Daisy Jo Martinez is married to a US Navy officer, has two kids, is Catholic, Republican and proud to be American.She's also a pony.This is, at least initially, her story, but things become much more complicated fast.
Alpha Bitch: Valerie Anderson, whose antagonism with DJ lasts from kindergarten to at least ninth grade. She apologises for it when she happens to meet up with her in the leadup to DJ and Mike's wedding
Eriteria, Ethiopia and Somalia were failed states that got merged into one, which didn't do much better.
Andorra has been an independent kingdom since Charlemagne gave it to a local general in 998.
Automobile manufacturer Studebaker still exists as of the start of the series.
Russia and China fought a war in the 1970s.
British singer Nick Drake did not commit suicide in his 20s but lived into old age.
Considering it was he who mistakenly sued Lyra's brother Harper for sampling Drake's singing voice on of Harper's albums (ironically a tribute album to Drake) note (and an even bigger irony in that Harper's singing voice is a near-perfect match for Drake's and so no sampling was involved) and not his estate, depending on when the album was released Drake could have lived into his 90s - or even be alive as of the side story The Busker, making him 96 years old.
Los Angeles radio station KMET was not shut down in 1987 and continues on as of the mid-2030s (as detailed in Redemption Song)
Might also be in Never Was This Universe territory. Equestriani scientists have concluded that magic still exists on human Earth, but has lost most of its power, meaning only those with innate magical abilites can use it. It's speculated that it was once very common and that myths and legends might have some truth to them.
In this universe, Romney was never elected, but one conversation reveals that in the story, he won twice.
However, that was written before the 2012 election, so that part wasn't entirely within the Author's control.
Ascended Extra: Originally just stated to be the sisters of Hazy Jane, both Flutterwonder and Orange Box rise to side character status in Polarity.
Also true for Blue Velvet, who before the rewrite was a no-name replacement for Sunburn as Ghino's companion that was never mentioned again, but now has full blown characterization as a femme fatale in her own right.
Other briefly mentioned or seen characters get stories to themselves in Be Human, including Ueda Tsubasa (the pegasus waitress from the first chapter), and Logan Bradford (one of DJ's high school friends, mentioned in the first chapter.
Twilight is also heavily asexual, though most consider her Married to the Job as opposed to anything else.
Arc Words: COMBS, which is the initials of the five mares suspected of being the host of Nightmare Moon: Champagne Dreams, Orange Box, Minty, Bon-Bon and Star Swirl.
Band of Sisters: the mane six, princesses and their immediate family over the years have been through so much that by the time of the beginning of the stories they openly think of each other as sisters (or brothers, for the males.)
In fact, the whole group is referred to by the In-Universe media as "The Royal Family."
Battle Strip: After an intimate evening with Silver is ruined by assassins, Rarity immolates her saddle and socks for effect while she summons her Elemental torc.
Instinctively, their lips met, brushed together, then fully connected, sending both into paradise. The room exploded into the full-out scent of dark chocolate, so much so that there was no one who couldn’t smell it now. The two continued kissing until the adults present, confused at two teens of different species making out but realizing that it wouldn’t be a great example, broke them up.
Body Horror: While Tsubasa is possessed by Subaru note (actually the demonic Kitsune known as Tamamo No Mae) her body goes through a rather...unique transformation. And not in a good way.
Break the Cutie: The Foalnapping Incident and misinterpreted "attempted rape" gave DJ PTSD; the subsequent custody trial a few months later shattered her psyche, pushing her over the Despair Event Horizon, giving her further grief and permanently changing her personality from cheerful and outgoing to jaded and sullen.
Though she's apparently regained some of her old personality over the years.
The ambassador to Equestria in 2047 is Megan Williams, the protagonist of the G1 cartoon. The G1 cartoon still existed in this universe. This means that the only difference between the American ambassador to Equestria and a sixty year old cartoon character is that the ambassador didn't get to travel to a land of magical talking ponies till she was an older woman. This also applies to her younger brother Danny, who is Vice President of the US as of 2047.
Stated in the story that the G1 animation was actually a live-action/puppetry mix similar to Sesame Street, and that Megan and Danny briefly continued their acting careers into their teenage years before retiring; the youngest Williams sibling, Molly, who was also on the show, continues as an actress into the present time.
Chekhov's Gunman: Screwball and Barking Mad/Screw Loose, casually mentioned in an early chapter, later come back and are revealed to be a supernatural being of chaos and a Discord cultist with chaos magic, and subordinates of Faust herself.
Cluster F-Bomb: Several characters, especially the military members or those exposed to same, do this.
DJ, her father, and Mike's father (the latter two being Navy vets), are very adept at this. Ironically, though being the only active-duty member of the four, Mike isn't anywhere near as foul-mouthed as his family members.
Comfort Food: Whenever DJ's stressed, you can bet before the day ends, she's had her favorite food: cheeseburger with fries; bonus points if it's a bacon double cheeseburger.
Ethical Slut: Derpy's twin sister Ditzy is shameless in just about every other way...but she refuses to show any of it in front of foals.
Fanfilly: Lyra and soccer. She's okay with other sports, but when it comes to soccer, she's as bad as any human sports nut.
For that matter, Trixie has become a huge otaku to the point that she uses anime references to mark her path during a particularly strange Roofhopping battle.
Fantastic Racism: The ponies haven't had it easy, but then again neither have the humans.
There have been several high-profile murders enacted by humans on ponies for speciest reasons, and the Equestrians have a disturbingly popular pony supremacist movement called the Purehooves.
During and after the attack on Cloudsdale ponies start rioting and attacking any non-pony they find. The ponies in Ponyville get close to killing Spines, but she and the rest of the non-pony residents are saved by the timely intervention of Spike wearing green flaming magical wings.
Fantastic Slurs: The ponies have been rather tame in their epithets of humanity: "monkeys" are the worst that's been said. The humans, on the other hand, have been a bit more colorful:
Lyra: “Let me see if I can recall some of the speciest slurs made about ponies: Kickstands. Tugs. Geldos. Roadshitters. Cathyfuckers – I don’t even know what that means.”
Ponies have been a bit more colorful as of late, referring to humans as "skinners" and humanized ponies like Dusty Groove, Lyra and others as "skingrafts". DJ, of course, is simply referred to as a traitor or brainwashed.
Field Promotion: For just about everything that has been going on, Mike gets promoted from Lieutenant Commander (O-4) to full Commander (O-5). Considering the implications of his career in the sidestories, he's either well ahead of the game or possibly a potential case of Closest Thing We Got.
Fun with Acronyms: Twilight's reality-hopping device is called the Panoramic Operational Remote Temporadimensional Access Link, or "Portal", for short.
Another, more hidden one comes when a character states an authorization code; "Hotel-Four-Siera-Bravo-Romeo-Zero". Abbreviating the code and putting in the actual numbers spells out 'H4SBR0' (Hasbro).
Future Slang: By implication. Early 21st century slang is considered out of date.
Generation Xerox: Cinnamon Star, Fluttershy's adopted daughter, is painfully like how her mother used to be.
Worse: Pinkie's twin children, Bubble Berry and Surprise - they're like Pinkie, but in STEREO.
Genre Savvy: Lyra seems to note that things in her homeland always seem to be solved "in thirty minutes."
It's Derpy Hooves who takes the cake for most Genre Savvy character in the series though, as she is able to deduce exactly what other ponies are doing and the conventions they're working under in a matter of moments. The series is a soap opera, and Derpy knows her soap operas.
Genre Shift: The first chapter involves DJ retelling her life story. The second chapter, however, moves clearly into the technothriller domain.
The sidestory "Bakemono" shifts heavily into stereotypical anime cliche territory.
Kind Hearts & Coronets, while officially a slice-of-life series, whiplashes between that and adventure.
Goddess-Princess: Partially averted, as the alicorns insist that they are not deities...despite the fact that none of their followers/subjects seem to comprehend or believe this.
The fact that Faust is much more powerful than Celestia or Luna doesn't help their arguments, unfortunately.
Gone Horribly Wrong: The "Foalnapping Incident" and Equestria's two week silence before making a statement afterward turned First Contact into one of the biggest (if not the biggest) PR disasters in human history.
Lyra is a particular recipient of this trope, having managed to snag a human husband 20 years her junior.
It's mentioned in-text that while humans and ponies tend to have similar life spans, ponies tend to retain youthfulness longer, only becoming... well, as old as they look towards the last quarter or so of their life.
Half-Human Hybrid: DJ and Mike's children. Lyra and Paul's too. So far they appear to be human with unusual hair and eyes due to the amniomorphic spell, though one of DJ's sons might be able to see magic.
Happily Married: DJ and Mike. Lyra and Paul are also big examples of this trope. Other married couples may or may not be this.
Carlos and Sabrina, despite not being major characters, stand out for just how freakish their example is. Not unheard of, but certainly weird and rare.
High School Sweethearts: DJ and Mike were together ever since they first met in high school, and they've been married for nearly ten years by the start of the story. (It would have been longer, but moving around a lot to different locations hampered that.)
Honorary Aunts: The rest of the Mane Six, as well as the Cutie Mark Crusaders, were designated as such for DJ
In fact, all the foals of the Mane Six were brought up this way as well, so much so that they all refer to themselves as cousins.
Hypocrite: Rarity gives the following advice to Trixie in the side-story "Bakemono": "In any case, all I can say is that you need to do what you feel is right, Trixie. We are not a species that is prone to fighting; we come from prey animals used to running from our problems. And yet there are some problems you can never run from." Trixie chooses not to point out the irony.
I Have No Son: After the court battle over DJ's fate, Rarity claims her daughter Sandalwood died years ago, and refuses to even acknowledge DJ for decades.
Ineffectual Death Threats: Blood Armor seems to enjoy doing so to Twilight Sunburn and frequently backs it up by hurting her. However, when it comes to the point where she nearly dies in a gun battle with the Belgian military, he's nowhere to be found.
Inhumanable Alien Rights: Until DJ's tenth birthday, when the Supreme Court declared her legally a person, she did not have full legal rights.
Pony mares have a definite thing for human men, and vice versa.
Explained in universe: pony female to male ratio is 1.7:1, while humans match the Real Life ratio of 1.01:1 Furthermore, pony female pheromones work to devastating effect on human males; an aroused mare will give off enough of the hormone PEA to make the man go into euphoria - yes, aroused pony femalessmell like chocolate.
By contrast, stallions are repulsed by human female hormones. When last we saw the first stallion to fall in love with a woman he was working on a solution to that problem that didn't involve shoving tissues up his nose. Though for women looking to make it with a pony tissues are an effective way to get the stallion of their dreams to get past his nose.
Imago, a flutter, found love in the forelegs of Pip during his separation from Sweetie Belle.
Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: a retired 80s rock star who no longer dresses like he used to is in Seattle for business. During that time he runs into the newly-monikered Robert "Bob" Smith and offers the gryphon advice on being yourself.
Loads and Loads of Characters / Love Dodecahedron: There have been calls for the author to make a list of all the characters in the series. As of now, there's currently a chart of only the significant characters from the main story. A much larger chart is being worked on that covers every character and is reputed to dwarf the one above.
Mayfly-December Romance: Celestia once had a mortal lover, a unicorn named Argent Lance. However, their relationship didn't last, though not because of his death (they broke up for political reasons.) Robin and Luna's relationship also qualfies.
Celestia has since begun a relationship with DJ's brother Sam.
Mood Whiplash: During DJ's visit with the Elements, Rarity gets up and interrupts the conversation to resume her antagonism with DJ, but is struck silent when she sees her grandfoals.
Rarity: They’re so… human. ...They’re… so pony, as well. I can see my Silversteel in them, and I… they are my grandfoals, aren’t they?
On the other side of the barrier, everyone save for DJ relaxed. Perhaps this was finally the turning point between mother and daughter, where acceptance would finally come. And then Rarity picked the wrong thing to say:
Rarity: Even if their mother is a selfish, ungrateful brat.
The ensuing argument almost results in both Rarity and DJ breaching the quarantine barrier.
Averted with Twilight Sparkle and Twilight Sunburn.
As well as the unrelated stallion Twilight Sky, Twilight Sparkle's mother Twilight Velvet, and Faust's one-time court mage Twilight Aurora.
Also averted to a minor degree with Erica's high school boyfriend Paul Cooper and Lyra's husband Paul Phillips, though the high school Paul is a minor character for a flashback story arc.
Averted to a ridiculous degree via Chrysalis' pepsis soldiers. Considering they look like Shining Armor, Twilight Sparkle, Twilight Velvet and Night Light, every one of them has a name based on the family member they take after, e.g. Twilight Sunburn looking very much like Twilight Sparkle.
Opposites Attract: Carlos and his wife Sabrina are a Republican and Democrat respectively working for opposing presidential candidates, and married for many years.
Pinocchio Syndrome: DJ bounces back and forth on this. Sometimes she wants to be human, other times she feels that she'd be dishonoring her family and their struggles by doing so.
There is a spell though that makes it so that one species can change into another for a limited amount of time though, so DJ, Lyra and others have been human for at least a little while.
Though both of them are alive and well in both prequel series.
Precision F-Strike: To quote the fic, "As Mike would say, it’s O-Fucking-Get-To-Bed-Hundred-Hours."
In Lost Weekend, Mike's reaction to being turned into a pony by DJ's genderstone. The narration describes this as, "one of the few times he actually swore like the sailor he was," which presumably includes the above line as well.
As the author is former Navy and thus well-traveled, this also seems to be a case of Shown Their Work.
Retcon: The first chapter was modified to facilitate several of these.
Hoofspace was originally magic, but was changed to be biological in nature. It still retains the name.
In the original it was revealed that Rainbow Dash ordered DJ "rescued" fairly early on. It was removed in a rewrite but has since been restored.
The end of The Busker was changed from twenty years after the main events in side-story to fifteen.
Originally, the author made the Babies Make Everything Better mistake of having the marriage of Rainbow Dash and Soarin' saved by the birth of their son, Rainbow Blitz. But since Blitz is the same age as Elusive, this has been removed.
Originally, the Republic of Pirates was the main baddies in the story, but since the rewrite, they've been mostly sidelined in favor of both the pepsis army and Ghino di Tacco pulling the strings for a war between Equestria and Iran.
Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: The author will try to give his characters more realistic dialogue, and the commentators will then nail him for improper grammar.
Spines is a dragoness raised in the same manner as Spike (and, interestingly enough, in the same treehouse library, though Twilight and Spike no longer live there) and no relation.
Rainbow Blitz is the rather mercurial son of Rainbow Dash's and Soarin'.
Dusk Shine is a pepsis that looks just like his aunt Twilight Sparkle, born from Chrysalis raping a hypnotized Shining Armor and adopted by Cadance on behalf of her deceased husband.
Butterscotch is the first foal of Fluttershy and Macintosh and was stillborn.
Bubble Berry is one of Pinkie's twin foals.
Sweepy Bell is the somewhat lookalike cousin of Sweetie Belle.
Harper Heartstrings is Lyra's older brother.
Sadistic Choice: Nightmare Moon presents one to Luna when she throws both Elusive and Mike off of Cloudsdale, knowing that Luna can't rescue both of them. Nightmare Moon obviously didn't plan on Celestia making an appearance literally at the last second and throwing a big ol' wrench in her plans.
In Kind Hearts & Coronets, the villainous donkey Roadspierre presents Rarity with an option: marry him or break a treaty, causing Donkonia and Equestria to go to war. Fortunately for Rarity, Silver steps up to challenge Roadspierre to a duel and wins, though is nearly killed via trickery.
Schedule Slip: The author was writing an exhaustive amount of words at a furious pace (approx. 25,000 words every two weeks), but an injury to his arm put him out of the running for a couple of months and the writing speed hasn't quite gotten back up to what it was just yet.
The Broken Base fighting over at Spacebattles might have had something to do with it as well.
The editing to his upcoming debut novel has also had an impact.
Self-Insert Fic: DJ herself isn't a case, but her parents are, being somewhat comedic expies of the author and his wife.
Serious Business: There's a Muffin Promise that, when broken, means you can't eat muffins ever again.
That Mare Is Dead: Inverted. During Rarity and DJ's argument after the court battle, Rarity says that Sandalwood is dead, essentially disowning DJ.
Played straight with DJ and a few others saying the exact same thing, but the meaning flipped. People saying that Sandalwood is dead is usually a cue that their relationship with the main character is on the up-swing.
Tempting Fate: In the side story, "The Stallion and the Girl", Carl warns Mike against making friends with an alien. Mike rolls his eyes and replies, "Dad, I just met her today, okay? It’s not like I’m going to marry her or anything." He says much the same to Erica in a later chapter.
Took a Level in Kindness: As of Chapter Twenty, Silversteel is ready to try to make amends with DJ and her adoptive parents, whether Rarity is or not.
To a lesser degree, Dusk Shine looks like his aunt as well, as does Twilight Sunburn.
The offspring of Chrysalis and Shining Armor are widely hinted that they look like members of the Sparkle family. For example, Black Velvet might be the identical granddaughter of Twilight Velvet.
Though not biologically related to her parents, Cinnamon Star's coloring and manestyle makes her look like the natural daughter of Fluttershy and Big Mac.
Unfortunate Names: DJ unthinkingly suggests the name "Apple Scruffs" for Butter and Elusive's daughter - depending on context, it refers to an old fan club of The Beatles, a song George Harrison wrote about said club, or a nickname for a glitch in the iPhone 17 that quite literally caused it to catch fire. Butter loves it, much to DJ's chagrin.
Ungrateful Bastard: Despite essentially saving DJ/Sandalwood's life, and then raising her, Rarity is totally unappreciative of the sacrifices, love, and effort DJ's human parents put into taking care of her. She brands them as 'thieves' and blames them for turning DJ against her; thus making up the central conflict in DJ and Rarity's relationship.
Several of DJ's critics label her as one, particularly those from Equestria, who speak of the struggles that the Elements and Royal Family went through to get her back, and the heartbreak Rarity suffered after "Sandalwood" vanished.
Unperson: The fate of those exiled from Equestria.
Unusual Euphemism: The Equestriani version of the f-bomb is "buck" which means "kick," and their version of "bitch" is "harridelle" which is a French word that means "nag."
Also if a mare is a "tail-lifter", it means she's a slut.
Nag is also used, but generally means "old fart."
Wham Episode: Chapter 7, "At the Twilight's Last Gleaming." Cloudsdale is under an attack it may not survive, and Luna is forced to reenact the climax of Superman without time travel]] and Equestriani military forces are fighting for their survival in the middle of Iran while being chased by the Iranian Republican Guard. Hoooolllee frak.
What the Hell, Hero?: Happens at least two times in the first chapter. The first being with the rest of the mane cast and their families calling out Twilight Sparkle for siding with DJ to stay with her adopted family rather than her birth family and going to court about it. The second one happens when Celestia calls out the entire mane cast for falling into the trap of fighting each other legally in court rather than try to find a peaceful solution. But Celestia especially called out Rarity for being ungrateful to DJ's parents and Rainbow Dash for ordering the "rescue" attempt on DJ.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Whichever of the five mares in the COMBS stories became the new host for Nightmare Moon, she qualifies as this.
Zombie Advocate: Tyson McAllister, a lawyer who observes the hell DJ's parents are going through as they attempt to enroll her in school and decides to sue the US Government to declare her a person. By the time of First Contact, he has become a US Senator and is still closely involved with fighting for DJ's rights.
Also, Celestia recommending a changeling be raised by ponies to see if it would learn love. The changeling Imago as a result metamorphized into a completely new kind of subspecies and thinks of herself as a pony instead of a changeling.