Video Game: Pony Fantasy VI

Pony Fantasy VI is a Romhack of Final Fantasy VI that replaces the game's cast and NPCs with the characters of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. It was created by QuickFix (aka BossManJohn1). A Let's Play series by FluffyPiefy can be found starting here. The main website was taken offline after QuickFix stopped working on it, but the final version is available at the Deviant Art page linked above.

This game provides examples of:

  • Alternate Universe: Although the world of FFVI is very different from Equestria, the characters of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic maintain their personalities for some rather interesting reactions to the game's events.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Is it any surprise that Discord was cast for the role of Kefka?
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Luna, retaining her ROYAL CANTERLOT SPEAKING VOICE from "Luna Eclipsed" fits into this, having replaced Sabin. Applejack also indulges this in the defense of Sweet Apple Castle.
  • Break the Haughty: Being a stand-in for Celes, The World of Ruin does this for Trixie if she lets Sethisto die.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Thanks to the War of Chaos, unicorns lost practically all of their magical abilities.
  • The Cameo: Gogo the Mimic, one of the secret characters, is replaced by Lauren Faust as an alicorn. Many other cameos show up as well, such as Sethisto as Cid, Daniel Ingram as the Impresario, Snips and Snails as Biggs and Wedge, and Daring Do as Siegfried.
  • Carrying the Antidote: Discord drops a Harmony Band after your first battle with him, an item which blocks two of the statuses he frequently inflicted during the battle. That would have been really useful beforehand... then again, I guess this kind of behavior makes perfect sense coming from Discord.
  • Character Name Limits: The game only lets you input up to six letters in a name, while most of the characters have names that are longer. To get around this, most of them have nicknames, such as Twilight = Twi, Applebloom = Bloom, Celestia = Tia and so on. Their full names still appear in certain cutscenes. Early versions included a tag to 'Please keep the name'; later revisions simply ask you to 'Enter Pony Nickname'.
  • Composite Character: Arguably everyone, but special attention should go to Commander Derpy "Hurricane" Hooves.
  • Confusion Fu: Essentially Pinkie's shtick.
  • Crapsack World: It may be with ponies, but everyone who dies in FFVI will die here, and those who can die depending on your choices (Fluttershy if you leave the Floating Continent too early, Sethisto if you don't catch enough yummy fish) aren't exempt either.
  • Disc One Nuke: Pinkie Pie. Some of the Random abilities she can pick up right after you find her (assuming you've encountered the right enemies) are really powerful, including level 2 spells when your unicorns have only level 1, and the dreaded "Cat Scratch", which can do four-digit damage when your heavy-hitters do three. Even better, she ignores Gau's original flaw of becoming uncontrollable after you've used the ability, so she's flexible too.
  • The Dreaded: Fluttershy, thanks to rumors about The Stare.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Overlapping with A Taste of Power in a weird way. You don't get properly introduced to Espers and how they work until Las Pegasus, but unlike in the original game, you actually get your first Esper earlier, just after getting Celestia. (Presumably because she stands in for Edgar, whose Tools were given to Applebloom, so they had to find some other gimmick to have her show us. They also needed to explain that, unlike in the original, only Unicorn characters can equip Espers in this game.) This has another strange side effect: the game doesn't start telling you you're getting Magic Points from battles (or explain what they are) until you're 'supposed' to, but if you've been using Unicorn you'll have been already getting them for most of the game.
    • Leads to a bit of a Plot Hole when you get to the Magitek Facility and see Unicorn imprisoned there despite already having it.
  • Easy Levels, Hard Bosses: BIG TIME. Word of God says this is intentional. Most regular enemies give little trouble, and the way skills are redistributed leads to a few Disk One Nukes. The bosses on the other hand, are another story, especially seeing as Espers no longer give stat boosts. Even tutorial bosses can and will kill you if you're unprepared.
    • You know those eight elemental dragons that were easy to counter with the right equipment? Well, their magic isn't blocked by such barriers anymore. That's also not to mention the fact that they deal tons of damage for each physical attack as well. Oh, and did we mention they revive with full health after you'e killed it once?
    • The Demon Train. With two party members that can preform a suplex on it, you'll be tempted to do so. It now counter attacks when hit with with that specific attack.
  • Epic Fail: Invoked; the 'Miss' graphic for when someone doesn't hit a target now reads 'Fail'.
  • Even The Mares Want Her: Given that Applejack has taken Cyan's role, there's a bar floozy who hits on her, much to AJ's consternation.
    Applejack: Now see here, missy, mah barn door don't swing that way!
  • Furry Confusion: A Unicorn Esper being summoned by Unicorn player characters, anyone? Made stranger by the fact that only Unicorns (and Alicorns like Celestia) can equip Espers.
    • There's also the oddity of seeing bipedal ponies riding chocobos.
  • Fusion Fic
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: You see Rarity using several Ice spells while attempting to put out a house fire in a cutscene. When she joins your party a few minutes later... she doesn't know any. (She does know a Water/Wind based Blue Magic attack, but it would have been a bit weird to hear her yell out "Aqua Rake" in said scene)
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Applebloom's Autocrossbow and Chainsaw, anyone?
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: Healing items are replaced by strains of apples, and MP recovery items with flavors of soda-pop.
  • Jack of All Stats: Celestia, at least early on. Decent physical attack, can use some Magic (but not as well as Twilight) while NOT being a Squishy Wizard. Which makes sense, seeing as she has the power of all three pony races. Once stronger physical fighters like Luna and Applejack join though, she's better used as a pure mage. (Still less squishy than Twi and Trixie though)
  • Konami Code: Used as the input code for Luna's Reiki skill.
  • Least Rhymable Word: Zecora's last words set up something to rhyme with "orange." Naturally, Discord kills her before she would have finished the verse.
  • Magic Knight: It's possible to make Luna one if you teach her magic from Espers. Celestia is one to begin with.
  • The Magic Went Away: Due to the War of Chaos, magic was almost completely lost 1,000 years ago. This led to unicorns falling into obscurity, as the ability to cast spells became a rarity. Even Celestia and Luna were affected, though they didn't lose their immortality.
  • Mood Dissonance: Emperor Gilda talks in a Totally Radical fashion while making what should be ominous proclamations. This is likely an intentional case of Narm Charm.
    • Pinkie Pie and Rarity's death sprites are fairly amusing. When killed, Rarity is passed out on her divan, and Pinkie lays flat on her back holding a flower.
  • Morality Pet: Applebloom towards Trixie.
  • Mythology Gag: Despite being set in an Alternate Universe from the series, more than a few references are sprinkled in.
  • Nerf: Done to some attacks and gear starting with version .96, combined with strengthening certain bosses.
    • A common combination in the original game was to equip Setzer with the Fixed Dice weapon and the Master's Scroll accessory, as it would cause several instances of repeated ridiculously-high damage against enemies. Now, however, the Fixed Dice are only able to be equipped on Pinkie Pie, who cannot equip the Master's Scroll.
  • Not His Sled: Fluttershy, filling in for Shadow, shoos Angel Bunny away and opts to stay behind as Discord's Tower comes down around her ears in the game's ending as atonement for her failings. Rainbow Dash takes exception and drags her to safety.
    RainbowDash: I'm NOT leaving you here Fluttershy...We all have regrets...and I'm not gonna let this be one of mine!
    • You don't find Faust or Derpy in the places where you'd normally find Gogo or Umaro this time around. Derpy is found up on the cliff Trixie tried to throw herself from (if that's the Sethisto ending you got), and you find the Fausticorn by revisiting Zecora's grave, to find her standing before it. You also receive the Holy Avenger from the site as well (complete with a custom fanfare redone from V).
  • The Not-Love Interest: Applebloom towards Trixie. Since they stand in for Locke and Celes, their relationship had to be changed presumably to avoid Lolicon based Unfortunate Implications. Applebloom is instead Trixie's Morality Pet and a good friend.
  • Punny Name: Quite a few towns have been renamed with horse-themed puns as per tradition. Narshe is now Neigshe, Zozo is now Las Pegasus, Maranda is now Mareanda, etc. Others, however, were renamed to be towns from the show (which were already punny in their own right), such as Fillydelphia, Manehattan, Canterlot, etc.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Commander Hurricane was granted a centuries-long lifespan by King Nebula as reward for her services.
  • She Is the King: The leader of the Empire is Emperor Gilda.
    • Zecora (who takes the role of Leo) is referred to as "sir" by her subordinates.
  • Shout-Out: If you talk to Pinkie Pie while watching the opera, she talks about watching a theater production called Manos: The Hooves of Fate which she describes as "Soooooooo boring and creepy" but that the boredom was alleviated by some guys sitting in the front row making fun of the movie.
    • There is also an NPC in Stalliongrad who asks "Who is funnier? Mike or Joel?" Picking "Joel" summons guards to fight.
    • There are also at least two Skyrim references. Naturally at least ONE GUARD will talk of being retired due to an arrow in the knee, and the "Snort" attack in the original game, which blows an ally from the fight, has been renamed Fus-Ro-Dah.
    • Both Luna and Applejack have had moves renamed from the original FFVI moveset to refer to other games. Sabin's Blitz is now Hadouken, while Cyan's Tiger/Slash is now Ryuenjin.
    • When arriving in the Esper World in a flashback, Emperor Gilda gives this command.
    Gilda: "Get going you losers! We gotta catch 'em all!"
    • When Applebloom gives a vague answer to Trixie's question about why she saved her in South Canterlot, Trixie remarks that Applebloom must have some "Past Sins" to atone for.
    • Some of the sprites were made by MasterRottweiler which were based on characters from Diablo 2.
    • Commander Hurricane (Derpy to her friends) mentions that even after all that has happened, Equestria will prevail. Her portrait was drawn by Equestria-Prevails.
    • On the Phantom Train, when Daring Do shows up to keep you from taking the treasure near the front of the train, Luna tells her "We are not amused!"
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Despite playing the part of Shadow, Fluttershy's attempted suicide is interrupted by Rainbow Dash in the ending. She's still nowhere to be seen on the deck of the airship though (though neither are Hurricane or Fausticorn, as their analogues Gogo and Umaro also didn't appear on the airship's deck either. However, it's nearly universally accepted that they were both below the deck, which means this is probably where Fluttershy was).
  • Squishy Wizard: Twilight, naturally.
  • Tsundere: Trixie is a rare non-romantic example of Type A, towards Applebloom. Though it's worth pointing out, the FAQ page doesn't clear up whether or not they're legitimately shipping the two.
  • Unknown Rival: Trixie to Twilight. Well, it's not so much 'unknown', Twilight just doesn't care.
  • Verbal Tic: Scootaloo's "Ba-kak!" to replace the Mog's "Kupo!"
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Applebloom receives one in a Flashback when an amnesiac Vinyl Scratch calls her out for putting her In Harm's Way.