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  • The Gadfly: Being one is a favourite pastime of Nav's.
    Navarone: ...I like watching the plebeians run about their day like little insects.
    Shining Armor: That’s… kinda messed up.
    Navarone: Yeah. I just said that to see what kind of reaction I’d get.
  • Garden of Evil: The Everfree Forest is even more dangerous than in canon, which is saying something.
  • Gaslighting: What Aeire does to Twilight Sparkle, until Nav finally asks her (inadvertently) to stop..
  • Gender Bender:
    • 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 Noodle Incident.
  • Gender Rarity Value: The various types of elementals tend to be heavily skewed towards one gender, though this doesn't make the rarer gender especially more valuable.
  • General Failure: Shining Armor is an interesting example. While his forces are 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.
  • Genki Girl: Mirror.
  • Genocide Dilemma: 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 interrupted 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.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Nav slaps Cadance after she starts recklessly using her love magic after drinking coffee while sleep deprived.
    Cadance: What… what happened?
    Navarone: Me deciding to never give a pony coffee again.
  • Get Out!: 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 used 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 Cool House built and permanently moving out.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: 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.
  • Ghost City: The abandoned bunker in Antarctica, which also doubles as a literal example thanks to its undead inhabitants.
  • Ghostly Chill: The Antarctic bunker is already cold on account of its location, but the most haunted parts are even colder.
  • Giant Flyer: The moonlight butterfly Nav gets attacked by in Chapter 12.
  • Giant Spider:
    • Nav and the changelings get attacked by one in Chapter 52. Because apparently giant ants weren't bad enough.
    • An entire race of them with the spiders Nav encounters in South America.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • While in the changeling hive in Appaloosa...
    I was just going to wander around for a few hours. What’s 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 it’s not some weaboo anime place, I’ll be fine.
    Rarity: …Right.
    (cut to the two standing in front of a story selling anime and manga)
    Navarone: God dammit, Rarity.
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Nav seeks comfort in Pinkie after escaping the Russian bunker.
  • The Glomp: Due to the strength disparity, many of the times a pony attempts to hug Nav turn into this.
  • Glowing Eyes: Changeling eyes glow, and can be clearly seen in the dark.
  • A God I Am:
    • Discord. He also gets very irritated when anyone refers to Celestia or Luna as one, viewing them as pretenders.
    • Brook openly proclaims herself as a goddess.
  • Go Look at the Distraction: 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, you’ll see it
  • Good-Guy Bar: The Shady Trough, favorite haunt of the Night Guard.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs:
    • Celestia mentions she's quite a fan of sparring, and manages to goad Nav into briefly fighting her after he walks into one of her dreams, resulting in him being Squashed Flat.
    • Sombra and Nav engage in such a duel in Chapter 94.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Averted with Cadance and Shining Armor, who despite being some of the most unquestionably good characters in the story, have a relatively unsatisfying sex life, owing to Shining's lack of staying power. While Nav's advice helps and the two are still Happily Married, it's clear from Cadance's embarrassed confession in Chapter 115 that things in the bedroom are not as good as she'd like.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Post Emergency Transformation, Nav’s limited Healing Factor 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.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Nav refuses to describe what Kat does when interrogating an assassin within Chapter 24.
  • Government Conspiracy:
    • Celestia and Luna have a long-running scheme to cover up "true magic", and are implied to have been rather ruthless in getting it started. They also perpetuate the myth that they control the sun and moon.
    • After Nav leaves Equestria, his sudden disappearance leads to several conspiracy theories about him being murdered or kidnapped for this reason, though they're obviously false from his (and the reader's) perspective.
  • Gratuitous French: Nav occasionally uses the French swear word merde, and is quite fond of the phrase c'est la vie.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: There are several hints throughout the story which suggest Luna is still rather resentful and bitter of her sister, unlike her canon counterpart.
  • Grew a Spine: Navarone is initially reluctant to refuse the princesses' demands, but eventually grows to have no issues refusing them.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body:
    • 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.
  • The Grim Reaper: Nav's choice of costume for Nightmare Night, complete with the trademark Sinister Scythe. While ponies mistake Twilight's costume for something else, the human personification of Death just ends up flat out confusing them.
    Rarity: ...what are you supposed to be, anyway?
    Navarone: It’s the human’s personification of Death itself.
    Rarity: That’s… 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?
  • Groin Attack: After having to share his bed with his bodyguard, Nav is not happy to find out that Smiles is also a Cuddle Bug, 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.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: 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.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot:
    • Cadance certainly seems to think so, at least.
    • Sunny also shares this view.
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  • Half the Man He Used to Be: While fighting a Giant Spider, several of the changelings accompanying Nav end up being cut in half.
  • Happily Adopted: 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.
  • Happy Flashback: A few of the flashbacks Nav undergoes in Chapters 110 and 111 are these. Most are not.
  • Hates Being Touched: Nav appears to take after 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.
  • Have a Gay Old Time:
    • An in-universe example, when Nav tries to insult Cadance by comparing her to 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 don’t know the half of it.
  • Healing Factor: Nav ends up with a minor version of this after his Emergency Transformation, 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. Once he meets Flo, he can heal even faster.
  • Healing Hands: 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 original calling, and she at one point expresses deep regret and anger that Discord's actions made this impossible for her.
  • Hearing Voices: One of the many delights Nav experiences while trapped in the haunted Russian bunker.
  • The Hedonist:
    • Vinyl Scratch, as you might expect from someone involved in the rave scene.
    • Navarone turns into one, using alcohol and sex as coping mechanisms.
  • Heel Realization: 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.
  • He Knows Too Much:
    • 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 dragon code coming to light, but he's dissuaded from doing so.
  • Hellish Pupils: Luna places an enchantment on her knights and the Night Guard that results in this, as well as dramatically improving their night vision.
  • Hell Is That Noise: A bunch of examples Nav hears while trapped in the Antarctic bunker, from ghostly footsteps to screaming.
  • Hello, Nurse!: A rare example of a character managing to pull the equivalent trope for both genders off. While gender switched, F!Nav ends up inducing this in Spike in Chapter 106, and several members of his crew also comment positively on his appearance.
  • Hemo Erotic: Luna. Her combining this with her Mind Rape of Nav ends up being the final straw, and leads to him refusing to ever consider any notion of a romantic relationship with her in the future. After he's run out the room screaming in terror.
  • Heroic BSoD: 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Nav and Spike, despite the 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.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Derpy is one of the few ponies who actually bothers to use the Ponyville library, and regularly checks out advanced science textbooks.
    • Spike has a fairly in depth knowledge of fashion from his time assisting Rarity.
    Spike: Do you know how long I helped Rarity with this stuff?
  • Hidden Villain: 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.
  • 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 Luna eventually comes to realise what she's done.
  • Hive Caste System: Changelings operate in this way. Lower castes are essentially mindless drones used only for labour, with higher castes being more intelligent and taking on leadership roles.
  • Hollywood Acid: Justified with the acid Nav is nearly tricked into drinking in Chapter 111, which is actually aqua regis.
  • Honor Before Reason: 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?
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The couple who escaped to the Antarctic bunker to escape the end of the world, Ava and Artyom, failed to pick up on the unhinged nature of several of the occupants, though Artyom was worse in this regard.
  • Horror Hunger: The flower Zecora needs to break her curse only opens in response to the blood of an innocent creature being spilt. While Twilight and company debate how to get around this without killing anyone, Nav casually crushes a nearby bug, since the blood doesn't need to be from a sapient creature.
    Navarone: Gotta think outside the box, Twilight.
  • Horsing Around: Celestia does it to Nav after he invades one of her dreams, which gets a Call-Back while he's desperately trying to keep his hold on a monster in Chapter 99.
  • Hostage Situation:
    • 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.
    • Nav takes a woman hostage during his attempts to escape when he's initially sent back in time, though it fails due to his past self being right behind him.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action:
    • Ames' unfortunate drunken escapade with the giant squid. It's probably best not to think about it too much.
    • Discussed briefly when Nav brings up his relationship with Kumani and how this might be a problem in the long-term.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: 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 finally takes pity on him and shows him how. After several years.
  • Humanity Ensues: Trixie accidentally turns Twilight into a human due to a botched spell. Unlike Nav, who hates his experience, Twilight copes fairly well and is particularly impressed by hands. Once reversed, the spell gets used several times by others throughout the story.
  • Humanity Is Superior: 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.
  • Humanity's Wake: Aside from a few legends amongst the minotaurs, very little is left of humanity, though many of the major cities are built on the sites of older human settlements.
  • Humans Are Diplomats: Nav is a complicated example. Despite the violence he tends to be drawn into, and certain perceptions 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 several races, it's the very fact he's fostered his Humans Are Warriors image that leads them to respect him enough to listen when he argues for peace.
  • Humans Are Survivors: Nav believes this wholeheartedly, despite the fact that at this point humans are (technically) extinct. He even at one point tells Celestia that if she banished him to 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.
  • Humans Are Warriors: Luna in particular believes this, to the point of thinking all humans are Blood Knights, 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.
  • Hypocritical Humor: 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. He's somewhat baffled when Flo ends up laughing at him.

    I 
  • I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Following his Super Window Jump 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.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: Nav is inwardly delighted at getting the opportunity to tell Twilight "you can’t handle the truth".
  • I Am a Monster: Midnight Blossom views herself as one due to her vampirism, and demanded to be sent to Tartarus, though Luna disagreed.
  • I Am Not My Father: 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.
  • Identical Grandson: According to citizens of the Crystal Empire, Cadance is the splitting image of King Sombra's daughter.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Both Navarone and Celestia show this on several occasions, and there are many times where both regret the necessity of their actions.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...:
    • 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.
  • I Gave My Word:
    • He might lie about giving his word quite a bit and use Exact Words to get out of it, but when he genuinely means it, then Nav will stick by his promises.
    • Discord does this when making deals with others, but he's smart enough to make sure the wording is in his favour.
  • Ignored Epiphany: 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.
  • I Hate Past Me: A variant, due to Time-Travel Tense Trouble. See Other Me Annoys Me.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Celestia mentions how she would much rather have been a simple healer and lived a normal life. Fate — and Discord — had other plans for her.
  • I Let You Win: 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.
  • Imagined Innuendo: Nav initially thinks Braeburn is coming on to him in Chapter 54, when Braeburn is actually being completely sincere and offering him food.
    Braeburn: Don’t you want to try my sweet applesauce?
    Navarone: *double take*
  • I'm a Humanitarian: 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.
    • Complete Immortality: Discord comes extremely close to this. His main goal is finding a way around this.
    • Body Backup Drive: Discord creates Navarone from one at the beginning, and presumably could continue to do so as much as he wanted. However, since "true magic" cannot create or destroy life, Nav isn't truly 'alive' as such.
    • Life Drinker: Nav is a variant of this. By Celestia/Luna periodically using the spell to transfer Life Energy, it would be possible for him (or anyone else) to effectively become The Ageless. 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.
    • The Undead: Several types of them, including vamponies, ghosts, and liches.
  • Immortality Begins at 20:
    • Played with. Celestia and Luna appear to age in this way (Celestia at over 6200 years old resembling a mare in her late twenties), but they are still ageing, albeit at a dramatically slowed rate. Though it should be noted that they could slow down their ageing even further if they wanted, essentially fulfilling the trope. Celestia also implies to Nav that her extended adolescence was decidedly not fun for her.
    • Nav is also in a similar situation after his Emergency Transformation.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Blueblood gores Nav with his horn after the latter turns down the offer of a Duel to the Death and turns his back.
  • Implied Death Threat: Nav threatens Calix with this, though it doesn't take long to move from the "implied" part to a full-on threat.
    Navarone: If you keep thinking that, as a pony, you’re part of a master race, what I think is best for Equestria will be your permanent removal from any capacity as an ambassador.
    Navarone: No. I’m threatening you.
  • 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 actually it's a form of revenge by Celestia due to him ruining one of her plans.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Jak manages to shoot a ballista bolt — with a message attached — right by the spider leader's room in Chapter 101.
    Jak: I’ve had a bit of practice.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Nav sets Trixie on fire with his home-made booze in Chapter 5.
  • I'm Standing Right Here:
    • 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: I’m standing right here, you know!
    Navarone: Yeah, I know. We were just in the barber shop together, remember?
    Pinkie Pie: Yeah, Twilight, we’re not blind.
    Twilight: Ugh.
    • Nav ignoring Kat in Chapter 23:
    Kat: I’m right here, you know.
    Navarone: Yes, I know; you’re rather noticeable.
    • Taya and Rarity also ignore Nav in Chapter 40:
    Navarone: I’m right here, ladies.
  • And I Must Scream: Discord's fate, having lived for millions of years. Whenever he gives anyone else a glimpse into his suffering, this is precisely their reaction.
  • Incompatible Orientation:
    • 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...
  • Inconvenient Summons:
    • Nav being summoned to Equestria by Discord in the first place.
    • The alphyn Trixie summons in Chapter 5 is not happy at being in Equestria. While he has to follow Trixie’s orders to the letter, that doesn’t mean he has to help her if she’s unable to ask. Alphyns also do their best to kidnap their summoner, if they get the opportunity.
    • Inverted in Chapter 41, where summoning Nav to extract him is inconvenient for Luna, since she’s in the middle of meeting a griffon envoy.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness:
    • 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 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.
      • Shining Armor is also the only character who showed no corruption from the Alicorn Amulet when wearing it.
    • Ponies believe this about Celestia, but over 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 shown to the reader, and genuinely uses his position as a force for good, rather than self-interest.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: A common response of Nav's to the general insanity he encounters.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Rainbow Dash’s Blatant Lies excuse for making an exit after Twilight and Rarity catch her appearing to read Mating Habits of the Common Cow. Also doubles as a Call-Back to Party of One.
    Rainbow Dash: I’ve gotta see a bear about a thing!
  • I Need You Stronger: Discord realises this far too late, after his protection of a chosen one destined to defeat him ended up accidentally causing the hero to fail.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: 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.
  • Innocent Innuendo:
    • 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.
  • Innocently Insensitive: 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.
  • Innocent Swearing: A variant. Apple Bloom overhears Nav commenting on how Twilight 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!
  • In-Series Nickname: Nav is only known by his, and sometimes gets called Navi by Pinkie, which he hates. Celestia gets referred to by the extremely respectful nickname of "Sunbutt" on several occasions, for reasons you can probably deduce.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Nav constantly insists he's not a pony whenever the term anypony is used around him. He does have a point.
    • After being stuck in female form, Nav would very much like you to know that he/she should still be addressed using masculine terms.
  • Instant Expert:
    • 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.
    • Nav also learns the Equestrian language in a similar manner after Discord forces the knowledge into his mind, though he's not consciously able to tell the difference between Equestrian and English due to this.
    • Averted 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.
  • Instant Sedation: 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.
  • Insult Backfire:
    • Celestia admonishes Nav for his 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: You’re a terrible person. And that armor looks gayer than you do. Trust me, that’s saying something.
    Cadance: I’m glad you think I look so happy! And it’s good you think your armor does, too.
    Navarone: …You know that wasn’t a compliment, right?
  • Intergenerational Friendship:
    • Between Nav and the princesses. Nav and Chrysalis also counts, for a rather twisted version of friendship.
    • Luna's friendship with Reginald.
    • Pinkie's friendship with Aerie.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Luna's idealised version of a good time, apparently. It does not end well.
  • Interrupted Suicide:
    • Nav attempts to kill himself to prevent Celestia from forcing him to be happy, though she intervenes before he can do any harm.
    • Nav's past self managed to prevent Discord from killing himself, thus earning his enmity.
    • Nav again tries for this after being locked in female form, though Flo stops him.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Taya's adoption by Nav.
  • Interspecies Friendship: As the only human around, it's not exactly like Nav has much choice in the matter. Luna's friendship with Reginald as well, which also doubles as an Intergenerational Friendship.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Luna and Nav briefly have a pseudo-romantic relationship, which doesn't end well, to put it mildly. He later gets involved with Kumani, a dragoness.
    • Bon-Bon and Lyra, a changeling and unicorn respectively.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: It occurs several times, though there are occasions where Nav chooses to ignore said interruption.
  • In the Back: Blueblood does it to Nav after he declines the offer of a duel.
  • Intimate Healing: 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.
  • Intoxication Ensues: Courtesy of Nav and Pinkie Pie placing food laced with various drugs out at one of the Galas.
  • Invisibility Cloak: 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.
  • I Owe You My Life: Ames agrees to train Nav in part because of this, due to Nav saving his life back during a raid in Chapter 13.
  • Ironic Name: Sunshine Smiles claims to have joined the Night Guard to deliberately invoke this, though his actual reason is due to his lack of respect for Shining Armor.
  • I Shall Taunt You:
    • Nav does it to distract and demoralise some of his opponents.
    • Miguel does this when taunting Nav in Chapter 92.
    • Sombra attempts to get an edge over Nav during their fight using this. While Nav doesn't exactly lose his cool, it's notable that Sombra is one of the few to ever render Nav speechless in this way.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: 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".
  • It Amused Me:
    • 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.
    • Fancy Pants tolerates Fleur's infidelity due to his age, and because he finds it amusing that Fleur believes she gets away with it.
  • It Gets Easier: Nav is initially extremely reluctant to kill another sapient being, and only does so to help Pinkie’s family. While he grows to have less reservations about using lethal force, he never takes any pleasure in it and prefers peaceful solutions.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Nav tells Midnight that it was an honor to work with her and the rest of the Night Guard, shortly before he leaves Equestria to hunt down the elementals.
  • It's All About Me: Just one of the many issues Luna has. Her resulting lack of respect for personal boundaries ends up seriously damaging her relationship with Nav.
  • It's All My Fault: 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.
  • It's Personal:
    • 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, when he discovers the former is responsible for the extinction of humanity.
    • Discord is also this for the Royal Sisters, due to him destroying almost all the alicorn race, save for themselves.
  • I Warned You: Nav is Genre Savvy 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: Don’t you dare say it.
  • I Was Never Here:
    • 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.
    • During his second trip to Egypt, Nav insists he doesn't exist to the patrons upon leaving a bar.

    J 
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Nav 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might be abrasive, condescending, and make little secret of how much he 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.
  • Jumped at the Call: Spike is thrilled to be going on an adventure in Chapter 15, in contrast to Nav.
  • Just Following Orders: Discussed in Chapter 44. Nav also notes that most of the changelings killing diamond dogs don't seem to show any emotion, unlike Chrysalis who relishes in the slaughter.
  • Just Friends: Nav and Celestia, for whatever strange definition 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.

    K 
  • Kangaroo Court:
    • Celestia at one point has Rarity and Navarone convicted of treason, simply to see what would happen because she was bored.
    • Chrysalis later declares a diamond dog, Fido, guilty and doesn't even bother with the pretense of a trial.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After five years of escaping the consequences of her actions, Luna eventually starts to receive some recompense after publicly admitting her many wrongs.
    • At first it seems like Kat gets away with being a torturer and a rapist, but as the story progresses lots of bad things happen to her, not the least of which being cursed to permanently lock and unlock anything her hands touch.
    • All the bad things Navarone does is arguably offset by all the bad things that happen to him.
  • Kick the Dog: 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 because it amuses him.
    • Let's just say Navarone does this a lot.
  • Kill All Humans: Discord's first attempt to kill himself involved wiping out humanity.
  • Kill It with Fire:
    • 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...
    • Quickly becomes the go-to method of dealing with undead in Chapter 112.
  • Kill It with Ice: A rather more literal and mundane example than normal, when Spike takes down one of the undead with a snowball, after a bet. Admittedly a fairly compacted snowball, but still.
  • King Incognito: 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 are not those of a sentry does he realise who he's been talking to the entire time.
  • Kissing Under the Influence:
    • Nav ends up doing this to Rarity and Pinkie in Chapter 6, under the influence of pheromones.
    • 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.
    • Cadance ends up doing this again later on, under the combined effects of extreme sleep deprivation and caffeine.
  • Kiss of Distraction: Nav's "Shut Up" Kiss to Pinkie also doubles at this, allowing him to escape from her.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: Vamponies don't have to do this in order to feed, but can play this one straight if they wish. Nav ends up asking Midnight Blossom for one as a going away present in exchange for allowing her to feed off him.
  • Klingons Love Shakespeare: Averted specifically with Shakespeare when it comes to ponies, as they tend to find Shakespeare's tragedies to be extremely upsetting. This eventually causes Celestia to ban Nav from transcribing any more of them.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: 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.
  • Knife Fight: Nav gets in quite a few when he ends up fighting off assassins.
  • Knife Nut: Kat. Navarone also turns into one.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: 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.

    L 
  • Lampshade Hanging: 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. Ranting on about inexplicable uses of hooves is also something he's quite fond of.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Memory spells are capable of removing specific memories, though there can be side-effects from the procedure.
  • Last of His Kind:
    • Navarone is the last remaining human. 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 living alicorns from their civilization, due to Discord destroying the rest.
  • Last Request: Parodied in Chapter 101, when Pinkie pretends to be sick and asks Nav to let her occasionally go off the ship.
  • Last Stand: Arthur's last stand against Mordred, as seen in a Portal Book Flashback.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • Nav's confusion over the Vague Age 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 he’s in and lampshades it several times...
    ...it seems like every time they want to involve me with something it’s the fucking clichéd plot of a cartoon or TV show.
  • Leave No Witnesses: The leader of the thieves that killed Taya's parents demands this, but the cat charged with carrying this out can't bring himself to kill Taya as well.
  • Legendary Weapon:
  • Lensman Arms Race: Not just on weapons, but for all non-magic technology, between the changelings, gryphons, and ponies. To say that Celestia is not thrilled at how slowly ponies are progressing compared to the other two is... something of an understatement. (Naturally, Nav is assisting the other two races more.)
  • Lethal Chef: Taya normally isn't a terrible cook, but her attempt to bake a cake for Nav's birthday ends in utter failure...
    Taya: About the cake… I sort of accidentally messed up while helping make it. Also, I’m banned from cooking on the ship now.
    Navarone: Jesus, how badly did you mess up?
    Taya: Um… Sunny said she can probably fix the burn damage, but doesn’t know if the smell will ever go away. It was an accident, though!
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Spike finally gains his wings through this, just as Nav is about to be kidnapped by the spiders in Chapter 104.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again:
    • Nav and the Naga agree to this regarding a certain incident that took place after a night of drinking.
    • Celestia makes everyone present agree to never say anything of what happened 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 don’t 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.
  • Lightmare Fuel: 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 led to the memories of him having sex with Celestia. It's more a case of Faux Horrific for Nav and the reader however.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: Users starting off learning "true magic" are initially quite restricted in their abilities, but with training become capable of dramatic and far-reaching effects. As unicorn spells are far more limited, the dangers of this trope are mostly averted after Celestia and Luna censor true magic from history.
  • Literal Metaphor: 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.
  • Literal-Minded: 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.
    Navarone: Take a chill pill or something.
    Ames: I do not need ice to cool me down, Navarone.
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday:
    • According to Nav, Ponyville shops have a tendency to swap around in this manner.
    • The Bazaar of the Bizarre Nav winds up entering in Chapter 92.
  • Living Lie Detector: There's a unicorn spell that does this. Celestia and Twilight eventually figure that it's a good idea to cast it around Nav, though he sometimes gets around it by employing Exact Words or being metaphorical.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The show already has a huge amount of characters. As well as keeping many of them, the story then adds far more on top.
  • Loads and Loads of Races: Let's count the list. So far we've got humans, various tribes of ponies, changelings, sheep, minotaurs, cats, dogs, elementals, griffons, dragons, spiders, monkeys, and cows. Oh, and penguins.
  • Long Game: 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 Chessmaster Celestia as his pawn.
  • Long-Lived:
  • Loophole Abuse: 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. I’m thinking about changing the rules for the first time in history.
    Navarone: Why thank you, Celestia. That means a lot, coming from you.
  • Lost in Translation: Quite a few pieces of human slang make no sense when translated from English into the Equestrian language. Not that Nav cares about this.
  • Lost Technology: The dream machine, which eventually gets rediscovered by Luna and Nav, and allows ponies to dream again. With a few rare exceptions, such as Pinkie Pie, who had them regardless.
  • Love Makes You Crazy / Love Makes You Evil: Well, it's probably more "jealous obsession" than love, but either way, it's not a good combination with Luna's already questionable sanity.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Kat. Navarone finds this extremely creepy.
  • Loving a Shadow: Nav suggests that Luna doesn't love him as a person, but rather what she thinks of him as. Namely, a Blood Knight and a warrior like herself.
  • Lurid Tales of Doom: After Nav's 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, it’ll look good in the tabloids.
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    M 
  • Made of Iron: Ponies are surprisingly resilient to damage. It's lampshaded by Nav several times, particularly when Rainbow Dash crashes.
  • Mage Tower: The "unicorn tower thing" not too far outside of Canterlot.
  • Magical Gesture: This isn't specifically required when using "true magic", but practitioners — even Discord, the biggest master of it — tend to use them since it makes it easier to focus.
  • Magically Binding Contract: Nav’s knighthood oath compels him to obey any orders given. He quickly manages to get Luna to remove it.
  • Magic from Technology: The elementals. This is averted elsewhere though, where most 'magic' actually is the result of magic.
  • Magnetic Hero: Nav gains a lot of respect from most of the guards, and after Celestia and Luna become a Broken Pedestal, the Night Guard appear to hold more loyalty to him than they do to Luna.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Done on several occasions. It usually gets interrupted in some way.
  • Male Gaze: Nav doesn't make any secret it, and openly admits to such in his narration.
  • 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.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Celestia, Luna, and Discord. Navarone to a lesser extent.
  • The Many Deaths of You: 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, death by shotgun, a spike to the eye, a grinder, explosive decompression, a trip mine, tripping over a log, and something involving plants...
    Navarone: I gotta say, that was a pretty inventive use of sunflower seeds.
    Flo: I had a long time to think about things.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Rainbow Dash gives one in Chapter 23.
    Rainbow Dash: How am I supposed to use you as a wingman if you’re 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.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: Elementals, which are comprised of nanomachines. However, without advanced technology, there's no way of knowing this, and even some of the elementals themselves were initially unaware of their nature.
  • The Medic: Celestia's original calling, prior to her and Luna ruling Equestria.
  • Metaphorically True: Celestia does this occasionally. Nav does it far more often, when he's not resorting to Blatant Lies or Exact Words instead.
  • Mexican Standoff: Ames gets into one with Bloodbeak and his guards in Chapter 66, when they visit Nav's house in Chapter 66 and threaten Doppel.
  • Mile-High Club: One of the alternative uses for clouds that Kat and Nav discover.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body:
    • When Nav first gets turned into a pony, his lack of familiarity with the instincts that come with that renders him particularly vulnerable to 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.
    • F!Nav struggles with this somewhat after being gender switched for a prolonged period of time.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read:
    • Navarone deliberately invokes this when Shining Armor tries to break into his mind, by presenting him with horrifying memories. It ends with Shining Armor screaming on the floor.
    • 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 during his trip back in time, some of those observing what Nav went through are mentioned to have been traumatized by the experience.
  • Mindlink Mates: There's a unicorn spell for this that 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. Very, very badly.
  • Mind Probe: There's a unicorn spell for this purpose. Nav willingly undergoes it a few times, though overstepping his boundaries will cause you to regret it.
  • Mind Rape: Nav suffers a horrific one at the hands of Luna.
  • Mind Screw: Discord doesn't just break the fourth wall, but on a few occasions actively deceives the reader.
  • The Mole: Changelings usually have at least one in most settlements.
  • Moment Killer: A very one-sided moment between Luna and Nav is ruined in Chapter 11 by a ride attendent. Nav is particularly grateful for the interruption, even if the resulting silence afterwards is extremely awkward.
  • Monster Clown: Averted. While trapped in the bunker in Antarctica, the ghostly clown Nav encounters is one of the few benevolent undead in the entire place.
  • Morality Chain: Taya often acts as one for Navarone. The others occasionally fulfill this role as well.
  • Mortality Ensues: Discord would like nothing better than to achieve this in some way.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Nav's description of the pillow fight in Chapter 115 reads like something straight out of an action movie.
    And so the battle raged. Boundaries drawn and redrawn, fortresses made and defiled, temporary pacts formed and betrayed. Truly, epics could be written about the war fought that night.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • 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 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.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution:
    • Gilda ends up about to invoke this to get out of her Arranged Marriage with Nav, though he manages to convince her of a less murderous plan.
    Gilda: No fiancé, no marriage.
    • Nav also discusses Taya's tendencies towards violent solutions with Cheerilee a little later on.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Celestia claims Luna was trying to do this to Rainbow Dash. The fact that this lie is preferable to the truth speaks volumes.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • 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 when she realises Discord has betrayed her.
    • While Nav was 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.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: A subtle example. On the few occasions one of the cast ends up in 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 in pegasus form.
  • Mystery Fiction: Parodied, when Bon-Bon is trying to out herself as a changeling to Ponyville.
    Bon-Bon: Everypony, I’ve been… lying to you all.
    Crowd: *dramatic gasps*
    Bon-Bon: Who, me?
    Pinkie Pie: Yes you!
    Bon-Bon: Couldn’t be! I don’t—
    Pinkie Pie: Then who?!

    N 
  • Naughty by Night:
    • 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.
  • Naughty Under the Table: Octavia tries for this at a party, but Luna (disguised as Celestia) has already beaten her to it. Cue the awkwardness.
  • Neck Lift:
    • Nav does to Kat while standing up to her in Chapter 16. Justified by his rage, and that cats are much lighter than humans.
    • Discord does this to Celestia and Luna (played by Twilight), in the Portal Book flashback within Chapter 99.
  • Necromancer: Grogar, with his experiments in necromancy being what resulted in drawing Sombra's attention to his antics.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: Justified when Nav tackles a cat assassin, since he's much physically stronger and larger than a cat, and the move is completely unexpected.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: After Luna tries to impress Nav by endangering then rescuing him, Rainbow Dash accidentally knocks her out while trying to show off.
  • No Biochemical Barriers: Averted on the matter of disease, with Nav explicitly pointing out he can't catch anything from other species.
  • No Fourth Wall: 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.
  • No Name Given: 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.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Twilight offhandedly mentions a time where she happened to 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 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: I’m not allowed to see them anymore… The restraining order is pretty lenient, but I can’t risk it.
  • Noodle Implements: While trapped with Twilight in a Portal Book, 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 that’s when I discovered yet another use for tooth floss.
  • No One Gets Left Behind:
    • Averted in Chapter 22, as Twilight ends up leaving Nav behind in a rather dangerous situation when she 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.
  • No OSHA Compliance:
    • Changeling hives lack any sorts of rails around the entrance chambers, and are very poorly lit. Justified, 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.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: In the Russian bunker in Antarctica, the inhabitants were forced into cannibalism after the farming equipment broke down.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: 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 orders him to go and get healed up that he stops fighting.
  • The Nose Knows: 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.
  • No-Sell:
    • Nav's Anti-Magic 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.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Taken Up to Eleven 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.
  • No Social Skills:
    • 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 Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training.
    • Navarone often acts like this, simply because he doesn't care. He can turn on the charm if he wants to, however.
    • Ice, a male water elemental, combines Twilight's social awkwardness with Fluttershy's shyness.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: In Chapter 16, after a week of being used as Kat's Sex Slave 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.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Any mare attempting to distract Nav in this way fails spectacularly due to him not finding ponies physically attractive.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Nav experiences this a few times while trapped in the bunker in Chapters 110 and 111. Though there's plenty of flat out terrifying stuff as well...
  • Not in Front of the Kid: Nav sometimes uses this trope to get under the skins of others, rather than it due to a kid actually being present.
    Twilight: Correct me if I use this phrase wrong, Nav, but… that’s fucked up.
    Navarone: You used it correctly. And it most definitely was. Now don’t say that word in front of Celestia again; she’s too young to hear that kind of language!
  • Not Quite Dead:
    • Discord brings Miguel back from the very verge of death as part of a Deal with the Devil.
    • This occurs numerous times with Nav, to the point where Celestia lampshades it by asking him if he knows how to die.
  • Not So Different:
    • 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.
    • Discussed in Chapter 106, when Celestia mentions the similarities between Nav, Arachne, and herself, as well as what Nav does have in common with ponies.
    Celestia: You’re more similar to us than you’d admit. Not the same, no, but not as different as you pretend.
  • Not So Omniscient After All: While Discord likes to give off the vibe of omniscience, he's not actually all-knowing, even if he comes close. The few occasions where he gets things wrong tend to prove costly.
  • Not What It Looks Like:
    • 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.
    • When Midnight Blossom feeds off Nav, it ends up giving him 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 weren’t bucking!
    Bloodbeak: Am I… 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.
  • Nuke 'em: Discord managed to destroy much of humanity in this way, as part of his ploy to finally die. Unfortunately for him, Humans Are Survivors.

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