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* BlackAndGrayMorality: On the one side, we have a [[FantasticRacism xenophobic]], fascist police state led by a dictator that has exactly zero tolerance for dissent among its subjects, around half of which would like to be left alone but were dragged into the conflict. On the other side, a world-destroying, puppy-kicking EvilOverlord backed by an unknown dark power and an army with a bone to pick with said police state. Eventually slips into BlackAndWhite morality, as Grand Ruler is portrayed as evil with the unambiguously good Equestrians struggling against both him and Conquest.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: On the one side, we have a [[FantasticRacism xenophobic]], fascist police state led by a dictator that has exactly zero tolerance for dissent among its subjects, around half of which would like to be left alone but were dragged into the conflict. On the other side, a world-destroying, puppy-kicking EvilOverlord backed by an unknown dark power and an army with a bone to pick with said police state. Eventually slips into BlackAndWhite morality, BlackAndWhiteMorality, as Grand Ruler is portrayed as evil with the unambiguously good Equestrians struggling against both him and Conquest.


* CreatorCameo: [[spoiler:Bonnie Zacherle, the creator of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', and Creator/LaurenFaust, the creator of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', appear as goddesses before Twilight Sparkle in a flashback about her death.]]

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* CreatorCameo: CreatorCameo:
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[[spoiler:Bonnie Zacherle, the creator of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', and Creator/LaurenFaust, the creator of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', appear as goddesses before Twilight Sparkle in a flashback about her death.]]]]
** Legendbringer's own AuthorAvatar makes a short, [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth-wall-breaking]] cameo.


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* EasilyForgiven: Starlight Glimmer gets off shockingly easy given that [[spoiler:she ''voluntarily'' helped Starfleet re-educate undesirables, which involves [[MindRape force-feeding of Starfleet propaganda]] and [[BodyHorror physical restructuring]].]]


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* TheLudovicoTechnique: [[spoiler:Used by Starfleet's re-education camps to brainwash ponies into perfect soldiers, and as with the original version of ''Starfleet Magic'' season 3, implicitly used to break Ace's mind.]]


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* MundaneUtility: After learning a [[SelfDuplication shadow clone spell]], Twilight uses it to study at several times her usual speed.


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* PlanningForTheFutureBeforeTheEnd: [[spoiler:After learning that [[YourDaysAreNumbered she's due to fade away in around a month]], Belle makes a list of things that she wants to do and experience after that, just in case her friends find a way to extend her lifespan. It never happens as Belle is ultimately absorbed back into Twilight.]]

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* StealthInsult: Rhymey's rhyming in this story is a form of magic that allows him to [[StupidityInducingAttack negatively affect his enemies' mental abilities]], while also serving as an extension of the Grand Ruler's power to erode intellects and personalities. [[spoiler:In other words, just being around him and listening to his rhyming makes you dumber.]] It's uncertain whether this was intended, but given how much Rhymey's VerbalTic gets criticized both in-universe and out, it's highly likely that it was.


** Applejack shows up just in time to get Conquest's attention just before he turns his attention to the Golden Oaks Library and Belle. Conquest [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this relentlessly.
** Applejack subsequently gets one-upped by [[spoiler:Twilight coming BackFromTheDead to save the Mane Five and [[BlownAcrossTheRoom blasting Conquest halfway across the Everfree Forest]]]].



** [[spoiler:Early in the story it is revealed that [[LivingStatue Goldwin]] is actually [[TheTrickster Discord]] in disguise. Late in the story, it is revealed that [[PaletteSwap Distraught]] was also Discord all along.]]

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** [[spoiler:Early Early in the story it is revealed that [[LivingStatue Goldwin]] is actually [[TheTrickster Discord]] in disguise. Late in the story, it is revealed that [[PaletteSwap Distraught]] was also Discord all along.]]



** Rarity drops one for real when [[ScreamingBirth giving birth]], hurling obscenities at just about everypony present and Spike.



** Right there in the title. While it's mainly a straight up deconstruction of the original, there's reconstruction of [=FiM=] after the original series' mutilation of it. [[spoiler:For instance, instead of being useless, ThePowerOfLove is the first thing to get a big victory over Dark Conquest.]]

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** Right there in the title. While it's mainly a straight up deconstruction of the original, there's reconstruction of [=FiM=] after the original series' mutilation of it. [[spoiler:For For instance, instead of being useless, ThePowerOfLove is the first thing to get a big victory over Dark Conquest.]]



* DissonantSerenity:
** Played for maximum laughs with Fluttershy, who's the only pony to remain calm and oversee the delivery process while Rarity is screaming bloody murder while giving birth, Pinkie is panicking, and Rainbow and Applejack are [[AmusingInjuries getting their hands destroyed]] by Rarity's bone-crushing grip.
** Twilight remains unnaturally calm while Raven is ''beating her to death'' by repeating her friends' names to herself, [[spoiler:giving her the focus needed to break the magic seal triggered by Lightning and cast her last-ditch soul-splitting spell that creates Belle.]]



*** She mentions an odd pain when looking at the Elements/Knights.



* GodsHandsAreTied: Princesses Celestia and Luna are tied down by Grand Ruler's oppressive political power and therefore unable to directly take action against either him or Conquest, forcing them to rely on the Element bearers and the Umbra Circle to do the work. [[spoiler:Once Grand Ruler gets put out to pasture, they get right into the action.]] Discord is similarly powerless to undo the changes Grand Ruler wrought [[spoiler:with the Orb of Reality]].
* GodzillaThreshold: [[spoiler:Due to their friendships with Belle and Spark respectively, Pinkie and Trixie agree to keep their true natures a secret in hopes of finding [[TakeAThirdOption an option to get Twilight back that doesn't involve destroying one or the other]], only resorting to the fusion if all else fails or if the situation becomes too dire as Spark, being a creature of logic, would undertake the fusion without a second thought if notified. Failing that, they at least want to give the two a choice as to how they want to live out their last days. Conquest targeting Ponyville forces Trixie's hand, and she tells Spark about Belle so that she can become whole and save her friends before Conquest smears them across the ground.]]



** [[spoiler:Titan]] winds up on the receiving end of one.

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** [[spoiler:Titan]] winds up on the receiving end of one.one from Pinkie.
** During her ScreamingBirth, Rarity at one point threatens to castrate Spike for impregnating her. [[TheComicallySerious Fluttershy agrees to tell him, completely nonplussed by the events.]]



* INeedAFreakingDrink: PlayedForDrama when Trixie resorts to hitting the bottle after [[spoiler:telling Spark that Belle is her missing half, knowing that it would be the last time she sees the pony she knows as Shining Spark.]] The aftermath gets PlayedForLaughs when she shows up to [[spoiler:greet the newly reborn Twilight]] completely wasted.
* InelegantBlubbering: Plenty to go around when [[spoiler:Twilight returns]], starting with Applejack and followed by the rest of the Mane Five.



* ProphecyTwist: The DreamingOfThingsToCome segment in the beginning states "Weakness will cause darkness to extinguish the five lights", implying a threat to the remaining five Elements when combined with the fact that Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Fluttershy are the ones having the dream. [[spoiler:As the story goes on, though, it's made clear that the dream actually refers to Conquest's goal of killing off the members of Starfleet, with the "five lights" being Dyno and Myte, Buddy Rose, Rhymey, Artie, and Lightning Dawn.]]

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* ProphecyTwist: The DreamingOfThingsToCome segment in the beginning states "Weakness will cause darkness to extinguish the five lights", implying a threat to the remaining five Elements when combined lights"; coupled with the fact that Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Fluttershy are the ones having the dream. [[spoiler:As dream, things don't look good for the Mane Five. [[spoiler:However, the story goes on, though, it's made clear that later reveals an addendum: "But if [[AmnesiacHero heart]] and [[EmotionlessGirl mind]] can unite, then the dream actually refers to Conquest's goal of killing off the members of Starfleet, with the "five lights" being Dyno and Myte, Buddy Rose, Rhymey, Artie, and Lightning Dawn.]]darkness will be pushed back."]]


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* PsychicBlockDefense: [[spoiler:The Elements of Harmony provide their bearers with protection against Grand Ruler's MindRape, forcing him to remove the Elements from the equation by burying the Tree of Harmony so that he can modify their memories. This is why they at least remember a fight with Titan when the Unicornicopians came, as opposed to just 24 hours of nothing.]]


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** Discord provides Pinkie with a glass of water just so she can drink and spit it out [[spoiler:when Castor reveals himself to actually be Discord and Luna's draconequus son and Leilani as just an illusion created by him]].


** Conquest's underlings are also no slouch, and are much darker and more dangerous than the ones from ''Starfleet Magic''. Raven is a ruthless killer tasked with destroying Starfleet (and ''succeeding'' in picking them off), the Necromancer is a being of mass destruction that revels in destroying entire races, and Doctor [[spoiler:Emil Kudos]] is a shameless Earth Pony supremacist who's basically [[ANaziByAnyOtherName a pony Josef Mengele]].

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** Conquest's underlings are also no slouch, slouches, and are much darker and more dangerous than the ones from ''Starfleet Magic''. Raven is a ruthless killer tasked with destroying Starfleet (and ''succeeding'' in picking them off), the Necromancer is a being of mass destruction that revels in destroying entire races, and Doctor [[spoiler:Emil Kudos]] is a shameless Earth Pony supremacist who's basically [[ANaziByAnyOtherName a pony Josef Mengele]].


* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Starfleet. The Equestrians hate them [[FantasticRacism for fairly justified reasons]], other races don't want to deal with them for the same reasons, and other Unicornicopians think they're a bunch of morons that prance around playing soldier. The realization that no one really likes them is a big contributor to several members threatening to quit, and ultimately [[spoiler:ends up breaking Lightning once all of his colleagues have either died or abandoned him, leaving him utterly alone.]]



* AdaptationalBadass: [[spoiler:Ace Ray in ''Starfleet Magic'' was just shown be a slob before Starfleet tampered with his mind. Here, after recovering from said tampering, he (along with others) goes to Fillydelphia to aid the Elements of Harmony against Dark Conquest's army.]]

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* AdaptationalBadass: [[spoiler:Ace Ace Ray in ''Starfleet Magic'' was just shown be a slob before Starfleet tampered with his mind. Here, after recovering from said tampering, he (along with others) goes to Fillydelphia to aid the Elements of Harmony against Dark Conquest's army.]]army, and he can easily keep up with the others, showing just why he became a Wonderbolt in the first place.



* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: In "The Fall Begins", Rarity creates a barrier out of cloth and gems, stating that it would take an Alicorn to break through since it's made out of diamonds. In reality, it's nearly impossible to scratch a diamond but it's quite easy to break one into itty-bitty shards with, say, a hammer. Hardness is not the same as durability.

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* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: In "The Fall Begins", Rarity creates a barrier out of cloth and gems, stating that it would take an Alicorn to break through since it's made out of diamonds. In reality, it's nearly impossible to scratch a diamond but it's quite easy to break one into itty-bitty shards with, say, a hammer. Hardness is not the same as durability. But then again, [[AWizardDidIt magic]].



* BlackAndGrayMorality: On the one side, we have a [[FantasticRacism xenophobic]], fascist police state led by a dictator that has exactly zero tolerance for dissent among its subjects, around half of which would like to be left alone but were dragged into the conflict. On the other side, a world-destroying, puppy-kicking EvilOverlord backed by an unknown dark power and an army with a bone to pick with said police state.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: On the one side, we have a [[FantasticRacism xenophobic]], fascist police state led by a dictator that has exactly zero tolerance for dissent among its subjects, around half of which would like to be left alone but were dragged into the conflict. On the other side, a world-destroying, puppy-kicking EvilOverlord backed by an unknown dark power and an army with a bone to pick with said police state. Eventually slips into BlackAndWhite morality, as Grand Ruler is portrayed as evil with the unambiguously good Equestrians struggling against both him and Conquest.


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* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Rainbow and Fluttershy's mutual attraction is abundantly clear to everyone around them, even if they're not willing to admit it outright.


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* FakeMemories: This fic posits that all of ''Starfleet Magic'' is composed of falsified accounts of the real deal, planted in the minds of everypony by Grand Ruler. In addition, the memory machines used by Unicornicopian judges are prone to just making up new memories from whole cloth to make the recipient look guilty.


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** Several of Shining Spark's scenes suggest very early on that [[spoiler:she's actually Twilight]]:
*** She's highly reluctant to face [[spoiler:the Element bearers]], saying that "it's not time yet".
*** When she does talk about friends in her past, it's always with very vague terms, indicating that she wants to hide their identities.
*** She seems oddly familiar with the Princesses' abandoned castle, although Spark dismisses it as having been there on research trips.


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** Applejack dishes out quite a few low blows in her fights.


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** The assassin sent after Pinkie by Grand Ruler gets whacked between the legs after their fight.


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* LogicalWeakness:
** Conquest, being powered by hate, is vulnerable to love, friendship, and happiness. [[spoiler:The first time he gets driven off, it's by Pinkie's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed "Smile" song]] of all things.]]
** Boars are nearly unstoppable while charging, but first they need to get up to speed. The Diamond Dogs rout them by simply filling the ground between them with holes, halting their charge and leaving them as easy pickings.


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* MaliciousMisnaming: Any time Grand Ruler is brought up by somepony that's not fond of him (which encompasses most of the main cast), they'll replace the "Ruler" part of his title with some sort of insult. Impressively, he rarely, if ever, gets insulted with the same word twice.


* DividedWeFall: The MasterRace philosophy preached by the Unicornicopians unsurprisingly only serves to destabilize United Equestria, with Unicornicopians using this as an excuse to bully and belittle the Equestrian population and fostering dissent. Grand Ruler insists on having Starfleet stand alone without help from United Equestria's neighbors or their own Equestrian population, while Starfleet itself is having issues as none of their members know each other well enough to care about each other on a personal level and at least half of them want to call it quits, greatly hampering their already-limited effectiveness. Naturally, this leads to Conquest's army wiping the floor with them until the Element bearers step in to pick up the slack, and it's only when United Equestria finally stands ''united'' that things get much better.



** Gilda and [[spoiler:Ace Ray]], likely also a RescueRomance given the circumstances. [[spoiler:Skye]] even teases them about it.

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** Gilda and [[spoiler:Ace Ray]], Ace Ray, likely also a RescueRomance given the circumstances. [[spoiler:Skye]] even teases Naturally, Skye and Rainbow Dash tease them about it.for it (relentlessly in the latter's case, although Gilda returns fire by bringing up Rainbow and Fluttershy).



* KnightOfCerebus: Gone are the predictable, clichéd actions of the villains from Starfleet Magic. In this story, they are aware exactly how Starfleet operates and showcase ways in dealing with them.
** When choosing to make his presence known to United Equestria, instead of sending one monster to attack a town like his predecessors, [[spoiler:Dark Conquest leads a battalion of his troops into Neigh Orleans while at the same time having Dementia destroy the shields and cut off the town's method of alerting Starfleet.]]
*** Conquest also shows his awareness on how typical, clichéd hero stories go, as demonstrated in his fight with Lightning Dawn in Chapter 3. He lists off how the hero challenges the villain early in the story [[YouCantThwartStageOne only to end up bruised, beaten and utterly broken]] [[spoiler:as he beats the ever-living shit out of Lightning Dawn. The only reason Lightning Dawn survives is due to the fact that Conquest [[ThePowerOfHate wants to feed off his hatred more.]]]]
*** When tasked with launching another attack in Chapter 5, it appears that he's just singling out Vanhoover. [[spoiler:Then it turns out by the end of the chapter Vanhoover was one of two targets, the other being Horn Kong. While Starfleet was busy trying to save Vanhoover, Conquest took the rest of his forces and finished the attack on Horn Kong he started hours earlier.]]

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* KnightOfCerebus: Gone are the predictable, clichéd actions of the villains from Starfleet Magic. In this story, they are Dark Conquest is aware exactly how Starfleet operates and showcase showcases ways in dealing with them.
them, making him a much more credible threat.
** When choosing to make his presence known to United Equestria, instead of sending one monster to attack a town like his predecessors, [[spoiler:Dark Dark Conquest leads a battalion of his troops into Neigh Orleans while at the same time having Dementia destroy the shields and cut off the town's method of alerting Starfleet.]]
Starfleet.
*** Conquest also shows his awareness on how typical, clichéd hero stories go, as demonstrated in his fight with Lightning Dawn in Chapter 3. He lists off how the hero challenges the villain early in the story [[YouCantThwartStageOne only to end up bruised, beaten and utterly broken]] [[spoiler:as as he beats the ever-living shit out of Lightning Dawn. The only reason Lightning Dawn survives is due to the fact that Conquest [[ThePowerOfHate wants to feed off his hatred more.]]]]
]]
*** When tasked with launching another attack in Chapter 5, it appears that he's just singling out Vanhoover. [[spoiler:Then Then it turns out by the end of the chapter Vanhoover was one of two targets, the other being Horn Kong. While Starfleet was busy trying to save Vanhoover, Conquest took the rest of his forces and finished the attack on Horn Kong he started hours earlier.]]earlier.
** Conquest's underlings are also no slouch, and are much darker and more dangerous than the ones from ''Starfleet Magic''. Raven is a ruthless killer tasked with destroying Starfleet (and ''succeeding'' in picking them off), the Necromancer is a being of mass destruction that revels in destroying entire races, and Doctor [[spoiler:Emil Kudos]] is a shameless Earth Pony supremacist who's basically [[ANaziByAnyOtherName a pony Josef Mengele]].



* NotWhatItLooksLike: Used both for comedy and drama.
** The comedic version occurs when Rainbow finds a naked Pinkie cuddling with Artie in their sleep, and Pinkie assures her that they really ''are'' just embracing and nothing more.
** The dramatic version happens when Conquest tells Dementia to check on Starla after he violated her in what's implied to be a particularly brutal fashion after the battle at Manehattan, telling Dementia that Starla might be about to do something drastic. Dementia rushes to Starla's cell to find her raising a shard of glass to her neck... and [[ImportantHaircut cutting her hair short]].



* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:Cadance manages to use this to restore her brother Fratello's mind and return him to his old self.]]

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* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:Cadance manages to use this to restore her brother Fratello's mind and return him to his old self.self, and again later to end Sombra's siege of the Crystal Empire.]]



* TrojanPrisoner: Carrot Top volunteers to be used as one by the Umbra Circle, getting herself falsely accused of a crime by a KangarooCourt and then being sent to Starfleet's central prison. She then plants a talisman that lets the rest of them teleport in, while she herself goes around collecting testimonials from unfairly accused prisoners until she's rescued.



* UnfortunateNames: Sunset has to [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer assure Grey Son that the PE teacher before him, who was killed by Dai Shi, was indeed named]] "Cannon Fodder". She then muses that it's slightly better than the kid who wound up with the name ''Dead Meat'' (who, incidentally, is alive enough at that moment to protest that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint he got saddled with the family name "Meat"]]).

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* UnfortunateNames: UnfortunateNames:
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Sunset has to [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer assure Grey Son that the PE teacher before him, who was killed by Dai Shi, was indeed named]] "Cannon Fodder". She then muses that it's slightly better than the kid who wound up with the name ''Dead Meat'' (who, incidentally, is alive enough at that moment to protest that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint he got saddled with the family name "Meat"]])."Meat"]]).
** The warden of Starfleet's central prison is named "Steel Balls". She threatens to lock anyone that makes fun of her name in solitary confinement.


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* VoiceOfTheResistance: Vinyl Scratch and Octavia's radio show give an unbiased report on the war, often condemning Grand Ruler's actions along the way, while trying to keep public morale high despite Grand Ruler's attempts to silence dissent and keep the Equestrians under his heel.


** In "The War Ends with Light", Dark Conquest is reading Webcomic/CtrlAltDel, and he calls it one of the greatest work. [[DamnedByAFoolsPraise Knowing who Conquest is, this is definitely not meant to be a compliment from the author.]]

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** In "The War Ends with Light", Dark Conquest is reading Webcomic/CtrlAltDel, and he calls it one of the greatest work.works. [[DamnedByAFoolsPraise Knowing who Conquest is, this is definitely not meant to be a compliment from the author.]]


** Dementia gives one to Lightning too.

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** Dementia gives one to Lightning too.too [[spoiler:[[MamaBear for being a terrible husband to her daughter]]]].



* AwfulWeddedLife: By Luna's count, Celestia and Celesto have reached thirty arguments in one month at the beginning of the story. Fluttershy's marriage to Rhymey isn't coming along very well either, with Rhymey being quite domineering and overly possessive.

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* AwfulWeddedLife: By Luna's count, Celestia and Celesto have reached thirty arguments in one month at the beginning of the story. Fluttershy's marriage to Rhymey isn't coming along very well either, with Rhymey being quite domineering and overly possessive. The rewrite also gives this treatment to Starla's marriage to Lightning, as she's not happy at all about Lightning basically [[StayInTheKitchen keeping her in the kitchen]] while he does Starfleet stuff and barely spares any time to spend with her.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: The ending is much happier than most of the rest, but the cast definitely went through more than enough to deserve it.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: The ending is much happier than most the rest of the rest, fic, almost to the point of being out of place, but the cast definitely went through more than enough to deserve it.



* FixFic: Simply put, it's a FixFic [[RecursiveFanfiction fixing the "fixes" to canon made by another]] FixFic.

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* FixFic: Simply put, it's a FixFic [[RecursiveFanfiction fixing the "fixes" to canon made by another]] FixFic.FixFic. Try saying ''that'' five times fast.



* InstantBirthJustAddWater: Rarity's water breaks in the middle of Sugarcube Corner. Cue the MassOhCrap and the emergency birthing in the middle of the bakery.

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* InstantBirthJustAddWater: Rarity's water breaks in the middle of Sugarcube Corner. Cue the MassOhCrap and [[HilarityEnsues the emergency birthing in the middle of the bakery.bakery]].



* LaResistance: Luna herself has begun to organize a group of ponies ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Discord]]) loyal to her and Princess Celestia to assist her in weakening United Equestria from the inside out so they can overthrow Grand Ruler Celesto and reinstate Celestia as leader of the country. So far, they are operating in the shadows.

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* LaResistance: Luna herself has begun to organize The Umbra Circle, a small group of ponies loyal to the princesses ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Discord]]) loyal to her and organized by Princess Celestia Luna to assist her in weakening United Equestria from the inside out so they can overthrow undermine Grand Ruler Celesto and reinstate Celestia as leader of Ruler's regime from within through subterfuge. As the country. So far, war drags on, they are operating in also show up to provide assistance to the shadows.Elements when they need it, particularly when they get on Celesto's bad side.



* LiteralSplitPersonality: Heavily implied with [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle after her death, with the two parts becoming Belle Amie and Shining Spark/Bright Spark]]. More or less confirmed in Chapter 17.

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* LiteralSplitPersonality: Heavily implied with [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle after her death, with the two parts becoming Belle Amie and Shining Spark/Bright Spark]]. More or less confirmed Confirmed in Chapter 17.



* MorningSickness: [[spoiler:Rarity goes through this.]]
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: [[spoiler:A number of Unicornicopians have turned against Grand Ruler's regime and joined the ranks of Dark Conquest. Needless to say, Grand Ruler is [[OrwellianEditor none too]] [[PropagandaMachine pleased]] when he finds out.]]

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* MorningSickness: [[spoiler:Rarity goes through this.]]
The first sign of Rarity's pregnancy.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: [[spoiler:A A number of Unicornicopians have turned against Grand Ruler's regime and joined the ranks of Dark Conquest. Needless to say, Grand Ruler is [[OrwellianEditor none too]] [[PropagandaMachine pleased]] when he finds out.]]



* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: [[spoiler:By sheer coincidence, Shining Spark and Belle Amie are ''never'' in the same place at the same time. The only time they meet is when their time is almost up and Spark learns that Belle is her literal other half, at which point Spark seeks Belle out to merge with her.]]



* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Dementia tries to kill Starla in her sleep to prove to herself that Fluttershy was wrong about her having a heart. However, not only is she unable to go through with it, she instead tucks Starla in and gives her an AffectionateGestureToTheHead. Later, Dementia comforts Starla after breaking the news of Myte's demise to her and admits that she has come to care for Starla after all]]. It eventually [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship goes a bit further than that]].

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* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Dementia Dementia tries to kill Starla in her sleep to prove to herself that Fluttershy was wrong about her having a heart. However, not only is she unable to go through with it, she instead tucks Starla in and gives her an AffectionateGestureToTheHead. Later, Dementia comforts Starla after breaking the news of Myte's demise to her and admits that she has come to care for Starla after all]]. all. It eventually [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship [[ParentalSubstitute goes a bit further than that]].



** With no ProtagonistCenteredMorality, Starfleet and their actions are considered as horrifying as they actually are. Additionally, their [[FantasticRacism tendencies to look down on "inferior" races]] does not bode well with anyone.

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** With no ProtagonistCenteredMorality, Starfleet and their actions are considered as horrifying as they actually are. Additionally, their [[FantasticRacism tendencies to look down on "inferior" races]] does not bode well with anyone.anyone, not even their own people.



** The Equestrians are predictably shocked at having their anatomies suddenly changed.

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** The Equestrians are predictably shocked at having their anatomies suddenly changed.changed without their knowledge.



** The newbies assigned to Lightning's team [[spoiler:[[RedShirt do not last long in the field]]. Except the one that's a Changeling.]]

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** The newbies assigned to To replace the lost members of Lightning's team [[spoiler:[[RedShirt do not last long squad, Grand Ruler gives him command of [[RedShirt a bunch of newbies straight out of training]] and throws them into a fight immediately. As they have no combat experience, don't know how to work together as a team, came out of Starfleet's questionable training regime, and have a commander whose mental health isn't in the field]]. Except best shape at the one that's time, they all die messily in short order. [[spoiler:The only survivor earned that status by virtue of being a Changeling.Changeling with knowledge of how to use his powers well in a fight.]]



* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: The story gets more lighthearted over time as the Equestrians' situation becomes much less hopeless, Grand Ruler loses power, and victories are scored over Dark Conquest. While the first few chapters are flat-out depressing, the later chapters tend to have much more comic relief and some slice-of-life friendship moments.



* ScrewYouElves: The bulk of Dark Conquest's forces are composed of former prisoners that want nothing more than to take the Unicornicopians' claims of superiority and violently shove it up their collective posteriors - and are more than capable of doing so, given how ineffectual Starfleet is. The Unicornicopians even get this treatment from their own Equestrian allies, who have very understandable grievances with them and prove to be far more competent than Starfleet would like to believe.



* StrippedToTheBone: [[spoiler:Terra gets EatenAlive by zombified fairies.]]

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* StrippedToTheBone: [[spoiler:Terra StrippedToTheBone:
** A Starfleet RedShirt
gets EatenAlive eaten alive by zombified fairies.fairies, leaving only a skeleton.
** [[spoiler:Dark Conquest]] is reduced to bones by Lightning's Uniforce. [[spoiler:However, as the Uniforce is powered by hate, Conquest [[HealingFactor shrugs it off entirely]].
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** In "The War Ends with Light", Dark Conquest is reading Webcomic/CtrlAltDel, and he calls it one of the greatest work. Knowing who Conquest is, this is definitely not meant to be a compliment from the author.

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** In "The War Ends with Light", Dark Conquest is reading Webcomic/CtrlAltDel, and he calls it one of the greatest work. [[DamnedByAFoolsPraise Knowing who Conquest is, this is definitely not meant to be a compliment from the author.]]



* VagueAge: Averted with Twilight, whose tombstone lists her as aged 20 at the time of death. By extension, the rest of the Mane Six should be roughly around that age, but we don't get the specifics.



* VillainBall: Despite generally being a competent, intelligent villain, Dark Conquest is ultimately guilty of holding the ball for ''the entire story''. He insists on feeding off the hatred of Equestria's inhabitants rather than simply destroying their key players when he has the chance, and unsurprisingly, it eventually comes back to bite him big time.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Abra Kadabra hasn't been seen since Trixie ditched him. Also, we haven't seen Fratello since Cadance purified him.
** Fratello reappears in Chapter 13, and Abra shows up in Chapter 15.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Abra Kadabra hasn't been seen since Trixie ditched him. Also, we haven't seen Fratello since Cadance purified him.
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him. [[TheBusCameBack Fratello reappears in Chapter 13, 13]] and becomes a recurring character from that point onward, and Abra shows up in Chapter 15.


* FiveBadBand: Dark Conquest and his army.
** BigBad: Dark Conquest
** TheDragon: Raven
** EvilGenius: The Necromancer, Dr. Emil Kudos
** TheBrute: Fratello
** DarkChick: Titan, Dementia, Mysterious, Rep-Stallion
* FiveManBand:
** The Elements of Harmony
** TheLeader: Applejack
** TheLancer: Rainbow Dash
** TheHeart: Fluttershy
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]: Pinkie Pie
** TheChick: Rarity, Glarity
** TheSixthRanger[=/=][[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: Belle Amie
** Equestria Girls
** TheLeader: Sunset Shimmer
** TheLancer: Madilyn Bluestone
** TheHeart: Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]: Applejack, Rainbow Dash
** TheChick: Rarity
** TheSixthRanger[=/=][[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: Twilight Sparkle/Sci-Twi


* RougeAnglesOfSatin: Several unfortunately, such as referring to Unicornicopians as Unicornians and to Lightning as Lighting. However, errors like these hasn't appeared much as the story has gone on.

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* RougeAnglesOfSatin: Several unfortunately, such as referring to Unicornicopians as Unicornians and to Lightning as Lighting. However, errors like these hasn't haven't appeared much as the story has gone on.


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* SpitTake: Gilda does one with cider when Rainbow Dash tells her Fluttershy married someone else.


* DarkerAndEdgier: Than both ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and ''[[FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn Starfleet Magic]]''.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Than both ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and ''[[FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn ''[[FanFic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic Starfleet Magic]]''.



* DeconstructorFleet: Deconstructs practically everything people hated so much about ''[[FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn Starfleet Magic]]''. Which, given all of the entries in DeconstructionFic, is ''a lot''.

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* DeconstructorFleet: Deconstructs practically everything people hated so much about ''[[FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn ''[[FanFic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic Starfleet Magic]]''. Which, given all of the entries in DeconstructionFic, is ''a lot''.



* WrongGenreSavvy: A couple of the Starfleet members think that they are in a standard "season" of ''[[FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn Starfleet Magic]]'' when really it becomes obvious from the start that they are in a deconstruction of one. Grand Ruler, in particular, still seems to think that he's the BigGood and is still protected by ProtagonistCenteredMorality.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: A couple of the Starfleet members think that they are in a standard "season" of ''[[FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn ''[[FanFic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic Starfleet Magic]]'' when really it becomes obvious from the start that they are in a deconstruction of one. Grand Ruler, in particular, still seems to think that he's the BigGood and is still protected by ProtagonistCenteredMorality.


** Celesto is called this by Celestia when she finds out that [[spoiler:he used an illusion that resembled her [[VictimBlaming to tell Lightning it was Twilight's own fault she died in order to turn him into a weapon]]]].

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** Celesto is called this by Celestia when she finds out that [[spoiler:he used an illusion that resembled her [[VictimBlaming [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming to tell Lightning it was Twilight's own fault she died in order to turn him into a weapon]]]].


*** [[spoiler:His introduction has Sunset and Madilyn [[FemaleGaze draw attention to his butt]. Quite fitting as Nightwing's rear end has reached such {{memetic|Mutation}} levels that characters even acknowledge it InUniverse.]]

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*** [[spoiler:His introduction has Sunset and Madilyn [[FemaleGaze draw attention to his butt].butt]]. Quite fitting as Nightwing's rear end has reached such {{memetic|Mutation}} levels that characters even acknowledge it InUniverse.]]

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