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Fanfic: The Riseof Darth Vulcan
The Rise of Darth Vulcan is a My Little Pony fan fiction written by RealiyCheck on fimfiction.

Synopsis: From the Fimfiction page:
Ted was just having fun on Halloween. He had a pretty clever costume and an invite to a pretty fun party, and was making the best of it— when he suddenly gets yanked sideways through reality into Equestria. Naturally he manages to make a very bad first impression, and is now an enemy of the State...Maybe he shouldn't have gone out dressed as a villain.

Nightmare Moon, Discord, Chrysalis, Sombra, Ted...er I mean Darth Vulcan! Equestria's latest villainous scoundrel.


The Rise of Darth Vulcan contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Vulcan forges one during the battle at the old castle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Chapter 18
  • Bookcase Passage: Encountered in the castle in the Everfree
  • 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, with great success.
  • Bully Hunter: Vulcan greatly enjoys breaking Diamond Tiara, something the Princesses and Mane Six take note of.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Vulcan vs. Runt, Mange, and Skank. They were lucky he was so forgiving.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great Escape: Chapter 20. Vulcan's forces break into Canterlot to rescue him, resulting in a fighting retreat.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: Vulcan's natural appearance horrifies the Diamond Dogs, and tales of the darker side of human history traumatize a Royal Guard.
  • Interspecies Romance: Subverted hard. Vulcan is not interested in Chrysalis' offer whatsoever.
  • Jerkass Has a Point/Villain Has a Point: Ted/Darth Vulcan. He kidnaps, he plunders, and he spits on everything in Equestria. But he makes points that even the Princesses can't argue. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Vulcan's reaction to Chrysalis propositioning him.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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,
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Done to Ponyville (except the first one)
  • "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: Chrysalsis 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.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Discord realizes that his powers don't work on Vulcan, he runs away.
  • 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..."
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Wizard Did It: Vulcan ultimately comes to the conclusion that if he doesn't understand anything in Equestria, it's because of magic.
  • Worthy Opponent: Shining Armor begrudgingly admits that Darth Vulcan earned the loyalty of the Diamond Dogs.
  • 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.
  • You Monster!: Celestia calls Vulcan this during his escape from Canterlot. He responds by saying how compared to the monsters of our world, he's nothing.

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