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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?

Currently incomplete.


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Friendship Souls provides examples of:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Action Mom:
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    • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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 and Project Xcution 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 Modesty: Roka's outfit is a thick white garb that consists of a voluminous hooded cloak that covers most of her body. Her Bleach counterpart Lilynette wears an Age-Inappropriate Dress that consists of a tiny vest, long boots and gloves, and a pair of really short undergarments.
  • 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: Out of the Hollows, Ember, Di Roy, Lament, and Rota can be pretty nice and friendly, despite being far more brutal Torch has enough positive traits not to fall into Faux Affably Evil.
  • 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-Loving Hero: Pinkie Pie. When you're willing to show mercy to the one who just tried to kill 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.
  • 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 and Tirek all but states he still has the ability to absorb the souls of those who possess his power or at least those who accept his Schrifts.
    • 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 maybe ensuring that innocent souls like Sunburst are sent to Hell causing Starlight Glimmer and Firefly's Start of Darkness.
  • 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.
  • Archnemesis Dad: The Lament, who not only is the adopted father of a bunch of Hollow children but he's Applejack's biological father.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 Hollow alone.
  • 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...
  • 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. It's large enough that Cider, no small woman herself, has to stretch her arm just to reach the handle and grab it.
    • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. It's unclear for now if she'll play a bigger role later. Then again, Adagio did come for healing, and as anyone who's watched Bleach will tell you, Nelliel has healing powers.
  • Canon Character All Along: The shark Hollow from the first arc turns out to be Di Roy.
  • 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 (Tirek, Chrysalis, Catrina, Guto, Hydia, Grogar, Squirk, Smooze, Garble, Gilda, Thorax, Pharynx).
  • 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 power, Lust, allows her to influence those struck, such as making Hollows eat one another, or forcing an opponent to surrender.
  • Co-Dragons: Tirek has the other nine Espada. Sombra has the other twenty-five Sternritter. Human Starlight has Chrysalis, Firefly, Plantinum, 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.
  • 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 may have been a Subverted Trope.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • Eating the Enemy: Pinkamena.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Hurricane still loves his late wife Pansy; hiding it behind a though 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
    • 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, she's one to Shiba Kaien as she possesses a similar weapon and powers to his Zanpakuto, Nejibana.
    • 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 and Roka are ones of Coyote Starrk and Lilynette Gingerbuck, respectively. Unlike the rest of these examples, they look almost exactly like their Bleach counterparts. The Lament 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Good Parents: So far, every parent has been this. Hurricane seems to be the only exeption, and even then he still seems to care about Poesy.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 mangled with barely a thought. 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.
  • 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 from a Super Mode 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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'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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Mask of Power: All Hollows have them. Ditzy has one on account of being one of the first Vizards. And Starlight Glimmer has one due to perfecting the Vizard transformation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • My Greatest Failure: Discord still feels responsible for what happened to the Humane Five's mothers.
  • 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.
  • No Name Given: The Fourth Espada. Everyone just calls him "the Lament" or just "the Fourth".
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Applejack fights Sweet Cider. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Poisonous Person: Hydia, complete with Deadly Gas and Acid Spit.
  • 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 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. 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, and she only seems able to use one Zanpakuto's power at a time.
  • Predecessor Villain: The Queen of Thorns, the former Second Espada who was usurped by Chrysalis. Interestingly enough, nobody know what happened to her after this, but it has something to do with the legend of Gaia Everfree.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Punny Name: Flash Sentry can use the Flash Step.
  • 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.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Sombra, Scorpan, and Tirek are some of the oldest beings in this universe, with the latter having been alive when the Soul Queen was still in her prime and was there to witness her fall while Sombra is the human reincarnation of the Soul Queen's Consort.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Applejack begins to slip into this due to her desire to kill Grand Fisher for murdering her parents.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 teleprots 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. One has to wonder how his wife and children will feel about this.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Despite loving his own daughter, Torch has no compunctions about ordering the deaths of children.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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