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Fanfic: The Riseof Darth Vulcan
The Rise of Darth Vulcan is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan fiction written by RealityCheck on Fimfiction.Net.

Ted is just your regular brony-hater: He's heard a LOT about the show, even the basic plot, but he hates both the show and its fandom with a passion.

One fateful Halloween night, he decided to go to a party dressed as a medieval Darth Vader. To complete the outfit, he bought a strange trinket from a shop. He decided it looked kickass.

Problem? It turned out to be a replica of the Alicorn Amulet from the show. Even bigger problem? It actually WAS the Alicorn Amulet from the show. Ted gets sucked up in a portal and sent to Equestria after everyone accuses him of being a closet brony.

And because he's dressed up as evil as he is, Rainbow Dash immediately attacks him. This leads him to discover that he's gained dark powers from the amulet.

Thus, with nothing but magical powers, common sense and a cunning mind, so began the legend of Darth Vulcan...

A fic based on a premise of another, the story explores the consequences of power, as well as pointing out a LOT of problems with the show.


  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Vulcan forges one during the battle at the old castle.
  • Accentuate the Negative: This fic all but runs on this.
  • Accusation Fic: Can come off as this at times: Vulcan's speeches towards the Princesses give VERY good points about the problematic mistakes EVERYONE in the show has done.
  • A Father to His Men: Being a Noble Demon, Vulcan takes good care of his dogs, and even joins them in mourning the deaths of their comrades under his command.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: Vulcan arrives in Equestria at some point between Seasons 3 and 4, and his involvement ends up derailing the events of the latter (at least its opening episodes, anyway).
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Vulcan and Chrysalis are bigger fished by Sombra. Then all three are bigger fished by Celestia and Luna.
    • You would expect Discord to bigger-fish Vulcan with ease. You'd be not so right. He does, but has no desire to find what would be the (implied disproportionately high) cost.
  • Anti-Villain: "How will you understand my deeper motivations and make me a sympathetic character?"
  • Artifact of Doom: The Alicorn Amulet, naturally. Even before we find out it's sentient.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: How Vulcan takes control of the Diamond Dogs, which is standard practice for their society.
    • This is also at play in Changeling society, even playing a part in how Queens select mates.
  • Bad Boss: Big Boss a powerful dragon who enslaved the Diamond Dogs, forcing them to dig for gems with little food or breaks, and eating anyone for complaining.
  • Batman Gambit: When the Mane Six and the Royal Guard show up to free Diamond Tiara from Vulcan, he leads them into the middle of nowhere, leaving Ponyville vulnerable to a raid by his forces.
    • Luna knows that Vulcan will see through her attempt to have members of the Night Guard infiltrate his forces, so sends them along with a group of escaped prisoners, one of whom sells them out in order to earn Vulcan's trust.
  • Benevolent Boss: Although benevolent is not the right word to describe Darth Vulcan, the Diamond Dogs certainly think so. Keeping them well fed certainly played a role, and killing the dragon that was enslaving them certainly played a role. The fact that they dug under Canterlot castle for a week trying to find him cements this.
  • Berserk Button: Ted hates slavery and racism, all connected to his absolute belief in free will. So when the ponies blast him with the Elements and bring in mind-altering spells to try and help him, he refuses their help. Considering his his first experience with the Elements, one can't blame him.
    • Don't insinuate to Princess Luna that she is second banana to Princess Celestia. Darth Vulcan, of course mashes on that button, leading to another trope.
  • Big "NO!": Filthy Rich, when, after all of the worrying he has done, is lead to believe Diamond Tiara is dead. Fortunately, she's returned unhurt - unfortunately, her mental state and loss of faith breaks his heart.
  • Black and Grey Morality: Darth Vulcan is a Jerkass and a thief, but some of his opponents Big Boss, Chrysalis, and Sombra make him look like a hero. Averted with his battles with the Mane 6.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Chapter 18
  • Bookcase Passage: Encountered in the castle in the Everfree.
  • Boom, Headshot: How Vulcan handles Tirek after he drains him of his magic.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: Vulcan accuses Celestia of this and being a dictator under her sugar-coated smile, but she denies it every time, saying that there is no need to Brainwash ponies to make them happy. Actually, she scolds Twilight, saying that she does not approve of the use of mind magic by non-professionals. However, Luna hints at Celestia herself using them anyways.
  • Breaking Out the Boss: Chapter 20. Vulcan's forces break into Canterlot to rescue him, resulting in a fighting retreat.
  • Break the Haughty: Diamond Tiara. BIG TIME. Kidnapped by a warlock, told repeatedly by that warlock no one cares for her, only for it to be confirmed before her eyes by the illusions created as an anti-spy measure against Vulcan, faced with the realization that her daddy can't save her, abused by the Diamond Dogs, and in a final act of humiliation, is put on a dog leash, given a doggy bowl, and is found by ponies she repeatedly humiliated.
    • Filthy Rich undergoes this too. He attempted to cheat Vulcan out of his money and sell him out to the authorities. His actions led to his daughter being kidnapped, forcing him to spend sleepless nights worrying about her, Ponyville being looted by Vulcan's army, and then Vulcan calling him out on this in front of the entire town, destroying his reputation. He is misled into thinking Diamond Tiara is dead, and when he finds her, he breaks down realizing he couldn't save her.
      • Both of them, however, get better later on.
  • Breaking Them By Talking: Vulcan is good at this. He even admits that it's his one real talent. He does this to Princess Luna (twice, one of them unintentionally), with a curious Royal Guard soldier, Chrysalis, and even left scratches on Celestia's self-confidence. Yeah, he's good.
  • Bully Hunter: Vulcan greatly enjoys breaking Diamond Tiara, something the Princesses and Mane Six take note of.
    • The ironey that he himself is by definition a bully (and an adult one at that) seems lost on him.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: The changelings need love to survive, but the dogs don't really care much about them, the solution?
    Darth Vulcan: "This is a bunny rabbit." (holds up Angel Bunny for all to see) "It is a device for turning carrots into love."
  • The Cavalry: Celestia, Luna, the Royal Guard, and the Mane Six.
  • Cavalry Betrayal: The Changeling!Main Six. Fortunately, they're Vulcan's.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Luna being purified by the Elements of Harmony is subjected to this, when we find out how painful an experience being exposed to the Elements is. In fact much of the material from the show is portrayed alot more negatively than it is in canon.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Vulcan, as befitting his Genre Savvy-ness. He goes for collateral targets, distracts, fights dirty, forces a Sadistic Choice or two, and exploits any possible advantage and/or Loophole.
    • His main resource for a battle, magic, did not work on Big Boss? Magic-up his own hoard and kill him with it.
    • He is fireproof, but his enemy isn't? He fireballed a shield from the inside, catching himself in the process. Shining Armor is now sporting a rather unfaltering haircut.
    • Facing the Royal Guard and the princesses? Toss the ground-bound troops off the mountain, knowing that the good guys will do anything to save them, even if it means letting him escape.
    • He's started having his blacksmiths forge crude but effective guns, and isn't above using them in battle. As Tirek found out the hard way.
  • Crapsaccharine World: How Vulcan feels about Equestria. As the Princesses explain, he's so jaded by experiences on Earth that he's convinced this is all a sugar coated lie.
    • Proven right to some extents after life of regular diamond dogs was described.
    • At least this version of it is. When the author fills in information blanks in the shows canon (such as details on Diamond Dog society), he tends to do so in a way that will make Vulcan seem as cool and sympathetic as possible.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Vulcan vs. Runt, Mange, and Skank. They were lucky he was so forgiving.
    • Vulcan's fight with Tirek lasts about a minute. Tirek immediately begins draining his magic, only to get his head shot off by Vulcan's gun.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Vulcan has read the Evil Overlord List, the 48 Laws of Power, and various other guides to Genre Savvyness, and puts them all to good work.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Justified. Ted was wearing an actual Darth Vader costume gone medieval, and admired his character.
  • Deconstructor Fleet: Vulcan tears into everything about the show, from the ways ponies live, Diamond Tiara's continued behavior as a bully and the many, many stupid decisions by the Princesses. And he's not afraid to tell the Princesses about his observations.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Vulcan is not afraid to tell the Princesses exactly what he thinks of them.
    • He does this literally to Sombra at one point.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: As it turns out, Discord's own Lovecraftian nature makes him magic - as in, literally made of magic. This makes anything capable of inflicting Mana Drain or Mana Burn on him highly dangerous, possibly even fatal. Guess what happens when Discord and the powers of the Amulet clash? A tactical retreat was a sensible choice.
    • Darth shoots Tirek dead when he tried to steal Vulcan's magic.
  • Disney Death: Sombra.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: In-Universe, it's lampshaded and subverted with the Changelings, who are stated not to be forgotten creatures, but predators who feed off of the emotions of others.
  • The Dreaded: Vulcan becomes this in Equestria.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: The changelings, naturally.
  • Durable Deathtrap: The Everfree Castle. Justified, as there were many enchantments placed on it. Ted questions why the hell everything inside was left behind.
  • Due to the Dead: The first half of Chapter 24 covers the Diamond Dogs mourning the lost. Though half died under Big Boss, the others died under Vulcan. Wracked with guilt, Ted lets the dogs howl and drink the night away to mourn them, and even joins in.
  • Elite Mooks: The Changelings who Vulcan recruits from Chrysalis, whom he dubs the Crimson Guard.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The second chapter is one for Ted. His love of things dark and black, and his demeaning behavior toward a brony is explained.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As shown in Noble Demon below, Vulcan, while enjoying being an Evil Overlord, still has a code of ethics.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Darth Vulcan. Gaining the Alicorn Amulet certainly helped.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Vulcan, thanks to a voice changer in his helmet. Though he eventually learns how to do it without aid.
  • Fight Magnet: Vulcan
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Ted was just a Jerkass who inadvertently discovered the Alicorn Amulet and wore it. He's become the ruler of the Diamond Dogs and a band of changelings, and the self-proclaimed lord of the Everfree, who can battle the Princesses and the Elements of Harmony equally.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: All of Vulcan's helmet, really.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Celestia and Luna do this with the captive Vulcan, which he calls them out on.
  • Grail in the Garbage: Ted finds the Alicorn Amulet in a pawnshop. Thinking it was a fake gem, he added to his costume.
  • Hannibal Lecture: When Princess Luna comes to rough up Vulcan in his jail cell, Vulcan's response is telling her that all Celestia does it treat her like a minion, that she wouldn't have anything without Celestia's permission, and wouldn't even be beating him if Celestia forbade it, and that her control of the moon isn't important since Celestia was able to move it for 1000 years. Luna's response is to hide in her room. Vulcan lampshades how much he is like Hannibal Lecter, and has to restrain himself from calling Celestia "Clarice".
    • Ted himself says that this is the only thing he'd say is his special talent: To look at a person, find their weakness, and tell it to their faces. Notably, since all of his deconstructions come straight from show canon, none of the main cast rebut his arguments. Perhaps even more pitifully, they don't seem particularly willing to listen.
    • Given the way he acts and the fact that he is never telling them such things out of kindness, it is hardly surprising. It doesn't help that he himself isn't particularly inclined to listen to others about his own flaws or do anything to improve them.
  • Hellish Pupils: As part of his badass upgrade package, Vulcan and Chrysalis enhance Artful Dodger's eyes to give him enhanced sight and night vision, with a side effect being his eyes are now slit and glow.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard. Big Boss, a dragon who obtained a massive hoard of gems by enslaving the Diamond Dogs, is defeated when Vulcan uses his magic to form talons from the gems and metals of that very hoard and smashes him around repeatedly with them. And then, Vulcan seals his mouth and nostrils shut with that treasure, causing the backfire that blows Big Boss' head off.
  • A House Divided: Vulcan's Breaking Lectures seem to have successfully driven a bit of a wedge between Celestia and Luna.
    • Vulcan has trouble keeping the various groups under his command working together peacefully.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: The Alicorn Amulet doesn't come with an instruction manual...or does it?
  • How We Got Here: The story opens with Vulcan imprisoned in Canterlot and interrogated by the Princesses, with him telling them his story. It takes about twenty chapters for the narrative to catch up.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: Vulcan's natural appearance horrifies the Diamond Dogs, and tales of the darker side of human history traumatize a Royal Guard.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Vulcan gets completely smashed at the Diamond Dog wake, when it hits home that people have been dying for him.
  • Interspecies Romance: Averted. Vulcan is not interested in Chrysalis' offer whatsoever.
  • It's All About Me: Vulcan doesn't seem to have much time for any view of the world besides his own.
  • Jerkass Has a Point/Villain Has a Point: Ted/Darth Vulcan. He kidnaps, he plunders, and he spits on everything in Equestria. But he's critical of many of the things that many who watch to show find fault with, and even the Princesses can't contest these points. Luna herself agrees that getting blasted by the Elements of Harmony is far from a pleasant experience, for example.
  • Jerkass Realization: Diamond Tiara's Break the Haughty experience does this to her, which was Vulcan's point.
    • By the time Luna realized that she was dealing with a teenager with trust, authority, and anger issues instead of a bloodthirsty warlock she could beat up, it was too late to make amends or explain their actions. She got a brutal retort in turn.
  • Just Desserts: After Big Boss is defeated, the Diamond Dogs eat the remains. Princess Celestia was horrified when Vulcan told her, and couldn't seem to get it into her head that the Diamond Dogs were in a precarious situation... or that Big Boss had a habit of eating them.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: How Darth sees his kidnapping and treatment of Diamond Tiara, and how Diamond Tiara ends up seeing it due to an illusion cast by Twilight making her think no one loved her. It's actually averted. Filthy Rich and Silver Spoon spent weeks worrying about what happened to her, and the Crusaders themselves are the ones who help Diamond Tiara recover in the end. Rather than rejoice, the school was closed for weeks since ponies feared another kidnapping.
    • DV's reaction to everything, actually.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Ubiquitous. Vulcan likes to point out all the strange, illogical things that happen in the show. Many of them have no real answer, or it is a really stupid answer... however, handles on things and non-hoof-friendly tools are explained as being minotaur-made, given that most species do have hands or claws - that makes it a near-literal Hand Wave. Vulcan is simultaneously amazed and underwhelmed, somehow.
    Darth Vulcan: "That's both surprisingly sensible and vaguely disappointing."
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Big Boss enslaved the Diamond Dogs and ate any that disobeyed. After Vulcan kills him, the dogs eat his corpse.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Rainbow Dash's first reaction to Darth entering Ponyville was to clock him on the head. Darth did start a riot by entering Ponyville, and had all the makings of an evil villain, but Rainbow Dash caused a lot more problems with her actions.
  • Mle Trois: The battle in the Everfree Castle is fought between Vulcan's forces, Chrysalis' changelings, and Sombra's mind controlled minions. And that's before the Princesses and Royal Guard show up.
  • Mind Rape: What Darth Vulcan believes is the way the Princesses maintain peace. Getting hit with the Elements of Harmony, Luna's dream-walking, and learning about Twilight's mind changing spells only confirm this to him, and prevent the Mane 6 from earning his trust.
    • It does not help that this is not proven to be completely wrong.
  • Monumental Battle : In-universe, the Everfree Castle.
  • Monumental Damage: Canterlot Castle is undermined due to the damage done by Vulcan's escape in the old caves, and falls off the mountain into the lake below.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Runt, Mange, and Skank become leaders of Vulcan's Diamond Dog Mooks.
    • Black Fang is the commander of the Changelings who change loyalties to Vulcan.
    • Artful Dodger is recruited from Vulcan's new con pony minions to serve as his Number Two. Following a few magical upgrades, he's now arguably The Dragon.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Ted realizes that Diamond Dogs have died under his watch, he finally realizes just how serious things have gotten for him. He then joins them in mourning the dead.
  • Never Found the Body: Vulcan lampshades this when the Princesses reveal that they didn't find Chrysalis, Sombra or his chief minions after the battle in the old castle. Two out of three so far, he's been proven right.
    • Not that it was ever stated in universe that either was gone forever.
    • When he first learns of the changelings and their defeat, he asks if Chrysalis died; since the response was this trope, he assumes she was still at large and prepared for the worst. Then the battle at the Everfree Castle happened, proving him right.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Twilight throwing the Alicorn Amulet into the Void is how it found its way to Ted, leading it to bringing him to Equestria and him becoming Darth Vulcan.
    • The Mane Six and the Princesses act less than cordially to Vulcan on their first meetings, leading to him viewing them as Mind Raping monsters.
    • Filthy Rich's betrayal of Darth Vulcan when he wanted to purchase supplies resulted in Diamond Tiara being kidnapped, and Ponyville being looted.
    • Vulcan is quick to point out all the times that the heroes have made mistakes.
  • Noble Demon: Darth Vulcan. He orders his dogs not to kill when they plunder Ponyville, returns a hostage unharmed, order the dogs not to enslave ponies, and believes strongly in keeping one's word.
    • When he finds the Tree of Harmony, his first reaction is not to take control of it but run away and try to find a way to keep it secure from Chrysalis and Sombra.
    • When the Diamond Dogs mourn their dead, he is horrified by the deaths under his command, and joins them in mourning.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Vulcan's reaction to Chrysalis propositioning him.
  • Noodle Incident: Ponies being irresponsible with portals to the Void is something that has happened before, much to Luna's annoyance. Apparently, somepony used the Void as garbage disposal because supposedly the odds of anything hitting something are infinitesimal. Either the Void plays by other rules, or the unicorn was just unlucky enough for his garbage to piss off a Shoggoth.
  • No Sell: The Elements of Harmony have no effect on Vulcan, because as Luna points out, he's not corrupted.
    • Vulcan and Discord's powers cancel each other out.
    • Tirek absorbs any magic attack thrown at him. Firearms, however, work very well against him.
  • Not Brainwashed: The Mane 6 blast Darth Vulcan with the Elements of Harmony, believing him to be corrupted by the Alicorn Amulet. Not only is he not corrupted, he believes the Mane 6 were trying to brainwash him.
  • Oh, Crap: Tirek gets one when he sees a two barrel shotgun pressed on his face.
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Averted. The Alicorn Amulet comes back and bites everyone in Equestria back a big way.
  • Palette Swap: To tell his own Changelings apart from Chysalis', Vulcan changes their appearance to shades of red.
  • Parental Substitute: Chrysalis, at least, jokingly sees Vulcan as becoming this to Artful Dodger.
  • Pet the Dog: Literally, whenever Vulcan acts kindly to the Diamond Dogs.
    • He suggests that the changelings under his command learn to pet rabbits and other creatures to get the affection they need to survive.
  • Playing with Fire: Vulcan likes to resort to Kill It with Fire several times (even if it didn't pan out against Big Boss), he also fireproofed himself; Shining Armor's shield is a confined space, Shining Armor is not fireproof. Do the math. Shining only survived because Vulcan is a Genre Savvy Noble Demon.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Vulcan is scared of the Tree of Harmony's power, and not only avoids messing with it, but is quick to take steps to stop anyone else from doing so. He also avoids murder to not motivate his opponents to play hardball with him.
  • Precocious Crush: All the fillies in Ponyville have a crush on Shining Armor. When Spike points out that he's married, they reply that they know, they just like to look.
  • Primal Fear: Being eaten alive. Chrysalis was on the verge of being eaten, and her scream of utter terror, along with Vulcan acknowledging the horror of the situation, manages to get him to interfere - despite freely admitting that he would be the first one in line to cause that to happen if the circumstances were different. Discussed later when he's recounting the event to Celestia; he remembers it's one of the most frequent nightmares on Earth, and Luna confirms the same for Equestria.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Discussed. When the heroes discuss how Darth Vulcan has the loyalty of his dogs, Rarity points out it's only because he keeps them well fed. Shining rightly claims that's what any army needs to survive.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Done to Ponyville (except the first one)
  • Reality Ensues: Vulcan convinced himself that because of the "TV-Y7" nature of Equestria, there wouldn't be any death as a result of the wanton destruction resulting from his actions. He's horrified when he realizes that people, specifically HIS people, really have been dying.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Vulcan delivers these to Celestia and the Mane Six like nobody's business.
    • He also gives one to Chrysalis, explaining just how flawed her invasion plan was.
  • Rescue Romance: Mixed with Asskicking Equals Authority and played for laughs — as per changeling society, since Vulcan not only dominated Chrysalis in battle but saved her from some plunder vines conjured by Sombra, she's now fixated on him as a potential mate.
  • Reverse Mole: Artful Dodger, an agent Luna manages to infiltrate into Vulcan's camp as his apprentice.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Subverted. Turns out Zecora actually speaks in a West Fillydelphia accent; the rhyming and Darkest Africa routine are just an act designed so that ponies take her seriously.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: Deadwood, Vulcan's timberwarg mount.
  • Right Under Their Noses: Chrysalis tries this with Vulcan.
    • Vulcan gets the Elements of Harmony by sending Changelings that look like the Mane Six to Ponyville to take them.
  • Schizo Tech: Vulcan is rather confused by the varying levels of technology in Equestria.
  • Screams Like A Filly: Apparently, Shining Armor - or so Vulcan said - after getting caught inside a fireball inside his own shield.
    • Vulcan admits he screamed when he saw a changeling for the first time.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Discord realizes that his powers don't work on Vulcan, he runs away.
  • Shout-Out: Vulcan's apprentice from the criminals he recruits is named Artful Dodger. Vulcan lampshades this, but doesn't explain the joke.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Vulcan creates a spell (in the form of floating eyes) that allows him to spy on events in and around his territory.
  • Survival Mantra: Diamond Tiara develops one while being kept as Darth's hostage.
    Diamond Tiara: "My Daddy's coming to get me..."
  • Take Over the World: Subverted. Vulcan has no desire to rule Equestria's world, and he knows that while his magic might give him a temporary edge on Earth if he ever got back, human military technology would ultimately overwhelm him.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Lampshaded by Vulcan, who upon revealing his true name to Celestia, tells her that he used an alias because no one would be scared of "the Dread Sorcerer Ted".
  • Took a Level in Badass: Vulcan, with some help from Chrysalis enables one of these for his undersized and underpowered apprentice Artful Dodger, equipping him with various charms, artifacts, and spells in order to make himself, if not a powerhouse, a more formidable opponent.
  • Uncanny Valley: In-Universe, Vulcan discusses this trope and how it's at play for him in Equestria in general.
    • More specifically, this is also his reaction to Chrysalis' attempt at taking on human form.
  • Undying Loyalty: Vulcan's Diamond Dog troops, due to him freeing them from Big Boss and treating them better than any leader they've ever had.
  • Values Dissonance: In-universe, there's a couple of examples between Diamond Dogs and ponies. Dogs have no problem with slavery, don't quite seem to grasp ponies are herbivores, and see burying the dead as weird and disgusting (they burn their dead). That last one is mostly pragmatism, however — as Runt explains to Vulcan, graves take up room that could be used to dig for gems.
  • Villain Protagonist: Darth Vulcan/Ted
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Vulcan hands these out alongside his "The Reason You Suck" Speechs.
  • White and Grey Morality: The Princesses and the Mane 6 vs an empowered Jerkass teenager who, while undoubtedly a criminal, is a Noble Demon with a code of ethics who consciously avoids lines like murder and mind control.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Sadly subverted: The Diamond Dogs mourn the loss of their comrades who were killed either by Big Boss, or in many of Darth Vulcan's activities with a massive ceremony. Darth himself feels guilty about not recognizing how many dogs died under his command, and joins the dogs in their mourning.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Subverted. While Vulcan does admit that the changelings look like monsters, upon closer inspection he finds it to be in an infantile, goofy sort of way right at home in a childrens' show; he also Lampshades humanity's tendency to throw affection at anything. Anything (So long as you can reach the right audience). He also suspects that a quivering lip, a sad plea, and "big dewy foal eyes" would have been enough to win the Equestrians over, making them love (and thus feed and help) the changelings, even without using Voluntary Shapeshifting.
  • A Wizard Did It: Vulcan ultimately comes to the conclusion that if he doesn't understand anything in Equestria, it's because of magic.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Averted. Darth Vulcan references the Evil Overlord Rule "Shooting is not too good for my enemies", and uses it to kill Tirek.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Despite the White and Gray Morality of the fic and the good job it does of making Vulcan sympathetic, it also shows how he's STILL a villain by making him nearly DROWN Diamond Tiara.
  • Worthy Opponent: Shining Armor begrudgingly admits that Darth Vulcan earned the loyalty of the Diamond Dogs.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: When Darth Vulcan first enters Ponyville, Rainbow Dush immediately goes on the offensive and attacks him. She presumed with his hostile nature and malovent-looking dark outfit that he was like other villains. She was right, but attacking him without letting him get a word in resulted in him hating the ponies.
  • Yin-Yang Clash: The power of the Alicorn Amulet is an opposite to Discord's. They (thankfully) neatly cancel each other out without much more consequence than draining both. Discord's nature means that he wouldn't survive it either way, however, and thus retreats.
  • Your Head Asplode: Big Boss, upon trying to incinerate Vulcan with his fire breath, only for Vulcan to seal his mouth and nostrils, causing a backfire.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: Thanks to a book Twilight wrote on Sombra's reign, Vulcan is able to teach Dodger how to create "Nightmare Mists" that take on the form of the worst fears of whoever is exposed to them, which he keeps stored in his top hat (which Vulcan nicknames the Hat Full of Nightmare).

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