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* HairTriggerTemper: It's almost impossible not to rile Shane up. Personal questions and attempts at coercion are definite detonators of his bad mood, and sometimes even innocuous comments are enough to set him off, as Twilight notes.

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* HairTriggerTemper: It's almost impossible not to rile Shane up. Personal questions and attempts at coercion are definite detonators of his bad mood, and sometimes even innocuous comments are enough to set him off, as Twilight notes. He mellows out considerably in later chapters, but still has his moments.



* SherlockScan: Shane manages to figure out quite a bit about Equestria just from looking around. That his cell door is steel means they know metallurgy. The rivets being identical indicates they have factories capable of producing standardized equipment. Leaving his sidearm in the room with him shows they're either insanely trusting or unfamiliar with firearms.

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* SherlockScan: Shane manages to figure out quite a bit about Equestria just from looking around. That his cell door is steel means they know metallurgy. The rivets being identical indicates they have factories capable of producing standardized equipment. Leaving his sidearm in the room with him shows they're either insanely trusting or unfamiliar with firearms. This is also how Shane is able to figure out that [[spoiler:Cadance is pregnant]].

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* CutenessProximity: Even a relative {{Jerkass}} like Shane absolutely melts when he encounters a tiny foal out in Canterlot.


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* DefrostingIceQueen: The standoffish Shane slowly warms up to all of the little ponies throughout the story. The only ponies he continues to dislike in later chapters are Fluttershy and Shining Armor.

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* {{Troll}}: Several characters have their moments but Shane is by far the biggest example. A star moment is when he considers throwing his tracker down the toilet and watch the princess try to follow it simply because they didn't tell him it was a tracker and he had to figure it out himself.


This fanfic deviates from the usual [[TrappedinTVLand Human in Equestria]] in several aspects. For one, the human is far from friendly. Secondly, the focus is a lot more concentrated on politics and the culture clash than on the human's character and life in the new world. Thirdly, [[HumansThroughAlienEyes the point of view is that of the Equestrians]]. Fourthly, the pace of the narrative is extremely slow -- at almost 80k words, about two days have passed in-universe since Shane's awakening.

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This fanfic deviates from the usual [[TrappedinTVLand Human in Equestria]] in several aspects. For one, the human is far from friendly. Secondly, the focus is a lot more concentrated on politics and the culture clash than on the human's character and life in the new world. Thirdly, [[HumansThroughAlienEyes the point of view is that of the Equestrians]]. Fourthly, the pace of the narrative is extremely slow -- at almost 80k a little more than 220k words, about two three days have passed in-universe since Shane's awakening.


* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: [[invoked]]Fluttershy to Shane, ever since she Stared him down[[note]]see MindControl above[[/note]]. It manifests as an intense dislike of her - the first time she visited his cell, at first he wanted her out of there, but relented to her staying in the corner, facing the wall and without speaking. Later, at dinner, he walked off and would have returned to his cell had Twilight not convinced him to stay. Her trying to convince him to give Fluttershy a chance didn't work very well: he refuses to look her in the eye, and stays as far away from her as he can[[labelnote:*]]her approaching him, especially without warning, is enough to freak him out ''badly''[[/labelnote]]. To say the least, the bearer of the Element of Kindness [[TearsOfRemorse doesn't take it well]].

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* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: [[invoked]]Fluttershy to Shane, ever since she Stared him down[[note]]see MindControl above[[/note]]. It manifests as an intense dislike of her - the first time she visited his cell, at first he wanted her out of there, but relented to her staying in the corner, facing the wall and without speaking. Later, at dinner, he walked off and would have returned to his cell had Twilight not convinced him to stay. Her trying to convince him to give Fluttershy a chance didn't work very well: he refuses to look her in the eye, and stays as far away from her as he can[[labelnote:*]]her can[[note]]her approaching him, especially without warning, is enough to freak him out ''badly''[[/labelnote]].''badly''[[/note]]. To say the least, the bearer of the Element of Kindness [[TearsOfRemorse doesn't take it well]].


* CuttingTheKnot: When being tested to see if he's intelligent, Shane has to open a glass box that shocks him each time he touches it. He puts on the offered oven mitt and is expected to use it to try the various keys without getting shocked. Instead he punches the glass until it breaks.

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* CuttingTheKnot: CuttingTheKnot:
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When being tested to see if he's intelligent, Shane has to open a glass box that shocks him each time he touches it. He puts on the offered oven mitt and is expected to use it to try the various keys without getting shocked. Instead he punches the glass until it breaks.


* CuttingTheKnot: One of the boxes that survived the crash has a keypad lock. Celestia is contemplating a spell that would run through every possible permutation of codes when Shane asks her to stand aside and [[ShootOutTheLock blasts the lock off with a shotgun]].

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* CuttingTheKnot: When being tested to see if he's intelligent, Shane has to open a glass box that shocks him each time he touches it. He puts on the offered oven mitt and is expected to use it to try the various keys without getting shocked. Instead he punches the glass until it breaks.
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One of the boxes that survived the crash has a keypad lock. Celestia is contemplating a spell that would run through every possible permutation of codes when Shane asks her to stand aside and [[ShootOutTheLock blasts the lock off with a shotgun]].

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Shane is completely right to chew out Luna after her playing with a machine gun nearly kills him and the Mane Six.
** Likewise, he calls out Celestia's hypocrisy of preaching that he has to trust her when she doesn't trust him enough to have a fork during dinner.


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* PetTheDog: While Shane is very insistent he has to destroy all weapons and ammunition recovered from the crash, he does offer to the unicorn in charge of salvaging it to dispose of the ammo "one round at a time".

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* BaitAndSwitch: At one point, Shane seems to be showing the guards porn, with one of them commenting that he's not sure what he's looking at but he likes it. Turns out it was a car magazine.

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* DudeNotFunny: Goes both ways. Shane isn't amused when Luna remarks that he's legally closer to a pet than a prisoner, while Luna isn't happy that Shane jokes she tried to rape him when she walked in on him bathing.

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* RecklessGunUsage: Luna nearly kills the Mane Six and Shane when she fiddles around with a machine gun.

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* InnocentlyInsensitive: The Mane Six all beg to go along on an errand the Princesses and Shane have to take care of the next day. It's only after they're reluctantly allowed that they learn he's going to be seeing the remains of his comrades and deciding how to handle the funeral arrangements.

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* SherlockScan: Shane manages to figure out quite a bit about Equestria just from looking around. That his cell door is steel means they know metallurgy. The rivets being identical indicates they have factories capable of producing standardized equipment. Leaving his sidearm in the room with him shows they're either insanely trusting or unfamiliar with firearms.
** Likewise the ponies pick up a lot about humans from casual remarks or simple explanations, such as him explaining the relative price of fake sugar versus real sugar.

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* INeedToGoIronMyDog: In chapter 2, Celestia excuses herself saying she left her sewing machine on fire.

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* BluntYes: Luna's response to Rainbow Dash incredulously asking if she's saying aliens crash landed in Equestria.

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