The Greatest Gift is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan-comic by Dekomaru that pairs Trixie and Twilight Sparkle. This romantic comedy is divided into several parts.The Greatest Gift begins with Twilight heading out for a walk one winter, only to discover a badly wounded Trixie laying in the snow after fighting an Ursa Minor. Refusing to turn a blind eye to somepony in need, she starts trying to raise her back to health. But as she does, a relationship slowly starts to bloom between them.The Greatest Gift Part 2 has Trixie trying to learn to teleport from Twilight, only to realize that it's Twilight's birthday. Going to an old friend's jewelry store to buy one, she discovers love is not as simple as it seems.The Greatest Gift Part 3 starts with a prelude telling how Twilight and Trixie realized they loved each other, but after returning to the present, the story soon becomes far more dangerous when Trixie's mother Hazel arrives, not at all happy with her daughter's choice in mates.A fourth story, The Greatest Gift: Lulamoon Sonata, focuses on a reformed Hazel dealing with her dark side and reflecting on why she acted that way as she tries to start her new life with her family.A fifth story, The Greatest Gift: What Happens in Haygas, has been posted and completed. As Trixie and a now-pregnant Twilight travel to Las Haygas to help with his and Hazel's show, it appears that Trixie's father Iniduoh will need to come to terms with his own past. And a seemingly simple stage performance may change the family's lives forever…This was followed by a sixth story/mini episode called Applestuck (as the title implies, it is a Homestuck parody starring Applejack). Following the birth of Twilight and Trixie's second child, Applejack's wife Rainbow Dash has become unusually quiet and withdrawn, and it is up to Applejack to find out why.There's now a sixth full story, The Greatest Gift: The Festival of Love, wherein Rarity and Pinkie Pie — having come to the realization that they're the only single mares left in their group — attend the titular festival, determined to meet their special someponies. Meanwhile, Spike asks Twilight and Trixie to turn him into a stallion for a day, to try and impress Rarity.Another mini episode called Diamondstuck (another Homestuck parody, this time starring Rarity), has been written. The age spell on Spike has yet to wear off, and Rarity has become enamored with the now handsome young dragon. After realizing her feelings, she decides to find Spike to confess and halt research into undoing the spell.There's also an Ask A Pony blog called Ask Twixie which, while not completely necessary for understanding the first two stories, is rather vital to understanding Lulamoon Sonata due to explaining Hazel's Heel-Face Turn. It also shares the same universe as the Ask Princess Mi Amore Cadenza blog. Twixie Twilight also is a member of the Twibrary.
It doesn't come across as that abusive at first, but Dazzle's father and step-mother, Mathew and Veronica Trotswright, tried browbeating him into following in Mathew's hoofsteps. Then it's revealed that Veronica actually used mind control magic on Dazzle.
Affably Evil: Mathew Trotswright, despite his blatant corruption, manages to almost always be polite and courteous, in sharp contrast to his wife.
Amnesiac Dissonance: Nova has her memories restored when she touches the Serpent's Eye again, but finds herself conflicted and confused, unable to bring herself to hurt Astra or anypony and unable to understand why. The result is heart-wrenching.
Nova: Why does the thought of harming anypony bother me now! I have every reason to snap your neck...but...why can't I?
Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Jupiter's clone has her memory completely erased by the Serpent's Eye backfiring. As a result, she basically reduced to a child-like mentality, not even remembering how to communicate. Astra decides to Raise Her Right This Time and renames her Nova.
The Atoner: Hazel, who was the Big Bad of the comic's third installment beforeher old flame helped her get mental help. After reforming she went so far as to refuse a horn transplant (as her horn was damaged to the point their was no saving it in the Final Battle) because she honestly believed she deserved it. She gets both a new horn and finally makes amends with Trixie after all she's done.
Art Shift: Happened eventually, even having several entries of the blog dedicated to it.
Jupiter tries to bring Neptune back to life with the Serpent's Eye as well, but Nyx shoots it with lightning, stopping her in her tracks.
It turns out that it wasn't Jupiter but essentially a clone of her created from Astra's memories of her (ironically, Clone!Jupiter's memories are completely erased by the backlash of the Serpent's Eye). Lady Babylon 'forgot' to mention that part.
Big Bad: While the first two have no real antagonist (unless you count Honey Cluster in part 2), Part 3 has Trixie's mother, Hazel Lulamoon.
Venus (or should we say Jupiter) in "What Happens In Haygas".
Jupiter's clone for a short story arc on the blog itself. Though, technically speaking, Lady Babylon was the Bigger Bad since she enabled the Jupiter clone being created in the first place as part of her own plan. When the arc continues later on, Lady Babylon plays a more active as the Big Bad proper (due to the mod of Ask Pony Discord being less restricted by Real Life Writes the Plot).
Came Back Wrong: Seemed to be the case with Jupiter, whose memories seemed screwed up and for some reason lacked her Cutie Mark, which she couldn't even remember if she had. This is because 'Jupiter' was basically a clone created by Astra's memories of her. Astra had no memories of Jupiter's Cutie Mark, so therefore the clone didn't have one and only had whatever knowledge Astra had of her sister.
Nova: I AM NOT NOVA! I AM NOT JUPITER! I AM NOTHING BUT YOUR LITTLE FANTASY! YOUR LITTLE MOLD OF CLAY YOU CAN SHAPE INTO ANYTHING YOU WANT! I HATE YOU!
Cool Big Bro: Nebula acts this way towards his baby sister Aurora.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Dazzle's parents, the Trotswrights, who have used a combination of blackmail, extortion, draconian employing standards, and outright strong-arming to pretty much run Manehattan. And now they have their eyes on Ponyville...
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Dazzle. He seems closer to Pinkie's personality, not exactly stupid, but still kind of crazy...but then we're reminded his parents groomed him his entire life to be an executive. Cue him managing to Out Gambit them with that very knowledge.
Crossover: Nyx and Midnight are a recurring character in the blog, having come through Pinkie Pie's hole in the fourth wall.
When Discord showed up briefly, Twilight responded by teleporting him to the moon in another dimension. And that Discord was from another blog anyway.
The storyline continues later on, with Ask Pony Discord managing to have more going on their end (the first time Real Life Writes the Plot got in the way) as Nova regains her memories and Lady Babylon tries to capitalize.
Later, they have another crossover with Fair Say (Pony Discord's legal council) is the prosecuting attorney against the Trotswrights.
Twilight is also a member of the mass Twilight crossover blog Twibrary.
Creepy Souvenir: Astra and Mars open a locked box Jupiter/Fake Venus kept to find a stash of these. It includes the severed head of Astra's doll (which Jupiter beheaded simply to spite her), pieces of the tea pot Jupiter used to scar Astra's head for life, and (most disturbingly) the rope she used to strangle their mother to death. As if we needed another reminder that Jupiter was a psychopath.
Darker and Edgier: The third, fourth, and fifth stories. The first two for Hazel and her tragic backstory, the fifth for starting with someone almost murdering Hazel by drowning and the Big Bad turning out to be a Serial Killer.
Disproportionate Retribution: As a foal, Hazel's reaction to some foals teasing her was to poison them. They survived, but she ended up in a mental institution until she was a teenager.
Venus, who tries to murder Iniduoh's entire family because he refused her.
Dissonant Serenity: Venus. Whereas Evil!Hazel used every opportunity she had to ham it up, Venus always speaks in a calm tone with a serene smile on her face, even as she murders an innocent mare (or rather, a dummy made to look like her) and fantasizes about murdering another mare and her unborn foal.
Subverted when things begin to go bad for her; she slips out of this and into outright psychotic fury.
Driven to Suicide: Hazel, after becoming The Atoner, was willing to let magic buildup kill her due to her broken horn when she believed Trixie and family wouldn't forgive her. Thankfully, things started looking up after that.
The Dragon: Lock-Down (a.k.a. Timothy Locke), a hitman, to Hazel in the third part.
Dragon-in-Chief: Hattori is set up as this to Dazzle's parents. She turns out not to be antagonistic at all, though once she does actively move against her employers it is what seals their fate, so she does rather follow the trope.
Venus/Jupiter was worse. How much worse? She choked her mother to death when she and the real Venus were fillies. As this flashback shows.
Exactly What I Aimed At: Trixie's magic beam doesn't hit Venus, who thinks she just had bad aim, only for Trixie to reveal her real goal was to alert the police.
Evil Twin: The Venus that gave the family so much trouble was actually Jupiter, her twin sister. The real Venus was in Zebrafica, having been left there to die by their father.
Played straight then subverted with Jupiter's clone. When she's first born, she goes on a murderous rampage, but then has her memories erased and is reduced to an infant's mindset. She's quite adorable.
Fatal Attractor: Iniduoh seems to have a habit of attracting psychotic mares, both of whom have been Big Bads. Though its also subverted with Hazel, who was ultimately cured and they're now Happily Married.
Astra: Natumaini maiti hiyo yako ni kuozeana katika kuzimu, Jupiter! translation I hope your corpse is rotting in hell, Jupiter!
For the Evulz: Seems to have been pretty much the only reason Venus/ Jupiter ever needed to kill anyone.
It also seems Lady Babylon only tricked Astra into clone-resurrecting Jupiter because she found it amusing.
Freudian Excuse: Hazel has a pretty tragic one. Her parents died in a fire, her brother of illness, and then she ended up in an orphanage. She got her cutie mark after poisoning rats, which led to the other ponies teasing her. Not only that, but she was sent to a mental ward after she poisoned one of her teasers.
Fusion Dance: Twilight and Cadance performed one to take on Tirek, since Twilight never became an alicorn.
Genre Savvy: Even though Trixie has no desire to use it like her inshow counterpart, her and Twilight go get the Alicorn Amulet so it won't fall into the wrong hooves.
The Trotswrights are no doubt dangerous, but the family have dealt with enough villains by this point to be prepared for their tricks.
God Guise: Astra was mistaken for a goddess by the Zebra tribe that adopted her because they believed all Alicorns were gods (Astra's a civilian Alicorn, who while extremely long lived, aren't gods). She tried telling them she wasn't, but they didn't listen, in part due to the fact to her long life span.
Good Is Not Soft: Hazel may be a good guy now, but that didn't stop her from killing Venus to protect her family. Doesn't mean she's not guilty, though.
Hazel also uses Veronica's own brainwashing spell to subdue her.
Hollywood Genetics: They up the ante set by the Cakes by having two Earth ponies produce an alicorn. Given that the parents are Pinkie Pie and an OC specifically designed to be her Distaff Counterpart, they're going with 'well it is OUR child. Twilight did try to find a plausible explanation by looking at their family trees, but gave up.
Homosexual Reproduction: Twilight and Trixie found a spell that lets them have a child together, with Trixie being the mother.
The second time around, Twilight is the mother.
We later find out this works by one of the two being magically turned into a male for a short time.
Humiliation Conga: The Trotswrights get put through this. First Dazzle stands up to them and forces them to leave Ponyville empty hoofed. Next, Veronica is disabled by her own mind magic thanks to Hazel while Dazzle reveals to his father he's found a way to take over the medical division of their corporation (allowing him to make the operation a friend of his needs for her daughter affordable), and can even flat out kick his father out of it completely (something that was Mathew's fault, which Dazzle points out). Finally, Hazel frees their maid from Veronica's control, revealing her to be Dazzle's biological mother Marigold, who chews Mathew out, ending by promising to destroy his company with her knowledge of his dirty dealings. Oh, and Veronica is left wearing the same maid outfit they forced Marigold to wear for the last 20 years.
Insult Backfire: When Hazel steps into the argument between Dazzle and his parents.
Veronica Trotsworth: Stay out of this you child!
Hazel: Actually, I'm pretty sure we are the same age, but thanks for the compliment.
Identical Twin ID Tag: The only difference between Astra and Venus/Jupiter is the color of their Cutie Marks. And that Astra's expressions aren't psychopathic.
I Did What I Had to Do: Everyone tells this to Hazel after she kills Venus to end her reign of terror and it is how she feels as well. She still feels very guilty, though.
I Hate Past Me: Hazel is actively terrified of the mare she once was. When she has a nightmare where she encounters Past!Hazel, she calls Past!Hazel a monster.
While its more 'I hate the pony I was cloned from', when Nova recovers Jupiter's memories, she does not like what Jupiter did or the pony she was.
Averted with Nova, who even once she regains her memories can't bring herself to hurt anypony but still feels guilt for Jupiter's crimes she has memories of.
Nova: Jupiter has killed ponies and I'm the one stuck carrying the conscious that she didn't have.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Jupiter's clone had her memory erased by the Serpent's Eye backfiring when Nyx struck it with lightning. This includes the ability to speak and comprehend speech, basically leaving her a blank slate. She is then renamed Nova.
Veronica used her mind magic to remove any of Dazzle's memories of his mother.
Laser-Guided Karma: The Trotswrights end up having the son they've been raising to be a Corrupt Corporate Executive use those very skills to Out Gambit them while the mare they've kept brainwashed for the last 20 years (Marigold, Dazzle's biological mother) is freed and will reveal their dirty dealings, ensuring their corporation crumbles. Also, Veronica ends up stuck in the same maid outfit they forced Marigold to wear for the last 20 years while hypnotized by her own spell.
Last-Second Chance: Iniduoh tells Venus to just stand down. She replies by trying to kill him, forcing him to reflect her beam back at her. It doesn't kill her, but shows any love she may once have had for him is long dead.
Iniduoh also gave one to Hazel following her defeat. Unusually, she actually took it, got mental help, and was redeemed.
Let's Get Dangerous: Nyx is a recurring character in the blog, but for the most part is a sweet, rather Adorkable mare who likes to brush Mars' mane (which was exactly what she was attempting to do at the time). However, when a threat to the family shows up in her presence (Namely, a resurrected Jupiter), she shows how scary the reincarnation of Nightmare Moon can really be.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Both subverted and played straight at the same time. The subversions comes that the author won't use any characters from the show that won't have any impact to the story, even the Princesses and CMC, so you won't see many regular ponies from the show. Buts at the same time the authors creates many OCs that contributes to any of the stories.
Love Redeems: Hazel Lulamoon. In the fanfic, she was the Big Bad and considered a Complete Monster by many readers. But her Old Flame who genuinely wanted to help her managed to convince her to get help. She's now cured, engaged to him, and reconciled with Trixie.
Dekomaru: I named Venus after ancient astronomers' perception of the planet Venus in their time which they thought was a sister planet to Earth and was beautiful like the roman goddess. But modern studies show underneath it clouds is a chaotic, unlivable wasteland. Much how I tried to portray Venus in my comic as under her beautiful goddess looking exterior is a monster.
Dekomaru gave a reason why most people chose the name Nova for Jupiter's clone.
Mistaken for Murderer: Happens to Astra twice due to her Evil Twin, Jupiter (the Venus we know, as Astra is the real Venus), was the Big Bad of the previous story arc and (due to their father dumping her in Zebrica when she was a filly) no one knew Jupiter had a twin sister.
Mugging the Monster: Jupiter has apparently been a Serial Killer for quite some time, but ultimately decided to target the family as her next victims. This turns out to be a bad idea as the majority of them are more powerful than she is.
Never Mess with Granny: Hazel proves to be just as powerful as Twilight and Trixie in "What Happens In Haygas".
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Iniduoh admits and regrets that his living Hazel for three years to work in Las Haygas played a large role in driving her insane. He intended to come back, but was afraid she'd hate him when he saw how she was when he did and didn't approach her.
Astra tries to use a magical stone given to her by Lady Babylon, the Big Bad of the Ask Pony Discord blog to bring her mother back to life. She ends up bringing Jupiter back instead (though in actually, she merely cloned her).
Ninja Log: A magically disguised pillow is used to trick Jupiter into thinking she killed Hazel.
No Fourth Wall: Pinkie Pie literally has access to a hole in the fourth wall. Which is how Nyx and Midnight are recurring characters.
Not So Different: Nyx states this about herself and the Jupiter clone, pointing out she's been there before and is opposed to the possibility she may be put down.
Official Couple: Trixie and Twilight. There's also Rainbow Dash and Applejack and Fluttershy and Big Macintosh, and more recently Rarity and Spike.
Oh Crap: Venus, after realizing the 'Hazel' she killed was a decoy and that a very pissed off Trixie is standing right behind her.
Her clone has this reaction when she realizes Nyx is directly behind her, and pissed off.
Meta example at the end of the Festival of Love, where Pinkie Pie wound up with Dazzle, a DJ who also has the ability to break the fourth wall.
Older than They Look: Hazel looks young enough to convincingly pass for her daughter Trixie's twin sister, a rough estimate of her age (if she gave birth to Trixie around age 15) puts her in her late 30s or early 40s.
Out of Focus: Depending how you look at it, Twilight and Trixie get less attention then the others. It actually gets addressed from the mod and the reason it happens is because most questions are directed to the other cast members. Many would prefer if the blog was about Twixie and their life again.
Nebby has Trixie's blue coat and a light-colored mane with a purple stripe in it like Twilight's. Meanwhile, Aurora has a purple coat the same color as Twilight's and a dark pink stripe in her mane, but also a light blue stripe from Trixie.
Apple Blossom is an earth pony with a yellow mane and red coat like Big Macintosh, but has Fluttershy's green Tareme Eyes.
Nimbus has Rainbow Dash's rainbow mane, with a light brown coat and Youthful Freckles that are more fitting for a member of the Apple family (i.e. Applejack).
Confetti has her mother Pinkie's mane color, her father Dazzler's eyes, and her coat is a peach-pink that makes some sense when you try to mix pink and white. The wings and horn, however, they can't explain. They going with...well, it istheirkid...
Pet the Dog: Mr. Trotswright telling Hattori that he knew all along she wasn't trying to get Dazzle back and had been helping him, but let her keep doing it because he knew she'd protect him. Sure, he's still a rotten stallion, but it shows he's got at least a shred of decency in him.
Physical Goddess: Subverted with Venus, despite being an Alicorn, Word of God has confirmed she's a 'civilian' Alicorn, not a 'Royal' Alicorn and thus isn't a goddess.
Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Spike in "Festival of Love" allowing him to pursue a relationship with Rarity.
Serial Killer: Venus apparently kept a list in her mansion of ponies, and the ones who were crossed out were either dead or missing (the ones that weren't had left town). Note, one journal entry even says that she killed her own mother.
Shadow Archetype: Venus (or rather Jupiter) to Hazel. Both were in love with Iniduoh, both had a foal they weren't expecting (though Venus didn't have it by him), both were dangerously insane in part due to Iniduoh seemingly not returning their love, and ultimately attempted to murder the object of their obsession in a psychotic rage when they were denied what they want, in all causes Venus taking them to an extreme. However, while Hazel had a Dark and Troubled Past, Venus is a Mafia Princess and a spoiled brat. Hazel also ultimately took Iniduoh's plea to reform and was cured, while Venus flat out rejects it. Ironically, Hazel had already accepted all those things were true about herself and overcame them before encountering Venus..
She Cleans Up Nicely: Hazel, once she's gotten help and regained her sanity. It's very noticeable in one scene where we can see what she was like before and after, though part of it might just be the Art Shift that occurred in the meantime.
The Sociopath: Venus (Jupiter). In addition to being completely homicidal, she's also rather emotionless most of the time until her Villainous Breakdown. Which is actually a pretty realistic depiction of a sociopathic Serial Killers, who tend to go berserk rather quickly once things begin.
Averted with Jupiter's clone, Nova, who goes through some emotional turmoil because Jupiter was a sociopath but she's not, yet ultimately has memories of her.
Also with Hattori and Fuma. They used to be the best of friends, until Hattori's father killed Fuma's.
What Did I Do Last Night?: After Rainbow Dash spikes the punch at a party as a prank, Twilight and Trixie wake up in bed together as did Rainbow Dash and Applejack. This ends up making them realize they love each other.
Younger than They Look: Teenage Iniduoh dyed his mane and tail blue because his naturally grey hair caused him to be mistaken for a senior citizen.
Nova on acount of being a clone of Jupiter. She looks as old as the original Jupiter (who looked in her twenties, even though she was actually 160 years old), but is essentially a newborn. After having her memory erased, she got a mind to match her real age.
You're Insane!: Hazel to Venus, who points out even compared to her former insane self, Venus is a nut job.