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* BiTheWay:
** Moonthistle states that she'd happily take a shot at Stella if Arcanus didn't get to her first. In chapter 7, she goes on to infer sexual interest in [[AnythingThatMoves every named character in that chapter, one of whom is married, another her best friend, and the last a stranger she'd just met.]]
** ''Very'' slightly implied with Arcanus via a throwaway line of narration.


* DrinkOrder: In chapter 7, Aurora and Moonthistle order wine from opposite ends of the spectrum ([[WineIsClassy Chateau Maregaux]] and [[ATankardOfMooseUrine Fillyerna Reserva]], respectively). Arcanus [[RunningGag doesn't like wine at all]], and settles for water.


* InnocentInnuendo: Arcanus overhears his brother Prism exchanging suggestive conversation with a married mare, and [[GenreSavvy assumes it to be this trope]]. [[spoiler:Subverted.]]

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* InnocentInnuendo: Arcanus overhears his brother Prism exchanging suggestive conversation with a married mare, and [[GenreSavvy assumes it to be this trope]].trope. [[spoiler:Subverted.]]



* VitriolicBestBuds: Aurora and Moonthistle. Silvermane [[GenreSavvy notices it]] and muses that it's a healthy dynamic her own children could learn from.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: Aurora and Moonthistle. Silvermane [[GenreSavvy notices it]] it and muses that it's a healthy dynamic her own children could learn from.


-->'''NMM''': "What would father say, knowing that we…that [[WhatTheHellHero you used his gift to do this to me?]]"

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-->'''NMM''': "What would father say, knowing that we…that we... that [[WhatTheHellHero you used his gift to do this to me?]]"



* BerserkButton: Arcanus has two: mention his [[RoyalBrat brothers]], or [[MyMasterRightOrWrong question Celestia]].

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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Arcanus has two: mention his [[RoyalBrat brothers]], or [[MyMasterRightOrWrong question Celestia]].



* BiTheWay: Moonthistle states that she'd happily take a shot at Stella if Arcanus didn't get to her first. In chapter 7, she goes on to infer sexual interest in [[AnythingThatMoves every named character in that chapter, one of whom is married, another her best friend, and the last a stranger she'd just met.]]

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* BiTheWay: BiTheWay:
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Moonthistle states that she'd happily take a shot at Stella if Arcanus didn't get to her first. In chapter 7, she goes on to infer sexual interest in [[AnythingThatMoves every named character in that chapter, one of whom is married, another her best friend, and the last a stranger she'd just met.]]



* ContrivedCoincidence / TheMagicPokerEquation: Moonthistle's approach to intelligence gathering at the Pony'borough card table is to mention Princess Luna with varying levels of respect and gauge the other players' reactions. Naturally, she is dealt ''exactly'' the ammunition she needs to make this believable: the queens of clubs and spades, which both depict Luna ''and'' allow her to win via two pair.



* {{Expy}}: Arcanus is mostly Twilight Sparkle with a bit of Fluttershy's reticence mixed in.

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* {{Expy}}: {{Expy}}:
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Arcanus is mostly Twilight Sparkle with a bit of Fluttershy's reticence mixed in.



* InsufferableGenius: Aurora ''behaves'' like one, but it's not clear if she's actually this or just an arrogant BlueBlood.

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* InsufferableGenius: InsufferableGenius:
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Aurora ''behaves'' like one, but it's not clear if she's actually this or just an arrogant BlueBlood.



* TheMagicPokerEquation: Moonthistle's approach to intelligence gathering at the Pony'borough card table is to mention Princess Luna with varying levels of respect and gauge the other players' reactions. Naturally, she is dealt ''exactly'' the ammunition she needs to make this believable: the queens of clubs and spades, which both depict Luna ''and'' allow her to win via two pair.



-->--'''Tricks''': "[[LampshadeHanging Yeah, ah sure had prophetic parents.]] Sometimes ah wonder if they somehow knew [[SingleMomStripper ah'd end up livin' up to it."]]
* NoodleIncident: The "silence weed incident" Celestia and Luna [[TeensAreMonsters supposedly pulled on their mother in their youth.]]

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-->--'''Tricks''': -->'''Tricks''': "[[LampshadeHanging Yeah, ah sure had prophetic parents.]] Sometimes ah wonder if they somehow knew [[SingleMomStripper ah'd end up livin' up to it."]]
* NoodleIncident: NoodleIncident:
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The "silence weed incident" Celestia and Luna [[TeensAreMonsters supposedly pulled on their mother in their youth.]]



* ShoutOut: One that actually ''lampshades'' the fact it's a shout out, too.
-->'''Moonthistle''': "Heh, inner workings. [[{{WesternAnimation/Archer}} Phrasing-]]"
-->'''Aurora''': "We talked about this, 'thistle. Devise your own jokes."

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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One that actually ''lampshades'' the fact it's a shout out, too.
-->'''Moonthistle''': --->'''Moonthistle''': "Heh, inner workings. [[{{WesternAnimation/Archer}} Phrasing-]]"
-->'''Aurora''': --->'''Aurora''': "We talked about this, 'thistle. Devise your own jokes."



* SophisticatedAsHell: Irontail chewing out Golden Ace in chapter 2 and capping it off with:
-->'''Irontail''': "Or how about knowing thy [[PrecisionFStrike bucking]] place?"

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* SophisticatedAsHell: SophisticatedAsHell:
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Irontail chewing out Golden Ace in chapter 2 and capping it off with:
-->'''Irontail''': --->'''Irontail''': "Or how about knowing thy [[PrecisionFStrike bucking]] place?"



* TitleDrop: Appears to be a recurring theme, as all chapters are named after a phrase contained within.

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* TitleDrop: TitleDrop:
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Appears to be a recurring theme, as all chapters are named after a phrase contained within.within them.


* [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Older Sister]]: Aurora's sister Belphegor seems to be one of these.

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* [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Older Sister]]: AloofBigSister: Aurora's sister Belphegor seems to be one of these.



* DarkFic: Advertises itself as this. Time will tell if it delivers.

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* DarkFic: Advertises itself as this. Time will tell if it delivers.


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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Despite being the ''premise'' of the original short story, most of the Celestia vs Nightmare Moon battle occurs offpage between chapters 1 and 2. All we get to see is the conclusion, which is decidedly one-sided [[DoomedByCanon in Celestia's favour.]]

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** Moonthistle's water spell in chapter 8 is called [[{{Franchise/Pokemon}} Hydro Pump]].
** The random terms Arcanus rattles off while reading the history book are mostly references to other fiction, including [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Amdusias and Tantarian]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Dirt Dragon]]. The quoted song ''Back in Time'' is also reference to ''VideoGame/SonicR''.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Aurora and Moonthistle, although [[AnythingThatMoves the latter's heterosexuality is debatable]].


* DrinkOrder: In chapter 7, Aurora and Moonthistle order wine from opposite ends of the spectrum ([[WineIsClassy Chateau Maregaux]] and [[ATankardOfMooseUrine Fillyerna Reserva]], respectively). Arcanus [[RunningGag doesn't like wine at all]], and settles for water.



* InsufferableGenius: Aurora plays the attitude to the hilt, but time will tell if she's got the skill to back it up.
** Moonthistle certainly has both. She casually levitates a plate of food and wine, setting them to orbit around her head ''in opposite directions, occasionally stopping one to take a sip/bite without affecting the other'', all without seeming to really pay attention.

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* InsufferableGenius: Aurora plays the attitude to the hilt, ''behaves'' like one, but time will tell it's not clear if she's got the skill to back it up.
actually this or just an arrogant BlueBlood.
** Moonthistle certainly has both. doesn't usually act this way, but ''does'' have the skill to slip into the act on occasion. She casually levitates a plate of food and wine, setting them to orbit around her head ''in opposite directions, occasionally stopping one to take a sip/bite without affecting the other'', all without seeming needing to really pay attention.

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* RagsToRiches: It's suggested that Moonthistle's family "gambled" its way into the nobility. Aurora doesn't seem to approve.


-->''Moonthistle'': "Ever find thyself thinking, 'gosh, this'd be so much easier if I had a screwdriver?' I made a list."

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-->''Moonthistle'': -->'''Moonthistle''': "Ever find thyself thinking, 'gosh, this'd be so much easier if I had a screwdriver?' I made a list."


* BiTheWay: ''Very'' slightly implied with Arcanus via a throwaway line of narration.
** Moonthistle is a clearer example, outright stating that she'd chat up Stella herself if Arcanus didn't beat her to the punch.

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* BiTheWay: Moonthistle states that she'd happily take a shot at Stella if Arcanus didn't get to her first. In chapter 7, she goes on to infer sexual interest in [[AnythingThatMoves every named character in that chapter, one of whom is married, another her best friend, and the last a stranger she'd just met.]]
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''Very'' slightly implied with Arcanus via a throwaway line of narration.
** Moonthistle is a clearer example, outright stating that she'd chat up Stella herself if Arcanus didn't beat her to the punch.
narration.


* BiTheWay: ''Very'' slightly implied with Arcanus via a throwaway line of narration. Moonthistle is a clearer example, outright stating that she's considering making a move on Lady Stella if Arcanus doesn't get to her first.

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* BiTheWay: ''Very'' slightly implied with Arcanus via a throwaway line of narration. narration.
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Moonthistle is a clearer example, outright stating that she's considering making a move on Lady she'd chat up Stella herself if Arcanus doesn't get to didn't beat her first.to the punch.


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* InsufferableGenius: Aurora plays the attitude to the hilt, but time will tell if she's got the skill to back it up.
** Moonthistle certainly has both. She casually levitates a plate of food and wine, setting them to orbit around her head ''in opposite directions, occasionally stopping one to take a sip/bite without affecting the other'', all without seeming to really pay attention.


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** HookerWithAHeartOfGold: She also offers "services" in exchange for money, and even refers to herself as a callmare.


* ContrivedCoincidence / TheMagicPokerEquation: Moonthistle's approach to intelligence gathering at the Pony'borough card table is to mention Princess Luna with varying levels of respect and gauge the other players' reactions. Naturally, she is dealt ''exactly'' the ammunition she needs to make this believable: the queens of clubs and spades, which both depict Luna ''and'' allow her to win via two pair.



* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Moonthistle is outright referred to as a "hard-drinking partygoer" in chapter 7, and she lives up to it by drinking too much wine and flirting with both her best friends ''and'' strangers.



* LoveAtFirstSight: Arcanus falls for Lady Stella the moment he sees her; by next chapter, they're ''married''.

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* LoveAtFirstSight: Arcanus falls for Lady Stella the moment ''moment'' he sees her; her, and by the next chapter, they're ''married''.apparently '''married'''.



* NoodleIncident: The silence weed incident from Celestia and Luna's youth.

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* NoodleIncident: The silence "silence weed incident from incident" Celestia and Luna's Luna [[TeensAreMonsters supposedly pulled on their mother in their youth.]]


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** Moonthistle insists that if Aurora gets "targeted, robbed, murdered and/or ogled" in Pony'borough, it won't be her fault ''this time''.


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* SherlockScan: Moonthistle performs a small one in chapter 7, [[HiddenDepths surprising the hell out of both her best friends.]]


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* SingleMomStripper: The dancing mare introduced in chapter 7, known as [[MeaningfulName Turning]] [[UnfortunateNames Tricks]].

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* MeaningfulName: Turning Tricks.
-->--'''Tricks''': "[[LampshadeHanging Yeah, ah sure had prophetic parents.]] Sometimes ah wonder if they somehow knew [[SingleMomStripper ah'd end up livin' up to it."]]

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* StellarName: Lady Stella.

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