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* {{Gasshole}}: Sumac's choice of bedtime story involves an elephant who can't make friends because he farts. When Lemon Hearts objects to his tastes, Sumac makes the irrefutable defence that he's five.
* HappyEverAfter: {{Discussed}}, Sumac feels that the ending of the story feels very like the ending of a story book.

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* {{Gasshole}}: Sumac's choice of bedtime story involves an elephant who can't make friends because he farts. When Lemon Hearts objects to his tastes, Sumac makes the irrefutable defence defense that he's five.
* HappyEverAfter: {{Discussed}}, Sumac feels that the ending of the story feels very like the ending of a story book.storybook.



* HatesBaths: Sumac continues to detest them and consider those who make him bath to have betrayed him. Vinyl later distracts him with a trick[[note]]Lifting soap bubbles without bursting them[[/note]] that will require many many years of practice (and therefore regular baths) to perfect. Sumac considers this dreadfully unfair.

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* HatesBaths: Sumac continues to detest them and consider those who make him bath to have betrayed him. Vinyl later distracts him with a trick[[note]]Lifting soap bubbles without bursting them[[/note]] that will require many many years of practice (and therefore regular baths) to perfect. Sumac considers this dreadfully unfair.unfair.
* HeadTurningBeauty: Gosling remains on fine form, causing mares to faint during his speech.



* HelloNurse: Gosling remains on fine form, causing mares to faint during his speech.



* ImaginationBasedSuperpower: Trixie contextualises her magic using this sort of thing. It's not a straight example, and magic can be approached many ways (her conversation partner Vinyl's EmotionalPowers being another).

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* ImaginationBasedSuperpower: Trixie contextualises contextualizes her magic using this sort of thing. It's not a straight example, and magic can be approached many ways (her conversation partner Vinyl's EmotionalPowers being another).

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* ArousedByTheirVoice: Gosling's voice has a little magic to it, so whoever's listening hears what will most make them happy. For most adults, that means this trope, to a greater or lesser degree.


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* DancingIsSeriousBusiness: Cloudy's opinions on the matter are now being passed on to her grandchildren. Pebble in particular uses it as a measure for how the dancers' relationship is going at the moment.


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* ExplainExplainOhCrap: Maud has one, while explaining Pebble's less edifying foibles to Sumac, she realises she does very similar things.


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* HappyEverAfter: {{Discussed}}, Sumac feels that the ending of the story feels very like the ending of a story book.


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* JawDrop: The only reaction Sumac can muster to Gosling and Cadance's dance. They're both dancing to show off, and Sumac is certain that he's watching some pegasus dominance display.


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* OverprotectiveDad: Maud and Sumac have a conversation about where this trope comes from, as both Tarnish and Igneous are prone to it.


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* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Sumac's magic sense during the raising of the moon reveals that it's not just the magic of the Sisters that moves the heavens. They are the foci, but every pony present (and possibly every pony alive), especially the earth ponies, bears some of the weight, drawing power up from the earth to move the sun and moon]].


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* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: The guest room at the castle has two beds, but given that there's the newly-married adults and the two foals, there's still this sort of tension, although it's mostly implied and offscreen.


** Celestia's discussion with Sumac is partially precipitated by the fallout from a wrongly-kept secret in Fanfic/ThePerilousGestationOfSwans. In fact, it's the same secret, [[spoiler:Sumac's magic sense may reveal Luna's weakness to him, though not the reason for it, and Celestia doesn't tell him]].



* CrazyPrepared: Organisational variant, the Palace has a licensing clerk for marriages on staff. Because of course it does.



* PowerIncontinence: Sumac's magic sense mucks with his head, Celestia offers him lessons in controlling it in exchange for keeping a secret.



* SoProudOfYou: Olive's parents are very proud of their daughter, a significant improvement over the state of affairs in FanFic/PrincessTwilightSparklesSchoolForFantasticFoals, where they are terrified of her. Tarnish is very proud of his daughter's ability to clobber a whole sofa's worth of ponies with ease. The ponies in question are less pleased with the trait, and blame him for it, due to his own ability to disable large quantities of {{Mook}}s.

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* SoProudOfYou: There's a lot of this going around
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Olive's parents are very proud of their daughter, a significant improvement over the state of affairs in FanFic/PrincessTwilightSparklesSchoolForFantasticFoals, where they are terrified of her. her.
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Tarnish is very proud of his daughter's ability to clobber a whole sofa's worth of ponies with ease. The ponies in question are less pleased with the trait, and blame him for it, due to his own ability to disable large quantities of {{Mook}}s.{{Mook}}s.
** Princess Luna gives a speech praising Trixie for her fortitude in overcoming her cursed blood to find love and a place.


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* SympatheticMagic: The bureaucracy involved in noble marriages includes a small blood donation, as it makes the documents easier to find and summon and allows checks for imposters.

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** The story told by Sleet features Chromium, Conifer's keeper until Fanfic/DoggedDetermination.


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* ExploitedImmunity: Boomer takes shelter from Flurry's affections in a fireplace.


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* HelloNurse: Gosling remains on fine form, causing mares to faint during his speech.

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* ParentalMarriageVeto: [[spoiler:Twinkleshine's parents threaten to cut her off entirely if she marries Trixie and Lemon Hearts, claiming implications for their social standing and political careers. Doesn't stop her]].


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* SynchronousEpisodes: Beginning with Chapter 43, synchronises with the other Weedverse ChristmasEpisode, Fanfic/ThePerilousGestationOfSwans.


* DisasterDominoes: A chain is easily set up by creating a thing Megara might want to chase. This being Hearthswarming, there's plenty of balls of paper, ribbons and the like that fit the bill. Eventually, they wise up and being trying to hold Megara down during risky situations, but it's not terribly effective due to her catlike ability to escape restraint.



* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The Long Day Arc is one day that takes up most of the story.



* HeroicSacrifice: The [[GoingDownWithTheShip captain]] and first mate of the ''Courageous'' stay on board so they can ram the attacking pirates' command ship. Given that the explosion could be seen from miles away, it's unlikely they survived.



* ImaginationBasedSuperpower: Trixie contextualises her magic using this sort of thing. It's not a straight example, and magic can be approached many ways (her conversation partner Vinyl's EmotionalPowers being another).



* RammingAlwaysWorks: The end of HEMA ''Courageous''' last stand, after wrecking over a dozen attacking pirates, Spiderhawk rammed his ship into the opposition's command vessel.



* SoProudOfYou: Olive's parents are very proud of their daughter, a significant improvement over the state of affairs in FanFic/PrincessTwilightSparklesSchoolForFantasticFoals, where they are terrified of her.

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* SoProudOfYou: Olive's parents are very proud of their daughter, a significant improvement over the state of affairs in FanFic/PrincessTwilightSparklesSchoolForFantasticFoals, where they are terrified of her. Tarnish is very proud of his daughter's ability to clobber a whole sofa's worth of ponies with ease. The ponies in question are less pleased with the trait, and blame him for it, due to his own ability to disable large quantities of {{Mook}}s.

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* BlatantLies: Tarnish's response to being asked how he and Maud managed to make Pebble is to spin a tale of bureaucracy and divine observation.


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* LastSecondWordSwap: After an angry interruption by Octavia, Pebble finishes "Sh-" as "Shenanigans". Octavia is unimpressed.


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* RecordNeedleScratch: When Sumac asks about how [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Tarnish and Maud]] made Pebble, Octavia's practicing abruptly collapses.


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* TheTalk: A variant. Sumac is fully aware of how babies are formed, but has some problems working out how Tarnish and Maud managed it, given their [[HugeGuyTinyGirl massive size difference]].

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* NightmareSequence: Sumac experiences a delightful one where he is taken to a twisted version of Celestia's school and goaded into sadistic power-tripping.

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* AddictiveMagic: Channelling storm magic is dangerous because of just how good it feels to cut loose, [[JustSoStory explained]] by it opening a connection to the bound fury of The Tempestatibus.


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* JustSoStory: Trixie and Sumac share one in the bath about how Wild Storms came to be, the result of an ancient and insane [[PhysicalGod alicorn]] named The Tempestatibus who wanted all the spark magic for himself, so stole it away from everry other creature, from the sky itself, until the desperate creatures tore him apart and bound him into the sky to revive the weather, but his rage means that storms of spark magic leak out, and the pegasi and griffons must fight to keep the storms small enough that The Tempestatibus cannot escape. The truth of this story is left undetermined.


* ArcherArchetype: Dandelia, as part of her therapy, had to buy gifts for other people, without using them to manipulate or being projected desires of her own. She buys Sumac a *very* expensive bow with several additional features, including a blowgun attachment. Sumac (and [[BloodKnight Twinkleshine]]) is very, very pleased with it. Lemon Hearts, less so.

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* ArcherArchetype: Dandelia, as part of her therapy, had to buy gifts for other people, without using them to manipulate or being projected desires of her own. She buys Sumac a *very* ''very'' expensive bow with several additional features, including a blowgun attachment. Sumac (and [[BloodKnight Twinkleshine]]) is very, very pleased with it. Lemon Hearts, less so.



* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: Tarnish threatens this if Pebble, Hidden Rose and Ambrosia don't cooperate with cleaning up the consequences of their spat.



* HealingHands: Sumac's broken neck (and other injuries) were treated by both Cadance and Radiant Heart. Unfortunately, when a bitter argument breaks out nearby, the love-based magic fails somewhat, causing Sumac not-insignificant pain.



* InnocentBigot: Big Mac's outspoken concern about Sumac becoming a "sissy" due to being this becomes a problem, as Sumac doesn't want to let Big Mac down, but no-one particularly wants Sumac also becoming developing sexist attitudes, innocent or otherwise. Also, the attitude is rubbing off on Hidden Rose and Ambrosia, although less innocently, given that they [[KidsAreCruel began bullying Sumac over it]].

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* InnocentBigot: {{Deconstructed}}, Big Mac's outspoken concern about Sumac becoming a "sissy" due to being this becomes a problem, as Sumac doesn't want to let Big Mac down, but no-one particularly wants Sumac also becoming developing sexist attitudes, innocent or otherwise. Also, the attitude is rubbing off on Hidden Rose and Ambrosia, although less innocently, given that they [[KidsAreCruel began bullying Sumac over it]].


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* OneOfTheKids: Twinkleshine often acts this way, which means that when discipline comes up, Sumac is rather pleased that she's making the decisions, rather than Lemon Hearts. Unfortunately, Twinkleshine knows exactly what she's doing, and when she's finished[[note]]Sentencing Sumac to a bath and a nap, entirely reasonable to get him cleaned up and wound down from the recent problems, but Sumac HatesBaths, plus, Sumac feels he should be punished, so by phrasing what he'd need anyway as such, it solves that particular problem.[[/note]], Sumac decides he'd rather take his chances with Lemon or Trixie than face Twinkleshine the Disciplinarian again.


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* PuppyDogEyes: Sumac deliberately [[InvokedTrope Invokes]] this while being asked about bad behaviour, calling up all his saddest memories to add more punch. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the hoped-for result, with Twinkleshine instead saying she's DisappointedInYou, which causes Sumac to begin crying for real, which gets Ambrosia to 'fess up.


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* TimeOut: After Hidden Rose, Pebble and Ambrosia get into a fight, they're all made to stand in the corner.


* InnocentBigot: Big Mac's outspoken concern about Sumac becoming a "sissy" due to being this becomes a problem, as Sumac doesn't want to let Big Mac down, but no-one particularly wants Sumac also becoming developing sexist attitudes, innocent or otherwise.

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* InnocentBigot: Big Mac's outspoken concern about Sumac becoming a "sissy" due to being this becomes a problem, as Sumac doesn't want to let Big Mac down, but no-one particularly wants Sumac also becoming developing sexist attitudes, innocent or otherwise. Also, the attitude is rubbing off on Hidden Rose and Ambrosia, although less innocently, given that they [[KidsAreCruel began bullying Sumac over it]].


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* KidsAreCruel: Hidden Rose and Ambrosia's initial interactions with Pebble and Sumac during the story are not exactly friendly, and it's clear that there's been a pattern of them bullying Sumac. Once Ambrosia works out that Sumac (due to Sumac using his [[MoreThanMindControl Grift]] to get them to stop fighting, making them realise he could have made them do anything at any time, and hasn't) has been treating them better than they've treated him, she has a HeelRealisation. Hidden Rose is less self-reflective.


* CallBack: Octavia discusses the events of Skyreach, when Octavia and Maud [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated believed their spouses dead]], and their effect on [[TrueCompanions her relationship]] with Maud. Also, the companions from FanFic/{{Skyreach}} gather and share a ration bar, apparently an annual ritual. They still taste foul.

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* CallBack: As is standard for Fanfic/TheWeedverse.
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Octavia discusses the events of Skyreach, FanFic/{{Skyreach}}, when Octavia and Maud [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated believed their spouses dead]], and their the effect on [[TrueCompanions her relationship]] with Maud. Also, the companions from FanFic/{{Skyreach}} Skyreach gather and share a ration bar, apparently an annual ritual. [[TastesLikeFeet They still taste foul.foul]].
** Applejack leaves to attend the gala, as seen in Fanfic/ThePerilousGestationOfSwans, which is set concurrently with this story.



* ContinuityNod: ''Almighty Alicorn Sisters'' from FanFic/{{Skyreach}} and a pistol are in a glass case over the mantle in Tarnish's house. The dinner incident from FanFic/TheWeed is mentioned when a similar ComicallyMissingThePoint with a DoubleEntendre scene happens again. Pinkie Pie catches on this time. Sumac does not. Also, Celestia's ability to burp the dragon alphabet is referenced.

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''Almighty Alicorn Sisters'' from FanFic/{{Skyreach}} and a pistol are in a glass case over the mantle in Tarnish's house. house.
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The dinner incident from FanFic/TheWeed is mentioned when a similar ComicallyMissingThePoint with a DoubleEntendre scene happens again. Pinkie Pie catches on this time. Sumac does not. Also, not.
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* AffectionateNickname: Tarnish has taken to calling Megara "Nutmeg".

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* AffectionateNickname: Tarnish has taken to calling Megara "Nutmeg". Also, Applejack calls Sumac "Li'l Mac", in contrast to her brother[[note]]Big Mac[[/note]].



* InnocentBigot: Big Mac's outspoken concern about Sumac becoming a "sissy" due to being this becomes a problem, as Sumac doesn't want to let Big Mac down, but no-one particularly wants Sumac also becoming developing sexist attitudes, innocent or otherwise.



* NotSoStoic: After Sumac covers Pebble in icing, Maud ends up [[LaughThemselvesSick Laughing Herself Sick]]. The moment rather overcomes Sumac, and leaves Octavia a little shaken, as Maud's laughter is a very rare beast, with Tarnish's claim of a previous sighting being rather doubted[[note]]Though true, the incident occurs during Fanfic/TheWeed, in the chapter ''Home''[[/note]].



* RomanceInducingSmudge: Sumac accidentally coats Pebble in icing[[note]]Actual icing, they're still foals. He was making a gingerbread schoolhouse[[/note]]... [[SubvertedTrope and he's left stunned]] until Megara jumps in and begins licking her clean. Sumac, for his part, continues with his project.



* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Doctor Caballeron had this response to attempting to rob a museum right across the street from where Tarnish and the gang were eating fondue. Apparently the museum had a special display of pre-industrial minotaur anvils and Tarnish and Vinyl decided to give the thieves [[[[AnvilOnHead exactly what they came for]].

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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Doctor Caballeron had this response to attempting to rob a museum right across the street from where Tarnish and the gang were eating fondue. Apparently the museum had a special display of pre-industrial minotaur anvils and Tarnish and Vinyl decided to give the thieves [[[[AnvilOnHead [[AnvilOnHead exactly what they came for]].


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* UnderTheMistletoe: Someone sets up some above Sumac and Pebble[[note]]Exactly who is not mentioned, but it's Pinny Lane who points it out to Pebble[[/note]]. Pebble takes the opportunity with some gusto, creating rather a mess as Sumac is occupied with a piping bag full of icing, giving Pebble [[VisualInnuendo a face-full]].


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* VisualInnuendo: InUniverse, when startled while icing a gingerbread schoolhouse by Pebble kissing him, Sumac accidentally covers her in the white icing. Every adult in the room spots it, and Tarnish has an apple applied to keep him from saying anything. Somewhat hilariously, neither Sumac nor Pebble seem to get it, and the adults decline to explain, resulting in ever more adults excusing themselves as the two innocently try to deal with it.

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* ArcherArchetype: Dandelia, as part of her therapy, had to buy gifts for other people, without using them to manipulate or being projected desires of her own. She buys Sumac a *very* expensive bow with several additional features, including a blowgun attachment. Sumac (and [[BloodKnight Twinkleshine]]) is very, very pleased with it. Lemon Hearts, less so.


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* LadyOfWar: Twinkleshine, when being told about her [[BloodKnight ferocity and enduring reputation]] around Celestia's School, contends that she's still feminine and ladylike and otherwise fits this trope. Some [[BurpingContest contrary]] [[AnAxeToGrind evidence]] is offered.


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* PyroManiac: Briefly {{Discussed}} and PlayedForLaughs when Sumac develops a CheshireCatGrin while watching a fire[[note]]He's thinking about what Dandelia might secretly like[[/note]], and Twilight Velvet suggests that Trixie keep an eye out for symptoms of pyromania. [[PlayingWithFire Trixie]], for her part, considers this a trait to be encouraged.


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* RedBaron: Twinkleshine has apparently retained the reputation of the "Powder Puff Terror" despite having graduated from Night Light's fencing classes some time ago.


* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce: Pinkie Pie's spicy gingerbread. She makes Sumac an extra-special batch, which he happily devours, despite Pebble giving up on her portion much earlier.



* MoralEventHorizon: [[invoked]]{{Discussed}}, with Lemon considering Queen Chrysalis to have crossed it when she attacked Sumac[[note]]Even amending "somepony" to "some bug"[[/note]], but Sumac remains somewhat uncertain as to the difference between forgiving Chrysalis and forgiving Flam, Trixie or Princess Luna.



* MundaneUtility: A dragon being fireproof makes her really easy to dry off, just lob her into the fireplace.

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* MundaneUtility: A dragon being fireproof makes her really easy to dry off, just lob her into the fireplace. Also, arousing Sumac's curiousity at the unusual magic, Tarnish uses his GreenThumb to fix a wobbling table.

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