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Fanfic: 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.


Consequences of Unoriginality and the canon side-stories contain examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Played with. The curse doesn't alter anyone's apperance, but does drive both mares and stallions into acting like a combination of this and a Stalker with a Crush towards Emeris. However, Emeris also points out how unfortunate it is for everyone affected, and it's later made clear that the curse caused others to act against their own wishes while being completely unable to stop themselves.
  • Above the Influence: Despite his attraction to several of those that come on to him - particularly Applejack and Rainbow Dash - Emeris refuses to take advantage of anyone and constantly turns down anyone who asks.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • Emeris's initial fate.
    • Those affected by the curse, being completely aware of their actions but forced to act against their will with no way to stop themselves.
    • What happens when Twilight's spell goes awry and merges Twilight and Emeris into a single being. Apparently this is exactly what Emeris did upon waking up, only to pass out from shock shortly afterwards.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Rarity ends up giving one to Emeris when she asks how many ponies know him for his true self.
  • The Atoner: Emeris is determined to make up for what happened to everypony while he was Gary. It wasn’t his fault, but he feels that it was nonetheless his responsibility. The lengths to which he goes for that, though, are not the signs of a healthy mind.
    • When almost everypony in Ponyville ready up to attack Emeris, he tries to leave—but when they try to hurt the Mane Six to get them away from him, he explodes in anger. But, before he railed on them for threatening his friends, one of the first things he says is that he probably deserves whatever they wanted to do to him. But just him.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Some of the delights spawned by the GSE.
  • Beneath the Mask: Because the slightest hint of affection would be taken as a sign of “yes, let’s have sex” by anypony he talked to, he had to be cold, distant, uncaring, rude, impatient, and generally an asshole. Of course, this only reinforced everypony else’s real feelings about him.
    • Rainbow Dash is the only pony under the influence of the GSE to have any real understanding of who ‘Gary’ was as a person. She saw his abhorrence for the attention he received, admired him for the genuinely heroic and awesome deeds he did (even if he was forced into such situations by the GSE, he still controlled his own actions), and was attracted to him for the way he selflessly went to fight unbearable horrors again and again… and for his general awesomeness, of course.
      • She’s also the only pony to not to blame for what how the curse made ponies act, once the GSE curse was removed, and didn’t see why Applejack would. She had difficulties reconciling the real Emeris with ‘Gary’, but the reasons why she was attracted to him were entirely genuine (although her behavior was certainly the work of the curse). Considering how she behaves in canon around other awesome ponies she looks up to, she may not have noticed that every time she tried to talk about him she was forced into complying with the GSE’s “Gary is awesome” directive.
    • Celestia, in an unpleasant way. Whenever Celestia is angry or irritated over what ‘Gary’s’ curse does to her citizens, she freely vents (verbally) them out on Emeris. Because in a world where the GSE ensures that nothing he does is a mistake and everything is “perfect” for him, her anger is the closest thing he comes to encountering genuine emotion—and he is grateful for it. Celestia hates it.
  • Berserk Button: Don't ever imply that only 'Gary' is worthwhile around Emeris.
    • Do not try to eat a foal in front of Emeris.
    • Do not try to harm his friends in front of Emeris.
  • Black Magic: Emermis has it as his talent, despite not actually having learned any.
  • Blunt "Yes": Emeris gives one to Rainbow Dash when he refuses to run her obstacle course as part of her "coolness" test.
    Rainbow Dash: Are you questioning me?
    Emeris: Yes.
  • Body Horror:
    • Emeris has his wings vaporized by the spell that breaks his curse. It's every bit as painful as it sounds.
      • He gets absolutely mangled from fighting off a pack of 30+ unnaturally determined timber wolves to save Applebloom.
      • Emeris gets his ear cut off by a bitchy barber. Ponies have a vein in the ear that could have led to him bleeding to death if it hadn’t been for Rarity holding the wound closed.
    • The various Monsters of the Week can lead to some very nasty cases of this for ponies, as shown in Twisted Reflections of Consequences where a mare gets turned into an Eldritch Abomination. The nightmares shared by Twiris show that this is fully present in the story proper.
  • Chick Magnet: The GSE turns Emeris into an extremely unwilling version of this.
  • Cooldown Hug: Emeris ends up receiving several. It would be hard for anyone to deny he needs them.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The magical equivalent, where Twilight crushes Emeris mentally during a test to determine how strong his magic abilities are now the curse has been broken.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: Emeris passes off his and Rainbow Dash's injuries after their fight as the result of him falling out a tree. On to a Manticore. Which Dash tried to save him from but ended up being injured as well. Needless to say, this excuse is treated with a fair amount of skepticism.
  • Death Seeker: Eremis is not one. But if they hadn’t found a way to reduce the constant monster attacks, he would have reached this point.
  • Deconstruction Fic: The whole premise of the story is set around deconstructing the idea of being a Gary Stu.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Between Rainbow Dash and Emeris. Though strictly speaking, it's more like "fighting each other to a stalemate before collapsing from exhaustion and injury" means friendship.
  • Determinator: Emeris when protecting those he cares about.
  • Doom Magnet: The curse turns Emeris into this leading to immense collateral damage for anyone unfortunate enough to be caught up in it, though the effect can be partially mitigated through magic and distance.
    • And, as a pack of thirty-plus weirdly determined timberwolves seem to imply, he might not be out of the woods just yet.
  • Double Entendre: Celestia and 'Gary' have a conversation entirely comprised of these, when he reports the outcome of a successful mission to her in front of the nobility.
  • Ear Ache: When Emeris gets a mane cut from a stylist who still holds a grudge against him for the last two years, she gets reckless with her scissors and accidentally takes almost half of his ear off, causing severe bleeding.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Gary Stu. Everyone around him is forced to love him with psychopathic intensity, completely overwhelming their normal behavior and personalities while leaving their original self to, fully aware, experience these unnatural feelings and behavior. Even talking about him invokes this. Even if he had no experience or practice, he ‘’will’’ be superior to other ponies if it comes in any form of comparison or competition. The laws of the nation rewrite themselves to force him into the position of alicorn prince. He is described as a “flaw” in the world, and his mere presence is enough to make monsters appear to commit horrific catastrophes and atrocities for the sole purpose of giving him a reason to defeat them. His magic involves twisting reality itself to do what he wants it to—shattering the earth, creating volcanoes from the ground—not any of the proper methods that is supposed to guide the use of magic. And Gary can even become real if the name becomes too associated with Eremis in the Aether. Not layering Eremis with the concept of Gary, but actually changing him into the GSE concept of what and who Gary Stu should be. And then the creatures from Beyond seep into the world through the cracks made by his flawed existence…
    • The creatures from the Beyond. Just knowing about them can be enough for them to spread into the world, and just seeing Eremis’s memories is enough to put Twilight in danger from them. The princesses had to erase her memory of what she saw—but even through that she still suffered nightmares over them.
      • A living, sentient disease that spreads by blood and laughter, twisting the forms of the ponies it infects to make their eyes bleed and their mouths rip open into too-wide, too-toothy grins as they laugh and laugh. And Gary, for all his seemingly-limitless power, couldn’t do a single thing to help a single pony who got infected.
      • A fire that ate flesh and couldn’t be put out.
      • A monster that was always behind you no matter what you do and that you could only see in mirrors. Until it killed you—then everyone can see it in all its horrible glory.
  • Eldritch Location: The Beyond, which Emeris was unfortunate enough to be in before arriving in Equestria. Comparisons to Cthulhu were made.
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas: Emeris gets several as a result of his lack of knowledge of Equestrian culture. In particular he ends up grooming AJ and bumping cutie marks with her, both flirtatious gestures. AJ is quite understanding however (although not unaffected), and well aware that Emeris doesn't know what he's doing, as she points out to Rainbow Dash.
  • Follow the Leader: Readers may note several similarities between this version of Equestria and that found in Xenophilia, something which the author readily admits to taking inspiration from.
  • Gary Stu / Parody Sue: Emeris. Deliberately invoked to deconstruct the idea as thoroughly and horrifyingly as possible.
  • Gender Bender: Twilight, when she messes up her spell and accidentally merges both herself and Emeris into a male alicorn.
  • Genre Savvy: Emeris is well aware he's an Invincible Hero under the GSE and takes full advantage of it.
  • Good with Numbers: Emeris was an accountant, which proves to be incredibly useful in the branch of magic he focuses in.
  • Guilt Complex: Emeris.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Emeris honestly doesn’t understand why Rainbow Dash likes him, because he doesn’t think he’s awesome or cool at all. This is after proving himself to be a total badass many times over, even after having his Gary Stu overpoweredness and invincibility taken away.
  • Heroic Willpower: Emeris when he manages to avoid the temptation offered by the mares who come onto him. He even manages to resist Fluttershy's stare, albeit with great difficulty. Also applies when a spell cures his curse, where he's still able to keep control of himself despite the agonising pain.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Played With. While everyone publicly espouses the virtues of 'Gary' and how awesome he is, they all secretly dislike him due to the way the curse makes them act. This is Double Subverted when ponies actually get to know the real Emeris and find him to be a likeable guy.
  • Horrifying Hero: Gary Stu. That the GSE forces everypony to love him anyways only makes it worse.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Human beings. Emeris’s pony body is a shell of harmony that allows him to exist in a universe with fundamentally different laws of physics.
’’”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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.

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.


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