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Equestria Girls: Friendship Souls is a Bleach/My Little Pony: Equestria Girls crossover fanfic written by thatguyvex.

Sunset Shimmer has finally decided to remain in the human world after the events of the Friendship Games, and has also resolved to study magic in her adopted home and defend it from any threats of dark magic alongside her friends. Then a mysterious incident leads Sunset and her friends to run straight into a dangerous world of supernatural beings that have existed in the human world for eons; twisted souls known as Hollows and the beings known as Soul Reapers that battle them. Where will this twist of fate lead the girls, and what secrets might be uncovered about their pasts in the process?

Original cover art here

Currently incomplete.

The author has written a crossover with The Bridge called Hunters and Hollows, where the Dark Hunters scout alternate universes and stumble upon Hueco Mundo. It is now complete.

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  • 0% Approval Rating: Nobody really seems to like Grogar, to the point where he doesn't even seem to have a single willing Fraccion and they're all just loyal experiments of his. Not that he seems to care, if anything he seems happy to earn the hatred of everyone else. Tirek keeps him around solely because he does all the useful science stuff.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Unlike his pony self, everyone seems to like Quincy King Sombra. The Quincy all love him, Soul Society seems to at least tolerate him, and even the Espada seem to respect, or at least not hate, him.
  • Achilles' Heel:
    • Captain Starswirl's Shikai and Bankai have the equal weaknesses of once he's produced a chemical or material respectively, the created attack can hurt him if aimed poorly. This isn't of much danger with his Shikai alone, but once he activates Bankai he needs to create a "safe area" with a radius of 10 meters around himself that he doesn't allow attacks to pass into ala Byakuya. Human Twilight still admits it's impressive and that if she had a similar power to his Bankai, she wouldn't be comfortable with anything less than a 20-meter radius for her safe zone. As it turns out, however, Starswirl has a final line of defense within that safe zone consisting of multiple small camoflauged cubes meant to transform into protective shielding. His Bankai has a secondary weakness in that it's all controlled by a small cube in Starswirl's hand, and if this control nucleus was damaged or he dropped it the Bankai would be useless, but good luck actually getting through the storm of death he can throw at you plus the hidden defenses.
    • Captain Luna's Bankai has a weakness in the form of the crimson moon that produces the extra shadows. Damaging the moon causes it to release all those shadows at once and forcibly transform Luna into her full-werewolf state, which is even stronger but has none of her previous subtlety and control.
  • Action Dad:
    • Fifth Espada Torch to Ember of course, as is Captain Hurricane to Lieutenant Posey.
    • The Lament is the adoptive father of many arrancar children and was Applejack's biological father in life. He's also the Fourth Espada, and he's more than capable of taking on three Sternritter using Vollstandig at the same time while in his sealed form, albeit with effort.
    • Filthy Rich to Diamond Tiara, being a Sternritter and all. Even if it turns out she's not actually his daughter, but he still loves her all the same.
  • Action Mom:
    • Ditzy Doo.
    • The mothers of the Humane Five and human!Twilight, though currently they (except for Sweet Cider, Firefly, and Twilight Velvet) have lost this status.
    • Captain Platinum is obviously this to her son, Pipsqueak.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: As a terse fight between Catrina and Sombra is about to begin, Squirk suddenly rips open a Garganta right underneath the former, grabs her by the ankles and ignobly yanks her inside with her yelping in surprise, before giving Sombra the middle finger as it closes up. Spitfire and Shining Armor can only stare in stupefied confusion, but Sombra after a moment manages a half-choked laugh while commenting on the "unusual" individuals Tirek has chosen as his Espada.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Villainous example with Grand Fisher. Here, he puts up much more of a fight in his incomplete Arrancar form. Though this is justified as in canon, he made the mistake of going up against a former Captain-class Soul Reaper while here he's facing Sunset and the other Humane Five, who still haven't fully mastered their new powers and are much closer to his level (for reference, Sunset has only just unlocked her Shikai and she's the strongest of the bunch while the others only have initial level of their Fullbrings).
    • Many of the background ponies take levels in badass as Soul Reapers, Hollows, Fullbringers, Quincies and the like.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Discord is a great deal more noble than the one we got on the show, even after his Heel–Face Turn. He's even The Atoner for all the bad things he did in the past and is the closest thing Sunset and the human five have to a mentor.
    • While the broken system and poor living conditions of Soul Society are far more deeply examined than in canon and this version having its own skeletons in its closet such as Hitsyo Aku, Project Xcution, and the Bount Genocide, Equestria Girls Soul Society comes off as much better overall: There was never a Quincy genocide, no signs of there ever being Hollow Pits, the Fourth Division is treated with respect instead of moronically being bullied for being weak, the Eleventh Division is a well-disciplined unit instead of being a band of thugs, and a majority of the Captains are shown to be far more concerned with doing their jobs with monsters like Kenpachi and Mayuri not on their payroll.
    • The Quincy get this as well; they aren't a band of one-dimensional cackling, Ax-Crazy Nazis who team kill their own side and are shown to truly want to protect the world from Hollows with good people fighting for that cause, and a king who doesn't casually murder his own men for trivial reasons. Combined with Soul Society's Adaptational Heroism above this leads to more nuance and legitimate Grey-and-Grey Morality in the war between the two factions.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Garble, of the Smarter Than You Look variety. He instantly knows that Adagio had something to do with Ember spontaneously attacking him during the Hollow's invasion of the Quincy's training area, and is now spending a good deal of his time finding out what.
  • Adaptational Species Change: In Equestria Girls, it's implied all the dragons in the pony world are the equivalent of dogs in the human world. Here, however, they are all human, or at least they were before they became Hollows.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Grogar, on the other hand is a lot worse than his G1 counterpart. It makes sense, as he is an Expy of Szayelaporro Granz.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: For some reason, Grogar isn't blue in this story, and Catrina isn't brown. Or at the very least, they aren't described as such.
  • Adaptation Deviation: Many of the Bleach sides of the crossover are changed for the sake of World Building.
    • The Quincy were never subjected to a genocide by Soul Society and are a thriving faction who are openly in conflict with it.
    • Instead of being subjugated and founded by a Soul Reaper, the Espada are their own faction founded by Hollow Tirek as an alliance of ten Hollow warlords to better fight against Soul Society and the Quincy.
  • Affably Evil:
    • Despite being Arrancar and as a species acclimated to violence and negative emotions naturally, Ember, Di Roy, Lament, and Roka can be pretty nice and friendly. Despite his more brutal nature Torch also has enough positive traits to avoid falling into Faux Affably Evil territory.
    • Thorax, Pharynx, and Ocellus, despite their mother Chrysalis being Faux Affably Evil incarnate, are all shown to be surprisingly well adjusted and civil Arrancar who never go out their way to act like assholes to others.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Rarity and Fluttershy both have this regarding their Fullbring, which is keeping them from evolving them any further. For Fluttershy, it's fearing what her powers could potentially do, and for Rarity it's the thought that she may actually need to take a life with her powers.
  • Age Lift: The human version of Starlight Glimmer was a contemporary of the Humane Five's mothers and Twilight Velvet back when they were teenagers.
  • All for Nothing: Played with during the Quincy's assault on Las Noches. Their major goal above everything was to kill the Espada who allowed Tirek to launch the surprise attack on the Silbern (Squirk) and kill so many cadets with any other high-profile targets being secondaries. And Squirk does indeed end up killed. However, he dies not because of the Quincy team of Sassy Saddles, Cadence, and Twilight Velvet, but by Adagio's hands as per Chrysalis' orders. Even worse, Cadence is forced to make the choice of going after Squirk or rushing off to aid Velvet against Lament, and chooses the former. In other words, not only does she end up believing she contributed to Velvet's death by not helping when she could, but she didn't even make the sacrifice mean something because it wasn't her who killed Squirk and only gets to see the aftermath of both Adagio killing Squirk and Velvet's death.
  • All-Loving Hero: Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy. When you're willing to show mercy to the one who just tried to kill you, your friends, and/or your family, you definitely qualify.
  • Alternate Self: While the main premise of Equestria Girls is alternate versions of My Little Pony characters as humans the crossover with Bleach adds more layers too it with the counterparts of characters like Discord, Sombra, Torch, Lightning Dust, Twilight, Applejack, and Rainbow Dash's parents, Blueblood, and Bount Trixie ending up in different places and moralities than their Equestrian versions thanks to the different powers they have, the cultures they grew up in, and the events they experienced; the end result tends to make then Foils to their other self in some way.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Several Quincy lose limbs during the assault on Hueco Mundo, including Twilight's right hand and both of Indigo Zap's legs.
  • And Then What?: Sweet Cider invokes this during her fight with Applejack, saying that even if she is her mother giving her her memories back won't make any real difference because she'll still be dead while Applejack is still alive. Applejack doesn't care, outright stating that all that matters to her is making Sweet Cider remember who she is and she can decide what she wants to do with that knowledge afterwards.
  • An Ice Person: Captain Platinum, who uses an ice-based zanpakuto, Fuyukogo (Winter Empress).
  • Ambiguously Evil:
    • Quincy King Sombra, he acts as The Good King to his Quicies and treats them well, with his personality being based on his comics incarnation and the presence of Amore and Radiant Hope lending to that this Sombra made different choices that stopped him from becoming evil, but at the same time, he's Sombra and serving as the equivalent of Yhwach, he's all but stated to have been little better than a tyrant in the past before he changed and came to regret it, and he still has the ability to absorb the souls of Quincy who die, albeit here it's treated as him simply storing them to be reincarnated rather than to selfishly increase his life and power.
    • The Zero Division were already pretty shady in Bleach canon with their moral ambiguity being compounded in the light novels. Here, their shiftiness is cranked Up to Eleven with them ensuring that innocent souls like Sunburst are sent to Hell causing Starlight Glimmer and Firefly's Start of Darkness, as well as planning something that once Discord and Ditzy see from the secret records has them realizing why Starlight is going the route she is and would send Soul Society in open rebellion if made public.
  • Amnesia Missed a Spot: After seeing Applejack, Sweet Cider starts to get faint memories of her past life as her mother.
  • Amplifier Artifact: Clover's shikai has the ability to dramatically increase the power of any kido cast through it using the full incantation.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • The Smooze admits his every moment of existence is pain, only kept to "manageable" levels by medicine produced by Grogar. The only thing stronger is his iron-clad will to push through and keep existing because he wants to experience the small pleasures of life others take for granted because they're not soul-destroying agony. It's why he decides to swear loyalty to Fluttershy after she manages to heal him as no one else ever had.
    • Gaia Everfree was reduced to a barely sentient warped soul trapped in the depths of the Everfree Forest by Chrysalis to the point the ability to think wasn't something available to her for varying periods of time, only holding on by The Power of Hate.
  • Archnemesis Dad: The Lament, who not only is the adopted father of a bunch of Hollow children but he's Applejack's biological father.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Garble loses an arm fighting Ember due to Adagio's interference saving Twilight and the other Quincy cadets.
    • At the end of their climatic showdown in Soul Society, Platnium loses one of her hands to Sunset's finishing attack.
    • During the Quincy attack on Las Noches, Indigo Zap loses her legs due to Gilda. Later still, Twilight herself loses her hand to the out-of-control Lament.
  • Armed Legs: Applejack's power, a pair of rocket boots to increase the power of her kicks and shoot energy blasts. She eventually upgrades to gauntlets for Hand Blasts as well.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Twilight delivers one of these to King Sombra, of all people after learning he lied to her and her family about the Eye sealed inside her soul.
  • Ascended Extra: While the Grand Fisher was introduced as a major foe to Ichigo in canon it went unresolved and was subjected to an Aborted Arc as he was unceremoniously killed by Isshin and forgotten about by Ichigo. In this fic he acts as the story's first Arc Villain and was used by Soul Society to attack women to create Fullbringers for Project Xcution that would lead to the Humane Five developing their own Fullbrings from their mothers.
    • Di Roy was Grimmjow's weakest Fraccion and killed off with minimal sceentime. Here, he causes the heroes' lots of trouble as "Sharkface" and latter joins Adagio's Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits in Hueco Mundo.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Gaia Everfree, after becoming Drunk with Power, transforms her massive tree into a just as massive giant tree monster.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking:
    • Sombra and Tirek are the Quincy King and Hollow King/Espada #1, and therefore the strongest of the Quincies and Hollows respectively. Chrysalis is Espada #2 and Tirek's Number Two, with the narration referring to her as essentially the Hollow Queen and the only other one in Tirek's army aside from himself who could possibly fight Sombra on equal ground and her subordinate Thorax is apparently strong enough that he can masquerade as her in Hueco Mundo with none the wiser.
    • Captain-Commander Scorpan is the most powerful member of the Gotei 13. His spiritual power is so great it can destroy weaker Hollows on contact!
    • All the members of the Zero Division are the founders of Soul Society and its highest authority short in theory of the Soul Queen herself, and each one is at least in Scorpan's weight class, if not stronger.
  • Awesome by Analysis:
    • Rarity, who defeats Blueblood, a Captain of the Gotei 13, not through brute force but by carefully observing his movements and the workings of his Shikai in order to eventually neutralize him before he can activate his Bankai.
    • Twilight naturally is able to do this thanks to her incredible intelligence working with the battle adrenaline allowing her to analyze and predict the most likely course of action they'll take.
  • Ax-Crazy:
    • Poesy, at least when she's activated her Shikai. Otherwise, she's very passive and kind.
    • The Fourth Espada. Ember claims the guy is NOT a stable person; saying he's unpredictable, prone to very violent mood swings, an extremely short fuse, and has killed other Hollows simply for being near him at the wrong time. That's not to say it's impossible to reason with him, but he has some high standards to hold to and Adagio is basically walking through a minefield during her first real conversation with him.
  • Badass Bookworm:
    • Clover. Member of the 12th Division and able to take on a horde of Hollows alone.
    • Captain Starswirl. Captain of the 12th Division and head of Soul Society's R&D, and perfectly capable of slaughtering countless foes with all manner of reisatsu-based chemical compounds created by his zanpakutou.
    • Grogar. Head of R&D for Hueco Mundo, and also one of their Espadas who's taken to altering his own body to improve himself.
    • Discord. Former Captain of the 12 Division, creator of the Hogyoku, and more than capable of training Sunset even after the latter has achieved Bankai.
  • Badass Normal: Maud Pie. Despite not being able to see them, she still takes on several Hollows with whatever Improvised Weapon she has in arm's reach.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Done briefly when Ditzy Doo, Clover, the Humane Five, and Sunset prepare to breach the South Gate into Seireitei. After saying "[She knows] just how to distract" the gate guard, the former disrobes, much to the distaste of the others save Clover. Being a Yoruichi expy, Ditzy turns into her cat form and heads into the gatehouse to cause trouble.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: Grogar effortlessly catches Sunset's sword, even though it is on fire.
  • Battle Couple: Twilight Velvet & Night Light and Jet Set & Upper Crust, both couples married and Sternritters. It avails the latter couple little when they fight the Lament with Harshwhinny's aid, however, with Jet Set sacrificing himself to save Upper Crust and only the Lament's own guilt and regret due to remembering what happened to his wife Sweet Cider and himself before they died making him quit the battle and spare their lives.
  • Beach Episode: Chapter 95 is largely this, featuring Sunset and the girls all enjoying a day a the beach. Eventually even Twilight and the Shadowbolts join in, later remarking how easy it is to put aside the animosity between Soul Reaper and Quincy for the moment. Too bad it doesn't stay that way...
  • Beam-O-War: Averted with the clash of Catrina's Gran Rey Cero and Spitfire's Godfire technique. The narration explicitly describes the two spiritual-based attacks as not clashing in a show of wills, but mixing together before exploding in an uncontrollable burst that sends both combatants flying.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Hollow Chrysalis is always described as completely stunning and is one of the most malevolent and cruel villains of the story. Catrina described as slightly less so, in both senses.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason why the Lament's family is so loyal: Because he went out of his way to save and protect them when all other Hollows tried to eat them.
    • Princess Celestia surmises this is likely why Bount Trixie is loyal to Starlight Glimmer, as the latter saved her from the hunts that wiped out her clan.
  • Becoming the Mask:
    • Flash started out as only pretending to have a crush on pony Twilight so she would let her guard down so he could find out more about her. Nowadays, however, he feels the crush isn't nearly as fake anymore...
    • This happened to Soul Reaper Discord in the backstory. As the project head of XCution, he was supposed to be researching and testing the Humane Five's mothers under the guise of being a helpful soul training their powers. Overtime, his contact with them made the mask become genuine, and he went from using them to doing his damnedest to try and help them. His failure to do that still weighs heavily as one of his biggest failures.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Fleur does not take well to being wounded. She goes utterly Ax-Crazy once Sunset starts doing so, and her later fight with Guto implies there's a darker reason for it.
    • The Lament has several, not the least being dishonesty and being seduced.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ditzy Doo has to be one of the nicest of Discord's allies. She's also a badass Action Mom, has no problem killing, and when she coldly threatens the girls to not get her daughter involved in any of this, it's clear it's a promise she'll keep.
    • Posey... DEAR GOD POSEY. Goes out of her way to hold back? Check. Borderline Shrinking Violet? Check. Apologetic Attacker? Check. Turns into an Ax-Crazy The Berserker when she stops holding back? Check. Her Zanpakuto is even called Kyoki (Bloodthirst). It's later stated that her change in personality is caused by Kyoki's influence.
    • The Lament is a good father, the Token Good Teammate of the Espada, and his friendliness even seems genuine. He's also the most Ax-Crazy out of all of them, and just as willing to kill as the other nine.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • Bount Trixie is just as silly and hammy as her pony counterpart, but she can back up her ego with her power being just below Captain-level and is able to fight Princess Twilight, Rainbow Dash, and Flash Sentry to a near standstill.
    • Cheese Sandwich is a powerful, competent, and intelligent Soul Reaper captain. ...Who acts exactly like his pony self. (that is to say, a male Pinkie Pie)
  • BFG: Twilight Velvet's Quincy "bow", described as a cross between an arbalest and a cannon, and large enough to need to be carried over the shoulder like a rocket launcher.
  • BFS:
    • Sweet Cider's Shikai, Kizuna (Bonds); described as less a sword and more like a gigantic slab of pure bronze that was hammered into the rough shape of a blade though once her Fullbring is properly separated from it, it assumes a more standard, if still just as massive, sword form. It's large enough that Cider, no small woman herself, has to stretch her arm just to reach the handle and grab it. Her Fullbring Hearthstone is a no less massive sword made of solid rock, and since both are extensions of her spiritual powers she has no issue Dual Wielding them together once they're finally separated.
    • Sunset's Bankai turns her sword from a moderately-sized blade into a flamberge that would normally require two hands to use properly.
    • Human Sunset's Fullbring is a greatsword nearly as big as she is.
    • Tirek's zanpakuto is described as a massive golden claymore that's as big as him (and Tirek is a big guy).
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Due to all the parties of interest, there are several who contend for the spot.
    • On the surface, there's Tirek as the leader of Hueco Mundo, the most openly malevolent leader of the darkest faction, and most everyone agrees he's likely got to go if there's even a chance of peace being made between the three main factions.
    • Then there's Human Starlight Glimmer and her cohorts, who are aiming to upend the status quo of the world violently no matter who gets hurt, but they have the excuse of mostly being Well Intentioned Extremists out to stop the Zero Division.
    • Chrysalis has the honor of being a Dragon with an Agenda to both Tirek and Starlight Glimmer, and wants to overthrow the Zero Division and obtain all the scattered pieces of the Soul Queen to take her place and rule the planes of existence.
    • And finally, the Zero Division have the honor of being behind much of why the world is screwed up and partially behind the Soul Reapers, the Hollows, and the Quincy being at war in the first place, and are planning something for the world that's gotten Human Starlight Glimmer in arms about taking them out, no matter the cost.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Hilariously subverted at one point when Sunset drops in to save Rarity and Fluttershy... only to realize that they've already defeated the enemies without her help.
  • Big Good: Discord plays this role, he acts as Sunset and the Humane Five's guide to the spiritual world, gives them the resources and allies they need to survive, protects their families, acts as Sunset's personal mentor, and wants to end the war between Soul Society and the Quincy.
  • Birds of a Feather: Princess Twilight and Flash Sentry actually turn out to be this. Both are powerful supernatural beings (An Alicorn and a Soul Reaper Lieutenant) both are very popular despite being total dorks, and both have Undying Loyalty towards their version of Celestia.
  • Bishōnen: Thorax is described as an effeminately handsome man.
  • Bishōnen Line: Hollows gain more humanoid forms as they go through their evolution, which culminates into becoming a Vasto Lorde and/or an Arrancar. Adagio goes from looking like a bone-white version of her true Siren appearance as an Adjuchas into her human form plus a tail, fin wings, and bone-white armor once she achieves Vasto Lorde, and finally into her full human form wearing a crown of bone across her brow when she achieves Arrancar.
  • Black Knight: Bount!Trixie's doll Eisenwand appears as a Hellish Horse covered entirely in black iron armour when summoned in Equestria. It's probably safe to assume that his "real" appearance in the human world would look something like this instead.
  • Blind Obedience: Like his Expy, Sombra detests the idea of this trope, and tells Twilight as such.
  • Blood Magic: Rarity's power, using her blood as a catalyst to create armor, weapons, and pretty much anything else she can come up with made of crystals.
  • Blood Knight:
    • Sweet Cider, befitting of one bearing the title of Kenpachi.
    • Hurricane also really enjoys fighting as Captain of the 11th Division, and admits he was at least partially prolonging his first fight against Sunset and the others simply because it had been a while since he fought opponents who could actually pose a challenge.
    • Cheese Sandwich is one...or rather, his zanpakuto Hone Nashi (Boneless) is. Cheese pretty much admits that if a fight goes on too long and he holds back Hone Nashi will actually start fighting his control and aiming for dangerous strikes. Several times during the fight with Pinkie and Pinkamena he actually has to restrain it from fatally injuring the pair.
    • Among the Espada, there's Torch. During his fight with Shining Armor, he is openly laughing at finally having a worthy foe to fight, enough for him to release his Resurreccion.
  • Blow You Away:
    • Fleur Des Lis. Her title is even Tempest.
    • Captain Hurricane of the Eleventh Division. His Bankai more or less lets him make hurricanes.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In typical Pinkie Pie fashion:
    Pinkie Pie: What, too much like the source material?
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Captain Celestia to Captain Platinum. Apparently, the later idolized the former until an incident involving Celestia's zanpakuto resulted in the death of her husband. She's blamed her ever since. Though Platinum herself states that whatever her enmity with Celestia, it has nothing to do with why she's doing what she's doing now.
    • Discord was this for Human Starlight Glimmer, his former Lieutenant. The shiftiness of his work, his own self-assurance and arrogance, combined with Starlight's belief of his compliance with Zero Division's dark plans eventually eroded all of her trust in him and caused her to strike out on her own.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
    • Grogar is a particularly depraved and evil example. Despite being the most loathed being in Los Noches Grogar can get away with almost anything because he has Tirek's protection since his scientific expertise make him indispensable. That said, since Espada live by the law of You Kill It, You Bought It, not even that would save him if an Arrancar came along and decided to climb the ranks by defeating him.
    • Captain Starswirl is a downplayed example. He's usually serious enough, but he has moments of blatant disrespect for Central 46, outright stating that he's older than most of them, uses inflatable gigai as distractions in battle, and booby-trapped Ember's zanpakuto with a bomb that can only be deactivated by answering a riddle given by a pre-recorded chibi Starswirl.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Adagio invokes this when making a deal with the Lament, saying that his desire to stay out of the rest of the Espada's struggles will eventually all come for naught and that sooner or later their "games" will put him and his family in danger. She then tells him that if he wants to protect his family then he cannot afford to hold himself apart. He seems to agree with her, though he isn't sure if she's completely right or not.
  • The Cameo: Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck shows up in the Fourth Espada's lair as one of his adopted Arrancar children.
  • Canon Character All Along:
    • The shark Hollow from the first arc turns out to be Di Roy, who had the ignoble honor of being the first of Grimmjow's Fraccion to die in Bleach, but he's gotten better luck in this universe thanks to becoming Adagio's vassal.
    • One of the Fourth Espada's Fraccion turns out to be Roka, who until the Bleach light novels fleshed out her character was most well known for being the Arrancar nurse Yammy punched for no good reason after she reattached his arm.
    • Twilight's family butler Robert is in fact the same-named Sternritter, albeit "former" in this universe since he sacrificed his powers via the Letzt Stil transformation to save her father's life in the past.
  • Cast Herd: The three main factions are divided into the Soul Reapers, Hollows, and the Quincies, and while it isn't ironclad, each herd is mainly based around a certain type of Equestrian archetype.
    • A majority of the Soul Reapers are the human versions of Equestria's prominent historical and mythological figures (Scorpan, Celestia, Luna, Amore, Radiant Hope, Daring Do, Platinum, Hurricane, Smart Cookie, Posey, Starswirl, Meadowbrook, and Clover) for example.
    • The Quincies Sternritter mainly consist of modern day Equestria's important figures and upper crust (Shining Armor, the Sparkle family, Fluer, Candence, Spitfire, Soarin', and Filthy Rich) with King Sombra being the biggest exception, paralleling Yhwach's millennia of life.
    • The Espada and their minions mainly consist of My Little Pony's Generation villains and non-pony folk (Tirek, Chrysalis, Catrina, Torch, Guto, Hydia, Grogar, Squirk, Smooze, Garble, Ember, Gilda, Thorax, Pharynx, Ocellus).
  • Casting a Shadow:
  • Chain Pain: Guto's Resurreccion allows him to create golden chains with manacles to bind his opponents.
  • Chainsaw Good: Lieutenant Posey's Shikai turns into the medieval equivalent, a saw-tooth serrated blade that spins around the length of the blade, which befits her change in personality.
  • Charged Attack:
    • In exchange for needing to invoke the full incantation, Clover can channel her Kido through her Zanpakuto and increase the spell's power threefold.
    • Sunset's Shikai works so that any damage the shield takes is converted to power that she charges into the sword as flames, which she can release at her leisure.
  • Charm Person:
    • Cadance. Her Schrift, The Lust, allows her to influence those struck, such as making Hollows eat one another, or forcing an opponent to surrender. Its most powerful form forcibly and permanently turns the target into an enthralled "love slave" under her command that only desires to serve her. For obvious reasons, she doesn't like resorting to that, but has no choice in order to stop Sapphire Shores.
    • Inverted by fellow Sternritter Harshwhinny. Her power, The Uncaring, produces a powerful sense of apathy in her targets that leaves them sapped of their willpower, such as their will to fight or defend themselves against attacks, leaving them vulnerable to enemy attacks.
    • Adagio after her siren gem is restored is able to once again be this via her song.
  • The Chessmaster:
    • Human Starlight Glimmer, being one of the main antagonist, obviously is one, caring out her plan against Soul Society pretty much without a hitch thanks to her knowledge and the skillset of her allies.
    • Chrysalis is one herself, acting as Tirek's main voice of confidence while doing her thing with Starlight. She masterminded Squirk's death by Adagio's hands while simultaneously ensuring the creation of a new Arrancar that would more than make up for his death.
    • Adagio is shaping up to being one herself as she takes on politics in Las Noches, carving a niche into the society while manuevering around or playing along with other big players like Chrysalis and Grogar.
  • Co-Dragons:
    • Tirek has the other nine Espada.
    • Sombra has the other twenty-five Sternritter.
    • Human Starlight has Chrysalis, Firefly, Platinum, and human Trixie.
    • The Lament has Roka and Fenice.
  • Cold Ham
    • Starlight Glimmer is Older and Wiser than her pony counterpart and sees herself as above villain cliches acting detached and casual, but her inability to not monologue about something, long-winded manner of speech, Dramatic Deadpan one-liners, megalomania, and dressing like a Tetsuya Nomura villain complete with Too Many Belts makes her just as hammy in spite of that.
    • Captain Platinum puts on the facade of a cool-headed and icy mask fit for a noble and her element but is ultimately driven by a fiery passion hidden under her stoic demeanor making her tremendously dramatic in whatever she does. When she undergoes a Villainous Breakdown she becomes a full on Large Ham.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Part of Sapphire Shores' power as The Quintessence is that since she has absolute control over her own reishi and can control/detect others, she can also analyze her opponent's reishi and see the "threads" of how their interactions with others will move forward into the future. This allows her to predict their movements in battle and, with less accuracy, predict the future in general based on how others' reishi interacts with others. Twilight compares it to the quantum theory of how if you know every variable about a molecule, you can predict just about everything it will do. However, magic fundamentally messes with her calculations, not that she doesn't know how to rely on common sense and her prior knowledge of her foe's personality to predict their actions.
  • Combat Medic: Fluttershy graduates to this as she grows stronger. Originally, the most she could do was use a Compelling Voice and injecting her reiatsu into others to weaken or dominate her enemies while also using the same principles to power up herself and her allies, but as she improves she gains the ability to use that same power to heal others and herself while developing her hand-to-hand skills.
  • Combat Tentacles: Jet Set is Sternritter K - The Kraken - which allows him to form massive spiked reishi tendrils around a reishi bubble with himself inside it powerful enough to act as both an offense capable of piercing through Hollows and protecting him from attacks. Of course, it's not perfect as someone with enough reiatsu can counter it, such as Torch tanking the strikes and biting through the tentacles, or the Lament slicing through them like paper.
  • Conflicting Loyalty:
    • When Celestia and Luna end up being tried as traitors, Soul Society is sent into an uproar as Soul Reapers from the lowest rank to even the other Captains have to decide whether to stand by the law of Central 46 or with the condemned Captains, both of which having records of being among the greatest members of their organization. Celestia's entire 13th Division pretty much gathers together in preparation to fight the 11th Division, and Luna's 2nd Division is noted to be split right down the middle in their loyalty.
    • Zecora experiences this during the trial. Her Zanpakuto is said to be impossible to fool, so despite knowing that Celestia and Luna would never betray Soul Society, she still casts the deciding vote against them. Though considering she was really Chrysalis at the time, this was subverted since she was just playing a role.
    • When evidence all but mounts that the "treason" has been a bunch of hogwash and nothing more than manipulation, both Blueblood and Troubleshoes falter, but their loyalty to Platinum and Soul Society's laws respectively and lack of hard evidence lead them to siding with Hurricane (who himself honestly couldn't have cared if Celestia and Luna really were traitors and saw this as an opportunity to get Soul Society back on the offensive in the spirit war) against Sweet Cider, Cheese Sandwich, Daring Do, and Amore.
  • Cool Pet: The Lament has his faithful Hollow dog, Winston. And no, he's not a Hollow with a dog motif, he's an ordinary dog who died and became a Hollow.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: Several students and staff in Canterlot High are really Soul Reapers undercover in Gigai. The reason why they didn't use their powers in the previous three movies was because they were under orders from Soul Society not to use them in public.
  • Covert Pervert: Celestia, of all people. Her plan to escape imprisonment? Making a ward pass out of her underwear. She also owns a bunch of reverse-harem manga.
  • Creepy Good: Discord, the kind candy store owner who assists the mane characters.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • The heroes fare badly against Fleur Des Lis. Until Sunset gets her Shikai, then it becomes a much more even fight.
    • The heroes fare badly against Grogar and later Captain Platinum. This convinces them that they need to step up their training if they want to start dealing with the big threats.
    • Moondancer and Meadowbrook, both seated officers with released Shikai versus Starlight Glimmer. It isn't even a contest with Meadowbrook being rendered unconscious and in critical condition and Moondancer potentially fatally injured while their opponent is practically unharmed. The only reason they survive is because Starlight put them in medical pods afterwards, and even then Meadowbrook lost his Zanpakutou and Moondancer lost her powers.
    • Gilda versus the Quincy cadets is barely a contest, with only Twilight tapping into her magic giving her an edge. When Twilight is forced to disengage to deal with her assassin, the rest of them do decently against her, but when she returns with Cinch in tow Gilda reveals she was holding back immensely since she wanted to fight Twilight and proceeds to decimate the cadets, slicing off Indigo Zap's legs, badly injuring Sour Sweet, almost killing Lemon Zest, and murdering Hacksaw before Twilight is able to turn the tables thanks to giving into more of Midnight's power.
    • Once Fluttershy completes her Fullbring, the end of the "fight" with Gilda can hardly be called such with how utterly she dominates her.
    • Grogar admits that in a straight fight Celestia would certainly deal this to him, which is why he doesn't play fair. Even with the deck stacked in his favor via separating her from her Zanpakuto, using his copy of Adagio's siren gem to siphon power from all his slain Hollow experiments, and releasing his Resurreccion, however, he still expresses some level of impressiveness she can still fight on a roughly even level.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion:
    • When Hurricane unleashes his Bankai, Sunset and her friends are completely outmatched, literally getting scattered by his winds. That being said, they still do manage to give him a good fight, and Ditzy even says that the fact that they managed to hurt him at all shows just how far they've come. Best shown near the end, when Sunset's final and most powerful attack actually manages to stalemate a direct hit from Hurricane's Bankai; though it quickly loses ground, it's much better than Ditzy's Cero, which was completely swamped without resistance.
    • Downplayed with Pinkie's fight with Cheese Sandwich. While she does give him a good fight and even manages to injure him, she still loses and it's clear she never stood a chance, even without Cheese using his Bankai.
    • Human Starlight's first fight with Sunset and her friends was much harder for her than the chapter and Starlight's own public dismissal would have you believe. Rainbow's attack actually made her hand go numb, and when Ditzy went all out Starlight states it was a good thing she was in an enclosed space (forcing her to scale things down) as she likely would've been soundly defeated otherwise.
  • Cyborg: What Grogar's Resurreccion turns him into. Noticeably, this isn't what he originally looked like, but rather the result of "enhancements" he made to himself.
  • Cycle of Revenge: The Soul Reapers, Hollows, and Quincy have been at war for so long a lot of people, from the veterans to the newbies, have grudges for losing people they love. Probably best highlighted when Twilight is desperately fighting Gilda to keep her from killing her Quincy comrades, where Gilda notes they're Not So Different before murdering Hacksaw [McColt] when the latter is forced to push her sister Buzzsaw and Cotton Barrel out of the way of Gilda's Cero.
    Twilight: L-Leave my friends alone!
    Gilda: Pisses you off, doesn't it? Seeing your comrades bleed? Pisses me off too. Want to guess how many comrades I’ve seen bleed and die fighting you Quincy!? Payback is a bitch and so am I.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Firefly claims she had good reason for abandoning Rainbow Dash and her father, though it's still unclear what said reason is or even if it was a good one. Regardless, Rainbow is too angry at her to care. Firefly later reveals that the reason she left was to protect Rainbow and her father from the Zero Division.
  • Decomposite Character:
    • Kenpachi Zaraki is split between Hurricane (Captain of the 11th division, tends to hold back when he fights, sees the main character as a Worthy Opponent.) and Sweet Cider. (Has earned the title of Kenpachi, Unskilled, but Strong, one of the strongest Soul Reapers, can't properly use her Zanpakto, is in a parental relationship with a young girl.) Also, both are Blood Knights.
    • Ichigo's Soul Society/Hollow/Quincy abilities are split between Sunset Shimmer,(Soul Society), human Twilight Sparkle,(Quincy), and Adagio Dazzle (Hollow).
    • Captain-Commander Yamamoto is split between Captain-Commander Scorpan and Celestia. The former bears his title, immense spiritual power and personality, while the latter possesses a similar Zanpakto to Yamamoto's Ryujin Jakka, as well as a similar release phrase:
    Celestia: ”Reduce the firmaments of creation to dust and consume the weeping ashes. Shinryu Taiyo!
    • Kon is split between Adagio (a living plush toy that's one of the main characters) and Chappy (a comedy relief character who is the result of a Soul Candy pill)
  • Dead All Along: Rarity learns in Chapter 117 just why Fullbringers need someone nearby to stabilize their final transformation. When she's forced to do so in order to gain the power-up necessary to defeat and kill Hoity Toity, she only realizes when Rainbow Dash shows up afterwards and points it out that the explosion of power actually killed her, destroyed her body, and broke her Soul Chain, which she didn't notice because she was so busy in her life-and-death struggle against the Sternritter.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: Princess Twilight asks Sunset if she knows anything about her human counterpart. Sunset reveals that she found out that her human self died in a fire years ago. Given that this is a Bleach crossover whether she got sent to Soul Society or became a Hollow is still a question up in the air. It turns out to be neither, as she's very much alive.
  • Deflector Shield: Just like in canon, Shining Armor can use his power, Bastion, to create massive forcefields that vaporize Hollows on contact.
  • Destructo-Nookie: It's all but stated that Sweet Cider and Hard Nail engaged in this while alive during a brief moment of peace when Lament jokes about how his fight with Sweet Cider reminded him of that time when Granny Smith wasn't around and Cider quickly shushes him with a blush since Applejack is nearby.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Sunset regularly pokes fun at herself by pointing out how poorly thought out her Evil Plan to conquer Equestria with brainwashed highschoolers really was.
  • Die or Fly: Ditzy tells the girls that true desperation in life or death situations is the fastest way to awaken and evolve one's powers. The girls' Training from Hell is very likely to actually kill them. It works.
  • Dirty Business: Sapphire Shores has used her power to seek out internal threats to Sombra for hundreds if not thousands of years to nip them in the bud, and she's done everything from quietly dissuaded them from their predicted course of action to to killing them or putting them in a position to be killed while disguising it as accidents. About the only time she's ever hesitated was when one of those predictions required her to let Radiant Hope die to prevent her unborn children from possibly killing Sombra in the future.
  • Disability Superpower: The Lament's emotional state combined with his "deathless" body prove a boon against two Sternritter's powers. Against Harshwhinny's The Uncaring, the apathy simply makes him more focused and determined to kill all threats while blocking out his deeper emotional turmoil, while the fact he doesn't need his organs to function makes Upper Crust's The Judgement fail when she uses her Desperation Attack to stop his heart after fatally wounding Jet Set. It's only the fact that Harshwhinny recognizes this that lets the two Sternritter escape with their lives when she realizes her power is preventing him from properly registering the regret he felt killing Jet Set after he sacrificed himself for his wife Upper Crust and deactivating causes him to retreat back to Las Noches to digest what he did.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Again, the Lament threatened to kill someone because he thought she wasn't going to finish an apple. An apple, by the way, that Adagio never gave any indication that she was going to waste it. And according to Ember, the guy's rather fond of this trope...
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Ember and Gilda both go barefoot, the former being a Little Bit Beastly and the latter being described as something of a muscle-bound bruiser.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Sombra, King of the Quincy, admits that he finds the royal titles tedious and would prefer to be called Sombra. As most of the Quincy are scared of him due to well-earned tales of his youth, they continue to call him "His Majesty" and only Twilight Sparkle calls him Sombra.
  • Dragons Are Divine: Celestia's Zanpakto, Shinryu Taiyo (Divine Dragons of the Sun), manifest not as a weapon, but as twin dragons of pure fire.
  • Drop the Hammer: The next evolution in Pinkie Pie's Fullbring involves this, except she's the hammer being used by Pinkamena.
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Celestia and Luna, who are the only known Soul Reapers to wield dual Zanpakuto.
    • After having her Zanpakuto and Fullbring separated, Sweet Cider can now dual wield both at once. Particularly impressive considering they're both BFSes.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Thorax is described as quite effeminate and quite good-looking, and his personality seems set to match it. It's likely part of the reason why he can impersonate Chrysalis so well.
  • Dying Declaration of Hate: She doesn't die, but after being beaten by Sunset, Platinum tells her that she hopes Sunset has someone she loves more than anything, so she'll know the pain of losing them.

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  • Eating the Enemy: Pinkamena. And of course any Hollow can do this.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Despite herself, Sweet Cider can't stop eying up Lament/Hard Nail and remarking to herself how handsome he looks even while in a malestrom of conflicting emotions while they fight. Only fitting, considering he is the man she fell in love with and married and even turning into an Arrancar didn't detract from his looks. In fact, she even admits to herself she likes the longer shaggy hair.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Night Light is this among the Sternritter. His Schrift, The Command, isn't of much use in a one-on-one fight and is best suited for tactical command, and while he has Vollstandig he can't even use it unless all else is on the line since as one of the Schuztstaffle he'll turn into a Humanoid Abomination upon activation. He has no other "unique" abilities that even a simple Quincy cadet doesn't learn. The difference is that Night Light refined the base Quincy abilities to a level only Sombra himself can match. His normal arrows are massive and described as closer to spears, his version of Licht Regen fires millions of arrows at once while most Quincy can "only" get by with hundreds or thousands, and even his Seele Schneider is larger and powerful enough to slice clean through the Cero of an Espada as strong as Torch while in his Resurreccion.
  • Enemy Scan: One of Clover's shikai's abilities. Given enough time, it can analyze an attack or ability and use Hitei to negate it.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Thorax serves Chrysalis faithfully as her son and top Fraccion, but his Affably Evil nature combined with his respect for Adagio, his self-stated desire to keep the Arrancar in high spirits, and some level of distrust for what his mother and Grogar are getting up to paints him as someone with motivations of his own.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Hurricane still loves his late wife Pansy; hiding it behind a tough facade because he presumably doesn't want to show weakness.
    • Human Torch (an Espada) clearly loves his daughter Ember dearly.
    • Human Starlight's entire motivation is due to this, she wants to get back at Soul Society because she believes they sent her friend Sunburst to Hell.
    • The Fourth Espada might be a few eggs short of a dozen, but he cares for his adopted children dearly, to the point where he'll kill anyone who tries to hurt them. This love quickly extends to Sweet Cider and Applejack when he remembers them.
    • Human Chrysalis is Faux Affably Evil incarnate, but she does truly love her "trueborn" Arrancar children, namely Thorax, Pharynx, and Ocellus.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Storm King thinks Captain Platinum is out of her mind after being captured by Human Starlight’s group and interrogated by Platinum.
  • Evil Matriarch:
    • Firefly is Rainbow Dash's mother, and is one of Starlight Glimmer's Co-Dragons. Although "evil" is really up for debate.
    • Chrysalis's Arrancar are all her children, and she's one of the evilest people in the story.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Human Starlight and Firefly discuss this about their "ally" human Chrysalis, ending with them agreeing wholeheartedly that she must be kept on a tight leash and must be observed at all times.
  • Evil Is Petty: Human Chrysalis, who Hoops, Dumbbell, and Score all say will see any Hollow claiming the chambers of a former enemy of hers as a challenge to her authority.
  • Evil Weapon: Posey's Zanpakuto Kyoki and Cheese Sandwich's Hone Nashi. Kyoki plays the trope to its fullest extent by affecting Posey's mind and turning her into an Ax-Crazy psychopath when its shikai is released. Hone Nashi prefers to simply disobey orders and go for lethal strikes of its own accord once it feels a fight has been dragging on too long.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: Ditzy is so strong, fast, and skilled that she can casually chat, make witty observations, check her nails, etc while the girls are trying their hardest to hit her.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Lampshaded and defied by Rarity during her battle with Captain Blueblood.
    Blueblood: Stop that!
    Rarity: Stop what?
    Blueblood: Using dirty little tricks! You only injure me when you pull out some weird fake-out maneuver out of nowhere with that icky blood power! That spike didn’t even come from the disgusting pool that you have flying around! Where did it even come from!?
    Rarity: Oh, are we sharing the secrets of our abilities now? I’ve seen this part of Rainbow Dash’s quaint Japanese cartoons. The characters do so love to talk about how their powers work in those shows. Sorry, darling, but I don’t think I want to tell you anything. Doesn’t strike me as a very smart thing to do. Of course if you want to tell me about your abilities, I’m all ears.
  • Extranormal Institute: Along with CHS, Crystal Prep is revealed to be this combined with Hero Academy, serving as a training ground for Quincies.
  • Expy:
    • Sunset is one of Ichigo, complete with two Zanpakuto spirits representing different parts of her nature.
    • Human Twilight also shares several traits with Ichigo, if he embraced his Quincy heritage, particularly with how Midnight Sparkle has become her equivalent of True Zangetsu (Ichigo's Inner Hollow), and later still the reveal she's a Merger of Souls.
    • Clover is one of Rukia Kuchiki, though unlike her she's the 12th division lieutenant instead of the 13th.
    • Starswirl is one of Mayuri, though aside from an obsession with research he has very little in common with him.
    • Discord is one of Kisuke Urahara, albeit far more willing to cut the bullshit and be honest with Sunset and company than Urahara is with Ichigo.
    • Ditzy Doo is one of Yoruichi Shihoin.
    • Adagio seems like one of Kon, but she isn't. Later, after becoming a Vasto Lorde and Arrancar, she's one to Shiba Kaien and Tia Harribel, as she possesses a similar weapon and powers of the former's Zanpakuto, Nejibana, and has the general powers and affableness of the latter.
    • Screwloose and Screwball are ones for Jinta and Ururu, respectively.
    • Grogar is one of Szayelaporro Granz, straight down to his Espada number.
    • Tirek is one to Baraggan Louisenbairn, though unlike Baraggan he is Espada Number 1 and presumably not under Starlight Glimmer's watch. As it turns out, he isn't. Chrysalis, on the other hand...
    • The Smooze is one of Aaroniero Arruruerie, even wearing a similar mask. It turns out that like him he is also an aberration of an Arrancar, and has a Kaiju Eldritch Abomination form as his Resurreccion.
    • Torch is one of Yammy Llargo, being the massive brute of the Espada. His Hollow Hole is even in the same spot and he can transform into a Kaiju. He also bears traits of Nnoitra, having the same rank, the strongest Hierro of the Espada, and his zanpakuto being the closest in semblance.
    • The Lament are ones of Coyote Starrk. Unlike the rest of these examples, he looks almost exactly like his Bleach counterparts. He also draws several points from Ulquiorra, such as his Espada number, his green reiatsu, and his "alienness" compared to the other Espada.
    • Sombra is one of Yhwach, though when you only have one king in My Little Pony, you can't expect much else.
    • Sunset's demon form is a much nastier version of Zangetsu or rather Ichigo's Quincy powers pretending to be Zangetsu. If anything, Sunset's demon form is a friendlier version of the true Zangetsu (Ichigo's Inner Hollow). Sunset's Daydream Shimmer form, on the other hand, is more or less a less mysterious version of Old Man Zangetsu (Ichigo's Quincy powers) in personality.
    • Pinkamena is basically the Pinkie from Cupcakes with a functional moral compass (in that she goes after the bad guys rather than just anyone), though instead of cutting ponies up and eating them, she just eats them.
    • Hurricane is one of Kenpachi Zaraki, and it shows.
    • Sweet Cider is Toshiro Hitsugaya, but fighting-wise she's one of Kenpachi.
    • Starlight Glimmer is essentially the fusion of Sosuke Aizen and Kugo Ginjo due to her past relationship with Soul Society, her goals involving the Hogyoku, and her being the first Substitute Soul Reaper.
      • Starlight being the Hero's Evil Predecessor mixed with her having all of Sunset's skills but better and more experienced, her chessmaster skills, and leading a small Badass Crew of eclectic individuals makes her seem more like Shinobu Sensui from Yu Yu Hakusho.
    • Platinum is one to Byakuya Kuchiki, and it shows. Like Byakuya, she too had to choose To Be Lawful or Good when it came to the life of a loved one...but unlike him, she chose "Good" and betrayed Soul Society for it.
    • Poesy's Shikai is one of Kenpachi's Bankai. One has to wonder what that means her Bankai is like.
    • Pipsqueak is essentially a powerless version of Jushiro Ukitake. He's even given a lease on life by becoming a Vizard similar to how Ukitake only lived thanks to his union with the Mimihagi.
  • Eye Scream:
    • During the Arrancar attack on the Quincy cadets, Gable ends up blinded by Twilight, but he recovers. He repays the favor by slicing and destroying Sugarcoat's eyes. Because she doesn't have handy regeneration, she initially believes her fighting days are over before Twilight makes a visor combining technology, magic, and reishi to give her sight back.
    • Midnight slams the wrecked remains of her bow into Sapphire Shores' eyes to temporarily blind her so she can forcibly tear away the Sternritter's defenses and let Cadence strike the final blow.
  • Fake Weakness: During her battle with Captain Starswirl, Twilight attempts to fool him into believing her Schrift The Variable requires her to physically see her target in order to alter its variables as she desires in order to set up a decisive blow, when in reality she only needs to detect it with her spiritual senses. While he does suspect a trick, she's able to lead him on sufficiently with carefully-timed feints and fake limitations that when she finally goes for the finisher and seemingly misses, he lets his guard down upon believing she's goofed up and ends up taking a massive explosive arrow to the back. He congratulates her and admits she truly is impressive before activating his Bankai.
  • Family Values Villain: The Lament puts a strong emphasis on family, togetherness and friendship. Fitting, as he was a member of the Apple Family in life.
  • Fearless Fool: Lightning Dust, who will happily throw herself into any fight Leeroy Jenkins style. It is partially due to the fact her Schrift "The Daredevil" makes her stronger the more in danger she is, but she also admits that she would prefer to go out young in a blaze of glory than waste away in old age. The Smooze calls her sort of thinking insane, as he would gladly do anything to escape the pain he's constantly in and live a full life.
  • Female Monster Surprise: Adagio is floored when Di Roy tells them that the giant tyrannosaurus Adjuchas Hollow, Gaw, he's partnered with is a female.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Catrina is incredibly proud of her beauty, to the point she's jealous of Chrysalis, becomes enraged if she's ever marked (especially on her face) and only resorts to her Resurreccion when she has no choice because it apparently makes her uglier.
  • Flaming Sword: Half of Sunset's Shikai, a flaming broadsword.
  • Flash Step: This is a Bleach crossover, so this is to be expected.
  • Flechette Storm: Blueblood's Shikai Mezurashi Kokei (Uncommon Vision) produces 32 nearly invisible daggers made of glass that he can control at will, very similarly to Byakuya's Senbonzakura. He can also make them individually release an explosion of Reishi energy that annihilates whatever they hit without damaging the blades.
  • Foil:
    • Captain Blueblood and Prince Blueblood, Prince Blueblood is a shallow Prince Charmless with no depth, only holds his position by blood, has shown no appreciable skill, and blew off Rarity, while Captain Blueblood is a boorish, foppish noble, he was born with The Gift, the more martial culture of Soul Society ensures that he has the power and skill needed of his position, and after his defeat by Rarity he listens to her criticisms and shows Hidden Depths beginning to put forth the effort to improve himself.
    • Pony Starlight and Human Starlight Glimmer as villains. Pony Starlight is unstable Large Ham, while Human Starlight is a composed Cold Ham, Pony Starlight is a Psychopathic Woman Child with a Vague Age who is at most in her twenties, while Human Starlight is defined by being an Older and Wiser villain who has refined her skills as a woman in her thirties, Pony Starlight ruled over a town as a dictator, manipulating them into giving up their individuality while denying her own absurd magical talent, Human Starlight revels in her great power which she spent decades building and refining while surrounding herself with a small cabal of talented and unique individuals who willingly serve her knowing what they're getting into, Pony Starlight became Twilight's apprentice while Human Starlight holds seniority over Sunset as the Hero's Evil Predecessor, Pony Starlight's plans regularly suffer from Didn't Think This Through while Human Starlight is The Chessmaster who can play Xanatos Speedchess when things get dicey, Pony Starlight's appearence invokes They Look Just Like E Veryone Else, while Human Starlight wears a flamboyant outfit that consists of a Spy Catsuit, Too Many Belts, and a Badass Longcoat, Pony Starlight's Start of Darkness was caused by Sunburst moving away causing her to commit petty Disproportionate Retribution against a working society, while Human Starlight's Start of Darkness and madness was caused by a broken system that caused Sunburst to unjustly be sent to Hell.
    • King Sombra to Quincy King Sombra, King Sombra is Obviously Evil with a 0% Approval Rating among the Crystal Ponies as The Dreaded who he turned into a Slave Race, Quincy Sombra is Ambiguously Evil and enjoys a 100% Adoration Rating who he acts as A Father to His Men to the Quincy, who all willingly serve him with Undying Loyalty. In the comics Sombra usurped the Crystal Empire from Princess Amore while Quincy Sombra is the rightful king of the Quincy, being the progenitor of the race, King Sombra was an Evil Overlord while Quincy Sombra acts as The Good King, King Sombra spent a thousand years being sealed away while Quincy Sombra has been active for over a thousand years. However, several comments and Sombra's own words imply there was a time he was Not So Different from his Equestrian counterpart before he Took a Level in Kindness.
    • Equestrian Discord towards Human Discord. Equestrian Discord is his words most powerful magic user while Human Discord is his world's greatest Mad Scientist, even creating the Hogyoku. Equestrian Discord was his own act at first feeling like he needed no friends or allies, while Human Discord was a part of an organization like Soul Society and even after being exiled was joined by his closest friends and allies. Equestrian Discord was turned to stone because Celestia and Luna would not tolerate his cruelty while Soul Society allowed Human Discord to perform unethical experiments as the head of Hitsuyo Aku. Both Discords were once evil in one way or another, but Equestrian Discord's god like powers gave him an extreme Lack of Empathy making his reformation very difficult even with friends while the weaker Human Discord could more easily emphasize with others and once he actually got to know his test subjects he turned into a better man all by himself eventually going as far to become the Big Good in contrast to the still unreliable Spirit of Chaos.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Characters and the narration commenting on each other's spiritual power is quite common. Special mention has to go to Tirek, however, who's reiatsu is so strong the other Espadas' own pale before it. Adagio describes the Fifth Espada Torch's weakened spiritual pressure like a bonfire with everpresent heat on her skin; she then goes on to describe a casual reading of Tirek's suppressed spiritual power like the corona of a blazing star ready to vaporize anything that displeases him.
  • Foreshadowing: As the story progresses many hints are dropped that the Fourth Espada is Applejack's father, with said hints increasing to the point where it's all but stated when he actually makes his appearance.
  • Forever War: The fic starts with Soul Society, Hueco Mundo, and the Vandenreich stuck in a three way deadlock with no progress happening in centuries. Discord, King Sombra, and Tirek believe that the Humane Five, Sunset, and Twilight gaining their powers will trigger the turning point that will heat up the war.
  • Fragile Speedster: Catrina is this compared to the other Espada. She proudly boasts the fastest Sonido of them all, but her Hierro she herself notes is actually weaker than the likes of Guto's, which is why she relies on evasion heavily in battle.
  • Friendly Enemy:
    • Despite being on opposite sides, Cadence, Celestia, and Luna seem to be on good terms with each other. Not only that, Sombra doesn't seem to have a problem with this!
    • Chrysalis likes treating Celestia and Luna as this, a sentiment the two do not reciprocate.
    • This is the core relationship between Sunset, Human Twilight, and Adagio. All are on different sides and have their own goals, but they still act very friendly with one another despite it all.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Pinkamena is accepted as a part of the group because she's a part of Pinkie Pie. Of course, her casual brutality and bloodlust, combined with her talking about wanting to eat the Humane Five ensures that no one actually likes her at first until she works on her attitude.
  • Friend to All Children: The Fourth Espada has a soft spot for orphaned children. ...Or rather, the orphaned children of Hollows. It's unclear how he feels about human kids, though given how he saved the half-dead Human Sunset Shimmer from being killed when she ended up in Hueco Mundo and even makes trips to the human world to get her supplies, it can probably be assumed he feels similarly about that too.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Lament was once nothing more than a humble farmer and unlike his wife had no spiritual power, but after being killed by Grand Fisher he ended up becoming powerful enough to become the Fourth Espada. A flashback from Twilight Velvet reveals, however, that when he was alive and before meeting Sweet Cider he was attacked and infected by a strange Hollow (much like the proto-Arrancar White infected Misaki in Bleach canon), though Discord was able to contain the infection and he didn't develop any powers. That pretty obviously changed once he actually died.
  • Full-Contact Magic: Princess Luna is revealed to prefer fighting up close and personal, using magic to craft armor, weapons such as axes and claws, and to buff her speed and strength. When she fights a "mock battle" with Flash Sentry, she utterly stomps in, even with Celestia telling him to not hold back.
  • The Gadfly: Thorax is this, clearly enjoying throwing both teases and jokes at other Arrancar and watching how they react. He once apparently set up his brother Pharynx and Ember on a date without either of them knowing for a joke.
  • The Gift:
    • How the Equestrian magic of friendship interacts with spiritual power. It's basically shonen protagonist in a bottle giving the recipient an accelerated growth rate allowing them to be able to surpass Lieutenants and press Captains who have had centuries of experience in a matter of months as shown by Sunset and the Humane Five.
    • Sweet Cider and Blueblood are prodigies as well. Sweet Cider became one of the strongest Captains in only ten years and she doesn't even have Bankai. Blueblood never put any effort into his training in his life and still made Captain, and then he does begin to put in effort and you'd think he has a friendship magic power boost as well.
    • Tirek is revealed from Grogar's musing to have this. Not only is he one of the oldest Hollows/Arrancars in existence, but he has the unique trait to get the most power out of every soul he ever devoured, allowing for near-infinite growth. This fills Grogar with no small amount of envy, as despite being of the same generation as Tirek he himself has long ago hit the limit of his natural growth, forcing him to resort to artificial augmentation to grow stronger. Which is why he's so obsessed with studying and successfully replicating Adagio's Siren Gem.
  • Give Him a Normal Life:
    • Shining Armor insisted that Twilight Sparkle's Quincy heritage and knowledge of the spiritual world be kept a secret from her so she could be given a normal life. However, she finds out about it anyway, so he has no choice but to train her so she can survive.
    • Ditzy Doo wants to do the same for her daughter, Derpy and coldly threatens the girls to not get her involved in any of this. Unfortunately for her, Derpy knows what's going on too and only stays silent because she doesn't want Ditzy to worry, and then the attack at Camp Everfree forces her to get involved.
  • Godhood Seeker: Hollow Chrysalis possesses a fragment of the Soul Queen within herself, and her goal is to collect all of lost parts to take her place and destroy the Zero Division.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Principal Celestia considers her Zanpakuto too dangerous to release in a populated area.
  • Gonk: Hydia. She's just as ugly as her G1 counterpart;short, fat, and looking more like a toad than a human. Her children follow the pattern.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Pretty much all of the mane cast, but especially Fluttershy.
    Fluttershy: "I'm nice. Not stupid."
    Gilda: Good. It would have been embarassing to lose to a total dweeb.
  • Good Is Not Soft: The girls prefer to fight without aiming to kill, but if push comes to shove they won't hold back for those they hold dear. Coming to terms with this is key for Rarity unlocking the full power of her Fullbring.
  • Good Parents: So far, almost every parent (whether human, Soul Reaper, Quincy, or even Hollow) has been this. Hurricane at bare minimum is neglectful to Posey's mental health, but he does care about her. The only exception so far is Guto, who treats his daughter Greta (who doesn't even know he's her father) like he treats the rest of his horde and wouldn't bat an eye if she died.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Lampshaded by Sunset Shimmer. According to Clover, this is due to the fact that the original Soul Reapers started in Japan and they just kept it for tradition.
  • Gravity Master:
    • Princess Twilight defeats Bount Trixie and her Doll by ramping up the gravitational field around them to over 100x Equestria's gravity, enough to crater the ground beneath them and practically pancake them. They survive, barely, but the former decides to "call it a draw" and surrender.
    • Gladmane is Sternritter W - "The Weight", which allows him to fire reishi bullets that explode and create fields of gravity that can either magnify to the point of crushing his foes to death or reverse it to send them flying into orbit. The major weaknesses are that he can't immediately ramp it up and has to do it gradually over the course of a fight against powerful foes and they're limited to a set total area.
  • Guardian Entity: Human Trixie can summon one, as per being a Bount.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The Lament has a very short temper, best shown when he threatens to kill Adagio because he thought she wasn't going to finish an apple.
  • Healing Factor:
    • All Hollows and Arrancar have one to an extent, but The Lament's stands out. While he admits his healing isn't as fast as the other Espada, it doesn't really matter because his body doesn't truly bleed nor do his organs actually function. He can get his entire body perforated by attacks and walk it off without issue, and he notes that nothing short of completely destroying his body would probably kill him.
    • Chrysalis is noted to have an abnormally powerful Healing Factor as well, shrugging off attacks that leave her limbs and organs mangled with barely a thought and regenerating an entire lost side of her body ala Perfect Cell with as much nonchalantness. It's to the point Sombra has specifically picked out Sternritter capable of negating her Healing Factor to fight her, and she still doesn't have too much issue in the fight. About the only time she's ever shown real worry is when faced with an attack that could legitimately destroy her in one go if it properly connected.
    • The Smooze is no less impressive in this department either, capable of regenerating as long as a scrap, or at least the core of his Blob Monster body, remains intact, though Grogar is of the opinion he's not so much regenerating as replacing his lost mass. As such, nobody on the Espada's side really believe he dies from Lightning Dust's Death-or-Glory Attack and figure he went off to recover. As it turns out, he did survive, though circumstances meeting Fluttershy dictate he decides to take a new career path.
    • Hoity Toity, as an extension of The Xenomorph's ability to alter physical matter, can use this on his own body to rapidly heal wounds. However, as Rarity notes during their battle, this ability is tied both to his available reiatsu and the severity of the wound. As such, when she goes unleashes her final attack on him, she not only does it when he's already heavily exhausted and injured to the point he can't quickly heal, but goes for a fatal wound through his chest.
  • Heel Realization: Adagio experiences this when she learns about the portal back to Equestria, and that her actions may have gotten her and her sisters stranded in this world permanently.
  • Hellhound: Kyoki's zanpakuto spirit is a huge, black bloodhound the size of a grizzly bear, and its inner world is suitably nightmarish: an endless ocean of blood (which can be inexplicably walked on as though it were solid) with a single tree growing out of it with pitch black bark and blood red leaves, underneath an ash-coloured sky.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Sunset's Zanpakuto of course, but especially applies to her Shikai, half of which is a long broadsword that she can focus extremely intense flames.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Garble, of all people, sacrifices himself to save a helpless Adagio and Ember (mostly Ember) from a Vollstanding Prim Hemline, trapping her in a Caja Negaccion.
  • Heroic Willpower: Adagio, after becoming a Hollow manages to resist the urge to eat a soul for almost ten hours.
  • Hidden Depths: Sugarcoat reveals that in addition to their physical abilities, most of the Shadowbolts were chosen to enter the Friendship Games for their technical skills (with Indigo Zap being the main exception due to her superb physical ability). Sugarcoat herself got top marks in robotics and physics, Sunny Flare knows a disturbing amount about chemistry, Sour Sweet was literally right behind Twilight in engineering classes, and Lemon Zest knows enough about coding and software to program her own video games. This is part of the reason why Twilight takes them all on as part of her magic research team.
  • Hope Crusher: Cheese accidentally becomes this at the end of his fight with Pinkie. Him shrugging off her strongest attacks and taking out Pinkamena so easily robbed her of the will to fight so thoroughly that her hair goes straight and she doesn't even try to resist when Cheese knocks her out to take her to Zecora for healing.
  • Hope Spot: This happens with the Dazzlings. After Aria and Sonata are saved from the Grand Fisher, it seems like Adagio may finally regain her body back and they'll actually get to go back to Equestria. Then Grogar shows up and forces Adagio to pull a Heroic Sacrifice, (right after her Heel Realization, no less) turning herself into a Hollow to save Sunset and the others. And you know what the worst part is? It turns out Celestia was willing to give the Dazzlings a second chance, meaning that if that didn't happen, they would've gotten to go back to Equestria.
  • Humanoid Abomination:
    • As a Bount, human Trixie. Also, any human-looking Hollow.
    • It's revealed that a Schuztstaffle's Vollstandig will turn them into one of these once activated, due to how close their power is to the Quincy King Sombra, himself such an abomination due to being the reincarnation of the Consort of the Soul Queen.
  • Humongous Mecha: Rarity can do this with her completed Fullbring by gathering all her knights together into one giant knight, complete with cockpit in the head for her to control from.
  • Hunk: Pharynx, in contrast to his effeminate brother Thorax, is described as a chiseled and toned mass of muscle that's easy on the eyes. Adagio actually admits to herself they are both quite attractive in their own ways.
  • Hypno Trinket: It's implied that the chain at the end of Sweet Cider's Shikai is what's keeping her from regaining her memories. Applejack breaking it is what makes all of Cider's memories, both as her mother and a member of Xcution, come back to her.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Sunset calls out Twilight Velvet on refusing to help save Cloudy Quartz's daughter Limestone from Grand Fisher yet having the gall to call out Discord for using Cloudy and the other XCution in her youth, despite the fact Discord himself now very much regrets those actions and is working to save Limestone as just one small part of said atonement while Velvet was a friend of Cloudy in their youth.
    • Kyoki is disgusted that Posey is such a "Well Done, Son!" Guy, always doing her father's bidding without question to try and please him, and he just wishes she would grow a spine and do something for herself for once. Somehow he came to the conclusion that the best solution to this problem is to hijack her mind and control her like a puppet whenever he's released, with the stock justification that it's okay when he does it because he knows what's really best for Posey. Fluttershy is quick to point that this makes him just as bad as Posey's father, but she's wrong, since using actual mind control really makes him worse.
    • Tirek mockingly calls out Sombra on his hatred of Hollows, reminding him that he's just as much a "soul-devouring monster" as them given what will happen to those that accept his Schrifts when they die. Sombra replies that may be true, but he'll let his people judge him for that another day.
    • Luna likes to talk quite a bit about the arrogance of her opponents, but as Adagio notes the Soul Reaper herself has quite the prideful streak.
  • Ice Palace: Platinum's Bankai manifests as a massive island of ice with an ice palace in the center, which allows her to control the area and launch whatever attack she desires from within.
  • I Am What I Am: This, coupled with a Heroic Second Wind finally allows Sunset to unlock her Shikai.
  • "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight:
    • Applejack's mindset in her fight with Sweet Cider, hoping to literally beat her into remembering her family. She succeeds.
    • Fittingly, something similar happens when Sweet Cider and Hard Nail/Lament fight, followed up by Applejack and Fenice/Sunset Shimmer jumping in. They succeed too.
  • I Let You Win: The narration makes it clear that the only reason Applejack beat Sweet Cider was because Sweet Cider getting her memories back made her end their fight.
  • I Need You Stronger: Starlight and Firefly want Sunset and the Humane Five to continue to grow stronger, seeing them as a back-up plan in case they fail to stop the Zero Division.
  • Imposter Forgot One Detail:
    • Grand Fisher attempts to lure in the Pie family by making his lure look like Pinkie Pie. Maud sees through it because "Pinkie" mentions she abandoned her friends to save herself from the Hollows, which Pinkie would never do. Maud also claims her scent is wrong.
    • Acknowledged by Hoity Toity while masquerading as Sour Sweet, as despite changing his appearance and having Sapphire Shores change his reiatsu signature he knew he doesn't know nearly enough about Sour Sweet's personality and mannerisms to 100% act like her. However, he takes advantage of the fact none of the Shadowbolts or Twilight really know all of Sour Sweet's quirks down pat like True Companions should to make the deception work.
  • Industrial Ghetto: The Warrens beneath Las Noches is this, a massive factory overseen by the Tenth Espada, The Smooze, to manufacture luxuries and basic necessities that would otherwise need to be stolen from the living world. When Smooze goes missing after his battle with Lightning Dust, Chrysalis takes it over.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Gilda is a powerful Arrancar who loves to talk the talk and walk the walk, but it's clear she deeply resents Adagio's rapid rise in power in such a short period of time when she's had to struggle and claw her way up to her current level of strength the hard way over centuries. When she's made the Tenth Espada, these insecurities come out even more as she's scared of screwing up and being viewed as a liability, which makes her prone to taking big unnecessary risks (such as attacking Sunset at her apartment using outdated info on her strength, or attacking the weakened Smooze while Fluttershy and Timber are in the vicinity) to secure her standing. It turns out it all stems from her mistreatment in Guto's horde as a child and her desire to become strong enough that she never gets under his thumb again.
  • Insane Troll Logic: According to the Mc Colts, Hacksaw Mc Colt's Heroic Sacrifice to save Cotton Baller Hooffield and her sister's lives was actually all a ploy by Cotten Baller Hooffield to get a Mc Colt killed, willingly putting herself in harms way in order to get Hacksaw killed. Night Light later needs to intervene after the Mc Colts seize one of the Hooffield's factories in retaliation.
  • Instant Expert: Twilight summons her Quincy bow seconds after being handed the focus. Subverted in that she still needs to train to use it. Also Played With by Sunset, who does need training but is noted by Clover and multiple Soul Reapers, even the mocking ones, to have unbelievably high levels of natural talent and scary fast learning ability.
  • Invisible to Normals: Much like the source material, Hollows and Soul Reapers are invisible to normal people. Quincy soldiers possess uniforms that achieve the same effect. Since Reiatsu is different from magic, Princess Twilight Sparkle can't see them either.
  • It Gets Easier: This is the crux of Rarity's fears about herself, as she realizes she has a surprisingly easy time being willing to resort to fatal means of defeating her foes compared to the rest of her friends. She also recounts how she got into a scuffle with a robber and in order to protect Sweetie Belle she stabbed the man through the stomach with his own knife, and what disturbed her was how clinically she did so and how she didn't feel disturbed about the act itself. Coming to terms with this and being willing to choose when to make that choice and own up to the consequences rather than hold herself back or immediately go to that killer instinct is what lets her complete her Fullbring.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Grogar says he's trying to master Equestrian magic to both improve the Hollow condition and benefit himself...then immediately admits he's completely doing it for his own benefit with the Hollow condition being a mere afterthought. He repeatedly states that it is his ambition and destiny to be the one to guide Hollowkind to true evolutionary perfection, and he seethes at the fact he still has to rely on Tirek and Chrysalis' favor.
    • Guto wants to be seen as the Arrancar that successfully conquers the Quincy and Soul Reapers and will take any opportunity to make a move he believes will advance his position. He drills obedience into his horde and pushes them in their training because he views their performance as a reflection of his own ability. Gilda even admits to Fluttershy she realized a long time ago that Guto has only ever cared about his glory and power with anyone else as just a stepping stone.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: As it turns out, Sapphire Shores has loved Sombra for centuries ever since he saved her as a child, but when he fell in love with Radiant Hope instead she buried her feelings for their sake since Sombra truly was happy with her. She simultaneously loved and hated Radiant Hope for being the one to make Sombra happy and denying her the chance to be the one to do so.
  • Just Following Orders: Captain Platinum. She reasons that she was ordered to keep Sunset and her friends under control, whether that means forcing them to join Soul Society willingly or not. Same with Fancy Pants, though he appears to have slight misgivings about doing so. Though it turns out it was just a Batman Gambit to make Celestia and Luna come back to Soul Society to be tried for treason.
  • Kaiju: Torch is already pushing it in his normal form, and his Resurreccion turns him into one outright by making him even bigger with spiky scales, four arms, and a roar described as making a T. Rex sound like a kitten.
  • Klingon Promotion: To become an Espada and assuming you're not gunning for an already-empty spot, you have to be strong enough to defeat one in combat. The Fourth Espada became one after showing up in Las Noches and crippling the former Sixth Espada Ahuizotl into a Privaron, but gained the title of Fourth instead of Sixth after he fought Tirek and the Hollow King determined him strong enough to be worthy of the rank over Torch, which is why Guto became the Sixth Espada and Torch the Fifth. And that's actually preferable to the other option of becoming an Espada, which involves being tested by Tirek himself and failure to impress results in the unlucky sod becoming dinner.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: What Sunset's Bankai turns her into.
  • Knight Templar:
    • Celestia's Zanpaktou spirits, Shinryu Taiyo. They see everything that isn't them and Celestia as corrupt and thus must be "cleansed" (read:destroyed) at all costs. It really is shocking that someone like Celestia would end up with Zanpaktou spirits like them.
    • Luna is shown to be one at least in part, taking her duty as a Soul Reaper very seriously and, while not unaware of the problems and corruption in Soul Society, still upholds several of the more draconian laws, particularly those involving Hollows and the mentality to destroy them no matter what. This can be seen in her treatment of Ember and how she responds to Celestia and Sweet Cider expressing distaste for her capture and experimentation, as well as during her battle with Adagio.
    • Several Quincies are this against Hollows and Soul Reapers. These include Fleur de Lis, who's practically a Token Evil Teammate who delights in fighting and killing Soul Reapers and Hollows no matter what, and Sapphire Shores, who's devotion to Sombra is so great she won't hesitate to even kill her fellow Quincy if she believes through her Schrift they will become threats.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • Like in canon, Soul Reapers usually erase the memories of ordinary people they save.
    • It is revealed Pinkie's mother, Cloudy Quartz, used to fight Hollows in her youth as a Fullbringer, but she doesn't remember this or that she had powers. Discord later reveals that the same applies to Rarity, Applejack, and Fluttershy's mothers as well. Rainbow's mother Firefly managed to avoid this thanks to a little help from Twilight Velvet and the Quincies. Sweet Cider recovers them after facing off with Applejack in combat, eventually learning that her memories returned after she died, but they were sealed again as a side-effect of Scorpan placing a seal on her Zanpakuto to prevent her Soul Reaper and Fullbringer powers from mixing and merging, while Discord later, upon realizing things are going to get hot with the Zero Division soon, offers to restore the former members of XCution's memories so they can better help their families.
  • Last of Her Kind: Trixie claims to be the last of the Bounts...or at least, as her doll Eisenwand reminds her, one of the last. Scootaloo and her family are revealed to be said others.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Compared to the rest of the Espada, the Lament. Ember says nobody knows what type of Hollow he is, and that his reiatsu is "weird."
  • Life Drinker: Wind Rider was sentenced to the Strafbattalion for copying the Bount and draining the soul energy of both normal humans and Quincy alike to remain strong and young. Though he was forced to give up all the soul energy he'd collected, he still managed to hide a few vials in the event he ever needed a quick boost.
  • Light Is Not Good: Fleur Des Lis. While both Soul Reapers and Quincys are presented as neither good nor evil, Fleur is possibly the most bloodthirsty of the Quincy, shooting Clover without provocation and fully prepared to use a technique that would have destroyed half the city once her Berserk Button was pushed.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Torch might have more redeeming traits than most of the Espada with a strong sense of respect and loves his daughter but he is still a very bad man following a brutal Social Darwinist philosophy that creates a murderous warband and has no problem killing children.
  • Logical Weakness: Starlight's zanpakuto can steal other released zanpakuto used against her, so Sunset has Rarity create a blood-crystal copy of Hokori so she can fight her. Granted, Starlight proves she's more than capable of standing against Sunset even while holding back, so it's not too big a weakness to exploit.
  • Loose Lips: Lightning Dust's major flaw, blathering about her abilities to the enemy and allowing them to counteract it.
  • The Lost Lenore: Lieutenant Pansy is this for Captain Hurricane. Realizing that Fluttershy is without a doubt her Reincarnation leads him to Drowning My Sorrows at her grave when the fighting at Soul Society is over and despite her repeated assertions Fluttershy's nothing to him and not the woman he loved Rainbow Dash can see the guilt and sadness in his eyes (especially since Hurricane did his damnedest to kill Fluttershy earlier on to deny to himself what he saw).
  • Love at First Punch: Blueblood seems to be crushing on Rarity after she defeats him, even going so far as to ask her out on a date. Rarity surprisingly enough says maybe but that he'll have to work on his attitude first!
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Half of Sunset's Shikai, which increases the power of her flames with each attack to the shield. Later revealed to possess its own spirit: Hikari (Light), taking the form of Daydream Shimmer.
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong: Definitely subverted by Tirek and the Arrancar. In the Death World that is Hueco Mundo, the reason that Las Noches and the Espada haven't devolved into petty in-fighting is because no one can question the Hollow King and Primera Espada when he puts his foot down and all are in fear of his wrath and power. The only person in Las Noches who could possibly challenge him is the Dos Espada Chrysalis, and even she admits while their battle would destroy the whole fortress he would still win as things are. Despite this, Tirek used both his power and his people's fear to forge them into a competent faction and the closest thing the Hollows have to a government/ruling body. Without him Hueco Mundo would basically be squabbling weak factions of Arrancars and Vasto Lordes carving out territories while being vulnerable to attacks from the infinitely more organized Soul Society and Quincy, and while definitely feared and envied he is not a hated king as he understands the value of powerful subordinates and does not go out his way to treat them cruelly or make life worse for them just because. Adagio even admits he's actually a competent ruler and there are certainly worse options even among the Espada to be his replacement.
  • Mad Scientist: Grogar is obsessed with collecting powerful and unique individuals to experiment on.
  • Magic Staff: Sweetie Belle's Fullbring takes the form of a large staff that can can change its size at will.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Princess Luna's reaction to having her wing blasted off is to mutter, "...Oh, that's not good."
  • Make Some Noise: Sternritters "E - The Echo" and "O - The Octave" have powers around the manipulation of sound, but in different ways. The Octave generates sound to then control as needed, while the Echo senses and affects all existing sound around its user who can also then increase the reverberation of that sound to any degree they want. This makes The Echo less suited for direct combat, but more useful for spying and reconnaissance.
  • Making a Splash: Adagio after becoming a Vasto Lorde.
  • Martial Pacifist: Fluttershy's entire fighting style and Fullbring revolves around taking down her opponents without harming them.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Pipsqueak's mother is very protective of him, due to his illness. Starswirl notes that Platinum would do just about anything to protect him, even betray Soul Society.
    • Ditzy is this to her daughter Derpy. She taught her how to defend herself, and she gives Sunset and her friends an Implied Death Threat to make sure they don't get her involved with their mission. Derpy herself is annoyed though understanding at this, however, because she knows about these things and has to pretend otherwise to spare her peace of mind.
    • One of the few ways to quickly get on Hollow Chrysalis' bad side is to threaten or bad-mouth her "true-born" children. She got noticeably colder in attitude when discussing with Grogar how the experimental siren gem overloaded and hurt Pharynx, and Sunset while viewing Gaia Everfree's memories sees that when Gaia bad-mouths the newly-born Thorax to Chrysalis' face, she takes notice of the way Chrysalis' eyes narrow and blaze in much the same way when Platinum felt threatened about Pipsqueak.
  • Mask of Power: All Hollows have them. Ditzy has one on account of being one of the first Vizards, and presumably Screwloose and Screwball have similar potential. And Starlight Glimmer has one due to perfecting the Vizard transformation, with the implications that Pisqueak post-"Hollowfication" procedure can form a mask with time and training.
  • Mask of Sanity: While the Lament is able to hide it beneath a polite, calm, friendly and pleasant act and function well enough to be a good father, beneath it all he's actually the least stable of the Espada, threatening to kill Adagio just because he thought she wasn't going to finish an apple.
  • Meaningful Name: Just about every Zanpaktou's name is one of these. For example Flash Sentry's Zanpakutou Kochi Yojinbo (East Wind Bodyguard) represents how his pony self is a member of the royal guard.
  • The Medic:
    • Fluttershy qualifies with her Fullbring.
    • Of course, the Soul Reapers have plenty of healing Kido and the Fourth Division dedicated for it.
    • The Quincy use advanced medical technology combined with spiritual energy for their healing. Hoity Toity specifically can do this via The Xenomorph.
    • Most Arrancar have to rely on their Healing Factor and time for healing, and there are only two people in Las Noches who specialize in medical ability: Grogar, resident Mad Scientist who will probably implant all manner of devices inside of you in the process for experiments, and Roka, loyal Arrancar and adopted daughter of the Lament, who's unstable and very protective of her and her "siblings".
  • Mercy Kill: Sweet Cider says she's going to do this with her husband, saying that it's her duty as a Soul Reaper and that she doesn't want him to spend eternity as a Hollow. Applejack agrees with her, and also says that she wants to be there when it happens. Things get much more complicated when the moment actually arrives and they realize that not only is he an Arrancar, but also a Papa Wolf to a bunch of Arrancar children.
  • Merger of Souls:
    • What the end result of the Fusion Dance of Gloriosa Daisy and Gaia Everfree is. Gaia Everfree makes it clear that she is both of them and that trying to differentiate their identity is pointless. Notably, Gaia clearly considers Timber her "brother" and is influenced by Gloriosa's thoughts and identity in considering Camp Everfree her home. Even Gaia admits she didn't expect the merger to run so deeply and completely.
    • Twilight Sparkle herself is a merge between the unborn child of Radiant Hope and King Sombra, part of Radiant Hope's own soul, and the part of the Soul Queen known as the "Eye". And then there's Midnight Sparkle as Twilight Sparkle's alter ego created from exposure to Equestrian magic.
  • Might Makes Right: Kyoki certainly seems to feel this way. When Fluttershy finds out, she gives him a big speech about what a terrible idea that is.
    Fluttershy: You may be big, mean, and don’t care about hurting people, but that doesn’t give you the right to do whatever you please! Nobody has that right! We’re all stuck living together in this world, and if you want to try and make it a "dog eat dog" world then you’re gonna find there’s plenty of dogs around bigger and meaner than you, buster! If you really care about Posey, then you’re gonna stop pushing her around this instant and be a good and loyal dog for her. Otherwise I’m going to have to teach you a very harsh lesson you don’t want to experience.
  • Mind Manipulation:
    • Fluttershy's power, which manifests as a Third Eye. Once she's made physical contact with someone in order to insert her reiatsu into them, she can compel them with her commands.
    • Medley of the Zero Division wields a zanpakuto that allows her to manipulate the minds of others on a grand scale, making herself visible to their perception or scrambling their senses.
  • Missing Mom: Rainbow Dash's mother left when she was in kindergarten. Discord claims she is still alive, but he doesn't know where she is. It turns out she was a member of Xcution and had a Fullbring just like Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie, and Rarity's mothers, but she was the only one who didn't get hit with Laser-Guided Amnesia by Soul Society when the group was disbanded.
  • Mother of a Thousand Young: All of Chrysalis' Arrancar are her own children, though "how" she conceives them is how she ranks them. First are her "blood drones", which she creates from her own spilled blood as disposable shock troops with barely any personality and only serving as extensions of her will (though she could invest more personality in them if she wants to). Next are her simple "drones" who have more personality and willpower naturally, but are still subservient to her. Then there are her "true born," the most powerful of all and are fully independent of her will, like Thorax, Pharynx, and Ocelus.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Fluttershy's Evolved Fullbring gives her not only six arms, but the ability to make even more.
  • Multipurpose Tongue: One of Thorax's more disgusting abilities, though he notes that the ladies, and a few men, love him for it.
  • My Fist Forgives You: Applejack eventually forgives Discord for his lies and manipulations, but punches him in the gut.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • In order to defeat Captain Blueblood, Rarity catches him off-guard with her sword to his throat, neutralizing his Shikai and threatening him with death if he tries anything. Blueblood tries to call her bluff, but Rarity in turn manages to keep up appearances in her tone and posture so that he's unwilling to risk it. After he surrenders and she binds him up, she leaves and has the internal realization that the threat wasn't as much a bluff as she was attempting to make it, and the idea that she would have willing killed an unarmed and surrendered opponent, even one that had just been trying to badly injure her at minimum, gives her an internal moment of chill. She does brush it off as necessary and tells herself that she wouldn't have done it, but the doubt remains regardless.
    • The Lament has this realization when the already horribly wounded Jet Set sacrifices himself to save his wife Upper Crust from his killing blow, which brought up the fractured memories of his own last moments as Hard Nail and how he tried to do the same for Sweet Cider against Grand Fisher.
  • My Greatest Failure: Discord still feels responsible for what happened to the Humane Five's mothers. As well as not seeing Starlight's eroding mental state and trust in him until she decided to strike out on her own to fix the problem she believed he was in on and would do nothing about.

    N-P 
  • Next Tier Power-Up: Given this is a Bleach crossover, this was inevitable. In the span of little more than a month, for each of the main characters...
    • Sunset starts out as a girl swinging around an Asauchi before she properly bonds with it to create an unreleased zanpakuto that she trains with for a time while learning Kido. She then unlocks her Shikai while fighting Sternritter "T" Fleur de Lis, and goes through Training from Hell to get ready for the assault on Soul Society. From there, she achieves Bankai in one day and learns she actually has a dual Zanpakuto in the process, and from then on continues to train to maximize her power and learn new techniques.
    • The Humane Five start out powerless aside from their magic, then gain their Fullbrings. They undergo Training from Hell to maximize their abilites and force their Fullbrings to evolve to their next level, which makes each of them easily a match for a Lieutenant-class Soul Reaper. From there, it's a matter of coming to an emotional epiphany with their own personal hang-ups about themselves or their powers to achieve their "complete" Fullbring, which puts each of them on par with Captains, Espada, or Sternritter.
    • Human Twilight Sparkle starts off apparently powerless, but begins training with her Quincy powers. However, her latent magic powers thanks to Midnight Sparkle flare up when her emotions peak and syngerize with her already potent Quincy powers to propel her rapidly to the level of and even past her Shadowbolt peers with comparitively less time spent training, especially when she and Midnight come to a mutual understanding. She then gains a Schrift as a Sternritter and access to Vollstandig and continues her research into magic and reishi to maximize her ability, including being able to switch control between herself and Midnight to maximize her control of magic.
    • Adagio Dazzle thanks to her latent magical power starts her evolution as a Hollow directly at the level of an Adjuchas, and after eating a large amount of souls from dead humans, other Hollows, and Gillians and Adjuchas evolves to a Vasto Lorde, which also comes with a newfound control of water. Shortly afterwards and during the battle against the Quincy at Las Noches, absorbing some of the lifeforce of the fallen Ninth Espada Squirk and her battle with Captain Luna to save her friend Ember from capture prompts Adagio to rip off her mask and evolve into an Arrancar, now strong enough to be worthy of the title of Sixth Espada and even greater control of water.
  • No Name Given: The Fourth Espada. Everyone just calls him "the Lament" or just "the Fourth". It turns out his name is Hard Nail.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, one of Celestia's previous plans involved a song and dance number, Luna in a dress and convenient explosives.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Despite falling in his fight against the Sternritter, none of the Espada are actually sure if the Smooze is really dead or not, some even joking that he'll just show up again one day. As it turns out, he really is alive.
  • Nothing Personal:
    • Starlight Glimmer makes it clear that she has nothing against Captains Luna or Celestia. It's just that she needs the Sogyoku for her plans and she had to set up their execution in order to let the weapon be released so she could steal it. Indeed, she has no issue at all with letting them go alive once she gets what she wants. Of course, they along with Sunset and the gang take it pretty personally.
    • Despite his disparaging remarks to her, Adagio honestly has no hard feelings against Squirk. It's just it's either kill him or bring down Chrysalis' wrath on her head.
  • Not Quite Dead:
    • Applejack's parents. Though they died in the human world, Applejack's mother is now a member of Soul Society as a Captain, and her father is still "alive" as the Fourth Espada.
    • Adagio, who is also still "alive" as a hollow.
    • Human Sunset Shimmer, who's not only still alive in Hueco Mundo, but has somehow gotten a Fullbring!
  • Not So Different: During the Soul Society arc, Sunset and the Humane Five fight a Soul Reaper who is remarkably similar to them.
    • Sunset Shimmer's main rival is Platinum and are very similar despite their opposing elements. Both are very prideful people driven by their passions and both are very familiar with the allure of evil, though Platinum's motives are far more complex than Sunset's were.
    • Pinkie Pie fights Cheese Sandwich, Both are good-natured and fun-loving jokers, being the most laid-back and open-minded of their respective groups and despite their kindness both have an Evil Weapon that is far more bloodthirsty and brutal than they'd like: Pinkamena and Cheese's Zanpakto,Hone Nashi.
    • Rarity fights Blueblood. Both are gifted, classy, cultured people who appreciate art and the finer things in life, and have technical fighting styles. But while Rarity is generous and accepts criticism, Blueblood is a Smug Super who doesn't believe he needs to improve.
    • Rainbow Dash fights Fancy Pants who despite their different personalities are the same at the core. Both are people defined by their loyalty and honor to their cause and fight to defend their friends. But Rainbow Dash follows the spirit of loyalty while Fancy Pants gets caught up in the letter of it, compounded by Platinum exploiting his friendship.
    • Rainbow gets a second case of this with her mother, Firefly. Both have aerial based Fullbring, see themselves as awesome, and are loyal their friends, but Firefly has a more cynical view on loyalty since she felt she betrayed it when she had to abandon Rainbow Dash when the Zero Division came knocking and her failure as the leader of Xcution.
    • Fluttershy fights Posey, who are so similar that Rainbow calls the latter "Fluttercopy". Both are kind, withdrawn people who would prefer not to fight, but while Fluttershy has plenty of willpower and will fight when needed Posey has crippling self-esteem issues and gives into her Super-Powered Evil Side to fight. It turns out Fluttershy is actually the Reincarnation of Posey's mother, Pansy.
    • Applejack fights Sweet Cider, her mother. Both are of the upfront and honest sort who prefer to do things head which is shown by their straightforward brute-force fighting styles and despise shady intrigue. But Sweet Cider is far more abrasive than Applejack and is her amnesiac mother.
    • A cross dimensional example is Princess Celestia and Human Discord of all people. Both are the ultimate Big Good of their worlds, both are long-lived leaders who are fountains of exposition and wisdom, and both act as Trickster Mentors to their worlds leader pony. You gotta wonder how Princess Celestia would react to that version of Discord given her tenuous relationship with her own.
    • Of all of factions Equestria and the Vandenreich. Both are run by powerful and long-lived monarchs, both of their leaders want their subjects to follow a harmony based ideology of working together and putting aside their differences for the greater good, the only difference is that King Sombra uses it to forge an efficient and well-organized military while Equestria uses such an ideology for peace. You gotta wonder how the ponies would react to such similar ideals ended up creating the Quincies martial culture.
    • Several Arrancar note that Chrysalis and Adagio Dazzle are very similar to each other, in that they're both beautiful yet powerful schemers who aren't satisfied with just defeating their opposition but manipulating or breaking them to their will in the process. To drive it home, Gaia Everfree's flashback reveals that Chrysalis' original position in the Espada was the Sixth, the very same position Adagio was first elevated to.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The Lament does this all the time. Or, rather he acts laid back and easygoing. Adagio isn't fooled, noticing immediately that he is in reality in a state of constant, battle ready tension.
  • Odd Name Out: Applejack's father, Hard Nail, is the only member of Applejack's immediate family to not have an apple themed name. Justified in that he married into it.
  • Official Couple: Time Turner and Ditzy are Childhood Friends and it's made clear from their actions and words that they're together, along with the not-so-subtle implication that the former is Derpy's father.
  • Off with His Head!: The Grand Fisher dies when Applejack, Sunset, and Rainbow Dash destroy his head with a Combination Attack. He's still standing after that so they think he's still alive, but he did indeed die.
    • According to Ember, this is the Lament's preferred way of killing.
  • Oh, Crap!: Moondancer when she realizes that the assassin she and Meadowbrook are fighting is, despite not unsealing their zanpakuto, easily matching them at every turn with no apparent difficulty. It gets bigger when said enemy casts Hado #90: Kurohitsugi (Black Coffin) without the incantation, something only a Captain-level Soul Reaper should be capable of performing.
  • Older Than They Look: Besides Soul Reapers and Hollows who have lived for centuries without looking it, Sunset Shimmer is technically older than the Humane 5 given her age as a pony, but still looks to be of High School age.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Tirek has declared this about Sombra and told his Espada that none of them may try and take that right from him. Justified in that Sombra is so powerful that not even the other Espada, save maybe the #2 Chrysalis, could hope to defeat him.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different:
    • The Lament's Ressurreccion resembles a great black wolf which eerily resembles the Hollow that attacked him while he was human. Incredibly powerful, but he loses control of himself and acts like a feral beast out to kill.
    • Luna's Bankai gives her the appearance of one, covering her body in a large shadowy mass in the form of a wolf while a a sphere resembling a crimson moon bathes the surroundings in shadows. When the sphere is damaged, she absorbs all the shadows involuntarily due to lack of control brought on by her Beast Realm heritage and turns into a black-and-red werewolf with incredible physical power, but her mind is consumed by bloodlust and the most she can do is keep herself targeted on her foe with no higher thought process than "rip and tear".
  • The Owl-Knowing One: The spirit of Clover's Zanpakuto, Chishiki (Knowledge), is a large owl who inhabits a massive library.
  • Papa Wolf: The Lament is already a somewhat unstable guy, but the fastest way to get on his shit-list is to harm the Hollow children he calls his own. According to Twilight Velvet, he was still this even when he was still Hard Nail.
  • Past-Life Memories: Sombra has these due to being a Reincarnation of the Soul Queen's Consort, though he mentions to Twilight that the memories are fragmented, took him centuries to put together enough to make sense of, and notes that some or much of it could be corrupted, misinterpreted or false.
  • Pent-Up Power Peril: The danger in training Fullbringers. The field used to aggravate their powers causes their Hollow energy to build up before painfully escaping. The only way to avoid this is for the user to evolve their Fullbring. If not...
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Hurricane is Soul Society's premiere Jerkass and Token Evil Team Mate and while not the best dad truly loves Posey, his bastard daughter, and goes out of his way to defend her honor when it's insulted.
    • Though he hasn't had very many appearances, the Lament seems rather fond of doing this.
  • Percussive Prevention: After running into Captain Blueblood, an enraged Rarity orders Sunset to run while she deals with him personally. Sunset, despite not being able to use her right arm fully, is having none of that and prepares to leap in to help right up until Ditzy Doo sucker punches her in the chest and runs off with her slung over her shoulder.
  • Person of Mass Destruction:
    • The reason why Captain Celestia refuses to ever use even just her Shikai in a populated area. Apparently, the last time she did so was so bad she swore off doing so again. Details are sparse, but it involves the death of Captain Platinum's husband.
    • Princess Celestia is revealed to be this, able to cast extremely powerful magic spells that can decimate her surroundings. The drawback is that these spells take quite a bit of time to prepare and cast, stating that someone like Tirek could drain her magic before it's completed or Discord could snap his fingers and turn it on her (which he apparently has done in the past).
    • Hollow King Tirek and Quincy King Sombra are this without a doubt. Sombra's Schrift "The Absolute" grants him total mastery of space and one way he can manipulate it is to create arrows capable of punching through even the strongest materials. Tirek without releasing his zanpakuto is strong enough to unleash swings capable of destroying skyscrapers while his Ceros are described as akin to solar flares, and just one shot was almost enough to blast through Shining Armor's Bastion power.
  • Pillar of Light: When Sunset Shimmer first releases her Zanpakuto, Hokori, it generates a pillar of fire that can be seen by every spiritually aware person in the city.
  • Playing with Fire: Sunset Shimmer, naturally both Equestrian and Human. Same with Spitfire of the Quincy who's Schrift is "The Inferno", who remarks that the same applies to Celestia. Torch is completely flame resistant and can breathe fire.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On:
    • Being a Yoruichi expy, when Ditzy Doo transforms into her human form, she is completely naked. Sunset, being a pony, is unfazed by this, but her friends react just as you'd expect.
    • Amusingly, both Lament and Sombra express this opinion of Adagio post-Arrancar transformation, since it didn't come with a change of clothes to replace the original bone armor.
  • Poisonous Person:
  • Powered Armor: Applejack's Evolved Fullbring is a reduced variant, consisting of armor for just her arms and legs. Firefly's Complete Fullbring "Ace Of Sky" is a more complete example.
  • The Power of Creation:
    • Captain Starswirl's Shikai allows him to produce any chemical structure he's aware of be it solid, liquid or gas, and he knows not only of nearly every Earth-based chemical but many Spirit-World native ones and quite a few unique compounds he's made himself. His Bankai expands this power to include reishi particles and massively ups the production speed and volume, allowing him to do things from mimic the Quincy's ability to form reishi constructs by creating all manner of spirit-based weaponry (such as machine guns and missiles) to producing fasmicles of Kido spells to even mimicking Hollow energy to fire Ceros.
    • Filthy Rich's Schrift, The Mason, allows him to transform reishi or reishi-imbuded materials into other solid materials at will. He normally prefers to use it to create and repair large fortifications, completing with bristling weaponry like cannons, but can even use it, at least in Vollstandig, to transmute his own blood into large chains.
  • The Power of Love: Human Chrysalis believes in this, though unlike her Equestrian counterpart who believes only she and other Changelings can use it, she acknowledges anyone can use it and admires both the good and especially bad things love will make someone do. Of course, like her counterpart she also believes people who let themselves be ruled by it are weak.
  • Power Parasite: Human Starlight's Zanpakuto, Sekai Chitsujo (World Order) lets her steal Zanpakuto spirits and use their powers. She can even lend them to other people at will. However, the Zanpakuto must be released and directed at her (even accidentally), which means she just can't steal them willy-nilly and why she had to set up the executions of Celestia and Luna by Sokyoku since the powerful Zanpakuto is only released during said executions, in most shown cases she actually has to make physical contact with the Zanpakuto with her own to steal it, and she only seems able to use one Zanpakuto's power herself at a time (this doesn't apply to a Zanpakuto she lended out).
  • Predecessor Villain: The Queen of Thorns Gaia Everfree, the former Second Espada who was usurped by Chrysalis. What was left of her was nurtured by a cult over the centuries that in the modern day it turns out were Gloriousa and Timber's ancestors.
  • Pride: Sunset's greatest personality trait and the very emotion that embodies her Zanpakuto spirit, who takes the form of her demon self. Part of Sunset's struggle to manifest her Shikai is in fact to come to terms with the fact that while her pride did lead to her banishment and transformation into a monster, it also lead her to becoming the best at what she could do. Only once she accepts this does her demon self finally relent enough to allow her to unleash her power, and her Zanpakuto's full name is Hokori no Hikari (Pride's Light).
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Adagio, fittingly enough, gets this as her main weapon once she achieves her Vasto Lorde form and later still as her Zanpakuto for her Arrancar form.
  • Prophetic Names: In the comics, Amore and Radiant Hope had a very strong connection with Sombra. Only time will tell what the relationship between the three we see in this story will be. Radiant Hope is revealed to be a former Quincy and Sombra's wife whose soul ended up in Soul Society due to how her soul is connected to the Eye of the Soul Queen and a Soul Reaper purified her before Sombra could collect her soul when she died.
  • Punny Name: Flash Sentry can use the Flash Step.
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    Q-Z 
  • Quality Vs Quantity: This is the dynamic that keeps all sides fairly even.
    • The Quincies are heavy on "Quantity". Individually their warriors are the weakest fighters, with even their Sternritter often needing to pair up on Espada or Captains. You'd also be hard-press to find a Quincy who's lived much longer than an average human lifespan outside of Sombra or his elites. But they have the advantage of numbers, their technological prowess is the most advanced of all the factions, and their birth rates boom pretty well to replenish their numbers and even Sternritter, of which there are 26, can be replaced as easily as Sombra finding a sufficiently strong candidate and giving them a fallen member's Schrift.
    • The Arrancar are heavy on "Quality". Most Arrancar are decades, if not centuries or millenia old, and have honed themselves on the Death World of Hueco Mundo to survive. Individually, Arrancar outmatch most Soul Reapers and Quincies for raw power, and the Espada are noted to be on average the strongest of the individual elite factions of the war. However, Arrancar due to low birth rates (even if not quite so low as it might seem at first glance since fornicating is probably one of their favorite pasttimes when not fighting), low survival rates of said children in said Death World, and the long time it takes Arrancars of any worth to be created from Menos Hollows means they can't easily replenish their losses, and even though they can and will bolster their ranks with lesser Hollows and Menos it only helps so much.
    • The Soul Reapers are in-between. They have a larger army and elite faction than Arrancar if not possibly not quite as much as the Quincies and can replenish it fairly well both due to birth rates and recruitment souls coming into Soul Society. Individually they can surpass Quincies for power and hold their own against Arrancar, and again the average age and experience of a Soul Reaper is between a Quincy and an Arrancar. However, they can't as easily replace someone of Captain level or even Lieutenant level as the Quincy can their Sternritter, and on an individual level an Espada could still likely surpass a Captain.
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: Adagio is slowly making one. So far, it consists of Ember, Di Roy, and Gaw.
    • Also, human Starlight's group. They're all very different, but they all have two things in common: They're all very powerful and they all have a bone to pick with Soul Society.
  • Razor Floss: Ember invokes this when seeing how Roka heals people, (she uses needles and thread) saying how it could easily be used to tear things apart rather than sew them back together.
  • Reality Warper:
    • Discord's Zanpaktou, Konran Arashi, (Chaos Storm) is half this and half Space Master. It has the power to disrupt naturally existing orders. Whether that be the order in one’s body, or the order of spirit energy that creates a Zanpaktou’s powers, or even more fundamental laws like the direction sound travels through the air. In other words, anyone that gets hit with it gets an Interface Screw. Its Bankai is even more powerful, but also more dangerous because it's area-of-effect and he can't guarantee the safety of anyone who gets caught up in it by accident like what happened to Screwball and Screwloose when they got hit by the tail-end of it during his fight with Starlight Glimmer during her betrayal.
    • Pinkie's evolved Fullbring is basically the Rule of Funny weaponized such that she can distort the laws of physics as long as the result can be considered a "gag".
    • Hoity Toity's Schrift, The Xenomorph, allows him to transform any and all physical matter he implants with his reiatsu as he desires, to the point that at full power, he can even transform his own body such that it resembles someone else or that it changes forms of matter from 'solid' to 'liquid' to even a full-on Energy Being state. It's major weakness is that a sufficiently strong spiritual pressure can resist him.
    • Sci-Twi's Schrift, The Variable, provides a limited version of this. By analyzing the target of her choice, including herself, she can change the "variables" about it to her liking. This can let her do things from changing the "speed" and "direction" of her own attacks, to switching around "resistances" and "weaknesses", to even switching from "female" to "male".
  • Reincarnation:
    • As always, the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Once the living pass on, they either go to Soul Society or become Hollows, and once they die in Soul Society they return to the Spirit Realm to eventually be reborn in the living world. Memories between both worlds don't usually last the journey, though there are plenty of exceptions with Past-Life Memories and those who remember their living lives. Physical appearances and even gender don't usually stay the same either, though again exceptions do exist. However, it is the law of Soul Society to treat reincarnated individuals as their own person separate from who they were in a past life. Fluttershy for example is the reincarnation of former 11th Division Lieutenant Pansy, the mother of current Lieutenant Posey and the lover of Captain Hurricane, and according to both of them she's all but an exact copy.
    • How Sombra's soul absorption of Quincies work. When they die, he draws them into his own soul and body to gestate for a period time before they are reborn without memories of who they are. It can effectively be described as a faster method over how the usual cycle works. However, not all of the souls go to him directly, as was the case with Radiant Hope due to the fact she was cleansed by a Soul Reaper first and went to Soul Society rather than back to him, and presumably a Quincy soul devoured by a Hollow is equally lost. As it turns out, Twilight Sparkle herself is a reincarnation of Sombra and Radiant Hope's unborn child.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Sombra, Scorpan, Starswirl, Tirek, and Grogar are some of the oldest beings in this universe, with Tirek and Scorpan having been alive when the Soul Queen was still in her prime and the former was there to witness her fall while Sombra is the human reincarnation of the Soul Queen's Consort, and Starswirl and Grogar are from the same generation as Scorpan and Tirek.
  • Required Secondary Powers:
    • Although Arrancars, Soul Reapers, and Quincies have super strength and durability, they still weigh the same as ordinary people, meaning they can get knocked down by ordinary people if they don't brace themselves.
    • Quincies have to activate Blut Vene before using Hirenkyaku so that the excessive G-Forces don't kill them.
    • Twilight's Schrift The Variable is incredibly versatile, but it's main drawback is that in order to make it work at its full potential she needs to know exactly what the thing she's trying to change the variables of is, or at the very least make educated guesses as to its nature, plus she needs the mathematical and scientific knowledge to know what variables she wants to change and by how much (which makes her incredible intellect quite useful).
  • Revenge Before Reason:
    • Applejack begins to slip into this due to her desire to kill Grand Fisher for murdering her parents.
    • Gaia Everfree/Gloriosa Daisy thanks to their mutual grudges being amplified by the Equestrian magic they've absorbed. It's the reason why Sunset can't let her go without a fight, since she made it clear she'd kill every Hollow, Quincy, and Soul Reaper around Camp Everfree unless smacked around until she gets her sense back.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Adagio's plan to get Ember back from the Soul Reapers in a nutshell, with the help of her Arrancar friends, Sunset, the Humane Five, and Human Twilight of course to ensure it doesn't become a bloodbath.
  • Rule of Funny: Pinkie's evolved Fullbring weaponizes this. Whenever she strikes something with the hammer, it reacts in a hilarious way, like forming a springboard under someone's feet or absorbing an energy blast with a loud belching sound. It pretty much lets her warp reality on a limited scale as long as the result can be considered a gag...such as forcing the fight between her and Cheese Sandwich to literally function by 2D fighting game mechanics.
  • Sadist: This gets invoked twice with Ditzy Doo. The first time (when she tells the Humane Five she named her daughter Derpy) is Played for Laughs, the second time (when she's putting them through Training from Hell) not so much.
  • Sanity Slippage: The Lament. Becoming a Hollow has quite clearly taken its toll on his sanity.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Human Twilight is revealed to have something known as "The Eye" sealed inside her that's been there since she was born. Details are vague, but it's all but stated this "Eye" is a part of the Soul Queen.
  • Secret Test of Character: The Lament subjects Adagio to two. The first one is implied to be how she interacted with his children, and the second one was how she interacted with his dog.
  • Shapeshifting:
    • Chrysalis, natch. With Zecora's zanpakuto added to the mix thanks to Starlight, she could pass flawlessly for the 4th Division Captain, while her drones are capable of masquerading as members of Central 46 and Thorax can masquerade as her back in Hueco Mundo.
    • Sweetie Belle's Fullbring allows her to transform into whatever she absorbs into it, with the addition of Cartoony Eyes.
    • As part of the power of The Xenomorph, Hoity Toity can change his own or other's physical appearances. However, he can't change their reishi signature. However, when combined with Sapphire Shores' own Schrift that can change the fundamental nature of reishi at her discretion, suddenly they can create the perfect disguise.
  • Shock and Awe: Rainbow Dash can create and build up electricity in her body, combined with Razor Wings.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sinister Scythe:
    • Luna's Zanpakuto takes the form of dual scythes in Shikai, complete with Casting a Shadow powers. When she goes Bankai, her werewolf form has literal scythes for claws. And when she goes all out, she creates a single giant two-handed scythe with dual blades at both ends and covered along the shaft with smaller blades to swing with reckless abandon.
    • Cheese Sandwich's Shikai takes the form of a kusarigama (chain-sickle) with multiple scythe blades at one end reminiscent of a rooster head and a large incense orb replacing an iron ball at the other.
  • Smug Super: Fleur Des Lis, Captain Platinum, and Captain Blueblood are this in spades, looking down at Sunset and the girls for their inexperience as if they were little kids playing at real power. Considering they're all three are extremely powerful and experienced fighters (a Sternritter of the Vandenreich and Captains of the Gotei 13 respectively), they do have a point, though Fleur takes a few blows to the ego once Sunset goes Shikai and it's noted that Blueblood's ego (along with lack of experience) keeps him from fully developing his powers.
  • Spam Attack: After training with Captain Puddinhead of the Kido Corps, Clover can now invoke multiple Kido in quick succession, allowing her to rain down an assault of low-level Kido against foes.
  • Spear Counterpart: Adagio immediately pegs Thorax as a male version of herself. They're both beautiful and charismatic schemers who are skilled at manipulating people but are not afraid to get into a fight if it comes to that.
  • Starter Villain: Grand Fisher is the Arc Villain of the first arc, acting as the girls' first hurdle as they enter the spiritual world.
  • Summon Magic: Pinkie Pie's initial Fullbring power is to summon her Evil Twin, Pinkamena. The next step involves turning into a hammer for Pinkamena to wield.
  • Super Mode: Soul Reapers have Shikai and Bankai, Arrancar have Resurreccion, and Quincy have Vollstandig. Sombra explicitly mentions that he had his people develop Vollstandig to close the gap against the other two races' Super Modes.
  • Super Powerful Genetics: How Quincies keep up with Soul Reapers who have centuries of experience on them. The purer their blood the faster their body instinctively learns and picks up techniques and skill at an accelerated pace when exposed to other Quincy. Best shown with Twilight instinctively learning Blut Arterie from sparring with Lemon Zest (and blowing a hole through her body in the process).
  • Super Speed: Almost everyone with sufficiently high amounts of reiatsu has it, but several impressive examples include Rainbow Dash, Ditzy Doo, and Catrina.
  • Take Over the World: The Sixth Espada Guto admits he's pretty much the only Espada who wants to conquer the Quincy rather than eradicate them (Tirek's offered alliance, but Sombra's always refused), seeing them as useful tools and slaves for dealing with the Soul Reapers and eventually taking over the Human World. His zanpakuto is even called Conquistador (Conqueror).
  • Taking You with Me: What Twilight Velvet intended to do in her fight against The Lament when it becomes clear even her Vollstandig and Schrift aren't powerful enough to defeat his Resurreccion. By utilizing the Vengeance's final attack, she would unleash an explosion that would kill or at least cripple him...but when Twilight teleports in trying to save her, she has to switch to just using her Last Breath Bullet to restrain The Lament to keep him from killing her daughter (and to avoid definitely blowing her daughter up in her original planned attack).
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The Espada may be working together, but all of them hate each other. Even the Lament, the Token Good Teammate among them, freely admits he wants to ditch the lot of them. The only reason they haven't torn each other apart is because they're all afraid of Tirek, who comes down hard on any serious in-fighting.
  • That Came Out Wrong: While Shining Armor is training Twilight, she complains that she's in pain. He says, "Your body will adapt, and it will get easier, but it always hurts the first time..." Twilight gets embarrassed and he realizes how dirty that sounded and says, "Yeesh, never thought I’d be saying stuff like that to my little sister."
  • That Man Is Dead: The Lament invokes this when Adagio asks him his name, saying that he hasn't known his name in a long time. That comes undone when he ends up fighting Sweet Cider (his wife) and Applejack (his daughter) and he acknowledges who he once was.
  • Thinking Up Portals: The 9th Espada Squirk is a particular master of creating Gargenta portals amongst Hollows, such that it's the main reason he's kept his rank due to the fact he can quickly make multiple portals almost everywhere and is a massive tactical asset. Which is why the Quincy target him for assasination (Chrysalis has Adagio kill him because he's plotting alongside Catrina to kill her to send a message).
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: After the first arc the story shifts into three story arcs following Sunset and the Humane Five invading Soul Society to rescue Celestia and Luna, Twilight joining the Quincy to understand their culture to help end the war in Soul Society, and Adagio surviving Hueco Mundo, though as the main protagonist Sunset's storyline receives the most attention. Once Sunset's arc concludes, Twilight and Adagio's arcs take center stage and merge together for the Quincy/Hollow battle at Las Noches.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Flash's reaction before his duel with Princess Celestia. Not that he was underestimating her in the slightest before, just that moment the duel begins and Celestia's focus completely shifts does he fully realize how screwed he is.
  • Title Drop: Happens in chapter 32. Discord refers to Sunset and her friends, due to combining the Magic of Friendship from Equestria with the spiritual power of the human world, as "friendship souls". Sunset herself thinks it's kind of tacky.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Pinkamena. Fortunately, Pinkie is there to act as The Kid with the Leash.
    • Human Starlight's group has Chrysalis. It's more than obvious she's just using them, have very little control over her, and will betray them without a second thought, and Starlight and Firefly both agree they must keep an eye on her at all times.
    • Hurricane is this to the Gotei 13.
  • Token Good Teammate: The Lament seems to be the only Espada who's a genuinely good person before Adagio joins their number, likely because he was Applejack's father in life. Of course, this isn't saying much, seeing how becoming a Hollow has clearly done a number on his sanity.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Discord is implied to have almost been as bad as his Equestrian self as an unethical Mad Scientist, but his time as Xcution's handler and taking Starlight Glimmer as his apprentice (and his utter failures with both of them) caused him to grow a conscience becoming the Big Good we see in the present day.
    • Quincy King Sombra was apparently a great deal more wrathful and more like his pony self before mellowing out as the centuries passed. The narration implies this may have something to do with human Radiant Hope.
  • Torso with a View: Besides the standard hole possessed by all Hollows, Lemon Zest has the misfortune of experiencing this after a training accident with Twilight.
  • Tragic Monster: Adagio, after becoming a Hollow. This happened in the backstory with Applejack's father as well, who suffered a similar fate. Still, he went on to get a new home and family in Las Noches as the Fourth Espada, so he seems to have made the best out of a bad situation. That being said it's implied he hates life as a Hollow, with his reiatsu oozing regret for his new life.
  • Training from Hell: Discord and Ditzy Doo fully intend to put the girls through this, since doing so is the only way to ensure they'll be ready to face Captain-Level enemies in time. Twilight and Adagio are also going to be put through this, though in Adagio's case it's more like "act as a guinea pig or die".
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Averted more often than not. If someone transforms, it's usually because they managed to distract their opponent long enough to pull it off, it's too fast to stop in the first place, their enemy let them do it because they want a challenge or don't really care, or the sheer amount of reiatsu they release in the process is enough to stop their enemy from harming them until it's over. Otherwise, characters will go out their way to stop their opponents from powering up by any means necessary.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Sunset and her friends learn the hard way how outmatched they are against a Captain when Hurricane unleashes his Bankai.
    • Flash Sentry invokes this when he sees just how capable pony Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle is. He does this again when he and Celestia have a friendly spar.
    • Gilda vastly underestimates Sunset when she attempts a brazen assassination attempt. While it's true Gilda is strong having just been made the Tenth Espada, after all, she was basing her attack on the intel the Arrancar had on Sunset's strength pre-Soul Society Arc, before both her Training from Hell in prep for the assault and her further training to obtain Bankai, much less her training afterwards. As such, she went in expecting a fight she could win easily and ended up on the losing end of the resulting clash that Adagio had to bail her out of.
    • Squirk looks down on Adagio when he first meets her, believing she's nothing but a common Adjuchas and Torch should stop combing the lower ranks for new subordinates. Not only does Adagio end up becoming a Vasto Lorde, she's the one who kills him and his death is part of what allows her to become an Arrancar and new Espada.
  • Unfortunate Names: Human Rainbow invokes this when Ditzy tells her and her friends she named her daughter Derpy. Ditzy tries to justify this, saying that it's a traditional name for her house and that she taught her how to defend herself against any bullies anyway.
  • The Unintelligible: Gaw can't really talk normally, but everyone is able to understand her just fine. Until she becomes an Arrancar.
  • Unique Protagonist Asset: Magic is this for Sunset Shimmer, the Humane Five, Human Twilight Sparkle, and Adagio Dazzle. Magic is effectively an Amplifier Artifact that awakens, enhances, and accelerates the growth of spiritual powers, allowing them to gain and hone their powers in weeks or months to match and surpass those who have spent decades to centuries honing theirs. Several villains in particular are intrigued and want to study and obtain magic for themselves to reap the benefits of such growth.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • Blueblood is counted amongst the Gotei 13 thanks to possessing a legitimately powerful Bankai and high spiritual potential, but it's noted that his lack of experience compared to the other Captains and his arrogance keeps him from training and bringing out his full potential, which is why he's considered the weakest of them. Sure enough, Rarity, despite being far weaker in terms of power, defeats him through carefully observing his actions throughout the fight and using "unconventional" techniques to catch him off-guard before he can use his Bankai.
    • Sweet Cider, being this world's Kenpachi, is this as well. She lacks Bankai or any real skill in Kido, but her raw physical power puts her in league with the likes of Celestia and Hurricane in terms of destructive power and she's technically the physically strongest of all the Captains (barring Captain-Commander Scorpan). On the topic of Sweet Cider, her Shikai is this as well. It doesn't have any fancy powers. It just absorbs her Spirit Energy and lets it out hard. And she only gets stronger when she regains access to her Fullbring.
    • Captain Thunderhooves' Shikai is a massive club becomes stronger with each successive swing, but in return each swing becomes increasingly unwieldy. This allows him to snowball into a ridiculously powerful combatant who can take out numerous foes with even near-misses, but collateral damage is all but assured and it's not a safe ability to use with allies present.
    • Both Lament's Resurreccion and Luna's fully-released Bankai turn them into this. They gain incredible power alongside massive boosts in physical ability, but in return their minds drown in soul-rending regret and predatory rage respectively and they can't do much to "plan" outside of "kill the targets in front of me with extreme prejudice".
  • Unwanted Rescue: Adagio is trying to prevent this, knowing full well that Sunset and her friends will inevitably try to "rescue" her from Hueco Mundo, which could throw a wrench into her plans to eliminate Grogar and become an Espada.
  • Villain Team-Up: The Espada are this compared to canon. They're an alliance of the top ten Arrancar warlords with each Espada having their own armies and some of them have their own Espada-level fighters personally loyal to them.
    • Subverted with pony and human Chrysalis. Human Chrysalis says she wants to meet her. ...So she can kill her and devour her soul.
  • Villainous Friendship: Starlight Glimmer and Firefly have a Type I. They've been friends for years and have sworn to change the world no matter what together. Begrudgingly, Platinum starts to view Firefly in a similar light.
  • Villainous Virtues: Despite being insane, the Lament has a few. There's honesty, love for his family, friendship, and faithfulness.
  • Walking Spoiler:
    • Saying anything about Applejack's parents other then "they're dead" is a major spoiler.
    • Considering what we find out about her, Sunset Shimmer's human counterpart is this.
  • Walking Wasteland:
    • Two fighters of sufficient power will cause this when they clash, especially in the human world. During the battles at Camp Everfree, Sixth Espada Adagio and 2nd Division Captain Luna pretty much destroy the local lake and wreck kilometers of forest during their clash, while 10th Division Captain Kenpachi Sweet Cider and 4th Espada Lament blow holes in mountains, cause minature earthquakes, and start a localized thunderstorm/hurricane around their location before they go all out.
    • Captain Celestia with her Shikai activated alone can release enough heat to not just melt the snow on a mountain, but the mountain itself. When in Bankai, Grogar notes that the release of energy could wipe out everything in a 20 mile radius which is why he gambled on forcing her unruly zanpakutou to go Bankai to escape his dimensional trap to make her take his offer to send them both to the Preciple Realm to prevent her from accidentially killing everyone in Camp Everfree and Canterlot City, who are in the blast radius.
  • Was It All a Lie?: This is pony Twilight's reaction when she finds out that Flash Sentry has been a member of Soul Society the whole time. It was, at first, but then he started to legitimately fall for her.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Princess Celestia and Princess Luna have not one, but two of these: Instar Solis Lunaeque and Stellar Mallus, High Magic Spells that harness the power of the Sun and Moon to wipe out entire armies.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • The lower-ranked Espada The Smooze, Squirk, Grogar are counted less for their strength so much as their unique powers and skills. The Smooze in particular notes that even with his rank as the 10th Espada there are quite a few Fraccion who have more spiritual power than him but his powers and true form give him an edge, and Tirek concedes that Squirk after he's killed during the battle between Hollows and Quincy in Hueco Mundo would have held the title of 10th Espada if Smooze didn't insist on holding it when Chrysalis notes that Guto's protege Gilda is likely stronger than Squirk, but notes his tactical advantages in his Garganta creation make him invaluable even if he was demoted off the Espada.
    • With few exceptions, the Quincy are on the lower end of the power scale between the three factions, with even the Sternritter struggling against the power of Soul Reaper Captains or the Espada. They make up for it with their training and the unique abilities of their Schifts.
  • Weapon Wields You:
    • Initially, when Lieutenant Posey activated her Shikai, Kyoki, it would take control of her and cause her to go berserk. This is because Kyoki hates how weak-willed and passive she is and believes he can do a better job, but Fluttershy forces him to see that he's being a bully making her do things instead of actually helping her.
    • Happens to Sweet Cider during her fight with Lament, as the emotional stress finally causes her Fullbring to overpower her and her Zanpaktou, turning both of them into a wild berserker.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Human Starlight Glimmer and her group (with the obvious exception of Chrysalis) are doing very morally dubious things that leave innocent people crippled and even killed in their wake, but their goal is to stop the Zero Division from pulling off an Evil Plan involving the fallen Soul Queen. Discord and Ditzy, despite being burned so badly by Starlight's actions, actually empathize with her once they realize just what said plan entails.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Adagio Dazzle becomes a Hollow.
    • Sunset's human counterpart is not only still alive, but has ended up in Hueco Mundo and somehow has a Fullbring!
  • Wham Line:
    • “You’re a freakn’ Vasto Lorde!”
    • “...You’re human. A living human.”
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Sombra and Twilight Sparkle discuss this trope in regards to Twilight Velvet. He says that she was this when she was a part of Xcution and, like Twilight, wanted peace between the Quincy and Soul Society. However, he also says that she became jaded due to Soul Society's actions, turning in to the woman she is today. He thinks that the same thing will happen to her. Twilight, naturally, doesn't believe him.
  • Wild Card: Firefly, Rainbow Dash's mother. Originally The Mole for Discord to spy on Starlight Glimmer, before becoming one of her Co-Dragons, and yet isn't above helping Rainbow Dash and her friends. Even Firefly admits she's not quite sure whose side she's on.
  • Whip It Good: Applebloom's Fullbring manifests as a crimson whip.
  • Whip Sword: Wielded by the Tenth Espada, The Smooze, and resembling a sharpened human spine and rib-cage as the hilt.
  • Wistful Amnesia: Despite not remembering Applejack when they see each other, Sweet Cider not only feels a connection to her because of their similar looks, but her zanpakuto reacts as well, wanting her to fight her. Sweet Cider even notes that her zanpakuto never reacted like this towards anyone else before, feeling almost happy.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The Lament may not be the most stable individual, but he goes completely over the edge when he releases his Resurreccion, Lamentar (Regret). He loses himself so much that he has a special bunker under his tower to protect his children from himself.
  • World of Action Girls: It's a crossover between My Little Pony and a shonen battle manga; there is an endless tide of powerful female warriors.
  • Worth It: When Zecora asks Platinum if she felt like betraying Soul Society to save her son by turning him into a Hollow-hybrid was worth the cost she answers with a Blunt "Yes" with absolutely zero regret.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Blueblood sees Rarity as one after their battle, going from insulting and looking down on her to offering to take her out for dinner sometime. Rarity is surprised and exasperated at this sudden turnaround, but admits "maybe"...if he works on his attitude a lot.
    • Starswirl sees Twilight as one after their own fight, especially since she never ceased to impress him with her ingenuity and cleverness with her powers. To the point he has no issue whatsoever with forming an alliance with her or helping protect her against Sapphire Shores' assassination along Twilight's other Quincy allies.
    • Hoity Toity acknowledges Rarity as one, apologizing for looking down on her in the beginning, and expressing satisfaction when she fatally injures him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Despite loving his own daughter, Torch has no compunctions about ordering the deaths of children, as he views that as just a natural part of life and war. Indeed, he'll willing send his own daughter into a life-or-death situation because he trusts her to be strong enough to fight and survive, and chides Night Light and Shining Armor for seemingly not having any faith in Twilight's own ability to do so.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Equestrian magic and Soul Reaper and Quincy skills like Kido are noted to be different. When Clover teaches Sunset to control her Reiatsu, Sunset learns that her methods for controlling her Unicorn magic don't work, and she needs a different kind of thinking.
  • Xanatos Gambit: As far as Starlight Glimmer is concerned, pushing Sunset and the heroes to get stronger is just as crucial a part of her plan as getting every resource she can grab for her war with the Zero Division. If she wins, all well and good. If Sunset and her friends defeat her, well at least by that point they'll have proven themselves strong enough to stop the Zero Division themselves as a fallback plan (and she knows that once they learn the truth of Zero Division's plans, they will be in conflict regardless of their justified grudge against her).
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Plenty of Grogar's "experiments" have ended up this way. Often, they end up as fodder for "better" experiments to grow stronger.
    • Poor Squirk ended up this way due to Chrysalis, both because he made the mistake of backing the wrong Espada in the one-sided feud between Catrina and Chrysalis, and because his death by Adagio's hand would make her strong enough to more than make up for any tactical advantage he brought to the table.
  • You Killed My Father: Grand Fisher killed Applejack's parents. After he is defeated, Applejack's anger transfers to Soul Society because they allowed Grand Fisher to attack her family.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Midnight Sparkle says as much to human Twilight, much to her annoyance and embarrassment.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Hollows are capable of this, of course. And Sombra, just like Yhwach, can do this to those who he grants a Schrift to. Tirek mockingly calls him a Hypocrite on this, seeing as he's no less a soul-devouring monster than the Hollows he hates and leads the Quincy against.

Hunters and Hollows provides examples of:

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  • Action Girl: Soul Reaper Tempest Shadow all the way. You don't get much more badass than being the former 11th Division Captain before Hurricane, the previous Kenpachi before Sweet Cider, and having the distinction of being one of the few to survive a fight with the Primera Espada himself. She's able to handle all four kaiju in their human forms along with Di Roy, Gaw, and Roka with only her Shikai, and it's only when Irys transforms into her true kaiju form from absorbing the spiritual energy of Hueco Mundo that she's forced to use Bankai, and Tempest still wins.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Tempest Shadow becomes attracted to Monster X because of his great strength. He gently turns her down because he is already dating Aria Blaze.
  • Beam Spam: The Storm King's Resurreccion can do this with Ceros and Balas, the latter firing in the hundreds or even thousands.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Tempest Shadow was on a scouting mission in Hueco Mundo for Soul Society with her Division when Tirek found them and started slaughtering them. Tempest chose to Hold the Line to get her people back to Soul Society and hope for reinforcements, but none came and she was forced to make a Heroic Sacrifice and was Left for Dead. The Storm King found and sheltered her, so she agreed to work for him to overthrow Tirek. Unfortunately, the Storm King wasn't being altruistic; he saw how her Division members tried to help her and realized she had the charisma necessary to bring a loyal army under his banner with enough time.
  • Big Bad: The Hollow Storm King.
  • Blow You Away: The Storm King's trump card and unique Cero variant (which is noted almost every Espada level Arrancar has one) is the Cero Devestador, which involves shaping and merging his Cero with a massive stormcloud to fire an incredible cyclonic attack infused with a Cero powerful enough to glass a large city.
  • Canon Foreigner: Yin and Yang appear as loyal subordinates to Tempest Shadow, whose backstories are that they were experimented upon by Grogar that cost them the ability to use Resurreccion, but in exchange they gained their powerful lightning and fire abilities respectively. Still, rather fitting that even in this new universe they found themselves loyal to a disgraced Soul Reaper.
  • Composite Character: Tempest Shadow draws from several different characters: Her Bankai has many parallels with Sajin Komamura's, her status as a former Soul Reaper who has earned the legitimate loyalty of Hollows and Arrancar brings to mind Sojiro Kusaka, and being the female Noble Top Enforcer and A Mother to Her Men to a seemingly benevolent leader who saved her life only to be betrayed by that leader when they reveal their true selfish colors echoes Tier Harribel.
  • Devour the Dragon: The Storm King's endgame has been to cannibalize his whole army via his Zanpakutou's unique ability to drain the energy of every Hollow it's branded once he activates his Resurreccion and use the resulting power-up to defeat Tirek. When Tempest goes against him to free the heroes and he sees that most of the army is reluctant to choose between him or her, he decides to reap the harvest early to power-up and kill them all. To accelerate the drain, his monstrous form sprouts tentacles that can absorb his branded Hollows into his mass. Fittingly, the release command for his Zanpakutou is "Cannibalize".
    The Storm King: What’s what? Oh, that feeling like your entire being is getting sucked out through a straw? That’s the true power of my brand, and my Zanpaktou. Any Hollow I’ve branded, upon releasing my Traicion, has their essence absorbed into mine. Pretty neato, isn’t it?
  • Doppelgänger Gets Same Sentiment:
    • Monster X and Irys are disturbed when they meet alternate versions of their friends Adagio Dazzle and Sunset Shimmer. Monster X quickly realizes they are different and don't know them, then manages to prevent Irys from making a scene when she sees Sunset.
    • When Adagio finds out X is dating an alternate version of Aria, she tells him to take care of her. She may not be her Aria, but she is still family.
  • Due to the Dead: Since Hollows disintegrate when they die, they remember them by carving their names into stone.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The Storm King cannot comprehend that Tempest Shadow would ernestly serve and work with him if he actually trusted her, or that not everyone is out to get and betray him if he doesn't betray them first.
    The Storm King: You damned idiot! You could have had the revenge you wanted!
    Tempest: Revenge? Yes, I wanted that. But far more important than that, I wanted to have the meaning restored to my life that only comes from bonds shared with comrades who are as family. I would have followed you anywhere, for such a bond, if you hadn’t thrown it away. Now, neither of us have anything. So I guess that means we’re both idiots.
    The Storm King: Tch... So...damned...sentimental...
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Tempest Shadow's Zanpaktou in Shikai allows her to summon and manipulate storms of metal. In Bankai, she controls a huge metal giant.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Much like his Equestria counterpart, the Hollow Storm King presents an affable, if eccentric front, and he looks after his people and has provided them with plenty of comforts, which Tempest hopes to spread to the rest of Hueco Mundo to make it a better place. He always intended to sacrifice all of them for a power boost so he could defeat Tirek, and Tempest going against him brings this crashing to the surface.
  • Hates Baths:
    • Gaw cannot swim, so she is scared of water and refuses to bathe.
    • Grubber dislikes bathing because he prefers to smell like his "natural musk".
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Averted. The Storm King's Resurreccion takes damage, but his Healing Factor more than makes up for it. The four kaiju are tough, yes, but they can indeed be hurt by enough force. The Storm King's Beam Spam is even compared to the usual salvo of missiles and weaponry from human enemies, but unlike man-made weapons, the Storm King's attacks are strong enough to hurt.
  • Healing Factor: The Storm King's Resurreccion has an incredible one, capable of healing attacks from Tempest's Bankai and combined attacks from all four Dark Hunters' kaiju forms. However, as it is tied to his reiastu levels, it does have limits as he takes more damage and expends more energy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Grubber, in addition to reminding Tempest that as a Soul Reaper if she deals the finishing blow to the Storm King all the souls absorbed will be purified, was the one who protected Yin and Yang as they were assimilated by the Storm King and when purified he used the last of his strength to hold their own spirit energy together so they would survive.
  • Hold the Line: Tempest Shadow did this centuries ago against Tirek to let the 11th Division escape back to Soul Society. She does it again at the climax of the story against the Storm King's Resurreccion to buy time for Monster X, Gigan, Megalon, and Irys to access their own kaiju forms.
  • Interquel: The events of the fic take place during the time period after the Quincy assault on Las Noches but before the Camp Everfree arc to rescue Ember.
  • It's All About Me: The Storm King, naturally. He's the one who stabs Tempest in the back when she's the one trying to find a compromise between Monster X's group and him, absorbs the entire Hollow army for a power up to selfishly take down Tirek and kill those against him, an he has the audacity to suggest he's the one wronged.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Tempest Shadow assumes that Irys is Monster X's girlfriend. When he says she is not, Tempest is relieved and tries to flirt with him until he tells her about his actual girlfriend Aria Blaze.
  • Mistaken for Spies: The Dark Hunters agreed to help Adagio's forces scout Hueco Mundo for powerful Hollows who might be inclined to join her in overthrowing Tirek. They get captured by the Storm King's forces. The Storm King doesn't believe them and thinks they are Tirek's spies.
  • A Mother to Her Men: Tempest Shadow is almost universally loved by the Storm King's legions, and it's pretty clear she's the one who their true loyalty lies with. Fitting, considering her time as the former 11th Division Captain, and exploited by the Storm King in order to gather as many followers as he could.
  • Naked on Revival: When Yin and Yang are revived after being devoured by the Storm King, they materialize naked. Nobody reacts to this and Tempest gives them new clothes.
  • Not So Different: Monster X and Tempest Shadow realize this because they are loyal to their masters, Bagan and the Storm King respectively, for helping them, but don't know them that well and are merely pawns.
  • Savage Wolves: The Storm King's Resurreccion turns him into a giant wolf with six tails each tipped with a wolf head and multiple Combat Tentacles able to spear targets. It fits his true nature as A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Spike Shooter: Grubber's Resurreccion makes him grow spikes all over his body, and he can fire them. Gigan's kaiju form modified by Hollow energy can fire these out of its Arm Cannons.
  • Villains Want Mercy: The Storm King asks for a "time out" after his Cero Devestador is foiled by Kaizer X's opposing attack weakening and diffusing its energy from a direct hit on the heroes, and he used up so much of his remaining energy his Healing Factor is compromised. Understandably, none of them grant it.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: The Storm King believes concepts like trust and friendship hold people back.

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