"Magic – a mysterious force in this world, capable of bending reality. At the beginning, magic was studied as progressively as a science, with as many kinds of magic as there are stars in the night’s sky. But as civilizations advanced, many forms of magic were forgotten.As time passed, only a few known forms of magic are common place in Equestria..."Long ago, a pair of magicians wielded a type of magic lost to history. Their rivalry lead to both great good, and the creation of a great evil...So begins the Lost Tales of the Phantoms, a book Twilight Sparkle happened upon one day at a traveling bookstore. The unicorn is left fascinated by the idea of a long lost type of magic from an age that history has long since forgotten and filled with a desire to learn more. However, the legend suddenly become all too real when one of the Phantoms sets its sights on her and Spike. But before the monster can succeed, a young dragon name Haru saves them using the same ancient magic of which the legend spoke...Friendship is SHOWTIME crossover fanfic between Kamen Rider Wizard and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic by MangaKamen, set in an Alternate Universe from both series diverging shortly after "Ticket Master".
Tropes appearing in this story:
Adaptational Badass: Trixie. She actually manages to fair better fighting the supercharged Minotaur Phantom than she did the Ursa in canon and puts herself in harms way to distract Dragon!Wizard long enough for Haru to regain control, saving Twilight's life. Even more impressively, she's completely in character.
Adaptational Heroism: The White Wizard is much more unambiguously good in this story than in canon. Justified, as Word of God has said they're not making it an exact copy of the Kamen Rider Wizard and many characters are thus completely different.
Make no mistake, Sora was a very bad man in the original show, but here he's even worse! On top of being The Sociopath, He's a misanthropic, bigoted, nihilistic who basically tricked a family into committing suicide for fun.
Implied with Trixie. Word of God has said they have plans for her, when she's only appeared in two episodes of canon.
Awesomeness by Analysis: Besides Breaking the Fourth Wall to read the summary that the author left on his desk, Pinkie Pie was also able to figure out that Haru was originally a pony based on his eyes, the fact that he has a cutie mark, and his knowledge of pony culture.
One that actually makes a good deal of sense is that according to Word of God, the changes in how Haru's magic works (such as being able to use Connect to go from place to place and the Multi Ring allowing him to copy the WizarSwordGun outside of Dragon Styles) are due to Equestria being as magical as it is already, thus meaning Wizard has more Mana to play around with.
And in Spell 22, we get a double dose. First, it's Haru and Kai vs. a bunch of Ghouls, with Shining Armor joining them as they fight against Wolzord, and against Hades Beast Troll, we get Kabuto and Kiva in a chapter-long Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
Brought Down to Badass: The Mane Six, being they're simply normal ponies without the Elements but still manage to be helpful to Haru in fighting the Phantoms. Special mention goes to Applejack and Twilight saving Haruto from Gnome in Spell 6 and Rainbow Dash teaming up with Wizard in Spell 9.
The Cameo: During the first Intermission chapter, Haru's new ring brings Gentaro to Ponyville briefly.
Demoted to Extra: Medusa and Phoenix. While still the Wise One's Co-Dragons, Medusa has thus far only appeared once and Phoenix doesn't show up in person until Spell 13. Inverted with Sora/Gremlin, who begins playing a role in the story considerably earlier than in the actual show.
The Dreaded: Phoenix seems to have the reputation among the Lesser Phantoms to the point Hellhound literally wets himself in terror when confronted by him. Hellhound outright says he's this.
Phoenix: What do you call something that even monsters fear? What is a name that is tied to fear? What makes even the most diabolical of nightmares pale in comparison?
Dual Wielding: The Multi Ring, which lets Haru multiply his WizarSwordGun allows him to do this. Due to his Prehensile Tail, he can actually wield up to three at once.
Dragon-in-Chief: The Harpy Phantom. While its unrevealed whether she's a Greater Phantom or not, she appears to be higher ranked than the Lesser Phantoms and serves as The Heavy, with the Wise One, Medusa, and Phoenix thus far remaining in the background.
Sora/Gremlin seems to be serving this role as well, once he appears.
Enemy Within: The Dragon Phantom, just as in canon. However, in this fic, it's played up considerably to the point of a Superpowered Evil Side and requiring Dragon to be restrained via the Elements of Harmony in order for Flame Dragon to be safely used.
Tendou got one in canon by calmly continuing to walk without attempting to dodge when a thief tried to attack him, because if he had tried to dodge, it would have ruined his tofu, and somehow came out of it unscathed. Here, he did the same thing with Troll, with the exact same result.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The Harpy Phantom genuinely loves the Phantoms in her group like her children. This is unusual in Phantoms, who mainly consider emotions just things to manipulate to drive Gates over the Despair Event Horizon. Gremlin's words imply this is because she retained some of her human heart.
While "Boast Busters" begins similarly, despite Haru being hired as Trixie's assistant, it ends up changing drastically when Sora convinces Snips and Snails to pick a monster for Trixie to stop; Minotaur.
Phoenix's presence in "Dragonshy" also changes a few things as well.
Fusion Fic: Subverted. While some plot points are maintained, the fic is not simply 'Kamen Rider Wizard in Equestria', giving the Phantoms, the White Wizard, and Wiseman completely different backstories (likely in part due to their backstory not yet being revealed in the show). Even Haru differs considerably from Haruto, other than Haru being a Dragon.
Genius Bruiser: Phoenix, surprisingly. He's able to formulate his own Evil Plans without Medusa's direction and was easily able to psychologically dissect and destroy Haru.
Heroic BSOD: Haru enters one in Spell 13 after Dragon nearly kills Twilight after he gave him control to stop the out of control Minotaur Phantom. He finally breaks out of it in Spell 16 after being told You Are Not Alone by the Mane Six.
It Amused Me: As in the actual show, this seems to be Sora/Gremlin's motivation for whatever he does.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Trixie, who turns out to not be so bad when you get to know her. She may be a selfish braggart, but she actually saves Twilight's life from Dragon!Wizard when she could've just ran away.
Knight Templar Big Brother: Shining Armor. If he ever finds out that someone has hurt Twilight, the culprit is on notice that if they even come close to her again, he'll be gunning for them. Too bad this was revealed in response to Dragon!Haru almost killing Twilight.
“I never understood why heroes waited till the last minute to save others,” a familiar suave voice sounded out. “I guess it just adds to the dramatics, but it seems a bit risky for my tastes.”
Mama Bear: The Harpy Phantom towards her group, to the point she tries to attack Medusa when she finds out the Higher Phantom used her group as bait for Wizard. It doesn't do any good, but its the thought that counts.
Spell 1-2: Minotaur (though thanks to Harpy's intervention, he escaped).
Spell 4-6: Gnome.
Spell 8-9: Djinn.
Spell 12-13: Minotaur again, only this time upgraded by Gremlin.
Spell 14-16: Phoenix.
Spell 17-18: Spring Heel Jack, Shocker Greeed, and the Chicken Yummy.
Spell 19-22: Zombie, Wolzard, and the Hades Beast Troll.
Spell 23-25: Manticore.
Mood-Swinger: Phoenix has shades of this, as noted in story by Hellhound. He can go from threatening to kill someone, to being friendly, to punching them in the face. However, it seems the laid back side is a Mask of Sanity to hide his violent side.
My God, What Have I Done?: Haru's reaction to Dragon almost killing Twilight because he let the Phantom possess him to have the power to defeat the supercharged Minotaur.
My Greatest Failure: The White Wizard feels this way about not arriving in time to stop the Sabbath ritual.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Thanks to the Phantoms Gilda and Rainbow Dash end up rebuilding their friendship instead of Gilda just storming off.
Also thanks to Gremlin's games, Trixie's cart isn't destroyed, she isn't publicly humiliated as severely, and she ends up on good terms with the Mane Six. In fact, she manages to show them she's got some genuine bravery in her by saving Twilight's life.
Psh. There's one that crosses over into Hoist by His Own Petard. In Spell 16, because Phoenix tried to attack the Mane Six, Haru fought him, in spite of how their previous battle went. This allowed Fluttershy, who up until that point had been scared of him because he was a dragon, to realize that Haru was a pretty nice guy, thereby earning him her friendship. This allowed the Elements of Harmony to be used to bind Dragon so Haru could use Dragon's power to unlock Flame Dragon Styles, and allow Phoenix to be the one on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle for a change.
No Sell: Phoenix when Haru hits him with a triple Slash Strike. Though he actually compliments him on being strong enough to force Phoenix to block instead of just taking it head on as he'd do with most fire.
Kintaros!Haru does this to the Gamefowl Yummy. In fact, the Yummy's arm shatters.
Beast does this to Spring Heel Jack's daggers.
Oh Crap: Hellhound has this reaction to seeing Haru defeat Phoenix.
Phoenix has a rapid fire series of comedic ones in Intermission 4 while talking to Pinkie in his pony form.
Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Happens to Haru and Rainbow Dash when fighting Djinn's upgraded Ghouls. Haru promptly returns the favor by using the Excite Ring.
Really 700 Years Old: The legend of the White Wizard implies he's either this or a Legacy Character. His interaction with Celestia confirms he's this and, according to her, older than she and Luna!
Red Herring: Gilda was hinted to be the Djinn Phantom, but it turned out Djinn was trying to frame her, just as she had been doing for months because Gilda is actually the Gate.
Rival Turned Evil: In this universe, at least according to legend, the Wise One was the White Wizard's friendly rival until his jealousy drove him to create the Phantoms.
Rule of Cool: After learning that Haru never learned to breathe fire, Spike replies to his statement that it was a fair trade-off for his magic powers that breathing fire is awesome. Haru consents the point.
Rummage Fail: In Intermission 2, Sora had one as he pulled several objects out of his saddlebag, including a lunchbox, a deck of playing cards, an video game controller, a rubber chicken, a real chicken, an extremely long oar, a bouquet of wilted roses, and a rubber bat mask before he finally found the book that had Red Racer and the Bousou Sentai Zokuranger sealed in it.
And in Intermission 4, the same character pulled a freshly baked apple pie, a plushie of a bear in a red and white jumpsuit, several pink flamingo lawn ornaments, a box of french fries, a paintball gun, a purple and white guitar with the name 'Axel' written on it, lint, more lint, a lot more lint, a half-eaten granola bar, and some balloon animals, some of them resembling Twilight's friends, from his saddlebag before he found what he was really after: the green magic stone that Haru could use to create the Hurricane Dragon Ring and several sheets of paper with information about the Gremlin Phantom, AKA him.
Arguably justified. Before the Sabbath ritual, Haru was a stallion, not a dragon.
Sadistic Choice: Wolzard gives Shining Armor one in Spell 22: divide his forces to deal with a troll that Wolzard summoned and risk letting Wolzard get into the Castle, or keep up their defense and allow the troll to run rampant.
Haru: Phoenix – You’re strong, and you seek to find strong opponents to fill that void of yours. Me? I’ve got a different problem. Ever since I got these powers, I felt like I lived in a world made of cardboard. Taking care not to not break something, break somepony. Never allowing myself to slip to Dragon’s control, even for a moment otherwise somepony could get hurt. But you can take it, Phoenix. What we have here is a new opportunity for me to cut loose and show you a real SHOWTIME!
Straw Nihilist: After Sora reveals his True Colors, his comes off as extremely nihilistic, seeing himself and all other Phantoms as worthless stains on life.
Superpowered Evil Side: Dragon can possess Haru, with his permission, giving him enough power to deliver a Curbstomp Battle to the supercharged Minotaur, but unfortunately, Dragon isn't too keen on letting Haru regain control and, after winning, tries to kill Twilight to drive Haru over the Despair Event Horizon.
This is likely why the Bearer's support for Haruto combined with the Elements of Harmony is needed to chain Dragon before Flame Dragon can be safely used.
Theres No Kill Like Overkill: Haru's finisher to the Djinn Phantom; after using the Multi Ring on his WizarSwordGun, he hits her with the Sword Strike finishing move with eight different swords in quick succession.
This Cannot Be!: Phoenix's reaction to being beaten by Haruto's newly acquired Flame Dragon Style.
Phoenix: How? How did that little spark of yours turn into an inferno!? I can’t believe this!
Hellhound has a similar reaction once Haru defeats Phoenix.
Victim of the Week: The Gates. The story will sometimes introduce multiple ponies that could be the Gate, with Haru figuring out which one it really is being part of the plot.
Spell 1-2: Twilight Sparkle or Spike (due to Minotaur never being destroyed, they're still targets)
Spell 4-6: Applejack
Spell 7-9: Rainbow Dash or Pinkie Pie, actually Gilda, with Djinn framing her being part of how she's trying to break her.
Spell 11-13: Trixie though she's not actually a Gate, Gremlin just got her targeted because It Amused Him. The actual victim turns out to be Haru himself when Dragon tries to take control.
Arguably averted in Spell 14-16, which is justified by the fact that the focus was on the events of Dragonshy, which focused on the trip up a mountain to stop an adult dragon from covering Equestria in smoke.
Also averted in Spell 17-18 in a way, since it seems that Ponyville as a whole was targeted by the Shocker Greeed, Gamefowl Yummy, and Springheel Jack Phantom.
Villain Exit Stage Left: The Spring Heel Jack Phantom steals all of the Shocker Greeed's Cell Medals and leaves him to be finished by Wizard and OOO. Unfortunately for him, he ends up being Kamen Rider Beast's first victim shortly there after.
Villains Out Shopping: 'Intermission 4' sees Phoenix's pony form stop by Sugar Cube Corner and he has a discussion with Pinkie over some cake. In fact, of the two of them, Phoenix ended up being the more freaked out.
Wham Episode: Spell 10. Not only does Haruto get Machine Winger, he also enters a Gate's Underworld for the first time to defeat Gilda's Inner Phantom and Sora/Gremlin appears for the first time. We also discover that the White Wizard and Celestia are old friends and Twilight can somehow use Haru's Wizard Rings.
Spell 13. It starts out normal, but then Phoenix shows up for the first time and Dragon possesses Haru, curbstomping Minotaur, but then trying to kill Twilight, in the process revealing to the Mane Six Haru has a Phantom inside him. And lastly the White Wizard appears to Twilight.
Intermission 3: We finally find out Haru's full backstory and that he isn't a natural dragon, but a stallion transformed into one, Phoenix decides to stay and get a good fight out of Haru, and the White Wizard gives Twilight a spell book of some sort.