Fanfic: The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds
Twilight bit her lip and sighed. "Megan…you've been to Equestria before, haven't you." She chuckled nervously and looked away. "It was your reactions to everything around you, as if you've seen them before, and they changed."
When an unlikely accident involving a teleport spell, a Sonic Rainboom and an exceedingly pissed off dragon punches a hole through space-time, the Mane Six accidentally reach into a different world. This leads them to encounter a "human" called Megan, along with her family... and eventually discover that Megan's not only been to Equestria before, but may well have played a central role in its History. And her role might not be over yet…The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds
is an ongoing crossover between My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
, the original G1 My Little Pony
and a lot more besides
. It interprets the new series as being set in the distant future of the original, and examines how "Dream Valley" could eventually become "Equestria".
Originally posted at SpaceBattles
(thread 2 found here
). Can be found at Fanfiction.net
There is also Side Stories of First Contact
with one-shot stories set in the same universe. a prequel story, Day of the Broken Fang
, which explains what happened to COBRA and, to a lesser extent, the G.I. Joe team, and The Conversion Bureau: United We Stand
, a pseudo-sequel crossover with The Conversion Bureau
Now with a live read from Martialartfruituser starting from chapter 1 here
The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds contains examples of:
- Action Mom: Megan. Upon her first trip to Equestria, she carries a rifle with the express intent to kill a dragon.
- Alpha Bitch: Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, of course. They get taken down a few pegs by Danielle and Michelle.
- Alternate Continuity: The plot diverges from canon sometime shortly after "Owl's Well That Ends Well".
- All There in the Manual: The author posts World Building and Back Story information in his blog, elaborating on things in the Hasbroverse that fans are curious about.
- The Alliance: The Equestrian Alliance. It not only consists of the ponies, but also the Flutterponies, sea ponies, bees, griffins (that broke away from the Griffin Kingdoms), crabnasties, penguins, stonebacks, and several others. The Flutterponies, along with the bees, broke away for many centuries after the battle with Discord, but rejoined after Megan's return.
- Alternate Universe: Takes place in what is known as the Hasbroverse (or Hasbro Earth), where many of the 1980's Hasbro/Sunbow/Marvel cartoons are canon (the cartoons themselves were originally linked by a parody of Geraldo Rivera named Hector Ramirez; certain other links also popped up from time to time); see Mega Crossover below for more.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: After Tirac reveals himself, he launches Shadowbolt and Ursa Major attacks on Ponyville and Canterlot.
- Ambiguously Gay: Caramel and Blues Noteworthy.
- American Accents/Unexplained Accent: In Martialartfruituser's live read, Megan, Danny, and Molly were given Southern accents, much like Applejack, which they never had in the original cartoon. The accent enhances Megan's cowgirl attire. Thus, Mike, Danielle and Michelle were given accents as well. Same for the G1 Applejack. Martialartfruituser has an accent himself.
- Another Story for Another Time
- Arch-Enemy: Tirac is remembered by the legends and by Megan herself as her worst enemy. Naturally, he turns out to be the Big Bad.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Becoming king of the dragon clans requires, among other things, a Klingon Promotion.
- Bad Liar: Megan can tell Applejack was lying since bearing the Element of Honesty makes her a terrible liar.
- Badass: As the story likes to remind us, Megan's first visit to the ponies' world involved her standing up to, and defeating, Tirac himself.
- King Spykoran the Old is also very much this. Being a dragon helps.
- How badass is he? When his dramatic entrance scares a bunch of ponies, Fluttershy gets mad and tries to use The Stare on him…and it doesn't work.
- Badass Adorable: The Bushwoolies prove to be this during Tirac's attack on Ponyville, forming together in a giant ball that literally rolls down everything in its path.
- Badass Bandolier: Megan wears one on her first two trips to Equestria.
- Big Macintosh wears one with grenades during the attack on Ponyville.
- Badass Bystander: During the attack on Ponyville, pretty much the whole town comes out to help fight back.
- Badass Grandpa: Spykoran the Old (G1 Spike) is G4 Spike's grandpa.
- Badass in Distress: Megan is abducted by Tirac's forces, and instantly goes Die Hard on them.
- Balkanize Me: It seems Ponyland actually was a united nation prior to Megan's arrival. However, twenty years earlier, Tirac killed Queen Majesty, which caused the country to collapse into various mini-states until Megan managed to reunite them.
- Beam-O-War: During the Final Battle, Tirac summons the Rainbow of Darkness to hold off the Elements of Harmony, and does so successfully... until Megan shoots off his hands.
- Big Bad: After almost thirty chapters of buildup and foreshadowing, it turns out that Tirac is the one responsible for Luna's corruption into Nightmare Moon, and in the present is now plotting revenge against Megan.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Chapter 31, Trixie shows up just in time to save Danielle, Michelle, and the CMC from one of Tirac's Ursas.
- Boom, Headshot: How Luna finishes off the last of Tirac's Ursas.
- Brainy Brunette: Danielle.
- Bullying a Dragon: An author's blog entry explains that this is why G.I. Joe have disbanded and become governmental employees, and why Cobra will never be a threat in the story; Cobra no longer exists. See, while Cobra Commander was smart enough to realise that challenging the Decepticons was a seriously bad idea, Serpentor was... not that bright. Megatron utterly annihilated Cobra in retaliation for an assault launched on his undersea base; there are only twelve confirmed survivors by the time of the story. (Cobra Commander himself, Destro and The Baroness — who had quit Cobra and got married several years before Serpentor made his stupid decision — Storm Shadow, Zarana, Zartan's daughter Zanya, and half-a-dozen nameless Cobra grunts loyal enough to Cobra Commander that he took them with him when he escaped before the retaliatory strike). It's also rumored that Zartan survived, but it's unconfirmed. Now detailed in story form here.
- Danielle and Michelle invoke this to get Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon to leave the CMC alone — they point out that the Princesses are their adopted sisters, and they can tell on them if they don't leave their friends alone.
- Call Back/Continuity Nod: Michelle hugs Spike the same way Fluttershy did.
- Apple Boom shook Danielle's hand hard like Applejack with Twilight Sparkle in the same episode.
- Rainbow Dash flew to Megan's face, demanding answers until Applejack pulled her tail. Just like with Twilight Sparkle in "Elements of Harmony".
- Megan mentioned meeting another zebra, which was Zeb from the original series.
- The Cavalry: The dragons, Flutterponies, and Catrina and Rep serve as this during the climatic battles.
- Canon Welding: Places the original MLP show in the newest one's ancient past.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Shining comments that he and Cadance have known each other since before she foalsat Twilight.
- Cloudcuckoolander: In this fanfic, though Star Swirl is known as a very powerful wizard, he's also considered an "utter nutter" to those who knew him personally. Something that surprised Twilight Sparkle.
Twilight's jaw dropped. "Star Swirl the Bearded, a nut?"
- Crazy-Prepared: Megan and Mike both take weapons to the Grand Galloping Gala, just in case something happens.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The offscreen backstory fight between COBRA and the Decepticons. Only a few of COBRA's higher-ups survived.
- The author has now posted that battle from Cobra Commander's perspective. Well, actually his and that of a bunch of other Cobra operatives wanting to very much not be incinerated by giant robots with two gigs of attitude on a one-gig hard drive.
- Cuteness Proximity: Megan has two daughters. Twilight is a talking pony. Megan warns her to expect this.
- Michelle, the most obvious, due to wanting to comb every pony she sets her eyes on. Danielle, being the oldest and smartest, would try to hide this.
- The Dark Times: The twenty years between Queen Majesty's death and Megan's arrival in Ponyland.
- Dawn of an Era: The formation of Equestria.
- Deader Than Dead: Seems to be the case with Tirac. He says he's already dead and the Elements dissolve him into nothing, the text implying they just destroyed his soul. Or sent back to the deepest of Tartarus.
The Rainbow of Light enveloped Tirac, consuming his entire form. He cried out in anguish that faded into nothingness, followed quickly by his final vestiges of existence.
- Defiant to the End: Majesty, the last queen of Ponyland, when confronted by Tirac, fought him to the death, predicting his eventual defeat, with her last act to be to spit in his eye.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: When Tirac sends an Ursa Major to attack the heroes, Celestia gets into a Beam-O-War with it, but ultimately kills it. Which was what Tirac was counting on, as it left Celestia weakened.
- The Mane Cast and Megan ultimately destroy Tirek once and for all.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The ponies in Canterlot and Ponyville freaking out over The Mag'ne's return.
- Embarrassing Old Photo: Megan, Molly, and Danny have plenty of these of Luna and Celestia, since it was the three of them who raised the two.
- The Empire: The Griffin Kingdoms reformed as the Griffin Empire. Two of the kingdoms broke away before that happened and joined Equestria; Gilda and Gustav's families are both from those regions.
- End of an Age: For the humans and most creatures who left beyond the land that became Equestria, and so begins a new era for the ponies.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Readers have pointed out that Galvatron may be a pretty evil guy, but at least he didn't try to forcibly convert humanity into another species under false pretenses.
- Evil vs. Evil: COBRA vs. the Decepticons.
- Tirac vs. Grogar in TCB!Equestria.
- The Fair Folk: The Flutterponies has a few traits of this. Despite their friendship with the other ponies, they mostly like to be kept by themselves. But eventually decide to join the Equestrian Alliance. Only due to the trauma they suffered from Discord (especially Morning Glory), did Queen Rosedust decide they sever their ties from the Alliance and remained in Flutter Valley. After Megan's return and Morning Glory cured, the Flutterponies rejoin the Alliance.
- Fantastic Racism: Spykoran's hatred of the Ursas borders on this, though it's justified by them having apparently killed his family all except for his grandson's (Spike) egg in a previous raid on dragon lands.
- Before the Equestrian Alliance was formed, the Unicorns, Pegasus ponies, and Earth ponies weren't very friendly with each other. It's also implied that the Sky Clans looked down on those Pegasus ponies who were raised on the ground, like Firefly. The same could be said about the Mages of the Rocks looking down on the unicorns growing up with the Earth and Pegasus ponies.
- Field Promotion: When Blueblood reactivates his Royal Guard commission in order to help defend Canterlot from Tirac, General Spanish Steel promotes him from First Lieutenant to Captain on the spot to help coordinate things with Shining Armor.
- Final Battle: Beginning in chapter 29, when Tirac reveals himself, and concluding in chapter 36 when the Mane Six and Megan face him down in the throne room of the Castle of the Two Sisters.
- Fingerless Gloves: Megan wore a pair on her first trip to Equestria. Danny also wears them.
- First Contact: Technically not the first, but there are hints that Equestria and Earth are headed this way. Though in Earth's case, they already had a first contact of a different kind...
- First contact finally happens in chapter 21.
- Chapter one of Side Stories of First Contact has the first meeting between the Princesses, Twilight Sparkle, and Optimus Prime.
- Foreshadowing: There were repeated references to Tirac throughout the story. Guess who turns out to be the Big Bad.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Megan and Mike actually met when they were around 6, and she saved him from bullies. When Danny introduced him to Megan, it all came back to him.
- Former Teen Rebel: Danny reveals in an embarrassing photo album that Celestia had a Goth phase as a filly. (It's also revealed, but only to the audience, that Celestia still listens to The Cure in private.)
Danny: I'm your adoptive uncle. It's my job to embarrass you.
- For Want of a Nail: The involvement of Megan and her family means that the Gala ends up going a lot better for the Mane Six. The only ones who don't fulfill their fantasies are Rarity and Rainbow Dash, and even then, Rarity and Blueblood part ways more amiably, while Rainbow Dash manages to have fun with Spike.
- The event that went wrong that caused the formation of TCB!Equestria instead of regular Equestria? Firefly didn't come back over the Rainbow Bridge, but the specific circumstances surrounding it are unknown, though since it was the Earth of Shattered Glass...Additionally, Majesty directly made Celestia and Luna to be the sword of the pony race.
- Full Name Ultimatum: Megan does this with Danielle when she decides to live with Twilight Sparkle. We learn her middle name is "Wind Whistler".
- Generation Xerox: Not identical, but Megan is nevertheless stunned by Spike and Applejack.
- Both cases are justified — Applejack is the descendent of the original, and Spike is G1 Spike's grandson.
- Godzilla Threshold: The Equestrian military's reference to an extreme emergency is Code: Tirac like Tirac himself coming back to life.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: After Tirac reveals himself and kidnaps Megan, Celestia not only mobilizes the Elements of Harmony and the military, but summons help from Spykoran, Queen Rosedust, and the Princess Ponies.
- While they don't get the initial call, Catrina and Reb hear about the situation while visiting the dragons, and join in.
- Grand Theft Me: Tirac plans to do this to Megan in order to revive himself, and keep her aware enough to watch him destroy all she cares about.
- Hand Wave: Twilight never telling her friends about Shining Armor is passed off as it simply never coming up in conversation.
- Happily Married: Megan and her husband.
- Has Two Mommies: The Princess Ponies created Celestia and Luna, and as such, the latter two view all six as their mothers.
- To an extent, Megan and her siblings as well, though they're more surrogate parents to Celestia and Luna.
- Heel Realization: Trixie had one in a flashback — after she was run out of town following the Ursa Minor incident, she initially swore revenge on Twilight for upstaging her. She then caught a reflection of herself in a puddle and saw how twisted by anger she was. This scared her straight.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The reason why Danny is in a wheelchair. Back when they were raising Celestia and Luna as foals, Danny saved Luna from a falling tree branch. The branch impaled him in the back, making him paraplegic from the waist down.
- Here There Were Humans: Celestia tells Megan that the humans had left centuries ago beyond the Equestrian borders.
- Hidden Depths: Apparently the reason Prince Blueblood is a jerkass is because a lot of mares he flirted seem to only care about his royal connection and his wealth rather than himself.
- Another example from the same character: Blueblood was once a high-ranked member of the Royal Guard, but quit rather than take over because he saw the group as hopeless. This experience comes in handy when planning Canterlot's defenses during Tirac's attack.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: In-universe example. In the original show, Megan was The Hero. Fifteen centuries of myths have spun her into the "Mag'ne", a quasi-divine figure.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: The Decepticons in this universe have fallen HARD, and are no longer the great threat to the Autobots and Earth that they once were.
- One faction led by Galvatron still wages war from his home base, but his men are running out of Energon and morale, and all his former war cunning is disappearing under frustration and madness.
- The other faction led by Starscream has the more "rational" Decepticons under their control, and they're negotiating a ceasefire with the Autobots, seeking autonomy while recognizing that the Decepticons have lost the Great War.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Danielle
- I Have Many Names: Besides the "Mag'ne", Megan is also known as the "Giver of Gifts", "Defender of the Stable", "Guiding Light", "Wielder of the Spear of Fire", and "Teacher of Knowledge".
- I Need a Freaking Drink: When Tirac's forces attack Ponyville, Mayor Mare responds by getting smashed, leaving Twilight to handle organizing a response from the citizens.
- Identical Grandson: In Chapter 25, Big Mac notes how the G1 Applejack resembles his sister.
- Informed Ability: Megan Richards is described as a successful author. Then we get a brief look at My Little Horsey in chapter 17.
- Specifically, we're shown the first paragraph or so, and it is a fairly accurate depiction of books written with young children in mind, and Megan does outright say that My Little Horsey is a series of children's books. Books that target audiences that young, however, are rarely bestsellers, a status that Megan also claims the series holds. This is not necessarily a contradiction; her books could well be a bestselling children's series rather than a general bestselling series, but it still could have been expressed better.
- Interservice Rivalry: Big Macintosh, a retired member of the Royal Tank Corps, doesn't think very highly of the Royal Guard. Surprisingly, Shining Armor agrees, and says he was appointed Captain of the Guard specifically to whip them back into shape.
- Intrigued by Humanity: Lyra to Megan, obviously.
- It's All My Fault: Luna blames herself for getting Danny paralyzed.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: Megan and Morning Glory's family perform this on her with Twilight's help.
- Karma Houdini: In-Universe, Cobra Commander; despite the fact he is based off of his comic incarnation (making him a lot more ruthless, effective, and deadly), he's one of the very few Cobra members who survived the Decepticon assault and is currently living like a king somewhere in upstate New York.
- Kent Brockman News: Rosie Ramirez (daughter of Hector) accuses Megan of being a pawn of our new pony overlords. She stops harassing Megan when Shipwreck reminds her about her interview with Stephanie Meyer.
- Klingon Promotion: How one becomes king of the dragons. One must also give up one's hoard, however, resulting in more selflessness than this trope usually involves.
- Kneel Before Frodo: At the end, Granny Bonnie and Faust the Scribe bow to Megan, Molly, and Danny for everything they've done for ponies. See also Shout Out.
- Lampshade Hanging: Even Optimus Prime doesn't know where his trailer goes when he transforms (he, like many fans, believes it to be a subspace pocket).
"'A Tail of Two Fillies'? Have you no shame?"
Twilight blinked. "What?"
Megan groaned. "Oh, come on! That's one of the worst puns I've ever heard! Well, maybe not the worst, but down there."
- Legend Fades to Myth: This is what happened to Megan, Danny, and Molly. Becoming part of Equestria's mythology.
Princess Luna: The turn of the wheel, the ticking of the clock as future becomes present, present past and past legend and myth.
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: In-Universe: Megan wrote the My Little Horsey books, which unknown to the public were based on true events.
- The Maker: Granny Bonnie, the Creator.
- Mama Bear: When TCB!Celestia threatens to convert Megan's daughter Michelle, Megan is able to defy the potion's mind control, attack Celestia, and teleport her to safety.
- The Masquerade: Quickly defied. Megan briefly panics when she realizes Equestria's radio stations are unwittingly broadcasting through the portal, but Twilight doesn't really see the problem with mankind discovering the ponies' existence. The U.S. government's main concern, once they become aware of the Rainbow Bridge in Megan's backyard, is for official First Contact go off with as few hitches as possible.
- Mega Crossover: Word of God has called it the Hasbroverse, though for the most part it's kept to fairly minor hints; G.I. Joe characters holding governmental jobs (General Hawk is now President Abernathy of the US, while his Oktober Guard (Russia's G.I. Joe equivalent) counterpart, Ivan Brekhov, is now Premier of Russia), Jem and the Holograms being a popular band, the existence of The Transformers (Megan and Mike apparently went to Autobot City on their honeymoon, Chip Chase is now an aide to President Abernathy), etc.
- COBRA was pretty much destroyed in the mid-90s, with only a few higher-level officers (including Cobra Commander himself) surviving after Cobra attacked the Decepticons and were nearly annihilated in return. (A full account is detailed above in Day of the Broken Fang.)
- The kids from Dungeons & Dragons did go there and come back, but it happened in the space of a single day. (It should be noted, this show was not aired in syndication, but on CBS, and it was produced solely by Marvel, with Sunbow not involved (Disney owns the rights to the cartoon now); presumably it counts because Hasbro owns the rights to D&D, having acquired Wizards of the Coast in 2000.)
- The Decepticons fractured into two factions after the end of the original Generation One series, one still led by Galvatron and the other by Starscream.
- In "The Conversion Bureau: United We Stand" (itself a crossover between the Hasbroverse and The Conversion Bureau), it's mentioned idly that the Inhumanoids exist on this version of Earth as well.
- The author's blog confirms that Inhumanoids is part of the canonical core for the Hasbroverse (considering that the Earth Corps' member Sabre Jet was implied, by real name, to be the Joe team's Ace).
- William Lennox appears in United We Stand. In the Hasbroverse, he's a member of the Earth Defense Command.
- The author also admits to using elements from the Marvel-produced comics of the series for some details — for example, Cobra Commander is based predominantly on his comic-book incarnation, meaning he was a lot more competent in this universe, as well as being a human ex-used cars salesman instead of an exiled serpent-man scientist (though he lived amongst Cobra-La briefly, and they came up with his cartoon backstory).
- This is partially how the author justifies using the fanon character Dr. Whooves (a.k.a. The Doctor, reincarnated into a pony form) as a character; Marvel Comics actually had a character that crossed between the Transformers, Doctor Who, and the Marvelverse; a bounty hunter named Death's Head.
- "In Side Stories of First Contact", several chapters revolve around introducing ponies to Transformers.
- It's hinted that this story will eventually fully crossover with the Lunaverse fics, due to a dimension-hopping Trixie from that reality popping up in the Hasbroverse in the story Culture Clashes.
- Joe Colton (the original G.I. Joe) and his Adventure Team were mentioned in Day of the Broken Fang.
- Vinyl Scratch played a song by The Rocking Beats.
- Robert Epps makes an appearance. Theodore Galloway is mentioned.
- Mind Rape: During his original rampage, Discord performed a particularly brutal one on Morning Glory that left her almost completely unresponsive to those around her. Due to Rosedust isolating the Flutter Ponies after what happened, she's been that way for thirteen centuries. Fortunately, with Twilight Sparkle's help, Megan, Sparkling Dawn (Morning Glory's husband), and Blazing Day (her son), were able to break her out of it.
- Mirror Universe: Rainbow Bridge Equestria (the main setting of this story) vs. The Conversion Bureau Equestria. The former owes its existence to human civilization and the help of human individuals; the latter has already forcibly ponified its respective Earth (which was implied to be the Transformers: Shattered Glass variant). Inevitably, the two don't see eye to eye.
- Mooks: Shadowbolts.
- My Greatest Failure: Celestia being forced to banish Nightmare Moon. She feels that she should have tried harder to help her, like Megan would have.
- Mythology Gag: In chapter 19, two agents discuss how Admiral Hector Delgado (better known as "Shipwreck" from G.I. Joe) claimed to have seen a Pegasus, a nod to a never-animated scene from My Little Pony: The Movie.
- Named by the Adaptation: The G1 Twilight's full name is Twilight Wish.
- Narnia Time: For Megan and her siblings, it's been about two decades since the events of the old show. For Celestia, Luna, and any G1 character who's still alive, it's been around fifteen centuries.
- But since the Rainbow Bridge reconnected to Earth, the time difference between the two worlds has been the same. Meaning that one hour here is equal to one hour there.
- Neck Snap: Spykoran kills an Ursa this way during the fighting in Canterlot.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Megan and the original G1 ponies. She finally got her chance at the end of Chapter 36.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Like in the Pony POV Series, Discord destroyed the Rainbow of Light when Celestia and Luna attempted to use it on him, forcing them to convert its remains into the Elements of Harmony and resulting in Discord's first imprisonment.
- Noodle Incident: Megan apparently once punched Stephenie Meyer during an interview. (Though to hear Megan tell it, Meyer did swing first.)
"We've got about a week, and I do not want Pinkie Pie overdoing it like with Danielle. Or when I went back to Equestria. Or when the Cake twins were born.
"Michelle will have a nice, fun birthday party that won't force the police to come and politely ask us to stop it from overflowing into the streets."
- In the epilogue of The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds, Danielle mentioned that during the 80's her dad helped people during Decepticon and Cobra attacks, and stopped some "psycho" in his high school.
- No Indoor Voice: Princess Luna's traditional royal Canterlot voice is in full effect. Luckily, she tends to only use it to get ponies' attention and to announce things to groups of ponies. Otherwise, she speaks using her normal voice. She will, however, switch between the two without warning, which catches ponies and humans alike off guard.
- Also, the full-sized dragons…which is understandable, seeing as how they are utterly massive. The one seen in the Everfree Forest when Spike ran away? Only came up to King Spykoran's chest.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: In one of the Side Stories, President Abernathy is worried the State Department might have one replace Megan as a representative, since everypony in Equestria will be displeased if Megan isn't involved.
- One Steve Limit: Subverted. Because the Hasbroverse mashes multiple franchises together, we have G4 MLP Spike the dragon, a mention of Spike from G1 Transformers, and G1 MLP Spike as King Spykoran the Old. Also, G4 Applejack is said to be a direct descendent of G1 Applejack.
- Only Sane Man: Danielle tries desperately to be one only sane one of the Cutie Mark Crusaders. She could easily get along with the other sane person (or pony) Twilight Sparkle.
- Original Character: Spellion, who's the Straight Stallion to Star Swirl.
- Other Me Shocks And Horrifies Me: The TCB!Mane Six are shocked and horror-struck that their versions from this universe not only like the humans, but revere them and allow technology into Equestria (big no-no's for "The Conversion Bureau" ponies). The RB!Mane Six are at least equally horrified, if not more so, when they find out what their counterparts pulled on another Earth.
- Our Gods Are Greater: Granny Bonnie and Faust, the Scribe.
- Our Presidents Are Different: Clayton Abernathy is President Action, obviously, with a bit of President Personable. His bodyguards have a tough time keeping up with him.
- Overprotective Dad: Mike, when he learns Danielle almost got hurt.
- Parental Substitute: Megan and her siblings, to Celestia and Luna (having raised them as fillies at the behest of the Princess Ponies).
- Patchwork Fic
- Pony Popsicle: In this fic's 'verse, Princess Platinum, Commander Hurricane, and Chancellor Puddinghead did not un-thaw and are still bound in ice. And alive.
- Present Company Excluded: After Twilight Sparkle ran out of the librarynote , Megan asked Spike what's up with her:
Spike shrugged. "Mares. Who can figure 'em?" He suddenly blushed through his scales as he felt Megan's glare. "Present company excepted, of course."
- Princesses Rule: Celestia and Luna say that the reason they're princesses instead of queens is because princesses are closer to their people than queens. Though Celestia later admits that in reality, they view themselves as regents holding the throne until Queen Majesty's true heir eventual comes forth.
- There are hints that Twilight may be the one they're waiting on, but there's been no confirmation on that one way or another yet.
- Properly Paranoid: The reason Cobra Commander wants nothing to do with Cybertronians is that one fine day, a typical Cobra operation got crashed by Decepticons shooting up the place. After Soundwave and Starscream decided that the fleshling with the stupid mask would make a nifty last survivor to tell the world that mighty Megatron meant business, he issued an order that when robots in disguise showed up, Cobra troops were to drop what they were doing and run.
- A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: Megan, upon her return, according to the Prophecies of the Moochick.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Big Mac doesn't hesitate to call the Bushwoolies adorable.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Surprisingly, this fic has perhaps some of the most rational, patient and friendly leaders of My Little Pony fanfics on both the pony and human sides. President Abernathy is more about peaceful contact than Xenophobia, and even offers to fairly purchase land from Megan to build a new embassy and spacebridge for contact with Equestria. Celestia and Luna are the kind stewards of canon with little in the way of manipulating tendencies. Even the king of the dragons Spykoran is on good and fair terms with the other rulers. So is the Premier of Russia, Ivan Brekhov, who had been in charge of the Eastern European equivalent to the Joe team, the Oktober Guard (one of their members showed up in an episode of The Transformers).
- Related in the Adaptation: Caramel is part of the Apple family. He's a cousin of Big Mac, AJ and Apple Bloom.
- The Reveal: Chapter 28. Tirac is alive, and plotting revenge against Megan.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Zecora, of course. When Megan questions it, she explains that it's part of her training in the mystical arts (specifically, it helps her remember the difficult parts).
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Applejack goes on one when she thinks the green dragon has murdered Twilight, Spike, and Rainbow Dash. Thankfully she is stopped — by Stephen Magnet, of all people — before she gets herself killed.
- Rousing Speech: Blueblood gives one to the Royal Guard while preparing for Tirac's attack on Canterlot.
"That is my ancestral home. I can trace my lineage all the way back to the original founders, mere weeks before King Invincible I founded the Ancient Kingdom of Ponyland. In all that time, through griffin invasions, Tirac killing Majesty, the dissolution of Ponyland, Discord and Nightmare Moon, the city has never fallen. And upon my horn, it will not fall to Tirac on this day! You are the Royal Guard, reborn and ready to do your duty in defense of this city and of Equestria! Stand proud and tall, ponies!"
- Shining Armor gives a briefer one to his troops when arriving in Ponyville to fight off Tirac's forces.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Rarity gives a friendly criticism on Megan's clothing on her return visit to Equestria. "The clothes are nice for off the rack. But really, Megan, wouldn't you want something with a bit more pizzazz? A bit more glamor, a bit more in the way of haute couture?" While Rainbow Dash says she'd fit right in at Applaloosa.
- Sacred Scripture: The Prophecies of the Moochick.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Serpentor ordered COBRA's attack on the Decepticons, Cobra Commander panicked, grabbed every bank book/PIN number he could find, hopped on a hydrofoil with a half-dozen loyal soldiers, and got as far away from Cobra Island as humanly possible. Hence why the reason he was one of the only members to survive the resulting massacre.
- Secret Keeper: Celestia is the only one who knows Spike is the grandson of Spykoran. And he prefers to keep it that way.
- Self-Deprecation: Cadence and Shining Armor joke about waiting until the week of the wedding to tell Twilight.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: An Alternate Universe Discord warns Alternate Celestia and Luna that they'll be defeated by Megan some time in the future. This is implied to be Alternate Celestia's Freudian Excuse for starting The Conversion Bureau, something Megan takes exception to. The conclusion is still a long way off, but all signs point to it being this.
- Seems to be partially true, but not the real reason XenoCelestia is very xenophobic. See For Want of a Nail.
- Sergeant Rock: Macintosh's rank back when he served in the military.
- Shared Universe
- She Is the King: According to Word of God, the ruler of the Dragon Clans is always called King, even if it's a female. So don't try to call her Queen.
- Shipper on Deck: Mike (Megan's husband) and Applejack are trying to hook up Big Macintosh and Fluttershy. AJ claims she's actually been trying to do this for a while, but has been hampered by Fluttershy's shyness and Big Mac not feeling that he's good enough for her.
- Granny Smith gets in on the action in chapter 24, while also commenting that AJ and Mike were laying it on too thick.
- Big Mac appears to be this for Caramel and Blues.
- Probably Megan for Danielle and Jimmy the pizza boy.
- Ship Tease: Danielle and Jimmy.
- Shrouded in Myth: Megan became, in Pony Mythology, the messianic Mag'ne, and we humans became the divine Herd.
- Princess Luna becoming Nightmare Moon (flashback): "I am a princess! As written in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, all shall love me and despair!"
- Everyone in Equestria were about to bow to Megan, Molly, and Danny the same way everyone bows to the Hobbits in The Return of the King. But Megan will have none of that.
- It seems that Megan used to show young Celestia and Luna old episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
- "We have an Optimus Prime."note
- Too scared to face Tirac, Fluttershy asked to be "[talked] out of it!".
- Spared by the Adaptation: Wheeljack and Windcharger survived the Battle of Autobot City.
- Spit Take: Celestia's reaction to receiving Twilight's letter about Megan. Luna has almost the exact same reaction.
- Also Twilight's reaction to finding out about Shining Armor and Cadence's engagement.
- Start of Darkness: When Luna is explaining her transformation into Nightmare Moon, we get a flashback showing how it happened — a mysterious entity (Tirac) played off of her sorrow over none enjoying her night, turning it into envy and anger at Celestia, at which point she transformed.
- We also see a flashback explaining why TCB!Celestia is so afraid of humans. Discord warned her about them, saying they would defeat her. Later on, we see that the event that changed everything was far earlier than expected. See For Want of a Nail above.
- The Stations of the Canon: Discussed in a blog posting. The author says the story will be trying to avoid these and be as original as possible.
- Stop Worshipping Me: Megan and Mike are quite uncomfortable the way some ponies bow in their presence.
- Suddenly Speaking: Big Mac. Justified, since he talked in "Applebuck Season" pre-Flanderization.
- Tall Tale: "She commanded Mount Eohippus itself to turn into Canterlot!"
Megan: You have got to be kidding me on that last one! I told a mountain to reshape itself? What do they take me for?
- Tempting Fate: Celestia before meeting Megan again says she's not to be disturbed, "Unless Tirac comes back, Discord breaks free and the two join forces." Guess who comes back a few days later? Now we just have to see if Discord gets free and the two team up.
- Becomes utterly Hilarious in Hindsight given what happened in the season four finale.
- Megan's family is also very Genre Savvy about this, trying to keep those words from circulating.
- The Theme Park Version: Molly uses these exact words to sum up the situation when she learns about how Megan became Shrouded in Myth over time.
- This Is Reality: Played with, considering that it's the Hasbroverse.
Chip Chase: I still get the shivers thinking about my first encounter with a Decepticon... There's nothing like a laser-spewing condor strafing your car to really wake you up to the real world.
- Title Drop: "You have built Equestria with your hooves and mouths! Stand up, my little ponies!"
- Day of the Broken Fang refers to the day Cobra was destroyed by the Decepticons.
- Took a Level in Badass: He was already showing signs of this in the original show, but G1 Spike has apparently come a long way indeed.
- The Bushwoolies too. At least the ones who became the Princess Ponies' honor guards.
- Twitchy Eye: Rarity has a brief one when Megan says that she was in attendance at the original Grand Galloping Gala.
- Twilight Sparkle, when Star-Swirl the Bearded is referred to as a "nut".
- Weirdness Coupon: Mankind takes the idea of inter-dimensional talking technicolor ponies surprisingly well. Then again, as Mike points out, "Stranger things have happened" in the Hasbroverse.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: TCB!Celestia
- What the Hell, Hero?: Blueblood calls Rarity out on only coming to the Gala in order to marry into nobility. Though she at least also gets him back by pointing out that he should have just ignored her if he had no intention of properly courting her.
- X Meets Y: G1 meets G4.
- Year Inside, Hour Outside: Megan's spent twenty years on Earth. When she returns to Equestria, it's been fifteen centuries from the ponies' perspective.note
- Later corrected: now that Earth and Equestria are connected again, time moves at the same rate.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Cadence doubts that she's powerful enough to hold up a shield protecting Canterlot from Tirac's forces, Fancy Pants encourages her, saying that The Power of Love gives her all the strength she needs. It works.
- You Shall Not Pass: The Princess Ponies declare this to Tirac's forces during the attack on Ponyville, and prove more than capable of pulling it off.
- Zerg Rush: Tirac's forces lack any true strategy while attacking Ponyville and Canterlot, relying on numbers and brute force.