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Ditzy Doo. Or, if you prefer, Derpy Hooves. A happy-go-lucky, muffin-loving mare with hardly a care in the world. Right?

True, until massive amounts of mana start gathering around the homes of the Elements of Harmony. Now Ditzy's the one pony who even knows that there'd a problem, much less how to go about solving it. The bad news is that it's going to be next to impossible to get anypony else to listen to her.

The good news? She has considerably more leverage in the situation than you might think. After all, she's a Planeswalker.

A crossover of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Magic: The Gathering by FanOfMostEverything. Currently complete, with two Sequel Series in progress. The first, Sideboard of Harmony, is a collection of drabbles. The second, My Little Praetor: Phthisis is Magic, is about the Phyrexian invasion of Ungula (the ponies' plane). There are entries in the anthologies of the Story Shuffle series that are canon or at least possibly so, and there is also a one-shot continuation, Where Parallel Lines Converge which is about Ditzy's first meeting with Starlight Glimmer.

The stories are:

Compare and contrast with The Alarmaverse.

Tropes for the Story Shuffle anthologies as a whole are on the page for its series.

Provides examples of:

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  • Alternate Species Counterpart: Due to a universal ban on humans, humanoids that arrive in to the plane of Ungula turn into an equinoid counterpart of themselves.
  • Eldritch Transformation: This occurs occasionally to characters.
    • "Where Parallel Lines Converge": If planeswalkers are forced out of a plane in the wrong way, this happens to them. They get huge and dangerous and impossible anatomies.
    • My Little Praetor: Phthisis is Magic: Has this happen to at least two characters on opposing sides:
      • "Biopsy Punch": Technically, Punchline, turned from a "weed [with] contact telepathy, transmutative poison, and a sense of humor", into a dryad, a.k.a a humanoid in a land of non-humanoids, and also "a bizarre entity with abilities and senses wholly alien to normal plants", such as eyes, ears, and mouths.
      • Also, due to the effects of glistening oil, a unicorn has been described as an "aberration" for gaining:
        the details, the deviations from the norm, began to register. Silver shone on her hooves, flowing up her legs here and there like a stretching axon or an exploring slime mold. A hint of the same was visible now and again in her tail, as though the flesh beneath the hair had become metal. Her horn was similarly metallic, in addition to being longer and sharper than was acceptable for polite society. A crown of some sort rested on her head, or perhaps it extended from it. The line between jewelry and scalp seemed oddly blurred. Most disturbing of all were her eyes, matte spheres of solid black, swallowing any light that fell into them.
  • Whatever Mancy: From multiple stories:
    • Sideboard of Harmony: Pumpkin Cake is an ontolomancer. By altering the moment of Ontological Inertia, she can make intangible concepts "real enough to sit on", render herself totally unnoticable, and undo spells by subjecting them to gradual existence failure.
    • My Little Praetor:
      • Laughter magic is also called thaliamancy, named after The Muse of comedy. It's explicitly described as not making sense.
      • At high enough levels, honesty magic, or alethiomancy, is inherently incompatible with fiction, which is ultimately an elaborate form of lying. In one blog entry, FanOfMostEverything wonders if this is the reason behind the "Applejack is best background pony" meme.
      • From "House Call", narcissimancy, vanity magic:
        Neither saw the narcissimancy grant the wish that burns in every dragon's heart: "Let there be none greater than I."

    Elementals of Harmony 
  • Action Mom: Ditzy is already a planeswalker with years of experience in magical combat. When she hears her daughter in pain, the only reason she doesn't go supersonic is that her destination got in the way.
  • Adaptational Badass: Ditzy, of course.
  • Alien Geometries:
    • Inverted with Ditzy. Her mark talent is for planeswalking, meaning that she can handle eleven dimensions easily. Her problem is trying to make do with only three.
    • The device Sweetie Belle makes whilst under the sway of blue magic is described as looking like different non-euclidian shapes based on which angle it's observed.
  • Alternative Calendar: The story mostly takes place during the summer of Anno Celesti 5872.
  • An Aesop: The epilogue gives us a friendship report from Twilight, which gives us two:
    • Never assume your friends can't help you with a hard problem, even if it seems outside their expertise. Not only can a fresh perspective sometimes be more valuable than seemingly essential knowledge, you may be surprised by what people you thought you knew are really capable of when they put their noses to the grindstone.
    • Always keep your heart open to people who have made mistakes in the past. You never know what they've been doing since, or how they've tried to correct their past wrongs. Sometimes, these efforts can be incredibly draining, and they can seem pointless when those people are surrounded by others getting along just fine. Then more than ever, these repentant people need a friend, and you should be there for them, ready to forgive, forget, and forge a new bond.
    • In a reponding letter, Celestia adds another one; a virtue exercised immoderately becomes a vice.
  • Anachronic Order: Not only are there flashbacks, the flashbacks aren't even in order. The first ones bookend Ditzy's adventures in the wider Multiverse without giving any details regarding that time.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The laughter elemental hurt Pinkie's friend, clearly didn't care about anypony's feelings, and didn't even applaud after Pinkie's musical number!
  • The Assimilator: The generosity elemental. It's not exactly villainous per se, but it definitely wants to give itself to every living thing. And vice versa.
  • The Atoner: Both Trixie and her mentor, Luna.
  • Aura Vision: Ditzy's unique ability to literally see magic is what gets the plot going in the first place. It also makes going near Twilight's house, where the magic elemental is forming, a really bad idea.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Ditzy tries to keep this from happening, but submits to inevitability by the magic elemental.
  • Badass Boast: See I Have Many Names below.
  • Beam-O-War: The fight with the magic elemental becomes one in its later stages.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Okay, Pinkie's not just an ineffectual Comic Relief character, but the worst she can do is a harmless prank, right? Right?
  • Beyond the Impossible: Spike's fire breath burns faster than entropy. The story acknowledges that this shouldn't make sense, but dragonfire, like dragons, is magical enough to make it work regardless.
  • Black Mage: In both Lady of Black Magic and Black Magician Girl variations. (Luna and Pinkie Pie, respectively.)
  • Bomb Disposal: Ditzy's father died trying to defuse a thundercloud that was about to explode.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: From the epilogue:
    "Please don't imprison me or banish me or imprison me in the place where you banished me."

    Firstly, let me assure you that I have no intention of punishing the actions you took while not in your right mind, especially not through imprisonment, exile, or a combination thereof.
  • Break Them by Talking: Magic elemental Twilight to Trixie, without even meaning to. She then tries to apologize for it, making things worse. The guilt for so demoralizing Trixie starts Twilight's own Villainous Breakdown, which means that she also managed to break herself by talking.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Pinkie Pie, of course, to the extent that she does it in her first line of dialogue. (See Medium Awareness)
    • She also sings a Gilbert and Sullivan Song Parody that pretty much obliterates the poor thing.
    • She also supplies the narration to one of her own fight scenes. Then she fails to dodge a blow that sends her across Ponyville because she's having a conversation with the author. In the narration.
    • Pinkie's fourth-wall awareness is justified: She was taught by Commodore Guff, a Magic: the Gathering character who canonically broke it rather frequently.
    • In the last chapter, the two of them pause in reading the story to critique the ending. Then they start reading the epilogue. The card that follows this exchange? "Fourth Wall Breach"
  • Casting a Shadow:
    • Done literally, when Luna uses a spell to turn her shadow into a localized version of the heat death of the universe to destroy the honesty elemental. Comes complete with a creepy Magical Incantation:
      The world is a mote of dust circling a tiny spark, floating in an unfathomably vast ocean of nothingness. Light, life, chaos, all of these are lies. Lies of such miniscule consequence that the universe allows them to seem true. But one day, its patience will run out. The spark will gutter. The mote will freeze. All will be as it truly is: Dark, silent, unchanging. For eternity.
    • Also presented in card form as "Litany of the Void".
  • Catapult Nightmare: Rainbow Dash reduces her sheets to a thin mist as she comes out of one.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Celestia can't join in on the smiting because somepony's actually got to keep running the country while the others make sure there still is one at the end of the day.
  • Chekhov's Armory: Double subverted. With a few exceptions, all that stuff in Ditzy's attic doesn't enter into the story. What does is its sheer quantity, which combined with the Carousel Boutique-turned-Tolarian Academy, allows her to use ungodly amounts of mana.
  • Chekhov's Gun: That pretty little bauble that Sweetie Belle's machine made? That'll be important later on. Specifically, it's a Mox Lotus.
  • Color-Coded Elements: Literally. Each Element of Harmony is aligned to a specific color of Magic: the Gathering magic, except for Magic, which is attracting all colors of Magic magic. Magically.
  • Continuity Nod: The designs for the elementals were decided upon before the show's second season began. However, by the time Pinkie met the laughter elemental in-story, she'd already had an unpleasant experience with constantly laughing balloons in canon. Cue the Aside Comment:
    It's a good thing this story takes place before Season Two, or I'd find this a lot more disturbing.
  • Crack in the Sky: When the Elemental of Magic awakens, the sky above the Ponyville library shatters into a giant star-shaped pattern as a sign that the world is almost about to end, accompanied by a loud cracking noise and the hiss of air getting sucked through the breach.
  • Crisis of Faith: Inverted. Much to Ditzy's distress, it's Celestia who doubts if the pegasus is really a pony.
  • Crown of Power: The Element of Magic gives magical power to Equestrians who wear it, in the human world, because there, it just checks for being worn by an Equestrian.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: Numerous. Carrot Top is a potential heiress to a multimillion bit empire. In the last chapter (not counting the epilogue,) Celestia meets with a pair of spymaster ponies who are never seen before or after. And, of course, there's the ETSAB.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Luna, of course. Surprisingly, also applies to Nightmare Moon, now that she's been Harmonized with a capital H.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Several, but Flawless Composure, Celestia's personal coltservant, stands out.
    Ditzy: Where did you come from?
    Flawless: Since Madam is a parent, I should scarcely think that such matters would need to be explained to her.
  • Death by Irony: Each elemental is destroyed by its own element:
    • Laughter is annihilated by Pinkie Pie, its own Bearer and a far better comedian.
    • Honesty is defeated by a concentrated blast of thermodynamic inevitability.
    • Generosity undoes itself with its own better nature: once it realizes that it is destroying the universe through its very existence, it gives it the gift of a future.
    • Kindness goes away once it's asked nicely.
    • Loyalty dives in front of its own attack to save Rainbow Dash.
    • Magic is disempowered through copious use of countermagic, then finished off through her own use of the Elements of Harmony. She doesn't die, though.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: The flashbacks show that Ditzy grew up in a loving, supportive household. Then her father exploded. Downplayed. Ditzy's mother is still alive, but her daughter never made the effort to contact her until after the events of the story.
  • Die or Fly: Dinky figures out her special talent less than a second before she gets wiped from existence.
  • Don't Think, Feel: Ditzy has trouble with this and, by extension, red magic. At least, she does until her daughter gets hurt.
  • Double Meaning: Screwball, the avatar of discord, a reference to both a Magic card and the FiM villain in whose episode she appears.
  • Draw Extra Cards: The card described at the end of the Epilogue, "Go Postal", the number based on damage numbers:
    Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player this turn, draw that many cards.
  • Edible Bludgeon: Angel's carrot is converted into a holy lance in his Archangel form, as Screwball discovers.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • Technically, the titular elementals, since their very presence is destabilizing the universe. Some, however, are more eldritch than others.
    • Also Screwball, Avatar of Discord.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Rainbow Dash's is number four on her all-time list of things she hates. For the record, it's Jennifer.
  • En Route Sum-Up: Subverted.
    Pinkie: Okay, so here's what's going on
    Applejack: Is it magic?
    Pinkie: Well, duh. Anyway—
    Applejack: Don't care.
  • Epilogue Letter: The Epilogue starts with: "From The Friendship Reports: Royal Correspondence of the Bearers of Harmony, Unexpurgated Edition", correspondence being another term for letters.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Well, Equinoid Abominations:
    • Screwball.
    • The magic elemental, Twilight Sparkle.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Ditzy's name may not be Derpy Hooves, but that doesn't keep ponies from calling her that.
  • Expy: Scootaloo's father is a fairly obvious pony version of Dirk Strider. He's even named Ollie Outie.
  • Faceless Eye: The honesty elemental's single eye occupies the whole face area.
  • Fainting: Multiple from Plight of Foal's Betrayal:
    "Dinky!" Ditzy raced to her daughter, but skidded to a horrified halt halfway. Her pupils shrank as she took in the jewel sunken into her child's forehead, looking grossly disproportionate on one so small. She felt the rage return, but the brief interruption in adrenaline had been enough. The strain the blonde had endured to get here so quickly presented its bill, and she collapsed, exhausted.
    As she struggled to keep her eyes open, the grey mare looked to Dinky. The filly looked back, a sad smile on her face. "It's okay, Mommy. You'll understand soon."
    Tears streaming down her cheeks, Ditzy Doo lost consciousness.

    The mind mage coughed into his fist. "Er, right. Sorry, I've never met an intelligent griffin before."
    "Neither have I." Ditzy dropped the illusion. "Only one I ever met was as dim as a thunderhead and half as friendly." She smiled and extended a forehoof. "Hi. I'm Ditzy Doo."
    After a beat, she opened her eyes. Jace Beleren, psychomancer prodigy, mind sculptor extraordinaire, and leader of the Infinite Consortium, had fainted. The pegasus gulped. "Maybe I should get Mister Silurdex..."
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: From Scootaloo during her negotiations with the Loyalty Elemental in "Allies Assembling":
    One eyebrow slowly rose.
  • Father's Quest: Gender-Inverted Example. When Ditzy hears her daughter's scream, she races to the rescue, moving so fast that she leaves afterimages, and so angry that her eyes glow with power.
  • Fictional Document: In addition to the various works cited in Flavor Text, there's a chapter that is an excerpt from the Planeswalker's Guide to Ungula, an epilogue is made entirely of letters, including a friendship report. and the fanfiction itself. Apparently, there's a printed copy of it in Guff's library.
  • Flintstone Theming: It is Equestria, after all. Even the universe as a whole is called Ungula.
  • Flowery Elizabethan English: Luna can apparently toggle between normal speech and the TRADITIONAL ROYAL CANTERLOT VOICE at will.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Applejack's name for the giant cyclopean apple-creature that can crush houses with every step? Paul. Fluttershy's for the inchworm longer than her house? Eric.
  • Footnote Fever: Every chapter ends with a made-up Magic card pertinent to the chapter's events. The chapters of the final battle get a double-feature version, and when the elementals show up, each of them is presented in card form in turn.
  • Friend to All Living Things: The kindness elemental, even more than Fluttershy. Not even Angel Bunny can bring himself to harm it.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Delivered to Dinkabeth Sharuum Doo.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Luna explains the story's events as an "act of fate," citing the Full Arcane Temporaspacial Enforcement Act.
  • Funetik Aksent: The Apple family, with a heapin' helpin' o' 'postrophes.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Averted, several times. Especially by Pinkie, who at times literally fights like a card player, as said in Allies Assembling::
    The earth pony smiled. "... [W]hen Avatar of Discord enters the battlefield, I have to sack it unless I discard two cards. I went with Anger to give her haste and Fiery Temper so I could cast it via madness. So now, the Laughter Elemental's dead and we've got a five-three flier to take on the others!"
  • Glowing Eyes:
    • As and after Ditzy uses magic, her eyes glow in the corresponding color. Which can be kind of menacing when she starts casting red.
    • Pinkie, meanwhile, has glowing eyes only while draconic, in a literal form of Fireball Eyeballs. It also comes with a Throat Light.
  • God of the Dead: Temperance, the Princess of Endings, is the alicorn who ushers departed souls to the afterlife. A Suspiciously Specific Denial in an author's note in the story implies that she takes a bit more of a direct role with the... ending, as it were:
    Temperance, full title Princess Mi Finale Temperanza, is my go-to pony psychopomp when I don't want to have Luna do it. She very definitely does not run Equestria's Royal Assassinorum, because there is no such institution.
  • Groin Attack: From Plans Making Contact:
    Also to her shock and dismay was the unicorn horn jabbing a very sensitive spot... Ditzy Doo performing an impressive headstand while wearing an expression of unspeakable pain. As the pegasus tipped forward, Rarity could see why. "Oh dear..." ... Several apologies and a discreet ice pack later, the two continued their conversation under more equitable conditions, both seated (Ditzy rather gingerly)[.]
  • Heel–Face Turn: Nightmare Moon still exists in Luna's psyche, but she's as sane and pleasant as her counterpart. And she just loves those adorable little cults of hers.
  • Hikikomori: Apparently, Twilight reverts to this when left unattended. She's not happy about it.
  • How We Got Here: Most of the flashbacks are in this vein, covering Ditzy's past and detailing exactly how she went from Ascended Meme to Adaptational Badass.
  • Humans Through Alien Eyes: In Equestrian fairy tales, humans are the equivalent of The Big Bad Wolf. When Ditzy first meets Tezzeret, she's convinced that he wants to enslave her, stab her, and drink her blood(which to be fair given that it is Tezzeret is a strong possibility.) that is a . Trixie faints when Ditzy adopts an illusion that disguises her as a human.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Ditzy uses hers as a pair of HypnoPendulums to get out of an awkward conversation with Rarity.
  • I Got Bigger: The honesty elemental starts off the size of an average apple. By the time it's destroyed, it's crushing houses with each step.
  • I Have Many Names: "On Ravnica, I am the nameless patron totem of Rauck-Chauv, the Gruul festival of spontaneous vandalism. On Segovia, I am Apocalypse-Given-Flesh, accidental flattener of civilizations. On Kamigawa, I am Piki-Piki, kami of akki poetry and octopus hats. Oona, queen-mother of the faeries of Lorwyn, remembers me as the pony who tried to eat her. Nicol Bolas, elder dragon planeswalker, acknowledges me as the one being who has withstood his touch with sanity unchanged. Emrakul, The Aeons Torn, She of the Six Thousand Tentacles of Annihilation, considers me her therapist...I am Pinkie Pie. I am a planeswalker. And I am on your side."
  • Imagine Spot: Chapter 4 opens with a pair of cultists summoning a demon and an Expy of Conan the Barbarian. Turns out it's the Cutie Mark Crusaders playing in the park.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Pinkie Pie has a crush on Rainbow Dash, who is straight. Dash herself admits that either she needs to give up and learn to like mares, or find some way to turn down her awesome, as this is evidently a recurring problem for her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tezzeret (perhaps literally.) He saves an unconscious Ditzy from slow dissolution in the Blind Eternities. Then he shuts off her motor control for a while, restarts her brain as she begins to descend into madness, and uses her as a bargaining chip to further his own personal quest. He then arranges a more comprehensive education in magic than what he could provide... by pointing meaningfully at the Sword of Damocles he has dangling over her future tutor's head.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Happens several times, usually with Ditzy as the journeyer or mind. She even manages to go on one accidentally.
  • Large Ham:
    • Ditzy's father is once described as "glowing with the power of pure ham." His daughter and granddaughter later use melodramatic Rule of Funny to defuse an awkward situation with Luna.
    • While she's been humbled, Trixie still has a soul of pork, as evidenced with her play with Dinky.
  • Laughing Mad: Unsurprisingly, the laughter elemental, which embodies all laughter, from the annoying to the dissonant to the outright evil.
  • Lemony Narrator: Now and again, usually parenthetically.
    She turned to Pinkie Pie for a more sensible explanation (and what a sorry state of affairs that implied.)
  • Magi Babble: Rather frequent during the early chapters, which assume the reader knows much more about ponies than card games.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Played with a lot, given that there are three breeds of magic from the ponies, five colors of it from the card games, and, of course, Magic P, which is a whole other kettle of fourth wall rubble.
  • The Magnificent: During the Great and Powerful Trixie's first scene, she uses a different pair of descriptors each time she refers to herself in her Inner Monologue. Lampshaded when, during a caffeine nadir she once resorts to "The Adjective and Other-Adjective Trixie."
    • Later on, after a few life-shaking events have gotten Trixie to drop the habit, she catches herself doing this and recognizes it as a sign of mental contamination.
  • Major General Song: Pinkie Pie in chapter 7. "I am the very model of a modern cartoon character."
  • Manchurian Agent: Lyra. As she puts it, "My job is so secret, even I don't know about it."
  • Master of Illusion: Ditzy is a rare heroic one, her magic being largely focused around perception.
  • Medium Awareness: After a horrified gasp: "Omigosh! What is it? Did Pinkie Pie find somepony she's never seen before? Wait... I'm Pinkie Pie. Silly unattributed dialogue!" She goes on to look up at previously written description and at one point, explains what just happened entirely through the context of the Magic: the Gathering card game.
  • Meta Power: In Sideboard of Harmony - Is Ditz Your Card? "magic that manipulates other magic" is described as one of the kinds of magic that unicorns can do.
  • Mind over Matter: Unicorns have telekinesis, which they usually apply in Mundane Utility to carry things, like in "Even on the Battlefield", where Address Unknown uses it to hold letters.
  • Mundane Utility: Multiple examples:
    • The ROYAL CANTERLOT VOICE was originally devised as a form of crowd control.
    • In "Even on the Battlefield", Address Unknown uses his Unicorn telekinesis to hold letters.
  • Mythology Gag: A few:
    • Quoth Applejack, "Ah'm bein' a silly pony, ain't I?"
    • In a nod to Faust's preliminary designs, Fluttershy's full name is Fluttershy Poseysfilly.
    • In a similar vein, Pinkie's father comments on how much she takes after her grandmother, calling her "a little surprise."
  • Negative Space Wedgie: Once magic becomes dense enough, the sky above the library literally cracks apart.
  • Noiseless Walker: As noted in "Cleanup Step", an ability of Celestia's spymasters:
    The duo padded out, eerily silent for ponies, even on soft carpet.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: In combination with The Wonka: It's not entirely clear which Pinkie falls under. It's entirely possible that's she's both.
  • O.C. Stand-in: The protagonist is an Ensemble Darkpony, after all.
  • One-Winged Angel: Twilight as the magic elemental. She tries to do it a second time by fusing herself with the magic of the world. Dinky has something to say about that.
  • One-Word Title: Some of the chapter titles:
  • Original Character: Several. Some of them are:
    • Ditzy's husband, Address Unknown.
    • Celestia's butler, Flawless Composure.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Angel Bunny combines white magic, meditation, and a carrot to great effect. One chapter's end card is him after doing so, appropriately named "Archangel Bunny."
  • Our Goblins Are Different: Averted, with a side of Humans Are Bastards:
    Goblins were annoying, present in nearly every plane, came in only one quantity (too many), and had an impressive talent for killing themselves. Humans were largely similar, but generally had better hygiene and on occasion had better manners.
  • Overly Long Name: Luna's full name is apparently Luna Diana Hecate Regina Nox Alicor.
    • Carrot Top is an alias for one Zannoria Karatine Golden-Harvest the Fifth.
    • For some reason or another, Desiderata Lillian Doo goes through life referred to by her fillyhood nickname 'Ditzy'.
    • Though known to ponies as Angel Bunny, among his own kind he is Archon of Virtue, Who Punches Evil in the Face.
  • Phlebotinum Overdose: This is what Ditzy is trying to avert for most of the story. Too much magic in too little space will not end well for Equestria. Twilight basically turns into a walking Overdose when she becomes the magic elemental.
  • Portmantitle: "Weatherfight": Weather + Fight.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: Happens to Ditzy when she overextends her magic. The first time, it's after she teleports Dinky and herself from Ponyville to above Canterlot.
  • Precision F-Strike: Spake the Most Holy Bringer of Dawn: "Shit."
  • Prolonged Prologue: The titular monsters don't even show up until the seventh chapter, First In, Last Out.
  • Psychic Link: The members of the generosity elemental's gestalt can telepathically communicate with one another and share spell knowledge, but retain individuality. If they want to.
  • Pun-Based Title: Several chapter titles are card game puns. Most egregious is "Plight of Foal's Betrayal", a pun on "Night of Souls' Betrayal."
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: From "Omens and Portents":
    "As I recall, you had no patience for matters of court at the time. Something about some charming young stallion."
    "Oh, right."
    "It was either Aristrotle or Brayto if I remember correctly."
    "Oh. Right."
    "You did court both master and pupil, didn't you?"
    "OH. RIGHT." The reverb sent chills down Ditzy's spine and made her very grateful she'd visited the bathroom prior to the meal.
    Celestia seemed wholly unfazed. "Why Luna, that was a near flawless impression of Aunt Teleute!"
  • Queer Colors: From "Ave Discordia", Rainbow Dash, who has rainbow multicolored hair, is called the "The ambiguously gay wonder" by Discord.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Pinkie Pie, though she still grew up on that rock farm at the same time as the rest of the Mane Six. Shortly afterwards, she fell through a time rift and landed in a different universe several millennia earlier.
  • Reluctant Monster: Almost all of the elementals have peaceful intentions. They just happen to be inherently harmful to the universe.
  • Repetitive Name: Mayor Marion Mare
  • Retired Badass: Ditzy, being a Planeswalker whose put planeswalking behind her and is trying to live a normal life with her daughter in Ponyville, certainly fits the bill.
  • Rogue Protagonist: With the exception of Rainbow Dash, each of the Mane Six is kindly disposed towards her elemental and has to be convinced that it must be eliminated. Some take longer than others.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Princess Luna, up to and including channeling the heat death of the universe to destroy the honesty elemental.
  • Rule of Three: Some conversations involve three parts, such as Luna's repetitions of "Oh, right." from "Omens and Portents".
  • Sanity Has Advantages: Now that Nightmare Moon is in her right mind and has joined the side of good, she can look back on her career as a villain and admit that half of the stuff she did only seemed like a good idea because she was insane.
  • Scaled Up: Pinkie Pie. Yes, really.
  • Science-Related Memetic Disorder: Sweetie Belle exhibits symptoms when the Carousel Boutique becomes flooded with blue mana.
  • Sensory Overload: Happens several times to Ditzy, given her ability to see magic. Usually, it's near Twilight's house, given the ludicrous amount of magic there, but also happens when meeting the Myojin of Seeing Winds, which to her eyes is a blue giant star five feet from her face.
  • Ship Tease: Trixie declared her undying love to Twilight before the story even began... but while under the influence of a ludicrous amount of poison joke.
  • Shock and Awe: The loyalty elemental is a vaguely humanoid thundercloud, constantly crackling with rainbow lightning. No points for guessing how it fights.
  • Shout-Out: Mainly from Pinkie Pie:
    "Are you sure? I don't see any miasma, and I'm almost positive we don't have any dead dwarves in the basement."
    "Well, anyway, the point is, we can be ESP buddies! Now all we need is an alien, a time traveler, a slider, an omnipotent Japanese schoolgirl, and a snarky narrator! Ooh! Do you think Twilight could be snarky enough? I'm sure she could make enough obscure literary allusions, and she's done lots of voiceovers when she's dictating letters to Princess Celestia!"
    "Sorry, sorry. I just get so excited sometimes, it gets hard to stop myself, and before I know it people are accusing me of turning Rainbow Dash into cupcakes and I don't know where to even begin with that kind of recipe and—"
    "Wow, you've got some kind of Ditzy Sense? That's so cool! I thought I was the only pony in the whole wide world that had that kind of ability! Well, me and my sisters. And Mom. And Granny Pie. And—"
    Years in the past, but not many...
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Ditzy on Address, interrupting an angry existential rant. The couple's Forceful First Kiss. The poor unicorn's brain takes a while to reboot afterwards.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Averted by a timely cutaway.
  • Singing Telegram: Being a Singing, Private Telegram is how Ditzy gets access to Princess Cadence.
  • Slept Through the Apocalypse: Twilight manages this during most of the actual elemental fighting. Then she awakens as the magic elemental.
  • Slippery Slope Fallacy: Inverted: Apparently, it's an actual rule of magic (refered to as the Law of Precident) that once something has happened once, it becomes much easier to make it happen again. This is why the Harmonic elementals are so dangerous: If they are allowed to stick around, other abstract concepts will start becoming incarnated, and Ungula is already so far tilted towards the "fantastical" end of the planar spectrum that that one additional step might cause the entire plane to lose cohesion.
  • Slow Electricity: The loyalty elemental's final attack, essentially a giant instance of ball lightning, is slow enough for not one, but two attempts to intercept it.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Ditzy versus Celestia, the latter of whom is thrilled to finally meet somepony who isn't afraid to participate. Luna is appalled by the breach of decorum.
  • Speculative Biology: "Interlude: Copicornia" goes into detail regarding the mechanics of an Equestrian Unicron's horn.
  • Stalker Without A Crush: The loyalty elemental, tirelessly pursuing Rainbow Dash. Fellow stalker Scootaloo recognizes the signs and defends her claim. Then the two decide to work together.
  • Summon Magic: Naturally, given some of the source material. Ditzy evokes a Mulldrifter to help her gain insight into the impending crisis, and she later calls up a six-pack of floating eyes for reconnaissance. Pinkie later calls in an Avatar of Discord entirely through Magic: the Gathering rules.
  • Symbiotic Possession: The good news? Scootaloo can fly! The bad news? She's completely insane.
  • Talkative Loon: Screwball. Justified, in that she's an embodiment of chaos.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: The Courier Capsule Knew You Would Say That: Tezzeret does this to Jace before explaining why it would be a very bad idea not to teach the nice pony blue magic.
  • Telepathy: Multiple:
    • Ditzy has this ability.
    • Members of the generosity elemental's gestalt.
    • The language of Angel Bunny's species is made up entirely of gestures and thought impulses.
  • This Is My Human: This Is My Pony: Angel Bunny's stance on his relationship with Fluttershy. The strange part is, he's probably right.
  • Time for Plan B:
    The pink pyro wilted a bit at this. No fire? That invalidated Plans A through G! She literally spent seconds on those tactical masterpieces! This is why she hated making plans, they never actually saw use.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Angel Bunny. Specifically, in a prestige class known as "Carrot Archon".
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The love of muffins is apparently a Doo family tradition.
  • Translator Microbes: Justified. Tezzeret slips a bit of etherium into Ditzy's brains to act as a universal translator. When she learns of his tinkering with her brain, he offers to undo it, noting that she'll need to replace it, either with a translation spell or, "horror of horrors," by actually learning the languages in question.
  • Void Between the Worlds: Comes in two flavors, the Magic-canon Blind Eternities and "exile," which is basically what happens when someone tries to describe the Featureless Plane of Disembodied Dialogue.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Magic Elemental!Twilight will paralyze her friends, drive two of them to the brink of insanity, remove a mother from existence in front of her daughter, and crack the universe in half, all in the name of keeping everypony safe.
  • Weather Dissonance: Played for Laughs. One sign that something is going wrong? A cloud. Moving on its own. Towards the Everfree Forest.
    Applejack: That is the second impossible thing Ah've seen in as many days.
  • What's Up, King Dude?: Downplayed and justified. Celestia makes it a point that anypony can ask for a royal audience. The hapless accountant we see is suitably cowed by meeting the ruler of the nation and controller of the sun.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Multiple:
    • Most unicorns go unresponsively euphoric in the aura of magic around Twilight's library. Trixie... doesn't.
    • After she's been possessed by the loyalty elemental, Scootaloo's thought processes "could best be described – and even then, not very well – as an operatic remix of the Nyan Cat song performed on an electric guitar, a theramin, and a didgeridoo made from a hollowed-out butternut squash."
    • As time goes on, the really powerful Twilight the magic elemental becomes increasingly unstable, both mentally and physically.]]
  • The Worf Barrage: Trixie's final gambit against the magic elemental. Of course, using magic on it probably wasn't a good idea to begin with...
  • The X of Y: Elementals of Harmony, An Antagonist Title, as they're breaking the universe.

    Sideboard of Harmony 
  • Adaptational Badass: The Strings section of the Office of Parallel Realities is headed by a version of Bon Bon who ate the moon and sun "like celestial truffles", deposed Luna and Celestia, and then restriped the skies with the "linnea", strands of light that needed no guidance. She left her ponies to rule themselves (which they did, very successfully).
  • Alliterative List: "Fast, Fine, Fierce", making that also an Alliterative Title.
  • Alliterative Title: "Fast, Fine, Fierce", Alliterative List as a title.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Dinky's unicorn classmates start to get nervous around her, then blame her when their magic goes awry. Her other peers jeer at a unicorn whose special talent is making things less magical.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Hippopomorphic Ponification:
    • Lauren is the physical incarnation of order and harmony.
    • Discord is entropy given flesh and a sense of humor.
    • When they channel the Elements of Harmony without the actual necklaces and big crown thingy, the Mane Six turn into a small pantheon of alicorns (and, in Pinkie's case, a draconequus.)
  • Anti-Magic: Dinky's special talent gets a little fleshing out here. Not only can she directly counter spells, she can also do things like find a counter to Poison Joke or erase a pony's cutie mark.
  • Canis Latinicus: The Liber Digitalis Ambulatorum, or Book of Walking Fingers. (Sibling to the Liber Paginarum Fulvarum, or Book of Yellowed Pages.)
  • Creating Life Is Unforeseen: Pinkie meant to create Discord. Lauren was an unexpected bonus.
  • Creation Story: Told over two chapters. Appropriately enough, the first is entitled "How Pinkie Pie Got Her Cutie Mark."
  • Crisis Crossover: In the latest chapter, the Sweetie Belle from The Sweetie Chronicles: Fragments shows up in the middle of this world's Ponyville. While she herself is sort of ticked off to find a world where her particular situation gets government funding and such, Lyra is more concerned about some of the scarier timelines she's heading to. Ditzy, on the other hand, is more wiling to let her finish her mission ASAP.
  • Description in the Mirror: Used in "Fast, Fine, Fierce", when Ditzy Doo turns from a pony into a human, this is used to examine herself and the narration provides her appearance:
    Ditzy looked up and found herself looking into a mirror. She examined her reflection. "Huh." It was her complexion more than anything. It was one thing to have grey hair. It was quite another to have grey skin. "I look like the scrawniest golem ever," she muttered. "That, or an underfed earth elemental, however that works." As she'd been warned, she seemed younger, too. Late teens if she had to guess. "Weird."
  • Did You Actually Believe...?: In the chapter wherein she's sent to Plane Zero-Zero-Epsilon (the world of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls), Ditzy berates Sunset Shimmer non-stop for constantly being Wrong Genre Savvy.
  • Everyone Is Related: Well, not everyone. However, Pinkie is Discord's mother and the princesses' grandmother.
  • Evil Counterpart: Played with. Lauren and Discord are Lawful and Chaotic Counterparts. They're also twins. And just like the Elements of Harmony are made from Lauren's body, Ave Discordia creates the Elements of Discord: Chaos, Mischief, Charisma, Ambition, Vanity and Cunning.
  • Fix Fic: FanOfMostEverything has admitted that part of the reason he wrote "Wedding Bells of Velis Vel" was to address the issues he had with the second season finale.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: To be fair, it's been millennia since Celestia and Luna last saw Pinkie Pie. Also, there was the whole "Discord mind screwing the world" thing. That kind of wrecked their memories of their childhood.
  • Future Badass: Dinky Doo. Currently just a little filly, but apparently a few decades down the line she's one of the most dreaded ponies in Equestria.
  • Golem: "Fast, Fine, Fierce", when Ditzy Doo turns from a pony into a human, she references golems when describing her appearance in a Description in the Mirror scene:
    Ditzy looked up and found herself looking into a mirror. She examined her reflection. "Huh." It was her complexion more than anything. It was one thing to have grey hair. It was quite another to have grey skin. "I look like the scrawniest golem ever," she muttered. "That, or an underfed earth elemental, however that works." As she'd been warned, she seemed younger, too. Late teens if she had to guess. "Weird."
  • Garnishing the Story: As Pinkie notes, "what kind of self-respecting universe doesn't have a few dragons?"
  • Gratuitous Latin: Three chapter titles have been in Latin:
  • Harmless Luminescence: Chapter 1: "Ave Discordia", played with, because it's not the light that's painful to Discord, spirit of Disharmony:
    Fluttershy almost hurt to look at. It wasn't her luminosity, carefully set to a level soft and pleasant for any eye. It wasn't the Torc of Kindness, with its insipid diamond butterfly. It was the tooth-rotting aura of love and acceptance that wafted off of her like a cloying perfume.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Dinky's Anti-Magic talent is already badass enough, but it becomes ten times more awesome when we learn that it lets her erase a pony's cutie mark.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Civilian-level classified information, "public knowledge applied in a way that the public would never believe."
  • In Medias Res: "Ave Discordia" opens with in the middle of a conversation that, until then, was proceeding as canon.
  • Kid from the Future: Pumpkin Cake. Given the density of timey-wimey events that take place when she's an infant, her older, ETSAB member self is sent back help to deal with them.
  • The Magnificent: Lyra's boss, a.k.a. Bonbon Thronetaker, Preacher of the Bittersweet Truth, Princess by Her Own Hand, and Director of the Strings Section of the Office of Parallel Realities.
  • The Maker: Pinkie Pie created the universe. Lauren made almost everything in it.
  • The Multiverse: Multiple:
    • Lyra's entire department of the ETSAB is staffed by instances of herself with the exception of her boss, a humanoid Princess Bonbon. Given that she works in the Office of Parallel Realities, it makes sense.
    • Also the Magic: the Gathering one.
  • My Own Grandpa: My Own Demiurge: Due to time shenanigans, Pinkie Pie created Equestria.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • No Such Pony, No Such Zone has a reference to Pinkie Pie yelling 'Oatmeal? Are you crazy?!' in The Ticket Master from the original show:
      "Anyway, the point is that you promised Twilight that you'd find a hole in all our schedules and she'd go full-on Cream of Wheat if she wasn't there for the rest."
      "'Cream of Wheat'?"
      "Even crazier than oatmeal."
    • Chrysalis and her tribe used to be the Flutter Ponies.
    • Rainbow Dash's love of telling scary stories is indirectly referenced when Ditzy tells Dinky and the CMC a ghost story that used to scare the down right off her as a filly back in Cloudsdale.
  • Naked First Impression: Averted when Ditzy has to chase Sunset Shimmer down for screwing with multiversal travel. While grateful that she doesn't have to explain being in the buff, Ditzy notes that her ending up wearing sandals with white socks is just another way in which the cosmos is trying to make her look like a ridiculous idiot.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: Mostly averted. Pumpkin Cake avoids the Sugarcube Corner in "Quod Cucurbita", but because of awkwardness, not the threat of fatal paradox.
    What do you say to a pony who just changed your diaper?
    • However, going to a time when your mother is pregnant with you is noted to be a very bad idea.
    • Played straight in "Sweetie's Bizarre Adventure"; after all, the Sweetie Belle doing the whole Sam Becket thing is using the local Sweetie as a rental car.
  • Not Hyperbole: Pinkie's cutie mark story ending in "And that's how Equestria was made.".
  • Number of the Beast: "Fast, Fine, Fierce": The locker number that Sunset Shimmer, the villain, and who is going to transform into a demon-girl, meets Snips and Snails at:
    S&S Emergency Meet me @ locker 666 ASAP
  • Only One Me Allowed Right Now: From "Quod Cucurbita": It's possible to time travel to a point where you're still alive, but travelling to a time when your mother is pregnant with you is noted to be a very bad idea.
  • Outside-the-Box Tactic: Address Unknown holds his own against Sarkhan Vol, using junk mail as blades and shields, then covering Vol in enough stamps that his postally oriented magic recognizes the planeswalker as mail, allowing teleportation.
  • Playful Hacker: Twilight improves Shining Armor's shield around Canterlot, noting that "I<3Cadence" is not the most secure of passwords.
  • Power of Creation: As in reality, Lauren Faust created the world.
  • Professionals Do It on Desks: Subverted during one of Lyra's debriefings.
  • Punny Name: In "Plight of Foal's Betrayal", it's said that Rarity names the Incarnation of Generosity, "Jean", probably just by shortening it, as:
    a play on words that catered to Rarity's Prancophilic tendencies
  • Retroactive Preparation: Pumpkin Cake goes to meet her fellow agents for the first time after they've met her for the first time, allowing her to get to know them without all the formalities and introductions while making those same formalities and introductions all the easier.
  • Shout-Out: Naturally.
    Mr. Cake: Thin pot holder! I'm okay!
    • The Ditzy Doo of the world of Equestria Girls is a gamer chick into Magic: The Gathering.
    • Pumpkin Cake's cutie mark (a pumpkin with a question mark over it, indicating a talent for ontolomancy) is a reference to the dubious existential status of pumpkins in Homestuck.
    • To the film, Encino Man, about a caveman displaced forward in time due to being a Human Popsicle. In The ETSAB and You, the "Office of Dislocation Executive Officer: Encino Mare" in the "Department of Chronomantic Concerns".
  • Stable Time Loop: Pinkie Pie made Equestria, which eventually saw the birth of a little pink filly who fell through a time rift.
  • Start of Darkness: Left without the balancing influence of his sister, Discord went mad with grief.
  • Stealth Pun: Lyra Heartstrings's magic extends to the manipulation of cosmic strings.
  • The Stoic: Cranky Doodle Donkey, who is so good at controlling his emotions that Chrysalis starts feeling hungrier around him.
  • Time Is Dangerous: As noted by Pumpkin:
    The first rule of time travel is, "When in the past, don't gawk at everything like a tourist in Haywaii."
    Well, actually, the first rule of time travel is, "Don't time travel unless you absolutely have to." Then there's a bunch of other rules involving causal loops, paradoxes, and a general theme of ensuring that you don't accidentally make the universe implode. But the first rule that isn't punctuated with an unspoken "or you'll kill us all, you idiot" is the one about the gawking.
  • Time-Travelers Are Spies: Justified, since one of the spy agencies is also in charge of maintaining timespace.
  • The X of Y: The anothology itself, and some of the stories within:
    • Sideboard of Harmony: A Magic: The Gathering reference, a "sideboard" being an additional set of cards that a player can use to customize their main deck between rounds of a match.
    • Wedding Bells of Velis Vel: A story that revolves around a wedding.

    My Little Praetor 
  • Dramatic Deadpan:
    Went to rally my people to arms. Will be back by dinner. We're out of milk.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Cheerilee has a lot of free-floating rage because Celestia stupidly enacted a law against killing hopeless idiots like Snips and Snails and a platoon to whip into shape.
  • Easily Conquered World: Jin-Gitaxias thinks Equestria will be one. Whether he's right remains to be seen.
  • Elseworld: The introduction establishes the story as a Potential Future.
  • Enemy Mine: While trapped in a changeling coccoon, Celestia grudgingly accepts Discord's help and the Element of Cunning, along with any other responsibilities that may entail.
  • Fetish: Scientific terminology is to Twilight as French is to Gomez Addams.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: In addition to Pinkie Pie, there's also Pumpkin Cake. After all, she was raised by Pinkie.
  • Framing Device: The story is a hypothetical scenario Ditzy is watching in her living room.
  • Gemstone Assault: Rarity fires one to repel an early attempt to invade Ponyville.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-universe, Iron Will is wildly popular in Prance.
  • Green Is Gross: From Chapter 5, a spell is used to conjure a viridian foul ooze. Viridian is a shade of green.
  • Happy Fun Ball: Metacapsaicin. While nearly indistinguishable from water, it's so insanely spicy that its warning label reads more like one for the deadlier sort of industrial chemical. Bonus points for explicitly stating "Do not taunt." Twice.
  • Passive Rescue: To break Celestia out of the cocoon spell, Discord just slips her the Element of Cunning and lets her do the rest.
  • A Pig Named "Porkchop": In My Little Praetor: "Second Opinion", there's minotaur siblings, a.k.a bull / cow men, with the nicknames of Chuck, Spare Rib, and Headcheese.
  • Plant Person: Punchline, first dryad of Equestria.
  • Pun: Lampshaded by Jin-Gitaxias when he hears about Vorinclex's elves being turned into deer.
    Jin-Gitaxias: Deer. Elk. Elf. Hm. Wordplay.
  • Red Shirt: Red Jacket, a earth stallion that is undergoing vivisection by Phyrexians.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Phyrexia invading her home was enough for Pinkie to drop her Obfuscating Insanity and begin a merciless one-pony counterinvasion.
  • Right Behind Me: From "Second Opinion", lampshaded:
    Iron Will chuckled. "Okay, I had that one coming. So, where's the old ox?"
    "Baa," Bill said a moment too late.
    His boss groaned. "Of course he is." Iron Will turned and knelt. "No offense intended, Your Highness."

    Where Parallel Lines Converge 
  • Eldritch Abomination: In the one-shot story Where Parallel Lines Meet, Starlight Glimmer's attempt to strip Ditzy of her cutie mark transforms her into a new Eldrazi. Thankfully, the Elements of Harmony are able to reverse the change.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Starlight successfully manages to use the cutie unmarking spell on Ditzy Doo. The problem is that Ditzy's mark is for planeswalking, so when Starlight ripped out Ditzy's mark, she also ripped out her Spark. And it turns out that if you rip out a Planeswalker's spark, you get a new Eldrazi.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Starlight Glimmer accidentally managed to turn Ditzy into an invincible universe-devouring Eldritch Abomination.
  • Madness Mantra: After looking directly into one of Eldrazi!Ditzy's pupils, the Flower Trio start foaming at the mouth and reciting area codes.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: Really the only trope that covers the sheer bizzareness of Ditzy's titan form.
    The head of the creature seemed to be nothing but a tremendous, lidless eyeball with seven different pupils wandering about the sphere at random. Behind it was a stalk-like body, mottled in ash gray, bruise puce, bile yellow, and colors that Starlight perceived yet her mind refused to identify. The enormous form branched into three pairs of wide arrays of tendrils, like the blood vessels of vast, invisible flippers. Their subtle flexing as they impossibly held the creature aloft made it clear that there was no more to them than those undulating, mazelike complexes of flesh. The tail branched into trailing, dangling lengths of living tissue. Some brushed against the peak that housed the Cutie Vault. Where they did, the rock turned iridescent, its edges visibly softening like an ice sculpture in an oven.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Ditzy's primary use for her Scions when she briefly gets turned into an Eldrazi.

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Alternative Title(s): My Little Praetor