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.
    • One-shot character Cerise uses the Magenta Lance.
    • "Artie and Rep-Stallion were going at it hard. His scythe against Artie's big brush spear…" Yeah.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The Grand Ruler: benevolent king, or racist tyrant?
    • Unicornicopia: a utopian paradise, or autocratic dystopia?
    • Titan: a villain with no redeeming qualities at all, or a bitter old man who lost his mind because no one ever gave him a chance, leaving turning to the dark side as his only option?
    • Starfleet in general, with its tendencies to act as a multiversal police force and army, can seem like an evil overlord's armed force, making sure that everyone obeys the whims of the Unicornicopian overlords.
      • And even then, the only Starfleet people shown to be any effective at that are Lightning Dawn and co. (Seriously, was there ever a Starfleet Red Shirt that showed their prowess in battle at any point in the series?)
    • For that matter, Ace Ray. Is he a bitter washout who badmouths the people who saved his life? Is he going through a hard time in his life and looking for some form of solace when no one will support him? Or is he being unfairly persecuted for daring to speak the truth about the regime?
    • The mysterious future voices in Starfleet Magic IV. Helpful guides or sociopaths looking to torment Cadance?
    • Brass Bolt: an eventual wannabe terrorist, who will be rebuked or shot by Starfleet in the end, with a possibility he could end up in a worse position than Ace Ray...
      • Or a young naive freedom fighter who actually had the guts to act with haste instead of feeling indifferent like Ace Ray.
      • Or the initiate of actual substance in terms of plot and characterization. Doubtful, but his realistic reaction to the setting gives us a whole new perspective towards the fic...
    • As a meta interpretation, are we seeing through the eyes of happy content citizens and heroes of the greater good...
      • Or a brainwashed and indoctrinated society where tyranny rules over their lives without them noticing it? After all, we are always seeing it in the perspective of Lightning Dawn in the lessons he learned which praise Starfleet's methods. The Badfic itself could be inverse propaganda intended for children and the next generation of Unicornicopians. A true Antithesis to MLP FiM's intent. There are two stories that go with this 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.
    • In the rewrite, Nightmare Moon destroys Twilight's wings; it's never explained how she's able to do this, why she does this, why she doesn't do the same with the Pegasi or other princesses, or why she doesn't take her horn as well.
    • 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.
    • In Starfleet Humans: Starpops, Human!Grand Ruler was capable of surviving being lost in outer space while being low on oxygen.
  • Bile Fascination: There are some people out there that will read the story just to see what's so controversial about it.
  • Canon Defilement: While the fic itself is often loathed for making the cast of Friendship is Magic less competent to make Starfleet look superior, Celestia in particular is given the worst of it when she blames Twilight Sparkle, her own student, for getting killed instead of blaming Raven for killing her, and pretty much acts as a Replacement Goldfish for the Element of Magic, even though Celestia would never pull this kind of thing in canon. And she (along with Starfleet) is supposed to be in the right for thinking this.
  • 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."
      • ...Which is another Broken Aesop, considering that throughout the fanfic, the Unicornicopians are portrayed as always being right and those who have different solutions are always wrong.
    • 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: Starfleet 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: Has its own page.
  • Damsel Scrappy: Krysta in the earlier installments, who spent too much time playing the Damsel in Distress and stating the obvious to be of any actual use to the heroes. Even when she does try to fight, her contributions are so minimal she might as well not be there.
  • 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 thing that could prevent them from entirely qualifying is the fact the main villains are often legitimately evil and not Designated Villains.
    • Mykan Jaden from Dakari-King Mykan's Yu-Gi-Oh!/Totally Spies fanfics, the last of which crosses over with My Little Pony. In the "final season", in spite of being a "master duelist", he makes two rookies duel brainwashed ponies despite knowing that, should they lose, they'll get brainwashed too. When the rookies triumph and Shining Armor is teleported away, Mykan gets so mad at a brainwashed Cadance for trying to brainwash and accidentally destroy his world with card games and double crossing them on a deal they made, he soundly beats her up with the power of a Millenium Item. When Mykan attempts to finish her and is stopped by his wife, he implies that it's Cadance's fault that he nearly killed her. Incidentally, in the author's note at the end of that particular chapter, the author Mykan notes that it felt good to beat up Cadance in a manner that makes it sounds like he jizzed to it, then goes on to state he wouldn't disrespect real-life women like that.
    • Starfleet Magic VI gives us the case of the pony counterpart of Mykan Stevens. He spends most of the season being an antagonistic Jerkass towards everybody and tries his level best to Be as Unhelpful as Possible toward Starfleet as they deal with their latest threat, and ultimately, they end up unintentionally spurring him into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the Arc Villain after they've already pretty much defeated said villain. This results in Mykan going out in a Senseless Sacrifice that inflicts untold amounts of gratuitous collateral damage, at which point Starfleet has him memorialized as a hero despite him never having demonstrated any sort of heroic behavior whatsoever.
  • Designated Monkey:
    • Cadance, full stop. The author hates her for being Happily Married so he makes her kill her own brother who's been turned partly mechanical and evil, suffer horrific nightmares, get beaten up by the Author Avatar, and miscarry when a pillar topples onto her. For some reason, even though he's her husband, Shining Armor doesn't get punished nearly as much...
      • Despite the "hates Cadance for being Happily Married" excuse, other relatively happy couples have shown up (Spike and Rarity, Lightning and Starla, Fluttershy and Rhymey) and haven't been been treated nearly as badly as Cadance has. Make of that what you will.
      • Shockingly, it now turns out that Cadance has been rendered infertile after that pillar thing.....and Shining Armor as well, due to his brainwashing and transformed state. Yes, neither one can ever have a kid now (adopting is out of the question for some reason), and to top it off, he has them keep a nursery in their home as well. Because they cannot bring themselves to get rid of it.
    • Twilight Sparkle is another character that Mykan hates for utterly ridiculous reasons. Shortly after Equestria is introduced in the rewrite, she loses her wings (though at least she gets them back offscreen), the MLP cast as a whole Took a Level in Dumbass, she's called out for not following the Grand Ruler's orders no matter what, and of course she is murdered, which Starfleet and Celestia blame her for and the latter takes up her mantle as the Element of Magic.
      • This even extends to Starfleet Humans; despite chronologically taking place before the first Equestria Girls film, the human Twilight Sparkle is shoehorned in, and contributes nothing to the plot other than getting yelled at by Lightning regularly over petty things.
  • Designated Villain:
    • May not exactly be an in-universe villain so much as merely an in-universe loser, but Ace Ray can still qualify.
    • Brass Bolt for speaking out against Starfleet's draconian nature. The author tries to take sympathy away from him by having him release a bunch of prisoners, but seeing how our Designated Hero cast mistreat the prisoners, it actually makes him more likable.
  • Eight Deadly Words: Due to the heroes being utterly unlikable cardboard cutouts, canon characters being stripped of their likable traits, loads of racism, sexism, all-around fucked-up morality, and Cliched villains that always lose, there's no point in reading the series.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ace Ray. See Strawman Has a Point and Take That, Scrappy! below. Mykan tries to make him come off as insane, but he really doesn't.
    • Brass Bolt as well, for much the same reasons as well as actually taking some kind of action against Starfleet.
    • Windy Bag, for pretty much the same reasons as the other two, trying to change Equestria back to the way it was, and having a vendetta against Mykan's most blatant Author Avatar.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Dyno and Myte are basically a pair of walking Hispanic stereotypes that like blowing things up and basically nothing else. Ditto for Brain, whose main purpose seems to be rattling off Stock British Phrases and occasionally providing an invention or two while contributing virtually nothing when things get hairy.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Has its own page.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: Essentially the whole story was written because Mykan hated the original series for being "girly" and was surprised that it appealed to boys at all. The story itself is even more stereotypically "girly" and childish that appeals to no one in particular.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Celestia blaming Twilight for her own death gets even worse as Celestial Advice shows that Celestia pretty much acted like a second mother to her. By having Celestia act like this, she's not just blaming her student; she's blaming a pony she'd grown attached to since youth.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Harkin's obsession with fighting against Lightning can easily be interpreted as an obsession of a different kind.
  • Inferred Holocaust: At one point in III, Frosteye freezes all of United Equestria over, with temperatures reaching as low as -100 degrees in parts such as the Crystal Empire. This is treated simply as global Harmless Freezing by the story, but considering the toll it takes on Lightning and company despite their survival, it's safe to assume that some weren't so lucky...
  • It Was His Sled: Twilight Sparkle is killed in season 3, and Starfleet and Celestia blame her for her own death.
  • Mary Suetopia: The world of Unicornicopia.
  • Memetic Loser: All of Starfleet due to how their supposed "superiority" is told rather than shown and they never demonstrate any remarkable ability that would make other races "inferior" to them. My Brave Pony: Starfleet Nemesis and Mykan Tribute: Fall of Starfleet, Rise of Harmony both point out Starfleet's lack of effectiveness.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Memetic Psychopath: As noted under Alternative Character Interpretation, it's all too common for Celesto to be depicted as a dictator and Unicornicopia as a fascist dystopia. It doesn't help that riffers keep finding unintentional parallels to Nineteen Eighty-Four in the writing.
  • Moe: Raven's original form as an Equestrian (pictured bottom right) was admittedly kind of adorable.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The Grand Ruler crosses it in My Brave Pony: Starfleet 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.
    • Lightning Dawn has one of his own in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Humans. After Principal Celestia kicks Starla out of the play due to photographic evidence of her trashing the props and costumes, Lightning barges into her office, insults her and even states that it's a good thing her pet horse is dead. This causes Celestia to attack him but, of course, being a Gary-Stu, he's not affected by the punches and chokes and he fells her with a flip, a shove and by smashing a cup of coffee onto her head, which burns her. Naturally, Grand Ruler finds Celestia at fault and fires her. Lightning feeling ashamed of what he did and getting suspended doesn't negate his actions one bit since he runs off and doesn't go back to help and doesn't apologize to her until later in the fic.
    • Twilight dies and rather than blame, you know, the killer for killing her, Starfleet blames Twilight for her own death. Yeah, Starfleet blames someone for their own death because they had the gall to disobey orders and try and fight someone who was a threat to someone they love. Our heroes, everyone.
  • Narm: Has its own page.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Ace Ray's "reprogramming" in the original version of Starfleet Magic III, which reads eerily like the infamous "Room 101" scene from 1984 - and serves much the same purpose, too. It's made even worse by the fact that this is carried out by the heroes and that it's meant to be seen as a good thing.
  • 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: Starfleet Magic II (as one MST points out, you can reorder most of the chapters without affecting the overall plot) and Starfleet Magic VI (which doesn't have an overarching plot so much as it does a bunch of unrelated story arcs stuck together).
  • Painful Rhyme: Rhymey is meant to be an Expy of Muffy the Mouse. However, whereas Muffy's dialogue was written by people who knew what they were doing, Rhymey just rhymes for the sake of rhyme. And as you can guess, none of them are good. Even better, unlike Muffy who actually had a personality, in tune with the fic's Flat Characters, rhyming is Rhymey's only notable trait. Hence why he's the most hated character out of the lot.
    • Zecora isn't immune to this either, especially with the way her accent is imitated. Seems to be a running gag in this story that nopony can rhyme...
    • Taken Up to Eleven in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II, where there is an entire chapter written in rhymes. Ironically, it may be one of the better chapters in the entire story even though 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, centering 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 get their asses kicked.
    • Especially the case with the Arc Villain Windy Bag in VI, whose goal boils down to kicking Starfleet off of Equestria. Considering Starfleet's Designated Hero status and treatment of the Equestrian population, it's not hard to see her as a Well-Intentioned Extremist at worst. It helps that she also has a vendetta against a blatant Author Avatar, and a particularly jerkish one at that.
    • In an actual decent twist, in chapter 20 of the original badfic, we find out that Serpent Tyrant's motive for collecting the Rainbow Stones is to undo the genocide his son Titan had caused. Other than being told the supposed Dimension of Darkness's denizens are evil, there are no indications of them committing great atrocities and we are only seeing things from a certain point of view - The Unicornicopians. It's also not hard to see him as a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • The Scrappy:
  • 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 racism, sexism and other disturbing content start cropping up.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: The prologue and first two chapters are pretty much a rip-off of the pilot episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • Snark Bait: If you didn't read the main page, just look at the other entries on this page for an explanation.
  • So Bad, It's Good: For some. The sequels are a much different case as shown by the Sequelitis entry.
  • 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: Starfleet Magic II, there is an ex-Wonderbolt named Ace Ray who was kicked off the squad for badmouthing Starfleet and has become a loser who sits around stuffing his face all day. However, he accuses the Starfleet 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 Starfleet. However, he makes some very good points that were mentioned by reviewers and riffers of the original fic.
    • Twilight Sparkle protests Starfleet killing all of their enemies, Krysta and Lightning Dawn's argument can be summed up as "Starfleet is always right, everyone else is always wrong."
    • Starfleet Magic VI has Brass Bolt, who's basically Ace Ray 2.0, and makes even better points about Starfleet than Ace did. It's very hard not to agree with him, especially since his thoughts and situation read very much like a protagonist in dystopian fiction and are completely accurate to Starfleet's portrayal. To quote the story itself:
    “They come to our world, lead their enemies to us, and if that wasn’t bad enough they turned us from normal ponies into these human shaped weirdos! Oh, and to add insult to injury, they treat us all like we’re inferior and enslave us with their martial laws, and when trouble comes they just fight and kill, and they arrest creatures with no good reason…
    …They’re nothing but a bunch of silly, overbearing tyrannical dictators! Why can’t you guys see that? Why can’t anyone see that?”
  • 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: Starfleet Magic III, who is in the process of making points about Unicornicopia that are more valid than the author realizes.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Cerise from My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II is a major in Starfleet, can stand toe-to-toe with Lightning and can use the Uniforce. She was a one-shot character up until Starfleet Magic VI, where her appearance consists of her completely sucking at her job.
    • Whenever Twilight's spirit shows up, she only appears to motivate the others before she's quickly forgotten about. As per usual with Mykan's hatred for the character, she's not allowed to be useful even as a ghost.
    • Brass Bolt from Starfleet Magic VI is a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Ace Ray who wants to see a revolution overthrowing Starfleet and sets an entire prison's populace loose on them, making for a very interesting potential Big Bad who's not a completely clichéd Generic Doomsday Villain. Instead, he gets busted in the second chapter by a cheap Asspull. Even better, the author later complains that he's having trouble driving the story forward without a Big Bad pulling the strings.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • It may sound far-fetched, but the relationship between Lightning and the Grand Ruler could have been quite an interesting plot arc.
    • Despite the controversy surrounding it, the idea of teaching about the death of a loved one could have been a good idea had Mykan just focused on meaningful character interactions and development instead of Victim Blaming and his own hatred for the pony in question, Twilight Sparkle.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions:
    • Goldwin's episodes solely exist to plagiarize Today's Special and add absolutely nothing to the overall plot.
    • Starfleet Humans: Starpops has a subplot involving Celesto Grandruler working on the International Space Station. This adds absolutely nothing to the main plot.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Unicornicopians are represented as pony heads on top of humanoid bodies, and later the Equestrians are forcibly converted into being the same thing. The result is completely unsettling, with some characters resembling colourful tikbalangs. Not helping is how obviously photoshopped the images are.
    • Probably the worst example is Brain, who's supposed to look old, but has a younger face with a balding head.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • Ace Ray: Even in the rewritten version, it is still this trope. For punching his sister upon being insulted and rejected by her, and the others who don't agree with him in making correct assumptions about Starfleet being an oppressive government, he is punished by getting his freedom taken away from him. Even though he's a clearly sane but jaded guy, he was pretty much stated to be imprisoned in an asylum for life. Wait, this sounds similar to Room 101. Seriously, read his entire chapter and see if you can deem him insane:
    No one had ever broken out from this asylum, and even If they had there was no way they could leave the planet. The warp portals that led out into Dimensional Space were inaccessible by all convicts. Any one of them who tried to enter only got tossed back out again.[...] Poor Ace, he did not take being locked up very well, and continued to insist he wasn’t insane, only to be restrained and sedated by the medical staff.
    • Human!Celestia in Starfleet Humans. It's shown at the beginning when Lightning sings and dances while in the middle of the road she is driving on, clearly stressed and upset. Granted, it's not a good idea to look at your notes while driving, but the story (and Lightning) shoehorns all the blame towards her for getting angry at him. When the fic reveals that her pet horse died, which led her into a Heroic B.S.O.D. courtesy of Sapphira, Lightning uses it as ammo against her in the aforementioned Moral Event Horizon above. We're supposed to see the attack as her's instead, as indicated by Luna calling her a 'monster' (even though, as mentioned earlier, Lightning was not hurt at all), but granted, Lightning, maybe saying that it's a good thing someone's pet is dead wasn't exactly the best course of action when you're trying to prove your friend's innocence.
    • Twilight dies and Starfleet has the nerve to blame her for her death because she disobeyed orders. Keep in mind, Twilight disobeyed orders to try and protect her loved ones from Raven, so even if you did consider her actions to be irrational, there would be a good reason for that behavior. So Starfleet, as always, just come across as assholes who only want that everyone follows what they say.
    • Brass Bolt also shares this treatment. As noted in his entry in Strawman Has a Point, he's supposed to be seen as wrong for accusing Starfleet of being evil, but the writing never gives a good enough reason as to why the reader should side against him. The closest the story gets is having him release all of the prisoners from one of Starfleet's prisons, which actually makes him more sympathetic given that Starfleet's treatment of prisoners would likely qualify as a gross violation of civil rights (and probably the Geneva Convention as well) in real life.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Practically the entire cast. The Equestria cast is simply Too Dumb to Live or too busy Character Shilling Starfleet (not to mention that they've all been reduced to one-note cutouts that hardly resemble their canon selves}. Starfleet is full of racist, sexist, and outright sociopathic "heroes" who see anyone who disagrees with them as their enemies. Our heroes, everyone.
  • Wangst:
    • Goldwin's a veritable fountain of this regarding his desire to become a normal pony and to be able to leave the palace grounds. It becomes tiresome rather quickly, especially as it contributes nothing to the main plot.
    • Human Starla bemoaning the fact that she is attracted with Lightning Dawn despite knowing that he is married can get tiring really quickly.
    • Pony Mykan Stevens is practically made of this trope. He's so adamant about refusing help from Starfleet and driving them away, firmly believing that they don't actually care about him and that they can't understand what he's going through, that it's a wonder the protagonists put up with him at all.
  • What an Idiot: Has its own page.
  • 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: Starfleet 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.
    • Chapter 13 of Starfleet Magic VI is another good example: it deals with the full ramifications of a Mayfly–December Romance, kills off the Villain of the Week via Rapid Aging, and ends on a none-too-subtly implied sex scene. Y'know, for kids.


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