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My Little Pony: Sora's Misadventures in Equestria is a Fusion Fic between My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and the Kingdom Hearts universe written by author Codex92.

Starting after the events in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Sora feels upset over having failed his Mark of Mastery exam whereas his two friends, Riku and Kairi, have become Keyblade Masters ahead of him. Feeling he needs more training before he can retake the exam, Master Yen Sid gives Sora a set of coordinates that leads him to a far-off world somewhere in the galaxy. Sora accepts without asking why and sets off for the unknown world. Due to being in a hurry and a non-stop flight on his Gummi Ship, it malfunctions as it arrives to the destination and Sora crash-lands in a field where he is found by a certain orange farm pony and her little filly sister. Thus, Sora's new tale begins.


The fic is written via inserting the ponified Sora (and other Kingdom Hearts characters) into the canon Friendship Is Magic storyline with different events happening or having different results due to someone else experiencing the event instead of a canon character. The story eventually adds elements of Kingdom Hearts III as the series began before the game came out, but leaves the changes in the story intact. The series is currently ongoing.


Sora's Misadventures in Equestria contains the following tropes:

  • Adult Fear:
    • The baby Cake Twins are taken right under Sora and Pinkie's supervision by Pete, in order to set a trap for the Keyblade wielder.
    • The fillies and colts of Ponyville are foalnapped during Christmas Eve by Marluxia of New Organization XIII in order to, you guessed it, set a trap for Sora.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Twilight falls in love with Sora, seeing him as a brave soul willing to do everything that is right. Unfortunately, she eventually learns about Kairi and she even arrives to Equestria. Then Maleficent comes along...
  • All Your Powers Combined:
    • By fusing with the Mane Six and their elements to combat Discord, Sora taps into a new Drive known as "Harmony Form", which allows him to channel the Elements of Harmony through six different Keyblades, as well as wielding Ultima Weapon.
    • Twilight mixes her transfered alicorn magic with both the bonds of her friends and all the Keyblades of the current wieldersnote  to create an improved D-Link known as "Harmony Link" to combat a Tirek now infused with Keyblade wielder magic as well as all the earth pony/unicorn/pegasi magic of Equestria.
    • Sora uses Harmony Form to deal the finishing blow to the Pony of Shadows once Stygian is removed and shows the six Keyblades of Harmony being held by ephemeral versions of the Mane Six only for the Mane Six's shades to be replaced by shades in the form of the Pillars, showing Sora was always the "unofficial" seventh Pillar that the Master of Masters hinted at.
  • Apocalyptic Log: While searching the Crystal Empire's castle for clues on how to defeat Sombra, Sora finds in a Kingdom Hearts-esque locked chest, Sombra's own diary detailing his past, as well as his love for Princess Luna and how a "stranger in a black cloak wielding a key-shaped sword'' gave him new powers that eventually overwhelmed him with darkness.
  • Artifact of Attraction: The Keyblade, same as the series from where it is from, is a tool that the Heartless will flock around in order to destroy it and they infest other worlds due to the presence of a Keyblade wielder. Naturally, when Sora first arrives in Equestria, the Heartless quickly soon appear...
  • Bad Future: The events of The Cutie Re-Mark now have universal consequences due to Starlight messing up Rainbow's first Sonic Rainboom also messing with Sora's past. Every bad future Twilight and Sora visit is worse than the last.
    • The "Crystal War" timeline is now a world where Sombra tapped into his inner darkness, enveloping Equestria with armies of Heartless made from ponies that have lost their hearts. It puts Sora into an Enemy Mine situation with none other than Master Xehanort, who finds himself fighting a losing battle with Sombra's Heartless hordes.
    • The "Changeling Invasion" timeline has Kairi being the one sent to Equestria instead of Sora (who was killed by Xemnas in the events of Kingdom Hearts II) and arrived during Chrysalis' wedding invasion. Chrysalis-as-Cadance sensed the deep love Kairi had for Sora, disguised herself as him, and used her love, along with Shining Armor's to increase her powers and invade Equestria. Kairi was left an emotionally-broken mess due having being used as such.
    • The "Nightmare Moon Reign" timeline has Pete defecting and swearing his allegiance to Nightmare Moon, while both Maleficent and Riku, who maintains his Ansem Seeker of Darkness appearance, are locked in her prison.
    • As before, the next two timelines only briefly seen is the "Tirek Apocalypse" (with what looks like Aqua on her glider challenging him) and the "Chaos Kingdom" (where Discord is fighting and winning against more cartoon-like versions of Mickey, Donald and Goofy) timelines in canon. However, instead of the "Flim-Flam Industry" future afterwards, it is a timeline where Master Xehanort has succeeded in obtaining Kingdom Hearts and holds the χ-blade.
    • The Final "Wasteland" timeline, where Twilight and Sora show Starlight what her messing with time has caused, instead has all of Equestria within the Realm of Darkness where the Heartless dwell.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Or "heart", actually.
    • The first is when Sora reveals his Anti-Form and is taken to the Mysterious Tower to find an answer. He is again placed in a deep sleep to allow the wielders to dive into his heart. There they fight a remnant of Vanitas, who stowed-away in Sora's heart just like Ventus, and defeat him.
    • When Yen Sid and Lea visit Equestria, the former Org. XIII member gets migraines pertaining to a forgotten member, Sora proposes asking Roxas about it, and is again placed in sleep before they dive into his heart. Not only does Roxas have little recollection, but thankfully the stowaway CMC find who they were all looking for. Xion, however, didn't want to be remembered and forces Sora to fight her in order for him to defeat and destroy her.
  • Been There, Shaped History:
  • Being Good Sucks: Sora feels this way about rescuing Maleficent of all people from the teen dragons after she gets found out in "Dragon Quest"
  • Berserk Button: Due to being a justified Shell-Shocked Veteran spending 15 years in the Realm of Darkness and blaming herself for everything that happened in the past, Aqua has developed a seething hatred of anything that involves Master Xehanort. Even the No Name Keyblade he wields, which she saw being wielded by the Master of Masters in the past, is enough to make her fly off the handle.
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    • After escaping from Our Town, Starlight encounters Maleficent, who tries to get her to join her side just as with Pete and Riku. Starlight will have none of it and manages to actually remove Maleficent's pony-form's cutie mark, rendering the evil sorceress powerless.
    • Maud Pie saves Pinkie from a Defender Heartless by actually using her earth pony/rock farmer-enhanced Super Strength to breaks its impervious shield to the shock and amazement of the Keyblade heroes who could never make a dent on those shields.
  • Big Damn Heroes: This story has its fair share, most done by Sora himself.
    • His first major one is saving the Ponyville Schoolhouse from a Heartless invasion.
    • When Kairi finally arrives in Equestria, she and Twilight are immediately attacked by a Stealth Sneak Heartless, and Sora arrives just in time to defeat it.
    • During the battle for the Crystal Empire, with Sora fighting King Sombra and Riku & Kairi destroying the ponified Shadows that were swarming towards the castle, King Mickey (who keeps his normal rodent form), Donald and Goofy show up to help thin out the herd of Pony Shadows.
    • When Twilight gets attacked by Neoshadows after going back into the Everfree to save the Tree of Harmony, Aqua appears and swiftly deals with them, allowing the new alicorn princess to return to her friends.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • Chrysalis "charms" Sora into serving him same as she did to Shining Armor during the Canterlot Wedding.
    • The Dazzlings hypnotize Riku and Kairi into being their slaves during the Battle of the Bands.
  • Broken Masquerade: The Keyblade wielders lose not just the ability to use their weapons but also their "pony forms", reverting back to human shapes when Tirek drains their magic.
  • Broken Pedestal: Twilight's awe and worship of Star Swirl is broken even harder than in canon due to his hasty analysis of the Keyblade wielders showing them falling to darkness without learning why, then Riku making Twilight choose between him or Star Swirl (she choose her idol), and finally once they face the Pony of Shadows in Hollow Shades and Riku gets blasted by the ponified Heartless, she finally gives Star Swirl a piece of her mind and throws the Element of Magic at him over his callous behavior.
  • Broken Tears: During the meeting with Celestia after saving Stygian and destroying the Pony of Shadows for good, the happy mood of the reunion and forgiveness between the Pillars and their friend is broken with Luna arriving shedding these since she learned Sombra has his darkness unlocked by the Master of Masters, someone she considered an honorary uncle in her youth, and was heartbroken that someone she trusted would do that to her former future fiancé and spitefully telling Aqua that she was right about assuming the worst of the No Name Keybalde wielder. It took looking through a memory crystal to learn how much "Uncle M" really loved her and Celestia and rewatching his heartfelt apology in the holographic flashback to make her feel better about him.
  • Brought Down to Normal:
  • Butt-Monkey: Sora is most definitely one at times during the more lighthearted "slice of life" chapters.
  • The Cameo:
    • After her Green-Eyed Monster possession and fight against Kairi, Twilight opts to take a vacation and goes to see Princess Celestia. The princess then offers her to take a week off along with her by going inside a very special book and meeting its inhabitants.
    • When Sora & Kairi take Cerberus back to Tartarus in "It's About Time", not only do they revert back to their human forms, but Cerberus also changes from the three-headed bulldog he was in Equestria to the demonic three-headed Dobermann he is when in Olympus Coliseum's Underworld.
    • Hades himself makes an appearance in all the times Tartarus is shown, after all it's the Greek Underworld.
    • During the events of "Too Many Pinkie Pies", Sora was accidentally dunked in the Mirror Pool, accidentally creating a clone and knocking him unconscious. Who was said clone created? Roxas. Naturally, he goes back inside Sora's heart at the end of the chapter.
    • "Power Ponies" in this story is a crossover between the aforementioned series and a ponified comics version of Dissidia Final Fantasy. Sora takes the role of a ponified Zidane Tribal, Riku becomes a ponified Cecil Harvey in his Dark Knight form, and Kairi is a ponified Terra Branford. Helping the Mane-iac is Final Fantasy VI's own Kefka Palazzo, also ponified.
    • When Sora revisits Disney Castle after he finds out due to his Time Travel visit caused his father to birth a Nobody, he meets Max, PJ and Bobby, who are a knight, magician and archer respectively. When Donald and Goofy are chosen to stay close to Sora, Max and PJ are promoted to the formers' old positions in Disney Castle until they return.
    • When Aqua and Terra dive into Sora's heart to help him combat the darkness within his Anti-Form, taking the form of Vanitas of all beings, they get lost in his heart, but they get help finding the battleground from a certain young girl in a black coat to show them the way.
    • During Lea's time in Equestria, he and Sora (along with the stowaway CMC) dive back into Sora's heart to find the cause of the fire wielder's maladies over memories. Not only do they have help from Roxas, but also find Xion as well.
    • During "To Where and Back Again", Chrysalis muses that if her strongest fighter, Pharynx, was around, the intruders wouldn't stand a chance. A flashback actually shows him getting beaten and injured by Vanitas's Unversed.
    • Ocellus is met half a season before her first true appearance during Thorax's problem with Pharynx.
  • Cannot Spit It Out:
    • After meeting and being saved by Sora, Twilight develops a crush on him but is unable to tell him her feelings. This promptly gets difficult once he talks about Kairi during the slumber party, and then torpedoed once she arrives.
    • Sora himself is unable to tell Kairi about finally being a couple due to being scared about her finding out about his Anti-Form and worried she'll dump him. She accidentally overheard him talking about it to Spike, whom he swore to secrecy, and this drives her to take the first step with him.
  • Characterization Marches On: Enforced with the author finally playing Kingdom Hearts III and starts using elements from that game in the story itself, starting with the chapters retelling Season 7, such as Sora's new outfit enabling him to change his keyblade into various weapons, the Master of Masters's more pronounced presence, Riku losing Way to the Dawn and earning his new Braveheart, the additional members of New Organization XIII like Marluxia, Larxene, Vexen, Demyx, Vanitas and Dark (Replica) Riku, and the subtle hints that Master Eraqus's heart is within Terra's. However, as stated in Pseudocanonical Fic below, the author's new fates of the Original Keyblade Trio stay as he wrote them so Aqua didn't remain in the Realm of Darkness, Terra's heart wasn't inside Ansem Keeper of Darkness's Guardian, and Ventus's heart was returned to his body in stasis within Castle Oblivion much earlier in the "story".
  • Chekhov's Gun: Kairi's Message in a Bottle that somehow manages to get into the End of Sea to save Sora and Riku from being stuck in the Realm of Darkness is later used itself by Aqua when she makes her way to the same location and uses it as well to return to the normal universe, saving her from her canon fate from Kingdom Hearts III.
  • Connected All Along: Once his heart is returned to his body stored within Castle Oblivion, Ventus reveals he knows about the ponies and Sora's Equestrian experiences due to his heart was always with Sora's and was able to see everything he experienced from the events of the first two games to Equestria itself.
  • Contrived Coincidence: It was until sending Twilight and the heroes to find out what happened to Star Swirl that Princess Celestia remembered about an ancient diary she kept detailing her and Luna's youth that also mentions their first meetings with the Master of Masters. This was just seconds before an irate Aqua shows up asking them about their relation to the enigmatic cloaked being that wielded Xehanort's No Name.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Sora summons Stitch to punish almost all the Crusaders and Babs Seed for all the actions they did during the Manehattanite's stay by messily slobbering them with his tongue. However, because Sweetie Belle actually likes getting slobbered by Stitch, she is punished by not getting slobbered or hugging him.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Kairi naturally feels in heaven the second she steps into Equestria and sees all the cute ponies and fluffy animals. Her reactions and glomping of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Angel Bunny, the Cake Twins, and Discord's post-Heel–Face Turn "inner child" self, whom she affectionately nicknames Dizzy, are some of the best-known examples.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Due to being one of the only "senior-level" Keyblade Masters of the previous generation before Terra and Ven are found, Aqua is one to the Destiny Island Trio and Twilight as she is very disciplined in teaching them how to forge their own Keyblade Armor & Gliders, and even takes them to the Mirage Arena to train. Also, Sora is scared of doing something she would disapprove for fear of being punished with more training.
  • Driven to Madness: Sora's encounter with Pinkie's Great Galloping Gala song's world is enough to freak him out so badly and want to leave it as soon as possible. He even considers The Wonderland as sane compared to Pinkie's imagination. When the song ends, he's practically questioning reality itself.
  • Dying as Yourself: Sombra regains control of his original pre-Darkness self after getting blasted by the Crystal Heart's full power and gives Sora the engagement ring he was supposed to give Luna a thousand years ago.
  • Easily Forgiven: One of the main subverted tropes the series tries to enforce. It is only played straight with those who were victims of darkness in their hearts such as Nightmare Moon, Green-Eyed Monster!Twilight, Torrent!Aqua, King Sombra, Sunset Shimmer, Sci-Twi and Gloriosa Daisy. Others such as Discord, Starlight Glimmer and Iron Will are not so lucky.
  • Enemy Within:
    • Sora's "Anti" Drive Form. Sora is hesitant to use Drive Forms in general due to his fear he may accidentally turn into Anti-Sora and kill everyone and everypony close to him during his unpredictable rage. Sora eventually manages to harness and pacify it by locking away its evil within his heart.
    • Torrent, Aqua's darkness taken form due to her anger and despair over her friends' fates and Master Xehanort having ruined all their lives.
    • Sci-Twi, as per canon, has Midnight Sparkle.
    • Princess Celestia considers Daybreaker as such and is horrified to see the evil mare's reflection when she asks Yen Sid to let her see herself in the mirror that reflects one's dark side.
  • Fading Away: Same as in the canon "Discordant Harmony", Discord begins to disappear due to acting normal. However, this time, it's because his actions were literally killing his "past self". Only when Kairi, Aqua, and Fluttershy begin to act in a chaotic manner does the little Discord get better and the older Discord returns to his "normal" chaotic self.
  • Faking Amnesia: Sora does this when he first arrives in Equestria to prevent the native ponies from learning he's not a native to the world of Equestria, plus a human to boot. As of Chapter 165, it is revealed that Granny Smith knew about Sora before he met her due to him having gone back in time to the past events of "The Perfect Pear". Ironically, Granny believed Sora's initial amnesia story thinking he really did lose his memory of the past.
  • Fisher Kingdom: Just as in the games, outsiders not from Equestria blend in by taking forms of native creatures. The Keyblade wielders and Organization XIII members transform into a variety of ponies, Donald becomes a griffon, Goofy is a diamond dog, Pete is a minotaur, and Vanitas is a changeling. Played with Maleficent who has a pony form in Equestria but can easily shapeshift due to her dark magic.
  • Freak Out!:
    • Sora has this as his initial reaction to Pinkie Pie's Breaking the Fourth Wall when she drags him into her Great Galloping Gala song's dream sequence. He's promptly Driven to Madness, considers Wonderland as sane compared to Pinkie's world and questions his own reality.
    • Pinkie gets her turn when she sees the love poisoned Sora and Twilight being insufferable Sickeningly Sweethearts with each other and eventually dives into a closet to escape this madness.
  • Fun Size: Dizzy, Discord's past younger self who literally is his "inner child". Kairi fawns over him, while Aqua can't help but think of him as cute.
  • Gender Bender: Sora gets this under the effects of Poison Joke.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: Seeing Sora give in to Pete's demands and allow himself to be torn apart by Rabid Dog Heartless while Pinkie watches helplessly, the Cake Twins not only manage to get free themselves, but also teach the bumbling minion a lesson in not hurting one of their favorite foalsitters.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Twilight literally becomes one thanks to Maleficent egging her on due to her feelings for Sora and Kairi's arrival, allowing her to be consumed by the darkness in her heart.
  • Hate Plague: Instead of infecting Granny Smith, Bulk Biceps and the old jeweler as in canon, Starlight's "bottled anger" instead infects a D-Link-powered Ventus, who is a much more dangerous adversary than the canonical trio it infected.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Aside from canon turns like Discord, Sunset Shimmer, Starlight Glimmer, Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon and the Changelings (sans Chrysalis, of course), King Sombra manages to regain his old self after being struck by the Crystal Heart. On one hand, he regains his original self but is still shattered to pieces, as in canon. On the other, he still lives on as a Dream Eater tied to Luna's engagement that Sora gives her as a memento.
  • Heroic BSoD: Sora goes through so many during the course of the story that a tell-tale sign the happy-go-lucky goof of a hero is feeling very broken is whenever his jacket's hood covers his head and face.
  • Humanity Ensues: Even though he and other Keyblade wielders were human to begin with, Sora loses his pony form whenever he's in the dream world, in Tartarus (since it's part of Olympus Coliseum's Underworld), or the world of Canterlot High.
  • Human Chess: Instead of playing a giant version of Dragon Pit like it was done in "Uncommon Bond", Aqua instead has Starlight, Sunburst, Twilight, Trixie, Maud and herself play an Equestrian version of Command Board, which is a Monopoly-like game known to the Original Keyblade Trio.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Ventus's heart within Sora does this to the Torrent-possessed Aqua, which gives her the heroic resolve and first hope in over 15 years to finally fight back against her inner darkness, giving the rest of the heroes a chance to finally beat her.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Instead of facing a darkness-possessed Anti-Aqua (who blames the heroes and especially King Mickey, for forgetting all about her) in the End of Sea as in canon in Kingdom Hearts III, the heroes instead face "Torrent", the darkness that was nurtured for 15 years in Aqua's heart due to her anger, blame and sorrow over the past in losing Terra and Ven and hating Xehanort. In short, Sora still fights a "Dark" Aqua, despite the new circumstances.
  • In Vino Veritas: After getting upset over Rarity's overly generous nature in lending Suri Polomare her fabric, Aqua goes off to drown her anger and sorrows. When she returns to the hotel room completely plastered, she gives Rarity an I Told You So over her generosity backfiring, mistakes Sora for Ventus and basically confesses in a tearful speech how she failed him and Terra from losing themselves. She then passes out , still hugging a confused Sora in her grasp.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: This fic also makes sure Karma Houdinis get their comeuppance one way or another.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
  • Living Crashpad: Sora wonders if he's a Rainbow Dash magnet since she tends to crash into him. Constantly.
  • Losing Horns: A Type-B trombone sounds at certain "punchline" quotes during "Maud Pie". The first three times, it was a Pegasus on a cloud practicing on a trombone. The fourth time, however, was a Crescendo Heartless that summons Wyverns and a Defender to attack.
  • Love Potion: Like canon, the Crusaders make one for "Hearts and Hooves Day" to get Cheerilee and Big Mac to fall in love. However, due to his influence and not exactly watching what they drinking, Sora and Twilight are the ones to fall under the spell of the love poison instead. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Magic Map: The Cutie Map within Twilight's castle which pinpoints friendship problems to fix has been "upgraded" due to the presence of the Keyblade wielders to somehow show the entire universe and show where Keyblade holders or Heartless are anywhere in outer space. Aqua has made it her mission to find out how it works and to possibly make it pinpoint other enemies such as Nobodies, Unversed, etc.
  • Making a Splash: Kaito's Nobody has this as his main element, based more on sea water rather than normal water. His main weapon is a cutlass formed from sea water and his personal Nobodies he controls are in the form of burly-looking pirates, which he calls Swashbucklers, that act as his "crew".
  • Makes Us Even: Sora, Kairi, Spike and the ponies rescue Maleficent from the teen dragons in "Dragon Quest". Sora invokes this trope due to Maleficent & Pete's unwilling Villainous Rescue moment back in The World That Never Was.
  • Mental Picture Projector: The magic crystals that were first introduced in "Castle Sweet Castle" are given a much more increased role in the story as they are used to project memories of characters close to them so anyone close by can see them.
  • Metamorphosis: As of the events at Camp Everfree, Kairi is now an alicorn.
  • Mook Maker: Along with Sombra's mist-like form and darkness-based powers, he is also able to create personal Shadows in the form of ponies. His Bad Future as seen in "The Cutie Re-Mark" has him with these as well as Pony Shadows that have obtained hearts from unfortunate ponies and have becomes different forms of Pony-like Heartless.
  • Morph Weapon: One of the newest abilities Sora can use, starting from the chapters retelling Season 7 is the ability to change his Keyblade into different types of weapons (which was a gameplay mechanic first introduced in Kingdom Hearts III).
  • No Fourth Wall: Both Pinkie Pie and Discord have their moments where they know they are characters in a Fusion Fic and makes comments as such. They even have had moments where they even talk to Codex92 himself.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: Sora gets slammed into Ponyville General Hospital while under the telekinetic grab of Kairi's aura as she rushed to see the birth of the Cake Twins. When a dazed Sora finally appears in the maternity ward, he mumbles the first lines of the Mad Hatter's (or the Dormouse's) "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat'' poem before he faints.
  • Official Couple: Many official and unofficial: Sora & Kairi, Riku & Twilight, Aqua & Terra, Sunset Shimmer & Human!Flash Sentry, Luna & Sombra, Big Mac & Sugar Belle, and Fluttershy & Discord
  • Older Than They Look: Ventus still looks the same youthful age as he did during the past since his body was in a state of stasis and never grew older, unlike Aqua and Terra, who look much older after their times in the Realm of Darkness. Still, he dislikes being treated as a youth due to being much older, year-wise.
  • Original Character: Sora's parents, Manami and Kaito.
  • Passing the Torch: Played with. Riku, being a Master, inadvertently makes Twilight a Keyblade wielder through the Keyblade Inheritance Ceremony by pure accident when she touched it as Riku held it.
  • Portal Book: Celestia, through Yen Sid, borrows the Winnie-the-Pooh book owned by Merlin to give herself and an emotionally-conflicted Twilight a vacation. She later uses a variety of this book's magic to teach Sora how the Mane Six earned their cutie marks.
  • Power Copying: Dimension Links, a power only mastered by the Original Trio is used in this story.
    • Twilight gains them during the chapters retelling Season 4 as each of her friends overcome the "trials" that test their Elements and earn the "keys" for the Tree of Harmony's box. As each "key" is earned, Twilight gains access to skills and personality changes to those of her friends whenever she uses a D-Link of Harmony.
    • Ventus gains a D-Link with "King" Thorax and receives powers of illusion that completely overwhelms Vanitas and makes the evil changeling believe the D-Linked Ventus has power over the χ-Blade. This and other tactics help defeat him.
  • Pseudocanonical Fic: At best. Due to the writer taking liberty with many canon characters' fates, mostly due to "Kingdom Hearts III" having not been made when it first began. Among the major changes is the fates of the original Keyblade Trio. Aqua having found a way out of the Realm of Darkness, Terra having his heart not being part of Ansem's Guardian but actually returned to his "Lingering Will" empty body when Sora defeats both Ansem and Xemnas instead, and finally Ventus is awakened at last after his heart is safely transferred from within Sora to his comatose body within Castle Oblivion. All three now live and train alongside the "Destiny Islands" Trio in Equestria.
  • Red Herring: The closing paragraphs of the chapter before "Shadow Play" has a flashback to the past where all the Pillars of Equestria are finally united due to the Master of Masters' influence. However, he tells Star Swirl about a "seventh member" that will join the groups and only hints that "his name starts with 'S'". Those familiar with the show automatically assume this meant Stygian. It turns out he was referring to SORA all along.
  • Retcon: Since Codex92 started the story before Kingdom Hearts III was revealed that Terra's heart was inside Ansem's Guardian. Instead, Terra's heart was returned to his body after Sora defeats the two "halves" of his Xehanort-possessed body, aka Ansem and Xemnas. Once those two are dead, his heart was able to reform and return to his "Lingering Will" empty body still standing in the Keyblade Graveyard.
  • Rule of Three: So far Sora has used Reverse/Forward three times. The first time was when he went to the past after "Future Twilight" went to the past herself. The second was going back to Destiny Islands' past to discover what happened to his father Kaito. The third is going to Ponyville's past and being witness to the events of "The Perfect Pear".
  • Saying Too Much: Riku explains his reason for his arrival in Equestria and orders to help fight a certain threat once he enters Canterlot Castle. Too bad he tells it all first to "Princess Mi Amore Cadenza", who quickly subdues him.
  • Scaled Up: In the two chapters dealing with the dragons, the Keyblade Trio manage to use more magic to disguise themselves as dragons to accompany Spike to the Dragon Lands. Maleficent naturally uses her dragon form when she first visits the Dragon Lands.
  • Screw the Rules, They Broke Them First!: As of "Uncommon Bond", Aqua has finally stopped being a stickler with the "maintaining the world order" rule she has been taught, mostly due to everything Master Xehanort and the Heartless has done in countless worlds, making it impossible to turn a blind eye and reveal their fight without having the natives of other worlds confused.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When she and Pete find the returned Crystal Empire up in the Frozen North, Maleficent immediately senses the tremendous power of Darkness that comes from the awakened Sombra and feels that this dark power would overwhelm them all. She concludes it's not worth going up against whatever is giving off so much darkness and quickly retreats.
  • Secret Keeper: Of the fact that Sora and the rest of the Keyblade wielders are outsiders from another world.
    • At first it was only Princess Celestia, due to her correspondence with Master Yen Sid.
    • Soon the Mane Six and Spike are added when Sora is interrogated about his use of non-pony magic and the Keyblade during Nightmare Moon's first appearance, though CloudCuckoolander Pinkie Pie knew this from the start. When she is purified, Luna also joins the list.
      • In addition, Sora tells Spike about his Anti-form and swears him to secrecy. Kairi, who was nearby and faked still being unconscious, also hears this.
    • Discord, due to his CloudCuckoolander Reality Warper ways, knows the truth after using his "memory book" ability.
    • Shining Armor and Cadance learn during the reunion of the Destiny Islands Trio and Chrysalis's first defeat.
    • Each Cutie Mark Crusader learn when Sora visits them in the Dream World in his original human form as he solves their problems.
  • Sequential Boss: Discord, at the climax of "The Return of Harmony", faces Sora in this manner by using attacks derived from the skills of the entire Organization XIII (sans Roxas and Xion). Sora counters every single strategy with ease as he already faced them in person or their Data-forms.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: A concept introduced in the story is that there are certain Heartless created pertaining to a strong heart under each of these. So far the only "Sin Heartless" seen/created have been (in order) Twilight Sparkle's Envy, Sunset Shimmer's Wrath, Arimaspi's Greed, and the Sphinx's Pride.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran:
    • Aqua is definitely one, mostly due to having spent years by herself in the Realm of Darkness, pursued by the Dark Hide, blaming herself over Terra and Ventus, and cursing Master Xehanort for all his deeds. Thankfully, with both her old friends with her now, she is starting to slowly defrost from her years of torment.
    • Changeling Invasion!Kairi's Trauma Conga Line is one of the saddest of the story. Seeing Riku bring Sora's dead body after Xemnas's defeat, being sent to Equestria by Yen Sid in order to stop feeling bad about losing Sora and arriving just in time for Chrysalis's wedding invasion, the Queen feels Kairi's deep love for Sora, changes into his form and then puts Kairi under her command just like Shining Armor (and Sora in this story), using her hardened battle abilities to take over Equestria and a personal feeding station for Chrysalis and her troops at the same time. She finally finds a way to free herself, but learns she destroyed her Gummi Ship under Chrysalis's spell and nobody knows where she is. She remains in Zecora's resistance village, but she is no longer the cheerful Princess of Heart she was in the past.
  • Something Only They Would Say: To prove to the Kairi from the "Changeling Invasion" timeline that he is the real Sora, he pulls out the homemade Wayfinder she made for him back in Destiny Islands. This is enough to make her stand down enough to finally get through to her.
  • Sudden Game Interface: After Discord manipulated and destroys the bonds between the Mane Six, Sora attempts to fight him only for Discord to use Sephiroth's Heartless Angel attack and leaves Sora near-death. At this point, Discord actually shows a display screen straight out of the Kingdom Hearts series with Sora's health at 1 HP, his magic bar "chained", his Command List greyed out and even the icons of the Mane Six around him in their "discorded" states. Once he helps the Mane Six snap out of it, regains his powers, and they all return to face him, though, Discord again brings up the display screen and it shows everything in a far more favorable position for Sora (including better images of the Mane Six), realizing he's screwed. The interface also stays during their entire battle showing Discord's dwindling HP gauge and health squares.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: The Dark Hide single-mindedly hunts down Aqua, due to the many times they fought in the Realm of Darkness.
  • Super-Power Meltdown: The story introduces the concept of "magic surges" which are endemic to unicorns, where a unicorn under heavy stress or emotions have their magic go out of control, usually using a basic element of nature. Of the unicorns shown so far:
    • Twilight's canon magic surge from "Feeling Pinkie Keen" is fire-related.
    • Aqua's surges are ice-related, since her darkness ponified, Torrent, heavily uses ice magic. Whenever Aqua herself gets extremely frustrated, the temperature around her drops.
    • Kairi's surges are wind-related, as Sora saw her alternate timeline counterpart having scars from reflected Aero slashes used against that timeline's Chrysalis. Fluttershy also mentions feeling strong breezes where there were no open areas whenever Kairi gets frustrated.
  • Talking to Themself:
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: During the friendship problem at Las Pegasus, Sora decides to buy his engagement ring for Kairi in one of the many shops there. After the events of Camp Everfree, both he and Kairi return to Las Pegasus to question the shopkeeper about how the ring was a catalyst in ascending Kairi to alicornhood, only to find an empty lot where the jewelry store once stood.
  • The Stations of the Canon: This series revisits several "episodes" of the MLP series, only having characters from the Kingdom Hearts series interacting with the cast or changing certain details to accommodate them.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: The Master of Masters somehow holds a conversation through the holographic recreation of the Pillars sealing the Pony of Shadows one thousand years in the past, addressing everyone and everypony by name.
  • The Worm That Walks: The tiny easily-beatable Shadow Heartless can fuse en masse to become a dreaded Demon Tower. Sora himself faced one during the "Wasteland Equestria" timeline.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Discord tells Ventus after defeating Aqua and Kairi his reason of betrayal of the ponies and side with Tirek. Because of his mixed-bodied appearance even as a child, not one species in Equestria wanted to be near him and feared his appearance when all he wanted was to have friends of his own. If everything shunned him for looking like a monster, then he was just going to be a monster.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Kairi feels this way in facing his love poison-enchanted boyfriend, who not only has far more melee fighting experience than her, but also uses his Master Drive form and wields both Fenrir and Sleeping Lion Keyblades to boot.
  • Time Travel: During the events of "It's About Time", Sora finds a chest that contains a magic spell called "Reverse/Forward", which does exactly this. The Master of Masters is also capable of doing this with ease.
  • Unperson: Invoked by Xion, who thanks to Vanitas poisoning her thoughts over just being Org. XIII's puppet and being to blame for Sora not waking up after his time in Castle Oblivion, simply embraces being forgotten. It takes Sora's physical persuasion, as well as Roxas and Lea's (even though he's no longer Axel) encouragement and kind words that they remember the happy times they had when still in Org. XIII that one year.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If Garble didn't destroy Celestia's message before anyone could read it when Spike burped it out, Sora and the Mane Six would've learned of her premonition about an unknown threat that would trespass on a very important royal event and everyone would have been prepared.
  • Victory by Endurance: Discord attempts this against a Harmony Drive-powered Sora, knowing he will eventually run out of Drive energy and will defuse back to himself and the six ponies. Unfortunately for him, the fused Mane Six keep the energy from decreasing, rendering this strategy moot.
  • Visual Pun: One of Discord's favorite tricks, both as a villain and reformed, is to actually read the memories of characters through self-created books. He literally is able to "know someone like an open book".
  • Wham Shot: When the corrupted Sunset Shimmer attacks Twilight directly before Sora could protect her, Twilight summons a Keyblade of her very own.
  • What Could Have Been: In-Universe example. Kaito's Nobody explains that he would have been part of Organization XIII as the original Number IX until he had a change of heart and left. Xemnas then found Demyx to be the "new" Number IX.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Terra gives Aqua this after she forcefully accuses the Alicorn Princesses over their relation to the Master of Masters and gets into a shouting match with Luna. Getting chewed out by him is enough to finally get her to realize just how badly her years within the Realm of Darkness has changed her.
    • Unlike canon, Twilight has had enough of Star Swirl's mistrustful and hard-headed attitude after abandoning Riku when he got injured and knocked out by the Pony of Shadows. She chews him out throughly and throws her Element of Magic "big crown thingy" at him as a result.
  • Wrong Assumption:
    • Rainbow Dash at first believes Sora is some sort of bad guy due to his "powers". When she gets attacked by Heartless and saved by Sora, she assumes he is behind them and has him arrested.
    • Star Swirl is practically the king of this thanks to looking into the achievements of all six of the Keyblade wielders using the memory crystals. Everyone except Kairi disgusts him due to them using or falling into darkness one way or another without giving them a chance to explain or see how that happened or even looking into the good deeds they have done aside from their run-ins with darkness. Naturally this doesn't warm them up to him and merely follow along due to stopping the Pony of Shadows.
  • Yandere: When Twilight gives in to the darkness in her heart thanks to Maleficent's influence, she tries to kill Kairi to keep Sora all to herself.
  • You're Not My Father: This is Sora's initial sentiment over the Nobody created of his father, Kaito (which he himself had a hand in accidentally creating, no less) and attempts to destroy him using his new and controllable Anti-Form, to boot. It was his mother and Kaito's Nobody's pleas which finally got through to him.

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