Just For Fun: MLP Dragonfire

"For generations we've wandered the stars, searching for a place where we can all live in harmony. None of us knows when that day will come. But we do know this: as long as there is discord in the universe, we will fight. I serve onboard the Celestia, and tonight we ride. Quarter Tech, Mark: 'Dragonfire', Division M-6. You can call me Spike."

In the far future, the planet Equestria has been the center of the known universe, rapidly expanding its denizens through the stars while maintaining harmony within its own biosphere. In its prime, Equestria's intergalactic influence could be felt throughout the galaxy and peace prevailed. That all changed when a mysterious chaotic force consumed the planet, forcing its citizens to seek refuge aboard its Lunar colony. For generations life on the colony proved stable, but the Equestrians knew they had to find a new home planet before the chaos returns if there was any chance or survival. Thus begins the adventures of the crew of the SS Celestia as they search for a new homeworld and a way to combat the discord of the universe once and for all.

Dragonfire is a Space Western spinoff of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic developed in direct response to the show's Periphery Demographic. Set in an Alternate Universe where the ponies are human and science and technology have superseded magic, this series allows for much more mature storytelling and character development in ways the original series could never tell. Originally told through the eyes of Spike, here a young space cadet of Draconian blood, the series soon expanded its focus on the entire crew of the SS Celestia and their exploits on finding a new world while facing their own conflicts in a true Space Opera fashion.

It was first hinted at on April 1st 2014 by the Hub via this promo and has since become The Hub's biggest sleeper hit.

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Tropes present in this series:

  • Adventure Archeologist: Daring Do.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Strongly averted with Celestia, to the point where characters are more worried about the biological crew as opposed to her.
  • Alien Non-Interference Clause: It exists, but unlike startrek, is meant to be mroe of a guideline than an unyielding law.
  • Amazon Brigade: Most of the crew aboard the Celestia are female. Spike is the only consistent male of the crew.
  • Animesque: Appears to be taking cues from Trigun and Cowboy Bebop, as well as countless mecha anime.
  • And Then What??: One of the more noticable divisions is between those who believe that they should abandon their old homeworld once they find a new one and those who think they should reclaim it. And that's not even considering those who believe it's better to just wander forever.
  • Ascended Character: Knight Fury was supposed to be a one-off character in the middle of season 1. He ended up becoming one of the most complelling characters outside of the mane six.
  • Audience Surrogate: Being much younger than the rest of the crew, Spike is meant to be this.
  • Badass: Various forms.
  • City of Adventure: the Lunar Colony.
  • Cosmic Horror: Whatever alien entity consumed Equestria is usually depicted as this. There are hints that whatever it was was not malevolent, but fleeing from something greater.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Zig-Zagged. While some people play it straight, others seem to have no major issues. In the end, it seems that it depends on the mental state of the individual and how they choose to behave.
  • Doomed Home Planet: What the planet Equestria was reduced to long ago.
  • Draconic Humanoid: Spike is basically this, though the more Draconic bits of him don't really show until maturity.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Luna herself. Obviously.
  • Fantastic Racism: While mostly gone, there is still currents of distrust and condensction between vanilla humans, Uniceros, and Pegasi.
  • Good Old Ways: Zig-zagged, as some of them are necessary for suvival, others are just doing it for the sake of holding onto power.
  • Horned Humanoid: The Uniceros (unicorn race) are humanoid aliens with horns that allow them to tap into their psionic abilities.
  • Human-Focused Adaptation: Every equine from Friendship is Magic is reimagined here as human or humanoid alien. The other races in Equestria are also reimagined as humanoid, but tend to have more alien/beastial features.
  • Humans Are Flawed: They don't shy from the others of
  • Insane Admiral: Only one exists in the entire series.
  • Insectoid Aliens: The Changelings. Averted for the majority, with Chrysalis and her swarm being a group of fanatics.
  • Kaiju: Various enemies make use of them.
  • Lost Technology: Much of the Lunar Colony and Celestia is far less advanced than what was available to Equestria at the peak of it's glory.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: What they become by the end of the series.
  • Generation Ship: What the Lunar colony became to everyone on Equestria.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Kept in check by Anyone Can Die.
  • Lower Decks Episode: Stories set on the Lunar Colony tend towards this.
  • The Migration: The entire series focuses on the Equestrians searching for a new homeworld.
  • Mile Long Starship: The Celestia itself.
  • Noble Demon: Sunset Shimmer.
  • Planet of Hats: How many of the planets in the galaxy are portrayed, often mirroring the other races in Equestria.
  • Purposefully Overpowered: By the time the series nears its end, the Celestia and its crew come off like this. Justified to show the scale of the threats they face in comparison to other memebers of the fleet.
  • Racial Remnant: Though Equestria is long gone, the descendants of the original refugees have done their best to keep all of their traditions alive.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: A surprising high number exist on both sides, though the Equestrians have the lead.
  • Rotating Protagonist: While the series is clearly named after Spike, an equal number of episodes also focus on the rest of his crewmates.
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: The Equestrians are split up into three races: Humans, Uniceros, and Pegasi. All three races are essentially the same save the horns and wings respectively.
  • Sapient Ship: The Celestia, who often takes form of a Spaceship Girl.
  • Science Fantasy: What the show eventually evolves into by the end of the Third Season.
  • Settling the Frontier: What the Equestrians ultimately hope to do once they find a new homeworld.
  • Shrug of God: Is Dragonfire a distant future to Equestria Girls or not? The creators provide hints for both cases.
  • Space People: The Equestrians have become this, only knowing about life on a space colony.
  • Space Marines: Led by Big Macintosh.
  • Space Opera
  • Space Western
  • Take That: The creators of the show don't like many aspects of Star Trek, and it shows.
  • Take a Third Option: Zigzagged, as while they do have the third option, many times they end up failing the first two.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: As their Rag Tag Fleet grows, they have former enemies trying to work together.
  • Used Future: Zigzagged, as while there are areas of L Una that look this way, it was revealed to be a deliberate choice.
  • Vestigial Empire: Despite the destruction of Equestria, its galactic influence is still present throughout the galaxy via its colonies.
  • Wagon Train to the Stars: What the Celestia serves as, though the Lunar Colony is never far behind.
  • What Happened To The Astronauts: Inverted, as there are rumored to be survivors on Equestria.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The series is capable of serious topics, such as Child Soldiers, the use of Drones in warfare, and how one deals with death and mourning.
  • Winged Humanoid: The Pegasi look just like humans but with colored wings that allow them to fly.
  • X Meets Y: It's been described as Farscape meets Battlestar Galactica.