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  • Taken for Granite: In Daring Do and the Crystal Statue there is an artifact capable of transforming others into the titular substance.
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: When Snazzy starts aging in Witch’s Circus, thus losing his good looks, he tries to poison himself. Dr. Caballeron calms him down by assuring him that he can think of at least a dozen Fountain of Youth legends just off the top of his head, and he’s sure one of them must be real.
    • Near the climax of Eternal Nightmare, Daring has to talk Princess Luna out of sacrificing her life so that the Tantabus will die with her.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Frequently done in the expanded universe comic series. Lampshaded on a few occasions by Herpy.
  • Talk to the Fist: Bravado is perfectly aware of Mareton's way with words, and any situation with both of them involved will end in this. It helps that Bravado absolutely hates him.
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  • Throw It In!: The first book in the series makes a passing reference to a University page called Harpy. However, his name was misspelled as Herpy, and fans latched onto that spelling and embraced the silly pony. Herpy appeared briefly in the second book, typo intact and with his fanon personality. Later on, Herpy returned as a major character.
  • Team Pet: Calypso, Daring's purple macaw. However, he's usually kept at the university while Daring is adventuring.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: To show the power of the Scepter of the Chaos Beast, the narrative gets messed with. One way it does so is that Mahavir/Mahiavar's name alternates constantly, to the point where even different print runs will have different name combinations.
  • The Load: In Griffonland Grumblings Silvia Clawson is often an impediment due to her laziness, greediness and cowardice. Until about halfway where Kitty convinces Silvia to apply herself and her strength and speed become quite helpful.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: To put down Krastos and the Assembler, Daring detonated a leyline by imbuing it with chaos magic to destabilize it and then activated several powerful artifact explosives next to it. To give an idea how powerful a blast this is, it's described as being able to turn the Everfree Forest into the Everfree Crater (no, it wasn't done there).
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    • Though considering what they are, that may not have been a permanent solution.
  • These Are Things Pony Was Not Meant To Know: A variation in Short Stuff and the Amazing Vacuum. The never before seen dragon sized creature is implied to be the Trickster from Ahuizotl and the Giant Chess Pie and the titular vacuum partially breaking down after absorbing it is implied to due to absorbing a few of these. The characters, however, put it down to (not-so) Explosive Overclocking
  • The Stars Are Going Out: Part way through the Star Quest Trilogy, something causes the stars to blink out of existence. Turns out, it's Inti, no longer bound by Nightmare Moon and having finally broken free of the chains that bound him, EATING THEM for power.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Page and Header, Nagridge's loyal minions.
  • Threatening Shark: Attracted by the title artifact in the short story Shūbidū and the Ruby Shark.
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  • Tickle Torture: Used by Ahuizotl to get Daring Do to reveal the location of the treasure in Cove of Candles. It doesn't work.
  • Title Confusion: The Sapphire Stone is set into a small blue statue, and so the MacGuffin is referred to as "the statue" very frequently in the action and dialogue. Because of this, even the most pedantic fans tend to call Quest for the Sapphire Stone "Quest for the Sapphire Statue" about half the time.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Dr. Zerato never caught on that it was a dumb idea to call Sebastius an inferior being to his face.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Balthasar in Shrine of the Silver Monkey is more of an action ape than in Classical Mythology.
  • The Trickster: Anasazi. It helps that his true form is shaped like a coyote, who was considered by the original trickster in Buffalo mythology.
  • The World Is Not Ready: Minos' motivation for keeping the secret of the Labyrinth of Legends.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: Several are mentioned, including: Hamdani Hadban's Mikrohippocon, Furler's Leises Pferden-Erscheinen, and the Barbaequus of Celeres.
    • The Neighcronomicon is brought up by Herpy in The Staff of Star Swirl, but is dismissed by Daring as being just a bunch of made-up hooey. As it turns out, the original print of that very book contains the clue to find the last piece of the Staff.
    • A copy of the Unaussprechlichen Colten can be seen in the comics for a single frame of the first issue, on Daring's office bookshelf along with Le Colt Des Goules and The Princess in Pink (see Brown Note above).
  • Toon Physics: Short stories by the writer D.Cord tend to feature these. In Ahuizotl and the Giant Chess Pie it's stated to be the work of the Trickster and it's implied, though not stated, to be because of it in the other stories too.
  • Tournament Arc: In the second book of the Blood Diamond series, Daring Do has to enter one to get the artifact she was after.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Almar's Cliff, from Revenant's Effigy, whose inhabitants are all soulless, and part of the Assembler's army.
  • Tranquil Fury: The Steelclad Sorceror at his angriest is surprisingly quiet and relaxed, and could almost pass for calm if he weren't shaking uncontrollably from all his rage.
    "Ya see, I can't afford ta get mad right now, I'd jus' tear 'is head off in a moment. And we both know he deserves worse than that."
    • Fuergott is also very contained in her emotions, only letting the bitter surface leak through.
  • Transformation of the Possessed: When possessed by the Windigo, Snazzy Shades’ black mane turns white and blows around like flames in a fire. Also comes with Glowing Eyes of Doom
  • Twitchy Eye: Mirror Dreams. In spades. She detests the destruction of anything with historical/magical value, which, unfortunately, tends to happen a lot.
    • So, this is a semi-permenant state for her?
    • Mareton develops one when Daring points out that for all her racism, jackassery and treachery, Nagridge was still the objectively better pony.
  • Two Beings, One Body: Doctor Zerato’s plan to fuse Sebastius and Bravado into one pony.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: Grouchy.
  • Ultimate Universe: As mentioned above under Comic-Book Adaptation. Among other differences from the main canon, the story is set more in present-day, so Princess Luna is set to be included as a character alongside or sometimes in place of Celestia note , and the Do siblings' father will be the still-missing parent, rather than their mother.
    • The upcoming Pony in a Box Productions radio play entitled Daring Do Adventures plans to make significant changes to the canon as well, while still taking strong inspiration from the original series. One of the biggest changes is that Ahuizotl will be given less focus in favor of other villains.
  • Unfortunate Names: Suppleclaw in Griffon's Goblet.
  • The Unpronounceable: For years, fans were baffled as to how you're supposed to say the name 'Ahuizotl'. Many were quite surprised when the first movie adaption came out and revealed it.
    • Elementum's actual name is ʿUnşur. No wonder Daring Do just sticks with "Elementum".
  • The Un-Reveal: The Church of the Shining Void claims to have documented all the true events that happened during the foundation of Equestria as it is in modern day. The documentation is a room with hierogyphs and pictograms on the walls, floor, and ceilings that Daring Do can't completely decypher herself.
    • Subverted somewhat in that later in the story Daring is able to come back with some equipment and can read enough to get a basic idea of most of the story, though some details and the beginning and ending are still to hard to translate. She sees that Discord was a denizen of Tartarus that was accidentally released and given sentience by the pony immigrants,that he either created or gave power to the Alicorn race, and that Celestia and Luna were his top agents before they turned on him and reversed his magic to create the Elements of Harmony to usurp him.
    • In Revenant's Effigy, Steam Whistle's journal never fully explains what would warrant the Assembler's creation.
  • Villains Out Shopping:
    • In Temple of Nightmare Moon, there is a brief scene where Professor Nagridge is at a bar discussing who would win in a fight between Starswirl the Bearded and The Great Beast of Chaos with Page and Header.
    • Early on in Vaults Of Celestia, Daring is wondering what schemes Ahuizotl is plotting at this moment. Cut to Ahuizotl making tea in a fez and bathrobe, feeding his cats, and reading a newspaper in his stronghold. Subverted when Rex and his troops bust in through the front door and the resulting fight ends up destroying several floors.
    • In the Disneigh adaptation of Children of Primus, Thundercracker writes plays (but not very good ones).
  • The Watson: Herpy often is the one in this role.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: An ability of the eponymous artifact of the Expanded Universe story The Curse of the Golden Key.
  • Unwinnable by Design: Hoo colt, Archeological Quest.
    • Archeological Quest I:
      • Forget the mirror? You can't get ye flask. No flask? No medication.
      • Can't guess the Flutter Pony's name in the time allotted? No flower. And the formula is notoriously counterintuitive.
    • Archeological Quest II:
      • Made even one unnecessary trip over the bridge? Too bad, it breaks when you make a fourth crossing and you go splat.
      • You cannot know in advance that it is the apple you need from the fruit stand, rather than the pear or the orange.
    • Archeological Quest III:
      • What's that? You didn't chase Ripper off? You're bound in that one cul-de-sac for good.
      • Did you make sure to haggle three times with the vendor who wants to buy your shining stone from the previous game? If you got any less money than three haggling requests, you won't have enough money to win the game.
  • Vanishing Village: The populated Blank Village only appears at certain times. Otherwise it's just ruins.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Lawrence T. Change claims that Unknown Country is inspired by real events related by a friend, though things went a lot smoother in reality.
  • Villain Song: A number of stage adaptations give Ahuizotl one of these
    • Seeing as how one stage adaptation focuses solely on Sweeney Trot and Mrs. Hoovett, every song (with the exception of Nightangale, Blackbird for Linnet Bird and Linnet Bird for Anthony Hopewing) is one of these. The most obvious is A Bit of Priest, which is sung by the evil duo about baking the residents of Trottingham into cupcakes.
    • Fuergott's ballad, Set the Rain Ablaze.
    • Both Krastos and the Assembler have Leitmotifs.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Ahuizotl goes through these once a book.
    • Sweeney, after he finds out his daughter is still alive.
    • The unknown villain Claddie fought in his backstory apparently had a nasty one when his favorite technique didn't work on him. Nasty enough that he apparently didn't even try to dodge.
    • Snazzy Shades when the effects of the Witch’s Circus start aging him.
    Snazzy Shades: I knew this would happen someday, but not this fast! [Sobbing, staring at his reflection in his hoofheld mirror] What happened to that stallion I used to love? Gone! Gone Forever!
  • Villain Over for Dinner: In Temple of Nightmare Moon Mareton has a brief pleasant conversation with Silvia in order to keep the usually cowardly Hawkwings from attempting to run or get help.
  • Volleying Insults: Arthur, King of the Trots and Linnet Bird.
    Arthur: I blow my nose at you, you silly pony!
    Linnet: ...what a strange pony.
    Arthur: I blow a raspberry in your general direction!
    Linnet: Yeah? Well, I request that you get off my porch, you son of a silly pony!
    Arthur: Go boil your tail, you maggot!
    Linnet: Your mother was a parasprite and your father smelt of griffon droppings. Now, get off my property, or I shall taunt you a second time!
    Arthur: ...taunting brat...
  • War for Fun and Profit: The reson Colonel Talonus wishes to start a huge war is simply that he is the head of a mercenary army and he personally believes that War Is Glorious.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In Equestria and the Attack of the Jello Slimes the Jello Slimes have a bunch. Sucking on them causes them to destabilize, they can't damage stomach lining, are extremely weak to stomach acid and have a barely repressed instinct to force themselves down ponies throats. And it takes very little to unrepress that instinct.
  • Weapons That Suck: In Short Stuff and the Amazing Vacuum the vacuum is used as such against a dragon sized creature.
  • "Well Done, Daughter" Pony: In Griffon's Goblet, Daring discovers her dad is alive. In the following volume, her dad is an actual character whom she feels she had to live up to his standards growing up, and the volume puts a good deal of focus on their struggling to get along.
  • Wham Episode: Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded has the murder of Lightning Kicker.
    • Swinn is Killed Off for Real in Silver Menace. The fanbase has reacted... variably.
    • Seven-Sided Chest kills off both Bravado and Caballeron.
  • Wham Line: Staff of Star Swirl:
    Mrs. Hoovett: Mr. Trot—I'm sorry—they only escaped because that stupid filly, Linnet Bird— (freezes as she realizes what she just said)
    Sweeney Trot: That filly next door—the one who—she... She has the same name as my daughter?
    Mrs. Hoovett: NO! I mean, yes, the same name, but—
    Sweeney Trot: (realization) That filly next door... is my daughter, isn't she?
    Mrs. Hoovett: NO! NO! I would never—!
    Sweeney Trot: Don't lie to me! Is she?!
    Mrs. Hoovett: ...yes.
    • When Daring is puzzling out what happened to her father's old cadre of archeologists, she assumes that since Daren's former partner Rodolphus Mareton was the father of Sebastius Mareton, he must have been the one to betray the group by murdering Winchester Tock. To readers, this would make sense, since Sebastius Mareton is a ruthless monster, and Winchester's daughter Zapapple was one of Daring's closest friends. Daren's response?
    Daren: Darling, you have this awful habit of jumping just next to the right conclusion... it was the other way. Winchester killed Rodolphus.
    • Revenant's Effigy has this line from Steam Whistle's journal:
    "After so many unsatisfactory projects, I can finally have something to celebrate: The Assembler is up and running"
    • From Universal Cracks, after Herpy brings Daring's attention to the knocking on the other side of the Crack:
    "There's somepony on the other side of this wall... and they aren't in this building."
    • Princess Luna reveals secret knowledge and psychological baggage near the end of Never-Ending Nightmare
    "There is another way. The spirit would fade if the flesh it was drawn from were slain. That flesh stands before you now. Think not of what will be lost, but of what will be saved. We are prepared when thou art."
  • What Do You Mean, It's Phlebotinum?: Some of the MacGuffins were finally found out in plain sight, and one such turns out to be an Artifact of Doom.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Outback Jack mentions two unicorns and a pegasus going missing in what turns out to be the eponymous Gardens of Equestria. They are never brought up afterwards.
    • Also happens in Children of Primus, where two of the statues are unaccounted for at the end of the book. Popular fanon states that at least one of Bravado's adventures has been directly related to them.
    • Other than Skywarp, Optimus, and the unnamed statue in The Temple of Primus, the other statues' fates are never elaborated upon, and aren't shown waking up, the ones that are shown waking up disappear from the plot afterwards.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Herpy is confronted with the chance for selfish power gain when trying to acquire the titular Ring of the Marengeti and that "Daring would never know." He only pretends to accept the offer to access a critical clue in a stolen manuscript.
  • ...When Both Your Hind Legs Are Broken?: The Trope Namer is from Ring of the Marengeti, when a Hoofstapo Mook threatens to buck Storm Talon's skull in.
  • Where the Chaos Is Hoofington?: Trotham from Temple of Nightmare Moon looks a lot like Manehattan, but Storm Talon speaks of Manehattan as a separate city.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: In Daring Do and Marey Sue's Totally Awesome Adventure whilst criticizing the fanfiction Daring notes that she feels that even her real adventures wouldn't be that interesting in book form.
  • Who Names Their Foal "Tralala"?: Blinkamena's reaction to a Flutter Pony's name in Mark of the Trickster is the Trope Namer.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Sebastius is afraid of electricity, needles, and doctors. All of these objects haunt him throughout the course of ‘’The Surgeon of Marabia’’ (especially the last one.)
  • Wicked Cultured: Noteworthy Smith (from Trident of the Sea Ponies, Ring of the Marengeti, Buffalo Burial Ground, Wrath of Hammerhoof, Sad Statue, and the first three Blood Diamonds stories) loved classical music and fine art, and was a fairly decent artist himself. He was also a crime lord, a former hit stallion, and heavily implied to be a foal-mounter in the Blood Diamonds series. Nopony sheds any tears when Colonel Talonus tortures him to death in Worship in Fear.
  • Woman Scorned: Mareton learns this the hard way.
  • Worthy Opponent: Ahuizotl comes to consider Daring Do one of these. The feeling is not mutual.
    • Daring (grudgingly) sees Irene as this.
  • Write Who You Know: Bowtie Whooves says he based the Flutter Pony Zipzee off his younger sister.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In Unknown Country, after Daring meets the Sea Beasts she begins to suspect that the hitherto unseen Cute (former) Citizens of Wuvy Dovey Land to be more than they sound. She's wrong. So very, very wrong.
    • In Children of Primus, Daring assumes that Optimus Prime is a temple guardian there to kill trespassers. Not only is this not the case, but her attempts to evade him lead to her running right into Skywarp, who does want to kill her, and from whom Optimus saves her.
  • "X" Marks the Hero: Fuji has an "x" shaped scar on his left cheek.
  • You All Meet in a Cell: Dr. Caballeron acquired his main henchponies when he got arrested the same day as Rough Stuff and Snazzy Shades and the same day Interrobang was kicked off the police force in a little made up town called Tailsburg.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: When Princess Luna returns to speaking in the older dialect she used to use and adresses Daring as "thou", it's a clear sign that she expects those words to be her last.
  • You Have Failed Me: Ahuizotl. Failing him is not an option.
    • Subverted in Staff of Star Swirl. Mrs. Hoovett is quite relieved to find out that Sweeney won't kill her for failing. Purposely keeping the location of his daughter hidden from him, on the other hoof...
    • Talonus can't stand failure either. One of his goons commits suicide rather than face the Colonel's wrath.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Assembler kills whoever it finds obsolete, and uses the corpse to make new constructs.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: In the Expanded Universe novel Amethyst Penguin, The Colt of Tirek, working for Ahuizotl, is trying to get at the temple where the title artifact is located. Daring et al. are already inside when the Colt Mooks arrive, and Odo Bahn, the ornithologist, runs out to stop them. He takes many of the Colt members and a chunk of the crumbling temple with him.
  • You Won't Like How I Taste: In Crystal Statue when Storm and Ghoul question Inverted Angle about what they've found, he cracks and starts begging them not to eat him, even though they've not made even the remotest reference to doing so.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The backstory for the sought-after artifact in one volume, and the (unsuccessful) threat made by the antagonist in another.


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