A silly little thing
I'll go blind
Finding how it got the best of me
— Twilight Sparkle, Like You
Destiny: A Tale of Unicorn Wings contains examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: The album takes an event only briefly touched upon in the show and runs with it for nearly two hours.
- Arc Words:
- "I can't tell you how much it meant to me."
- "Forgive me"
- "Somebody told me of a silly little thing called destiny..."
- Author Avatar: Twilight, according to Gray herself.
- Beneath the Mask: After being grounded from visiting her friends, Twilight feigns confidence and being on top of everything in front of everyone, but is deeply remorseful when alone.
- Book Ends: "Starborne" opens up with a mysterious monologue about looking up at the stars to find your way home.
- Break the Cutie: Twilight's arc from being a bookish librarian to a depressed alicorn princess. Not to mention when she transforms into Silent Dusk...
- Breather Episode: "Silence" is a soft mellow track that is paired with some nice reading material, especially compared to the loud aggressive synthesizers and drums of the previous track where Twilight transforms into Silent Dusk.
- BSOD Song: Empty. Twilight returns to her library in Ponyville to discover that it was emptied out and all her old books were missing. When she sees her friends wearing their Elements of Harmony, she feels that they're being worn for their protection. Cue "Dusk."
- Call Back: To a previous song of hers: Gone (Learned to Fly).
- Celebrity Is Overrated: Turns out, joint-ruling over an entire country isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
- Cover Drop: In the final track:
- I'll meet you in the sun.
I'll meet you when I earn my fragile wings.
- Dark Ambient: The intro of "Heartache" has shades of this.
- Dark Reprise: "Like You?" as well as a particularly heartbreaking echo of the opening lyrics in "Empty."
- "Dusk" reprises both "Maturity" and "Something Missing."
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Twilight uses the last of her force after breaking free of Silent Dusk to shove the sun away from a collision course with Earth. At the end of Fragile Wings, her remaining friends inadvertently invoke the Elements of Harmony and manage to bring Twilight back to life.
- Epic Instrumental Opener: "Starborne."
- Epic Rocking: The album is an hour and fifty minutes long and has sixteen songs. That averages to about seven minutes each track.
- Foreshadowing: Pretty much every lyric is brimming with foreshadowing, but nothing stands more than "Starborne" or the chorus of "Something Missing"
- The stained glass and Twilight's wings on the cover artwork foreshadow the apocalypse Silent Dusk almost causes, as well as Twilight's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Furry Reminder: In the second verse of "Semantics":
- Genre Roulette: Ambient, to Orchestral, to Industrial, to Pop-punk, to Hard-rock. The only thing consistent is the Progressive Rock feel.
- Growing Up Sucks
- Hell Is That Noise: The first few minutes of "Heartache" are made up of this.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Twilight to save the earth from the falling sun in Fragile Wings.
- I Am the Band: Gray wrote and produced the entire album by herself, albeit with engineering help from Klisk.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Twilight's entire motivation is to obtain a sense of normality in her new life. She fails in the most terrifying way possible.
- Ironic Echo: The breakdown of "Semantics," as well as the entirety of "Like You?"
- Gratuitous Panning: The end lyrics of "Dusk."
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: In "Empty," Twilight goes from being depressed about losing everything she cares for to ATTEMPTING TO OBLITERATE THE PLANET BY CRASHING THE ENTIRE SUN INTO IT.
- Last Note Nightmare: The last few minutes of "Empty" are made up of booming, mechanical rhythms and heavy, dissonant synth growls. It's supposed to signify Twilight's transformation into Silent Dusk.
- Inverted in "Heartache," whose first few minutes are made of nightmarish ambiance.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Looking through Gray's Tumblr before listening to the album is a bad idea.
- Leitmotif: Several melodies and chord structures are reoccurring, as the nature of a Concept Album, but the most apparent are the chords that play during What if I can't? in "Like You."
- Lonely Piano Piece: "Heartache."
- Loss of Identity: Twilight feels that she lost her true identity after throwing herself into her royal work. And then she transforms into Silent Dusk when she feels that there's no chance of returning.
- Mood Whiplash: As manic as the song is, "Faultless" jumps between upbeat electronic pop verses to intense metalish breaks.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Celestia, three bucking times. First, she thrusts Twilight into the limelight and responsibilities of princesshood, causing Twilight's Heroic BSOD. Then, she decides the best way to snap Twilight out of it and help her adjust is to cut her off from her friends- the ones who helped her ascend in the first place- causing Twilight to lose her sense of self in her work. Finally, when she senses Twilight is going to the emptied-out library in Ponyville, she sends those same friends to calm Twilight down, complete with the Elements of Harmony. Seeing the Elements arrayed against her as though she is another danger to her friends serves as the shove over the Despair Event Horizon which transforms her into Silent Dusk.
- Non-Appearing Title: "Starborne" and "Faulted."
- Perishing Alt Rock Voice: Gray sounds like this most of the time.
- Precision F-Strike: Aside from a few 'damn's, there's no cursing in the entire album. Then you get to "Semantics"...
- Rock Opera: The longest one in the fandom, at that.
- Siamese Twin Songs: "Starborne/Like You" and similarly, "Semantics/Like You?."
- Smash Cut: Throughout the album, there's numerous sudden changes in tone and volume, but no song does it consistently like "Faultless."
- Spiritual Successor: Arguably, to her 2012 rock opera Nightfall.
- Can be taken as a straight sequel as well since chronologically it would take place after Nightfall in canon, and the characterization of Celestia is similar.
- Spoken Word in Music: "Faulted" opens with several voices complaining about various aspects of day to day life, royalty, and oranges?
- Textless Album Cover
- The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Destiny." Twilight breaks free from Silent Dusk with the help of her friends and she writes a final letter to Celestia before her Heroic Sacrifice.
- Title Drop: In a few cases of the album, the title of the track is reserved for literally the most heartwrenching point in that track.
- See: "Like You/?," "Empty," "Fragile Wings."
- Album Title Drop: "Somebody told me of a silly little thing called Destiny..."''.
- Uncommon Time: "Faultless" and "Empty" have cases of 15/8 and 7/8. The entire bridge of "Faultless".
- Walking Spoiler: Silent Dusk
- Vocal Range Exceeded: Happens during the bridge of "Something Missing."
- Wham Line: In "Control":
- I know that she'll forgive me...
I know that she'll forgive me...
I know that she'll forgive me...
I hope that she'll forgive me...
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The poor dog that Twilight turned into an orange prior to the events in "Faulted" is never returned to canine form, despite the protests of its owner.