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- In Pages Of Harmony, Twilight Sparkle becomes a Mad Scientist, Well-Intentioned Extremist Villain Protagonist who tortures and kills her friends to extract their Elements. She also kills anypony who threatens to find out that she's the culprit, claiming her actions are being done in order to preserve harmony so chaos doesn't taint the world anymore. Worst part? Not only does she win in the end, but if the start of the sequel is any indication, we're going to see it all happen first-hand.
- Twilight Sparkle has her own "Cupcakes": The Experiments of Twilight Sparkle, in which she tortures her friends under a very vague pretense of science, but more likely just For the Evulz.
- Letters From A Disgruntled Friendship Student has Twilight Sparkle as a homophobic, genocidal, foul-mouthed, racist pony who wants nothing to do with her friends and suggests Pinkie Pie become a suicide bomber in one case, or feeding Fluttershy to the dragon. And that's one of her tamest acts of evil.
- The fansong Magic Kindergarten, loosely based on material from Lesson Zero, depicts Twilight Sparkle as having turned into a psychopathic maniac due to her traumatic experiences in the titular Magic Kindergarten.
- Twilight Sparkle was subjected to this once more after her controversial portrayal in "No Second Prances", where it lead some fans to really question her morality, with others outright demonizing her as a two-faced Knight Templar who really doesn't care about Friendship. There have been quite a few Accusation Fics due to that episode, such as Her Life Was In Your Hooves.
- Dark Fics based around Twilight are a dime-a-dozen. It's just that easy to warp her into a Well-Intentioned Extremist, a Mad Scientist, or even a tyrant princess. Fimfiction has a decently sized group just dedicated to Twilight as a tyrant princess. Take Forever Faithful, where Twilight dies but is able to contact the living through letters. She ends up killing her friends so that they can be with her and plans on getting Celestia next.
- Rainbow Factory does this to Rainbow Dash, who in canon is a brave, loyal Jerk with a Heart of Gold who would never abandon her friends. Rainbow Factory!Dash is an Ax-Crazy dictator who not only oversees the deaths of failed flyers, but callously murders Scootaloo.
- Also with Rainbow Dash, there's a disturbing amount of fan works that portray her as an abusive guardian to Scootaloo. One in particular is Flying Right, which at first seems like a typical Scootaloo learns to fly from Rainbow Dash fanfic, nothing too bad. Until we get to the "present" where we find Scootaloo has been injured very badly. By whom? Rainbow Dash of course. Then we see Scootaloo talk about not only the physical abuse she went through (smacking, spanking, and even kicks to the face), but also the mental and verbal abuse. There's also art of Rainbow Dash physically harming Scootaloo which can all be found on Derpibooru under the tag Scootabuse. There's also Pattycakes in which prior to the events, Rainbow Dash bullied both Fluttershy (being one of the bullies at Flight Camp, if the flashbacks are to be believed) and Scootaloo to the point of tears. It was the author's way of erasing any sympathy the readers had for Dash in her infantile state and to prevent anyone from feeling sorry for this canon's RD when she was reprogrammed into an infant. Let's just say out of all the mane six, Rainbow Dash gets the worst treatment and is essentially the MLP counterpart to Ron.
- Once again done to Rainbow in a few "re-writes" of episodes, (exactly what it says on the tin, being rewritten episodes done to favour the author's favourite ship) where she is portrayed as an abusive girlfriend to Soarin (if she's shipped with him), Fluttershy, Applejack, Twilight Sparkle, or Pinkie Pie. Even if the author doesn't ship any of those pairings, chances are, if they hate Dash, they'll re-write Hurricane Fluttershy to change her from a well meaning, supportive Cool Big Sis to Fluttershy to a Drill Sergeant Nasty who purposely forces Fluttershy to participate in the hurricane just so she can break the record out of pride, not because she genuinely cares for her or anything and who abuses the sick woobiefied Thunderlane. (While RD did push Fluttershy to participate in the hurricane, she only did it because she wanted to get the water to Cloudsdale, not just because she wanted to break the record.) She also treats Tank like absolute shit having not learned her lesson from "May the best pet win" to the point you're surprised her friends haven't called the pony equivalent of PETA on her. In other re-writes like "Flight to the Finish" she not only laughs at the CMC's performance, but berates Scootaloo saying that "She'll never fly in her life ever and will never amount to anything.".
- Friendship is Witchcraft has Rainbow Dash so obsessed with herself that all she can say is "Rainbow" and "Dash". She's also an abusive mother to Scootaloo. (Which makes no sense when you think about it. Dash is said to be in her early twenties, while Scootaloo is about 10. She would have had to have her at 11 or something.)
- Some fans paint Rainbow Dash as a rapist who wanted Scootaloo as her little sister so she could "corrupt" her... By raping her. Scootaloo struggles to escape but Rainbow Dash locks her in a box and uses her as her own personal sextoy. And this is played for laughs...
- There are also fans who take her jerk moments and make them more common. Like having her be an Alpha Bitch to Fluttershy and Twilight, teaming up with other pegasi and beating up other characters, abusing Soarin sexually, and the less we say about what she does to Scootaloo the better.
- After 28 Pranks Later, fans have given Rainbow Dash the Troll status in that she gleefully messes with her friends even Fluttershy playing even crueler pranks than she did in the episode on her friends, like driving Fluttershy to tears for her own catharsis. Rainbow Dash dislike has gotten so bad that a few groups on FimFiction have been made that specifically don't flanderize RD into a monster or complete Jerkass.
- We also have Ultra Fast Pony which completely transforms Dash into a ditzy Alpha Bitch who only cares about herself, loves to abuse Scootaloo, and doesn't care about Tank at all. It would seem the only Abridged Series or parody series of the series to not make her a total Jerkass is The Mentally Advanced Series, where she's ironically one of the more likeable characters despite being incredibly ditzy.
- On the other side of the coin, we have fans who make Rainbow Dash horribly abused by her friends who bully her, dress her up like a prisoner, or more or less treat her like garbage for no reason whatsoever. Seems like some bronies weren't fans of 28 Pranks or Mare-Do-Well.
- Pattycakes inflicts this on Fluttershy, turning her from a Friend to All Living Things who is able to resist Discord's Breaking Speech through Incorruptible Pure Pureness into a creepy "age play" fetishist who brainwashes Rainbow Dash and her other friends into an infantile state. It also does this to the rest of Ponyville, making them completely happy to go along with it.
- Thought Fluttershy was exempt from the "canon heroine becomes utterly psychotic" trope outside of Pattycakes? Think again! A NSFW fanfic known as "Love Me" took the idea of Fluttershy craving attention first envisioned in The Best Night Ever and goes as far as it can go. First, Fluttershy forces herself on Rainbow Dash, kills the "competition", and rapes the ever-loving shit out of her. Then, when Rainbow Dash, understandably scared and disgusted by her girlfriend's sudden cruelty, tries to escape, she is killed in cold blood in the process by her. Damn.
- Butterflies, a Cupcakes clone, depicts Fluttershy as so obsessed with saving a rare species of butterfly that she kidnaps ponies and sews the butterfly eggs inside of them so that no predators can hurt the babies. Three guesses as to what happens when they hatch.
- Applejack in general (and sometimes the rest of the Apple family) is often at the receiving end of every negative American-Southerner/country-bumpkin stereotype imaginable. Fan works often portray her as either; a dimwitted illiterate hillbilly who doesn't know anything outside of apple farming, a racist redneck (especially when Zecora the resident zebra is involved), or is in an incestuous relationship with either Big Macintosh or Braeburn.
- In Apple Corruption, Applejack and all of the Apple family (excluding Granny Smith, Apple Bloom, and Big Mac) become this. Applejack is characterized the most, and is characterized as being a stubborn, racist Jerkass whom beats Applebloom for any mistakes she makes. When Sweetie Belle has to live with her, she treats her no differently. From trying to change Sweetie's name to "Apple Belle Sweetapple", lying to Sweetie about Rarity being dead, being the arsonist behind Rarity's boutique burning down, blaming Sweetie for Granny Smith's death, to eventually, trying to dehorn her and when that failed, take away her magic by making her drink a special potion and wear a cap on her horn. This treatment, along with trying to cut off her horn, would've killed Sweetie slowly and painfully. The rest of the Apple family gets the same characterization, especially the ones who live in Nimbuscait, where beatings and the raping of fillies by priests are the norm. Applejack at least gets the Freudian Excuse that she was raped by a priest, and her mother was burned as a heretic for being blasted with magic, but the other Apples do not have any other excuse.
- Pinkie Pie: Typically a happy-go-lucky Genki Girl, the infamous fanfic Cupcakes derails her into a psychopath who brutally murders Rainbow Dash, all while never breaking her usual façade. Many fans inspired by this fic combine it with Pinkie's mental breakdown in "Party Of One" (which aired a few weeks after Cupcakes hit the net) to make Pinkie out as an angry, depressed, knife-obsessed schizo who goes by her full name, Pinkamena Diane Pie. Perhaps worth noting that, as it originated in a Troll Fic, or at least was never intended to become what it did, the success of Pinkamena points more towards something in the community than in the author.
- Hell, Pinkamena Diane Pie has been derailed into a bad guy! Nine times out of ten, her Pinkamena persona will be her go-to Ax-Crazy self (if not Meanie Pie) despite that in canon, she became so overcome with grief that her hair deflated, not anger or evil. You'll barely see any straight sad Pinkamenas outside of My God, What Have I Done? moments in Dark Fic.
- Princess Celestia... hoo boy! Either a troll, a dictator, or an outright rapist. Or all of the three. As you can see below, it's so prevalent, most writers and fans have started to do it tongue-in-cheek. It actually got to the point where one fan made a group dedicated to stories that avert this.
- Frigid Winds And Burning Hearts has Celestia banishing Luna to the Moon in order to protect her rule over Equestria and then spending a millennium cementing her control over ponykind. What makes this a particularly egregious case is that the author claims to be a fan of Celestia and that he intended the story to be a Gray and Gray Morality tale.
- My Little Pony: The Mentally Advanced Series depicts Celestia as a genocidal maniac who delights in making everyone else miserable, especially Twilight.
Twilight Sparkle: I used to have this little toy named Mrs Buzzy. She was a stuffed bumblebee. And then one day while I was having a tea party, Celestia came, and she pulled out all of Mrs Buzzy's stuffing, and she filled her full of sliced bread, and she said, "There. Mrs Buzzy isn't real!" And then she told me to write a 300-page essay explaining what that proved. And I didn't KNOW! *cries*
- Friendship Is Magic Bitch plays this for laughs, showing Celestia banishing ponies TO THE MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNAAAA!! for the lulz.
- Letters From A Disgruntled Friendship Student has shades of this, although the reader's view of Celestia is filtered through Unreliable Narrator Twilight.
- Legends of Equestria blames the Everfree Forest on Celestia and has her establishing a dictatorship as soon as the world is free of outside threats.
- The "Prayer Ponies" installment of The Prayer Warriors. While in this story, like the others it's easier to count the number of characters who aren't completely and utterly out of character, Celestia stands out, turning into a demon and exiling Charity Sue and Twilight Sparkle to a forest full of demonic trees just for mentioning Jesus in her presence, and appears to be the Big Bad of the story.
- The Dear Sweetie Belle Continuity: While she is still portrayed as a well-meaning ruler, Celestia displays a disturbing pattern of arrogance and belittling of others' concerns when dealing with individual ponies, from brushing off her sister's pre-Nightmare Moon insecurities, to subsequently blaming Luna's pupil/lover for her fall into madness (when if anything he was the victim of Luna's jealous rage) and trying to have him arrested, to talking down to and slapping Cadance when the latter is upset after learning of Shining Armor and Luna's affair (admittedly Cadance had gone off the deep end in response but Celestia didn't know that yet) to getting Twilight drunk at Fluttershy and Big Mac's wedding reception. Most egregiously, in "Apple Family Secrets", she reacts to Applejack calling her out for seducing a random stallion and abandoning the resulting daughter- Applejack's biological grandmother- by calling her a "bumpkin" and blaming earth ponies for "saddl[ing] the rest of us with your feeble moral code" (i.e. monogamy), and even briefly considering turning AJ into stone after AJ threatens to blackmail her with the knowledge of the affair. This is portrayed as a temporary, stress-induced relapse into the darker mindset she had during Luna's banishment, but seeing this undertone of racism and arrogance is jarring all the same. Her next appearance has her back to the caring, well-meaning monarch we know, but considering she starts by castigating Luna for doing the same damn thing that she did and shows no regrets for....
- "Let My Ponies Go", by Aegis Shield, depicts Celestia as a cold hearted and insane extremist who transforms five of the Mane Six into stone statues so that the Elements of Harmony will always be ready to be used against threats against Equestria, causing Twilight to go on a rampage of destruction in Canterlot a la the Plagues of Egypt in an attempt to defeat her.
- The most anti-Celestia fandom ever is probably the authors of the The Conversion Bureau series. Just about every TCB or Anti-TCB story portrays her as a Knight Templar Absolute Xenophobe dictator, wanting to either exterminate Mankind or make them Equine, and the Conversion of Humans into submissive Ponies always portrayed as full-on Dystopia ala Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World. It really says something that The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum's portrayal of Canon!Celestia as a pony who made well-intentioned yet poor decisions and of Queen Celestia as having been brainwashed by the Bag of Tirek is one of the kindest and fewest portrayals of her in the whole sub-fandom. Some authors Hand Wave this as Celestia has simply been a very convincing actor when she needs to mislead people. Both sides show her as an increasingly less complex character, whose motives become shallow and seemingly evolve into a Necessary Weasel to justify the TCB name. Many ACB fics simply force Celestia to Jump off the Slippery Slope, seemingly crossing as many Moral Event Horizons as can be fathomed, (Up to and including murdering her father in his sleep in one story) to drum up the Humans Are Special message. It's rare to find a fic that takes the time to give a good reason for why Celestia would do this if it wasn't the last resort, be it brainwashing or being broken by years of watching human atrocities.
- Played for humor early on in PONIES!!!, due to it being the viewpoint of Trixie passive-aggressively acting out her hostility to the Mane Six via hand puppets. Twilight is a jerk who only acknowledges her friends for a friendship report, Rarity is a drug addict, Fluttershy just seems to hate everyone and is perfectly willing to feed Angel to a snake named Mr. Plissken and Applejack is generally abused by everyone. This was dropped as Trixie made friends and started being less hostile.
- It kind of comes and goes. "Twilight Sparkle" hasn't really changed over the course of the comic and has even resorted to creating friendship problems so that she can make reports and Princess Celestia is finding various ways to torture Luna. Rainbow Dash sort of stopped being a self absorbed jock after her legs broke, but Scootaloo started egging her on in hopes of fame and fortune. Rarity is trying to be better with her sister and Spike, but things like Twilight commandeering her house send her off on bits of selfishness.
- Friendship is Witchcraft does this to Fluttershy, the leader of an evil cult to summon the god of destruction Smooze, and Twilight Sparkle, who kills Cadence and some classmates because she thought they were competition. Applejack, meanwhile, is a war criminal.
- PONY.MOV intentionally does this to just about all of the Mane Six for comedic purposes. Applejack (or rather, Jappleack) is a violent hick who often abuses Applebloom, Pinkie Pie is a drug-addicted Attention Whore, Rainbow Dash is a straight-up Jerkass, Fluttershy is an Ax-Crazy, chainsaw-happy psychopath with a penchant for Slasher Smiles (who also sounds like Fat Albert), Rarity enslaves Mexicans, and Twilight Sparkle is an incompetent Mad Scientist. Certain of them do get some Character Development, the "Ask Jappleack" Tumblr page coming to mind.
- Ask Jappleack actually deconstructs this trope when Jappleack lands in Canon Equestria. Turns out that the entire .MOV universe is an error in reality. None of them should even exist. Jappleack doesn't take this well.
- Played for Laughs in Arad's Stardust. XCOM listens to Twilight's description of the members of the Equestrian Government, and eventually conclude that Princess Celestia and Princess Luna have socially engineered the population into complacency while they exercise absolute rule, and that Princess Cadance is the most directly dangerous of the three. Their conclusions are hilariously inaccurate.
- Many stories within The Conversion Bureau subgenre do this to the ponies as a whole, intentionally or otherwise. To elaborate: the series is set in a version of Earth where Equestria has suddenly appeared, and it turns out magic is harmful and downright lethal to humans. The solution hit on by the ponies is to transform human beings into ponies... which also changes their personalities radically. Some authors focus on how this is akin to genocide, while others believe that this is the best possible thing that could happen to Earth. The former do this intentionally, the latter otherwise.
- In RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse, instead of Luna becoming Nightmare Moon, Princess Celestia became Corona, the Tyrant Sun. A thousand years after Luna bound Corona into the sun, ponies still don't dare be outside at noon. Since the fic is explicitly an AU, with the Luna/Celestia switch as one of its two main premises, this is something of a Necessary Weasel.
- And the other main premise is that, instead of the canonical Mane Six, six ponies who were mere extras in the canon show gained the Elements and became each other's friends (Trixie Lulamoon as Element of Magic, Ditzy Doo as Element of Kindness, Lyra Heartstrings as Element of Loyalty, Carrot Top as Element of Generosity, Cherilee as Element of Laughter, and Raindrops as Element of Honesty). As a result of this, the Mane Six have all become warped versions of themselves without their friends to keep them balanced.
- Cheerilee's Garden, in which Cheerilee, a schoolteacher, becomes depressive and psychotic when her class of small children have the audacity to act like a class of small children. Her answer to this crime? Murder all of them in front of the town in the guise of a "play".
- Prince Blueblood gets this a lot. While he is a bit of a brat with an ego, he isn't the demon so many authors portray him as. It got to the point where somebody made a group featuring stories where this doesn't happen.
- Played for a combination of laughs and drama with the interpretation of Lyra and Bon Bon in Romance and the Fate of Equestria, for the explicit purpose of putting a new twist on the One True Pairing. The duo, though seldom seen, are depicted in a snarky and passive-aggressive Sitcom Arch-Nemesis role, but also show some tendencies and potential toward real villainy. Lyra is a wild Mood-Swinger, her Fanon human obsession painted in a truly creepy light, while Bon Bon is a Smug Snake with an affinity for the Breaking Lecture. The two of them have family histories straight out of Game of Thrones, even owning a swivel chair modeled after the Iron Throne, and other bloodstained weapons stated to be family heirlooms. They haven't yet proven themselves to be genuinely dangerous, but even Princess Luna finds them unsettling.
- After Angel Bunny slapped and kicked Fluttershy out of her house in "Putting Your Hoof Down", there have been a lot of fan works, both serious and silly, that treat him as being the most evil character in the setting, moreso than characters like Discord, Tirek, and Chrysalis.
- That's not even scratching the surface. Angel is murdered in an alternate version of Cupcakes for his "unforgivable" atrocities. Many commentators said his death was well deserved. Then we have fanworks that flanderize Angel to the point that no one can root for him anymore, and his Karmic Death (usually at the hooves of Fluttershy) is well deserved. People deliberately either make Angel worse than he is, or just have Fluttershy abuse him to the point you don't know who to root for. And yet he has been shown to have plenty of redeeming qualities which fans either ignore or make his evil deeds worse. Why does Diamond Tiara get a pass for mocking Scootaloo's inability to fly, yet Angel gets treated as the devil's incarnate for just one episode?
- Ever since Rainbow Falls, fans have been giving this treatment to Spitfire, who make her even more of a Drill Sergeant Nasty than she was in Wonderbolts Academy, abusing recruits, replacing fallen teammates on a regular basis, and being a generally awful pony. Despite the fact that the Friends Forever comics gave her a Freudian Excuse in that she has virtually No Social Skills and was raised by the military, fans still demonize her and make her a bastard girlfriend to either Soarin' or Rainbow Dash, who end up hooking up with each other and defeat the evil Spitfire with twuu wuve. While admittedly, what she did wasn't very nice, it was a one time event, and fans ignore that and make her an abusive bitch to Rainbow Dash, and especially Soarin. If fans they demonize Rainbow Dash, they often will make Spitfire even worse to give Rainbow a Freudian Excuse.
- Then of course we have Ultra Fast Pony where she's an abusive spouse to Soarin and takes away their daughter Fleetfoot (exactly how they could have a daughter that looks about the same age as them yet still look youthful is beyond anyone's comprehension) for shits and giggles and abuses Soarin (to the the point of raping him and abuses their daughter Fleetfoot on a regular basis).
- You think strong, silent, fan favorite Big MacIntosh isn't susceptible to this? Think again if you're unfamiliar with Sweet Apple Massacre. In said fic, Big Mac seeks some peace and quiet from the Cutie Mark Crusaders. He derails into a sadistic monster, torturing, raping and eventually murdering them.
- Speaking of fan favourite characters who get the death eater status, there's also Soarin who is transformed from the only consistently nice characterized Wonderbolt, reasonable authority figure, and a Keet into a Drill Sergeant Nasty much like Spitfire who rapes and sexually harasses Rainbow Dash, violently beats her, kills Spitfire to become Captain, plays cruel jokes on Rainbow Dash, and other really creepy things. And if he ends up with Dash, he abuses the kids. Or, they make him gay and a sex maniac who demands sex from Braeburn/Big MacIntosh/Shining Armor or whoever his significant other is, and violently assaults any mare that even looks at his man. Or they make him a vorephile who eats everything and everypony in sight. (due to his love of pies) Though it's not as common as others given his immense popularity and one of the only characterized side stallions, it still exists.
- In Rites of Ascension, Twilight's mother Twilight Velvet goes from the benign nonentity seen (briefly) in canon to a tribalist, neglectful harpy of a Social Climber, for the sake of realism and a Freudian Excuse for her daughter's neuroses. Although some of her social obsession was (at least according to her) in order to defend her daughter from jealous attacks, and she gets better after her daughter banishes her to Ponyville to learn about friendship.
- Gabriel LaVedier's canon does this to Granny Smith. The Apples are reimagined "as a Faulknerian fallen Southern Gothic family", which translates to Granny having built their business via trapping other farms in gambling debts to absorb their land, and in both past and present being a stiff-necked racist who has no issue with disowning family members for marrying wrong (with a legal morass preventing her decrees from being undone even after she croaks). She does the same to her own son for "embarrassing" the family by being a card shark, i.e. doing the same in public that she did in private for decades (and in fact taught him to do to get him out of her mane). Since much of the canon revolves around non-traditional relationships, she is a frequently recurring antagonist to varying degrees. (To be fair, this started well before her canon backstory and characterization were fleshed out, mainly by "Family Appreciation Day").
- Fans have begun declaring Princess Flurry Heart as one thanks in part to her role in the season six premiere, in which she nearly single handedly destroyed the Crystal Empire through her Power Incontinence and how premieres usually have a villain involved in some way, shape, or form.
- Applejack and her family, especially Granny Smith and Apple Bloom (who will usually be Innocently Insensitive), are portrayed as being homophobic and biphobic due to the fact they're southern. This gets poked fun at in the fic An Apple Comes Out Of The Cellar, where not only did everypony know Applejack was gay but same-gender attraction is nothing rare in their family.
- Princess Trixie Sparkle ramps up Trixie's villainous traits to the point where she wants to harm Twilight after what she's done to her.
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