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* FascistButInefficient: [[spoiler: After the Cutie Mark Crusaders totally take over Ponyville, everyone is given a new job every day to prove they're no longer restricted by their cutie marks. However this means that someone who has a talent for absolutely destroying flowers might be made gardener, someone totally untrained made a dentist or optometrist, and a ''baby'' might be put in charge of a store.]] The place is in shambles after only two weeks.


* DumbMuscle: Twilight describes her brother as "more of an athlete than a thinker."
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* DumbMuscle: Twilight describes her brother as "more of an athlete than a thinker."
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption:
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** Offhand references to hands followed up by "What's a hand?"

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* JustAKid: Twilight doesn't take the CMC very seriously due to this, to the point of [[spoiler:considering them to not be very much of a threat even with three shards]].

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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption:


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* IJustWantToBeNormal: All the failed attempts at figuring out her special talent have seriously started to wear Apple Bloom down, to the point where she's starting to resent the idea that not having a cutie mark yet isn't 'normal'.
** IJustWantToBeSpecial: She also feels like the Apple Family has 'lame Cutie Marks', and is starting to wonder if hers will even be worth the wait.

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* INeedAFreakingDrink: After a frustrating turn of events, AJ heads to Sugarcube Corner wanting a malt.
* LiquidAssets: The Thief's Crystal can steal the magic of others and [[PowerSource transfer it]] to the user.


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* MeaningfulRename: The Cutie Mark Crusaders decide to start calling themselves [[spoiler:'the Community Mangement Curators']] instead.


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* PimpedOutDress: Sweetie Belle wears a flared skirt and matching headpiece after [[spoiler:ascending to office]].


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* VisionaryVillain: [[spoiler:Apple Bloom]] becomes one, specifically wanting to use the powers of the Thief's Crystal to 'make things better' via [[spoiler:bucking the Cutie Mark system]].

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''[[http://three-apples.tumblr.com/ Three Apples]]'' is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[FanWork Fan Comic]] penned by Capnpea, which is set in the summer between Seasons 3 and 4. As the title implies, Applejack plays a central role.

While spelunking in the middle of the apple orchard, Apple Bloom and her friends unearth a small, magical shard. Twilight quickly identifies this as the Thief's Crystal, a dangerous, long-lost artifact rumored to be capable of stealing the magic of others. In order to learn more about it, the Mane Six decide to take a trip to the Crystal Empire.

Before leaving, however, AJ tries to comfort her little sister, who's still frustrated by her lacking a cutie mark. But when Apple Bloom asks what ''her'' cutie mark means, AJ isn't entirely certain how to answer. And things just snowball from there.

Intended to have three parts, ''Three Apples'' has finished Part I: ''Core Issues'' and is currently in the middle of Part II: ''Seeds of Destruction''.

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!!This [[FanWork Fan Comic]] contains examples of:

* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "So what's three apples? Your three apples. What does that make you- ripe?"
** In Part II, she throws her another one: [[spoiler:"Does anybody ''like'' you, Applejack?"]]
* DramaticThunder: When Twilight announces that the CMC found something potentially dangerous, a thunderbolt cracks right outside her window.
* DumbMuscle: Twilight describes her brother as "more of an athlete than a thinker."
* FastballSpecial: Turns out this runs in the family -- Twilight and Shining Armor's family line has been Canterlot's Pony-Toss Champions for ''three generations''.
-->'''Shining Armor:''' It's InTheBlood.\\
'''Twilight:''' And sometimes there's a lot of blood.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Apple Bloom's whole rant about how life ''should'' be fair.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Sombra was once an ordinary earth pony who worked as a blacksmith. He created the Thief's Crystal in order to steal all the magic of the Crystal Empire and take over, becoming a total tyrant.
* LiteralMinded: All three Crusaders. When AJ tries to explain what cutie marks mean, Apple Bloom responds by trying to analyze them literally.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: Twilight tells a disgruntled Rainbow Dash to think of [[spoiler:the time they wasted in the Crystal Empire]] as a 'team-building exercise'.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: As Twilight realizes in Part II, [[spoiler:Celestia's Mayoral-binding spell is the whole reason why the CMC were able to take over Ponyville]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The other girls react with horror when AJ declares [[spoiler:that she '''HATES''' apples]].
* PermanentElectedOfficial: Princess Celestia used magic to bind Mayor Mare to her office so that she could never be unseated.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In ''Seeds of Destruction'', Applejack gets one from [[spoiler:Apple Bloom]], outlining the difference between being actively hated and being ''liked''.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler:Sombra gets sealed into Shining Armor's horn]].
* SeriousBusiness: Pony Toss.
* ShutUpHannibal: Pinkie Pie's response to Sombra's WallOfText is to demand "How did you get '''EVEN MORE BORING'''" and kick him in the face.
* SixthRanger: Shining Armor during the first arc.
* TitleDrop: "So, what's Three Apples?" {{Lampshaded}} by the bottom of the panel reading 'It's the title.'
* WrongGenreSavvy: Twilight's assumption that [[spoiler:the other pieces of the Thief's Crystal are scattered across Equestria]] turns out to be a ''little'' off the mark.

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