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YMMV: My Little Unicorn
YMMV tropes for Mykan's My Little Unicorn, the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic-that-isn't-a-fanfic.

  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • Lightning's main weapon is the Rainbow Rod, a long stick with a ball, which shoots rainbows and has to be held tightly between his hooves.
      • Even better: After using it, Lightning is usually exhausted and it takes a certain amount of time to recharge.
    • One-shot character Cerise uses the Magenta Lance.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
  • Archive Panic: These fanfics are long and numerous. If you want to catch up, be warned.
  • Asspull: Here's a short list of examples:
    • Lightning suddenly being able to summon the Uniforce because he remembers to believe, right when Titan is going to kill him.
    • Brain turns out to have a spaceship in his backyard, which the others use to escape the exploding Unicornicopia.
    • Celesto and Celestia fusing and turning into the Great Celestial Ruler, who destroys Titan.
    • The MLP and Starfleet ponies being able to reconstruct a planet through the power of belief
    • Lightning is the last of a race of creatures known as Enticorns, which, as the author confirms, is partially based off of Super Saiyans.
  • Bile Fascination: There are some people out there that will read the story just to see what's so controversial about it.
  • Captain Obvious Aesop:
    • One of the many Aesops given out by the Grand Ruler can be summed up as "There are different ways to solve problems."
    • Another one deals with how nightmares are frightening.
  • Cliché Storm: Let's see... The villain is an Obviously Evil wizard who lives in a dark castle in the dimension of darkness. His minions are a Terrible Trio consisting of a shallow Vain Sorceress, a schemer, and a brute, none of whom possess any redeeming or positive qualities. On the other hoof, we have a realm of good where the unicorns live happily without any personal conflict between each other, are ruled by a wise king and protected by a group of Super Sentai/Magical Girl-inspired good guys, whose leader has a fairy sidekick, defeats monsters with Sailor Moon-based moves and has to learn to believe in himself.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Lightning Dawn, Rhymey, and the Grand Ruler.
    • The sequel adds Goldwin to it, an Expy of Jeff from Today's Special. Several episodes in My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II (which plagiarize entire episodes of Today's Special) are made specifically to involve Goldwin, even when they add nothing to the overall plot whatsoever.
    • Ironically, while the author is willing to shout at everyone who makes fun of his characters, he does not care for the majority of them at all, ignoring them completely if he thinks that they serve no purpose for him anymore outside of battle scenes.
  • Critical Research Failure: Mykan gets a lot of the basic facts about FiM wrong in the story. For starters, the author believes Rainbow Dash has magic (to be fair, pegasi have a latent magic in them that allows them to control the weather, but it's not the same as the unicorns' mystical powers) and doesn't know who Derpy Hooves is.
    • To be fair, it's actually perfectly understandable that he doesn't know about Derpy. She's the epitome of Ascended Fanon, and only appears in-show as a background character with a handful of speaking parts. One could watch the whole show and never know why Derpy's such a huge Ensemble Darkhorse.
    • A minor example, but in one story, Fluttershy almost dies due to severe appendicitis. Ponies don't have appendixes to begin with.
  • Designated Hero: The heroes are this to some extent. As described elsewhere on this page and even the main page, their practices and beliefs can be very questionable, if not outright horrible. About the only that could prevent them from entirely qualifying is the fact the main villains are often legitimately evil and not Designated Villains.
  • Designated Villain: May not exactly be an in-universe villain so much as merely an in-universe loser, but Ace Ray can still qualify.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ace Ray. See Strawman Has a Point and Take That, Scrappy! below.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Mykan always wanted to make a more action-oriented story than Friendship Is Magic, to no real avail. Come the season 4 finale, suddenly the show he hates gets an action sequence that blows any he could make out of the water (not like that's particularly hard). Irony at its finest.
  • Idiot Plot: In the seventh episode of My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II, a robot attacks a dam. Nopony can figure out it's not a living being despite noticing it's made of metal and shoots Eye Beams until its wiring is exposed.
  • Mary Sue: The entire cast.
  • Mary Suetopia: The world of Unicornicopia.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Grand Ruler crosses it in My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II, when he actually makes Twilight believe she is responsible for an entire family getting hurt, just so he can teach her that she should always follow his orders blindly.
  • Narm: Twilight's death is presumably supposed to be a Tear Jerker moment, and is built up to be tragic. So naturally, Lightning responds thusly.
    "And he threw his head high up into the air and let out a very loud and mournful NEIGH… just like the pony he was."
  • Overshadowed By Controversy: The fanfic is remembered more for the author's wangsting and whining about MLP:FiM and how bad it is than the fact that it's a fanfic at all. His notoriety in the Digimon and Teen Titans fandoms haven't helped. Although people can find plenty to dislike about the fic itself.
  • Padding:
    • The author outright admits to using this, as he believes he has to fill a word quota. More specifically, he believes that every chapter has to be an equivalent length to a half-hour TV episode, with no exceptions.
      • Amazingly, he complains in the author's notes of the third series about how long his fanfics are, and yet does nothing to fix this.
    • Aside from padding in-chapters, Mykan seems to have an obsession with writing 26 episodes per-season, which leads to many episodes where nothing advances the plot. The biggest offenders are in My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II.
  • Painful Rhyme: Rhymey. There is a reason why he's the most hated character out of the lot.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II, where there is an entire chapter writen in rhymes. Ironically, it may be one of the better chapters in the entire story as it plagiarizes an episode of Arthur.
  • Rooting for the Empire: The story is meant as a revenge fic against My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, centring around ponies in another dimension and/or in space, fighting off an evil sorcerer without The Power of Friendship and therefore being superior to the cast of the original show. Many readers actually wished to see the bad guy win, just so that the main characters (consisting of one dimensional Mary Sues and Marty Stus) get their asses kicked.
  • The Scrappy: While most of Mykan's "original" characters are detested, Rhymey is the least liked out of all of them. It doesn't help that he ends up being paired with Fluttershy.
  • Sequelitis: The original story has four sequels and counting, one's a "movie" and another is based on My Little Pony Equestria Girls, and they don't get any better. Beats0me, a deviantART member who draws parody comics of MLU, noted that the beginning of the series is So Bad, It's Good, reminiscent of watching a corny old kids' action cartoon. However, the further it goes on, the more Unfortunate Implications, racism, sexism and other disturbing content start cropping up.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: The first two chapters are pretty much a rip-off of the pilot episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • Snark Bait
  • So Bad, It's Good: For some.
  • Strangled by the Red String:
    • Lightning and Starla, who fall in love immediately for no reason besides that the main character needs a love interest.
    • Rhymey and Fluttershy as well.
    • Ditto the Grand Ruler and Princess Celestia.
  • Strawman Has a Point: In My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II, there is an ex-Wonderbolt named Ace Ray who was kicked off the squad for badmouthing Star Fleet and has become a loser who sits around stuffing his face all day. However, he accuses the Star Fleet of being arrogant and lazy for not taking action against their enemies sooner and thus leading to the destruction of Equestria. He also calls them out on assuming every enemy they fight is irredeemably evil without even considering the possibility that they might have a reason for acting that way. He then accuses them of being overlords due to their species essentially taking over United Equestria, doing everything of value, and Celesto being extremely powerful, both politically and literally. The reader is clearly supposed to side with his sister Skye, who tells him he's bad for speaking his mind about Star Fleet. However, he makes some very good points that were mentioned by reviewers and riffers of the original fic.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Rhymey is one of the more hated original characters because he speaks in nothing but rhymes, and unfortunately, not good ones. note  An unintentional example happens when he confronts Ace Ray in My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III, who is in the process of making points about Unicornicopia that are more valid than the author realizes.
    Rhymey: There's no need to make a fuss / there is nothing he can do to us.
  • They Just Didn't Care: An admitted case. The author pretty much states that he doesn't care about the originality of the fic and doesn't bother with characterization.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Cerise from My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II is a major in Starfleet, can stand toe-to-toe with Lightning and can use the Uniforce. She is a one-shot character.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • It may sound farfetched, but the relationship between Lightning and the Grand Ruler could have been quite an interesting plot arc in the hands of a better writer.
    • The entire concept of another world of ponies having their own adventures and learning valuable lessons about the important things in life while also fighting against a common enemy could have been made entertaining (it worked for My Little Pony with FiM) if the author would not depend so much on clichés.
  • Thirty Sue Pileup: You did see how many other Mary Sue tropes were listed here, right?
  • Unfortunate Implications: By the bucketload.
    • Winged Unicorns are stated to be superior to pegasi and earth ponies. The author sees nothing wrong with this.
    • The Grand Ruler also institutes nation-wide, mandatory exercise.
    • The serial numbers that are tattooed on their bodiesnote  are used to distinguish the unicorns from each other.
    • Notice how the women in these stories usually seem to be either useless, helpless, or otherwise obsolete while the men are usually portrayed as the stronger ones.
    • The author apparently "believes that personality holds back the possibilities with his characters and has no place in a species of warriors". What?
    • Lightning's friends try to calm him down by victim blaming Twilight. Instead of, you know, blaming or trying to catch the murderer.
  • Wangst: The author, so very much. Apparently watching My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a painful experience for him, and the Ship Sinking in the Teen Titans finale is a PTSD-worthy experience.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The story preaches that things like love and tolerance are actually worthless and only brute force can lead to true happiness. Characters get Killed Off for Real in rather brutal ways for little kids, and there are certain sexual innuendos to be found in the entire story. Yet the author proclaims that the fanfiction is way better entertainment for kids than the actual show it rips off.
    • The best example for it may be a chapter of My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II, in which Fluttershy is in the hospital to be operated on. A changeling slips in and tries to kill her by cutting her open and letting her bleed to death.

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