Twilight Sparkle was never born. As a mare, anyway. Instead, this story stars the young colt Dusk Shine, personal protégé of Celestia, asocial bookworm, and (unknownst to him) super-cute pretty boy.When Celestia sends Dusk Shine to Ponyville, all he wants to do is prepare for Nightmare Moon’s return. But when five certain mares each develop a massive crush on Dusk, he’ll have more on his plate than Twilight ever did.TL;DR: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magicmixed withHarem Comedy. Word of God is that all Harem Genre hijinks are intended as an experiment to see how well the anime genre carries over. So far, the experiment is going swimmingly. Your mileage may vary, though, as some dislike it for the way the characters act compared to their canon personalities, especially "Dusk" himself.Can be read here.The artist who contributed the cover art has started a manga adaptation of it here.NOTE: The author is apparently One of Us. He's even been pointing tropes he deliberately invoked/noticed as he went along. As such, we've thrown his responses in verbatim. Such are the cases for the YMMV bullets.
Tropes in The Unexpected Love Life Of Dusk Shine
Aborted Arc: The Winter Wrapup episode was skipped completely, mainly due to the author having difficulties establishing a winter having happened within the more constrained timeframe of the fic. (In the show, it's assumed that the winter takes place outside of the episodes.)
Abridged Series: In a manner of speaking, it is. It takes the base plotlines of the show, mixes things up, adds shout-outs, throws in humor, and all of this using no clips from the actual show itself.
Childhood Friend Romance: When Pinkie Pie has Dusk inside her mind, her Surprise persona befriends Dusk as a filly for this purpose, even going so far as quipping that "childhood friends make great love interests!"
This even leads to Dusk having a bit of a thing for her, if The Rise of Dovahshy Part 1 is any indication (he gets a letter from Celestia saying that Luna misses him, but the offending line is crossed out by presumably her. Dusk attempts to write Celestia back, but can't get a letter right. One of the messed up letters simply says "I miss Luna too.")
It goes beyond that. Dusk's been having dreams involving having sex with Season2!Luna without knowing it was her. He's not exactly as opposed to the idea as he was when Pinkie tried to give him a hoof job.
She gets pregnant from her dream-encounters with Dusk and has been attempting to send him letters to let him know of the situation. However, Dusk has yet to hear of this, as Spike has been left in charge of the library while Dusk's in Cloudsdale.
Foreshadowing: Early in chapter one, Dash mentions when she brushes of Nightmare Moon's death threat that, amoung other things, she can't die yet because she 'hasn't banged that one geek yet', and in the chapters covering the Gala Ticket episode, Dusk makes mention about how one of the main reasons Dash wants him to pick her is because 'she wants to clop him in public'. Guess which one of the mane cast Dusk ends up losing his virginity to way later in the fic. (Though, granted, it was unintentional. They were both drugged out on poison joke at the time... It Makes Sense In Context. Rainbow Dash is still content with it though.)
They might have been hallucinating, because Dusk doesn't remember but Dash does. And since Dusk has been managing to pacify his friends without doing the deed with them in the latest chapters, it leads us to believe it probably was just Dashie hallucinating.
"Don’t you think that if your long-forgotten imaginary friend came to life one day and forcefully gave you a handjob, wouldn’t it be kinda... creepy? I mean, wouldn’t that imply that your inner child is chalk-full of sexual fantasies and desires?"
Generation Xerox: Inverted. Fluttershy and her great-great-great-(repeat as necessary)-grandfather Commander Hurricane are as different from each other as can be, aside from sharing their species and the power of Thu'um. Also played straight in that just like Hurricane, Fluttershy eventually associated with a group of five ponies quite similar to the ones Hurricane befriended in Equestria´s origin story.
Genre Savvy: Rainbow Dash quickly clues in that the Shadowbolts only want to lure her away from the group and are a trick of Nightmare Moon's.
Grand Theft Me: Princess Platinum and Clover the Clever (two of Equestria's original founders) are alive and well thanks to trapping their souls in jewelry and possessing the wearers. Platinum hit a snag when her bracelet was stolen and ended up on Rarity's cat. Clover on the other hand is living the good life as Hoity Toity.
Groin Attack: Whenever Pinkie Pie/Pinkamena whips out a crowbar, expect Dusk Shine to be dealt a low blow.
Harem Nanny: Too early to tell for sure, but evidence points to Celestia becoming this.
Intoxication Ensues: After everypony touches the Poison Joke and stay awake all night trying to search for the lost foals.
Derpy praises Pinkamena's trap muffin for Gilda to kingdom come, causing Gilda to try to take the apparently delicious sweet back...until the instant the muffin hits Derpy's digestive system, which is when Derpy beings to vomit all over Gilda and Pinkie.
Jerkass Has a Point: Dusk agrees with Pinkamina about Rarity having already planned her foals' names, especially coupled with the extremely detailed fantasy about her wedding, is really creepy.
No Fourth Wall: Pinkie Pie and the author often make references to the canon series, as well as commenting on what's going on in the story and advising readers to comment in the comment section below.
After some complaints from the readers of Pinkie Pie overdoing the fourth wall gag he's changed it somewhat. She's now portrayed as being addicted to breaking the fourth wall and is trying to tone it down. Emphasis on trying.
Fast forward to Pinkieception Part 3. We finally find out why she does it so much. It's quite a sad reason.
Noodle Implements: Pinkie tries to put the author on the spot by gathering random junk to resolve the parasprite invasion with, reasoning that she has to succeed no matter what she brings, or the plot will derail.
Noodle Incident: Pinkie's last attempt to invent a new type of party sent Gummy to the court for arson. And got Pinkie trapped in a birdcage. And the ninja mafia was involved somehow.
No-One Could Have Survived That: When soul gems are destroyed, the one who put their soul in the gem dies. Princess Platinum constantly pines for the fact that her best friend Clover's soul gem was shattered many years ago. Actually, Clover's gem, for reasons unexplained, found its way onto Hoity Toity.
Oh Crap: The reaction of Dusk Shine and the audience at the cliffhanger for chapter two: Pinkamena comes out to play.
Applejack's manga-version reaction when Spike informs her the pony she'd just clobbered was the one sent by Princess Celestia to check on her food.
Pinkie Pie: Those conversations are like, the most interesting talks ever! I mean, there this one time I talked to Derpy about nothing and it lasted for hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours...
Dusk's picnic with Fluttershy in Chapter 27 - 21 pages of awkward silence, entirely represented by "...", repeated over 700 times, which continues for two hours after the two have finished eating.
Lampshaded by the author twice. First during the chapter, it says "Can you imagine the audio adaptation for this?" and in the author notes he says "If you look closely, one of the ... actually has four dots". Ctrl-F quickly reveals this to be a lie.
Chapter 34 has Fluttershy trying to get Rainbow Dash to look after the as yet unnamed Tank. The "Please?" "No." exchange goes on for over 20 cycles, before Rainbow Dash tells her to buck off.
Perverted Drooling: Dusk does this when he first lays eyes on Fluttershy. This predictably scares her.
Pragmatic Adaptation: The manga version removes a lot of the crack elements and narration of the original story, focusing on the more straightforward Harem Comedy.
Sexy Discretion Shot: Played with. Meme-asaurus cuts to the next scene after suggestive dialogue between Pinkie and Dusk. Pinkie says that they should not bring up what just happen, so as to make the readers think they went all the way. Nothing actually happened, and according to Dusk, they just appeared in the basement of his library after the scene change.
Shout-Out: At this rate, we're going to need a new page soon.
The first part of Chapter 3 is a reference to the "What?" scene from Pulp Fiction.
Pinkamena: What ain’t no country I’ve ever heard of! They speak Equuish in What?
Fluttershy is the direct descendant of the Dovahkin. Dragonrend is apparently pronounced "How dare you?" in Equuish. Also, royal guards are trained to speak entirely in non-contextual guardspeak soundbites.
Hot for Teacher: Trixie is now both part of Dusk's harem and his pupil (at least she said she hopes to be).
Speed Sex: Well, sort of. they never actually do the deed, but when Pinkie has Dusk in his bathtub, she... er... hoofs him, and he lasts all of fifteen seconds. She's disappointed, and he's embarrassed.
Split Personality Takeover: A variation, in that it's not really a "takeover", it's more of a "defaulting". After Pinkie's heart was kinda-sorta broken by Dusk not asking her to the Grand Galloping Gala, she becomes deeply depressed. So depressed, that her "other" personality, the psychotic Pinkamena, is surprised to find that she's in control of the body for the first time in several years. What does she do? Why, get revenge on Dusk Shine, of course!
Super Soldier: King Sombra's attempts to create an army of Alicorn supersoldiers was only partially successful. He only managed to make one, and that one was a baby Cadence.
Take a Third Option: Fluttershy suggests this to end the gala ticket feud, basically suggesting they ask Celestia for five more tickets.
Tempting Fate: When Applejack expresses much doubt regarding Rainbow's catapult stunt plan, Rainbow utters the unspeakable, damning words.
Third Pony Pony: Trixie always refers to herself as such instead of just using "I".
Troll: Having a colt for a student hasn't made Celestia let up her trolling one bit.
Troll Fic: Has been accused of this, due to the author's fast-paced writing style and the extreme amounts of Meta in the first chapter. The Author claims that this is simply his writing style.
After Dusk's date with Fluttershy, a commenter asked if the author was sure he wasn't trolling, He more or less said that he didn't know anymore.
Trolling Creator: A month after one of the latest chapters was released, an interlude was added to the story. 90% is merely ellipses. But it doesn't end there. The author's notes hint at a hidden four-period ellipsis thrown into the mix. There's not.
Troperiffic: Due to the very meta tone of the story and having awareness of this page, the author seems to be shooting for this.
Applejack is a Type B, being as friendly and generous as canon in her default state, but anything that triggers romantic feelings in her tends to make her get violently defensive, even when ''she'' initiates it.