Fan Fic: Consequences Of Unoriginality
Consequences of Unoriginality
is a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
fan fiction story by Andoriol
When Emeris Fillson is transported to Equestria, he finds himself turned not just into a pony but into an Alicorn, and a Gary Stu
at that. Thanks to a curse that Emeris calls the Gary-Stu-ness Effect, or GSE, he is better than anypony at any of their special talents (especially when in direct competition), is loved obsessively by everypony he comes across aside from Celestia and, worst of all, is a Doom Magnet
that continually brings devastation to Equestria in the form of monsters that only he can stop, and not without collateral damage.
After two years of this nightmare, Emeris and Celestia manage to break the curse and turn him into a Unicorn/Earth pony hybrid - and then the story begins
, as Emeris attempts to make up for all the trouble he has unintentionally brought to Equestria.
Also has a Scrapbook Story
spinoff by the same author, Letters From a Fascinated but Frustrated Scientist
, as well as an Alternate Universe
story in the form of Twisted Reflections of Consequences: The Despair of Gary Stu
where everybody BUT Celestia hates him
It is now complete and Andoriol has uploaded the sequel, Consequences of Darkness
Consequences of Unoriginality, its sequel, and the canon side-stories contain examples of:
”There was something words failed to describe residing in the chest cavity of the body, shining with darkness, bent at impossible angles, twisting and shifting and impossible to describe. Twilight’s mind recoiled from it… and yet it was so familiar because it was… it was ‘’’EMERIS’’’ on a level that was hard to describe but was so fundamental that it actually hurt–“
- Humans Are Cthulhu See the above.
- Informed Flaw: Emeris enthusiastically and repeatedly describes himself as an antisocial asshole, yet is constantly trying to help others and generally be an all around nice guy. The former might have to do with him staying away from town as much as possible as "Gary" to reduce others' exposure to the GSE. The latter just seems to be plain Self-Deprecation.
- The intent could also be that he was more of an antisocial asshole as a human before being brought to Equestria and put through two years under the GSE.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: Emeris's ability to make constructs with his magic, which he compares to the Green Lantern Ring by name. However, it is shown that almost all of his magic is based on him creating coding algorithms and running his power through it (not to imply that math or coding don’t require imagination).
- Insane Forgiveness: It is discovered that Emeris is this.
- In-Series Nickname: Rainbow Dash comes to start calling Emeris as "big guy".
- The Gary-Stu-ness Effect is GSE. More of an In-Series Acronym, though.
- Instant Expert: The GSE turns Emeris into one at almost anything he tries, which causes him much frustration because it cheapens everyone else's legitimate talents, including several of his own skills.
- What he put real effort into mastering—notably, his heavy specialization in magic—remained even after removing the GSE.
- Invincible Hero: Emeris under the GSE. He takes full advantage of it.
- Irony: After Emeris has his curse broken, Rainbow Dash admits to Applejack she actually liked 'Gary' and that her attraction to him under the GSE was mostly genuine. The idea that Emeris might not actually be "cool" after all causes her a lot of frustration.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Celestia takes on this role for Emeris to have somepony who won’t crumple worshipfully under the effects of the curse. He appreciates this and willingly subjects himself to it. It helped keep him sane.
- Eremis himself, as ‘Gary’. Even a small amount of affection would be taken as a giant flag saying “rape me now”. So he is forced to act distantly and rudely to everypony, including the ones he likes.
- Subverted in both of the above cases—neither is actually a jerk, and if the situation were different they would be wearing their gold hearts on their sleeves.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: Emeris takes on the name of Gary while under the GSE, with Celestia being the only one who calls him by his real name when in private.
- Mama Bear: Celestia is this to Equestria and to Emeris. Although her first action when arriving at the riot of Ponyville against Emeris, her first act was to peacefully incapacitate him; when she turned to address the crowd, she burst into angry flames and captured them in magical golden bands to force them to listen to her What the Hell, Hero? speech.
- Meaningful Name: While under the GSE, Emeris takes on the name of Gary to everyone except Celestia.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Being turned into a pony completely alters what Emeris finds physically attractive, thus making it much harder for him to resist any mare that comes on to him.
- Must Make Amends: Emeris feels that he has to for having been Gary. Nopony else who knows him to any degree feels the same.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Celestia has a minor case of this when she discovers how much she had underestimated how badly her ponies would react to a de-Gary'd Emeris, and discovering just how close that mistake came to causing innocent ponies to die.
- Nightmare Sequence: Because Eldritch Abominations are not funny.
- No Social Skills: Given his imposed isolation during his curse, Emeris ends up being completely oblivious to many of the social cues everyone else takes for granted, and inadvertently leads to several Fee Fi Faux Pas due to his lack of knowledge of Equestrian culture.
- Noodle Incident: Some weird crap happened to Emeris while he was in the Beyond. We just don't know what. When he woke up as an alicorn, one of his first thoughts was that it wasn't the strangest thing that he had been or that had happened to him (although this was before he discovered the GSE).
I’ve been a lot of things. Monster, prey, beast, umbralkin, demigod, something straight out of bad fanfiction, and now a unicorn. A brightly colored pony unicorn. Yeah, it’s been that kind of life.
- One of Us: Although he hasn’t specifically mentioned Tv Tropes, Emeris has mentioned a number of tropes by name and the author was ecstatic to discover this page existed. Fellow still seems pretty chuffed with this, actually.
- Only Sane Man: Subverted. While Emeris and Celestia appear to be the only ones not caught up in the craziness surrounding the GSE, it's later revealed that everyone else is completely aware of how they're acting, but the curse prevents them from controlling themselves, to the point where they're physically incapable of spouting anything other than mindless adoration for 'Gary'. And thus, from talking to each other about anypony else’s experiences with him.
- Parental Substitute: Celestia to Emeris. He does have an actual living mom, but is effectively unable to ever see or contact her again.
- Poor Communication Kills: Enforced. Nopony can talk about Gary, because anytime they try there are compelled by the GSE to gush about his amazingness. So nopony actually knows what Gary did to anypony else—and they have ample cause to assume the worst (although this excuse begins to run thin pretty fast). And because of the huge trauma and shame of how they were influenced, as well as two years of being conditioned not to talk about Gary… even after the curse is removed, misunderstandings just keep building up.
- Prolonged Prologue: Weighing in at over 10,000 words, the story spends considerable time setting the stage and showing just how bad the curse actually is.
- Rape as Drama: While this doesn't actually occur, this trope is played mostly straight when Twilight believes that Emeris ended up raping her friends by taking advantage of their behaviour under the GSE, not realising her attempts to trick him into sex were actually the closest anyone had gotten—although Fluttershy came very close.
- Emeris has had a number of close calls with rape—both on the receiving end, and when under the influence of a combined love potion, lust potion, and enchantment spell (which is still the receiving end, but with the added horror of the mare in question effectively being compelled to use him to rape herself). All are treated as appropriately horrific.
- Reality Warper:
- The GSE curse itself works like this, as Celestia and Emeris discover when it spontaneously creates new laws declaring him a prince of Equestria and continually preventing him from abdicating. His use of magic as an alicorn mostly consisted of him deciding to do something, then throwing power at it until it happened.
- Inverted with Emeris, who becomes a master of "Reality Calcification"; the magic of restoring things to their proper order… although it had only a limited effect on the GSE. He becomes so skilled at it that it's one of the few abilities he keeps after the curse is broken, and his proficiency is on a par with the princesses.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: Rarity absolutely rips into True Glamour for her behavior towards Emeris.
- Reformed, but Rejected: The entire story revolves around this.
- Rule of Cool: The GSE invokes this, with several of the monsters being spawned for the sole purpose of allowing Emeris to defeat them in flashy and spectacular ways.
- Safety In Indifference: Ponies got murdered, tortured, driven insane, and raped, for the sole purpose of creating a story for Gary Stu to play the hero of. This was the effect of him being present in the world, and in the earlier times it would happen a minimum of once a week. It reached the point where he was no longer able to personally care for the victims of it, because no one can stand that much pain. He still wants to protect ponies and does everything he can for them—but he couldn’t invest more of himself into the ponies who were suffering because of him.
- In a mix between this and Conditioned to Accept Horror, Eremis no longer considers monsters to be frightening or even a cause for true worry. As a Gary Stu, he was invincible, and he learned what true fear is in the form of the creatures from the Beyond. Even knowing that he’s only a normal pony, something like a monster attack doesn’t concern him at all… at least, not directed at him. Applebloom, however…
- The Scottish Trope: Even mentioning Gary forces everypony in the immediate vicinity to start talking about how amazing he is—preventing anypony from saying anything negative about him or describing their experiences about him. Leaving everypony with just the most horrible things their imagination can come up with to think about him.
- Secret Test of Character: Celestia threatens to attack Emeris to determine his level of self-control, and thus whether it would be safe to cast the spell to remove his curse. She does apologize afterwards however, and comforts him when his fear at possibly having to fight her reduces him to the verge of tears.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Of sorts. While Emeris doesn't show many ill effects after the curse is broken, when Rarity starts fussing over his appearance it gives him a panic attack, and when Twilight's spell goes wrong and he thinks his curse has returned he becomes hysterical with fear before passing out. Twilight diagnoses him with PTSD, in part due to the years he's spent trying to avoid being molested or raped by his GSE-affected fans. She's proven right when Applejack and Rainbow Dash both ask him out and he suffers another panic attack.
- He is shown to forgive way, way too easily. Rarity pointed out that what had just been done couldn’t simply be forgiven like that, but he reacted as though she had told Fluttershy to kick a puppy.
- Ship Tease: There is quite a lot of teasing between Emeris and Twilight, even when they're antagonistic towards one another, although the relationship isn't given nearly the near-certainty that the development with Applejack and Rainbow Dash is given.
- Applejack has shown a good deal of interest in Rainbow Dash—as much or more as towards Emeris, truth be told.
- Shoutout: Several in every chapter.
- Rainbow Dash's nickname for Emeris may seem familiar to anyone who's read Xenophilia, along with several other references.
- When Rainbow is stumbling over Emeris’s name, she comes out with Ermac.
- When Pinkie asks what his name is, Emeris's first thought is "Sir Lancelot".
- Emeris channels his inner Yoda at several points before lampshading it.
- When he wakes up in the hospital, he mentally comments on the unfamiliar ceiling. He immediately lampshades this.
- Slap Slap Nuzzle: Not strictly a romantic example, but after fighting each other to a draw and collapsing in exhaustion, Emeris and Rainbow Dash immediately start nuzzling each other, showing several characteristics of this trope.
- Slipping a Mickey: Twilight ends up doing this to 'Gary' to try and trick him into sex (combining 3 different magical effects into something strong enough to affect even him), though thankfully the arrival of Pinkie Pie brings Emeris to his senses and allows him to escape before anything happens. Played for Drama later on however, where Twilight doesn't realise she was the closest anyone had gotten to pulling this off, and believed Emeris had been taking advantage of her friends and other mares in this way.
- Speak of the Devil: There are things from the Beyond should not be talked about and never be named.
- Stalker with a Crush: The curse tends to turn ponies into this towards Emeris. See Abhorrent Admirer.
- Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Emeris knows coding and is good with numbers. As such, he has come to view magic as a code for the universe, allowing him to make spells more quickly than a classically-trained unicorn would, as well as "load" pre-programmed spells. His perception of magic as coding language is of great importance to his use of runic magic—this way of thinking allows him to work at a higher level than his knowledge of runes would normally allow, making him in practice one of the best runic mages in the world (although he is quick to point out that he "cheats" when somepony tries to praise him for it).
- Take That:
- At many Human-in-Equestria fics by deconstructing the idea of a Gary Stu, and by pointing out the ridiculous characteristics many badly-written Self Insert characters have, such as the clichéd red-and-black maned alicorn.
- At Twilight, when Emeris compares his predicament to being stuck in the Twilight universe as a self-aware Bella Swan.
- There Are No Therapists: Subverted. While therapists do exist, and Eremis genuinely needs help, the Mane Six is reluctant to let him go to a therapist because of the very real danger of the therapist sabotaging his recover. So they try to take on the roll themselves, with professional therapy as a back-up plan.
- Two Beings, One Body: The result of one of Twilight's spells going badly wrong.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Celestia admonishes Twilight for attacking and injuring Emeris unprovoked, the day after his curse is broken.
- She later delivers one hell of a reprimand to Ponyville as a whole for what they did to Emeris and quite thoroughly (and quite deservedly) shames the lot of them.
- The rest of the Mane 6 deliver one to Twilight when her spell goes awry and fuses both her and Emeris into a single being. Luna and Celestia are no less disappointed when they find out, and punish her by banning her from magic for a month, as well as doing anything (beyond walking and personal hygiene) without asking for help from her friends.
- There is a minor one when Rarity calls him out on his extreme need to accept apologies. From somepony who just cut off his ear after ruining the haircut he paid for, and who had been nothing but vicious to him up to that point. Some things can’t, and shouldn’t, just be forgiven on the spot like that.
- What Measure is a Non Pony?: Twilight tries to assuage her guilt after bullying Emeris - something she states herself no well brought up mare should do - by reminding herself that he's not actually a stallion, even if he looks like one.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Human beings are not supposed to exist in a world with Equestria’s physics.
- When he was trapped in the Beyond, Emeris learned not to try to grasp it at all—that on that route lie madness. Considering what he later fought, this is a very good lesson to have learned.
- You Shall Not Pass: Emeris gets a rather epic one where he holds off at the very least more than thirty timber wolves to give Apple Bloom time to escape, though it leaves him a hairsbreadth from death by the time Applejack and Big Macintosh show up to help.
“I’m drawing a line in the damn sand! And not a damn one of you will pass! So bring it on!”
Twisted Reflections of Consequences contains examples of:
- Bloodier and Gorier: Unlike the original story, Twisted Reflections of Consequences is not shy about showing just how horrific the Monsters of the Week are, and how bad the collateral damage for the rest of Equestria is.
- Darker and Edgier: Considering how dark elements of the original story were, this is saying something. Though according to Word of God, the kinds of horrors described in the story also took place in the canon original, albeit off-page.
- For Want of a Nail: What if the curse made Emeris hated instead of universally loved?
- Hero with Bad Publicity: This version of the GSE turns Emeris into one, where everyone despises him to the point that they'll often attack him, even when he's in the middle of saving somepony's life.
- Infant Immortality: Oh so averted. The collateral damage of the GSE does not discriminate.
- Parental Substitute: While it happens in the original to an extent, Celestia becomes much more of a mother-figure to Emeris in this version.
- Tears of Blood: Emeris explicitly points out how stupid and messy this is, when his transformation in this version causes him to cry tears of blood.