Webcomic: Friendship Is Magic

A Fan Webcomic that is based on and shares the same name of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic drawn by Chilean artist Mauroz.

The series takes place in an Alternate Universe where all the characters are humans. Twilight has just started high school when she receives a package from her archaeologist older sister Celeste. All it contains is a tiara, a odd disc with five symbols and a note telling her to put the tiara on. Twilight does so and meets the spirit of Celestia from Equestria. Celestia explains her memories are fragmented and she doesn't know how she came to be in such a state. She does, however, remember two grim prophecies; an individual will cast the world into darkness, followed by a being who will then spread chaos across the land. The only thing that can stop them are the Elements of Harmony. Twilight must find out who has the power to wield them and convince them to join her crusade - a task made more difficult by a person calling herself Luna, who will do anything to stop the Elements from activating.

The comic is currently being hosted on Deviantart with volunteers helping to translate it to English once a new comic is released.

And before anyone wonders, no, it was not inspired by Equestria Girls. The comic actually predates that movie's conception.

You can start reading it from here.


Friendship is Magic has the following tropes:

  • A-Cup Angst: Rainbow has some of this. It's tied to her often being confused for a child, even in her flashback.
  • All There in the Manual: The artist posts designs of characters who have yet to appear on their account, like Trixie, the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Nightmare Moon, Chrysalis, King Sombra, Lyra and Bonbon, the Doctor...
  • Alternate Universe
  • Animesque: Although they characters are mostly loyal to their counterparts in the show, they all have many of the standard anime tropes to their personalities. That, combined with the art style, makes it feel very much like a manga.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: Applejack tries to do so to Rainbow Dash when the trinket Haze gave her starts amplifying her negativity to the point she becomes a mindless attacker. AJ doesn't quite pull it off, but she is able to subdue Rainbow long enough to rip the trinket off and destroy it.
  • Berserk Button:
    • For Dash, don't try and make friends with Fluttershy.
    • For AJ, don't threaten Apple Bloom or her family. And don't try to be her friend.
    • Don't damage "Steve Magnet"'s mustache. You might not live long enough to fix it.
    • For Pinkie, never hurt her friends. Her Pinkamena side will emerge and start breaking your bones and organs.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Pinkie is by far the most lighthearted of girls, and states she'd rather have fun than fight. But if you hurt her friends, she becomes the most dangerous member of the group. Pinkamena flat-out tortures and attempts to murder Haze, and would've succeeded had Twilight not snapped her out of it. It's rather telling that all the other fights stopped because both sides were utterly terrified of her.
  • Big Bad: Luna
    • Bigger Bad: Discord, and whoever it was that raised Luna.
  • Big Brother Mentor: What Soarin was to Rainbow Dash before she met Fluttershy.
  • Blackmail: Soarin openly uses this on Spitfire and Fleetfoot. He even admits that's what it is.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Implied to be the case with Luna.
    • Many of the monsters the group face due to the Discord jewels.
    • Rainbow Dash, thanks to a cursed medallion.
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: A friendship version, but Dash is very protective of Fluttershy and refuses to let her talk with anyone, least of all Twilight's growing group since she thinks they'll take advantage of her. Dash mentions this happened before with some popular girls, who bullied Fluttershy to the point where she was nearly Driven to Suicide. Rainbow assumes this is the case again because why else would someone of Rarity's popularity suddenly start talking to Fluttershy? This becomes a problem later on when the group needs Fluttershy to activate her Element and sparks distrust in Dash.
  • Cool Big Sis: The reincarnated Celestia is this for Twilight Sparkle.
  • The Corruptible: Rainbow is targeted by Luna as the Element of Harmony she wishes to induce a Face-Heel Turn in, with growing success but is successfully averted at the end of chapter 6.
  • Cute and Psycho: Pinkamena's first move after taking over Pinkie's body? Attempting to impale Haze with giant shards of ice. It gets worse from there.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Luna. When Twilight tries to pretend that Fluttershy is just some random girl, Luna has the manticore attack her anyway, just to be safe. If it hadn't been for Pinkie Pie Taking the Bullet, she would have succeeded!
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Fluttershy who was bullied so heavily she nearly committed suicide only stopped by the timely intervention of Rainbow Dash who talked her out of it.
    • Luna. Though not all of it has yet to be revealed.
    • Pinkie is hinted to have one based on drawings connected to the comic which lead to the creation of her much darker alter-ego, Pinkamena.
    • Applejack refuses to make friends due to an incident in the past that broke her trust in them. When Twilight tracks down her house, she finds it's a mansion and comes to the conclusion the "friends" she had in the past likely just were so due to her wealth.
  • Darker and Edgier: In some aspect to the original series it's based on, harm is much more likely to befall the characters, fights are a given with the protagonists having to engage in combat a lot more directly (i.e. actually hitting their opponents with fists, feet and spells), and death is a very real threat during the battles. The backstories on a few of the girls likewise lean into this as well and character flaws are much more pronounced which lead to many heavy consequences when they act on them.
  • Determinator: Rainbow Dash, quite naturally. When she and Applejack fight, Dashie just shrugs off her injuries.
  • Driven to Suicide: As a child, Fluttershy was bullied so badly she tried to walk off a bridge. Only Rainbow Dash saved her.
  • Dysfunction Junction: The Mane Six and other characters have mostly been given dark or tragic childhoods. Twilight aŘbtarity's issues run along the lines of being anti-social and being a Stepford Smiler, Applejack has abandoned friendship altogether, Pinkie Pie maintains a happy demeanour to forget her childhood, Rainbow Dash is a Clingy Jealous Girl, and Fluttershy tried to commit suicide.
  • Elemental Powers:
  • Fanservice: With the characters redesigned as high school magical girls, this is a given. The majority of it involves Pinkie Pie.
  • Flashback: The second half of chapter 5 goes into detail on Dash's past and how she met Fluttershy .
  • Genki Girl: Pinkie, naturally.
  • Groin Attack: Pinkie does this to a monster they're fighting, which knocks out the Discord jewel controlling it.
    • Likewise Applejack to one of the thugs attacking Spike and Fluttershy.
  • Happily Adopted: Spike into Twilight's family.
  • Happily Failed Suicide: Fluttershy was bullied so heavily she tried to end her life by walking off of a bridge. Luckily Rainbow Dash was there to pull a Big Damn Heroes moment, pulling her back and talking her out of it, eventually becoming friends with her.
  • Healing Hands: Fluttershy and Rarity, though Rarity does it by giving up some of her own energy.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Soarin' and Spitfire. Rainbow Dash notices it, and taunts the older girl with it.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Descent/Flash Sentry is implied to have pulled this at the end of chapter 6.
  • Hidden Depths: Rarity, who in this version is the Student Council president and and one of the "popular girls". However Twilight and Pinkie find out she helps out at a soup kitchen after school and she's not as shallow as she looks.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In the first page, Dash rams right into Twilight and dismisses her complaints about it. She then get knocked over by Applejack and Dash naturally complains about it.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Applejack, due to a unknown event in which her trust in friendship was broken.
  • Instant Expert: Pinkie manages to get a handle on her power very quickly much to Twilight's chagrin.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Fluttershy once tried to kill herself before Rainbow saved her.
  • Le Parkour: Rainbow's main hobby and aspiring profession as well as the practiced form in Wonderbolt Academy and the Shadowbolt team.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Twilight's spirit adviser tells her that a river dragon is very sensitive about its river hair, so Twilight (thinking it was a hint about how to Attack Its Weak Point) instantly slices off half of the mustache. This naturally makes the dragon angrier, and earns Twilight a Dope Slap for her troubles.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Pinkie does this at one point during the showdown with Haze. Anyone who's familiar with Pinkie's quirks on the show knows that having her hair down and loose is a very bad thing.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Applejack is revealed to be one due to her family's apple business. But she refuses to make friends as it's implied the ones she had in the past only did so due to her wealth.
  • Magical Girl
  • The Man Behind the Man: Someone is taking advantage of Luna's memories and manipulating her emotions, which is why she's so angry at the people who should be her friends and family.
  • Mythology Gag: Plenty to the TV show such as Spike's baby outfit, Pinkie's "combat" outfit and even the Ruby Heart gets a mention.
    • Prior to dyeing her hair rainbow colored, Dash had blue hair much like Firefly. The shade more closely matches her pony coat.
  • No Name Given/Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The name of Twilight Sparkle's spirit adviser isn't given (only nicknamed The Architect of Equestria), but it's quite blatantly Lauren Faust's pony avatar.
  • OC Stand-in: The Shadowbolts are creations of the show but were one-shot characters that were created from Luna's power that didn't have any personality, only made to slow down the Mane 6. Here, they're actually given names (Descent, Nightgale and Haze) and are more of a threat, though Haze seems to have some ulterior motive of his own. And Descent is implied to be Flash Sentry.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Not surprisingly, Rainbow Dash.
  • Past-Life Memories: Zecora is implied to still have all her memories from Equestria.
    • Celeste remembers her life as Celestia, but is keeping most of that information to herself.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Pinkie gains this when she becomes Pinkamina.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The end of chapter 3.
    • It's also implied that Luna is being manipulated through her fragmented memories.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Soarin' gets Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash to try this on Spitfire, in order to let Rainbow take part in a competition. Somehow, it fails to move Spitfire.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Shadowbolts.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Shining Armor and Princess Cadence are already together when the story starts, by Word of God.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Word of God has revealed a future group of villains known as the Carriers of Sin will each represent the sins to counter the Elements of Harmony. Luna (Wrath) was a member but quit to pursue her own agenda, leaving Trixie (Pride), Gilda (Gluttony), Berserker!Spike (Greed) and three others of as-of-yet unknown identity who represent Lust, Sloth, and Envy. The Lust wielder has appeared and is implied to be a servant of Queen Chrysalis.
  • Shipper on Deck: If the Christmas 2014 bonus art is canon, Pinkie ships Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy.
  • Shout-Out: Soarin' would like you to know he is ''always'' serious, and do not call him Shirley.
  • Spirit Advisor: Twilight gains one at one point, in the form of the Fausticorn, though due to her control of powers it's just a chibi-looking pony. Though she explains once Twilight gains more of a hold on her powers, she'll be much more impressive.
  • Split Personality Takeover: When Pinkie gets angry enough, her Pinkamena side takes over and starts trying to kill her enemies. Once she reverts to her normal self, Pinkie becomes disoriented.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: In the show, when Pinkie's hair deflates it means she's depressed. In this comic, when Pinkie's hair deflates it means that a psychotic alter ego has taken over, who has no problem using her water powers to break arms and crush people to a bloody pulp.
  • Take a Third Option: While trying to convince Rarity about her element, a dragon is sent to attack the pair. During the fight one of its whiskers is cut short which sends it into a bit of rage. Rarity comes to realize they don't have to destroy it and instead fixes the whisker with her magic which is enough to get it to stop its rampage.
    • Doubles as a Mythology Gag as this also happened in the series two part opener.
  • Taking the Bullet: Pinkie does this to protect Fluttershy from one of Luna's monsters. She gets better.
  • The Tease: Pinkie shamelessly flirts with Descent. After narrowly surviving Pinkamena's attack, Haze muses that her powers felt like those of a succubus.
  • To the Pain: Pinkamena really enjoys inflicting pain.
  • Yandere: Dash under Luna's influence.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Applejack's fighting style.
  • You Don't Want to Know: Fleetfoot's response when asked what it was that Soarin' said to get her and Spitfire to agree with him.