Fanfic / The Best Of All Possible Worlds

A My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic by McPoodle. Usually, crossovers either set Equestria in an alternate universe or send in a fictional character to deal with a problem in Equestria. Not this story. This time, it's a real person to have visited Equestria, the famous philosopher Voltaire.

Set a few hundred years back in Equestrian history (and ours as well), Celestia is trying not to scream in aggravation. Another Summer Sun Celebration, another year where her beloved little ponies won't get off their knees in genuflect to enjoy the sunrise with her. However, most other Summer Sun Celebrations don't have portals open up to alternate dimensions that send a saddened donkey jennies out and dazed philosophers in. Once Voltaire gets himself composed and evaluated to be a non-threat, he decides to do what he does best: get nobles to pay him to talk.

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This fanfic contains examples of:

  • Acceptable Targets: In-Universe, as the true purpose of the Blueblood family is to deliberately invoke the Evil Chancellor, as their snobbishness and ineptitude makes them easy scapegoats as bad advisers when Celestia makes a bad decision.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Voltaire mentions this as helping him get through puberty. Humorously, Celestia literally perished the thought from Equestria with a powerful magic spell.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Even the nicest nobleponies in this story are still believers in Fantastic Racism. Demanding huge taxes and oppressing the lower classes are just the norm here.
  • Blood Knight: Captain Hardheart is all too eager to use excessive force in any situations, and tries to antagonize Voltaire at any chance he gets.
  • Brick Joke: Captain Hardheart tries to harass Voltaire by accusing him of stealing a noblepony's dog's special toy, which was enchanted to float a few inches off the ground (for play purposes). Turns out, it was found, in another dimension.
  • Character Development: Blue Belle is starting to show this, as she feels genuine regret over causing Genevieve to exile herself to the human world and realizing that she's only antagonizing everyone she meets. Eventually, she publicly chastises her father for his mishandling of the Griffonia crisis.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: after awakening froom her catatonic state following the news of Griffonia's Revolution, Celestia leaves Luna's bedroom to discover a few dozen individually-crafted ceramic frogs outside. They croak 'ribbit', the frog-call which Fisby's subjects greet her with at the end of Voltaire's Tale of Queen Fisby. It means 'thank you'.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Voltaire, just as in real life.
  • Edible Ammunition: Deconstructed for laughs. Everypony in Celestia's court are shocked how rioting griffons are shrugging off the police's armaments of pies and cupcakes by not giving a flying feather about them.
  • Expy: Blue Belle is a younger version of Prince Blueblood, but she's starting to get better. Her father, Prince Blueblood (an earlier one), is a more direct example. As it turns out, this is somewhat intentional Blueblood the First pretends to be a buffoon in order to act as a scapegoat for any bad decisions done by Celestia's administration.
    • Maximilian Peter the griffin for Maximilien Robespierre. Fitting, since the Griffonian Crisis is based off the French Revolution.
  • Fantastic Racism: The love and tolerance of the series hasn't been established yet, so the Unicorns are considered to be on the top, with Pegasi in the middle, while Earth ponies being stuck at the bottom. Celestia is aware of this, but she's never had the means to change it.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Celestia has a brief one when she is accused of causing the revolution in Griffonia, which is about oppressed citizens fighting back against against the Equestrian-inspired nobility. It's arguable how much of it is her fault, but she blames herself and retreats into her room for days anyway.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Blue Belle, who's only starting puberty, has this trope in spades. At first.
  • Literary Agent Hypothesis: As the story progresses, 'Translator's Notes' are added at various intervals (albeit with IC and OOC tags). When the time shift begins to hit the translator, he starts going absolutely insane.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: Even more so in than in the main series. Ponies will invariably genuflect whenever Celestia uses serious magic, and see her as perfect and infallible. Part of the reason why Celestia likes Voltaire so much is that he's taken steps to end this image of her.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Shortly after the story begins, a revolution begins in Griffonia against the Equestrian-backed noblegriffons. They've already overthrown their government five times by the time Celestia gets to address the issue.
  • Unperson: Nightmare Moon, and the mare she once was, got this treatment.