(also known as FIMFiction.net) is a Web site dedicated to hosting Fan Fiction
based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
. It's also a community gathering place for fans of Friendship is Magic
The site began operating in July 2011. It was created by knighty
, who remains its lead developer.
Additional staff can be found here.
Note: Please list only tropes which apply to the site
. Since Fimfiction exists to host and promote fan fiction, it's a given that Fanfic Tropes
will be found there.
This Web site and its users provide examples of the following tropes:
- April Fools' Day: The site admins always do something for April Fools' Day. In 2014 it was the announcement that Fimfiction had been acquired by Facebook.
- In 2013, they had announced that they were banning all Human-tagged stories, and were moving all former Human-tagged stories elsewhere. No one was very happy about the announcement, and the staff apologized shortly after.
- Berserk Button: Writers are given a delete button to use on the comment threads of their stories. This is meant to be used for obnoxious spam and content-free annoyances. When someone deletes comments that gave constructive criticism, the users will not be pleased.
- Cross Over: One of the most often used categories on the site. The writers have crossed Friendship Is Magic over with pretty much anything you can think of.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The review blogs have the site's foremost reviewer staff calmly and logically set up a scenario for the review before getting to the actual reviews.
- Darker and Edgier: Popular in Teen and Mature rated stories. Also should be expected if the fic is a crossover with a darker franchise.
- Dead Fic: The site tries to make identifying these easier by allowing authors to mark stories as "incomplete," "on hiatus," or "cancelled," but many authors still leave it as incomplete or on hiatus and never get around to updating the status.
- Divine Date: Many a romance story with Celestia or Luna features this, as does romance involving Discord. There's plenty of stories where the immortals date other, though.
- Also shows up if it's a Shining Armor and Cadance story set before their marriage.
- Fan Verse: Implicitly, any single story of an author can be considered to occur in its own continuity, thus creating a 'universe' for anyone who wishes to treat it as such. Some authors will make this more explicit and define a canon of their own work (or even multiple canons, if they've created several 'universes'). If a 'verse becomes popular enough, it's generally given a name, either by the author or by fans (for example, the Winningverse, which takes place in the continuity that began with The Life and Times of a Winning Pony). Finally, there are authors who explicitly set out to create an Alternate Universe (for example, Rainbow Double Dash's Lunaverse).
- Grandfather Clause: The site did not always have rules against meta stories or stories tagged with more than five characters. Stories which already had these things when the rules were implemented are allowed to remain the way they are, with only new stories being affected.
- Het Is Ew: Rampant—due to the fact that most of the developed characters are female, this is the natural result. According to an actual shipping study, a full 67.4% of all documented ships are same-sex, and only four of the 20 most popular ships are heterosexual.
- Subverted in some groups such as Rule 63, Human On Royalty and Straight Shipping where they'll gladly tell you about the overabundance of yuri on the site. (Although it's far from being even considered homophobic.)
- Hollywood Hype Machine: Embodied by the popular and featured boxes. These two sections on the front page display stories that are currently receiving a lot of attention (generally measured in how many votes/favorites/views it is receiving at the time). As they get into the featured box, they get more attention and more upvotes that let them stay there for longer, before eventually falling by the wayside. Again, Sturgeon's Law applies to separate the mass-appeal but ultimately insignificant works and the genuinely good works.
- Humanity Ensues: A lot of stories feature the ponies turned into humans, with a whole group being dedicated to humanized ponies.
- Interspecies Romance: Human×Pony stories are quite common. Something of a Dead Unicorn Trope in the MLP fandom; the blatant Wish Fulfillment overtones have been deconstructed several times over, but they keep showing up regardless.
- Konami Code: Keying this in on any page will cause a sprite of Rainbow Dash to appear. She'll follow the cursor around, and has a few lines of dialogue that are either quotes from the show, or references to popular fics.
- Mass Teleportation: Stories where Equestria appears on Earth can be found in bulk as a type of First Contact. Stories that have Human cities and, in some cases, entire countries showing up in Equestria have also appeared, but in significantly fewer numbers.
- MST: The site allowed them originally, but they have since been prohibited. Some users still post them in blogs or on other sites, but they can't be uploaded as actual story entries.
- Rule 34: Just like every other fandom. However, due to the nature of the featured box relying on upvotes and the fact that many readers enjoy the material, stories of this nature are always populating the featured box. Fortunately, the site allows readers to block stories of this nature, though it can still cause a Flame War when a particularly colorful one pops into the featured box.
- Rule 63: Like the larger FIM fandom, genderbending the characters is a very common topic, in both stories and forums. Varieties range from Alternate Universes where the characters are a different gender, to characters meeting an Opposite-Sex Clone, to every permutation in between.
- This is so common, that the fandom came together to agree on what would be the "canon" names of the genderswapped Mane 6 (as well as a few other major characters).
- Screw Yourself: Has it's own group, with a different folder for all the ways it can happen. Especially occurs with Rule 63.
- Sock Puppet: It's not uncommon for writers to use a secondary account to host sexually explicit stories. Alternate accounts are allowed, so long as they don't upvote or favorite each others' stories.
- Sturgeon's Law: Attempted aversion; the featured box automatically displays a few stories to the entire site (and its younger sibling the popular box shows more stories, but less prominently), and one of its criteria is upvotes and downvotes (both number and ratio).note In practice, however, Pandering to the Base is often as important as story quality when it comes to getting into either box; many stories with poor grammar, punctuation issues, or other significant errors can still get featured if they center on a popular ship or an interesting premise (or if they include gratuitous sex).
- All stories also have to be approved by a moderator before being posted to the site (unlike fanfiction.net). While guidelines about minimum acceptable punctuation have been mentioned by the staff, they aren't actually listed in the FAQ. The moderators mostly check to make sure the story follows site rules, not for quality.
- There are a couple groups—the Royal Guard and the Royal Canterlot Library—whose purpose it is to try and promote good stories. They have official site posts and thus can actually act to promote said stories (though some of the stories they promote still end up being unpopular). Equestria Daily also frequently serves the same purpose. Other groups exist for similar purposes, but none of those have official status.
- There are also numerous reviewers on the site who spend time reviewing ponyfics and help separate the chaff from the wheat.
- True Love Is Boring: A common fandom plot involves ponies cheating on their significant others. For example, Cadance and Shining Armor—the show's resident Happily Married couple—are only portrayed as a couple 52% of the time.
- Stories that focus on two characters getting together also have a habit of ending after or right before the relationship has actually started.
- A Wizard Did It: A common excuse when it comes to enabling plots is "Celestia did it". "Twilight screwed up a complex spell" and "Equestria just works that way" are also quite common.
- Yuri Fan: As a site. According to this wonderful shipping report, out of all the homosexual ships, 96% are lesbian.