"My Little Pony, My Little Pony Ahh, ahh, ahh, ahhh… (My Little Pony!) I used to wonder what friendship could be (My Little Pony!) Until you all shared its magic with me Great discoveries! Tricks galore! A rich slice of life, And a heartfelt score. Budding courage It's an easy feat And magic makes it all complete!"
"You have my little ponies Do you know you're all my very best friends?"
A group of MLP:FiMalternate universe fanfics, also called the Manehattanverse.The story diverges some months before the events of Episode 1 , the Elements of Harmony were discovered and moved to a museum by Honey "Daring" Do. As a result, Princess Celestia sends to Twilight to Manehattan to oversee the preparations of the Summer Sun Celebration. Once there, events play out as Twilight meets several different ponies and learns the Magic of Friendship, Manehattan style.Created by Little Jackie Papercut, it is a shared universe, featuring stories written by different authors.
Stories currently in the Manehattanverse, in rough chronological order
The Wrong Place at the Right Time: Twilight is sent to Manehattan to oversee the preparations for the Summer Sun Celebration, and along the way makes several new friends. Complete.
Apples to Oranges: Orange Sherbet receives an invitation to the Apple Family Reunion. Now her friends have to help her remember how to fit in with her rural roots. Complete.
Brag You Down: Twilight has enough of Trixie's bragging and devises a way to knock her down a few pegs. However, there are unforeseen consequences that'll risk their friendship, and the city itself. Complete.
The DJ-PON3 Party: Octavia's old friend Vinyl Scratch invites her and her friends to attend a party. But this isn't the type of party Octavia's used to. Complete.
Hurricane Blossomforth: When Manehattan is offered to help Cloudsdale get water, all pegesi are to help out. So Honey Daring Do and Blossomforth must help out the city using the water reservoir. In midst off it all, Blossomforth has a secret she can't tell which could put the whole event in jeopardy. Complete.
Blossomforth With All Your Might: While in Cloudsdale to buy tickets for the Best Younger Fliers competition, Blossomforth accidentally ends up signing up for it. Now how can she get out of it without looking like a total fool? Complete.
What You Are In The Dark: Manehattan is an old city. There aren't many surprises or mysteries left in it, except for what mysteries the ponies that live there make. But sometimes, mysteries have a way of making themselves. When one of their own stumbles across such a mystery, the Elements of Harmony need to decide what to do about it... In-Progress.
Tangerine Sashay of Power: When Tangerine is chosen to be the school's new hall monitor, she feels that she cannot live up to the task. Her cousin Babs however, with the help of their new friend Featherweight, is determined to help her by toughening her up a bit. But there might be consequences after the lessons... In-Progress
Fillies' Play: After a failed attempt to score big by stealing the Soluna Stone, Team Grifficorn is now in financial crisis. With nowhere left to go, they seek out the Manehattan 6 for help and hope to swindle them out of money, but get roped into a catastrophe they've caused when a spell of Twilight's goes horribly wrong. In-Progress.
Badass Bookworm: In addition to Twilight Sparkle, there's also Professor Honey Do, AKA Daring Do.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: When Octavia uses her cello to lull the chimera to sleep, she gives the oft-misquoted expression to Twilight: "Music soothes the savage beast." As Little Jackie Papercut points out, the actual expression is "savage BREAST."
That scene no longer exists, but the author would still like to remind everyone that music hath in it charms to soothe the savage breast.
Berserk Button: A subtle one that results more in annoyance than anger, but Honey Do doesn't like it when people compare her to her fictional counterpart.
As Spike finds out the hard way, Blossomforth becomes very scary when anyone messes with her flowers.
Brick Joke: In response to the Beam Me Up, Scotty! above, when Twilight is explaining to Nightmare Moon how Octavia earned the Element of Kindness, she pointedly uses the correct version of the quote. (This has been retconed out.)
Call Forward: When the Oranges are talking to Medley during the club scene in The DJ-PON3 Party, Medley mentions that the Wonderbolts are going to be coming to Manehattan soon. This occurs in Hurricane Blossomforth.
Cassandra Truth: None of the others are entirely convinced when Blossomforth tells them she saw a pony with bat wings.
Chekhov's Gun: While at the Equestrian Museum of Supernatural History to check on the decorations for the Summer Sun Celebration, Honey Do shows Twilight "a few unremarkable lumps of rock." Once we learn in the next chapter that the Elements were moved to the Museum from the Everfree Forest, any fan familiar with the show can figure out what those rocks actually were.
Compressed Adaptation: Several stories combine the defining aspects of multiple canon episodes, or have their own plotlines parallel with canon ones. Brag You Down is essentially The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well meets Boast Busters, while Apples To Oranges coupled an original plot with that of Apple Family Reunion. Blossomforth With All Your Might mas a minor subplot about Rainbow Dash learning to love reading.
Cool Shades: Vinyl admits this is the only reason she wears her sunglasses all the time.
Costume Test Montage: Orange Sherbet goes through one of these while trying to find an outfit to wear to the reunion.
Cunning Linguist: Honey "Daring" Do speaks twenty languages, half of which are dead. Octavia similarly took up linguistics in college.
Dare to Be Badass: Blossomforth does this to Rainbow Dash during the Best Young Fliers competition, mostly because she's annoyed that Dash has been pushing her and Fluttershy to get ready for the show for days but is now considering backing out herself. It works.
Dark Secret: Blossomforth treats her poor flying skills like this, initially.
Digging Yourself Deeper: When Spike tries to apologize to Orange Sherbet for lightly making fun of her rural origins, he ends up just sounding more insensitive.
Disaster Dominoes: Trixie and Honey Do are attacked by birds when on the roof of the club where Vinyl is performing, due to Trixie having moved their nest. The birds chase them into the club, and while trying to fight them off, Trixie accidentally overloads Vinyl's equipment, shocking her. Octavia rushes off to help her, but gets tangled up in cables from the messed up equipment. Spike tries to free her by cutting the cables, but that makes the club's lights malfunction, one of which blinds Honey mid-flight and causes her to crash into a mirror ball, sending it crashing into the crowd. Finally, and rather incidentally to the rest, some gelato Blossomforth had misplaced on a speaker earlier melts and causes the the speaker to malfunction and explode, ruining Vinyl's equipment.
Surprise to Pinkie... which makes sense, when you consider that canon Pinkie was based on G1 Surprise in the first place.
Eye Scream: Twilight suffers one in The Wrong Place at the Right Time. Fortunately, the injury was all an illusion.
Fix Fic/Deconstruction Fic: The first half of Brag You Down has Twilight enacting the Mare-Do-Well plot to teach Trixie a lesson. The second half deals with the consequences.
Freak Out: Rainbow Dash's exaggerations of the possible consequences of Fluttershy and Blossomforth performing badly at the Best Fliers Competition in front of thousands of spectators, reporters and Princess Celestia herself causes both of them and Twilight to run up to a potted plant and stick their heads in it.
For Want of a Nail: The series is kicked off by the Elements of Harmony being found and taken to Manehattan, shifting the entire focus of the series as well as the Mane Cast.
Without Twilight AJ almost ended up losing Sweet Apple Acres by refusing help
Due to the events of Blossomforth With All Your Might, Rainbow Dash becomes a fan of Daring Do much sooner than in canon.
Apple Bloom, Babs, and Tangerine found the Cutie Mark Crusaders after meeting at the Apple Family Reunion, with the latter two starting up the Manehattan chapter and AB starting the Ponyville branch. And Word of God states that she hadn't yet met Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo yet.
Fountain of Youth: The plot of Fillie's Play is driven by a botched spell of Twilight's turning her and the rest of the Manehattan 6 into fillies.
He Who Fights Monsters: A mild example, but Tangerine's attempts to be an assertive hall monitor turns her into a bully, with all the rest of the students fearing her.
Honorary Aunt: Orange Sherbet is insistant upon everypony referring to her as "Auntie." It's implied that this may result from her failed attempt to bond with Applejack. In Apples to Oranges, we learn that her husband Mosely Orange is very much the same way, insisting that Twilight refer to him as "Uncle".
Twilight: "Next thing you know, (Trixie) will be given the key to the city just for fixing a broken cart wheel." (Cuts to Mayor Tux giving the key to the city to Trixie for repairing his Marecedes-Benz)
Koan: Octavia has a tendency to quote famous phrases.
Lampshaded by Rainbow Dash:
"Wow, seriously, do you write fortune cookies for a hobby?"
Load-Bearing Boss: For the final battle, Nightmare Moon transports the Manehattan 6 into a pocket dimension fascimile of Manehattan that begins collapsing upon her defeat. Luckily, Luna is able to get them all out in time.
Lonely Funeral: Trixie was the only pony to attend her master's funeral.
Lotus-Eater Machine: The first trial to reach the Soluna Stone is to pass a field of Heart's Desire, the pollen of which has this affect — Twilight becomes Celestia's right-hoof mare, Trixie's act gets world renown, and Spike finds a whole cavern of gems all for himself. Honey snaps them out of it by pointing out how to achieve these dreams as presented in the illusions, they'd have to abandon their friends, which they can't bring themselves to do.
Master of Illusion: The flying foxes use illusions to trick victims, only striking for real once they're paralyzed with fear.
Never Split the Party: Octavia gets seperated from the others in the museum, and has an adventure of her own before reuniting with the others.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If Capital Gain had just waited until the month ran out instead of interrupting the Apple Family Reunion, Orange Sherbert wouldn't have found out how they were about to lose the farm, and couldn't intervene.
Noodle Incident: After the craziness of the Apple Family Reunion, Octavia says it's nothing compared to her last family reunion.
Whatever happened between Blossomforth and Cloud Kicker in that memory Twilight taps into.
Non Sequitur Thud: When Twilight thinks that a stallion flirting with her and Octavia at Vinyl's club touched her flank (it was actually Spike hoping she'd assume this, because he didn't like the guy flirting with Octavia), she punches him in the face so hard he stumbles, utters one of these, and then passes out.
Graphite: "Thank you very much, please come again..."
Oh Crap: Blossomforth and Fluttershy's reaction to learning they accidentally entered the Best Fliers Competition
Operation Blank: Twilight's plan to help Trixie in Brag You Down is called Operation Reputation Rescue.
Upon Trixie finding out the other members of the Manehattan Six were the Mare-Do-Well... she slips out of the third person.
Poor Communication Kills: Orange Sherbert fears that her family despises her and sees her as 'an Orange now, not an Apple'. She also thinks that Applejack suffered a Broken Pedestal moment when she saw what her Auntie was like. AJ, for her part, feels like her Auntie must be ashamed of how she ran away from her rather than explaining how she felt, and that she can't live up to her business acumen.
Precocious Crush: With a lack of Rarity, Octavia seems set up as Spike's object of affection.
Though Word of God states that Spike is attracted to classy, artistic mares in general.
Retcon: The author rewrote part of the first story, basically switching Octavia and Blossomforth's Element-defining moments in the museum.
Running Gag: Trixie using a smoke bomb to cover her exits, only to still be in sight when it blows away.
Octavia: Can you remember the last time she left a room without doing that?
Shout-Out: During her first visit to the Equestrian Museum of Supernatural History, Twilight is startled by a giant Jormungandr skin. Honey Do sympathizes, saying that she "really hates snakes." Also doubles as Foreshadowing since Daring Do is often presented as an Indy Expy.
When Nightmare Moon pulls Twilight into her pocket dimension, the Manehattan 6 get a good look at the portal:
Shrinking Violet: Blossomforth. Though it should be noted that her nervous tendencies aren't because she's a particularly shy pony; it's simply that she's very conscious of the fact that she's a perfectly average pony who is being put into extraordinary situations.
And Fluttershy, of course.
Spit Take: Orange Sherbet peforms this upon being invited to the Apple Family Reunion. Twilight is the unfortunate recipient.
Through His Stomach: Spike's crush on Octavia was only helped along by how, when they first met, she went out of her way to feed him a good meal of rubies, sapphires, tea and cake.
Took a Level in Kindness: Octavia when she was younger — she was a bully, until a pair of foals she'd picked on sabotaged her performance at a musical competition, only for Vinyl to help her out, despite having picked on her as well. This served as a Heel Realization for her, and she completely changed her attitude as a result.
Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Inverted and played with. Brag You Down goes into a lot of detail on Twilight's plan to restore Trixie's reputation, so of course it all falls apart when a real Ursa shows up. Though in the end, Trixie is the one who figures out how to stop the Ursa, so she still gets the credit.
Weak, but Skilled: Despite not being anywhere near as powerful as Twilight, Trixie holds off the Ursa Minor for a short while with nothing but party tricks and a gutsy attitude.
What Could Have Been: Originally Babs was going to be portrayed as the Orange's kid, but when the show's staff confirmed she was not, Tangerine was made.
What the Hell, Hero?: Honey Do really lets Spitfire have it for shouting at Blossomforth for her poor wing speed, leaving the Wonderbolt speechless.
In the third part of Brag You Down, Twilight gets this from a library patron.
Orange Sherbert also gets this indirectly from her own daughter.