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No relation to ''Creator/NikolaiGogol'''s ''Literature/DiaryOfAMadman''.


Set many years into the future on an AlternateUniverse version of [[EarthAllAlong Earth]], this DarkerAndEdgier take on Equestria starts with a certain chimera breaking free from his stone prison. Quickly forcing Celestia into [[DealWithTheDevil making a deal]] with him to save her ponies -- and making sure one of the terms is that she forgets the deal even existed in the first place -- he also ensures the summoning of [[ArchEnemy the one person]] the God of Chaos truly despised, as part of a ploy to ''finally'' bring his long-term plan to fruition, and gain the ultimate revenge on the one who ruined it all those many years ago.

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Set many years into the future on an AlternateUniverse version of [[EarthAllAlong Earth]], this DarkerAndEdgier take on Equestria starts with a certain chimera draconequus breaking free from his stone prison. Quickly forcing Celestia into [[DealWithTheDevil making a deal]] with him to save her ponies -- and making sure one of the terms is that she forgets the deal even existed in the first place -- he also ensures the summoning of [[ArchEnemy the one person]] the God of Chaos truly despised, as part of a ploy to ''finally'' bring his long-term plan to fruition, and gain the ultimate revenge on the one who ruined it all those many years ago.


''Diaries of a Madman'' is a ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' fan fiction story by [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/whatmustido whatmustido]].

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''Diaries '''''Diaries of a Madman'' Madman''''' is a ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' fan fiction ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction story by [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/whatmustido whatmustido]].


''Diaries of a Madman'' is a is a ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' fan fiction story by [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/whatmustido whatmustido]].

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''Diaries of a Madman'' is a is a ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' fan fiction story by [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/whatmustido whatmustido]].

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!! ''Diaries of a Madman'' provides examples of the following tropes:


''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/45860/diaries-of-a-madman Diaries of a Madman]]'' is a is a ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' fan fiction story by [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/whatmustido whatmustido]].

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''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/45860/diaries-of-a-madman Diaries ''Diaries of a Madman]]'' Madman'' is a is a ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' fan fiction story by [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/whatmustido whatmustido]].



Currently striving to be one of the [[{{Doorstopper}} longest fanfics out there]], it can be found [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/45860/diaries-of-a-madman here]]. Just be sure to take a break [[ArchiveBinge once in a while]].

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Currently striving to be one of the [[{{Doorstopper}} longest fanfics out there]], it can be found [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/45860/diaries-of-a-madman here]].here]] (or if you prefer, a cleaner version [[https://docs.google.com/document/d/168m2aibeDq7_ATx2-b9bQtW4WDzN30JIb0nkpyKpar8/edit here]]). Just be sure to take a break [[ArchiveBinge once in a while]].


!!''Diaries of a Madman'' contains examples of the following tropes:

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* DiariesOfAMadman/TropesGToN
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!!''Diaries of a Madman'' contains examples of the following tropes:

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* DiariesOfAMadman/TropesGToN
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Discord admits to doing this in his narration, not only because he finds it amusing, but also because it catches others off guard.
* ObliviousToLove: Early on in the revised Chapter 10, Nav is completely and utterly oblivious to Luna's interest in him.
* OddFriendship: Odd doesn't even ''begin'' to describe the friendship between Nav and Celestia. While several elements of their personality are NotSoDifferent, she's a pony princess and the most politically powerful ruler on the planet, he's a fairly average [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] human -- though he manages to obtain a surprisingly large amount of political power and wealth -- and often gets used as a pawn in Celestia's many schemes. Half of their interactions find them on opposing ends of an argument, or dealing with the fallout of something or another. Even the ''definition'' of friendship you'd use to describe all this would be rather warped.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Fancy Pants.
* OhCrap:
** The crazy unicorn who believes Nav is a monster gets an extremely strong case of this when Celestia tells him that Nav is a friend of hers.
** The thugs attacking Nav in Chapter 51 give this upon finding their target is heavily armed.
** Celestia, upon finding out that thanks to Nav, changeling technology has rapidly advanced ahead of Equestrian technology.
* OneDimensionalThinking: Nav at one point explicitly tells Rainbow Dash that her ineffective use of the Z axis is the reason why her attempts to escape from Pinkie often fail. He doesn't make the same mistake.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with the two Gildas. Nav at one point takes to calling them "OG" (Original Gilda) and "PG" (Princess Gilda) to differentiate between them.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Kumani, being a dragoness, is quite willing to jobs providing the pay is good. Nav sometimes shows this attitude, but flips between this and being altruistic for it's own sake, even if he tends to focus more on payment as the story progresses.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Navarone, who refuses to give out his real name, though he does mention a [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude fake name in his journals]].
* OnlySaneMan: Given the amount of craziness in the world, you could be forgiven for thinking Nav is the only one, and judging by his narration he certainly seems to think so, even if he's not the most impartial judge. Celestia might give him a run for his money most of the time, but otherwise there's a ''lot'' of crazy about.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Spike is a variant of this. Since dragons age differently from ponies, Spike matures more quickly in certain areas than others as the story goes on. He still does retain a few childish characteristics and innocence in certain areas however.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Celestia generally keeps her emotions under control and puts on [[TheStoic a stoic front]] in her role as princess. If you see her display any vast levels of emotion, then you've ''seriously'' provoked her.
* OpenSaysMe:
** Nav orders an earth pony guard to kick a door down in Chapter 36, which is {{Subverted|trope}} when it doesn't work. [[OpenSesame Then Nav manages to open it by politely knocking on the door]].
** One of the Day Guard tries this on the front door of Navís fortress in Chapter 87. [[EpicFail It ends badly]].
* OrphansOrdeal: The details given in Taya's backstory show this in spades. Even Chrysalis is disgusted and shocked by what she's had to live through.
* OrwellianEditor: Luna and particularly Celestia admit to Nav that they've censored large amounts of history, and that the past few thousand years have been far more bloody and violent than ponies are aware of.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vamponies follow many of the standard vampire tropes, but are capable of going out in sunlight, albeit at the expense of being weakened and getting terrible headaches.
* OverprotectiveDad: Generally {{Inverted|Trope}} by Nav, mostly on the grounds that he didn't have a father figure in his life, and doesn't really know much about being a father. He does try to protect her by offering practical advice, but he's not as proactive about it as he should be.
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* PainfulTransformation: Moonbeam's transformation from an alicorn [[spoiler: into Chrysalis]] at the hands of Discord, which was agonising for [[KickTheDog no other reason]] other than [[ForTheEvulz because he found it funny]].
* PapaWolf: Nav notes in his narration that anyone hurting Taya would end up being beaten to death with [[GroinAttack various parts of their anatomy]], and later tells Fluttershy that he'd kill Gilda if she ever injured Taya in a rage.
-->'''Fluttershy''': What if Gilda hurts her?
-->'''Navarone''': Then they would [[NeverFoundTheBody never find the body]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Taya ended up as an orphan on the streets of Catro, after her parents were murdered by thieves.
* ParentalNeglect: Part of Nav's backstory, and responsible for several of his issues.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Nav chooses "password" in Chapter 44 for the new codeword between him and Taya.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Nav ''narrowly'' averts doing this to Kat in Chapter 16, because no matter how karmic it would be, he refuses to stoop down to her level.
-->'''Navarone''': Youíre very lucky in one regard, Kat. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. Am not. You.]]
* PhotographicMemory: Nav gains this while Flo shares his body, since she has this and can recall anything he's forgotten for him. Not that his memory was bad to begin with.
* PitySex: Nav sleeps with both princesses due to their loneliness and desire for some companionship (a lie in Luna's case since she's not over her infatuation with him). It ends up leading to Nav and Luna's brief [[InterspeciesRomance relationship]], and when that fails, a FriendsWithBenefits relationship with Celestia, though she attempts several times to go for a RelationshipUpgrade.
* PlagiarismInFiction: Nav makes a pretty decent sum of money by transcribing various human works from memory and selling them.
* PlausibleDeniability: Nav uses this several times in his schemes, notably with his plan to leave Equestria, but also with some of humanity's inventions that he doesn't want being linked back to him.
-->'''Navarone''': Assumptions arenít the same as the truth.
* PlayingPossum: Kat tries this by pretending to be knocked out after being caught stealing from Nav's room. Nav's smart enough not to fall for it.
-->'''Kat''': You know me too well, Nav.
* PocketProtector: Nav has a throwing knife randomly deflected after it hits an iron stud in his clothing and bounces off in Chapter 24.
* PortalBook: Twilight and Nav get sucked into one at the end of Chapter 98.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Nav tends to do so after his various {{Knife Fight}}s with assassins.
* PoweredArmor: Nav summons a set while in the dream world with Luna in Chapter 36, which makes the quest to reactivate the dream machine ridiculously trivial. It takes hours to achieve what had previously taken Luna ''weeks''.
-->'''Navarone''': Thank you, [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Warhammer 40k]].
* PowerIncontinence:
** [[spoiler: Trixie's]] attempts to cast a spell on Twilight and Nav backfire completely, destroying her horn, setting the stonework on fire, and transforming Nav and Twilight.
** Taya almost accidentally kills Nav with a case of this when she gets overly stressed by Pinkie's sisters bothering her. It almost puts her off magic entirely, but Nav tells her that her abilities are a gift, and that she simply [[ComesGreatResponsibility needs to learn proper control]].
* ThePowerOfTheSun: Owing to his [[EmergencyTransformation modified physiology]], Nav is at his strongest in daylight, with prolonged exposure to darkness having similar effects to starvation.
* PrecisionFStrike: Flo hits Nav with one, after he finally exhausts her near-infinite patience.
-->'''Flo''': So you were mistreated a few times, so you were abused. [[WhatTheHellHero That doesnít give you the right to act like a fucking asshole to everyone you meet and yourself!]]
* PrinceCharmless: Blueblood, though more so than his show counterpart.
* PromotionToParent: Celestia ended up having to act as a parent for Luna, after Discord wiped out most of the alicorns, including their parents. [[spoiler: Technically she adopted Luna as her sister, but lied to Luna over this]].
* ProperlyParanoid: Nav is often accused of being paranoid, but in many cases -- particularly during his time in Egypt -- heís completely right and usually proven so in short order.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Naga and griffins. While they both come to respect Nav's fighting skills, they also complain about his [[CombatPragmatist lack of honour]].
* PsychoForHire: Miguel cares for little else other than killing and bloodshed.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Discord does it to Celestia during the prologue, and any time he's particularly provoked and wishes to get his point across.
* PunnyName:
** Kat is... well... I'm sure you can see where [[CatFolk this one is going]].
** Nav repeatedly lampshades the punny versions of human names.
** The elementals all appear to use these. Those named so far include the water elementals Flo and Aqua, and the air elemental Aerie. Also doubles as FamilyThemeNaming, given that elementals of the same type consider themselves family.
* PuppyDogEyes: Even Nav sometimes has a hard time resisting them, particularly when Pinkie does it. His attempts to invoke this himself aren't quite as successful.
-->'''Luna''': Your eyes arenít large enough to pull off a proper pout.
* TheQuest: Nav leaving Equestria to locate and free the elementals, with the hope of gaining allies against Discord.
* TheQuisling: Averted with the Night Guard changeling Quisling. Despite taking on the name (with Nav even commenting on the implications of it), he didn't actively betray his hive, but got tired of the life and left it for another. And while he doesn't flaunt his species, he does have the respect of his fellow guards.
* QuitYourWhining: Nav tells Celestia to do so after [[TearsOfRemorse her]] [[IJustWantToBeNormal breakdown]] in his typical blunt fashion. While she dislikes the way he says it, she does concede that he has a point.
* RagsToRiches: Nav. Initially starting with nothing, he gains a tidy sum after winning a competition, makes a lot by [[PlagiarismInFiction plagiarising human works]], receives a very large reward after helping take down a dog crime boss, and ends up with a stake in a gem mine after helping the changelings liberate it from the diamond dogs. Despite all this, he doesn't have any real need for the money and lives a fairly frugal lifestyle, though it probably doesn't help that he has a poor grasp of just how much bits are worth.
* RagsToRoyalty: Nav gets the option to do this several times, but so far has turned them all down. He briefly ends up as Luna's consort before the relationship goes ''spectacularly'' south, declines an offer from Chrysalis to be her consort, gets out of an ArrangedMarriage with a griffon princess (both politically motivated), and puts an offer to be Celestia's consort on hold several times.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The team Nav puts together later in the story, which includes ex members of the guard, a dragoness, a cat assassin, Zecora, and more.
* RealDreamsAreWeirder: Quite a few of the dreams Nav enters during his [[DreamWalker dream walking]]. Some are fairly mundane for their character, such as Twilight playing around with a giant TowersOfHanoi, or [[ShipperOnDeck Cadance]] observing Nav and Fluttershy kissing through binoculars. One of Celestia's dreams turns into her challenging Nav to a very strange chess match before attempting to turn it into a fight.
* RealityWarper: Anyone capable of using "true magic" can do this. Discord is a master of it, but Celestia, Luna, [[spoiler: Taya, and Pinkie Pie]] have some abilities in the subject. One of the few limits mentioned is that you can't simply will someone dead, though this doesn't stop you from creating a fatal situation.
* ReallyGetsAround:
** Navarone ends up doing this as a coping mechanism for the psychological damage he suffers over the course of the story, and becomes increasingly more depraved as it goes on, which others chastise him for.
** Doppel to the point where calling her the village bicycle would be ''generous''. Then again, she is a changeling who prefers feeding on lust...
** Fleur, Fancy Pants' wife. He's well aware of her behaviour but tolerates it for several reasons.
** Lyra also does this with her marefriend Bon-Bonís permission.
** Pinkie as well, though itís only alluded to rather than stated outright.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Nav gives a particularly brutal one to Pinkie, and another one to Celestia when she [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone expresses her regret]] for what she's unwittingly done to him.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Several of the guards and the two ambassadors sent with Nav for his second trip to Egypt are reassigned there, having earned Celestia's ire.
* RecognitionFailure: When Nav visits the Unicorn MageTower in Chapter 63, he's initially believed to be an escaped monster by some of the more clueless members of staff, despite being one of the most famous people in the country by this point.
-->'''Receptionist''': Sorry about that. Some of the researchers here donít get out much.
-->'''Navarone''': Iíve been here for more than four years!
-->'''Receptionist''': Like I said, they donít get out much.
* RecordNeedleScratch: The results of combining a social function with Nav's ScaryImpracticalArmor.
* RefugeInAudacity: Nav tries and successfully (albeit temporarily) manages to pass off the infamous time [[SlippingAMickey he got drugged]] at a party as "some strange rumors" to Twilight.
* RenegadeSplinterFaction: {{Subverted|Trope}}. The air elementals are viewed as traitors by the rest of their brethren for helping Discord imprison them, when they themselves were actually tricked by Discord into doing so.
* RescueRomance: After her previous attempts to woo Nav fail, Luna tries to go for this by secretly causing a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dingonek dingonek]] to attack him so she can play the role of saviour. Unfortunately for her (and Nav), Rainbow Dash accidentally knocks her out, resulting in Nav being injured before Fluttershy can calm it.
* {{Retcon}}: A few of them, as the author modifies anything he's particularly unhappy about in earlier installments. In particular, Chapters 1-12 were completely rewritten.
* RevealingCoverup: Discord manages to convince Blueblood that [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink his poisoning]] was one by Celestia and Nav.
* RevengeBeforeReason: [[spoiler: Blueblood is offered a chance by Discord to have his looks restored after [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink his poisoning]], or gaining 'revenge' on Nav (who isn't responsible for it in the slightest). Despite his looks being his most valued trait, he goes with the latter, though mostly due to Discord (pretty much literally) whispering in his ear]].
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The campaign in Egypt, which at times practically falls under the label of [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters terrorism]].
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: Nav probably should have known better from Pinkie...
-->'''Navarone''': If Rarity told you to jump off a bridge, would you?
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Of course! If she told me that, I know thereís be candy or something else fun at the bottom! Oooh, or maybe a party!
* RidiculouslySuccessfulFutureSelf: Or due to TimeTravelTenseTrouble, ''past'' self. [[spoiler: When Nav gets sent back in time, he finds out that his past (real) self has become a doctor and a successful scientist. His past self is also fairly impressed with how Nav has got on, arguably making them ''both'' successful future versions of each other]].
* RightBehindMe:
** Nav goes to see Fluttershy in Chapter 31, only to discover sheís lurking right behind him...
--->'''Fluttershy''': I was wondering how long it would take you to knock.
** Celestia does it to Nav in Chapter 43, though he immediately realises after seeing the way Fancy Pants reacts.
--->'''Celestia''': Youíre too savvy for your own good, Nav.
* RightThroughTheWall:
** Nav deliberately invokes this in retaliation for Cadance trying to meddle in his love life in Chapter 32. Despite the very poor resulting night's sleep, it still doesn't stop her from trying to interfere yet again later on in the story.
** Nav again invokes this in Chapter 73, mostly out of a lack of choice. Other than the obvious one of not doing anything, that is.
* RousingSpeech: Nav gives one to ''himself'' while being attacked by Angel and the rest of Fluttershy's critters during Navís stay at her home...
-->'''Navarone''': Humanity conquered nature a long, long time ago. And despite these damnable wings and being forced to live in Namby Pamby Ponyland for several years, I am still a human. (trying to find his way to the bathroom) I will not submit. I will not bow. (opens the wrong door) And this is not the bathroom.
* RuleOfFunny: Lampshaded and invoked by Nav when Doppel bursts out of a closet to [[ThatRemindsMeOfASong join in a song]], resulting in her being blasted by Taya's magic. Since comedy rules are in effect, Doppel is unhurt, other than spitting out a cloud of smoke.
* RunningGag:
** Navarone repeatedly ends up confused over [[VagueAge how old ponies actually are]], but no one ever gives him an answer when he asks.
** Big Mac ends up discovering Navarone several times in highly compromising situations.
** Nav complains whenever he finds himself in Celestia's sitting room, with it morphing from simple dislike to an almost pathological hatred. At one point he even refuses to talk with her until they've gone somewhere else.
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: Taya develops her magical talents under Twilight's tuition, but at the expense of leaving her social skills even more to be desired.
* SandInMyEyes: After Nav forgives Rarity in Chapter 68, she starts getting choked up and Nav claims to feel some dust in his eyes. Then he quickly kills the moment a second later
-->'''Rarity''': Shh, just let it all out.
-->'''Navarone''': Rarity, if you talk to me like a baby again, Iím turning this hug into a smackdown.
* SanitySlippage: Nav. As the story progresses he starts becoming increasingly crazy and reckless, and becomes far more depraved.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Nav's relationship with Kumani is pretty much limited to crazy bedroom antics, with the two having almost nothing else in common. It does serve as a pleasant distraction though, and the man probably deserves that much at least.
* TheScapegoat:
** Passing things off as a magical mishap of Twilight's is often used when a convenient excuse is needed. However what makes it such a believable excuse is the number of times Twilight has ''genuinely'' caused these.
** Nav jokingly uses Spike as a fallback excuse at times, since he "seems like a good fall-guy".
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Averted, at least with the impractical bit. The set of armour Nav receives is ''extremely'' intimidating and scary but still highly practical, and is mentioned to resemble a slightly less spiky version of that seen in ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}''.
* ScienceMarchesOn: An in-universe example. [[spoiler: When Nav gets sent back in time, [[SplitPersonality multiple personality disorder]] is no longer viewed as a mental illness. Or at least, not quite so strictly]].
* TheScream: Discord's scream of rage (and the resulting rampage) upon realising he ruined his own plan ends up being heard as far away as Canterlot.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Nav [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial refuses to say for sure in his narration]], but he ''may'' have done this when he gets attacked by Fluttershy's animals. Possibly.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections:
** Nav often manages to get away with breaking laws because of his connection with Celestia... and because she finds him far too useful to have him imprisoned. She does however often end up using non-standard punishments, usually helping her out with some unpleasant task.
** The Element-bearers are almost untouchable due to their importance.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: [[spoiler: When Nav gets sent back in time, he finds out that Google has become so rich and powerful that they're able to do more or less whatever they want, even if they use this for benevolent purposes]].
-->''"...money opens doors."''
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Initially the princesses themselves are pretty much above the law and can do what they want, given their essential roles in raising the sun and moon, which is both a blessing and curse for Nav. However, events and scandals eventually catch up with them, and they're not quite as above the law as they'd like to believe.
-->'''Celestia''': Rules can be rewritten, after all.
* ScrewYourself: After Rainbow taunts Nav for having a FrenchMaid [[ItMakesSenseInContext outfit]], Doppel scares her off by coming on to her with a variant of this.
-->'''Doppel''': (as Rainbow Dash in a maid outfit) Donít you think I look sexy?
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': I-I-IHAVETOGO!
* SealedGoodInACan: Flo. [[spoiler: Most of the elements are also sealed, but whether they qualify as ''good'' is still an unknown]].
* {{Self-Deprecation}} / WhoWritesThisCrap: Several of the events that were retconned or rewritten survive as fake entries in Nav's journal. Which the cast then proceed to make snarky comments mocking them...
-->'''Navarone''': ...and Iím sure Twilight could tell you quickly that there never was such a person called Z that seduced her at the Gala.
-->'''Twilight''': Really Nav, your imagination is strange. Why would Princess Celestia ever do that to me?
-->'''Navarone''': I made a lot of shit up.
* SexSlave: [[spoiler: Nav gets used as one by Kat for a week while in Egypt due to Spike being held hostage, until he finally snaps]].
* SexyDiscretionShot: Averted on several occasions, but generally played straight.
* ShapeshifterModeLock: Nav and Twilight temporarily get locked into pony and human form respectively, until a way of reversing the spell's effects is figured out a week later. Once this is done, anyone capable of casting the spell can freely switch someone's appearance.
* ShareTheMalePain: An unusual variant. Nav's [[GenderBender gender-switching stones]] are generally well-received by female users, whereas male victims despise it, seemingly for this reason...
-->'''Shining Armor''': (whispering) Throw them in the ocean. Donít ever let Cadance get them again!
-->'''Navarone''': I feel your pain, bro. I feel your fucking pain.
* SharingABody: Occurs several times, though mostly it's a case of SplitPersonality. Flo sharing Nav's body plays it straight however.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Nav turns into one after the events of Egypt, and it takes a fairly decent chunk out of his sanity.
* ShipperOnDeck:
** Multiple characters repeatedly try to ship Navarone with Fluttershy, as much as he tries to get them to stop.
** Cadance tries to ship Nav with Luna and later with Fluttershy, which frustrates him immensely.
** Nav ends up setting Derpy and Doctor Whooves up on a date in Chapter 20. Heís reluctant to provide any further advice, however, and gets quite irritated when the good Doctor repeatedly follows him asking for more.
* ShipSinking: Nav does it to a pair of Naga in-universe in Chapter 18.
* ShipTease:
** Between Applejack and Rainbow Dash on multiple occasions.
** Rarity trolls Nav and Rainbow Dash when she claims they make for an adorable couple, after they put on a show in Chapter 72. Nav is not particularly amused.
* ShirtlessScene: Nav does it on several occasions.
* ShockAndAwe: One of the few pieces of combat magic Rarity knows, and how Nav ends up dispatching the governor in Chapter 85, during a FreakyFridayFlip.
* ShoutOut: There's a huge of them, many of which are in the form of Nav making references to pop culture which fly over the heads of everyone else present. Chapter titles often contain them as well.
** Nav quotes [[Franchise/StarWars Obi-Wan's]] famous line from ''Film/ANewHope'' in the revised Chapter 7, and then laments shortly afterwards that Rainbow Dash didn't take the opportunity to steal a certain line from ''Film/ThreeHundred'' when she kicks him off a cloud.
** Nav references ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' in his narration within Chapter 75.
** ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' and ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' are referenced in the titles of chapters 35 and 59 respectively.
** Chapter 75's title references the CharacterAlignment system from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
** The infamous fanfic ''FanFic/DoomRepercussionsOfEvil'' is referenced in the title of Chapter 85.
** ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' is referenced in the title of Chapter 96.
** One of Nav's favourite quotes is from ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak''
** ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' is referenced on multiple occasions.
** Nav references the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' comic Loose Canon in Chapter 65.
** ''The Shady Trough'' is borrowed from [[http://equestria-prevails.deviantart.com/art/The-Shady-Trough-319986368 this fanart]].
* ShutUpKiss:
** Nav does this to Luna and [[spoiler: he later gets one off Braeburn]].
** Nav gives one to Pinkie in Chapter 47 to quite literally get her to shut up, rather than it being romantic in any way. It also [[KissOfDistraction makes a good distraction]] so he can escape.
* SickEpisode: Nav ends up bedridden for Chapters 79 and 80 after nearly being killed by Blueblood.
* SirSwearsalot: Nav has a habit of using rather colourful language which he gets chastised for, though ponies don't always understand exactly what he's saying.
* SkeletonKey: Nav finds one as part of a set of magical artificts hidden within the Everfree Forest. It can also be used to 'unlock' someone's mind and [[TruthSerums force them to tell the truth]].
* SkewedPriorities: Having just been sucked into a PortalBook with Nav, how does Twilight react? By focusing on the fact that the books are ''all in piles'' instead of neatly stacked on the bookshelves. Nav isn't amused.
-->'''Twilight''': But look at them! Thatís ''terrible'' for them!
* SlasherSmile:
** Pinkie gives one, upon realising Nav isnít strong enough to escape her grasp when she wants to hug him. Without resorting to violence, at any rate.
** Pinkie gives another one in Chapter 57 when she's about to attack some thugs with her FryingPanOfDoom.
* SlippingAMickey:
** Nav ends up being drugged at a bar and wakes up in a pile of mares. While unhappy about this, he shrugs it off and prefers not to know exactly what happened, and his friends end up being far more upset about this than he is.
** Some dogs try this on Nav in Chapter 15, but he switches his drink with Spikeís [[ProperlyParanoid to check for this]].
** Fleur tries it on Nav while heís modelling for Rarity in his pegagus form in Chapter 21. Yet again, he avoids it by switching his drink for someone elseís. Are you noticing a trend here?
* SmellsSexy: Ponies pheromones work to devastating effect on other ponies, hence most settlements tend to be heavily skewed towards [[GenderRarityValue one gender]].
* SmugSnake: Discord constantly does it. Given how powerful he is, to the point where he dwarfs Celestia and Luna, he does have some justification for his attitude, and he often uses it to manipulate others into acting how he wants.
* SneakyDeparture: Nav leaves Equestria ahead of schedule in the middle of the night, after Luna confesses her crimes towards him and [[TheAtoner publicly apologises]], since he can't stand the idea of [[DontYouDarePityMe being pittied]] by others.
* SociopathicHero: Nav falls into this territory at times. It is played slightly differently from normal in that he does empathise with others, but buries it deep down as a way of psychologically protecting himself, given the trauma and betrayal he's suffered from.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: When Twilight messes up a spell and [[FreakyFridayFlip body swaps]] everyone present, Nav (as Taya) is sent to summon Rarity to help. Anyone he runs into refuses to believe his story, until convinced by rather colourful language which only he would use.
* SoProudOfYou:
** He might not say it often, but Nav is very proud of having Taya as his daughter, and readily admits it to both Bloodbeak and Taya in Chapter 66.
** A dark example, when Twilight first kills a monster in Chapter 99, and Nav hugs her out of pride while she's [[HeroicBSOD BSODing]].
* SpannerInTheWorks:
** Nav ends up disrupting several very old plans of Celestia's over the course of the story, which she is not happy about.
** Blueblood ends up being one for Discord's plan, due to Blueblood deciding to attack Nav directly, rather than provoking him into striking first.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Crazed monster-hunter Pelt makes an appearance to try and invoke this during Bon-Bon and Lyra's wedding, but no one takes it particularly seriously, and he quickly runs off having drawn the princesses' ire. Not that it would have made any difference, since Nav was GenreSavvy enough to suggest they got married privately the day before, in case anything went wrong.
* SpitTake:
** Cadance sprays her drink over the table when itís suggested she slept with Nav by Kumani.
** Spike after finding out Nav swiped Celestia's crown for a prank.
** Gilda after finding out that Nav ďreverse muggedĒ Rarity.
* SplitPersonality: Changelings can occasionally suffer from this, particularly if they feed off certain emotions like anger. Eva is the most prominent example in-story.
* SpottingTheThread: [[spoiler: [[NoFourthWall Readers themselves]] have to do this in order to realise Discord's status as an UnreliableNarrator and that he's [[MindScrew deceiving them]]]].
* SquashedFlat: One of the results of dream logic, Nav's dreamwalking, and Celestia HorsingAround.
* {{Squee}}:
** Fluttershy and Rarity's reaction at seeing '[[FreakyFridayFlip Taya]]' sitting in Nav's lap.
** One of the pony nurses in Flankfurt, Blackberry, upon finding out she has Kat for a patient.
--->'''Blackberry''': OH CELESTIA YOUíRE A KITTY!
* StockholmSyndrome: Navarone's relationship with Luna reads a lot like this until he gets pushed too far and breaks it off.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Nav and Rainbow Dash both suggest banishment or slavery as a possibility when dealing with other mares romantically. Also doubles as a BrickJoke.
-->'''Navarone''': Relax. Whatís the worst that could happen?
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': I could end up banished from her presence or possibly as her eternal slave.
-->'''Navarone''': See, I told Spike that could happen! And he didnít believe meÖ
* StuffBlowingUp: AJ's attempt to make more alcohol ends rather badly in Chapter 14.
-->'''Applejack''': You didnít tell me they could explode!
* SuddenlySober: Flo is capable of rapidly sobering someone up while SharingABody, which Nav takes advantage of on a few occasions.
* SupernaturalSensitivity:
** Humans can see horns glow on unicorns when they're using magic, and can use the colour to identity the caster. Twilight is extremely reluctant to accept this.
** Unicorns can sense magic being used around them to an extent.
* SuperWindowJump: Given the choice between this and sticking around with an amorous in-heat Celestia, Nav picks the window in Chapter 60. [[DestinationDefenestration As before]], his wings cushion the impact.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Chrysalis views herself as this at times.
-->'''Chrysalis''': Idiots! Incompetents! None of them know how to think, they all require permission! No initiative at all!
* SweetheartSipping: Nav and Rainbow Dash are forced into sharing a drink, to both their displeasures, after a [[FailedASpotCheck lapse of attention]] in Chapter 72 results in them entering a restaurant for couples and [[BadDate running into Rarity]].
* SwitchingPOV:
** Aside from the prologue, most of the story is narrated by Navarone but very occasionally Discord will briefly take over.
** Rarity narrates a small section when she's recounting her experiences to Nav of their FreakyFridayFlip.
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* TabloidMelodrama: Nav deliberately invokes this to get his revenge on Celestia, by getting her involved in a scandal.
* TakeAThirdOption: After Nav quits as Luna's knight following the complete breakdown of their relationship, Celestia offers Nav the chance to be an Umbral knight -- which comes with some very useful perks -- instead of binding himself to either of the Royal Sisters. Nav himself takes a third option by putting the offer on hold, rather than accepting or rejecting it.
* TakenForGranite: Discord partially turns Celestia to stone during the prologue.
* TakeThat:
** Nav's [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude comments over his name]] can be considered one to the many fics out there where this is used without irony.
** At Cadance, when Gilda is guessing her name and figures she "looks like a Mary Sue".
** ''Film/TheRoom'' is considered to be such a bad film that it's not included on Nav's laptop, which has a library of ''almost all human art''.
--->'''Text file''': You ought to be ashamed of even thinking about watching this movie.
* TheTalk: Nav has to give Taya one which turns out to be extremely awkward, and which certainly isn't helped by his lack of knowledge of equine biology.
* TalkToTheFist: Nav socks Chrysalis in retaliation for her taking on the form of his sister.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Blueblood is almost assassinated in this way and barely survives, though it ruins his good looks. [[spoiler: Subsequently, he vows revenge on Navarone since he holds Nav responsible for failing his duties as a bodyguard]].
* TapOnTheHead: {{Averted|Trope}}. After Nav gets knocked out at the end of Chapter 15, he spends the next day passing in and out of consciousness with a severe concussion, and is rendered very ill by the experience.
* [[invoked]]TastesLikeDiabetes: Navarone takes advantage of Taya's ability to invoke this, usually as a way of distracting anyone mad at him.
-->'''Navarone''': Taya quick! Use cuteness!
* TearsOfRemorse:
** Nav has a minor breakdown after making his first sapient kills.
** Celestia at one point breaks down and admits to Nav how [[TheChainsOfCommanding tired she is of being in charge]] after he places her in an impossible position, and having learned what she's inadvertently done to him it reduces her to some of her first tears in living memory.
* TeleportationSickness: Anyone unused to the levels of magic needed to teleport suffers from a fairly mild version this for a few minutes afterwards, with longer distances requiring more magic. It only takes a single exposure to that amount of magic to become immune to this in future though.
* TemptingFate: Most of the cast pull this off at some point. Nav does it a lot, and continues to do so even after he realises he shouldn't.
-->''One of these days Iíll learn, I swearÖ''
* TerrorHero: Nav deliberately invokes this to foster his reputation as someone who should not be messed with.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Repeatedly lampshaded and mocked by Nav. Except for the time where the song is ''about him'', in which case he's horrified...
-->''Oh my God, sheís bursting into song. Now, Iíve said before that I liked Rarityís singing voice, but I wasnít happy about being sung at about how ĎIím a good personí and ĎIíve had love in my heart the entire time.í''
* ThatWasNotADream: After Nav gives Rarity a load of gems from his stake in a gem mine, she initially thinks she's dreaming. Only after kissing a nearby changeling with the intent of 'waking up' does she realise it's actually for real. And then promptly screams once she realises what she's just done...
* ThereAreNoTherapists: At least not in Equestria, which is rather unfortunate considering how badly some could use one, especially Nav. [[spoiler: When Nav gets briefly sent back in time, he does end up seeing one]].
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Nav ends up having to share his bed with his bodyguard in Chapter 46, though only because there are no other beds available in the barracks, and Nav can't find it within himself to make Smiles sleep on the floor.
* ThereWasADoor: Nav has fun blowing stuff up while helping Luna reactivate the dream machine:
-->(after having destroyed the door with a summoned [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Bolter]])
-->'''Navarone''': So much easier than opening them.
-->'''Luna''': Lazy. That door was easy to open!
* ThinkNothingOfIt: Nav flips around between this and OnlyInItForTheMoney several times, though the latter becomes more common throughout the story.
* ThisCannotBe: Celestia's initial reaction, upon discovering the changelings have mastered human technology enough to create a working electric generator.
* AThreesomeIsHot: Surprisingly enough, the few times this occurs it's not actually Nav's idea, though he goes along with it.
* ThresholdGuardians: Athenaís paper golems and other assorted monsters which guard [[AkashicRecords her domain]].
* TimeSkip: A bunch of them, as the story takes place over several years, and can skip over months at a time. Even simply travelling somewhere can take between weeks and a month without teleportation.
* TimeTravel: [[spoiler: Nav gets sent back in time by a unicorn spell, along with Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Fancy Pants, though he winds up 35 years into the future from his intended destination. The resulting StableTimeLoop created does [[TheScream not go down well with Discord]]]].
* TooDumbToLive:
** Discord dismisses several of his {{Mooks}} deaths as this, on the grounds that if they were too stupid to ignore his instructions then they deserved what they got.
** According to Nav, the dogs as a species tend to show this trait in combat.
-->'''Navarone''': They donít flee. Most of them are too stupid to run away unless ordered to, and most of those that give orders are too stubborn to run away without some manner of Ďfuck youí plan.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Nav starts fairly low down on the scale, winning his fights out of [[BeginnersLuck luck]] more than anything else.
** Taya initially begins with almost no magical knowledge, understandably given [[OrphansOrdeal her background]]. As the story progresses, she becomes an extremely powerful mage, with her abilities in [[BlackMage battle magic]] -- which turns out to be her talent -- edging out Twilight's. Twilight is still far superior across the board, however.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Nav wasn't exactly the [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold nicest person around]] to begin with, but becomes more and more of one over the course of the story as a result of bad stuff happening to him.
* TheToothHurts: Nav starts prying out the teeth of an assassin in an effort to convince him to talk. Onlooking guards accompanying him almost throw up at the sight of it.
* ToThePain:
** Nav threatens an assassin with this in Chapter 24, and then makes good on it.
--->'''Navarone''': Look, I donít like hurting people. I really donít. But if you keep this up, I will keep hurting you. I will remove [[TheToothHurts all your teeth]], I will remove [[{{Fingore}} your fingers]] joint by joint, I will remove your toes, and then Iíll just get creative.
** Nav's threat to anyone who tries to assassinate Cadance under his watch...
--->'''Navarone''': Ladies and gentlemen [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Jocasta]]. This is Princess Cadance. She is the new representative for Princess Celestia. If anyone dares attack her, I will not kill you. I will do everything to you but kill you. Your screams will be heard across the fucking planet. The dog that poisoned Blueblood was sentenced to Tartarus. What you will get will make you wish you were him.
* ToWinWithoutFighting: Celestia merely making an appearance on the field in Chapter 16 is enough to cause the army to stand down, allowing the slaves to leave with no bloodshed.
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler: Moonbeam's corruption into Chrysalis. A kind-hearted midwife who was tricked by Discord and warped into her current form, and who readily admits to being a monster]].
* TranslationConvention: Much of the dialogue in the story is in the Equestrian language, but rendered into English for the reader by Nav. It can also be assumed that he's mostly writing in the Equestrian script, since no one else understands written English without the use of a translation spell.
* TreacheryCoverUp: The "treachery" is rather more abstract, as several of Luna's crimes are more betrayals of the ideals Equestria ostensibly stands for. In any case, Celestia still helps to cover up Luna's more insane actions to avoid shaking the system, and ensures she's punished discreetly.
* TrophyWife: Fairly common among the Canterlot nobility across both genders, and it used to be standard practice for the princesses to take a stallion as a platonic date to the Gala for this purpose.
* TrustPassword:
** Nav and Taya use these whenever they're around changelings, though some of the passwords Nav uses aren't always [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish particularly imaginative]].
** [[spoiler: When he's sent back in time and encounters his past self, Nav proves his identity by listing a bunch of details about his life that no one else could know]].
* TruthSerums: Nav's SkeletonKey can be used in this way by 'unlocking' a person's mind, briefly sending them into a trance and forcing them to speak the truth, however unwilling they might be.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Nav collects all sorts of titles over the course of his adventures, which he has to try to persuade others [[DontCallMeSir not to use]]. At one point he could claim to call himself as ''Sir Navarone, Knight of the Lunar Order, Defender of Harmony, Royal Savior, Hero of the Changelings, and Liberator of Egypt''.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: [[spoiler: Nav ends up 35 years further ahead in time than he intended, after being sent back in time by a unicorn spell in Chapter 72. While there's some futuristic technology and some cultural changes, human society is mostly the same]].
* UnEntendre: {{Subverted|Trope}}. When Vinyl suggests to Nav that they "go make some music" she is being quite literal. Then, after a music session, they do then in fact proceed to 'make some music'.
* UngratefulBastard: After Nav infiltrates a slave ship and helps free them, he's almost killed by an overly cautious unicorn, though the remaining slaves immediately stop her and are very grateful to him.
* UnreliableNarrator:
** [[spoiler: Discord]].
** Nav is an in-universe example, since he leaves stuff out of his journals or puts misleading information in.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: While everyone else present reacts to Pinkie wearing dominatrix gear with a JawDrop in Chapter 8, Navís response is to look on impassively.
* UnwittingPawn: Navarone is one for Discord, and occasionally one for Celestia and Luna. Though more often than not he's a ''witting'' pawn for the Royal Sisters.
* UseYourHead: Trixie headbutts Twilight during a duel in Chapter 5, before [[GrievousHarmWithABody throwing her]] at Nav.
* VetinariJobSecurity: Celestia has cemented her rule by making herself indispensable to the running of Equestria, and upholding the {{Masquerade}} that she and Luna [[GodJob raise the sun and moon]]. Nav at one point asks her why it's necessary, when she could rule on merit alone.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Discord breaks down and cries for the first time, after he realises he was the cause of failure for his own plan to commit suicide]].
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Both Luna and Kumani show elements of this. Not a good combination, considering they're both also {{Clingy Jealous Girl}}s.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting:
** Changelings, obviously.
** The shapeshifting spell that gets discovered allows this, but most casters only have limits on what they can change, with it usually being used to transform from a human to a pony, or vice versa. Celestia, being far more powerful, has much more leeway with shapeshifting.
* WallOfBlather: Nav's view of [[AnAesop the friendship lessons]] Twilight sends. It's implied that Celestia occasionally shares this sentiment, despite her fondness for Twilight.
* WarIsGlorious: In keeping with her nature as a BloodKnight, Luna seems to think so and reminisces over past times where she was involved in battles.
* WasOnceAMan:
** Athena states she was once a normal human but ended up transformed into her current state after exploring the depths of magic.
** Played straight whenever Nav turns into a pony, though this is only done temporarily. Also applies after he gains his wings and plant-characteristics.
** While she wasn't ever human, Chrysalis [[spoiler: used to be an alicorn by the name of Moonbeam until she was corrupted by Discord into the Queen of the Changelings]].
* WeaponOfChoice: Knives and his crossbow for Nav. The latter since it requires very little skill and training, and the former since he's not often going toe to toe with opponents. He later on starts to learn how to use his InfinityPlusOneSword, but it takes a lot of time and effort before he even begins to become competent in its use.
* WeAreEverywhere: Changelings have a few members in disguise throughout most Equestian settlements.
* WeCanRuleTogether:
** Chrysalis makes this offer to Navarone, though she may not have been genuine.
** Similarly Discord makes such an offer to some of his underlings.
* WeddingDay:
** Cadance's marriage to Shining Armor gets postponed due to the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 changeling]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 invasion]], but eventually works out fine.
** Bon-Bon and Lyra get married in Chapter 83.
* WeUsedToBeFriends:
** Chrysalis and the queen of the giant ants, prior to the attack on the changeling hive in Appaloosa.
** Nav and Luna start off as fairly good friends, but eventually Luna's issues lead to the complete breakdown of their relationship.
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 99 reveals many things, [[spoiler: including Twilight and Nav learning how "true magic" works and Celestia's censorship of it, that Merlin attempted to FlingALightIntoTheFuture, what happened to humanity, and why Nav's past self is Discord's most hated enemy]]. Oh and that Cadance [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking apparently used to write fanfics]] [[SlashFic about Shining Armor]].
* WhatBeautifulEyes:
** While he generally doesn't have anything complimentary to say about ponies' appearances, even Nav privately finds Celestia -- and particularly her eyes -- to be beautiful. Not that he'd ever tell her that of course.
** He also tells Vinyl Scratch that she should stop wearing her glasses because of this.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight:
** [[spoiler: Ames]] is horrified when he finds out [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction exactly what happened]]. The reader [[BrainBleach might well agree]] with this assessment.
** In the revised Chapter 6, Nav wakes up between Rarity and Pinkie and is rather horrified when he works out what happened.
** A lighter example later on when Nav wakes up [[BedmateReveal next to Rainbow Dash]], after their drunken wrestling, when he's quickly told that nothing untoward happened.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Nav isn't just [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to it]] (at first), but has very little understanding of it due to his inexperience on the matter. It certainly doesn't help that due to psychological trauma, he's not even sure if he's capable of feeling it.
* WhatsUpKingDude:
** Nav claims that the security protecting the princesses is very poor, and proves his point by successfully 'assassinating' them with ease.
** Nav also tends to play this one quite literally, to the shock and/or horror of others.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Nav often ends up the receiving end of these. He returns the favour on several occasions.
** Flo leaps on the opportunity to give Celestia a piece of her mind in Chapter 87.
* WhatYearIsThis: [[spoiler: Nav asks his friend this shortly after he gets sent back in time]].
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Fancy Pants refuses to compromise his morals [[spoiler: when he travels back in time with Nav]], owing to this.
-->'''Fancy Pants''': I would know, and that is enough.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Navarone is extremely resentful over his parents' choice of name, even if it's not quite as bad as his fake real name of [[spoiler: Anonymous]].
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: A repeated theme.
** Discord desperately tries to find an outlet for his boredom having lived for millions of years.
** Celestia mentions she would rather have lived a normal life and died thousands of years ago, a sentiment it can be assumed Luna shares.
** When Navarone gains a much increased life expectency after his accidental EmergencyTransformation, he's rather despondent.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: {{Averted|Trope}}. When some thugs threaten Nav, [[CombatPragmatist he immediately]] nails one [[EyeScream with a throwing knife]] right in the middle of the [[KilledMidSentence the guy's sentence]].
* WingedHumanoid: Nav ends up as one after a [[spoiler: botched spell by Trixie]]. While he initially hates his wings and finds them very uncomfortable (in part owing to his lack of control over them), he does grow to accept them, though his flying abilities are far weaker than the average pegasus.
* [[AWizardDidIt A Unicorn Did It]]: Lampshaded by Nav in his narration when he admits that there are some things he's completely unable to explain, due to him being in a world that operates on magic.
-->''Look, even I realize that there are some things that just are never going to make sense to me. Laws of reality are more like suggestions around here. [...] Maybe one day Iíll just start saying Ďbecause magic.í''
* [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask The Mare Wearing the Queenly Mask]]: While the princesses are already this in canon, just how isolated and lonely they (and particularly Celestia) are by their position is brought up several times.
* WorldBuilding: There's a lot of it about, as the details of various cultures and the history of this version of Equestria is fleshed out.
* WouldHitAGirl: It's pretty safe to say that no-one has any real compunctions about this, particularly Nav. When Nav does it there is justification for it however.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Nav generally has a fairly firm grasp of his strengths and flaws, and while his assessment of his behaviour is usually accurate -- even if he sometimes [[IgnoredEpiphany ignores it]] -- he can be a little too quick to dismiss the genuinely good things he does, prompting others to remind him. More often it's [[WhatTheHellHero the other way around]] though.
* YouAreGrounded: Despite his general lack of parenting skills, Nav finally puts his foot down in Chapter 98 and grounds Taya [[BrattyTeenageDaughter over her recent antics]], as well as denying her the use of her magic for a week.
* YouAreNotAlone: Twilight and company tell Nav this at the end of Chapter 12. At this point in the story, it actually cheers him up immensely.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Despite being told that he cannot, Nav still tries [[spoiler: and actually succeeds despite this. [[TimeTravel Sort of]]]].
* YouDidntAsk: When Fluttershy ''finally'' takes pity on Nav and shows him how to fold his wings, he immediately asks why no one told him before. Turns out they were all waiting for him to ask, and weren't banking on him being so stubborn.
* YouDidntSeeThat: After Nav publicly embarrasses Chrysalis by threatening her in front a crowd, she insists to the changelings that they didn't see anything.
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: Nav tries to warn Twilight over this when it comes to [[FateWorseThanDeath the fate of changeling prisoners]]. After she eventually finds out and that Celestia sanctioned it, Twilight would probably agree with this in hindsight.
* YouHaveFailedMe:
** Discord tends to dispose of his minions when they've served their purpose, but it's usually a case of their failures leading to them [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer being useful]], rather than either trope outright.
** {{Discussed|Trope}} between Nav and Bloodbeak.
--->'''Navarone''': Which would you rather make it back home? A bedraggled infantryman, or the commander leading the force?
--->'''Bloodbeak''': The infantry can fight another day. A commander that failed me so would be put to death.
--->'''Navarone''': More fool you. No one can win every battle. Some are impossible. Sometimes you fight for a reason other than winning.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Discord uses this. See YouHaveFailedMe.
* YouJustToldMe: [[spoiler: Nav's attempts to pass Fancy Pants, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity off as mindless creatures during his trip through time, only for Rarity to end up giving the game away by answering a question instead of keeping quiet]].
* YouNeedToGetLaid:
** Navarone suggests this to Twilight on several occasions, and she eventually ends up taking that advice. It does actually work fairly well as a way of stress relief. Of course, Twilight being Twilight, she gets easily stressed.
** Others believe the same thing about Nav, prior to some of his legendary antics.
** Vinyl and Nav both come to the same conclusion regarding Fluttershy In Chapter 77.
* YourHeadAsplode: After the slave baron is found guilty in Chapter 25, Rock crushes the head of his former owner with his [[DropTheHammer warhammer]].
* YourWorstNightmare: Taya uses her magic to do this to Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon in Chapter 50, after [[DisproportionateRetribution they refuse to take no for an answer]] when Taya declines to play with them. Since this wasn't good enough, Taya then shows them ''her'' worst nightmares...
* YouShallNotPass: Celestia's guards try to stop Nav from walking into Celestia's room after Luna {{Mind Rape}}s him. Nav beats them up, and they deny that they tried to stop him the following morning. They try to stop Nav again later on, only to quickly backpedal when they recognise him.
* YouWillNotEvadeMe: Any unicorn that is already attuned to someone after having teleported them can do this, though most have a distance limitation due to the magical power required. Celestia threatens Nav with this at one point, telling him that at full power she can teleport him to her from anywhere in the world. It's only when Nav gets his AntiMagic ring that this threat becomes nullified.
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\n[[folder:O]]\n* ObfuscatingStupidity: Discord admits to doing this in his narration, not only because he finds it amusing, but also because it catches others off guard.
* ObliviousToLove: Early on in the revised Chapter 10, Nav is completely and utterly oblivious to Luna's interest in him.
* OddFriendship: Odd doesn't even ''begin'' to describe the friendship between Nav and Celestia. While several elements of their personality are NotSoDifferent, she's a pony princess and the most politically powerful ruler on the planet, he's a fairly average [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] human -- though he manages to obtain a surprisingly large amount of political power and wealth -- and often gets used as a pawn in Celestia's many schemes. Half of their interactions find them on opposing ends of an argument, or dealing with the fallout of something or another. Even the ''definition'' of friendship you'd use to describe all this would be rather warped.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Fancy Pants.
* OhCrap:
** The crazy unicorn who believes Nav is a monster gets an extremely strong case of this when Celestia tells him that Nav is a friend of hers.
** The thugs attacking Nav in Chapter 51 give this upon finding their target is heavily armed.
** Celestia, upon finding out that thanks to Nav, changeling technology has rapidly advanced ahead of Equestrian technology.
* OneDimensionalThinking: Nav at one point explicitly tells Rainbow Dash that her ineffective use of the Z axis is the reason why her attempts to escape from Pinkie often fail. He doesn't make the same mistake.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with the two Gildas. Nav at one point takes to calling them "OG" (Original Gilda) and "PG" (Princess Gilda) to differentiate between them.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Kumani, being a dragoness, is quite willing to jobs providing the pay is good. Nav sometimes shows this attitude, but flips between this and being altruistic for it's own sake, even if he tends to focus more on payment as the story progresses.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Navarone, who refuses to give out his real name, though he does mention a [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude fake name in his journals]].
* OnlySaneMan: Given the amount of craziness in the world, you could be forgiven for thinking Nav is the only one, and judging by his narration he certainly seems to think so, even if he's not the most impartial judge. Celestia might give him a run for his money most of the time, but otherwise there's a ''lot'' of crazy about.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Spike is a variant of this. Since dragons age differently from ponies, Spike matures more quickly in certain areas than others as the story goes on. He still does retain a few childish characteristics and innocence in certain areas however.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Celestia generally keeps her emotions under control and puts on [[TheStoic a stoic front]] in her role as princess. If you see her display any vast levels of emotion, then you've ''seriously'' provoked her.
* OpenSaysMe:
** Nav orders an earth pony guard to kick a door down in Chapter 36, which is {{Subverted|trope}} when it doesn't work. [[OpenSesame Then Nav manages to open it by politely knocking on the door]].
** One of the Day Guard tries this on the front door of Navís fortress in Chapter 87. [[EpicFail It ends badly]].
* OrphansOrdeal: The details given in Taya's backstory show this in spades. Even Chrysalis is disgusted and shocked by what she's had to live through.
* OrwellianEditor: Luna and particularly Celestia admit to Nav that they've censored large amounts of history, and that the past few thousand years have been far more bloody and violent than ponies are aware of.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vamponies follow many of the standard vampire tropes, but are capable of going out in sunlight, albeit at the expense of being weakened and getting terrible headaches.
* OverprotectiveDad: Generally {{Inverted|Trope}} by Nav, mostly on the grounds that he didn't have a father figure in his life, and doesn't really know much about being a father. He does try to protect her by offering practical advice, but he's not as proactive about it as he should be.
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[[folder:Tropes P-S]]
* PainfulTransformation: Moonbeam's transformation from an alicorn [[spoiler: into Chrysalis]] at the hands of Discord, which was agonising for [[KickTheDog no other reason]] other than [[ForTheEvulz because he found it funny]].
* PapaWolf: Nav notes in his narration that anyone hurting Taya would end up being beaten to death with [[GroinAttack various parts of their anatomy]], and later tells Fluttershy that he'd kill Gilda if she ever injured Taya in a rage.
-->'''Fluttershy''': What if Gilda hurts her?
-->'''Navarone''': Then they would [[NeverFoundTheBody never find the body]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Taya ended up as an orphan on the streets of Catro, after her parents were murdered by thieves.
* ParentalNeglect: Part of Nav's backstory, and responsible for several of his issues.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Nav chooses "password" in Chapter 44 for the new codeword between him and Taya.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Nav ''narrowly'' averts doing this to Kat in Chapter 16, because no matter how karmic it would be, he refuses to stoop down to her level.
-->'''Navarone''': Youíre very lucky in one regard, Kat. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. Am not. You.]]
* PhotographicMemory: Nav gains this while Flo shares his body, since she has this and can recall anything he's forgotten for him. Not that his memory was bad to begin with.
* PitySex: Nav sleeps with both princesses due to their loneliness and desire for some companionship (a lie in Luna's case since she's not over her infatuation with him). It ends up leading to Nav and Luna's brief [[InterspeciesRomance relationship]], and when that fails, a FriendsWithBenefits relationship with Celestia, though she attempts several times to go for a RelationshipUpgrade.
* PlagiarismInFiction: Nav makes a pretty decent sum of money by transcribing various human works from memory and selling them.
* PlausibleDeniability: Nav uses this several times in his schemes, notably with his plan to leave Equestria, but also with some of humanity's inventions that he doesn't want being linked back to him.
-->'''Navarone''': Assumptions arenít the same as the truth.
* PlayingPossum: Kat tries this by pretending to be knocked out after being caught stealing from Nav's room. Nav's smart enough not to fall for it.
-->'''Kat''': You know me too well, Nav.
* PocketProtector: Nav has a throwing knife randomly deflected after it hits an iron stud in his clothing and bounces off in Chapter 24.
* PortalBook: Twilight and Nav get sucked into one at the end of Chapter 98.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Nav tends to do so after his various {{Knife Fight}}s with assassins.
* PoweredArmor: Nav summons a set while in the dream world with Luna in Chapter 36, which makes the quest to reactivate the dream machine ridiculously trivial. It takes hours to achieve what had previously taken Luna ''weeks''.
-->'''Navarone''': Thank you, [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Warhammer 40k]].
* PowerIncontinence:
** [[spoiler: Trixie's]] attempts to cast a spell on Twilight and Nav backfire completely, destroying her horn, setting the stonework on fire, and transforming Nav and Twilight.
** Taya almost accidentally kills Nav with a case of this when she gets overly stressed by Pinkie's sisters bothering her. It almost puts her off magic entirely, but Nav tells her that her abilities are a gift, and that she simply [[ComesGreatResponsibility needs to learn proper control]].
* ThePowerOfTheSun: Owing to his [[EmergencyTransformation modified physiology]], Nav is at his strongest in daylight, with prolonged exposure to darkness having similar effects to starvation.
* PrecisionFStrike: Flo hits Nav with one, after he finally exhausts her near-infinite patience.
-->'''Flo''': So you were mistreated a few times, so you were abused. [[WhatTheHellHero That doesnít give you the right to act like a fucking asshole to everyone you meet and yourself!]]
* PrinceCharmless: Blueblood, though more so than his show counterpart.
* PromotionToParent: Celestia ended up having to act as a parent for Luna, after Discord wiped out most of the alicorns, including their parents. [[spoiler: Technically she adopted Luna as her sister, but lied to Luna over this]].
* ProperlyParanoid: Nav is often accused of being paranoid, but in many cases -- particularly during his time in Egypt -- heís completely right and usually proven so in short order.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Naga and griffins. While they both come to respect Nav's fighting skills, they also complain about his [[CombatPragmatist lack of honour]].
* PsychoForHire: Miguel cares for little else other than killing and bloodshed.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Discord does it to Celestia during the prologue, and any time he's particularly provoked and wishes to get his point across.
* PunnyName:
** Kat is... well... I'm sure you can see where [[CatFolk this one is going]].
** Nav repeatedly lampshades the punny versions of human names.
** The elementals all appear to use these. Those named so far include the water elementals Flo and Aqua, and the air elemental Aerie. Also doubles as FamilyThemeNaming, given that elementals of the same type consider themselves family.
* PuppyDogEyes: Even Nav sometimes has a hard time resisting them, particularly when Pinkie does it. His attempts to invoke this himself aren't quite as successful.
-->'''Luna''': Your eyes arenít large enough to pull off a proper pout.
* TheQuest: Nav leaving Equestria to locate and free the elementals, with the hope of gaining allies against Discord.
* TheQuisling: Averted with the Night Guard changeling Quisling. Despite taking on the name (with Nav even commenting on the implications of it), he didn't actively betray his hive, but got tired of the life and left it for another. And while he doesn't flaunt his species, he does have the respect of his fellow guards.
* QuitYourWhining: Nav tells Celestia to do so after [[TearsOfRemorse her]] [[IJustWantToBeNormal breakdown]] in his typical blunt fashion. While she dislikes the way he says it, she does concede that he has a point.
* RagsToRiches: Nav. Initially starting with nothing, he gains a tidy sum after winning a competition, makes a lot by [[PlagiarismInFiction plagiarising human works]], receives a very large reward after helping take down a dog crime boss, and ends up with a stake in a gem mine after helping the changelings liberate it from the diamond dogs. Despite all this, he doesn't have any real need for the money and lives a fairly frugal lifestyle, though it probably doesn't help that he has a poor grasp of just how much bits are worth.
* RagsToRoyalty: Nav gets the option to do this several times, but so far has turned them all down. He briefly ends up as Luna's consort before the relationship goes ''spectacularly'' south, declines an offer from Chrysalis to be her consort, gets out of an ArrangedMarriage with a griffon princess (both politically motivated), and puts an offer to be Celestia's consort on hold several times.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The team Nav puts together later in the story, which includes ex members of the guard, a dragoness, a cat assassin, Zecora, and more.
* RealDreamsAreWeirder: Quite a few of the dreams Nav enters during his [[DreamWalker dream walking]]. Some are fairly mundane for their character, such as Twilight playing around with a giant TowersOfHanoi, or [[ShipperOnDeck Cadance]] observing Nav and Fluttershy kissing through binoculars. One of Celestia's dreams turns into her challenging Nav to a very strange chess match before attempting to turn it into a fight.
* RealityWarper: Anyone capable of using "true magic" can do this. Discord is a master of it, but Celestia, Luna, [[spoiler: Taya, and Pinkie Pie]] have some abilities in the subject. One of the few limits mentioned is that you can't simply will someone dead, though this doesn't stop you from creating a fatal situation.
* ReallyGetsAround:
** Navarone ends up doing this as a coping mechanism for the psychological damage he suffers over the course of the story, and becomes increasingly more depraved as it goes on, which others chastise him for.
** Doppel to the point where calling her the village bicycle would be ''generous''. Then again, she is a changeling who prefers feeding on lust...
** Fleur, Fancy Pants' wife. He's well aware of her behaviour but tolerates it for several reasons.
** Lyra also does this with her marefriend Bon-Bonís permission.
** Pinkie as well, though itís only alluded to rather than stated outright.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Nav gives a particularly brutal one to Pinkie, and another one to Celestia when she [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone expresses her regret]] for what she's unwittingly done to him.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Several of the guards and the two ambassadors sent with Nav for his second trip to Egypt are reassigned there, having earned Celestia's ire.
* RecognitionFailure: When Nav visits the Unicorn MageTower in Chapter 63, he's initially believed to be an escaped monster by some of the more clueless members of staff, despite being one of the most famous people in the country by this point.
-->'''Receptionist''': Sorry about that. Some of the researchers here donít get out much.
-->'''Navarone''': Iíve been here for more than four years!
-->'''Receptionist''': Like I said, they donít get out much.
* RecordNeedleScratch: The results of combining a social function with Nav's ScaryImpracticalArmor.
* RefugeInAudacity: Nav tries and successfully (albeit temporarily) manages to pass off the infamous time [[SlippingAMickey he got drugged]] at a party as "some strange rumors" to Twilight.
* RenegadeSplinterFaction: {{Subverted|Trope}}. The air elementals are viewed as traitors by the rest of their brethren for helping Discord imprison them, when they themselves were actually tricked by Discord into doing so.
* RescueRomance: After her previous attempts to woo Nav fail, Luna tries to go for this by secretly causing a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dingonek dingonek]] to attack him so she can play the role of saviour. Unfortunately for her (and Nav), Rainbow Dash accidentally knocks her out, resulting in Nav being injured before Fluttershy can calm it.
* {{Retcon}}: A few of them, as the author modifies anything he's particularly unhappy about in earlier installments. In particular, Chapters 1-12 were completely rewritten.
* RevealingCoverup: Discord manages to convince Blueblood that [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink his poisoning]] was one by Celestia and Nav.
* RevengeBeforeReason: [[spoiler: Blueblood is offered a chance by Discord to have his looks restored after [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink his poisoning]], or gaining 'revenge' on Nav (who isn't responsible for it in the slightest). Despite his looks being his most valued trait, he goes with the latter, though mostly due to Discord (pretty much literally) whispering in his ear]].
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The campaign in Egypt, which at times practically falls under the label of [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters terrorism]].
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: Nav probably should have known better from Pinkie...
-->'''Navarone''': If Rarity told you to jump off a bridge, would you?
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Of course! If she told me that, I know thereís be candy or something else fun at the bottom! Oooh, or maybe a party!
* RidiculouslySuccessfulFutureSelf: Or due to TimeTravelTenseTrouble, ''past'' self. [[spoiler: When Nav gets sent back in time, he finds out that his past (real) self has become a doctor and a successful scientist. His past self is also fairly impressed with how Nav has got on, arguably making them ''both'' successful future versions of each other]].
* RightBehindMe:
** Nav goes to see Fluttershy in Chapter 31, only to discover sheís lurking right behind him...
--->'''Fluttershy''': I was wondering how long it would take you to knock.
** Celestia does it to Nav in Chapter 43, though he immediately realises after seeing the way Fancy Pants reacts.
--->'''Celestia''': Youíre too savvy for your own good, Nav.
* RightThroughTheWall:
** Nav deliberately invokes this in retaliation for Cadance trying to meddle in his love life in Chapter 32. Despite the very poor resulting night's sleep, it still doesn't stop her from trying to interfere yet again later on in the story.
** Nav again invokes this in Chapter 73, mostly out of a lack of choice. Other than the obvious one of not doing anything, that is.
* RousingSpeech: Nav gives one to ''himself'' while being attacked by Angel and the rest of Fluttershy's critters during Navís stay at her home...
-->'''Navarone''': Humanity conquered nature a long, long time ago. And despite these damnable wings and being forced to live in Namby Pamby Ponyland for several years, I am still a human. (trying to find his way to the bathroom) I will not submit. I will not bow. (opens the wrong door) And this is not the bathroom.
* RuleOfFunny: Lampshaded and invoked by Nav when Doppel bursts out of a closet to [[ThatRemindsMeOfASong join in a song]], resulting in her being blasted by Taya's magic. Since comedy rules are in effect, Doppel is unhurt, other than spitting out a cloud of smoke.
* RunningGag:
** Navarone repeatedly ends up confused over [[VagueAge how old ponies actually are]], but no one ever gives him an answer when he asks.
** Big Mac ends up discovering Navarone several times in highly compromising situations.
** Nav complains whenever he finds himself in Celestia's sitting room, with it morphing from simple dislike to an almost pathological hatred. At one point he even refuses to talk with her until they've gone somewhere else.
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: Taya develops her magical talents under Twilight's tuition, but at the expense of leaving her social skills even more to be desired.
* SandInMyEyes: After Nav forgives Rarity in Chapter 68, she starts getting choked up and Nav claims to feel some dust in his eyes. Then he quickly kills the moment a second later
-->'''Rarity''': Shh, just let it all out.
-->'''Navarone''': Rarity, if you talk to me like a baby again, Iím turning this hug into a smackdown.
* SanitySlippage: Nav. As the story progresses he starts becoming increasingly crazy and reckless, and becomes far more depraved.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Nav's relationship with Kumani is pretty much limited to crazy bedroom antics, with the two having almost nothing else in common. It does serve as a pleasant distraction though, and the man probably deserves that much at least.
* TheScapegoat:
** Passing things off as a magical mishap of Twilight's is often used when a convenient excuse is needed. However what makes it such a believable excuse is the number of times Twilight has ''genuinely'' caused these.
** Nav jokingly uses Spike as a fallback excuse at times, since he "seems like a good fall-guy".
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Averted, at least with the impractical bit. The set of armour Nav receives is ''extremely'' intimidating and scary but still highly practical, and is mentioned to resemble a slightly less spiky version of that seen in ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}''.
* ScienceMarchesOn: An in-universe example. [[spoiler: When Nav gets sent back in time, [[SplitPersonality multiple personality disorder]] is no longer viewed as a mental illness. Or at least, not quite so strictly]].
* TheScream: Discord's scream of rage (and the resulting rampage) upon realising he ruined his own plan ends up being heard as far away as Canterlot.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Nav [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial refuses to say for sure in his narration]], but he ''may'' have done this when he gets attacked by Fluttershy's animals. Possibly.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections:
** Nav often manages to get away with breaking laws because of his connection with Celestia... and because she finds him far too useful to have him imprisoned. She does however often end up using non-standard punishments, usually helping her out with some unpleasant task.
** The Element-bearers are almost untouchable due to their importance.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: [[spoiler: When Nav gets sent back in time, he finds out that Google has become so rich and powerful that they're able to do more or less whatever they want, even if they use this for benevolent purposes]].
-->''"...money opens doors."''
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Initially the princesses themselves are pretty much above the law and can do what they want, given their essential roles in raising the sun and moon, which is both a blessing and curse for Nav. However, events and scandals eventually catch up with them, and they're not quite as above the law as they'd like to believe.
-->'''Celestia''': Rules can be rewritten, after all.
* ScrewYourself: After Rainbow taunts Nav for having a FrenchMaid [[ItMakesSenseInContext outfit]], Doppel scares her off by coming on to her with a variant of this.
-->'''Doppel''': (as Rainbow Dash in a maid outfit) Donít you think I look sexy?
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': I-I-IHAVETOGO!
* SealedGoodInACan: Flo. [[spoiler: Most of the elements are also sealed, but whether they qualify as ''good'' is still an unknown]].
* {{Self-Deprecation}} / WhoWritesThisCrap: Several of the events that were retconned or rewritten survive as fake entries in Nav's journal. Which the cast then proceed to make snarky comments mocking them...
-->'''Navarone''': ...and Iím sure Twilight could tell you quickly that there never was such a person called Z that seduced her at the Gala.
-->'''Twilight''': Really Nav, your imagination is strange. Why would Princess Celestia ever do that to me?
-->'''Navarone''': I made a lot of shit up.
* SexSlave: [[spoiler: Nav gets used as one by Kat for a week while in Egypt due to Spike being held hostage, until he finally snaps]].
* SexyDiscretionShot: Averted on several occasions, but generally played straight.
* ShapeshifterModeLock: Nav and Twilight temporarily get locked into pony and human form respectively, until a way of reversing the spell's effects is figured out a week later. Once this is done, anyone capable of casting the spell can freely switch someone's appearance.
* ShareTheMalePain: An unusual variant. Nav's [[GenderBender gender-switching stones]] are generally well-received by female users, whereas male victims despise it, seemingly for this reason...
-->'''Shining Armor''': (whispering) Throw them in the ocean. Donít ever let Cadance get them again!
-->'''Navarone''': I feel your pain, bro. I feel your fucking pain.
* SharingABody: Occurs several times, though mostly it's a case of SplitPersonality. Flo sharing Nav's body plays it straight however.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Nav turns into one after the events of Egypt, and it takes a fairly decent chunk out of his sanity.
* ShipperOnDeck:
** Multiple characters repeatedly try to ship Navarone with Fluttershy, as much as he tries to get them to stop.
** Cadance tries to ship Nav with Luna and later with Fluttershy, which frustrates him immensely.
** Nav ends up setting Derpy and Doctor Whooves up on a date in Chapter 20. Heís reluctant to provide any further advice, however, and gets quite irritated when the good Doctor repeatedly follows him asking for more.
* ShipSinking: Nav does it to a pair of Naga in-universe in Chapter 18.
* ShipTease:
** Between Applejack and Rainbow Dash on multiple occasions.
** Rarity trolls Nav and Rainbow Dash when she claims they make for an adorable couple, after they put on a show in Chapter 72. Nav is not particularly amused.
* ShirtlessScene: Nav does it on several occasions.
* ShockAndAwe: One of the few pieces of combat magic Rarity knows, and how Nav ends up dispatching the governor in Chapter 85, during a FreakyFridayFlip.
* ShoutOut: There's a huge of them, many of which are in the form of Nav making references to pop culture which fly over the heads of everyone else present. Chapter titles often contain them as well.
** Nav quotes [[Franchise/StarWars Obi-Wan's]] famous line from ''Film/ANewHope'' in the revised Chapter 7, and then laments shortly afterwards that Rainbow Dash didn't take the opportunity to steal a certain line from ''Film/ThreeHundred'' when she kicks him off a cloud.
** Nav references ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' in his narration within Chapter 75.
** ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' and ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' are referenced in the titles of chapters 35 and 59 respectively.
** Chapter 75's title references the CharacterAlignment system from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
** The infamous fanfic ''FanFic/DoomRepercussionsOfEvil'' is referenced in the title of Chapter 85.
** ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' is referenced in the title of Chapter 96.
** One of Nav's favourite quotes is from ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak''
** ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' is referenced on multiple occasions.
** Nav references the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' comic Loose Canon in Chapter 65.
** ''The Shady Trough'' is borrowed from [[http://equestria-prevails.deviantart.com/art/The-Shady-Trough-319986368 this fanart]].
* ShutUpKiss:
** Nav does this to Luna and [[spoiler: he later gets one off Braeburn]].
** Nav gives one to Pinkie in Chapter 47 to quite literally get her to shut up, rather than it being romantic in any way. It also [[KissOfDistraction makes a good distraction]] so he can escape.
* SickEpisode: Nav ends up bedridden for Chapters 79 and 80 after nearly being killed by Blueblood.
* SirSwearsalot: Nav has a habit of using rather colourful language which he gets chastised for, though ponies don't always understand exactly what he's saying.
* SkeletonKey: Nav finds one as part of a set of magical artificts hidden within the Everfree Forest. It can also be used to 'unlock' someone's mind and [[TruthSerums force them to tell the truth]].
* SkewedPriorities: Having just been sucked into a PortalBook with Nav, how does Twilight react? By focusing on the fact that the books are ''all in piles'' instead of neatly stacked on the bookshelves. Nav isn't amused.
-->'''Twilight''': But look at them! Thatís ''terrible'' for them!
* SlasherSmile:
** Pinkie gives one, upon realising Nav isnít strong enough to escape her grasp when she wants to hug him. Without resorting to violence, at any rate.
** Pinkie gives another one in Chapter 57 when she's about to attack some thugs with her FryingPanOfDoom.
* SlippingAMickey:
** Nav ends up being drugged at a bar and wakes up in a pile of mares. While unhappy about this, he shrugs it off and prefers not to know exactly what happened, and his friends end up being far more upset about this than he is.
** Some dogs try this on Nav in Chapter 15, but he switches his drink with Spikeís [[ProperlyParanoid to check for this]].
** Fleur tries it on Nav while heís modelling for Rarity in his pegagus form in Chapter 21. Yet again, he avoids it by switching his drink for someone elseís. Are you noticing a trend here?
* SmellsSexy: Ponies pheromones work to devastating effect on other ponies, hence most settlements tend to be heavily skewed towards [[GenderRarityValue one gender]].
* SmugSnake: Discord constantly does it. Given how powerful he is, to the point where he dwarfs Celestia and Luna, he does have some justification for his attitude, and he often uses it to manipulate others into acting how he wants.
* SneakyDeparture: Nav leaves Equestria ahead of schedule in the middle of the night, after Luna confesses her crimes towards him and [[TheAtoner publicly apologises]], since he can't stand the idea of [[DontYouDarePityMe being pittied]] by others.
* SociopathicHero: Nav falls into this territory at times. It is played slightly differently from normal in that he does empathise with others, but buries it deep down as a way of psychologically protecting himself, given the trauma and betrayal he's suffered from.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: When Twilight messes up a spell and [[FreakyFridayFlip body swaps]] everyone present, Nav (as Taya) is sent to summon Rarity to help. Anyone he runs into refuses to believe his story, until convinced by rather colourful language which only he would use.
* SoProudOfYou:
** He might not say it often, but Nav is very proud of having Taya as his daughter, and readily admits it to both Bloodbeak and Taya in Chapter 66.
** A dark example, when Twilight first kills a monster in Chapter 99, and Nav hugs her out of pride while she's [[HeroicBSOD BSODing]].
* SpannerInTheWorks:
** Nav ends up disrupting several very old plans of Celestia's over the course of the story, which she is not happy about.
** Blueblood ends up being one for Discord's plan, due to Blueblood deciding to attack Nav directly, rather than provoking him into striking first.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Crazed monster-hunter Pelt makes an appearance to try and invoke this during Bon-Bon and Lyra's wedding, but no one takes it particularly seriously, and he quickly runs off having drawn the princesses' ire. Not that it would have made any difference, since Nav was GenreSavvy enough to suggest they got married privately the day before, in case anything went wrong.
* SpitTake:
** Cadance sprays her drink over the table when itís suggested she slept with Nav by Kumani.
** Spike after finding out Nav swiped Celestia's crown for a prank.
** Gilda after finding out that Nav ďreverse muggedĒ Rarity.
* SplitPersonality: Changelings can occasionally suffer from this, particularly if they feed off certain emotions like anger. Eva is the most prominent example in-story.
* SpottingTheThread: [[spoiler: [[NoFourthWall Readers themselves]] have to do this in order to realise Discord's status as an UnreliableNarrator and that he's [[MindScrew deceiving them]]]].
* SquashedFlat: One of the results of dream logic, Nav's dreamwalking, and Celestia HorsingAround.
* {{Squee}}:
** Fluttershy and Rarity's reaction at seeing '[[FreakyFridayFlip Taya]]' sitting in Nav's lap.
** One of the pony nurses in Flankfurt, Blackberry, upon finding out she has Kat for a patient.
--->'''Blackberry''': OH CELESTIA YOUíRE A KITTY!
* StockholmSyndrome: Navarone's relationship with Luna reads a lot like this until he gets pushed too far and breaks it off.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Nav and Rainbow Dash both suggest banishment or slavery as a possibility when dealing with other mares romantically. Also doubles as a BrickJoke.
-->'''Navarone''': Relax. Whatís the worst that could happen?
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': I could end up banished from her presence or possibly as her eternal slave.
-->'''Navarone''': See, I told Spike that could happen! And he didnít believe meÖ
* StuffBlowingUp: AJ's attempt to make more alcohol ends rather badly in Chapter 14.
-->'''Applejack''': You didnít tell me they could explode!
* SuddenlySober: Flo is capable of rapidly sobering someone up while SharingABody, which Nav takes advantage of on a few occasions.
* SupernaturalSensitivity:
** Humans can see horns glow on unicorns when they're using magic, and can use the colour to identity the caster. Twilight is extremely reluctant to accept this.
** Unicorns can sense magic being used around them to an extent.
* SuperWindowJump: Given the choice between this and sticking around with an amorous in-heat Celestia, Nav picks the window in Chapter 60. [[DestinationDefenestration As before]], his wings cushion the impact.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Chrysalis views herself as this at times.
-->'''Chrysalis''': Idiots! Incompetents! None of them know how to think, they all require permission! No initiative at all!
* SweetheartSipping: Nav and Rainbow Dash are forced into sharing a drink, to both their displeasures, after a [[FailedASpotCheck lapse of attention]] in Chapter 72 results in them entering a restaurant for couples and [[BadDate running into Rarity]].
* SwitchingPOV:
** Aside from the prologue, most of the story is narrated by Navarone but very occasionally Discord will briefly take over.
** Rarity narrates a small section when she's recounting her experiences to Nav of their FreakyFridayFlip.
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[[folder:Tropes T-Z]]
* TabloidMelodrama: Nav deliberately invokes this to get his revenge on Celestia, by getting her involved in a scandal.
* TakeAThirdOption: After Nav quits as Luna's knight following the complete breakdown of their relationship, Celestia offers Nav the chance to be an Umbral knight -- which comes with some very useful perks -- instead of binding himself to either of the Royal Sisters. Nav himself takes a third option by putting the offer on hold, rather than accepting or rejecting it.
* TakenForGranite: Discord partially turns Celestia to stone during the prologue.
* TakeThat:
** Nav's [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude comments over his name]] can be considered one to the many fics out there where this is used without irony.
** At Cadance, when Gilda is guessing her name and figures she "looks like a Mary Sue".
** ''Film/TheRoom'' is considered to be such a bad film that it's not included on Nav's laptop, which has a library of ''almost all human art''.
--->'''Text file''': You ought to be ashamed of even thinking about watching this movie.
* TheTalk: Nav has to give Taya one which turns out to be extremely awkward, and which certainly isn't helped by his lack of knowledge of equine biology.
* TalkToTheFist: Nav socks Chrysalis in retaliation for her taking on the form of his sister.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Blueblood is almost assassinated in this way and barely survives, though it ruins his good looks. [[spoiler: Subsequently, he vows revenge on Navarone since he holds Nav responsible for failing his duties as a bodyguard]].
* TapOnTheHead: {{Averted|Trope}}. After Nav gets knocked out at the end of Chapter 15, he spends the next day passing in and out of consciousness with a severe concussion, and is rendered very ill by the experience.
* [[invoked]]TastesLikeDiabetes: Navarone takes advantage of Taya's ability to invoke this, usually as a way of distracting anyone mad at him.
-->'''Navarone''': Taya quick! Use cuteness!
* TearsOfRemorse:
** Nav has a minor breakdown after making his first sapient kills.
** Celestia at one point breaks down and admits to Nav how [[TheChainsOfCommanding tired she is of being in charge]] after he places her in an impossible position, and having learned what she's inadvertently done to him it reduces her to some of her first tears in living memory.
* TeleportationSickness: Anyone unused to the levels of magic needed to teleport suffers from a fairly mild version this for a few minutes afterwards, with longer distances requiring more magic. It only takes a single exposure to that amount of magic to become immune to this in future though.
* TemptingFate: Most of the cast pull this off at some point. Nav does it a lot, and continues to do so even after he realises he shouldn't.
-->''One of these days Iíll learn, I swearÖ''
* TerrorHero: Nav deliberately invokes this to foster his reputation as someone who should not be messed with.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Repeatedly lampshaded and mocked by Nav. Except for the time where the song is ''about him'', in which case he's horrified...
-->''Oh my God, sheís bursting into song. Now, Iíve said before that I liked Rarityís singing voice, but I wasnít happy about being sung at about how ĎIím a good personí and ĎIíve had love in my heart the entire time.í''
* ThatWasNotADream: After Nav gives Rarity a load of gems from his stake in a gem mine, she initially thinks she's dreaming. Only after kissing a nearby changeling with the intent of 'waking up' does she realise it's actually for real. And then promptly screams once she realises what she's just done...
* ThereAreNoTherapists: At least not in Equestria, which is rather unfortunate considering how badly some could use one, especially Nav. [[spoiler: When Nav gets briefly sent back in time, he does end up seeing one]].
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Nav ends up having to share his bed with his bodyguard in Chapter 46, though only because there are no other beds available in the barracks, and Nav can't find it within himself to make Smiles sleep on the floor.
* ThereWasADoor: Nav has fun blowing stuff up while helping Luna reactivate the dream machine:
-->(after having destroyed the door with a summoned [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Bolter]])
-->'''Navarone''': So much easier than opening them.
-->'''Luna''': Lazy. That door was easy to open!
* ThinkNothingOfIt: Nav flips around between this and OnlyInItForTheMoney several times, though the latter becomes more common throughout the story.
* ThisCannotBe: Celestia's initial reaction, upon discovering the changelings have mastered human technology enough to create a working electric generator.
* AThreesomeIsHot: Surprisingly enough, the few times this occurs it's not actually Nav's idea, though he goes along with it.
* ThresholdGuardians: Athenaís paper golems and other assorted monsters which guard [[AkashicRecords her domain]].
* TimeSkip: A bunch of them, as the story takes place over several years, and can skip over months at a time. Even simply travelling somewhere can take between weeks and a month without teleportation.
* TimeTravel: [[spoiler: Nav gets sent back in time by a unicorn spell, along with Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Fancy Pants, though he winds up 35 years into the future from his intended destination. The resulting StableTimeLoop created does [[TheScream not go down well with Discord]]]].
* TooDumbToLive:
** Discord dismisses several of his {{Mooks}} deaths as this, on the grounds that if they were too stupid to ignore his instructions then they deserved what they got.
** According to Nav, the dogs as a species tend to show this trait in combat.
-->'''Navarone''': They donít flee. Most of them are too stupid to run away unless ordered to, and most of those that give orders are too stubborn to run away without some manner of Ďfuck youí plan.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Nav starts fairly low down on the scale, winning his fights out of [[BeginnersLuck luck]] more than anything else.
** Taya initially begins with almost no magical knowledge, understandably given [[OrphansOrdeal her background]]. As the story progresses, she becomes an extremely powerful mage, with her abilities in [[BlackMage battle magic]] -- which turns out to be her talent -- edging out Twilight's. Twilight is still far superior across the board, however.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Nav wasn't exactly the [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold nicest person around]] to begin with, but becomes more and more of one over the course of the story as a result of bad stuff happening to him.
* TheToothHurts: Nav starts prying out the teeth of an assassin in an effort to convince him to talk. Onlooking guards accompanying him almost throw up at the sight of it.
* ToThePain:
** Nav threatens an assassin with this in Chapter 24, and then makes good on it.
--->'''Navarone''': Look, I donít like hurting people. I really donít. But if you keep this up, I will keep hurting you. I will remove [[TheToothHurts all your teeth]], I will remove [[{{Fingore}} your fingers]] joint by joint, I will remove your toes, and then Iíll just get creative.
** Nav's threat to anyone who tries to assassinate Cadance under his watch...
--->'''Navarone''': Ladies and gentlemen [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Jocasta]]. This is Princess Cadance. She is the new representative for Princess Celestia. If anyone dares attack her, I will not kill you. I will do everything to you but kill you. Your screams will be heard across the fucking planet. The dog that poisoned Blueblood was sentenced to Tartarus. What you will get will make you wish you were him.
* ToWinWithoutFighting: Celestia merely making an appearance on the field in Chapter 16 is enough to cause the army to stand down, allowing the slaves to leave with no bloodshed.
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler: Moonbeam's corruption into Chrysalis. A kind-hearted midwife who was tricked by Discord and warped into her current form, and who readily admits to being a monster]].
* TranslationConvention: Much of the dialogue in the story is in the Equestrian language, but rendered into English for the reader by Nav. It can also be assumed that he's mostly writing in the Equestrian script, since no one else understands written English without the use of a translation spell.
* TreacheryCoverUp: The "treachery" is rather more abstract, as several of Luna's crimes are more betrayals of the ideals Equestria ostensibly stands for. In any case, Celestia still helps to cover up Luna's more insane actions to avoid shaking the system, and ensures she's punished discreetly.
* TrophyWife: Fairly common among the Canterlot nobility across both genders, and it used to be standard practice for the princesses to take a stallion as a platonic date to the Gala for this purpose.
* TrustPassword:
** Nav and Taya use these whenever they're around changelings, though some of the passwords Nav uses aren't always [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish particularly imaginative]].
** [[spoiler: When he's sent back in time and encounters his past self, Nav proves his identity by listing a bunch of details about his life that no one else could know]].
* TruthSerums: Nav's SkeletonKey can be used in this way by 'unlocking' a person's mind, briefly sending them into a trance and forcing them to speak the truth, however unwilling they might be.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Nav collects all sorts of titles over the course of his adventures, which he has to try to persuade others [[DontCallMeSir not to use]]. At one point he could claim to call himself as ''Sir Navarone, Knight of the Lunar Order, Defender of Harmony, Royal Savior, Hero of the Changelings, and Liberator of Egypt''.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: [[spoiler: Nav ends up 35 years further ahead in time than he intended, after being sent back in time by a unicorn spell in Chapter 72. While there's some futuristic technology and some cultural changes, human society is mostly the same]].
* UnEntendre: {{Subverted|Trope}}. When Vinyl suggests to Nav that they "go make some music" she is being quite literal. Then, after a music session, they do then in fact proceed to 'make some music'.
* UngratefulBastard: After Nav infiltrates a slave ship and helps free them, he's almost killed by an overly cautious unicorn, though the remaining slaves immediately stop her and are very grateful to him.
* UnreliableNarrator:
** [[spoiler: Discord]].
** Nav is an in-universe example, since he leaves stuff out of his journals or puts misleading information in.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: While everyone else present reacts to Pinkie wearing dominatrix gear with a JawDrop in Chapter 8, Navís response is to look on impassively.
* UnwittingPawn: Navarone is one for Discord, and occasionally one for Celestia and Luna. Though more often than not he's a ''witting'' pawn for the Royal Sisters.
* UseYourHead: Trixie headbutts Twilight during a duel in Chapter 5, before [[GrievousHarmWithABody throwing her]] at Nav.
* VetinariJobSecurity: Celestia has cemented her rule by making herself indispensable to the running of Equestria, and upholding the {{Masquerade}} that she and Luna [[GodJob raise the sun and moon]]. Nav at one point asks her why it's necessary, when she could rule on merit alone.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Discord breaks down and cries for the first time, after he realises he was the cause of failure for his own plan to commit suicide]].
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Both Luna and Kumani show elements of this. Not a good combination, considering they're both also {{Clingy Jealous Girl}}s.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting:
** Changelings, obviously.
** The shapeshifting spell that gets discovered allows this, but most casters only have limits on what they can change, with it usually being used to transform from a human to a pony, or vice versa. Celestia, being far more powerful, has much more leeway with shapeshifting.
* WallOfBlather: Nav's view of [[AnAesop the friendship lessons]] Twilight sends. It's implied that Celestia occasionally shares this sentiment, despite her fondness for Twilight.
* WarIsGlorious: In keeping with her nature as a BloodKnight, Luna seems to think so and reminisces over past times where she was involved in battles.
* WasOnceAMan:
** Athena states she was once a normal human but ended up transformed into her current state after exploring the depths of magic.
** Played straight whenever Nav turns into a pony, though this is only done temporarily. Also applies after he gains his wings and plant-characteristics.
** While she wasn't ever human, Chrysalis [[spoiler: used to be an alicorn by the name of Moonbeam until she was corrupted by Discord into the Queen of the Changelings]].
* WeaponOfChoice: Knives and his crossbow for Nav. The latter since it requires very little skill and training, and the former since he's not often going toe to toe with opponents. He later on starts to learn how to use his InfinityPlusOneSword, but it takes a lot of time and effort before he even begins to become competent in its use.
* WeAreEverywhere: Changelings have a few members in disguise throughout most Equestian settlements.
* WeCanRuleTogether:
** Chrysalis makes this offer to Navarone, though she may not have been genuine.
** Similarly Discord makes such an offer to some of his underlings.
* WeddingDay:
** Cadance's marriage to Shining Armor gets postponed due to the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 changeling]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 invasion]], but eventually works out fine.
** Bon-Bon and Lyra get married in Chapter 83.
* WeUsedToBeFriends:
** Chrysalis and the queen of the giant ants, prior to the attack on the changeling hive in Appaloosa.
** Nav and Luna start off as fairly good friends, but eventually Luna's issues lead to the complete breakdown of their relationship.
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 99 reveals many things, [[spoiler: including Twilight and Nav learning how "true magic" works and Celestia's censorship of it, that Merlin attempted to FlingALightIntoTheFuture, what happened to humanity, and why Nav's past self is Discord's most hated enemy]]. Oh and that Cadance [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking apparently used to write fanfics]] [[SlashFic about Shining Armor]].
* WhatBeautifulEyes:
** While he generally doesn't have anything complimentary to say about ponies' appearances, even Nav privately finds Celestia -- and particularly her eyes -- to be beautiful. Not that he'd ever tell her that of course.
** He also tells Vinyl Scratch that she should stop wearing her glasses because of this.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight:
** [[spoiler: Ames]] is horrified when he finds out [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction exactly what happened]]. The reader [[BrainBleach might well agree]] with this assessment.
** In the revised Chapter 6, Nav wakes up between Rarity and Pinkie and is rather horrified when he works out what happened.
** A lighter example later on when Nav wakes up [[BedmateReveal next to Rainbow Dash]], after their drunken wrestling, when he's quickly told that nothing untoward happened.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Nav isn't just [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to it]] (at first), but has very little understanding of it due to his inexperience on the matter. It certainly doesn't help that due to psychological trauma, he's not even sure if he's capable of feeling it.
* WhatsUpKingDude:
** Nav claims that the security protecting the princesses is very poor, and proves his point by successfully 'assassinating' them with ease.
** Nav also tends to play this one quite literally, to the shock and/or horror of others.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Nav often ends up the receiving end of these. He returns the favour on several occasions.
** Flo leaps on the opportunity to give Celestia a piece of her mind in Chapter 87.
* WhatYearIsThis: [[spoiler: Nav asks his friend this shortly after he gets sent back in time]].
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Fancy Pants refuses to compromise his morals [[spoiler: when he travels back in time with Nav]], owing to this.
-->'''Fancy Pants''': I would know, and that is enough.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Navarone is extremely resentful over his parents' choice of name, even if it's not quite as bad as his fake real name of [[spoiler: Anonymous]].
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: A repeated theme.
** Discord desperately tries to find an outlet for his boredom having lived for millions of years.
** Celestia mentions she would rather have lived a normal life and died thousands of years ago, a sentiment it can be assumed Luna shares.
** When Navarone gains a much increased life expectency after his accidental EmergencyTransformation, he's rather despondent.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: {{Averted|Trope}}. When some thugs threaten Nav, [[CombatPragmatist he immediately]] nails one [[EyeScream with a throwing knife]] right in the middle of the [[KilledMidSentence the guy's sentence]].
* WingedHumanoid: Nav ends up as one after a [[spoiler: botched spell by Trixie]]. While he initially hates his wings and finds them very uncomfortable (in part owing to his lack of control over them), he does grow to accept them, though his flying abilities are far weaker than the average pegasus.
* [[AWizardDidIt A Unicorn Did It]]: Lampshaded by Nav in his narration when he admits that there are some things he's completely unable to explain, due to him being in a world that operates on magic.
-->''Look, even I realize that there are some things that just are never going to make sense to me. Laws of reality are more like suggestions around here. [...] Maybe one day Iíll just start saying Ďbecause magic.í''
* [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask The Mare Wearing the Queenly Mask]]: While the princesses are already this in canon, just how isolated and lonely they (and particularly Celestia) are by their position is brought up several times.
* WorldBuilding: There's a lot of it about, as the details of various cultures and the history of this version of Equestria is fleshed out.
* WouldHitAGirl: It's pretty safe to say that no-one has any real compunctions about this, particularly Nav. When Nav does it there is justification for it however.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Nav generally has a fairly firm grasp of his strengths and flaws, and while his assessment of his behaviour is usually accurate -- even if he sometimes [[IgnoredEpiphany ignores it]] -- he can be a little too quick to dismiss the genuinely good things he does, prompting others to remind him. More often it's [[WhatTheHellHero the other way around]] though.
* YouAreGrounded: Despite his general lack of parenting skills, Nav finally puts his foot down in Chapter 98 and grounds Taya [[BrattyTeenageDaughter over her recent antics]], as well as denying her the use of her magic for a week.
* YouAreNotAlone: Twilight and company tell Nav this at the end of Chapter 12. At this point in the story, it actually cheers him up immensely.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Despite being told that he cannot, Nav still tries [[spoiler: and actually succeeds despite this. [[TimeTravel Sort of]]]].
* YouDidntAsk: When Fluttershy ''finally'' takes pity on Nav and shows him how to fold his wings, he immediately asks why no one told him before. Turns out they were all waiting for him to ask, and weren't banking on him being so stubborn.
* YouDidntSeeThat: After Nav publicly embarrasses Chrysalis by threatening her in front a crowd, she insists to the changelings that they didn't see anything.
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: Nav tries to warn Twilight over this when it comes to [[FateWorseThanDeath the fate of changeling prisoners]]. After she eventually finds out and that Celestia sanctioned it, Twilight would probably agree with this in hindsight.
* YouHaveFailedMe:
** Discord tends to dispose of his minions when they've served their purpose, but it's usually a case of their failures leading to them [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer being useful]], rather than either trope outright.
** {{Discussed|Trope}} between Nav and Bloodbeak.
--->'''Navarone''': Which would you rather make it back home? A bedraggled infantryman, or the commander leading the force?
--->'''Bloodbeak''': The infantry can fight another day. A commander that failed me so would be put to death.
--->'''Navarone''': More fool you. No one can win every battle. Some are impossible. Sometimes you fight for a reason other than winning.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Discord uses this. See YouHaveFailedMe.
* YouJustToldMe: [[spoiler: Nav's attempts to pass Fancy Pants, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity off as mindless creatures during his trip through time, only for Rarity to end up giving the game away by answering a question instead of keeping quiet]].
* YouNeedToGetLaid:
** Navarone suggests this to Twilight on several occasions, and she eventually ends up taking that advice. It does actually work fairly well as a way of stress relief. Of course, Twilight being Twilight, she gets easily stressed.
** Others believe the same thing about Nav, prior to some of his legendary antics.
** Vinyl and Nav both come to the same conclusion regarding Fluttershy In Chapter 77.
* YourHeadAsplode: After the slave baron is found guilty in Chapter 25, Rock crushes the head of his former owner with his [[DropTheHammer warhammer]].
* YourWorstNightmare: Taya uses her magic to do this to Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon in Chapter 50, after [[DisproportionateRetribution they refuse to take no for an answer]] when Taya declines to play with them. Since this wasn't good enough, Taya then shows them ''her'' worst nightmares...
* YouShallNotPass: Celestia's guards try to stop Nav from walking into Celestia's room after Luna {{Mind Rape}}s him. Nav beats them up, and they deny that they tried to stop him the following morning. They try to stop Nav again later on, only to quickly backpedal when they recognise him.
* YouWillNotEvadeMe: Any unicorn that is already attuned to someone after having teleported them can do this, though most have a distance limitation due to the magical power required. Celestia threatens Nav with this at one point, telling him that at full power she can teleport him to her from anywhere in the world. It's only when Nav gets his AntiMagic ring that this threat becomes nullified.
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DiariesOfAMadman/TropesOToZ



[[folder:Tropes G-H]]
* TheGadfly: Being one is a favourite pastime of Nav's.
-->'''Navarone''': ...I like watching the plebeians run about their day like little insects.
-->'''Shining Armor''': ThatísÖ kinda messed up.
-->'''Navarone''': Yeah. I just said that to see what kind of reaction Iíd get.
* GardenOfEvil: The Everfree Forest is even more dangerous than in canon, which is saying something.
* GenderBender:
** Navarone stumbles across a pair of magical artifacts that change the user's gender upon touching them. It occasionally gets used for a disguise, but more often than not it ends up being used by interested parties for bedroom experimentation, for practical jokes, or for revenge.
** Twilight is mentioned to have once reversed the gender for half the palace's staff in a NoodleIncident.
* GeneralFailure: Shining Armor is an interesting example. While his forces are [[CurbStompBattle easily beaten]] in a mock battle between the Day Guard and Night Guard (the latter under Nav's leadership), this is more because of ponies' lack of knowledge of modern military tactics and not having much experience with war, rather than personal failings on his part. And once he realises this, he's very willing to learn from the experience and what Nav can teach him.
* GenkiGirl: Mirror.
* GenocideDilemma: This actually crops up twice for Nav, firstly when he intervenes on behalf of the changelings in the aftermath of Cadance and Shining Armor's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 interrupted]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 wedding]] to spare them from starvation, and later again when he works with the changelings to destroy a diamond dog clan. Despite trying to argue for peace in the latter example, he helps the changelings when this proves to be impossible, though he's disgusted with his part in it.
* GenreSavvy:
** Nav becomes quite savvy over the course of his adventures. [[spoiler: A particularly good example is when he goes to the Crystal Empire, and later when he recognises that they're trying to interfere in his relationship with Kumani]]. He is also well aware of Taya's attempts to pull the wool over his eyes after he orders her to go and make some friends.
** In Chapter 77, after having learned from past experience, Twilight prevents Nav from avoiding her and slipping out through the window by waiting right outside on the balcony.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Almost everyone tells Nav this at one point, but especially Flo and Taya.
* GetOut: Numerous examples. Here's a few.
** Nav boots Doppel out his room during Chapter 33, after she tries coming onto him using a female version of himself, freaking him out in the process.
** Celestia furiously orders Nav and Spike to get out after they come to her seeking healing following a wild night on the town. Though her resulting mood is certainly ''not'' helped by her being in heat, and by Spike having mailed her various items of an adult nature during the course of the previous evening.
** Twilight kicks Nav out of her house in Chapter 64, resulting in him getting his CoolHouse built and permanently moving out.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: Celestia threatens to do this to Nav in Chapter 37 to put a stop to his increasingly self-destructive attitude, by ripping away his painful memories. She only stops after Nav attempts to kill himself, rather than have his free will subverted.
* GiantFlyer: The "giant moth thing" Nav gets attacked by in Chapter 12.
* GiantSpider: Nav and the changelings get attacked by one in Chapter 52. Because apparently giant ants weren't bad enough.
* GilliganCut:
** While in the changeling hive in Appaloosa...
--->''I was just going to wander around for a few hours. [[TemptingFate Whatís the worst that could happen]]?''
--->''(cut)''
--->''I hate everything.''
** From Chapter 76, when Nav is accompanying Rarity to various stores.
--->'''Navarone''': Well, as long as itís not some weaboo anime place, Iíll be fine.
--->'''Rarity''': ÖRight.
--->''(cut to the two standing in front of some weaboo anime place)''
--->'''Navarone''': God dammit, Rarity.
* TheGlomp: Due to the strength disparity, many of the times a pony attempts to hug Nav turn into this.
* GlowingEyes: Changeling eyes glow, and can be clearly seen in the dark.
* AGodIAm: Discord. He also gets very irritated when anyone refers to Celestia or Luna as one, viewing them as pretenders.
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: Attempting to escape from Pinkie generally does not work well, but rather bizarrely invoking this does.
-->'''Navarone''': Look over there, a distraction!
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': What are we supposed to be looking at?
-->'''Navarone''': Just keep looking, youíll see it
* GoodGuyBar: The Shady Trough, favourite haunt of the Night Guard.
* GoodIsNotNice: Navarone and Celestia could easily be the poster children for this.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Post EmergencyTransformation, Navís limited HealingFactor makes itself useful as he sustains far more injuries than before. Once he meets Flo and has his healing further improved, he tends to take even greater levels of damage.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Nav refuses to describe what Kat does when interrogating an assassin within Chapter 24.
* GratuitousFrench: Nav occasionally uses the French swear word ''merde'', and is quite fond of the phrase ''c'est la vie''.
* GreenEyedMonster: There are several hints throughout the story which suggest Luna is still rather resentful and bitter of her sister, unlike her canon counterpart.
* GrewASpine: Navarone is initially reluctant to refuse the princesses' demands but eventually grows to have no issues refusing them.
* GrievousHarmWithABody:
** Trixie tries to hurt Nav by hurling Twilight at him in Chapter 5, but misses.
** After Nav kills a timberwolf in Chapter 67, he unintentionally ends up doing this to himself due to his positioning, resulting in the dead wolf propelling him into a wall and injuring him.
* TheGrimReaper: Nav's choice of costume for [[AllHallowsEve Nightmare Night]], complete with the trademark SinisterScythe. While ponies mistake [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Twilight's costume]] for something else, the human personification of Death just ends up [[RunningGag flat out confusing them]].
-->'''Rarity''': ...what are you supposed to be, anyway?
-->'''Navarone''': Itís the humanís personification of Death itself.
-->'''Rarity''': ThatísÖ interesting. Why anthropomorphize it as another of your kind instead of making it something completely different?
-->'''Navarone''': Because we killed all of the monsters we ever ran into, save for ourselves and Death. What better way to respect death than to give it the form of the only monster we could never kill?
* GroinAttack: After having to [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed share his bed]] with his bodyguard, Nav is not happy to find out that Smiles is also a CuddleBug, and resorts to this to escape from his grasp. This results in Smiles reflexively kicking him into a wall, knocking him out. Probably not the best piece of bodyguarding, all things considered.
* GroundhogDayLoop: Discord briefly puts himself through one of sorts during the prologue, as part of his attempts to convince Celestia. Every time he says something wrong he wipes her memory and starts from the beginning, and mentions to having gone through hundreds of loops until he succeeds.
* GuyOnGuyIsHot: Cadance certainly seems to think so at least.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: While fighting a GiantSpider, several of the changelings accompanying Nav end up being cut in half.
* HappilyAdopted: While it's difficult to suggest either is particularly ''happy'' given what they've gone through, Taya clearly loves Navarone and vice versa. Even if he does constantly fear he's a terrible parent, and that Taya has dependency issues.
* HatesBeingTouched: Nav appears to take after [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Morrigan]] in this regard, in that he doesn't mind intimate contact quite so much, but generally dislikes being touched or hugged by others. Though there are exceptions to this, and he becomes more tolerant of it over the course of the story.
* HaveAGayOldTime:
** An in-universe example, when Nav [[InsultBackfire tries to insult Cadance]] by comparing her to [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes his new armour]], she's pleased at being told she looks so happy.
** And yet another in-universe example from Ames, regarding Braeburn's weirdness.
--->'''Ames''': What a queer pony.
--->'''Navarone''': You donít know the half of it.
* HealingFactor: Nav ends up with a minor version of this after his EmergencyTransformation, since he heals faster, and becomes capable of regenerating from damage that would kill a regular human. Serious injuries still result in significant levels of downtime and recuperation however, and he's far from invulnerable.
* HealingHands: Many of the magic users Nav deals with on a regular basis have at least some proficiency at this, particularly the more powerful ones like Twilight and Taya. It was actually Celestia's [[TheMedic original calling]], and she at one point expresses deep regret and anger that Discord's actions made this impossible for her.
* TheHedonist:
** Vinyl Scratch, as you might expect from someone involved in the rave scene.
** Navarone turns into one, using drugs, drink, and sex as coping mechanisms.
* HeelRealization: It takes a long time, but Luna eventually comes to realize what she did to Nav, and expresses remorse for the wrongs she's committed upon him. As well as admitting all this quite extravagantly in a press conference.
* HeKnowsTooMuch:
** A non-lethal variant. The cats refuse to allow Nav to leave them since he knows their location, and use Spike as a hostage to force him to stick around and comply with their demands.
** Nav orders Kat killed to protect Kumani's violations of the [[CodeOfHonor dragon code]] coming to light, but he's dissuaded from doing so.
* HellishPupils: Luna places an enchantment on her knights and the Night Guard that results in this, as well as dramatically improving their night vision.
* HemoErotic: Luna. Her combining this with her MindRape of Nav ends up being the final straw and causes him to break off their relationship. After he's run out the room screaming in terror.
* HeroicBSOD: Twilight has a small one upon killing something for the first time in Chapter 99. Unfortunately Nav is probably one of the worst possible choices to comfort her.
-->'''Flo''': [[DeadpanSnarker You are so bad at this]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Nav and Spike, despite the [[InnocentInnuendo ridiculous innuendo]] that occasionally crops up between them. To the point that when Nav leaves Equestria, Spike chooses to go with him instead of remaining with Twilight.
* HiddenDepths: Derpy is one of the few ponies who actually bothers to use the Ponyville library, and regularly checks out advanced science textbooks.
* HiddenVillain: Discord sets the entire story in motion and influences events behind the scenes, but none of the main characters are aware of his actions or presence until later on.
* [[HisOwnWorstEnemy Her Own Worst Enemy]]: Luna has some serious problems, but never really seems to stop and consider that she may be at fault, or that a change of behaviour is warranted. It is also implied that Celestia has been somewhat shielding her sister from all this, or otherwise indulging her, and she [[HeelRealization eventually]] comes to realise what she's done.
* HonorBeforeReason: Nav constantly lampshades how stupid this is when he comes across it, and particularly when he finds out at least one assassin's guild will only make a single hit, believing that surviving means the target has earned the right to live.
--> ''Why is honor such a big factor in this world?''
* HorsingAround: Celestia does it to Nav after he invades one of her dreams, which gets a CallBack while he's desperately trying to keep his hold on a monster in Chapter 99.
* HostageSituation:
** Pinkie's parents get captured by Naga in Chapter 13.
** Spike is used by the cats as a hostage to force Nav to cooperate with them during his first trip to Egypt.
** Luna gets taken as a hostage during the war games exercise in Chapter 70.
** [[spoiler: Nav takes a woman hostage during his attempts to escape when he's initially sent [[TimeTravel back in time]], though it fails due to his past self [[DramaticGunCock being right behind him]]]].
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction:
** [[spoiler: Ames']] unfortunate drunken escapade with the giant squid. It's probably best not to think about it [[BrainBleach too much]].
** Discussed briefly when Nav brings up his relationship with Kumani and how this might be a problem in the long-term.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Nav initially has to learn to fly with his new wings and doesn't have complete control over them for much of the story, as you might expect from someone who has suddenly grown a new set of appendages. In fact, he doesn't even know how to fold them properly until Fluttershy [[YouDidntAsk finally takes pity on him]] and shows him how.
* HumanityIsSuperior: Despite the advantages ponies have over humans -- notably strength and magic -- Nav strongly believes that human society is far better, and he's certainly right to believe it on the technological front. To the point where his relatively limited knowledge of technology and science -- though good for his age and level of education -- is able to kickstart a technological revolution in changeling society, and sets in motion a dramatic altering of the balance of power between the races.
* HumanitysWake: Aside from a few legends amongst the minotaurs, very little is left of humanity, though many of the major cities are built on the ruins of older human settlements.
* HumansAreDiplomats: Nav is a complicated example. Despite the violence he tends to be drawn into, and [[BloodKnight certain perceptions]] [[HumansAreWarriors of humanity]] which he occasionally goes out of his way to foster if it serves his purposes, he prefers peaceful solutions where possible and will argue for it as the first course of action. He manages to broker a somewhat uneasy peace between ponies and changelings, and in one instance his mere presence is enough to keep a fight from breaking out at a gathering of the other races, due to his connections with each of them. The irony is that in the case of [[ProudWarriorRace several races]], it's the very fact he's fostered his HumansAreWarriors image that leads them to respect him enough to listen when he argues for peace.
* HumansAreSurvivors: Nav believes this wholeheartedly, despite the fact that at this point humans are [[BizarreHumanBiology (technically)]] [[LastOfHisKind extinct]]. He even at one point tells Celestia that if she banished him to [[DeathWorld Tartarus]], he'd find a way to survive out of spite.
-->'''Navarone''': Lonely or not, humans are survivors. That is our long history and as the only one here, I shall do my best to hold onto the tradition.
* HumansAreWarriors: Luna in particular believes this to the point of thinking all humans are {{Blood Knight}}s, and Celestia also comments favourably on humanity regarding this, when she sees how useful Nav has been. Nav himself occasionally cultivates this image when it serves his goals.
* HypocriticalHumor: After having spent most of the story doing the exact opposite, Nav frustratedly comments to himself on how hard it is to tell Taya to do something for her own good. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint He's somewhat baffled when Flo ends up laughing at him]].

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-->'''Navarone''': ...I like watching
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Discord admits to doing this in his narration, not only because he finds it amusing, but also because it catches others off guard.
* ObliviousToLove: Early on in
the plebeians run about revised Chapter 10, Nav is completely and utterly oblivious to Luna's interest in him.
* OddFriendship: Odd doesn't even ''begin'' to describe the friendship between Nav and Celestia. While several elements of
their day like little insects.
-->'''Shining Armor''': ThatísÖ kinda messed up.
-->'''Navarone''': Yeah. I just said that to see what kind of reaction Iíd get.
* GardenOfEvil: The Everfree Forest is even more dangerous than in canon, which is saying something.
* GenderBender:
** Navarone stumbles across
personality are NotSoDifferent, she's a pair of magical artifacts that change pony princess and the user's gender upon touching them. It occasionally most politically powerful ruler on the planet, he's a fairly average [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] human -- though he manages to obtain a surprisingly large amount of political power and wealth -- and often gets used for as a disguise, but more often than not it pawn in Celestia's many schemes. Half of their interactions find them on opposing ends up being used by interested parties for bedroom experimentation, for practical jokes, of an argument, or for revenge.
** Twilight is mentioned to have once reversed the gender for half the palace's staff in a NoodleIncident.
* GeneralFailure: Shining Armor is an interesting example. While his forces are [[CurbStompBattle easily beaten]] in a mock battle between the Day Guard and Night Guard (the latter under Nav's leadership), this is more because of ponies' lack of knowledge of modern military tactics and not having much experience with war, rather than personal failings on his part. And once he realises this, he's very willing to learn from the experience and what Nav can teach him.
* GenkiGirl: Mirror.
* GenocideDilemma: This actually crops up twice for Nav, firstly when he intervenes on behalf of the changelings in the aftermath of Cadance and Shining Armor's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 interrupted]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 wedding]] to spare them from starvation, and later again when he works
dealing with the changelings to destroy a diamond dog clan. Despite trying to argue for peace in fallout of something or another. Even the latter example, he helps the changelings ''definition'' of friendship you'd use to describe all this would be rather warped.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Fancy Pants.
* OhCrap:
** The crazy unicorn who believes Nav is a monster gets an extremely strong case of this
when this proves to be impossible, though he's disgusted with his part in it.
* GenreSavvy:
** Nav becomes quite savvy over the course of his adventures. [[spoiler: A particularly good example is when he goes to the Crystal Empire, and later when he recognises that they're trying to interfere in his relationship with Kumani]]. He is also well aware of Taya's attempts to pull the wool over his eyes after he orders her to go and make some friends.
** In Chapter 77, after having learned from past experience, Twilight prevents Nav from avoiding her and slipping out through the window by waiting right outside on the balcony.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Almost everyone tells Nav this at one point, but especially Flo and Taya.
* GetOut: Numerous examples. Here's a few.
** Nav boots Doppel out his room during Chapter 33, after she tries coming onto him using a female version of himself, freaking him out in the process.
**
Celestia furiously orders tells him that Nav and Spike to get out after they come to her seeking healing following a wild night on the town. Though her resulting mood is certainly ''not'' helped by her being in heat, and by Spike having mailed her various items a friend of an adult nature during the course of the previous evening.
hers.
** Twilight kicks Nav out of her house in Chapter 64, resulting in him getting his CoolHouse built and permanently moving out.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: Celestia threatens to do this to
The thugs attacking Nav in Chapter 37 51 give this upon finding their target is heavily armed.
** Celestia, upon finding out that thanks
to put a stop to his increasingly self-destructive attitude, by ripping away his painful memories. She only stops after Nav, changeling technology has rapidly advanced ahead of Equestrian technology.
* OneDimensionalThinking:
Nav at one point explicitly tells Rainbow Dash that her ineffective use of the Z axis is the reason why her attempts to kill himself, rather than have his free will subverted.
* GiantFlyer: The "giant moth thing" Nav gets attacked by in Chapter 12.
* GiantSpider: Nav and
escape from Pinkie often fail. He doesn't make the changelings get attacked by one in Chapter 52. Because apparently giant ants weren't bad enough.
same mistake.
* GilliganCut:
** While in the changeling hive in Appaloosa...
--->''I was just going to wander around for a few hours. [[TemptingFate Whatís the worst that could happen]]?''
--->''(cut)''
--->''I hate everything.''
** From Chapter 76, when Nav is accompanying Rarity to various stores.
--->'''Navarone''': Well, as long as itís not some weaboo anime place, Iíll be fine.
--->'''Rarity''': ÖRight.
--->''(cut to
OneSteveLimit: Averted with the two standing Gildas. Nav at one point takes to calling them "OG" (Original Gilda) and "PG" (Princess Gilda) to differentiate between them.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Kumani, being a dragoness, is quite willing to jobs providing the pay is good. Nav sometimes shows this attitude, but flips between this and being altruistic for it's own sake, even if he tends to focus more on payment as the story progresses.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Navarone, who refuses to give out his real name, though he does mention a [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude fake name
in front his journals]].
* OnlySaneMan: Given the amount
of some weaboo anime place)''
--->'''Navarone''': God dammit, Rarity.
craziness in the world, you could be forgiven for thinking Nav is the only one, and judging by his narration he certainly seems to think so, even if he's not the most impartial judge. Celestia might give him a run for his money most of the time, but otherwise there's a ''lot'' of crazy about.
* TheGlomp: Due to OlderThanTheyLook: Spike is a variant of this. Since dragons age differently from ponies, Spike matures more quickly in certain areas than others as the strength disparity, many of the times story goes on. He still does retain a pony attempts to hug Nav turn into this.
* GlowingEyes: Changeling eyes glow,
few childish characteristics and can be clearly seen innocence in the dark.
certain areas however.
* AGodIAm: Discord. He also gets very irritated when anyone refers to OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Celestia or Luna as one, viewing them as pretenders.
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: Attempting to escape from Pinkie
generally does not work well, but rather bizarrely invoking this does.
-->'''Navarone''': Look over there,
keeps her emotions under control and puts on [[TheStoic a distraction!
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': What are we supposed to be looking at?
-->'''Navarone''': Just keep looking, youíll
stoic front]] in her role as princess. If you see it
* GoodGuyBar: The Shady Trough, favourite haunt of the Night Guard.
* GoodIsNotNice: Navarone and Celestia could easily be the poster children for this.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Post EmergencyTransformation, Navís limited HealingFactor makes itself useful as he sustains far more injuries than before. Once he meets Flo and has his healing further improved, he tends to take even greater
her display any vast levels of damage.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Nav refuses to describe what Kat does when interrogating an assassin within Chapter 24.
* GratuitousFrench: Nav occasionally uses the French swear word ''merde'', and is quite fond of the phrase ''c'est la vie''.
* GreenEyedMonster: There are several hints throughout the story which suggest Luna is still rather resentful and bitter of her sister, unlike her canon counterpart.
* GrewASpine: Navarone is initially reluctant to refuse the princesses' demands but eventually grows to have no issues refusing them.
* GrievousHarmWithABody:
** Trixie tries to hurt Nav by hurling Twilight at him in Chapter 5, but misses.
** After Nav kills a timberwolf in Chapter 67, he unintentionally ends up doing this to himself due to his positioning, resulting in the dead wolf propelling him into a wall and injuring him.
* TheGrimReaper: Nav's choice of costume for [[AllHallowsEve Nightmare Night]], complete with the trademark SinisterScythe. While ponies mistake [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Twilight's costume]] for something else, the human personification of Death just ends up [[RunningGag flat out confusing them]].
-->'''Rarity''': ...what are you supposed to be, anyway?
-->'''Navarone''': Itís the humanís personification of Death itself.
-->'''Rarity''': ThatísÖ interesting. Why anthropomorphize it as another of your kind instead of making it something completely different?
-->'''Navarone''': Because we killed all of the monsters we ever ran into, save for ourselves and Death. What better way to respect death than to give it the form of the only monster we could never kill?
* GroinAttack: After having to [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed share his bed]] with his bodyguard, Nav is not happy to find out that Smiles is also a CuddleBug, and resorts to this to escape from his grasp. This results in Smiles reflexively kicking him into a wall, knocking him out. Probably not the best piece of bodyguarding, all things considered.
* GroundhogDayLoop: Discord briefly puts himself through one of sorts during the prologue, as part of his attempts to convince Celestia. Every time he says something wrong he wipes her memory and starts from the beginning, and mentions to having gone through hundreds of loops until he succeeds.
* GuyOnGuyIsHot: Cadance certainly seems to think so at least.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: While fighting a GiantSpider, several of the changelings accompanying Nav end up being cut in half.
* HappilyAdopted: While it's difficult to suggest either is particularly ''happy'' given what they've gone through, Taya clearly loves Navarone and vice versa. Even if he does constantly fear he's a terrible parent, and that Taya has dependency issues.
* HatesBeingTouched: Nav appears to take after [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Morrigan]] in this regard, in that he doesn't mind intimate contact quite so much, but generally dislikes being touched or hugged by others. Though there are exceptions to this, and he becomes more tolerant of it over the course of the story.
* HaveAGayOldTime:
** An in-universe example, when Nav [[InsultBackfire tries to insult Cadance]] by comparing her to [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes his new armour]], she's pleased at being told she looks so happy.
** And yet another in-universe example from Ames, regarding Braeburn's weirdness.
--->'''Ames''': What a queer pony.
--->'''Navarone''': You donít know the half of it.
* HealingFactor: Nav ends up with a minor version of this after his EmergencyTransformation, since he heals faster, and becomes capable of regenerating from damage that would kill a regular human. Serious injuries still result in significant levels of downtime and recuperation however, and he's far from invulnerable.
* HealingHands: Many of the magic users Nav deals with on a regular basis have at least some proficiency at this, particularly the more powerful ones like Twilight and Taya. It was actually Celestia's [[TheMedic original calling]], and she at one point expresses deep regret and anger that Discord's actions made this impossible for
emotion, then you've ''seriously'' provoked her.
* TheHedonist:
** Vinyl Scratch, as you might expect from someone involved in the rave scene.
** Navarone turns into one, using drugs, drink, and sex as coping mechanisms.
* HeelRealization: It takes a long time, but Luna eventually comes to realize what she did to Nav, and expresses remorse for the wrongs she's committed upon him. As well as admitting all this quite extravagantly in a press conference.
* HeKnowsTooMuch:
** A non-lethal variant. The cats refuse to allow Nav to leave them since he knows their location, and use Spike as a hostage to force him to stick around and comply with their demands.
OpenSaysMe:
** Nav orders Kat killed an earth pony guard to protect Kumani's violations of the [[CodeOfHonor dragon code]] coming to light, but he's dissuaded from doing so.
* HellishPupils: Luna places an enchantment on her knights and the Night Guard that results in this, as well as dramatically improving their night vision.
* HemoErotic: Luna. Her combining this with her MindRape of Nav ends up being the final straw and causes him to break off their relationship. After he's run out the room screaming in terror.
* HeroicBSOD: Twilight has
kick a small one upon killing something for the first time door down in Chapter 99. Unfortunately 36, which is {{Subverted|trope}} when it doesn't work. [[OpenSesame Then Nav is probably one manages to open it by politely knocking on the door]].
** One
of the worst possible choices to comfort her.
-->'''Flo''': [[DeadpanSnarker You are so bad at this]].
Day Guard tries this on the front door of Navís fortress in Chapter 87. [[EpicFail It ends badly]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Nav OrphansOrdeal: The details given in Taya's backstory show this in spades. Even Chrysalis is disgusted and Spike, despite the [[InnocentInnuendo ridiculous innuendo]] that occasionally crops up between them. To the point that when Nav leaves Equestria, Spike chooses to go with him instead of remaining with Twilight.
* HiddenDepths: Derpy is one of the few ponies who actually bothers to use the Ponyville library, and regularly checks out advanced science textbooks.
* HiddenVillain: Discord sets the entire story in motion and influences events behind the scenes, but none of the main characters are aware of his actions or presence until later on.
* [[HisOwnWorstEnemy Her Own Worst Enemy]]: Luna has some serious problems, but never really seems to stop and consider that she may be at fault, or that a change of behaviour is warranted. It is also implied that Celestia has been somewhat shielding her sister from all this, or otherwise indulging her, and she [[HeelRealization eventually]] comes to realise
shocked by what she's done.
had to live through.
* HonorBeforeReason: Nav constantly lampshades how stupid this is when he comes across it, OrwellianEditor: Luna and particularly when he finds out at least one assassin's guild will only make a single hit, believing that surviving means the target has earned the right to live.
--> ''Why is honor such a big factor in this world?''
* HorsingAround:
Celestia does it admit to Nav after he invades one that they've censored large amounts of her dreams, which gets a CallBack while he's desperately trying to keep his hold on a monster in Chapter 99.
* HostageSituation:
** Pinkie's parents get captured by Naga in Chapter 13.
** Spike is used by
history, and that the cats as a hostage to force Nav to cooperate with them during his first trip to Egypt.
** Luna gets taken as a hostage during the war games exercise in Chapter 70.
** [[spoiler: Nav takes a woman hostage during his attempts to escape when he's initially sent [[TimeTravel back in time]], though it fails due to his
past self [[DramaticGunCock few thousand years have been far more bloody and violent than ponies are aware of.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vamponies follow many of the standard vampire tropes, but are capable of going out in sunlight, albeit at the expense of
being right behind him]]]].
weakened and getting terrible headaches.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction:
** [[spoiler: Ames']] unfortunate drunken escapade with
OverprotectiveDad: Generally {{Inverted|Trope}} by Nav, mostly on the giant squid. It's probably best not to think about it [[BrainBleach too much]].
** Discussed briefly when Nav brings up
grounds that he didn't have a father figure in his relationship with Kumani and how this might be a problem in the long-term.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Nav initially has to learn to fly with his new wings
life, and doesn't have complete control over them for really know much of the story, as you might expect from someone who has suddenly grown about being a new set of appendages. In fact, he doesn't even know how father. He does try to fold them properly until Fluttershy [[YouDidntAsk finally takes pity on him]] and shows him how.
* HumanityIsSuperior: Despite the advantages ponies have over humans -- notably strength and magic -- Nav strongly believes that human society is far better, and
protect her by offering practical advice, but he's certainly right to believe it on the technological front. To the point where his relatively limited knowledge of technology and science -- though good for his age and level of education -- is able to kickstart a technological revolution in changeling society, and sets in motion a dramatic altering of the balance of power between the races.
* HumanitysWake: Aside from a few legends amongst the minotaurs, very little is left of humanity, though many of the major cities are built on the ruins of older human settlements.
* HumansAreDiplomats: Nav is a complicated example. Despite the violence he tends to be drawn into, and [[BloodKnight certain perceptions]] [[HumansAreWarriors of humanity]] which he occasionally goes out of his way to foster if it serves his purposes, he prefers peaceful solutions where possible and will argue for
not as proactive about it as the first course of action. He manages to broker a somewhat uneasy peace between ponies and changelings, and in one instance his mere presence is enough to keep a fight from breaking out at a gathering of the other races, due to his connections with each of them. The irony is that in the case of [[ProudWarriorRace several races]], it's the very fact he's fostered his HumansAreWarriors image that leads them to respect him enough to listen when he argues for peace.
* HumansAreSurvivors: Nav believes this wholeheartedly, despite the fact that at this point humans are [[BizarreHumanBiology (technically)]] [[LastOfHisKind extinct]]. He even at one point tells Celestia that if she banished him to [[DeathWorld Tartarus]], he'd find a way to survive out of spite.
-->'''Navarone''': Lonely or not, humans are survivors. That is our long history and as the only one here, I shall do my best to hold onto the tradition.
* HumansAreWarriors: Luna in particular believes this to the point of thinking all humans are {{Blood Knight}}s, and Celestia also comments favourably on humanity regarding this, when she sees how useful Nav has been. Nav himself occasionally cultivates this image when it serves his goals.
* HypocriticalHumor: After having spent most of the story doing the exact opposite, Nav frustratedly comments to himself on how hard it is to tell Taya to do something for her own good. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint He's somewhat baffled when Flo ends up laughing at him]].
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* IAintGotTimeToBleed: Following his SuperWindowJump to escape Celestia, Nav is completely oblivious to the fact he's bleeding, and only notices some time later after attracting a lot of staring. And Octavia pointing all this out to him.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Nav is inwardly delighted at getting the opportunity to tell Twilight "you canít handle the truth".
* IAmAMonster: Midnight Blossom views herself as one due to her vampirism, and demanded to be sent to Tartarus, though Luna disagreed.
* IAmNotMyFather: Nav does not like the idea of being as bad at parenting as his father was, and the suggestion he's acting no differently tends to cut him quite deeply.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Both Navarone and Celestia show this on several occasions, and there are many times where both regret the necessity of their actions.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer:
** Nav's generally fairly relaxed about the idea of Taya dating someone, but he does take a moment to warn Spike not to hurt her if he does anything with her.
** Pinkie scares Kat half to death by promising retribution if she so much as looks at Nav in a funny way.
* IGaveMyWord:
** He might lie about giving his word quite a bit and use ExactWords to get out of it, but when he genuinely means it then Nav will stick by his promises.
** Discord does this when making [[DealWithTheDevil deals with others]], but he's smart enough to make sure [[ExactWords the wording]] is in his favour.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Nav's fairly self-aware when it comes to his actions, resulting in this being an increasingly common trend as the story goes on, as he becomes more reckless and unpleasant.
* IHatePastMe / OtherMeAnnoysMe: [[spoiler: When Nav runs into his (far older) past self, both end up getting under the skins of the other]].
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Daughter]]: The Dogfather tries to force Nav into working for him by kidnapping Taya. It fails on two fronts: from Taya and Twilight overpowering the token force sent after them, and because Nav recognises that they're using a changeling.
* [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace I Just Stabbed Twilight in the Face]]: Nav almost kills Twilight with a throwing knife when she surprises him after his return from Egypt, but thankfully Shining Armor manages to catch it with his magic. Later on, he almost stabs Pinkie after she surprises him.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Celestia mentions how she would much rather have been a [[TheMedic simple healer]] and lived a normal life. Fate -- and Discord -- had other plans for her.
* ILetYouWin: Discord created the Elements so that other species would have a chance against him, and isn't really bothered when he ends up being imprisoned by them.
* ILied: [[spoiler: Discord does this to Taya when luring her and Nav into a trap]].
* ImaginedInnuendo: Nav initially thinks Braeburn is coming on to him in Chapter 54, when Braeburn is actually being completely sincere and offering him food.
-->'''Braeburn''': Donít you want to try my sweet applesauce?
-->'''Navarone''': *double take*
* ImAHumanitarian: A variant, given the number of sapient species. Spike's growing desire for meat at one point causes him to ask Nav if he can eat some the corpses they run across. Nav quickly tells him to cut it out.
* {{Immortality}}: Several different flavours.
** CompleteImmortality: Discord comes extremely close to this. [[spoiler: His main goal is [[DeathSeeker finding a way around this]]]].
** BodyBackupDrive: Discord creates Navarone from one at the beginning, and presumably could continue to do so as much as he wanted. [[spoiler: However, since "true magic" cannot create or destroy life, Nav isn't truly 'alive' as such]].
** LifeDrinker: Nav is a variant of this. By Celestia/Luna periodically using the spell to transfer LifeEnergy it would be possible for him (or anyone else) to effectively become TheAgeless. The spell also works on non-sentient beings such as plants and so can be used benevolently instead of requiring a victim to steal from.
** TheUndead: Several types of them, including [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vamponies]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Blueblood gores Nav with his horn after the latter turns down the offer of a DuelToTheDeath and [[InTheBack turns his back]].
* [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes Impossibly Tacky Armour]]: Navarone gets granted a set of technicolour armour to go with his title of ''Defender of Harmony''. Ostensibly it's a huge honour, but in reality it's a [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment form of revenge]] by Celestia due to him ruining one of her plans.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Nav sets Trixie on fire with his home-made booze in Chapter 5.
* ImStandingRightHere:
** Twilight gives this, after Nav and Pinkie ignore her in favour of discussing her tendency to dictate what others should do in Chapter 5.
--->'''Twilight''': Iím standing right here, you know!
--->'''Navarone''': Yeah, I know. We were just in the barber shop together, remember?
--->'''Pinkie Pie''': Yeah, Twilight, weíre not ''blind''.
--->'''Twilight''': Ugh.
** Nav ignoring Kat in Chapter 23:
--->'''Kat''': Iím right here, you know.
--->'''Navarone''': Yes, I know; youíre rather noticeable.
** Taya and Rarity also ignore Nav in Chapter 40:
--->'''Navarone''': Iím right here, ladies.
* AndIMustScream: Discord's fate, having lived for millions of years. Whenever he gives anyone else a glimpse into his suffering, this is precisely their reaction.
* IncompatibleOrientation:
** After AJ and Nav get Rainbow drunk while testing out their home-brewed alcohol, they then get Big Mac to flirt with her, partly as a prank and partly since he needs the practice. It doesn't work for this reason.
** Rarity's attempts to hit on Braeburn fail due this. She also seems to be the only one unaware of Braeburn's orientation...
* InconvenientSummons:
** Nav being summoned to Equestria by Discord in the first place.
** The [[{{Familiar}} alphyn]] Trixie summons in Chapter 5 is not happy at being in Equestria. While he has to follow Trixieís orders [[ExactWords to the letter]], that doesnít mean he has to help her if sheís unable to ask. Alphyns also do their best to return the favour to their summoner, if they get the opportunity.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} in Chapter 41, where summoning Nav to extract him is inconvenient for Luna, since sheís in the middle of meeting a griffon envoy.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness:
** Shining Armor is probably the most unambiguously good character in the story, and dedicated to making sure everyone receives justice, regardless of their rank. He does take part in a black op to remove a dangerous criminal from power at one point, mostly because it's the right thing (rather than being in it for the [[OnlyInItForTheMoney large monetary reward]]), and actually finds it wrong when Nav comes up with an easy shortcut because it means he earns his side of the reward with very little work.
** Ponies believe this about Celestia, but over [[BrokenPedestal the course of events]] it's shown to be far from the truth.
** Fancy Pants is pretty much the only one of these among the Canterlot nobility, and genuinely uses his position as a force for good, rather than self-interest.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: A common response of Nav's to the general insanity he encounters.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Rainbow Dashís BlatantLies excuse for making an exit after Twilight and Rarity catch her appearing to read ''[[BookSafe Mating Habits of the Common Cow]]''. Also doubles as a CallBack to [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]].
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': Iíve gotta see a bear about a thing!
* INeedYouStronger: [[spoiler: Discord realises this far too late, after his protection of [[TheChosenOne a chosen one]] destined to defeat him ended up accidentally causing the hero to fail]].
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Nav stumbles across a magical sword of Flo's. Being one of the few enchanted weapons known about in Equestria, it's extremely powerful in comparison to regular weaponry.
* InnocentInnuendo:
** Nav's interactions with Ames usually result in copious amounts of this.
** As the story progresses, the interactions between Spike and Nav end up being ridiculously laden with innuendo.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Spike can occasionally come out with stuff that has a very different meaning from what he thinks. In several cases this deeply angers Nav, but he forces it down when he reminds himself that Spike doesn't know what he's saying, and that he doesn't mean anything by it.
* InnocentSwearing: A variant. Apple Bloom overhears Nav commenting on how Twilight [[YouNeedToGetLaid needs to get laid]], and has no idea what this means. So of course she asks about this in front of her family... and Twilight!
* InSeriesNickname: Nav is [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname only known by his]], and sometimes gets called Navi by Pinkie, which he hates. Celestia gets referred to by the [[BlatantLies extremely respectful nickname]] of "Sunbutt" on several occasions, for reasons you can probably deduce.
* InsistentTerminology: Nav constantly insists he's not a pony whenever the term anypony is used around him. [[CaptainObvious He does have a point]].
* InstantExpert:
** Discord implants the knowledge of the summoning and shapeshifting spells within Twilight, Luna, and Celestia's minds, though none are aware of precisely where or how they came to know them.
** {{Averted|Trope}} with changelings. When switching forms, their effectiveness is limited without prior experience and training. For this reason it's standard practice to not use unfamiliar forms in combat.
* InstantSedation: Navarone gets a syringe full of sedatives in Chapter 76. Subverted in that it doesn't take effect instantly, though it does kick in fairly quickly.
* InsultBackfire:
** Celestia admonishes Nav for his [[LoopholeAbuse underhanded tactics]] in winning the Maris tournament, only for Nav to take it as a compliment, particularly coming from her.
** Nav's attempt to insult Cadance for her part in him being awarded the title of ''Defender of Harmony'' doesn't work out quite how he planned.
--->'''Navarone''': Youíre a terrible person. And that armor looks gayer than you do. Trust me, thatís saying something.
--->'''Cadance''': [[HaveAGayOldTime Iím glad you think I look so happy!]] And itís good you think [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes your armor]] does, too.
--->'''Navarone''': ÖYou know that wasnít a compliment, right?
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Luna's idealised version of a good time, apparently. It [[HemoErotic does]] ''[[MindRape not]]'' [[{{Understatement}} end well]].
* InterspeciesAdoption / RaisedByHumans: Taya's adoption by Nav.
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Luna and Nav briefly have one. It doesn't end well. He later gets involved with Kumani, a dragoness.
** [[spoiler: Bon-Bon and Lyra, a changeling and unicorn respectively]].
* InterruptedIntimacy: It occurs several times, though there are occasions where Nav chooses to [[CoitusUninterruptus ignore said interruption]].
* InTheBack: Blueblood does it to Nav after he declines the offer of a duel.
* IntimateHealing: A platonic version where Nav lathers up Fluttershy to help her with her flea problem, since hooves are not the best tool for the job. It is extremely awkward however, and certainly not helped by Fluttershy's badly-hidden interest in him.
* InvisibilityCloak: There's a unicorn spell that does this, but it's very difficult to master and hence quite rare. It's also quite a draining spell to cast, and so can only be used for short amounts of time, unless it happens to be one's special talent.
* IOweYouMyLife: Ames agrees to train Nav in part because of this, due to Nav saving his life back during a raid in Chapter 13.
* IronicName: Sunshine Smiles claims to have joined the Night Guard to deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoke this]], though his actual reason is due to his lack of respect for Shining Armor.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: When Nav compares Pinkie to a foal, she doesn't take offense to the suggestion that she's loud, unmannered, and uncontrollable, but does protest the assertion that she's "stinky".
* ItAmusedMe: Celestia occasionally tries to alleviate some of her boredom in ways that would be described as unusual at best, and highly unethical at worst. Navarone can sometimes engage in this as well, often in response to Celestia's antics.
* ItGetsEasier: Nav is initially extremely reluctant to kill another sapient being, and only does so to help Pinkieís family. While he grows to have less reservations about using lethal force, he never takes any pleasure in it and prefers peaceful solutions.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Just one of the many issues Luna has. Her resulting lack of respect for personal boundaries is one of several reasons that finally leads Nav to end their relationship.
* ItsAllMyFault: Upon learning about some of the stuff done to Nav in Egypt while being used as a hostage, Spike is extremely upset at what he perceives as it being his fault, but Nav quickly assures him he wasn't responsible in the slightest.
-->'''Navarone''': Never blame yourself for something you have no control over, and never blame someone else for something they have no control over.
* ItsPersonal:
** During the mock battle between the Day and Night Guard, Shining Armor calls in Luna to arbitrate a dispute over Nav's "cheating", and then takes her hostage when she rules in Nav's favour. The Night Guard and particularly Luna are not pleased by this.
** Discord becomes this for Nav, [[spoiler: when he discovers the former is responsible for the extinction of humanity]].
** Discord is also this for the Royal Sisters, [[spoiler: due to him destroying almost all the alicorn race, save for themselves]].
* IWarnedYou: Nav is GenreSavvy enough to realise that removing swords from altars in the middle of odd places is not a smart thing to do. Chrysalis soon finds out why.
-->'''Chrysalis''': Donít you dare say it.
* IWasNeverHere: After finding AJ and Rarity drinking tea in Rarity's boutique while both wearing frilly dresses, Nav's response is to slowly back out the door without saying a word.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Nav [[ToThePain threatens to do]] this to an assassin to gain information, and makes good on that threat, though he's fairly unskilled at it. Kat's abilities in the field would probably make Jack green with envy, and seriously creep Navarone out.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Twilight might be unwilling to accept it, but everyone else present admits that Nav does have a point when he says that it's selfish of her to focus on her test to single-handedly save the Crystal Empire, instead of putting the lives of its citizens ahead of such concerns.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He might be abrasive, condescending, and make little secret of how much he [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech thinks you suck]], but if you're a good person or his friend then the chances are that Nav will eventually come through for you when you need help.
* JumpedAtTheCall / ResignedToTheCall: Spike and Nav in Chapter 15. While Spike is thrilled to be going on an adventure, Nav is forced to go to Egypt by Celestia as punishment.
* JustFollowingOrders: {{Discussed|Trope}} in Chapter 44. Nav also notes that most of the changelings killing diamond dogs don't seem to show any emotion, unlike Chrysalis who [[BloodKnight relishes in the slaughter]].
* JustFriends: Nav and Celestia, for [[OddFriendship whatever strange definition]] [[FriendsWithBenefits passes for friendship]] between them. While she does ask to take him as her consort a few times, various events, politics, or even (in the case of Nav) psychological trauma all conspire to keep this one on the ground. Though for what it's worth, Nav hasn't definitively said no.
* KangarooCourt:
** Celestia at one point has Rarity and Navarone convicted of treason, simply to see what would happen [[ItAmusedMe because she was bored]].
** Chrysalis later declares a diamond dog, Fido, guilty and doesn't even bother with the pretense of a trial.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: After 5 years of escaping the consequences of her actions, Luna eventually starts to receive some recompense after [[TheAtoner publicly admitting her many wrongs]].
* KickTheDog: Most of the things Discord does to distract from his boredom. The guy will commit genocide or torture while casually whistling a happy tune, and inflict suffering on others for no reason other than [[ForTheEvulz because it amuses him]].
* KillItWithFire: Nav suggests the changelings dispose of a diamond dog clan in the mines in this way. The lucky ones are quickly asphyxiated by the fire sucking out the oxygen. The unlucky ones...
* KingIncognito: After Nav is sent to negotiate with the leader of a Naga clan in Egypt, he ends up in a discussion with the sentry escorting him. Only after noticing that the politically-minded questions being asked [[SpottingTheThread are not those of a sentry]] does he realise who he's been talking to the entire time.
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: Cadance recklessly firing off love magic leads to a bunch of palace staff and guards doing this... including Celestia. Few are happy with the results. Those few are usually paired up with others who are not.
* KissOfDistraction: Nav's ShutUpKiss to Pinkie also doubles at this, allowing him to escape from her.
* KissOfTheVampire: Vamponies don't have to do this in order to feed, but can play this one straight if they wish. [[spoiler: Nav ends up asking Midnight Blossom for one as a going away present in exchange for allowing her to feed off him]].
* KneelBeforeFrodo: Standard practice for ponies whenever Celestia makes an appearance. Nav flat out refuses to bow down to anyone and claims this is a cultural thing for humans, which sends Twilight into a fit over the breach of protocol. Apparently the fact that Celestia actually would prefer it if others didn't do this is lost on her.
* KnifeFight: Nav gets in quite a few when he ends up fighting off assassins.
* KnifeNut: Kat. Navarone also turns into one.
* KnightInSourArmor: Nav starts out fairly idealistic but becomes increasingly cynical as he gets let down and used throughout the story. He doesn't even bother trying to pretend otherwise later on in the story.
* LampshadeHanging: Nav often lampshades how Equestria feels like a cartoon world, and other things that make no sense, such as ponies shrugging off impacts that should injure them, or Pinkie Pie's insanely weird abilities and behaviour.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Memory spells are capable of removing specific memories, though there can be side-effects from the procedure.
* LastOfHisKind:
** Navarone is the last remaining human. [[spoiler: Later on his transformations render him only partially human, and when he discovers that he's no longer human enough to qualify he becomes somewhat depressed, since it now means humanity is completely extinct]].
** Celestia and Luna are the last two remaining alicorns, [[spoiler: due to Discord destroying the rest]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** Nav's confusion over the VagueAge of ponies and him never getting a straight answer also mirrors fans' questions about the show.
** Nav is well aware of what kind of world heís in and lampshades it several times...
--->''...it seems like every time they want to involve me with something itís the fucking clichéd plot of a cartoon or TV show.''
* LeaveNoWitnesses: The leader of the thieves that killed Taya's parents demands this, but the cat charged with carrying this out [[EvenEvilHasStandards can't bring himself]] [[WouldntHurtAChild to kill Taya as well]].
* LegendaryWeapon:
** Nav's InfinityPlusOneSword turns out to be [[spoiler: Excalibur]].
** The Spear of Destiny is also mentioned briefly.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain:
** Nav and the Naga agree to this regarding a [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction certain incident]] that took place after a night of drinking.
** Celestia makes everyone present agree to never say anything of what happened [[KissingUnderTheInfluence between her and Pinkie]] after Cadance recklessly started firing spells off.
** Nav insists to Rarity and Taya that they pretend Cadance's drunken behaviour in Chapter 62 never happened.
** Spike and Twilight apparently have this arrangement regarding the times where she thinks she was being abandoned by everyone.
--->'''Spike''': We donít talk about those days, Nav.
** In Chapter 67, AJ and Rarity's attempts to cook something while at Zecoras results in an explosion that dyes both their hair rainbow-coloured.
--->'''Rarity''': We will never speak of this again.
* LightmareFuel: An in-universe example. When Shining Armor tries to break into Nav's mind yet again, Nav gives him a choice between two doors in Nav's mindscape. Shining ends up picking the door that leads to all of Nav's memories of being tortured and abused, to which Nav comments was a fortunate choice since the other door [[spoiler: led to the memories of him having sex with Celestia]]. It's more a case of FauxHorrific for Nav and the reader however.
* LiteralMetaphor: After forgiving Rarity and saying his goodbyes in Chapter 68, Nav notes in his narration that the day "seemed a little brighter than it had before". Only to realise he's standing in the glare of a window.
* LiteralMinded: Pinkie regularly fall into this trap. Luna and Ames as well, though it's partly due to Nav using phrases and slang they're unfamiliar with.
* LivingLieDetector: There's a unicorn spell that does this. Celestia and Twilight eventually figure that it's a good idea to cast it on Nav, though he sometimes gets around it by employing ExactWords or being [[MetaphoricallyTrue metaphorical]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The show already has a huge amount of characters. As well as keeping many of them, the story then adds far more on top.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Cadance and Shining Armor experience trouble in paradise after the birth of their daughter, and end up asking Nav for advice. Apparently said advice helps.
* LongGame: Both Celestia and Discord's plans are being played out over thousands of years. Discord's is an even longer game, since he's using fellow [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] Celestia as his pawn.
* LongLived:
** Celestia and Luna, almost to the point of appearing to be TheAgeless. Technically they do age, but extremely slowly; Celestia states that she's physically in her late twenties [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld despite being over 6200 years old]]. Apparently her extended adolescence was ''not'' a fun time.
** After his receiving LifeEnergy from a tree during his EmergencyTransformation, Nav gains an estimated 1000 years of life expectancy. Periodic use of [[LifeDrinker the spell]] would essentially [[TheAgeless stop him from ageing]].
* LoopholeAbuse: Celestia, Nav, and Discord all love this trope.
-->'''Celestia''': What you did was nothing short of brilliant, and yet at the same time so darkly underhanded that I feel dirty congratulating you for it. Iím thinking about changing the rules for the first time in history.
-->'''Navarone''': [[InsultBackfire Why thank you, Celestia]]. That means a lot, coming from you.
* LostTechnology: The dream machine, which eventually gets rediscovered by Luna and Nav, and allows ponies to dream again. With the exception of Pinkie Pie, who already had them regardless.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy / LoveMakesYouEvil: Well, it's probably more "jealous obsession" than love, but either way it's not a good comination with Luna's already questionable sanity.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: Kat. Navarone finds this extremely creepy.
* LovingAShadow: Nav suggests himself that Luna doesn't love him as a person, but rather what she thinks of him as. Namely, a BloodKnight and a warrior like herself.
* LuridTalesOfDoom: After Nav's BlatantLies rumours about himself and Shining Armor end up making the presses, he then decides to start making up even more ridiculous ones. Like Celestia secretly being a narwhal.
-->'''Reporter''': Well, itíll look good in the tabloids.
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* MadeOfIron: Ponies are surprisingly resilient to damage. It's lampshaded by Nav several times, particularly when Rainbow Dash crashes.
* MageTower: The [[BuffySpeak "unicorn tower thing"]] not too far outside of Canterlot.
* MagicallyBindingContract: Navís knighthood oath compels him to obey any orders given. He quickly manages to get Luna to remove it.
* MagneticHero: Nav gains a lot of respect from most of the guards, and after Celestia and Luna become a BrokenPedestal, the Night Guard appear to hold more loyalty to him than they do to Luna.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Done on several occasions. It usually gets [[InterruptedIntimacy interrupted in some way]].
* MaleGaze: Nav doesn't make any secret it, and openly admits to such in his narration.
* [[ManBitesMan Man Bites Pony]]: In the mock battle between the guards, Nav 'kills' Shining Armor by ripping out his throat at Luna's request, which has a pretty shocking effect on those witnessing it.
* ManipulativeBastard: Celestia, Luna, and Discord. Navarone to a lesser extent.
* TheManyDeathsOfYou: Luna ends up being repeatedly killed during her multiple attempts to force her way into Nav's dreams. Both Nav and Flo have quite a bit of fun coming up with creative methods of doing so. Highlights include: being boiled alive, [[BoomHeadshot death by shotgun]], [[EyeScream a spike to the eye]], [[LudicrousGibs a grinder, explosive decompression, and a trip mine]], [[NeckSnap tripping over a log]], and [[NoodleIncident something involving plants]]...
-->'''Navarone''': I gotta say, that was a pretty inventive use of [[NoodleImplements sunflower seeds]].
-->'''Flo''': I had a long time to think about things.
* MathematiciansAnswer: Rainbow Dash gives one in Chapter 23.
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': How am I supposed to use you as a wingman if youíre leaving?
-->'''Navarone''': Do you mean me helping you pick up chicks, or me helping you practice for the Wonderbolts?
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': Yes!
* {{Matriarchy}}: Equestria. Other cultures vary however.
* MayflyDecemberRomance / MayDecemberRomance: Luna's interest in Nav starts off as the first, and turns into the second when his life expectency shoots up after his EmergencyTransformation. Celestia's interest in him also qualifies as this.
* TheMedic: Celestia's original calling, prior to her and Luna ruling Equestria.
* [[invoked]]MemeticSexGod: Some of Navarone's exploits end up giving him a legendary reputation. Rather unfairly for him however, several of these events are caused by factors completely outside his control, rather than willing actions on his part.
* MetaphoricallyTrue: Celestia does this occasionally. Nav does it far more often, when he's not resorting to BlatantLies or ExactWords instead.
* MexicanStandoff: Ames gets into one with Bloodbeak and his guards in Chapter 66, when they visit Nav's house in Chapter 66 and threaten Doppel.
* MileHighClub: One of the alternative uses for clouds that Kat and Nav discover.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: When Nav first gets turned into a pony, his lack of familiarity with the instincts that come with that renders him particularly vulnerable to [[SmellsSexy pony pheromones]]. This can be negated through magic or experience however.
** Averted on the subject of attraction; even after being turned into a pony himself, Nav does not find them appealing in the slightest.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead:
** Navarone deliberately invokes this when Shining Armor tries to break into his mind, by presenting him with horrifying memories. [[spoiler: It ends with Shining Armor screaming on the floor in terror]].
** Chrysalis is so disturbed at what Taya has had to live through that she refuses to feed off Taya's sorrowful memories, despite them being extremely filling.
** After having his memories downloaded from Flo's nanomachines [[spoiler: during his trip back in time]], some of those observing what Nav went through are mentioned to have been traumatized by the experience.
* MindlinkMates: There's a unicorn spell for this which Luna tries on Nav at one point. Not being a unicorn and thus having no control over what happens in the environment, it ends badly for Nav. ''[[MindRape Very, very badly]]''.
* MindRape: Nav suffers a horrific one at the hands of Luna.
* MindScrew: [[spoiler: Discord doesn't just break the fourth wall, but on a few occasions actively deceives the reader]].
* TheMole: Changelings usually have at least one in [[WeAreEverywhere most settlements]].
* MomentKiller: A ''very'' one-sided moment between Luna and Nav is ruined in the revised Chapter 11 by a ride attendent. Nav is particularly grateful for the interruption, even if the resulting silence afterwards is extremely awkward.
* MoralityPet: Taya often acts as one for Navarone. The others occasionally fulfill this role as well.
* MundaneUtility:
** Nav makes use of the healing magic of others for everything from genuinely threatening or painful injuries, to eliminating the effects of hangovers.
** Nav uses [[AnAxeToGrind the axe]] he receives upon becoming a Lunar knight as a door stopper and door opener. Luna is not happy about this when she finds out.
** Nav also uses his pirate falchion as a machete.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Gilda ends up about to invoke this to get out of her ArrangedMarriage with Nav, though he manages to convince her of a less murderous plan.
-->'''Gilda''': No fiancé, no marriage.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Celestia claims Luna was trying to do this to Rainbow Dash. The fact that this lie is preferable [[AxCrazy to the truth]] speaks volumes.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Celestia is horrified when she discovers the psychological damage she has unwittingly inflicted upon Nav as a result of the jobs she forces him to do.
** Taya get in on this [[spoiler: when she realises Discord has betrayed her]].
** While Nav was [[FateWorseThanDeath well aware of the nature of the plan]] when he first concocted it, upon seeing the pony prisoners of the changelings, he's shocked to discover firsthand just how evil the results are.
* MyInstinctsAreShowing: [[DownplayedTrope A subtle example]]. On the few occasions one of the cast ends up in [[HumanityEnsues human form]], the oddities in their behaviour are picked up by Nav, notably the lack of gestures with the hands and the unusual postures. This works in reverse as well, with Twilight pointing out that Nav is very expressive with gestures [[{{Animorphism}} in pegasus form]].
* MysteryFiction: {{Parodied|Trope}}, when Bon-Bon is trying to out herself as a changeling to Ponyville.
-->'''Bon-Bon''': Everypony, Iíve beenÖ lying to you all.
-->'''Crowd''': *dramatic gasps*
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': I knew it! [[SeriousBusiness I knew you took the cookie from the cookie jar!]]
-->'''Bon-Bon''': Who, me?
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Yes you!
-->'''Bon-Bon''': Couldnít be! I donító
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Then who?!
* NaughtyByNight:
** Celestia, though she tries to be discreet about it due to having to play the role of the perfect princess. When some of these antics eventually come out, it makes her reputation take a severe hit.
** Luna also does this, to a rather horrifying degree.
* NaughtyUnderTheTable: Octavia tries for this at a party, but [[spoiler: Luna, (who disguised as herself as Celestia to Nav)]] has already beaten her to it. Cue the awkwardness.
* NeckLift:
** Nav does to Kat while standing up to her in Chapter 16. {{Justified|Trope}} by his rage, and that cats are much lighter than humans.
** Discord does this to Celestia and Luna (played by Twilight), in the PortalBook flashback within Chapter 99.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: {{Justified|Trope}} when Nav tackles a cat assassin, since he's much physically stronger and larger than a cat, and the move is completely unexpected.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: After Luna tries to impress Nav by [[RescueRomance endangering then rescuing him]], Rainbow Dash accidentally knocks her out while trying to show off.
* NoFourthWall: Nav occasionally addresses the readers directly, as does Discord. Though more often Nav makes snarky remarks to any other characters that happen to be reading his diaries.
* NoNameGiven: Naga do not use their clan names when in the presence of outsiders. As a result, Ames is often addressed as simply "Naga" by Navarone unless they're in private.
* NoodleIncident:
** Twilight offhandedly mentions a time where she happened to [[GenderBender switch the genders]] of half the palace staff.
** The Minotaurs ended up being banned from various functions because of what is described in story as a "noodle incident".
** Celestia brings up the time she once disguised herself as a chair for a year just to see what would happen.
** What precisely happened at a party after Nav got [[SlippingAMickey drugged]] is never mentioned to the reader, and Nav himself doesn't want to find out, though it doesn't take too much imagination to figure out roughly what happened.
** Pinkie has apparently been banned from having contact with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon.
--->'''Pinkie''': Iím not allowed to see them anymoreÖ The restraining order is pretty lenient, but I canít risk it.
** Shining Armor mentions a story where a knight performing a wedding ceremony accidentally ended up married to the groom, [[CompanionCube the ring]], and the bride's mother, before Celestia [[{{Troll}} finally allowed the marriage to be annulled]] a week later.
* NoodleImplements: While trapped with Twilight in a PortalBook, Nav decides to pass the time by regaling her with some of his bedroom antics with Kumani off-page, treating readers to an utterly bizarre mental image.
-->'''Navarone''': ...and thatís when I discovered yet another use for tooth floss.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind:
** {{Averted|Trope}} in Chapter 22, as Twilight ends up leaving Nav behind in a rather dangerous situation when she [[ForgotICouldFly finally remembers]] she can teleport.
** Nav makes a valiant effort to invoke this when trying to save the miner he hires during his trip to the Crystal Empire, but sadly it's not enough to save the guy.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: Rock is essentially a walking tank, and capable of walking around with extensive injuries as if they were nothing. In one instance, it's only when Nav [[ICanStillFight orders him]] to go and get healed up that he stops fighting.
* TheNoseKnows: While not exactly taken to superpower levels, ponies have a much greater sense of smell than humans. Other species also beat out humans in the nose department.
* NoOSHACompliance:
** Changeling hives lack any sorts of rails around the entrance chambers, and are very poorly lit. {{Justified|Trope}}, since they can all fly and have good night vision.
** Naga caves are dangerous due to the ease of getting lost within them. Nav suggests to the Naga that they use a system of coloured ropes to map the caves, but they decide against it.
* NoSell:
** Nav's AntiMagic ring does this to anyone who tries to use magic on the wearer.
** A more mundane example when Nav tries to slam the door shut on someone's hoof, only for him to realise how ineffectual this is on ponies.
** Discord is completely unaffected by Celestia's magic, or indeed almost anything you can throw at him.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Taken UpToEleven with this version of Pinkie Pie, who at one point manages to hide ''inside Nav's shirt''. Everyone else is just as horrified by that as you might imagine.
* NoSocialSkills:
** Taya lacks social graces, partly as a result of the trauma she's suffered. Given that she continues to develop her magical abilities rather than socialise with her peers, it could also be considered an example of SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining.
** Navarone often acts like this, simply because he doesn't care. He can turn on the charm if he wants to however.
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: In Chapter 16, [[spoiler: after a week of being used as Kat's SexSlave under the threat of them killing Spike, Nav finally stands up to her and tells her that he'll kill her if she so much as looks at him in the wrong way in future]].
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Any mare attempting to distract Nav in this way fails spectacularly due to him not finding ponies physically attractive.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Discord brings Miguel back from the very verge of death as part of a DealWithTheDevil]].
* NotSoDifferent: While not explicitly stated, it's made clear over the course of the story that Nav and Celestia are not as different as either would like to believe.
* NotWhatItLooksLike:
** Nav modelling clothes for Rarity while discussing his dancing lesson with Pinkie in Chapter 6 gives Fluttershy the mistaken impression she was interrupting them in the middle of something completely different.
** One of the times [[spoiler: Midnight Blossom]] attempts to feed off Nav gives a ''very'' different impression from what actually happened.
** When Shining Armor claims to have been preoccupied with husbandly duties, Nav, being his usual self, immediately assumes said duties were of an intimate nature. Shining Armor quickly informs Nav otherwise, right as Bloodbeak enters the room.
--->'''Shining Armor''': We werenít bucking!
--->'''Bloodbeak''': Am IÖ interrupting something?
** Rainbow Dash using Nav as a pillow for her nap in Chapter 72 has her furiously protesting this, after AJ snaps a picture. Nav defuses the situation by telling the others that they've ''all'' done the same, only to then troll everyone by mentioning his and Rainbow Dash's (platonic) date in a few days time, before walking away.
* NukeEm: [[spoiler: Discord managed to destroy much of humanity in this way, as part of his ploy [[DeathSeeker to finally die]]. Unfortunately for him, HumansAreSurvivors]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Discord admits to doing this in his narration, not only because he finds it amusing, but also because it catches others off guard.
* ObliviousToLove: Early on in the revised Chapter 10, Nav is completely and utterly oblivious to Luna's interest in him.
* OddFriendship: Odd doesn't even ''begin'' to describe the friendship between Nav and Celestia. While several elements of their personality are NotSoDifferent, she's a pony princess and the most politically powerful ruler on the planet, he's a fairly average [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] human -- though he manages to obtain a surprisingly large amount of political power and wealth -- and often gets used as a pawn in Celestia's many schemes. Half of their interactions find them on opposing ends of an argument, or dealing with the fallout of something or another. Even the ''definition'' of friendship you'd use to describe all this would be rather warped.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Fancy Pants.
* OhCrap:
** The crazy unicorn who believes Nav is a monster gets an extremely strong case of this when Celestia tells him that Nav is a friend of hers.
** The thugs attacking Nav in Chapter 51 give this upon finding their target is heavily armed.
** Celestia, upon finding out that thanks to Nav, changeling technology has rapidly advanced ahead of Equestrian technology.
* OneDimensionalThinking: Nav at one point explicitly tells Rainbow Dash that her ineffective use of the Z axis is the reason why her attempts to escape from Pinkie often fail. He doesn't make the same mistake.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with the two Gildas. Nav at one point takes to calling them "OG" (Original Gilda) and "PG" (Princess Gilda) to differentiate between them.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Kumani, being a dragoness, is quite willing to jobs providing the pay is good. Nav sometimes shows this attitude, but flips between this and being altruistic for it's own sake, even if he tends to focus more on payment as the story progresses.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Navarone, who refuses to give out his real name, though he does mention a [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude fake name in his journals]].
* OnlySaneMan: Given the amount of craziness in the world, you could be forgiven for thinking Nav is the only one, and judging by his narration he certainly seems to think so, even if he's not the most impartial judge. Celestia might give him a run for his money most of the time, but otherwise there's a ''lot'' of crazy about.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Spike is a variant of this. Since dragons age differently from ponies, Spike matures more quickly in certain areas than others as the story goes on. He still does retain a few childish characteristics and innocence in certain areas however.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Celestia generally keeps her emotions under control and puts on [[TheStoic a stoic front]] in her role as princess. If you see her display any vast levels of emotion, then you've ''seriously'' provoked her.
* OpenSaysMe:
** Nav orders an earth pony guard to kick a door down in Chapter 36, which is {{Subverted|trope}} when it doesn't work. [[OpenSesame Then Nav manages to open it by politely knocking on the door]].
** One of the Day Guard tries this on the front door of Navís fortress in Chapter 87. [[EpicFail It ends badly]].
* OrphansOrdeal: The details given in Taya's backstory show this in spades. Even Chrysalis is disgusted and shocked by what she's had to live through.
* OrwellianEditor: Luna and particularly Celestia admit to Nav that they've censored large amounts of history, and that the past few thousand years have been far more bloody and violent than ponies are aware of.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vamponies follow many of the standard vampire tropes, but are capable of going out in sunlight, albeit at the expense of being weakened and getting terrible headaches.
* OverprotectiveDad: Generally {{Inverted|Trope}} by Nav, mostly on the grounds that he didn't have a father figure in his life, and doesn't really know much about being a father. He does try to protect her by offering practical advice, but he's not as proactive about it as he should be.
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating:
** [[AssInAmbassador Calix]] has such a low reputation that even his bodyguards don't make the slightest effort to protect him when Nav murders him, and the rest of the guards donít appear to show any disapproval of Navís actions.
** Luna was making progress on recovering from this following her return, but after various scandals finally catch up with her, she finds herself firmly in this territory again.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Nav's InfinityPlusOneSword is capable of cutting [[WreckedWeapon through other swords]], which makes for quite a useful distraction in combat.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The sewers in [[PunnyName Flankfurt]].
* ActionGirl: While the Mane 6 are already this in canon, it particularly applies to Pinkie. Kumani, Kat, and Taya also qualify.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Celestia is secretly amused when Nav swipes her crown as a prank, but still wastes no time in tasking Twilight to retrieve it. Probably on account of [[ItAmusedMe all the chaos this causes]], given that she could effortlessly retrieve it in an instant if she wanted.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Many of the various festivals Nav attends or hears about tend to make extensive use of alliteration. Nav, of course, [[LampshadeHanging mocks this]].
-->''These ponies sure like their alliteration...''
* AffablyEvil: [[TheDon The Dogfather]], despite being a powerful crime lord, prefers to be polite to those he deals with, and is willing to shake Nav's hand before attempting to threaten him.
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Nav does it from time to time, sometimes as a gesture of friendship and affection, or when he wants to be particularly condescending.
* AkashicRecords: Athenaís library contains as much of the worldís knowledge as she can find.
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated:
** Averted with Shakespeare's tragedies, which don't go down well with ponies, resulting in Celestia [[BannedInChina banning Nav]] from transcribing and selling any more. Other written works are far better received, and after Nav introduces Vinyl to various genres of human music it transforms her career.
** Generally averted with Nav as well, who tends to view the pony arts as far less interesting than those of human cultures. He does appreciate Lyra's skill with the lyre, however.
** Human movies are quite well received by Rainbow Dash, particularly ''Franchise/IndianaJones''. Rarity also turns into quite a big fan of anime.
* AlienBlood:
** Changeling blood is always green, and can be used to identify one regardless of the form they're currently taking.
** Nav's blood changes somewhat post EmergencyTransformation, taking on an amber hue and becoming far more viscous than regular human blood.
* AllMythsAreTrue: [[Literature/TheBible Cain]] is responsible for the creation of Discord, and a large number of human myths are true. In particular, {{Merlin}} was the last human mage.
* AllThereInTheManual: [[WordOfGod The author]] often clarifies things and provides extra information in the comments section.
* AmbiguousGender: [[spoiler: During their trip back in time, Nav suggests this will be an issue for Rainbow during her attempts to score, since while he's used to ponies and can easily tell the difference, others are not]].
* AmericanAccents: Similar to AJ, Nav has a southern drawl but his only becomes particularly pronounced when he's feeling especially frustrated or upset.
* AnAesop: Navarone privately mocks the ridiculous nature of Twilight having to send friendship reports, and is not happy when Celestia makes him give one to her himself. Celestia isn't exactly thrilled by what he comes up with either.
* AnAxeToGrind: Nav gets a rather nice one when he takes up the role of a Lunar knight. This is then subverted when he [[AwesomeButImpractical refuses to use it]] due to his lack of expertise, and continues using weapons he's acquired some proficiency in.
* AncientKeeper: Athena, who [[AkashicRecords collects knowledge]] within her own domain [[PortalBook dedicated for the purpose]].
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Nav's reward for saving Cadance and her daughter's lives. Well, armour. A ''really'' [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes garish set of armour]]. And technically it's [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment a punishment]] dressed up as a reward.
* {{Animorphism}} / HumanityEnsues: A failed spell from [[spoiler: Trixie]] turns Nav into a pegasus, and Twilight into a human. After the princesses figure out how to reverse this, the spell gets used several times throughout the story. Nav despises being a pony, though others are impressed with how useful hands are.
* AnnoyingArrows: Spike accidentally shoots Gilda's wing while out hunting with Nav, but it's mostly an annoyance [[JustifiedTrope since Taya is around]] to quickly heal any damage it caused.
* AntiHero:
** Navarone, big time. He'll usually help those who really need it, but will readily act in underhanded and unethical ways, and generally has an abrasive personality.
** Celestia shows traits of this on occasion. While generally caring and good, she's also not above acting immorally when the need arises, or she's [[ItAmusedMe especially bored]].
* AntiMagic:
** Navarone's anti-magic ring proves to be extremely useful to him, since most magic users rely too much on their magic, and he has no natural defence against it.
** Dragons have some degree of inherent magic resistance, though this can be overcome with sufficient power.
** Athenaís wards block most magic within her PortalBook, and her paper golems are immune to it.
* AnythingButThat: Seen several times when various unicorns have their horns threatened with removal.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: No one except Nav takes Twilight's claim about the library being haunted seriously since "ghosts arenít real", when not only do ghosts actually exist, but the world is filled with ''far'' stranger things.
* ArchEnemy:
** Changelings and diamond dogs have an extreme mutual hatred of each other. As do changelings and griffons.
** Celestia and Luna have one in Discord.
** [[spoiler: Navarone is Discord's most hated nemesis, but Nav is currently unaware of that]].
* ArrangedMarriage: After Nav and Luna cause a scandal with the griffons, Bloodbeak finds a way of forcing Nav and Gilda to marry in order to take advantage politically, as well as benefiting from Nav's knowledge. Nav eventually finds a way out, but helps Bloodbeak anyway. Later Bloodbeak tries to set him up with his daughter, ''Princess'' Gilda, which doesn't work out.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Discord's description of the time he was destroying the alicorn race.
-->''Yes, I was causing chaos. Yes, there was some misery involved. Yes, I might have been the cause of the [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi duckbill platypuses]].''
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: {{Discussed|Trope}} and mostly {{Averted|Trope}}. Nav teaches Spike to be very careful with his crossbow and that it's a tool for killing, rather than a cool toy.
* [[AsHimself As Herself]]: An in-universe example at the dream party in Chapter 86. Several of the most attractive mares in Equestria have given permission for their forms to be used as part of the [[BikiniBar entertainment]], but Sapphire Shores, Cadance, and Spitfire are all secretly playing themselves.
* AsideGlance: Discord manages to give one to the reader ''through text''.
* AskAStupidQuestion: Courtesy of Shining Armor.
-->'''Shining Armor''': Are you plotting treason?
-->'''Navarone''': [[SarcasmMode Yes, I definitely am]]. And the first person Iím going to tell is the captain of the guard who is definitely loyal to the princesses and would never be swayed against them.
* AsleepForDays:
** Nav ends up asleep for a week after Taya nearly kills with a severe case of PowerIncontinence.
** Nav is out of things for a [[TapOnTheHead few days]] after being captured by the cats at the end of Chapter 15, due to suffering from a bad concussion.
** Nav ends asleep for several days yet again after Twilight doses him with Polonium following her consumption of hate poison.
** Nav ''again'', after his encounter with an Ursa Minor in Chapter 42.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: [[spoiler: Discord's [[AnthropomorphicPersonification entire existence]] revolves around this. Unfortunately for him, this makes it very difficult for him to [[DeathSeeker kill himself]]]].
* AssholeVictim:
** Despite [[PrinceCharmless Blueblood's]] many failings, it's hard for anyone to argue that he deserved to be robbed of his looks and almost killed by poison, [[spoiler: or that he deserved to die, after this leads to Discord indirectly getting him killed]].
** [[AssInAmbassador Calix]] was a very unpleasant pony to say this least, and while his behaviour would have jeopardized their mission, this probably didn't warrant the extreme step of Nav murdering him.
* AssInAmbassador:
** The Equestrian ambassadors to Egypt are hardly paragons of diplomacy and etiquette, given that they've been ReassignedToAntarctica. Emerald Script isn't too bad, but Calix is so unpleasant and nasty that Nav murders him before he can jeopardize matters.
** Blueblood was sent to a foreign social function in Paris after Celestia and Luna were unable to make it, where he continues to be his usual self. [[spoiler: Up until someone [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink tries to poison him]], at any rate]].
* TheAtoner:
** Gilda visits Ponyville in Chapter 40 to make amends for her [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff previous actions]].
** Luna [[HeelRealization eventually shows remorse]] for what she's done to Nav, publicly confessing to what she's done and apologising to him in a press conference.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: One of the changeling hives at one point gets attacked by a swarm of giant ants. It's as unpleasant as it sounds.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: Nav dismisses Cadance as a powerless figurehead at first, but she later becomes a useful ally of his, and demonstrates far more political skill and power than he initially gives her credit for.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** The [[AnAxeToGrind axe]] Nav gets when he becomes one of Luna's knights. It's a nice weapon, but utterly pointless to hand someone a weapon they've got no training with and expect them to use it in combat. Nav [[BrutalHonesty being Nav]], he makes this point somewhat more bluntly.
** After [[spoiler: being sent back in time, Nav wants to take some firearms back with him, but is told not to bother since obtaining more ammunition would be almost impossible without modern infrastructure]].
* AxCrazy: Luna tried to have Nav murdered in a rage early on in the story, and then lies to him that she was going after [[MurderTheHypotenuse Rainbow Dash]] instead when it fails.
* AxeBeforeEntering: Nav does this while breaking down a door in Chapter 36. He initially pulls a Jack Nicholson before being distracted by the treasure he finds inside.
-->'''Navarone''': [[Film/TheShining Hereís Joh]]óOh shit!
* BadassBoast: Nav gives one on behalf of humanity to Celestia.
-->'''Navarone''': There is no force in the multiverse stronger than a group of humans plotting revenge. You may think youíre immortal now, but piss some people off where I come from and youíd find out for sure. And if you are, [[FateWorseThanDeath you might end up wishing you werenít]].
* BadassGrandpa: Fancy Pants is one of Celestia's knights, and shows signs of being an effective commander in the field during a war games exercise.
* BadDate: Rarity ends up on one in Chapter 72, though Nav and Rainbow Dash manage to partly rescue her from it.
* BadDreams: Nav suffers from them. Celestia also has nightmares of her own, one of which Nav [[DreamWalker wanders into]] at one point.
* BadLiar: Ponies are utterly terrible at lying, a fact which is balanced out by their naivety and willingness to believe the other is telling the truth, unless there's extremely strong evidence to suggest otherwise. Navarone often takes advantage of this.
* BaitAndSwitch: Pinkie initially appears like sheís chastising Rarity for forcing Nav to eat in Chapter 40Ö only to instead admonish Rarity for not inviting her to join them.
-->'''Navarone''': TraitorÖ
* [[invoked]][[BannedInChina Banned in Equestria]]: Celestia bans Nav from transcribing any more tragedies after many ponies find ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' to be very upsetting.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: The fact that this ''isn't'' kept from the original source material is alluded to a few times. [[GodivaHair Tails]] apparently serve as a very convenient SceneryCensor for the most part, but it's safe to say that Equestrian standards of modesty and privacy differ from that of most human cultures. Strangely, when a somewhat out of his mind Nav points out that from a certain angle, ''nothing'' is left to the imagination, Twilight is extremely embarrassed.
* BavarianFireDrill: Nav briefly employs this while infiltrating a slave ship and [[DressingAsTheEnemy dressed as one of the crew]]. About to be caught with some freed slaves, he yells to an approaching {{Mook}} that the ship has been compromised and that he'll watch the slaves while the guy warns the crew.
* BeAllMySinsRemembered: Nav already [[GenocideDilemma feels guilty]] over helping the changelings wipe out the diamond dogs, but the praise he receives certainly doesn't help matters.
* TheBeastmaster: Nav is something of a variant; after his partial transformation, less intelligent wildlife ignores him since they recognise him as a tree. He also manages to develop a rapport with the timber wolves in the Everfree Forest owing to this, who had previously been thought to be mindless creatures.
** Fluttershy -- who is one in her own right -- seems to believe Nav plays this one much straighter however, after he helps her with Angel misbehaving. [[spoiler: In other words, Nav threatens to eat Angel if he doesn't stop mistreating Fluttershy]].
* BecomingTheMask: Bon-Bon has been away from the changeling hive for so long that even after dropping her disguise, her instinctual reaction is to refer to herself a pony, though she quickly catches her mistake.
* BedmateReveal:
** Occurs during the revised Chapter 6. Nav is not happy with what he finds.
** Nav later on wakes up to find Rainbow Dash in his bed, and is rather disturbed until Flo reassures him that nothing happened, and they'd just been drunkenly wrestling before passing out.
* BeginnersLuck: Nav wins his fights early on pretty much entirely on this.
* BenevolentPrecursors: Humanity created the other races, as well as the elementals to try to protect them from Discord, and are revered by the minotaurs for this reason.
* BerserkButton: Nav might not have [[TheHedonist many]] [[ReallyGetsAround standards]] left as the story goes on, but assuming he has ''none whatsoever'' is a good way of making him livid with anger, as AJ finds out first hand. Viewing him as weak and helpless is another. And start running for your life if you target those who can't fight back.
* BestialityIsDepraved: One of Eva's personalities, "Mirror", claims to have been forced into this due to the lack of food available, though she's far more enthusiastic than you'd otherwise expect. Nav and Flo are suitably freaked when they find out, and try their best [[BrainBleach to forget they ever saw anything]].
* BigBrotherIsWatching:
** Celestia and Luna have a spell for this purpose, which deeply angers Nav when he finds out they've been spying on him. Blocking this spell is one of the main uses of his AntiMagic ring, after he stumbles across it.
** Discord is usually watching through Nav's eyes, though Nav is unaware of this.
* BigEater:
** Generally inverted by Nav after his transformation, to the point where he often ForgetsToEat, much to Rarity and Taya's disapproval. He does start eating a lot more after he [[JustifiedTrope finally starts to get into shape]] however.
** Celestia as well, given her fondness [[TrademarkFavoriteFood for cake]] and her tendency to indulge in it for breakfast.
* BigWhat:
** Twilight's reaction upon learning Nav is about to challenge a crazy unicorn who just threatened him...
--->''(after just being threatened)''
--->'''Twilight''': What was that about?
--->'''Navarone''': [[CasualDangerDialogue Oh, some unicorn just came here and told me he was going to kill me in fifteen minutes]]. Iíll go get my crossbow. Be back soon.
--->'''Twilight''': Have fun, NóWHAT?!
** Celestia [[NotSoStoic exploding with anger]] after finding out that Nav and Luna have ignored her plan and inadvertently created a scandal with the griffons.
* BilingualBonus:
** [[spoiler: Nav's sister, Jane, says her last words to him in Finnish]].
** Flo and Aerie first greet the other in Dutch and Hungarian respectively.
* BiTheWay: Nav emphatically insists he isn't this, and doesn't normally show any interest in his own gender. It's more a case of him becoming increasingly depraved and pretty much literally saying "fuck it".
* BizarreHumanBiology: Nav starts off as a regular human, but after a combination of events ends up being stuck with the wings of a pegasus in human form (albeit larger than normal, since he has less magic and so requires larger wings for lift, as well as being far slower in the air), and gains several plant-like characteristics as a result of his EmergencyTransformation. Ultimately he gets changed so much that he's no longer biologically human, even if he ''mostly'' resembles one externally.
* BlackMage: Taya's special talent.
* BlahBlahBlah:
** Nav's summary of Twilight's lesson to Taya on healing magic.
** Pinkie at one point talks to Nav entirely in a series of "blah"s, which Nav decides to go along with.
** Nav pulls this literally when explaining what happened to Celestia in Chapter 34. [[spoiler: It might well run in the family, considering his (past self's) daughter pulls the same thing in Chapter 74]].
** Pretty much any time Rarity's [[BadDate date]] in Chapter 72 starts talking. Nav and Rainbow Dash tune Rarity out a little later out in the scene for the same reason.
* BloodKnight:
** Luna herself shows several of these tendencies, and seems to believe [[HumansAreWarriors humans as a species]] are all this.
** Chrysalis takes far too much pleasure in slaughtering a diamond dog clan.
* BodyBackupDrive: Discord is capable of acting as one, though the only two people we know he's backed up are [[Literature/TheBible Cain]] and Navarone. Nav is currently unaware he is not the original.
* BodyHorror: Some of the atrocities Discord ended up committing upon the alicorns. From literally splitting them into the three pony races, to corrupting them into changelings. The ones he drove insane would probably count as a CruelMercy, considering.
* BoldlyComing: Even if there aren't any {{Green Skinned Space Babe}}s, Kirk would probably be proud of Nav in this regard, given how many interspecies liasons he manages to rack up.
* BookSafe: Used as a hiding spot for Nav's diaries at one point.
* BoringButPractical: The items Nav brings back with him [[spoiler: after his trip through time]] are for the most part not very interesting due to [[AwesomeButImpractical their impracticality]]. As a result he ends up bringing stuff that falls into this instead, such as a laptop filled with a lot of humanity's scientific and technological knowledge, and seeds for many useful plant species.
* BottomlessPit: Nav and the guards stumble across what appears to be one while exploring Celestia and Lunaís old castle in Chapter 36, but itís actually a magical illusion.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: In keeping with his status as a CombatPragmatist, Nav equips himself with a variety of weapons for different situations, though he is especially proficient with his crossbow and daggers.
* BrainsAndBondage: Both princesses are very much into this, but especially so with Celestia.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: While averting some of the characteristics of this trope, Taya starts to become one a little later on in the story, which is implied to be attention-seeking behaviour. Eventually Nav [[YouAreGrounded finally puts his foot down]].
* BreadAndCircuses: While Celestia has made sure [[VetinariJobSecurity she's irreplaceable]], one of her strategies for ensuring the status quo remains is [[HundredPercentAdorationRating by keeping the population happy enough]] that no one would want to contest her.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Nav, trying to get Smiles to leave him alone.
-->'''Navarone''': Donít you have anything better to do than bother me?
-->'''Smiles''': Such as?
-->'''Navarone''': Playing cards with the other guards. Reading. Guarding. Lighting babies on fire. Iím sure you can think of something.
* BrickJoke:
** Nav and Rainbow Dash's StrangeMindsThinkAlike moment regarding the pitfalls of dealing with mares romantically.
** The BlatantLies rumours Nav starts regarding himself and Shining Armor, and later on the joke regarding Celestia secretly being a narwhal, both of which end up getting printed in the papers.
--->'''Braeburn''': Iíve read a bunch of things in the paper that say youíre with the captain of the royal guard.Ē
--->'''Navarone''': Those are rumors that I started to fuck with him. Heís happily married to a loving princess. They even have a kid.
--->'''Braeburn''': See, this is why nopony likes the news anymore. Itís all lies! I bet next youíll tell me that Princess Celestia isnít even [[BrickJoke a narwhal in disguise]].
--->'''Navarone''': God, someone actually put that in a paper?
* BriefAccentImitation: Taya does a bad job of imitating Apple Bloom's southern accent when mocking how the [=CMC=] constantly try and 'help' her find her cutie mark.
* BrilliantButLazy: Navarone has an extremely cunning mind, but doesn't use it to its fullest owing to this. He even tells Celestia that he could get her overthrown and install himself as the de facto ruler of Equestria by using Luna as his puppet, but he lacks the ambition and motivation to do so. That and he admits he'd be a terrible leader.
* BrokenPedestal: Both Celestia and particularly Luna's reputations take a severe hit over the course of the story, though it is suggested that Luna is trying to drag Celestia down with her.
* BrokenTears: [[spoiler: Discord, upon realising he messed up his own plan when he's unable to prevent Nav from travelling back in time during Chapter 72]].
* BrutalHonesty: One of Navarone's defining character traits, and one which often drives others to tears, violence, or both.

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating:
** [[AssInAmbassador Calix]] has such
TheGadfly: Being one is a low reputation favourite pastime of Nav's.
-->'''Navarone''': ...I like watching the plebeians run about their day like little insects.
-->'''Shining Armor''': ThatísÖ kinda messed up.
-->'''Navarone''': Yeah. I just said
that to see what kind of reaction Iíd get.
* GardenOfEvil: The Everfree Forest is
even more dangerous than in canon, which is saying something.
* GenderBender:
** Navarone stumbles across a pair of magical artifacts that change the user's gender upon touching them. It occasionally gets used for a disguise, but more often than not it ends up being used by interested parties for bedroom experimentation, for practical jokes, or for revenge.
** Twilight is mentioned to have once reversed the gender for half the palace's staff in a NoodleIncident.
* GeneralFailure: Shining Armor is an interesting example. While
his bodyguards don't make forces are [[CurbStompBattle easily beaten]] in a mock battle between the slightest effort to protect him when Nav murders him, Day Guard and the rest of the guards donít appear to show any disapproval of Navís actions.
** Luna was making progress on recovering from this following her return, but after various scandals finally catch up with her, she finds herself firmly in this territory again.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade:
Night Guard (the latter under Nav's InfinityPlusOneSword leadership), this is capable more because of cutting [[WreckedWeapon through other swords]], which makes ponies' lack of knowledge of modern military tactics and not having much experience with war, rather than personal failings on his part. And once he realises this, he's very willing to learn from the experience and what Nav can teach him.
* GenkiGirl: Mirror.
* GenocideDilemma: This actually crops up twice
for Nav, firstly when he intervenes on behalf of the changelings in the aftermath of Cadance and Shining Armor's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 interrupted]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 wedding]] to spare them from starvation, and later again when he works with the changelings to destroy a diamond dog clan. Despite trying to argue for peace in the latter example, he helps the changelings when this proves to be impossible, though he's disgusted with his part in it.
* GenreSavvy:
** Nav becomes
quite a useful distraction in combat.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The sewers in [[PunnyName Flankfurt]].
* ActionGirl: While
savvy over the Mane 6 are already this in canon, it course of his adventures. [[spoiler: A particularly applies good example is when he goes to Pinkie. Kumani, Kat, the Crystal Empire, and Taya later when he recognises that they're trying to interfere in his relationship with Kumani]]. He is also qualify.
well aware of Taya's attempts to pull the wool over his eyes after he orders her to go and make some friends.
** In Chapter 77, after having learned from past experience, Twilight prevents Nav from avoiding her and slipping out through the window by waiting right outside on the balcony.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Almost everyone tells Nav this at one point, but especially Flo and Taya.
* GetOut: Numerous examples. Here's a few.
** Nav boots Doppel out his room during Chapter 33, after she tries coming onto him using a female version of himself, freaking him out in the process.
**
Celestia is secretly amused when furiously orders Nav swipes and Spike to get out after they come to her crown as seeking healing following a prank, but still wastes no time wild night on the town. Though her resulting mood is certainly ''not'' helped by her being in tasking heat, and by Spike having mailed her various items of an adult nature during the course of the previous evening.
**
Twilight kicks Nav out of her house in Chapter 64, resulting in him getting his CoolHouse built and permanently moving out.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: Celestia threatens
to retrieve it. Probably on account of [[ItAmusedMe all the chaos do this causes]], given to Nav in Chapter 37 to put a stop to his increasingly self-destructive attitude, by ripping away his painful memories. She only stops after Nav attempts to kill himself, rather than have his free will subverted.
* GiantFlyer: The "giant moth thing" Nav gets attacked by in Chapter 12.
* GiantSpider: Nav and the changelings get attacked by one in Chapter 52. Because apparently giant ants weren't bad enough.
* GilliganCut:
** While in the changeling hive in Appaloosa...
--->''I was just going to wander around for a few hours. [[TemptingFate Whatís the worst
that she could effortlessly retrieve it in an instant if she wanted.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Many of the various festivals Nav attends or hears about tend to make extensive use of alliteration. Nav, of course, [[LampshadeHanging mocks this]].
-->''These ponies sure like their alliteration...
happen]]?''
--->''(cut)''
--->''I hate everything.
''
* AffablyEvil: [[TheDon The Dogfather]], despite being a powerful crime lord, prefers to be polite to those he deals with, and is willing to shake Nav's hand before attempting to threaten him.
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Nav does it from time to time, sometimes as a gesture of friendship and affection, or
** From Chapter 76, when he wants to be particularly condescending.
* AkashicRecords: Athenaís library contains as much of the worldís knowledge as she can find.
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated:
** Averted with Shakespeare's tragedies, which don't go down well with ponies, resulting in Celestia [[BannedInChina banning Nav]] from transcribing and selling any more. Other written works are far better received, and after
Nav introduces Vinyl is accompanying Rarity to various genres of human music it transforms her career.
** Generally averted with Nav as well, who tends to view the pony arts as far less interesting than those of human cultures. He does appreciate Lyra's skill with the lyre, however.
** Human movies are quite well received by Rainbow Dash, particularly ''Franchise/IndianaJones''. Rarity also turns into quite a big fan of anime.
* AlienBlood:
** Changeling blood is always green, and can be used to identify one regardless of the form they're currently taking.
** Nav's blood changes somewhat post EmergencyTransformation, taking on an amber hue and becoming far more viscous than regular human blood.
* AllMythsAreTrue: [[Literature/TheBible Cain]] is responsible for the creation of Discord, and a large number of human myths are true. In particular, {{Merlin}} was the last human mage.
* AllThereInTheManual: [[WordOfGod The author]] often clarifies things and provides extra information in the comments section.
* AmbiguousGender: [[spoiler: During their trip back in time, Nav suggests this will be an issue for Rainbow during her attempts to score, since while he's used to ponies and can easily tell the difference, others are not]].
* AmericanAccents: Similar to AJ, Nav has a southern drawl but his only becomes particularly pronounced when he's feeling especially frustrated or upset.
* AnAesop: Navarone privately mocks the ridiculous nature of Twilight having to send friendship reports, and is not happy when Celestia makes him give one to her himself. Celestia isn't exactly thrilled by what he comes up with either.
* AnAxeToGrind: Nav gets a rather nice one when he takes up the role of a Lunar knight. This is then subverted when he [[AwesomeButImpractical refuses to use it]] due to his lack of expertise, and continues using weapons he's acquired some proficiency in.
* AncientKeeper: Athena, who [[AkashicRecords collects knowledge]] within her own domain [[PortalBook dedicated for the purpose]].
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Nav's reward for saving Cadance and her daughter's lives.
stores.
--->'''Navarone''':
Well, armour. A ''really'' [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes garish set of armour]]. And technically it's [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment a punishment]] dressed up as a reward.
* {{Animorphism}} / HumanityEnsues: A failed spell from [[spoiler: Trixie]] turns Nav into a pegasus, and Twilight into a human. After the princesses figure out how to reverse this, the spell gets used several times throughout the story. Nav despises being a pony, though others are impressed with how useful hands are.
* AnnoyingArrows: Spike accidentally shoots Gilda's wing while out hunting with Nav, but it's mostly an annoyance [[JustifiedTrope since Taya is around]] to quickly heal any damage it caused.
* AntiHero:
** Navarone, big time. He'll usually help those who really need it, but will readily act in underhanded and unethical ways, and generally has an abrasive personality.
** Celestia shows traits of this on occasion. While generally caring and good, she's also
long as itís not above acting immorally when the need arises, or she's [[ItAmusedMe especially bored]].
* AntiMagic:
** Navarone's anti-magic ring proves to be extremely useful to him, since most magic users rely too much on their magic, and he has no natural defence against it.
** Dragons have
some degree of inherent magic resistance, though this can weaboo anime place, Iíll be overcome with sufficient power.
** Athenaís wards block most magic within her PortalBook, and her paper golems are immune
fine.
--->'''Rarity''': ÖRight.
--->''(cut
to it.
* AnythingButThat: Seen several times when various unicorns have their horns threatened with removal.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: No one except Nav takes Twilight's claim about
the library being haunted seriously since "ghosts arenít real", when not only do ghosts actually exist, but the world is filled with ''far'' stranger things.
* ArchEnemy:
** Changelings and diamond dogs have an extreme mutual hatred
two standing in front of each other. As do changelings and griffons.
** Celestia and Luna have one in Discord.
** [[spoiler: Navarone is Discord's most hated nemesis, but Nav is currently unaware of that]].
* ArrangedMarriage: After Nav and Luna cause a scandal with the griffons, Bloodbeak finds a way of forcing Nav and Gilda to marry in order to take advantage politically, as well as benefiting from Nav's knowledge. Nav eventually finds a way out, but helps Bloodbeak anyway. Later Bloodbeak tries to set him up with his daughter, ''Princess'' Gilda, which doesn't work out.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Discord's description of the time he was destroying the alicorn race.
-->''Yes, I was causing chaos. Yes, there was
some misery involved. Yes, I might have been the cause of the [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi duckbill platypuses]].''
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: {{Discussed|Trope}} and mostly {{Averted|Trope}}. Nav teaches Spike to be very careful with his crossbow and that it's a tool for killing, rather than a cool toy.
weaboo anime place)''
--->'''Navarone''': God dammit, Rarity.

* [[AsHimself As Herself]]: An in-universe example at TheGlomp: Due to the dream party in Chapter 86. Several strength disparity, many of the most attractive mares times a pony attempts to hug Nav turn into this.
* GlowingEyes: Changeling eyes glow, and can be clearly seen
in Equestria have given permission for their forms to be used as part of the [[BikiniBar entertainment]], dark.
* AGodIAm: Discord. He also gets very irritated when anyone refers to Celestia or Luna as one, viewing them as pretenders.
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: Attempting to escape from Pinkie generally does not work well,
but Sapphire Shores, Cadance, and Spitfire are all secretly playing themselves.
* AsideGlance: Discord manages to give one to the reader ''through text''.
* AskAStupidQuestion: Courtesy of Shining Armor.
-->'''Shining Armor''': Are you plotting treason?
rather bizarrely invoking this does.
-->'''Navarone''': [[SarcasmMode Yes, I definitely am]]. And the first person Iím going to tell is the captain of the guard who is definitely loyal to the princesses and would never be swayed against them.
* AsleepForDays:
** Nav ends up asleep for
Look over there, a week after Taya nearly kills with a severe case of PowerIncontinence.
** Nav is out of things for a [[TapOnTheHead few days]] after being captured by the cats at the end of Chapter 15, due to suffering from a bad concussion.
** Nav ends asleep for several days yet again after Twilight doses him with Polonium following her consumption of hate poison.
** Nav ''again'', after his encounter with an Ursa Minor in Chapter 42.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: [[spoiler: Discord's [[AnthropomorphicPersonification entire existence]] revolves around this. Unfortunately for him, this makes it very difficult for him to [[DeathSeeker kill himself]]]].
* AssholeVictim:
** Despite [[PrinceCharmless Blueblood's]] many failings, it's hard for anyone to argue that he deserved
distraction!
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': What are we supposed
to be robbed of his looks and almost killed by poison, [[spoiler: or that he deserved to die, after this leads to Discord indirectly getting him killed]].
** [[AssInAmbassador Calix]] was a very unpleasant pony to say this least, and while his behaviour would have jeopardized their mission, this probably didn't warrant the extreme step of Nav murdering him.
* AssInAmbassador:
** The Equestrian ambassadors to Egypt are hardly paragons of diplomacy and etiquette, given that they've been ReassignedToAntarctica. Emerald Script isn't too bad, but Calix is so unpleasant and nasty that Nav murders him before he can jeopardize matters.
** Blueblood was sent to a foreign social function in Paris after Celestia and Luna were unable to make it, where he continues to be his usual self. [[spoiler: Up until someone [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink tries to poison him]], at any rate]].
* TheAtoner:
** Gilda visits Ponyville in Chapter 40 to make amends for her [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff previous actions]].
** Luna [[HeelRealization eventually shows remorse]] for what she's done to Nav, publicly confessing to what she's done and apologising to him in a press conference.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: One of the changeling hives at one point gets attacked by a swarm of giant ants. It's as unpleasant as it sounds.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: Nav dismisses Cadance as a powerless figurehead at first, but she later becomes a useful ally of his, and demonstrates far more political skill and power than he initially gives her credit for.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** The [[AnAxeToGrind axe]] Nav gets when he becomes one of Luna's knights. It's a nice weapon, but utterly pointless to hand someone a weapon they've got no training with and expect them to use it in combat. Nav [[BrutalHonesty being Nav]], he makes this point somewhat more bluntly.
** After [[spoiler: being sent back in time, Nav wants to take some firearms back with him, but is told not to bother since obtaining more ammunition would be almost impossible without modern infrastructure]].
* AxCrazy: Luna tried to have Nav murdered in a rage early on in the story, and then lies to him that she was going after [[MurderTheHypotenuse Rainbow Dash]] instead when it fails.
* AxeBeforeEntering: Nav does this while breaking down a door in Chapter 36. He initially pulls a Jack Nicholson before being distracted by the treasure he finds inside.
looking at?
-->'''Navarone''': [[Film/TheShining Hereís Joh]]óOh shit!
Just keep looking, youíll see it
* BadassBoast: GoodGuyBar: The Shady Trough, favourite haunt of the Night Guard.
* GoodIsNotNice: Navarone and Celestia could easily be the poster children for this.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Post EmergencyTransformation, Navís limited HealingFactor makes itself useful as he sustains far more injuries than before. Once he meets Flo and has his healing further improved, he tends to take even greater levels of damage.
* GoryDiscretionShot:
Nav gives one on behalf refuses to describe what Kat does when interrogating an assassin within Chapter 24.
* GratuitousFrench: Nav occasionally uses the French swear word ''merde'', and is quite fond
of humanity the phrase ''c'est la vie''.
* GreenEyedMonster: There are several hints throughout the story which suggest Luna is still rather resentful and bitter of her sister, unlike her canon counterpart.
* GrewASpine: Navarone is initially reluctant
to Celestia.
refuse the princesses' demands but eventually grows to have no issues refusing them.
* GrievousHarmWithABody:
** Trixie tries to hurt Nav by hurling Twilight at him in Chapter 5, but misses.
** After Nav kills a timberwolf in Chapter 67, he unintentionally ends up doing this to himself due to his positioning, resulting in the dead wolf propelling him into a wall and injuring him.
* TheGrimReaper: Nav's choice of costume for [[AllHallowsEve Nightmare Night]], complete with the trademark SinisterScythe. While ponies mistake [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Twilight's costume]] for something else, the human personification of Death just ends up [[RunningGag flat out confusing them]].
-->'''Rarity''': ...what are you supposed to be, anyway?
-->'''Navarone''': There is no force in Itís the multiverse stronger than a group humanís personification of humans plotting revenge. You may think youíre immortal now, but piss some people off where I come from and youíd find out for sure. And if you are, [[FateWorseThanDeath you might end up wishing you werenít]].
* BadassGrandpa: Fancy Pants is one
Death itself.
-->'''Rarity''': ThatísÖ interesting. Why anthropomorphize it as another
of Celestia's knights, and shows signs of being an effective commander in the field during a war games exercise.
* BadDate: Rarity ends up on one in Chapter 72, though Nav and Rainbow Dash manage to partly rescue her from it.
* BadDreams: Nav suffers from them. Celestia also has nightmares of her own, one of which Nav [[DreamWalker wanders into]] at one point.
* BadLiar: Ponies are utterly terrible at lying, a fact which is balanced out by their naivety and willingness to believe the other is telling the truth, unless there's extremely strong evidence to suggest otherwise. Navarone often takes advantage of this.
* BaitAndSwitch: Pinkie initially appears like sheís chastising Rarity for forcing Nav to eat in Chapter 40Ö only to
your kind instead admonish Rarity for not inviting her to join them.
of making it something completely different?
-->'''Navarone''': TraitorÖ
* [[invoked]][[BannedInChina Banned in Equestria]]: Celestia bans Nav from transcribing any more tragedies after many ponies find ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' to be very upsetting.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: The fact that this ''isn't'' kept from the original source material is alluded to a few times. [[GodivaHair Tails]] apparently serve as a very convenient SceneryCensor for the most part, but it's safe to say that Equestrian standards of modesty and privacy differ from that of most human cultures. Strangely, when a somewhat out of his mind Nav points out that from a certain angle, ''nothing'' is left to the imagination, Twilight is extremely embarrassed.
* BavarianFireDrill: Nav briefly employs this while infiltrating a slave ship and [[DressingAsTheEnemy dressed as one
Because we killed all of the crew]]. About monsters we ever ran into, save for ourselves and Death. What better way to be caught respect death than to give it the form of the only monster we could never kill?
* GroinAttack: After having to [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed share his bed]]
with some freed slaves, he yells to an approaching {{Mook}} that the ship has been compromised and that he'll watch the slaves while the guy warns the crew.
* BeAllMySinsRemembered: Nav already [[GenocideDilemma feels guilty]] over helping the changelings wipe out the diamond dogs, but the praise he receives certainly doesn't help matters.
* TheBeastmaster: Nav is something of a variant; after
his partial transformation, less intelligent wildlife ignores him since they recognise him as a tree. He also manages to develop a rapport with the timber wolves in the Everfree Forest owing to this, who had previously been thought to be mindless creatures.
** Fluttershy -- who is one in her own right -- seems to believe Nav plays this one much straighter however, after he helps her with Angel misbehaving. [[spoiler: In other words, Nav threatens to eat Angel if he doesn't stop mistreating Fluttershy]].
* BecomingTheMask: Bon-Bon has been away from the changeling hive for so long that even after dropping her disguise, her instinctual reaction is to refer to herself a pony, though she quickly catches her mistake.
* BedmateReveal:
** Occurs during the revised Chapter 6.
bodyguard, Nav is not happy with what he finds.
** Nav later on wakes up
to find Rainbow Dash in out that Smiles is also a CuddleBug, and resorts to this to escape from his bed, grasp. This results in Smiles reflexively kicking him into a wall, knocking him out. Probably not the best piece of bodyguarding, all things considered.
* GroundhogDayLoop: Discord briefly puts himself through one of sorts during the prologue, as part of his attempts to convince Celestia. Every time he says something wrong he wipes her memory
and is rather disturbed starts from the beginning, and mentions to having gone through hundreds of loops until Flo reassures him that nothing happened, and they'd just been drunkenly wrestling before passing out.
he succeeds.
* BeginnersLuck: GuyOnGuyIsHot: Cadance certainly seems to think so at least.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: While fighting a GiantSpider, several of the changelings accompanying
Nav wins his fights early on pretty much entirely on this.
end up being cut in half.
* BenevolentPrecursors: Humanity created the other races, as well as the elementals HappilyAdopted: While it's difficult to try to protect them from Discord, and are revered by the minotaurs for this reason.
* BerserkButton: Nav might not have [[TheHedonist many]] [[ReallyGetsAround standards]] left as the story goes on, but assuming he has ''none whatsoever''
suggest either is a good way of making him livid with anger, as AJ finds out first hand. Viewing him as weak and helpless is another. And start running for your life if you target those who can't fight back.
* BestialityIsDepraved: One of Eva's personalities, "Mirror", claims to have been forced into this due to the lack of food available, though she's far more enthusiastic than you'd otherwise expect. Nav and Flo are suitably freaked when they find out, and try their best [[BrainBleach to forget they ever saw anything]].
* BigBrotherIsWatching:
** Celestia and Luna have a spell for this purpose, which deeply angers Nav when he finds out
particularly ''happy'' given what they've been spying on him. Blocking gone through, Taya clearly loves Navarone and vice versa. Even if he does constantly fear he's a terrible parent, and that Taya has dependency issues.
* HatesBeingTouched: Nav appears to take after [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Morrigan]] in
this spell is one regard, in that he doesn't mind intimate contact quite so much, but generally dislikes being touched or hugged by others. Though there are exceptions to this, and he becomes more tolerant of it over the course of the main uses of story.
* HaveAGayOldTime:
** An in-universe example, when Nav [[InsultBackfire tries to insult Cadance]] by comparing her to [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes
his AntiMagic ring, after he stumbles across it.
** Discord is usually watching through Nav's eyes, though Nav is unaware of this.
* BigEater:
** Generally inverted by Nav after his transformation, to the point where he often ForgetsToEat, much to Rarity and Taya's disapproval. He does start eating a lot more after he [[JustifiedTrope finally starts to get into shape]] however.
** Celestia as well, given her fondness [[TrademarkFavoriteFood for cake]] and her tendency to indulge in it for breakfast.
* BigWhat:
** Twilight's reaction upon learning Nav is about to challenge a crazy unicorn who just threatened him...
--->''(after just
new armour]], she's pleased at being threatened)''
--->'''Twilight''':
told she looks so happy.
** And yet another in-universe example from Ames, regarding Braeburn's weirdness.
--->'''Ames''':
What was that about?
a queer pony.
--->'''Navarone''': [[CasualDangerDialogue Oh, You donít know the half of it.
* HealingFactor: Nav ends up with a minor version of this after his EmergencyTransformation, since he heals faster, and becomes capable of regenerating from damage that would kill a regular human. Serious injuries still result in significant levels of downtime and recuperation however, and he's far from invulnerable.
* HealingHands: Many of the magic users Nav deals with on a regular basis have at least
some unicorn just came here proficiency at this, particularly the more powerful ones like Twilight and told me he Taya. It was going actually Celestia's [[TheMedic original calling]], and she at one point expresses deep regret and anger that Discord's actions made this impossible for her.
* TheHedonist:
** Vinyl Scratch, as you might expect from someone involved in the rave scene.
** Navarone turns into one, using drugs, drink, and sex as coping mechanisms.
* HeelRealization: It takes a long time, but Luna eventually comes
to kill me realize what she did to Nav, and expresses remorse for the wrongs she's committed upon him. As well as admitting all this quite extravagantly in fifteen minutes]]. Iíll a press conference.
* HeKnowsTooMuch:
** A non-lethal variant. The cats refuse to allow Nav to leave them since he knows their location, and use Spike as a hostage to force him to stick around and comply with their demands.
** Nav orders Kat killed to protect Kumani's violations of the [[CodeOfHonor dragon code]] coming to light, but he's dissuaded from doing so.
* HellishPupils: Luna places an enchantment on her knights and the Night Guard that results in this, as well as dramatically improving their night vision.
* HemoErotic: Luna. Her combining this with her MindRape of Nav ends up being the final straw and causes him to break off their relationship. After he's run out the room screaming in terror.
* HeroicBSOD: Twilight has a small one upon killing something for the first time in Chapter 99. Unfortunately Nav is probably one of the worst possible choices to comfort her.
-->'''Flo''': [[DeadpanSnarker You are so bad at this]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Nav and Spike, despite the [[InnocentInnuendo ridiculous innuendo]] that occasionally crops up between them. To the point that when Nav leaves Equestria, Spike chooses to
go get my crossbow. Be back soon.
--->'''Twilight''': Have fun, NóWHAT?!
**
with him instead of remaining with Twilight.
* HiddenDepths: Derpy is one of the few ponies who actually bothers to use the Ponyville library, and regularly checks out advanced science textbooks.
* HiddenVillain: Discord sets the entire story in motion and influences events behind the scenes, but none of the main characters are aware of his actions or presence until later on.
* [[HisOwnWorstEnemy Her Own Worst Enemy]]: Luna has some serious problems, but never really seems to stop and consider that she may be at fault, or that a change of behaviour is warranted. It is also implied that
Celestia [[NotSoStoic exploding with anger]] has been somewhat shielding her sister from all this, or otherwise indulging her, and she [[HeelRealization eventually]] comes to realise what she's done.
* HonorBeforeReason: Nav constantly lampshades how stupid this is when he comes across it, and particularly when he finds out at least one assassin's guild will only make a single hit, believing that surviving means the target has earned the right to live.
--> ''Why is honor such a big factor in this world?''
* HorsingAround: Celestia does it to Nav
after finding out that he invades one of her dreams, which gets a CallBack while he's desperately trying to keep his hold on a monster in Chapter 99.
* HostageSituation:
** Pinkie's parents get captured by Naga in Chapter 13.
** Spike is used by the cats as a hostage to force
Nav and to cooperate with them during his first trip to Egypt.
**
Luna have ignored her plan and inadvertently created gets taken as a scandal with hostage during the griffons.
* BilingualBonus:
war games exercise in Chapter 70.
** [[spoiler: Nav's sister, Jane, says her last words Nav takes a woman hostage during his attempts to him escape when he's initially sent [[TimeTravel back in Finnish]].
time]], though it fails due to his past self [[DramaticGunCock being right behind him]]]].
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction:
** Flo [[spoiler: Ames']] unfortunate drunken escapade with the giant squid. It's probably best not to think about it [[BrainBleach too much]].
** Discussed briefly when Nav brings up his relationship with Kumani
and Aerie first greet how this might be a problem in the other in Dutch and Hungarian respectively.
long-term.
* BiTheWay: HowDoIShotWeb: Nav emphatically insists he isn't this, initially has to learn to fly with his new wings and doesn't normally show any interest in his own gender. It's more a case of him becoming increasingly depraved and pretty have complete control over them for much literally saying "fuck it".
of the story, as you might expect from someone who has suddenly grown a new set of appendages. In fact, he doesn't even know how to fold them properly until Fluttershy [[YouDidntAsk finally takes pity on him]] and shows him how.
* BizarreHumanBiology: HumanityIsSuperior: Despite the advantages ponies have over humans -- notably strength and magic -- Nav starts off as a regular human, but after a combination of events ends up being stuck with the wings of a pegasus in strongly believes that human form (albeit larger than normal, since he has less magic society is far better, and so requires larger wings for lift, as well as being far slower in the air), and gains several plant-like characteristics as a result of his EmergencyTransformation. Ultimately he gets changed so much that he's no longer biologically human, even if he ''mostly'' resembles one externally.
* BlackMage: Taya's special talent.
* BlahBlahBlah:
** Nav's summary of Twilight's lesson to Taya on healing magic.
** Pinkie at one point talks to Nav entirely in a series of "blah"s, which Nav decides to go along with.
** Nav pulls this literally when explaining what happened to Celestia in Chapter 34. [[spoiler: It might well run in the family, considering his (past self's) daughter pulls the same thing in Chapter 74]].
** Pretty much any time Rarity's [[BadDate date]] in Chapter 72 starts talking. Nav and Rainbow Dash tune Rarity out a little later out in the scene for the same reason.
* BloodKnight:
** Luna herself shows several of these tendencies, and seems
certainly right to believe it on the technological front. To the point where his relatively limited knowledge of technology and science -- though good for his age and level of education -- is able to kickstart a technological revolution in changeling society, and sets in motion a dramatic altering of the balance of power between the races.
* HumanitysWake: Aside from a few legends amongst the minotaurs, very little is left of humanity, though many of the major cities are built on the ruins of older human settlements.
* HumansAreDiplomats: Nav is a complicated example. Despite the violence he tends to be drawn into, and [[BloodKnight certain perceptions]]
[[HumansAreWarriors humans of humanity]] which he occasionally goes out of his way to foster if it serves his purposes, he prefers peaceful solutions where possible and will argue for it as a species]] are all this.
** Chrysalis takes far too much pleasure in slaughtering a diamond dog clan.
* BodyBackupDrive: Discord is capable of acting as one, though
the only two people we know he's backed up are [[Literature/TheBible Cain]] and Navarone. Nav is currently unaware he is not the original.
* BodyHorror: Some
first course of the atrocities Discord ended up committing upon the alicorns. From literally splitting them into the three pony races, to corrupting them into changelings. The ones he drove insane would probably count as a CruelMercy, considering.
* BoldlyComing: Even if there aren't any {{Green Skinned Space Babe}}s, Kirk would probably be proud of Nav in this regard, given how many interspecies liasons he
action. He manages to rack up.
* BookSafe: Used as
broker a hiding spot somewhat uneasy peace between ponies and changelings, and in one instance his mere presence is enough to keep a fight from breaking out at a gathering of the other races, due to his connections with each of them. The irony is that in the case of [[ProudWarriorRace several races]], it's the very fact he's fostered his HumansAreWarriors image that leads them to respect him enough to listen when he argues for Nav's diaries peace.
* HumansAreSurvivors: Nav believes this wholeheartedly, despite the fact that at this point humans are [[BizarreHumanBiology (technically)]] [[LastOfHisKind extinct]]. He even
at one point.
* BoringButPractical: The items Nav brings back with him [[spoiler: after his trip through time]] are for the most part not very interesting due to [[AwesomeButImpractical their impracticality]]. As a result he ends up bringing stuff that falls into this instead, such as a laptop filled with a lot of humanity's scientific and technological knowledge, and seeds for many useful plant species.
* BottomlessPit: Nav and the guards stumble across what appears to be one while exploring
point tells Celestia and Lunaís old castle in Chapter 36, but itís actually a magical illusion.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: In keeping with his status as a CombatPragmatist, Nav equips himself with a variety of weapons for different situations, though he is especially proficient with his crossbow and daggers.
* BrainsAndBondage: Both princesses are very much into this, but especially so with Celestia.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: While averting some of the characteristics of this trope, Taya starts to become one a little later on in the story, which is implied to be attention-seeking behaviour. Eventually Nav [[YouAreGrounded finally puts his foot down]].
* BreadAndCircuses: While Celestia has made sure [[VetinariJobSecurity she's irreplaceable]], one of her strategies for ensuring the status quo remains is [[HundredPercentAdorationRating by keeping the population happy enough]]
that no one would want to contest her.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Nav, trying to get Smiles to leave
if she banished him alone.
to [[DeathWorld Tartarus]], he'd find a way to survive out of spite.
-->'''Navarone''': Donít you have anything better to do than bother me?
-->'''Smiles''': Such as?
-->'''Navarone''': Playing cards with
Lonely or not, humans are survivors. That is our long history and as the other guards. Reading. Guarding. Lighting babies on fire. Iím sure you can think only one here, I shall do my best to hold onto the tradition.
* HumansAreWarriors: Luna in particular believes this to the point
of something.
* BrickJoke:
** Nav
thinking all humans are {{Blood Knight}}s, and Rainbow Dash's StrangeMindsThinkAlike moment Celestia also comments favourably on humanity regarding the pitfalls of dealing with mares romantically.
** The BlatantLies rumours
this, when she sees how useful Nav starts regarding has been. Nav himself and Shining Armor, and later on the joke regarding Celestia secretly being a narwhal, both of which end up getting printed in the papers.
--->'''Braeburn''': Iíve read a bunch of things in the paper that say youíre with the captain
occasionally cultivates this image when it serves his goals.
* HypocriticalHumor: After having spent most
of the royal guard.Ē
--->'''Navarone''': Those are rumors that I started to fuck with him. Heís happily married to a loving princess. They even have a kid.
--->'''Braeburn''': See, this is why nopony likes
story doing the news anymore. Itís all lies! I bet next youíll tell me that Princess Celestia isnít even [[BrickJoke a narwhal in disguise]].
--->'''Navarone''': God, someone actually put that in a paper?
* BriefAccentImitation: Taya does a bad job of imitating Apple Bloom's southern accent when mocking how the [=CMC=] constantly try and 'help' her find her cutie mark.
* BrilliantButLazy: Navarone has an extremely cunning mind, but doesn't use it
exact opposite, Nav frustratedly comments to its fullest owing to this. He even tells Celestia that he could get her overthrown and install himself as the de facto ruler of Equestria by using Luna as his puppet, but he lacks the ambition and motivation on how hard it is to tell Taya to do so. That and he admits he'd be a terrible leader.
* BrokenPedestal: Both Celestia and particularly Luna's reputations take a severe hit over the course of the story, though it is suggested that Luna is trying to drag Celestia down with her.
* BrokenTears: [[spoiler: Discord, upon realising he messed up his
something for her own plan good. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint He's somewhat baffled when he's unable to prevent Nav from travelling back in time during Chapter 72]].
* BrutalHonesty: One of Navarone's defining character traits, and one which often drives others to tears, violence, or both.
Flo ends up laughing at him]].



[[folder:Tropes C-D]]
* [[CantArgueWithElves Can't Argue with Ponies]]: Ponies hold themselves to be superior than the other races, though this attitude is especially prevalent amongst the nobles. Nav is quite willing to [[ScrewYouElves call others out]] on this.
* CaretakerReversal: Taya ends up looking after Nav during his SickEpisode, despite his protests.
* TheCasanova:
** Nav is a very twisted and complicated example. While much of the interest in him is due to his fame, reputation, or novelty, he's surprisingly adept at charming others when needed or desired, though there are those that are immune to his attempts.
** Blueblood is also very good at charming the ladies, despite [[PrinceCharmless his reputation]].
* CassandraTruth:
** Twilight (and by proxy, Celestia) refuse to accept Nav's tales of human technology and dismiss them as impossible stories or exaggeration.
** Twilight is completely correct that ''something'' is haunting the library, even if it does turn out to be an air elemental playing practical jokes, rather than a ghost.
** The miner from the Crystal Empire is [[spoiler: completely correct about the mine being haunted]]. Unfortunately Nav doesn't believe him until it's too late.
** No pony believes Nav when he claims that Celestia and Luna don't move the sun and moon. However, they ''do'' have the power to turn the planet if necessary, which makes them more powerful than Nav currently thinks.
* CastingAShadow: One of Luna's abilities, she's even able to travel through the shadows to her destination.
* CatFight: Several moments between Celestia and Luna fall just short of this, in particular their contest of strength during the revised Chapter 11.
* CatFolk: The aptly named cat people.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Applies to Celestia particularly. While she deeply cares about her subjects and doing what is best for Equestria, she's also very isolated by her position and comes to value Nav as a friend simply for the fact he refuses to treat her with the reverence everyone else shows. She also ends up being extremely stressed as a result of her crown, and is often placed in impossible situations.
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: Well, bar stool, specifically. Either way, Nav resorts to using one in Chapter 75 when he's attacked in -- you guessed it -- a bar.
* TheChessmaster:
** Discord is a grand master of this.
** Celestia is also one herself, albeit a lesser one than Discord.
* ChickMagnet:
** Nav ends up getting quite a lot of positive attention... and [[EvenTheGuysWantHim not just from the females]].
** Blueblood is also quite popular with the mares, owing to his looks.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: The main reason for Chrysalis' hatred of the diamond dogs. She is prepared to tolerate the occasional theft of gems or adult changelings, but stealing eggs incenses her due to the unhatched changelings' innocence.
* TheChosenOne:
** Nav is initially believed to be the chosen one by the clan in Egypt, though theyíre later convinced otherwise.
** [[spoiler: Discord at one point ran across one foretold to be capable of defeating him, but [[INeedYouStronger inadvertently ended up thwarting him in his efforts]]]].
* ChristmasEpisode: Chapter "Fourteen and a Half". After mentioning Christmas before Hearthís Warming Eve, Nav finds himself browbeaten into delivering presents to the children in Ponyville.
* CityOfAdventure: Ponyville's ability to attract danger and excitement is heavily lampshaded by Nav...
-->'''Freed Slave''': Iíve heard nice things about PonyvilleÖ
-->'''Navarone''': Someone lied to you, then. That place is not good for those like us. It looks like a nice little village from the outside, but if you spend a month there, youíll probably wind up with at least two near disasters and all manner of terrifying events.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve:
** The Dreamlands operate in this way, as you might expect given that it's a dream world, and Nav shows a very high degree of control over this when he visits there.
** "Real magic" also works in this way, though it requires a lot of effort to master.
** The collective belief of ponies also has an impact. In particular, Nav can fly despite his general lack of magic because, having wings, ponies believe he should be able to do so. [[spoiler: When he and his party get briefly sent back in time, both him and Rainbow lose the ability to fly because of this]].
* ClingyJealousGirl: Luna. Dragons are also this by nature.
* CloningBlues / TomatoInTheMirror: Nav ponders this in Chapter 73, after [[spoiler: going back through time and encountering his past self]]. While he comes to the conclusion that he's real (and thinks and feels like anyone else), the lack of knowledge over the precise nature of his existence, coupled with the revelation that he's no longer biologically human enough to qualify, weighs heavily on his mind.
* CoitusUninterruptus:
** Nav does this a few times, though he usually tells the person doing the interrupting that he's busy.
** Pinkie at one point attempts to invoke this by persuading Mr. Cake to leave them alone. Given that this is during working hours above his shop, he's not too amenable to the idea and kicks them out.
* ColdBloodedTorture: One of Kat's [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming favourite pastimes]]. Nav ends up on the receiving end of it in Egypt, which doesn't exactly do wonders for his mental health.
* ColorCodedWizardry: Unicorn magic does this, but humans are the only species known to be capable of seeing it thus far. Twilight is extremely reluctant to accept this, but is eventually forced to... after running a bunch of tests of course.
* ColourCodedEmotions:
** Water elementals' colours shift according to their current mood.
** In the dream realm, the dreams of others are coloured according to the type of dream, and the emotions the dreamer is experiencing.
* CombatPragmatist: Navarone doesn't just fight dirty, but actively shows his contempt for honourable fighting on multiple occasions. Given the number of times it would have gotten him killed, it's hard to argue.
-->'''Navarone''': Why the hell would anyone fight with honor? If Iím in a fight, Iím in it to win, not to make my opponent feel okay about losing.
* CombatTentacles: The tentacle beast that escapes from its containment in the MageTower within Chapter 72.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: When Taya almost kills Nav though PowerIncontinence, Nav refuses to allow her to give up on her magic, simply telling her that it's a gift, but she needs to learn responsibility and control in order to do great things with it.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** When several residents of Ponyville turn up to yell at Nav for helping the [=CMC=] get their marks, Pinkie of course misses the point completely and spends 10 minutes yelling to him about her day, [[BlatantLies to which Nav obviously pays]] [[JustSmileAndNod a huge amount of attention to]].
** While everyone else is scared by Navís [[AllHallowsEve Nightmare Night]] [[TheGrimReaper costume]], Lunaís reaction is to instead focus on how the skull adorning it belongs to a species she had considered to be extinct.
--->'''Luna''': Hm. I didnít know any of those were still alive. I suppose I have to send the royal hunters into the Everfree to recreate my menagerie.
* CommonTongue: The Equestrian language is widely used throughout the world.
* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: While a little out of it from his injuries in Chapter 67, Nav asks AJ to translate Zecora's rhyming speech for him. After she does, he then asks her to translate his response, despite Zecora having no difficulty understanding him.
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: Nav occasionally does it and then claims it's due to his Southern heritage.
* ConsummateLiar:
** Discord.
** Nav is also fairly skilled at lying, but not quite as good as he thinks he is. Nor is he as good at detecting lies as he thinks either.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: How does Celestia get Nav back for working with the griffons and ruining one her of long-running plans? Award him a [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes ridiculous set of armor]] during an extravagant award ceremony, which everyone else treats as a huge honour.
* CooldownHug: Nav ends up on the receiving end of quite a few of these, but it's more a case of others ''thinking'' he needs one, rather than him actually needing one. A few others also receive one.
* CoolHorse: Nav briefly takes Celestia as his mount on one occasion after she annoys him. She's surprisingly into it, seemingly because it's the exact opposite of what a princess would do.
* CoolHouse: Nav's custom built fort, which was designed by the changelings and even comes with its own prototype electricity system, rather than being powered by magic like elsewhere.
* CoolOldGuy: Fancy Pants.
* CoolShip: The airship Nav uses for his adventures later on in the book.
* CoolSword: Nav's InfinityPlusOneSword, which [[spoiler: turns out to be Excalibur]].
* TheCorrupter:
** Discord's entire plan involves Nav being one of these, and he also does it to several other characters to suit his own ends.
** In something of an irony given the above, Nav's corrupting influence gets a serious kickstart due to the antics of ponies as a whole, and in particular, the princesses.
* CoveredWithScars: Nav ends up covered in them while fighting with the cats in Egypt and under Katís ministrations. Also doubles as PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars, due to the trauma all this inflicts on his psyche.
* CoverInnocentEyesAndEars:
** Twilight does this to Spike to start with, but it's revealed that not only do dragons age differently to ponies, but he's generally far more mature than she realises... though there are some exceptions to this.
** Nav covers Taya's ears during a Q&A session where several changelings ask him questions of an adult nature, which he is not particularly happy about.
* CraniumRide: Nav rides around on the head of a giant ant in Chapter 52. By pulling on the antennae, he's able to use it as a PowerupMount.
* CrazyPrepared: Nav makes several copies of his journals and fills them with false information, just on the off chance that anyone trying to read them will bring up something and tip him off.
* CreepyChild: Given Taya's lack of social development and a complete lack of awareness over certain social conventions, there are times where she comes across as extremely creepy.
* CuddleBug: Celestia is something of one. For someone who HatesBeingTouched, Nav is generally quite tolerant when she does it, even if he finds it mystifying.
* CurbStompBattle:
** The mock battle between the Night Guard and Day Guard turns into this when Nav teaches the former [[HitAndRunTactics guerrilla warfare]], to devastating effect.
** Navís run-in with a dingonek ends badly for our protagonist.
** Navís encounter with an Ursa Minor ends with him being extremely badly injured. In fact, calling it this is probably being generous to Nav, given that [[FlawlessVictory he doesnít manage to get a hit in]] before being knocked out.
** Nav's fight with some Canterlot thugs in Chapter 51 ends with him easily defeating them.
** In Chapter 57, Nav and Pinkie kill the bandits after them without taking a single hit.
* CursedWithAwesome: All over the place. Navarone's wings and magically gained abilities. Celestia and Luna's agelessness. ''Especially'' so with Discord...
* CultureClash: Several cultures end up clashing with pony culture. In particular, naga, griffin, and human culture.
* CulturedWarrior: Despite Rarity tending to berate him for his lack of manners and sophistication, Nav is familiar enough with many classical works to be able to transcribe their main outline from memory. And then [[PlagiarismInFiction selling those for profit]].
* CutHimselfShaving: Nav trolls Twilight by trying to pass his self-inflicted hand injury off as this in Chapter 34.
-->'''Navarone''': [[BlatantLies Itís been a while since I last shaved; I was really out of practice]].
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique / RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: "True magic" was banned and stamped out by Celestia and Luna due to the danger it poses, after Grogar once brought about an EndlessWinter.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to the show's version of Equestria, the depiction in ''Diaries of a Madman'' is much darker, despite it superficially appearing to keep the SugarBowl setting.
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Taya tries to invoke this as a way of getting attention, only for it to backfire spectacularly when Nav doesn't have any problems with her dating or her choice of date, and simply tells her to be careful.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: {{Downplayed|Trope}} somewhat. While rarely ''deadly'', upsetting the major players in Canterlot can have very negative repercussions. At one point [[spoiler: Nav and Rarity manage to upset Fleur, who manages to get them thrown in jail]]. Luna is also somewhat mystified over why her sister puts up with it.
* DeadlyEuphemism: When deciding that Calix needs to be killed, Nav uses the extremely thinly veiled euphemism of "anything can happen on a dangerous road", which fools no-one.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Nav seems to view being snarky almost as a second job, and slips into TheSnarkKnight territory at times when musing over humanity's or his own failings.
** Taya and Celestia both show a lighter version of this, in the form of the occasional dry and snarky response to Nav.
* DealWithTheDevil:
** Celestia's initial deal with Discord in the prologue.
** Discord also offers or forces other characters into such a deal over the course of the story.
* DeathByIrony: Or rather ''[[InvertedTrope Life]]'' by Irony. [[spoiler: When Nav gets sent back in time, he inadvertently ruins Discord's plans to kill himself. Discord does at least appreciate the irony of managing to ultimately ruin his own plan]].
* DeathGlare: Good luck trying to keep count of the number of times this occurs.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Discord's main motivation is finding a way of ending his existence]].
* DemotedToExtra: Much of the Mane 6 only appear somewhat sporadically as the story moves on, particularly so with AJ, who barely appears at all within the story.
* {{Demythtification}}: Generally inverted, given the AllMythsAreTrue nature of the setting. However, the Greek godess of knowledge and wisdom, Athena, states that she was once a mortal human who explored magic very deeply, and in her own words is [[AGodIAmNot not a god]].
* DepravedDentist: Colgate gives off this vibe in spades. However, Nav mistakes her for ''that'' kind of depraved dentist, and when he at one point tries to play into this by propositioning her, it doesn't work at all.
* DescriptionCut: After Nav agrees to model for Rarity in Chapter 20:
-->'''Rarity''': You wonít regret this! I swear it!
-->''(cut)''
-->''A week later, we were both sitting in a jail cell.''
* DestinationDefenestration: Nav gets defenestrated by [[FountainOfYouth Filly!Twilight]] in Chapter 14 when she mistakes him for a monster. At least his wings cushion the impact somewhat.
* {{Determinator}}:
** Nav survives the campaign in Egypt pretty much entirely on this, and attributes [[HeroicResolve the willpower]] due his desire to avoid Spike getting hurt while he's being used as a hostage.
** Casting "true magic" on another involves overpowering them mentally. For this reason it's impossible to will someone dead, because the will to survive will always overpower the caster. Discord's willpower is such that the only way he can be affected through it is if he allows it.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Briefly between Rainbow Dash and Nav after a night of drinking. [[spoiler: They didn't, and had just been wrestling instead]].
* DirtyBusiness:
** Most of the tasks Celestia gives to Nav tend to involve this, but particularly the campaign in Egypt.
** While he acknowledges the [[IDidWhatIHadToDo necessity of his actions]], his role in [[GenocideDilemma the genocide]] of the diamond dogs haunts Nav afterwards, and results in him isolating himself even more from his friends. The fact that the changelings consider his actions heroic [[BeAllMySinsRemembered doesn't help matters]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: Fleur gets Nav (who's in pony form at this point) arrested, simply for turning her down.
* TheDogBitesBack: After a week of torture and abuse [[spoiler: at the paws of Kat, Nav [[NotAfraidOfYouAnymore finally snaps]], and after almost [[NeckLift crushing her throat]] in a rage and threatening to PayEvilUntoEvil, he warns her that he'll kill her if she ever does anything to him again]].
* DoingInTheWizard:
** [[spoiler: Flo is revealed to be comprised of nanomachines, a fact she was completely unaware of]].
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with Pinkie Pie, as her bizarre abilities are revealed to the reader as the product of "real magic", even if Pinkie and the rest of the cast are unaware of this.
* DoIReallySoundLikeThat: Twilight isn't pleased to find out what she sounds like when she observes herself through Nav's eyes.
-->'''Twilight''': I can hear everything Iím saying. I do not sound like that!
* DontCallMeSir: After being knighted, Nav constantly has to ask those he meets not to call him sir. It's still a problem for him even after he quits as Luna's knight. In a similar vein, he also hates it when others make use of [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard some of the other titles]] he's collected.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Nav hates this so much that he leaves Equestria completely when [[spoiler: the truth about Luna's crimes against him comes out]]. He was planning to leave anyway, but he moves his timetable forwards to avoid this happening.
* TheDoorSlamsYou: Rainbow Dash accidentally kicks Nav's office door into him in Chapter 87.
* {{Doorstopper}}: At over 1.3 million words long, the story is currently the largest on Website/FimfictionDotNet and no way near being complete. For reference, this is longer than any officially published book, and only a few fanfics have a higher word count.
* DopeSlap: Nav does it to Spike whenever he does something particularly silly. Lacking hands, others sometimes return the favour by cuffing him with their wings, or just flat out kicking him instead.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Utterly averted. It causes extensive psychological damage to Navarone, and is taken very seriously as a crime in-universe.
* DramaticGunCock: During a HostageSituation in Chapter 72, Nav finds out [[spoiler: that his past self is standing right behind him]] through the hammer being pulled.
* DramaticIrony: Regularly crops up as Discord interjects to give readers information that the main characters are lacking. Also applies during the prologue where Discord makes Celestia and Luna [[DealWithTheDevil forget about their deal]].
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Nav has a few nightmares of Discord shortly after arriving in Equestria, who he's never met nor seen at that point. It can be assumed Discord had some influence over this.
* DreamLand: The aptly named Dreamlands.
* DreamWalker: Nav eventually learns how to do this as part of his duties as Luna's knight, and becomes quite talented at it. Due to the fact he's a human, he also has far more control over the dream machine than Luna does.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Used when Nav infiltrates the slave ship in Chapter 26. Though as it's crewed by cats and dogs, his disguise is pretty much limited to him also being bipedal, and wearing enough clothing to obscure the fact that he's a human with wings.
* DrivenToMadness: Discord ended doing it to some of the alicorns, which was probably one of the nicer things he did.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Discord. His main problem is [[DeathSeeker finding a way]] to pull it off]].
* DuckSeasonRabbitSeason: Pinkie tries for this in Chapter 31, but unfortunately for her, Nav's one step ahead.
* DudeWheresMyRespect:
** A complicated example with Nav. Among other races, he generally has the respect that you would expect given his accomplishments, but this is mostly played straight amongst ponies, even if he does have the respect of some such as the princesses and the royal guards. While he doesn't exactly demand the respect of others, he does point out to Celestia that he doesn't have much reason to stay in Equestria where a large amount of the population fears him, when he could go elsewhere and live like a king. In several cases, quite literally.
** Midnight had a hard time rising up the ranks of the guard due to Celestia failing to recognise her competence. Midnight is particularly angered by Celestia being more than capable of remembering the names of the less important members of her court.
* DuelToTheDeath:
** A crazy unicorn, Pelt, challenges Nav to one, but Celestia intervenes before it can begin.
** Blueblood challenges Nav to a duel in Chapter 39, though it doesnít have to go all the way to the death. He later challenges Nav to a fight to the death at the Gala in Chapter 78, only [[InTheBack to attack him from behind]] after Nav refuses.

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* [[CantArgueWithElves Can't Argue with Ponies]]: Ponies hold themselves IAintGotTimeToBleed: Following his SuperWindowJump to be superior than the other races, though this attitude is especially prevalent amongst the nobles. escape Celestia, Nav is quite willing to [[ScrewYouElves call others out]] on this.
* CaretakerReversal: Taya ends up looking after Nav during his SickEpisode, despite his protests.
* TheCasanova:
** Nav is a very twisted and complicated example. While much of the interest in him is due to his fame, reputation, or novelty, he's surprisingly adept at charming others when needed or desired, though there are those that are immune to his attempts.
** Blueblood is also very good at charming the ladies, despite [[PrinceCharmless his reputation]].
* CassandraTruth:
** Twilight (and by proxy, Celestia) refuse to accept Nav's tales of human technology and dismiss them as impossible stories or exaggeration.
** Twilight
is completely correct that ''something'' is haunting oblivious to the library, even if it does turn fact he's bleeding, and only notices some time later after attracting a lot of staring. And Octavia pointing all this out to be an air elemental playing practical jokes, rather than a ghost.
** The miner from
him.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Nav is inwardly delighted at getting
the Crystal Empire opportunity to tell Twilight "you canít handle the truth".
* IAmAMonster: Midnight Blossom views herself as one due to her vampirism, and demanded to be sent to Tartarus, though Luna disagreed.
* IAmNotMyFather: Nav does not like the idea of being as bad at parenting as his father was, and the suggestion he's acting no differently tends to cut him quite deeply.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Both Navarone and Celestia show this on several occasions, and there are many times where both regret the necessity of their actions.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer:
** Nav's generally fairly relaxed about the idea of Taya dating someone, but he does take a moment to warn Spike not to hurt her if he does anything with her.
** Pinkie scares Kat half to death by promising retribution if she so much as looks at Nav in a funny way.
* IGaveMyWord:
** He might lie about giving his word quite a bit and use ExactWords to get out of it, but when he genuinely means it then Nav will stick by his promises.
** Discord does this when making [[DealWithTheDevil deals with others]], but he's smart enough to make sure [[ExactWords the wording]]
is in his favour.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Nav's fairly self-aware when it comes to his actions, resulting in this being an increasingly common trend as the story goes on, as he becomes more reckless and unpleasant.
* IHatePastMe / OtherMeAnnoysMe:
[[spoiler: completely correct about When Nav runs into his (far older) past self, both end up getting under the mine being haunted]]. Unfortunately skins of the other]].
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Daughter]]: The Dogfather tries to force
Nav doesn't believe into working for him until it's too late.
** No pony believes
by kidnapping Taya. It fails on two fronts: from Taya and Twilight overpowering the token force sent after them, and because Nav recognises that they're using a changeling.
* [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace I Just Stabbed Twilight in the Face]]: Nav almost kills Twilight with a throwing knife
when she surprises him after his return from Egypt, but thankfully Shining Armor manages to catch it with his magic. Later on, he claims that almost stabs Pinkie after she surprises him.
* IJustWantToBeNormal:
Celestia and Luna don't move the sun and moon. However, they ''do'' mentions how she would much rather have been a [[TheMedic simple healer]] and lived a normal life. Fate -- and Discord -- had other plans for her.
* ILetYouWin: Discord created
the power to turn the planet if necessary, which makes them more powerful than Nav currently thinks.
* CastingAShadow: One of Luna's abilities, she's even able to travel through the shadows to her destination.
* CatFight: Several moments between Celestia
Elements so that other species would have a chance against him, and Luna fall just short of this, in particular their contest of strength during the revised Chapter 11.
* CatFolk: The aptly named cat people.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Applies to Celestia particularly. While she deeply cares about her subjects and doing what is best for Equestria, she's also very isolated by her position and comes to value Nav as a friend simply for the fact
isn't really bothered when he refuses to treat her with the reverence everyone else shows. She also ends up being extremely stressed as a result of her crown, and is often placed in impossible situations.
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: Well, bar stool, specifically. Either way, Nav resorts to using one in Chapter 75 when he's attacked in -- you guessed it -- a bar.
* TheChessmaster:
** Discord is a grand master of this.
** Celestia is also one herself, albeit a lesser one than Discord.
* ChickMagnet:
** Nav ends up getting quite a lot of positive attention... and [[EvenTheGuysWantHim not just from the females]].
** Blueblood is also quite popular with the mares, owing to his looks.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: The main reason for Chrysalis' hatred of the diamond dogs. She is prepared to tolerate the occasional theft of gems or adult changelings, but stealing eggs incenses her due to the unhatched changelings' innocence.
* TheChosenOne:
** Nav is initially believed to be the chosen one
imprisoned by the clan in Egypt, though theyíre later convinced otherwise.
**
them.
* ILied:
[[spoiler: Discord at one point ran across one foretold does this to be capable of defeating him, but [[INeedYouStronger inadvertently ended up thwarting Taya when luring her and Nav into a trap]].
* ImaginedInnuendo: Nav initially thinks Braeburn is coming on to
him in his efforts]]]].
* ChristmasEpisode:
Chapter "Fourteen 54, when Braeburn is actually being completely sincere and a Half". After mentioning Christmas before Hearthís Warming Eve, Nav finds himself browbeaten into delivering presents offering him food.
-->'''Braeburn''': Donít you want
to the children in Ponyville.
* CityOfAdventure: Ponyville's ability to attract danger and excitement is heavily lampshaded by Nav...
-->'''Freed Slave''': Iíve heard nice things about PonyvilleÖ
try my sweet applesauce?
-->'''Navarone''': Someone lied to you, then. That place is not good for those like us. It looks like a nice little village from the outside, but if you spend a month there, youíll probably wind up with at least two near disasters and all manner of terrifying events.
*double take*
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve:
** The Dreamlands operate in this way, as you might expect
ImAHumanitarian: A variant, given that the number of sapient species. Spike's growing desire for meat at one point causes him to ask Nav if he can eat some the corpses they run across. Nav quickly tells him to cut it out.
* {{Immortality}}: Several different flavours.
** CompleteImmortality: Discord comes extremely close to this. [[spoiler: His main goal is [[DeathSeeker finding a way around this]]]].
** BodyBackupDrive: Discord creates Navarone from one at the beginning, and presumably could continue to do so as much as he wanted. [[spoiler: However, since "true magic" cannot create or destroy life, Nav isn't truly 'alive' as such]].
** LifeDrinker: Nav is a variant of this. By Celestia/Luna periodically using the spell to transfer LifeEnergy it would be possible for him (or anyone else) to effectively become TheAgeless. The spell also works on non-sentient beings such as plants and so can be used benevolently instead of requiring a victim to steal from.
** TheUndead: Several types of them, including [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vamponies]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Blueblood gores Nav with his horn after the latter turns down the offer of a DuelToTheDeath and [[InTheBack turns his back]].
* [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes Impossibly Tacky Armour]]: Navarone gets granted a set of technicolour armour to go with his title of ''Defender of Harmony''. Ostensibly
it's a dream world, huge honour, but in reality it's a [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment form of revenge]] by Celestia due to him ruining one of her plans.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Nav sets Trixie on fire with his home-made booze in Chapter 5.
* ImStandingRightHere:
** Twilight gives this, after Nav and Pinkie ignore her in favour of discussing her tendency to dictate what others should do in Chapter 5.
--->'''Twilight''': Iím standing right here, you know!
--->'''Navarone''': Yeah, I know. We were just in the barber shop together, remember?
--->'''Pinkie Pie''': Yeah, Twilight, weíre not ''blind''.
--->'''Twilight''': Ugh.
** Nav ignoring Kat in Chapter 23:
--->'''Kat''': Iím right here, you know.
--->'''Navarone''': Yes, I know; youíre rather noticeable.
** Taya and Rarity also ignore Nav in Chapter 40:
--->'''Navarone''': Iím right here, ladies.
* AndIMustScream: Discord's fate, having lived for millions of years. Whenever he gives anyone else a glimpse into his suffering, this is precisely their reaction.
* IncompatibleOrientation:
** After AJ
and Nav shows get Rainbow drunk while testing out their home-brewed alcohol, they then get Big Mac to flirt with her, partly as a very high degree of control over prank and partly since he needs the practice. It doesn't work for this when he visits there.
reason.
** "Real magic" Rarity's attempts to hit on Braeburn fail due this. She also works seems to be the only one unaware of Braeburn's orientation...
* InconvenientSummons:
** Nav being summoned to Equestria by Discord
in this way, though it requires a lot of effort to master.
the first place.
** The collective belief of ponies [[{{Familiar}} alphyn]] Trixie summons in Chapter 5 is not happy at being in Equestria. While he has to follow Trixieís orders [[ExactWords to the letter]], that doesnít mean he has to help her if sheís unable to ask. Alphyns also has an impact. In particular, do their best to return the favour to their summoner, if they get the opportunity.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} in Chapter 41, where summoning
Nav can fly despite to extract him is inconvenient for Luna, since sheís in the middle of meeting a griffon envoy.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness:
** Shining Armor is probably the most unambiguously good character in the story, and dedicated to making sure everyone receives justice, regardless of their rank. He does take part in a black op to remove a dangerous criminal from power at one point, mostly because it's the right thing (rather than being in it for the [[OnlyInItForTheMoney large monetary reward]]), and actually finds it wrong when Nav comes up with an easy shortcut because it means he earns
his side of the reward with very little work.
** Ponies believe this about Celestia, but over [[BrokenPedestal the course of events]] it's shown to be far from the truth.
** Fancy Pants is pretty much the only one of these among the Canterlot nobility, and genuinely uses his position as a force for good, rather than self-interest.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: A common response of Nav's to the
general lack insanity he encounters.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Rainbow Dashís BlatantLies excuse for making an exit after Twilight and Rarity catch her appearing to read ''[[BookSafe Mating Habits
of magic because, having wings, ponies believe he should be able the Common Cow]]''. Also doubles as a CallBack to do so. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]].
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': Iíve gotta see a bear about a thing!
* INeedYouStronger:
[[spoiler: Discord realises this far too late, after his protection of [[TheChosenOne a chosen one]] destined to defeat him ended up accidentally causing the hero to fail]].
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Nav stumbles across a magical sword of Flo's. Being one of the few enchanted weapons known about in Equestria, it's extremely powerful in comparison to regular weaponry.
* InnocentInnuendo:
** Nav's interactions with Ames usually result in copious amounts of this.
** As the story progresses, the interactions between Spike and Nav end up being ridiculously laden with innuendo.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Spike can occasionally come out with stuff that has a very different meaning from what he thinks. In several cases this deeply angers Nav, but he forces it down when he reminds himself that Spike doesn't know what he's saying, and that he doesn't mean anything by it.
* InnocentSwearing: A variant. Apple Bloom overhears Nav commenting on how Twilight [[YouNeedToGetLaid needs to get laid]], and has no idea what this means. So of course she asks about this in front of her family... and Twilight!
* InSeriesNickname: Nav is [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname only known by his]], and sometimes gets called Navi by Pinkie, which he hates. Celestia gets referred to by the [[BlatantLies extremely respectful nickname]] of "Sunbutt" on several occasions, for reasons you can probably deduce.
* InsistentTerminology: Nav constantly insists he's not a pony whenever the term anypony is used around him. [[CaptainObvious He does have a point]].
* InstantExpert:
** Discord implants the knowledge of the summoning and shapeshifting spells within Twilight, Luna, and Celestia's minds, though none are aware of precisely where or how they came to know them.
** {{Averted|Trope}} with changelings.
When he switching forms, their effectiveness is limited without prior experience and his party get briefly sent back in time, both him and Rainbow lose the ability to fly because of this]].
* ClingyJealousGirl: Luna. Dragons are also
training. For this by nature.
reason it's standard practice to not use unfamiliar forms in combat.
* CloningBlues / TomatoInTheMirror: Nav ponders this InstantSedation: Navarone gets a syringe full of sedatives in Chapter 73, after 76. Subverted in that it doesn't take effect instantly, though it does kick in fairly quickly.
* InsultBackfire:
** Celestia admonishes Nav for his [[LoopholeAbuse underhanded tactics]] in winning the Maris tournament, only for Nav to take it as a compliment, particularly coming from her.
** Nav's attempt to insult Cadance for her part in him being awarded the title of ''Defender of Harmony'' doesn't work out quite how he planned.
--->'''Navarone''': Youíre a terrible person. And that armor looks gayer than you do. Trust me, thatís saying something.
--->'''Cadance''': [[HaveAGayOldTime Iím glad you think I look so happy!]] And itís good you think [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes your armor]] does, too.
--->'''Navarone''': ÖYou know that wasnít a compliment, right?
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Luna's idealised version of a good time, apparently. It [[HemoErotic does]] ''[[MindRape not]]'' [[{{Understatement}} end well]].
* InterspeciesAdoption / RaisedByHumans: Taya's adoption by Nav.
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Luna and Nav briefly have one. It doesn't end well. He later gets involved with Kumani, a dragoness.
**
[[spoiler: going back through time Bon-Bon and encountering his past self]]. While he comes to the conclusion that he's real (and thinks Lyra, a changeling and feels like anyone else), the lack of knowledge over the precise nature of his existence, coupled with the revelation that he's no longer biologically human enough to qualify, weighs heavily on his mind.
unicorn respectively]].
* CoitusUninterruptus:
** Nav does this a few
InterruptedIntimacy: It occurs several times, though there are occasions where Nav chooses to [[CoitusUninterruptus ignore said interruption]].
* InTheBack: Blueblood does it to Nav after
he usually tells declines the person doing offer of a duel.
* IntimateHealing: A platonic version where Nav lathers up Fluttershy to help her with her flea problem, since hooves are not
the interrupting best tool for the job. It is extremely awkward however, and certainly not helped by Fluttershy's badly-hidden interest in him.
* InvisibilityCloak: There's a unicorn spell
that he's busy.
** Pinkie at one point attempts to invoke this by persuading Mr. Cake to leave them alone. Given that this is during working hours above his shop, he's not too amenable to the idea and kicks them out.
* ColdBloodedTorture: One of Kat's [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming favourite pastimes]]. Nav ends up on the receiving end of it in Egypt, which doesn't exactly do wonders for his mental health.
* ColorCodedWizardry: Unicorn magic
does this, but humans are the it's very difficult to master and hence quite rare. It's also quite a draining spell to cast, and so can only species known be used for short amounts of time, unless it happens to be capable one's special talent.
* IOweYouMyLife: Ames agrees to train Nav in part because
of seeing it thus far. Twilight this, due to Nav saving his life back during a raid in Chapter 13.
* IronicName: Sunshine Smiles claims to have joined the Night Guard to deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoke this]], though his actual reason
is due to his lack of respect for Shining Armor.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: When Nav compares Pinkie to a foal, she doesn't take offense to the suggestion that she's loud, unmannered, and uncontrollable, but does protest the assertion that she's "stinky".
* ItAmusedMe: Celestia occasionally tries to alleviate some of her boredom in ways that would be described as unusual at best, and highly unethical at worst. Navarone can sometimes engage in this as well, often in response to Celestia's antics.
* ItGetsEasier: Nav is initially
extremely reluctant to accept this, but kill another sapient being, and only does so to help Pinkieís family. While he grows to have less reservations about using lethal force, he never takes any pleasure in it and prefers peaceful solutions.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Just one of the many issues Luna has. Her resulting lack of respect for personal boundaries
is eventually forced to... after running a bunch one of tests of course.
* ColourCodedEmotions:
** Water elementals' colours shift according
several reasons that finally leads Nav to end their current mood.
** In
relationship.
* ItsAllMyFault: Upon learning about some of
the dream realm, stuff done to Nav in Egypt while being used as a hostage, Spike is extremely upset at what he perceives as it being his fault, but Nav quickly assures him he wasn't responsible in the dreams of others are coloured according to the type of dream, and the emotions the dreamer is experiencing.
* CombatPragmatist: Navarone doesn't just fight dirty, but actively shows his contempt for honourable fighting on multiple occasions. Given the number of times it would have gotten him killed, it's hard to argue.
slightest.
-->'''Navarone''': Why the hell would anyone fight with honor? If Iím in a fight, Iím in it to win, not to make my opponent feel okay about losing.
* CombatTentacles: The tentacle beast that escapes from its containment in the MageTower within Chapter 72.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: When Taya almost kills Nav though PowerIncontinence, Nav refuses to allow her to give up on her magic, simply telling her that it's a gift, but she needs to learn responsibility and control in order to do great things with it.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** When several residents of Ponyville turn up to yell at Nav
Never blame yourself for helping the [=CMC=] get their marks, Pinkie of course misses the point completely and spends 10 minutes yelling to him about her day, [[BlatantLies to which Nav obviously pays]] [[JustSmileAndNod a huge amount of attention to]].
** While everyone else is scared by Navís [[AllHallowsEve Nightmare Night]] [[TheGrimReaper costume]], Lunaís reaction is to instead focus on how the skull adorning it belongs to a species she had considered to be extinct.
--->'''Luna''': Hm. I didnít know any of those were still alive. I suppose I have to send the royal hunters into the Everfree to recreate my menagerie.
* CommonTongue: The Equestrian language is widely used throughout the world.
* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: While a little out of it from his injuries in Chapter 67, Nav asks AJ to translate Zecora's rhyming speech for him. After she does, he then asks her to translate his response, despite Zecora having no difficulty understanding him.
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: Nav occasionally does it and then claims it's due to his Southern heritage.
* ConsummateLiar:
** Discord.
** Nav is also fairly skilled at lying, but not quite as good as he thinks he is. Nor is he as good at detecting lies as he thinks either.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: How does Celestia get Nav back for working with the griffons and ruining one her of long-running plans? Award him a [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes ridiculous set of armor]] during an extravagant award ceremony, which everyone else treats as a huge honour.
* CooldownHug: Nav ends up on the receiving end of quite a few of these, but it's more a case of others ''thinking'' he needs one, rather than him actually needing one. A few others also receive one.
* CoolHorse: Nav briefly takes Celestia as his mount on one occasion after she annoys him. She's surprisingly into it, seemingly because it's the exact opposite of what a princess would do.
* CoolHouse: Nav's custom built fort, which was designed by the changelings and even comes with its own prototype electricity system, rather than being powered by magic like elsewhere.
* CoolOldGuy: Fancy Pants.
* CoolShip: The airship Nav uses for his adventures later on in the book.
* CoolSword: Nav's InfinityPlusOneSword, which [[spoiler: turns out to be Excalibur]].
* TheCorrupter:
** Discord's entire plan involves Nav being one of these, and he also does it to several other characters to suit his own ends.
** In
something of an irony given the above, Nav's corrupting influence gets a serious kickstart due to the antics of ponies as a whole, you have no control over, and in particular, the princesses.
* CoveredWithScars: Nav ends up covered in them while fighting with the cats in Egypt and under Katís ministrations. Also doubles as PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars, due to the trauma all this inflicts on his psyche.
* CoverInnocentEyesAndEars:
** Twilight does this to Spike to start with, but it's revealed that not only do dragons age differently to ponies, but he's generally far more mature than she realises... though there are some exceptions to this.
** Nav covers Taya's ears during a Q&A session where several changelings ask him questions of an adult nature, which he is not particularly happy about.
* CraniumRide: Nav rides around on the head of a giant ant in Chapter 52. By pulling on the antennae, he's able to use it as a PowerupMount.
* CrazyPrepared: Nav makes several copies of his journals and fills them with false information, just on the off chance that anyone trying to read them will bring up
never blame someone else for something and tip him off.
they have no control over.
* CreepyChild: Given Taya's lack of social development and a complete lack of awareness over certain social conventions, there are times where she comes across as extremely creepy.
* CuddleBug: Celestia is something of one. For someone who HatesBeingTouched, Nav is generally quite tolerant when she does it, even if he finds it mystifying.
* CurbStompBattle:
ItsPersonal:
** The During the mock battle between the Day and Night Guard, Shining Armor calls in Luna to arbitrate a dispute over Nav's "cheating", and then takes her hostage when she rules in Nav's favour. The Night Guard and Day Guard particularly Luna are not pleased by this.
** Discord becomes this for Nav, [[spoiler: when he discovers the former is responsible for the extinction of humanity]].
** Discord is also this for the Royal Sisters, [[spoiler: due to him destroying almost all the alicorn race, save for themselves]].
* IWarnedYou: Nav is GenreSavvy enough to realise that removing swords from altars in the middle of odd places is not a smart thing to do. Chrysalis soon finds out why.
-->'''Chrysalis''': Donít you dare say it.
* IWasNeverHere: After finding AJ and Rarity drinking tea in Rarity's boutique while both wearing frilly dresses, Nav's response is to slowly back out the door without saying a word.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Nav [[ToThePain threatens to do]] this to an assassin to gain information, and makes good on that threat, though he's fairly unskilled at it. Kat's abilities in the field would probably make Jack green with envy, and seriously creep Navarone out.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Twilight might be unwilling to accept it, but everyone else present admits that Nav does have a point when he says that it's selfish of her to focus on her test to single-handedly save the Crystal Empire, instead of putting the lives of its citizens ahead of such concerns.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He might be abrasive, condescending, and make little secret of how much he [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech thinks you suck]], but if you're a good person or his friend then the chances are that Nav will eventually come through for you when you need help.
* JumpedAtTheCall / ResignedToTheCall: Spike and Nav in Chapter 15. While Spike is thrilled to be going on an adventure, Nav is forced to go to Egypt by Celestia as punishment.
* JustFollowingOrders: {{Discussed|Trope}} in Chapter 44. Nav also notes that most of the changelings killing diamond dogs don't seem to show any emotion, unlike Chrysalis who [[BloodKnight relishes in the slaughter]].
* JustFriends: Nav and Celestia, for [[OddFriendship whatever strange definition]] [[FriendsWithBenefits passes for friendship]] between them. While she does ask to take him as her consort a few times, various events, politics, or even (in the case of Nav) psychological trauma all conspire to keep this one on the ground. Though for what it's worth, Nav hasn't definitively said no.
* KangarooCourt:
** Celestia at one point has Rarity and Navarone convicted of treason, simply to see what would happen [[ItAmusedMe because she was bored]].
** Chrysalis later declares a diamond dog, Fido, guilty and doesn't even bother with the pretense of a trial.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: After 5 years of escaping the consequences of her actions, Luna eventually starts to receive some recompense after [[TheAtoner publicly admitting her many wrongs]].
* KickTheDog: Most of the things Discord does to distract from his boredom. The guy will commit genocide or torture while casually whistling a happy tune, and inflict suffering on others for no reason other than [[ForTheEvulz because it amuses him]].
* KillItWithFire: Nav suggests the changelings dispose of a diamond dog clan in the mines in this way. The lucky ones are quickly asphyxiated by the fire sucking out the oxygen. The unlucky ones...
* KingIncognito: After Nav is sent to negotiate with the leader of a Naga clan in Egypt, he ends up in a discussion with the sentry escorting him. Only after noticing that the politically-minded questions being asked [[SpottingTheThread are not those of a sentry]] does he realise who he's been talking to the entire time.
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: Cadance recklessly firing off love magic leads to a bunch of palace staff and guards doing this... including Celestia. Few are happy with the results. Those few are usually paired up with others who are not.
* KissOfDistraction: Nav's ShutUpKiss to Pinkie also doubles at this, allowing him to escape from her.
* KissOfTheVampire: Vamponies don't have to do this in order to feed, but can play this one straight if they wish. [[spoiler: Nav ends up asking Midnight Blossom for one as a going away present in exchange for allowing her to feed off him]].
* KneelBeforeFrodo: Standard practice for ponies whenever Celestia makes an appearance. Nav flat out refuses to bow down to anyone and claims this is a cultural thing for humans, which sends Twilight into a fit over the breach of protocol. Apparently the fact that Celestia actually would prefer it if others didn't do this is lost on her.
* KnifeFight: Nav gets in quite a few when he ends up fighting off assassins.
* KnifeNut: Kat. Navarone also
turns into this when one.
* KnightInSourArmor:
Nav teaches starts out fairly idealistic but becomes increasingly cynical as he gets let down and used throughout the former [[HitAndRunTactics guerrilla warfare]], to devastating effect.
** Navís run-in with a dingonek ends badly for our protagonist.
** Navís encounter with an Ursa Minor ends with him being extremely badly injured. In fact, calling it this is probably being generous to Nav, given that [[FlawlessVictory he doesnít manage to get a hit in]] before being knocked out.
** Nav's fight with some Canterlot thugs in Chapter 51 ends with him easily defeating them.
** In Chapter 57, Nav and Pinkie kill the bandits after them without taking a single hit.
* CursedWithAwesome: All over the place. Navarone's wings and magically gained abilities. Celestia and Luna's agelessness. ''Especially'' so with Discord...
* CultureClash: Several cultures end up clashing with pony culture. In particular, naga, griffin, and human culture.
* CulturedWarrior: Despite Rarity tending to berate him for his lack of manners and sophistication, Nav is familiar enough with many classical works to be able to transcribe their main outline from memory. And then [[PlagiarismInFiction selling those for profit]].
* CutHimselfShaving: Nav trolls Twilight by
story. He doesn't even bother trying to pass pretend otherwise later on in the story.
* LampshadeHanging: Nav often lampshades how Equestria feels like a cartoon world, and other things that make no sense, such as ponies shrugging off impacts that should injure them, or Pinkie Pie's insanely weird abilities and behaviour.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Memory spells are capable of removing specific memories, though there can be side-effects from the procedure.
* LastOfHisKind:
** Navarone is the last remaining human. [[spoiler: Later on
his self-inflicted hand injury off as this in Chapter 34.
-->'''Navarone''': [[BlatantLies Itís been a while
transformations render him only partially human, and when he discovers that he's no longer human enough to qualify he becomes somewhat depressed, since I last shaved; I was really out of practice]].
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique / RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: "True magic" was banned and stamped out by
it now means humanity is completely extinct]].
**
Celestia and Luna due to are the danger it poses, after Grogar once brought about an EndlessWinter.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to the show's version of Equestria, the depiction in ''Diaries of a Madman'' is much darker, despite it superficially appearing to keep the SugarBowl setting.
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Taya tries to invoke this as a way of getting attention, only for it to backfire spectacularly when Nav doesn't have any problems with her dating or her choice of date, and simply tells her to be careful.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: {{Downplayed|Trope}} somewhat. While rarely ''deadly'', upsetting the major players in Canterlot can have very negative repercussions. At one point
last two remaining alicorns, [[spoiler: Nav and Rarity manage due to upset Fleur, who manages to get them thrown in jail]]. Luna is also somewhat mystified over why her sister puts up with it.
* DeadlyEuphemism: When deciding that Calix needs to be killed, Nav uses the extremely thinly veiled euphemism of "anything can happen on a dangerous road", which fools no-one.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Nav seems to view being snarky almost as a second job, and slips into TheSnarkKnight territory at times when musing over humanity's or his own failings.
** Taya and Celestia both show a lighter version of this, in the form of the occasional dry and snarky response to Nav.
* DealWithTheDevil:
** Celestia's initial deal with
Discord in destroying the prologue.
rest]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** Discord also offers or forces other characters into such a deal Nav's confusion over the course VagueAge of ponies and him never getting a straight answer also mirrors fans' questions about the story.
* DeathByIrony: Or rather ''[[InvertedTrope Life]]'' by Irony. [[spoiler: When
show.
**
Nav gets sent back in time, he inadvertently ruins Discord's plans to kill himself. Discord does at least appreciate the irony is well aware of managing to ultimately ruin his own plan]].
* DeathGlare: Good luck trying to keep count of the number of times this occurs.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Discord's main motivation is finding a way of ending his existence]].
* DemotedToExtra: Much of the Mane 6 only appear somewhat sporadically as the story moves on, particularly so with AJ, who barely appears at all within the story.
* {{Demythtification}}: Generally inverted, given the AllMythsAreTrue nature of the setting. However, the Greek godess of knowledge and wisdom, Athena, states that she was once a mortal human who explored magic very deeply, and in her own words is [[AGodIAmNot not a god]].
* DepravedDentist: Colgate gives off this vibe in spades. However, Nav mistakes her for ''that''
what kind of depraved dentist, world heís in and when he at one point tries lampshades it several times...
--->''...it seems like every time they want
to play into this by propositioning her, it doesn't work at all.
* DescriptionCut: After Nav agrees to model for Rarity in Chapter 20:
-->'''Rarity''': You wonít regret this! I swear it!
-->''(cut)''
-->''A week later, we were both sitting in
involve me with something itís the fucking clichéd plot of a jail cell.cartoon or TV show.''
* DestinationDefenestration: Nav gets defenestrated by [[FountainOfYouth Filly!Twilight]] in Chapter 14 when she mistakes him for a monster. At least his wings cushion LeaveNoWitnesses: The leader of the impact somewhat.
thieves that killed Taya's parents demands this, but the cat charged with carrying this out [[EvenEvilHasStandards can't bring himself]] [[WouldntHurtAChild to kill Taya as well]].
* {{Determinator}}:
LegendaryWeapon:
** Nav's InfinityPlusOneSword turns out to be [[spoiler: Excalibur]].
** The Spear of Destiny is also mentioned briefly.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain:
** Nav survives and the campaign in Egypt pretty much entirely on this, and attributes [[HeroicResolve the willpower]] due his desire Naga agree to avoid Spike getting hurt while he's being used as a hostage.
** Casting "true magic" on another involves overpowering them mentally. For
this reason it's impossible to will someone dead, because the will to survive will always overpower the caster. Discord's willpower is such regarding a [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction certain incident]] that the only way he can be affected through it is if he allows it.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Briefly between Rainbow Dash and Nav
took place after a night of drinking. drinking.
** Celestia makes everyone present agree to never say anything of what happened [[KissingUnderTheInfluence between her and Pinkie]] after Cadance recklessly started firing spells off.
** Nav insists to Rarity and Taya that they pretend Cadance's drunken behaviour in Chapter 62 never happened.
** Spike and Twilight apparently have this arrangement regarding the times where she thinks she was being abandoned by everyone.
--->'''Spike''': We donít talk about those days, Nav.
** In Chapter 67, AJ and Rarity's attempts to cook something while at Zecoras results in an explosion that dyes both their hair rainbow-coloured.
--->'''Rarity''': We will never speak of this again.
* LightmareFuel: An in-universe example. When Shining Armor tries to break into Nav's mind yet again, Nav gives him a choice between two doors in Nav's mindscape. Shining ends up picking the door that leads to all of Nav's memories of being tortured and abused, to which Nav comments was a fortunate choice since the other door
[[spoiler: They didn't, led to the memories of him having sex with Celestia]]. It's more a case of FauxHorrific for Nav and the reader however.
* LiteralMetaphor: After forgiving Rarity and saying his goodbyes in Chapter 68, Nav notes in his narration that the day "seemed a little brighter than it
had just been wrestling instead]].
* DirtyBusiness:
** Most of
before". Only to realise he's standing in the tasks glare of a window.
* LiteralMinded: Pinkie regularly fall into this trap. Luna and Ames as well, though it's partly due to Nav using phrases and slang they're unfamiliar with.
* LivingLieDetector: There's a unicorn spell that does this.
Celestia gives and Twilight eventually figure that it's a good idea to cast it on Nav, though he sometimes gets around it by employing ExactWords or being [[MetaphoricallyTrue metaphorical]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The show already has a huge amount of characters. As well as keeping many of them, the story then adds far more on top.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Cadance and Shining Armor experience trouble in paradise after the birth of their daughter, and end up asking
Nav tend for advice. Apparently said advice helps.
* LongGame: Both Celestia and Discord's plans are being played out over thousands of years. Discord's is an even longer game, since he's using fellow [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] Celestia as his pawn.
* LongLived:
** Celestia and Luna, almost
to involve this, the point of appearing to be TheAgeless. Technically they do age, but particularly extremely slowly; Celestia states that she's physically in her late twenties [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld despite being over 6200 years old]]. Apparently her extended adolescence was ''not'' a fun time.
** After his receiving LifeEnergy from a tree during his EmergencyTransformation, Nav gains an estimated 1000 years of life expectancy. Periodic use of [[LifeDrinker
the campaign in Egypt.
** While he acknowledges
spell]] would essentially [[TheAgeless stop him from ageing]].
* LoopholeAbuse: Celestia, Nav, and Discord all love this trope.
-->'''Celestia''': What you did was nothing short of brilliant, and yet at
the [[IDidWhatIHadToDo necessity of his actions]], his role in [[GenocideDilemma same time so darkly underhanded that I feel dirty congratulating you for it. Iím thinking about changing the genocide]] of rules for the diamond dogs haunts first time in history.
-->'''Navarone''': [[InsultBackfire Why thank you, Celestia]]. That means a lot, coming from you.
* LostTechnology: The dream machine, which eventually gets rediscovered by Luna and Nav, and allows ponies to dream again. With the exception of Pinkie Pie, who already had them regardless.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy / LoveMakesYouEvil: Well, it's probably more "jealous obsession" than love, but either way it's not a good comination with Luna's already questionable sanity.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: Kat. Navarone finds this extremely creepy.
* LovingAShadow:
Nav afterwards, and results in him isolating suggests himself even more from his friends. The fact that the changelings consider his actions heroic [[BeAllMySinsRemembered Luna doesn't help matters]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: Fleur gets Nav (who's in pony form at this point) arrested, simply for turning her down.
* TheDogBitesBack: After a week of torture and abuse [[spoiler: at the paws of Kat, Nav [[NotAfraidOfYouAnymore finally snaps]], and after almost [[NeckLift crushing her throat]] in a rage and threatening to PayEvilUntoEvil, he warns her that he'll kill her if she ever does anything to
love him again]].
* DoingInTheWizard:
** [[spoiler: Flo is revealed to be comprised of nanomachines, a fact she was completely unaware of]].
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with Pinkie Pie,
as her bizarre abilities are revealed to the reader as the product of "real magic", even if Pinkie and the rest of the cast are unaware of this.
* DoIReallySoundLikeThat: Twilight isn't pleased to find out
a person, but rather what she sounds thinks of him as. Namely, a BloodKnight and a warrior like when she observes herself through herself.
* LuridTalesOfDoom: After
Nav's eyes.
-->'''Twilight''': I can hear everything Iím saying. I do not sound like that!
* DontCallMeSir: After being knighted, Nav constantly has to ask those he meets not to call him sir. It's still a problem for him even after he quits as Luna's knight. In a similar vein, he also hates it when others make use of [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard some of the other titles]] he's collected.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Nav hates this so much that he leaves Equestria completely when [[spoiler: the truth
BlatantLies rumours about Luna's crimes against him comes out]]. He was planning to leave anyway, but he moves his timetable forwards to avoid this happening.
* TheDoorSlamsYou: Rainbow Dash accidentally kicks Nav's office door into him in Chapter 87.
* {{Doorstopper}}: At over 1.3 million words long,
himself and Shining Armor end up making the story is currently the largest on Website/FimfictionDotNet and no way near being complete. For reference, this is longer than any officially published book, and only a few fanfics have a higher word count.
* DopeSlap: Nav does it
presses, he then decides to Spike whenever he does something particularly silly. Lacking hands, others sometimes return the favour by cuffing him with their wings, or just flat out kicking him instead.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Utterly averted. It causes extensive psychological damage to Navarone, and is taken very seriously as a crime in-universe.
* DramaticGunCock: During a HostageSituation in Chapter 72, Nav finds out [[spoiler: that his past self is standing right behind him]] through the hammer being pulled.
* DramaticIrony: Regularly crops
start making up as Discord interjects to give readers information that the main characters are lacking. Also applies during the prologue where Discord makes even more ridiculous ones. Like Celestia and Luna [[DealWithTheDevil forget about their deal]].
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Nav has a few nightmares of Discord shortly after arriving in Equestria, who he's never met nor seen at that point. It can be assumed Discord had some influence over this.
* DreamLand: The aptly named Dreamlands.
* DreamWalker: Nav eventually learns how to do this as part of his duties as Luna's knight, and becomes quite talented at it. Due to the fact he's a human, he also has far more control over the dream machine than Luna does.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Used when Nav infiltrates the slave ship in Chapter 26. Though as it's crewed by cats and dogs, his disguise is pretty much limited to him also
secretly being bipedal, and wearing enough clothing to obscure a narwhal.
-->'''Reporter''': Well, itíll look good in
the fact that he's a human with wings.
* DrivenToMadness: Discord ended doing it to some of the alicorns, which was probably one of the nicer things he did.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Discord. His main problem is [[DeathSeeker finding a way]] to pull it off]].
* DuckSeasonRabbitSeason: Pinkie tries for this in Chapter 31, but unfortunately for her, Nav's one step ahead.
* DudeWheresMyRespect:
** A complicated example with Nav. Among other races, he generally has the respect that you would expect given his accomplishments, but this is mostly played straight amongst ponies, even if he does have the respect of some such as the princesses and the royal guards. While he doesn't exactly demand the respect of others, he does point out to Celestia that he doesn't have much reason to stay in Equestria where a large amount of the population fears him, when he could go elsewhere and live like a king. In several cases, quite literally.
** Midnight had a hard time rising up the ranks of the guard due to Celestia failing to recognise her competence. Midnight is particularly angered by Celestia being more than capable of remembering the names of the less important members of her court.
* DuelToTheDeath:
** A crazy unicorn, Pelt, challenges Nav to one, but Celestia intervenes before it can begin.
** Blueblood challenges Nav to a duel in Chapter 39, though it doesnít have to go all the way to the death. He later challenges Nav to a fight to the death at the Gala in Chapter 78, only [[InTheBack to attack him from behind]] after Nav refuses.
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[[folder:Tropes E-F]]
* EarthAllAlong: Readers find this out at the beginning of the story, but it takes Nav some time and several hints before he figures it out himself.
* EatenAlive: Nav pretends to eat Quisling alive during the war games, as part of his ploy to distract and demoralise the day guard scouting force.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: At the Grand Galloping Gala in the revised Chapter 10, Nav's pegasus form gets eaten up, both by Luna, and also many of the noblemares attending.
* EmergencyTransformation: An unintentional example. After almost being killed in a magical accident, Celestia and Luna have to infuse Nav with life force taken from elsewhere in order to save him, in this case from a tree. As a consequence he's no longer fully human and ends up gaining several plant-like characteristics and a much increased life expectancy.
* EmotionEater: Changelings are capable of feeding off all emotions in this version of Equestria, though most prefer love. They can also feed off memories, though they are less satisfying than the real thing, with the exception of human memories which are as nutritious due to humans attaching emotions to memories more so than other species.
* EmpathyPet: Freki, Nav's adopted timber wolf, who can magically pick up on Nav's emotions towards a target and behaves accordingly.
* EntitledToHaveYou: Part of Luna's issues on this front stem from outdated protocols. The other half of this is because she's not [[AxCrazy exactly sane]].
* EroticDream: Luna ends up using the dream machine to give all ponies erotic dreams of Navarone as a form of revenge. [[HomoeroticDream This includes the stallions]]... and the children ''including his daughter''. Very understandably he is furious and extremely upset about this, and it causes a lot of awkwardness and damage to his reputation.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Behold one of the causes of Luna's problems...
-->'''Luna''': Why should we be forced to change to their desires? We are royalty!
* EternalProhibition: Alcohol was allowed in Equestria until the princesses banned it after a NoodleIncident in which half of Ponyfornia was knocked into the ocean, though Celestia turns a blind eye to Nav importing it and sharing the information on how to make it. Other states are far less less restrictive, and [[FantasticDrug salt]] is allowed in Equestria.
* EthicalSlut: Navarone doesn't have many rules, but he will refuse to get involved with married couples, and won't have anything to do with any mare in heat who hasn't previously expressed any interest in him while in a more sound frame of mind.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Discord has never killed (or at least, so he claims), though seeing as he readily admits to getting others indirectly killed, it's not exactly much of a standard for him to be proud of.
** Chrysalis is sickened by what Taya has had to live through, as well as some of the acts other races are capable of. This being someone who delights in genociding her hated enemies.
** One of the thieves who killed Taya's parents [[WouldntHurtAChild couldn't bring himself to kill Taya as well]], though Discord is partly responsible on both counts.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Nav, quite literally. His human form is nothing special, but his pony form is an exceptionally handsome pegasus, and gets a lot of positive attention from both mares and stallions who are of that orientation.
* EvilLaugh: Nav claims this is a talent he used to extensively practice, and makes use of it after gaining his set of ScaryImpracticalArmor.
* ExactWords:
** Discord uses this when making a deal with Celestia in the prologue, and mocks her for failing to spot a very obvious problem after she agrees.
** Navarone often uses this and then proceeds to [[LoopholeAbuse abuse the loopholes]] he's just created. Or when he wants to lie by omission.
** Celestia tasks Nav with 'assassinating' her during the Gala between 6PM and midnight. He completes his task at 6:00:01, much to her surprise.
* TheExile: Nav effectively becomes one temporarily when he's sent to Egypt to take care of a situation for Celestia after committing a crime. Several others also end up being sent with him, but it's more being ReassignedToAntarctica in their cases.
* ExoticEquipment: The fact that this is generally averted is lampshaded by Nav, but it is played straight with changelings. [[spoiler: Or more specifically Chrysalis]].
* EyeScream:
** Nav nails a {{Mook}} right in the eye with a throwing knife at one point, and later gouges out the eye of another upon being provided with deliberately wrong information.
** The miner later on in the story loses both his eyes to the unseen force haunting the mines. Thankfully this happens off-page, since the description of this is already bad enough.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Briefly discussed in Chapter 64, when a convicted naga is told to cease lying, and show some dignity in her final moments.
* FacePalm: Nav does this regularly. The habit is so ingrained that he still tries to do it while in pegasus form, despite the lack of hands.
* FailedASpotCheck: When Rainbow Dash and Nav decide to dip into the first restaurant they see during their trip to Canterlot in Chapter 72, they're completely oblivious to it catering mainly for couples until after they've stepped inside, somehow failing to be tipped off by the place being called called ''The Loveboat''.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Used to get past [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy some guards]] in Chapter 76.
* {{Familiar}}: Trixie summons an alphyn for her duel with Twilight in Chapter 5, and mistakes Nav as Twilightís familiar.
* FantasticArousal: Pegasus wings are quite sensitive, in what is now a {{Fanon}} staple. It is slightly more justified here however, since wings contain nerve clusters which are pleasurable when correctly manipulated.
* FantasticDrug: A large amount of them. Alcohol appears to have similar effects on most species, but there are also species-specific drugs, such as salt (ponies), catnip ([[CatPeople guess]]), mercury (naga) and chocolate (the dogs).
* FantasticRacism: Nav accuses ponies as a species of doing this, particularly as they're the only ones to use terms like [[HoldYourHippogriffs "anypony"]], though it's something of an exaggeration on his part. Some of the nobles do look down on the other races and play this one straight, but ponies in general are a very light version of this and casually assume they're better than other cultures without questioning this, rather than it being out of hatred or contempt.
* FantasyContraception:
** There's a unicorn spell for this purpose, but Nav generally has little need for it for [[InterspeciesRomance obvious reasons]]. It's not actually needed when [[VoluntaryShapeshifting casting the shapeshifting spell]] either since, it doesn't ''completely'' change your original species at the genetic level, but no one seems aware of this.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with timberwolves, who need to eat zap apples in order to breed.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Most of the different cultures encountered usually take some inspiration from non-Western human cultures. Perhaps a slightly more justified example than most, given that many capital cities are built on the ruins of older human cities.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The fate of changeling prisoners, kept alive and forced to consume love poison in order to provide nourishment for the hive.
* AFatherToHisMen:
** All of the commanders in the Royal Guard treat their men well, but it particularly applies to Fancy Pants when he ends up as the ranking officer in charge during a war games exercise, and is convinced to surrender by Nav, on the grounds that if it were real it would spare his men's lives.
** Strangely enough, this actually applies to Nav as well. He shows deep regret whenever anyone under his command comes to harm, and [[spoiler: refuses to leave one of his crew behind without at least making an effort to save him]].
* FauxHorrific: Taya's reaction to the idea of Rarity dressing her up for the Gala. You'd almost think the girl went through a war zone, given her shell-shocked reaction afterwards.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Twilight seems to view not stacking books properly as an awful crime, and is [[SkewedPriorities more focused on that]] than the fact she's just been sucked into a PortalBook.
* FightingYourFriend: Nav and Luna have to fight images of their friends and loved ones in Chapter 36 while trying to reactivate the dream machine. Nav has way too much fun with it.
-->(after having just destroyed a copy of Luna without any hesitation)
-->'''Luna''': Nav. Did you just kill me?
* {{Fingore}}:
** Nav moves onto this when interrogating an assassin, after TheToothHurts doesn't quite yield the results he was after.
** Nav loses a finger after being attacked by an Ursa Minor in Chapter 42, though it eventually [[HealingFactor grows back]].
--->'''Navarone''': That finger was on my top ten list of favorite fingersÖ
* FirstNameBasis: Nav is usually on such terms with most of the royalty he encounters, as much as those accompanying him tend to protest over the lack of formality.
* FisherKing: According to Twilight, this trope is the "leading scientific theory" why the area around the Naga caves is so desolate. [[SarcasmMode Nav holds this view in very high regard]].
-->'''Navarone''': My vote is because this place is the fucking dust bowl.
* FlatWhat: Plenty of examples. In particular, Nav's reaction to finding out about his ArrangedMarriage to Gilda from Celestia. Cadance has a similar reaction when Nav tells her a little later.
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture:
** Humanity did this twice, once when trying to save itself from Discord by putting some humans into stasis, and again when creating the other races, as well as providing the elementals to protect and guide them.
** Merlin also did this, as seen within Chapter 99 where he sends Arthur and Nimue into a portal, and orders Excalibur to be thrown into the sea so it can be taken up by another in the future.
* {{Foil}}: Shining Armor for Nav. A LawfulGood officer who tries to do right by others, versus a ChaoticNeutral who might be on the same side most of the time, but generally opposes much of what he stands for.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The revised Chapter 9 foreshadows that Luna isn't exactly all that right in the head.
** The revised Chapter 10 mentions the repercussions of irritating [[ReallyGetsAround Fleur]], which becomes a minor plot point later on.
* ForgotICouldFly:
** Twilight forgets she can teleport when being threatened by the dragons for spying on them in Chapter 22, only doing so after Nav reminds her.
** Fluttershy forgets she can fly to escape from the Ursa Minor chasing her in Chapter 42.
* [[ForgotICouldntSwim Forgot I Couldn't Fly]]:
** Nav goes to visit Rainbow Dash In Chapter 3, only to remember far too late that he can't fly. At that point, anyway.
** Nav again runs into this problem In Chapter 31, due to the feathers on his wings being burnt off by Taya's PowerIncontinence.
* ForWantOfANail:
** Nav occasionally plays the role of a nail when it comes to the few storylines from the show that are included. In particular, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Spike no longer goes on a rampage]] after Nav tells him to stop stealing stuff before his greed can get out of hand, and he provides a momentary distraction which allows Celestia to win her BeamOWar [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 against Chrysalis]], resulting in a completely different outcome.
** In Chapter 22, Nav and Spike [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest seeking out the dragons]] ends differently due to Navís influence.
* FountainOfYouth: Twilight temporarily turns herself into a filly when -- what else -- one of her magical experiments goes wrong. Thankfully it wears off after a few hours, but not before Filly!Twilight ends up [[DestinationDefenestration throwing Nav through a window]] out of fear of the "monster".
* FreakyFridayFlip:
** Rarity and Nav do this at one point as part of a competition to see who can act most like the other. Naturally, they don't get to hold this without being sucked into adventures.
** Celestia and Luna also end up swapped at one point when Twilight tries to get revenge on Celestia for testing love poison on her.
** Nav, Taya, Spike, and Twilight end up being swapped after one of Twilight's magical experiments goes wrong.
* FreeRangeChildren: Taya is allowed to go about with very minimal oversight. Cadance's repeated lectures to Nav over this do not go down well with him.
* FrenchMaid:
** Chrysalis forces Doppel to dress up as one as a punishment, and Celestia makes Nav go undercover as one, partly as revenge.
** Pinkie briefly wears one in Chapter 8, and moves up to wearing dominatrix gear shortly thereafter. ItMakesSenseInContext. Sort of.
* FreudianExcuse: Kat claims to have tortured Nav due to her abuse as a slave during her backstory, and having never been in control of anything before. Nav calls her on this being a pathetic excuse for what she did.
* AFriendInNeed: Given that this is a fanfic based off a show about ponies and friendship,there are several instances of this, but it particularly applies when Rainbow Dash takes it upon herself to comfort Nav after his TomatoInTheMirror moment. He does appreciate the gesture, even if he finds it more annoying than comforting.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: [[spoiler: The captain of the Night Guard, Midnight Blossom]].
* FriendToAllChildren: Harming children is one of the few things that really angers Nav, and he usually goes out his way to look after them, albeit somewhat unwillingly. This is best exemplified when he discovers Taya who he adopts as his daughter.
* FriendsWithBenefits:
** Nav accrues an increasing number of these throughout the story.
** Pinkie and Rainbow Dash also seem to have this arrangement, but itís never made clear in-story. WordOfGod confirms it, however.
* FrontlineGeneral: Nav explicitly mocks and derides this as a terrible strategy in Chapter 46, [[{{Hypocrite}} only for him to pretty much do this himself]] as a high-ranking officer during a war games exercise
* FryingPanOfDoom: Pinkie's weapon of choice when attacking {{Mook}}s in Chapter 57.
* FullNameBasis: Chrysalis often addresses others by their full name. Especially so when that other person is Pinkie, in an attempt to annoy her.
* FurryReminder:
** Nav lampshades or explains many of the instances of this in his narration, which usually mirror the examples from the show.
** Gilda eats a worm at one point, which does not go down well with Cadance and Nav.
---> '''Cadance & Navarone''': (disgusted stares)
---> '''Gilda''': What? Iím half-bird, remember?
* FusionDance: {{Inverted|Trope}}. One of Discord's many crimes is quite literally splitting the alicorns into three, to form the earth ponies, unicorns, and pegasi.
* FutureSlang: {{Implied|Trope}}. [[spoiler: When Nav ends up being sent back in time for a week, his word choice is noted to be "retro"]].

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* EarthAllAlong: Readers find this out at the beginning of the story, but it takes MadeOfIron: Ponies are surprisingly resilient to damage. It's lampshaded by Nav some time and several hints before he figures it out himself.
times, particularly when Rainbow Dash crashes.
* EatenAlive: MageTower: The [[BuffySpeak "unicorn tower thing"]] not too far outside of Canterlot.
* MagicallyBindingContract: Navís knighthood oath compels him to obey any orders given. He quickly manages to get Luna to remove it.
* MagneticHero:
Nav pretends to eat Quisling alive during the war games, as part gains a lot of his ploy to distract and demoralise the day guard scouting force.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: At the Grand Galloping Gala in the revised Chapter 10, Nav's pegasus form gets eaten up, both by Luna, and also many
respect from most of the noblemares attending.
* EmergencyTransformation: An unintentional example. After almost being killed in a magical accident,
guards, and after Celestia and Luna have become a BrokenPedestal, the Night Guard appear to infuse Nav with life force taken from elsewhere in order hold more loyalty to save him, in this case from a tree. As a consequence he's no longer fully human and ends up gaining him than they do to Luna.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Done on
several plant-like characteristics occasions. It usually gets [[InterruptedIntimacy interrupted in some way]].
* MaleGaze: Nav doesn't make any secret it,
and a much increased life expectancy.
* EmotionEater: Changelings are capable of feeding off all emotions
openly admits to such in this version of Equestria, though most prefer love. They can also feed off memories, though they are less satisfying than his narration.
* [[ManBitesMan Man Bites Pony]]: In
the real thing, with mock battle between the exception of human memories which are as nutritious due to humans attaching emotions to memories more so than other species.
* EmpathyPet: Freki, Nav's adopted timber wolf, who can magically pick up on Nav's emotions towards a target and behaves accordingly.
* EntitledToHaveYou: Part of
guards, Nav 'kills' Shining Armor by ripping out his throat at Luna's issues request, which has a pretty shocking effect on this front stem from outdated protocols. The other half of this is because she's not [[AxCrazy exactly sane]].
those witnessing it.
* EroticDream: ManipulativeBastard: Celestia, Luna, and Discord. Navarone to a lesser extent.
* TheManyDeathsOfYou:
Luna ends up using the dream machine to give all ponies erotic dreams of Navarone as a form of revenge. [[HomoeroticDream This includes the stallions]]... and the children ''including his daughter''. Very understandably he is furious and extremely upset about this, and it causes a lot of awkwardness and damage to his reputation.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Behold one of the causes of Luna's problems...
-->'''Luna''': Why should we be forced to change to their desires? We are royalty!
* EternalProhibition: Alcohol was allowed in Equestria until the princesses banned it after a NoodleIncident in which half of Ponyfornia was knocked into the ocean, though Celestia turns a blind eye to Nav importing it and sharing the information on how to make it. Other states are far less less restrictive, and [[FantasticDrug salt]] is allowed in Equestria.
* EthicalSlut: Navarone doesn't have many rules, but he will refuse to get involved with married couples, and won't have anything to do with any mare in heat who hasn't previously expressed any interest in him while in a more sound frame of mind.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Discord has never
being repeatedly killed (or at least, so he claims), though seeing as he readily admits to getting others indirectly killed, it's not exactly much of a standard for him to be proud of.
** Chrysalis is sickened by what Taya has had to live through, as well as some of the acts other races are capable of. This being someone who delights in genociding her hated enemies.
** One of the thieves who killed Taya's parents [[WouldntHurtAChild couldn't bring himself to kill Taya as well]], though Discord is partly responsible on both counts.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Nav, quite literally. His human form is nothing special, but his pony form is an exceptionally handsome pegasus, and gets a lot of positive attention from both mares and stallions who are of that orientation.
* EvilLaugh: Nav claims this is a talent he used to extensively practice, and makes use of it after gaining his set of ScaryImpracticalArmor.
* ExactWords:
** Discord uses this when making a deal with Celestia in the prologue, and mocks her for failing to spot a very obvious problem after she agrees.
** Navarone often uses this and then proceeds to [[LoopholeAbuse abuse the loopholes]] he's just created. Or when he wants to lie by omission.
** Celestia tasks Nav with 'assassinating' her
during the Gala between 6PM and midnight. He completes his task at 6:00:01, much to her surprise.
* TheExile: Nav effectively becomes one temporarily when he's sent
multiple attempts to Egypt to take care of a situation for Celestia after committing a crime. Several others also end up being sent with him, but it's more being ReassignedToAntarctica in their cases.
* ExoticEquipment: The fact that this is generally averted is lampshaded by Nav, but it is played straight with changelings. [[spoiler: Or more specifically Chrysalis]].
* EyeScream:
** Nav nails a {{Mook}} right in the eye with a throwing knife at one point, and later gouges out the eye of another upon being provided with deliberately wrong information.
** The miner later on in the story loses both his eyes to the unseen
force haunting the mines. Thankfully this happens off-page, since the description of this is already bad enough.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Briefly discussed in Chapter 64, when a convicted naga is told to cease lying, and show some dignity in
her final moments.
* FacePalm: Nav does this regularly. The habit is so ingrained that he still tries to do it while in pegasus form, despite the lack of hands.
* FailedASpotCheck: When Rainbow Dash and Nav decide to dip
way into the first restaurant they see during their trip to Canterlot in Chapter 72, they're completely oblivious to it catering mainly for couples until after they've stepped inside, somehow failing to be tipped off by the place being called called ''The Loveboat''.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Used to get past [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy some guards]] in Chapter 76.
* {{Familiar}}: Trixie summons an alphyn for her duel with Twilight in Chapter 5,
Nav's dreams. Both Nav and mistakes Nav as Twilightís familiar.
* FantasticArousal: Pegasus wings are
Flo have quite sensitive, in what is now a {{Fanon}} staple. It is slightly more justified here however, since wings contain nerve clusters which are pleasurable when correctly manipulated.
* FantasticDrug: A large amount
bit of them. Alcohol appears to have similar effects on most species, but there are also species-specific drugs, such as salt (ponies), catnip ([[CatPeople guess]]), mercury (naga) and chocolate (the dogs).
* FantasticRacism: Nav accuses ponies as a species
fun coming up with creative methods of doing this, particularly as they're so. Highlights include: being boiled alive, [[BoomHeadshot death by shotgun]], [[EyeScream a spike to the only ones to use terms like [[HoldYourHippogriffs "anypony"]], though it's eye]], [[LudicrousGibs a grinder, explosive decompression, and a trip mine]], [[NeckSnap tripping over a log]], and [[NoodleIncident something of an exaggeration on his part. Some of the nobles do look down on the other races and play this one straight, but ponies in general are a very light version of this and casually assume they're better than other cultures without questioning this, rather than it being out of hatred or contempt.
* FantasyContraception:
** There's a unicorn spell for this purpose, but Nav generally has little need for it for [[InterspeciesRomance obvious reasons]]. It's not actually needed when [[VoluntaryShapeshifting casting the shapeshifting spell]] either since, it doesn't ''completely'' change your original species at the genetic level, but no one seems aware of this.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with timberwolves, who need to eat zap apples in order to breed.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Most of the different cultures encountered usually take some inspiration from non-Western human cultures. Perhaps a slightly more justified example than most, given that many capital cities are built on the ruins of older human cities.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The fate of changeling prisoners, kept alive and forced to consume love poison in order to provide nourishment for the hive.
* AFatherToHisMen:
** All of the commanders in the Royal Guard treat their men well, but it particularly applies to Fancy Pants when he ends up as the ranking officer in charge during a war games exercise, and is convinced to surrender by Nav, on the grounds that if it were real it would spare his men's lives.
** Strangely enough, this actually applies to Nav as well. He shows deep regret whenever anyone under his command comes to harm, and [[spoiler: refuses to leave one of his crew behind without at least making an effort to save him]].
* FauxHorrific: Taya's reaction to the idea of Rarity dressing her up for the Gala. You'd almost think the girl went through a war zone, given her shell-shocked reaction afterwards.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Twilight seems to view not stacking books properly as an awful crime, and is [[SkewedPriorities more focused on that]] than the fact she's just been sucked into a PortalBook.
* FightingYourFriend: Nav and Luna have to fight images of their friends and loved ones in Chapter 36 while trying to reactivate the dream machine. Nav has way too much fun with it.
-->(after having just destroyed a copy of Luna without any hesitation)
-->'''Luna''': Nav. Did you just kill me?
* {{Fingore}}:
** Nav moves onto this when interrogating an assassin, after TheToothHurts doesn't quite yield the results he was after.
** Nav loses a finger after being attacked by an Ursa Minor in Chapter 42, though it eventually [[HealingFactor grows back]].
--->'''Navarone''': That finger was on my top ten list of favorite fingersÖ
* FirstNameBasis: Nav is usually on such terms with most of the royalty he encounters, as much as those accompanying him tend to protest over the lack of formality.
* FisherKing: According to Twilight, this trope is the "leading scientific theory" why the area around the Naga caves is so desolate. [[SarcasmMode Nav holds this view in very high regard]].
involving plants]]...
-->'''Navarone''': My vote is because I gotta say, that was a pretty inventive use of [[NoodleImplements sunflower seeds]].
-->'''Flo''': I had a long time to think about things.
* MathematiciansAnswer: Rainbow Dash gives one in Chapter 23.
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': How am I supposed to use you as a wingman if youíre leaving?
-->'''Navarone''': Do you mean me helping you pick up chicks, or me helping you practice for the Wonderbolts?
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': Yes!
* {{Matriarchy}}: Equestria. Other cultures vary however.
* MayflyDecemberRomance / MayDecemberRomance: Luna's interest in Nav starts off as the first, and turns into the second when his life expectency shoots up after his EmergencyTransformation. Celestia's interest in him also qualifies as this.
* TheMedic: Celestia's original calling, prior to her and Luna ruling Equestria.
* [[invoked]]MemeticSexGod: Some of Navarone's exploits end up giving him a legendary reputation. Rather unfairly for him however, several of these events are caused by factors completely outside his control, rather than willing actions on his part.
* MetaphoricallyTrue: Celestia does
this place is the fucking dust bowl.
occasionally. Nav does it far more often, when he's not resorting to BlatantLies or ExactWords instead.
* FlatWhat: Plenty of examples. In particular, MexicanStandoff: Ames gets into one with Bloodbeak and his guards in Chapter 66, when they visit Nav's reaction house in Chapter 66 and threaten Doppel.
* MileHighClub: One of the alternative uses for clouds that Kat and Nav discover.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: When Nav first gets turned into a pony, his lack of familiarity with the instincts that come with that renders him particularly vulnerable
to finding out [[SmellsSexy pony pheromones]]. This can be negated through magic or experience however.
** Averted on the subject of attraction; even after being turned into a pony himself, Nav does not find them appealing in the slightest.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead:
** Navarone deliberately invokes this when Shining Armor tries to break into his mind, by presenting him with horrifying memories. [[spoiler: It ends with Shining Armor screaming on the floor in terror]].
** Chrysalis is so disturbed at what Taya has had to live through that she refuses to feed off Taya's sorrowful memories, despite them being extremely filling.
** After having his memories downloaded from Flo's nanomachines [[spoiler: during his trip back in time]], some of those observing what Nav went through are mentioned to have been traumatized by the experience.
* MindlinkMates: There's a unicorn spell for this which Luna tries on Nav at one point. Not being a unicorn and thus having no control over what happens in the environment, it ends badly for Nav. ''[[MindRape Very, very badly]]''.
* MindRape: Nav suffers a horrific one at the hands of Luna.
* MindScrew: [[spoiler: Discord doesn't just break the fourth wall, but on a few occasions actively deceives the reader]].
* TheMole: Changelings usually have at least one in [[WeAreEverywhere most settlements]].
* MomentKiller: A ''very'' one-sided moment between Luna and Nav is ruined in the revised Chapter 11 by a ride attendent. Nav is particularly grateful for the interruption, even if the resulting silence afterwards is extremely awkward.
* MoralityPet: Taya often acts as one for Navarone. The others occasionally fulfill this role as well.
* MundaneUtility:
** Nav makes use of the healing magic of others for everything from genuinely threatening or painful injuries, to eliminating the effects of hangovers.
** Nav uses [[AnAxeToGrind the axe]] he receives upon becoming a Lunar knight as a door stopper and door opener. Luna is not happy
about this when she finds out.
** Nav also uses
his pirate falchion as a machete.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Gilda ends up about to invoke this to get out of her
ArrangedMarriage with Nav, though he manages to Gilda convince her of a less murderous plan.
-->'''Gilda''': No fiancé, no marriage.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Celestia claims Luna was trying to do this to Rainbow Dash. The fact that this lie is preferable [[AxCrazy to the truth]] speaks volumes.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Celestia is horrified when she discovers the psychological damage she has unwittingly inflicted upon Nav as a result of the jobs she forces him to do.
** Taya get in on this [[spoiler: when she realises Discord has betrayed her]].
** While Nav was [[FateWorseThanDeath well aware of the nature of the plan]] when he first concocted it, upon seeing the pony prisoners of the changelings, he's shocked to discover firsthand just how evil the results are.
* MyInstinctsAreShowing: [[DownplayedTrope A subtle example]]. On the few occasions one of the cast ends up in [[HumanityEnsues human form]], the oddities in their behaviour are picked up by Nav, notably the lack of gestures with the hands and the unusual postures. This works in reverse as well, with Twilight pointing out that Nav is very expressive with gestures [[{{Animorphism}} in pegasus form]].
* MysteryFiction: {{Parodied|Trope}}, when Bon-Bon is trying to out herself as a changeling to Ponyville.
-->'''Bon-Bon''': Everypony, Iíve beenÖ lying to you all.
-->'''Crowd''': *dramatic gasps*
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': I knew it! [[SeriousBusiness I knew you took the cookie
from Celestia. Cadance the cookie jar!]]
-->'''Bon-Bon''': Who, me?
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Yes you!
-->'''Bon-Bon''': Couldnít be! I donító
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Then who?!
* NaughtyByNight:
** Celestia, though she tries to be discreet about it due to having to play the role of the perfect princess. When some of these antics eventually come out, it makes her reputation take a severe hit.
** Luna also does this, to a rather horrifying degree.
* NaughtyUnderTheTable: Octavia tries for this at a party, but [[spoiler: Luna, (who disguised as herself as Celestia to Nav)]]
has a similar reaction already beaten her to it. Cue the awkwardness.
* NeckLift:
** Nav does to Kat while standing up to her in Chapter 16. {{Justified|Trope}} by his rage, and that cats are much lighter than humans.
** Discord does this to Celestia and Luna (played by Twilight), in the PortalBook flashback within Chapter 99.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: {{Justified|Trope}}
when Nav tells tackles a cat assassin, since he's much physically stronger and larger than a cat, and the move is completely unexpected.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: After Luna tries to impress Nav by [[RescueRomance endangering then rescuing him]], Rainbow Dash accidentally knocks
her out while trying to show off.
* NoFourthWall: Nav occasionally addresses the readers directly, as does Discord. Though more often Nav makes snarky remarks to any other characters that happen to be reading his diaries.
* NoNameGiven: Naga do not use their clan names when in the presence of outsiders. As
a little result, Ames is often addressed as simply "Naga" by Navarone unless they're in private.
* NoodleIncident:
** Twilight offhandedly mentions a time where she happened to [[GenderBender switch the genders]] of half the palace staff.
** The Minotaurs ended up being banned from various functions because of what is described in story as a "noodle incident".
** Celestia brings up the time she once disguised herself as a chair for a year just to see what would happen.
** What precisely happened at a party after Nav got [[SlippingAMickey drugged]] is never mentioned to the reader, and Nav himself doesn't want to find out, though it doesn't take too much imagination to figure out roughly what happened.
** Pinkie has apparently been banned from having contact with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon.
--->'''Pinkie''': Iím not allowed to see them anymoreÖ The restraining order is pretty lenient, but I canít risk it.
** Shining Armor mentions a story where a knight performing a wedding ceremony accidentally ended up married to the groom, [[CompanionCube the ring]], and the bride's mother, before Celestia [[{{Troll}} finally allowed the marriage to be annulled]] a week
later.
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture:
NoodleImplements: While trapped with Twilight in a PortalBook, Nav decides to pass the time by regaling her with some of his bedroom antics with Kumani off-page, treating readers to an utterly bizarre mental image.
-->'''Navarone''': ...and thatís when I discovered yet another use for tooth floss.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind:
** Humanity did {{Averted|Trope}} in Chapter 22, as Twilight ends up leaving Nav behind in a rather dangerous situation when she [[ForgotICouldFly finally remembers]] she can teleport.
** Nav makes a valiant effort to invoke
this twice, once when trying to save itself from Discord by putting some the miner he hires during his trip to the Crystal Empire, but sadly it's not enough to save the guy.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: Rock is essentially a walking tank, and capable of walking around with extensive injuries as if they were nothing. In one instance, it's only when Nav [[ICanStillFight orders him]] to go and get healed up that he stops fighting.
* TheNoseKnows: While not exactly taken to superpower levels, ponies have a much greater sense of smell than humans. Other species also beat out
humans into stasis, in the nose department.
* NoOSHACompliance:
** Changeling hives lack any sorts of rails around the entrance chambers,
and again when creating are very poorly lit. {{Justified|Trope}}, since they can all fly and have good night vision.
** Naga caves are dangerous due to
the other races, as well as providing the elementals to protect and guide them.
** Merlin also did this, as seen
ease of getting lost within Chapter 99 where he sends Arthur and Nimue into a portal, and orders Excalibur them. Nav suggests to be thrown into the sea so it can be taken up by another in Naga that they use a system of coloured ropes to map the future.
caves, but they decide against it.
* {{Foil}}: Shining Armor for Nav. A LawfulGood officer NoSell:
** Nav's AntiMagic ring does this to anyone
who tries to do right by others, versus a ChaoticNeutral who might be use magic on the same side most of the time, but generally opposes much of what he stands for.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
wearer.
** The revised Chapter 9 foreshadows that Luna isn't exactly all that right in the head.
** The revised Chapter 10 mentions the repercussions of irritating [[ReallyGetsAround Fleur]], which becomes a minor plot point later on.
* ForgotICouldFly:
** Twilight forgets she can teleport
A more mundane example when being threatened by the dragons for spying on them in Chapter 22, only doing so after Nav reminds her.
** Fluttershy forgets she can fly to escape from the Ursa Minor chasing her in Chapter 42.
* [[ForgotICouldntSwim Forgot I Couldn't Fly]]:
** Nav goes to visit Rainbow Dash In Chapter 3, only to remember far too late that he can't fly. At that point, anyway.
** Nav again runs into this problem In Chapter 31, due to the feathers on his wings being burnt off by Taya's PowerIncontinence.
* ForWantOfANail:
** Nav occasionally plays the role of a nail when it comes to the few storylines from the show that are included. In particular, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Spike no longer goes on a rampage]] after Nav tells him to stop stealing stuff before his greed can get out of hand, and he provides a momentary distraction which allows Celestia to win her BeamOWar [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 against Chrysalis]], resulting in a completely different outcome.
** In Chapter 22, Nav and Spike [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest seeking out the dragons]] ends differently due to Navís influence.
* FountainOfYouth: Twilight temporarily turns herself into a filly when -- what else -- one of her magical experiments goes wrong. Thankfully it wears off after a few hours, but not before Filly!Twilight ends up [[DestinationDefenestration throwing Nav through a window]] out of fear of the "monster".
* FreakyFridayFlip:
** Rarity and Nav do this at one point as part of a competition to see who can act most like the other. Naturally, they don't get to hold this without being sucked into adventures.
** Celestia and Luna also end up swapped at one point when Twilight
tries to get revenge on Celestia for testing love poison on her.
** Nav, Taya, Spike, and Twilight end up being swapped after one of Twilight's magical experiments goes wrong.
* FreeRangeChildren: Taya is allowed to go about with very minimal oversight. Cadance's repeated lectures to Nav over this do not go down well with him.
* FrenchMaid:
** Chrysalis forces Doppel to dress up as one as a punishment, and Celestia makes Nav go undercover as one, partly as revenge.
** Pinkie briefly wears one in Chapter 8, and moves up to wearing dominatrix gear shortly thereafter. ItMakesSenseInContext. Sort of.
* FreudianExcuse: Kat claims to have tortured Nav due to her abuse as a slave during her backstory, and having never been in control of anything before. Nav calls her on this being a pathetic excuse for what she did.
* AFriendInNeed: Given that this is a fanfic based off a show about ponies and friendship,there are several instances of this, but it particularly applies when Rainbow Dash takes it upon herself to comfort Nav after his TomatoInTheMirror moment. He does appreciate
slam the gesture, even if he finds it more annoying than comforting.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: [[spoiler: The captain of the Night Guard, Midnight Blossom]].
* FriendToAllChildren: Harming children is one of the few things that really angers Nav, and he usually goes out his way to look after them, albeit somewhat unwillingly. This is best exemplified when he discovers Taya who he adopts as his daughter.
* FriendsWithBenefits:
** Nav accrues an increasing number of these throughout the story.
** Pinkie and Rainbow Dash also seem to have this arrangement, but itís never made clear in-story. WordOfGod confirms it, however.
* FrontlineGeneral: Nav explicitly mocks and derides this as a terrible strategy in Chapter 46, [[{{Hypocrite}}
door shut on someone's hoof, only for him to pretty realise how ineffectual this is on ponies.
** Discord is completely unaffected by Celestia's magic, or indeed almost anything you can throw at him.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Taken UpToEleven with this version of Pinkie Pie, who at one point manages to hide ''inside Nav's shirt''. Everyone else is just as horrified by that as you might imagine.
* NoSocialSkills:
** Taya lacks social graces, partly as a result of the trauma she's suffered. Given that she continues to develop her magical abilities rather than socialise with her peers, it could also be considered an example of SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining.
** Navarone often acts like this, simply because he doesn't care. He can turn on the charm if he wants to however.
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: In Chapter 16, [[spoiler: after a week of being used as Kat's SexSlave under the threat of them killing Spike, Nav finally stands up to her and tells her that he'll kill her if she so
much do as looks at him in the wrong way in future]].
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Any mare attempting to distract Nav in
this himself]] way fails spectacularly due to him not finding ponies physically attractive.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Discord brings Miguel back from the very verge of death
as a high-ranking officer during a war games exercise
* FryingPanOfDoom: Pinkie's weapon
part of choice when attacking {{Mook}}s a DealWithTheDevil]].
* NotSoDifferent: While not explicitly stated, it's made clear over the course of the story that Nav and Celestia are not as different as either would like to believe.
* NotWhatItLooksLike:
** Nav modelling clothes for Rarity while discussing his dancing lesson with Pinkie
in Chapter 57.
* FullNameBasis: Chrysalis often addresses
6 gives Fluttershy the mistaken impression she was interrupting them in the middle of something completely different.
** One of the times [[spoiler: Midnight Blossom]] attempts to feed off Nav gives a ''very'' different impression from what actually happened.
** When Shining Armor claims to have been preoccupied with husbandly duties, Nav, being his usual self, immediately assumes said duties were of an intimate nature. Shining Armor quickly informs Nav otherwise, right as Bloodbeak enters the room.
--->'''Shining Armor''': We werenít bucking!
--->'''Bloodbeak''': Am IÖ interrupting something?
** Rainbow Dash using Nav as a pillow for her nap in Chapter 72 has her furiously protesting this, after AJ snaps a picture. Nav defuses the situation by telling the
others by their full name. Especially so when that other person is Pinkie, in an attempt to annoy her.
* FurryReminder:
** Nav lampshades or explains many of
they've ''all'' done the instances same, only to then troll everyone by mentioning his and Rainbow Dash's (platonic) date in a few days time, before walking away.
* NukeEm: [[spoiler: Discord managed to destroy much
of humanity in this way, as part of his ploy [[DeathSeeker to finally die]]. Unfortunately for him, HumansAreSurvivors]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Discord admits to doing
this in his narration, which usually mirror not only because he finds it amusing, but also because it catches others off guard.
* ObliviousToLove: Early on in
the examples from revised Chapter 10, Nav is completely and utterly oblivious to Luna's interest in him.
* OddFriendship: Odd doesn't even ''begin'' to describe
the show.
friendship between Nav and Celestia. While several elements of their personality are NotSoDifferent, she's a pony princess and the most politically powerful ruler on the planet, he's a fairly average [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] human -- though he manages to obtain a surprisingly large amount of political power and wealth -- and often gets used as a pawn in Celestia's many schemes. Half of their interactions find them on opposing ends of an argument, or dealing with the fallout of something or another. Even the ''definition'' of friendship you'd use to describe all this would be rather warped.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Fancy Pants.
* OhCrap:
** Gilda eats The crazy unicorn who believes Nav is a worm monster gets an extremely strong case of this when Celestia tells him that Nav is a friend of hers.
** The thugs attacking Nav in Chapter 51 give this upon finding their target is heavily armed.
** Celestia, upon finding out that thanks to Nav, changeling technology has rapidly advanced ahead of Equestrian technology.
* OneDimensionalThinking: Nav
at one point, which does not go down well point explicitly tells Rainbow Dash that her ineffective use of the Z axis is the reason why her attempts to escape from Pinkie often fail. He doesn't make the same mistake.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted
with Cadance the two Gildas. Nav at one point takes to calling them "OG" (Original Gilda) and Nav.
---> '''Cadance & Navarone''': (disgusted stares)
---> '''Gilda''': What? Iím half-bird, remember?
"PG" (Princess Gilda) to differentiate between them.
* FusionDance: {{Inverted|Trope}}. One of Discord's many crimes OnlyInItForTheMoney: Kumani, being a dragoness, is quite literally splitting willing to jobs providing the alicorns into three, pay is good. Nav sometimes shows this attitude, but flips between this and being altruistic for it's own sake, even if he tends to form focus more on payment as the earth story progresses.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Navarone, who refuses to give out his real name, though he does mention a [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude fake name in his journals]].
* OnlySaneMan: Given the amount of craziness in the world, you could be forgiven for thinking Nav is the only one, and judging by his narration he certainly seems to think so, even if he's not the most impartial judge. Celestia might give him a run for his money most of the time, but otherwise there's a ''lot'' of crazy about.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Spike is a variant of this. Since dragons age differently from
ponies, unicorns, Spike matures more quickly in certain areas than others as the story goes on. He still does retain a few childish characteristics and pegasi.
innocence in certain areas however.
* FutureSlang: {{Implied|Trope}}. [[spoiler: When OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Celestia generally keeps her emotions under control and puts on [[TheStoic a stoic front]] in her role as princess. If you see her display any vast levels of emotion, then you've ''seriously'' provoked her.
* OpenSaysMe:
**
Nav orders an earth pony guard to kick a door down in Chapter 36, which is {{Subverted|trope}} when it doesn't work. [[OpenSesame Then Nav manages to open it by politely knocking on the door]].
** One of the Day Guard tries this on the front door of Navís fortress in Chapter 87. [[EpicFail It
ends up badly]].
* OrphansOrdeal: The details given in Taya's backstory show this in spades. Even Chrysalis is disgusted and shocked by what she's had to live through.
* OrwellianEditor: Luna and particularly Celestia admit to Nav that they've censored large amounts of history, and that the past few thousand years have been far more bloody and violent than ponies are aware of.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vamponies follow many of the standard vampire tropes, but are capable of going out in sunlight, albeit at the expense of
being sent back weakened and getting terrible headaches.
* OverprotectiveDad: Generally {{Inverted|Trope}} by Nav, mostly on the grounds that he didn't have a father figure
in time for a week, his word choice is noted life, and doesn't really know much about being a father. He does try to be "retro"]].protect her by offering practical advice, but he's not as proactive about it as he should be.



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* TheGadfly: Being one is a favourite pastime of Nav's.
-->'''Navarone''': ...I like watching the plebeians run about their day like little insects.
-->'''Shining Armor''': ThatísÖ kinda messed up.
-->'''Navarone''': Yeah. I just said that to see what kind of reaction Iíd get.
* GardenOfEvil: The Everfree Forest is even more dangerous than in canon, which is saying something.
* GenderBender:
** Navarone stumbles across a pair of magical artifacts that change the user's gender upon touching them. It occasionally gets used for a disguise, but more often than not it ends up being used by interested parties for bedroom experimentation, for practical jokes, or for revenge.
** Twilight is mentioned to have once reversed the gender for half the palace's staff in a NoodleIncident.
* GeneralFailure: Shining Armor is an interesting example. While his forces are [[CurbStompBattle easily beaten]] in a mock battle between the Day Guard and Night Guard (the latter under Nav's leadership), this is more because of ponies' lack of knowledge of modern military tactics and not having much experience with war, rather than personal failings on his part. And once he realises this, he's very willing to learn from the experience and what Nav can teach him.
* GenkiGirl: Mirror.
* GenocideDilemma: This actually crops up twice for Nav, firstly when he intervenes on behalf of the changelings in the aftermath of Cadance and Shining Armor's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 interrupted]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 wedding]] to spare them from starvation, and later again when he works with the changelings to destroy a diamond dog clan. Despite trying to argue for peace in the latter example, he helps the changelings when this proves to be impossible, though he's disgusted with his part in it.
* GenreSavvy:
** Nav becomes quite savvy over the course of his adventures. [[spoiler: A particularly good example is when he goes to the Crystal Empire, and later when he recognises that they're trying to interfere in his relationship with Kumani]]. He is also well aware of Taya's attempts to pull the wool over his eyes after he orders her to go and make some friends.
** In Chapter 77, after having learned from past experience, Twilight prevents Nav from avoiding her and slipping out through the window by waiting right outside on the balcony.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Almost everyone tells Nav this at one point, but especially Flo and Taya.
* GetOut: Numerous examples. Here's a few.
** Nav boots Doppel out his room during Chapter 33, after she tries coming onto him using a female version of himself, freaking him out in the process.
** Celestia furiously orders Nav and Spike to get out after they come to her seeking healing following a wild night on the town. Though her resulting mood is certainly ''not'' helped by her being in heat, and by Spike having mailed her various items of an adult nature during the course of the previous evening.
** Twilight kicks Nav out of her house in Chapter 64, resulting in him getting his CoolHouse built and permanently moving out.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: Celestia threatens to do this to Nav in Chapter 37 to put a stop to his increasingly self-destructive attitude, by ripping away his painful memories. She only stops after Nav attempts to kill himself, rather than have his free will subverted.
* GiantFlyer: The "giant moth thing" Nav gets attacked by in Chapter 12.
* GiantSpider: Nav and the changelings get attacked by one in Chapter 52. Because apparently giant ants weren't bad enough.
* GilliganCut:
** While in the changeling hive in Appaloosa...
--->''I was just going to wander around for a few hours. [[TemptingFate Whatís the worst that could happen]]?''
--->''(cut)''
--->''I hate everything.''
** From Chapter 76, when Nav is accompanying Rarity to various stores.
--->'''Navarone''': Well, as long as itís not some weaboo anime place, Iíll be fine.
--->'''Rarity''': ÖRight.
--->''(cut to the two standing in front of some weaboo anime place)''
--->'''Navarone''': God dammit, Rarity.
* TheGlomp: Due to the strength disparity, many of the times a pony attempts to hug Nav turn into this.
* GlowingEyes: Changeling eyes glow, and can be clearly seen in the dark.
* AGodIAm: Discord. He also gets very irritated when anyone refers to Celestia or Luna as one, viewing them as pretenders.
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: Attempting to escape from Pinkie generally does not work well, but rather bizarrely invoking this does.
-->'''Navarone''': Look over there, a distraction!
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': What are we supposed to be looking at?
-->'''Navarone''': Just keep looking, youíll see it
* GoodGuyBar: The Shady Trough, favourite haunt of the Night Guard.
* GoodIsNotNice: Navarone and Celestia could easily be the poster children for this.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Post EmergencyTransformation, Navís limited HealingFactor makes itself useful as he sustains far more injuries than before. Once he meets Flo and has his healing further improved, he tends to take even greater levels of damage.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Nav refuses to describe what Kat does when interrogating an assassin within Chapter 24.
* GratuitousFrench: Nav occasionally uses the French swear word ''merde'', and is quite fond of the phrase ''c'est la vie''.
* GreenEyedMonster: There are several hints throughout the story which suggest Luna is still rather resentful and bitter of her sister, unlike her canon counterpart.
* GrewASpine: Navarone is initially reluctant to refuse the princesses' demands but eventually grows to have no issues refusing them.
* GrievousHarmWithABody:
** Trixie tries to hurt Nav by hurling Twilight at him in Chapter 5, but misses.
** After Nav kills a timberwolf in Chapter 67, he unintentionally ends up doing this to himself due to his positioning, resulting in the dead wolf propelling him into a wall and injuring him.
* TheGrimReaper: Nav's choice of costume for [[AllHallowsEve Nightmare Night]], complete with the trademark SinisterScythe. While ponies mistake [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Twilight's costume]] for something else, the human personification of Death just ends up [[RunningGag flat out confusing them]].
-->'''Rarity''': ...what are you supposed to be, anyway?
-->'''Navarone''': Itís the humanís personification of Death itself.
-->'''Rarity''': ThatísÖ interesting. Why anthropomorphize it as another of your kind instead of making it something completely different?
-->'''Navarone''': Because we killed all of the monsters we ever ran into, save for ourselves and Death. What better way to respect death than to give it the form of the only monster we could never kill?
* GroinAttack: After having to [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed share his bed]] with his bodyguard, Nav is not happy to find out that Smiles is also a CuddleBug, and resorts to this to escape from his grasp. This results in Smiles reflexively kicking him into a wall, knocking him out. Probably not the best piece of bodyguarding, all things considered.
* GroundhogDayLoop: Discord briefly puts himself through one of sorts during the prologue, as part of his attempts to convince Celestia. Every time he says something wrong he wipes her memory and starts from the beginning, and mentions to having gone through hundreds of loops until he succeeds.
* GuyOnGuyIsHot: Cadance certainly seems to think so at least.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: While fighting a GiantSpider, several of the changelings accompanying Nav end up being cut in half.
* HappilyAdopted: While it's difficult to suggest either is particularly ''happy'' given what they've gone through, Taya clearly loves Navarone and vice versa. Even if he does constantly fear he's a terrible parent, and that Taya has dependency issues.
* HatesBeingTouched: Nav appears to take after [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Morrigan]] in this regard, in that he doesn't mind intimate contact quite so much, but generally dislikes being touched or hugged by others. Though there are exceptions to this, and he becomes more tolerant of it over the course of the story.
* HaveAGayOldTime:
** An in-universe example, when Nav [[InsultBackfire tries to insult Cadance]] by comparing her to [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes his new armour]], she's pleased at being told she looks so happy.
** And yet another in-universe example from Ames, regarding Braeburn's weirdness.
--->'''Ames''': What a queer pony.
--->'''Navarone''': You donít know the half of it.
* HealingFactor: Nav ends up with a minor version of this after his EmergencyTransformation, since he heals faster, and becomes capable of regenerating from damage that would kill a regular human. Serious injuries still result in significant levels of downtime and recuperation however, and he's far from invulnerable.
* HealingHands: Many of the magic users Nav deals with on a regular basis have at least some proficiency at this, particularly the more powerful ones like Twilight and Taya. It was actually Celestia's [[TheMedic original calling]], and she at one point expresses deep regret and anger that Discord's actions made this impossible for her.
* TheHedonist:
** Vinyl Scratch, as you might expect from someone involved in the rave scene.
** Navarone turns into one, using drugs, drink, and sex as coping mechanisms.
* HeelRealization: It takes a long time, but Luna eventually comes to realize what she did to Nav, and expresses remorse for the wrongs she's committed upon him. As well as admitting all this quite extravagantly in a press conference.
* HeKnowsTooMuch:
** A non-lethal variant. The cats refuse to allow Nav to leave them since he knows their location, and use Spike as a hostage to force him to stick around and comply with their demands.
** Nav orders Kat killed to protect Kumani's violations of the [[CodeOfHonor dragon code]] coming to light, but he's dissuaded from doing so.
* HellishPupils: Luna places an enchantment on her knights and the Night Guard that results in this, as well as dramatically improving their night vision.
* HemoErotic: Luna. Her combining this with her MindRape of Nav ends up being the final straw and causes him to break off their relationship. After he's run out the room screaming in terror.
* HeroicBSOD: Twilight has a small one upon killing something for the first time in Chapter 99. Unfortunately Nav is probably one of the worst possible choices to comfort her.
-->'''Flo''': [[DeadpanSnarker You are so bad at this]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Nav and Spike, despite the [[InnocentInnuendo ridiculous innuendo]] that occasionally crops up between them. To the point that when Nav leaves Equestria, Spike chooses to go with him instead of remaining with Twilight.
* HiddenDepths: Derpy is one of the few ponies who actually bothers to use the Ponyville library, and regularly checks out advanced science textbooks.
* HiddenVillain: Discord sets the entire story in motion and influences events behind the scenes, but none of the main characters are aware of his actions or presence until later on.
* [[HisOwnWorstEnemy Her Own Worst Enemy]]: Luna has some serious problems, but never really seems to stop and consider that she may be at fault, or that a change of behaviour is warranted. It is also implied that Celestia has been somewhat shielding her sister from all this, or otherwise indulging her, and she [[HeelRealization eventually]] comes to realise what she's done.
* HonorBeforeReason: Nav constantly lampshades how stupid this is when he comes across it, and particularly when he finds out at least one assassin's guild will only make a single hit, believing that surviving means the target has earned the right to live.
--> ''Why is honor such a big factor in this world?''
* HorsingAround: Celestia does it to Nav after he invades one of her dreams, which gets a CallBack while he's desperately trying to keep his hold on a monster in Chapter 99.
* HostageSituation:
** Pinkie's parents get captured by Naga in Chapter 13.
** Spike is used by the cats as a hostage to force Nav to cooperate with them during his first trip to Egypt.
** Luna gets taken as a hostage during the war games exercise in Chapter 70.
** [[spoiler: Nav takes a woman hostage during his attempts to escape when he's initially sent [[TimeTravel back in time]], though it fails due to his past self [[DramaticGunCock being right behind him]]]].
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction:
** [[spoiler: Ames']] unfortunate drunken escapade with the giant squid. It's probably best not to think about it [[BrainBleach too much]].
** Discussed briefly when Nav brings up his relationship with Kumani and how this might be a problem in the long-term.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Nav initially has to learn to fly with his new wings and doesn't have complete control over them for much of the story, as you might expect from someone who has suddenly grown a new set of appendages. In fact, he doesn't even know how to fold them properly until Fluttershy [[YouDidntAsk finally takes pity on him]] and shows him how.
* HumanityIsSuperior: Despite the advantages ponies have over humans -- notably strength and magic -- Nav strongly believes that human society is far better, and he's certainly right to believe it on the technological front. To the point where his relatively limited knowledge of technology and science -- though good for his age and level of education -- is able to kickstart a technological revolution in changeling society, and sets in motion a dramatic altering of the balance of power between the races.
* HumanitysWake: Aside from a few legends amongst the minotaurs, very little is left of humanity, though many of the major cities are built on the ruins of older human settlements.
* HumansAreDiplomats: Nav is a complicated example. Despite the violence he tends to be drawn into, and [[BloodKnight certain perceptions]] [[HumansAreWarriors of humanity]] which he occasionally goes out of his way to foster if it serves his purposes, he prefers peaceful solutions where possible and will argue for it as the first course of action. He manages to broker a somewhat uneasy peace between ponies and changelings, and in one instance his mere presence is enough to keep a fight from breaking out at a gathering of the other races, due to his connections with each of them. The irony is that in the case of [[ProudWarriorRace several races]], it's the very fact he's fostered his HumansAreWarriors image that leads them to respect him enough to listen when he argues for peace.
* HumansAreSurvivors: Nav believes this wholeheartedly, despite the fact that at this point humans are [[BizarreHumanBiology (technically)]] [[LastOfHisKind extinct]]. He even at one point tells Celestia that if she banished him to [[DeathWorld Tartarus]], he'd find a way to survive out of spite.
-->'''Navarone''': Lonely or not, humans are survivors. That is our long history and as the only one here, I shall do my best to hold onto the tradition.
* HumansAreWarriors: Luna in particular believes this to the point of thinking all humans are {{Blood Knight}}s, and Celestia also comments favourably on humanity regarding this, when she sees how useful Nav has been. Nav himself occasionally cultivates this image when it serves his goals.
* HypocriticalHumor: After having spent most of the story doing the exact opposite, Nav frustratedly comments to himself on how hard it is to tell Taya to do something for her own good. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint He's somewhat baffled when Flo ends up laughing at him]].

to:

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P-S]]
* TheGadfly: Being PainfulTransformation: Moonbeam's transformation from an alicorn [[spoiler: into Chrysalis]] at the hands of Discord, which was agonising for [[KickTheDog no other reason]] other than [[ForTheEvulz because he found it funny]].
* PapaWolf: Nav notes in his narration that anyone hurting Taya would end up being beaten to death with [[GroinAttack various parts of their anatomy]], and later tells Fluttershy that he'd kill Gilda if she ever injured Taya in a rage.
-->'''Fluttershy''': What if Gilda hurts her?
-->'''Navarone''': Then they would [[NeverFoundTheBody never find the body]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Taya ended up as an orphan on the streets of Catro, after her parents were murdered by thieves.
* ParentalNeglect: Part of Nav's backstory, and responsible for several of his issues.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Nav chooses "password" in Chapter 44 for the new codeword between him and Taya.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Nav ''narrowly'' averts doing this to Kat in Chapter 16, because no matter how karmic it would be, he refuses to stoop down to her level.
-->'''Navarone''': Youíre very lucky in one regard, Kat. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. Am not. You.]]
* PhotographicMemory: Nav gains this while Flo shares his body, since she has this and can recall anything he's forgotten for him. Not that his memory was bad to begin with.
* PitySex: Nav sleeps with both princesses due to their loneliness and desire for some companionship (a lie in Luna's case since she's not over her infatuation with him). It ends up leading to Nav and Luna's brief [[InterspeciesRomance relationship]], and when that fails, a FriendsWithBenefits relationship with Celestia, though she attempts several times to go for a RelationshipUpgrade.
* PlagiarismInFiction: Nav makes a pretty decent sum of money by transcribing various human works from memory and selling them.
* PlausibleDeniability: Nav uses this several times in his schemes, notably with his plan to leave Equestria, but also with some of humanity's inventions that he doesn't want being linked back to him.
-->'''Navarone''': Assumptions arenít the same as the truth.
* PlayingPossum: Kat tries this by pretending to be knocked out after being caught stealing from Nav's room. Nav's smart enough not to fall for it.
-->'''Kat''': You know me too well, Nav.
* PocketProtector: Nav has a throwing knife randomly deflected after it hits an iron stud in his clothing and bounces off in Chapter 24.
* PortalBook: Twilight and Nav get sucked into one at the end of Chapter 98.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Nav tends to do so after his various {{Knife Fight}}s with assassins.
* PoweredArmor: Nav summons a set while in the dream world with Luna in Chapter 36, which makes the quest to reactivate the dream machine ridiculously trivial. It takes hours to achieve what had previously taken Luna ''weeks''.
-->'''Navarone''': Thank you, [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Warhammer 40k]].
* PowerIncontinence:
** [[spoiler: Trixie's]] attempts to cast a spell on Twilight and Nav backfire completely, destroying her horn, setting the stonework on fire, and transforming Nav and Twilight.
** Taya almost accidentally kills Nav with a case of this when she gets overly stressed by Pinkie's sisters bothering her. It almost puts her off magic entirely, but Nav tells her that her abilities are a gift, and that she simply [[ComesGreatResponsibility needs to learn proper control]].
* ThePowerOfTheSun: Owing to his [[EmergencyTransformation modified physiology]], Nav is at his strongest in daylight, with prolonged exposure to darkness having similar effects to starvation.
* PrecisionFStrike: Flo hits Nav with one, after he finally exhausts her near-infinite patience.
-->'''Flo''': So you were mistreated a few times, so you were abused. [[WhatTheHellHero That doesnít give you the right to act like a fucking asshole to everyone you meet and yourself!]]
* PrinceCharmless: Blueblood, though more so than his show counterpart.
* PromotionToParent: Celestia ended up having to act as a parent for Luna, after Discord wiped out most of the alicorns, including their parents. [[spoiler: Technically she adopted Luna as her sister, but lied to Luna over this]].
* ProperlyParanoid: Nav is often accused of being paranoid, but in many cases -- particularly during his time in Egypt -- heís completely right and usually proven so in short order.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Naga and griffins. While they both come to respect Nav's fighting skills, they also complain about his [[CombatPragmatist lack of honour]].
* PsychoForHire: Miguel cares for little else other than killing and bloodshed.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Discord does it to Celestia during the prologue, and any time he's particularly provoked and wishes to get his point across.
* PunnyName:
** Kat is... well... I'm sure you can see where [[CatFolk this
one is a favourite pastime going]].
** Nav repeatedly lampshades the punny versions
of Nav's.
human names.
** The elementals all appear to use these. Those named so far include the water elementals Flo and Aqua, and the air elemental Aerie. Also doubles as FamilyThemeNaming, given that elementals of the same type consider themselves family.
* PuppyDogEyes: Even Nav sometimes has a hard time resisting them, particularly when Pinkie does it. His attempts to invoke this himself aren't quite as successful.
-->'''Luna''': Your eyes arenít large enough to pull off a proper pout.
* TheQuest: Nav leaving Equestria to locate and free the elementals, with the hope of gaining allies against Discord.
* TheQuisling: Averted with the Night Guard changeling Quisling. Despite taking on the name (with Nav even commenting on the implications of it), he didn't actively betray his hive, but got tired of the life and left it for another. And while he doesn't flaunt his species, he does have the respect of his fellow guards.
* QuitYourWhining: Nav tells Celestia to do so after [[TearsOfRemorse her]] [[IJustWantToBeNormal breakdown]] in his typical blunt fashion. While she dislikes the way he says it, she does concede that he has a point.
* RagsToRiches: Nav. Initially starting with nothing, he gains a tidy sum after winning a competition, makes a lot by [[PlagiarismInFiction plagiarising human works]], receives a very large reward after helping take down a dog crime boss, and ends up with a stake in a gem mine after helping the changelings liberate it from the diamond dogs. Despite all this, he doesn't have any real need for the money and lives a fairly frugal lifestyle, though it probably doesn't help that he has a poor grasp of just how much bits are worth.
* RagsToRoyalty: Nav gets the option to do this several times, but so far has turned them all down. He briefly ends up as Luna's consort before the relationship goes ''spectacularly'' south, declines an offer from Chrysalis to be her consort, gets out of an ArrangedMarriage with a griffon princess (both politically motivated), and puts an offer to be Celestia's consort on hold several times.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The team Nav puts together later in the story, which includes ex members of the guard, a dragoness, a cat assassin, Zecora, and more.
* RealDreamsAreWeirder: Quite a few of the dreams Nav enters during his [[DreamWalker dream walking]]. Some are fairly mundane for their character, such as Twilight playing around with a giant TowersOfHanoi, or [[ShipperOnDeck Cadance]] observing Nav and Fluttershy kissing through binoculars. One of Celestia's dreams turns into her challenging Nav to a very strange chess match before attempting to turn it into a fight.
* RealityWarper: Anyone capable of using "true magic" can do this. Discord is a master of it, but Celestia, Luna, [[spoiler: Taya, and Pinkie Pie]] have some abilities in the subject. One of the few limits mentioned is that you can't simply will someone dead, though this doesn't stop you from creating a fatal situation.
* ReallyGetsAround:
** Navarone ends up doing this as a coping mechanism for the psychological damage he suffers over the course of the story, and becomes increasingly more depraved as it goes on, which others chastise him for.
** Doppel to the point where calling her the village bicycle would be ''generous''. Then again, she is a changeling who prefers feeding on lust...
** Fleur, Fancy Pants' wife. He's well aware of her behaviour but tolerates it for several reasons.
** Lyra also does this with her marefriend Bon-Bonís permission.
** Pinkie as well, though itís only alluded to rather than stated outright.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Nav gives a particularly brutal one to Pinkie, and another one to Celestia when she [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone expresses her regret]] for what she's unwittingly done to him.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Several of the guards and the two ambassadors sent with Nav for his second trip to Egypt are reassigned there, having earned Celestia's ire.
* RecognitionFailure: When Nav visits the Unicorn MageTower in Chapter 63, he's initially believed to be an escaped monster by some of the more clueless members of staff, despite being one of the most famous people in the country by this point.
-->'''Receptionist''': Sorry about that. Some of the researchers here donít get out much.
-->'''Navarone''': Iíve been here for more than four years!
-->'''Receptionist''': Like I said, they donít get out much.
* RecordNeedleScratch: The results of combining a social function with Nav's ScaryImpracticalArmor.
* RefugeInAudacity: Nav tries and successfully (albeit temporarily) manages to pass off the infamous time [[SlippingAMickey he got drugged]] at a party as "some strange rumors" to Twilight.
* RenegadeSplinterFaction: {{Subverted|Trope}}. The air elementals are viewed as traitors by the rest of their brethren for helping Discord imprison them, when they themselves were actually tricked by Discord into doing so.
* RescueRomance: After her previous attempts to woo Nav fail, Luna tries to go for this by secretly causing a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dingonek dingonek]] to attack him so she can play the role of saviour. Unfortunately for her (and Nav), Rainbow Dash accidentally knocks her out, resulting in Nav being injured before Fluttershy can calm it.
* {{Retcon}}: A few of them, as the author modifies anything he's particularly unhappy about in earlier installments. In particular, Chapters 1-12 were completely rewritten.
* RevealingCoverup: Discord manages to convince Blueblood that [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink his poisoning]] was one by Celestia and Nav.
* RevengeBeforeReason: [[spoiler: Blueblood is offered a chance by Discord to have his looks restored after [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink his poisoning]], or gaining 'revenge' on Nav (who isn't responsible for it in the slightest). Despite his looks being his most valued trait, he goes with the latter, though mostly due to Discord (pretty much literally) whispering in his ear]].
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The campaign in Egypt, which at times practically falls under the label of [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters terrorism]].
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: Nav probably should have known better from Pinkie...
-->'''Navarone''': If Rarity told you to jump off a bridge, would you?
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Of course! If she told me that, I know thereís be candy or something else fun at the bottom! Oooh, or maybe a party!
* RidiculouslySuccessfulFutureSelf: Or due to TimeTravelTenseTrouble, ''past'' self. [[spoiler: When Nav gets sent back in time, he finds out that his past (real) self has become a doctor and a successful scientist. His past self is also fairly impressed with how Nav has got on, arguably making them ''both'' successful future versions of each other]].
* RightBehindMe:
** Nav goes to see Fluttershy in Chapter 31, only to discover sheís lurking right behind him...
--->'''Fluttershy''': I was wondering how long it would take you to knock.
** Celestia does it to Nav in Chapter 43, though he immediately realises after seeing the way Fancy Pants reacts.
--->'''Celestia''': Youíre too savvy for your own good, Nav.
* RightThroughTheWall:
** Nav deliberately invokes this in retaliation for Cadance trying to meddle in his love life in Chapter 32. Despite the very poor resulting night's sleep, it still doesn't stop her from trying to interfere yet again later on in the story.
** Nav again invokes this in Chapter 73, mostly out of a lack of choice. Other than the obvious one of not doing anything, that is.
* RousingSpeech: Nav gives one to ''himself'' while being attacked by Angel and the rest of Fluttershy's critters during Navís stay at her home...
-->'''Navarone''': Humanity conquered nature a long, long time ago. And despite these damnable wings and being forced to live in Namby Pamby Ponyland for several years, I am still a human. (trying to find his way to the bathroom) I will not submit. I will not bow. (opens the wrong door) And this is not the bathroom.
* RuleOfFunny: Lampshaded and invoked by Nav when Doppel bursts out of a closet to [[ThatRemindsMeOfASong join in a song]], resulting in her being blasted by Taya's magic. Since comedy rules are in effect, Doppel is unhurt, other than spitting out a cloud of smoke.
* RunningGag:
** Navarone repeatedly ends up confused over [[VagueAge how old ponies actually are]], but no one ever gives him an answer when he asks.
** Big Mac ends up discovering Navarone several times in highly compromising situations.
** Nav complains whenever he finds himself in Celestia's sitting room, with it morphing from simple dislike to an almost pathological hatred. At one point he even refuses to talk with her until they've gone somewhere else.
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: Taya develops her magical talents under Twilight's tuition, but at the expense of leaving her social skills even more to be desired.
* SandInMyEyes: After Nav forgives Rarity in Chapter 68, she starts getting choked up and Nav claims to feel some dust in his eyes. Then he quickly kills the moment a second later
-->'''Rarity''': Shh, just let it all out.
-->'''Navarone''': Rarity, if you talk to me like a baby again, Iím turning this hug into a smackdown.
* SanitySlippage: Nav. As the story progresses he starts becoming increasingly crazy and reckless, and becomes far more depraved.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Nav's relationship with Kumani is pretty much limited to crazy bedroom antics, with the two having almost nothing else in common. It does serve as a pleasant distraction though, and the man probably deserves that much at least.
* TheScapegoat:
** Passing things off as a magical mishap of Twilight's is often used when a convenient excuse is needed. However what makes it such a believable excuse is the number of times Twilight has ''genuinely'' caused these.
** Nav jokingly uses Spike as a fallback excuse at times, since he "seems like a good fall-guy".
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Averted, at least with the impractical bit. The set of armour Nav receives is ''extremely'' intimidating and scary but still highly practical, and is mentioned to resemble a slightly less spiky version of that seen in ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}''.
* ScienceMarchesOn: An in-universe example. [[spoiler: When Nav gets sent back in time, [[SplitPersonality multiple personality disorder]] is no longer viewed as a mental illness. Or at least, not quite so strictly]].
* TheScream: Discord's scream of rage (and the resulting rampage) upon realising he ruined his own plan ends up being heard as far away as Canterlot.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Nav [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial refuses to say for sure in his narration]], but he ''may'' have done this when he gets attacked by Fluttershy's animals. Possibly.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections:
** Nav often manages to get away with breaking laws because of his connection with Celestia... and because she finds him far too useful to have him imprisoned. She does however often end up using non-standard punishments, usually helping her out with some unpleasant task.
** The Element-bearers are almost untouchable due to their importance.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: [[spoiler: When Nav gets sent back in time, he finds out that Google has become so rich and powerful that they're able to do more or less whatever they want, even if they use this for benevolent purposes]].
-->''"...money opens doors."''
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Initially the princesses themselves are pretty much above the law and can do what they want, given their essential roles in raising the sun and moon, which is both a blessing and curse for Nav. However, events and scandals eventually catch up with them, and they're not quite as above the law as they'd like to believe.
-->'''Celestia''': Rules can be rewritten, after all.
* ScrewYourself: After Rainbow taunts Nav for having a FrenchMaid [[ItMakesSenseInContext outfit]], Doppel scares her off by coming on to her with a variant of this.
-->'''Doppel''': (as Rainbow Dash in a maid outfit) Donít you think I look sexy?
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': I-I-IHAVETOGO!
* SealedGoodInACan: Flo. [[spoiler: Most of the elements are also sealed, but whether they qualify as ''good'' is still an unknown]].
* {{Self-Deprecation}} / WhoWritesThisCrap: Several of the events that were retconned or rewritten survive as fake entries in Nav's journal. Which the cast then proceed to make snarky comments mocking them...
-->'''Navarone''': ...I like watching and Iím sure Twilight could tell you quickly that there never was such a person called Z that seduced her at the plebeians run about their day like little insects.
Gala.
-->'''Twilight''': Really Nav, your imagination is strange. Why would Princess Celestia ever do that to me?
-->'''Navarone''': I made a lot of shit up.
* SexSlave: [[spoiler: Nav gets used as one by Kat for a week while in Egypt due to Spike being held hostage, until he finally snaps]].
* SexyDiscretionShot: Averted on several occasions, but generally played straight.
* ShapeshifterModeLock: Nav and Twilight temporarily get locked into pony and human form respectively, until a way of reversing the spell's effects is figured out a week later. Once this is done, anyone capable of casting the spell can freely switch someone's appearance.
* ShareTheMalePain: An unusual variant. Nav's [[GenderBender gender-switching stones]] are generally well-received by female users, whereas male victims despise it, seemingly for this reason...
-->'''Shining Armor''': ThatísÖ kinda messed up.
(whispering) Throw them in the ocean. Donít ever let Cadance get them again!
-->'''Navarone''': Yeah. I just said that feel your pain, bro. I feel your fucking pain.
* SharingABody: Occurs several times, though mostly it's a case of SplitPersonality. Flo sharing Nav's body plays it straight however.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Nav turns into one after the events of Egypt, and it takes a fairly decent chunk out of his sanity.
* ShipperOnDeck:
** Multiple characters repeatedly try
to see what kind of reaction Iíd get.
* GardenOfEvil: The Everfree Forest is even more dangerous than in canon, which is saying something.
* GenderBender:
**
ship Navarone stumbles across with Fluttershy, as much as he tries to get them to stop.
** Cadance tries to ship Nav with Luna and later with Fluttershy, which frustrates him immensely.
** Nav ends up setting Derpy and Doctor Whooves up on a date in Chapter 20. Heís reluctant to provide any further advice, however, and gets quite irritated when the good Doctor repeatedly follows him asking for more.
* ShipSinking: Nav does it to
a pair of Naga in-universe in Chapter 18.
* ShipTease:
** Between Applejack and Rainbow Dash on multiple occasions.
** Rarity trolls Nav and Rainbow Dash when she claims they make for an adorable couple, after they put on a show in Chapter 72. Nav is not particularly amused.
* ShirtlessScene: Nav does it on several occasions.
* ShockAndAwe: One of the few pieces of combat magic Rarity knows, and how Nav ends up dispatching the governor in Chapter 85, during a FreakyFridayFlip.
* ShoutOut: There's a huge of them, many of which are in the form of Nav making references to pop culture which fly over the heads of everyone else present. Chapter titles often contain them as well.
** Nav quotes [[Franchise/StarWars Obi-Wan's]] famous line from ''Film/ANewHope'' in the revised Chapter 7, and then laments shortly afterwards that Rainbow Dash didn't take the opportunity to steal a certain line from ''Film/ThreeHundred'' when she kicks him off a cloud.
** Nav references ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' in his narration within Chapter 75.
** ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' and ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' are referenced in the titles of chapters 35 and 59 respectively.
** Chapter 75's title references the CharacterAlignment system from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
** The infamous fanfic ''FanFic/DoomRepercussionsOfEvil'' is referenced in the title of Chapter 85.
** ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' is referenced in the title of Chapter 96.
** One of Nav's favourite quotes is from ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak''
** ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' is referenced on multiple occasions.
** Nav references the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' comic Loose Canon in Chapter 65.
** ''The Shady Trough'' is borrowed from [[http://equestria-prevails.deviantart.com/art/The-Shady-Trough-319986368 this fanart]].
* ShutUpKiss:
** Nav does this to Luna and [[spoiler: he later gets one off Braeburn]].
** Nav gives one to Pinkie in Chapter 47 to quite literally get her to shut up, rather than it being romantic in any way. It also [[KissOfDistraction makes a good distraction]] so he can escape.
* SickEpisode: Nav ends up bedridden for Chapters 79 and 80 after nearly being killed by Blueblood.
* SirSwearsalot: Nav has a habit of using rather colourful language which he gets chastised for, though ponies don't always understand exactly what he's saying.
* SkeletonKey: Nav finds one as part of a set
of magical artifacts artificts hidden within the Everfree Forest. It can also be used to 'unlock' someone's mind and [[TruthSerums force them to tell the truth]].
* SkewedPriorities: Having just been sucked into a PortalBook with Nav, how does Twilight react? By focusing on the fact
that change the user's gender books are ''all in piles'' instead of neatly stacked on the bookshelves. Nav isn't amused.
-->'''Twilight''': But look at them! Thatís ''terrible'' for them!
* SlasherSmile:
** Pinkie gives one,
upon touching them. It occasionally gets used for a disguise, but more often than not it realising Nav isnít strong enough to escape her grasp when she wants to hug him. Without resorting to violence, at any rate.
** Pinkie gives another one in Chapter 57 when she's about to attack some thugs with her FryingPanOfDoom.
* SlippingAMickey:
** Nav
ends up being used by interested parties for bedroom experimentation, for practical jokes, or for revenge.
** Twilight is mentioned to have once reversed the gender for half the palace's staff
drugged at a bar and wakes up in a NoodleIncident.
* GeneralFailure: Shining Armor is an interesting example.
pile of mares. While his forces are [[CurbStompBattle easily beaten]] in a mock battle between the Day Guard and Night Guard (the latter under Nav's leadership), this is more because of ponies' lack of knowledge of modern military tactics and not having much experience with war, rather than personal failings on his part. And once he realises unhappy about this, he's very willing to learn from the experience he shrugs it off and prefers not to know exactly what Nav can teach him.
* GenkiGirl: Mirror.
* GenocideDilemma: This actually crops up twice for Nav, firstly when he intervenes on behalf of the changelings in the aftermath of Cadance
happened, and Shining Armor's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 interrupted]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 wedding]] to spare them from starvation, and later again when he works with the changelings to destroy a diamond dog clan. Despite trying to argue for peace in the latter example, he helps the changelings when this proves to be impossible, though he's disgusted with his part in it.
* GenreSavvy:
** Nav becomes quite savvy over the course of his adventures. [[spoiler: A particularly good example is when he goes to the Crystal Empire, and later when he recognises that they're trying to interfere in his relationship with Kumani]]. He is also well aware of Taya's attempts to pull the wool over his eyes after he orders her to go and make some friends.
** In Chapter 77, after having learned from past experience, Twilight prevents Nav from avoiding her and slipping out through the window by waiting right outside on the balcony.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Almost everyone tells Nav this at one point, but especially Flo and Taya.
* GetOut: Numerous examples. Here's a few.
** Nav boots Doppel out his room during Chapter 33, after she tries coming onto him using a female version of himself, freaking him out in the process.
** Celestia furiously orders Nav and Spike to get out after they come to her seeking healing following a wild night on the town. Though her resulting mood is certainly ''not'' helped by her
friends end up being in heat, and by Spike having mailed her various items of an adult nature during the course of the previous evening.
** Twilight kicks Nav out of her house in Chapter 64, resulting in him getting his CoolHouse built and permanently moving out.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: Celestia threatens to do
far more upset about this to than he is.
** Some dogs try this on
Nav in Chapter 37 to put a stop to 15, but he switches his increasingly self-destructive attitude, by ripping away drink with Spikeís [[ProperlyParanoid to check for this]].
** Fleur tries it on Nav while heís modelling for Rarity in
his painful memories. She only stops after Nav attempts to kill himself, rather than have his free will subverted.
* GiantFlyer: The "giant moth thing" Nav gets attacked by
pegagus form in Chapter 12.
21. Yet again, he avoids it by switching his drink for someone elseís. Are you noticing a trend here?
* GiantSpider: SmellsSexy: Ponies pheromones work to devastating effect on other ponies, hence most settlements tend to be heavily skewed towards [[GenderRarityValue one gender]].
* SmugSnake: Discord constantly does it. Given how powerful he is, to the point where he dwarfs Celestia and Luna, he does have some justification for his attitude, and he often uses it to manipulate others into acting how he wants.
* SneakyDeparture:
Nav and the changelings get attacked by one in Chapter 52. Because apparently giant ants weren't bad enough.
* GilliganCut:
** While
leaves Equestria ahead of schedule in the changeling hive in Appaloosa...
--->''I was just going to wander around for a few hours. [[TemptingFate Whatís
middle of the worst night, after Luna confesses her crimes towards him and [[TheAtoner publicly apologises]], since he can't stand the idea of [[DontYouDarePityMe being pittied]] by others.
* SociopathicHero: Nav falls into this territory at times. It is played slightly differently from normal in
that could happen]]?''
--->''(cut)''
--->''I hate everything.''
** From Chapter 76, when
he does empathise with others, but buries it deep down as a way of psychologically protecting himself, given the trauma and betrayal he's suffered from.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: When Twilight messes up a spell and [[FreakyFridayFlip body swaps]] everyone present,
Nav (as Taya) is accompanying sent to summon Rarity to various stores.
--->'''Navarone''': Well, as long as itís not some weaboo anime place, Iíll be fine.
--->'''Rarity''': ÖRight.
--->''(cut
help. Anyone he runs into refuses to the two standing in front of some weaboo anime place)''
--->'''Navarone''': God dammit, Rarity.
believe his story, until convinced by rather colourful language which only he would use.
* TheGlomp: Due SoProudOfYou:
** He might not say it often, but Nav is very proud of having Taya as his daughter, and readily admits it
to both Bloodbeak and Taya in Chapter 66.
** A dark example, when Twilight first kills a monster in Chapter 99, and Nav hugs her out of pride while she's [[HeroicBSOD BSODing]].
* SpannerInTheWorks:
** Nav ends up disrupting several very old plans of Celestia's over
the strength disparity, many course of the times a pony attempts story, which she is not happy about.
** Blueblood ends up being one for Discord's plan, due
to hug Blueblood deciding to attack Nav turn directly, rather than provoking him into this.
striking first.
* GlowingEyes: Changeling eyes glow, SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Crazed monster-hunter Pelt makes an appearance to try and can be clearly seen in invoke this during Bon-Bon and Lyra's wedding, but no one takes it particularly seriously, and he quickly runs off having drawn the dark.
princesses' ire. Not that it would have made any difference, since Nav was GenreSavvy enough to suggest they got married privately the day before, in case anything went wrong.
* AGodIAm: Discord. He also gets very irritated SpitTake:
** Cadance sprays her drink over the table
when anyone refers itís suggested she slept with Nav by Kumani.
** Spike after finding out Nav swiped Celestia's crown for a prank.
** Gilda after finding out that Nav ďreverse muggedĒ Rarity.
* SplitPersonality: Changelings can occasionally suffer from this, particularly if they feed off certain emotions like anger. Eva is the most prominent example in-story.
* SpottingTheThread: [[spoiler: [[NoFourthWall Readers themselves]] have
to do this in order to realise Discord's status as an UnreliableNarrator and that he's [[MindScrew deceiving them]]]].
* SquashedFlat: One of the results of dream logic, Nav's dreamwalking, and
Celestia or HorsingAround.
* {{Squee}}:
** Fluttershy and Rarity's reaction at seeing '[[FreakyFridayFlip Taya]]' sitting in Nav's lap.
** One of the pony nurses in Flankfurt, Blackberry, upon finding out she has Kat for a patient.
--->'''Blackberry''': OH CELESTIA YOUíRE A KITTY!
* StockholmSyndrome: Navarone's relationship with
Luna as one, viewing them as pretenders.
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: Attempting to escape from Pinkie generally does not work well, but rather bizarrely invoking
reads a lot like this does.
until he gets pushed too far and breaks it off.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Nav and Rainbow Dash both suggest banishment or slavery as a possibility when dealing with other mares romantically. Also doubles as a BrickJoke.
-->'''Navarone''': Look over there, a distraction!
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': What are we supposed to be looking at?
Relax. Whatís the worst that could happen?
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': I could end up banished from her presence or possibly as her eternal slave.
-->'''Navarone''': Just keep looking, youíll see it
* GoodGuyBar: The Shady Trough, favourite haunt of the Night Guard.
* GoodIsNotNice: Navarone and Celestia
See, I told Spike that could easily be the poster children for this.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Post EmergencyTransformation, Navís limited HealingFactor makes itself useful as
happen! And he sustains far didnít believe meÖ
* StuffBlowingUp: AJ's attempt to make
more injuries than before. Once he meets Flo and has his healing further improved, he tends to take even greater levels of damage.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Nav refuses to describe what Kat does when interrogating an assassin within
alcohol ends rather badly in Chapter 24.
14.
-->'''Applejack''': You didnít tell me they could explode!
* GratuitousFrench: Nav occasionally uses the French swear word ''merde'', and SuddenlySober: Flo is quite fond capable of the phrase ''c'est la vie''.
* GreenEyedMonster: There are several hints throughout the story
rapidly sobering someone up while SharingABody, which suggest Luna is still rather resentful Nav takes advantage of on a few occasions.
* SupernaturalSensitivity:
** Humans can see horns glow on unicorns when they're using magic,
and bitter of her sister, unlike her canon counterpart.
* GrewASpine: Navarone
can use the colour to identity the caster. Twilight is initially extremely reluctant to refuse accept this.
** Unicorns can sense magic being used around them to an extent.
* SuperWindowJump: Given
the princesses' demands but eventually grows to have no issues refusing them.
* GrievousHarmWithABody:
** Trixie tries to hurt
choice between this and sticking around with an amorous in-heat Celestia, Nav by hurling Twilight at him picks the window in Chapter 5, but misses.
** After
60. [[DestinationDefenestration As before]], his wings cushion the impact.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Chrysalis views herself as this at times.
-->'''Chrysalis''': Idiots! Incompetents! None of them know how to think, they all require permission! No initiative at all!
* SweetheartSipping:
Nav kills and Rainbow Dash are forced into sharing a timberwolf drink, to both their displeasures, after a [[FailedASpotCheck lapse of attention]] in Chapter 67, he unintentionally ends up doing this to himself due to his positioning, resulting in the dead wolf propelling him into a wall and injuring him.
* TheGrimReaper: Nav's choice of costume for [[AllHallowsEve Nightmare Night]], complete with the trademark SinisterScythe. While ponies mistake [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Twilight's costume]] for something else, the human personification of Death just ends up [[RunningGag flat out confusing them]].
-->'''Rarity''': ...what are you supposed to be, anyway?
-->'''Navarone''': Itís the humanís personification of Death itself.
-->'''Rarity''': ThatísÖ interesting. Why anthropomorphize it as another of your kind instead of making it something completely different?
-->'''Navarone''': Because we killed all of the monsters we ever ran into, save for ourselves and Death. What better way to respect death than to give it the form of the only monster we could never kill?
* GroinAttack: After having to [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed share his bed]] with his bodyguard, Nav is not happy to find out that Smiles is also a CuddleBug, and resorts to this to escape from his grasp. This
72 results in Smiles reflexively kicking him them entering a restaurant for couples and [[BadDate running into a wall, knocking him out. Probably not the best piece of bodyguarding, all things considered.
Rarity]].
* GroundhogDayLoop: Discord briefly puts himself through one of sorts during SwitchingPOV:
** Aside from
the prologue, as part of his attempts to convince Celestia. Every time he says something wrong he wipes her memory and starts from the beginning, and mentions to having gone through hundreds of loops until he succeeds.
* GuyOnGuyIsHot: Cadance certainly seems to think so at least.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: While fighting a GiantSpider, several of the changelings accompanying Nav end up being cut in half.
* HappilyAdopted: While it's difficult to suggest either is particularly ''happy'' given what they've gone through, Taya clearly loves Navarone and vice versa. Even if he does constantly fear he's a terrible parent, and that Taya has dependency issues.
* HatesBeingTouched: Nav appears to take after [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Morrigan]] in this regard, in that he doesn't mind intimate contact quite so much, but generally dislikes being touched or hugged by others. Though there are exceptions to this, and he becomes more tolerant of it over the course of the story.
* HaveAGayOldTime:
** An in-universe example, when Nav [[InsultBackfire tries to insult Cadance]] by comparing her to [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes his new armour]], she's pleased at being told she looks so happy.
** And yet another in-universe example from Ames, regarding Braeburn's weirdness.
--->'''Ames''': What a queer pony.
--->'''Navarone''': You donít know the half of it.
* HealingFactor: Nav ends up with a minor version of this after his EmergencyTransformation, since he heals faster, and becomes capable of regenerating from damage that would kill a regular human. Serious injuries still result in significant levels of downtime and recuperation however, and he's far from invulnerable.
* HealingHands: Many of the magic users Nav deals with on a regular basis have at least some proficiency at this, particularly the more powerful ones like Twilight and Taya. It was actually Celestia's [[TheMedic original calling]], and she at one point expresses deep regret and anger that Discord's actions made this impossible for her.
* TheHedonist:
** Vinyl Scratch, as you might expect from someone involved in the rave scene.
** Navarone turns into one, using drugs, drink, and sex as coping mechanisms.
* HeelRealization: It takes a long time, but Luna eventually comes to realize what she did to Nav, and expresses remorse for the wrongs she's committed upon him. As well as admitting all this quite extravagantly in a press conference.
* HeKnowsTooMuch:
** A non-lethal variant. The cats refuse to allow Nav to leave them since he knows their location, and use Spike as a hostage to force him to stick around and comply with their demands.
** Nav orders Kat killed to protect Kumani's violations of the [[CodeOfHonor dragon code]] coming to light, but he's dissuaded from doing so.
* HellishPupils: Luna places an enchantment on her knights and the Night Guard that results in this, as well as dramatically improving their night vision.
* HemoErotic: Luna. Her combining this with her MindRape of Nav ends up being the final straw and causes him to break off their relationship. After he's run out the room screaming in terror.
* HeroicBSOD: Twilight has a small one upon killing something for the first time in Chapter 99. Unfortunately Nav is probably one of the worst possible choices to comfort her.
-->'''Flo''': [[DeadpanSnarker You are so bad at this]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Nav and Spike, despite the [[InnocentInnuendo ridiculous innuendo]] that occasionally crops up between them. To the point that when Nav leaves Equestria, Spike chooses to go with him instead of remaining with Twilight.
* HiddenDepths: Derpy is one of the few ponies who actually bothers to use the Ponyville library, and regularly checks out advanced science textbooks.
* HiddenVillain: Discord sets the entire story in motion and influences events behind the scenes, but none of the main characters are aware of his actions or presence until later on.
* [[HisOwnWorstEnemy Her Own Worst Enemy]]: Luna has some serious problems, but never really seems to stop and consider that she may be at fault, or that a change of behaviour is warranted. It is also implied that Celestia has been somewhat shielding her sister from all this, or otherwise indulging her, and she [[HeelRealization eventually]] comes to realise what she's done.
* HonorBeforeReason: Nav constantly lampshades how stupid this is when he comes across it, and particularly when he finds out at least one assassin's guild will only make a single hit, believing that surviving means the target has earned the right to live.
--> ''Why is honor such a big factor in this world?''
* HorsingAround: Celestia does it to Nav after he invades one of her dreams, which gets a CallBack while he's desperately trying to keep his hold on a monster in Chapter 99.
* HostageSituation:
** Pinkie's parents get captured by Naga in Chapter 13.
** Spike is used by the cats as a hostage to force Nav to cooperate with them during his first trip to Egypt.
** Luna gets taken as a hostage during the war games exercise in Chapter 70.
** [[spoiler: Nav takes a woman hostage during his attempts to escape when he's initially sent [[TimeTravel back in time]], though it fails due to his past self [[DramaticGunCock being right behind him]]]].
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction:
** [[spoiler: Ames']] unfortunate drunken escapade with the giant squid. It's probably best not to think about it [[BrainBleach too much]].
** Discussed briefly when Nav brings up his relationship with Kumani and how this might be a problem in the long-term.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Nav initially has to learn to fly with his new wings and doesn't have complete control over them for much of the story, as you might expect from someone who has suddenly grown a new set of appendages. In fact, he doesn't even know how to fold them properly until Fluttershy [[YouDidntAsk finally takes pity on him]] and shows him how.
* HumanityIsSuperior: Despite the advantages ponies have over humans -- notably strength and magic -- Nav strongly believes that human society is far better, and he's certainly right to believe it on the technological front. To the point where his relatively limited knowledge of technology and science -- though good for his age and level of education -- is able to kickstart a technological revolution in changeling society, and sets in motion a dramatic altering of the balance of power between the races.
* HumanitysWake: Aside from a few legends amongst the minotaurs, very little is left of humanity, though many of the major cities are built on the ruins of older human settlements.
* HumansAreDiplomats: Nav is a complicated example. Despite the violence he tends to be drawn into, and [[BloodKnight certain perceptions]] [[HumansAreWarriors of humanity]] which he occasionally goes out of his way to foster if it serves his purposes, he prefers peaceful solutions where possible and will argue for it as the first course of action. He manages to broker a somewhat uneasy peace between ponies and changelings, and in one instance his mere presence is enough to keep a fight from breaking out at a gathering of the other races, due to his connections with each of them. The irony is that in the case of [[ProudWarriorRace several races]], it's the very fact he's fostered his HumansAreWarriors image that leads them to respect him enough to listen when he argues for peace.
* HumansAreSurvivors: Nav believes this wholeheartedly, despite the fact that at this point humans are [[BizarreHumanBiology (technically)]] [[LastOfHisKind extinct]]. He even at one point tells Celestia that if she banished him to [[DeathWorld Tartarus]], he'd find a way to survive out of spite.
-->'''Navarone''': Lonely or not, humans are survivors. That is our long history and as the only one here, I shall do my best to hold onto the tradition.
* HumansAreWarriors: Luna in particular believes this to the point of thinking all humans are {{Blood Knight}}s, and Celestia also comments favourably on humanity regarding this, when she sees how useful Nav has been. Nav himself occasionally cultivates this image when it serves his goals.
* HypocriticalHumor: After having spent
most of the story doing the exact opposite, Nav frustratedly comments to himself on how hard it is to tell Taya to do something for her own good. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint He's somewhat baffled narrated by Navarone but very occasionally Discord will briefly take over.
** Rarity narrates a small section
when Flo ends up laughing at him]].she's recounting her experiences to Nav of their FreakyFridayFlip.



[[folder:Tropes I-L]]
* IAintGotTimeToBleed: Following his SuperWindowJump to escape Celestia, Nav is completely oblivious to the fact he's bleeding, and only notices some time later after attracting a lot of staring. And Octavia pointing all this out to him.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Nav is inwardly delighted at getting the opportunity to tell Twilight "you canít handle the truth".
* IAmAMonster: Midnight Blossom views herself as one due to her vampirism, and demanded to be sent to Tartarus, though Luna disagreed.
* IAmNotMyFather: Nav does not like the idea of being as bad at parenting as his father was, and the suggestion he's acting no differently tends to cut him quite deeply.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Both Navarone and Celestia show this on several occasions, and there are many times where both regret the necessity of their actions.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer:
** Nav's generally fairly relaxed about the idea of Taya dating someone, but he does take a moment to warn Spike not to hurt her if he does anything with her.
** Pinkie scares Kat half to death by promising retribution if she so much as looks at Nav in a funny way.
* IGaveMyWord:
** He might lie about giving his word quite a bit and use ExactWords to get out of it, but when he genuinely means it then Nav will stick by his promises.
** Discord does this when making [[DealWithTheDevil deals with others]], but he's smart enough to make sure [[ExactWords the wording]] is in his favour.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Nav's fairly self-aware when it comes to his actions, resulting in this being an increasingly common trend as the story goes on, as he becomes more reckless and unpleasant.
* IHatePastMe / OtherMeAnnoysMe: [[spoiler: When Nav runs into his (far older) past self, both end up getting under the skins of the other]].
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Daughter]]: The Dogfather tries to force Nav into working for him by kidnapping Taya. It fails on two fronts: from Taya and Twilight overpowering the token force sent after them, and because Nav recognises that they're using a changeling.
* [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace I Just Stabbed Twilight in the Face]]: Nav almost kills Twilight with a throwing knife when she surprises him after his return from Egypt, but thankfully Shining Armor manages to catch it with his magic. Later on, he almost stabs Pinkie after she surprises him.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Celestia mentions how she would much rather have been a [[TheMedic simple healer]] and lived a normal life. Fate -- and Discord -- had other plans for her.
* ILetYouWin: Discord created the Elements so that other species would have a chance against him, and isn't really bothered when he ends up being imprisoned by them.
* ILied: [[spoiler: Discord does this to Taya when luring her and Nav into a trap]].
* ImaginedInnuendo: Nav initially thinks Braeburn is coming on to him in Chapter 54, when Braeburn is actually being completely sincere and offering him food.
-->'''Braeburn''': Donít you want to try my sweet applesauce?
-->'''Navarone''': *double take*
* ImAHumanitarian: A variant, given the number of sapient species. Spike's growing desire for meat at one point causes him to ask Nav if he can eat some the corpses they run across. Nav quickly tells him to cut it out.
* {{Immortality}}: Several different flavours.
** CompleteImmortality: Discord comes extremely close to this. [[spoiler: His main goal is [[DeathSeeker finding a way around this]]]].
** BodyBackupDrive: Discord creates Navarone from one at the beginning, and presumably could continue to do so as much as he wanted. [[spoiler: However, since "true magic" cannot create or destroy life, Nav isn't truly 'alive' as such]].
** LifeDrinker: Nav is a variant of this. By Celestia/Luna periodically using the spell to transfer LifeEnergy it would be possible for him (or anyone else) to effectively become TheAgeless. The spell also works on non-sentient beings such as plants and so can be used benevolently instead of requiring a victim to steal from.
** TheUndead: Several types of them, including [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vamponies]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Blueblood gores Nav with his horn after the latter turns down the offer of a DuelToTheDeath and [[InTheBack turns his back]].
* [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes Impossibly Tacky Armour]]: Navarone gets granted a set of technicolour armour to go with his title of ''Defender of Harmony''. Ostensibly it's a huge honour, but in reality it's a [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment form of revenge]] by Celestia due to him ruining one of her plans.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Nav sets Trixie on fire with his home-made booze in Chapter 5.
* ImStandingRightHere:
** Twilight gives this, after Nav and Pinkie ignore her in favour of discussing her tendency to dictate what others should do in Chapter 5.
--->'''Twilight''': Iím standing right here, you know!
--->'''Navarone''': Yeah, I know. We were just in the barber shop together, remember?
--->'''Pinkie Pie''': Yeah, Twilight, weíre not ''blind''.
--->'''Twilight''': Ugh.
** Nav ignoring Kat in Chapter 23:
--->'''Kat''': Iím right here, you know.
--->'''Navarone''': Yes, I know; youíre rather noticeable.
** Taya and Rarity also ignore Nav in Chapter 40:
--->'''Navarone''': Iím right here, ladies.
* AndIMustScream: Discord's fate, having lived for millions of years. Whenever he gives anyone else a glimpse into his suffering, this is precisely their reaction.
* IncompatibleOrientation:
** After AJ and Nav get Rainbow drunk while testing out their home-brewed alcohol, they then get Big Mac to flirt with her, partly as a prank and partly since he needs the practice. It doesn't work for this reason.
** Rarity's attempts to hit on Braeburn fail due this. She also seems to be the only one unaware of Braeburn's orientation...
* InconvenientSummons:
** Nav being summoned to Equestria by Discord in the first place.
** The [[{{Familiar}} alphyn]] Trixie summons in Chapter 5 is not happy at being in Equestria. While he has to follow Trixieís orders [[ExactWords to the letter]], that doesnít mean he has to help her if sheís unable to ask. Alphyns also do their best to return the favour to their summoner, if they get the opportunity.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} in Chapter 41, where summoning Nav to extract him is inconvenient for Luna, since sheís in the middle of meeting a griffon envoy.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness:
** Shining Armor is probably the most unambiguously good character in the story, and dedicated to making sure everyone receives justice, regardless of their rank. He does take part in a black op to remove a dangerous criminal from power at one point, mostly because it's the right thing (rather than being in it for the [[OnlyInItForTheMoney large monetary reward]]), and actually finds it wrong when Nav comes up with an easy shortcut because it means he earns his side of the reward with very little work.
** Ponies believe this about Celestia, but over [[BrokenPedestal the course of events]] it's shown to be far from the truth.
** Fancy Pants is pretty much the only one of these among the Canterlot nobility, and genuinely uses his position as a force for good, rather than self-interest.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: A common response of Nav's to the general insanity he encounters.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Rainbow Dashís BlatantLies excuse for making an exit after Twilight and Rarity catch her appearing to read ''[[BookSafe Mating Habits of the Common Cow]]''. Also doubles as a CallBack to [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]].
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': Iíve gotta see a bear about a thing!
* INeedYouStronger: [[spoiler: Discord realises this far too late, after his protection of [[TheChosenOne a chosen one]] destined to defeat him ended up accidentally causing the hero to fail]].
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Nav stumbles across a magical sword of Flo's. Being one of the few enchanted weapons known about in Equestria, it's extremely powerful in comparison to regular weaponry.
* InnocentInnuendo:
** Nav's interactions with Ames usually result in copious amounts of this.
** As the story progresses, the interactions between Spike and Nav end up being ridiculously laden with innuendo.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Spike can occasionally come out with stuff that has a very different meaning from what he thinks. In several cases this deeply angers Nav, but he forces it down when he reminds himself that Spike doesn't know what he's saying, and that he doesn't mean anything by it.
* InnocentSwearing: A variant. Apple Bloom overhears Nav commenting on how Twilight [[YouNeedToGetLaid needs to get laid]], and has no idea what this means. So of course she asks about this in front of her family... and Twilight!
* InSeriesNickname: Nav is [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname only known by his]], and sometimes gets called Navi by Pinkie, which he hates. Celestia gets referred to by the [[BlatantLies extremely respectful nickname]] of "Sunbutt" on several occasions, for reasons you can probably deduce.
* InsistentTerminology: Nav constantly insists he's not a pony whenever the term anypony is used around him. [[CaptainObvious He does have a point]].
* InstantExpert:
** Discord implants the knowledge of the summoning and shapeshifting spells within Twilight, Luna, and Celestia's minds, though none are aware of precisely where or how they came to know them.
** {{Averted|Trope}} with changelings. When switching forms, their effectiveness is limited without prior experience and training. For this reason it's standard practice to not use unfamiliar forms in combat.
* InstantSedation: Navarone gets a syringe full of sedatives in Chapter 76. Subverted in that it doesn't take effect instantly, though it does kick in fairly quickly.
* InsultBackfire:
** Celestia admonishes Nav for his [[LoopholeAbuse underhanded tactics]] in winning the Maris tournament, only for Nav to take it as a compliment, particularly coming from her.
** Nav's attempt to insult Cadance for her part in him being awarded the title of ''Defender of Harmony'' doesn't work out quite how he planned.
--->'''Navarone''': Youíre a terrible person. And that armor looks gayer than you do. Trust me, thatís saying something.
--->'''Cadance''': [[HaveAGayOldTime Iím glad you think I look so happy!]] And itís good you think [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes your armor]] does, too.
--->'''Navarone''': ÖYou know that wasnít a compliment, right?
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Luna's idealised version of a good time, apparently. It [[HemoErotic does]] ''[[MindRape not]]'' [[{{Understatement}} end well]].
* InterspeciesAdoption / RaisedByHumans: Taya's adoption by Nav.
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Luna and Nav briefly have one. It doesn't end well. He later gets involved with Kumani, a dragoness.
** [[spoiler: Bon-Bon and Lyra, a changeling and unicorn respectively]].
* InterruptedIntimacy: It occurs several times, though there are occasions where Nav chooses to [[CoitusUninterruptus ignore said interruption]].
* InTheBack: Blueblood does it to Nav after he declines the offer of a duel.
* IntimateHealing: A platonic version where Nav lathers up Fluttershy to help her with her flea problem, since hooves are not the best tool for the job. It is extremely awkward however, and certainly not helped by Fluttershy's badly-hidden interest in him.
* InvisibilityCloak: There's a unicorn spell that does this, but it's very difficult to master and hence quite rare. It's also quite a draining spell to cast, and so can only be used for short amounts of time, unless it happens to be one's special talent.
* IOweYouMyLife: Ames agrees to train Nav in part because of this, due to Nav saving his life back during a raid in Chapter 13.
* IronicName: Sunshine Smiles claims to have joined the Night Guard to deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoke this]], though his actual reason is due to his lack of respect for Shining Armor.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: When Nav compares Pinkie to a foal, she doesn't take offense to the suggestion that she's loud, unmannered, and uncontrollable, but does protest the assertion that she's "stinky".
* ItAmusedMe: Celestia occasionally tries to alleviate some of her boredom in ways that would be described as unusual at best, and highly unethical at worst. Navarone can sometimes engage in this as well, often in response to Celestia's antics.
* ItGetsEasier: Nav is initially extremely reluctant to kill another sapient being, and only does so to help Pinkieís family. While he grows to have less reservations about using lethal force, he never takes any pleasure in it and prefers peaceful solutions.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Just one of the many issues Luna has. Her resulting lack of respect for personal boundaries is one of several reasons that finally leads Nav to end their relationship.
* ItsAllMyFault: Upon learning about some of the stuff done to Nav in Egypt while being used as a hostage, Spike is extremely upset at what he perceives as it being his fault, but Nav quickly assures him he wasn't responsible in the slightest.
-->'''Navarone''': Never blame yourself for something you have no control over, and never blame someone else for something they have no control over.
* ItsPersonal:
** During the mock battle between the Day and Night Guard, Shining Armor calls in Luna to arbitrate a dispute over Nav's "cheating", and then takes her hostage when she rules in Nav's favour. The Night Guard and particularly Luna are not pleased by this.
** Discord becomes this for Nav, [[spoiler: when he discovers the former is responsible for the extinction of humanity]].
** Discord is also this for the Royal Sisters, [[spoiler: due to him destroying almost all the alicorn race, save for themselves]].
* IWarnedYou: Nav is GenreSavvy enough to realise that removing swords from altars in the middle of odd places is not a smart thing to do. Chrysalis soon finds out why.
-->'''Chrysalis''': Donít you dare say it.
* IWasNeverHere: After finding AJ and Rarity drinking tea in Rarity's boutique while both wearing frilly dresses, Nav's response is to slowly back out the door without saying a word.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Nav [[ToThePain threatens to do]] this to an assassin to gain information, and makes good on that threat, though he's fairly unskilled at it. Kat's abilities in the field would probably make Jack green with envy, and seriously creep Navarone out.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Twilight might be unwilling to accept it, but everyone else present admits that Nav does have a point when he says that it's selfish of her to focus on her test to single-handedly save the Crystal Empire, instead of putting the lives of its citizens ahead of such concerns.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He might be abrasive, condescending, and make little secret of how much he [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech thinks you suck]], but if you're a good person or his friend then the chances are that Nav will eventually come through for you when you need help.
* JumpedAtTheCall / ResignedToTheCall: Spike and Nav in Chapter 15. While Spike is thrilled to be going on an adventure, Nav is forced to go to Egypt by Celestia as punishment.
* JustFollowingOrders: {{Discussed|Trope}} in Chapter 44. Nav also notes that most of the changelings killing diamond dogs don't seem to show any emotion, unlike Chrysalis who [[BloodKnight relishes in the slaughter]].
* JustFriends: Nav and Celestia, for [[OddFriendship whatever strange definition]] [[FriendsWithBenefits passes for friendship]] between them. While she does ask to take him as her consort a few times, various events, politics, or even (in the case of Nav) psychological trauma all conspire to keep this one on the ground. Though for what it's worth, Nav hasn't definitively said no.
* KangarooCourt:
** Celestia at one point has Rarity and Navarone convicted of treason, simply to see what would happen [[ItAmusedMe because she was bored]].
** Chrysalis later declares a diamond dog, Fido, guilty and doesn't even bother with the pretense of a trial.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: After 5 years of escaping the consequences of her actions, Luna eventually starts to receive some recompense after [[TheAtoner publicly admitting her many wrongs]].
* KickTheDog: Most of the things Discord does to distract from his boredom. The guy will commit genocide or torture while casually whistling a happy tune, and inflict suffering on others for no reason other than [[ForTheEvulz because it amuses him]].
* KillItWithFire: Nav suggests the changelings dispose of a diamond dog clan in the mines in this way. The lucky ones are quickly asphyxiated by the fire sucking out the oxygen. The unlucky ones...
* KingIncognito: After Nav is sent to negotiate with the leader of a Naga clan in Egypt, he ends up in a discussion with the sentry escorting him. Only after noticing that the politically-minded questions being asked [[SpottingTheThread are not those of a sentry]] does he realise who he's been talking to the entire time.
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: Cadance recklessly firing off love magic leads to a bunch of palace staff and guards doing this... including Celestia. Few are happy with the results. Those few are usually paired up with others who are not.
* KissOfDistraction: Nav's ShutUpKiss to Pinkie also doubles at this, allowing him to escape from her.
* KissOfTheVampire: Vamponies don't have to do this in order to feed, but can play this one straight if they wish. [[spoiler: Nav ends up asking Midnight Blossom for one as a going away present in exchange for allowing her to feed off him]].
* KneelBeforeFrodo: Standard practice for ponies whenever Celestia makes an appearance. Nav flat out refuses to bow down to anyone and claims this is a cultural thing for humans, which sends Twilight into a fit over the breach of protocol. Apparently the fact that Celestia actually would prefer it if others didn't do this is lost on her.
* KnifeFight: Nav gets in quite a few when he ends up fighting off assassins.
* KnifeNut: Kat. Navarone also turns into one.
* KnightInSourArmor: Nav starts out fairly idealistic but becomes increasingly cynical as he gets let down and used throughout the story. He doesn't even bother trying to pretend otherwise later on in the story.
* LampshadeHanging: Nav often lampshades how Equestria feels like a cartoon world, and other things that make no sense, such as ponies shrugging off impacts that should injure them, or Pinkie Pie's insanely weird abilities and behaviour.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Memory spells are capable of removing specific memories, though there can be side-effects from the procedure.
* LastOfHisKind:
** Navarone is the last remaining human. [[spoiler: Later on his transformations render him only partially human, and when he discovers that he's no longer human enough to qualify he becomes somewhat depressed, since it now means humanity is completely extinct]].
** Celestia and Luna are the last two remaining alicorns, [[spoiler: due to Discord destroying the rest]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** Nav's confusion over the VagueAge of ponies and him never getting a straight answer also mirrors fans' questions about the show.
** Nav is well aware of what kind of world heís in and lampshades it several times...
--->''...it seems like every time they want to involve me with something itís the fucking clichéd plot of a cartoon or TV show.''
* LeaveNoWitnesses: The leader of the thieves that killed Taya's parents demands this, but the cat charged with carrying this out [[EvenEvilHasStandards can't bring himself]] [[WouldntHurtAChild to kill Taya as well]].
* LegendaryWeapon:
** Nav's InfinityPlusOneSword turns out to be [[spoiler: Excalibur]].
** The Spear of Destiny is also mentioned briefly.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain:
** Nav and the Naga agree to this regarding a [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction certain incident]] that took place after a night of drinking.
** Celestia makes everyone present agree to never say anything of what happened [[KissingUnderTheInfluence between her and Pinkie]] after Cadance recklessly started firing spells off.
** Nav insists to Rarity and Taya that they pretend Cadance's drunken behaviour in Chapter 62 never happened.
** Spike and Twilight apparently have this arrangement regarding the times where she thinks she was being abandoned by everyone.
--->'''Spike''': We donít talk about those days, Nav.
** In Chapter 67, AJ and Rarity's attempts to cook something while at Zecoras results in an explosion that dyes both their hair rainbow-coloured.
--->'''Rarity''': We will never speak of this again.
* LightmareFuel: An in-universe example. When Shining Armor tries to break into Nav's mind yet again, Nav gives him a choice between two doors in Nav's mindscape. Shining ends up picking the door that leads to all of Nav's memories of being tortured and abused, to which Nav comments was a fortunate choice since the other door [[spoiler: led to the memories of him having sex with Celestia]]. It's more a case of FauxHorrific for Nav and the reader however.
* LiteralMetaphor: After forgiving Rarity and saying his goodbyes in Chapter 68, Nav notes in his narration that the day "seemed a little brighter than it had before". Only to realise he's standing in the glare of a window.
* LiteralMinded: Pinkie regularly fall into this trap. Luna and Ames as well, though it's partly due to Nav using phrases and slang they're unfamiliar with.
* LivingLieDetector: There's a unicorn spell that does this. Celestia and Twilight eventually figure that it's a good idea to cast it on Nav, though he sometimes gets around it by employing ExactWords or being [[MetaphoricallyTrue metaphorical]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The show already has a huge amount of characters. As well as keeping many of them, the story then adds far more on top.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Cadance and Shining Armor experience trouble in paradise after the birth of their daughter, and end up asking Nav for advice. Apparently said advice helps.
* LongGame: Both Celestia and Discord's plans are being played out over thousands of years. Discord's is an even longer game, since he's using fellow [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] Celestia as his pawn.
* LongLived:
** Celestia and Luna, almost to the point of appearing to be TheAgeless. Technically they do age, but extremely slowly; Celestia states that she's physically in her late twenties [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld despite being over 6200 years old]]. Apparently her extended adolescence was ''not'' a fun time.
** After his receiving LifeEnergy from a tree during his EmergencyTransformation, Nav gains an estimated 1000 years of life expectancy. Periodic use of [[LifeDrinker the spell]] would essentially [[TheAgeless stop him from ageing]].
* LoopholeAbuse: Celestia, Nav, and Discord all love this trope.
-->'''Celestia''': What you did was nothing short of brilliant, and yet at the same time so darkly underhanded that I feel dirty congratulating you for it. Iím thinking about changing the rules for the first time in history.
-->'''Navarone''': [[InsultBackfire Why thank you, Celestia]]. That means a lot, coming from you.
* LostTechnology: The dream machine, which eventually gets rediscovered by Luna and Nav, and allows ponies to dream again. With the exception of Pinkie Pie, who already had them regardless.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy / LoveMakesYouEvil: Well, it's probably more "jealous obsession" than love, but either way it's not a good comination with Luna's already questionable sanity.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: Kat. Navarone finds this extremely creepy.
* LovingAShadow: Nav suggests himself that Luna doesn't love him as a person, but rather what she thinks of him as. Namely, a BloodKnight and a warrior like herself.
* LuridTalesOfDoom: After Nav's BlatantLies rumours about himself and Shining Armor end up making the presses, he then decides to start making up even more ridiculous ones. Like Celestia secretly being a narwhal.
-->'''Reporter''': Well, itíll look good in the tabloids.

to:

[[folder:Tropes I-L]]
T-Z]]
* IAintGotTimeToBleed: Following TabloidMelodrama: Nav deliberately invokes this to get his SuperWindowJump to escape revenge on Celestia, Nav is completely oblivious to the fact he's bleeding, and only notices some time later after attracting a lot of staring. And Octavia pointing all this out to him.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Nav is inwardly delighted at
by getting her involved in a scandal.
* TakeAThirdOption: After Nav quits as Luna's knight following
the opportunity to tell Twilight "you canít handle the truth".
* IAmAMonster: Midnight Blossom views herself as one due to her vampirism, and demanded to be sent to Tartarus, though Luna disagreed.
* IAmNotMyFather: Nav does not like the idea
complete breakdown of being as bad at parenting as his father was, and the suggestion he's acting no differently tends to cut him quite deeply.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Both Navarone and
their relationship, Celestia show this on several occasions, and there are many times where both regret offers Nav the necessity chance to be an Umbral knight -- which comes with some very useful perks -- instead of their actions.
binding himself to either of the Royal Sisters. Nav himself takes a third option by putting the offer on hold, rather than accepting or rejecting it.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer:
TakenForGranite: Discord partially turns Celestia to stone during the prologue.
* TakeThat:
** Nav's generally fairly relaxed about [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude comments over his name]] can be considered one to the idea of Taya dating someone, but he does take a moment to warn Spike not to hurt her if he does anything with her.
** Pinkie scares Kat half to death by promising retribution if she so much as looks at Nav in a funny way.
* IGaveMyWord:
** He might lie about giving his word quite a bit and use ExactWords to get
many fics out of it, but there where this is used without irony.
** At Cadance,
when he genuinely means it then Nav will stick by his promises.
Gilda is guessing her name and figures she "looks like a Mary Sue".
** Discord does this when making [[DealWithTheDevil deals with others]], but he's smart enough ''Film/TheRoom'' is considered to make sure [[ExactWords the wording]] is in his favour.
* IgnoredEpiphany:
be such a bad film that it's not included on Nav's fairly self-aware when it comes laptop, which has a library of ''almost all human art''.
--->'''Text file''': You ought
to be ashamed of even thinking about watching this movie.
* TheTalk: Nav has to give Taya one which turns out to be extremely awkward, and which certainly isn't helped by
his actions, resulting lack of knowledge of equine biology.
* TalkToTheFist: Nav socks Chrysalis in retaliation for her taking on the form of his sister.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Blueblood is almost assassinated
in this being an increasingly common trend as the story goes on, as he becomes more reckless way and unpleasant.
* IHatePastMe / OtherMeAnnoysMe:
barely survives, though it ruins his good looks. [[spoiler: When Subsequently, he vows revenge on Navarone since he holds Nav runs into responsible for failing his (far older) past self, both duties as a bodyguard]].
* TapOnTheHead: {{Averted|Trope}}. After Nav gets knocked out at the
end up getting under the skins of the other]].
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Daughter]]: The Dogfather tries to force Nav into working for him by kidnapping Taya. It fails on two fronts: from Taya and Twilight overpowering the token force sent after them, and because Nav recognises that they're using a changeling.
* [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace I Just Stabbed Twilight in the Face]]: Nav almost kills Twilight with a throwing knife when she surprises him after his return from Egypt, but thankfully Shining Armor manages to catch it with his magic. Later on, he almost stabs Pinkie after she surprises him.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Celestia mentions how she would much rather have been a [[TheMedic simple healer]] and lived a normal life. Fate -- and Discord -- had other plans for her.
* ILetYouWin: Discord created the Elements so that other species would have a chance against him, and isn't really bothered when he ends up being imprisoned by them.
* ILied: [[spoiler: Discord does this to Taya when luring her and Nav into a trap]].
* ImaginedInnuendo: Nav initially thinks Braeburn is coming on to him in
Chapter 54, when Braeburn is actually being completely sincere 15, he spends the next day passing in and offering him food.
-->'''Braeburn''': Donít you want
out of consciousness with a severe concussion, and is rendered very ill by the experience.
* [[invoked]]TastesLikeDiabetes: Navarone takes advantage of Taya's ability
to try my sweet applesauce?
invoke this, usually as a way of distracting anyone mad at him.
-->'''Navarone''': *double take*
Taya quick! Use cuteness!
* ImAHumanitarian: A variant, given the number of TearsOfRemorse:
** Nav has a minor breakdown after making his first
sapient species. Spike's growing desire for meat kills.
** Celestia
at one point causes breaks down and admits to Nav how [[TheChainsOfCommanding tired she is of being in charge]] after he places her in an impossible position, and having learned what she's inadvertently done to him it reduces her to ask Nav if he can eat some of her first tears in living memory.
* TeleportationSickness: Anyone unused to
the corpses they run across. levels of magic needed to teleport suffers from a fairly mild version this for a few minutes afterwards, with longer distances requiring more magic. It only takes a single exposure to that amount of magic to become immune to this in future though.
* TemptingFate: Most of the cast pull this off at some point.
Nav quickly tells him does it a lot, and continues to cut it out.
do so even after he realises he shouldn't.
-->''One of these days Iíll learn, I swearÖ''
* {{Immortality}}: Several different flavours.
** CompleteImmortality: Discord comes extremely close
TerrorHero: Nav deliberately invokes this to this. foster his reputation as someone who should not be messed with.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Repeatedly lampshaded and mocked by Nav. Except for the time where the song is ''about him'', in which case he's horrified...
-->''Oh my God, sheís bursting into song. Now, Iíve said before that I liked Rarityís singing voice, but I wasnít happy about being sung at about how ĎIím a good personí and ĎIíve had love in my heart the entire time.í''
* ThatWasNotADream: After Nav gives Rarity a load of gems from his stake in a gem mine, she initially thinks she's dreaming. Only after kissing a nearby changeling with the intent of 'waking up' does she realise it's actually for real. And then promptly screams once she realises what she's just done...
* ThereAreNoTherapists: At least not in Equestria, which is rather unfortunate considering how badly some could use one, especially Nav.
[[spoiler: His main goal is [[DeathSeeker finding When Nav gets briefly sent back in time, he does end up seeing one]].
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Nav ends up having to share his bed with his bodyguard in Chapter 46, though only because there are no other beds available in the barracks, and Nav can't find it within himself to make Smiles sleep on the floor.
* ThereWasADoor: Nav has fun blowing stuff up while helping Luna reactivate the dream machine:
-->(after having destroyed the door with
a way summoned [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Bolter]])
-->'''Navarone''': So much easier than opening them.
-->'''Luna''': Lazy. That door was easy to open!
* ThinkNothingOfIt: Nav flips
around this]]]].
** BodyBackupDrive: Discord creates Navarone from one at
between this and OnlyInItForTheMoney several times, though the beginning, latter becomes more common throughout the story.
* ThisCannotBe: Celestia's initial reaction, upon discovering the changelings have mastered human technology enough to create a working electric generator.
* AThreesomeIsHot: Surprisingly enough, the few times this occurs it's not actually Nav's idea, though he goes along with it.
* ThresholdGuardians: Athenaís paper golems
and presumably could continue to do so other assorted monsters which guard [[AkashicRecords her domain]].
* TimeSkip: A bunch of them,
as much as he wanted. the story takes place over several years, and can skip over months at a time. Even simply travelling somewhere can take between weeks and a month without teleportation.
* TimeTravel:
[[spoiler: However, since "true magic" cannot create or destroy life, Nav isn't truly 'alive' as such]].
** LifeDrinker: Nav is
gets sent back in time by a variant of this. By Celestia/Luna periodically using the spell to transfer LifeEnergy it would be possible for him (or anyone else) to effectively become TheAgeless. The spell also works on non-sentient beings such as plants and so can be used benevolently instead of requiring a victim to steal from.
** TheUndead: Several types of them, including [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vamponies]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Blueblood gores Nav
unicorn spell, along with Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Fancy Pants, though he winds up 35 years into the future from his horn after intended destination. The resulting StableTimeLoop created does [[TheScream not go down well with Discord]]]].
* TooDumbToLive:
** Discord dismisses several of his {{Mooks}} deaths as this, on
the latter grounds that if they were too stupid to ignore his instructions then they deserved what they got.
** According to Nav, the dogs as a species tend to show this trait in combat.
-->'''Navarone''': They donít flee. Most of them are too stupid to run away unless ordered to, and most of those that give orders are too stubborn to run away without some manner of Ďfuck youí plan.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Nav starts fairly low down on the scale, winning his fights out of [[BeginnersLuck luck]] more than anything else.
** Taya initially begins with almost no magical knowledge, understandably given [[OrphansOrdeal her background]]. As the story progresses, she becomes an extremely powerful mage, with her abilities in [[BlackMage battle magic]] -- which
turns down out to be her talent -- edging out Twilight's. Twilight is still far superior across the offer of a DuelToTheDeath board, however.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Nav wasn't exactly the [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold nicest person around]] to begin with, but becomes more
and [[InTheBack turns his back]].
* [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes Impossibly Tacky Armour]]: Navarone gets granted a set
more of technicolour armour one over the course of the story as a result of bad stuff happening to go him.
* TheToothHurts: Nav starts prying out the teeth of an assassin in an effort to convince him to talk. Onlooking guards accompanying him almost throw up at the sight of it.
* ToThePain:
** Nav threatens an assassin
with his title of ''Defender of Harmony''. Ostensibly it's a huge honour, but in reality it's a [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment form of revenge]] by Celestia due to him ruining one of her plans.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Nav sets Trixie on fire with his home-made booze
this in Chapter 5.
* ImStandingRightHere:
** Twilight gives this, after Nav
24, and Pinkie ignore her in favour of discussing her tendency to dictate what others should do in Chapter 5.
--->'''Twilight''': Iím standing right here, you know!
then makes good on it.
--->'''Navarone''': Yeah, Look, I know. We were donít like hurting people. I really donít. But if you keep this up, I will keep hurting you. I will remove [[TheToothHurts all your teeth]], I will remove [[{{Fingore}} your fingers]] joint by joint, I will remove your toes, and then Iíll just in the barber shop together, remember?
--->'''Pinkie Pie''': Yeah, Twilight, weíre not ''blind''.
--->'''Twilight''': Ugh.
get creative.
** Nav ignoring Kat in Chapter 23:
--->'''Kat''': Iím right here, you know.
Nav's threat to anyone who tries to assassinate Cadance under his watch...
--->'''Navarone''': Yes, I know; youíre rather noticeable.
** Taya
Ladies and Rarity also ignore Nav gentlemen [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Jocasta]]. This is Princess Cadance. She is the new representative for Princess Celestia. If anyone dares attack her, I will not kill you. I will do everything to you but kill you. Your screams will be heard across the fucking planet. The dog that poisoned Blueblood was sentenced to Tartarus. What you will get will make you wish you were him.
* ToWinWithoutFighting: Celestia merely making an appearance on the field
in Chapter 40:
16 is enough to cause the army to stand down, allowing the slaves to leave with no bloodshed.
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler: Moonbeam's corruption into Chrysalis. A kind-hearted midwife who was tricked by Discord and warped into her current form, and who readily admits to being a monster]].
* TranslationConvention: Much of the dialogue in the story is in the Equestrian language, but rendered into English for the reader by Nav. It can also be assumed that he's mostly writing in the Equestrian script, since no one else understands written English without the use of a translation spell.
* TreacheryCoverUp: The "treachery" is rather more abstract, as several of Luna's crimes are more betrayals of the ideals Equestria ostensibly stands for. In any case, Celestia still helps to cover up Luna's more insane actions to avoid shaking the system, and ensures she's punished discreetly.
* TrophyWife: Fairly common among the Canterlot nobility across both genders, and it used to be standard practice for the princesses to take a stallion as a platonic date to the Gala for this purpose.
* TrustPassword:
** Nav and Taya use these whenever they're around changelings, though some of the passwords Nav uses aren't always [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish particularly imaginative]].
** [[spoiler: When he's sent back in time and encounters his past self, Nav proves his identity by listing a bunch of details about his life that no one else could know]].
* TruthSerums: Nav's SkeletonKey can be used in this way by 'unlocking' a person's mind, briefly sending them into a trance and forcing them to speak the truth, however unwilling they might be.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Nav collects all sorts of titles over the course of his adventures, which he has to try to persuade others [[DontCallMeSir not to use]]. At one point he could claim to call himself as ''Sir Navarone, Knight of the Lunar Order, Defender of Harmony, Royal Savior, Hero of the Changelings, and Liberator of Egypt''.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: [[spoiler: Nav ends up 35 years further ahead in time than he intended, after being sent back in time by a unicorn spell in Chapter 72. While there's some futuristic technology and some cultural changes, human society is mostly the same]].
* UnEntendre: {{Subverted|Trope}}. When Vinyl suggests to Nav that they "go make some music" she is being quite literal. Then, after a music session, they do then in fact proceed to 'make some music'.
* UngratefulBastard: After Nav infiltrates a slave ship and helps free them, he's almost killed by an overly cautious unicorn, though the remaining slaves immediately stop her and are very grateful to him.
* UnreliableNarrator:
** [[spoiler: Discord]].
** Nav is an in-universe example, since he leaves stuff out of his journals or puts misleading information in.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: While everyone else present reacts to Pinkie wearing dominatrix gear with a JawDrop in Chapter 8, Navís response is to look on impassively.
* UnwittingPawn: Navarone is one for Discord, and occasionally one for Celestia and Luna. Though more often than not he's a ''witting'' pawn for the Royal Sisters.
* UseYourHead: Trixie headbutts Twilight during a duel in Chapter 5, before [[GrievousHarmWithABody throwing her]] at Nav.
* VetinariJobSecurity: Celestia has cemented her rule by making herself indispensable to the running of Equestria, and upholding the {{Masquerade}} that she and Luna [[GodJob raise the sun and moon]]. Nav at one point asks her why it's necessary, when she could rule on merit alone.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Discord breaks down and cries for the first time, after he realises he was the cause of failure for his own plan to commit suicide]].
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Both Luna and Kumani show elements of this. Not a good combination, considering they're both also {{Clingy Jealous Girl}}s.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting:
** Changelings, obviously.
** The shapeshifting spell that gets discovered allows this, but most casters only have limits on what they can change, with it usually being used to transform from a human to a pony, or vice versa. Celestia, being far more powerful, has much more leeway with shapeshifting.
* WallOfBlather: Nav's view of [[AnAesop the friendship lessons]] Twilight sends. It's implied that Celestia occasionally shares this sentiment, despite her fondness for Twilight.
* WarIsGlorious: In keeping with her nature as a BloodKnight, Luna seems to think so and reminisces over past times where she was involved in battles.
* WasOnceAMan:
** Athena states she was once a normal human but ended up transformed into her current state after exploring the depths of magic.
** Played straight whenever Nav turns into a pony, though this is only done temporarily. Also applies after he gains his wings and plant-characteristics.
** While she wasn't ever human, Chrysalis [[spoiler: used to be an alicorn by the name of Moonbeam until she was corrupted by Discord into the Queen of the Changelings]].
* WeaponOfChoice: Knives and his crossbow for Nav. The latter since it requires very little skill and training, and the former since he's not often going toe to toe with opponents. He later on starts to learn how to use his InfinityPlusOneSword, but it takes a lot of time and effort before he even begins to become competent in its use.
* WeAreEverywhere: Changelings have a few members in disguise throughout most Equestian settlements.
* WeCanRuleTogether:
** Chrysalis makes this offer to Navarone, though she may not have been genuine.
** Similarly Discord makes such an offer to some of his underlings.
* WeddingDay:
** Cadance's marriage to Shining Armor gets postponed due to the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 changeling]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 invasion]], but eventually works out fine.
** Bon-Bon and Lyra get married in Chapter 83.
* WeUsedToBeFriends:
** Chrysalis and the queen of the giant ants, prior to the attack on the changeling hive in Appaloosa.
** Nav and Luna start off as fairly good friends, but eventually Luna's issues lead to the complete breakdown of their relationship.
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 99 reveals many things, [[spoiler: including Twilight and Nav learning how "true magic" works and Celestia's censorship of it, that Merlin attempted to FlingALightIntoTheFuture, what happened to humanity, and why Nav's past self is Discord's most hated enemy]]. Oh and that Cadance [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking apparently used to write fanfics]] [[SlashFic about Shining Armor]].
* WhatBeautifulEyes:
** While he generally doesn't have anything complimentary to say about ponies' appearances, even Nav privately finds Celestia -- and particularly her eyes -- to be beautiful. Not that he'd ever tell her that of course.
** He also tells Vinyl Scratch that she should stop wearing her glasses because of this.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight:
** [[spoiler: Ames]] is horrified when he finds out [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction exactly what happened]]. The reader [[BrainBleach might well agree]] with this assessment.
** In the revised Chapter 6, Nav wakes up between Rarity and Pinkie and is rather horrified when he works out what happened.
** A lighter example later on when Nav wakes up [[BedmateReveal next to Rainbow Dash]], after their drunken wrestling, when he's quickly told that nothing untoward happened.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Nav isn't just [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to it]] (at first), but has very little understanding of it due to his inexperience on the matter. It certainly doesn't help that due to psychological trauma, he's not even sure if he's capable of feeling it.
* WhatsUpKingDude:
** Nav claims that the security protecting the princesses is very poor, and proves his point by successfully 'assassinating' them with ease.
** Nav also tends to play this one quite literally, to the shock and/or horror of others.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Nav often ends up the receiving end of these. He returns the favour on several occasions.
** Flo leaps on the opportunity to give Celestia a piece of her mind in Chapter 87.
* WhatYearIsThis: [[spoiler: Nav asks his friend this shortly after he gets sent back in time]].
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Fancy Pants refuses to compromise his morals [[spoiler: when he travels back in time with Nav]], owing to this.
-->'''Fancy Pants''': I would know, and that is enough.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Navarone is extremely resentful over his parents' choice of name, even if it's not quite as bad as his fake real name of [[spoiler: Anonymous]].
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: A repeated theme.
** Discord desperately tries to find an outlet for his boredom having lived for millions of years.
** Celestia mentions she would rather have lived a normal life and died thousands of years ago, a sentiment it can be assumed Luna shares.
** When Navarone gains a much increased life expectency after his accidental EmergencyTransformation, he's rather despondent.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: {{Averted|Trope}}. When some thugs threaten Nav, [[CombatPragmatist he immediately]] nails one [[EyeScream with a throwing knife]] right in the middle of the [[KilledMidSentence the guy's sentence]].
* WingedHumanoid: Nav ends up as one after a [[spoiler: botched spell by Trixie]]. While he initially hates his wings and finds them very uncomfortable (in part owing to his lack of control over them), he does grow to accept them, though his flying abilities are far weaker than the average pegasus.
* [[AWizardDidIt A Unicorn Did It]]: Lampshaded by Nav in his narration when he admits that there are some things he's completely unable to explain, due to him being in a world that operates on magic.
-->''Look, even I realize that there are some things that just are never going to make sense to me. Laws of reality are more like suggestions around here. [...] Maybe one day Iíll just start saying Ďbecause magic.í''
* [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask The Mare Wearing the Queenly Mask]]: While the princesses are already this in canon, just how isolated and lonely they (and particularly Celestia) are by their position is brought up several times.
* WorldBuilding: There's a lot of it about, as the details of various cultures and the history of this version of Equestria is fleshed out.
* WouldHitAGirl: It's pretty safe to say that no-one has any real compunctions about this, particularly Nav. When Nav does it there is justification for it however.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Nav generally has a fairly firm grasp of his strengths and flaws, and while his assessment of his behaviour is usually accurate -- even if he sometimes [[IgnoredEpiphany ignores it]] -- he can be a little too quick to dismiss the genuinely good things he does, prompting others to remind him. More often it's [[WhatTheHellHero the other way around]] though.
* YouAreGrounded: Despite his general lack of parenting skills, Nav finally puts his foot down in Chapter 98 and grounds Taya [[BrattyTeenageDaughter over her recent antics]], as well as denying her the use of her magic for a week.
* YouAreNotAlone: Twilight and company tell Nav this at the end of Chapter 12. At this point in the story, it actually cheers him up immensely.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Despite being told that he cannot, Nav still tries [[spoiler: and actually succeeds despite this. [[TimeTravel Sort of]]]].
* YouDidntAsk: When Fluttershy ''finally'' takes pity on Nav and shows him how to fold his wings, he immediately asks why no one told him before. Turns out they were all waiting for him to ask, and weren't banking on him being so stubborn.
* YouDidntSeeThat: After Nav publicly embarrasses Chrysalis by threatening her in front a crowd, she insists to the changelings that they didn't see anything.
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: Nav tries to warn Twilight over this when it comes to [[FateWorseThanDeath the fate of changeling prisoners]]. After she eventually finds out and that Celestia sanctioned it, Twilight would probably agree with this in hindsight.
* YouHaveFailedMe:
** Discord tends to dispose of his minions when they've served their purpose, but it's usually a case of their failures leading to them [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer being useful]], rather than either trope outright.
** {{Discussed|Trope}} between Nav and Bloodbeak.
--->'''Navarone''': Iím right here, ladies.
* AndIMustScream: Discord's fate, having lived for millions of years. Whenever he gives anyone else a glimpse into his suffering, this is precisely their reaction.
* IncompatibleOrientation:
** After AJ and Nav get Rainbow drunk while testing out their home-brewed alcohol, they then get Big Mac to flirt with her, partly as a prank and partly since he needs the practice. It doesn't work for this reason.
** Rarity's attempts to hit on Braeburn fail due this. She also seems to be the only one unaware of Braeburn's orientation...
* InconvenientSummons:
** Nav being summoned to Equestria by Discord in the first place.
** The [[{{Familiar}} alphyn]] Trixie summons in Chapter 5 is not happy at being in Equestria. While he has to follow Trixieís orders [[ExactWords to the letter]], that doesnít mean he has to help her if sheís unable to ask. Alphyns also do their best to return the favour to their summoner, if they get the opportunity.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} in Chapter 41, where summoning Nav to extract him is inconvenient for Luna, since sheís in the middle of meeting a griffon envoy.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness:
** Shining Armor is probably the most unambiguously good character in the story, and dedicated to making sure everyone receives justice, regardless of their rank. He does take part in a black op to remove a dangerous criminal from power at one point, mostly because it's the right thing (rather than being in it for the [[OnlyInItForTheMoney large monetary reward]]), and actually finds it wrong when Nav comes up with an easy shortcut because it means he earns his side of the reward with very little work.
** Ponies believe this about Celestia, but over [[BrokenPedestal the course of events]] it's shown to be far from the truth.
** Fancy Pants is pretty much the only one of these among the Canterlot nobility, and genuinely uses his position as a force for good,
Which would you rather than self-interest.
* INeedAFreakingDrink:
make it back home? A common response of Nav's to bedraggled infantryman, or the general insanity he encounters.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Rainbow Dashís BlatantLies excuse for making an exit after Twilight and Rarity catch her appearing to read ''[[BookSafe Mating Habits of
commander leading the Common Cow]]''. Also doubles as a CallBack to [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]].
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': Iíve gotta see a bear about a thing!
* INeedYouStronger: [[spoiler: Discord realises this far too late, after his protection of [[TheChosenOne a chosen one]] destined to defeat him ended up accidentally causing the hero to fail]].
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Nav stumbles across a magical sword of Flo's. Being one of the few enchanted weapons known about in Equestria, it's extremely powerful in comparison to regular weaponry.
* InnocentInnuendo:
** Nav's interactions with Ames usually result in copious amounts of this.
** As the story progresses, the interactions between Spike and Nav end up being ridiculously laden with innuendo.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Spike
force?
--->'''Bloodbeak''': The infantry
can occasionally come out with stuff fight another day. A commander that has a very different meaning from what he thinks. In several cases this deeply angers Nav, but he forces it down when he reminds himself that Spike doesn't know what he's saying, and that he doesn't mean anything by it.
* InnocentSwearing: A variant. Apple Bloom overhears Nav commenting on how Twilight [[YouNeedToGetLaid needs
failed me so would be put to get laid]], and has no idea what this means. So of course she asks about this in front of her family... and Twilight!
* InSeriesNickname: Nav is [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname only known by his]], and sometimes gets called Navi by Pinkie, which he hates. Celestia gets referred to by the [[BlatantLies extremely respectful nickname]] of "Sunbutt" on several occasions, for reasons you can probably deduce.
* InsistentTerminology: Nav constantly insists he's not a pony whenever the term anypony is used around him. [[CaptainObvious He does have a point]].
* InstantExpert:
** Discord implants the knowledge of the summoning and shapeshifting spells within Twilight, Luna, and Celestia's minds, though none are aware of precisely where or how they came to know them.
** {{Averted|Trope}} with changelings. When switching forms, their effectiveness is limited without prior experience and training. For this reason it's standard practice to not use unfamiliar forms in combat.
* InstantSedation: Navarone gets a syringe full of sedatives in Chapter 76. Subverted in that it doesn't take effect instantly, though it does kick in fairly quickly.
* InsultBackfire:
** Celestia admonishes Nav for his [[LoopholeAbuse underhanded tactics]] in winning the Maris tournament, only for Nav to take it as a compliment, particularly coming from her.
** Nav's attempt to insult Cadance for her part in him being awarded the title of ''Defender of Harmony'' doesn't work out quite how he planned.
death.
--->'''Navarone''': Youíre a terrible person. And that armor looks gayer than More fool you. No one can win every battle. Some are impossible. Sometimes you do. Trust me, thatís saying something.
--->'''Cadance''': [[HaveAGayOldTime Iím glad you think I look so happy!]] And itís good you think [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes your armor]] does, too.
--->'''Navarone''': ÖYou know that wasnít a compliment, right?
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Luna's idealised version of a good time, apparently. It [[HemoErotic does]] ''[[MindRape not]]'' [[{{Understatement}} end well]].
* InterspeciesAdoption / RaisedByHumans: Taya's adoption by Nav.
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Luna and Nav briefly have one. It doesn't end well. He later gets involved with Kumani, a dragoness.
** [[spoiler: Bon-Bon and Lyra, a changeling and unicorn respectively]].
* InterruptedIntimacy: It occurs several times, though there are occasions where Nav chooses to [[CoitusUninterruptus ignore said interruption]].
* InTheBack: Blueblood does it to Nav after he declines the offer of a duel.
* IntimateHealing: A platonic version where Nav lathers up Fluttershy to help her with her flea problem, since hooves are not the best tool
fight for the job. It is extremely awkward however, and certainly not helped by Fluttershy's badly-hidden interest in him.
* InvisibilityCloak: There's
a unicorn spell that does this, but it's very difficult to master and hence quite rare. It's also quite a draining spell to cast, and so can only be used for short amounts of time, unless it happens to be one's special talent.
* IOweYouMyLife: Ames agrees to train Nav in part because of this, due to Nav saving his life back during a raid in Chapter 13.
* IronicName: Sunshine Smiles claims to have joined the Night Guard to deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoke this]], though his actual reason is due to his lack of respect for Shining Armor.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: When Nav compares Pinkie to a foal, she doesn't take offense to the suggestion that she's loud, unmannered, and uncontrollable, but does protest the assertion that she's "stinky".
* ItAmusedMe: Celestia occasionally tries to alleviate some of her boredom in ways that would be described as unusual at best, and highly unethical at worst. Navarone can sometimes engage in this as well, often in response to Celestia's antics.
* ItGetsEasier: Nav is initially extremely reluctant to kill another sapient being, and only does so to help Pinkieís family. While he grows to have less reservations about using lethal force, he never takes any pleasure in it and prefers peaceful solutions.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Just one of the many issues Luna has. Her resulting lack of respect for personal boundaries is one of several reasons that finally leads Nav to end their relationship.
* ItsAllMyFault: Upon learning about some of the stuff done to Nav in Egypt while being used as a hostage, Spike is extremely upset at what he perceives as it being his fault, but Nav quickly assures him he wasn't responsible in the slightest.
-->'''Navarone''': Never blame yourself for something you have no control over, and never blame someone else for something they have no control over.
* ItsPersonal:
** During the mock battle between the Day and Night Guard, Shining Armor calls in Luna to arbitrate a dispute over Nav's "cheating", and then takes her hostage when she rules in Nav's favour. The Night Guard and particularly Luna are not pleased by this.
** Discord becomes this for Nav, [[spoiler: when he discovers the former is responsible for the extinction of humanity]].
** Discord is also this for the Royal Sisters, [[spoiler: due to him destroying almost all the alicorn race, save for themselves]].
* IWarnedYou: Nav is GenreSavvy enough to realise that removing swords from altars in the middle of odd places is not a smart thing to do. Chrysalis soon finds out why.
-->'''Chrysalis''': Donít you dare say it.
* IWasNeverHere: After finding AJ and Rarity drinking tea in Rarity's boutique while both wearing frilly dresses, Nav's response is to slowly back out the door without saying a word.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Nav [[ToThePain threatens to do]] this to an assassin to gain information, and makes good on that threat, though he's fairly unskilled at it. Kat's abilities in the field would probably make Jack green with envy, and seriously creep Navarone out.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Twilight might be unwilling to accept it, but everyone else present admits that Nav does have a point when he says that it's selfish of her to focus on her test to single-handedly save the Crystal Empire, instead of putting the lives of its citizens ahead of such concerns.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He might be abrasive, condescending, and make little secret of how much he [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech thinks you suck]], but if you're a good person or his friend then the chances are that Nav will eventually come through for you when you need help.
* JumpedAtTheCall / ResignedToTheCall: Spike and Nav in Chapter 15. While Spike is thrilled to be going on an adventure, Nav is forced to go to Egypt by Celestia as punishment.
* JustFollowingOrders: {{Discussed|Trope}} in Chapter 44. Nav also notes that most of the changelings killing diamond dogs don't seem to show any emotion, unlike Chrysalis who [[BloodKnight relishes in the slaughter]].
* JustFriends: Nav and Celestia, for [[OddFriendship whatever strange definition]] [[FriendsWithBenefits passes for friendship]] between them. While she does ask to take him as her consort a few times, various events, politics, or even (in the case of Nav) psychological trauma all conspire to keep this one on the ground. Though for what it's worth, Nav hasn't definitively said no.
* KangarooCourt:
** Celestia at one point has Rarity and Navarone convicted of treason, simply to see what would happen [[ItAmusedMe because she was bored]].
** Chrysalis later declares a diamond dog, Fido, guilty and doesn't even bother with the pretense of a trial.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: After 5 years of escaping the consequences of her actions, Luna eventually starts to receive some recompense after [[TheAtoner publicly admitting her many wrongs]].
* KickTheDog: Most of the things Discord does to distract from his boredom. The guy will commit genocide or torture while casually whistling a happy tune, and inflict suffering on others for no
reason other than [[ForTheEvulz because it amuses him]].
winning.
* KillItWithFire: Nav suggests the changelings dispose of a diamond dog clan in the mines in this way. The lucky ones are quickly asphyxiated by the fire sucking out the oxygen. The unlucky ones...
YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Discord uses this. See YouHaveFailedMe.
* KingIncognito: After Nav is sent to negotiate with the leader of a Naga clan in Egypt, he ends up in a discussion with the sentry escorting him. Only after noticing that the politically-minded questions being asked [[SpottingTheThread are not those of a sentry]] does he realise who he's been talking to the entire time.
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: Cadance recklessly firing off love magic leads to a bunch of palace staff and guards doing this... including Celestia. Few are happy with the results. Those few are usually paired up with others who are not.
* KissOfDistraction:
YouJustToldMe: [[spoiler: Nav's ShutUpKiss attempts to Pinkie also doubles at this, allowing him to escape from her.
* KissOfTheVampire: Vamponies don't have to do this in order to feed, but can play this one straight if they wish. [[spoiler: Nav ends up asking Midnight Blossom
pass Fancy Pants, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity off as mindless creatures during his trip through time, only for one as a going Rarity to end up giving the game away present in exchange for allowing her to feed off him]].
* KneelBeforeFrodo: Standard practice for ponies whenever Celestia makes an appearance. Nav flat out refuses to bow down to anyone and claims this is
by answering a cultural thing for humans, which sends Twilight into a fit over the breach question instead of protocol. Apparently the fact that Celestia actually would prefer it if others didn't do this is lost on her.
keeping quiet]].
* KnifeFight: Nav gets in quite a few when he ends up fighting off assassins.
* KnifeNut: Kat. Navarone also turns into one.
* KnightInSourArmor: Nav starts out fairly idealistic but becomes increasingly cynical as he gets let down and used throughout the story. He doesn't even bother trying to pretend otherwise later on in the story.
* LampshadeHanging: Nav often lampshades how Equestria feels like a cartoon world, and other things that make no sense, such as ponies shrugging off impacts that should injure them, or Pinkie Pie's insanely weird abilities and behaviour.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Memory spells are capable of removing specific memories, though there can be side-effects from the procedure.
* LastOfHisKind:
YouNeedToGetLaid:
** Navarone is the last remaining human. [[spoiler: Later suggests this to Twilight on his transformations render him only partially human, and when he discovers that he's no longer human enough to qualify he becomes somewhat depressed, since it now means humanity is completely extinct]].
** Celestia and Luna are the last two remaining alicorns, [[spoiler: due to Discord destroying the rest]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** Nav's confusion over the VagueAge of ponies and him never getting a straight answer also mirrors fans' questions about the show.
** Nav is well aware of what kind of world heís in and lampshades it
several times...
--->''...it seems like every time they want to involve me with something itís the fucking clichéd plot of a cartoon or TV show.''
* LeaveNoWitnesses: The leader of the thieves
occasions, and she eventually ends up taking that killed Taya's parents demands this, but advice. It does actually work fairly well as a way of stress relief. Of course, Twilight being Twilight, she gets easily stressed.
** Others believe
the cat charged with carrying this out [[EvenEvilHasStandards can't bring himself]] [[WouldntHurtAChild same thing about Nav, prior to kill Taya as well]].
* LegendaryWeapon:
some of his legendary antics.
** Nav's InfinityPlusOneSword turns out to be [[spoiler: Excalibur]].
** The Spear of Destiny is also mentioned briefly.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain:
**
Vinyl and Nav and both come to the Naga agree to this same conclusion regarding a [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction certain incident]] that took place after a night of drinking.
** Celestia makes everyone present agree to never say anything of what happened [[KissingUnderTheInfluence between her and Pinkie]] after Cadance recklessly started firing spells off.
** Nav insists to Rarity and Taya that they pretend Cadance's drunken behaviour
Fluttershy In Chapter 77.
* YourHeadAsplode: After the slave baron is found guilty
in Chapter 62 never happened.
** Spike and Twilight apparently have
25, Rock crushes the head of his former owner with his [[DropTheHammer warhammer]].
* YourWorstNightmare: Taya uses her magic to do
this arrangement regarding the times where she thinks she was being abandoned by everyone.
--->'''Spike''': We donít talk about those days, Nav.
** In Chapter 67, AJ
to Diamond Tiara and Rarity's attempts to cook something while at Zecoras results in an explosion that dyes both their hair rainbow-coloured.
--->'''Rarity''': We will never speak of this again.
* LightmareFuel: An in-universe example. When Shining Armor tries to break into Nav's mind yet again, Nav gives him a choice between two doors in Nav's mindscape. Shining ends up picking the door that leads to all of Nav's memories of being tortured and abused, to which Nav comments was a fortunate choice since the other door [[spoiler: led to the memories of him having sex with Celestia]]. It's more a case of FauxHorrific for Nav and the reader however.
* LiteralMetaphor: After forgiving Rarity and saying his goodbyes
Silver Spoon in Chapter 68, 50, after [[DisproportionateRetribution they refuse to take no for an answer]] when Taya declines to play with them. Since this wasn't good enough, Taya then shows them ''her'' worst nightmares...
* YouShallNotPass: Celestia's guards try to stop
Nav notes in his narration from walking into Celestia's room after Luna {{Mind Rape}}s him. Nav beats them up, and they deny that they tried to stop him the day "seemed a little brighter than it had before". Only following morning. They try to realise he's standing in the glare of a window.
* LiteralMinded: Pinkie regularly fall into this trap. Luna and Ames as well, though it's partly due to
stop Nav using phrases and slang they're unfamiliar with.
again later on, only to quickly backpedal when they recognise him.
* LivingLieDetector: There's a YouWillNotEvadeMe: Any unicorn spell that does this. is already attuned to someone after having teleported them can do this, though most have a distance limitation due to the magical power required. Celestia and Twilight eventually figure threatens Nav with this at one point, telling him that it's a good idea at full power she can teleport him to cast it on Nav, though he sometimes gets around it by employing ExactWords or being [[MetaphoricallyTrue metaphorical]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The show already has a huge amount of characters. As well as keeping many of them, the story then adds far more on top.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Cadance and Shining Armor experience trouble in paradise after the birth of their daughter, and end up asking Nav for advice. Apparently said advice helps.
* LongGame: Both Celestia and Discord's plans are being played out over thousands of years. Discord's is an even longer game, since he's using fellow [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] Celestia as his pawn.
* LongLived:
** Celestia and Luna, almost to the point of appearing to be TheAgeless. Technically they do age, but extremely slowly; Celestia states that she's physically in
her late twenties [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld despite being over 6200 years old]]. Apparently her extended adolescence was ''not'' a fun time.
** After his receiving LifeEnergy
from a tree during his EmergencyTransformation, Nav gains an estimated 1000 years of life expectancy. Periodic use of [[LifeDrinker the spell]] would essentially [[TheAgeless stop him from ageing]].
* LoopholeAbuse: Celestia, Nav, and Discord all love this trope.
-->'''Celestia''': What you did was nothing short of brilliant, and yet at the same time so darkly underhanded that I feel dirty congratulating you for it. Iím thinking about changing the rules for the first time in history.
-->'''Navarone''': [[InsultBackfire Why thank you, Celestia]]. That means a lot, coming from you.
* LostTechnology: The dream machine, which eventually gets rediscovered by Luna and Nav, and allows ponies to dream again. With the exception of Pinkie Pie, who already had them regardless.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy / LoveMakesYouEvil: Well, it's probably more "jealous obsession" than love, but either way it's not a good comination with Luna's already questionable sanity.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: Kat. Navarone finds this extremely creepy.
* LovingAShadow: Nav suggests himself that Luna doesn't love him as a person, but rather what she thinks of him as. Namely, a BloodKnight and a warrior like herself.
* LuridTalesOfDoom: After Nav's BlatantLies rumours about himself and Shining Armor end up making the presses, he then decides to start making up even more ridiculous ones. Like Celestia secretly being a narwhal.
-->'''Reporter''': Well, itíll look good
anywhere in the tabloids.world. It's only when Nav gets his AntiMagic ring that this threat becomes nullified.




[[folder:Tropes M-O]]
* MadeOfIron: Ponies are surprisingly resilient to damage. It's lampshaded by Nav several times, particularly when Rainbow Dash crashes.
* MageTower: The [[BuffySpeak "unicorn tower thing"]] not too far outside of Canterlot.
* MagicallyBindingContract: Navís knighthood oath compels him to obey any orders given. He quickly manages to get Luna to remove it.
* MagneticHero: Nav gains a lot of respect from most of the guards, and after Celestia and Luna become a BrokenPedestal, the Night Guard appear to hold more loyalty to him than they do to Luna.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Done on several occasions. It usually gets [[InterruptedIntimacy interrupted in some way]].
* MaleGaze: Nav doesn't make any secret it, and openly admits to such in his narration.
* [[ManBitesMan Man Bites Pony]]: In the mock battle between the guards, Nav 'kills' Shining Armor by ripping out his throat at Luna's request, which has a pretty shocking effect on those witnessing it.
* ManipulativeBastard: Celestia, Luna, and Discord. Navarone to a lesser extent.
* TheManyDeathsOfYou: Luna ends up being repeatedly killed during her multiple attempts to force her way into Nav's dreams. Both Nav and Flo have quite a bit of fun coming up with creative methods of doing so. Highlights include: being boiled alive, [[BoomHeadshot death by shotgun]], [[EyeScream a spike to the eye]], [[LudicrousGibs a grinder, explosive decompression, and a trip mine]], [[NeckSnap tripping over a log]], and [[NoodleIncident something involving plants]]...
-->'''Navarone''': I gotta say, that was a pretty inventive use of [[NoodleImplements sunflower seeds]].
-->'''Flo''': I had a long time to think about things.
* MathematiciansAnswer: Rainbow Dash gives one in Chapter 23.
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': How am I supposed to use you as a wingman if youíre leaving?
-->'''Navarone''': Do you mean me helping you pick up chicks, or me helping you practice for the Wonderbolts?
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': Yes!
* {{Matriarchy}}: Equestria. Other cultures vary however.
* MayflyDecemberRomance / MayDecemberRomance: Luna's interest in Nav starts off as the first, and turns into the second when his life expectency shoots up after his EmergencyTransformation. Celestia's interest in him also qualifies as this.
* TheMedic: Celestia's original calling, prior to her and Luna ruling Equestria.
* [[invoked]]MemeticSexGod: Some of Navarone's exploits end up giving him a legendary reputation. Rather unfairly for him however, several of these events are caused by factors completely outside his control, rather than willing actions on his part.
* MetaphoricallyTrue: Celestia does this occasionally. Nav does it far more often, when he's not resorting to BlatantLies or ExactWords instead.
* MexicanStandoff: Ames gets into one with Bloodbeak and his guards in Chapter 66, when they visit Nav's house in Chapter 66 and threaten Doppel.
* MileHighClub: One of the alternative uses for clouds that Kat and Nav discover.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: When Nav first gets turned into a pony, his lack of familiarity with the instincts that come with that renders him particularly vulnerable to [[SmellsSexy pony pheromones]]. This can be negated through magic or experience however.
** Averted on the subject of attraction; even after being turned into a pony himself, Nav does not find them appealing in the slightest.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead:
** Navarone deliberately invokes this when Shining Armor tries to break into his mind, by presenting him with horrifying memories. [[spoiler: It ends with Shining Armor screaming on the floor in terror]].
** Chrysalis is so disturbed at what Taya has had to live through that she refuses to feed off Taya's sorrowful memories, despite them being extremely filling.
** After having his memories downloaded from Flo's nanomachines [[spoiler: during his trip back in time]], some of those observing what Nav went through are mentioned to have been traumatized by the experience.
* MindlinkMates: There's a unicorn spell for this which Luna tries on Nav at one point. Not being a unicorn and thus having no control over what happens in the environment, it ends badly for Nav. ''[[MindRape Very, very badly]]''.
* MindRape: Nav suffers a horrific one at the hands of Luna.
* MindScrew: [[spoiler: Discord doesn't just break the fourth wall, but on a few occasions actively deceives the reader]].
* TheMole: Changelings usually have at least one in [[WeAreEverywhere most settlements]].
* MomentKiller: A ''very'' one-sided moment between Luna and Nav is ruined in the revised Chapter 11 by a ride attendent. Nav is particularly grateful for the interruption, even if the resulting silence afterwards is extremely awkward.
* MoralityPet: Taya often acts as one for Navarone. The others occasionally fulfill this role as well.
* MundaneUtility:
** Nav makes use of the healing magic of others for everything from genuinely threatening or painful injuries, to eliminating the effects of hangovers.
** Nav uses [[AnAxeToGrind the axe]] he receives upon becoming a Lunar knight as a door stopper and door opener. Luna is not happy about this when she finds out.
** Nav also uses his pirate falchion as a machete.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Gilda ends up about to invoke this to get out of her ArrangedMarriage with Nav, though he manages to convince her of a less murderous plan.
-->'''Gilda''': No fiancé, no marriage.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Celestia claims Luna was trying to do this to Rainbow Dash. The fact that this lie is preferable [[AxCrazy to the truth]] speaks volumes.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Celestia is horrified when she discovers the psychological damage she has unwittingly inflicted upon Nav as a result of the jobs she forces him to do.
** Taya get in on this [[spoiler: when she realises Discord has betrayed her]].
** While Nav was [[FateWorseThanDeath well aware of the nature of the plan]] when he first concocted it, upon seeing the pony prisoners of the changelings, he's shocked to discover firsthand just how evil the results are.
* MyInstinctsAreShowing: [[DownplayedTrope A subtle example]]. On the few occasions one of the cast ends up in [[HumanityEnsues human form]], the oddities in their behaviour are picked up by Nav, notably the lack of gestures with the hands and the unusual postures. This works in reverse as well, with Twilight pointing out that Nav is very expressive with gestures [[{{Animorphism}} in pegasus form]].
* MysteryFiction: {{Parodied|Trope}}, when Bon-Bon is trying to out herself as a changeling to Ponyville.
-->'''Bon-Bon''': Everypony, Iíve beenÖ lying to you all.
-->'''Crowd''': *dramatic gasps*
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': I knew it! [[SeriousBusiness I knew you took the cookie from the cookie jar!]]
-->'''Bon-Bon''': Who, me?
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Yes you!
-->'''Bon-Bon''': Couldnít be! I donító
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Then who?!
* NaughtyByNight:
** Celestia, though she tries to be discreet about it due to having to play the role of the perfect princess. When some of these antics eventually come out, it makes her reputation take a severe hit.
** Luna also does this, to a rather horrifying degree.
* NaughtyUnderTheTable: Octavia tries for this at a party, but [[spoiler: Luna, (who disguised as herself as Celestia to Nav)]] has already beaten her to it. Cue the awkwardness.
* NeckLift:
** Nav does to Kat while standing up to her in Chapter 16. {{Justified|Trope}} by his rage, and that cats are much lighter than humans.
** Discord does this to Celestia and Luna (played by Twilight), in the PortalBook flashback within Chapter 99.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: {{Justified|Trope}} when Nav tackles a cat assassin, since he's much physically stronger and larger than a cat, and the move is completely unexpected.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: After Luna tries to impress Nav by [[RescueRomance endangering then rescuing him]], Rainbow Dash accidentally knocks her out while trying to show off.
* NoFourthWall: Nav occasionally addresses the readers directly, as does Discord. Though more often Nav makes snarky remarks to any other characters that happen to be reading his diaries.
* NoNameGiven: Naga do not use their clan names when in the presence of outsiders. As a result, Ames is often addressed as simply "Naga" by Navarone unless they're in private.
* NoodleIncident:
** Twilight offhandedly mentions a time where she happened to [[GenderBender switch the genders]] of half the palace staff.
** The Minotaurs ended up being banned from various functions because of what is described in story as a "noodle incident".
** Celestia brings up the time she once disguised herself as a chair for a year just to see what would happen.
** What precisely happened at a party after Nav got [[SlippingAMickey drugged]] is never mentioned to the reader, and Nav himself doesn't want to find out, though it doesn't take too much imagination to figure out roughly what happened.
** Pinkie has apparently been banned from having contact with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon.
--->'''Pinkie''': Iím not allowed to see them anymoreÖ The restraining order is pretty lenient, but I canít risk it.
** Shining Armor mentions a story where a knight performing a wedding ceremony accidentally ended up married to the groom, [[CompanionCube the ring]], and the bride's mother, before Celestia [[{{Troll}} finally allowed the marriage to be annulled]] a week later.
* NoodleImplements: While trapped with Twilight in a PortalBook, Nav decides to pass the time by regaling her with some of his bedroom antics with Kumani off-page, treating readers to an utterly bizarre mental image.
-->'''Navarone''': ...and thatís when I discovered yet another use for tooth floss.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind:
** {{Averted|Trope}} in Chapter 22, as Twilight ends up leaving Nav behind in a rather dangerous situation when she [[ForgotICouldFly finally remembers]] she can teleport.
** Nav makes a valiant effort to invoke this when trying to save the miner he hires during his trip to the Crystal Empire, but sadly it's not enough to save the guy.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: Rock is essentially a walking tank, and capable of walking around with extensive injuries as if they were nothing. In one instance, it's only when Nav [[ICanStillFight orders him]] to go and get healed up that he stops fighting.
* TheNoseKnows: While not exactly taken to superpower levels, ponies have a much greater sense of smell than humans. Other species also beat out humans in the nose department.
* NoOSHACompliance:
** Changeling hives lack any sorts of rails around the entrance chambers, and are very poorly lit. {{Justified|Trope}}, since they can all fly and have good night vision.
** Naga caves are dangerous due to the ease of getting lost within them. Nav suggests to the Naga that they use a system of coloured ropes to map the caves, but they decide against it.
* NoSell:
** Nav's AntiMagic ring does this to anyone who tries to use magic on the wearer.
** A more mundane example when Nav tries to slam the door shut on someone's hoof, only for him to realise how ineffectual this is on ponies.
** Discord is completely unaffected by Celestia's magic, or indeed almost anything you can throw at him.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Taken UpToEleven with this version of Pinkie Pie, who at one point manages to hide ''inside Nav's shirt''. Everyone else is just as horrified by that as you might imagine.
* NoSocialSkills:
** Taya lacks social graces, partly as a result of the trauma she's suffered. Given that she continues to develop her magical abilities rather than socialise with her peers, it could also be considered an example of SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining.
** Navarone often acts like this, simply because he doesn't care. He can turn on the charm if he wants to however.
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: In Chapter 16, [[spoiler: after a week of being used as Kat's SexSlave under the threat of them killing Spike, Nav finally stands up to her and tells her that he'll kill her if she so much as looks at him in the wrong way in future]].
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Any mare attempting to distract Nav in this way fails spectacularly due to him not finding ponies physically attractive.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Discord brings Miguel back from the very verge of death as part of a DealWithTheDevil]].
* NotSoDifferent: While not explicitly stated, it's made clear over the course of the story that Nav and Celestia are not as different as either would like to believe.
* NotWhatItLooksLike:
** Nav modelling clothes for Rarity while discussing his dancing lesson with Pinkie in Chapter 6 gives Fluttershy the mistaken impression she was interrupting them in the middle of something completely different.
** One of the times [[spoiler: Midnight Blossom]] attempts to feed off Nav gives a ''very'' different impression from what actually happened.
** When Shining Armor claims to have been preoccupied with husbandly duties, Nav, being his usual self, immediately assumes said duties were of an intimate nature. Shining Armor quickly informs Nav otherwise, right as Bloodbeak enters the room.
--->'''Shining Armor''': We werenít bucking!
--->'''Bloodbeak''': Am IÖ interrupting something?
** Rainbow Dash using Nav as a pillow for her nap in Chapter 72 has her furiously protesting this, after AJ snaps a picture. Nav defuses the situation by telling the others that they've ''all'' done the same, only to then troll everyone by mentioning his and Rainbow Dash's (platonic) date in a few days time, before walking away.
* NukeEm: [[spoiler: Discord managed to destroy much of humanity in this way, as part of his ploy [[DeathSeeker to finally die]]. Unfortunately for him, HumansAreSurvivors]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Discord admits to doing this in his narration, not only because he finds it amusing, but also because it catches others off guard.
* ObliviousToLove: Early on in the revised Chapter 10, Nav is completely and utterly oblivious to Luna's interest in him.
* OddFriendship: Odd doesn't even ''begin'' to describe the friendship between Nav and Celestia. While several elements of their personality are NotSoDifferent, she's a pony princess and the most politically powerful ruler on the planet, he's a fairly average [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] human -- though he manages to obtain a surprisingly large amount of political power and wealth -- and often gets used as a pawn in Celestia's many schemes. Half of their interactions find them on opposing ends of an argument, or dealing with the fallout of something or another. Even the ''definition'' of friendship you'd use to describe all this would be rather warped.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Fancy Pants.
* OhCrap:
** The crazy unicorn who believes Nav is a monster gets an extremely strong case of this when Celestia tells him that Nav is a friend of hers.
** The thugs attacking Nav in Chapter 51 give this upon finding their target is heavily armed.
** Celestia, upon finding out that thanks to Nav, changeling technology has rapidly advanced ahead of Equestrian technology.
* OneDimensionalThinking: Nav at one point explicitly tells Rainbow Dash that her ineffective use of the Z axis is the reason why her attempts to escape from Pinkie often fail. He doesn't make the same mistake.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with the two Gildas. Nav at one point takes to calling them "OG" (Original Gilda) and "PG" (Princess Gilda) to differentiate between them.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Kumani, being a dragoness, is quite willing to jobs providing the pay is good. Nav sometimes shows this attitude, but flips between this and being altruistic for it's own sake, even if he tends to focus more on payment as the story progresses.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Navarone, who refuses to give out his real name, though he does mention a [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude fake name in his journals]].
* OnlySaneMan: Given the amount of craziness in the world, you could be forgiven for thinking Nav is the only one, and judging by his narration he certainly seems to think so, even if he's not the most impartial judge. Celestia might give him a run for his money most of the time, but otherwise there's a ''lot'' of crazy about.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Spike is a variant of this. Since dragons age differently from ponies, Spike matures more quickly in certain areas than others as the story goes on. He still does retain a few childish characteristics and innocence in certain areas however.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Celestia generally keeps her emotions under control and puts on [[TheStoic a stoic front]] in her role as princess. If you see her display any vast levels of emotion, then you've ''seriously'' provoked her.
* OpenSaysMe:
** Nav orders an earth pony guard to kick a door down in Chapter 36, which is {{Subverted|trope}} when it doesn't work. [[OpenSesame Then Nav manages to open it by politely knocking on the door]].
** One of the Day Guard tries this on the front door of Navís fortress in Chapter 87. [[EpicFail It ends badly]].
* OrphansOrdeal: The details given in Taya's backstory show this in spades. Even Chrysalis is disgusted and shocked by what she's had to live through.
* OrwellianEditor: Luna and particularly Celestia admit to Nav that they've censored large amounts of history, and that the past few thousand years have been far more bloody and violent than ponies are aware of.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vamponies follow many of the standard vampire tropes, but are capable of going out in sunlight, albeit at the expense of being weakened and getting terrible headaches.
* OverprotectiveDad: Generally {{Inverted|Trope}} by Nav, mostly on the grounds that he didn't have a father figure in his life, and doesn't really know much about being a father. He does try to protect her by offering practical advice, but he's not as proactive about it as he should be.
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[[folder:Tropes P-S]]
* PainfulTransformation: Moonbeam's transformation from an alicorn [[spoiler: into Chrysalis]] at the hands of Discord, which was agonising for [[KickTheDog no other reason]] other than [[ForTheEvulz because he found it funny]].
* PapaWolf: Nav notes in his narration that anyone hurting Taya would end up being beaten to death with [[GroinAttack various parts of their anatomy]], and later tells Fluttershy that he'd kill Gilda if she ever injured Taya in a rage.
-->'''Fluttershy''': What if Gilda hurts her?
-->'''Navarone''': Then they would [[NeverFoundTheBody never find the body]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Taya ended up as an orphan on the streets of Catro, after her parents were murdered by thieves.
* ParentalNeglect: Part of Nav's backstory, and responsible for several of his issues.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Nav chooses "password" in Chapter 44 for the new codeword between him and Taya.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Nav ''narrowly'' averts doing this to Kat in Chapter 16, because no matter how karmic it would be, he refuses to stoop down to her level.
-->'''Navarone''': Youíre very lucky in one regard, Kat. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. Am not. You.]]
* PhotographicMemory: Nav gains this while Flo shares his body, since she has this and can recall anything he's forgotten for him. Not that his memory was bad to begin with.
* PitySex: Nav sleeps with both princesses due to their loneliness and desire for some companionship (a lie in Luna's case since she's not over her infatuation with him). It ends up leading to Nav and Luna's brief [[InterspeciesRomance relationship]], and when that fails, a FriendsWithBenefits relationship with Celestia, though she attempts several times to go for a RelationshipUpgrade.
* PlagiarismInFiction: Nav makes a pretty decent sum of money by transcribing various human works from memory and selling them.
* PlausibleDeniability: Nav uses this several times in his schemes, notably with his plan to leave Equestria, but also with some of humanity's inventions that he doesn't want being linked back to him.
-->'''Navarone''': Assumptions arenít the same as the truth.
* PlayingPossum: Kat tries this by pretending to be knocked out after being caught stealing from Nav's room. Nav's smart enough not to fall for it.
-->'''Kat''': You know me too well, Nav.
* PocketProtector: Nav has a throwing knife randomly deflected after it hits an iron stud in his clothing and bounces off in Chapter 24.
* PortalBook: Twilight and Nav get sucked into one at the end of Chapter 98.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Nav tends to do so after his various {{Knife Fight}}s with assassins.
* PoweredArmor: Nav summons a set while in the dream world with Luna in Chapter 36, which makes the quest to reactivate the dream machine ridiculously trivial. It takes hours to achieve what had previously taken Luna ''weeks''.
-->'''Navarone''': Thank you, [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Warhammer 40k]].
* PowerIncontinence:
** [[spoiler: Trixie's]] attempts to cast a spell on Twilight and Nav backfire completely, destroying her horn, setting the stonework on fire, and transforming Nav and Twilight.
** Taya almost accidentally kills Nav with a case of this when she gets overly stressed by Pinkie's sisters bothering her. It almost puts her off magic entirely, but Nav tells her that her abilities are a gift, and that she simply [[ComesGreatResponsibility needs to learn proper control]].
* ThePowerOfTheSun: Owing to his [[EmergencyTransformation modified physiology]], Nav is at his strongest in daylight, with prolonged exposure to darkness having similar effects to starvation.
* PrecisionFStrike: Flo hits Nav with one, after he finally exhausts her near-infinite patience.
-->'''Flo''': So you were mistreated a few times, so you were abused. [[WhatTheHellHero That doesnít give you the right to act like a fucking asshole to everyone you meet and yourself!]]
* PrinceCharmless: Blueblood, though more so than his show counterpart.
* PromotionToParent: Celestia ended up having to act as a parent for Luna, after Discord wiped out most of the alicorns, including their parents. [[spoiler: Technically she adopted Luna as her sister, but lied to Luna over this]].
* ProperlyParanoid: Nav is often accused of being paranoid, but in many cases -- particularly during his time in Egypt -- heís completely right and usually proven so in short order.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Naga and griffins. While they both come to respect Nav's fighting skills, they also complain about his [[CombatPragmatist lack of honour]].
* PsychoForHire: Miguel cares for little else other than killing and bloodshed.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Discord does it to Celestia during the prologue, and any time he's particularly provoked and wishes to get his point across.
* PunnyName:
** Kat is... well... I'm sure you can see where [[CatFolk this one is going]].
** Nav repeatedly lampshades the punny versions of human names.
** The elementals all appear to use these. Those named so far include the water elementals Flo and Aqua, and the air elemental Aerie. Also doubles as FamilyThemeNaming, given that elementals of the same type consider themselves family.
* PuppyDogEyes: Even Nav sometimes has a hard time resisting them, particularly when Pinkie does it. His attempts to invoke this himself aren't quite as successful.
-->'''Luna''': Your eyes arenít large enough to pull off a proper pout.
* TheQuest: Nav leaving Equestria to locate and free the elementals, with the hope of gaining allies against Discord.
* TheQuisling: Averted with the Night Guard changeling Quisling. Despite taking on the name (with Nav even commenting on the implications of it), he didn't actively betray his hive, but got tired of the life and left it for another. And while he doesn't flaunt his species, he does have the respect of his fellow guards.
* QuitYourWhining: Nav tells Celestia to do so after [[TearsOfRemorse her]] [[IJustWantToBeNormal breakdown]] in his typical blunt fashion. While she dislikes the way he says it, she does concede that he has a point.
* RagsToRiches: Nav. Initially starting with nothing, he gains a tidy sum after winning a competition, makes a lot by [[PlagiarismInFiction plagiarising human works]], receives a very large reward after helping take down a dog crime boss, and ends up with a stake in a gem mine after helping the changelings liberate it from the diamond dogs. Despite all this, he doesn't have any real need for the money and lives a fairly frugal lifestyle, though it probably doesn't help that he has a poor grasp of just how much bits are worth.
* RagsToRoyalty: Nav gets the option to do this several times, but so far has turned them all down. He briefly ends up as Luna's consort before the relationship goes ''spectacularly'' south, declines an offer from Chrysalis to be her consort, gets out of an ArrangedMarriage with a griffon princess (both politically motivated), and puts an offer to be Celestia's consort on hold several times.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The team Nav puts together later in the story, which includes ex members of the guard, a dragoness, a cat assassin, Zecora, and more.
* RealDreamsAreWeirder: Quite a few of the dreams Nav enters during his [[DreamWalker dream walking]]. Some are fairly mundane for their character, such as Twilight playing around with a giant TowersOfHanoi, or [[ShipperOnDeck Cadance]] observing Nav and Fluttershy kissing through binoculars. One of Celestia's dreams turns into her challenging Nav to a very strange chess match before attempting to turn it into a fight.
* RealityWarper: Anyone capable of using "true magic" can do this. Discord is a master of it, but Celestia, Luna, [[spoiler: Taya, and Pinkie Pie]] have some abilities in the subject. One of the few limits mentioned is that you can't simply will someone dead, though this doesn't stop you from creating a fatal situation.
* ReallyGetsAround:
** Navarone ends up doing this as a coping mechanism for the psychological damage he suffers over the course of the story, and becomes increasingly more depraved as it goes on, which others chastise him for.
** Doppel to the point where calling her the village bicycle would be ''generous''. Then again, she is a changeling who prefers feeding on lust...
** Fleur, Fancy Pants' wife. He's well aware of her behaviour but tolerates it for several reasons.
** Lyra also does this with her marefriend Bon-Bonís permission.
** Pinkie as well, though itís only alluded to rather than stated outright.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Nav gives a particularly brutal one to Pinkie, and another one to Celestia when she [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone expresses her regret]] for what she's unwittingly done to him.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Several of the guards and the two ambassadors sent with Nav for his second trip to Egypt are reassigned there, having earned Celestia's ire.
* RecognitionFailure: When Nav visits the Unicorn MageTower in Chapter 63, he's initially believed to be an escaped monster by some of the more clueless members of staff, despite being one of the most famous people in the country by this point.
-->'''Receptionist''': Sorry about that. Some of the researchers here donít get out much.
-->'''Navarone''': Iíve been here for more than four years!
-->'''Receptionist''': Like I said, they donít get out much.
* RecordNeedleScratch: The results of combining a social function with Nav's ScaryImpracticalArmor.
* RefugeInAudacity: Nav tries and successfully (albeit temporarily) manages to pass off the infamous time [[SlippingAMickey he got drugged]] at a party as "some strange rumors" to Twilight.
* RenegadeSplinterFaction: {{Subverted|Trope}}. The air elementals are viewed as traitors by the rest of their brethren for helping Discord imprison them, when they themselves were actually tricked by Discord into doing so.
* RescueRomance: After her previous attempts to woo Nav fail, Luna tries to go for this by secretly causing a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dingonek dingonek]] to attack him so she can play the role of saviour. Unfortunately for her (and Nav), Rainbow Dash accidentally knocks her out, resulting in Nav being injured before Fluttershy can calm it.
* {{Retcon}}: A few of them, as the author modifies anything he's particularly unhappy about in earlier installments. In particular, Chapters 1-12 were completely rewritten.
* RevealingCoverup: Discord manages to convince Blueblood that [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink his poisoning]] was one by Celestia and Nav.
* RevengeBeforeReason: [[spoiler: Blueblood is offered a chance by Discord to have his looks restored after [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink his poisoning]], or gaining 'revenge' on Nav (who isn't responsible for it in the slightest). Despite his looks being his most valued trait, he goes with the latter, though mostly due to Discord (pretty much literally) whispering in his ear]].
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The campaign in Egypt, which at times practically falls under the label of [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters terrorism]].
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: Nav probably should have known better from Pinkie...
-->'''Navarone''': If Rarity told you to jump off a bridge, would you?
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Of course! If she told me that, I know thereís be candy or something else fun at the bottom! Oooh, or maybe a party!
* RidiculouslySuccessfulFutureSelf: Or due to TimeTravelTenseTrouble, ''past'' self. [[spoiler: When Nav gets sent back in time, he finds out that his past (real) self has become a doctor and a successful scientist. His past self is also fairly impressed with how Nav has got on, arguably making them ''both'' successful future versions of each other]].
* RightBehindMe:
** Nav goes to see Fluttershy in Chapter 31, only to discover sheís lurking right behind him...
--->'''Fluttershy''': I was wondering how long it would take you to knock.
** Celestia does it to Nav in Chapter 43, though he immediately realises after seeing the way Fancy Pants reacts.
--->'''Celestia''': Youíre too savvy for your own good, Nav.
* RightThroughTheWall:
** Nav deliberately invokes this in retaliation for Cadance trying to meddle in his love life in Chapter 32. Despite the very poor resulting night's sleep, it still doesn't stop her from trying to interfere yet again later on in the story.
** Nav again invokes this in Chapter 73, mostly out of a lack of choice. Other than the obvious one of not doing anything, that is.
* RousingSpeech: Nav gives one to ''himself'' while being attacked by Angel and the rest of Fluttershy's critters during Navís stay at her home...
-->'''Navarone''': Humanity conquered nature a long, long time ago. And despite these damnable wings and being forced to live in Namby Pamby Ponyland for several years, I am still a human. (trying to find his way to the bathroom) I will not submit. I will not bow. (opens the wrong door) And this is not the bathroom.
* RuleOfFunny: Lampshaded and invoked by Nav when Doppel bursts out of a closet to [[ThatRemindsMeOfASong join in a song]], resulting in her being blasted by Taya's magic. Since comedy rules are in effect, Doppel is unhurt, other than spitting out a cloud of smoke.
* RunningGag:
** Navarone repeatedly ends up confused over [[VagueAge how old ponies actually are]], but no one ever gives him an answer when he asks.
** Big Mac ends up discovering Navarone several times in highly compromising situations.
** Nav complains whenever he finds himself in Celestia's sitting room, with it morphing from simple dislike to an almost pathological hatred. At one point he even refuses to talk with her until they've gone somewhere else.
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: Taya develops her magical talents under Twilight's tuition, but at the expense of leaving her social skills even more to be desired.
* SandInMyEyes: After Nav forgives Rarity in Chapter 68, she starts getting choked up and Nav claims to feel some dust in his eyes. Then he quickly kills the moment a second later
-->'''Rarity''': Shh, just let it all out.
-->'''Navarone''': Rarity, if you talk to me like a baby again, Iím turning this hug into a smackdown.
* SanitySlippage: Nav. As the story progresses he starts becoming increasingly crazy and reckless, and becomes far more depraved.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Nav's relationship with Kumani is pretty much limited to crazy bedroom antics, with the two having almost nothing else in common. It does serve as a pleasant distraction though, and the man probably deserves that much at least.
* TheScapegoat:
** Passing things off as a magical mishap of Twilight's is often used when a convenient excuse is needed. However what makes it such a believable excuse is the number of times Twilight has ''genuinely'' caused these.
** Nav jokingly uses Spike as a fallback excuse at times, since he "seems like a good fall-guy".
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Averted, at least with the impractical bit. The set of armour Nav receives is ''extremely'' intimidating and scary but still highly practical, and is mentioned to resemble a slightly less spiky version of that seen in ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}''.
* ScienceMarchesOn: An in-universe example. [[spoiler: When Nav gets sent back in time, [[SplitPersonality multiple personality disorder]] is no longer viewed as a mental illness. Or at least, not quite so strictly]].
* TheScream: Discord's scream of rage (and the resulting rampage) upon realising he ruined his own plan ends up being heard as far away as Canterlot.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Nav [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial refuses to say for sure in his narration]], but he ''may'' have done this when he gets attacked by Fluttershy's animals. Possibly.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections:
** Nav often manages to get away with breaking laws because of his connection with Celestia... and because she finds him far too useful to have him imprisoned. She does however often end up using non-standard punishments, usually helping her out with some unpleasant task.
** The Element-bearers are almost untouchable due to their importance.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: [[spoiler: When Nav gets sent back in time, he finds out that Google has become so rich and powerful that they're able to do more or less whatever they want, even if they use this for benevolent purposes]].
-->''"...money opens doors."''
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Initially the princesses themselves are pretty much above the law and can do what they want, given their essential roles in raising the sun and moon, which is both a blessing and curse for Nav. However, events and scandals eventually catch up with them, and they're not quite as above the law as they'd like to believe.
-->'''Celestia''': Rules can be rewritten, after all.
* ScrewYourself: After Rainbow taunts Nav for having a FrenchMaid [[ItMakesSenseInContext outfit]], Doppel scares her off by coming on to her with a variant of this.
-->'''Doppel''': (as Rainbow Dash in a maid outfit) Donít you think I look sexy?
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': I-I-IHAVETOGO!
* SealedGoodInACan: Flo. [[spoiler: Most of the elements are also sealed, but whether they qualify as ''good'' is still an unknown]].
* {{Self-Deprecation}} / WhoWritesThisCrap: Several of the events that were retconned or rewritten survive as fake entries in Nav's journal. Which the cast then proceed to make snarky comments mocking them...
-->'''Navarone''': ...and Iím sure Twilight could tell you quickly that there never was such a person called Z that seduced her at the Gala.
-->'''Twilight''': Really Nav, your imagination is strange. Why would Princess Celestia ever do that to me?
-->'''Navarone''': I made a lot of shit up.
* SexSlave: [[spoiler: Nav gets used as one by Kat for a week while in Egypt due to Spike being held hostage, until he finally snaps]].
* SexyDiscretionShot: Averted on several occasions, but generally played straight.
* ShapeshifterModeLock: Nav and Twilight temporarily get locked into pony and human form respectively, until a way of reversing the spell's effects is figured out a week later. Once this is done, anyone capable of casting the spell can freely switch someone's appearance.
* ShareTheMalePain: An unusual variant. Nav's [[GenderBender gender-switching stones]] are generally well-received by female users, whereas male victims despise it, seemingly for this reason...
-->'''Shining Armor''': (whispering) Throw them in the ocean. Donít ever let Cadance get them again!
-->'''Navarone''': I feel your pain, bro. I feel your fucking pain.
* SharingABody: Occurs several times, though mostly it's a case of SplitPersonality. Flo sharing Nav's body plays it straight however.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Nav turns into one after the events of Egypt, and it takes a fairly decent chunk out of his sanity.
* ShipperOnDeck:
** Multiple characters repeatedly try to ship Navarone with Fluttershy, as much as he tries to get them to stop.
** Cadance tries to ship Nav with Luna and later with Fluttershy, which frustrates him immensely.
** Nav ends up setting Derpy and Doctor Whooves up on a date in Chapter 20. Heís reluctant to provide any further advice, however, and gets quite irritated when the good Doctor repeatedly follows him asking for more.
* ShipSinking: Nav does it to a pair of Naga in-universe in Chapter 18.
* ShipTease:
** Between Applejack and Rainbow Dash on multiple occasions.
** Rarity trolls Nav and Rainbow Dash when she claims they make for an adorable couple, after they put on a show in Chapter 72. Nav is not particularly amused.
* ShirtlessScene: Nav does it on several occasions.
* ShockAndAwe: One of the few pieces of combat magic Rarity knows, and how Nav ends up dispatching the governor in Chapter 85, during a FreakyFridayFlip.
* ShoutOut: There's a huge of them, many of which are in the form of Nav making references to pop culture which fly over the heads of everyone else present. Chapter titles often contain them as well.
** Nav quotes [[Franchise/StarWars Obi-Wan's]] famous line from ''Film/ANewHope'' in the revised Chapter 7, and then laments shortly afterwards that Rainbow Dash didn't take the opportunity to steal a certain line from ''Film/ThreeHundred'' when she kicks him off a cloud.
** Nav references ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' in his narration within Chapter 75.
** ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' and ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' are referenced in the titles of chapters 35 and 59 respectively.
** Chapter 75's title references the CharacterAlignment system from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
** The infamous fanfic ''FanFic/DoomRepercussionsOfEvil'' is referenced in the title of Chapter 85.
** ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' is referenced in the title of Chapter 96.
** One of Nav's favourite quotes is from ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak''
** ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' is referenced on multiple occasions.
** Nav references the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' comic Loose Canon in Chapter 65.
** ''The Shady Trough'' is borrowed from [[http://equestria-prevails.deviantart.com/art/The-Shady-Trough-319986368 this fanart]].
* ShutUpKiss:
** Nav does this to Luna and [[spoiler: he later gets one off Braeburn]].
** Nav gives one to Pinkie in Chapter 47 to quite literally get her to shut up, rather than it being romantic in any way. It also [[KissOfDistraction makes a good distraction]] so he can escape.
* SickEpisode: Nav ends up bedridden for Chapters 79 and 80 after nearly being killed by Blueblood.
* SirSwearsalot: Nav has a habit of using rather colourful language which he gets chastised for, though ponies don't always understand exactly what he's saying.
* SkeletonKey: Nav finds one as part of a set of magical artificts hidden within the Everfree Forest. It can also be used to 'unlock' someone's mind and [[TruthSerums force them to tell the truth]].
* SkewedPriorities: Having just been sucked into a PortalBook with Nav, how does Twilight react? By focusing on the fact that the books are ''all in piles'' instead of neatly stacked on the bookshelves. Nav isn't amused.
-->'''Twilight''': But look at them! Thatís ''terrible'' for them!
* SlasherSmile:
** Pinkie gives one, upon realising Nav isnít strong enough to escape her grasp when she wants to hug him. Without resorting to violence, at any rate.
** Pinkie gives another one in Chapter 57 when she's about to attack some thugs with her FryingPanOfDoom.
* SlippingAMickey:
** Nav ends up being drugged at a bar and wakes up in a pile of mares. While unhappy about this, he shrugs it off and prefers not to know exactly what happened, and his friends end up being far more upset about this than he is.
** Some dogs try this on Nav in Chapter 15, but he switches his drink with Spikeís [[ProperlyParanoid to check for this]].
** Fleur tries it on Nav while heís modelling for Rarity in his pegagus form in Chapter 21. Yet again, he avoids it by switching his drink for someone elseís. Are you noticing a trend here?
* SmellsSexy: Ponies pheromones work to devastating effect on other ponies, hence most settlements tend to be heavily skewed towards [[GenderRarityValue one gender]].
* SmugSnake: Discord constantly does it. Given how powerful he is, to the point where he dwarfs Celestia and Luna, he does have some justification for his attitude, and he often uses it to manipulate others into acting how he wants.
* SneakyDeparture: Nav leaves Equestria ahead of schedule in the middle of the night, after Luna confesses her crimes towards him and [[TheAtoner publicly apologises]], since he can't stand the idea of [[DontYouDarePityMe being pittied]] by others.
* SociopathicHero: Nav falls into this territory at times. It is played slightly differently from normal in that he does empathise with others, but buries it deep down as a way of psychologically protecting himself, given the trauma and betrayal he's suffered from.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: When Twilight messes up a spell and [[FreakyFridayFlip body swaps]] everyone present, Nav (as Taya) is sent to summon Rarity to help. Anyone he runs into refuses to believe his story, until convinced by rather colourful language which only he would use.
* SoProudOfYou:
** He might not say it often, but Nav is very proud of having Taya as his daughter, and readily admits it to both Bloodbeak and Taya in Chapter 66.
** A dark example, when Twilight first kills a monster in Chapter 99, and Nav hugs her out of pride while she's [[HeroicBSOD BSODing]].
* SpannerInTheWorks:
** Nav ends up disrupting several very old plans of Celestia's over the course of the story, which she is not happy about.
** Blueblood ends up being one for Discord's plan, due to Blueblood deciding to attack Nav directly, rather than provoking him into striking first.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Crazed monster-hunter Pelt makes an appearance to try and invoke this during Bon-Bon and Lyra's wedding, but no one takes it particularly seriously, and he quickly runs off having drawn the princesses' ire. Not that it would have made any difference, since Nav was GenreSavvy enough to suggest they got married privately the day before, in case anything went wrong.
* SpitTake:
** Cadance sprays her drink over the table when itís suggested she slept with Nav by Kumani.
** Spike after finding out Nav swiped Celestia's crown for a prank.
** Gilda after finding out that Nav ďreverse muggedĒ Rarity.
* SplitPersonality: Changelings can occasionally suffer from this, particularly if they feed off certain emotions like anger. Eva is the most prominent example in-story.
* SpottingTheThread: [[spoiler: [[NoFourthWall Readers themselves]] have to do this in order to realise Discord's status as an UnreliableNarrator and that he's [[MindScrew deceiving them]]]].
* SquashedFlat: One of the results of dream logic, Nav's dreamwalking, and Celestia HorsingAround.
* {{Squee}}:
** Fluttershy and Rarity's reaction at seeing '[[FreakyFridayFlip Taya]]' sitting in Nav's lap.
** One of the pony nurses in Flankfurt, Blackberry, upon finding out she has Kat for a patient.
--->'''Blackberry''': OH CELESTIA YOUíRE A KITTY!
* StockholmSyndrome: Navarone's relationship with Luna reads a lot like this until he gets pushed too far and breaks it off.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Nav and Rainbow Dash both suggest banishment or slavery as a possibility when dealing with other mares romantically. Also doubles as a BrickJoke.
-->'''Navarone''': Relax. Whatís the worst that could happen?
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': I could end up banished from her presence or possibly as her eternal slave.
-->'''Navarone''': See, I told Spike that could happen! And he didnít believe meÖ
* StuffBlowingUp: AJ's attempt to make more alcohol ends rather badly in Chapter 14.
-->'''Applejack''': You didnít tell me they could explode!
* SuddenlySober: Flo is capable of rapidly sobering someone up while SharingABody, which Nav takes advantage of on a few occasions.
* SupernaturalSensitivity:
** Humans can see horns glow on unicorns when they're using magic, and can use the colour to identity the caster. Twilight is extremely reluctant to accept this.
** Unicorns can sense magic being used around them to an extent.
* SuperWindowJump: Given the choice between this and sticking around with an amorous in-heat Celestia, Nav picks the window in Chapter 60. [[DestinationDefenestration As before]], his wings cushion the impact.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Chrysalis views herself as this at times.
-->'''Chrysalis''': Idiots! Incompetents! None of them know how to think, they all require permission! No initiative at all!
* SweetheartSipping: Nav and Rainbow Dash are forced into sharing a drink, to both their displeasures, after a [[FailedASpotCheck lapse of attention]] in Chapter 72 results in them entering a restaurant for couples and [[BadDate running into Rarity]].
* SwitchingPOV:
** Aside from the prologue, most of the story is narrated by Navarone but very occasionally Discord will briefly take over.
** Rarity narrates a small section when she's recounting her experiences to Nav of their FreakyFridayFlip.
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* TabloidMelodrama: Nav deliberately invokes this to get his revenge on Celestia, by getting her involved in a scandal.
* TakeAThirdOption: After Nav quits as Luna's knight following the complete breakdown of their relationship, Celestia offers Nav the chance to be an Umbral knight -- which comes with some very useful perks -- instead of binding himself to either of the Royal Sisters. Nav himself takes a third option by putting the offer on hold, rather than accepting or rejecting it.
* TakenForGranite: Discord partially turns Celestia to stone during the prologue.
* TakeThat:
** Nav's [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude comments over his name]] can be considered one to the many fics out there where this is used without irony.
** At Cadance, when Gilda is guessing her name and figures she "looks like a Mary Sue".
** ''Film/TheRoom'' is considered to be such a bad film that it's not included on Nav's laptop, which has a library of ''almost all human art''.
--->'''Text file''': You ought to be ashamed of even thinking about watching this movie.
* TheTalk: Nav has to give Taya one which turns out to be extremely awkward, and which certainly isn't helped by his lack of knowledge of equine biology.
* TalkToTheFist: Nav socks Chrysalis in retaliation for her taking on the form of his sister.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Blueblood is almost assassinated in this way and barely survives, though it ruins his good looks. [[spoiler: Subsequently, he vows revenge on Navarone since he holds Nav responsible for failing his duties as a bodyguard]].
* TapOnTheHead: {{Averted|Trope}}. After Nav gets knocked out at the end of Chapter 15, he spends the next day passing in and out of consciousness with a severe concussion, and is rendered very ill by the experience.
* [[invoked]]TastesLikeDiabetes: Navarone takes advantage of Taya's ability to invoke this, usually as a way of distracting anyone mad at him.
-->'''Navarone''': Taya quick! Use cuteness!
* TearsOfRemorse:
** Nav has a minor breakdown after making his first sapient kills.
** Celestia at one point breaks down and admits to Nav how [[TheChainsOfCommanding tired she is of being in charge]] after he places her in an impossible position, and having learned what she's inadvertently done to him it reduces her to some of her first tears in living memory.
* TeleportationSickness: Anyone unused to the levels of magic needed to teleport suffers from a fairly mild version this for a few minutes afterwards, with longer distances requiring more magic. It only takes a single exposure to that amount of magic to become immune to this in future though.
* TemptingFate: Most of the cast pull this off at some point. Nav does it a lot, and continues to do so even after he realises he shouldn't.
-->''One of these days Iíll learn, I swearÖ''
* TerrorHero: Nav deliberately invokes this to foster his reputation as someone who should not be messed with.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Repeatedly lampshaded and mocked by Nav. Except for the time where the song is ''about him'', in which case he's horrified...
-->''Oh my God, sheís bursting into song. Now, Iíve said before that I liked Rarityís singing voice, but I wasnít happy about being sung at about how ĎIím a good personí and ĎIíve had love in my heart the entire time.í''
* ThatWasNotADream: After Nav gives Rarity a load of gems from his stake in a gem mine, she initially thinks she's dreaming. Only after kissing a nearby changeling with the intent of 'waking up' does she realise it's actually for real. And then promptly screams once she realises what she's just done...
* ThereAreNoTherapists: At least not in Equestria, which is rather unfortunate considering how badly some could use one, especially Nav. [[spoiler: When Nav gets briefly sent back in time, he does end up seeing one]].
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Nav ends up having to share his bed with his bodyguard in Chapter 46, though only because there are no other beds available in the barracks, and Nav can't find it within himself to make Smiles sleep on the floor.
* ThereWasADoor: Nav has fun blowing stuff up while helping Luna reactivate the dream machine:
-->(after having destroyed the door with a summoned [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Bolter]])
-->'''Navarone''': So much easier than opening them.
-->'''Luna''': Lazy. That door was easy to open!
* ThinkNothingOfIt: Nav flips around between this and OnlyInItForTheMoney several times, though the latter becomes more common throughout the story.
* ThisCannotBe: Celestia's initial reaction, upon discovering the changelings have mastered human technology enough to create a working electric generator.
* AThreesomeIsHot: Surprisingly enough, the few times this occurs it's not actually Nav's idea, though he goes along with it.
* ThresholdGuardians: Athenaís paper golems and other assorted monsters which guard [[AkashicRecords her domain]].
* TimeSkip: A bunch of them, as the story takes place over several years, and can skip over months at a time. Even simply travelling somewhere can take between weeks and a month without teleportation.
* TimeTravel: [[spoiler: Nav gets sent back in time by a unicorn spell, along with Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Fancy Pants, though he winds up 35 years into the future from his intended destination. The resulting StableTimeLoop created does [[TheScream not go down well with Discord]]]].
* TooDumbToLive:
** Discord dismisses several of his {{Mooks}} deaths as this, on the grounds that if they were too stupid to ignore his instructions then they deserved what they got.
** According to Nav, the dogs as a species tend to show this trait in combat.
-->'''Navarone''': They donít flee. Most of them are too stupid to run away unless ordered to, and most of those that give orders are too stubborn to run away without some manner of Ďfuck youí plan.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Nav starts fairly low down on the scale, winning his fights out of [[BeginnersLuck luck]] more than anything else.
** Taya initially begins with almost no magical knowledge, understandably given [[OrphansOrdeal her background]]. As the story progresses, she becomes an extremely powerful mage, with her abilities in [[BlackMage battle magic]] -- which turns out to be her talent -- edging out Twilight's. Twilight is still far superior across the board, however.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Nav wasn't exactly the [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold nicest person around]] to begin with, but becomes more and more of one over the course of the story as a result of bad stuff happening to him.
* TheToothHurts: Nav starts prying out the teeth of an assassin in an effort to convince him to talk. Onlooking guards accompanying him almost throw up at the sight of it.
* ToThePain:
** Nav threatens an assassin with this in Chapter 24, and then makes good on it.
--->'''Navarone''': Look, I donít like hurting people. I really donít. But if you keep this up, I will keep hurting you. I will remove [[TheToothHurts all your teeth]], I will remove [[{{Fingore}} your fingers]] joint by joint, I will remove your toes, and then Iíll just get creative.
** Nav's threat to anyone who tries to assassinate Cadance under his watch...
--->'''Navarone''': Ladies and gentlemen [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Jocasta]]. This is Princess Cadance. She is the new representative for Princess Celestia. If anyone dares attack her, I will not kill you. I will do everything to you but kill you. Your screams will be heard across the fucking planet. The dog that poisoned Blueblood was sentenced to Tartarus. What you will get will make you wish you were him.
* ToWinWithoutFighting: Celestia merely making an appearance on the field in Chapter 16 is enough to cause the army to stand down, allowing the slaves to leave with no bloodshed.
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler: Moonbeam's corruption into Chrysalis. A kind-hearted midwife who was tricked by Discord and warped into her current form, and who readily admits to being a monster]].
* TranslationConvention: Much of the dialogue in the story is in the Equestrian language, but rendered into English for the reader by Nav. It can also be assumed that he's mostly writing in the Equestrian script, since no one else understands written English without the use of a translation spell.
* TreacheryCoverUp: The "treachery" is rather more abstract, as several of Luna's crimes are more betrayals of the ideals Equestria ostensibly stands for. In any case, Celestia still helps to cover up Luna's more insane actions to avoid shaking the system, and ensures she's punished discreetly.
* TrophyWife: Fairly common among the Canterlot nobility across both genders, and it used to be standard practice for the princesses to take a stallion as a platonic date to the Gala for this purpose.
* TrustPassword:
** Nav and Taya use these whenever they're around changelings, though some of the passwords Nav uses aren't always [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish particularly imaginative]].
** [[spoiler: When he's sent back in time and encounters his past self, Nav proves his identity by listing a bunch of details about his life that no one else could know]].
* TruthSerums: Nav's SkeletonKey can be used in this way by 'unlocking' a person's mind, briefly sending them into a trance and forcing them to speak the truth, however unwilling they might be.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Nav collects all sorts of titles over the course of his adventures, which he has to try to persuade others [[DontCallMeSir not to use]]. At one point he could claim to call himself as ''Sir Navarone, Knight of the Lunar Order, Defender of Harmony, Royal Savior, Hero of the Changelings, and Liberator of Egypt''.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: [[spoiler: Nav ends up 35 years further ahead in time than he intended, after being sent back in time by a unicorn spell in Chapter 72. While there's some futuristic technology and some cultural changes, human society is mostly the same]].
* UnEntendre: {{Subverted|Trope}}. When Vinyl suggests to Nav that they "go make some music" she is being quite literal. Then, after a music session, they do then in fact proceed to 'make some music'.
* UngratefulBastard: After Nav infiltrates a slave ship and helps free them, he's almost killed by an overly cautious unicorn, though the remaining slaves immediately stop her and are very grateful to him.
* UnreliableNarrator:
** [[spoiler: Discord]].
** Nav is an in-universe example, since he leaves stuff out of his journals or puts misleading information in.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: While everyone else present reacts to Pinkie wearing dominatrix gear with a JawDrop in Chapter 8, Navís response is to look on impassively.
* UnwittingPawn: Navarone is one for Discord, and occasionally one for Celestia and Luna. Though more often than not he's a ''witting'' pawn for the Royal Sisters.
* UseYourHead: Trixie headbutts Twilight during a duel in Chapter 5, before [[GrievousHarmWithABody throwing her]] at Nav.
* VetinariJobSecurity: Celestia has cemented her rule by making herself indispensable to the running of Equestria, and upholding the {{Masquerade}} that she and Luna [[GodJob raise the sun and moon]]. Nav at one point asks her why it's necessary, when she could rule on merit alone.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Discord breaks down and cries for the first time, after he realises he was the cause of failure for his own plan to commit suicide]].
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Both Luna and Kumani show elements of this. Not a good combination, considering they're both also {{Clingy Jealous Girl}}s.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting:
** Changelings, obviously.
** The shapeshifting spell that gets discovered allows this, but most casters only have limits on what they can change, with it usually being used to transform from a human to a pony, or vice versa. Celestia, being far more powerful, has much more leeway with shapeshifting.
* WallOfBlather: Nav's view of [[AnAesop the friendship lessons]] Twilight sends. It's implied that Celestia occasionally shares this sentiment, despite her fondness for Twilight.
* WarIsGlorious: In keeping with her nature as a BloodKnight, Luna seems to think so and reminisces over past times where she was involved in battles.
* WasOnceAMan:
** Athena states she was once a normal human but ended up transformed into her current state after exploring the depths of magic.
** Played straight whenever Nav turns into a pony, though this is only done temporarily. Also applies after he gains his wings and plant-characteristics.
** While she wasn't ever human, Chrysalis [[spoiler: used to be an alicorn by the name of Moonbeam until she was corrupted by Discord into the Queen of the Changelings]].
* WeaponOfChoice: Knives and his crossbow for Nav. The latter since it requires very little skill and training, and the former since he's not often going toe to toe with opponents. He later on starts to learn how to use his InfinityPlusOneSword, but it takes a lot of time and effort before he even begins to become competent in its use.
* WeAreEverywhere: Changelings have a few members in disguise throughout most Equestian settlements.
* WeCanRuleTogether:
** Chrysalis makes this offer to Navarone, though she may not have been genuine.
** Similarly Discord makes such an offer to some of his underlings.
* WeddingDay:
** Cadance's marriage to Shining Armor gets postponed due to the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 changeling]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 invasion]], but eventually works out fine.
** Bon-Bon and Lyra get married in Chapter 83.
* WeUsedToBeFriends:
** Chrysalis and the queen of the giant ants, prior to the attack on the changeling hive in Appaloosa.
** Nav and Luna start off as fairly good friends, but eventually Luna's issues lead to the complete breakdown of their relationship.
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 99 reveals many things, [[spoiler: including Twilight and Nav learning how "true magic" works and Celestia's censorship of it, that Merlin attempted to FlingALightIntoTheFuture, what happened to humanity, and why Nav's past self is Discord's most hated enemy]]. Oh and that Cadance [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking apparently used to write fanfics]] [[SlashFic about Shining Armor]].
* WhatBeautifulEyes:
** While he generally doesn't have anything complimentary to say about ponies' appearances, even Nav privately finds Celestia -- and particularly her eyes -- to be beautiful. Not that he'd ever tell her that of course.
** He also tells Vinyl Scratch that she should stop wearing her glasses because of this.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight:
** [[spoiler: Ames]] is horrified when he finds out [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction exactly what happened]]. The reader [[BrainBleach might well agree]] with this assessment.
** In the revised Chapter 6, Nav wakes up between Rarity and Pinkie and is rather horrified when he works out what happened.
** A lighter example later on when Nav wakes up [[BedmateReveal next to Rainbow Dash]], after their drunken wrestling, when he's quickly told that nothing untoward happened.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Nav isn't just [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to it]] (at first), but has very little understanding of it due to his inexperience on the matter. It certainly doesn't help that due to psychological trauma, he's not even sure if he's capable of feeling it.
* WhatsUpKingDude:
** Nav claims that the security protecting the princesses is very poor, and proves his point by successfully 'assassinating' them with ease.
** Nav also tends to play this one quite literally, to the shock and/or horror of others.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Nav often ends up the receiving end of these. He returns the favour on several occasions.
** Flo leaps on the opportunity to give Celestia a piece of her mind in Chapter 87.
* WhatYearIsThis: [[spoiler: Nav asks his friend this shortly after he gets sent back in time]].
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Fancy Pants refuses to compromise his morals [[spoiler: when he travels back in time with Nav]], owing to this.
-->'''Fancy Pants''': I would know, and that is enough.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Navarone is extremely resentful over his parents' choice of name, even if it's not quite as bad as his fake real name of [[spoiler: Anonymous]].
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: A repeated theme.
** Discord desperately tries to find an outlet for his boredom having lived for millions of years.
** Celestia mentions she would rather have lived a normal life and died thousands of years ago, a sentiment it can be assumed Luna shares.
** When Navarone gains a much increased life expectency after his accidental EmergencyTransformation, he's rather despondent.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: {{Averted|Trope}}. When some thugs threaten Nav, [[CombatPragmatist he immediately]] nails one [[EyeScream with a throwing knife]] right in the middle of the [[KilledMidSentence the guy's sentence]].
* WingedHumanoid: Nav ends up as one after a [[spoiler: botched spell by Trixie]]. While he initially hates his wings and finds them very uncomfortable (in part owing to his lack of control over them), he does grow to accept them, though his flying abilities are far weaker than the average pegasus.
* [[AWizardDidIt A Unicorn Did It]]: Lampshaded by Nav in his narration when he admits that there are some things he's completely unable to explain, due to him being in a world that operates on magic.
-->''Look, even I realize that there are some things that just are never going to make sense to me. Laws of reality are more like suggestions around here. [...] Maybe one day Iíll just start saying Ďbecause magic.í''
* [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask The Mare Wearing the Queenly Mask]]: While the princesses are already this in canon, just how isolated and lonely they (and particularly Celestia) are by their position is brought up several times.
* WorldBuilding: There's a lot of it about, as the details of various cultures and the history of this version of Equestria is fleshed out.
* WouldHitAGirl: It's pretty safe to say that no-one has any real compunctions about this, particularly Nav. When Nav does it there is justification for it however.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Nav generally has a fairly firm grasp of his strengths and flaws, and while his assessment of his behaviour is usually accurate -- even if he sometimes [[IgnoredEpiphany ignores it]] -- he can be a little too quick to dismiss the genuinely good things he does, prompting others to remind him. More often it's [[WhatTheHellHero the other way around]] though.
* YouAreGrounded: Despite his general lack of parenting skills, Nav finally puts his foot down in Chapter 98 and grounds Taya [[BrattyTeenageDaughter over her recent antics]], as well as denying her the use of her magic for a week.
* YouAreNotAlone: Twilight and company tell Nav this at the end of Chapter 12. At this point in the story, it actually cheers him up immensely.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Despite being told that he cannot, Nav still tries [[spoiler: and actually succeeds despite this. [[TimeTravel Sort of]]]].
* YouDidntAsk: When Fluttershy ''finally'' takes pity on Nav and shows him how to fold his wings, he immediately asks why no one told him before. Turns out they were all waiting for him to ask, and weren't banking on him being so stubborn.
* YouDidntSeeThat: After Nav publicly embarrasses Chrysalis by threatening her in front a crowd, she insists to the changelings that they didn't see anything.
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: Nav tries to warn Twilight over this when it comes to [[FateWorseThanDeath the fate of changeling prisoners]]. After she eventually finds out and that Celestia sanctioned it, Twilight would probably agree with this in hindsight.
* YouHaveFailedMe:
** Discord tends to dispose of his minions when they've served their purpose, but it's usually a case of their failures leading to them [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer being useful]], rather than either trope outright.
** {{Discussed|Trope}} between Nav and Bloodbeak.
--->'''Navarone''': Which would you rather make it back home? A bedraggled infantryman, or the commander leading the force?
--->'''Bloodbeak''': The infantry can fight another day. A commander that failed me so would be put to death.
--->'''Navarone''': More fool you. No one can win every battle. Some are impossible. Sometimes you fight for a reason other than winning.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Discord uses this. See YouHaveFailedMe.
* YouJustToldMe: [[spoiler: Nav's attempts to pass Fancy Pants, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity off as mindless creatures during his trip through time, only for Rarity to end up giving the game away by answering a question instead of keeping quiet]].
* YouNeedToGetLaid:
** Navarone suggests this to Twilight on several occasions, and she eventually ends up taking that advice. It does actually work fairly well as a way of stress relief. Of course, Twilight being Twilight, she gets easily stressed.
** Others believe the same thing about Nav, prior to some of his legendary antics.
** Vinyl and Nav both come to the same conclusion regarding Fluttershy In Chapter 77.
* YourHeadAsplode: After the slave baron is found guilty in Chapter 25, Rock crushes the head of his former owner with his [[DropTheHammer warhammer]].
* YourWorstNightmare: Taya uses her magic to do this to Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon in Chapter 50, after [[DisproportionateRetribution they refuse to take no for an answer]] when Taya declines to play with them. Since this wasn't good enough, Taya then shows them ''her'' worst nightmares...
* YouShallNotPass: Celestia's guards try to stop Nav from walking into Celestia's room after Luna {{Mind Rape}}s him. Nav beats them up, and they deny that they tried to stop him the following morning. They try to stop Nav again later on, only to quickly backpedal when they recognise him.
* YouWillNotEvadeMe: Any unicorn that is already attuned to someone after having teleported them can do this, though most have a distance limitation due to the magical power required. Celestia threatens Nav with this at one point, telling him that at full power she can teleport him to her from anywhere in the world. It's only when Nav gets his AntiMagic ring that this threat becomes nullified.
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* LiteralMetaphor: After forgiving Rarity and saying his goodbyes in Chapter 68, Nav notes in his narration that the day "seemed a little brighter than it had before". Only to realise he's standing in the glare of a window.
* LiteralMinded: Pinkie regularly fall into this trap. Luna and Ames as well, though it's partly due to Nav using phrases and slang they're unfamiliar with.



* AndIMustScream: Discord's fate, having lived for billions of years. Whenever he gives anyone else a glimpse into his suffering, this is precisely their reaction.

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* AndIMustScream: Discord's fate, having lived for billions millions of years. Whenever he gives anyone else a glimpse into his suffering, this is precisely their reaction.



* LiteralMetaphor: After forgiving Rarity and saying his goodbyes in Chapter 68, Nav notes in his narration that the day "seemed a little brighter than it had before". Only to realise he's standing in the glare of a window.
* LiteralMinded: Pinkie regularly fall into this trap. Luna and Ames as well, though it's partly due to Nav using phrases and slang they're unfamiliar with.



-->'''Flo: I had a long time to think about things.

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-->'''Flo: -->'''Flo''': I had a long time to think about things.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Navarone. Given his real name is [[spoiler: Anonymous]], it's quite understandable why he never uses it, and he's rather resentful of his parents [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude over this]].

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Navarone. Given Navarone, who refuses to give out his real name is [[spoiler: Anonymous]], it's quite understandable why name, though he never uses it, and he's rather resentful of his parents does mention a [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude over this]].fake name in his journals]].



* PrecisionFStrike: Flo hits Nav with one, after he finally exhausts her near-infinite patience.
-->'''Flo''': So you were mistreated a few times, so you were abused. [[WhatTheHellHero That doesnít give you the right to act like a fucking asshole to everyone you meet and yourself!]]



* RealDreamsAreWeirder: Quite a few of the dreams Nav enters during his [[DreamWalker dream walking]]. Some are fairly mundane for their character, such as Twilight playing around with a giant TowersOfHanoi, or [[ShipperOnDeck Cadance]] observing Nav and Fluttershy kissing through binoculars. One of Celestia's dreams turns into her challenging Nav to a very strange chess match before attempting to turn it into a fight.



* TheScream: Discord's scream of rage (and the resulting rampage) upon realising he ruined his own plan ends up being heard as far away as Canterlot.



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: [[spoiler: When Nav gets sent back in time, he finds out that Google has become so rich and powerful that they're able to do more or less whatever they want, even if they use this for benevolent purposes]].
-->''"...money opens doors."''



* ShockAndAwe: One of the few pieces of combat magic Rarity knows, and how Nav ends up dispatching the governor in Chapter 85, during a FreakyFridayFlip.



* SickEpisode: Nav ends up bedridden for Chapters 79 and 80 after nearly being killed by Blueblood.



* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Crazed monster-hunter Pelt makes an appearance to try and invoke this during Bon-Bon and Lyra's wedding, but no one takes it particularly seriously, and he quickly runs off having drawn the princesses' ire. Not that it would have made any difference, since Nav was GenreSavvy enough to suggest they got married privately the day before, in case anything went wrong.



* SweetheartSipping: Nav and Rainbow Dash are forced into sharing a drink, to both their displeasures, after a [[FailedASpotCheck lapse of attention]] in Chapter 72 results in them entering a restaurant for couples and [[BadDate running into Rarity]].



* TabloidMelodrama: Nav deliberately invokes this to get his revenge on Celestia, by getting her involved in a scandal.



* TimeTravel: [[spoiler: Nav gets sent back in time by a unicorn spell, along with Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Fancy Pants, though he winds up 35 years into the future from his intended destination. The resulting StableTimeLoop created does [[TheScream not go down well with Discord]]]].



* TrustPassword:
** Nav and Taya use these whenever they're around changelings, though some of the passwords Nav uses aren't always [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish particularly imaginative]].
** [[spoiler: When he's sent back in time and encounters his past self, Nav proves his identity by listing a bunch of details about his life that no one else could know]].



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: [[spoiler: Nav ends up 35 years further ahead in time than he intended, after being sent back in time by a unicorn spell in Chapter 72. While there's some futuristic technology and some cultural changes, human society is mostly the same]].



* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Discord breaks down and cries for the first time, after he realises he was the cause of failure for his own plan to commit suicide]].



* WeddingDay:
** Cadance's marriage to Shining Armor gets postponed due to the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 changeling]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 invasion]], but eventually works out fine.
** Bon-Bon and Lyra get married in Chapter 83.



* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Navarone is extremely resentful over his parents calling him [[spoiler: Anonymous]].

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* WhatYearIsThis: [[spoiler: Nav asks his friend this shortly after he gets sent back in time]].
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Fancy Pants refuses to compromise his morals [[spoiler: when he travels back in time with Nav]], owing to this.
-->'''Fancy Pants''': I would know, and that is enough.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Navarone is extremely resentful over his parents calling him parents' choice of name, even if it's not quite as bad as his fake real name of [[spoiler: Anonymous]].



** Discord desperately tries to find an outlet for his boredom having lived for billions of years.

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** Discord desperately tries to find an outlet for his boredom having lived for billions millions of years.


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* YouJustToldMe: [[spoiler: Nav's attempts to pass Fancy Pants, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity off as mindless creatures during his trip through time, only for Rarity to end up giving the game away by answering a question instead of keeping quiet]].


** Human movies are quite well received by Rainbow Dash, particularly ''Franchise/IndianaJones''. Rarity also turns into quite a big fan of anime.



* BadDate: Rarity ends up on one in Chapter 72, though Nav and Rainbow Dash manage to partly rescue her from it.



* BilingualBonus:
** [[spoiler: Nav's sister, Jane, says her last words to him in Finnish]].
** Flo and Aerie first greet the other in Dutch and Hungarian respectively.



* BlahBlahBlah:
** Nav's summary of Twilight's lesson to Taya on healing magic.
** Pinkie at one point talks to Nav entirely in a series of "blah"s, which Nav decides to go along with.
** Nav pulls this literally when explaining what happened to Celestia in Chapter 34. [[spoiler: It might well run in the family, considering his (past self's) daughter pulls the same thing in Chapter 74]].
** Pretty much any time Rarity's [[BadDate date]] in Chapter 72 starts talking. Nav and Rainbow Dash tune Rarity out a little later out in the scene for the same reason.



* BrickJoke:
** Nav and Rainbow Dash's StrangeMindsThinkAlike moment regarding the pitfalls of dealing with mares romantically.
** The BlatantLies rumours Nav starts regarding himself and Shining Armor, and later on the joke regarding Celestia secretly being a narwhal, both of which end up getting printed in the papers.
--->'''Braeburn''': Iíve read a bunch of things in the paper that say youíre with the captain of the royal guard.Ē
--->'''Navarone''': Those are rumors that I started to fuck with him. Heís happily married to a loving princess. They even have a kid.
--->'''Braeburn''': See, this is why nopony likes the news anymore. Itís all lies! I bet next youíll tell me that Princess Celestia isnít even [[BrickJoke a narwhal in disguise]].
--->'''Navarone''': God, someone actually put that in a paper?



* BrokenTears: [[spoiler: Discord, upon realising he messed up his own plan when he's unable to prevent Nav from travelling back in time during Chapter 72]].



* CaretakerReversal: Taya ends up looking after Nav during his SickEpisode, despite his protests.



** Twilight is completely correct that ''something'' is haunting the library, even if it does turn out to be an air elemental playing practical jokes, rather than a ghost.



* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: Well, bar stool, specifically. Either way, Nav resorts to using one in Chapter 75 when he's attacked in -- you guessed it -- a bar.



* CloningBlues / TomatoInTheMirror: Nav ponders this in Chapter 73, after [[spoiler: going back through time and encountering his past self]]. While he comes to the conclusion that he's real (and thinks and feels like anyone else), the lack of knowledge over the precise nature of his existence, coupled with the revelation that he's no longer biologically human enough to qualify, weighs heavily on his mind.



* ColourCodedEmotions: Water elementals' colours shift according to their current mood.

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* ColourCodedEmotions: ColourCodedEmotions:
**
Water elementals' colours shift according to their current mood.mood.
** In the dream realm, the dreams of others are coloured according to the type of dream, and the emotions the dreamer is experiencing.



* CombatTentacles: The tentacle beast that escapes from its containment in the MageTower within Chapter 72.



* DescriptionCut:
** After Nav agrees to model for Rarity in Chapter 20:
--->'''Rarity''': You wonít regret this! I swear it!
--->''(cut)''
--->''A week later, we were both sitting in a jail cell.''
** And later on, while in the changeling hive in Appaloosa...
--->''I was just going to wander around for a few hours. [[TemptingFate Whatís the worst that could happen]]?''
--->''(cut)''
--->''I hate everything.''

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* DescriptionCut:
**
DescriptionCut: After Nav agrees to model for Rarity in Chapter 20:
--->'''Rarity''': -->'''Rarity''': You wonít regret this! I swear it!
--->''(cut)''
--->''A
-->''(cut)''
-->''A
week later, we were both sitting in a jail cell.''
** And later on, while in the changeling hive in Appaloosa...
--->''I was just going to wander around for a few hours. [[TemptingFate Whatís the worst that could happen]]?''
--->''(cut)''
--->''I hate everything.
''



* TheDoorSlamsYou: Rainbow Dash accidentally kicks Nav's office door into him in Chapter 87.



* DramaticGunCock: During a HostageSituation in Chapter 72, Nav finds out [[spoiler: that his past self is standing right behind him]] through the hammer being pulled.



** Blueblood challenges Nav to a duel in Chapter 39, though it doesnít have to go all the way to the death.

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** Blueblood challenges Nav to a duel in Chapter 39, though it doesnít have to go all the way to the death. He later challenges Nav to a fight to the death at the Gala in Chapter 78, only [[InTheBack to attack him from behind]] after Nav refuses.



** One of the thieves who killed Taya's parents [[WouldntHurtAChild couldn't bring himself to kill Taya as well]], though Discord is partly responsible on both counts.



* FailedASpotCheck: When Rainbow Dash and Nav decide to dip into the first restaurant they see during their trip to Canterlot in Chapter 72, they're completely oblivious to it catering mainly for couples until after they've stepped inside, somehow failing to be tipped off by the place being called called ''The Loveboat''.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Used to get past [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy some guards]] in Chapter 76.



* FauxHorrific: Taya's reaction to the idea of Rarity dressing her up for the Gala. You'd almost think the girl went through a war zone, given her shell-shocked reaction afterwards.



* AFriendInNeed: Given that this is a fanfic based off a show about ponies and friendship,there are several instances of this, but it particularly applies when Rainbow Dash takes it upon herself to comfort Nav after his TomatoInTheMirror moment. He does appreciate the gesture, even if he finds it more annoying than comforting.



* FutureSlang: {{Implied|Trope}}. [[spoiler: When Nav ends up being sent back in time for a week, his word choice is noted to be "retro"]].



* GenkiGirl: Mirror.



* GenreSavvy: Nav becomes quite savvy over the course of his adventures. [[spoiler: A particularly good example is when he goes to the Crystal Empire, and later when he recognises that they're trying to interfere in his relationship with Kumani]].

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* GenreSavvy: GenreSavvy:
**
Nav becomes quite savvy over the course of his adventures. [[spoiler: A particularly good example is when he goes to the Crystal Empire, and later when he recognises that they're trying to interfere in his relationship with Kumani]]. He is also well aware of Taya's attempts to pull the wool over his eyes after he orders her to go and make some friends.
** In Chapter 77, after having learned from past experience, Twilight prevents Nav from avoiding her and slipping out through the window by waiting right outside on the balcony.



* GilliganCut:
** While in the changeling hive in Appaloosa...
--->''I was just going to wander around for a few hours. [[TemptingFate Whatís the worst that could happen]]?''
--->''(cut)''
--->''I hate everything.''
** From Chapter 76, when Nav is accompanying Rarity to various stores.
--->'''Navarone''': Well, as long as itís not some weaboo anime place, Iíll be fine.
--->'''Rarity''': ÖRight.
--->''(cut to the two standing in front of some weaboo anime place)''
--->'''Navarone''': God dammit, Rarity.



* HaveAGayOldTime: An in-universe example, when Nav [[InsultBackfire tries to insult Cadance]] by comparing her to [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes his new armour]], she's pleased at being told she looks so happy.

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* HaveAGayOldTime: HaveAGayOldTime:
**
An in-universe example, when Nav [[InsultBackfire tries to insult Cadance]] by comparing her to [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes his new armour]], she's pleased at being told she looks so happy.happy.
** And yet another in-universe example from Ames, regarding Braeburn's weirdness.
--->'''Ames''': What a queer pony.
--->'''Navarone''': You donít know the half of it.



** [[spoiler: Nav takes a woman hostage during his attempts to escape when he's initially sent [[TimeTravel back in time]], though it fails due to his past self [[DramaticGunCock being right behind him]]]].



* HypocriticalHumor: After having spent most of the story doing the exact opposite, Nav frustratedly comments to himself on how hard it is to tell Taya to do something for her own good. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint He's somewhat baffled when Flo ends up laughing at him]].



* IAmAMonster: Midnight Blossom views herself as one due to her vampirism, and demanded to be sent to Tartarus, though Luna disagreed.
* IAmNotMyFather: Nav does not like the idea of being as bad at parenting as his father was, and the suggestion he's acting no differently tends to cut him quite deeply.



* IHatePastMe / OtherMeAnnoysMe: [[spoiler: When Nav runs into his (far older) past self, both end up getting under the skins of the other]].



* LiteralMinded: Pinkie regularly fall into this trap. Luna and Ames as well, though it's partly due to Nav using phrases and slang they're unfamiliar with.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Blueblood gores Nav with his horn after the latter turns down the offer of a DuelToTheDeath and [[InTheBack turns his back]].



* InstantSedation: Navarone gets a syringe full of sedatives in Chapter 76. Subverted in that it doesn't take effect instantly, though it does kick in fairly quickly.



* InTheBack: Blueblood does it to Nav after he declines the offer of a duel.



* LeaveNoWitnesses: The leader of the thieves that killed Taya's parents demands this, but the cat charged with carrying this out [[EvenEvilHasStandards can't bring himself]] [[WouldntHurtAChild to kill Taya as well]].



* LuridTalesOfDoom: After Nav's BlatantLies rumours about himself and Shining Armor end up making the presses, he then decides to start making up even more ridiculous ones. Like Celestia secretly being a narwhal.
-->'''Reporter''': Well, itíll look good in the tabloids.



* TheManyDeathsOfYou: Luna ends up being repeatedly killed during her multiple attempts to force her way into Nav's dreams. Both Nav and Flo have quite a bit of fun coming up with creative methods of doing so. Highlights include: being boiled alive, [[BoomHeadshot death by shotgun]], [[EyeScream a spike to the eye]], [[LudicrousGibs a grinder, explosive decompression, and a trip mine]], [[NeckSnap tripping over a log]], and [[NoodleIncident something involving plants]]...
-->'''Navarone''': I gotta say, that was a pretty inventive use of [[NoodleImplements sunflower seeds]].
-->'''Flo: I had a long time to think about things.



** After having his memories downloaded from Flo's nanomachines [[spoiler: during his trip back in time]], some of those observing what Nav went through are mentioned to have been traumatized by the experience.



* MysteryFiction: {{Parodied|Trope}}, when Bon-Bon is trying to out herself as a changeling to Ponyville.
-->'''Bon-Bon''': Everypony, Iíve beenÖ lying to you all.
-->'''Crowd''': *dramatic gasps*
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': I knew it! [[SeriousBusiness I knew you took the cookie from the cookie jar!]]
-->'''Bon-Bon''': Who, me?
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Yes you!
-->'''Bon-Bon''': Couldnít be! I donító
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Then who?!



** Pinkie has apparently been banned from having contact with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon.
--->'''Pinkie''': Iím not allowed to see them anymoreÖ The restraining order is pretty lenient, but I canít risk it.
** Shining Armor mentions a story where a knight performing a wedding ceremony accidentally ended up married to the groom, [[CompanionCube the ring]], and the bride's mother, before Celestia [[{{Troll}} finally allowed the marriage to be annulled]] a week later.



** Rainbow Dash using Nav as a pillow for her nap in Chapter 72 has her furiously protesting this, after AJ snaps a picture. Nav defuses the situation by telling the others that they've ''all'' done the same, only to then troll everyone by mentioning his and Rainbow Dash's (platonic) date in a few days time, before walking away.



* ParentalAbandonment: Taya ended up as an orphan on the streets of Catro, after her parents were murdered by thieves.



* PlausibleDeniability: Nav uses this several times in his schemes, notably with his plan to leave Equestria, but also with some of humanity's inventions that he doesn't want being linked back to him.
-->'''Navarone''': Assumptions arenít the same as the truth.



* RightThroughTheWall: Nav deliberately invokes this in retaliation for Cadance trying to meddle in his love life in Chapter 32. Despite the very poor resulting night's sleep, it still doesn't stop her from trying to interfere yet again later on in the story.

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* RightThroughTheWall: RightThroughTheWall:
**
Nav deliberately invokes this in retaliation for Cadance trying to meddle in his love life in Chapter 32. Despite the very poor resulting night's sleep, it still doesn't stop her from trying to interfere yet again later on in the story.story.
** Nav again invokes this in Chapter 73, mostly out of a lack of choice. Other than the obvious one of not doing anything, that is.



* ShipTease: Between Applejack and Rainbow Dash on multiple occasions.

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* ShipTease: ShipTease:
**
Between Applejack and Rainbow Dash on multiple occasions.occasions.
** Rarity trolls Nav and Rainbow Dash when she claims they make for an adorable couple, after they put on a show in Chapter 72. Nav is not particularly amused.



* SpannerInTheWorks: Nav ends up disrupting several very old plans of Celestia's over the course of the story, which she is not happy about.

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* SpannerInTheWorks: SpannerInTheWorks:
**
Nav ends up disrupting several very old plans of Celestia's over the course of the story, which she is not happy about.about.
** Blueblood ends up being one for Discord's plan, due to Blueblood deciding to attack Nav directly, rather than provoking him into striking first.



* SwitchingPOV: Aside from the prologue, most of the story is narrated by Navarone but very occasionally Discord will briefly take over.

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* SwitchingPOV: SwitchingPOV:
**
Aside from the prologue, most of the story is narrated by Navarone but very occasionally Discord will briefly take over.over.
** Rarity narrates a small section when she's recounting her experiences to Nav of their FreakyFridayFlip.



** ''Film/TheRoom'' is considered to be such a bad film that it's not included on Nav's laptop, which has a library of ''almost all human art''.
--->'''Text file''': You ought to be ashamed of even thinking about watching this movie.



* WhatTheHellHero: Nav often ends up the receiving end of these. He returns the favour on several occasions.

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* WhatTheHellHero: WhatTheHellHero:
**
Nav often ends up the receiving end of these. He returns the favour on several occasions.occasions.
** Flo leaps on the opportunity to give Celestia a piece of her mind in Chapter 87.


Added DiffLines:

** Vinyl and Nav both come to the same conclusion regarding Fluttershy In Chapter 77.


* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Nav's reward for saving Cadance and her daughter's lives. Well, armour. A ''really'' [[RainbowPimpGear garish set of armour]]. And technically it's [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment a punishment]] dressed up as a reward.

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* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Nav's reward for saving Cadance and her daughter's lives. Well, armour. A ''really'' [[RainbowPimpGear [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes garish set of armour]]. And technically it's [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment a punishment]] dressed up as a reward.



* ArbitrarySkepticism: No one except Nav takes Twilight's claim about the library being haunted seriously since "ghosts arenít real", when not only do ghosts actually exist, but the world is filled with ''far'' stranger things.



* AskAStupidQuestion: Courtesy of Shining Armor.
-->'''Shining Armor''': Are you plotting treason?
-->'''Navarone''': [[SarcasmMode Yes, I definitely am]]. And the first person Iím going to tell is the captain of the guard who is definitely loyal to the princesses and would never be swayed against them.



* BigEater:
** Generally inverted by Nav after his transformation, to the point where he often ForgetsToEat, much to Rarity and Taya's disapproval. He does start eating a lot more after he [[JustifiedTrope finally starts to get into shape]] however.
** Celestia as well, given her fondness [[TrademarkFavoriteFood for cake]] and her tendency to indulge in it for breakfast.



* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: While a little out of it from his injuries in Chapter 67, Nav asks AJ to translate Zecora's rhyming speech for him. After she does, he then asks her to translate his response, despite Zecora having no difficulty understanding him.



* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: How does Celestia get Nav back for working with the griffons and ruining one her of long-running plans? Award him a [[RainbowPimpGear ridiculous set of armor]] during an extravagant award ceremony, which everyone else treats as a huge honour.

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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: How does Celestia get Nav back for working with the griffons and ruining one her of long-running plans? Award him a [[RainbowPimpGear [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes ridiculous set of armor]] during an extravagant award ceremony, which everyone else treats as a huge honour.



* EatenAlive: Nav pretends to eat Quisling alive during the war games, as part of his ploy to distract and demoralise the day guard scouting force.



* FantasyContraception: There's a unicorn spell for this purpose, but Nav generally has little need for it for [[InterspeciesRomance obvious reasons]]. It's not actually needed when [[VoluntaryShapeshifting casting the shapeshifting spell]] either since, it doesn't ''completely'' change your original species at the genetic level, but no one seems aware of this.

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* FantasyContraception: FantasyContraception:
**
There's a unicorn spell for this purpose, but Nav generally has little need for it for [[InterspeciesRomance obvious reasons]]. It's not actually needed when [[VoluntaryShapeshifting casting the shapeshifting spell]] either since, it doesn't ''completely'' change your original species at the genetic level, but no one seems aware of this.this.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with timberwolves, who need to eat zap apples in order to breed.



* GrievousHarmWithABody: Trixie tries to hurt Nav by hurling Twilight at him in Chapter 5, but misses.

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* GrievousHarmWithABody: GrievousHarmWithABody:
**
Trixie tries to hurt Nav by hurling Twilight at him in Chapter 5, but misses.misses.
** After Nav kills a timberwolf in Chapter 67, he unintentionally ends up doing this to himself due to his positioning, resulting in the dead wolf propelling him into a wall and injuring him.



* HaveAGayOldTime: An in-universe example, when Nav [[InsultBackfire tries to insult Cadance]] by comparing her to [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes his new armour]], she's pleased at being told she looks so happy.



* LiteralMetaphor: After forgiving Rarity and saying his goodbyes in Chapter 68, Nav notes in his narration that the day "seemed a little brighter than it had before". Only to realise he's standing in the glare of a window.
* [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes Impossibly Tacky Armour]]: Navarone gets granted a set of technicolour armour to go with his title of ''Defender of Harmony''. Ostensibly it's a huge honour, but in reality it's a [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment form of revenge]] by Celestia due to him ruining one of her plans.



* InsultBackfire:
** Celestia admonishes Nav for his [[LoopholeAbuse underhanded tactics]] in winning the Maris tournament, only for Nav to take it as a compliment, particularly coming from her.
** Nav's attempt to insult Cadance for her part in him being awarded the title of ''Defender of Harmony'' doesn't work out quite how he planned.
--->'''Navarone''': Youíre a terrible person. And that armor looks gayer than you do. Trust me, thatís saying something.
--->'''Cadance''': [[HaveAGayOldTime Iím glad you think I look so happy!]] And itís good you think [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes your armor]] does, too.
--->'''Navarone''': ÖYou know that wasnít a compliment, right?



* KissOfDistraction: Nav's ShutUpKiss to Pinkie also doubles at this, allowing him to escape from her.



** Spike and Twilight apparently have this arrangement regarding the times where she thinks she was being abandoned by everyone.
--->'''Spike''': We donít talk about those days, Nav.
** In Chapter 67, AJ and Rarity's attempts to cook something while at Zecoras results in an explosion that dyes both their hair rainbow-coloured.
--->'''Rarity''': We will never speak of this again.



* MyInstinctsAreShowing: [[DownplayedTrope A subtle example]]. On the few occasions one of the cast ends up in [[HumanityEnsues human form]], the oddities in their behaviour are picked up by Nav, notably the lack of gestures with the hands and the unusual postures. This works in reverse as well, with Twilight pointing out that Nav is very expressive with gestures [[{{Animorphism}} in pegasus form]].



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Discord admits to doing this in his narration, not only because he finds it amusing, but also because it catches others off guard.



* RainbowPimpGear: Navarone gets granted a set of technicolour armour to go with his title of ''Defender of Harmony''. Ostensibly it's a huge honour, but in reality it's a [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment form of revenge]] by Celestia due to him ruining one of her plans.



* RuleOfFunny: Lampshaded and invoked by Nav when Doppel bursts out of a closet to [[ThatRemindsMeOfASong join in a song]], resulting in her being blasted by Taya's magic. Since comedy rules are in effect, Doppel is unhurt, other than spitting out a cloud of smoke.



* SandInMyEyes: After Nav forgives Rarity in Chapter 68, she starts getting choked up and Nav claims to feel some dust in his eyes. Then he quickly kills the moment a second later
-->'''Rarity''': Shh, just let it all out.
-->'''Navarone''': Rarity, if you talk to me like a baby again, Iím turning this hug into a smackdown.



** Nav gives one to Pinkie in Chapter 47 to quite literally get her to shut up, rather than it being romantic in any way. It also makes a good distraction so he can escape.

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** Nav gives one to Pinkie in Chapter 47 to quite literally get her to shut up, rather than it being romantic in any way. It also [[KissOfDistraction makes a good distraction distraction]] so he can escape.


Added DiffLines:

* SuddenlySober: Flo is capable of rapidly sobering someone up while SharingABody, which Nav takes advantage of on a few occasions.


Added DiffLines:

* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Repeatedly lampshaded and mocked by Nav. Except for the time where the song is ''about him'', in which case he's horrified...
-->''Oh my God, sheís bursting into song. Now, Iíve said before that I liked Rarityís singing voice, but I wasnít happy about being sung at about how ĎIím a good personí and ĎIíve had love in my heart the entire time.í''


* AnythingButThat: Seen several times when various unicorns have their horns threatened with removal.



* BecomingTheMask: Bon-Bon has been away from the changeling hive for so long that even after dropping her disguise, her instinctual reaction is to refer to herself a pony, though she quickly catches her mistake.



* BigWhat: Twilight's reaction upon learning Nav is about to challenge a crazy unicorn who just threatened him...
-->''(after just being threatened)''
-->'''Twilight''': What was that about?
-->'''Navarone''': [[CasualDangerDialogue Oh, some unicorn just came here and told me he was going to kill me in fifteen minutes]]. Iíll go get my crossbow. Be back soon.
-->'''Twilight''': Have fun, NóWHAT?!

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* BigWhat: BigWhat:
**
Twilight's reaction upon learning Nav is about to challenge a crazy unicorn who just threatened him...
-->''(after --->''(after just being threatened)''
-->'''Twilight''': --->'''Twilight''': What was that about?
-->'''Navarone''': --->'''Navarone''': [[CasualDangerDialogue Oh, some unicorn just came here and told me he was going to kill me in fifteen minutes]]. Iíll go get my crossbow. Be back soon.
-->'''Twilight''': --->'''Twilight''': Have fun, NóWHAT?!NóWHAT?!
** Celestia [[NotSoStoic exploding with anger]] after finding out that Nav and Luna have ignored her plan and inadvertently created a scandal with the griffons.



* BriefAccentImitation: Taya does a bad job of imitating Apple Bloom's southern accent when mocking how the [=CMC=] constantly try and 'help' her find her cutie mark.



* CastingAShadow: One of Luna's abilities, she's even able to travel through the shadows to her destination.



* DudeWheresMyRespect: A complicated example. Among other races, Nav generally has the respect that you would expect given his accomplishments, but this is mostly played straight amongst ponies, even if he does have the respect of some such as the princesses and the royal guards. While he doesn't exactly demand the respect of others, he does point out to Celestia that he doesn't have much reason to stay in Equestria where a large amount of the population fears him, when he could go elsewhere and live like a king. In several cases, quite literally.

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* DudeWheresMyRespect: DudeWheresMyRespect:
**
A complicated example. example with Nav. Among other races, Nav he generally has the respect that you would expect given his accomplishments, but this is mostly played straight amongst ponies, even if he does have the respect of some such as the princesses and the royal guards. While he doesn't exactly demand the respect of others, he does point out to Celestia that he doesn't have much reason to stay in Equestria where a large amount of the population fears him, when he could go elsewhere and live like a king. In several cases, quite literally.literally.
** Midnight had a hard time rising up the ranks of the guard due to Celestia failing to recognise her competence. Midnight is particularly angered by Celestia being more than capable of remembering the names of the less important members of her court.



* FaceDeathWithDignity: Briefly discussed in Chapter 64, when a convicted naga is told to cease lying, and show some dignity in her final moments.



* FlatWhat: Plenty of examples. In particular, Nav's reaction to finding out about his ArrangedMarriage to Gilda from Celestia. Cadance has a similar reaction when Nav tells her a little later.



* FreudianExcuse: Kat claims to have tortured Nav due to her abuse as a slave during her backstory, and having never been in control of anything before. Nav calls her on this being a pathetic excuse for what she did.



* GoodGuyBar: The Shady Trough, favourite haunt of the Night Guard.



* IAintGotTimeToBleed: Following his SuperWindowJump to escape Celestia, Nav is completely oblivious to the fact he's bleeding, and only notices some time later after attracting a lot of staring. And Octavia pointing all this out to him.



* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Nav's generally fairly relaxed about the idea of Taya dating someone, but he does take a moment to warn Spike not to hurt her if he does anything with her.

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* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer:
**
Nav's generally fairly relaxed about the idea of Taya dating someone, but he does take a moment to warn Spike not to hurt her if he does anything with her.her.
** Pinkie scares Kat half to death by promising retribution if she so much as looks at Nav in a funny way.



* IOweYouMyLife: Ames agrees to train Nav in part because of this, due to Nav saving his life back during a raid in Chapter 13.
* IronicName: Sunshine Smiles claims to have joined the Night Guard to deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoke this]], though his actual reason is due to his lack of respect for Shining Armor.



** Nav insists to Rarity and Taya that they pretend Cadance's drunken behaviour in Chapter 62 never happened.



* MadeOfIron: Ponies are surprisingly resilient to damage. It's lampshaded by Nav several times, particularly when Rainbow Dash crashes.



* MexicanStandoff: Ames gets into one with Bloodbeak and his guards in Chapter 66, when they visit Nav's house in Chapter 66 and threaten Doppel.



* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Gilda ends up about to invoke this to get out of her ArrangedMarriage with Nav, though he manages to convince her of a less murderous plan.
-->'''Gilda''': No fiancé, no marriage.



* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: Rock is essentially a walking tank, and capable of walking around with extensive injuries as if they were nothing. In one instance, it's only when Nav [[ICanStillFight orders him]] to go and get healed up that he stops fighting.



** When Shining Armor claims to have been preoccupied with husbandly duties, Nav, being his usual self, immediately assumes said duties were of an intimate nature. Shining Armor quickly informs Nav otherwise, right as Bloodbeak enters the room.
--->'''Shining Armor''': We werenít bucking!
--->'''Bloodbeak''': Am IÖ interrupting something?



** Celestia, upon finding out that thanks to Nav, changeling technology has rapidly advanced ahead of Equestrian technology.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Celestia generally keeps her emotions under control and puts on [[TheStoic a stoic front]] in her role as princess. If you see her display any vast levels of emotion, then you've ''seriously'' provoked her.



* PapaWolf: Nav doesn't ever say this to anyone, but he does make it clear in his narration that anyone who hurt Taya would end up being beaten to death with [[GroinAttack various parts of their anatomy]].

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* PapaWolf: Nav doesn't ever say this to anyone, but he does make it clear notes in his narration that anyone who hurt hurting Taya would end up being beaten to death with [[GroinAttack various parts of their anatomy]].anatomy]], and later tells Fluttershy that he'd kill Gilda if she ever injured Taya in a rage.
-->'''Fluttershy''': What if Gilda hurts her?
-->'''Navarone''': Then they would [[NeverFoundTheBody never find the body]].



* RecognitionFailure: When Nav visits the Unicorn MageTower in Chapter 63, he's initially believed to be an escaped monster by some of the more clueless members of staff, despite being one of the most famous people in the country by this point.
-->'''Receptionist''': Sorry about that. Some of the researchers here donít get out much.
-->'''Navarone''': Iíve been here for more than four years!
-->'''Receptionist''': Like I said, they donít get out much.



* ScrewYourself: After Rainbow taunts Nav for having a FrenchMaid [[ItMakesSenseInContext outfit]], Doppel scares her off by coming on to her with a variant of this.
-->'''Doppel''': (as Rainbow Dash in a maid outfit) Donít you think I look sexy?
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': I-I-IHAVETOGO!



** One of Nav's favourite quotes is from ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak''
** ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' is referenced on multiple occasions.
** Nav references the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' comic Loose Canon in Chapter 65.
** ''The Shady Trough'' is borrowed from [[http://equestria-prevails.deviantart.com/art/The-Shady-Trough-319986368 this fanart]].



* SoProudOfYou: A dark example, when Twilight first kills a monster in Chapter 99, and Nav hugs her out of pride while she's [[HeroicBSOD BSODing]].

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* SoProudOfYou: SoProudOfYou:
** He might not say it often, but Nav is very proud of having Taya as his daughter, and readily admits it to both Bloodbeak and Taya in Chapter 66.
**
A dark example, when Twilight first kills a monster in Chapter 99, and Nav hugs her out of pride while she's [[HeroicBSOD BSODing]].



* {{Squee}}: Fluttershy and Rarity's reaction at seeing '[[FreakyFridayFlip Taya]]' sitting in Nav's lap.

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* {{Squee}}: {{Squee}}:
**
Fluttershy and Rarity's reaction at seeing '[[FreakyFridayFlip Taya]]' sitting in Nav's lap.lap.
** One of the pony nurses in Flankfurt, Blackberry, upon finding out she has Kat for a patient.
--->'''Blackberry''': OH CELESTIA YOUíRE A KITTY!



* TakeThat: Nav's [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude comments over his name]] can be considered one to the many fics out there where this is used without irony.

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
**
Nav's [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude comments over his name]] can be considered one to the many fics out there where this is used without irony.irony.
** At Cadance, when Gilda is guessing her name and figures she "looks like a Mary Sue".



* ThisCannotBe: Celestia's initial reaction, upon discovering the changelings have mastered human technology enough to create a working electric generator.



* ToWinWithoutFighting: Celestia merely making an appearance on the field in Chapter 16 is enough to cause the army to stand down, allowing the slaves to leave with no bloodshed.



* UnEntendre: {{Subverted|Trope}}. When Vinyl suggests to Nav that they "go make some music" she is being quite literal. Then, after a music session, they do then in fact proceed to 'make some music'.



* YouShallNotPass: Celestia's guards try to stop Nav from walking into Celestia's room after Luna {{Mind Rape}}s him. Nav beats them up, and they deny that they tried to stop him the following morning.

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* YouShallNotPass: Celestia's guards try to stop Nav from walking into Celestia's room after Luna {{Mind Rape}}s him. Nav beats them up, and they deny that they tried to stop him the following morning. They try to stop Nav again later on, only to quickly backpedal when they recognise him.

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