YMMV tropes for Mykan's ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn'', the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[ByNoIMeanYes fanfic-that-isn't-a-fanfic]].

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* AccidentalInnuendo:
** 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 [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything to recharge]].
*** It certainly doesn't help that the first time he used it was to [[AccidentalPun take out Dementia's flower monster]].
** 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.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** The Grand Ruler: [[TheGoodKing benevolent king]], or racist tyrant?
*** [[TakeAThirdOption OR]] a [[TheGodsMustBeLazy slothful godking]] who lets Lightning Dawn and friends do all the dirty work?
** Unicornicopia: a utopian paradise, or autocratic dystopia?
*** Or [[Film/{{Brazil}} too paper-thin and inefficient a dystopia]] without Lightning Dawn and his merry band?
** 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 [[ThenLetMeBeEvil turning to the dark side as his only option]]?
*** Or an EvilSorcerer who is plagued with BondVillainStupidity to a degree similar to a bad {{Sentai}} villain?
** 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 [[RuleOfThree Lightning Dawn and co.]] (Seriously, was there ever a Starfleet RedShirt that showed their prowess in battle at '''any point''' in the series?)
** For that matter, Ace Ray. Is he a bitter washout who [[UngratefulBastard 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? [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong Or is he being unfairly persecuted for daring to speak the truth about the regime]]?
*** Although he should have simply [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere quietly left said regime]] as, well, it's nowhere near as effective at security.
** 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 [[TragicVillain shot]] by Starfleet in the end, with a possibility he could end up in a worse position than Ace Ray...
*** Or a young naive [[HeroAntagonist 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 [[Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetNemesis two]] [[Fanfic/MykanTributeFallOfStarfleetRiseOfHarmony stories]] that go with this interpretation.
* ArchivePanic: 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.
** [[spoiler:Brain turns out to have a spaceship in his backyard, which the others use to escape the exploding Unicornicopia.]]
** [[spoiler:Celesto and Celestia fusing and turning into the Great Celestial Ruler, who destroys Titan]].
** [[spoiler:The MLP and Starfleet ponies being able to reconstruct a planet through the power of belief]].
** [[spoiler:Lightning is the last of a race of creatures known as Enticorns, which, as [[WordOfGod the author confirms]], is partially based off of [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super Saiyans]]]].
** [[spoiler:In ''Starfleet Humans: Starpops'', Human!Grand Ruler was capable of surviving being lost in ''outer space'' while being low on oxygen.]]
* BileFascination: There are some people out there that will read the story just to see what's so controversial about it.
* CanonDefilement: While the fic itself is often loathed for making the cast of ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]]'' less competent to make Starfleet look superior, Celestia in particular is given the worst of it when she [[spoiler:[[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming blames Twilight Sparkle, her own student, for getting killed instead of blaming Raven for killing her]], and pretty much acts as a ReplacementGoldfish for the Element of Magic, even though Celestia would never pull this kind of thing in canon. [[DesignatedHero And she (along with Starfleet) is supposed to be in the right for thinking this.]]]]
* CaptainObviousAesop:
** 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 BrokenAesop, 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.
* ClicheStorm: Let's see... The villain is an ObviouslyEvil wizard who lives in a [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment dark castle in the dimension of darkness]]. His minions are a TerribleTrio consisting of a shallow VainSorceress, a [[EvilGenius schemer]], and [[TheBrute a brute]], none of whom possess any redeeming or positive qualities. On the other [[InsistentTerminology 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 SuperSentai[=/=]MagicalGirl-inspired good guys, whose leader has a fairy sidekick, defeats monsters with ''Franchise/SailorMoon''-based moves and has to learn to believe in himself.
* CreatorsPet:
** Lightning Dawn, Rhymey, and the Grand Ruler.
** The sequel adds Goldwin to it, an {{Expy}} of Jeff from ''Series/TodaysSpecial''. 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.
* CriticalResearchFailure:
** 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).
** Another example would be his description of United Equestrian rail travel. He states how the new trains (like almost all of his creations) are SO much faster than the Equestrian ones and don't have to be pulled by ponies. It's clear he got this assumption from a brief scene in the episode "Over a Barrel" where several stallions are pulling a steam locomotive. What Mykan seemed to have forgotten was that this phenomenon was only shown once in the show and it was mostly done for the sake of a subtle joke towards wild-west culture. The show has shown on multiple occasions (including one version of the show's opening) that Equestrian steam locomotives run pretty much like the ones in real life and do not need to be pulled by other ponies.
** Mykan has a word limit on all of the chapters because he believes that is the same way scripts for television episodes are made. However, scripts for TV episodes and even movies tend to vary in length all the time regardless of how long the final product will be.
*** Additionally, he puts in a word limit because he thinks that the chapter should take someone 22 minutes (the average length of a cartoon episode) to read start to finish. What he doesn't seem to understand is that people read at different speeds and one person may take 22 minutes to read a chapter while another person may take a shorter or longer time reading the same chapter.
** During Starfleet's TransformationSequence and role call, Buddy Rose announces "Power of Fauna!". However, his element is [[GreenThumb plants]] so it should be "Power of Flora!". How Mykan made (and continues to make) such a mistake is anyone's guess.
** Mykan justifies Starfleet's harsh treatment of their prisoners because he claims that's what prisons in real life are like. In reality, this would be considered a complete violation of civil rights and possibly even the Geneva Convention.
** As noted in the entries concerning Ace Ray, Mykan has no idea how asylums work.
** Mykan believes that giving a characters flaws would make them too weak to beat opponents. He seems to be confusing characters flaws with plot points.
** Barring Fluttershy's appendicitis (which is covered elsewhere), "Operation Emergency" has several of these related to medicine:
*** The chapter states that the populace is required to get monthly booster shots. Vaccines are intended to provide immunity to disease by calibrating the immune system to fight it, meaning that monthly shots would be entirely redundant at best and FridgeHorror-worthy at worst.
*** When Fluttershy is taken to the ER, Dr. Penny Sillion decides to operate in the morning. Real life emergency rooms are on standby 24/7, simply because ''every second counts'' in an emergency.
*** The hospital staff uses an X-ray machine to get an image of the inflamed appendix. Since X-rays pass through soft tissue, the appendix wouldn't show up in the images; an ultrasound or CT scan would be used instead.
** Rhymey has the ID code "[[XtremeKoolLetterz XL7Z]]" to rhyme with his name. The problem is, the letter "Z" is pronounced "zed" in just about every English-speaking region other than the United States (including Canada, where the author is from), [[PainfulRhyme meaning that the rhyme just doesn't work]]. It's made worse by the fact that there are ''eight other letters in the English alphabet'' that could have been used instead. The only reason he used that combination ([[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/692656/rhymey-and-his-creation As explained here]]) was because a one-time character from ''Series/TodaysSpecial'' continuously rhymed and had that exact same code, only he told folks to call him "Fred".
** [[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/690404/im-true-to-myself-3-rant-why-i-hate-twilight-sparkle The reasons Mykan hates Twilight Sparkle are flawed, to say the least.]] He thinks that she and her friends try to force others into their way of life by teaching them the magic of friendship, when in reality, Twilight was just a student until her ascension and didn't even have a student of her own until the end of season 5. He believes that the ponies pretend to be model citizens when they "have more bad traits than good" ([[IResembleThatRemark something that he does with his Space Ponies]]), but that's more due to him not understanding character flaws and development and forgetting that the show doesn't try to make them completely perfect. He also thinks they believe themselves to be "strong warriors", when the Equestrians were never a warrior race to begin with; the Mane 6 were just heroes chosen for the virtues needed to defeat the villains, which he believes to be even weaker than they are, [[SarcasmMode (because a spirit of chaos and a magic-eating centaur are apparently sooooo weak)]]. And of course, [[AuthorFilibuster the rest of it is just him hating her for his own beliefs on how the real world works]].
** Mykan believes that certain emotions, such as contempt, aren't emotions at all as he keeps saying some villains are emotionless only for their actions and reactions to prove otherwise. The best example demonstrating this would be from "Lost and Found" where the narration states "[...]even Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon were actually showing emotions as if for the first time… as they felt just as bad as everyone else."
** Mykan thinks that you must have a large amount of money (this is why the human Grand Ruler is a millionaire) in order to help people. Tell that to every fireman, nurse, police officer... just about any profession, really, along with anyone volunteering for non-profit work.
* DamselScrappy: Krysta in the earlier installments, who spent too much time playing the DamselInDistress and [[CaptainObvious 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.
* DesignatedHero: 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 Villain}}s.
** [[AuthorAvatar 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, [[http://dakari-king-mykan.deviantart.com/art/Chapter-16-Part-2-Tough-Love-524582150 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 [[VictimBlaming 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 [[BlatantLies he wouldn't disrespect real-life women like that.]]
** ''Starfleet Magic VI'' gives us the case of [[AuthorAvatar the pony counterpart of Mykan Stevens]]. He spends most of the season being an antagonistic {{Jerkass}} towards everybody and tries his level best to BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible toward Starfleet as they deal with their latest threat, and ultimately, they end up unintentionally spurring him into a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the ArcVillain ''after'' they've already pretty much defeated said villain. This results in Mykan going out in a SenselessSacrifice 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.
* DesignatedMonkey:
** Cadance, full stop. The author hates her for being HappilyMarried so he makes her [[spoiler:kill her own brother who's been turned partly mechanical and evil]], suffer horrific nightmares, get beaten up by the AuthorAvatar, and [[spoiler:miscarry when a pillar topples onto her]]. For some reason, [[DoubleStandard even though he's her husband, Shining Armor doesn't get punished nearly as much]]...
*** Despite the "hates Cadance for being HappilyMarried" 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 [[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/690404/im-true-to-myself-3-rant-why-i-hate-twilight-sparkle utterly ridiculous reasons]]. Shortly after Equestria is introduced in the rewrite, she loses her wings and never gets them back, the MLP cast as a whole TookALevelInDumbass, she's called out for not following the Grand Ruler's orders no matter what, and of course [[spoiler:she is murdered, which Starfleet and [[OutOfCharacter Celestia]] [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming 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 ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls 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.
* DesignatedVillain:
** 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 DesignatedHero cast mistreat the prisoners, it actually makes him more likable.
* EightDeadlyWords: Due to the [[DesignatedHero heroes being utterly unlikable]] [[FlatCharacter cardboard cutouts]], canon characters being stripped of their likable traits, loads of racism, sexism, all-around ''fucked-up'' morality, and {{Cliche}}d villains that always lose, there's no point in reading the series.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Ace Ray. See StrawmanHasAPoint and TakeThatScrappy below. Brass Bolt as well, for much the same reasons as well as actually taking some kind of action against Starfleet. Mykan tries to make him come off as insane, but he really doesn't.
* EthnicScrappy: 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 StockBritishPhrases and occasionally providing an invention or two while contributing virtually nothing when things get hairy.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: It's a LongList of them.
** "A-B-C... DD" has Daphne Dil making a speech about how she prefers having a code number over a Cutie Mark, and dismissing Cutie Marks as "silly" before stating that she wouldn't want one even if she could get one. Given that Cutie Marks represent a pony's individuality while the Space Ponies' code numbers are not given any meaning whatsoever, it's basically stating that mindless conformity is more important than being yourself.
** The Season 2 episode "Order of Choice" is a copy of the ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' episode "[[Recap/PowerRangersLightspeedRescueTrialByFire Trial By Fire]]". The original episode was all about learning to see all of the variables and learning about trust. This episode was more about obeying blindly without thinking, essentially Mykan saying his characters are better.
** In "Truth Hurts", Ace Ray is detained by Starfleet for the crime of speaking out against them (if they really were arresting him for beating up his sister, they wouldn't be making such a huge deal about his criticisms of Starfleet), and is either {{Mind Rape}}d into subservience (in the original) or committed to an asylum and has his memories used in Starfleet propaganda (in the rewrite). In either case, the treatment of Ace carries the message that others who disagree with your opinions are crazy and wrong, and should be ''made'' to agree with you.
** In "Win, Lose, or Die", Twilight races out to fight Raven despite there being orders that nobody under any circumstances is to fight her due to her immense power. Everyone and their mother will condemn her for this [[spoiler:when she is subsequently killed]], even though disobeying her boss would save lives. Thus, readers are taught that you should not try to take down a threat to your loved ones, especially if you've been ordered not to do so and/or the threat is much more powerful.
*** Not to mention the fact that when [[spoiler:[[VictimBlaming Twilight dies, she's blamed for her own death. So, if someone kills you because you tried to defend someone from them, it's your fault and not the murderer's.]]]]
** "Desperate Efforts" carries the morals that, if your loved ones die on your birthday, you should never celebrate it again because that would be to celebrate their demise, that your loved ones would want you to be sorrowful on your special day and that you should think about your family and friends only on the day they died.
%%** Unknown is bad, so stick to what you know and never explore or try to figure out said unknown.
%%** Having your DNA changed is fun! No bad implications here. (Seriously, none of the girls complain about new...human female problems?)
%%** [[HolierThanThou Your beliefs, way of life, and ideology are wrong. And if someone new comes along and tells you this, then you better believe them.]]
%%** [[PacifismBackfire Pacifism is wrong. All kinds.]]
%%** [[LeeroyJenkins Thinking out your solutions to the problem is stupid.]] [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption Better to just punch it away and hope it stays down.]]
%%** Forget punching, that just causes recoil that will hurt you. Please see a cartoon I watched once. (OK, that was a Mykan quote, but still...)
%%** Never do anything beyond what you studied for. Only stick to your hobby or job. Never look into things you don't understand.
%%** Never show any emotion other than being strong and manly. If you do, then you are crazy, a wimp, and no true warrior.
%%** [[TakeAThirdOption There is no third option.]] [[AvertedTrope So, if faced with the choice of killing or saving a person, kill them.]]
%%** [[BlackandWhiteInsanity Everything is black and white.]]
%%** [[FelonyMisdemeanor If you do one bad thing, then you are damned for all of eternity.]]
%%** [[FelonyMisdemeanor One mistake, and you are evil...kill yourself.]]
%%** If you find yourself moving past what you are, kill yourself.
%%** If you're HappilyMarried with a steady life, [[RuleOfThree kill yourself]].
%%** [[OverlyLongGag Suicide is A-OK!]]
%%** [[FantasticRacism Your actions don't dictate the person you are. Your species does.]]
* GirlShowGhetto: 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.
* HarsherInHindsight: [[spoiler:[[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming Celestia blaming Twilight for her own death]] gets even worse as ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E1CelestialAdvice 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.]]
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Mykan always wanted to make a more action-oriented story than ''Friendship Is Magic'', to no real avail. Come [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 the season 4 finale]], suddenly the show he hates gets an action sequence that blows anything he could write out of the water (not like that's particularly hard). {{Irony}} at its finest.
** The series has always stated that personalities are pathetic, cutie marks are stupid, individuality is wrong unless you're the leader, it's okay to shun and belittle others who are not the same as you, and that dissenters should be locked up and/or brainwashed. Cue [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E1TheCutieMapPart1 the Season 5 premiere]] of ''MLP'', featuring a society espousing those very "virtues"!
** Part of the main reason the fanfic was written was to denounce the values of Friendship and instead go with TheHero doing things all on his own, using the belief he has in himself. Irony of basing the fanfic off [[Franchise/PowerRangers a franchise based around teamwork]] aside, many detractors of My Little Pony have pointed out that the show's later arcs revolve around Twilight having to do things herself despite the theme of ThePowerOfFriendship.
** This is not the first time [[WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark an infamously awful work implemented believing as its primary aesop.]]
** Mykan has stated that he wanted to give the Equestrians a dose of reality and [[EpicFail failed miserably]] [[Main/{{Irony}} at it]]. There would later come ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetNemesis'' and ''Fanfic/MykanTributeFallOfStarfleetRiseOfHarmony'' which flat out ''succeed'' in [[DeconstructionFic applying]] [[RealityEnsues reality]] to the Unicornicopians.
** Turns out magic ''is'' believing in the MLP universe, but not the way Mykan imagined; according to the episode, ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E2AllBottledUp All Bottled Up]]'', [[EmotionalPowers magic is derived from a pony's emotions]], and also requires that the user have faith that the magic will work, i.e. "believing". For bonus points, [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/64687/my-little-unicorn-magic-is-believing-redo an attempted redo of Mykan's work]] had a similar idea.
* HoYay: Harkin's obsession with fighting against Lightning can easily be interpreted as an obsession of a ''[[FoeRomanceSubtext different]]'' kind.
* InferredHolocaust: 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 HarmlessFreezing 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...
* ItWasHisSled: [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle is killed in season 3, and Starfleet and Celestia [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming blame her for her own death]].]]
* MarySuetopia: The world of [[IncrediblyLamePun Unicornicopia]].
* MemeticLoser: All of Starfleet due to how their [[InformedAbility supposed "superiority" is told rather than shown]] and they never demonstrate any remarkable ability that would make other races "inferior" to them. ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetNemesis'' and ''Fanfic/MykanTributeFallOfStarfleetRiseOfHarmony'' [[DeconstructionFic both point out Starfleet's lack of effectiveness]].
* MemeticMutation:
** SHUT THE F*CK UP, RHYMEY! [[labelnote:explanation]]The default response of most [=MSTers=] (and just in general people who have read ''Starfleet Magic'') to [[TheScrappy Rhymey's]] [[PainfulRhyme terrible rhymes]].[[/labelnote]]
** Rhymey: [[{{Fartillery}} Power of Flatulence]] [[labelnote:explanation]]Every member of Starfleet announces their element ([[FlatCharacter which also tends to be their one character trait]]). Rhymey's is [[PainfulRhyme "I summon within; power of wind!"]] Naturally, readers have taken [[ToiletHumor something else from that statement]].[[/labelnote]]
** "POWER OF ''FLORA''", YOU IDIOT! [[labelnote:explanation]][[GreenThumb Buddy Rose]] [[CriticalResearchFailure incorrectly announces "Power of Fauna"]] during the TransformationSequence when he should have said "Power of Flora". [[EnragedByIdiocy Reactions to this tend to be outrage at such a stupid mistake.]][[/labelnote]]
** PREFERENCES [[labelnote:explanation]]What Mykan uses to justify writing his stories the way they are; it's what he prefers. Naturally, people respond with the fact that, since Mykan is putting his stories out where others can read them, it is no longer about preferences and it is now about what makes a story good. Additionally, he thinks [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E13SpiceUpYourLife "Spice Up Your Life"]] justifies his writing however he wants.[[/labelnote]]
** Vanity [[labelnote:explanation]]What Mykan uses to explain why he and his works are so disliked. Responses to this are are typically YouKeepUsingThatWord. [[IResembleThatRemark There's also the fact that Mykan has proven to be quite egotistical such as believing that the writers of Friendship is Magic are copying his ideas.]] [[/labelnote]]
** [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]] [[labelnote:explanation]]Mykan's idea that demons are all-powerful beings and thus numerous villains are at least partially demonic.[[/labelnote]]
** Mykan's hatred of CharacterDevelopment; there's also his inability to comprehend that people can show multiple sides to themselves.
** [[{{Hypocrite}} Also, Mykan's tendencies to contradict himself (i.e. Saying friendship is worthless, but creating a hero who would be useless without his friends).]]
** He's not me, he's just ''voiced'' by me. [[labelnote:explanation]]Mykan's insistence that his obvious {{Author Avatar}}s are only voiced by him and [[BlatantLies do not reflect how he really is in person]].[[/labelnote]]
** [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle's death and the subsequent UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming]] have since become well-known despite all the spoiler tags surrounding it. [[FanFic/MykanTributeFallOfStarfleetRiseOfHarmony Two]] [[FanFic/MyBravePonyStarfleetNemesis deconstructions]] take place after [[spoiler:her death]].
** [[MadLibsCatchphrase "[Character] is/does [their one personality trait]. That's it."]] [[labelnote:explanation]]Lampshading how [[FlatCharacter flat]] Mykan's "original" characters are.[[/labelnote]]
* MemeticPsychopath: As noted under AlternativeCharacterInterpretation, it's all too common for Celesto to be depicted as a dictator and Unicornicopia as [[CrapsaccharineWorld a fascist dystopia]]. It doesn't help that riffers keep finding unintentional parallels to ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' in the writing.
* {{Moe}}: Raven's original form as an Equestrian [[https://dakari-king-mykan.deviantart.com/art/MBPSFM-Raven-512986122 (pictured bottom right)]] was admittedly kind of adorable.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** 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.
*** As shown in UnintentionallySympathetic below, Celestia's attack is ''supposed'' to be seen as this for her. However, see below to understand why that's a load of [[{{Pun}} horsecrap.]]
** [[spoiler:Twilight]] dies and rather than blame, you know, ''the killer for killing [[spoiler:her]]'', Starfleet blames [[spoiler:Twilight]] for [[spoiler:her]] own death. Yeah, [[VictimBlaming 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. [[SarcasmMode Our heroes, everyone]].
* {{Narm}}:
** A lot of the character designs due to how poorly edited they are.
** The very idea of "the magic of believing". Believing in what specifically, we are not told until near the end of the second chapter of the first fic where Celesto says that Lightning has learned to believe in his own inner magic.
** The fic constantly takes cues from ''Series/TodaysSpecial'', [[SarcasmMode because a space epic about ponies who fight like]] ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' [[SarcasmMode totally needed to borrow ideas from a show with a similar structure to]] ''Series/SesameStreet''.
** The villains creating [[MonsterOfTheWeek one-shot monsters]] out of whatever happens to be nearby occasionally has just plain silly results. Such as a hot-air balloon, a bunch of make-up wands and personal mirrors, and a ''hot pot''.
** When Cookie Dough is introduced in chapter 1 of the original, the patrons of the Rainbow Dish Inn (which is an unintentionally ridiculous name in and of itself) all stand up in unison and start chanting "Hail Cookie Dough! Hail Cookie Dough!" The resemblance to ThoseWackyNazis, given that it occurs in a restaurant, makes it unintentionally humorous.
** The Grand Ruler loses all possible credibility (at least, in the original version) when he's shown playing hopscotch to a disco remix of "Pop Goes the Weasel". [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Seriously.]]
** Raven's death threats toward Celestia are a bit too ridiculous to take seriously with the gratuitous capslock and double exclamation marks, especially since she feels the need to send more than one, as if she's worried that Celestia might forget.
** [[spoiler:Twilight's death]] is presumably supposed to be a TearJerker moment, and is built up to be tragic. Too bad it loses all meaning when you realize that Mykan went through with this because he hates [[spoiler:Twilight]] (the fact that the characters proceed to blame [[spoiler:[[VictimBlaming Twilight for her own death]]]] should give that away). Also not helping matters is how Lightning responds to the horrendous act that had just occurred:
--> "And he threw his head high up into the air and let out [[SkywardScream a very loud and mournful NEIGH]]… [[FurryReminder just like the pony he was]]."
** The names of some of Mykan's {{Author Avatar}}s: Grand Ruler Celesto Arron Goldenite and in the Equestria Girls universe, Celesto Grandruler.
** The fact that Celesto Grandruler is a retired millionaire ''astronaut'' who built and owns a high school and part of the island where the ''Starfleet Humans'' stories take place in, and also adopted the human counterparts of Starfleet. And his limousine transforms into a rocket ship. Fiction500 has never been quite so over-the-top.
** In ''Starfleet Humans: Starpops'', the Starfleet Humans and the [=HuMane=] Six forming a twelve person band. They also named their band "[[TitleDrop Starpops]]" ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer yes, really]]). They get the name from [[TheScrappy Rhymey's]] [[PainfulRhyme "rhyme"]] about how he comes up with his [[InformedAbility "poetry"]] on [[StrangledByTheRedString Fluttershy]]: [[PainfulRhyme "Oh, it's nothing really, it's not hard, and its really no real dread. When I think of Fluttershy and I look at a Star, it just Pops into my head."]] ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yes, Mykan actually capitalized "Star" and "Pops".]] Just in case it wasn't obvious enough for you.)
** The villains of ''Starfleet Humans: Starpops'' are the Demonites. They have a cover band with the name ''[[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain D-Man]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Knights]]'' ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer SERIOUSLY]]). Their VillainSong is a cover of Michael Jackson's ''Thriller'' ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer SERIOUSLY]]) with '''THIS''' as the chorus ([[RuleOfThree SERIOUSLY]]):
--> We are the D-Man... D... Man... Knights\\
So learn our names just right and be a...[[note]]The individual members never say their names in this song.[[/note]]\\
[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse He-Man]], [[{{Bifauxnen}} She]][[DudeLooksLikeALady -Man]], [[PainfulRhyme Be-Man]], [[AccidentalInnuendo C-Man]]...\\
D-Man-Knight!!
** The Demonites' second VillainSong is a cover of a parody of Lady Gaga's ''Poker Face'' (with said parody [[CriticalResearchFailure being incorrectly attributed to Lady Gaga]]). No, the fic is ''not'' a StealthParody, but it certainly could pass for one at this point.
* NightmareFuel: Ace Ray's "[[MindRape reprogramming]]" in the original version of ''Starfleet Magic III'', which reads eerily like the infamous "Room101" scene from ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'' - and serves much the same purpose, too. It's made even worse by the fact that '''this is carried out [[DesignatedHero by the heroes]]''' and that it's meant to be seen as a '''[[ProtagonistCenteredMorality good thing]]'''.
* OvershadowedByControversy: The fanfic is remembered more for the author's [[{{Wangst}} 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 ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' fandoms haven't helped. Although people can [[InNameOnly find]] [[ComplainingAboutComplaining plenty to dislike]] [[SelfInsertFic 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).
* PainfulRhyme: Rhymey is meant to be an {{Expy}} of [[LiveAction/TodaysSpecial 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. [[SarcasmMode Even better]], unlike Muffy who actually had a personality, in tune with the fic's [[FlatCharacter Flat Characters]], rhyming is Rhymey's only notable trait. Hence why he's the most hated character out of the lot.
** [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic 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 UpToEleven 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 ''{{WesternAnimation/Arthur}}''.
* RootingForTheEmpire: The story is meant as a RevengeFic against ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', centering around ponies in another dimension and[=/=]or in space, fighting off an evil sorcerer [[AvertedTrope without]] ThePowerOfFriendship 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 ArcVillain Windy Bag in ''VI'', whose goal boils down to kicking Starfleet off of Equestria. Considering Starfleet's DesignatedHero status and treatment of the Equestrian population, it's not hard to see her as a WellIntentionedExtremist at worst. It helps that she also has a vendetta against a blatant AuthorAvatar, 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 - [[HolierThanThou The]] [[DesignatedHero Unicornicopians.]] It's also not hard to see him as a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* TheScrappy:
** While most of Mykan's "original" characters are detested, Rhymey is the least liked out of all of them [[PainfulRhyme for his incessant awful rhyming]]. It doesn't help that he ends up being paired with [[TheCutie Fluttershy]].
** Grand Ruler. Racism aside, he mostly lets Lightning Dawn and friends do all the work, [[TheGodsMustBeLazy only pitching in when the plot calls for it]] (and that rarely happens). And then there was [[MoralEventHorizon what he did to Twilight Sparkle]] in ''My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II''.
** On the subject of MLP canon characters, Pony!Celestia has been getting flak for [[spoiler:[[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming blaming Twilight for her own death]] [[UngratefulBitch even though she tried to protect her]], [[CanonDefilement which her canon self would never have done]].]] Even [[StrawmanHasAPoint Brass Bolt]] is disappointed in what she's become.
* {{Sequelitis}}: The original story has four sequels and counting, one's a "movie" and another is based on WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls, and they don't get any better. [=Beats0me=], a Website/DeviantArt member who draws parody comics of MLU, noted that the beginning of the series is SoBadItsGood, 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.
* SerialNumbersFiledOff: The prologue and first two chapters are pretty much a rip-off of the pilot episodes of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
* SnarkBait: If you didn't read the main page, just look at the other entries on this page for an explanation.
* SoBadItsGood: For some. The sequels are a much different case as shown by the {{Sequelitis}} entry.
* StrangledByTheRedString:
** 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.
* StrawmanHasAPoint:
** In ''My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic II'', there is an ex-Wonderbolt named Ace Ray who was kicked off the squad for [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong badmouthing Starfleet]] and has become [[StrawLoser 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 [[AlwaysChaoticEvil 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 [[{{MST}} riffers]] of the original fic.
** Twilight Sparkle protests [[MurderIsTheBestSolution Starfleet killing all of their enemies]], Krysta and Lightning Dawn's argument can be summed up as "[[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong 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?”
* TakeThatScrappy: Rhymey is one of the more hated original characters because [[RhymesOnADime he speaks in nothing but rhymes]], [[PainfulRhyme and unfortunately, not good ones]]. [[note]]The canon character Zecora also speaks in rhyme, but unlike Rhymey, she actually has a personality.[[/note]] An unintentional example happens when he confronts Ace Ray in ''My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III'', who is in the process of making [[StrawmanHasAPoint points about Unicornicopia that are more valid than the author realizes]].
-->'''Rhymey''': [[PainfulRhyme There's no need to make a fuss / there is nothing he can do to us]].\\
'''Ace Ray''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And you... will YOU STOP WITH THAT RHYMING]]!
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** 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.
** [[spoiler: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 SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute 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 BigBad who's not a completely clichéd GenericDoomsdayVillain. Instead, he gets busted in the second chapter by a cheap {{Asspull}}. Even better, the author later complains that [[{{Irony}} he's having trouble driving the story forward without a Big Bad pulling the strings]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** It may sound far-fetched, but the relationship between Lightning and [[ParentalSubstitute the Grand Ruler]] could have been quite an interesting plot arc.
** Despite the controversy surrounding it, [[spoiler: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 UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming and his own hatred for the pony in question, Twilight Sparkle.]]
* TrappedByMountainLions:
** Goldwin's episodes solely exist to plagiarize ''Series/TodaysSpecial'' 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.
* UncannyValley: 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 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tikbalang tikbalangs]]. Not helping is how obviously photoshopped the images are.
** Probably the worst example is [[http://dakari-king-mykan.deviantart.com/art/MBPSFM-Professor-Brain-435602978 Brain]], who's supposed to look old, but has a younger face with a balding head.
* UnintentionallySympathetic:
** [[StrawmanHasAPoint 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 Room101. Seriously, read his entire chapter and see if you can deem him [[http://dakari-king-mykan.deviantart.com/art/Episode-5-Truth-Hurts-468597311 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 [[TooDumbToLive 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 [[NeverMyFault (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 HeroicBSOD [[spoiler:courtesy of Sapphira]], Lightning uses it as ammo against her in the aforementioned MoralEventHorizon 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.
** [[spoiler: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, [[DesignatedHero 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 StrawmanHasAPoint, 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 [[HellholePrison would likely qualify as a gross violation of civil rights (and probably the Geneva Convention as well) in real life]].
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: [[UpToEleven Practically the entire cast.]] The Equestria cast is simply TooDumbToLive or too busy CharacterShilling Starfleet ([[{{Flanderization}} not to mention that they've all been reduced to one-note cutouts that hardly resemble their canon selves]]}. Starfleet is full of [[FantasticRacism racist]], sexist, and [[DesignatedHero outright sociopathic "heroes" who see anyone who disagrees with them as their enemies]]. [[SarcasmMode Our heroes, everyone]].
* {{Wangst}}: Goldwin's a veritable fountain of this regarding [[PinocchioSyndrome his desire to become a normal pony]] and to be able to leave the palace grounds. It becomes tiresome rather quickly, especially as [[TrappedByMountainLions it contributes nothing to the main plot]].
** 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.
* WhatAnIdiot: [[WhatAnIdiot/MyLittleUnicorn Has its own page.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The story preaches that things like love and tolerance are actually worthless and only brute force can lead to true happiness. Characters get KilledOffForReal 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 MayflyDecemberRomance, kills off the VillainOfTheWeek via RapidAging, and ends on a none-too-subtly implied sex scene. [[SarcasmMode Y'know, for kids]].

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