Meet Ms. Daring Do, the strong and clever head of the Royal Canterlot University Department of Equinology. She has made it her mission in life to learn everything she can about the long lost civilizations of the world, by hunting down their treasures, great and small, and preserving them back at the Canterlot University. But unfortunately for her the mysterious Ahuizotl is out to get them first for aims that aren't clear to anyone, least of all Ms. Do herself...The Adventures Of Daring Do is a series of Adventure/Action/Fantasy novels written by a secretive author under a variety of pen names and published by Polo House, Inc. in Canterlot. The books are written in a Anachronic Order, starting close to the beginning of Do's adventuring career, and then skipping around the various missions and adventures, with little to no explanation. Bits and pieces of Do's backstory have been revealed but nothing concrete; there also appears to be a Myth Arc, but it seems to be happening out of order.This is largely attributed to the strange manner in which the books were published: the manuscript of the first published book Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Stone was found in a desk drawer at the back of the Canterlot Royal Library by acclaimed Editor and Literary agent Hard Cover. Later more and more such manuscripts began turning up in the Library until eventually all sixteen Daring Do books were published. According to Polo's spokesmen they began regular correspondence with the author (who would occasionally be referred to as T. Ropers by Polo House because the manuscripts were bound in teal-colored rope when discovered, though this is little more than an unofficial nickname) directly at some time early in the series's release. The "Core Sixteen" make up a loose canon; though numerous Expanded Universe/Spinoffs exist, many fans refuse to accept them as canon. The stories quickly became one of the most well-known classics in modern Equestrian literature, and are popular with grade-school pony classes. There's also a large adult fanbase as well; Princess Celestia herself has even praised the series. It is as of yet unknown if the series as a whole is complete or if further volumes will be "found".
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The Core Sixteen of the series contains the following titles (In Order Of Publication):
Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Stone: After crash landing in the jungle, Daring Do must elude Ahuizotl and his minions as she attempts to recover the eponymous stone from an ancient temple. (It is colloquially known as "Quest for the Sapphire Statue")
Daring Do and the Griffon's Goblet: Daring Do is hired to track down a mystical goblet; her search leading her to discover a conspiracy that reaches all the way into her past.
Daring Do and the Curse of the Yeti: While excavating an ancient Pegasus settlement atop a remote mountain, she discovers her lost father imprisoned and helps him escape. They are attacked by a strange creature. As Daring evades its attacks, she tries to uncover its origin and figure out how to stop it.
Daring Do and the Wooden Mask: Daring Do's assistant Herpy purchases a tribal mask while accompanying her on a trip, little knowing that it's part of Ahuizotl's plan to turn Daring Do to the dark side.
Daring Do and the Platinum Crown:note :Chronologically takes place before Griffon's Goblet but after The Sapphire Stone Daring Do's sister Derring-Do challenges her to a race to see who first complete the only quest that their parents were never able to finish: the search for the legendary Platinum Crown.
Daring Do and the Gardens of Equestria: Daring stumbles upon a previously unknown valley full of life in the otherwise barren Himineighen Mountains, but its Gardener does not take kindly to animals intruding on his verdant paradise.
Daring Do and the Alicorn's Shadow: Has Daring truly found the legendary battlefield where Celestia defeated and banished Nightmare Moon? And does some trace of the evil mare still linger?
Daring Do and the Cove of Candles: Daring Do embarks on a quest to recover the legendary pirate treasure of Three-Legged-Blackmane.
Daring Do and the Trident of the Seaponiesnote :Chronologically considered a prequel, this series takes place after Daring gets a job at the University, but before the first book of the series.: While on a trip to study ancient civilizations with her class, Daring gets involved in one of Ahuizotl's plots and must find out more about her parents and what happened to the seaponies if she is to survive.
Daring Do and the Temple of Nightmare Moon: Ahuizotl attempts to use the artifacts he has collected to draw on Nightmare Moon's power, and cast Equestria into eternal night.
Daring Do and the Legacy of Nightmare Moon: Daring Do discovers that the Dragon Inti is plotting to use the power of the stars to take over Equestria and must track down the remnants of Nightmare Moon's power to stop him. Notable for being the only book in the series to be a direct sequel (to Temple of Nightmare Moon) as well as being the only non-prequel book that doesn't include Ahuizotl.
Daring Do and the Shrine of the Silver Monkey:note Chronologically takes place after Trials Of Unity While on vacation with her family, Daring Do hears about a series of mysterious disappearances at a nearby shrine. When she investigates, she finds that an old enemy is behind it.
Daring Do and the Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded: Daring recruits her old rival Bravado to help her track down and assemble pieces of an ancient Wizard's legendary staff in time for a Solar Eclipse that will supposedly grant awesome power to its wielder.
Daring Do and the Trials Of Unity:note Chronologically takes place before Temple Of Nightmare Moon Derring-Do returns to Daring Do with a most peculiar item: a map leading to a treasure that can only be discovered by siblings. The trials that guard the enigmatic treasure will put the sisters' already uneasy relationship to the ultimate test.
Daring Do and the Spear of the Windigosnote Chronologically, it's the first in the series, but it's here in the publication order: Newly appointed member of the Royal Canterlot University Department of Equinology is sent on her first field assignment to excavate an old unicorn castle that may have ties to her long lost parents. As the sweet and mild bookworm fumbles her way through her first dangers, she may get more then she bargained for...
Daring Do and the Ring of the Marengeti:note This book was written as two parts but released as one book
Part 1: Daring is captured by one of Ahuizotl's minions and Herpy must track down an artifact all on his lonesome in order to trade it for her safety. Little is Herpy aware that the ring is the key to releasing a creature with power monstrous enough to wipe the planet clean of all life...
Part 2: Freed from her captivity, Daring Do must stop Ahuizotl from unleashing the power of the ring upon the world.
Over the decades since the original author stopped publishing, Polo House noticed there was still an insatiable demand for new Daring Do works. As such, they started allowing authors to publish novels starring the eponymous heroine. However, to insulate Polo House from potential backlash (especially if new manuscripts are "discovered"), the Daring Do Expanded Universe initially existed separately from the main series (using it as the starting point), and even from each other (though there are various "continuity families". However, thanks to an increasing number of collaborative works, the Expanded Universe is becoming increasingly more connected).Please note: to avoid any Canternet Backlashregarding Mahavir/Mahiavar's name in these descriptions, we will be using the spelling that corresponds to the earliest appearance of the name in the first print of the relevant book. This is to help avoid confusion like in Scepter Of The Chaos Beast where his name alternates almost every time it appears and even between print runsnote The author assures us this is intentional. THIS IS FINAL!!!
The Polo House New Adventures line contains the following titles
Daring Do and the Eye of Discord: Daring, Herpy, Mahavir, and Storm Talon look for an ancient red-orange sphalerite gem from the ancient land of Morpheum Vale, that Ahuizotl has other plans for.
Daring Do and the Buffalo Burial Grounds, by Kevin J. Canterson: On the way to a dig at Aztack ruins, Daring stumbles across an ancient cemetery in Buffalo territory. The Buffalo are less than pleased at what they perceive as disrespect. Officially declared Canon Discontinuity due to its Unfortunate Implications, and Polo House have sworn that it will never be reprinted, though the numbering order will not change.
Daring Do and the Ruby of the Blank Village, by Gusty Lulamoon: While Daring and Storm Talon are with a group investigating ruins in the Everfree Forest just outside Ponyville, they find a village where nopony has a cutie mark. Two of the party are killed for having cutie marks, and that is not even the village's deepest secret.
Daring Do and the Skull of Ages, by Malcolm Hock: While investigating the city of Xiatropolis, Daring finds a gilded donkey's skull that turns out to be not only an artifact of power, but also a sacred artifact to the locals.
Daring Do and the Obsidian Sentinel, by Waterfire M. Trotton: Daring is studying the ruins of Midnight Castle when a living statue starts terrorizing the group. What is its purpose, and what does it have to do with another mare's late coltfriend?
Daring Do and the Basin of Plenty, by Medley McLargehooves: While investigating an Aztack temple, Daring finds a stone basin that supplies the team with all the food they need. An end to famine! But it's too good to be true...
Daring Do And The Amber of the Smooze, by Ember Roundup: Daring learns from Mahiavar that a dangerous religious order had recovered a powerful artifact hidden in the Saddle Arabian Desert. Calling themselves the Colt of Smooze, they seek to unleash the eponymous Smooze and drown the world in its ooze. Surprise turns are everywhere when not only is Desert Rose implicated in having ties to the Colt of Smooze, but Ahuizotl himself is actually trying to save the world (albeit for purely selfish reasons).
Daring Do And The Coronet of Chaos, by J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr.: Daring and her friends must team up to stop the unleashing of the most horrible monster Equestria has ever faced: Krastos The Gluemaker. Probably one of the biggest Base Breakers in the series and falls under Love It Or Hate It, due to Krastos' characterization.
Daring Do and the Scepter of the Chaos Beast, by Hinny Lincolt and Marevyn Haysman: Daring is investigating an ancient Morphean temple when one of the team accidentally unleashes a creature of Discord.
Daring Do and the Mystery of Flutter Valley, by Bowtie Whooves: Daring returns to Flutter Valley (last seen in Mark of the Trickster) to find that the Flutter Ponies have vanished.
Daring Do and the Sultan's Curse: While on a dig in Mareabia, Daring loses her wings to a mysterious stallion's alchemy.
Daring Do and the Curse of the Golden Key, a collaboration by Gusty Lulamoon and Ember Roundup: Digging through some paleopony period sites in Brumbiland, several members of the expedition become possessed by an anachronistic artifact. Soon many others, including Outback Jack, are under the spell, and the entities behind the key mean to use Brumbiland as a springboard to Take Over the World.
Daring Do and the Wrath of Hammerhoof, by J. Thunderlane Hurricane, Jr.: Everypony's favorite thinly veiled expy of Emperor Incitatus comes back as a Nightmare, and wants vengeance on Daring, Herpy, and Darren.
Daring Do and the Amethyst Penguin, by Wingsong Set: While investigating a Blinkan ruin, Daring discovers a bird sculpture. What is Ahuizotl's interest in it?
Daring Do and the Minotaur's Maze, by L. Heartstrings: Daring must reach an artifact located deep within the minotaur Minos' maze before Ahuizotl, but what she finds may shake the Minotaur homeland to its core. What does the artifact she's seeking, the Hands of Fate, have to do with Margarita and Balthasar, the legendary ape gods?
Daring Do and the Burning Heart: With the thousandth anniversary of the first Hearts and Hooves Day coming up, an ancient being filled with hatred threatens Equestria with the fires of Tartarus itself. With Cloudsdale having been seized and on lockdown, Daring must get to the bottom of this latest adventure.
Daring Do and the Revenant's Effigy, by Kit Saddler: While investigating a forgotten hero's crypt, Daring Do stumbles upon a plan set in motion centuries ago, by an entity until now only mentioned in an obscure legend. Was this hero really what the stories say, and what does he have to do with the legend of a being only known as "The Assembler"?
Daring Do and the Tinker's Seal, a collaboration by many Expanded Universe authors - Steeplechase Moffat, J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr, Grant Mareson, L. Heartstrings, Ember Roundup and Kit Saddler - and a sequel to Revenant's Effigy. In the aftermath of the Steelclad Sorceror's discovery and the Assembler's reappearance, the university has been tasked with retrieving every single one of Steam Whistle's works. Now, helped by many others that she has met in her travels, Daring Do must face foes both old and new in her task to secure every artifact that has the mad tinker's seal.
Daring Do and the Shadow's Heart: Taking place chronologically after Legacy of Nightmare Moon. In a dark old forest, there is a dark old house that hides a dark jewel in the shape of a heart. As Daring races to find it, she has to deal with more than cracking floorboards. This story is known for its more cerebral plot and for aiding in the revocation of Mareton'sVillain Decay.
Daring Do and the Universal Cracks, a collaboration between Steeplechase Moffat and fan author Muffin Parcels: When a crack appears in Daring's office wall, she believes that nothing more need be done than call the maintenance colt. However, when an impossible knocking is heard from the other side, Daring and Herpy are quickly swept into an adventure that threatens not only Equestria, but Reality itself.
Daring Do and the Centaur's Spell: Released as a tie-in novel to the upcoming Daring Do and the Monkey King. Daring takes an expedition to the Hayan ruins, rumored to be guarded by a centuar. There, she bucks heads with an unruly gang of griffins, and meets an secretive unicorn.
Daring Do and the Fires of Family, by Night Knight: Daren busts into Daring's class and drags her off in a manic fit. When finally calmed down, he explains he has possibly found a way to track down Daria N. Do, AKA, her mother. However, he'll need the help of all his children if he has any chance to find her. But each will have to face their own demons in the form of their bitter memories of themselves and each other. Will their best hope to reunite their family end up being what destroys it?
Daring Do and the Reptile Spaceship, a collaboration between J.K. Foaling and Malcolm Hock: During one of her expeditions, Daring Do is approached by a strange pony with a mysterious blue box, and recruited (along with a ditzy female pegasus, a purple unicorn and her father, and Prince Orion of the kingdom of Stableton) to prevent a mysterious spaceship from crashing into Equestria. But is there more going on than first assumed? (One of the more controversial entries in the series, both because it has little to do with the series except Do herself, and because of the implied sexual attraction between Do and the somewhat-sexist Prince Orion).
Daring Do and the Charms of the Skin-trotter, by Night Knight: Daring is recovering a sacred Buffalo totem from a Changeling attack, only to find the Changeling encampment massacred. Tracking the survivors, she finds out about a shapeshifting emotion-eating monster called a skin-trotter, but while Changelings feed on love, this monster feeds on fear. Meanwhile back at camp, Darren is becoming friends with a friendly Buffalo girl named Many Masks who has a terrible secret.
Daring Do and the Purloined Stone, by Wysteria Roseluck: Daring Do needs the Sacred Stone of Balthasar to stop Ahuizotl's killer monkeys, but soon after she gets it, it gets stolen by an Australopithecus troop.
Daring Do and The Mirror Pond, a collaboration by L. Heartstrings and J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr: Claims of an artifact hidden within the Everfree Forest leads Daring into a run-in with Greyhoof and the discovery of the source of his duplication powers.
Daring Do and the Rainbow Factory, a collaboration by J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr and Medley McLargehooves: Investigating a rumor in the ruins of Old Cloudsdale mostly as a means of blowing off work, she finds evidence that the last manager of the Rainbow Factory really did order the processing of foals in an insane desire to create better rainbows. What's worse is that Krastos, who had spurred the manager and her staff into insanity, had left a mind trap causing whoever found it to relive the memories of the last manager. Can Daring rewrite the story into a happy ending, or will she succumb to the memories?
Daring Do and the Vaults of Celestia, by Writer S. Block: Commandant Rex has returned (with some brain damage) and is seeking revenge against Ahuizotl and Daring Do. With some quick thinking, Ahuizotl manages to convince Rex that Daring stole his Mistress' egg and is holding it hostage in Princess Celestia's castle. But he secretly wants to use Rex to break into the eponymous Vaults of Celestia to gain access to the treasures within. Can Daring stop the irrational and revenge-driven Rex and the schemes of Ahuizotl? Notable for having a significant portion done from Ahuizotl's perspective, and for the scandal that broke out when a significant amount of the climactic showdown was leaked by a disgruntled Polo House employee (thankfully, the ending still has its share of twists).
Daring Do and the Witch's Circus, by Medley McLargehooves: Daring, Darren, Herpy, Storm Talon, and Okpono find that all the adults have vanished from Herpy's hometown. What has happened, and what does it have to do with ancient Dream Valley legends?
Daring Do and the Caverns of R'ni, by Rand Palomino and Hal Flinger: While investigating Blinkamena Brown and Okpono's disappearances in an ancient library, Daring discovers some strange books in remarkably good condition. She finds that each book is a one-way gate to somewhere.
Daring Do and the Cloudfall Conspiracy, by Anda Lusian: Set sometime between Alicorn's Shadow and Cove of Candles. An elaborate revenge conspiracy is set in motion against Masra, the University President. Upon the bombing and destruction of the University offices, Daring and company take it upon themselves to track down the parties responsible. Contains major character development for Masra, as well as a very sad explanation for her being Put on a Bus.
Daring Do and the Breathing Weapons By Galactic Gospel: In the dead of night, all the mystical gems in the University are stolen by a group of griffons with unusual powers, calling themselves the "Greifvögel", and claiming they will use the gems' power to overthrow Equestria. Daring Do takes it upon herself to stop them, but eventually learns much more sinister truths behind this band of unusual griffons.
Daring Do and the Iron Grinder by Anno N.E. Moose: While exploring an abandoned mine, Daring meets a Diamond Puppy named Shudder, who promises to show her all the treasures within the mine in exchange for help in finding her missing pack leader. It's a simple enough task, but who Daring finds is much more threatening than your average Diamond Dog.
Daring Do And The Gunpowder Groove by Fantastic Voyage: Daring is invited to a show by famous jazz-musician, Dynamite Highs, where he reveals that he wishes to hire her for aid on a continent-spanning journey to find a lost instrument rumored to double as a powerful weapon. She accepts, but the trip won't be easy with the pony mafia hot on their tail and the realization that Dynamite isn't so clean cut himself...
Daring Do and the Crown Of Ultima Mule by Writer S. Block. Daring is sent to a dig site supposedly of the realm of Ultima Mule. The crystal motif is definitely a sign, but there are some disturbing revelations... and secrets. Secrets kept all the way up to Princess Celestia. What is Ultima Mule really, and were the legends about its disappearance intentionally misrepresented?
Daring Do and the Crimson, Black, and Blue by Galactic Gospel. While trekking through a thick forest, Daring comes across three hatchling dragons who ask her to play a game of hide n' seek, promising her riches and treasure should she succeed. However, these young dragons are far more cunning than she allows herself to believe, and she is quickly outwitted, only to find herself alone. In dragon territory.
Daring Do and the Crystal Message, by Bowtie Whooves (due out this Summer Sun Celebration): All we know is that on a dig at a Crystal Pony site, Ahuizotl turns up.
Daring Do and the Silver Menace, by Steeplechase Moffat and Kit Saddler (due out this Summer Sun Celebration): A physics professor disappears, and Storm Talon, Okpono, and Daring try to find out what happened. And what are Swin and Dell up to now?
Daring Do and the Tower of Terminal Canyon (due out this Running of the Leaves): Whislt on an expedition to the ruins of a desert kingdom with Daring, Herpy starts to have nightmares involving a certain salespony with a unnerving smile...
Daring Do and the Terror of the Headless Horse (due out this Running of the Leaves): Our intrepid adventurer completes another successful dig deep in the Everfree Forest but discovers that the artifacts that she has unearthed have a fearsome guardian: the ghost of a long-dead warrior who predates even the founding of Equestria. Now she must use all her wits to survive when the animals, the trees, and the very shadows themselves betray her — for they belong to the Headless Horse!
Daring Do and the Alicorn Amulet, (Due out this Running of the Leaves): Daring is racing against time as she tries to recover the great and powerful Alicorn Amulet before Ahuizotl and his unicorn conspirators do. Unbeknownst to both parties, the ghost of Princess Sparkler is possessing one of these conspirators, and intends to use the amulet to not only resurrect herself, but wrest control of the domain of night from Nightmare Moon, threatening a power struggle that could drop the moon onto Equestria. A collaboration between Ember Roundup and A. Sparkler Star. In addition, Beatrix Lulamoon has been confirmed as a creative consultant, partially because she wanted to honor her cousin, and partially as an apology by Ember Roundup for caricaturing her while profiting off her likeness.
Daring Do and the Army of None (release date TBA): Daring has heard of an ancient legend concerning a sorcerer's amulet that is the key to commanding a vast and deadly legion of phantoms - the Army of None. She sets out to find out if this legend is true and, if so, prevent this amulet from falling into the wrong hooves. Unfortunately for her, not only is it true, but her old foe Ahuizotl has heard of this legend as well...
Daring Do and the Sanguine-Stained Teeth (release date TBA): A series of museum break-ins from none other than Count Vryko Lakas leads Daring questioning everything about him as she struggles to finally find out just what the mysterious pony is up to, and whether or not what he's doing is a good or bad thing.
Daring Do and the Marks of Destiny By L. Heartstrings: Ahuizotl steals the Hands of Fate and uses them to sow chaos by switching up Cutie Marks across Equestria. Daring must find a way to stop him and reverse the effects not just for her own sake, but the countless ponies whose lives stand to be ruined in the process.
The "Young Daring Do" series contains the following titles:
Daring Do and the Valley of Grouchy: On a college study trip, Daring discovers a mysterious valley, filled with dinosaurs! She soon finds herself fleeing for her life from the Lost World's numerous dangers, but especially from its supreme overlord: a Tyrannosaurus rex named Grouchy!
Daring Do and the Ballad of Chickerufus: Daring and her friends go camping in the Brickabrack woods, but after a spooky campfire story and a strange painting of an eye, our young hero finds herself face to face with a terrible half-bird beast!
Daring Do and the Children of Primus: Daring stumbles upon an ancient ship, filled with mysterious statues of strange beings. But are there more to these statues than what meets the eye? note Curiously enough though, this book was never officially released for reasons unknown, but a rough draft was leaked to the public.
Daring Do and the Cloud-Held Eternity: Daring explores a string of cloud ruins higher up than most anypony else would dare to fly with a new companion, Shifty Gaze, who quickly betrays her with the use of an ancient vat of unused rainwater with Fountain of Youth properties. With her flight and her cutie mark gone, Daring must use her wits to stop Shifty and return to her rightful age.
Daring Do and the Mark of the Trickster: A series of strange dreams causes Daring to believe that she is developing a strange mind-link to the primordial trickster, Anasazi. When no-one believes her, however, she realizes that she must find out about Anasazi all by herself - and that there is more to this mysterious trickster than it may seem...
Daring Do and the Swords of the Sun: A vacation to the Neighpon provinces proves to be anything but relaxing when Daring is thrust into action alongside a team of local superheroes. With danger never far behind, Daring will have to learn to work as part of a larger team to help stop a powerful new adversary and his army of giant monsters.
Daring Do and The Return of the Fire of Friendship: Daring is called on by Princess Celestia to recover the stolen Fire of Friendship from Changeling Island, home of King Mayhem and his subjects. She gets the help of Lady Blue-blood, Lady Dove, and Lady Sun Sparkle, but which is really a Changeling in disguise?
Daring Do and The Moon Ponies: Daring Do awakes up on the Moon and meet the Moon Ponies and have to prevent Scream Star from awaking Nightmare Moon.
Daring Do and the Canis Major: While investigating the ruins of an ancient Diamond Dog settlement, Daring makes a horrifying discovery.
Daring Do and the City of the Lost: While excavating the ruins of Tambelon, Daring's professor disappears. Then all unicorn, abada, and qilin classmates disappear as well.
Gene Trottenberry has written a sci-fi series on Daring, called Star Quest. Originally a trilogy, he announced he planned two more stories.
Daring Do:Star Quest
After Princess Luna returns, she uses her magic to pull some of Equestria's greatest adventurers from the halls of time. Aboard the New Explorer, Daring meets an entire crew of others much like herself, ready to make the journey where no pony has gone before, but what mystery, what danger awaits beyond the stars in this three-part epic ofastronomicalproportions?
Daring Do and the Defeat of Celestia: Inti zaps Lieutenant Commander Woof, the chief of security, into the final years of Princess Platinum's reign. Woof has either done something or failed to do something with the result that the timeline is horribly changed: not only does Discord rule the world, but there is now no stopping Inti from destroying the galaxy. Chief Engineer LaHorse takes himself and Daring back in time and find that the alteration relates with a visionary stallion who ran a charity. A stallion with whom Daring finds herself in love.
Daring Do and the Imperium: Inti attracts an empire of Polymorphs to a spacetime tunnelnote wormhole, in the hopes that they may conquer our world.
Daring Do and Professor Discordia: Inti exploits the Lumenians' ignorance of atomic matter to get the ship stuck, as they declare war on the villain of a Buck Canters-like LARP, thus imperiling the ship. This villain was originally to be called Killer Frame, but Polo House announced the villain's name would be changed in response to protests by lethal white syndrome awareness groups. The fandom has been... less than pleased.
There is also a seven-part arc written by an anonymous contributor known by the pen-name "Ghost Writer", Blood Diamonds is very much intended for more mature audiences. Due to the sheer grimness of the series and the fact that most of the established cast beyond Daring herself rarely appear in favor of entirely new characters, the series is mostly underground, but managed to hold enough of a readership to stay going strong, despite its controversial content.
Spoils of War: Daring Do discovers a large and unusual gemstone and donates it to a new museum collection. When it is stolen and she is recruited to retrive it again, she finds herself stumbling into a conspiracy to plunge the Holy Griffanic Empire and the Minotaur City-States into all-out war, with Equestria as the battlefield.
The Dog Pit: Having prevented a catostrophic war and learning of the true power of the Blood Diamonds, Daring devotes herself to finding the rest of them and removing their threat once and for all. Weeks of searching lead her to an underground fighting ring organized by a crazed zebra, and the advertized prize is the Blood diamond she was tracking.
Worship in Fear: While recovering from her last escapade, Daring learns of rumors of another Blood Diamond in the territories of one of the Three Pony Tribes. When she arrives at the frozen wasteland, she finds rements of the last bitter tribesponies still clinging to their land and their old prejudices. As her search continues, she must confront vicious tribalists, desperate caravan raiders, and an ancient cult that could hold the secrets of the true origins of Discord, the Sun and Moon Sisters, and Equestria itself, as well as the destruction of them all.
Never Forgive Me: Miss Do finally tracks down another Blood Diamond, but the ones already in her possession have started affecting her psyche. When she learns that a group of grave robbers are heading towards the same burial mound as her, it's a race to keep the Diamond from falling into their hooves, and a struggle to keep herself from giving to its magic.
Demons Die: Horrified by what she did on her last venture, Daring devotes herself to finding a way to destroy the Diamonds, storing them in a remote cove for safety. After several fruitless efforts, she is forced to put her research on hold when she is informed of a new Blood Diamond in the possession of a rogue changling swarm.
Swimming in Red: Daring Do is frustrated in her failure to find the final Blood Diamond. When she makes a discovery that could lead to the destruction of her Diamonds, they are located and stolen. A last frantic search begins, and Daring Do must find the owner of the Blood Diamonds and destroy soon, or watch as the horror of The Blood is finally unlocked and set loose on the world.
The Crimson Horde: As The Blood and its forces launch their attack on the world, Daring must race against time to separate the Blood Diamonds and destroy them. But how?
Starsong Turner is writing a series of books on Shūbidū, who is the Seapony mayor at the time of Trident. She says that at the time of the first book, Shūbidū has just come of age.
Shūbidū and the Vault of Posteidon: Shūbidū is on a family vacation when some unscrupulous treasure hunters press the family into scouting out traps in an ancient temple's treasure vault.
Pending:2. Shūbidū and the Seals of Doom (due out next Summer Sun Celebration): A crazed pegasus sends trained killer seals against the Seaponies.3. Shūbidū and the Pirates (due out this Running of the Leaves): The ghosts of pirates sunk in a storm attack the Seaponies.
Several Equestrian magazines across the world have published short stories about our favorite adventurer. Many are accepted as canon by fans, though some, fans prefer to pretend were never published. Most of these stories can also be found in the recently-published anthology, Scenes from a Pith Helmet. This is an incomplete list. Please add any that are missing.
A Scandal in Trottingham: One of the more infamous short stories, due to it's surprisingly mature themes, though nothing's made particularly explicit. A precious horsecollar is stolen by a Classy Cat Burglar known as Irene Saddler, who is professionally known simply as, The Mare. As Daring continues to chase her through Trottingham, she and her friends dig up a few of Irene's dirtysecrets.
Almost Got 'Er: Mareton, Swinn, Dell, Ahuizotl and Commandant Rex all meet up in a bar and play cards together. Yes, we realize it makes no sense, but that doesn't matter because the story is hilarious. They spend most of the time making fun of each other and talking about how, you guessed it, they almost got (or, in the Swinndell Sisters' case, almost conned) Daring Do.
Arthur, King of the Trots, and the Celestian Grail: Arthur and his band of "knights" see a sonic rainboom, which they take a sign from Celestia herself that it's time for them to go on a quest for the legendary Celestian Grail. Ignoring the fact that Daring had already proven years before that it doesn't exist. They band off on their own separate quests within the quest, and face The Black Beast of ARRRRRRRGH, princes being held captive by their fathers, and the local schoolfillies. Those nasty taunting brats.
Geis of the Goyle, by Diamond Cuff: Bravado explores an ancient castle that's quite well-kept. He learns that it's guarded by a pack of dangerous gargoyles, sworn to protect their fortress and it's secrets from outsiders...and will go to any means to do so.
Legend of the Zomponies, by A. Bloom, winner of a Best Student Writer competition: Outback Jack's younger sister, Alice Springs, stumbles upon the Blank Village. Notable for the surprisingly high amount of fan art depicting Alice as a very sad Zompony, despite the happy ending.
Trial: Every single villain from The Verse—canon, short stories, expanded universe, all of them—take over the jail where they've been imprisoned and capture Daring and decide to put her on trial, with Ahuizotl acting as judge, Mareton acting as prosecution, Swinn and Dell as witnesses, and a jury made up of the rest. There are several nodsto other short stories and expanded universe material. Although one does have to wonder how dead villains are there, and why Swinn and Mareton are apparently back together for some reason, it's generally considered to be one gem of a story.
The Body in Margaritopolis, by Agatha Whinny: Daring finds the still-decaying body of a pegasus stallion in a Dream Valley dig. Technically a novella, rather than a short story.
Daring Do and the Review of Performance, by Dee Twenty: Daring's adventures have taken her all over Equestria and beyond, however this means she spends far too little time in the classroom teaching. Daring now faces her greatest challenge... convincing the University Board of Directors to let her keep her job.
Shūbidū and the Ruby Shark, by Starsong Turner: At the seabedbreaking for a barn, the Seaponies discover a ruby sculpture with a horrific power.
Prism Rush Presents: by Flim and Flam Filosophy. A miniseries that retells assorted published works, done in Prism Rush's uniquely skewed viewpoint when he's on his anti-psychotic medication. Not canon in the least.
A Serene Tale, by Rainboom20%: The backstory of Daring Do's Missing Mom, here named Serenity, is expanded on here. It focuses on her first archaeology expedition, during which she first met Daren Do, her future husband. While this story was very well-received by fans, winning the Derring Do Daily Best Short Story competition, it was, entirely coincidentally, partially Hossed by the release of Daring Do and the Fires of Family soon after, which established Daring's mother's name as Daria.
Afterwards, by Ex Mortis: Describes what waits for each character in the afterlife after their respective deaths. Ranges from Terrifying to Tear Jerking to Heartwarming.
For a short time, there was a comic book series by Mareval about the hero, but it was critically panned and only lasted ten issues. More recently, a run of Daring Do issues were greenlit by Darkpony Comics and a team of enterprising young ponies, who shall remain nameless, were able to get their hooves on large amounts of conceptual material and press releases. A DC representative could not be reached for comment. The fandom is unsure what to make of some of the ideas they have seen thus far; one half is interested in seeing Daring Do adapted to a new medium while the other is concerned that the character may change from an Adventurer Equinologist to some kind of alien superpony who was sent away from her dying homeworld as a foal.
Daring Do Comics and Graphic Novels - Darkpony Comics series
Daring Do vs. The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well: A one-shot that is more or less exactly what it sounds like. Daring Do crosses paths (and swords) with everyone's favorite costumed vigilante as they both pursue the international super criminal Ahuizotl.
There were also several comics in the weekly Disneigh Adventures magazine under the name "Diamond Daring", featuring Daring being turned into a Diamond Dog by Ahuizotl and her quest to become a pony again. The series is purely comedy, with rarely any drama. Despite being written with an extreme dose of Lighter and Softer, the comics are praised for their witty writing and subtle adult humor. Several readers have billed them as, "the Animaniacs of Daring Do comics. There are a total of four arcs at the moment, but the writers for Disneigh Adventures have confirmed there will be more in the future.
Disneigh Adventures' Diamond Daring Comic
Diamond Daring: The Aristocratastrophe : Daring meets a powerful unicorn who claims she will turn her back to a pony, but only if she helps save her failing circus act.
Diamond Daring: Bad Dog, No Buscuits : Daring is kidnapped by a Diamond Dog slave trader who plans to use her for a terrible Broadway Musical.
Diamind Daring: Polar Bowler : Daring attempts to return to her adventuring, but quickly discovers the cons of being a Diamond Dog, such as a sudden love for the ball-shaped boulders she usually has to run from, which the latest temple is packed to the brim with.
Diamond Daring: And Now A Word From Our Sponsors : Daring is faced with the greatest challenge of her life: ads during her comic!
As apart of the...stranger media, Taclopyuki Ishikawa, electronic musician and noted Daring Do fan, has collaberated with SoyAnimation and produced several songs with accompanying music videos about Daring Do's adventures. Despite the heavy dose of Soundtrack Dissonance (all the songs are electronic, despite the universe taking place long before it even existed), reception has been positive. Praise has gone to the stellar animation, high-quaility music, and packing in so much action and emotion into a single video that it heavily averts It's Short, so It Sucks .
Daring Do and the Cyber Symphony : Daring Do attends a concert of a brilliant violinist, only to learn his music invades the mind and sends the listener into a dream world while the violinist makes off with their belongings. Daring fights her way back to reality, and prompty punches out the violinist, much to the rejoice of his past victims.
Daring Do and the Quickening : Daring Do is trapped in a raging stormcloud during a flight, and must fight her way out of it, with the storm doing everything it can to take it down. This one won several awards for best use of MGI. With the sheer detail put into the cloud monsters, it was pretty much a given.
Daring Do and the Lonely Abyss : Daring Do is finally caught by a temple's trap, and she contemplates her own mortality and life choices, experiencing flash backs to all her past adventures. She is about to give up hope when Herpy arrives to free her. The two escape the temple, with Daring basking in the revalation that she is never alone.
Daring Do and the Harsh Winter : Daring Do is forced to take in the realization that adventuring in in-the-middle-of-winter Germaneigh is extremely unpleasant. Despite the emotional music, this one is more humorous in tone, most of it being silent slapstick.
Daring Do and the Leading Cyber : An adaptation of a scene from Daring Do and the Breathing Weapons in which Daring fights the heavy-weapons griffon, Falke. No plot, just beautifully animated fight scenes on par with Dragon Brawler X.
Daring Do and the Absolute : Daring Do visits a fortune teller who shows her quick glimpses into the events of her future, one of which is marrying her recently-employed collegue, Arzt. The music indicates this is supposed to be a happy future, but at the end, she scoffs at the thought, claiming she has control over her own future, not the Fortune Teller...right before sharing ice cream with Arzt.
This video lead to a huge shipping war at the Darebooru forums.
Daring Do and the Unstressful Sky : Daring Do gets locked up in her reasearch, quicky becoming overstressed and nearly suffering a breakdown. Arzt takes her out for a flight around the University, and she is quickly cured.
Several authors were curious about some of Daren's adventures mentioned in the main series, so they opted to create their own takes on them.
Daren Do Adventures
Daren Do and the Hurricane's Spear, by Northern Winds: Daren has always wanted to find the Platinum Crown in the hopes of finding whatever happened to his father, so he and his adventuring group try to track down famous artifacts from the other founders of Equestria in the hopes that they might provide clues to the Crown's whereabouts, starting with the Spear of Commander Hurricane.
Daren Do and the Wrath of Zeb, by Gizmo Raff: While Daren doing research on ancient Dream Valley, the very physics of light starts to change. And why is there an impossible zebra-minotaur blend running around?
3 Daren Do and the Golem Army, by Thistlewhistle Farrier (Due out this coming Summer Sun Celebration): Daren Do, Winchester Tock, and Rodolphus Mareton get mixed up in the rise of a mechanical force.
4 Daren Do and the Killers Above, by Gizmo Raff (Due out this Running of the Leaves): Daren Do races against time to stop a Raptorian invasion. Little does he know that he will face the most agonizing decisions of his life.
Shortly after the publication of Daring Do and the Universal Cracks, author Muffin Parcels was granted permission by Polo House to rewrite and publish her three Zapapple Tock AU fics, as these had inspired the chapters set in the alternate universe in which Daring was killed instead of Zapapple. Muffin Parcels has confirmed that if sales are successful, she will continue the series with wholly original stories.
Zapapple Tock Adventures
Zapapple Tock and the Sapphire Statue
Zapapple Tock and the Night Wing Conspiracy (Due out this Running of the Leaves)
Zapapple Tock and the Abominable Snowmen (Release date TBA - this one will reportedly be heavily revised from the original fanfic, to the point that Bowtie Whooves has now been confirmed as Muffin Parcels' co-writer.)
There have been art books and collectible books dedicated to Daring Do under Polo House, Inc. High budget Broncway stage adaptions have been made based on the first four books, starring Hairerion Trot in the title role. A fifth had been in Development Hell for some time, as the Applewood film series (also starring Trot, though almost none of the other stage actors) started shortly after the closing of Wooden Mask and the filming schedule left Trot unavailable. The Broncway series was revived last year with Alicorn's Shadow, albeit with Shauna Flankery taking over the lead role.
The Applewood Film Series currently consists of:
Daring Do and the Sapphire Stone: Directed by J.J. Thistle-Whistle, Screenplay by Minty Coral
Daring Do and the Griffon's Goblet
Daring Do and the Curse of the Yeti
Daring Do and the Wooden Mask
Daring Do and the Platinum Crown
Daring Do and the Gardens of Equestria
Daring Do and the Shrine of the Silver Monkey
Daring Do and the Cove of Candles
Daring Do and the Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded
Daring Do and the Temple of Nightmare Moon
Daring Do and the Legacy of Nightmare Moon
Daring Do and the Alicorn's Shadow (currently in post-production, due out next Summer Sun Celebration)
Daring Do and the Trident of the Seaponies (currently in pre-production)
Daring Do and the Trials of Unity (currently in pre-production)
Applewood also recently did a remastered rerelease of Sapphire Stone, but excessive use of the magic effects budget as well as several other changes has given it mixed reviews. There have also been several radio plays done for each book in the canon series as well as numerous lesser stage adaptations.The series has spawned a wide variety of video games, beginning with an arcade machine called Daring Do and the Bauble of Mystery, released after Curse of the Yeti was published. It isn't very good and is not canon in the slightest, although it has produced a number of in-jokes and memes in the Daring Do fandom. A later trilogy of graphic adventures, all original stories, were released between the publication of Cove of Candles and Legacy of Nightmare Moon, by Siyegua. These were notorious for several Unwinnable by DesignGuide Dang Its.
Archeological Quest: Lightning Kicker is deathly ill and Herpy and Daring have to fetch the formula for the only cure from a Hayan temple.
Archeological Quest II: The Witches of Gloom: Daring is the only archeologist in a Dream Valley dig not to be kidnapped by Hydia.
Archeological Quest III: The Labyrinth of Terror: Daring Do visits a Minotaur temple.'''
More recently, Telltail Games announced two seasons of four Episodic Games. The first consisted of adaptations of books in the original canon: Sapphire Stone, Wooden Mask, Trident of the Seaponies (slightly re-written to be later in the timeline than the book was) and Ring of the Marengeti. These were largely praised for their voice acting and writing, with a lot of Adaptation Expansion, but criticised for unchallenging puzzles. Telltail have announced that they will work to correct this aspect in the second season, which will consist of original stories. The first announced title for Season 2 is Daring Do and the Fate of Atlatigo. Another videogame company, PAL Laboratories, announced that they're working on a more action packed platformer called Daring Do and the Great Cave Offensive which takes place on a completely separate continuity from the Telltail games and apparently the books as well.Colt Disneigh Studios has recently announced the production of two Daring Do animated features, one based on the leaked Children of Primus, the other an entirely original story called Daring Do and the Monkey King. Both features scripted by author Terri Prancett. They are both scheduled for release at next Nightmare Night.Currently being adapted as a Radio Play for Celestia Radio, by Pony in a Box Productions.
Summer Vacation — Daring Do and a fellow professor, Archaeological Dig, talk about what they did over the summer.
Lesson Plans — Masra runs into Herpy in the hallways of Canterlot University. It seems Daring Do's lesson plan is late once again.
Herpy in the Dark — It's Nightmare Night at Canterlot University, and Herpy must face a nightmare of his own.
The Third Griffon-Diamond Dog War is heavily alluded to in many of the works. This prequel proceeds to give into the assorted adventures of the veterans of this conflict. It is divided into several sections.
Tales of the War.
Of Steel And Talons: Storm's transformation from the brash and unpleasant youth to the hard-beaked but respectable griffon of today.
Sniffing Out Corruption: The alliance with the dragons set off alarm bells in Ghoul's head, so he takes it on himself to find the root of this.
Sacrifice Of Alicorns: Masra has to deal with the increasing fracturing of her nation's alliance with the griffons, and what she is willing to part with to end it.
No Matter The Cost: Sterling Silver's operations as a field agent, from his greatest triumphs to his betrayal.
Demons Within: Applesack and Charity battle their inner demons over the increasing toll the war has taken on them. Sadly, they lose.
Darkest Before The Dawn: A spin on the published diaries of Celestia regarding her actions during the war as translated into the Daring Do universe.
Also, there's a drinking game now. Try at your own risk.For more information on this classic series of Equestrian literature, click here. This title is not real and is actually a page for fun, inspired by a Show Within a Show book introduced in the episode "Read It And Weep" from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Add whatever you like so long as it fits into at least the first book of the series (from the episode), and make sure it fits in the genre. Keep in mind also that the readers in the world of Equestria, and possibly the author, are ponies, and edit your entries accordingly. Tropers have decided to STICK WITH THE 16-VOLUME MAXIMUM NUMBER OF VOLUMES FOR THE CANON STORY, since there were 16 books on the shelf Twilight got it from, and adding more and more volumes would make this page too long and confuse new tropers. Tropers can add Expanded Universe material with a bit more leniency, as long as they clearly identify such additions as Expanded Universe titles. Please remember that Daring Do Expanded Universe works are not mandated to be consistent with each other (similar to the Star Trek Expanded Universe).Has a developing character sheet and a Famous Last Words list.
Adaptation Decay: The inevitable result (to varying degrees) when the stories are brought to stage, radio, film, and comics. Some particularly picky ponies refuse to read or listen to any of the spinoffs.
Alas, Poor Villain: When Inferno believed Ahuizotl smashed her egg, she went on a rampage forcing the fleet called in as reinforcements to shoot her down. When Daring showed that the egg was fine, she said she was sorry, and asked Daring to keep it safe before collapsing.
In Mirror Pond, being forced to admit the truth Greyhoof has been evading for so long to create the Cutie Pox cure (and realizing there was one) broke him on a fundamental level. He drank himself to death right afterwards, using a combination of some 470-proof hard apple cider and a torch.
Alien Geometries: Steam Whistle's workshop. The straight hallway that loops is probably the tamest anomaly.
All Myths Are True: The series makes heavy use of both Equestrian and non-Equestrian mythology, including the more mythological aspects of real historical artifacts. However, with the release of Nightmare Moon and Discord (who matches the description of the Great Beast Of Chaos in Alicorn's Shadow), there is talk that maybe the myths really are true.
Subverted with "The Poodonkus". That one was revealed to be false.
Something of a weird case in Tinker's Seal, where Star Shimmer is vaguely implied to have been a descendent of the Dark Lord of Ultima Mule. However, after the return of the Crystal Empire, scholars have noted that Ultima Mule had many trappings of the Crystal Empire (crystal motif, evil ruler, lost in time). That said, Ultima Mule was supposedly banished because it was just as wicked as its ruler, whereas the only true evil in the Crystal Empire was King Sombra and his personal retinue, and it was cursed to be lost in time by King Sombra as a final "buck you" to the Princesses. Word Of God decided to go with Star Shimmer being a descendant of King Sombra and one of his dark consorts when asked about it.
Alternate Universe: Multiple are seen in the Expanded Universe story Universal Cracks. Most notably, the one where Daring died in place of Zapapple Tock. Others seen include one where Daring and her friends wield the Elements of Harmony, a Genderswapped Universe where Daring is a male, and the Bizarro Universe that serves as the origin of the Leader of the Colt of Smooze.
Always Somepony Better: Derring-Do has repeatedly proven that she's a better explorer than Daring is. Interestingly, Ahuizotl can't stand her and when she gets involved in one of his schemes, instead of Daring, he forgoes the usual Death Trap and, instead, curbstomps her and takes the artifact. Daring must then retrieve it along with rescuing her sister. Ahuizotl claims he could do the same to Daring as well, but chooses not to, since it's more fun to struggle with her.
Subverted in Shrine of the Silver Monkey, when both Derring-Do and Daring Do get placed in identical death traps. Daring escapes easily due to her prior experience with such things while Derring needs to be rescued.
Alchemy Is Magic: This trope is played completely straight with Elementum in Daring Do and the Sultan's Curse.
Anachronic Order: The novels, as mentioned above, though some stage and radio adaptations have averted it, choosing to begin with Spear of the Windigos. The Broncway plays stuck with the books' order while Hairerion Trot was in the role, as did the first six Applewood films before various circumstances resulted in the producers fiddling with the schedule: Shrine of the Silver Monkey was moved forward due to Pony Jay's failing health, Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded was moved up due to the success of Sweeney Trot's Broncway run, Trident of the Seaponies was delayed as the amount of swimming and diving training involved would have put the film months behind schedule, and, most controversially, Alicorn's Shadow was cancelled during production due to a falling-out between Agister Jolie (Derring) and Brad Pinto (Mareton). This resulted in Mareton being written out of the Temple of Nightmare Moon. Both of these are back on track, however, thanks to Hairerion Trot taking lessons on her downtime, and Haystack Leaves being cast as Mareton.
An Arm and a Leg: According to the legend, the Assembler takes body parts from its target during the night, and the victim later wakes up with a sutured stump in its place.
Androcles Tyrannosaur: Near the end of The Valley of Grouchy,the eponymous dinosaur swallows Daring whole before he is subdued by the royal guards. Daring discovers a bone stuck in his throat and dislodges it, for which Grouchy is extremely grateful.
Apocalyptic Log: Subverted by Steam Whistle's journal. Both Daring and Herpy expected it to end on a catastrophe, but the last entry is simply Steam Whistle expressing his hopes that "future generations understand that we did this for them" and casually mentioning he plans to get himself scrapped once he's done writing it.
Arc Words: Throughout Trident of the Seaponies, the phrase "Sea bears foam, Life bears dreams; both end the same way: CRASSSH" are uttered by both the old oracle an during the Dream Sequence. This on its own is a subtle shout out (or probable origin, considering the uncertain time of writing of the series as a whole) of a phrase used in an unrelated work: The Awakening of the Wind Fish
A less obvious example is in Cove of Candles. Every clue given to Daring regarding Blackmane's treasure contains the phrase "You have to go inside", from the obvious, to the spelled out through misplaced capitalization to written in invisible ink on the scroll.
Two of the villains in the Expanded Universe have Arc Words associated with them-books involving The Smooze often contain the phrase "Nothing can stop The Smooze", while books where Krastos appears have "All is one, one is all", referencing his final Grand Theft Me plan.
The phrase "Someday I'm gonna go home" is an Arc Phrase that appears throughout the Colt of Smooze/Colt Leader subplot in the Expanded Universe. This is brought to a conclusion in The Stinger for Tinker's Seal, which leads into the Colt Leader-centric Universal Cracks: "I'm going home."
In Tales of the War, the phrase "End the War Tonight" appears frequently in the story Sacrifice of Alicorns, and to a lesser extent, No Matter The Cost.
"Oh, come on, Sweeney! Even if the artifact's power could bring back your wife, would she even want you after all this? Would Linnet?"
Artistic License- Equestrian History: The series ping pongs on it. For the most part the actual Royal Canterlot Equinology Society praises the series for its accuracy (right down to the number of bells on the hat of acclaimed wizard Star Swirl The Bearded), but they do note that some of the twists are impossible and directly contradict facts, most notably in the Nightmare Moon arc, where the villains' plans revolve around channeling power directly from the eponymous goddess in her prison. Ahuizotl, in order to destroy Canterlot with the use of the artifacts Daring has been collecting; and Inti, simply destroying much of Equestria and reshaping it to his liking. It's noted that channeling such power would be impossible due to the nature of the seal on Nightmare Moon and the fact that many of the cultures the artifacts come from predate Nightmare Moon's imprisonment.
Also from Temple of Nightmare Moon, the eponymous Temple is said to have been Nightmare Moon's main fortress when she began her campaign against the Sun. While there was a Real Life "Temple of Nightmare Moon", in reality it was just Princess Luna's (rather elaborate) summer retreat home converted into a place of worship for Nightmare's followers and served no military value during the Equestrian Civil War.
One of manuscripts contained a series of frustrated notes, where the author debated telling a good story versus accuracy. Apparently, the author went with a good story.
Ascended Extra: In The Griffon's Goblet Daring briefly stops to talk to Herpy, a somewhat silly, but surprisingly competent Page for the University. Later on he becomes more prominent, becoming Daring's assistant and helping out with her research and the like. He is Put on a Bus in Cove of Candles where Daring remarks that he is working on getting his own degree in Equestrian Economy. He comes back for a minor Big Damn Heroes moment in Temple Of Nightmare Moon and later gets A Day in the Limelight for a large chunk of Ring of the Marengeti. In "The Spear Of the Windigos", although not mentioned by name, Daring complains about how a pony matching Herpy's description drank all the coffee.
Mahavir/Mahiavar was only given a passing mention in the main series of books is given a prominent role in the Expanded Universe
Swinn and Dell, a pair of traveling Con Artist sisters who had popped up as joke characters for several volumes, actually help Daring in Cove of Candles, and again with several other characters in Temple of Nightmare Moon.
Dr. Capacitor's cousin, Lemon Johnson, originally given a brief mention in Tinker's Seal, becomes a Supporting Character in Universal Cracks.
Ass In Ambassador: Ambassador Hawkwings is a rude, obnoxious and outright abusive guy who only really got his job via nepotism, and who by the penultimate chapter of Griffon's Goblet only avoids a righteous beating by the Dos by claiming it could create a serious international incident. At which point Professor Storm Talon casually walks by and smacks him over the head with his prosthetic tail.
Author Appeal: Expanded Universe author L. Heartstrings has a weird obsession with hands, the appendages where the forehooves would be on Minotaurs and apes. She's also very big on the mythology of humans (think Incitatus' unique ape, Calligula, or the series "My Small Human").
A few excerpts from Alicorn Amulet indicates that Beatrix Lulamoon has an interest in vanquishing Ursas and the Magical Filly genre.
Every few chapters in Mystery of Flutter Valley, a stallion is rolling. And Herpy rolls in the Crystal Message preview.
Author Avatar: Fans have searched the books to find a character who might be operating as one of these. The most intriguing (because the most Badass?) is Laurentia of the Red Mane from ''Temple of Nightmare Moon".
Another possibility is Mirror Dreams, who first appeared in Alicorn's Shadow. Mostly due to her freaky knowledge of everypony's backstory.
A third option is Herpy, which is brought up because of another rumor that the author's major is in Equestrian Equinology and that s/he based Daring Do off of a pony s/he was a grad student to.
Author Existence Failure: Gusty Lulamoon was slated to write a sequel to Ruby of the Blank Village, before she was found dead in suspicious circumstances in the Everfree Forest. Her notes were left to J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr, who used some of her ideas in Tinker's Seal and Mirror Pond.
Awesomeness by Analysis: Herpy's modus operandi when it comes to death traps. While Daring Do simply charges ahead and dodges by reflex, he tends to study trajectories or find ways to trigger or disarm the traps.
Batmare Gambit: After losing the first few artifacts necessary for his doomsday weapon to Daring Do, Ahuizotl starts letting Daring Do retrieve the other artifacts, so that she'll gather them all in one place. He can then swoop in and steal them all from her at the same time.
Badass Damsel: Holy clopping horseapples, Shūbidū in Vault of Posteidon.
Badass Family: The Dos. Unquestionably. Griffon's Goblet and Trials of Unity both showed how unstoppable this family can be when they come together.
The Bad Guy Wins: Silver in Cloudfall Conspiracy - Masra is killed, and her reputation is so badly tainted that the University board decides to go in an entirely different direction with her replacement. That said, he doesn't live to enjoy said victory.
Batmare Gambit: Ahuizotl's plan to get rid of the Do Siblings in The Trials Of Unity. He found an ancient treasure that destroys (and teleports) anything around it whenever it comes into contact with sunlight, and moved it to an equally ancient temple that hosts the eponymous Trials Of Unity: a series of challenges that are magically enchanted to only be solvable by siblings. He placed the treasure within the trials and sent a map to Daring's sister Derring. He knew that the sisters' obsession with finding treasure would make them willing to co-operate, but he also planned for their rivalry to interfere with their performance in the trials, leading to their destruction.
Xanatos Gambit:Even if they somehow succeeded, the treasure waiting for them at the end would also destroy them as soon as they took it outside. Whether they win or lose the trials, Ahuizotl wins.
Take a Third Option:Fortunately, the Do siblings deduce the nature of the treasure just in time and throw it into Ahuizotl's arms as it activates. Being Nigh Invulnerable, the treasure doesn't destroy him, but it still teleports him far away where he can't immediatley threaten the Do Sisters.
Various other villains take this role in the Expanded Universe books, among them being the Colt of the Smooze and Krastos.
Tinker's Seal has a veritable Big Bad Ensemble, with Ahuizotl, Krastos, and the Assembler all fighting for control of Steam Whistle's creations.
Big Damn Heroes: Herpy gets an awesome one in the Ring of the Marengeti when he saves Daring Do. Who knew he had it in him?
This is how Derring-Do is introduced in The Platinum Crown. In the beginning Derring-Do saves her sister from an especially nasty death trap and carries her to safety... only to incessantly rub it in Daring's face after the fact. Later on, Daring gets a BDH moment of her own when she saves Derring from Ahuizotl and his forces.
The climax of The Valley Of Grouchy involves a reconciled Daring and Grouchy saving Derring from Hammond's regiment and throwing Hammond into prison.
Sweetie Bottle in ''Universal Cracks.]]
Big Little Brother: Daring and Derring's younger brother Darrin. He appears to handle the logistics of the operation, while Daring and Derring do the actual adventuring.
Big "WHAT?!": Once per volume, and always by one of the main cast.
Played straight in the original canon series, not so much in modern interpretations.
Bizarro Universe: The existence of one is hypothesized by Daring as the origin of the Colt Leader. Proved in Universal Cracks to be correct.
Bloodier and Gorier: Blood Diamonds is this, though not so much that the books have gratuitous carnage, but the source material is clean enough that even moderately violent adaptations are this trope.
Blooper: One of the print runs accidentally put the title for Quest for the Sapphire Stone on the cover of Griffon's Goblet while keeping the correct picture. While it was caught in time, the books were distributed as collector's items at a convention.
Animal Assassin of every kind imaginable: scorpions, snakes, spiders, you name it. It crawled out of walls of a trapped room.
Book Ends: The Blood Diamonds arc begins and ends with Daring giving Storm Talon a Death Glare. In the beginning, because of a Noodle Incident, and at the end when Storm Talon thinks she's been on vacation.
Bound and Gagged: It's not uncommon for Daring and her friends to be left tied up on top of whatever death trap they're stuck with, just to make it that much harder.
Broad Strokes: The Tinker's Series made a concerted effort to tie together as much of the Expanded Universe as possible (except Buffalo Burial Grounds), but since Expanded Universe works were not mandated to fit together except within their own sub-series, there are a few things that had to be shuffled around. For instance, Ruby of the Blank Village and Scepter of the Chaos Beast take place over the same period in vastly different areas, so the assumption is that one happened after the other in the production order. Meanwhile, Silvia Clawson is stated to be Hawkwings' illegitimate daughter in Eye of Discord, but she's his mistress in Burning Heart. The Tinker's Series hangs a lampshade about these two positions but doesn't actually take a definitive stance.
Brown Note: The Princess in Pink. Little is known about the play, other then it involves a costume party, the Vivid Balloon, the Pink Mark, and is freaking hilarious. Herpy reads it and ends up laughing uncontrollably, all throughout a Daring Escape no less.
Minuette:(Delighted, aside to Lyra.) No mask? No mask!
It is believed that this cursed play, when performed in its entirety, is a summoning ritual for Hosstur, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Neighed.
From the Expanded Universe: The Song of the Smooze. It gets in your head and tells you "Nothing can stop the Smooze", and those who hear it are compelled to forward its agenda.
In Amber of the Smooze, after taking over Desert Rose's body, one of the first things the Colt Leader does is screw with Gypsy Bard, who had just made friends with Desert Rose and could distinguish the very subtle visual differences between them.
Calling Card: The Chickerufus always paints an eye on the tent he visits, then comes back the next night for his dinner.
Canis Major: Anasazi's true form is a giant, talking, animated Buffalo painting of a coyote.
Can't Hold His Salt: Trench from Blood Diamonds. In Swimming in Red, he mistakes Rumble Saddlon for a mare, addressing him as Daisy, and when told that's not his name goes on to call him various other mares' names, culminating in Celestia). Then he flirts with a barstool...
Chekhooves' Gun: Every major artifact Daring has recovered in her adventures returns in the last (in-verse chronologically wise) book as a part of Ahuizotl's master plan. Since this book wasn't the last one published it has the rare honor of having the pay off to "guns" that haven't shown up yet, as well as a few artifacts we still haven't seen outside of it. Some of the artifact descriptions are deliberately vague to allow for later books.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Besides his main betrayal, Shifty Gaze at various points robs Daring's cooler of everything in it, abandons her early into the temple after she's caught in a trap, and lies about an expedition with a different pony to make it sound like he did all of the work. All in the first third of the book!
Chunky Updraft: The Steelclad Sorceror tends to cause this when particularly angry. Which is very, very often.
City of Adventure: Subverted, so far at least, with the city of Arkhoof. Daring has only visited a few times, usually to study a book at Agaether University, but strange narrative events constantly happen there. The city as a whole is described in abnormal, vivid detail. There are odd Meaningful Background Events that never actually come to anything. A number of locations are brought up, repeatedly sometimes, that Daring never actually visits. Weird things are happening in town but Daring doesn't have the time to investigate. It seems like Arkhoof was being set up to be significant, the setting of a whole book perhaps, but it never came about.
Cold-Blooded Torture: In Tinker's Seal, after making it back from the Blank Village, Mareton manages to capture Storm Talon and in an attempt to find out about the progress of the others, he breaks his wings. When he's only answered with swears, insults, and the occasional thanks for offing professor Nagridge, threatens to cut out his tongue and shove a parasprite down it. Ghoul manages to sniff Mareton out, but he manages to escape unscathed.
Comic Book Adaptation: There have been a few. The most recent series almost reached 46 issues before the publisher went bankrupt. The best known series was illustrated by the famous artist Crow Quill Nib roughly seventy-five years ago. Occasionally, collected reprint graphic novels are released by various publishers.
An artist from Fillydelphia has recently started talks with Polo House to start an Ultimate Universe series.
Arguably the most infamous of all the comic adaptations is the limited Mareval print run, which only lasted for ten issues before bad publicity and low sales killed it. They were later collected into graphic novel format and redistributed, oddly enough leading to the formation of a cult following of the comics in question.
Comic Book Time: Particularly blatant in Trials of Unity, where the technology is leagues beyond what was capable back when Griffon's Goblin was published decades ago. All the recurring characters otherwise remain frozen in time, although Calypso at least Lampshades this hilariously to the confusion of everypony.
This gets worse for Tinker's Seal, which requires previous knowledge of pretty much the entire expanded universe, barring both the Star Quest and Blood Diamonds series.
Convection Schmonvection: Daring Do's escape from a room filling with lava, at one point with her standing inches above it (bare-hooved, even), without harm. She even gets a face-full of steam with no ill effects.
Cool Airship: The Explorer, loaned by the university, which carries Daring and Bravado around the globe in Staff of Star Swirl.
In the first Blood Diamonds book, main villain Colonel Talonus has an enormous armored war zeppelin called The Iron Fist.
Coco Pie's airship,The Sweet Dream.
Storm Talon's last command, The Storm's Vengeance, a Tiger-Hawk class aerial dreadnought, makes a brief appearance in Griffon's Goblet and was one of the ships brought to bear against Inferno in Shrine of the Silver Monkey.
In The Skull of Ages, Marshal Goldstar has an enormous zeppelin called The Executor. Anne Bonfire later kills him and takes it for herself.
Cool Gate: The Assembler's modus operandi: With the information provided by its infiltrated constructs, it pinpoints the location of another suitable target, and turns a door or window nearby into a portal, which it uses to flood the area with anesthetic gas and start cutting.
Cool Pet: Grouchy the T-rex, while not exactly a pet per se, is considered one by Daring and company.
The Corruption: The Wooden Mask. It does some...interesting things to Daring. Rest in peace, Tennis Set.
The Blood Diamonds in the series of the same name give their bearers homicidal urges, the extent of which varies depending on the bearer in question, as well as which and how many of the Diamonds they possess.
This is basically Krastos' MO-just being around him causes it, although the stronger the pony's will is, the less effect it has. Those who let it fester in them too long eventually have their consciousness subsumed by his, turning into a copy of him.
Covers Always Lie: The scene depicted on the cover of Sapphire Stone never actually happens in the book.
Though it does appear in Zapapple Tock and the Sapphire Statue, as a Development Gag.
Creator Breakdown: In-universe, with Star Shimmer's paintings becoming terrifying after Earth Song disappears.
Creator Provincialism: the Brumbiland setting of Ember Roundup's Curse of the Golden Key, as well as its heavy focus on Outback Jack's family. Though it seems to be an isolated example, as her previous book was set in Saddle Arabia and she had little-to-no involvement with the Outback Jack sideplot in Tinker's Seal.
Crossover: Not in the main book series, but there was a memorable episode of the popular Trottingham radio series Professor Whoof where the good Professor and his companion met Daring Do on one of her adventures. No, really.
Roseluck: What? You're real?? I thought you were just a character in a book!
Daring Do: Real as the sun, Missy. Speaking of books, I did lose my journal a while back...
Daring also played a major part in a recent issue of the Mysterious Mare-Do-Well comic book series, accompanying MDW on a museum heist mystery.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Ahuizotl vs anyone when he gets serious. Except Rex. Rex is probably the only character Ahuizotl couldn't crush in a straight-up fight when he wasn't holding back. Which is why Ahuizotl later resorted to more underhanded methods.
Blackmane is also something of a subversion. Ahuizotl curb-stomps him SEVERAL times over the last third of the book, but Blackmane keeps getting back up due to being dead already.
Ahuizotl was on the receiving end of one from The Pikmin of all creatures. They were enraged that he would mess up their home, The Gardener's Garden. They literally swarmed all over him, not a pleasant thing. Counts as a Did You Just Buck Out Discord? since a single one is the about the size of a grain of rice.
The two golem siblings vs. anypony. Of course, them being war machines crafted by the Mad Tinker himself, this isn't that surprising.
Darker and Edgier: Daring Do and the Temple of Nightmare Moon (not to be confused with the more recent book Legacy of Nightmare Moon) is considered one of the darkest entries in the Core Sixteen series and one of the only movie adaptions likely to receive a 'PG-13' rating. See Once per Episode for just one example of the more somber tone.
Blood Diamonds starts extremely grim for a Daring Do series, and gets worse from there.
The Expanded Universe book Daring Do and the Coronet of Chaos, as it introduced Krastos, possibly one of the most evil characters in Equestrian history.
Breathing Weapons, featuring an antagonist who kidnaps griffon children and turns them into weapons, and the deaths of no less than five characters over the course of the story.
Platinius could give her a run for her money in this department. The bit with the mallet comes to mind.
Mareton utilizes these as well.
Dashing Horsepanic: Bravado, and how! For example, he fought off nine of Ahuizotl's Mooks using nothing more than his knowledge of the Veneightian backstreets, a vegetarian stroganoff, and his mandolin.
As does The Wooden Mask, where, after three chapters of Daring being manipulated and subtly controlled by the mask, "Disappearance" and most of the rest of the book focuses on Herpy's attempts to find Daring.
Staff of Star Swirl is one for Bravado, with him actually serving as the main character for the first fifth or so of the book before the real Daring Do shows up.
The Curse of the Golden Key gives some focus to Outback Jack in the first three chapters, who is investigating odd going-ons around a village, such as new wildlife, which, as it turns out, is actually old wildlife but in newer, more metallic forms.
Swinn and Dell get to actually help out with the mane plot in Cove of Candles.
Deadpan Snarker: All of the Do's have shades of this, although Daring herself displays it the most.
Even her pet macaw Calypso has shades of this.
Though Mirror Dreams can out-snark Daring when she wants to.
In a recent radio adaptation of Ruby of the Blank Village, Starlet is among those responsible for murdering Ruby after she gets her cutie mark, and takes such sadistic pleasure in it that she immediately ends up with a cutie mark of a bloodstaiend knife. This instantly gets her killed by Greyhoof, and the irony is lampshaded by Roneo, who then gets a cutie mark for irony appreciation, and is likewise killed.
The same joke appears in the book, but is a lot subtler - the marks are described, and the basic order of events is given, but the reader is left to fill in the implications.
The following characters have actually died and have come back, either true resurrection or as some form of undead in either the main series or the EU (alternate reality versions of them dying don't count): Ahuizotl (twice, once in the main series and once in the EU, both unexplained), Commandant Rex (comes back as a revenant), Attic Fan and the other imprisoned surviving members of the Colt of Smooze (turned into soulless by the Assembler), Gas Whole, Charity, Applesack (ghosts summoned by the Wandering Whistle), Princess Sparkler (ghost, unspecified manner of return), Sweetie Bottle (rebuilt as a golem by Princess Sparkler), King Hammerhoof (returns as a Nightmare), the entire Blank Village and the victims of Sunnytown (due to the curse, they return as Nightmares or Bone Fiends, or in Ruby's case, a ghost), Inferno (stated to be a zombie under Ahuizotl's control in Trial)
Defictionalization: Several of the items Daring searched for in the series were made into actual objects and most were sold at a Canterlot auction last year, half of which were bought by THE esteemed publishing tycoon pony J. P. Quillhorn.
Inverted with the Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded; the genuine article has been on display in the Canterlot Museum for the last couple centuries, and has been on several traveling tours in the last few decades.
Despair Event Horizon: Daring spends the start of the fifth book of Blood Diamonds here, attempting to get over the trauma of almost committing cold-blooded murder at the end of the previous book.
Dei Ex Machina In Shrine of the Silver Monkey, ape gods Margarita and Balthasarnote Megan and Danny come to Daring's rescue.
The mysterious Laurentia of the Red Mane gets Daring and co. out of a tight corner involving Diamond Dogs with augmented magical abilities in Temple of Nightmare Moon.
The equally mysterious Banizacherla deals with the Raptorians in Spear of the Windigos.
Did You Just Buck Out Discord?: In Amber of The Smooze, Desert Rose used the Eyes of Fatima on the Smooze as it was trying to submerge her while she was trapped in the Colt Leader's body. It cowed the Smooze into returning Desert Rose to her own body.
Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Nearly every time a new book comes out, some silly Pegasi decide to try the aerial maneuvers Daring Do does. It rarely ends well...
Which is why the author included the following exchange in the Young Daring Do novel Valley of Grouchy, after the first encounter with a dino.
Blinkamena: Can you teach me to do that somersault over the head. Zapapple: That was sheer luck, nothing more. You'll probably get yourself killed if you try it. I'd probably get myself killed if I actually tried to do it.
Door Stopper: Daring Do and the Ring of the Marengeti, sweet Celestia.
Alicorn's Shadow could give it a run for its bits.
Both topped by Tinker's Seal. The thing could easily be split up in at least five volumes, and each could easily pass for a normal book.
Do Wrong, Right: In Temple of Nightmare Moon, Professor Storm Talon catches Herpy trying to steal an airship to gather Daring's allies for a rescue, expresses disappointment in him... then shows him how to bypass the security measures.
Drama-Preserving Handicap: In Sapphire Stone, Daring's wing is injured upon making it to the island where the eponymous stone is found, and she's unable to fly for a few days. Conveniently, none of the temple's traps require her to fly, though it would have made it easier. Later books have more traps that have fliers in mind, so the author doesn't have to resort to this as often.
Zapapple Tock and the Sapphire Statue does something similar, with Zap being temporarily blinded in one eye.
Daring spends much of Cloud-Held Eternity as a filly, rendering her unable to fly, which makes navigating an Ancient Pegasus ruin that much harder. The loss of her cutie mark also dulls her instincts concerning traps and makes it somewhat harder to call on her knowledge and experience.
The Dreaded: Anypony who has ever heard of the Assembler is completely terrified when it starts to show signs it's back.
Drunk on Milk: Diamond Dogs find chocolate delicious. And inebriating. And toxic. Ghoul is known to snort cocoa powder and shoot chocolate sauce into his veins.
Dungeon Bypass: In Daring Do and the Wooden Mask, Daring manages to bypass most of the traps in the temple by forcing her way through a locked door in what was supposed to be a dead end.
Claddie's dungeon crawling method can be summed up as "make an educated guess as to where's the exit and tear down the walls between you and it".
Durable Deathtrap: This is normally played completely straight, but subverted in Wooden Mask, where the lock mechanism on one of the doors failed, leading to a surprisingly easy path through the temple.
Early-Bird Cameo: Bravado turns up for a single chapter in Griffon's Goblet where he is perusing his own adventure that has nothing to do with Daring's current one at the Summit. He helps Daring get the key needed to steal back the eponymous Goblet from Ahuizotl's minion in exchange for helping him get his hoofs on a satchel of unknown contents. It's implied later to be one of the pieces of Star Swirl's staff that he ends up losing and has to help Daring recover later on.
It's believed that Mistress Spark's background appearances were intended to be Early Bird Cameos that never came to pass.
Early Installment Weirdness: Because the author didn't know it would be a series yet, Daring Do and the Sapphire Stone is the only book not to explicitly include supernatural elements; the Sapphire Stone is never even hinted to have any supernatural powers. It is also the only book where Daring goes on the expedition completely by herself, she does not own Calypso yet, and it is surprisingly short, making it seem no less epic but set in a vastly smaller world than what is established later.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Tinker's Seal. It took several near-death experiences, an invasion of soulless soldiers, more Artifacts of Doom than you can shake a stick at, and an explosion that could have taken the Everfree Forest off the maps, but the artifacts were secured, and Krastos and the Assembler were finally taken down.
Eldritch Abomination: The Great Intellect in Curse Of The Yeti, The Great Beast of Chaos mentioned in Alicorn's Shadow. Krastos, Smooze, Nightmare Inti and the Assembler from the Expanded Universe.
Enemy Mine: Several Expanded Universe works involve Daring Do and Ahuizotl teaming up to stop another villain from destroying the world with an Artifact of Doom, like in Amber Of The Smooze and Scepter of the Chaos Beast.
Bravado and Daring (who normaly compete with each other) have one at the start of The Staff Of Star Swirl Daring and Ahuizotl have a canonical one near the end of the book. It lasts all of five minutes before he double crosses her for his own aims. Even Daring acknowledges that it was stupid to trust him to any degree.
Daring: Yeah...Should have seen that one coming.
Equine Resources: The Assembler, who uses whatever flesh it's gotten to create new members for its army, and recycles existing constructs for raw materials as it sees fit.
Everything's Better with Monkeys: The eponymous Shrine of the Silver Monkey has a primate based theme going for it. Including a giant gold statue of a multi-armed... bipedal thing. It then comes to life to stop Daring. Scary stuff.
Expanded Universe: One of the more expansive of Equestrian literature. Originally, Expanded Universe works were not required to be in-canon with each other, but with increasing collaboration between authors, and especially after the massive work that was the Tinker's Series, this line is becoming increasingly blurred. Furthermore, information revealed in the Tinker's Series has been adopted as background canon for EU works, even for authors who don't write sequel material to it, because many of the original authors had given their input to that series.
Expy: Platinius from Griffon's Goblet is Mane Retief in a less comic setting.
The Diamond Dogs in Trials of Unity are Expies of the three Diamond Dogs in J.R.R. Tackien's The Miniature.
Fuergott, from the Expanded Universe book Burning Heart has been dubbed by displeased fans as a ripoff of both Inferno and Sweeney Trot, in that she is a fire-based villain with a tragic backstory. Other fans claim that a few similarities do not a ripoff make.
Sterling Silver, from Cloudfall Conspiracy, has been accused by some critics as an Expy of Sebastius Mareton.
Face Death with Dignity: Assuming it actually died, the Assembler, in Tinker's Seal. It recognizes the leyline's detonation as being (potentially) fatal to Krastos, and simply considers his duties to be fulfilled.
Fanfare: The music for one of the plays got fillies humming it for years.
Fantastic Nuke: In Tinker's Seal, we have Daring blowing up a Leyline by feeding it Chaos Magic then setting off a large explosion next to it. Leylines are normally extremely stable, the use of Chaos Magic to destabilize one only really exists in theory.
The Colt Leader's death by My Skull Runneth Over in Universal Cracks, as her access to the Multiverse overloads her ability to control it, causing countless thousands of Alternate Realities to flow through her.
Felony Misdemeanor: The crazy pony insisting that no pony should play ping pong may be on to something....
And the Assembler to Krastos, in the expanded universe.
Food Porn: The three paragraph long description of the grasses, herbs, and wildflowers in the Marengeti certainly got this tropony drooling!
And that flower garden in Purloined Stone.
Foreign Queasine: The griffon territories use a wide variety of meat-based dishes, which is sickening enough for most Equestrians. However, wild horse meat is considered a delicacy, which as the closest non-sentient relative to ponies, makes it particularly Squicky.
The chilled horse brain scene can be nauseating for first-time readers.
Fortune Teller: Mirror Dreams in Alicorn's Shadow. She tries to coach Daring through the academic portion of dream interpreting after her first encounter with the titlar Alicorn's Shadow, but alas...
Though Daring can at least make educated guesses regarding the visions after the second and third encounters, thanks to Mirror Dreams's tutelage.
She also pops up again later in the series, most notably at Canterlot University. Her showdown with Nagridge was EPIC.
The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: A part of The Cove of Candles has a plot twist turn out to be that certain events of the book may not have been real, an illusion cast by Blackmane. The thing is, the book never tells you which parts were and weren't grounded in reality.
Friendly Rival: Bravado, a dark grey Spanish pony falls under this heading. Like Daring, he is a treasure hunter. Unlike Daring, though, he sells what he finds to the highest bidder. There are no hard feelings between the two, however; they often help when the other is in danger. Subtle hints have been dropped in several books that suggest there may be more than just a rivalry between them... Several fans have latched on to this insinuated relationship, creating fanfictions with scenarios that range anywhere from unrequited love, torrid romance up to outright marriage.
Gambit Pileup: Holy horseapples, Griffon's Goblet. Daring wants to get the goblet for a museum, Ahuizotl is playing Hawkwings like a string bass in order to take over the griffons, Platinius is desperately improvising to prevent an international incident, Nimbusbeak wants revenge on Hawkwings for backstabbing her for a promotion, and Copperbeak's Nightwings are stirring the pot everywhere.
Gas Whole Victim: Gas Whole, the Colt Leader's draconic abuser, enjoyed tormenting her relentlessly. When he eventually threatened the Colt of Smooze, she broke him, flayed his scales, eviscerated him, and used his blood as a slide down the mountain side.
GASP!: in the original canon series the main characters rarely do this, although minor or supporting characters who are caught off-guard do.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Having a magical lock that can only be unlocked with your horn could be innocent by itself. However, the following line of dialogue HAS to be intentional.
Just hurry up and stick it in already!
I see you're using your pay as wisely as ever, sister dear.
Gondor Calls for Aid: When Herpy manages to mobilise a whole group of past characters including Bravado, Outback Jack, Desert Rose, Mirror Dreams, and Swinn and Dell in Temple Of Nightmare Moon. Even Tabula Rasa provided the directions, and Starlight lent them her airship... and Coco Pie provided snacks!
A similar reunion occurs in Tinker's Seal, with all of the above and more rallying together to hunt for Steam Whistle's inventions.
Gone Horribly Right: The Colt Leader's Draconic abuser claimed he only abused her the way he did to make her strong. And she was. Strong enough to kill him at least.
In 'Tinker's Seal, both Mareton's beating at the hooves of Claddie and the Blanks getting an impromptu lesson on firearms courtesy of the Marksmare are covered up by the book's most heartwarming moments.
Heh Heh, You Said X: No matter how dangerous the situation may be in the Cove of Candles, Daring can't help but inwardly snicker whenever Blackmane so much as mentions the poopdeck.
Hero of Another Story: Every time Bravado shows up except for Star Swirl's Staff he is always doing something completely different from Daring, they always end up trading favors and (usually) part ways with a little flirting. Derring is also implied to be having her own adventures while not working with her sister.
A major theme after Mareahnee falls in Caverns of R'ni.
Hijacked by Ganon: Daring Do and the Cove of Candles was originally played up as featuring a completely new antagonist, the ghost of Blackmane. Guess who shows up two thirds of the way through as the real villain? This ends up happening in every book except Legacy of Nightmare Moon and Spear of the Windigos.
Played With in ''The Staff Of Star Swirl, Daring spends about half of the book thinking that Ahuizotl is the one she's working against only to learn a third party is the real enemy. He reclaims his role as villain after pulling a Enemy Mine for all of five minuets
By the time Ring of the Marengeti came out, they didn't even bother pretending anymore. Ahuizotl's minions show up in the very first chapter, and even on the cover.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Inti. It seems that, even imprisoned in the Moon, Nightmare Moon should not be underestimated.
In Ring of the Marengeti, Ahuizotl's habit of using the artifacts in his doomsday plots literally comes to bite him in the flank as he is the first target of Sobek.
In Cloud-Held Eternity, after Daring returns to her normal age and saves Shifty Gaze from the crumbling architecture of Cloudyon, he tries to throw her back into the Fountain of Youth, only for an expectant Daring to dodge and cause him to fall in himself.
He only got found out when Professor Storm Talon, finally getting around to having his leg re-adjusted after mis-aligning it in Temple of Nightmare Moon, pointed out that he could taste fresh horse meat in the cupcakes and while as a griffon that's not a problem, it was supposed to be illegal to sell meat-based products in Equestria without clearly labeling them (most meat-based foods being pet food anyway).
And when they find Trot preparing to carve Lightning's corpse, Storm Talon draws a knife. Sweeney tries to use the Staff fragment, which liquifies his flesh and muscle.
Impostor Reinie Has No Accent: In the Young Daring Do Expanded Universe book Return of the Fire of Friendship, Lady Blue-Blood noticed that Lady Dove did not tap the rigging with a forehoof thrice for good luck anymore, and investigated. King Mayhem got wise to her investigation.
The Incitatus: King Hammerhoof in Platinum Crown. He is a clear expy of the historical Incitatus...
Dride, the drone leader of the changeling swarm in the semi-final Blood Diamonds book, is paranoid, incompetent, petty, and has random migraines and violent fits, with only some of his problems being caused by his Blood Diamond's thrall.
In the Blood: Darrin is so far the only member of the Do Family to display no interest in archaeology. Even then it's heavily implied in The Trident of the Seaponies and at the start of The Trials Of Unity (where he refuses to partake forcing Derring to ask Daring for help) that it's mostly out of bitterness from the Parental Abandonment.
In Medias Res: Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Stone, the first novel of the series, starts off with, "As Daring Do trekked through the tropical jungle, the wet heat sapped her energy and slowed her every step. If only she could escape this oppressive atmosphere and fly up into the cool blue sky, but her crash-landing in the jungle had injured her wing and she was grounded for a few days. Few days. It might as well be a few months. Or a few years!" The reader only finds out who she is, why she was on a plane, why she is on this mission, and her relationship with Ahuizotl through flashbacks over the course of the next few hundred pages. But before exposition, we get ACTION!
In Memoriam: Gusty Lulamoon was given a mention in the introduction to Tinker's Seal, with a short biography written by her college friends and longtime housemates J. Thunderlane Hurricane and Ember Roundup, who described her as a great writer and a great friend.
Beatrix Lulamoon is slated to provide one in the upcoming Alicorn Amulet
Insistent Terminology: Outside of Equestria and other equine-held lands, most creatures use the more obscure -"body" suffix as opposed -"pony", as in "anybody", "everybody", or "nobody".
Also, in books where Changelings are featured as characters, they use their equivalent of these words with the even more obscure -"ling" suffix, such as "everyling" or "anyling". This becomes a plot point in Return of the Fire of Friendship, as Lady Dove's ingrained and habitual use of these words tips Daring off to the fact that Dove is the disguised Changeling.
Insufferable Genius: Derring-Do is damn good at what she does. Unfortunately, she'll never skip an oppotunity to let you know it. (especially if Daring Do is around)
Ironic Echo: At the start of Griffon's Goblet, Daring states to her class that most archeology is done in an archive, looking through tomes and scrolls because "there is no large checkmark indicating the right place." Guess what she finds on the large tile sealing the Knight's tomb?
A heart-wrenching one happens in the Blood Diamonds novel Never Forgive Me: As Kimmy was originally to be Kimono of Harmony Sentai Ponyranger but changed at the last minute, she used Kimono's Catch Phrase, "This... is why I live out of town." When Daring finds her delusional, she's just been advising an imaginary Bad Liar about supposed "welcome signs" that she tells Daring are obviously a present. She then comments the Catch Phrase.
Killed Off for Real: It seems that this was supposed to be the case for Ahuizotl, after Daring Do shoots him in the head with a cannon in Temple of Nightmare Moon, especially given his conspicuous absence in Legacy of Nightmare Moon. Fan outcry resulted in his return in Shrine of the Silver Monkey.
Seems to have been finally played straight at the end of Ring of the Marengeti, considering he was Sobek's first victim, there's no mention of him after the beast is defeated, and it's the last printed book of the Core 16. Of course, given the nature of the Expanded Universe works, it's likely he'll still be making plenty more appearances in the future, possibly with some Lampshade Hanging.
Played more straight with Inti, although he wasn't exactly killed. It's possible that he could return, but the lukewarm fan response to Legacy of Nightmare Moon makes this unlikely.
Shifty Gaze: "I just want to make sure you know everything so we don’t run into any trouble."
Daring Do: "If you don’t want to run into trouble, then you’ve picked the wrong pegasus. I always seem to run into trouble."
Land Down Under: Brumbiland as depicted in Curse of the Golden Key. Outback Jack, Alice Springs and other residents of their town fit most of the stereotypes, though Sydneigh residents like Orange Burn don't.
Large Ham: Several characters, but Ahuizotl is the most prominent
From the stage musical adaption Platinum Crown, if the actress playing Derring isn't completely tearing the house down with the song Derring's Turn, she's doing it wrong.
Less Embarrassing Term: In Prism Rush Presents, he doesn't wear prescription glasses, he wears a hoofin' set of shades (that happen to be prescription).
Let's You and Him Fight: Essentially the whole plot of the Mare-Do-Well one-shot, where Ahuizotl plays the two mares off against each other to distract them from his mass theft of ancient artifacts.
The Prism Rush Presents series is a lighter and softer take on assorted infamous stories. The in-universe explanation is that Prism Rush is being affected by the side-effects of his medication, and starts improvising when the subject matter gets too depressing. The Rainbow Factory campfire story has Prism Rush start getting depressed, so he starts improvising, and the story has a happier ending when they find an alternate source of rainbows in family pictures and crayons. One of the factory workers blurts out at this revelation "Oh man! We're going to pony hell for nothing!" That said, he does tend to Cross The Line Twice, since he doesn't quite realize some of the more horrible things he's saying between weaving in and out of the story he's reading, other stories he's thinking about at the moment, and the improvisation. The My Little Shadie story particularly has a bit where the eponymous heroine is having a great time sharing a love song, but the love interest is at that point some fusion of a gorilla and the main nemeses of the Harry Trotter and Batmare series, and is acting accordingly.
Subverted by the Tocks and the Maretons. Winchester Tock was a murdering plotter who killed Rodolphus Mareton, a good pony, for his own ends. Their children, Zapapple Tock and Sebastius Mareton, each turned out the exact opposite of their fathers, with Zapapple being courageous and loyal, and Sebastius being a manipulator and monster.
Living Statue: The titular character in the Expanded Universe story Daring Do and the Obsidian Sentinel. Subverted when the Sentinel turns out to be Star Shimmer's lost lover Earth Song, who was brainwashed and forced to wear the Obsidian Armor by Ahuizotl.
Darrin: Can't you stop the floor with your hat or something!
As opposed to Derring's hats, which typically get destroyed within one or two scenes of her entrance. In Trials of Unity, Daring discovers that her sister typically packs about a dozen or so extra hats because they get ruined so often.
Manipulative Bastard: Darrin shows signs of this. In The Trials of Unity, his refusal to help Derring-Do initially appears to be the result of disinterest and bitterness, (since The Temple of Nightmare Moon proved that he's more than capable of helping out) but it's later implied that he was trying to force Derring into asking for Daring's help, knowing that their mutual love of treasure hunting would ultimately trump their sibling rivalry. He hoped that their adventure would bring them closer together. From the looks of things at the end of Unity, he appears to have succeeded.
Market-Based Title: Ring of the Marengetti got renamed to Daring Do and the Noetherian Ring for the edition released in the Marengetti, presumably because it didn't sound exotic enough.
Mood Whiplash: After Sweeney Trot's horrific death due to the staff fragment in Staff of Star Swirl, the assembled individuals stare in shock in the aftermath before Storm Talon breaks the silence by quipping, "Well, I'm not touching it." He gets yelled at for making light of the situation given what happened to Lightning Kicker, but is quickly forgiven because he was getting lightheaded from the stab wound Mrs. Hoovett gave him, and thus wasn't thinking completely straight.
All of Revenant's Effigy. We have theSteelcladSorceror on one side, The Assembler on the other, and the result is quite jarring.
The two golems seem to be masters of this. In Tinker's Seal, the two most heartwarming moments are sandwiched by either of the siblings utterly thrashing somepony.
In Universal Cracks, Applesack restates her Undying Loyalty to Charity, then asks what's the problem they need to solve, using sociopathic metaphor.
After humiliating the Colt Leader trying to distract her, Storm shoots the Colt Leader in the face in a genuine attempt to kill her, fails due to Smooze regeneration, and gets his wing impaled with a Smooze tentacle.
Mr. Exposition: In most of the novels, Daring at some point gives a description and summary of the MacGuffin of the book (usually to Herpy). Sometimes, this role is fulfilled by other characters, such as Professor Storm Talon in Griffon's Goblet, the Zebra Chieftan Zibrahim in Ring of the Marengeti, and Princess Celestia in the Nightmare Moon series.
Mundane Made Awesome: Sometimes characters will over react to seemingly mundane things — often when they know something that the rest of the characters haven't learned, yet.
Mundane Wish: Daring and Herpy spend a bunch of time discussing what they'd wish for if the rumor that the Staff of Star Swirl grants a wish is actually true. Eventually, Herpy suggests that they should just wish for cake. This was before what happened to Lightning Kicker.
My God, What Have I Done?: Daring Do has a moment of this in Blood Diamonds when those same Diamonds drive her to almost kill a group of grave robbers.
Mysterious Past: Dear Celestia, Mirror Dreams. Even in the Expanded Universe!
Nerds Are Sexy: Herpy for the female fans, Tabula Rasa for the male fans.
Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: In Daring-Do Adventures #1, Daring meets her robot clone, Daring-Don't. The public outcry against this element, in addition to poor storytelling and terrible art, contributed to the cancellation of the comic.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: Several controversial public figures appear over the course of the story as thinly veiled Expys (Most notably Nagridge, who is a clear jab at controversial Governor Maggie Thadder; no discussing whether she comes close character-wise, as if the animosity between left-hooved and right-hooved gets much worse, the Windigos will probably return), however the (then era) Wonderbolts are mentioned by name occasionally and Princess Celestia appears in person several times.
In Shūbidū and the Vault of Posteidon, Tetra Blues is a clear Expy of Trot Cousteau.
In Legend of the Zomponies, Dawn Glow is a clear Expy of Twilight Sparkle.
No Stallion of Mare Born: Ahuizotl is able to acquire a number of artifacts because the prophecies associated with them state "Nopony will find X" or "Nopony can wield X".
It gets turned on its head in Ruby Of The Blank Village. Near the climax, Ahuizotl taunts Daring after she steals the artifact that the Nightmares will not listen to "Those who would bear the Curse Marks". Completely nonchalant, she passes it to Professor Storm Talon.
No Name Given: The author, or several if we are to believe the history books, has no actual name except for whatever pen name appears along with the manuscripts. The obscurity and mystery behind this (these?) pony scribe(s) is what fascinates most fans to this day, rather than the stories themselves. Because there is no estate from where the rights go to, the rights to the books are currently held by Canterlot's esteemed publishing company Polo House Inc.
Her Highness the Princess Celestia of Canterlot denied knowing the author's identity when confronted by the press.
Bravado begins to mention to Herpy an adventure he had with Daring in Lyrland involving Flutterponies, a misunderstood ritual and an awkward morning after, but Daring cuts him off before he can finish.
Platinius reminds Ambassador Hawkwing of "the incident in diamond dog territory."
From 'The Cloud-Held Eternity':
[Daring] couldn’t even count on the re-shelving job at the library; after what happened the week before finals, the librarian probably wouldn’t want to see her for a few months.
Apparently it involved a burrito and him being on the run from Canterlot.
Steam Whistle's journal hasn't aged well. As a result, there's a ton of these alluding to projects, collaborators and events we never know about.
The years that Ghoul spent in the Gallopagos during his Intrepid Reporter days are never fully elaborated on. He claims to have helped several other reporters topple a drug smuggling ring, and Daring suspects that it's also where Ghoul discovered his second-most-favorite vice, Witch-Weed.
Another of Ghoul's books apparently details two weeks spent in Las Pegasus with his former attorney, one Doctor Fozzie. The trip apparently resulted in multiple destroyed hotel rooms, two destroyed and very expensive rental carriages, and a massive bill that Ghoul refuses to pay off.
A more dramatic one: the events and reason behind Winchester Tock's murder of Rodolphus Mareton are shrouded in mystery.
What happened to Princess Sparkler's old friends is left vague but implicitly unpleasant.
In the expanded universe, Swinn and Mareton used to date. And as of Trial, they're back together (for awhile). We're probably better off not knowing how that happened.
A fair number of Daren's adventures, which became the subject of its own series.
Curse of the Yeti opens, as usual, at the end of one of Daring's lectures, with the line "...and that is why you do not want to make Seaponies angry." This one may have been explained in Trident of the Seaponies, though the author hasn't confirmed it. This line has since become a Running Gag in the Expanded Universe and in various stage and radio adaptations.
At one point in Temple Of Nightmare Moon, Storm Talon says that when Ahuizotl attempted to take a class hostage wasn't the first time Okpono got dangerous. We know nothing about when or the circumstances of this/these previous occasion/s, however.
In Universal Cracks, Ghoul comes across his alternate self in the Blank World, who is convinced that Normal!Ghoul is a hallucination like the other one. So, either Blank!Ghoul hallucinated the other one, or there was another group of our heroes going around.
Not Even Bothering with the Accent: In-universe example. Daring Do is fluent in a wide variety of languages, but appears to be incapable of speaking with any kind of foreign accent.
Nothing Is Scarier: The Pony in a Box Productions radio play, Daring Do Adventures, takes full advantage of its medium in Herpy In The Dark by only hinting at the horrors being inflicted upon poor Herpy in a way that no stage performance could match.
In The Crimson Horde we do not know what tortures Saberwing inflicted on Leather Couch to make her spill the beans on Kimmy. Nor do we know what tortures Saberwing inflicted on Kimmy herself three books earlier.
Not In Front Of The Parrot: It's a running gag to have Herpy or Darrin say something confidential in front of Calypso only for it to be repeated to other ponies, including Daring herself, at the most inopportune times. He probably does it on purpose.
Obviously Evil: Shifty Gaze is perpetually on edge even before reason is given not to trust him, and his penchant for backstabbing comes with a knife cutie mark. He claims it's for salad-making.
Odd Name Out: Most of the griffons have Badass sounding names, but Platinius has a periodic table based name. Justified as such names are actually more common.
The new Swords of the Sun definitely fits the bill, focusing more on the idea of superheroes fighting giant monsters. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, though; enough fans enjoyed it that Polo House is giving the Poniranger team their own comic book series.
Off Hoof Back Hoof: Professor Storm Talon nailing Ambassador Hawkwings with his with his prosthetic tail while casually walking by him.
Daring has gotten in a number of them as well, notably flooring one of Ahuizotl’s pouncing catsnote It was the little white kitten but still. with only her wing.
Like in Tinker's Seal, when Ghoul, Storm and Rayback realize that the gem that was acquired back in Ruby Of The Blank Village, which would have let them control/ward off the inhabitants of Sunny Town, no longer works.
The above is brutally subverted in Legacy of Nightmare Moon. When Daring tossed her hat, the fandom sat back and waited for the usual awesome to unfold. But it turns out the lever that had been conveniently left in the death trap sets the villain's plan in motion andspeeds up the death trap! Do not mess with Inti.
One-Hit Kill: The Hoof-Held Cannon, one of the first artifacts retrieved in Tinker's Seal, will kill anything in one shot, according to Steam Whistle's journal. It doesn't work on anything that isn't alive (Claddie didn't even get dented by it) and even then, Herpy survives a shot.
One Steve Limit: One of the rare aversions. Apart from the obvious Daring/Derring thing, the background characters have a realistic distribution of names, including duplicates. For example, a character named Sunny Days is mentioned in winter festival scene of Curse Of the Yeti, but another Sunny Days shows up as one of the Redcoat archeologists searching for the staff of Star Swirl. Of course it is also possible that the author didn't expect fans to pay so much attention to background characters, so it may be an unintentional aversion.
The Only One: In The Cloud-Held Eternity, Daring Do is the only one who can stop Shifty Gaze, as they are the only two in the ruins.
Oneigh-sama: Derring occasionally has shades of this, in the flashbacks to when she and her siblings lived together after the disappearance of their parents. It's especially true in the spin-off stand-alone Derring-Do and the Book of Moon, which took place while she and her siblings were foals attending a boarding school.
Our Zombies Are Different: Eichelhäher calls herself a, "ghost", despite the reveal that she still has a body, albeit a heavily rotted and decayed one.
Outfly The Fireball: In Tinker's Seal, when the Chaos magic-flooded Leyline detonates, presumably killing Krastos and the Assembler, Daring is forced to grab Herpy by the scruff of his mane and fly at what is described as near-Rainboom speed to escape the magical outpouring.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Apparently, all it takes is dyeing your fur and putting on a fake cutie mark, and everypony will think you're a completely different pony.
Especially egregious when said fake cutie mark is literally a piece of paper taped to one's flank.
Also occurs in Rings of the Marengeti when Herpy tries disguises himself as a zebra with a quick paint job. Subverted by Bravado, who tries and fails to disguise himself by sticking on a false mustache and a pair of flat-lens glasses.
Parental Abandonment: Daring is hinted to have essentially been raised by her big sister after their parents went missing while hunting down the Platinum Crown. Her father is revealed to be alive in The Griffon's Goblet.
Perspective Flip: The first few chapters of Staff of Star Swirl are told from the perspective of Bravado, including some flashbacks to his earlier interactions with Daring in previous stories from his own vantage point. This turns out to be because the "Daring Do" who initially asked him to help her find the pieces of the staff was an imposter working for the bad guys. When the real Daring shows up again she's the main character for the rest of the story.
Tinker's Seal switches between each group of adventurers during their respective hunts for Steam Whistle's creations, with each group being written by a different author. Daring, Herpy, and Claddie search for another of Steam's golems (Kit Saddler); Bravado and Outback Jack hunt for the Great-Grandfather Clock (Steeplechase Moffat); Daren, Desert Rose and Starlight investigate his abandoned laboratory (Ember Roundup); Ghoul, Storm, and Rayback search the Blank Village for what Greyhoof stole (J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr.); Minos relating what happened when Ahuizotl attacked his labyrinth (L. Heartstrings); and so on, with the various other groups (mostly Grant Mareson). With so many subplots and stories, it's little wonder that Tinker's Seal is such a Door Stopper.
Pferdian Excuse: Ahuizotl gives one of these in Trials of Unity, about how he was neglected by his parents and abused by his many siblings. Ultimately subverted when it turns out he was just using the tale to distract the Do siblings.
It is revealed in Ring of the Marengeti that Nagridge had a very traumatic experience in her foalhood involving an abada diplomat who developed a brain tumor and went on a rampage.
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: In Daring Do and the Cove of Candles, it appears that the only purpose of pirates is to hang around and provide clues to their secret treasure stashes. One wonders where it came from in the first place.
It's implied that most of the pirates are only there due Blackmane's curse. It's also implied that Blackmane had them working themselves to death in order to get more treasure for the stash.
Planimal: The Pikmin: bizarre tiny creatures that used to live in The Gardener's garden, but then followed Daring out of there and now turn up in weird places.
The Gardener's Garden is actually only populated with this kind of lifeform, save The Gardener. Alongside the Pikmin are leaf monkeys, dinosaurs with bulbs and leaves on their backs, necks and heads, literal leaf-tailed geckos, leaf monkeys, cotton sheep, deer with branches for antlers, ivy snakes, a turtle with a whole tree growing out of its back... and a potato frog. He also has a dog made of wood (which he claims was bred from a wolf made of timber, if such a thing exists...)
Plot Tumor: Anything with the Colt of Smooze. If you don't care for them, it is difficult to like the series at this point in time.
Powered by a Forsaken Foal: In Caverns of R'ni, it turns out that literally everything in Mareahnee is powered by slaves whose taskmasters make Simon Whinnee look positively compassionate by comparison. Haytrus and Daring are horrified to learn that Daring's innocent request to up the difficulty on pon'Jadgray's Mobile Maze likely killed several geldings.
Precision B Strike: Daring almost never swears, going through most of the series with hardly a 'darn'. Then, when she finds out Ahuizotl's plan in Temple of Nightmare Moon...
Can't forget the line, "No one gives a flying feather!" from the same book.
Desert Rose, of all ponies, gets one in Wooden Mask, during an argument with Outback Jack over her treatment of Billabong. After getting sidetracked by Outback's reference to a confusing Noodle Incident, she snaps "That's not the bucking point!"
Darrin in Platinum Crown.
"...and if [Derring] gives a buck what happens to us now, I'll eat my hat."
And in Minotaur's Maze, Daring confronts Lepus:
"You've spent this whole time alternating between ogling my plot and my sister's. If either of us catches you doing so again, we will bucking GELD you!"
Promoted Fanfilly: Just about all of the Expanded Universe writers, really, though some of the more recent ones were already well-known in fanfic circles, in particular L. Heartstrings, author of Daring Do and the Minotaur's Maze and contributor to Tinker's Seal and Mirror Pond, who was previously known for a number of crossover fics and Darrincon appearances.
Also, Muffin Parcels collaborated with her idol Steeplechase Moffat on Universal Cracks, which both authors have confirmed is intended to be in continuity with her earlier Zapapple Tock Alternate Universe Fics - or at least with the rewritten versions she will be publishing this year.
Reality Subtext: There actually is a Royal Canterlot University Department of Equinology, but with considerably fewer action mares undercover as employees.
Greyhoof's usage of the Mirror Pond as the source of his body duplication powers was based on an incident that happened in L. Heartstrings' hometown of Ponyville.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Storm Talon likes giving swear-laden rants disassembling people he doesn't like. Hawkwings gets one for being a useless, obstructionist, ungracious jerk, Nagridge gets one for being a disruptive, speciesist witch, and Sweeney Trot gets one for being a murderous nutcase who treats personal tragedy as an excuse to hurt others.
"You lost someone close to you? Well guess what, *squawk*-wit? You and bucking everyone else!"
Darrin to Derring in Platinum Crown, calling her out for leaving him and Daring without even bothering to call or write for seven years.
"I have one thing to say to you, Derring: GROW UP."
Daring gives a short but epic one to Mareton in Temple of Nightmare Moon.
"Tell... Okpono... I'm..." Daring was sure the last word was "sorry", but it was really quiet. Then Deborus Mane Nagridge was gone.
Red Herring: In Daring Do and the Return of Fire of Friendship, Lady Blueblood does a lot of damage to any vehicles, making Daring think she is the Changeling. Daring Do as well as the readers are surprised/shocked when Lady Blueblood is kill off. After the successful return of the Fire of Friendship, Lady Sun Sparkle tells D.D. that Lady Blueblood told her that Lady Blueblood thought that the Princess Celestina ordering them on the mission was a Changeling, and was going to bring in Changelings with the fake Fire of Friendship into Canterlot to conquer it.
Red Pony, Blue Pony: Bravado is the red to Daring's blue, but Daring is the red to Derring's blue.
From Goblet, Ambassador Hawkwings is red to Platinius' blue.
For the foreign teachers, Storm Talon is red to Ghoul's Blue, while Ghoul is red to Okpono's Blue.
In order from most Red to most Blue, the Mane Six Mares note a name commonly given in merchandise, and a strange one given that the six rarely appear together in one book are: Coco, Daring, Outback Jack, Starlight, Tabula Rasa and Desert Rose.
Right-Hand Cat: Though Ahuizotl has a large variety of cats, it's the small white kitten Ripper that fits this roll.
Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Pikmin are tiny plant-animal hybrids whose main purpose in the books is to act cute and get killed by things.
Ripped from the Headlines: The way the San Palomino Ball goes to pieces in Mystery of Flutter Valley is clearly based off the Grand Galloping Gala fiasco earlier that year.
Common in the books of L. Heartstrings, due to her hometown being something of a real life Town of Adventure.
Rule of Pool: Although the first time is an unimportant incident in Gardens of Equestria, this is used as an actual plot point in both Trident of the Seaponies, and Cloud-Held Eternity, but completely subverted in Cove of Candles.
Rummage Sale Reject: That minotaur dress, as far as Margarita is concerned, as she sees colors differently. Given that griffons have even more cones due to their eagle heritage, when Ambassador Hawkwings' secretary sees it later, she calls it a crime against fabulosity.
Running Gag: Most of the canon books open with Daring Do teaching a class before invariably being pulled away early to start her adventure. After Herpy becomes more prominent, it's almost always him that pulls her away.
In Ring of the Marengeti, she gets pulled away a bit more literally than usual.
Calypso revealing secrets that Herpy or Darrin told him.
Herpy emptying the coffee pot from the fourth book on.
Ponies jumping whenever Mirror Dreams pops up. Partially justified, as she finds it amusing to do so literally more often than not.
In Coronet of Chaos, the bizarre horrors Krastos wishes to unleash on Banizacherla, Laurentia of the Red Mane, and several other alicorns of whom nothing is known.
Various random characters seem to be secret fans of the In-universe comic book "Sasquatch Mafia".
In Curse of the Yeti, Rayback swears servitude to everypony who saves his life, citing a Dragon's Code. In the case of Tabula Rasa, it sticks, but only after he agrees to sign an employment contract with the university, and when he tries it in later books, Tabula has to remind him that his contract is explicitly more binding than his Code.
In Amber of the Smooze, Princess Sparkler's incomplete dye jobs.
Running Gagged: Her return in Alicorn Amulet intends to return her to her natural coloring.
Scenery Porn: Most of the books, though Sapphire Stone is especially loaded with it, taking up a significant percentage of the book. Surprisingly, this factor doesn't usually alienate new readers, even those mainly in it for the action.
Sequel Hook: Steam Whistle's many unsuccessfulprojects. He mentions he never bothered to scrap them, and considering he made both Claddie and the Assembler, and the entire can of worms that the Assembler's sudden resurgence opened, they're bound to show up soon.
Tinker's Seal has a massive one amongst the epilogues. The Leader of the Colt of Smooze shows up at Steam Whistle's abandoned workshop, quickly dispatching the guards, and is able to enter the building thanks to a secret entrance, the location of which was apparently provided by Greyhoof. The Colt Leader proclaims that she is "going home", and the scene ends.
Shaggy Diamond Dog Story: The artifact that Greyhoof stole from Steam Whistle turned out to be the Cutie Mark Replicator. Which he destroyed. Making the trip to the Blank Village in Tinker's Seal pointless.
Sherclop Scan: Daring and Derring can do this with ancient artifacts to identify how old they are, what material they're made of, and the history of the area in which they were found. Early in The Platinum Crown Daring and Derring get into a Scan battle to identify a slab of stone that had recently been put on display in a local museum.
Ship Tease: Daring and Bravado, most heavily in The Staff Of Star Swirl. Herpy and Daring in The Ring of Marengeti.
Bravado and Outback Jack get some in Tinker's Seal.
Shout Out: The scene in Platinum Crown where Daring tries to tell apart the real and fake crowns by using water displacement to calculate density is a Shout Out to the legend of Eureka. Unfortunately, they're both the same density. The crown isn't made of platinum, it was just owned by Princess Platinum.
The late Gusty Lulamoon, author of two Expanded Universe novels, was an equinologist specializing in the paleopony period, and it shows in her writing.
Changeling characters usually make use of the little-known "-ling" suffix that is used exclusively by Changelings.
In Legacy of Nightmare Moon, one sees that "Ropers" knows her herbal remedies.
Shrine of the Silver Monkey has some very well researched depictions of canine and simian body language, such as Beta Max going in circles before sleeping and the head-scratching gesture King Scorpan makes while pondering how to defeat Ahuizotl.
Also, apes of that genus have a third set of cones in their eyes, and so when Margarita visits the tailor she sees the colors on the first dress shown as clashing hideously, a fact that Derring quickly points out when the tailor takes offense.
You want sickening? Swinn and Mareton. Seriously. She calls him puddin'.
Sickly Green Glow: In Tinker's Seal, when the Great-Grandfather Clock sends ponies back in time, the numbers and hands glow green. Also serves as foreshadowing, since Tight Ship, who controls the clock, is always seen in a green suit coat.
So Last Season: In Ruby of the Blank Village, the eponymous blanks ignored non-Cutie-Mark-based lifeforms, which allowed Ahuizotl and Storm Talon to move about unmolested. Picking up on this, in Tinker's Seal Storm and Ghoul are the ones sent to deal with the village, only to find out that the town has branched out their paranoia as a result of the incident.
Spikes of Doom: Appears oh-so-very-often and every form imaginable, starting in Sapphire Stone. The only books that don't have them in some form are Gardens of Equestria, Trident of the Seaponies, and Ring of the Marengeti.
Stating the Simple Solution: In Tinker's Seal, after the initial fallout of Rayback sneaking into Storm's luggage in order to go with Storm and Ghoul to the Blank Village, Rayback offers all his qualifications while Ghoul is trying to think up all sorts of contingency plans on how best to keep the kid safe on their journey through the Everfree Forest so Dr. Tabula Rasa doesn't fillet them for putting him in danger. Storm points out they're at a hotel. They should just leave him at the hotel and have a pegasus chariot pick him up after they leave (they couldn't make sure the chariot picks him up because they had to leave early due to time factors).
Stock Dinosaurs: The Valley of Grouchy features Tyrannosaurus, Allosaurus, Spinosaurus, Deinonychus, Quetzalcoatlus, Smilodon, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Compsognathus, and mammoths. It also averts this with Gigantoraptor, Wannanosaurus, Masiakasaurus, Megatherium, Charonosaurus, Pinacosaurus, Therizinosaurus, and Sauroposeidon.
Throw It In: The first book in the series makes a passing reference to a University page called Harpy. However, his name was misspelled as Herpy, and fans latched onto that spelling and embraced the silly pony. Herpy appeared briefly in the second book, typo intact and with his fanon personality. Later on, Herpy returned as a major character.
Team Pet: Calypso, Daring's purple macaw. However, he's usually kept at the university while Daring is adventuring.
The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: To show the power of the Scepter of the Chaos Beast, the narrative gets messed with. One way it does so is that Mahavir/Mahiavar's name alternates constantly, to the point where even different print runs will have different name combinations.
Theres No Kill Like Overkill: To put down Krastos and the Assembler, Daring detonated a leyline by imbuing it with chaos magic to destabilize it and then activated several powerful artifact explosives next to it. To give an idea how powerful a blast this is, it's described as being able to turn the Everfree Forest into the Everfree Crater (no, it wasn't done there).
Though considering what they are, that may not have been a permanent solution.
The Stars Are Going Out: Part way through the Star Quest Trilogy, something causes the stars to blink out of existence. Turns out, it's Inti, no longer bound by Nightmare Moon and having finally broken free of the chains that bound him, EATING THEM for power.
Title Confusion: The Sapphire Stone is set into a small blue statue, and so the MacGuffin is referred to as "the statue" very frequently in the action and dialogue. Because of this, even the most pedantic fans tend to call Quest for the Sapphire Stone "Quest for the Sapphire Statue" about half the time.
Tome of Eldritch Lore: Several are mentioned, including: Hamdani Hadban's Mikrohippocon, Furler's Leises Pferden-Erscheinen, and the Barbaequus of Celeres.
The Neighcronomicon is brought up by Herpy in The Staff of Star Swirl, but is dismissed by Daring as being just a bunch of made-up hooey. As it turns out, the original print of that very book contains the clue to find the last piece of the Staff.
A copy of the Unaussprechlichen Colten can be seen in the comics for a single frame of the first issue, on Daring's office bookshelf along with Le Colt Des Goules and The Princess in Pink (see Brown Note above).
Tournament Arc: In the second book of the Blood Diamond series, Daring Do has to enter one to get the artifact she was after.
Ultimate Universe: As mentioned above under Comic Book Adaptation. Among other differences from the main canon, the story is set more in present-day, so Princess Luna is set to be included as a character alongside or sometimes in place of Celestia note how this would affect the Nightmare Moon story arc is unknown, and the Do siblings' father will be the still-missing parent, rather than their mother.
The upcoming Pony in a Box Productions radio play entitled Daring Do Adventures plans to make significant changes to the canon as well, while still taking strong inspiration from the original series. One of the biggest changes is that Ahuizotl will be given less focus in favor of other villains.
The Unpronounceable: For years, fans were baffled as to how you're supposed to say the name 'Ahuizotl'. Many were quite surprised when the first movie adaption came out and revealed it.
Elementum's actual name is ʿUnşur. No wonder Daring Do just sticks with "Elementum".
The Unreveal: The Church of the Shining Void claims to have documented all the true events that happened during the foundation of Equestria as it is in modern day. The documentation is a room with hierogyphs and pictograms on the walls, floor, and ceilings that Daring Do can't completely decypher herself.
Subverted somewhat in that later in the story Daring is able to come back with some equipment and can read enough to get a basic idea of most of the story, though some details and the beginning and ending are still to hard to translate. She sees that Discord was a denizen of Tartarus that was accidentally released and given sentience by the pony immigrants,that he either created or gave power to the Alicorn race, and that Celestia and Luna were his top agents before they turned on him and reversed his magic to create the Elements of Harmony to usurp him.
In Revenant's Effigy, Steam Whistle's journal never fully explains what would warrant the Assembler's creation.
Early on in Vaults Of Celestia, Daring is wondering what schemes Ahuizotl is plotting at this moment. Cut to Ahuizotl making tea in a fez and bathrobe, feeding his cats, and reading a newspaper in his stronghold. Subverted when Rex and his troops bust in through the front door and the resulting fight ends up destroying several floors.
Forget the mirror? You can't get ye flask. No flask? No medication.
Can't guess the Flutter Pony's name in the time allotted? No flower. And the formula is notoriously counterintuitive.
Archeological Quest II:
Made even one unnecessary trip over the bridge? Too bad, it breaks when you make a fourth crossing and you go splat.
You cannot know in advance that it is the apple you need from the fruit stand, rather than the pear or the orange.
Archeological Quest III:
What's that? You didn't chase Ripper off? You're bound in that one cul-de-sac for good.
Vanishing Village: The populated Blank Village only appears at certain times. Otherwise it's just ruins.
Villain Song: A number of stage adaptations give Ahuizotl one of these
Seeing as how one stage adaptation focuses solely on Sweeney Trot and Mrs. Hoovett, every song (with the exception of Nightangale, Blackbird for Linnet Bird and Linnet Bird for Anthony Hopewing) is one of these. The most obvious is A Bit of Priest, which is sung by the evil duo about baking the residents of Trottingham into cupcakes.
"Well Done, Daughter" Pony: In Griffon's Goblet, Daring discovers her dad is alive. In the following volume, her dad is an actual character whom she feels she had to live up to his standards growing up, and the volume puts a good deal of focus on their struggling to get along.
Wham Episode: Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded has the murder of Lightning Kicker.
Sweeney Trot: That filly next door—the one who—she... She has the same name as my daughter?
Mrs. Hoovett: NO! I mean, yes, the same name, but—
Sweeney Trot:(realization)That filly next door... is my daughter, isn't she?
Mrs. Hoovett: NO! NO! I would never—!
Sweeney Trot: Don't lie to me! Is she?!
Mrs. Hoovett: ...yes.
When Daring is puzzling out what happened to her father's old cadre of archeologists, she assumes that since Daren's former partner Rodolphus Mareton was the father of Sebastius Mareton, he must have been the one to betray the group by murdering Winchester Tock. To readers, this would make sense, since Sebastius Mareton is a ruthless monster, and Winchester's daughter Zapapple was one of Daring's closest friends. Daren's response?
Daren: Darling, you have this awful habit of jumping just next to the right conclusion... it was the other way. Winchester killed Rodolphus.
Revenant's Effigy has this line from Steam Whistle's journal:
"After so many unsatisfactory projects, I can finally have something to celebrate: The Assembler is up and running"
What Happened to the Mouse?: Outback Jack mentions two unicorns and a pegasus going missing in what turns out to be the eponymous Gardens of Equestria. They are never brought up afterwards.
Also happens in Children of Primus, where two of the statues are unaccounted for at the end of the book. Popular fanon states that at least one of Bravado's adventures has been directly related to them.
Other than Skywarp, Optimus, and the unnamed statue in The Temple of Primus, the other statues' fates are never elaborated upon, and aren't shown waking up, the ones that are shown waking up disappear from the plot afterwards.
What You Are in the Dark: Herpy is confronted with the chance for selfish power gain when trying to acquire the titular Ring of the Marengeti and that "Daring would never know." He only pretends to accept the offer to access a critical clue in a stolen manuscript.
Wicked Cultured: Noteworthy Smith (from Trident of the Sea Ponies, Ring of the Marengeti, Buffalo Burial Ground, Wrath of Hammerhoof, Sad Statue, and the first three Blood Diamonds stories) loved classical music and fine art, and was a fairly decent artist himself. He was also a crime lord, a former hit stallion, and heavily implied to be a foal-mounter in the Blood Diamonds series. Nopony sheds any tears whenColonel Talonus tortures him to death in Worship in Fear.
Subverted in Staff of Star Swirl. Mrs. Hoovett is quite relieved to find out that Sweeney won't kill her for failing. Purposely keeping the location of his daughter hidden from him, on the other hoof...
Talonus can't stand failure either. One of his goons commits suicide rather than face the Colonel's wrath.
You Shall Not Pass: In the Expanded Universe novel Amethyst Penguin, The Colt of Tirek, working for Ahuizotl, is trying to get at the temple where the title artifact is located. Daring et al. are already inside when the Colt Mooks arrive, and Odo Bahn, the ornithologist, runs out to stop them. He takes many of the Colt members with him.
Zombie Apocalypse: The backstory for the sought-after artifact in one volume, and the (unsuccessful) threat made by the antagonist in another.