The Demesne of the Reluctant Twilight Sparkle is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic by MrNumbers, in which Equestria's newest princess receives the one gift Luna believes worthy of her: Ponyville and all of its lands and population. Despite Twilight's discomfort at her newfound power (and Celestia's exasperation after trying to let the feudal laws that support this sort of thing expire), she eventually becomes lost in visions of a hub for a potential scientific revolution (and of a cute new assistant). But change never comes easily, with everypony wanting a piece of the pie, as well as the implications this new title has for Equestria at large....
This story contains examples of:
- Adorkable: Besides Twilight as per usual, there's Golden, much like her with maybe half the self-esteem.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Much of the story is Slice of Life hijinks with Twilight figuring out the ramifications of her position for her and Ponyville- then, come chapter 8, she learns that, thanks to all the other nobles who now know they are legally demesne-holders, Equestria is on the brink of civil war.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Twilight's reaction to her "gift".Twilight (thinking): I'm sorry Celestia, I should really head back to Ponyville and talk to Mayor Mare about this. Please rectify this situation for me, Luna, as soon as equinely possible, as well intentioned as your gift was. I hope you understand that I refuse it humbly, and not out of malice, as being the overlord of your friends tends to be a bit of a faux pas.
Twilight: I need to get the buck back to Ponyville and figure this out before they tar my ponyfeathers and lynch me for this!
Twilight: ...I just said the in-my-head thing out loud and the out-loud thing in my head, didn't I?
- Didn't Think This Through: Twilight has to get a lot of gold from the Ponyville train depot to her new royal bank across town, preferably in secret to avoid looters, and doing it by cartload takes uncomfortably long. Her solution? Telekinetically use the gold bars to construct extra tracks to the bank and levitate the train along them, picking them back up as they go. Sensible enough except that it goes through the middle of town, so secrecy is right out.
- First-Person Smartass: Twilight, at least as much at her own expense as at anypony else's.
- Insistent Terminology: Twilight Sparkle starts falling into this- excuse me, that's Doctor Princess Twilight Sparkle.
- Kick the Dog: Discussed at length when Golden meets the Mane 6. One really has to be there.
- Love Dodecahedron: Notwithstanding the on-site description, it's a bit more complicated than a Love Triangle. It's briefly implied at the start (though not since) that Twilight has a crush on Big Mac, and then that Celestia has feelings for Twilight. Twilight also quickly falls for Golden, while having to deal with Rainbow Dash who is then implied to genuinely have a crush on Twilight herself. And then Golden expresses interest in Dash....
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: You wanted to give Twilight a gift worthy of a Princess, Luna? Good job not only screwing up her life even more but enabling the other nobles who also have claims to demesnes and threaten to plunge Equestria into civil war.
- Reality Ensues: However badass Rainbow Dash and Applejack are, they can't singlehoofedly fight off a group of anonymous looters who both outnumber and get the jump on them.
- Seinfeldian Conversation: There are a lot of tangents in both dialogue and Twilight's stream-of-consciousness narration.
- So Unfunny, It's Funny: Referenced by Pinkie after Applejack says that they should all get along with Golden "short of [her] tellin' us her favourite hobby is kickin' puppies" and Golden's attempt to break the ice ("Why would I kick puppies when you can get so much more distance out of kittens?") falls flat.
- Then EVERYONE ELSE joins in, and it creates the need for a CMOF page...
- Spit Take: Twilight attempts to defy this when she learns Golden technically works for Spike as well as for her. Then she sees the cheque Luna sent for her royal funds. She makes sure to aim away from the paperwork.
- Tempting Fate: Played with at the beginning when Twilight and Spike note how well the day is going and how good they feel- and immediately panic at the inevitable approaching catastrophe. Spike decides that's enough of a bad thing but Twilight worries that that's just False Reassurance on the part of fate- and then Luna's message arrives....
- Unfortunate Names: Golden Retriever. Twilight eventually grants her a literal license, "as a civil servant of the highest order", to kick the flank of anypony who teases her about her name within the bounds of the demesne.
- You Need to Get Laid: Rainbow says this to Twilight. Twilight denies it, but it helps explain both her fixation on Golden and her previously-and-then-never-again-implied attraction to Big Mac.