like to sleep at night.
No Sell: Slendermane's extension to the human world was this to the RED team, Not so much as flinching no matter what the REDs do to him, even killing the Medic and Demoman while they were Übercharged. And while MONOCULUS! could at least damage him some, it was taken out in ONE HIT!.
Not So Harmless Villain: Nightmare Cuddles/Juggernaut. The only one who seems to realize that he is a real threat is Soldier.
Masky Unicorn's eyes widen when Medic's ÜberCharge turns Applejack into an alicorn and uses the power of truth to cure Spy and the princess's guards from their corruption. Then it gets a good look at the princesses, and decides to run.
OOC Is Serious Business: BLU and RED Soldier cry when they finally remember what happened before the war, and RED Soldier is being polite to Merasmus.
It's also a sign of changeling impersonation.
Parting Words Regret: Soldier/Solomon fights with his brother, who wanted to enlist, the fight makes his newborn daughters cry and he leaves to run an errand, only for the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor to begin, his family was killed when a shot-down plane crashes into his house.
Perception Filter: Slendermane can cause people to simply not notice him unless he wants to be seen. The Maskies also seem to be able to create these.
Plant Pony: Nightmare Gardener, whom has vine and petaled wings.
Power Limiter: Twilight had her alicorn powers sealed and princesshood abdicated after a moment of recklessness harmed Fluttershy, thus explaining why she's still a unicorn. She reclaims it during her fight with Nightmare Brutality.
Power Nullifier: Gray Mann's Disharmony Device, capable of negating the fusions.
Power Trio: Barricade, Harbinger, and Shining Armor, whom are the captains of the Pegasus, Earth Pony, and Unicorn Guards respectively. Also, the Doctor, Riversong, and Captain Jack Harkness.
Psychic Link: The REDs have this with the BLUs because they are two halves of a soul.
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Merasmus tells the Administrator off for making him keep secrets from RED Soldier. So he's going to tell him and the rest of the REDs why the BLUs are more important than either team realizes.
Serious Business: Hats for the BLUs. This naturally goes for the REDs, too. Justified since it's an easy way to distinguish yourself and avoid Cloning Blues.
Seven Deadly Sins: Nightmare Cuddles/Juggernaut power is to take one's sins and give them hold over you. He seems to greatly favor Sloth.
Sealed Evil in a Can: Discord. About a year after 'Keep Calm and Flutter On', Discord relapsed and tried to take out Celestia, hurting Fluttershy in the process. Once he realized what he had done, he surrendered and willing went back into his can.
Slendermane is referred to as "the child of Krastos", as in Krastos the Gluemaker, a jokingly proposed archvillain mentioned among fans in the early seasons.
Scout decides to taste the rainbow waterfall outside Dash's house, and his eyes tear up from the extra-spicy flavor. Sniper remarks that Spy was right - rainbows do make him cry!
Several Garry's Mod joke characters make their appearance. Some, such as Painis Cupcake and the Demopan, are played for laughs. Others, very much not.
Sixth Ranger: Derpy, Zecora, and Trixie, whom are the lost Elements of Love, Trust, and Hope respectivly. Cheerilee, Berry Punch and Mayor Mare also lend their hooves when they can.
Sociopathic Hero: The BLUs are perfectly aware of the fact that they are dangerous, psychologically damaged killers, and prefer that their pony friends remember this. Medic in particular is a self-admitted sadist who has only his strict adherence to ethics and loyalty to his friends to keep him from performing horrible and fascinating experiments on anything he can find, including the ponies they're supposed to protect. His habit of bringing up his interests in casual conversation comes across very much as reminders to others not to let him slip up.
Split at Birth: While not exactly at birth, Merasmus reveals that the REDs and BLUs were split from the nine people they originally were thanks to the Administrator. The Mann brothers hired nine mercenaries. The problem was that both of them wanted the nine, so the Administrator performed a ritual (that Merasmus unknowingly provided) involving their blood and Australium to split them into half. As such, the REDs experience a fraction of what the BLUs are experiencing in Equestria.
Straight Gay: Heavy is comfortable with his orientation, although his crush does not answer his feelings. Which may be for the best.
The Worf Effect: Discussed by Barricade in "Brutal Sniping - Part 2". She explicitly mentions not wanting to be that one pony just badass enough to make the villain look good when they defeat her.
Title Drop: Chapter 8 "Tick Tock Goes The Clock - Part 2."
Nightmare Doctor: "Tick tock goes the clock, an eternity of screams. Waking nightmares will haunt you all, live out your friends bad dreams."
Also happens in Chapter 12 "Melody of Agony - Part 2".
NightmareDubstep: "Let never ending WAKING NIGHTMARES begin!"
Too Dumb to Live: During Trixie's Canterlot performance, two unnamed fanponies decided to one-up Snips and Snails in the "very bad ideas" departmen and drag an Ursa MAJOR to the stage for Trixie to defeat, despite her having given up that particular boast just to avoid this scenario.
Took a Level in Badass: Trixie took the opportunity to beef up her magic skills (without evil amulets this time) before returning to Ponyville for the third time so she could live up to her title. Rarity has also seen the need to improve, learning to teleport among other things.
On the show, Mayor Mare is a rather ineffective political figure fond of making speeches and not much else. Here's she's the daughter of a ponified Mike Haggar who enforces Ponyville law with a lead pipe when the police can't do enough.
After being the host of a Nightmare, Cheerilee has her Earth Pony magic significantly enhanced, being capable of making entire trees grow in an instant.
True Beauty Is On The Inside: In her original human form, Pyro is a pudgy mess of scars and burns due to her pyromania and abusive childhood, but Engineer says that she's an angel on the inside - in contrast to his ex-wife, a monstrous harpy of a bitch with the body of a superstar photo model. The scars were omitted when she crossed over into Equestria, though - as a pony, Pyro is very pretty.
Twin Threesome Fantasy: RED Spy suggests the option when he crosses over. Against her better judgement, Zecora actually entertains the possibility.
Weirdness Magnet: Ponyville. Apparently the place was crazy even before Twilight moved in. (The Doctor being a resident may have been an influencing factor.) To whit, the sight of Soldier anatomy-defyingly snaking along the ground making clicking noises and threatening to eat ponies is met with, at most, mild concern and subsequently disregarded once he's returned to normal.
Your Answer to Everything: Played for laughs with Pyro invoking this on herself in regards to Twilight's long list of chores.
As Twilight and Trixie argued, Pyro stared at the list blankly. And then her horn flashed, a demented grin coming to her face. The list burst into flames, Spike yelping and dropping it as the scroll turned into a pile of cinders.
"Chores done!" Pyro chirped.
Trixie fell over laughing, Spike joining her moments later. Twilight stared, aghast. "Pyro!"
"Oh, Trixie does like you indeed, firebug!" Trixie said, struggling to catch her breath between fits of laughter.
Pyro just grinned. "I find that, if you think about it, there are few problems that cannot be solved in some fashion with copious amounts of fire."
Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: In this fic take on the sparrow story from Poker Night At The Inventory,Heavy got chewed out for it, lectured and beaten for showing compassion by his commander.After killing him in revenge years later, the man approved of his actions.
Zerg Rush: In Pony vs. Machine part 2, when Gray Mann attacks Ponyville with a robot army well over 1000 strong.
Zompony Apocalypse:: Medic claims to have created a viral agent capable of creating one. However, he was forced to discard it due to being set on fire by Pyro, and the fact that while creating a zombie plague is easy, controlling it is not.
Celestia on the other hoof creates a localized one in Sunnytown after seeing the horrors within.
Grey Hoof manages to create a localized one in Ponyville to free him from Celestia's curse. It fortunately doesn't last.