"Well, not just that... it's something like... when you think about a cute thing and you want to have it there so you can stay with her some more and there are lots and lots of thing that make you think about her, even silly things like a color or some words and... ah..."
—Puppy on what cute means to her
Fallout: Equestria - Pink Eyes is a completed fanfic by Mimezinga. Though based on the Fallout: Equestria lore, it breaks off from the rest of the other Recursive Fanfics in having it's own distinct style, setting, and characters. Upon its finish, it had achieved 134,575 words total, while being the shortest one of the more popular spin-offs.This is the tale of Puppysmiles, a cute, vivacious filly who lives with her mother in a terrace just beside Canterlot. Or, that is, she did before she took a nap in the kitchen and woke up to find her house completely collapsed and her neighborhood destroyed. Uh-oh. Though, none of that is more important that the whereabouts of her mother—one Rainy Days—who'll definitely know how to fix everything. Moms are cool like that. Only problem is that she's not currently with Puppy. In fact, Puppy has no idea where she could possibly be!Unbeknownst to her, Puppy had been asleep no shorter than two-hundred years, after all the pretty fireworkshad fallen over the city, leaving Canterlot enveloped in pink cloud. Just like in its predecessor, the place is inhabited by vicious feral ghouls and other horse tile entities, but Puppy had managed to stay safe and sealed underneath the rubble of her home for the last two centuries while a Mark VI life support suit kept her in a state of preservation. Now that she's woken up, it's time for action, and it looks like the strange Mr. Voice who lives inside the suit knows exactly where MoM is! Fun times and adventure ensues for the daring, the bold, Space Captain Andromeda!
Pink Eyes contains examples of the following tropes:
Abstract Apotheosis: Puppysmiles is eulogized so much by Lonesome Pony that she becomes a representative of hope itself among the Long 52. Outright stated by Jammed Gun in the later chapters.
Action Mom: Puppysmiles' mother, Rainy Days, does in fact qualify. After the apocalypse, she spent a lot of her time saving people's lives as a military medic, while having to deal with constant thievery, backstabbing, and just generally bad people. On top of that, she basically trained Puppy how to bypass highly fortified security checks and turned her into an oblivious whizz kid.
Also implied by the fact that some of the Talon mercenaries have eggs they're taking care of.
Action Survivor: Honestly, this applies to pretty much every character. You basically have to be if you want to survive in the wasteland. Ironically subverted by the main character of all things, as she's too young and naive to be much of an action anything.
Actually Pretty Funny: Even the most stoic of the characters have ended up chuckling over Puppy's antics.
Adult Fear: By a non-related character, no less. Trigger Happy, a town guard, is distraught when Puppysmiles runs into a death fortress full of certain death, and rushes to save her. Her fears are realized when she sees several Security Bots cut Puppy to ribbons with machine-gun fire. Puppy gets better, of course.
Affably Evil: SolOS is a cruel, mean, and antisocial AI with goals of ruling Equestria with an iron hoof of dictatorship. But even Puppy finds it easy to empathize with him.
Age-Appropriate Angst: Puppysmiles has every right in the world to feel like just going to sleep and never waking up when she eventually finds out she'll never see her mom again.
And I Must Scream: Heavily implied many times when regarding the idea of remaining alive purely due to the Environmental suit's AI and arcane magic, but no one ever actually seems to suffer from it.
And Now for Someone Completely Different: This story in general. While Littlepip is somewhere else entirely, saving the nation from many assorted abominations, Puppy is just looking for her mom in the Big 52.
Anti-Climax: When Puppysmiles finally does find out her mother is dead, she has it heavily rammed into her head by all her friends that she needs to get over it before she even has time to cry or griev. In fact, she never even really understands that her mom is dead at all.
Molten Gold is a ruthless treasure hunter willing to rob graves for money and steal supplies in order to get it done. But he genuinely feels bad for Puppysmiles and wants to help her.
Henrieta is like any other mercenary and tends not to care about the pony race or any of the personal problems of... well, anybody. But she also truly loves Puppy, and finds herself reluctant to kill one of her enemies when she finds out she's a mother.
SolOS is quite the evildoer, and yet, in the end, he finds himself empathizing more with Puppysmiles, and even wanting to become friends with P7—a concept quite foreign to him.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Puppysmiles is an easily distracted young foal, and puts pretty much anything that's colorful and small enough to carry into her saddlebags (bits of glass, ammunition, pieces of plastic, whatever). Luckily enough, this is how her suit's repair system is able to still function even after being shot and torn dozens of times over the course of the story; it just uses Puppysmiles' findings as raw material.
Atomic F-Bomb: Molten Gold drops one when Puppy's cluelessness wears out his temper.
Molten Gold: Why a fucking retarded foal, why!? FUUUUUCK!
Awesome McCoolname: Lots of ponies in the Big 52 actually have really cool names—Trigger Happy, Molten Gold, and Jammed Gun not least on the list.
Babies Ever After: Three months after the end of the story, Trigger Happy is expecting to have a child with her new husband.
Badass in Distress: Henri, a griffin so badass that her very flank has a bounty on it, is brainwashed, deprived of her free will, and forced to live amongst the residents of Sun City as a zombie until she's saved by Puppysmiles... again.
Bad Dreams: Rainy Days has a whole bunch when she's separated from Puppy in the early days of the apocalypse.
Big Damn Heroes: When Creepy Voice possesses Puppysmiles and proceeds with trying to kill the ponies who want to 'exercise' her, Mr. White comes in with a whole band of Applejack's Rangers. Though, it's not quite a successful rescue.
Bittersweet Ending: Rainy Days is long dead, and Puppy's grief at realising her mother is gone forever allows CreepyVoice to take over and kill several of the ponies trying to help her. When Puppy accepts her own death, her body falls apart. In the Afterward—just like in New Vegas—the revealed futures of some of the characters are very sad, unfulfilled, and unfair. However, in the epilogue Puppy and those she inadvertently killed find themselves in the pony afterlife, where Puppy is finally reunited with her parents.
Body Horror: In an odd twist of the trope, it's honestly more horrifying to watch Puppysmiles regenerate her lost body mass than to actually see anything progressively get worse.
Even worse is once you realize that Puppysmiles literally has no body. Any body she had has decomposed into an extremely corrosive pink mist contained by her suit.
Black Comedy: Puppy, blissfully ignorant as always, adopts a dead parador cub as a pet and winds up carrying its decomposing carcass with her for several chapters. She remains unfazed by the disgusted reactions of the ponies she meets.
Stretch your definition of 'baby' a little, and Puppy is dead baby comedy.
Deadpan Snarker: Several of the people Puppy meets fit the bill, and even Mister Voice gets in on it occasionally. Probably entirely by accident.
Puppysmiles: Uh... mister Voice, gimme that shiny thing that makes a lot of noise. Mister Voice: Warning. Object Puppysmiles cannot be retrieved from inventory.
Death from Above: Puppysmiles accidentaly designates a Steel Ranger holdout for a Solaris Orbital Artillery strike. The Applejack's Rangers who were assaulting the compund were pleasantly surprised on how quickly the battle ended afterwards.
Demonic Possession: For a brief moment during chapter 12 by what MAY be Nightmare Moon, and then full on at the end in chapter 20 after Puppy learns her mother is dead.
Determinator: Puppysmiles will find her mom, darnit, and she's too busy to let things like death and Post-Apocalyptica get in her way!
Dynamic Entry: Henrietta is prone to these when Puppysmiles wanders off while under her care. Even when the filly is in no danger at all.
Flashback: Puppysmiles frequently has some when something reminds her of certain events in her past.
Footnote Fever: As is customary, Pink Eyes includes a footnote at the end of every chapter describing her level growth.
Foregone Conclusion: Puppysmiles starts out in search of her lost mother Rainy Days. The problem is, it's been two centuries since she last saw her. Unless Rainy Days has been ghoulified or otherwise preserved, her quest is doomed to end in heartbreak. According to Molten Gold, the grave of Rainy Days is located at Emerald Shores, at the of the Big 52, by the sea.
Healing Factor: Being a Canterlot Ghoul, Puppy can survive outrageous injuries. Her list includes being shot, stabbed, dismembered, devoured by a manticore, taking several antimateriel rifles to the chest, and being cut to ribbons by a minigun barrage.
Heroic BSOD: Puppy gets one after accidentally destroying the Steel Ranger's fortress, because she was under the impression that her mother was in there. She gets better once she's told she had moved on already.
Hope Bringer: Puppy, entirely by accident. Her relentless optimism and faith in the inherent goodness of people inspire most of the ponies she meets.
Improbable Weapon User: Puppysmiles' only armnament is a rock. Nothing can stand in her way, especially after she gets several perks that increase its effectiveness.
Incompetence, Inc.: Solaris, Inc., whose fine products included a doorbell with integrated anti-burglary systems that were responsible for electrocuting, among others, dozens of traveling salesponies and several muffin-selling scouts.
Innocent Inaccurate: Being barely above pre-school age, Puppy just can't understand all the horrible things going on around her.
Killer Rabbit: Puppy, though usually by accident. Several of the wasteland nasties that try to kill her discover - much too late - that she's filled with flesh-melting gas.
Mugging the Monster: A random mercenary, hearing tales of the Ghost of 52, decides to put the so-called-legend in her place after she stumbles into him. But she's just a filly who can't even comprehend his threats, and his beatdown consists of spanking her. Eventually, everyone including the mercenary leaves due to the embarrassment and awkwardness.
Undead Child: Of a sort. Puppysmiles is a Canterlot Ghoul and does not qualify as living, but you'd never think of her as anything other than an excited filly if you saw her.
Our Zombies Are Different counts double for Puppy. She's not so much a Canterlot ghoul as she is an ambulatory mass of pink cloud, liquefied flesh and shattered bone, held together by her radsuit, a weak necromantic talisman, and sheer willpower.