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A series of fanfics based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls found on Fimfiction.net written by Banshee531.

The series retells the events of Friendship Is Magic in an Alternate Universe with Flash Sentry playing a main role. His presence in the mane group causes changes big and small to occur, as well as deal with his own adventures.

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    Season Premiere Retellings 
    Season Retellings 
     Equestria Girls Retellings 
     Original Stories 
  • Flash Sentry Chronicles: The Forgotten Darkness - The first original story not based on the series. Flash and his friends have been captured by Shade who has trapped them in a machine that reveals a long forgotten truth about the Jackhowls and the Trickters.
  • Flash Sentry Chronicles: The Knight of Friendship: The second original story not based on the series. Flash is called to the Crystal Empire to face his final test to become a Royal Knight in a duel against Cold Steel. But when he loses the duel and flees the Crystal Empire, Twilight sets out to save him, and together, they learn their true feelings for each other.
  • Flash Sentry Chronicles: War of the Lost City: The third original story not based on the series. The Sacred Light has called Flash Sentry with Springer, Trixie, Soarin, Ruby Scarlet, and Cold Steel to the Lost City of Faust. But they find that they’re not the only ones seeking out the city’s secrets, as the Cult of Shadow has also discovered the Lost City. But before the two groups can do battle, a power far greater than any that have come before has forced them to play a game for an unknown purpose.

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This series of fanfics provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Lightning Blitz was this to Rarity when they first met. He flirted with her and asked her out but she was disgusted with him due to his bad attitude towards her friends and his terrible fashion sense. Subverted later when Rarity starts to warm up to him after he changes is ways and moves to Ponyville, slowly starting to return his feelings and forming a friendship with him.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Many characters, items, and locations appear sooner then they did in canon, either as a major role or just a cameo.
    • The Alicorn Amulet appears in season 1 and is used by Lightning Blitz instead of Trixie.
    • The underground gem cave makes its first appearance in season 4. Pinkie actually lampshades this by stating its original appearance wasn't until Season 6, but we don't learn it is under Ponyville until Season 7.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Trixie starts the same way she did in canon, as a traveling show-mare who lied about her achievements to make herself look better and show off. But, thanks to being saved by Flash from some crooks earlier, she opens up to him and his friends and helps them stop the group of crooks that attacked her. She decides to better herself, and later becomes the apprentice of Princess Luna.
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  • All Just a Dream: Springer's Hedgehog Day experience is revealed to be an artificial dream he had while on a "Vision Quest" after some "Vision Quest Potion" spills on his head at Zecora's hut.
  • Always Someone Better: Flash accomplished a lot since moving to Ponyville with Twilight, but despite his achievements and confidence he couldn’t beat Sombra, even with Ruby's help, and the two of them are almost killed by the dark unicorn. Though Flash does help his friends beat Sombra in the end he is well aware that he was overconfident and almost died because of it.
    • The Royal Knight Skybreaker also suffered this similar to Flash when he was a rookie. He was cocky and took too many risks, thinking he was invincible, but when he fought a unicorn whose sword skills were like nothing he had seen before or since, he only survived because his mentor sacrificed himself by taking a lethal blow to the heart that was meant for Skybreaker and managed to injure the unicorn enough for Skybreaker to win.
    • Trixie, even after earning her place as Luna's apprentice, constantly compares her progress to Twilight's. She takes Twi's ascension to princess as a sign she will never catch up.
  • Almost Kiss:
    • After Soarin mends Rainbow's clipped wing and they chat for awhile the two slowly start to lean in closer to each other, before they are interrupted by the medic coming through the door and they jolt away. Subverted in their second attempt, where they are uninterrupted.
    • When Flash and Twilight are forced to spend time together alone on a ship, they slowly start to reminisce over how much their lives have changed and how it all started the day they met. The two slowly begin to lean their faces closer to each other, only to be interrupted when the ship they are on crashes into a reef.
  • Alone with the Psycho: During one of the battles between Flash's team and the cultists, Trixie and Ruby are both kept busy fighting Terror Card and Searing Salix respectively and thus nobody is able to help Shining Soul against Shadow Corrupter, who is forced to run away from him and try to hide.
  • Amicable Exes: When Sunset runs into her ex-boyfriend Lightning Blitz during the Friendship Games, who she got expelled from CHS, he forgives her for what she did and actually thanks her for it since it got him to rethink his life and realize how bad he was acting.
  • And I Must Scream: In "The Cutie Re-Mark" the evil version of Flash that Twilight, Spike, and Starlight meet explains that each time they changed the past and traveled to a new timeline, he didn't automatically go there like they did. He became like a ghost, unable to talk or interact with the world around him and forced to watch as time moved forward without him. The time that was skipped with each use was well over ten years, and they traveled to a dozen different timelines, meaning he lived like a ghost well over a century.
  • And This Is for...: When Shadow Corrupter defeats Cold Steel, he declares his victory for his fallen minion Salix.
  • Anger Born of Worry:
    • Twilight does this to Flash a lot due to him always putting himself in danger. This was especially after he almost died against Sombra.
    • Princess Luna has this as her initial reaction to hearing that Trixie has been studying and learning dream magic, since it is too dangerous for anyone other than her, and that she could end up trapped in the dream realm. She calms down though when Trixie explains she learned it to try to help her with her duties as thanks for all she has done.
  • Anti-Sneeze Finger: One of Wild's puppets does this to him when he almost sneezes in some caves, only for Wild to sneeze anyway as soon as he stops.
  • Assimilation Backfire: In the evil Flash's timeline, he never met Twilight and eventually arrived in the frozen North when the Crystal Empire returned. King Sombra found him, and tried to possess his body instead of rebuilding his own so he could conquer the Crystal Empire faster. Flash's Sacred Light protected him though, and forced Sombra out of Flash, destroying him in the process. But, Sombra did managed to leave an influence behind in Flash, with Flash gaining all Sombra's dark powers, knowledge, memories, and his desire for power.
  • The Atoner:
    • Lightning Blitz is this after season 1, wanting to make up for all the trouble he caused everyone and his villainous actions from his own envy and shortsightedness, especially towards his grandfather Grand Hoof and his former victim Flash Sentry.
    • Grand Hoof reveals in Knight of Friendship that he originally didn't want to be a Royal Knight due to mistakes he made in the past and vowing that he would never let himself become something worth celebrating as punishment. He joined the guard to keep Equestria safe but originally refused an offer from Celestia to become a knight, but did so when he realized Canterlot was in trouble and he needed to step up and help. So his reason for being a knight was, and still his, to atone for the sins of his past.
  • Bad Future: In "The Cutie Re-Mark", as well as all the ones seen in canon, several others are also briefly seen.
    • One where Doom Raizer was never stopped and made it to Equestria, stealing all the magic from everypony there.
    • One where both Tirek and Doom Raizer won, and they both ended up fighting each other.
    • One where Lightning Blitz successfully destroyed Canterlot.
    • One where Big Score conquered Ponyville, turning it into a paradise for gangsters and Town Hall into a giant casino.
    • One where Shade conquers Equestria and drains all aura from everyone there.
  • Batman Gambit: During the Final Battle between the Jakhowl and Trickster armies Dark Mist claims he knew that Sharp Paw would prepare before the battle by having every Jakhowl connect to each other's aura to power up both himself and the army battling. Dark Mist knew that he would do this after scaring him with his runes the day prior, and once he confirms that this is exactly what Sharp Paw did he uses a connection rune to connect Sharp Paw's aura to Vile's new weapon, which by extension also connects every other Jakhowl to it too.
  • The Bet: When Rarity, Twilight, Fluttershy, and Pinkie want to exercise with the Defenders (to lose the weight they gained), Lightning doesn't think Rarity will make it the whole week and makes a bet with her. If Rarity makes it through the whole week without quitting she wins, but if she quits at any time he wins. The loser has to do whatever the winner wants them to for an entire day without complaints. Rarity wins the bet, and makes Lightning ask her out on a date for Saturday.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Lightning Dust is this just like in canon, though it is much more blatant. She and Rainbow start off on good terms, but Lightning makes it clear she has no interest in making friends and thinks they would only slow her down. When Rainbow is made lead pony instead of her, and she is just Rainbow's wing pony, she drops the "in sheep's clothing part" entirely and becomes openly hostile to Rainbow, disobeying every order she gives to try to prove she is better than her.
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: When Lightning Blitz helps Big Mac with his Apple bucking, the two slowly start to bond when Big Mac tells Lightning that his parents are both dead, and Lightning says he knows how that feels since he lost his mom at about the same age.
  • Brain Bleach: Springer actually wants this to happen to him after he spies on Rainbow's house and sees her and Soarin do something together.
    Springer: Memory, please fail me now.
  • Broken Pedestal: Wind Rider becomes one for Rainbow Dash and all the Wonderbolts, but especially for Soarin. Soarin looked up to Wind Rider as his hero and idol, since Wind Rider was the only one who encouraged his dream of becoming a Wonderbolt and was later his mentor at the academy, but when Wind Rider accuses Rainbow Dash of giving Spitfire a fake note, and says that she has only made it as far she has because she and Soarin are sleeping together, Soarin begins to get more and more enraged at the old stallion for his attitude. Then he loses his respect for him entirely when Rarity reveals Wind Rider tried to frame Rainbow to protect his record.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Flash and Twilight are turned into humans when they step through the mirror portal to the human world and lose their flight and magic. Flash also realizes later that he cannot enter the Theta Mode either.
  • But I Read a Book About It: Rarity claims to be an "expert" on romance and that she knows everything someone needs to do on a date, despite having never been on a date herself before, because she has read tons of romantic novels.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: When Flash and Scootaloo finally meet their birth parents, Flash calls them both out for abandoning them at orphanages and never once trying to meet them when the were growing up. Flash turns out to be more angry at them than Scootaloo mainly because of how much he struggled as a kid after the orphanage he was in caught fire and he had to live on the streets until he met Twilight and her family. Flash eventually forgives his parents after he cools down by talking to Twilight and sees them put themselves in danger to protect him and Scootaloo.
  • Can't Catch Up: Trixie feels this way towards Twilight. Despite becoming Princess Luna's student, not only does Twilight have years more experience than her, she became an alicorn, something Trixie feels she can never compete against.
  • Catchphrase: Before Grand Hoof goes into battle he says the phrase "count up your sins" to his opponent as a warning, since they'll need to explain them when they get to the other side. This also doubles as a Pre Asskicking Oneliner. Since Grand Hoof is often viewed as the leader of the Royal Knights it also leads to a few of them using it themselves from time to time.
  • Cerebus Callback: During one flashback in The Forgotten Darkness, Dark Mist tells a young Trickster that if any of the Jakhowls survive his upcoming plan he will let the young Trickster be the one to kill the survivor, patting him on the head and shaking his paw as a "deal". This seems to be just Dark Mist humoring the kid at first, until a later chapter reveals that the young Trickster was actually Shade and that the deal was real. Shade was picked by Dark Mist in case his upcoming plan missed any Jakhowls, and Shade plans to complete his master's plan in the present.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • When Discord lists several random facts about Flash during their fight he offhandedly mentions Flash has the rare triple Z blood type. Flash later remembers this when he learns that Scootaloo has the same blood type, meaning he can donate some of his blood for her in a blood transfusion.
    • Soarin demonstrates a technique he learned during his race with Rainbow called the Theta State. Flash is shown training to try to achieve this state during numerous chapters in Season 2 afterwards and later achieves it during the Changeling Invasion in "A Canterlot Wedding".
    • After Skybreaker and Springer do a Combination Attack, Flash and Springer are constantly training to try to do one themselves throughout Season 4. They finally manage to do one during the battle with Tirek, where Flash uses his light-based magic to turn Springer's Aura Sphere invisible.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Flash and Twilight have been best friends ever since childhood, and slowly their friendship has evolved into something more, even if it takes them both a long time to realize it.
  • Children Forced to Kill: A flashback seen in Knight of Friendship showed that Cold Steel accidentally killed some bandits that destroyed his village and killed his parents when his magic instincively created several ice shards around him that impailed all the bandits.
  • Cliffhanger: The final scene in season 5 has a guard inform the princesses that Flash Sentry has returned via teleportation magic, and there are seven others with him as opposed to the five he left with.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Flash and Twilight first meet each other this way as kids. While Twilight, her family, and Cadance are all heading to Donut Joe's for Twilight's birthday she bumps into Flash when they round the corner just after he tried to steal some of the donuts Joe made for Twi's party.
    • Soarin and Rainbow bump into each other at the Wonderbolt Academy twice, both times are after Rainbow just got out of the shower. When Soarin points out this happening, Rainbow jokes that he should watch where he is going.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Building Bridges reveals that Cold Steel became the pony that he is because a Royal Guard named Noble Banner was sent on a mission to the Badlands and never came back.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Grand Hoof says that Cold Steel was raised under ‘unique circumstances’, which is why he views others as tools rather than ponies.
  • Darker and Edgier: The series can get pretty dark at times, being much more violent than the canon show.
    • The second half of Season 3 has the Royal Knights fighting Doom Raizer and his forces. Each of Doom's mooks have a dangerous set of powers and a backstory that is explored, and the main conflict with Doom himself emphasizes his own past and falling out with his father Grand Hoof.
    • The Forgotten Darkness reveals the past history between the Jakhowls and Tricksters, culminating in the near extinction of both races, leaving only Springer and Shade as the remaining members of their respected races in the Present. Springer and Shade's battle in the climax of the story is also much more brutal than any fight seen in the show, with Shade ending up a bloody mess by the time it is all over.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: Throughout "The Cutie Re-Mark" an evil version of Flash goes through each Bad Future Twilight and Spike see, and kills the version of Flash Sentry there.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Flash is one, big time. He loves mocking his opponents and making quick jokes about stuff they said. It's much like Spider-Man, only not with as much punch.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: In The Forgotten Darkness it is revealed that Sharp Paw, Luna's former partner and the previous chief of the Jakhowls who Luna and Ruby had both spoken of previously and constantly praised for his heroism, had an egg with his mate Calm Paw. The final chapter reveals the egg was actually Springer, making him the son of Sharp Paw. Flash and the others, who had witnessed Sharp Paw in action via a Pensieve Flashback, congratulate Springer for having such awesome parents, and Springer himself admits they were pretty cool and asks Luna and Ruby if is they can tell him more about his parents someday.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Gender reversed examples. Both Iron Core and Lightning Blitz started off as jerks who belittled Flash and his friends, but overtime came become a lot nicer and open.
    • Iron Core starts as an apprentice knight just like Flash, but is rude to him and his friends for seeing them as small and weak. Although willing to risk his life for any of them he only sees it as part of the job and is not interested in making friends with anyone. Once he is sent to live in Ponyville though, Fluttershy slowly starts to get through to him and have him open up about himself. He starts to be more respectful to others around him and sees there is more ways to be strong than just physical strength, something he recognizes Fluttershy has.
    • Lightning Blitz had been a bully towards Flash for most of his life, jealous that a no one like him was chosen as an apprentice over him. After Lightning is beaten by Flash in Canterlot and is punished for his crimes he resolves to be a better pony and become what his grandfather Grand Hoof believed he could. After making his return he joins Flash and Iron as a local defender to make up for his past. He also begins to bond with Rarity, who had previously rejected his advancements towards her.
  • Diet Episode: "The Ultimate Ponyville Diet" has Rarity, Twilight, Fluttershy, and Pinkie all realize they have gained an unspecific amount of weight recently and go on a week long diet of eating less and exercising with the Defenders to lose their extra weight.
  • Disturbed Doves: Rarity lets out a loud scream when she realizes she has gained weight, which disturbs a large barrage of birds and cause them to fly away.
  • Double Entendre:
    • When Lightning Blitz first meets Rarity, he quickly becomes attracted to her and smugly tries to flirt with her. He tries to ask her out, saying they should go "make some sweet music" away from the others. Rarity immediately turns him down.
    • When Soarin defends Rainbow Dash from Wind Rider's accusations of her sending Spitfire a fake note, and refusing to ban her from the Wonderbolts immediately, Wind Rider accuses him of mot wanting to get the mare he is "knocking boots with" in trouble.
  • Driven by Envy:
    • Lightning Blitz has always been jealous of Flash for being made Grand Hoof's apprentice instead of him, Grand Hoof's own grandson, and feels that Flash is an unworthy street rat. He acted on this by bullying Flash and his friends and insulting Grand Hoof for what he saw as ignorance. He eventually drops this when he makes a Heel–Face Turn after Flash defeats him, letting go of his jealousy and working to better himself and become worthy of being a knight.
    • Lightning Dust becomes jealous of Rainbow Dash as soon as Rainbow is make lead pony instead of her. She disobeys every order Rainbow gives her and tries to show her up during practice to show that she is more worthy than Rainbow to be lead pony.
  • Driven to Suicide: After Springer spends countless times reliving the same hour again and again in a loop before dying in an explosion each time, he becomes bored after failing to find the culprit and having fun around town by doing everything he can until nothing is fun anymore. Believing there is nothing else he can do, he tries to kill himself with Flash’s sword, Lightbringer, believing that will stop the loop. His suicide attempt fails when Twilight casts a spell that makes the blade transparent so Springer cannot stab himself with it. It is later revealed that the experience was All Just a Dream, and Springer could not die anyway.
  • Ear Ache: A Running Gag throughout the series, Twilight constantly uses her magic to tug on Flash's ear whenever she is annoyed by him or wants him to do something. Cadance ends up doing it to Shining Armor at the end of The Knight of Friendship when everyone realizes he is just as oblivious to Twilight and Flash's feelings for each other as the two of them were.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Towards the end of "Into the Forest" a mysterious female shrinks the Scorpentine that stung Scootaloo and claims she has plans for it. The figure is revealed to be Queen Chrysalis, when the same Scorpentine appears in the caves beneath Canterlot guarding Princess Cadance, Twilight and Flash.
    • In “Shipping”, Sandbar appears during Twilight and Flash’s date, fanboying over Flash Sentry, and asking for his autograph.
    • The last scene in "Rainbow Rocks" the human versions of Flash Sentry, Lightning Blitz, and Ruby Scarlet meet with the human version of Twilight and help her with her investigation on CHS.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Defied. Salix thinks that because he has fire powers, this means that he has the advantage over Cold Steel. Cold tells him that if ice is cold enough, than it can’t be melted by fire.
  • Elite Mook: Good example; Royal Knights are far superior to the standard Royal Guard. They are the second highest security force in Equestria, with only the princesses above them. At the start of the series only 12 Royal Knights are alive, and only a few apprentices are seen throughout the series.
  • Epigraph: Every chapter in The Forgotten Darkness begins with one. Each quote somehow ties into the main theme of each chapter.
  • Expy: Springer the Jakhowl is one to Riolu. His Battle form is one to Lucario, and Shade the Trickster is one for Zorua and Zoroark.
  • Evasive Fight-Thread Episode: The final scene in "Magic Duel" has Twilight and Trixie preparing for a friendly duel to see which one of them is the real "number one princess student". The chapter ends just as the duel begins, with the winner never revealed.
  • Everyone Knew Already: Flash says that pretty much everypony knew Shining Armor and Cadance were dating, except Twilight, who found out from their wedding invitation. He also literally had to spell it out to Twilight to get her to realize who Mi Amore Cadenza was, since she was the only one who did not know her full name.
  • Evil vs. Evil: One Bad Future in "The Cutie Re-Mark" has a full-powered Tirek fight against Doom Raizer in his colossus form from the Omni Sphere, causing unending destruction in the area around them.
  • Final Solution: Shade explains it is the ultimate goal of the Tricksters to kill every last Jakhowl, no matter the cost it might take even to their own species. Dark Mist even shouted Kill 'Em All in the past before the Final Battle between the Jakhowls and the Tricksters.
  • Finger Muzzle: Adagio does this to Sonata to get her to shut up about how cute Flash looks.
  • First Kiss:
    • Soarin and Rainbow Dash share their first kiss together at the end of "Wonderbolts Academy" after Soarin assures her that she's going to be just fine as a lead pony, and she's already ten times the leader he ever was.
    • Sunset Shimmer steals Flash's first kiss when she confronts him in the Band Room, and mocks him over it. Though later in "The Storm of Love" Flash shares his first real kiss with Twilight after the two of them reconcile and Twilight admits her feelings to Flash.
    • Iron Core and Fluttershy share their first kiss together at the end of "Iron's Revenge" during Iron's coronation.
    • Pinkie and Wild Smile have their first on-screen kiss when Pinkie returns to Ponyville at the end of Our Town, though it is implied they already had one earlier since they had already been a couple for sometime.
  • For Want of a Nail: The events from the tv show and movies are retold with Flash Sentry now playing a main role.
    • Wonderbolt Academy is retold with Soarin being present at the academy.
  • Forceful Kiss:
    • When Sunset Shimmer confronts Flash in the Band Room in CHS she grabs him by his jacket and forces his face to hers, smashing their lips together in a deep kiss after he claims there is nothing she can do to surprise him after all he has been through.
    • Before Tempera leaves on the mission given to her by her master, she stops to give him a long goodbye kiss on the lips first. Though it is downplayed since he remains unmoved and uninterested for the entire duration of her kiss, neither trying to resist her advancement on him or return the gesture.
  • Frame-Up: Lightning Blitz and Solid Script are framed for having stolen a famous painting, the Mona Lipizzaner. The police are too lazy to investigate the crime scene or suspects any further, so it falls on Flash and Discord to investigate and clear their names.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Flash and Twilight go through this in "Walking a Mile in Each Others Horse Shoes".
  • Gale-Force Sound: Rarity lets out a scream that echos throughout Ponyville when she realizes she has gained weight.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When Flash refuses to listen to Twilight and come back with her after she finds him in the mountains north of the Crystal Empire after he lost to Cold Steel, she gets his attention by angrily throwing snowballs at him instead of giving him one of her usual heartfelt speeches and yells at him that he isn't acting like the Flash she has known for years. The results are zigzagged since this initially just makes Flash angrier and he tackles Twilight and pins her down while screaming at her to stop it, only to finally calm down when he sees Twilight begin to sob while he is holding her down.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • When Lightning Blitz first meets Rarity, he quickly becomes attracted to her after getting a good look at her and tries to flirt with her, suggesting they "make some sweet music." It could be that he was just trying to rudely ask her out on a date, but is also equally likely he was suggesting a one night stand with her, despite having only just met her.
    • In "Jakhowl-Day" Rainbow quickly tries to head home as soon as she can and avoids telling her friends why when they ask her what is up. Later when Springer checks on Rainbow at her home during one of his loops he sees her let Soarin into her home and is horrified by what he sees them do inside. It is strongly implied, especially with the reveal Rainbow and Soarin are in a Secret Relationship, that Springer accidentally witnessed them having sex.
    • At the end of "The Storm of Love" Flash and Twilight are deeply kissing each other and holding each other close, when Twilight uses her magic to pull out the blankets she brought with her and Flash begins to unzip her from her jacket. The chapter ends before anything else can happen, but it is described as "a night they would never forget". The way they speak to each other the next day, and Twilight's embaressment when questioned on it, saying it was private and avoiding sharing "intimate details" more or less confirms that she and Flash slept together.
  • Glass Cannon: Toxic the bat pony is a very dangerous enemy due to being a Poisonous Person and able to damage anyone he touches with poison. But, when Flash fights through the pain of his poison long enough to hold him in place he is taken down with just one hit via a point blank blast from Flash's gear.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Flash is scarred during his battle with Sombra, leaving a giant X shaped scar across his chest.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • Twilight becomes jealous when Trixie makes plans to ask out Flash, fearing what might happen if the two become a couple. This later becomes reversed when Trixie becomes jealous of Twilight after Twilight becomes an alicorn, believing that it means she can never catch up to her.
    • Similarly, Wild Smile becomes jealous when Cheese Sandwich arrives in Ponyville and reveals his history with Pinkie Pie, afraid that this will lead to the two of them becoming a couple.
  • Groin Attack:
    • After Flash rejects Sunset's advancements and says he won't fall for her tricks again she responds by immediately kneeing him in the groin. This is especially painful for Flash since he is still getting use to his human body. Sunset briefly mocks him over this before kneeing him a second time and leaving him on the floor in pain.
    • Springer does this to Shade during their battle in The Forgotten Darkness. He says Flash told him about his own experience with it in the mirror world.
  • Ground Hog Day Loop: Refered to as a Hedgehog Day in the series. Springer finds himself trapped in one, where he keeps reliving the exact same hour over and over again, with Ponyville being destroyed by an explosion at the end of the hour and killing everyone, including him. He relives the same hour countless times trying to find out who caused the explosion, then just relaxing and leaning more about everyone in town when he gets stressed after failing to stop the explosion. He and the others eventually stop the loop by destroying a time loop scroll Trixie cast, then stop the town from being destroyed by the explosion with Springer trying to pull a Heroic Sacrifice. The experience is slightly downplayed with The Reveal that everything was just a dream Springer had on a "Vision Quest" and only two hours passed in the real world, but everything he learned about everyone in town was true and he kept the skills he developed while in the loop.
  • Handshake Refusal: Cold refuses Flash's offer of a hoof-shake before their battle, saying that this will be a test, not a game.
  • Heroic Rematch:
    • Flash lost his first battle with Cold Steel, but after gaining an understanding of the Sacred Light, and a reason for wanting to be a Royal Knight, he faces Cold in a rematch and soundly defeats him, thus passing his final test and becoming an official Royal Knight.
    • Trixie gets curb stomped by Terror Card when Terror separates her from her teammates during one of the battles and calls her weak for being unable to do anything but hide behind her illusions and teammates. In a later battle, when both of their partners have been eliminated, Trixie faces Terror in a one-on-one rematch, and after proclaiming she can decide her own future she neutralizes Terror's future seeing ability and swiftly defeats her.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted by Springer. After finding a bomb that will blow up Ponyville, and no way to transport it due to an anti-magic field, Springer puts his own shield around himself and the bomb and instructs Twilight to contain the both of them once the bomb goes off and the anti-magic field disappears. It is subverted when the countdown reaches zero and it is revealed Springer had actually just finished a "Vision Quest", and thus did not die from his supposed sacrifice.
  • I Choose to Stay: The human Lightning Blitz chooses to stay at Crystal Prep, even though he is welcome to transfer back to CHS along with Flash and Sci-Twi. He says that he and his friends will stay to help make sure CPA becomes a better and friendlier school.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: This is Tidal's response to Twilight when she is shocked that he cut off a pirate's oxygen for several seconds when interrogating him. Twilight appears to take this advice to heart when she later throws an entire group of pirates into the ocean then zaps them with an electric spell, albeit a non-lethal one, for threatening her friends, which even Rainbow Dash states is brutal.
  • An Ice Person:
    • Trixie becomes efficient in ice magic after her comic adventure got her interested in it.
    • The Royal Knight Cold Steel is an expert at ice making magic. Not only can he make weapons out of ice, he can also create dynamic constructs, sculptures made out of ice that fight for him.
  • Ignored Expert:
    • When the girls decide to deliver a care package to Rainbow at the Wonderbolts Academy to cheer up Pinkie Pie, Flash is the only one who objects to the idea, stating that he has learned from Soarin what they do at the academy when they are recruiting cadets and they cannot just show up unannounced. He states they could all potentially get in trouble if they do, including him potentially losing his apprenticeship. Twilight acknowledges he has a point, but ultimately decides to ignore him and forces him to cooperate with the group.
    • They later do this again when Flash, Iron, and Lightning all warn them that finding out where A.K. Yearling lives so they can help her finish her book quicker is a bad idea and is how restraining orders are filed, plus it would be bad if Twilight, the newest princess, looked like a stalker. They once again ignore them and force Flash to come with them.
  • Immediate Sequel: The Forgotten Darkness takes place immediately after Rainbow Rocks, with Flash and Twilight stating to have just returned from the human world.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Cold Steel had killed a group of bandits with icicles after they raised his village.
  • Impossible Task: The third test of The Great Test is designed to be this. Flash is given the task to cross a twenty foot wide lava pit safely while he has been stripped of his ability to fly. After considering all possibilities, Flash comes to the difficult conclusion that there is no way for him to safely cross the lava pit. This turns out to have been the correct decision, since he realized the task presented was impossible and he didn't attempt it, passing the final test and proving he has the judgment and skills to be a leader.
  • I Will Show You X: Salix does this twice during a battle against Ruby in response to her taunts.
    Ruby: Now, are you gonna bring the heat or am I in for a disappointing battle?
    Salix: Grrrr….I'll show you heat!
    (later during their battle)
    Ruby: Fire is powerful, but against somepony with actual skill and technique, the weaknesses in your abilities are painfully obvious. All you know is power, but power alone is nothing compared to true strategy.
    Salix: I'll show you strategy!
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As Flash Sentry is recovering from his defeat against Cold Steel, Grand Hoof confesses that he had a point that Flash had no reason for becoming a Royal Knight.
  • Knighting:
    • After defeating Longhorn, saving Fluttershy, and learning to let go of his anger instead of letting it control him and seek revenge, Iron Core is knighted by the four alicorns as the newest Royal Knight, and is dubbed by his mentor Skybreaker as the Metal Guardian.
    • After finding his reason for wanting to be a knight and passing his final test by defeating Cold Steel in battle, Flash Sentry is finally made a Royal Knight, and is dubbed by Grand Hoof as The Knight of Friendship.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The final chapter of The Forgotten Darkness, which was previously hinted at during Princess Twilight Sparkle, reveals that Luna does not remember anything about the Jakhowls or the Tricksters, only able to vaguely remember Sharp Paw because he was her partner. Luna felt so much pain after losing the Jakhowls that when she sealed Springer's egg in the Tree of Harmony so he would hatch later in the future, she allowed the mysterious golden individual helping her to seal her memories of everything she wanted to forget to help cope with the loss. She regains her memories at the end of the story, when Celestia undoes the magic seal on her brain.
  • Last of His Kind: In the Present only Springer and Shade seem to be the remaining members of the respected races. This is eventually confirmed in The Forgotten Darkness when it is shown that both the Jakhowls and Tricksters were sacrificed to create the Alicorn Amulet, leaving Springer and Shade as the only survivors.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the first chapter of War of the Lost City, Flash and his team briefly discuss everything they have been through off-screen during the two weeks they have been traveling to the City of Faust.
    Soarin: Yeah! Can you imagine what it would be like if somepony was watching this adventure, except they skipped from when we left Canterlot to right here, right now?
    Springer: They would have seriously missed out.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: This is the first part of Lightning Blitz's plan in The Battle of Canterlot. After taking the entire city hostage and daring every citizen to try to find him and his companions, he and his friends set up enchanted runes around town that ensnare several victims at once. The ponies caught in the enchantment are trapped until the strongest is determined by a fight, forcing the groups to turn on each other and knock each other out in order to continue. This dwindles the heroes numbers while simultaneously exhausting them and damaging the trust and friendship between them.
  • Mistaken for Pregnant: During "The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows", Wild Smile realizes that something is wrong with the way Pinkie Pie is acting and slowly pieces together that she has a secret that involves a baby. But, he concludes from this that Pinkie is pregnant, and he is the father. He is shocked to learn that Cadance is the one that is actually pregnant and Pinkie was trying to keep the surprise a secret.
  • Moment Killer: When Flash and Twilight are set up on a date by their friends in the hopes they will hookup, the budding romance is unfortunately interrupted by several fans of the two recognizing them and distract them from each other. Later when they are put on a boat in the middle of the ocean by their friends, isolated from anyone else, their romantic moment is again ruined when their ship crashes into a reef, and the two decide to focus on getting to shore.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Trail Blazer and Misty Veil lost most of their memories of Flash's birth not long after leaving him at the Canterlot Orphanage, but the second chapter of The Knight of Friendship reveals that when Tirek drained them of their magic he also drained whatever magic was keeping their memories locked away, and when their magic returned after Tirek's defeat their memories did too.
  • Never My Fault: Grand Hoof's son Doom Raizer blames his father for everything that has ever happened to him in his life. This ranges from his childhood to the deaths of his mother and wife and even what has happened to his own son Lightning Blitz. While Grand admits he should have done a better job raising Doom and being in his life more, he also states he has brought his misfortune on himself. This is made prominent when Grand says his Catchphrase "count up your sins" to Doom before their battle, and Doom responds that he has no sins.
  • No-Sell:
    • During "Bridal Gossip", Flash, Springer, and Apple Bloom are unaffected by the Poison Joke. Zecora explains that Poison Joke only affects fully-grown ponies and doesn't work on non-ponies at all, explaining why Springer and Apple Bloom are unaffected. Zecora believes Flash might be protected from the effects by magic, but Flash doesn't know what could be protecting him.
    • It is explained that Tirek can only drain magic, not life force. This makes him unable to drain Jakhowls like Springer of their power because Aura is made up of life force, not magic.
    • Vile Rune created the Alicorn Amulet in the hopes that he could match the power of the Alicorns. When he challenges Luna to a fight, she shrugs off all of his attacks despite being powered by the Alicorn Amulet.
    • Starlight Glimmer’s cutie mark removal spell doesn’t work on Flash Sentry, which allows him to escape her trap.
    • The Knight of Friendship finally explains why Flash has been immune to so many different forms of magic. He became magically connected to an entity called the Sacred Light while Misty Veil was pregnant with him, and it has been protecting him from any form of magic that originated from it.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Off-screen, the Cutie Mark Crusaders caused at least five Renegade Farm Equipment Incidents.
    • Applejack says she can't let Big Mac or Granny Smith give Apple Bloom The Talk because of The 'Grape Family Incident.
  • Not What I Signed on For: Lightning Blitz, after joining Flash and Iron as the newest defender of Ponyville, is a little frustrated when Flash has him doing tasks like babysitting the Cutie Mark Crusaders and helping with various odd jobs around town instead of helping defend the town from threats. Flash needs to explain to him that keeping the peace means more than just fighting bad guys.
  • Oblivious to Love: Twilight and Flash play this not only towards each other but themselves too, not even realizing they have feeling for each other until years after becoming friends. Even Princess Cadance, the princess of love, has been trying in vain for years to get the two of them to hook up.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: This is Salix's reaction right before he gets blasted and eliminated by Shining Soul for the second time.
  • Pensieve Flashback: The majority of Forgotten Darkness is this, with Flash and the Mane Six seeing what happened in the past with Princess Luna and the Jakhowls before they vanished. This is revealed to be because Shade has put them all into a machine as part of a "game" he is playing against Springer.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: First Aid and Heather Bloom have been partners for years, always seen together and are some of the closest Royal Knights seen. However, there are no hints of any romance between them, they are both just really good friends.
  • Police are Useless: In "Detective Discord" the police are quick to say that Lightning Blitz and Solid Script are the criminals who stole the Mona Lipizzaner when they find circumstantial evidence and due to them already having criminal records, playing right into the Frame-Up set up by the real criminal. Once they arrest the two of them they are too lazy to investigate the crime scene further or interrogate any other suspects, forcing Flash and Discord to take matters into their own hands.
  • Poisonous Person: Toxic the bat pony developed his poison at age 10, but unlike the rest of his kind it affects anyone he so much as touches. This made him feared and an outcast to his own kind.
  • Power-Up Letdown: The Alicorn Amulet was created to match the power of the Alicorns. When Vile Rune tried to use it against Luna, she was still more powerful than him, and effortlessly defeated him before sending him off to Tartarus.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Appropriately done by Puppy Spike. Sci-Twi uses this to guilt-trip Flash into giving her back her device she was using to track magic when he thought it was starting to get dangerous.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Rainbow slowly grows frustrated with Lightning Dust's attitude and disobedience but manages to stay calm. When Lightning asks why she should care she almost got Rainbow's friends killed because they aren't her friends, Rainbow finally snaps and slams into Lightning, pinning her down and screaming that caring about what happens to those around you is basic "ponanity".
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Grand Hoof, as the oldest living Royal Knight he often acts as their leader and makes decisions for the group. He also took on Flash as his apprentice when he was just a child, despite having lived on the streets most of his life, because he saw great potential in him.
    • Soarin acts as one as second-in-command of the Wonderbolts. He is still perfectly friendly to those around him and is able to callout Spitfire when he knows that she is making a mistake.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Cold Steel gives one to Flash Sentry during their battle, telling him that he’s always relied on others to win his battles, that he has little control over his power, and that he has no reasoning for becoming a Royal Knight.
  • Redemption Rejection: During a fight with Salix and Wingill, Flash believes they are only serving Shadow Corrupter out of fear of what he will do if they stand against him, and offers them to join him and the others, saying together they could beat Shadow before he has a chance to do anything to them and the princesses would happily welcome them to Equestria. The two cultists just laugh at him for his offer and say they don't serve Shadow Corrupter out of fear, they serve him because he lets them be who they really are and rescued them from their meaningless lives.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Trixie mentions that her family line could be traced all the way back to Starswirl The Bearded.
    • It is eventually revealed that Flash Sentry and Scootaloo are long-lost siblings.
  • Rescue Romance: Soarin develops a crush on Rainbow Dash after she saves him and two of his teammates during The Best Young Flyers competition. Rainbow later develops her own crush on Soarin after hanging out with him.
  • Revenge Before Reason: When Iron Core learns that Longhorn, the killer of his parents, has escaped prison, he abandons his post in Ponyville without saying a word to anyone and heads to Dodge Junction, Longhorn's last known location, in an attempt to get his revenge on him. This leads to him fighting outnumbered against Longhorn's goons and getting curb-stomped against Longhorn himself due to having no backup and not being able to control his anger against him.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons:
    • Flash figured out that Twilight was jealous of Trixie and assured her she has nothing to be worry about. But he assumes she is jealous because Trixie is getting better with magic and is endangering Twilight's status as the princess's number one student, and assures her she is still great at magic and is now simply tied with Trixie. Twilight was actually jealous of Trixie getting close with Flash and was afraid what might happen if they started a relationship, and Flash's cluelessness to this angers not only her but Trixie as well.
    • Wild Smile pieces together that Pinkie Pie is keeping a secret and that it somehow involves babies. However, he comes to the conclusion that Pinkie is pregnant and he is the father, when actually it is Shining Armor and Cadance who are having a baby and Pinkie is trying to keep the surprise a secret.
  • Right-Hand Cat: When everyone discovers Pinkie's party cave, Wild welcomes them while stroking Gummy like a cat.
  • Running Gag: Twilight constantly tugs on Flash's ear with her magic throughout the series, usually when he annoys her or disagrees with her.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Played for Laughs; when Twilight worries about a warning she got from Future Twilight and eventually decides to stop time to prevent a disaster from happening, Iron Core immediately declares he's out and leaves the library.
  • Secret Relationship:
    • Flash believes that Shining Armor was trying to keep his relationship with Cadance a secret, though if that is the case it was a very bad one since literally everypony except Twilight knew about it before their wedding.
    • It is revealed in "Jakhowl-Day" that Rainbow Dash and Soarin have been in a relationship ever since Rainbow's time at the Wonderbolts Academy. They kept it secret because they didn't want everyone to think Rainbow was getting special treatment, but at the end of the chapter come clean about it to their friends after some encouragement from Springer.
  • Series Fic: The Flash Sentry Chronicles is a series that retells the events of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic in an Alternate Universe with Flash Sentry playing a main role. This story adapts all the seasons and movies and is currently on season 5.
  • Sequel Hook: At the end of Our Town when the Mane Seven return to Ponyville, Iron gives Flash a scroll that arrived for him while he was gone. The scroll is from Grand, saying Flash needs to come to the Crystal Empire for a test, and if he passes he'll finally become a Royal Knight.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot:
    • When Springer spies on Rainbow's home, to see if she is accidentally responsible for the explosion that happens in his Ground Hog Day Loop, and describes what he sees to Time Turner through his mic, he takes a closer look after seeing Rainbow let Soarin into her home. While spying in he describes where they are going to Time Turner until he becomes horrified at what he sees them doing, but declares they are both innocent. His comments later, and the reveal that Rainbow and Soarin were in a Secret Relationship and spent about two hours in her home alone together, imply Springer accidentally witnessed the two of them having sex.
    • After Flash and Twilight have their Love Confession and share their First Kiss, they both agree it felt nice and begin to make out again. As they make out, Twilight uses her magic to pull out the blankets she brought and Flash begins to unzip her jacket. The chapter then ends before anything else happens, but the way they talk to each other the next day, and Twilight's embarrassment when the girls and Cadance question her, more or less confirms that she and Flash had sex. It is later implied they did it again at the end of "Ramen, Rain and a Hint of Romance" when they return home after their first date and again when they start making out before Flash's mission in "The Lost City".
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Princess Cadance has been trying to get Flash and Twilight together for years. It soon becomes clear that all of their friends want this to happen for them. Even the human counterparts of their friends immediately pick up that there is more to them than just friendship. Their friends eventually try to get them together by setting them up on a date when they are alone which almost works.
    • Once Rainbow's mom, Windy Whistles, meets Soarin and realizes how close he and Rainbow are she becomes ecstatic at her daughter dating a Wonderbolt and even begins fantasizing about their wedding, much to Rainbow's embarrassment.
  • Ship Tease: There are many different moments between various couples throughout the series.
    • The main pairing is Flash and Twilight. They have been friends since childhood and Flash has been living with her just as long. They act like siblings towards each other, but everyone else knows there is something more between them, even before they themselves do.
    • Soarin was first mentioned by Flash to Rainbow, and he promised to introduce the two of them someday. Later at the Best Young Flyers competition Flash tells Soarin all about Rainbow and Soarin admits she sounds awesome. Soarin develops a crush on Rainbow after she saves him and his teammates and the two later end up spending time together and becoming pen pals. At the end of "Wonderbolts Academy" the two share a kiss together and it is later revealed in Season 4 that they became a couple.
    • Pinkie and Wild Smile first met at The Battle of Canterlot, and kept complimenting each other while fighting each other, which Spike called "flirting". Wild later moves to Ponyville and meets up with Pinkie. They hang out a few times, including with him helping to take care of the Cake twins. Pinkie ends up kissing him on the cheek twice, which he clearly enjoys. The two of them eventually become an official couple in "Pinkie Pride".
    • After Iron Core moves to Ponyville as its second defender he and Fluttershy end up spending a lot of time together. She helps him open up to the town and not be so grumpy all the time, and he ends up helping her gain more courage in herself and slowly becomes protective of her. After he encouraged her to help with the tornado to gather water for Cloudsdale's water reserves she kisses him on the cheek as thanks. Iron later says his home is wherever Fluttershy is, and the two share a passionate kiss when Iron becomes a Royal Knight, at the very same spot they first met.
    • Rarity still has some moments with Spike like in canon, even spending Hearts and Hooves Day with him. She has also had some with Lightning Blitz though. When they first meet, Lightning quickly becomes attracted to her once he gets a good look at her, purring and flirting at her before asking her out, but she turns him down immediately due to his bad attitude towards her friends and bad fashion sense. Once he changes his ways and is invited by Flash to Ponyville to start over, Rarity is one of the first ponies he tries to earn trust from. She is willing to give him a chance, and when he commissions a cloak from her she gives it to him free of charge as long as he remains on this new path. She eventually makes him ask her out on a date when she wins a bet against him.
  • Shout-Out: Many references to other series are made.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Flash does this to Twilight when they get into a small argument over whether he should bring his sword with him on his map mission or not.
  • Smooch of Victory: Rarity kisses Lightning Blitz on the cheek as thanks for how he saved her and her friends from an exploding crystal that would have destroyed Canterlot.
  • Sneeze of Doom: While Wild Smile and Igneous Rock Pie are in the mine together, Wild accidentally breaths in some dust. His puppet manages to put a finger to his nose to stop it for a moment, only for him to sneeze once it is removed and accidentally cause a cave-in from the noise.
  • Sole Survivor: A flashback reveals that Cold Steel’s village was attacked by bandits, and he was the only one who escaped.
  • Spot the Thread: When Flash is convincing Double Diamond that Starlight has lied to him and still has her cutie mark, he asks Double Diamond what Starlight's real cutie mark looks like, since it would be in the vault with all the others if she really removed it. Double Diamond remembers when his cutie mark was removed it was the fourth in the vault, but he was the fifth member of the village, which included Starlight.
  • The Stations of the Canon: The vast majority of events from canon still happen, it is just that with the addition of Flash and a few OCs some of them play out a little differently.
    • The main events from the series like Twilight moving to Ponyville, the discovery of the Elements of Harmony, the Royal Wedding, Twilight becoming and alicorn princess, and the various Big Bads appearing all still happen.
    • Chapter adaptations for episodes normally keep the vast majority of the plot the same, and any episodes that are not adapted are implied to have stayed completely the same off-screen.
  • Suddenly Speaking: Springer spent all of Season 1 voiceless, with only Flash able to understand him and needing to translate what he said to the others. In Season 2 though, after a training exercise with Flash he is finally able to speak properly and can now communicate with everyone around him.
  • Super Mode:
    • After training to use the Theta State, a meditation technique that only lasts a few seconds but allows the users senses and instincts to be heightened to the point everything around them is moving in slow motion, throughout Season 2, Flash eventually manages to find a way to enter it at will and have it last as long as he wants, thus dubbing it the "Theta Mode." Flash later gains another form due to his mysterious powers. When pushed to his limits he gains a mysterious suit of armor, allowing him to easily turn a pack of Timberwolves to toothpicks and easily knock out Iron, Lightning, and Soarin in a three on one fight.
    • Both Jakhowls and Tricksters have "battle forms", which is essentially what their adult forms look like, allowing them to grow taller and doubles their power. It takes massive amounts of aura in order to achieve this form but after proper training it becomes their default mode instead of their smaller standard forms. Shade managed to achieve his battle form after going through Doom Raizer's experiments, but Springer managed to achieve his battle form naturally.
      • Springer later gains another form when he is powered up by the Rainbow Power from his friends in The Forgotten Darkness, which resembles the Mega Evolution of Lucario.
    • Iron Core's Celestic Gear changes when he decides to stop fighting for revenge and instead to protect everyone he loves. His gear gains the ability to change from its regular spear form to a set of armor, complete with spikes that can be shot and a spearhead on his tail that can change into different weapons.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Sunset forces a deep kiss on Flash, stunning him. She mocks him for having stole his First Kiss and mockingly flirts with him while he's stunned silent, offering him a second kiss. When he regains his senses and refuses she responds by kneeing him in the groin and laughing at his pain.
  • Taken for Granite: Gorgenia has a forbidden spell that allows her to turn anyone she makes direct eye contact with to stone, if she knows what it is she is turning to stone. She uses this spell to turn the Mane 6 and Cadance to stone and later does the same to Shining Armor. But, the spell is only temporary on Cadance since she was not always an alicorn, she was originally a pegasus, and once Gorgenia is defeated the effects of the spell reverse and return everyone to normal.
  • The Talk: Applejack mentions she has not given this to Apple Bloom yet, and states she can't leave it to Big Mac and Granny Smith because of The 'Grape Family Incident.
  • Taught by Experience: Shade says that Tricksters, despite their violent tendencies, love knowledge, especially history. They look at the past mistakes of other Tricksters to better themselves.
  • Tell Me About My Father: At the end of The Forgotten Darkness after Springer learns that he is the son of Sharp Paw and Clear Paw, he asks Princess Luna and Ruby Scarlet, the only two ponies who knew the two of them personally, if they can tell him more about them someday. They both happily agree to.
  • That Man Is Dead: Downplayed, after Flash learns that is real name is Flash Relic he chooses to keep going by the name Flash Sentry since that is who he is now and he still doesn't know everything about his past.
    Flash: I think I'd prefer to remain Flash Sentry, I'm pretty sure that's who I am today, not Flash Relic. After all, I was just looking for answers to who I was, but I still don't have them. Until then...I think Flash Relic will stay there, lost to that fire all those years ago.
    • Played Straight when Flash yells at his birth parents, Trail Blazer and Misty Veil, to not call him Flash Relic, saying Flash Relic died when the orphanage they left him at burned down.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Grand Hoof insists that Flash Sentry needs to find his reasoning for becoming a Royal Knight on his own despite his friends’ and family’s protest.
  • Tournament Arc: War of the Lost City has Flash's team and the Cult of Shadow brought to the Lost City of Faust, where some unknown force makes the two of them fight in battles as part of a "game". The exact reason for this is currently unknown.
  • Two Girls to a Team:
    • The Royal Knights only have two current female members, Heather Bloom and Ruby Scarlet.
    • The team chosen to travel to the Lost City of Faust includes Trixie and Ruby.
    • The cult serving Shadow Corrupter has Tempera and Terror Card.
  • Uncertain Doom: In "A Flash of Darkness" the evil version of Flash from a different timeline is pushed back through the time tunnel by Twilight and Starlight, as they travel to the past to set everything right. Twilight acknowledges they can't be sure what actually happened to him. He may have gone back to his own time, got stuck somewhere between the past and the Present, or may show up again sometime in the near to far future.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It was revealed in The Forgotten Darkness that when Flash destroyed the Alicorn Amulet during his battle with Lightning during the Battle of Canterlot, he unknowingly released Shade from the amulet, eventually leading him to torment Springer and complete the mission given to him by Dark Mist.
  • Vagueness Is Coming:
    • Misty Veil’s final vision involves an armored stallion with wings and a horn.
    • In the last chapter of The Forgotten Darkness, Shade warns that a shadow is coming to consume Equestria, and that he’s going to sit this one out.
  • Valentine's Day Episodes: "Hearts and Hooves Day" shows several members of the Mane 6 each spending time with their love interests on the titled holiday.
  • Villainous Crush: Sonata develops a crush on Flash immediately after seeing him, drooling a bit at him and giving him suggestive looks. Adagio invites Flash to join them when they are done because of Sonata's crush on him, but when Flash turns down the offer Sonata pouts before teasing Flash that he "just missed out."
  • Villainous Legacy: Dark Mist, the leader of the Tricksters in the past. Although he is long gone in the Present it is revealed that his actions led to the near genocide of both the Jakhowls and the Tricksters when he ended up sacrificing both races for the creation of the Alicorn Amulet. He also intrusted a young Shade with the mission to kill any Jakhowls that survive this, which Shade declares he will complete in the Present by killing Springer.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Sunset openly flirts with Flash in the human world, even forcing a surprise kiss on him and asking him if he wants a second one while he's flustered, and telling him she'll make it up to him for framing him and Twilight by letting him take her out on a date sometime. Downplayed as Sunset is not actually in love with him and makes it clear she only wants him around to act as a boy toy.
  • Virtual Training Simulation: Twilight's new castle has a room that acts as one of these. The training hall has a crystal that, when touched, could create solid illusions of whatever the one touching it imagines. Flash and the other Defenders love the room since it lets them train anywhere, becoming their favorite place in the castle and replacing their old training grounds.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Wolf, the leader of the Crimson Masquerade Gang, saved Double Take from a life on the streets and expects him to repay this act by joining his criminal gang and giving him his Undying Loyalty.
  • We Can Rule Together: Sombra offers his childhood friend Ruby Scarlet a chance to rule by his side as his queen, which she refuses.
  • We Will Meet Again: After Spitfire expels Lightning Dust from the Wonderbolts Academy, Lightning vows she'll have revenge on Rainbow one day.
    Lightning Dust: I'll get you back for this Rainbow Dash. One day...one day, you'll pay.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Trixie's father is a teacher Manehatten Institute for Magical Learning, which has a very high standard for students. Trixie attended for awhile but dropped out when she couldn't keep up with the standards due to her average magic, disappointing her father. So she travels Equestria with her show and boasts about herself to get praise from others to make up for her father never giving her any.
  • Wham Episode:
    • The Forgotten Darkness as a whole counts as one. Showing what happened to the Jakhowls and Tricksters of the past, the creation of the Alicorn Amulet, Springer getting a new form, and finally confirming that Springer is the offspring of Sharp Paw, the leader of the Jakhowls of the past.
    • In the ending for Our Town, Flash Sentry gets a scroll from Grand Hoof, calling him to the Crystal Empire for a test, and that if he passes, he’ll finally become a Royal Knight.
    • Chapter 2 for The Knight of Friendship finally reveals the circumstances behind Flash Sentry’s birth as well the source of his mysterious power, the origins of life in the world, and how Discord came into being.
    • From season 5, The Day Flash Sentry Died: this is the closest that Flash has ever come to dying. After he saves Scootaloo from a mysterious flower called the Flos-Mortem in the Ponyville Park, he gets a full blast of its pollen and suffers a Dying Dream that not even the Sacred Light can save him from. Even though his friends save him at the last second with a remedy from a rare plant called the Golden Acanthus, the fact that the Flos-Mortem came close to killing Flash all but heavily implies that its a creation of the Sacred Light’s polar opposite, the Corrupted Shadow.
    • Also from season 5, The Lost City: Flash sees a vision from the Sacred Light in his dream, showing him the Lost City of Faust, the original home of the alicorns. After discussing his vision with the rest of the Mane 7, the Royal Knights, and the princesses, it is agreed that Flash will go to the city and find out what the Sacred Light was trying to tell him, but he will only bring the ones he saw with him in his vision: Springer, Soarin, Trixie, Ruby, and Cold. Meanwhile, all the members of the mysterious cult Cold Steel has been investigating are finally revealed, including their master Shadow Corrupter, and they begin to make their way to the city too. This all sets up for the next original story, War of the Lost City.
  • Wham Line:
    • Defender of the Peace S2: In the chapter Into the Forest, Scootaloo is attacked by a unusually large Scorpentine, and by the time Flash and the others extract its venom to create an antidote they arrive too late as the venom had already infected too much of her blood, which required a blood transfusion in order for the antidote to work. Flash Sentry tells her that he had the same blood type as she did, and that the only way for them to have such a similar blood type was because they were related.
    Flash Sentry: You’re my sister.
    • The Forgotten Darkness: When Flash Sentry and the girls go to confront Celestia and Luna about the history of the jackhowls and the tricksters after defeating Shade, Luna reveals that she doesn’t remember any of it. Its not until Celestia does a scan on her brain does she find out why she can’t remember:
    Celestia: I... think I found what's preventing your memories. You have a magic seal in your brain Luna.
    • Our Town: After escaping the town, and returning to Ponyville, Flash Sentry is given a scroll to him by Iron Core from Grand Hoof that leaves him stunned:
    Twilight Sparkle: Let's see...it says Flash is to come so he can be tested, and should he pass-
    Rainbow Dash: What? Ponies have got to start finishing their sentences.
    Twilight Sparkle: If Flash passes this test...
    Flash Sentry: I'll... I'll finally be a Royal Knight.
    • The Knight of Friendship: In Chapter 2, Misty Veil and Trail Blazer show everypony some scriptures they wrote with runes that they found in an ancient temple dedicated to the Alicorns. However, nopony is able to read the runes as Script’s translation spell wasn’t able to decipher them, until Flash looks at them:
    Flash Sentry: Great, just great. The one chance I have at learning what's up with me and I can't because... I can read this.
    • In The Cutie Remark, as Twilight was chasing Starlight across time, a mysterious figure had been following them, and unbeknownst to them, was going around the different timelines, killing their versions of Flash Sentry. When the figure finally confronts them, the figure’s identity is revealed:
    "In every future, every timeline...Flash Sentry is a pony who stands for justice, courage and protecting others. Every future...except one." he reached for his mask, swiping it off with his hoof in one swift motion, "MINE!”
    Everypony gasped at the sight. Staring down at them was Flash, but different in every way. His coat was bleach gray, face covered in scars and his still blue mane was cut so short you could barely notice it. But the most noticeable change was his eyes. Gone were the sky blue eyes that constantly burnt with courage and determination, and were instead bright red with green instead of white.
    • In War for the Lost City, the chapter Ruby’s Rage reveals a secret that Shining Soul and Fire Heart had been trying to hide from everyone:
    "No way," Flash gasped, closing one of his eyes as he knew it had to be his injuries. "This... can't be real." His words mumbled in his mouth as he saw the jumper burn away... to reveal a pair of silver wings. "Soul's... an alicorn?"
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Twilight Velvet calls Misty Veil and Trail Blazer out on leaving Flash Sentry off at the orphanage. Even when they explain themselves, she still doesn’t forgive them for what she sees as giving away their children.
    • Cold Steel tears Grand Hoof a new one after he defeats Flash Sentry in their battle. Saying that he disgraced the Royal Knights for taking in someone as unworthy as Flash Sentry.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Confirmed by Word of God, The Forgotten Darkness serves as one to the final arc of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. The characters all experience a Pensieve Flashback, experiencing events frm the ancient past but are unable to touch or talk to anyone they see, and it is eventually revealed that everything they are seeing are actually part of a "game" being played between The Hero and his Arch Enenmy. invoked
  • Woman Scorned: Played for Laughs; after Twilight and Trixie realize that Flash is completely oblivious to both of them having feelings for him, they both respond by angrily beating him to a pulp, despite Twilight finally beginning to realize her feelings for him and Trixie having made plans to ask him out.
  • Written by the Winners: The final chapter of The Forgotten Darkness has Luna telling Shade that now that the Jakhowls and Tricksters have returned it is her duty to add them back into the history books, and she plans to make sure the leader of the Tricksters, Dark Mist, who Shade idolizes as the greatest Trickster ever, is remembered as the dumbest Trickster who ever lived, who nearly killed both races due to his own stupidity. She also plans to make the Jakhowls triumph against the Tricksters so great that everyone will wonder why the Tricksters even bothered to try.
  • X-Ray Sparks: This happens to Shade when Springer throws him into his own machine to destroy it.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
    • Soarin assures Rainbow Dash that she is going to be a great leader, when she starts to feel pressure from the position. He says that he felt the same way when he first became a lead pony, and he turned out just fine, and Rainbow is already ten times the leader he ever was. This reassurance leads to the two of them sharing a kiss, and becoming a couple.
    • A flashback showed Princess Luna reassure Trixie about her skills and position as her student when Trixie questions her own abilities.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Flash throws insults and taunts at his enemies enough it would make even Spider-Man proud.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Flash says this when he sees Rainbow Dash faking being injured in "Rainbow Falls."
  • You Were Trying Too Hard: Flash and Twilight both stress themselves when trying to prepare for their first official date. After they both calm down and try to forget about it for a day, they end up going on a date together without actually realizing it was a date until it was over.

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