YMMV: Fallout: Equestria

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Littlepip as a Villain Protagonist. Several of her actions can be seen as morally questionable as she can be pretty ruthless towards her enemies. The story itself even acknowledges this viewpoint, with Red Eye explaining how they are Not So Different. A few fans may consider this a Base Breaker.
  • Arcadian Interlude: The sudden pornographic scene in chapter 20.5 (a "deleted scene" chapter by another writer which is treated as potentially canon by the original author).
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Nightseer gets quite a bit of buildup. Littlepip kills her within the span of a single paragraph.
  • Awesome Music: A fan performed this piece in honor of Littlepip, the first in what will be a line of several FO:E inspired songs. The instrumentals and vocals are excellent, and the lyrics fit Littlepip's struggles throughout the story perfectly.
    I'm sick and tired, of all this fighting. Not sure if this blood is mine...
    • A good number of brony musical artists have composed songs inspired by Fallout: Equestria, including dozens of songs available on YouTube and even music featured on the "Balloon Party" album series.
  • Base Breaker: LittlePip and Velvet Remedy, as seen in Alternate Character Interpretations up above.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The dark setting and questionable morality of the protagonists make the story rather hard to read for some people.
    • The Memory Orb sequences are so bleak, depressing, and hopeless that you eventually get used to seeing the main cast of Friendship is Magic dying horrible, pointless deaths.
  • Designated Hero: Arguably Littlepip and Steelhooves. It may or may not be intentional.
  • Recursive Fanfic Fuel: There's a reason why this story has spawned so many Recursive Fanfics! Many involve characters usually inspired by Pip to do their own part to make the Wasteland a better place. Locations get fleshed out much more with casts that live there rather than on the move like Pip and her friends, and deconstruct aspects of the story that were felt to have been glossed over. They usually involve new characters and locations introduced to the show, what happened to characters the original story didn't mention, and describe stables not covered by the story itself.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: So you'd like to be a tree, eh, Fluttershy?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Watcher is a mysterious gravelly-voiced nigh-omniscient observer who communicates by hijacking floating robots - just like Ulysses in Lonesome Road, which was released several months after Fallout: Equestria started.
    • Littlepip thinks the name "Pipsqueak" would be ridiculous. Then an actual character named Pipsqueak appeared in the show.
      • And what nickname did Zecora give him? Little Pip!
    • All of the magic spells that Kkat came up with before season 2 even started, including memory transfers, bypass spells, and self levitation.
    • Now add in the harnesses used to hold the lances for Crystal Ponies while jousting, which resemble very early battle saddles.
    • Corrupted by an enhanced source of magic, Trixie sets herself up as a tyrant. Sound familiar?
    • Also from Lonesome Road, the SMMG and Red Glare look like battle saddles retrofitted for human use.
    • And now Twilight gets involuntarily transformed into an alicorn.
    • Zecora crafts a potion that gives zebras bat-like wings. Two months later, the episode "Luna Eclipsed" introduces bat-winged ponies.
    • Why did the Everfree Forest mutate into a much more horrible and deadly place when it was never hit by a megaspell? Because the Elements of Harmony were removed, and their presence in the Forest had been holding the horrors back... much like the revelation in the Season 4 premiere.
    • Inspiration Manifestation confirms dragon tactic of "eat it" for disposing of hazardous magical items.
    • Twilight's Kingdom shows extremely destructive spells similar to balefire bombs, complete with mushroom clouds.
    • In the chapter The Moral of the Story, Pinkie Bell makes the remark that "Pinkie Pie’s only regret was that she couldn’t be everywhere helping all the troops all the time!" Too Many Pinkie Pies takes on an almost eerily similar premise.
    • Learning in season 5 how dilapidated and fallen to poverty Griffonstone became and how griffons are Only in It for the Money, it's no surprise they were depicted as Equestrian mercenaries.
  • Hype Aversion/Hype Backlash: This is easily one of the most famous Friendship is Magic fanfics out there. It has fan art, fan music, there are fan games being made for it including Fallout 3 mods, and it has inspired dozens of spin-off fics. Does it deserve all this attention? Not everypony would agree.
  • Internet Backdraft: Quite a bit, mainly due to combining MLP with something as dark as Fallout, as well as the seemingly meanspirited way the Mane Six and their friends met their ends.
  • Iron Woobie: Ditzy Doo. When the megaspells dropped, she was caught at the edge of one, which turned her into a Ghoul. She's spent the next 200 years doing whatever she can to survive, with the always present possibility that her mind will degrade to the point where she becomes little more than a mindless beast. This also has the effect of making surviving ponies reluctant to go near her, since nopony wants to be around when a zombie flips out. But even with all this, she is still friendly and helpful, to the point where Littlepip calls her the nicest pony she's met in the wasteland, and later becomes the new Element of Laughter.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some fans only read the story for the large amount of World Building and backstory, finding the main narrative less compelling than the events that shaped the present. This may account for the spinoff fanfiction, where writers are free to make their own cast of characters that are doing their own thing.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Red Eye.
  • Moral Event Horizon: A number of ponies in the story cross this. Among them:
    • The Steel Rangers invading Stable Two and attempting to slaughter everypony in it just to get at the pre-war technology it holds.
    • The Enclave attempting to destroy Friendship City just to kill one Dashite (prior to the attack commencing one of them even shoots a terrified filly who was trying to get away from Littlepip, then attempts to justify it by saying that they couldn't take any chances.)
    • Littlepip treats (and justifies) her massacre of everypony in Arbu as this.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Red Eye's propaganda states that all races of pony are equally important. He seems to consider the opposition that earth ponies are the best, which seems laughable. His opposition's points seem to be better than his, and then you realize that the pro-earth pony Stable he's from invented cybernetic implants and cured old age with only the tiny population of one Stable.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Wait, so a hellhound got turned into a pony? I bet you can't wait to see what its life will be like now! ...Oh wait, chances are its dead now.
  • Ugly Cute: Ditzy as a ghoul, who despite looking and smelling like a body that's been in the sun for a few days, is one of the most friendly and genuinely helpful ponies in the story.
  • The Woobie: Get out yer hankie, it's easier to count the characters who aren't this trope.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Antagonists frequently back Littlepip into a corner, and wind up snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
    • Those raiders in Ponyville know where Littlepip is hiding for the night, and settle for leaving a landmine by the front door instead of shooting her while she's asleep.
    • Instead of killing her, Mr. Topaz engages Littlepip in conversation and The alicorn in Appleoosa taunts her.
    • Littlepip is captured after attempting to escape Fillydelphia and killing a few guards. Red Eye insists she be sent to The Pit instead of executing her outright.
      • At least Red Eye had a good excuse for not doing so. He wanted her to survive so she could be part of a new Alicorn god.