. And now, it has a recap section for people who forget the important plot points or want to know what this is all about. Warning, there will be unmarked spoilers for some parts.
Season 0: The Discorded Ponies
- Part 1: Applejack’s Discording
EPISODE TITLE: The Truth Hurts
The first view of this series gives us Applejack and her breaking. Interestingly enough, the breaking is prefaced by AJ asserting to herself(?) that she doesn’t lie; she just is wrong sometimes or is not intending to be taken seriously. “It ain’t a lie if ya ain’t really trying to trick’em right?” We then have Discord separate the girls with the hedge maze and show AJ the visuals of a possible outcome in ‘The Grove of Truth’ to the gang’s situation. She assumes honesty must have lead to that path, accepts it as the hard future, and decides it’s not worth being honest. Nobody will care as long as they aren’t hurt. If she can’t prevent it, why not try to make it hurt less. Thus Liarjack is ‘born’ out of AJ’s desire to save everyone from the cruel truth.
- Part 2: Pinkie Pie’s Discording
EPISODE TITLE: Not Funny
Pinkie introduces herself and seemingly goes on a non sequitur. Next it starts raining chocolate, the Elements are taken by what she sees as an amusing guy, the group is separated, and suddenly she finds a balloon garden. Strangely, this garden is filled with non-stop laughter which starts inflaming Pinkie’s insecurities. Pinkie then recounts a number of instances whe she has been dismissed during events culminating with the events surrounding the surprise party from Party of One; all these memories become twisted into further feeding her fears. Alone, drowning in fear, she decides to lash out and disown laughter.
- Part 3: Rarity’s Discording
CHAPTER TITLE: Most Deserved
EPISODE TITLE: Most Deserving
Curiously we see Rarity seemingly responding to questions and even to multiple personages as she tells someone to get out and then apologies to another. Obviously offended at the previous line of questioning, she defends her selection as the Element of Generosity with multiple examples of sacrificial acts and admits sometimes she does act selfishly, but what more can a mortal pony aspire to than only having a couple flaws? As the action moves to the hedge maze, we witness her immediate ire at losing her horn. This isn’t mere vanity as her livelihood and primary means of artistic expression, making objects of beauty, is heavily dependent on her telekinetic abilities. It is at this point, separated from everyone else that she comes to obstacle Discord has planted. Rarity weighs digging the jewels out first or returning after saving the world –again- and decides it will be all right to indulge in a little selfishness; it shouldn’t be too long a delay. After dislodging the singularly large stone and being reunited with her friends, she dismisses the idea that she could have misjudged the worth of this newfound treasure; she found it, she dug it out, so it’s hers by right of labor. She decides to let the selfish side she’s always had be ascendant and to forgo weighing needs.
- Part 4: Fluttershy’s Discording
EPISODE TITLE: New Me
Unlike her other friends, there is nothing Discord can say which can convince Fluttershy to reject her kindly disposition. Angered and impatient, he ‘taps’ her on the head. Fluttershy falls dizzy. The personality that awakens feels nothing but scorn for her companions around her. She is disgusted by the memories she has of Fluttershy being ‘a hoofmat.’ At the end, ‘Fluttercruel’ decides “it’s time to be cruel.”
- Part 5: Rainbow Dash’s Discording
EPISODE TITLE: Conflict Of Interests
Discord presents Rainbow Dash a choice: either flee the maze and he’ll save Cloudsdale, or remain in the game and Cloudsdale falls. She decides Cloudsdale’s more important, but is filled with absolute shame and regret. In contrast with most of her friends, Dash’s train of thought shows she’s retained a more coherent, sober (though flawed) rationality. Her inner narrative reveals that she’s banking on her friends being able to triumph over Discord on their own, because “We always come out on top, even when it seems impossible!”
Afterwards, the next time they cross paths... Dash resolves to ACT as though she’s been brainwashed and deranged, even to the point of forcing her friends to fight her into submission. The idea of everyone knowing that she willingly CHOSE to betray her friends while of sound mind and body is more than her heart can bear. And thus, ‘Rainbow Dash‘ becomes ‘Traitor Dash.‘
- Part 6: Trixie's Discording
See above for more detailed recap.
- Part 7: Twilight Sparkle’s Discording
EPISODE TITLE: Horrid Strangers
Twilight Sparkle is completely baffled and heartbroken that all her friends now have such nasty attitudes and are acting so unlike themselves. Ironically, it’s a kind lie from Liarjack, that ‘everything’s gonna turn out okay,’ that pushes her over the psychological edge. She succumbs to hopelessness.
- Part 8: Equestria Discorded
EPISODE TITLE: Six Minions
Once she was ‘Twilight Sparkle.’ Now she is ‘Twilight Tragedy.’ Discord is now ‘Master’ to her, her five fellow Element Bearers, and indeed, the entire world which Celestia once ruled. The Elements of Harmony are gone. In their place: the Elements of Chaos, which prevent the six Bearers from dying, aging or being killed.
Twilight Tragedy is a morose, dismal soul, existing in a morose, dismal world, where the sun and moon rise and set arbitrarily. She has severely faulty memory issues, including only a foggy concept of how much time has passed - she can recall Apple Bloom dying of old age, and Scootaloo dying trying to battle Discord. Yet, in spite of her poor memory, Twilight tells us her story: what became of her, her friends, and her world.
When Discord first corrupted the Element Bearers in the hedge maze, it was the first nudge down six long, slippery slopes. Countless years have passed, and all six of the former heroes are firmly settled at the dark and slimy bottom of their respective slopes.
Liarjack has become a shameless congenital liar; a champion of misinformation to make Josef Stalin proud. She claims that Celestia and Luna were tyrants that prevented anything from ever changing, and portrays Discord as a liberator. She echoes lies others tell themselves, and invents endless more on the fly, especially when faced with any form of unpleasantness. Twilight can rarely tell what to believe from her.
Celestia has been turned into a golden statue, while Luna is now a silver statue.
Spike is still alive... a giant-sized adult at this point in time. Discord joyrides around on Spike as his winged steed, often to the point of exhaustion. It falls to Twilight to actually care for him.
Rarigreed is lost to her delusions. She hoards rocks and boulders like a dragon hoards treasure... insisting that they’re actually gold and diamonds and such. She is completely filthy from always digging rocks up, and habitually rubbing herself against them as though they were all in an orgy. Sweetie Belle acted as Rarigreed’s caretaker until old age took her.
Angry Pie is consumed with bitterness and furious grudges; waging an endless, nonstop war upon laughter itself. Laugh in her presence, and she’ll hunt you down and make you die a violent death. Discord is an exception, though: she tried attacking him once, and he left her with a permanent limp. This hasn’t slowed her down at all.
The things Fluttercruel does are so unspeakably vile... Twilight cannot bring herself to speak of them at this point in time.
Surprisingly, Derpy Hooves is still alive, as is her daughter, Dinky. But Discord has transformed Dinky into a muffin, promising to only turn her back if Derpy ran several zillion laps around the castle. She’s still at it. And birds are always trying to peck at her muffin-daughter.
Mercifully, Trixie has passed on after an unnaturally long and empty existence, never having recovered from her catatonia, drifting from place to place like a leaf in the wind.
At one point, Traitor Dash appears in Twilight’s bedroom unannounced, to break into wretched sobs. She states that Discord promised that he’d turn time back: restore them all to the happy days of Celestia’s rule... provided she murders the pony she cares most about. And she can’t bring herself to do it. Twilight says that Discord forces these sort of sadistic choices upon Traitor Dash all the time.
Suddenly, the fog is lifted from Twilight’s memory! She remembers everything again; how things were! Her old self! She vows to set things right... and then Discord appears, snaps his fingers, and Twilight Sparkle reverts to Twilight Tragedy once more. It ends with Discord sending Twilight to deal with some foolish upstarts who’ve dared to practice magic. Obediently, she heads out. Duty calls.
Season 1: The Reharmonized Timeline or The Elements Realigned
- Part 1: Fluttershy's Reharmonization
EPISODE TITLE: Oyster
Picking up after the proper timeline of the show, Fluttershy returns home after the biggest party in ponyville history celebrating Discord's defeat. Unfortunately, it's clear that not all the ponies are the best, mentioning how Big Macintosh was VERY uneasy around Winona for some reason. As she heads home, she thinks about how there wasn't anything to worry about her "discording", since discord had forced her to be cruel. At that point, someone laughs, but nobody's there! It's only when she gets home that the truth is revealed. There is someone else living in her body.
- Part 2: Rainbow Dash's Reharmonization
EPISODE TITLE: Runnaway
- Part 3: Rarity's Reharmonization
CHAPTER TITLE: Diamond in The Rough
EPISODE TITLE: Irreplaceable
- Part 4: Applejack's Reharmonization
CHAPTER TITLE: The Truth and the Whole Truth
EPISODE TITLE: The Truth Liberates
- Part 5: Pinkie Pie's Reharmonization
CHAPTER TITLE: Laughing Together
EPISODE TITLE: One Whole Pie
- Part 6: Twilight's Visit
CHAPTER TITLE: Turn the Other Flank
EPISODE TITLE: House Call
- Part 7: Rainbow's True Reharmonization
CHAPTER TITLE: True Healing
EPISODE TITLE: Indecisive Jackass
Even after informally adopting Scootaloo and finding some measure of peace, Rainbow Dash is still wracked with guilt over her actions during the Day of Chaos. Eventually, she decides to gather the rest of the Mane Six and confess her deception, but her inner turmoil caused by trying to rationalize the difference between Loyalty and Betrayal threatens to awaken something dark and sinister within her.
- Part 8: Trixie's Redemption
CHAPTER TITLE: Tarot Number Thirteen
EPISODE TITLE: Devastating Loneliness
- Part 9: Luna's Day of Chaos
CHAPTER TITLE: Canterlot Chaos
- Part 10: Trixie's Reharmonization
CHAPTER TITLE: Second Family
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