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** On a smaller level, Diamond's relationship with her first pet: the jeweled scarab Cameo. She truly does everything she can to take care of the insect. Managers have to look after their employees, and since Cameo's job is to make Diamond happy...
* [[Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl Centorea Shianus]] hasn't had the best time of her life. [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/432523/daily-equestria-life-with-monster-girl She's been displaced into Equestria]], surrounded by a populace scarred by [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart1 their last encounter]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 with a centaur]], not helped by the plastic she carries serving as AntiMagic. She's been imprisoned as much for her own safety as for the peace of mind of the Princess' subjects. But one guard, Nightwatch, has begun to work through her fear, offering to tutor her even though it's not really in her wheelhouse to do so, and stating that if those who summoned her try to take her away, ''she would fight for her''.

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** On a smaller level, Diamond's relationship with her first pet: the jeweled scarab Cameo. She truly does everything she can to take care of the insect. Managers have to look after their employees, and since Cameo's job is to make Diamond happy...
* [[Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl Centorea Shianus]] hasn't had the best time of her life. [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/432523/daily-equestria-life-with-monster-girl She's been displaced into Equestria]], surrounded by a populace scarred by [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart1 their last encounter]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 with a centaur]], not helped by the plastic she carries serving as AntiMagic. She's been imprisoned as much for her own safety as for the peace of mind of the Princess' subjects. But one guard, Nightwatch, has begun to work through her fear, offering to tutor her even though it's not really in her wheelhouse to do so, and stating that if those who summoned her try to take her away, ''she would fight for her''.
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** On a smaller level, Diamond's relationship with her first pet: the jeweled scarab Cameo. She truly does everything she can to take care of the insect. Managers have to look after their employees, and since Cameo's job is to make Diamond happy...

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** On a smaller level, Diamond's relationship with her first pet: the jeweled scarab Cameo. She truly does everything she can to take care of the insect. Managers have to look after their employees, and since Cameo's job is to make Diamond happy...happy...
* [[Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl Centorea Shianus]] hasn't had the best time of her life. [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/432523/daily-equestria-life-with-monster-girl She's been displaced into Equestria]], surrounded by a populace scarred by [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart1 their last encounter]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 with a centaur]], not helped by the plastic she carries serving as AntiMagic. She's been imprisoned as much for her own safety as for the peace of mind of the Princess' subjects. But one guard, Nightwatch, has begun to work through her fear, offering to tutor her even though it's not really in her wheelhouse to do so, and stating that if those who summoned her try to take her away, ''she would fight for her''.


--> [[spoiler:The Lord of the castle is leading the Bearers down a secret passage filled with ''traps''.]] There's every chance that if I saw this in a story, I might start shouting at the page in a completely futile effort to keep the heroines and hero from going in there."

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--> [[spoiler:The The Lord of the castle is leading the Bearers down a secret passage filled with ''traps''.]] ''traps''. There's every chance that if I saw this in a story, I might start shouting at the page in a completely futile effort to keep the heroines and hero from going in there."



* Chapter 53. [[spoiler: Discord claims all the hybrids as ''his,'' claiming that he's tied to the land, to children. Part of his fury against Gentle Arrival is clearly fury about what he's done to ''her,'' and he offers not only recharge the chaos pearls if needed (so long as he is ''asked first''). He also offers, of his own free will, to train ''her'' in her powers.]]
* In Chapter 55, Discord's surprisingly gentle and paternal interactions with ''her''. [[spoiler:He also offers sincere comfort to Twilight, who is currently reeling emotionally from TheReveal that she is -- or, at least, Celestial ''believes'' that she is -- Star Swirl's magically-induced reincarnation. Discord comforts her by pointing out that even if this may be the case, she is '''not''' Star Swirl. She is her own pony, and has the chance to live her own life, and he encourages her to do just that.]]
** Also in chapter 55, Discord's genuine empathy for [[spoiler:Triptych]], talking about how she spent her entire life imprisoned utterly, with her only hope for escape being the ability to hope somebody would change. The last thing he says, the last line of the chapter, makes it clear that Discord really has found some understanding of empathy:

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* Chapter 53. [[spoiler: Discord claims all the hybrids as ''his,'' claiming that he's tied to the land, to children. Part of his fury against Gentle Arrival is clearly fury about what he's done to ''her,'' and he offers not only recharge the chaos pearls if needed (so long as he is ''asked first''). He also offers, of his own free will, to train ''her'' in her powers.]]
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* In Chapter 55, Discord's surprisingly gentle and paternal interactions with ''her''. [[spoiler:He He also offers sincere comfort to Twilight, who is currently reeling emotionally from TheReveal that she is -- or, at least, Celestial ''believes'' that she is -- Star Swirl's magically-induced reincarnation. Discord comforts her by pointing out that even if this may be the case, she is '''not''' Star Swirl. She is her own pony, and has the chance to live her own life, and he encourages her to do just that.]]
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** Also in chapter 55, Discord's genuine empathy for [[spoiler:Triptych]], Triptych, talking about how she spent her entire life imprisoned utterly, with her only hope for escape being the ability to hope somebody would change. The last thing he says, the last line of the chapter, makes it clear that Discord really has found some understanding of empathy:



* Chapter 56. The whole thing, really. Everyone is healing. It's taking time, but they are recovering, thanks to each other. Even Twilight, [[spoiler: after having her faith in Celestia shattered]], is willing to extend an olive branch. She's not ready to forgive, to talk yet, but she's willing to give it a go eventually.

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* Chapter 56. The whole thing, really. Everyone is healing. It's taking time, but they are recovering, thanks to each other. Even Twilight, [[spoiler: after having her faith in Celestia shattered]], shattered, is willing to extend an olive branch. She's not ready to forgive, to talk yet, but she's willing to give it a go eventually.



* [[CoolOldGuy Cranky]] talking Pinkie out of her depression following her inability to make a [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/118359/pinkie-pie-vs-the-souffl soufflé]], slowly getting to the core of ''why'' she hasn't been able to pull it off without hurting her or making things worse. [[spoiler: He works out that to some degree, she's been subconsciously sabotaging herself because if she ''does'' make the dish, it'll be the first step in having to eventually leave the Cakes behind -- something she's not ready to do.]]

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* [[CoolOldGuy Cranky]] talking Pinkie out of her depression following her inability to make a [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/118359/pinkie-pie-vs-the-souffl soufflé]], slowly getting to the core of ''why'' she hasn't been able to pull it off without hurting her or making things worse. [[spoiler: He works out that to some degree, she's been subconsciously sabotaging herself because if she ''does'' make the dish, it'll be the first step in having to eventually leave the Cakes behind -- something she's not ready to do.]] do.



* It's a darker example than most, but Celestia and Luna's worst-case scenario talk in Chapter 8 of [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/131321/a-mark-of-appeal A Mark Of Appeal]] is a quiet demonstration of how much they truly love each other. [[spoiler: Enough, if things went as wrong as they possibly could, to give each sister responsibility for helping the other commit suicide.]]

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* It's a darker example than most, but Celestia and Luna's worst-case scenario talk in Chapter 8 of [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/131321/a-mark-of-appeal A Mark Of Appeal]] is a quiet demonstration of how much they truly love each other. [[spoiler: Enough, if things went as wrong as they possibly could, to give each sister responsibility for helping the other commit suicide.]]



** In the final chapter, he then ''succeeds'' in using ThePowerOfFriendship to retain his mind after a greed-fuelled growth spurt. As with Spike, this reverses the surge and leaves him at his normal size -- which makes him more than a little vulnerable when the hoard's true owner finally shows up. [[spoiler: And his father is not happy.]]

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** In the final chapter, he then ''succeeds'' in using ThePowerOfFriendship to retain his mind after a greed-fuelled growth spurt. As with Spike, this reverses the surge and leaves him at his normal size -- which makes him more than a little vulnerable when the hoard's true owner finally shows up. [[spoiler: And his father is not happy.]]



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** Applejack managed to get a special dispensation from Princess Luna to use the confiscated snitcher on Apple Bloom... and it confirmed that her mark magic is ''finally'' on the rise.



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** Applejack's decision to ask Snowflake out on a date is extra heartwarming with the hindsight that, 1: ''Drunk Little Ponies'' revealed she's been interested in him for a long time, 2: Snowflake has basically resigned himself to a life of being alone for his looks, as seen in ''Scootalift'', and 3: this shows how Applejack has finally managed to shake off her own unconscious tribalism, allowing herself to ask out the pegasus she ''wants'' to date instead of trying to find an earth pony because she's ''supposed'' to be with one.



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* Chapter 56. The whole thing, really. Everyone is healing. It's taking time, but they are recovering, thanks to each other. Even Twilight, [[spoiler: after having her faith in Celestia shattered]], is willing to extend an olive branch. She's not ready to forgive, to talk yet, but she's willing to give it a go eventually.


!!In Triptych:
* In [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/101769/39/ Chapter 39]], even though the situation is bad, Quiet Presence calls Spike a hero:
--> [[spoiler:The Lord of the castle is leading the Bearers down a secret passage filled with ''traps''.]] There's every chance that if I saw this in a story, I might start shouting at the page in a completely futile effort to keep the heroines and hero from going in there."
* Chapter 44 of ''Triptych'' is one long YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre from Rarity to Twilight, Applejack to Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash to Fluttershy.
* Chapter 53. [[spoiler: Discord claims all the hybrids as ''his,'' claiming that he's tied to the land, to children. Part of his fury against Gentle Arrival is clearly fury about what he's done to ''her,'' and he offers not only recharge the chaos pearls if needed (so long as he is ''asked first''). He also offers, of his own free will, to train ''her'' in her powers.]]
* In Chapter 55, Discord's surprisingly gentle and paternal interactions with ''her''. [[spoiler:He also offers sincere comfort to Twilight, who is currently reeling emotionally from TheReveal that she is -- or, at least, Celestial ''believes'' that she is -- Star Swirl's magically-induced reincarnation. Discord comforts her by pointing out that even if this may be the case, she is '''not''' Star Swirl. She is her own pony, and has the chance to live her own life, and he encourages her to do just that.]]
** Also in chapter 55, Discord's genuine empathy for [[spoiler:Triptych]], talking about how she spent her entire life imprisoned utterly, with her only hope for escape being the ability to hope somebody would change. The last thing he says, the last line of the chapter, makes it clear that Discord really has found some understanding of empathy:
-->'''Discord:''' "No one should ever be trapped in stone."

!!In Other Stories:



** On a smaller level, Diamond's relationship with her first pet: the jeweled scarab Cameo. She truly does everything she can to take care of the insect. Managers have to look after their employees, and since Cameo's job is to make Diamond happy...
* In [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/101769/39/ Chapter 39]], even though the situation is bad, Quiet Presence calls Spike a hero:
--> [[spoiler:The Lord of the castle is leading the Bearers down a secret passage filled with ''traps''.]] There's every chance that if I saw this in a story, I might start shouting at the page in a completely futile effort to keep the heroines and hero from going in there."
* Chapter 44 of ''Triptych'' is one long YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre from Rarity to Twilight, Applejack to Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash to Fluttershy.
* Chapter 53. [[spoiler: Discord claims all the hybrids as ''his,'' claiming that he's tied to the land, to children. Part of his fury against Gentle Arrival is clearly fury about what he's done to ''her,'' and he offers not only recharge the chaos pearls if needed (so long as he is ''asked first''). He also offers, of his own free will, to train ''her'' in her powers.]]

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** On a smaller level, Diamond's relationship with her first pet: the jeweled scarab Cameo. She truly does everything she can to take care of the insect. Managers have to look after their employees, and since Cameo's job is to make Diamond happy...
* In [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/101769/39/ Chapter 39]], even though the situation is bad, Quiet Presence calls Spike a hero:
--> [[spoiler:The Lord of the castle is leading the Bearers down a secret passage filled with ''traps''.]] There's every chance that if I saw this in a story, I might start shouting at the page in a completely futile effort to keep the heroines and hero from going in there."
* Chapter 44 of ''Triptych'' is one long YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre from Rarity to Twilight, Applejack to Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash to Fluttershy.
* Chapter 53. [[spoiler: Discord claims all the hybrids as ''his,'' claiming that he's tied to the land, to children. Part of his fury against Gentle Arrival is clearly fury about what he's done to ''her,'' and he offers not only recharge the chaos pearls if needed (so long as he is ''asked first''). He also offers, of his own free will, to train ''her'' in her powers.]]
happy...


* Chapter 53. [[spoiler: Discord claims all the hybrids as 'his,' claiming that he's tied to the land, to children. Part of his fury against Gentle Arrival is clearly fury about what he's done to 'her,' and he offers not only recharge the chaos pearls if needed (so long as he is ''asked first''). He also offers, of his own free will, to train ''her'' in her powers.]]

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* Chapter 53. [[spoiler: Discord claims all the hybrids as 'his,' ''his,'' claiming that he's tied to the land, to children. Part of his fury against Gentle Arrival is clearly fury about what he's done to 'her,' ''her,'' and he offers not only recharge the chaos pearls if needed (so long as he is ''asked first''). He also offers, of his own free will, to train ''her'' in her powers.]]


* Chapter 53. [[spoiler: Discord claims all the hybrids as 'his,' claiming that he's tied to the land, to children. Part of his fury against Gentle Arrival is clearly fury about what he's done to 'her,' and he offers not only recharge the chaos pearls if needed (so long as he is ''asked first.'' He also offers, of his own free will, to train ''her'' in her powers.]]

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* Chapter 53. [[spoiler: Discord claims all the hybrids as 'his,' claiming that he's tied to the land, to children. Part of his fury against Gentle Arrival is clearly fury about what he's done to 'her,' and he offers not only recharge the chaos pearls if needed (so long as he is ''asked first.'' first''). He also offers, of his own free will, to train ''her'' in her powers.]]


* Chapter 44 of ''Triptych'' is one long YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre from Rarity to Twilight, Applejack to Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash to Fluttershy.

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* Chapter 44 of ''Triptych'' is one long YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre from Rarity to Twilight, Applejack to Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash to Fluttershy.Fluttershy.
* Chapter 53. [[spoiler: Discord claims all the hybrids as 'his,' claiming that he's tied to the land, to children. Part of his fury against Gentle Arrival is clearly fury about what he's done to 'her,' and he offers not only recharge the chaos pearls if needed (so long as he is ''asked first.'' He also offers, of his own free will, to train ''her'' in her powers.]]


* One of the themes in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/204101/princesses-cant-cook Princesses Can't Cook]] is how taste and smell can be the best way to [[{{Ratatouille}} awaken memory]]. Celestia and Luna initially ignore it in favor of starting into the actual [[StuffBlowingUp cooking process]] -- but in the end, it's a lesson they learn. The hard way.

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* One of the themes in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/204101/princesses-cant-cook Princesses Can't Cook]] is how taste and smell can be the best way to [[{{Ratatouille}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}} awaken memory]]. Celestia and Luna initially ignore it in favor of starting into the actual [[StuffBlowingUp cooking process]] -- but in the end, it's a lesson they learn. The hard way.


* Chapter 44 of ''Triptych'' is one long YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre from Rarity to Twilight, Applejack to Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash to Fluttershy in their separate cells.

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* Chapter 44 of ''Triptych'' is one long YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre from Rarity to Twilight, Applejack to Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash to Fluttershy in their separate cells.Fluttershy.


--> [[spoiler:The Lord of the castle is leading the Bearers down a secret passage filled with ''traps''.]] There's every chance that if I saw this in a story, I might start shouting at the page in a completely futile effort to keep the heroines and hero from going in there."

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--> [[spoiler:The Lord of the castle is leading the Bearers down a secret passage filled with ''traps''.]] There's every chance that if I saw this in a story, I might start shouting at the page in a completely futile effort to keep the heroines and hero from going in there.""
* Chapter 44 of ''Triptych'' is one long YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre from Rarity to Twilight, Applejack to Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash to Fluttershy in their separate cells.


** On a smaller level, Diamond's relationship with her first pet: the jeweled scarab Cameo. She truly does everything she can to take care of the insect. Managers have to look after their employees, and since Cameo's job is to make Diamond happy...

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** On a smaller level, Diamond's relationship with her first pet: the jeweled scarab Cameo. She truly does everything she can to take care of the insect. Managers have to look after their employees, and since Cameo's job is to make Diamond happy...happy...
* In [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/101769/39/ Chapter 39]], even though the situation is bad, Quiet Presence calls Spike a hero:
--> [[spoiler:The Lord of the castle is leading the Bearers down a secret passage filled with ''traps''.]] There's every chance that if I saw this in a story, I might start shouting at the page in a completely futile effort to keep the heroines and hero from going in there."


** In Spike's chapter, not only do we have the police of Ponyville absolutely refusing to do anything to hurt Spike despite the Flower Trio's fear-mongering efforts, we then have Mr. Rich calmly stepping forward to get the sick little dragon what he wants and taking him home safely, ending with Miranda Rights, the Ponyville chief of police, assuring Twilight that Spike did nothing wrong and, even with the Flower Trio being idiots, nopony is going to blame Spike for anything. This chapter is ''hugely'' improved if you read ''Unnoticed'', a {{Tearjerker}}-rich story about how Spike is initially seen by the ponies of Ponyville, beforehand -- the change in attitude is marvelous.

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** In Spike's chapter, not only do we have the police of Ponyville absolutely refusing to do anything to hurt Spike despite the Flower Trio's fear-mongering efforts, we then have Mr. Rich calmly stepping forward to get the sick little dragon what he wants and taking him home safely, ending with Miranda Rights, the Ponyville chief of police, assuring Twilight that Spike did nothing wrong and, even with the Flower Trio being idiots, nopony is going to blame Spike for anything. This chapter is ''hugely'' improved if you read ''Unnoticed'', a {{Tearjerker}}-rich story about how Spike is initially seen by the ponies of Ponyville, beforehand -- the change in attitude is marvelous.marvelous.
* Ultimately, [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/365247/the-bounce-test The Bounce Test]] is about Flash Sentry being made to reframe his entire life, going from WalkingDisasterArea to a talent-powered DestructiveSavior who sets off small accidents in order to defuse huge ones. Iron's attempts to talk the pegasus into truly seeing himself for what it is are oddly endearing, especially when it becomes clear that Flash's reputation has left him with ''no'' friends anywhere along his long transfer-filled road to the Empire -- and the next-to-last scene, as every Guard (plus Cadance) approaches Flash to thank him for saving their lives, comes close to {{Tearjerker}} territory. Until that moment, practically no one had ''ever'' thanked Flash for his sacrifices, or even realized that sacrifices (of reputation and self-esteem) were taking place.
* On the whole, the relationship between Rarity and Twilight can qualify for this. Rarity serves as a CoolBigSis for all of the Bearers on her good days, but it's Twilight who ''needs'' that connection the most. Other than Spike, Rarity is the most likely to keep Twilight centered and focused, which can sometimes include reminding her of just how far she's come since getting off the air carriage. But there's a price to pay for that, as Rarity is also the one who often has to tell Twilight things [[BrutalHonesty she doesn't want to hear]], and it leads to ebbs and flows in their friendship.
* The final scene for [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/357826/the-remainders-of-the-day The Remainders Of The Day]] has Twilight trying to repair her relationship with the mayor by gifting her with a copy of the encyclopedia volume which brought Marigold to her mark. It's a sign of how much progress Twilight's made since arriving in Ponyville, and while the mayor seems to initially openly dismiss the offering, Twilight gets to hear the mayor's forehoof gently rubbing against the book's spine.
-->"Volume Seven," the mayor whispered. "''My'' Volume Seven."
-->Twilight looked back, and saw the shine in Marigold's eyes.
* In a way, [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/195040/a-confederacy-of-dunce-caps A Confederacy Of Dunce Caps]] isn't just about Diamond losing her status as KarmaHoudini, it's also about her learning to trust. Ultimately, she has to open up to Snips and Snails, telling them the truth about why she's been going so far to make them study: so she can copy off their papers and pass herself. It leaves her facing the ground, blaming the local pegasi for why the dirt is getting so wet, listening to the boys trot away while they talk to Silver about it -- and then they come back to her, unsure of how they feel about having been used, but willing to postpone any reaction until after they help her study for finals.
** On a smaller level, Diamond's relationship with her first pet: the jeweled scarab Cameo. She truly does everything she can to take care of the insect. Managers have to look after their employees, and since Cameo's job is to make Diamond happy...

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