The Turning of the Screwball: The Strange Case of Button Stitch is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic by Warren Hutch.Button Stitch is an excessively regular mare with excessively regular habits, but something strange has begun to happen to her in the wake of Discord's rampage. Can Rarity and the rest of the girls get to the bottom of the strange manifestations of nonsense that have been plaguing Ponyville?The author has written two sequels to the original story: Screwball Mio Amoré and Screwball Over
This My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fan Fic contains examples of:
- Involuntary Shapeshifter
- Super OCD: Button Stitch is so obsessively organized than even Rarity thinks she's a bit high-strung. Her self-repressive levels of OCD are what lead to a build-up of magical energy that causes her to turn back into "Screwball" and pull bizarre pranks around Ponyville.
- The Prankster: Screwball
- Word Salad Humor: Screwball’s entire vocabulary.
- Word Salad Horror: An alternate interpretation of the above, considering that Button Stitch has no control over herself.
Tropes in ‘‘Screwball Mio Amoré’’
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Button Stitch all but turns into a Godzilla version of Screwball (With a reference to his roar) in a fit of rage after Davenport coldly rebuffs her apology.
Tropes in Screwball Over
- Heroic Sacrifice: Button Stitch is prepared to put Screwball's hat back on and get blasted by the Elements of Harmony, if it means saving Equestria from the flood of mini-Screwballs.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Discord leaves a message mocking Twilight Sparkle for being so eager to help Button Stitch, and falling right into his trap.
- No More for Me: Berry Punch's reaction to a swarm of miniature Screwballs marching through Ponyville in the middle of the night.
- The Power of Love: Davenport's willingness to risk his life to save his wife Button Stitch ends up saving both their lives. It even gives Screwball both an independent existence and a Heel–Face Turn.