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1000 Years Alone on the Moon - An Autobiography (Abridged) by Just Horsing Around
  • Recommended by Korodzik
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: A humorous one-shot fanfic where we learn what, exactly, Luna was doing to pass the time on the Moon.
  • Review here

Adjacency by Frission
  • Recommended by Mooncalf
  • Synopsis: When Princess Twilight Sparkle's attempts to research the dimensional mirror hits a road block, she receives unexpected aid from her former rival Trixie, who has returned to Ponyville in the hopes of getting her life back on track. Although their experiment is a success, disaster strikes and the unicorn duo's magic potential is taken from them and spread among the alternate worlds. Together, Twilight and Trixie must now explore the multiverse to restore themselves.

The Adventures of the Elementals by AutoKnight01
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: Twilight's library is chock full of books. And her life along with all of her friends are about to be turned upside down. When she stumbles across a secret area in her library she never knew existed, she finds an old book along with a letter hidden in the pages. Now Twilight and her friends set out on a journey to find six more ponies who come from the country that neighbors Equestria from the East. Alamante. The land of elements and a place where everypony has a unique gift over one of the six elements of nature. Wind, fire, ice, plasma, water, and earth.
    Once found, Twilight, Fluttershy, Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie must learn to use the Elements of Harmony and combine them with the forces of the six Elements of Nature. Join up with Twilight and her gang along with Typhoon, Terra, Agua, Gem, Pyro, and Cryo as they work together to try and save Equestria from an evil force thought to be gone, and learn a friendship lesson none of them ever thought imaginable.

An Affliction Of The Heart (Volume 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) by Anonymous Pegasus
  • Recommended by NiGHTS
  • Synopsis: After the failed invasion, the orders were to hand any captured changeling to the Royal Guard for public execution. However, when a guard finds a small, seriously wounded one, he takes pity on the poor thing and decides to keep her as a prisoner in his own home instead. But, as changelings will starve without a steady intake of love, she has to show him just how cunning (and kinky) a changeling can be.
  • Comments: This is, right now, the top rated changeling story at Fimfiction. It is that good.

After the Gala by AleximusPrime
  • Recommended by Godzillawolf
  • Synopsis: After the horrible night at the Grand Galloping Gala, the group console and comfort one another with Princess Celestia's help. Good friends can make even the worst of times happy.

Alicorn by Aldea Donder
  • Recommended by omegaman, Madd The Sane
  • Synopsis: Rainbow Dash usually had her head in the clouds, but she always thought she knew up from down. When an incredible revelation sends her life into a tailspin, she finds herself at the mercy of emotions she never thought she had, faced with hard questions and impossible choices. What is the importance of family? Of bloodlines? Of sacrifice? What does it truly mean to be alicorn?
  • Comments: A sequel to Fairy-Slayer's ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' - Mommy Nearest, this fic, and its author, are just fantastic. The characterizations of the ponies remain incredibly true to the show, and the OCs are well-crafted. The plot is interesting and gripping. The writing takes the cake, it is quite simply amazing. Aldea Donder took a weird, "out there" concept like Rainbow Dash being Celestia's daughter and makes it work. This fic is arguably better than the fic that inspired it, which itself is fairly good.

All Good Things, Bonds Of Eternity, and Ashes To Ashesnote  by Wheller.
  • Recommended by Mugen Kagemaru
  • Synopsis: When a new pony stumbles into the town of Ponyville early one morning, it sets off a chain of events best described as another entry in the eternal struggle between Order and Chaos. Oh, and the Doctor shows up in some of the parts of All Good Things. Go figure.
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All of a Fluttershy by ImpossibleNumbers
  • Recommended by Blue Chameleon
  • Synopsis: When Applejack discovers that a thief has been stealing her prized apples, she looks for help in capturing the culprit. Fluttershy is eager to step in, but she's been acting very oddly of late...
  • Comments: It has a nice Original Flavour and plenty of laughs, with some great interactions between Fluttershy and Applejack, and a gripping finale. The chase scene at the beginning is particularly good fun to read.

All That Glitters is Gold by Buchephalus
  • Recommended by Mssr Neko
  • Synopsis: There are three things that connect Fool's Gold, Short Fuse and Ambra together. First is that they do not have any money. Second is that they are idiots. The third is that the narrator does not care about them very much. Together, these three freelancers try to make it big in the district of immigrants, hooligans, vagrants and thugs of Canterlot: The Shangri-La District. And it all goes downhill from there.
  • Comments: An original story focusing on OCs that looks at the seeder sides of Canterlot. Filled with zany humor and fun characters, it is worth following just to see what adventures the characters stumble into next.

Ambition by Lupine Infernis

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: For all their power, the Elements of Harmony are bound by one common rule: They cannot kill, no matter how dark, how unnatural the force is. They may purify, they may banish, and they may petrify, but they cannot kill, and redemption is not always a guarantee. Fortunately, their power was enough to save Princess Luna from the nightmare that possessed her, body and soul. She was freed from its icy grasp. She was purified. Yet the nightmare still lives...
  • Tags: Dark Fic

Anarchy In The Equestrian Nation by SirAlexanderLoams
  • Recommended by Badass Longcoat Parade
  • Synopsis: A punk rocker stallion named Union Jack transfers from a school for criminals to Ponyville High School for a second chance at life after attempting to burn down the city he lived in.
  • Comments: The language is rather dry, but the characters are relatable and really feel like high school students trying to make it through all right. It's a good slice of life story, but the romances are a little rushed. Overall it's a pretty good story. I liked it, but YMMV.

Ancient Blunders by MetalGearSamus
  • Recommended by MetroidMewtwo
  • Synopsis: On a bright day filled with birds and blue skies, an insane cult attempts to give Discord renewed freedom and a third chance at eternal chaos. But when the spell is interrupted by Luna, something unexpected is created. Now, an little brown earth colt named Dyx finds himself living under the care of Pinkie Pie, only to be mildly disturbed by memories and emotions from his past. Is the foal Discord reborn or is he simply a doppelganger with a soul and mind of his own? (Both) Can Pinkie Pie protect Dyx from those refuse to see past his yellow eyes and awesome magickalishfullness? (Yes.) Or will Dyx be forced to inherit the mistakes that may not even be his and once more become the greatest evil Equestria has ever known? Again? (Maybe. *sniff* Maybe.)
  • Comments: In case it wasn't obvious, this is a parody of the popular pony-fanfic "Past Sins".

And Then... Then She Exploded!... TWICE!!! by Cogs, Mimezinga
  • Recommended by Cronosonic,
  • Synopsis: After another fiction where Rainbow Dash gets killed, she decides to take the whole thing in her hooves and show how it's done. Hilarity Ensues.

Applejack is Full of Squirrels by shortskirtsandexplosions
  • Recommended by Leliel
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: Most of the time, Applejack is honest. A lot of times, she's a dependable pony. Then, sometimes, she's full of militant squirrels piloting her in a war with the Chipmunk Confederacy over a sacred acorn.
  • Comments: An absolutely hilarious one-shot (as of yet) where Applejack is kidnapped by Ditzy Genius rodents and replaced with a robotic shell piloted by a crew that thinks they're in Metal Gear Solid. Hilarious enough as is, but as it turns out, the crew has no freaking clue how to pretend to be Applejack, speaking in Large Ham Purple Prose and regularly suffering Special Effect Failure as they keep on having to patch errors in the robot. Come for the comedy of the other Ponyville inhabitants trying to deal with the shell bumbling about, stay for the Super Robot cheese as the fight over the acorn heats up particularly when it turns out their rivals, the chipmunks, replaced Fluttershy.

Arcadia by Obscurica
  • Recommended by Eegah
  • Synopsis: An adaptation of the first two episodes into a hard science fiction setting, as the crew of a generational spaceship learns the horrible truth behind one of their old legends in the thousandth year of their voyage.

The Austraeoh Series (Austraeoh, Eljunbyro, and Innavedr) by Imploding Colon

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Synopsis of Austraeoh: Rainbow Dash flies east. Better than it sounds.
  • Synopsis of Eljunbyro: Bellesmith is a pony who must perform experiments in order to keep herself and her beloved safe. Rainbow Dash continues to fly east. Better than it sounds.
  • Synopsis of Innavedr: A broken party of friends struggles to reunite.
Rainbow Dash continues to fly east. Better than it sounds.
  • Pairing(s): Applejack/Rainbow Dash
  • Tags: N/A

A Ballad of Eeyup and Nope by ambion
  • Recommended by Nyperold
  • Synopsis: The challenge? Daunting. The reward? Worthy. Failure? Not an option. For Big Macintosh has accepted the bet, and thus begins A Ballad of Eeyup and Nope - in which he isn't allowed to say either.

The Ballad of Mecha Pinkie Pie by Flamingo 1986
  • Recommended by Calnos
  • Synopsis: Flamingo 1986 (Zachary Rich) presents his ongoing storybook "My Little Pony: The Ballad of Mecha Pinkie Pie", where Pinkie Pie creates the ultimate party machine and the world of Equestria is changed forever.

The Ballad of Sir Spike de Draco by Zay-el
  • Recommended by Kytseo
  • Synopsis: Faithful knight of Celestia, Sir Spike de Draco leaves Canterlot with his young shieldmaiden Twilight Sparkle to embark upon a journey of stolen pony hearts, spontanious beard-sprouting, dozens of broken teeth and the smiting of evil left and right.
  • Comments: A nice affectionate send-up towards old Beowulf-like legends with overpowered heroes that fight for booze, babes, and glory, this fanfic is basically what happens if you take the manly Spike from his fantasies in A Dog and Pony Show and makes him the main character (with Twilight as the assistant). A hilariously manly story, you're sure to become as manly as Saxton Hale when you start reading it.

The Bar
  • Recommended by Shaded Spriter
  • Synopsis: Side Characters getting drunk together in a bar.

Bedtime Stories by TacticalRainboom
  • Recommended by gnimotos
  • Synopsis: "Twilight seeks out the historical facts behind the bedtime story that was her favorite when she was a foal. She learns that the truths found in stories are sometimes more important than the facts."
  • Comments: Gives a heartwarming and epic backstory to Twilight and Cadance's "Sunshine, sunshine" rhyme.

The Best Most Awesome Radical Character Ever! by RatherHomely

  • Recommended by: Lolguy2
  • Synopsis: Basically, a Parody Sue appears in Ponyville, and Twilight and Pinkie Pie have to MST her to defeat her.
  • Tags: Parody Sue

The Best Night Ever Extended Edition by Stainless Steel Fox
  • Recommended by Pinkie P
  • Synopsis: "I want to see something good happen. After all, we're supposed to like these ponies. And what better opportunity is there than the Grand Galloping Gala? Does anyone else feel that our heroes got a rather raw deal? Princess Celestia telling them it's all okay went some way towards restoring the balance, but I don't think it went anyway near far enough. Here's my non-canon, but heartfelt extension to the story. With added Luna."

The Best Night Ever! (repeat) by AstroBrony
  • Recommended by dknights411
  • Synopsis: The show's broadcast schedule says that it's time for the Mane 6 to go to the Grand Galloping Gala.... again. Redoing the same episodes again and again over the summer rerun hiatus period has left everypony on edge, but Pinkie Pie keeps insisting that they keep going at it, less they face the wrath of the fans.
  • Comments: Interesting concept, funny moments, and some feels thrown in for good measure. It kinda makes you wonder as to what actually goes on in Equestria when the cameras aren't rolling.

Betrothed and Betrayed by Nightwings81
  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Synopsis: When a neighboring country to Equestria, Saddellia, begins to encroach upon its borders and ponynapping Equestrians to serve as slaves, Princess Celestia entrusts the bearers of the Elements of Harmony to broker a peace treaty with its king. Along the way, Rainbow Dash ends up rescuing the Saddellian prince, who quickly becomes smitten with her. Hoping that this would lead to more favorable negotiations, the rest of the Mane 6 cultivate the prince's infatuation, which may lead to unforeseen consequences...
  • Comments: Still being written, this story has so far proved itself to be awesome. The ponies are in character, the OCs genuinely interesting and developed, and the plot engaging. This is written by the same author of Dashes, Dots and Pegasus Spots, so if you enjoyed that fic, you will undoubtably enjoy this one.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by John Perry
  • Recommended by Nightelf 37
  • Synopsis: Sequel to "Enter The League of Fanons" and the final installment of the not-so-epic series. The League of Fanons discover that everypony has been taken over by crazed fanon versions of themselves! note  As the League struggles to restore normalcy to Equestria, the Legion of Gloom works from the shadows to enact their revenge on our heroes. Will Equestria fall to the madness? And what role does Tom play in all of this?

The Birds and the Bees by theworstwriter
  • Recommended by Chargin Chuck
  • Synopsis: Where DO foals come from? The Cutie Mark Crusaders don't know, but they intend to find out!

Bitterness by PLC The CD
  • Recommended by Hell Kill Us All
  • Synopsis: What if Twilight wasn't so forgiving of her so-called friends for abandoning her in "A Canterlot Wedding"?
  • Comments: An interesting look at what might have happened of things took a different turn. Contains lots of questioning, interaction and character development, sprinkled with lots of references to previous episodes.

Blood is Thicker Than Friendship by Stonershy
  • Recommended by oathkeeper85
  • Synopsis: When a strange book is found in the depths of the library's basement, a mysterious entity is released unto the unsuspecting population of Ponyville.
  • Comments: Does contain shipping of the 'filly-fooler' variety, but not taken to the extreme and probably one of the best written Fluttershy's in MLP fanfiction-dom.
  • Review here

The Blueblood Series by Geldon
  • Recommended by Peteman, Andyroid
    • Currently up to three stories. Note that the second and third contain spoilers for the first, as well as shipping.
  • Blueblood Returns Synopsis: Prince Blueblood comes to Rarity to apologize for his deplorable behaviour and asks for a second chance. While Rarity is ecstatic, her friends (especially Spike) think he's up to no good.
  • Blueblood's Redemption Synopsis: Exposed for the arrogant jerk that he is and stripped of just about every privilege afforded to his station, Blueblood reflects back on his cloistered life and thinks about what might have been. With nothing left to lose and realizing that he has lived his entire life in a gilded cage, he clumsily attempts to adopt a new identity and run away. With him are his two duty-bound guard ponies, who try to show the prince the ropes of life outside his pampered upbringing and keep him safe, but are concerned that he has completely lost his mind, and soon they run into a certain Great and Powerful magician who is looking for a handsome assistant...
  • The Blueblood Conspiracy Synopsis: Blueblood and Trixie are living in the castle together, but they're not exactly getting along, and it's got the staff on edge. Princess Celestia summons Twilight Sparkle and her friends to Canterlot to help teach the two to overcome their pride and vanity and learn to live in harmony. But the complex machinations required to covertly teach Blueblood and Trixie the value of kindness, laughter, generosity, honesty, and loyalty mean things (and ponies) quickly get crazy.

Blue Skies Bring Tears by (A Hoof-ful of Dust)

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fiddlesticks walks the dead earth of the Badlands, and plays her song to the listening shadows. Better Than It Sounds.
  • Pairing(s): Fiddlesticks/unnamed character
  • Tags: None.

A Bolder Note Than This by The Headless Horsepony
  • Recommended by DreadedCandiru2
  • Status: Complete.
  • Synopsis: Octavia Melody has performed for hundreds of audiences across Equestria, and left every one breathless. She has come so far, become one of the most celebrated musicians in the kingdom, and this concert will be her crowning achievement. Tonight, she will play before the Princesses themselves.

    This is not her story.

Breaking Out by BlackM
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: The recoil from Family Appreciation Day was too much for Diamond Tiara. Her fellow students turned their back on her, Cheerilee was upset with her, even her own father had been severely disappointed with her actions. She has no one left now. Her perfect world is falling apart. And only one pony can help her. The only pony she could ever count on. But is she her friend anymore?
  • Warning: Fic contains empathy for a dislikable character. If you want to keep hating Diamond Tiara, then avoid this fic. Otherwise, read on.

Bubbles, author unknown.
  • Recommended by Keeyla, Salnax1, Pichu, The Otaku Ninja, S Noble Jr
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The story of how Derpy got her bubbles cutie mark.

Cake Story by Blueshift
  • Recommended by Firerush
  • Synopsis: Is Mr Cake literally a cake? Pinkie Pie seems to think so – but will her investigations really reveal that Mr Cake is made solely from delicious margarine, sugar and flour, or is something else afoot? One thing is certain – the Cakes are hiding something from her, and Pinkie will expose the truth no matter the cost!

Callsign MANE VI: Twilight by Col. StaR
  • Recommended by Nightelf37, Mad Cormorant
  • Synopsis: MANE VI: Maneuver, Assess, Neutralize, Execute. Unit Six.
  • Despite their unique personalities, this motley squad of citizens and soldiers has proven themselves time and time again. They are the world's unseen special forces, doing their part for a vast, covert network, run by the enigmatic Cell. They have been dormant for a year, but they're about to meet someone new: Cell's personal protege, Twilight.
    After a new mission takes an unexpected turn for the worst, an unforeseen evil threatens to plunge the world into darkness. Against uncertain odds, Twilight must unite MANE VI and fight to restore Project Harmony, while realizing her place in this world along the way.
  • Notes: An experiment in FiM reinterpretation. Contains humanized, militarized characters in an alternate universe, set on a near-future Earth. Rated Teen for scenes of combat, violence, and potential swearing.

A Candle to the Sun by Moabite
  • Recommended by: Pichu, S Noble Jr
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle struggles to find a meaningful gift for Princess Celestia

A Camping We Will Go by Trinary
  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Synopsis: Concerned about the confidence of some of her students, Cheerilee enlists Rainbow Dash to take six children: Sweetie Belle, Silver Spoon, Snails, Dinky Doo, Pipsqueak and Archer on a week-long camping trip to Whitetail Woods. Rainbow enlists the aid of Big Macintosh as her co-chaperone as she tries to teach the young fillies and colts about camping, teamwork, confidence and how to get along and fend for themselves. They are so doomed.
  • Comments: A well-written fic with excellent characterizations that remain faithful to the show (with the exception of characters that have not been given a personality on the show, which leaves interpretation wide open). There is shipping, so be advised if that is not your thing or if the particular ship is not your preference. Can also be found here, under the pen name Rowanoak23.

Carnations and Forget-Me-Nots by PashaPup
  • Recommended by: Mad Cormorant
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A fan comic going into greater detail about how Pinkie got her cutie mark. Slightly AU. Tear-jerking and heartwarming at the same time.

Carousel by Vanner.
  • Recommended by TheWalkingAnomaly, Kaiserin Kai, Omicronus
  • Synopsis: When Fluttershy asked Rarity where she learned to sew, she learns that remembering where you came from isn't always easy.

Celestia's Secret Garden by Scottish Brony
  • Recommended by Mike Rosoft
  • Synopsis: After Twilight receives flawless marks on her exams, Princess Celestia rewards her with a visit to her private garden.
  • Comments: Day in the life story. In the author's words, "contains filly Twilight and Momlestia".

Celestia's Teeth by Abalidoth
  • Recommended by Andyroid, S Noble Jr
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Celestia makes sure to surround herself with the most competent staff in all of Equestria, but when they go too far in her service, she takes things into her own hooves.

Celestia's Tiny Student by Commander X 5
  • Recommended by Dragonjek
  • Synopsis: During the entrance exam to Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns, Twilight completely loses control of her magic. Celestia tries in vain to calm her down, but having no other choice she's forced to use a shrinking spell on the filly in order to tone down her dangerous surge of power. After the exam, Celestia takes the tiny Twilight as her personal student to teach the young unicorn control over her powerful magic, making sure that she will pose no threat to other beings.
  • Comments: Commander X 5 takes what would seem like a crackfic premise and works it into an long-running, emotional story that ranges from the hilarious to the deadly serious. It is finished, but the sequel ''Ponyville's Tiny Librarian is a direct follow-up. It also has two side stories.

Changelings, Changelings Everywhere by Benman
  • Recommended by Edrobot, Grant MK 2, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What are the chances your favorite pony was secretly a changeling all along? Yeah, probably about one in one.
  • Comments: Brillant parody, and really, really funny.

Chasing Winter by Raging Mouse
  • Recommended by Mooncalf
  • Synopsis: After a performance mishap results in a member of the Blueblood family seeking deadly vengeance, Trixie needs to get out of Equestria for a while. She ends up signing on with an expedition heading into the frozen north beyond the Crystal Empire, where hopefully assassins won't follow. Their assignment? Capturing a live windigo. As it turns out, however, windigos are not the only things hiding in the north, and Trixie may not be as safe from her own problems as she thinks...
  • Comments: Well-written and enjoyable. Trixie is notably a very well-rounded and capable character here, and coming into her own without Twilight taking part.

Circus Days by The Dragon Warlock
  • Recommended by Rubyrose
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Spike has been feeling lonely lately. Everyday he watches Twilight go off and have fun with her friends while he does the same thing: clean, and do chores. His luck seems to change though when he and Twilight find a flyer for a circus. With Twilight's friends, Spike goes to the circus with them. At the circus, Spike meets and befriends the circus performers and show him true love and friendship. Tired of being left out or not being loved by the others, Spike decides to leave Twilight and the others for his new friends. Will they get the baby dragon back?

The Centerpeice Of My Collection/The Collection of My Centerpeice by Geldon
  • Recommended by RichReeders, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopses: Spike, centuries after the passing of his friends tells the tale of a very special statue he has of a unicorn named Rarity.
    Millenia later, Spike, learning that his time is coming, begs a favor of Celestia: to pass on in the company of a friend whose time has also come...

The Changelings Encounter Bug Spray by BillyColt

The Circle of Friends by Kiyyik
  • Recommended by G 1 Andy P, Andyroid
  • Synopsis: Long after the events of the series, Twilight, now having taken over from Celestia; reminisces on friends past, Tear Jerker.

A Clear, Sweet Tone by Absolute Anonymous.
  • Recommended by Storm Requiem
  • Synopsis: Once, there was a little unicorn filly who always found herself unable to sleep and could only be comforted by the singing of a certain lullaby. Years later, Sweetie Belle attempts to reconnect with her older sister.
    • Comments: I don't usually get upset at fanfiction, but this one almost had me in tears. One of the best MLP fics I've read.

The Code's Apprentice by Lapis-Lazuli
  • Recommended by atrasicarius
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle must decide the outcome of a millennia-long war between Harmony and Dissonance.
    • Comments: It's pretty much Jedi vs Sith, except with ponies instead of lightsabers, and a writer better than George Lucas.

The Colour You Bleed by Kegisak
  • Recommended by REV 6 Pilot
  • Synopsis: Caught in the middle of a struggle between Equestria and a neighboring country, Blueblood finds himself alone in unfriendly territory. Through trials and hardships he slowly begins to change into the prince that his country needs.
  • Comments: You've probably seen a lot of fics of Blueblood getting a Humiliation Conga that makes him see the error of his ways. But this is in a whole new level. With an interesting expansion of the Equestrian world, beautiful plot advancement, and more character development than you can shake a stick at (particularly on Blueblood's part), I consider this a must-read and won't say anything else so as to keep it unspoiled.
    Be warned, it's pretty dark.

The Contest by Cold in Gardez
  • Recommended by Salnax 1, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "It's called 'Shh'," said Fluttershy. "It's a game about who can be quiet the longest. Sound fun? I'm the world champion." Fluttershy is not a pony who makes things up. She really is the world champion of "Shh," or The Quiet Game. And now it's time for her to defend her crown, with Twilight Sparkle and Rarity along for the ride.

COPS: Equestria by whysoserious1985
  • Recommended by Spider Fan14
  • Synopsis: Follow the various police departments of Equestria, from Ponyville to Canterlot, on their recorded patrols.
  • Comments: Mature themes follow, and chapters 4 and 7 are kicks to the guts in terms of emotion.

Creature of the Night by Tanner
  • Recommended by Zarpaulus
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The day after an adventure in the Ursa Major's cave Rarity starts feeling, different. The sun is painful, she can't eat anything, Opalescence is meaner than usual, and she hungers for the blood of other ponies.

Crystalline by Bristle Brushes
  • Recommended by Lopiny
  • Synopsis: Spike and Rarity have had rather successful lives, despite their relatively uncommon interspecies relationship. They have been together for quite some time, and have a happy, loving marriage. And marriage, as we all know, often gives rise to children. Neither a pony, nor a dragon, their daughter Crystal is having a rather difficult time making sense of herself. Ponyville's general contempt of her is not helping. Realizing this, Crystal begins to have doubts about her own identity, her existence. When she returns home to the Boutique one day, having just been involved in a nasty fight, Crystal and Rarity have a heart to heart about what makes somepony...well...somepony.
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Cupcake's Day Out by Rexx Ivan
  • Recommended by Tropers/Dewman
  • Synopsis: The pony Cupcake enjoys the day visiting Pinky Pie, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash, before heading to her home in the complex run by Ms. Fizz.

Cutie Mark Crusadicorn by Eakin

A Dark Sky by MetalHooves
  • Recommended by Dialga X
  • Synopsis: A group of terrorists known as the Shadowbolts are confronted with old grudges, past loves, and even their own morals as they set out to destroy the Wonderbolts and anypony who gets in their way

Dash Eats Meat! by theRedBrony
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: Name's Gilda. Ya know, me n Dash did some crazy stuff together at flight camp. But this one time, I wasn't so hot on Dash's little craving at lunch. Hey! Don't gimme that look! I didn't MAKE her do it!

Dashes, Dots and Pegasus Spots by Nightwings 81
  • Recommended by PDL, omegaman
  • Synopsis: When Rainbow Dash catches a bad case of pegapox, she cannot fly back to her cloud home and finds herself staying with Rarity and Sweetie Belle. Twilight is searching for a cure, but can the pegasus survive her well meaning nurses long enough to use it?
  • Comments: Can also be found at Equestria Daily and at

Dash's Secret by Hopefox
  • Recommended by SpiriTsunami
  • Synopsis: When Rainbow Dash's parents come to Ponyville, her friends learn that she might not be the pony they thought she was. Will Dash's secret drive her friends away from her, and will her parents still accept her?
  • Comments: Saying why this fanfiction is so amazing would involve spoiling the secret, which is unfortunate because this fic is oozing with real-world relevance and I recommend it to anyone dealing with this issue regardless of whether or not they're a MLP:FiM fan. Turns out Rainbow Dash is actually a stallion named Sonic Dash. Her parents refuse to acknowledge her female identity and insist that Sonic was just going through a phase that he should've grown out of by now. The rest of the mane cast's reactions vary (Fluttershy already knew, of course, and Rarity had figured it out on her own, but naturally Applejack takes it the worst due to the dishonesty involved). Truly an outstanding take on the struggle faced by those whose gender identity doesn't match their biological gender.

The Day They Came by AdamThePony
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: "December 21, 2012. This date has for long been synonymous with an oncoming apocalypse to which mankind itself and all of God's creatures will return to where they all came from to live in peace. What actually happened was an event almost nobody saw coming. In this journal, I aim to tell the story on what happened that day, and what happened since that day. Be forewarned, however, that not everything that is written in this log was peaceful."

Dear Idiot by The Descendant
  • Recommended by Nightelf37, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Whilst enjoying the company of Twilight Sparkle and her friends in the doughnut shop immediately following the events of "The Best Night Ever", a disappointed Princess Celestia send a letter off to Prince Blueblood explaining the implications of his failure of the "Rarity Test", among other things...

Dear Princess Celestia... by Wright-As-Rayne
  • Recommended by Xfuture
  • Synopsis: An odd centaur-esque creature named Tirek enters Ponyville one day, and the townsponies, remembering how they treated Zecora, do their best to make him feel welcome...
  • Comments: A wonderful little horror piece, and a quick read.

Derpy Goes Crazy by Pacce.
  • Recommended by Shaded Spriter
  • Synopsis: Derpy Hooves gets angry and goes on a killing spree.

"Derpy Goes to the Doctor" by BlueCorpse.

Derpy Hooves: The Muffin Queen by Dublio
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: Carrot Top is baking some muffins but she needs some last minute ingredients so she can finish the final touches on her muffins. Since she doesn't want to leave Derpy Hooves alone, she recruits the help of Lyra and Bon-Bon to keep her at Bay. Will they be able to prevent Derpy from eating the muffins? Or will Derpy have the last laugh?

Dinky Doesn't Go to School by RagingSemi
  • Recommended by Gaspalov, Moabite, Shaded Spriter, Pichu
  • Synopsis: Derpy Hooves has a daughter, a young unicorn named Dinky, who doesn't have an easy life at school because of her mother and starts hating Derpy for constantly shaming her, until one day she discovers her mom's motivations and learns a very important lesson...

Dinky Doo's Father Revealed by Roy G. Biv
  • Recommended by Zarpaulus, Jayrad, Omicronus
  • Synopsis: Ditzy Doo's daughter Dinky asks about her father and learns how her parents met at a "special" pony's school.

Discord's Return by Triple-A-Battery
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: Discord breaks free of his stone prison, and decides to show the Mane 6 (and Princess Celestia) just what his prison was like...

Discordant by ezra09
  • Recommended by Eegah
  • Synopsis: Discord finds that the spell that turned him to stone wasn't quite thorough enough, and he can telepathically communicate with anypony he wants. He quickly sets to corrupting Scootaloo, and with her help assembles his own Elements of Disharmony.

Ditzy Doo and the Blustery Day by uSea
  • Recommended by Ossley
  • Synopsis: Ditzy Doo tells her daughter a story about a windy day she experienced in Ponyville. The story is based on the Winnie-the-Pooh series by A. A. Milne, and contains numerous shout outs to them. It even has illustrations done in the style of E. H. Shepard (the original illustrator of Winnie-the-pooh).

Ditzy Doo: Muffins by Saddlesoap Opera
  • Recommended by RavenFaith
  • Synopsis: Ditzy has trouble remembering her past, all she knows is that she arrived in Ponyville with a tiny foal. Colgate brings her to Doctor Whooves to try to recover her lost memories, but her past is nothing anypony was expecting, and soon it comes back to haunt her.
  • Comments: One of my favourite Derpy fics, it does get quite sad and terrifying, but I think the end makes up for it.

Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying by l0x0r
  • Recommended by TurboJ
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle had noticed that the letters from Princess Celestia have changed in tone recently. She travels to Canterlot to find out why, and discovers a sympathetic Princess Luna.

Downfall by Brony Writer
  • Recommended by Sonic Lightning 1
  • Synopsis: Twilight discovers a book within the library about Equestria's greatest killers. After reading this Twilight begins to have thoughts of what it would be like to kill another pony.
  • "Comment": Written in the format of letters, this follows closely to Sympathetic Murderer. Short but full of emotions. Caution: while the gore is not explained in great detail, the fic is still grimdark and has a quite the Downer Ending.

Draconic Troubles by Davesknd
  • Recommended by Chargin Chuck
  • Synopsis: Twilight and Spike are sent a message from Princess Celestia, stating that a dragon will be staying in Ponyville. Spike has to go into hiding, Twilight has to organize the arrival and the others have to cope with the usual insanity. Oh... and the crusaders are doing their thing. Do I smell doom?

Eclipse by Spectre Crystaleye
  • Recomnended by: Molotov
  • Synopsis: They call them vagabonds. Rogues. Criminals, corrupted to their very core. They are perceived to be poison in peaceful society and rightly cast out. Scarce are these dark cases in the golden light of Equestria's civilized culture. However, not all ponies born with gifts of malice in their souls have the desire to use them for evil ends. These rare few who are condemned to exile simply for fear that they might one day break and embrace their grim talents, are given a choice by a princess wrought with compassion. Forever apart from society at large, they live a secret, dangerous and disciplined life defending the country that doubted their hearts. Armed with forbidden technology and the love of their monarchs, they thrive with the freedom to embrace their true selves in service to an Equestria that will never know them.
  • Comments: Reviewed and approved by Kalash 93, earning an exceedingly rare 9/10 score, and is considered possibly the single best war story in the fandom.

Endless Gifts by Jenova II
  • Recommended by UnderlordZ
  • Synopsis: One of the Cutie Mark Crusaders gets her Mark. Will jealousy break up the Crusaders forever?

En Passant by TheRealOP
  • Recommended by Yandere
  • Synopsis: Felicity Peridot, avid journalist, mild-mannered unicorn, moonlighting vigilante, must take up her alter-ego, The Mysterious Mare Do Well, to combat her most dangerous opponent yet! An enigma, Checkmate, who single-hoofedly turned the underground criminal world of Manehattan upside down. With a young ward at her side, will she meet her downfall at the hooves of Checkmate?

Enter the League of Fanons by John Perry
  • Recommended by Nightelf 37
  • Synopsis: Sequel to "Legion of Gloom". The Legion of Gloom has returned, this time aligning themselves with a new, shadowy villain as they prepare to use the power of the Elements of Harmony against the Mane Six. But our heroes find aid in six mysterious ponies who seem to have all the answers… These ponies are Doctor Whooves, Derpy Hooves, Lyra, Bon Bon, DJ Pon3, and Octavia.

Equestria Daily Speedfic Challenge: Rainbow Dash Can't Cook by 145 different authors
  • Recommended by Robotech_Master
  • Synopsis: When Friendship is Magic fan site Equestria Daily announced a speedfic writing challenge, in which writers had two hours to complete a short story based on an arbitrarily-assigned theme (in this case, that Rainbow Dash needs to cook something but turns out to be a Lethal Chef), administrator Cereal Velocity never expected to be deluged with 145 entries. ("You ponies are full of words," said the dazed admin.)

Equestria! by Jabberspike
  • Recommended by Dialga X
  • Synopsis: The events of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic were all just the delusions of an insane young woman who has been in an institution for the past few years. Now Tara believes she has conquered these fantasies, but has she really?

Equestria Divided, created by PoorYorickDA, stories by various authors.
  • Recommended by Zarpaulus
  • Synopsis: The Princesses have disappeared and after a botched ritual by Twilight Sparkle kills Pinkie Pie and wounds Rainbow Dash the surviving Elements of Harmony formed five Houses fighting over the scraps of Equestria. Not a crossover but heavily inspired by Game of Thrones and Warhammer Fantasy.

Equestria Noir-A Neo-Noire Tale by Garnot
  • Recommended by WeegTheNinji
  • Synopsis: Ten years have passed since Celestia and Luna mysteriously vanished from the face of the planet, leaving their nation to slowly fall apart. Now, crime, corruption and a faceless evil threaten to destroy the slowly recovering nation. In the middle of this chaos stands Bogart Maltese, an equine and member of the Regulators - an enclave dedicated to fighting crime, corruption and villainy - who is on a quest to find and punish the ones responsible for his partner's murder. Along the way, he will meet another soul, who just like him, longs to understand her own tragic past. To find the answers they both seek, the two will have to travel to hell and back. What they discover may change the face of Equestria forever. Trust no one and fear the dark places of the world.

Equestrian Revolution
  • Recommended by Salnax 1
  • Synopsis: A glorious rebellion against the tyrannical Celestia has unforeseen circumstances.

Equestrian Horizon by Jin
  • Recommended by Apolline Allura
  • Synopsis: Lieutenant Commander Firefly and her Timberwolf flight are combat fliers of the highest caliber and seasoned veterans of the Continental War, a massive conflict from which the world is just beginning to rebuild. When a nation lost to time suddenly resurfaces in the frozen north, it is her fliers that are tasked with keeping peace in the frigid skies over the Crystal Empire.
  • Original universe with heavy inspiration from the Ace Combat games. Rated Teen for warfare, violence, and language.
  • Comments: A fantastic world with characters unfamiliar, but compelling. Excellently paced action and exceedingly deep lore in an alternate version of Equestria rife with political intrigue and a likeable mane cast.
  • Review here

Equestria's Twilight by sapidus3
  • Recommended by: My Little Gundam, Madd The Sane
  • Synopsis: This is the story of the end. This is the story of the death of Equestria. It is the story of the reign of her royal majesty, Princess Twilight Sparkle of the Fading Sun. The alicorn sisters are dead and Equestria has turned to Twilight Sparkle to guide it. However, just maintaining a dim sun a fraction as bright as her mentor's keeps the new princess near her limits. Years have passed and Twilight Sparkle is sure of only one thing. Equestria is dying.
  • Tags: Sad. Dark.
  • Comments: This story is a very new and very interesting take on the "Twilight becomes an alicorn" idea. Instead of her ascension being of happenstance or her distance ancestry or some such thing, it is from necessity. Also, instead of Equestria staying normal as a whole, everything is in a downward spiral, even with Twilight's help. War is on the horizon, ponies are threatened by the things that go 'bump' in the night, and the moon and stars haven't been seen for more than forty years.

Escape from Castle Midnight by Blue Eyes Shining Dragon
  • Recommended by Slimey Jenkins
  • Synopsis: The old G1 TV special "Rescue at Midnight Castle" made to fit the "Friendship is Magic" universe

Essenza di Amore by Cerulean Voice
  • Recommended by infernape612
  • Synopsis: A retelling of Princess Cadance's backstory, expanded upon to follow all of the events leading up to her ascension to alicornhood.

Estrus by Friendly Uncle
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa, Lance Omikron, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: While talking with Twilight at the market, Rarity realises that Twilight is in heat - and that Twilight has no idea what that means. Unsure of how to break it to her, Rarity "gathers" Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie, leading a hilarious and revealing discussion of how each of them learned about the facts of life, and how each of them deal with the symptoms... The kicker is that Twilight is completely aware of what her estrous cycle is, she'd just never heard it called "in heat" before.
  • Comments: Despite dealing with a topic that would be taboo for the TV show, the Mane Six are completely in character, to the point where you can believe this conversation might actually happen between episodes. Easily one of the funniest one-shots on Fimfiction.Net.

Evergreen Entertainment by NTSTS
  • Recommended by Kchishol, Andyroid
  • Synopsis: Pinkie Pie proposes a "We're Sorry" party to make it up to Zecora for how they treated her. When she and her friends finally meet the entertainment whom Pinkie hired sight unseen; they find they are giving their new friend a more playfully thrilling apologetic experience then anyone ever dreamed. (PG-13)

Eversleep by EvenMotion
  • Recommended by FailcopterWes
  • Synopsis: Celestia unexpectedly enters a state of Death like hibernation, and the resultant power vacuum between the naive Luna and a new Council leads to civil war. Not a happy tale but well written nonetheless.

Exit Through Canterlot by The Brian J
  • Recommended by DontKillBugs
  • Synopsis: After the disaster at the Grand Galloping Gala, Octavia's career is ruined. Upon learning that the Mane Six were not punished for ruining the Gala, and that the incident was relegated to a laugh in the newspaper, Octavia's life changes. She begins to pursue a path that has never been seen before in Canterlot, where concertos and rhapsodies give way to controversy and rebellion. A path where symphonies are composed not with instruments... but with spray paint.

Extremely Terrible and Horrifying Stories by RatherHomely

Faded Rainbow by Trinary
  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Synopsis: After Rainbow Dash's rump meets lightning one time too many, she feels like her reputation in town is ruined as ponies start laughing at her misfortune. Her self-esteem in tatters and her loyalty waning, its up to her friends to help her.
  • Comments: An interesting story about Rainbow Dash's psychology, and the Inferiority Superiority Complex that lies at the heart of her bravado. While sad at times, the story is also heartwarming in that it shows the lengths to which the Mane Cast will go to support one of their number when they're in the dumps. Can also be found here, under the pen name Rowanoak23.

Fair Feather Friend by Bobcat

Family And Friends by Raefire
  • Recommended by Molotov
  • Synopsis: There comes a time where we all must let go. But never will we forget. Concerns the death of Applejack's dog, Winona. Very sad.
  • Comments: One hell of a terjerker with strong characterization. If the story doesn't get you, then the comment probably will.
  • Review here

Fear and Trembling by shortskirtsnadexplosions
  • Recommended by Korodzik
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle receives a terrible mission from Princess Celestia: to kill her friends in order to save Equestria. A terrible struggle is going on in her soul. Will she go through with it? Or will she doubt her mentor?
  • Review here

The Final Cutie Mark Crusade by Phalanx Spear
  • Recommended by projectoma
  • Synopsis: In another attempt to get their Cutie Marks, the Cutie Mark Crusaders decided to look through the library for books on Cutie Marks. However, they stumble upon an ancient prophecy that says that on that date an evil will come to Equestria. Soon enough, they are sucked into an adventure that is much more than they asked for. Will the three young fillies save Equestria?

Fire and Rain by Vimbert the Unimpressive
  • Recommended by Ziddy
  • Synopsis: An amateur therapist deals with a stranger in town while trying to get over a few problems of his own.

First Snow by Mudpony
  • Recommended by Peteman
  • Synopsis: Diamond Tiara loves winter. The cold weather means even ponies in Ponyville wear clothes. With clothes, she can proudly display how much better she is than other ponies. For this reason, her annual pre-winter shopping trip is of key importance. On its successful conclusion will hinge much of her enjoyment of the coming winter. Filthy Rich is a busy pony. The needs of his store chain occupy his time, leaving little for anything else, including his daughter. When a cancelled meeting leaves him with a free day, he takes advantage of the opportunity to go shopping with his little girl.
  • Comments: It's nice adding a bit of depth to a character whose only purpose is to antagonize several viewpoint characters. Sure, she's still spoiled, superficial and mean, but her interactions with her father feel right.

The First Winter Wrap-Up by Chopper's Top Hat
  • Recommended by SuddenFrost, Andyroid, Eric W
  • Synopsis: Why can't unicorns use magic during Winter Wrap-Up? Applejack knows the answer, and with it comes the surprising truth about the origin of Ponyville, and the worst year in Equestria's history.

Five Should Be Enough by Arcainum
  • Recommended by Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When a tragic event befalls Applejack, she takes drastic measures in an effort to prevent it. But can a simple farm pony make a difference in the face of an inevitable end?
  • Tags: Tragedy
  • Comments: the strength of this story is in its characterization. The Applejack we see here is no different from the one in the show.

Flim and Flam Try It Again by The Snazzy Hat
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: The so-called 'World Famous' Flim Flam Brothers, after being defeated by Applejack and her friends, decide that they just weren't cut out for the cider making business. So, in the small town of Horseton, they discover a mysterious new mineral that could revolutionise all of Equestria! Trouble is, there are also a lot of people in the town who will do whatever it takes to make sure they get it first.

Flitter by Nyerguds
  • Recommended by Nights
  • Synopsis: When the invasion of Canterlot is repelled, the spell makes no distinction between the attackers and one changeling who had been living there peacefully for most of his life. Suddenly tossed far away from home and deprived of the mask he wore for decades, he has to find a way to pick up the pieces of his life and put them back together.

Fluffershy by Friendly Uncle
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa, Omicronus
  • Synopsis: Fluttershy's such a sweet, innocent, naive little pony. She's probably never even looked at a stallion! why is her butt plastered all over the front of the DVD case Pinkie Pie just found? Surely there's a good explanation for this, our heroes just have to figure out what it is. There's no way Fluttershy's actually a porn star. ...right?
  • Comments: As with Estrus, Friendly Uncle deals with a taboo subject in a way that a) keeps everyone in-character, and b) is flatout hilarious.

Fluttershy and Celestia Play Chess by BronyWriter
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: When the mane six go to see a Wonderbolt's show in Canterlot, Fluttershy decides to not go as crowds of that size make her too nervous. So, Princess Celestia decides to spend the day with her instead while her friends are away. The two decide to play a few simple games of chess to pass the time...

The Fluttershy Effect by SuperStingray
  • Recommended by Jayrad
  • Synopsis: A time travel mishap changes everything. Now Twilight has to fix it.

Fluttershy's Bad "Hare" Day. by Pegasus Rescue Brigade
  • Recomended by Clam 15
  • Synopsis: After an unfortunate incident involving Rainbow Dash and herbal tea, Fluttershy wakes up one morning to discover that she has turned into a rabbit! With her friends unaware of her plight, Fluttershy must turn to Angel bunny to guide her on her quest to restore her original form. In the process, she is given the oppurtunity to experience everyday life in Ponyville from a whole ... new perspective, and discovers that there is much more to her friends' pets than she ever expected.
  • Comments: This is just great. The interactions, the conflict, the story. Okay, the story isn't much new, but it give's it that originality that we've come to know so much. And by the interactions between Angel and Fluttershy shows that, once and for all, despite outwardly apperances, he really does care for the filly that's raised him as her own. Throw in some hilarity ensuing and you've got yourself a real dandy (in a good way.) Plus, Angel speaking in a Brooklyn accent. Need I say more?

Fluttershy: Trapped Together by ItsfromPeople
  • Recommended by Mike Rosoft
  • Synopsis: Fluttershy has a confrontation with a shape shifter in the deeps of the Everfree Forest. But the circumstances quickly change.

A Flying Tank by GingerNutGin
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: Those not born with the ability all dream of a chance, if only for a few moments, to fly.
    Even if he is merely a tortoise with a simple mind, Tank was no different that the millions of other dreamers that covet the sky. Ever since his Yellow Mistress helped him hatch from his egg, he always marveled at those who have the capabilities.
    As of yet though; he has not appeared ... at any of the pet play dates, nor has The Blue Mistress. If anything, the two are rarely even seen together. Concerned, Owlowicious attempts to consult with Tank whist they fly regarding the matter. The two have grown close since Tank has been fitted for the peculiar contraption strapped about his shell, despite their differences.

The Foal in the Basket by PonyBlue
  • Recommended by Albertosaurus
  • Synopsis: In a moment of weakness, Chrysalis had more than a taste of Shining Armour's love. 11 months later, Twilight Sparkle finds herself a brand new niece by way of 'A small foal in a basket on my door step'.

Fools Gold by Merc the Jerk
  • Recommended by Apolline Allura
  • Synopsis: Tragedy today as the First and National was attacked—assaulted by a group of masked madwomen in what’s being termed a ‘hurricane of murder and insanity.’ Dozens dead and even more wounded, with tens of thousands of dollars worth of collateral all that remains. The police are completely baffled, with no leads, no suspects—nothing but funeral after funeral and an unhappy government looking for anyone to blame and anyone to charge for this heinous crime. The biggest question on the minds of the citizens is: Why? Years of peace, broken and shattered, now lying in a crumpled, bloodied mess...and for what? Money? This anchor has never been so disgusted in his many years of news reporting.
  • Comments: Imagine Heat. Imagine Reservoir Dogs. Imagine any of the scores from GTA V. Then take that cinematic punch and flair and marry it to Friendship is Magic for a heist that, believe it or not, is going to a worthy cause. The writing is solid, and the action is great. The highlights in the characterization are illustrated throug the action and the dialogue is on point. And the last character anyone would expect to ends up sniping a chopper out of the sky. 10/10

Forever Faithful by Konseiga
  • Recommended by Pichu
  • Synopsis: In a freak accident from the Cloudsdale weather control team, Twilight is struck down by an errant lightning bolt. But the veil of death is relatively thin...

Forgiveness by Dark Side of the World
  • Recommended by Jayrad
  • Synopsis: The story of Luna's transformation to Nightmare Moon, her life after coming back, and everything in between as she longs for forgiveness.

I Forgot I was There by Ga P Jaxie
  • Recommended by Jachra
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle tries out a new spell to improve her time management and ends up creating a copy of herself.

A Friend For Derpy Hooves by Jim Dimitri
  • Recommended by dag1984
  • Synopsis: "Derpy Hooves" is the nickname given to the strange, awkward mare who lives on the edges of Ponyville. What will happen when Princess Celestia sends her a guardian to help socialize her? Becomes femmeslash towards the end.

Friendship Is Forever by Fabrosi
  • Recommended by Robotech_Master
  • Synopsis: When something goes terribly wrong at the Grand Galloping Gala in Canterlot, Twilight Sparkle and friends are thrust into an adventure like they have never experienced before.

Friends Forever by Snow
  • Recommended by Yarrik
  • Synopsis: Over time we lose our friends; those we love, those who we share a piece of our heart with, but do we ever really lose them for good? Sometimes, true friendship and heartfelt love can transcend even death itself, and with a little magic, a shattered life can be made whole once again. Follow the after-years of Twilight Sparkle, centuries after the end of the show, and find out if a friend lost is a friend gone.... or just somepony waiting to step back into your life.

Friendship is Surreal by WarhunterT71
  • Recommended by Kytseo
  • Synopsis: A Hero of Another Story fic that is designed to play out like the adventures of the mane 6, this chronicles the hypothetical adventures of Octavia, Derpy Hooves, Dr. Whooves, Lyra, DJ PON-3, and Bon Bon (takes place after the gala). Also, the link on the DA version to the version on has part 2.

From The Mist by Cstgeorge
  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Commander Hurricane was one of the greatest of the pegasus commanders. Taking her place in the order of the Valkyries, she stood at the head of the army of the great Nimbus Ring.
Then the Nimbus Ring vanished. The eldest Valkyrie had slain the King, stealing the flying fortress of the Ring and fleeing northwards. Not willing to let her go after everything they'd done together, Hurricane refused to leave her be and winged north after her. However, her mission will transform from what she'd originally thought. There are dark forces at work, cold as the grave, and Hurricane, though she doesn't yet know it, will play a pivotal role in the battle to come. Inspired in great part by Imploding Colon's Austraeoh series.
  • Tags: None.

The Funeral of Derpy Hooves by shortskirtsandexplosions.
  • Recommended by DreadedCandiru2
  • Synopis: Princess Twilight Sparkle holds a wake in the memory of Derpy Hooves after a terrible accident tears the mailmare to pieces. This tragedy affects everypony in Ponyville, and close friends preparing for the funeral find themselves coming together in ways they never have before, sharing their deepest feelings, their tender memories, and their most delicate secrets. They even agree to take care of Dinky, fostering Derpy's orphaned daughter into a bright and promising future. It would all be very noble if Derpy were actually dead.

Fur and Feathers by Nexas
  • Recommended by lordnaseby
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle, being Twilight Sparkle, is planning the Summer Sun Celebration and everything is most certainly not going according to plan. A huge storm is going to ruin everything before she decides to use her magic to clear it up so everything can get back on track. The problem? The spell accidentally turns all of Ponyville's pets into ponies themselves. Now Twilight and her friends all have to figure out how to turn their pets back to normal as well as make sure that the celebration goes as well as possible.

Ghost of a Rose by Noble Thought
  • Recommended by Seventeen Colossi
  • Synopsis: The world around Roseluck is slipping away piece by piece. Color drains away, fear creeps in, and an empty town hides a secret she is afraid to face. When all that remains are memories of family, friends, and fleeting moments, a friend tries to help her hold onto them before they fade away. Before she fades away.

Gilda's Horrific Torture, author unknown
  • Recommended by The Pocket
  • Synopsis: Written on the heels of "Cupcakes", this short story tells how one of Gilda's victims gets revenge... with a little help from a friend. To say more would be to spoil it. (Note: The prequel has spoilers; read it second!)

The Girl by RoyGBiv-MLP
  • Recommended by Retsof Noraa
  • Synopsis: Twilight becomes friends with the unlikeliest of people, and inspires her to make one of the greatest decisions of her life.

The Glass Blower by Cold in Gardez
  • Recommended by Zabilac
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopis: She is as beautiful and graceful as the moon, and just as hard to reach. He is a young artist with much to learn about the world. When he accepts her challenge to create an artistic masterpiece, will he win her heart, or learn a terrible lesson in the nature of beauty and love? Warning: Dark.
  • Notes: This is a beautiful and tragic story about a pony's love for a mare and his growing obsession to win her heart. Fair warning, The ending is not happy and Rarity is slightly OOC, but still a very tastefully done story.

A Glint of Light on Broken Glass by siderealSandman

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Synopsis: As the personal protegee of Princess Twilight Sparkle, Luna's life is more than crazy enough for a unicorn of her age. Balancing her studies and putting up with her hard-partying pegasus sister is enough to keep Luna up most nights with little or no social life to speak of. But as the only one who believes the legends that Tirek the Terrible is returning and the only one who actually cares enough to stop him, it doesn't look like Luna is going to be getting any sleep anytime soon. Which is just as well, because she keeps having the strangest dreams about a life she half-remembers; a life of long nights spent as Princess of the Moon and a terrible catastrophe that befell her kingdom. But those are just dreams...right? With the fate of Equestria resting on her shoulders, Luna must unite a group of unlikely allies to stop Tirek, save the world, and solve the riddle of her nightmares before they come to life.
  • Pairing(s): None.
  • Tags: None.

Going Anywhere by Eakin
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: As a general rule, leaving your future bride at the altar and abandoning your entire family to flee the city of Canterlot is a bad idea. Then again, you never know just who you'll meet on the train to your new life.
  • Now has a sequel in progress, Any Way You Want It.

Growing Pains by Peroth
  • Recommended by primedawg9170
  • Synopsis: It seemed like a simple problem, at first, but as dangerous foreigners begin to hunt for Twilight, and ancient godlike entities begin to stir as she and her friends search for a solution, a tiny growth-spurt in her horn suddenly doesn't seem so simple. Warning: GRIMDARK at times.
  • Pairings: Twilight Sparkle/Rainbow Dash, Rarity/Applejack

Growing Up by a High-Tech Burrito.
  • Recommended by KentuckyTroper1990, TrueZero
  • Synopsis : As an older Spike prepares to leave Ponyville, he reflects on all the good times he's had, says goodbye to his friends, and remembers the friends who aren't there anymore. Brings your tissues. This is a sad one. Deals with death.

Half the Day Is Night by AugieDog

Happy Birthday, Fizzypop! by Its The Whiny Guys
  • Recommended by Spark Moon, Corey W Williams
  • Synopsis: It's Fizzypop's birthday! She's worked so hard on her party, and she just can't wait for all of her friends to show up and celebrate it with her!

Harbinger by Tealove
  • Recommended by Mr Maestro
  • Synopsis: When Equestria is brought to its knees by a sudden Zombie Apocalypse, the Mane Six (along with a great many side characters) must trek across their ruined nation in search of their missing Princesses, other survivors, and a safe haven, pursued all the while by a mysterious enemy no one knows how to defeat.

Harmony Theory by Sharaloth
  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Synopsis: After the Changeling invasion, Celestia and Luna make the decision to have Twilight investigate the Elements of Harmony and solve the mystery of their power. A thousand years later, Rainbow Dash awakens in a world she does not recognize. She has no idea how or why she came to be there. She does not know the language, the geography or any of the rules of this new time. She soon finds allies in Star Fall, a scholarly pegasus whose Talent is Magic, and Astrid, Star Fall's Griffin guardian. Together they set out to discover why Dash has been sent to the future, and how she might return to when she belongs. War threatens the nations, a Nightmare stalks the shadows, and Rainbow Dash's arrival has turned her into a wild card in a deadly game that pits the law on both sides of a broken Equestria against a mysterious criminal figure, Max Cash. Yet the stakes are higher than anyone knows, for in her research Twilight Sparkle discovered a dark secret about the Elements, something that will shake the foundations of the world.
  • Comments: This fic is just fantastic. When it comes to canon characters, characterization is spot-on and faithful to the show. The OCs are, incredibly, as interesting and well-developed as the canon characters. The plot is incredibly entertaining and well-constructed, the pacing is excellent, the mysteries gripping. Prose, grammar, and the "mechanical" aspects of writing are near perfect. If you have the time, I recommend a reading binge. The author generally updates every two weeks, with occasional, relatively short hiatuses when busy with real life, and when Sharaloth does update, the updates range between 8000 and 20000 words.

Harmony's Wrath By hahatimeforponies
  • Recommended by Tokyooranges
  • Synopsis When Twilight and her friends are snowed into the library, they discover a book she doesn't recognize. It turns out, the story they find within hits much closer to home than they had expected.

Head Full of Cotton Candy by TheManWithTwoNames
  • Recommended by Supercomputer276
  • Synopsis: It is the responsibility of a king to care for his people and maintain order in his kingdom. That shouldn’t be much trouble for a ruler as powerful as Discord, right? With his faithful and insecure advisor at his side, the draconequus sets out to explore his new world and personally see to it that peace reigns in Equestria. However, the ponies want nothing to do with their frightening new ruler, and the unamused Spirits of Equestria aim to drag the Spirit of Chaos away before he can cause any more harm. Can Discord be the ruler Equestria needs? Or is he truly doomed to become the monster he is seen to be?
  • Comments: This fic taking place starting at Discord's creation and shows the truth of his reign over Equestria over a thousand years ago and just how Screwball fits into it all. It carries both great comedy and tragedy in equal measure and is astoundingly well done.

Heavenly Turmoil by The Man With Two Names
  • recommended by bregalad
  • Warnings: major and minor character death, occasional violence
  • Synopsis: Princess Celestia struggles to distinguish reality from illusion as Discord begins to seep into her brain. But... isn't Discord still imprisoned in stone?
  • Comments: This very, very dark fic takes an interesting twist on the complex relationship between Discord and Celestia (in case you're wondering: no, they are not lovers in this one). The writing and the characterization are excellently done (it features some well-made OCs as well), and instead of being a cheap gorefest, it relies heavily on psychological horror, managing to be genuinely scary. Be warned though: it's a darkfic, and an extremely sad one at that.

Hips Don't Lie by Syeekoh
  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When eating their lunches, an interesting group of girls comes into the cafeteria and hypnotize the entire school with their siren song. It doesn't affect Rarity, but her attention is drawn towards something else about the lead singer. Her hips.
  • Pairing(s): None.
  • Tags: None.

Holy Hay! The Teacher is a Superhero! by Whalesareawesome
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: She is vengeance. She is the night. She is Mare-Do-Well. She's also the local Ponyville elementary teacher. With her trusty sidekick Applebloom, Mare-Do-Well is going to deliver her special brand of educational justice to the criminals of Ponyville.

Hostile Takeover by Coconutswallow
  • Recommended by Ack Sed
  • Synopsis: Trixie has left her failures behind and become part of a new show in Manehattan. Then her manager tells her that the new animal trainer, Fluttershy, will be rooming with her...
  • Comments: Hilarious, simply because it's great fun to see Trixie suffer through Fluttershy's sheer involuntary niceness.

How Many Princesses Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb? by PonIver
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • ''Synopsis: Have you ever been so angry that you turned your faithful student into a princess? Celestia gets frustrated when her reading lamp stops working one night and overreacts in trying to find a solution...

I Did Not Want To Die by Kalash93
  • Recommended by Molotov
  • Synopsis: These are the final thoughts of a young soldier mortally wounded in action.
  • Comments: Kalash has done it again with this Tear Jerker of a fic. My Little Dashie doesn't hold a candle to this. And when it's not making you cry, it's world building, developing character, or just being really badass. It's not terribly long either, making it a good quick read.

I love you, Princess Luna by DontWannaKnow
  • Recommended by Molotov
  • Synopsis: Luna finds the diary of a guard who loved her, even unto death. Now she has to deal with the sweet reality that she can both love and be loved, and with the bitter reality that she cannot truly be with anypony she loves.

''The Incredibly Trying Performance of Octavia by Ponibius
  • Recommended by Nyperold
  • Synposis: In the elite circles of Canterlot, cultured music is one of the essential luxuries for anypony with status. Octavia Philharmonica is one of the foremost classical musicians in Canterlot. Her music is at the very pinnacle of her profession, her performances highly sought after, and her talents attract a steady string of wealthy and influential patrons. Her talent, however, is not always enough on its own; occasionally, her job demands more. For the sake of pleasing one of her patrons, she must perform for a charity concert—a collaborative concert with her dubstep-loving friend Vinyl Scratch.
  • Comments: Yes, the story sets up the obvious antagonist and then has them briefly thinking each other is the saboteur long before they realize who, but you may well enjoy the ride, anyway.

In Her Majesty's Royal Service by Sagebrush
  • Recommended by BornIn1142, S Noble Jr, Sahgo
  • Synopsis: "Who are those courageous and stoic ponies that put their lives on the line in service of the princesses? Follow the tale of Storm Stunner, a new recruit to Equestria's Royal Guard."

In History Maybe by TheSwimminBrony
  • Recommended by Some New Guy
  • Synopsis: The sequel to The Things we Leave Behind. After years of work, Rainbow Dash has finally achieved her lifelong goal of joining the Wonderbolts. However, when her first Wondebolt Derby ends in defeat, Rainbow Dash becomes crushed due to feeling that she failed to uphold a promise she made to an old friend. An old friend who is now gone forever...

The Irony of Applejack by Mister Friendly
  • Recommended by midorigreen, Emptybee, Madd The Sane
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: For most of Applejack's life, she didn't know what she was. True, she understood who she was well enough. But ponies don't change shapes, nor do they get strength from love. Applejack never thought too hard on it... until the events of a certain wedding brought about some harsh realizations. Now, with Equestria still reeling from the surprise attack, will Applejack manage to come to terms with what she is? Will she even be able to keep her secret safe? For if the royal guards don't get her first, the conspirators in the shadows just might...
  • Comments: Yes, another 'one of the main six is secretly a changeling' fanfic, but an incredibly well done one with all the cast in character.

Journey to my Imagination by DeiStar
  • Recommended by Nightelf37, autobot, Madd The Sane
  • Synopsis: Being a creator is more than writing and drawing, you create your own world, where you pour your love and heart into it. In a stormy night, after a strange event in her office, Lauren Faust gets teleported into the magical land of Equestria. The land... that she created. What will she do now? How will she return to the reality from her own imagination? Will she even be willing to leave?
  • Comments: Be prepared for a crazy!Celestia. No trollestia or molestia, just straight up insane!Celesta.

Junior Speedsters Forever by Pacce
  • Recommended by suntzu
  • Synopsis: The tale of how Rainbow Dash and Gilda originally became friends, and a look at the events following Gilda's episode.

Just Words by Device Heretic
  • Recommended by darkwulf23
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight breaks Celestia's doors. But then, you'd be mad too, if your stupid brother got drunk and told you that you were adopted.
  • Comments: A recently written oneshot that analyzes Twilight's feelings about her family as well as her relationship with Princess Celestia. Both touching and sad at the same time.

    Fics without pages K-P 
Keeping It Simple by Ivory Piano
  • Recommended by: Emptybee
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: After Big Macintosh helps the Mane Six out of a jam, he finds his ordinary life of peaceful routine thoroughly disrupted by the various misadventures those crazy ponies always seem to get themselves into.
  • Tags: Comedy, Slice of Life

Keeping Your Hooves On The Ground by InsertAuthorHere
  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Synopsis: The Cutie Mark Crusaders ask Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy about what happened just after the events of the Cutie Mark Chronicles; specifically, what happened to Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash immediately after the race. Reluctantly, Dash and Fluttershy delve into a tale. A tale of a young Fluttershy's amazement at the world she had landed upon, and a filly Dash's desperate quest to save her from that most evil of places: THE GROUND.
  • Comments: A really sweet and funny fic examining the beginning of Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy's friendship. Can also be found on Equestria Daily. They've tagged it with "Silly Fillies". They're not wrong.

Kingdom of Heaven and Earth by Buchephalus
  • Recommended by MssrNeko
  • Synopsis: The mysterious country of Marecedonia prepares to wage war against Equestria and the Elements of Harmony are needed. Twilight Sparkle and her friends are tasked with stopping the oncoming war between the two countries. However, an old foe is well aware of the Elements and will stop at nothing to stop them.
  • Comments: An excellent fanfic from an new author. Everypony's characterization is spot-on with canon and the OC ponies mesh well without dominating the other characters. While it is dark, it does not cross into pure grimdarkness and manages to retain some of the show's light and innocence. A great addition to the MLP fanfiction library.

Lawless Love by Blood Brandy
  • Pairing: Spike/Mane-iac
  • Recommended by p0nypanda
  • Synopsis: The Mane-iac has a reason, a method to her madness, and one that will shock the Mane Si-er, the Power Ponies to their core. Because it's not exactly evil, and aren't we all crazy when we're in love?
  • Notes: Completely crack.

Left Behind by Gold
  • Recommended by: Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: As her friends find success, Applejack begins to worry that her life as a simple farmer makes her the least special of her friends. Rainbow Dash comes up with a plan to show her just how special she is- and discovers something about her feelings for the country farmer in the process.
  • Tags: Adventure, Romance

''Legionnaire: Death of Innocence by The Lord Inquisitor
  • Recommended by: Molotov
  • Synopsis:In the midst of Chaos, there is also opportunity"- Sun Tzu.
You know it is going to be a good trip when you get shot at on the first day. Twilight Sparkle, Princess of Equestria, has arrived in the Khanate. Her orders are as clear as they are impossible. She must plunge headfirst into a maelstrom of politics, betrayal and intrigue to make peace with a nation that teeters on the brink of open war.
  • Tags: Adventure, Alternate Universe, Dark, Human, Romance

Let Me Play Among the Stars by l0x0r
  • Recommended by g17
  • Synopsis: The Events covering how Luna got her cutie mark to her Start of Darkness.

Letters from an Irritated Princess by Tired Old Man
  • Recommended by: Bored_Man
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Letters. Everyone writes them, and they're not just for ponies. Be they carriers of serious news, friendly correspondence between pen pals, or declarations of heart and heartbreak, each one is written with a clear purpose or goal in mind. Celestia uses them to try and keep her faithful student and friends in line, and try to keep an unbalanced world on the straight and narrow. This is much harder than it sounds.
  • Comments: Taking the form of letters centered around the episodes of canon, or events in between, the prime focus is Celestia writing to Twilight Sparkle and others, with a very dry and sarcastic wit bordering on exasperation (fortunately, the language is PG-13 at worst). Often times a P.S. is included, which picks up snippets of conversation between Celestia and Luna.
  • Review here

Life in a Slower Lane by JuyUnseen
  • Recommended by Firerush
  • Synopsis: After being brutally rejected by Rainbow Dash once again, Scootaloo is left distraught. that is until a kinder pegasus comes into her life and shows her some compassion. NOT romantic.

Light by Dreamy Days
  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A changeling runs away. This story is inspired by Austraeoh. Better than it sounds.
  • Pairing(s): None.
  • Tags: None.

The Light Never Goes Out by BrianBlessedPony
  • Recommended by UnderlordZ
  • Synopsis: Equestria prepares to celebrate a great event, but for six certain ponies, this event means much more to them.

A Little Chat by KnightMysterio
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: An epilogue of sorts to Mothers. Gilda is dragged off for a little 'chat' by the behemoth bulldozer of a pegasus, Fluttershy's mother Barricade. But what exactly did they 'chat' about?

Longing For Harmony by Blue Ghost
  • Recommended by GarudaOne
  • Synopsis: Shortly before an annual gathering, Fluttershy notices that her circle of friends are slowly drifting apart from one another. Desperate to bring their friendship back to its peak, she discovers a powerful tool that might do just the thing, with possibly large consequences. Can she make Twilight and company get along once more, or is this a mistake that will undo them all?
  • Comments: By far one of the most underrated fanfics out there, this roller coaster is one of the purest expressions of emotion in the fanbase. Well worth the read.

Lyra and Bon Bon's Odd Jobs by Bronystories
  • Pairing: Lyra/Bon Bon
  • Recommended by WeirdKev27
  • Synopsis: In need of work, Lyra and Bon Bon find employment in Ponyville's only cryobank; better known as a sperm bank. Under the supervision of Nurse Coldheart, the two mares apply themselves to the high calling of protecting the ponies of future generations...and cleaning up any spills.
  • Notes: I've chosen to embrace the Mature rating for this story. Most chapters are technically Teen rated, but there is one mature chapter, which is clearly marked. While the setting takes place in a cryobank, the story will follow Lyra and Bon Bon's perspective. The actual method for acquiring samples will only be alluded to; never described.

MLP Loops by Saphroneth
  • Recommended by cliffc999
  • Synopsis: A collection of brief ficlets and light-hearted one-shots based around the Infinite Loops concept originally from TFF. Contains notable scenes such as the redemption of Diamond Tiara, a Metal Wolf Chaos crossover, Pinkie Pie replacing Slaanesh, and a ton of other things that only makes sense in context. Also contains a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming in chapter 6 when the Mane Six finally get in touch with the creators of MLP. Highly recommended.

Lost Little Pony by Potato Joe
  • Recommended by Peteman
  • Synopsis: A fan sequel to Dear Idiot that lays heavily on the deconstruction side. After getting this letter pointing out all of Prince Blueblood's many flaws, Blueblood has a meltdown. Meanwhile, Princess Celestia is dealing with her own feelings on the matter, and has to come to terms with the possibility of another family member going a self-destructive spiral, one that she may have again been too late to save.

Loyalty's Vengeance by The_Dash

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Equestria the land of friendship, and harmony...or at least it was. Chrysalis, made sure the Equestria my friends and I knew, was no more. She released Discord from his stone imprisonment, and launched upon all of ponydom a plague, a corruption...that's taken everything...everypony I loved. I trained, killed, and that one day...I could avenge them. Today is that day, today I will take the first step towards making them pay! What, you thought loyalty ended with death? Well then, I guess somepony should let my enemies know...True loyalty is forever, and I will be the instrument that delivers loyalty's vengeance upon them.
  • Tags: Dark Fic, Gore

Luna, There's a Sentient Race Inside Your Mane by boardgamebrony
  • Recommended by Nightelf37, autobot
  • Synopsis: A fellow pony notices that Princess Luna may have a serious problem: there is a small, sentient race inside her mane and they have been living there for quite some time. Luna must decide what to do about this.

Madmax Comics (also here)
  • Recommended by robertmck
  • Synopsis: A series of gag comics drawn by "Madmax". Think of it as a Pony version of Potter Puppet Pals.

Maiden Flight by Cold in Gardez
  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Synopsis: The ever-humble Rainbow Dash has selflessly agreed to give Scootaloo a wing-up on Flight School with a few lessons. Twilight Sparkle, however, has her doubts...
  • Comments: Heartwarming, at times hilarious. All the ponies remain well within character. An excellent read. By the same author who wrote "Naked Singularity" (below).

The Mane Attraction by Conner Cogwork
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: Carrot Top lets her hair grow out a bit, and styles it accordingly. No big deal usually, right? Unless somehow, the result makes any pony who gazes at it, become relentlessly enamored with it and the pony it's attached to! Carrot now must find a way to shave her locks before she's smothered to death with affection from every pony in Ponyville!

Melt by Ambion
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight's caught a special type of flu, and it's up to none other than Princess Celestia to nurse her through it. A special, tender little moment follows in this most unexpected of circumstances.

Memories and the sequel From Here to Eternity by Sada-Pazaki

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Synopsis of Memories: A mysterious book that once belonged to an equally mysterious pony reveals things about the past Twilight never would have suspected...
  • Synopsis of From Here to Eternity: Sequel to Memories. Soon after learning about Serenity's past and the secrets it held, Twilight is shocked to hear about Discord being freed again. However this time he has no powers and it's all due to an unknown creature by the name of Schism. Due to Twilight's insistence, he and the Mane 6 embark on a journey to recover his powers... And hopefully Twilight will finally get some answers about the past from Discord himself.
  • Pairing(s): Discord/OC onesided (Memories) Discord/Twilight Sparkle (From Here to Eternity) (not a romance fic, but has romantic elements)
  • Tags: None.

Memories of Those Friends Who've Gone Before Us by WTFHIW
  • Recommended by Fifthman, Ack Sed, S Noble Jr, Omicronus
  • Synopsis: Two months after coming to live in Ponyville, Twilight runs across an odd traveling bookseller, and through her contact with him, gains insight into the nature of her own character as well as knowledge of Ponyville's previous librarian.

Midnight Run by Midnight Shadow
  • Recommended by Robotech_Master
  • Synopsis: Twilight is approached by Applejack with a strange request - to join her that night for a run, but all is not as it seems. Why is Applejack so nervous? What could this be about?

Moonbeam by Laurence Brown
  • Recommended by Tropers/g17
  • Synopsis: Having trouble making friends, Princess Luna decides that using some magic might be just the thing to help her out. Things don't go as planned, however, when the spell she casts gives her some unexpected results!

Moonspire Run by TitanRising
  • Recommended by Pykrete, Canonier, CaptainHoers
  • Synopsis: Dash biffs a practice session and explodes at her friends and Scootaloo. While venting it off, she gets challenged to a race by none other than Spitfire of the Wonderbolts — a race through one of the most perilous locales in Equestria. Extreme acts of awesome ensue.

The Moonstone Cup by Cyanide
  • Recommended by Decay, Ack Sed
  • Synopsis: Twilight is invited to Canterlot to compete with some of the greatest magicians in the world for the Moonstone Cup, a prestigious award for the most powerful and skillful magicians, unicorn and otherwise. Can she win? What sort of competition will she face?

Mother May I? by Moabite
  • Recommended by Nightelf37 RavenFaith
  • Synopsis: Derpy explains her medical condition to her daughter Dinky.

Mothers by KnightMysterio
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: It's almost Mother's Day. Scootaloo comes to Rainbow Dash with a startling question, but then backs off, feeling ashamed she asked it. Rainbow Dash, taken off-guard by the question, starts to question both herself, how she feels about Scootaloo, and about her past...

Mother's Day by TailsFox88
  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Synopsis: Everypony you meet makes an impression in your life, either good or bad. Sometimes the impression is very minor, but other times it lasts long after it's ended. Rainbow Dash knows this all too well, and has spent most of her life trying to forget about somepony who hurt her when she was young. But as she's about to learn, you can't run from your past forever, and sometimes even the bad experiences may help change you for the better. A look into what made Rainbow Dash the mare she is today, and an indirect sequel to That Warm Feeling. (Though, you don't have to have read it first to read this one.)
  • Comments: A well-written, heartwarming, tearjerking story with fantastic characterizations and character motivations. Thoroughly recommend.

Moving on: Silver Spoon's story by Hollyfern
  • Recommended by {{Tropers/31Darkstar}}
  • Synopsis: Diamond Tiara has moved away to Manehatten leaving behind a lonely and friendless Silver Spoon. Depression slowly sets in, but one Cutie Mark Crusader extends the hoof of friendship.

My Funny Sister by Pascoite
  • Recommended by Kytseo RavenFaith
  • Synopsis: When Scootaloo wonders why Rainbow Dash has been avoiding her, Dash decides to tell a story from her youth, about friendship gained, and friendship changed, in order to explain why seeing Scootaloo has been making her sad.
  • Comments: It's a really good sad fic about friendships that persist despite painful events in peoples' lives. The ending just shows just how much Rainbow Dash and Derpy Hooves truly care for each other like sisters.

My Little Economy Economics is Science by mylittleeconomy
  • Recommended by Cadrpear
  • Synopsis: Princess Celestia is the world's most powerful economist, and Twilight Sparkle is her most promising student. But when Twilight is sent to Ponyville to oversee preparations for the summer solstice celebration, she will have her hooves full trying to make friends and save the world from a thousand years of bad monetary policy. Along the way, she might learn an important lesson or two about economics.
  • Comments: An alternate universe retelling of the first two episodes with an economics twist to it. Reads a bit like a shorter, ponified version of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.

My Little Parcel by CupcakesNom
  • Recommended by Andyroid, S Noble Jr
  • Synopsis: Following the girls' latest adventure, Rainbow Dash discovers that a somewhat embarrassing souvenir of hers has gone missing, and tries as discreetly as possible to track it down. Naturally, Hilarity Ensues.

My Little Pony: What's Wrong with the World? by Alex Warlorn
  • Recommended by The Otaku Ninja
  • Synopsis: Five of the Mane Six wake up one day, and find the world has changed completely, and has come alien and wrong from the world they've known their whole lives, and why is their friend Twilight acting so guilty?
  • Comments: A unique look at "Magical Mystery Cure" that suggests that there was a lot more to what we saw in that episode than we realized. A worthwhile look to anyone who had doubts about that episode.

My Sweetie by Big Mackintosh
  • Recommended by Kytseo
  • Synopsis: After being adopted by Derpy, Sparkler can't help but feel unloved and unspecial in her new home, but Derpy is determined to show her just how special she really is.

Mythbuckers by AuroraDawn
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: Are pegasus wings really fragile? Do unicorn spells really fail catastrophically? And just how explosive is chocolate milk, anyways? Join Applejack, Rainbow Dash and the rest of the MLP crew as they not only tell the myths, but put them to the test!
  • Notes: Pony parody of Mythbusters. If you're a user in Fimfiction.Net, you can make more suggestions for 'myths' to bust.

Naked Singularity
  • Redommended by Tropers/yahooeny, Grignr
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:Twilight Sparkle is a gifted student and scholar. When she attempts to harness her creative side by writing a science-themed sensual romance novel, however, things rapidly get out of hoof. Can her friends stage an intervention before she humiliates herself (and them) at a prestigious literature recital? No. No, they cannot.
  • Comments: One of the best examples of cringe-humor I've ever seen. If only the human body can somehow produce tears of joy and pain at the same time, for this story would totally make it rain up in here. Also featured in Equestria Daily.

[1] by NeightinghamPrince1930
  • Recommended by Inlerah 78
  • Synopsis: In a kingdom away from Equestria, A king and a prince rule. But, the king is a miserly and greedy tyrant. The prince, however, is not. This is a one-shot story, with OC characters only.

Newsworthy by Medicshy
  • Recommended by Eegah, y2k
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Tabloid reporter Ink Well arrives in Ponyville to do a story about the chaos at the Grand Galloping Gala. But when he learns about the damaging effects his magazine's stories have had on the Mane Six, he has a change of heart and tries to get corrections printed. And this draws everyone into a conspiracy bigger than anything they could suspect...

Nightmare Night and Nyx by RealityCheck
  • recommended by crowmagnon, Madd The Sane, Korodzik
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It's been a few months since the events of "Past Sins." Twilight has settled into the routine of being a mother, and Nyx has happily settled into the routine of being a (well, MOSTLY) normal little filly. But now they're closing in on one of the favorite holidays of the fall season, Nightmare Night—- which Nyx has never heard of and knows absolutely nothing about....
  • Now part of a series that has its own page, Reality Checks Nyx Verse.

Nightmares Don't Last Forever. by BB
  • Recommended by g17
  • Synopsis: The Elements of Harmony are defeated and Nightmare Moon stands on Equestria's throne as their new Queen. Is Equestria doomed to suffer through night time eternal or will they be... perfectly fine? Twilight finds her new job as slave or "personal assistant" to her new ruler to be a bit maddening. But is this evil sarcastic queen really as bad as she originally believed? And just how many others are diabolical enough to cash in on the change in staff? Can Nightmare truly run a peaceful Equestria? Only one way to find out.

Nightmare State of Mind by Jetfire
  • Recommended by Ardashir
  • Synopsis: Welcome you poor, you flawed, you hopeless — welcome to the Queendom of Nocturne!

The Nightmare Before Nightmare Night by Silent Bob
  • Recommended by Jacker
  • Synopsis: Twilight Soulshard, Lich Queen of the Edeathstria, an alternate, spooky themed version of Equestria, grows tired of her monotonous life of leading her ghoulish kin in Nightmare Night festivities every year, and opts to journey to the 'real' Equestria in order to find out how mortals have fun. Little does she know this will kick off an incredible journey of self-discovery... when she opts to take the real Twilight's place. — A parody of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The Off-Duty Bar And Grill by mber7560
  • Recommended by: Molotov
  • Synopsis: Civil war broke out in Equestria a few months ago. This means that there's a whole new sector of the economy catering to soldiers and their needs. Factories are mass-producing weapons and armor, alcohol sales are up, and even the brothels are seeing increased profits. Browning Vineyard runs the Off-Duty Bar and Grill, a popular spot for the Joint Special Forces unit stationed at Fort Jack. He's seen a lot of beat-up soldiers walk through his doors, and he hasn't heard a lot of happy stories from them. Soldiers are becoming the rule rather than the exception. Which only makes tonight's visitor all the more confusing...
  • Comments: The author and story are inspired by Kalash 93's Racer and the Geek verse of stories. Author is One of Us.

The Powder and the Spark by Silent Bob
  • Recommended by Jacker
  • Synopsis: Equestria, formally neutral in a war between the Crystal Empire and the Darkwoods Confederation, is forced to enter upon the seemingly permanent poison-induced coma of Princess Celestia. However, the rest of the world may not be far behind...

The Night the Magic Died by ArofaTamahn
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: When a harrowed Griffin crash-lands on Celestia's balcony, she appoints Twilight and her friends to be his protectors from the evil creature chasing him. But, when the beast appears, it claims itself to be a law-enforcer from another world, and the Griffin to be a dangerous dimension-hopping sorcerer in disguise.
    So, with the Griffin and the monster under the watch of Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor respectively, the ponies must learn about their charges and discover the truth, whatever it may be.

The Night That Never Ended by BronyCray
  • Recommended by Flaera
  • Synopsis: What if Nightmare Moon had won? When a teleportation spell goes awry, Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash are transported to a realm of eternal night, ruled by the cold, iron hoof of Nightmare Moon.
  • Tags:Dark Fic

No Hard Feelings by SeptimusMagistos
  • Recommended by Redhead64, omegaman
  • Synopsis: The Mane Five had a definite plan for revealing who was behind Mare Do Well: a surprise party! And just because Rainbow Dash forced the reveal a little early doesn't mean they can't all have cake!
  • Comments: A follow-up to the controversial episode "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well".

Nopony Needs to Know by shortskirtsandexplosions
  • Recommended by Korodzik
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A Hurt/Comfort Fic (but no shipping). For a long time, Rainbow Dash has been trying to convince Applejack to take an trip through the air with her. One day, Applejack, strangely solemn and quiet, suddenly accepts. Just what is troubling her?
  • Review here

Octavia's Power Hour by Terse
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: For what is ostensibly the most terrifying time in her entire life, Octavia forgets how to play her beloved cello. Shenanigans ensue, and Lyra reluctantly helps to pick up the pieces, with the help of our favorite DJ, Vinyl Scratch!

The Old Stories by Thanqol
  • Recommended by Redikalus, S Noble Jr, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: There are stories which define us. Stories that inspire us. And there are stories that damn us.

One in a Million by (ocalhoun)
  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After years of trying, Scootaloo finally discovers her special talent. It's the worst thing that ever happened to her. She'll have to leave Rainbow Dash and all her friends behind as she's forced to go off and learn about her new talent... and then it gets worse. (WARNING: It has a happy ending for Scootaloo, but there is Scootabuse.)
  • Pairing(s): None.
  • Tags: None.

"Only Human: A Lyra Heartstrings Production" by Smoking Gun
  • Recommended by Taiyou-x6
  • Synopsis: Lyra makes a big splash in Equestria when she gets her new animated series for children on the worlds No.1 network. The show in question: Only Human, which centers around a group of these mythical creatures called 'humans', straight from Lyra's imagination, who become friends as they overcome life's obstacles together.

"The Overworked Alicorn" by BreakDown
  • Recommended by Manga Manic
  • Synopsis: Have you ever heard of a mare named Faust? She's an Alicorn, just like the Princesses, but not a princess herself. Some say she's a queen, some say she's their mother. The truth, well... she's really overworked. And with her duty as The Equestrian Archivist she has a pretty demanding job. But what happens when this overworked alicorn decides that she wants to take a vacation in Ponyville? Furthermore, what'll happen when she skips out on her job to take that vacation.

The P3 Project series by Bookish Delight
  • Recommended by FoominBlue, Andyroid
  • Synopsis: The Pony Permutation Project, or P3 for short, explores the relationships between the main cast, one pair at a time.

Pegasus Device by Aurora Dawn
  • Recommended by lordnaseby
  • Synopsis: The official sequel to Rainbow Factory. Set 20 years after the events of the original story, the Cloudsdale Weather Corporation has grown to nearly triple the size that it was in Rainbow Factory with the original factory room having been shut down after the events with Scootaloo. Despite that, two foals manage to avoid being processed and they find themselves trying to escape from the bowels of the factory while an even crazier Rainbow Dash and her workers try to re-capture them to keep the glory of The Flock.

Perchance to Dream by Ether Echoes
  • Recommended by Arkain
  • Synopsis: The main character, Shady Blossom, is a thestral (bat pony) who is Babs Seed's stepmother. It starts off pretending to be a slice of life family fic, then hits you over the head with a frying pan. Shady's past turns out to be not only important, but different than what she thinks it is.

A Perfectly Ordinary Day in Ponyville by The Equestrian Gentlecolt
  • Recommended by Eegah
  • Synopsis: A parody fic: Twilight wanders through what has become a typical day for least as far as fanfics are concerned. She blithely strolls through an absolute Cliché Storm, utterly unfazed by any of it at this point.

Perils of the Past/Elements of Discord by Somber
  • Recommended by thelovelypenguin, ptah1888
  • Synopsis: "A thousand years ago Princess Celestia sealed away Nightmare Moon using the Elements of Harmony. Now the Cutie Mark Crusaders will awaken a threat imprisoned for all that time, and all of Equestria will learn which is greater: The Elements of Harmony or the Elements of Discord."

Perquisition by Diexna
  • Recommended by Glory Blaze and Madd The Sane
  • Synopsis: In an unknown new world filled with mysterious and unexplored dangerous ruins, the story follows Sketch and Kickbolt, two explorers, as they slowly but surely uncover the history explaining what happened in this world. And more importantly, why the pony folk suddenly was brought to it just a little over a century ago.

Pinkamena Diane Pie: Consultant Detective by TheRealOP
  • Recommended by TheYanderee
  • Synopsis: The eccentric pink party pony, Pinkie Pie, plays detective with her lowly loyal assistant, Twilight Sparkle, solving crimes and having a good old time. From thieves, to missing ponies, stolen cutie marks, and insidious plots, there will be nothing Pinkie can't handle!

Pinkamina by Sithicus
  • Recommended by Mugen Kagemaru
  • Synopsis: Pinkie came home from the Gala depressed and forlorn, so who could hope to comfort her after the worst disaster of all disastrous parties? Pinkamina Diane Pie, that's who.

Pinkie Pie: The Opener of Ways by Trashcanman
  • Recommended by Foomin Blue
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pinkie Pie saves Twilight and Applejack, but at what cost? Will they ever be able to look at her the same way again?

Pinkie Pie, Psychologest by Masterweaver
  • Recommended by Much Ado About Nonny, Omicronus, Emptybee, Robinton
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Pinkie Pie throws excellent parties. This is a fact of life, like Fluttershy being rather demure, or Rarity having a sense of style. But the fact is, Pinkie's parties cost bits, and her job at the bakery isn't supporting her passions anymore. So she dusts off her degree and opens a side business...
  • Comments: This fic deals with several more adultish themes, and yet manages to maintain a level of Original Flavor. Pinkie Pie as a psychologest (and yes, she deliberately misspells the word) is surprisingly effective. And entertaining, mustn't forget entertaining.

A Pleasant Surprise by Kalash93.
  • Recommended by: Molotov
  • Synopsis: Midnight is a stallion who has long nursed a soft spot for Fluttershy. One night, Fluttershy invites him over to her place to talk. What follows is a wonderful night of passionate love.
  • Comments: Don't let the clop get you down. This is a Kalash 93 story. The characterization is wonderful, the story is heartmeltingly sweet, the sex is masterfully written, and there's even some world building and a bit of genuine real life sex advice. The sex is more intimate that lurid. May cause diabetes.

The Ponies Discover /co/ by Slywit

Ponies Play D&D by Lucres

Ponies Visit McDonald's by The Equestrian Gentlecolt
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: Improbably often, ponies arrive on Earth in a fairly private place, with one or two witnesses at most. This time, they came out in the middle of a crowded McDonald's.

Pony Grab Bag by Weaver
  • Recommended by ruff1298
  • Synopsis: A series of unusual, occasionally perverse, things happen to the Mane Cast.

The Pony That Never Was by Scootareader
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Synopsis: Enigma is a new arrival to Ponyville, but after she goes to sleep each day, she's forced to re-live that day all over again, and nopony can see her or interact with her in any way. After the day is re-lived, she wakes up where she'd been before she had to re-live her day, but as if she'd never been there.
  • Comments: While there are obvious if unintentional parallels with Background Pony, the specifics are sufficiently different that the story is interesting in its own right.

Ponytics by Pickle
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: After receiving a letter about Democracy from Twilight, Princess Celestia decides that she needs to destroy this idea before a revolt starts up.

Pretty in Pink by David Reinold
  • Recommended by Chargin Chuck
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Everypony tries to cope as the laughter is torn from their lives...
  • Warning: Massive Tear Jerker.

Prince Charming by Baldwin
  • Recommended by Deranged Genius
  • Synopsis: After the disaster of meeting Prince Blueblood, Rarity is done looking for the special pony to be her prince. So she decides to put her sewing skills to good use and make the perfect one of her own design.
  • Warning: Gore and Grimdark.

Princess by Kosh
  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Synopsis: Rainbow Dash is just awful at cooking, but the only thing worse than her cooking is the memories it conjures up.
  • Comments: Part of the Equestria Daily Speedfic Challenge on how Rainbow Dash can't cook. An incredibly well-written story. Also, be warned, unlike many of the other entries in this challenge, it is also very sad. As one commentator put it: "Wow. I'm not usually much for sad pony stories, but that was really, really well done. It's hard to believe it's the product of just two hours' work! EDITING: - (but read it anyway, it's seriously well-done)"

Princess Sparkle's School for Eccentric Unicorns by ColtClassic
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Synopsis: WANTED: The newly crowned Princess Twilight Sparkle has set up a bold new initiative to discover new magic, and is sending out an open call to the unicorns of Equestria to apply for her research team. No experience in magical theory or research necessary. Enthusiasm and out-of-the-box thinking a must. The Equestrian government is not responsible for any physical, emotional, or magical trauma experienced during the course of the project or the application process.
  • Note: Contains Twilight/Lyra shipping, and there is a Romance tag up, but not enough of a focus on it for the Shipping page just yet.

Princess Textlestia by SoundofRainfall
  • Recommended by Mugen Kagemaru
  • Synopsis: At the suggestion of one of her guards, Princess Celestia gets a cell phone to make contacting her easier. Needless to say, access to text messaging also leads to the phone being used for other things...

Princess Twilight vs The Pointless Button by Kamikakushi
  • Recommended by Eagal
  • Synopsis: What happens when Twilight is faced with something that can absolutely not exist? Simple, she tries to get rid of it.

Professional Courtesy by Rainbooms Inc
  • Recommended by Mike
  • Synopsis: Luna finds out the hard way that sometimes, mythologies don't play well together.

Promised Land by Obselescence
  • Recommended by Emptybee
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle has walked the wastelands for a very long time, but now, at last, he has reached the end of his journey. He only hopes now that the gods will listen to his prayers, and finally allow him a good place to die.
  • Comments: No that's not a mistake in the synopsis. An after the end fic done in a very My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic manner.

Purloined Pony by Chris
  • Recommended by MegaTank
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A Choose Your Own Adventure starring Carrot Top. When Apple Bloom goes missing at the hands of a band of mischievous creatures, it's up to you to try and save her, along with the help of the other members of Ponyville if you so choose. Plenty of choices to make and 18 varying endings.

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A Quick Buck by Mak
  • Recommended by Quackor The Fowl
  • Synopsis: When Rainbow Dash is given the chance to impress one of her idols, she finds herself in the middle of a money problem. Can she count on her friends to help her make it in the big leagues? Will her friends still be able to count on her once she gets there?

Racist Barn by Ponydora Prancypants
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Unity Day party at Sweet Apple Acres goes awry after surprising accusations are leveled at Applejack, on account of some difficult-to-discern lyrics.
  • Comment: Inspired by a memetic Mondegreen from Apple Family Reunion, this is a well-written comedy of errors with an especially hilarious payoff.

Raiders of the Cutie Mark by DJLowrider
  • Recommended by R.L. Yoshi, Mad Cormorant
  • Synopsis: When the Cutie Mark Crusaders find a book telling of an ancient artifact with the power to grant one's heart's desire, it leads them on their biggest adventure ever - and quite possibly their last!

Rail Riders by Vanner
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: Determined to try everything, the Cutie Mark Crusaders hop aboard a rail car and set off down the rails for adventure.

Rain without Rainbows by Leoshi
  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Synopsis: "Make a wish." Rainbow Dash is granted an opportunity which seems false. But does that mean the wish was imagined? And whose wish is actually granted? "You cannot hope to beat me, dear Princess. Your Harmony lies broken!"
  • Comments: A wonderfully written fic. The author's descriptions and prose is just beautiful. The characters are excellently written and well within character. Also featured on Equestria Daily. Now, also at

Reading Rainbow by Corejo
  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When a freak reading accident causes Twilight to be admitted to the Ponyville hospital, Rainbow Dash is right by her side. Compelled by a sense of duty and repayment, she takes it upon herself to cheer up her friend.
  • Comments: This story is one long Heartwarming Moment, with a good dose of funny as well. Rainbow Dash loyally repaying Twilight Sparkle for helping her learn the wonder of reading really fits her character. Also featured on Equestria Daily.

The Real Story by Nimaru
  • Recommended by Liangnui
  • Synopsis: This is... my explanation of what REALLY happened. I mean, 1000 years before episode one, they had light and cities. Why wouldn't there have been plenty of ponies out in the dark? And why banish her for 1000 years? Doesn't that seem extreme? So many people say Celestia is a "troll" for this when in reality there was no other way. More than anything, I am doing this comic series to defend Celestia who is probably the greatest pony who has ever lived in Equestria and it breaks my heart the way people treat her sometimes. Now it's time to find out the REAL story behind the legend of the elements of harmony (I just hope I can do it justice with my current level of skill!)

Reflections by kalash93
  • Recommended by: Molotov
  • Synopsis: Celestia and Luna share a quiet spring morning together. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: It's sorta a followup to Last One Standing. You don't need one to understand the other, although you're robbing yourself of a great experience if you don't.
  • Review here

Relax by Kalash93
  • Recommended by: Molotov
  • Synopsis: Two lovers find time for each other to reaffirm their love. Better than it sounds.
  • Comments: If erotica could be an art form, then this would be a stellar example. The whole thing is thoroughly heartwarming and heavily atmospheric. It's a short piece, too, but it packs so much emotional content into its length. Must read!

Remember the Good Days? by Carmine
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: Sometimes things happen that no one can control. When this happens to Equestria, Twilight and her friends sit alone on top of a hill on the outskirts of the burning city behind them, talking about the good times they've shared as friends, dwelling deeper into their friendship. With only so little time, only so few words can be mustered by the group except when they remember the good days.
  • Warning: You may need a box of tissues afterwards. This is a Tear Jerker.

The Return of Princess Nightmare Moon by Aegis Shield
  • Recommended by autobot
  • Synopsis: All of Equestria is united in celebration for the return of their beloved Princess Nightmare Moon. But when Celestia and everypony else recieve her she's skeletally starved, filthy, and very nearly dead. It's up to everypony to do their part to help the dark alicorn, or Equestria may only have one Princess after all. 1,000 years is a long time to be alone on the moon. Alternate Universe, there never was a Luna
  • Comments: A very unique take on the return of Nightmare Moon.

Rise of the Dark Age by Broadway Sweetie Belle (Broadway Sweetie Belle)

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Synopsis: My lord. For two thousands years you've waited, you've watched this world change in the depths of your prison; waiting for the day that you would returned to consume it. And now the world is at a crippled state. The eldest Alicorn sister rules over the land, unaware that her 'golden age' is what has kept this world off balance, and keeping your resurrection alive. But the one who had imprisoned you has sent forth the child of your first victims, to restore the world in its rightful path. But what can the Draconequus do, when the harmony he created turns against him? Concord is the spirit of order and balance. In a time when Equestria was ruled under chaos. Concord did a great deed for the ponies of the land. But in his ignorance and prideful state, he had unbalanced the world that he himself was sworn to protect. After a thousand years, Concord travels back to Equestria, determined to make things right again. However, it my be much more difficult than anticipated. If betraying friends, and destroying lives is what it'll take to balance the world, can he truly do it? Or will he embrace the dark side he never knew he had?
  • Alternate Synopsis: Many stories tell of a world that is in need of a hero. But what if the world needed a villain? Concord, the spirit of order and balance, must do the difficult job of becoming that villain.
  • Pairing(s): Celestia/OC onesided. (not a romance fic, but has some romantic elements)
  • Tags:Shipping

The Road to Ponyville by Glue Factory
  • Recommended by Andyroid
  • Synopsis: It’s one misadventure after another for Pinkie Pie and Rarity as they hoof it home. They'll throw down with angry locals, empty stomachs, tourist traps, and the largest confection this side of Equestria. It's not just a question of can make it home. Can they do it together?
  • Comments: A hilarious little fic that picks up where "The Last Roundup" left off, with Rarity and Pinkie Pie lost in the middle of the desert trying to make their way back to Ponyville, and which pays homage to classic comedy duo films, like Crosby and Hope's Road movies.

Rocks fall; Everypony dies. by ToXikyogHurt
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: The Cutie Mark Crusaders attempt some crusading when the Mane 6 leave on holiday. With about the level of success you're probably expecting. Don't worry, no character death takes place at all.

Room 213 by Whirring Gears
  • Recommended by LanceOmikron
  • Synopsis: Working as a waiter at Canterlot's various social gatherings is a nice job. Especially since you began chatting with the cello player of the usual quartet, Octavia. You've gotten to know a lot about her, but one night there seems to be something on her mind. You offer her a drink to ease her nerves and you bring your glasses together in cheers. Next thing you know, you wake up in a strange hotel room in a town you've never been to next to a certain gray mare.

Running From Myself by torrentialCAM
  • Recommended by Shadowwing09
  • Synopsis: While Twilight, Rarity, and Fluttershy are at dinner together at a fancy resturaunt, they have an encounter with two mares that use to be Twilight's schoolmates at Celestia's School For Gifted Unicorns. Surprised and disturbed by Twilight's hostile reaction to them, Rarity delves into Twilight's past to find that the cheerful bookworm has more emotional pain in her past then one might think
  • Comment: A rather emotional trip for the reader that explores the very strong possibility that Twilight was bullied as a filly, this story reveals the pain of Twilight's past and shows her struggling with her issues in the present, with hope for the future. Bully victims will easily relate to Twilight here and find comfort in the role Twilight's friends play. As an added stroke, the author handles the punishment of the bullies very well with a good moral lesson to boot.

The Running of Lyra by Lurks-no-More
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: The autumn is coming, and our favorite bipedal unicorn, Lyra, is preparing for the big event of the season - the Running of the Leaves! But how is Bon-Bon going to take it? And can Lyra's body take the bipedal cross-country race? Only one way to find out!

School Daze by Paleo Prints
  • Recommended by tokyooranges, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After her students release the spirit of Discord on an official field trip, Cheerilee finds herself out of a job. With no opportunities in Ponyville, the schoolmare takes a job offer in the inner city area of Canterlot's old mining town. Can even she overcome the insanities of her colleagues and apathy of her students in time to pass her next annual review? And who is the mysterious backwards-talking filly following Cheerilee around? Luna's School for Disadvantaged Youngsters will never be the same! Now has its own School Daze page.

Scootaloo in Cloudsdale by Tamar
  • Recommended by Mike Rosoft
  • Synopsis: After realising that Scootaloo has never been to Cloudsdale, Rainbow takes the filly to the citadel of the pegasi, much to Scootaloo's excitement.
  • Comments: Day in the life/friendshipping

Scootaloo's Parents by Carmine
  • Recommended by Salnax1
  • Synopsis: Every week, in secrecy, Scootaloo goes to her parent's house. She's afraid of other ponies finding out because her parents are rather... strange. But maybe things aren't as they seem, as her parents are about to tell her something that can turn her entire world upside down...
  • Comments: A hilarious oneshot.

  • The Screwball Trilogy (The Turning of the Screwball, Screwball Mio Amore and Screwball Over), by Warren Hutch
  • Reccomended by GG Crono
  • Synopsis: 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.
  • Comments: These stories are a very interesting, funny, and occasionally adorable take on the very peculiar background pony popularly known as Screwball.

Secret Tub Fun Series by Lawnpygmy
  • Recommended by PDL, Hyunthesosarian, Dracobolt, S Noble Jr
  • Synopsis: Several short stories about each of the characters bathing.

Seeing the Pattern by Aegis Shield
  • Recommended by Kytseo, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:Every night when Pinkie Pie goes to bed, Pinkamina rises. Using the cryptic powers of the Pinkie Sense, she deciphers the clues and goes out to prevent the deaths of others. Meanwhile, the Stallion Lickity Split is developing feelings for Pinkie's darker half, and the Royal Sisters do NOT like Pinkamina messing with fate.
  • Comments: A pretty good twist on the idea of Pinkie having a Shadow Archetype Split Personality in Pinkamena, making her an Antihero instead of a psychopath. It's overall a pretty good story with a really good overall Screw Destiny message in it. It presently has a sequel.

Shine by The Descendant
  • Recommended by omegaman, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Her parents hadn’t come close to telling us what had happened. As I read her newest letter I couldn't believe what she was telling me. This kid hadn’t 'had an accident'… this kid, damn, this kid had been buckin' broken... she’d been broken…"
  • Comments: It is fantastic enough to merit its own entry on this page. Be warned, a bit of a Tear Jerker. Also featured at Equestria Daily.

Side Stories are Never Successful by A Pony Farce
  • Recommended by regresal
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A side story to Suited for Success that focuses on Spike and his connections in Canterlot.

Simply Rarity by Somber
  • Recommended by Ansva, ptah1888, Kaiserin Kai, Omicronus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An argument between her friends has brought to question Rarity's generosity. Can a unicorn who's had everything and nothing truly be generous?

Sleep-Spelling by Lycan_01
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: With a magic exam coming up, Twilight has been staying up way too late and stressing herself too much. As a result, she starts casting spells in her sleep, causing all sorts of chaos. Spike, tired of being turned into random items and worried about his friend, tries to do something to help. Unfortunately, his attempts to help Twilight may end up causing more harm than ... good.

Shade of a Crystal Empire by igotastewgoing
  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: When Twilight Sparkle's magic goes haywire, the ponies are drawn back to the Crystal Empire, only to meet with a terrible, dark force. A tremendous sacrifice sends them on a journey through time to save not only their friend, but all of Equestria.
  • Pairing(s): None.
  • Tags: None.

Shell Shock by Kalash93
  • Recommended by: Molotov
  • ''Synopsis: War has broken out between zebras and ponies. A young pony soldier is standing guard at her post with a comrade when she is confronted with an impossible choice concerning a captured zebra fighter.
  • Comments: This story is DARK! It's one of the most frank, unflinching, war stories in the fandom. This is an awesome example of War Is Hell with a shocking Tear Jerker ending. Given who the author is, it should come as no surprise that the characterization and world building are excellent.
  • Review here

Sig Alert by Dan_s Comments

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An ancient, storied evil arrives in Equestria, and joins Fluttershy's menagerie, as a baby dragon.
    Will the Mane 6 Discover it in time?
    Will they recognize the evil when they see it? Or can it avoid the temptation to succumb to his previous nature?
    Will a brave knight challenge this evil with courage and the power of friendship? Helping him face the terror of the memories of his death?\\ Crossover, but that would give it away. One Chapter one-shot.
  • Pairing(s): None.
  • Tags: Crossover

The Six Deeds of Harmony by Defoloce
  • Recommended by Gentlemens Dame 883
  • Synopsis: "A lovestruck knight in Equestria's early days, unconvinced of his own worthiness, decides that he must prove himself to the mare he loves. With Princess Cadence as his guide, he is put on a quest by the Crown to go forth and right wrongs and ease sorrows associated with latent Chaos, all while learning of the Elements of Harmony from the ponies' companion races."
  • Comments: Written almost entirely in iambic pentameter. Yes really.

Smiling Flowers by TheBrianJ
  • Recommended by NiGHTS, Omicronus
  • Synopsis: Cheerilee has devoted her life to teaching. A life based on a lie. And she is tired of lying. At last she will face the taboos that surround ponies' cutie marks.
  • Comments: A bittersweet but very cute story. Also contains an unusually sympathetic take on Diamond Tiara.

Snowcatcher's Birthday by Rainbow 169
  • Recommended by Fire Chick 12012
  • Synopsis: It's Snowcatcher's birthday, and Pinkie Pie and Dewdrop Dazzle are planning a surprise party for her! Trouble arises when Cherry Berry and Lyra plot to pull a prank on Snowcatcher at the party, due to a grudge Cherry Berry has held against Snowcatcher. Will the party be ruined, or will the power of friendship and reconciliation save the day?
  • Comments: It's a very cute, short, four chapter piece about reconciliation, the evils of bigotry, jumping to conclusions, and stereotyping, all presented in a fun, upbeat, uplifting way without coming off as pretentious or ham handed. A little cheesy at times, but it's very cute and well written. Plenty of Heartwarming Moments and Funny Moments abound, along with a great message. I highly recommend it!

The Cough

Sofa, So Good by GW Fan
  • Recommended by Chargin Chuck
  • Synopsis: Rainbow Dash and Spike compete for a job at Quills and Sofas, in order to get a free sofa.

Solitary Locust by the parasprite
  • Recommended by Darth Revan FTW
  • Synopsis: After the changelings' failed invasion of Canterlot, Twilight tries to soothe some of Ponyville's rampant paranoia by casting a spell to prove there are no imposters hiding in the town. But her spell leaves her in an alien body, facing a mob of angry ponies who just don't believe her when she says she is Twilight Sparkle.
    Or, at least, she was Twilight Sparkle.

The Sound of Thunder by The SOT Collab Group
  • Recommended by Tropers/Jackxter
  • Synopsis: One thousand years after her banishment, Princess Luna returns to a flooded world - with her sister nowhere to be found. Yet with the help of the Equestrian Remnant's valiant airship, the Nocturnal Thunder, and an alternate Mane Six, she may soon find answers at the edge of this strange, oceanic realm...
  • Comments: A charming epic in the make who's lead author, Silent Bob, is the same responsible for The Nightmare Before Nighmare Night.

Spanner in the Works by RK_Striker_JK_5
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: Trapped in stone, Discord recruits former enemies of the Mane Six to free him, but Trixie takes it upon herself to stop the God of Chaos and his band from within.

A Spark Forgotten by Novablitzer
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: When a fire breaks out in Everfree forest by unknown means, it's up to Zecora to warn Ponyville. But when she finds out that the Elements of Harmony that everypony tends to rely on are gone on vacation, can she rally the citizens of Ponyville to help put the fire out before the monsters of the forest overrun the city? Or will Ponyville become the next home of the Everfree monsters?

Sparkle's Law by AestheticB
  • Recommended by SlayerMan118, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It is the day of the Summer Sun Celebration, and Princess Celestia is coming to Ponyville. Twilight Sparkle is overseeing preparations yet again, and has meticulously planned every last detail to ensure that everything is perfect for her mentor’s arrival. Nothing is going to wrong.
    Except when the big day comes, Twilight has gotten four hours of sleep and Fluttershy is nowhere to be found. Pinkie Pie sets off after her with nothing but a dark coat and the voice of a chain-smoking stallion, and the Apples and the Carrots are at each other’s throats while Rainbow Dash is attempting to fill in for Fluttershy.
    As her plans collapse around her and Ponyville descends into chaos, Twilight Sparkle must focus on obtaining the one thing that can make everything better: the all-powerful, awe-inspiring magic of caffeine.

Spike's Nameless Brother by Cold Spike
  • Synopsis: A strange creature has wandered into town and ends up on Applejack's farm. AJ is not pleased but so many unanswered questions about him cause her to be curious. The dragon seems to have no family but the residents of Ponyville soon discover a link between the creature and the towns librarian.

Starlight Glimmer Overreacts to Everything by Yukito
  • Recommended by: Peteman
  • Synopsis: Starlight Glimmer is TRYING to be a good friend, but she just has this awful tendency to overreact at just about anything.
    Like trying to rule over an entire village of brainwashed ponies because a friend moved away.

Statistics by xTSGx
  • Recommended by Mooncalf, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A terse recounting of the thousand-year period between Luna's corruption and eventual return, in the form of relevant statistics. Thoroughly drives home Celestia's anguish, regret and suffering over what she was forced to do, and what she did to amend. Expect tears when reading.

Straight Answers by Rebonack
  • Recommended by Nyperold
  • Synopsis: Pinkie Pie has been acting super-extra Pinkie-like the last few days and it's really starting to bug Rainbow Dash. After Pinkie shows up in Rainbow's house while she's brushing her teeth Rainbow decides that enough is enough. Rainbow presses Pinkie for a straight answer until she gets one. And boy does she get one.

The Stranger And Her Friend by TheUrbanMoose
  • Recommended by Madd The Sane
  • Synopsis: Princess Celestia is a living legend, but much of her life is shrouded in mystery. Records have long since been lost to the decay of time, and the tale of her triumph over Discord has become a fable. The Princess's memory of the event has long since faded... or has it?
    Before she was the Princess of the Sun, she was merely a stranger.

Stuck In The Middle With You by Vargras
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: Sequel to Hiatus (above). Spurred on by her sister, Luna decides to open a summer camp dedicated to the arts and sciences in an attempt to become further involved with the daily lives of Equestria's citizens, hopefully improving her reputation in the process. The campers that sign up prove to be more than what the Princess of the Night was expecting, however. 'Camp Counselor' certainly wasn't supposed to be part of the royal duties.

Study Break by Geomancing
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle takes a moment from her studies at the School for Gifted Unicorns to get a late lunch. Finding herself in a strange part of the school grounds, an apple tree and its odd fruit tempts her appetite. Immediately after eating it, Twilight starts sneezing periodically, each time triggering various random effects that hinder her efforts to get back to her room unnoticed.
  • Comments: While not especially original, this well-written one-shot is funny while it lasts and portrays Twilight, Spike and Celestia quite accurately.

Sugarcoated by Dubs Rewatcher
  • Recommended by psychobionty
  • Synopsis: Bon-Bon is having trouble coming up with new candy flavors, something much more serious than it sounds like, and bringing a great deal of trouble both to her and her friend Lyra. Light-hearted.

The Sun Never Sets by Jetfire

Sunset by Ciroton
  • Recommended by oathkeeper85
  • Synopsis: Some things in this world happen by chance. Others do not. Twilight Sparkle is about to learn a disturbing truth that will turn her world upside down.
  • Comments: While not the best written, the premise of the story is great and plausible and lead to a really great sequel by the name of For Want of a Dawn
  • Review here

Suri Polomare Takes Credit For Everything
  • Recommended by Eagal
  • Synopsis: Suri Polomare, disheartened by her failures in Manehattan, steals a time machine from Doctor Whooves and travels through time, taking credit for the lightbulb, the printing press and the universe.
  • Comments: Exactly what it says. It's a short but outrageous and hilarious story that still manages to have Suri lose at the end. Gold star.
  • Review here

Sweet Apple Capers by The RPGenius
  • Recommended by Poptard, S Noble Jr, Andyroid
  • Synopsis: Pinkie Pie wants some apple strudel, and by Celestia, she's gonna get it!

Tales by George Pollock, Jr
  • Recommended by Foomin Blue
  • Synopsis: The retired royal librarian of Equestria looks back on the interesting times of her life.

Tears For the Devil
  • Recommended by On The Hill.
  • Synopsis: Discord has been defeated, and all is well again. So why isn't Fluttershy as happy as her friends?

A Terrible Secret by Sword_Of_Squirrels
  • Recommended by Jayrad, TokoWH
  • Synopsis: Rainbow Dash has an embarrassing secret that's just waiting to come out. And for once it has nothing to do with shipping.

There's a Gamer in All of Us by Konseiga
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: Luna is a hardcore gamer, and it piques Celestia's curiosity. She's skeptical at first, but Celestia is willing to learn about Luna's favorite pastime.

The Things We Leave Behind by The Swimmin Brony
  • Recommended by megarockman, Madd The Sane
  • Synopsis: Sometimes, bad things happen to good ponies. A year following a tragic incident, Twilight Sparkle returns to Ponyville to visit what she has been missing - her town, her memories, and most importantly, her friends. But will everything be as she remembers it?

The Thousand-Year Sunrise by Manning Blake
  • Recommended by Amgeo Unsane, Emptybee
  • Synopsis: Fan comic. Not long after the events of Hearth's Warming Eve, retired Royal Wizard Star Swirl the Bearded sets off to explore the newly-discovered land of Equestria. He doesn't get far before he finds, sleeping in the undergrowth, two little alicorns named Luna and Celestia.
  • Comments: Barely started, but shows a lot of potential.

There Will Never Be a Last Laugh by Pascoite

  • Recommended by: Anxious Kiwi
  • Synopsis: Pinkie Pie has always served admirably as the Element of Laughter, and it's time for the princesses to show their appreciation. In fact, they have a special assignment for her, something they've never tried. It will be the best surprise she ever had.
  • Pairing(s): None.
  • Tags: None.

Three Hundred And Fifty by Void Chicken
  • Recommended by Nights
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Desperately trying to save Sweetie Belle's life, Twilight builds a time machine to take them 350 years in the future. But she finds too late that this trip may be one-way only.

Through Another's Eyes by Festus
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: On the show, we only get to see what happens through the Mane Cast's perspective. However, what about the background and secondary characters? Don't they get their shine in the spotlight as well? Well, now they do! Watch (or read) as scenes from the hit TV show is played in a whole different perspective as they are seen, through another's eyes.

Thrown Abroad by Niaeruzu
  • Recommended by Mooncalf, Emptybee, Mike Rosoft
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A single changeling is blamed for the failed invasion of Canterlot, and literally kicked out of the hive. Fortunately he lands near a pony settlement, ripe for feeding. Unfortunately, it's Ponyville. Now what's a lost and alone changeling, too starved to change his appearance and forced to rely on an old cloak for disguise, supposed to do to survive in a town where the dreaded Elements of Harmony walk the streets?
  • Followed by My Little Changeling: Friendship is Weird and Traveler's Exile.

Time Traveling Kids of the Mane Six! by Shrapnelleader
  • Recommended by James1
  • Synopsis: Nearly thirty years in the future, the Mane Six have married and settled down to raise families of their own. When Andromeda, Twilight's daughter, rediscovers a familiar time-traveling spell, she makes it her mission to fix what was once unfixable. The spell goes wrong and she and the other sons and daughters of the Mane Six find themselves in the past (before the events of Twilight's alicorn coronation). Separated after the jump, they must all find each other in time before they are discovered, or else they risk changing history and even erasing their own existence..
  • Comments: It should be noted that the author has stated his desire that the story remain shipping neutral, so even though the story involves the children of the mane six their fathers will in no way be named or physically described. Also the author has a fim fiction page were he has put up rewrites of the first six chapters and has stated his intension to put the entire story on that site.

Time Waits For No Mare by crimsonwatchtower
  • Recommended by: Emptybee
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A magical accident transports Applejack to a strange version of Ponyville; one where earth ponies are oppressed and she's a wanted fugitive. AJ has to figure out how to survive a world that's both strange and familiar while searching for a way home.
  • Tags: Adventure, Dark, Romance

Songs Uncle Sings by Kalash93
  • Recommended by: Molotov
  • Synopsis: What do you get when you combine a musical uncle and a curious colt? You get this brief, happy tale about music, memory, family, and self-discovery at the cusp of adolescence.
  • Short, sweet, and heartwarming in so many ways, with just a touch of comedy and world building. This touching piece reads like something from a memoir. As is often the case, there are subtle links to the author's other stories, if you can find them.

Tiny Wings by DeadParrot222
  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Synopsis: Scootaloo has always been a filly with big dreams, but can they all come true? At the very least, she can always follow in the hoofsteps of her hero, right?
  • Comments: A fantastic story. A Tear Jerker, but still optimistic, the fic really captures the ponies' characterizations and fleshes out Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo's relationship. Inspired an author-endorsed follow-up/side-story Shine by The Descendant, which is also just as fantastic. Also featured at Equestria Daily.

To Forgive is Equine by Lowrider
  • Recommended by Godzillawolf
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle has come down with Horn Pox, a common illness among unicorns. However, while relatively harmless to children who normally recover and become immune, it's potentially fatal to older ones who have never had it before and Twilight's life is put in serious jeopardy. As Rainbow Dash rushes to find a herb that grows nearby which can cure her, she encounters an old enemy of the Mane Cast, the Great and Powerful Trixie. However, upon hearing of Twilight's plight, the showboating unicorn quickly offers her hep. Why does Trixie want to help? Why does she seem to know so much about the illness now threatening Twilight's life? And does she too carry an unusual connection to the group no one is aware of?

  • To Love A Goddess by Brony 2983
  • Recommended by: molotov
  • Synopsis: My name is Artemis, I was sworn in as Princess Celestia's personal guard quite some time ago. I've watched her for so many years and silently stood by her side during all the recent ups and downs of her reign. Now I'm going to tell her how I feel. I know it would never work, we're just too different. But sometimes, there are things in a stallion's life he just has to do, and things he has to get off his chest. What happens tonight will be anypony's guess, but one thing is for certain... it will be a night to remember.
  • Comments: One of the very few stories to get a perfect review score from Kalash93. It is incredible.
  • Review here

Today, Tomorrow and Forever by Chopper's Top Hat
  • Recomended by JamesCorck, Salnax, Pichu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Derpy Hooves is taking a day off from Mail Service to celebrate her daughter's birthday. The only problem is, her birthday is in four months. Why would Derpy celebrate her daughter's birthday so early?
  • Warning: Sad.

Transdimensional Zoology by AbsoluteAnonymous
  • Recommended by Nightelf37, Madd The Sane
  • Synopsis: The glamorous unicorn Opalescence is haunted by bizarre recurring dreams of a world in which she and her friends are all animals. But as vivid as these dreams are, surely they're just dreams, right? There couldn't actually be a parallel universe somewhere where they're little more than pets ... right?

Trenches by John 117
  • Recommended by molotov
  • ''Synopsis: "As i sit in my trench hole, I think to my wife, family, and friends; those who've I've lost and will never see again."
  • Comments: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. The fic is a sentimental piece about a soldier in an alternate universe Equestria going through something like World War One. It's a strong short piece; it'll only take a minute to read.

The Trespasser by Sergeant Sprinkles
  • Recommended by Pacce
  • Synopsis: Shortly after "Griffon the Brush-Off" Big Macintosh finds an irate Gilda stealing apples from the orchard and he shows her how they deal with apple thieves.

Trixcord by R.T. Stephens
  • Recommended by Peteman
  • Synopsis: Years after the humiliation she suffered in Ponyville, Trixie has managed to scrape her way back to the top, even so far as managing to land a performance at the Grand Galloping Gala replaying the victory of the Elements' victory over Discord (their similar color scheme to those obnoxious hecklers and that upstaging brat is almost certainly just a coincidence). However, while she's studying Discord's statue, Discord enacts an escape plan by making Trixie go critical and uses the excess magic to break himself free. Though successful and knocking out Trixie in the process, it takes everything he's got and almost passes out from exhaustion. Desperate to avoid being re-imprisoned by a no doubt alerted Celestia, he possesses the unconscious Trixie. Unfortunately for him, he's pretty much out of power and is stuck connected to Trixie, something he tries to remedy by empowering her and siphoning off her excess magic. Celestia knows something is going on, and has her followed by the Elements of Harmony, something Discord quickly discovers and take whatever fun at their expense he can. Trixie for her part has no idea about the machinations going on around her, and is instead enjoying a resurgence in success, but familiar faces and unwanted memories start sticking their noses in where they are not welcome.

Trixie: Behind The Curtain by ItsFromPeople
  • Recommended by Mooncalf
  • Synopsis: Trixie returns to Ponyville with a brand new performance, a retelling of Nightmare Moon's defeat by the Elements of Harmony. However, it's not very accurate. Is Trixie attempting to humiliate them, or does she have something else in mind?
  • Comments: Starts out very humorous as it becomes clear Trixie has only a cursory understanding of the protagonists' roles, with Rarity as a magic-winged weatherpony who destroys clouds with focused sunlight and Fluttershy as a loud, belligerent monster slayer who makes dragons explode by staring at them. Turns adventurous as the challenges they face in the forest becomes significantly more epic. Ends heartwarmingly as both the reader and the protagonists realizes that Trixie genuinely intended to honor them, and managed to capture the essence of the whole thing.

Trixie vs. Equestria by PaulAsaran
  • Recommended by Mooncalf
  • Synopsis: After finally hitting rock bottom and losing her last important possession, Trixie is issued a challenge by Princess Luna. Now, Trixie finds herself caught up in a fight against Luna's six ex-lovers for the right to claim the princess for her own, and she cannot afford to lose, even though she never agreed to this to begin with. What is Luna really up to? How does Celestia play into this? And why does Twilight Sparkle urge Trixie to win, when she's one of the challengers?
  • Comments: Despite what the title may imply, this story only shares a few similarities with Scott Pilgrim. It is also considerably less lighthearted and set in a very dark alternate version of Equestria, so you have been warned. That said, it is action-packed and highly recommended. Contains Trixie/Luna shipping.

Twilight Discovers Literary Analysis by Amit
  • Recommended by Pichu
  • Synopsis: Twilight reads a book about literature and, analysing her world, decides that everything she does is planned by someone other than her. She does not take it very well. Rated Everyone for adult humour.
  • Comments: It's meta. Very meta.

Twilight on Acid by Syeekoh
  • Recomended by Leapingriver, Cadrpear
  • Synopsis: Twilight has just wrapped up synthesizing a chemical in her laboratory, but starts to have an interesting day when she accidentally doses herself with it.

Twilight Sky over Canterlot by Foxxy
  • Recommended by nifboy, SuddenFrost, Andyroid, ptah1888, Mad Cormorant
  • Synopsis: An introspective piece centered on Twilight and her interactions with Celestia, Luna, and Trixie; Twilight Sparkle returns to Canterlot at Celestia's bequest and revisits some old memories. If you treat everyone extra nice, you'll find you can get out of any situation you find yourself in.

Twilight's Answering Machine by dayland

Twilight's Best Friend by Blueshift
  • Recommended by PDL
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One dark and stormy night, Twilight Sparkle is visited by a strange pony. But this pony knows a lot about Twilight Sparkle; in fact, she might just be Twilight's number one fan. And that couldn't be a bad thing, right?

Twilight's Life by DuskShadowTheArkane
  • Recommended by Darth Revan FTW
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle. A name known to everpony in all of Equestria. She's saved Equestria multiple times now, and with her and her friends being the Elements of Harmony, as well as being Princess Celestia's "Most Faithful Student", she enjoys a great life. But what was before that? Follow her on her journey through foalhood, and her times as Celestia's Student.

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Two and Two and Two by Mayclore
  • Recommended by Nightelf37. Omicronus
  • Synopsis: Twilight and friends learn that prolonged exposure to the power of Pinkie Pie can cause some rather interesting side effects.

Umbreka by (Armanico Vita)
  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Synopsis: Fluttershy now lives a lonely life, traveling East, away from Equestria. It wasn't too long ago that a thin layer of powdery snow blanketed the ground. Now it was nothing more than nourishment for the blossoming flowers sprouting up in its place. All she has keeping her company are the soothing thoughts of her old friends and the few keepsakes she could smuggle out of Ponyville. For guidance, she looks forward towards the sunrises laid out before her; the sunsets are there to remind her of shady memories and the cold embracement of night. She is far from her home in Ponyville now and the creatures here aren't as friendly as those she knew back home. It seems as if her one her one specialty, the sole thing she's retained has turned against her. Life may be hard without the guidance of her friends, but just as life will, she must continue on until she finds what she set out for. [This story was inspired by Austraeoh by Imploding Colon. It contains a few scenes of gore, but they are not frequent and don't represent Umbreka as a whole, read on with discretion.]
  • Pairing(s): None
  • Tags: N/A

An Understanding Heart by Alaborn
  • Recommended by Sgamer82
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Another year has passed, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders are still without their cutie marks. Now well past the time when they should have discovered their special talents, it’s time for them to receive the only kind of assistance that can help a cutie mark appear, the understanding heart of another. The counselor who once helped Cheerilee when she got her cutie mark will certainly have his hooves full today!
  • Comments: The author has several good Cutie Mark Crusader fics, but this one in particular has an interesting premise in the idea of a counselor who specializes in helping ponies with their cutie marks both before (as in helping discover their true talents) and after (deciphering what the more abstract cutie marks can mean).

Universe 63 by CarmenColor
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Synopsis: Twilight tests out a spell from a book written by Starswirl the Bearded, with no information as to its effects. It ends up sending her to an Alternate Universe, where she learns from Alternate!Spike that it was a highly unstable Universe Hopping Spell that Alternate!Twilight decided against testing a month earlier. Twilight now has no clear way to get back, but she can access any universe that she's already jumped to.
    Eventually, after making 63 of these jumps, Twilight comes face to face with Dusk Shine - and promptly gets stranded for several months, thanks to Prince Solaris overreacting to what he thinks is a potentially dangerous intruder.
  • Note: Recent chapters are shipping Twilight/Elusive, but it isn't enough of a focus for the Shipping page yet.

Unlikely Allies by ThunderTempest
  • Recommended by Mooncalf
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle and Trixie get into an argument about everything. They also go on an adventure, fight monsters and save Equestria, but, you know, that's just a side point.
  • Comments: A thoroughly refreshing take on the rivalry between Twilight Sparkle and the Great and Powerful Trixie. Vitriolic Best Buds saving the world while constantly laying into each other.

Upheaval: Breaking Point and the sequel, Upheaval: Reckoning by Visiden-Visidane
  • Recommended by Naal2
  • Status: complete (Upheaval: Breaking Point) complete (Upheaval: Reckoning)
  • Synopsis for Breaking Point : Equestria is a land of magic and harmony, a peaceful realm ruled by immortal, benevolent monarchs. But at what cost is this possible? A fateful encounter leads Twilight Sparkle to find out exactly how.
  • Synopsis for Reckoning : Sequel to Breaking Point. The war rages on in Equestria as the Heartland (the Equestria from the show) is drawn in.

Visionary by Razorbeam
  • Recommended by Meat Wisdom
  • Synopsis: After Chrysalis failed to conquer Equestria, she was shamefully stripped of her title of "Queen of the Changelings". Their people now leaderless, the Changeling race now finds itself in a unique situation. In the struggle for power, one Changeling seizes the attention of his people. Can he overcome his nature, and the nature of his people, to lead them into a better future?
  • Comments: This story does a great job of expanding on the Changeling race, giving them a nation, capital city, and political system. It also focuses on showing them as perfectly normal, with Chrysalis being a tyrant in their eyes and her army just a rogue faction of the Changeling military. Of course, not all Changelings are good either, such as certain members of the Council (one of whom is the Big Bad) and a few hired assassins.
    • As for the protagonist and titular visionary, Aurus, the story also does a top notch job of making him likable. Now at first he may come off as a Gary Stu (people love him, he gets crazy powerful, and he's an excellent strategist), but somehow the author manages to prevent him from truly being one (giving him flaws helps, his friends are just as responsible for his success as he himself is, and when he begins to truly get powerful, the energy he absorbs not only almost kills him, but he has to spend six months constantly training to harness it), and simply just has him be a badass. He even gets shipped with Applejack for good measure, giving her some much needed character development. Be sure to give this one a go. It gets pretty epic.

Vengeance of Dawn and the sequel Comes the Sunset by Scipio Smith

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Complete (Vengeance of Dawn) Ongoing (Comes the Sunset)
  • Synopsis for Vengeance of Dawn: Twilight grew up and found her destiny, but there is one pony who feels embittered that it should have been her destiny, her glory. Breaking Dawn, Celestia's former student, is convinced that she is the true Element of Magic and has been robbed of her honours, her fame and most importantly of the love of Princess Celestia without which Dawn is nothing.
Rallying her old friends, Breaking Dawn sets out to bring Equestria's newest princess down and pass the final test her mentor set her all those years ago. As Dawn begins to wreak her vengeance, and Twilight struggles to protect her precious ponies from her elusive adversary, both these students of Celestia embark upon a dark path, paying no heed to the truth that a quest for revenge can only end one way.
  • Synopsis for Comes the Sunset: Sunset Shimmer has returned, having travelled between worlds and crossed the dark spaces between dimensions to emerge changed, both more and less than a pony. Driven by a dream of impending doom, she sets out to unite the races of the world, heedless of the destruction that she would bring upon the world in the name of saving it. With the support of the proud zebras of Grevyia she launches an assault upon Equestria that will bring down the princesses and shake the peaceful land to its foundations. Using the power of the ancient Labyrinth Box, she imprisons the four mages who alone can threaten her: Twilight Sparkle, Breaking Dawn, Trixie and Chrysalis the Changeling. Now these former foes must work together to recover their true identities and escape the terrors of their enchanted prison.
With Twilight missing, Applejack and Pinkie Pie enslaved and Canterlot taken, Rarity must take up the mantle of leadership as Regent of Equestria, while Fluttershy braves dragons, deer and griffons in her quest for allies. And, as Sunset's tyranny grows ever more cruel, it falls upon the slender shoulders of the Cutie Mark Crusaders to be the salvation of Equestria.
  • Pairing(s): None.
  • Tags: Dark Fic (Comes the Sunset only)

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The Voice of Reason by Pascoite
  • Recommended by Nyperold
  • Synposis: Everypony is her own worst critic, but few take it to the extreme that Derpy does. Still, where friendship and magic abound, a helping hoof is never far away, if only she'll reach out and take it.
  • Comments: If you have a friend like this or are like this, you will recognize the mind of Derpy as it constantly snipes at her.

Welcome To The Brothel by Kalash93

What Didn't Happen by Zeg
  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: How would things be different if Twilight had never made it to Ponyville? Twilight Sparkle finds out just how different things could be when she is forced to travel to her own past while chasing down a mystery; a plot to erase Princess Twilight Sparkle from history.
Landing in a time just weeks after the one thousandth Summer Sun Celebration, she finds a world shrouded in an eternal night, where the Elements of Harmony were never recovered. Can she fix the things that should have, but didn't happen? Or is this Equestria destined to head down a different path?
  • Pairing(s): None.
  • Tags: None.

What's Eating Rainbow Dash? by Somber
  • Recommended by Tropers/45xxx, omegaman
  • Synopsis: (from Equestria Daily) Mare Do Well has come and gone and Rainbow Dash has learned her lesson. Letter written, problem solved... right? Only lessons sometimes teach us more than we intend, as Twilight Sparkle learns.
  • Comments: This is essential reading after watching "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well", as it goes deep into detail why humiliating Rainbow like that was a bad idea. It even reveals an interesting fact: This was all Twilight's idea, and that a good amount of the ponies involved felt that this was wrong.

When Harmony Was Forged by HoovesLikeJagger
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: Somepony had to create the Elements of Harmony. In the dark days of Discord's rule, Celestia called upon Vulcan, a minotaur blacksmith of legendary renown, to put harmony on his forge and hammer out a weapon with which she could defeat Discord. After Discord had been defeated, Celestia discovers he has also created a set of elements that oppose the Elements of Harmony. Vulcan ... is branded a traitor and is doomed to be imprisoned far, far away from Equestria. He has only one final request: to explain to the Princess why he created what he calls the True Elements of Harmony.

When We Die by Scribbler
  • Recommended by Dellanotte
  • Synopsis: "Deep in Gryphona, frozen land of the griffins, a mysterious pony searches for the friend who has been running from her for a hundred years. What do you do, however, when the friend you once knew is not the same as he used to be? What do you do if he is now a danger to innocents? What should you do when it is all your fault?"
  • Comments: An Outside POV Oneshot that only gets darker the longer you think about it, and the longer it goes on the more you want to deny what's happening. Every time Twilight decided that she totally knew what she was doing with that one spell? Yeah. This happens.

Where Loyalties Lie by LoyalLiar
  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Synopsis: "Equestria's Guard: the Bravest and the Best. Do you have what it takes?" So the advertisements say. When Rainbow Dash saves the life of Princess Luna, however, she quickly comes to learn that there's a lot more to the guard than what everypony knows. As she faces down threats to her friends, her Princesses, and her country, Rainbow will have to decide exactly who she is loyal to.
  • Comments: This fic is fantastic. The canon characters remain true to their portrayals in the show, the author's created characters are interesting, well-developed, and engaging. The story is engrossing. And Loyal Liar has somehow done the impossible: quality chapters delivered on a timely schedule of considerable size (each chapter is around 12000 words usually). If you have a few hours free, go on a reading binge. You won't be disappointed.

Where the World Ends by hlissner
  • Recomended by Augusto D
  • Synopsis: Fable, a snarky little mare, has a penchant for finding trouble. When she finds a secret too big to keep, the truth will force her on a journey across a world she was convinced was gone, and with only one word to guide her way: Equestria.
  • Comments: This fanfic also has its own wiki, which expands A LOT the canon, adding new races, places, history and ideas of how magic works. Link

The White Void by Sealcake
  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle casts a spell in a foreign language, unfortunately, things don't go well and she ends stuck up in the White Void; an empty and endless white space, accompanied with Rainbow Dash.
However, questions start invading Rainbow's head. What were her friend's intentions to cast such a powerful spell? Will they get out of the Void or will they lose their sanity in it? Inspired by the story Austraeoh (though it will differ enormely).

Who We Are by kits
  • Recommended by immblueversion, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A letter from Celestia interrupts one of Pinkie's parties with disturbing news. Now friendships will be pushed to the limit as Twilight struggles to uncover which of her friends is not who, or even what, she appears to be.
  • Comments: A very gripping fic that presents what would happen when Twilight learns that one of her friends is a changeling spy. It delves into not only how Twilight and the other four ponies cope with knowing one of their friends has been lying to them for as long as they've known each other, but also the changeling's fears of being cornered by the ponies she allowed herself to become friends with, all without giving away her identity. Be warned that it does feature shipping between Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash.

Why Does Applejack Cry? by Brony_Fife
  • Recommended by superpooper
  • Synopsis: Apple Bloom asks Granny Smith a question that's been bugging her for ages.
  • Comments: Beautifully-written, tragic, and charged with emotion.

Why Didn't Ah Stay at Th' Farm? by FanNotANerd
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A... minor accident at Sweet Apple Acres sends Big Macintosh to Ponyville in the middle of applebuck season. At first, things seem fine. But then some of the mares begin acting a little... oddly. Then very oddly. Turns out every other stallion skipped town for a very good reason.

Wild, Sweet & Cool by Kwakerjak
  • Recommended by omegaman, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After reading a book by Spitfire's personal trainer, Rainbow Dash decides that the best way to get closer to her ultimate goal of joining the Wonderbolts is to add strength training to her practices by having one of her friends ride her. However, when she decides that Twilight Sparkle is just the mare for the job, the pegasus gets a bit more than she bargained for.
  • Comments: This story is really well-written. The author absolutely nails Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle's characterizations, and depicts their relationship skillfully. Note, this is not a shipping fic. The relationships in the fic are completely platonic, not withstanding some Not What It Looks Like moments. Also featured on Equestria Daily.

Wingmares by CouchCrusader
  • Recommended by omegaman, thenacho
  • Synopsis: Little Rainbow Dash is loyal to one pony and one pony only: herself. It's a simple system, and it gets her through the days. But that all changes one stormy summer afternoon at flight camp, when another pegasus blunders into her life—a pegasus with whom she shares nothing in common.

Without A Rhyme by Sorren
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: The speaking of rhymes. Zecora has never spoken without rhyme, but... what happens when she can't rhyme?

Would it Matter? by primalcorn1
  • Recommended by Shadowwing09
  • Synopsis: A near death experience for Twilight has her questioning her place in life, and her worth to those she cares for. Unable to stand the nagging doubts that her friends don't truly love her, Twilight seeks out each of her friends for questioning to discover the truth, however painful it may be
  • Comment: Full of the kind of sweet fluff you'd expect from the show itself, this fic really hits close to home for anyone with self esteem issues. Rather then a generic "of course we love you!" from the rest of the Mane Six, the author takes the time to really deliver a different message with the same meaning from each personality.
  • Update: Rather unfortunately, the author has pulled all of his work off of his profile. Primalcorn 1 feels that stories about ponies does not mesh with his reason of being a writer. Look up his profile for the specifics if you must.

The Worst Bakers in Equestria by Bob from Bottles
  • Recommended by Miar, S Noble Jr, Peteman
  • Synopsis: Comprised of seven stories:
    • The first four cover Luna, Ditzy Doo (aka Derpy Hooves), Rainbow Dash, Trixie, and their inability to bake anything, as they prepare for the eponymous competition.
    • The next two cover the preliminaries and the big contest itself.
    • In the last story, inspired by the competition, the Cutie Mark Crusaders try their hand at bad baking.

The Woeful, Sad Sorrow of King Sombra by Fiddlebottoms
  • Recommended by Korodzik
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: A light-hearted, comedy one-shot. After defeating King Sombra and saving the Crystal Empire, Twilight is getting some well-deserved rest, only for the unicorn tyrant to return—into her bathroom. He warns her that being a Savior of the Crystal Empire is not a good thing at all if you value your sanity... as he himself discovered when he was their savior ages ago.
  • Review here

A Year to the Day by DJLowrider
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Synopsis: It has been exactly one year since the defeat of Nightmare Moon and the return of Princess Luna. As preparations get underway for the Summer Sun Celebration once again, Luna is called upon to fulfill a promise she made to the very ponies who saved her from the Nightmare.

You obey by Kalash93.
  • Recommended by: Sayer 09 ; molotov
  • Synopsis: The Changeling hive needs the upcoming invasion of Canterlot to succeed. The preperations will soon be complete. All they need is intelligence to give them a way in. You are the one tasked with collecting it from an unlucky pony by any means necessary. This will not be over quicky. Neither of you will enjoy this.
  • Comments: A great pece of fiction. The torture feels very realistic and is amazingly well written. Prepare to squirm.

The Youngest Alicorn by High Soprano
  • Recommended by: MLP Creative 101
  • Synopsis: Lily Note is the youngest known alicorn in Equestria. She is now also the youngest Princess. Her adoptive mother and aunt also seriously need to calm down.She is not starting to freak out. Nope!
  • Comments: A pleasant surprise, as the main character (an alicorn) is not a Mary Sue!