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As Starfleet Magic has a sizable hatedom, deconstructions and reconstructions were inevitable. This is one of four.

An enemy that's smarter and more ruthless than anyone the Unicornicopians and Equestrians have ever fought rises. With the former blindly believing that they will triumph as always and the latter worried that sticking to obsolete tactics will ruin them all, what's to become of United Equestria?

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The story is written by Legendbringer. There is a cut version on Fanfiction.net and an uncut version on FIMfiction. Additionally, there are one-shots focused on Pinkie Pie, Hearth's Warming Eve, Applejack, and Rarity. There is also a spinoff (here and there) that takes place in the Equestria Girls universe and crosses over with Power Rangers, The DCU, Digimon, Godzilla and J.A.Phillips' fanfic Power Rangers Guardians Of Gaia. An AU written by Alchemystudent called Fall of Starfleet: Shooting Stars has Samus Aran crash-landing on United Equestria.


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  • Actor Allusion: Human!Applejack notes that Sunset sounds like Twilight singing.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Twilight's death is shown to have much more of an impact on her friends and family, Pinkie Pie in particular.
    • Ace Ray's brainwashing is seen as horrific as it actually is by the Equestrian cast. Although the effects are later undone.
      • Ace's little sister Skye also shows deep regret for saying that Ace Ray is just like the villains Starfleet faces. Ace also shows regret about hurting Skye. When the two meet after the fight against Dark Conquest's army in Fillydelphia, they are trying to out-apologize the other.
    • Raven was made into the Blood Knight she is now (and given her hatred of Celestia) through manipulation of her memories courtesy of Dr. Emil Kudos and Grand Ruler.
  • Adaptational Badass: Ace Ray in Starfleet Magic was just shown be a slob before Starfleet tampered with his mind. Here, after recovering from said tampering, he (along with others) goes to Fillydelphia to aid the Elements of Harmony against Dark Conquest's army.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Subverted. Starfleet is generally the same as in the original fic...they're simply stripped of their Protagonist-Centered Morality and their actions are viewed as horrifically as they actually are. It is, however, played straight with a handful of characters, namely Rhymey and Grand Ruler, although that's mainly due to bringing the horrific implications of their characterization in Starfleet Magic to the forefront.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Also subverted. Starfleet is the same as in the original fic, they're just shown to be as incompetent as they actually are and pitted against enemies that know what they're doing. See the entries detailing Starfleet's lack of effectiveness in Deconstruction Fic for more details.
  • Adult Fear: Ditzy's husband is deceased and Starfleet's child services deem her unfit to care for her daughter, Dinky.
  • All There in the Manual: Legendbringer goes over Meadowbrook's Eight Items in this blog post. Note that not all of them appear in the story.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Applejack's wings are ripped off by a boar commander. Luckily, according to Dash, "she hated having those wings anyway."
    • Pinkie reveals that she donated her wings to somepony in more need of them than her.
    • In the true fight against Thunder Cloud AKA Esroh Dab, Rarity tore off her own wings in order to free herself when she was pinned to the wall.
  • Apocalypse How: The fairy world suffers at least a Class 3a (probably closer to Class 6 or even Class X) at the hands of the Necromancer, with Krysta being the only known survivor. A few chapters later, the ponies learn that the fairies have been turned into zombies.
  • April Fools' Day: Chapter 9 is essentially a parody of Dakari-King Mykan's clichéd stories and writing style, fittingly uploaded on April 1st.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Celesto deals one to Lightning when he tries to report that Equestrians saved a number of Unicornicopians.
    • Dementia gives one to Lightning too.
  • Artistic License – Chemistry: In "The Fall Begins", Rarity creates a barrier out of cloth and gems, stating that it would take an Alicorn to break through since it's made out of diamonds. In reality, it's nearly impossible to scratch a diamond but it's quite easy to break one into itty-bitty shards with, say, a hammer. Hardness is not the same as durability.
  • Author Appeal: Legendbringer is a huge fan of The Flash and so the story contains numerous references (i.e Max Mercury and the Speed Force are name-dropped) to the characters and mythologies.
    • In "Fare thee well, Fiery star", Cheerilee is reading a book called "Our War Game". The author considers it one of his favorite Digimon movies.
    • The Reds and Blues' appearance in the story is due to the fact that the author enjoys the web series.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Unlike in Starfleet Magic, this trope is played straight with a vengeance. Dark Conquest, in addition to being in command of his forces also shows himself to be the top asskicker amongst them as Lightning Dawn found out the hard way in Chapter 3.
    • This also extends to commanders of his army's sub-units as well. In Chapter 5, a commander of a boar unit is able to heavily injure Applejack, even going so far as to rip off her wings. Applejack ultimately triumphs over her foe in the end, though.
      • Also in the same chapter, Dementia, Mysterious and Rep-Stallion manage to knock Lightning Dawn and his team unconscious with little effort on their part.
  • Awful Wedded Life: By Luna's count, Celestia and Celesto have reached thirty arguments in one month at the beginning of the story. Fluttershy's marriage to Rhymey isn't coming along very well either, with Rhymey being quite domineering and overly possessive.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Titan, his minions, Fratello and Raven are alive again thanks to some benefactor of Conquest's. Discord too though it's currently unknown as to how he came back. As it turns out, Titan and Discord simply never died in the first place.
    • As of The Return of the Light: Twilight Sparkle has been brought back to life as well. At the cost of Belle and Spark.
    • The Harmonic Wave that restores Equestria to its former glory also brings back those killed in the war against Conquest.
  • Badass Army: Dark Conquest's army, made up of minotaurs, boars, griffons, changelings, ponies and even some Unicornicopians, many of whom have a bone to pick with Starfleet and Grand Ruler.
    • After the Elements' first victory in Fillydelphia, United Equestria gets one of their own.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: Rainbow Dash pulls this on Rhymey's sword, and then breaks it with her bare hands. However, it's partially deconstructed as she cuts her hands open in the process. Gilda also does that in a later chapter with the same results.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: While Dark Conquest is attacking United Equestria, it becomes apparent that ultimately the Grand Ruler is little better than he is and is just a power hungry tyrant who's more concerned about retaining his power and sense of superiority than the fact his side just won their first actual victory of the war, just because it was the Equestrians and not Starfleet.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: Once United Equestria gets their act together, the battles become a lot larger in scale.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Gilda arrives in the fifth chapter just in time to save Rainbow.
    • Madilyn morphs into the Violet Gaia Ranger to save Sunset from Darkonda in Chapter 1 of EoF.
  • Black and Gray Morality: On the one side, we have a xenophobic, fascist police state led by a dictator that has exactly zero tolerance for dissent among its subjects, around half of which would like to be left alone but were dragged into the conflict. On the other side, a world-destroying, puppy-kicking Evil Overlord backed by an unknown dark power and an army with a bone to pick with said police state.
  • Bluff The Imposter: How Rarity proves that Esroh Dab is lying about who he is and is actually from the future: she mentions Canterlot Carousel before the building actually existed.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Aside from the established case of Fratello, most of Starfleet have been subjected to this by Grand Ruler. By contrast, most of the other named antagonists are not being mind-controlled in any way; at least one Mook had the glowing red eyes signifying being brainwashed in the first attack against Equestrian holdings, and one of the named antagonists is hinted at having her memories altered.
  • Break Them by Talking: Fluttershy's talk to Dementia about how she must have a heart because she has feelings and doesn't want to hurt children is more effective than any physical blow she or anypony else could have landed.
  • Cain and Abel: The relationship between Cadance and Fratello, with Fratello serving as the Cain to Cadance's Abel. Though, at the moment this seems to have been dealt with, with Cadance absorbing Fratello's hatred in order to free him from the armor.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Deconstructed in this story. As noted by Raven in Chapter 8 in her fight against Dyno and Myte, saying your attacks actually gives the opponent ample opportunity to counter them while stating that it's smarter to try and say them after putting some distance between yourself and the enemy.
    • Comes up once again in Chapter 11, when Artie tries calling an attack against the enemy and ends up getting floored before he gets to finish. Applejack tells him to drop it, after which he holds his own much more effectively. Artie slips back into this for one occasion in Chapter 13, although it's against an enemy that's not attacking him at the time.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash obviously have feelings for each other, but neither is willing to make the first move. Gilda even calls Dash out on it.
  • Canon Character All Along:
    • Early in the story it is revealed that Goldwin is actually Discord in disguise. Late in the story, it is revealed that Distraught was also Discord all along.
    • Beast Boy, one of the Unicornicopians brought in to replace members of Lightning's team, is revealed to be Thorax about half a chapter after his introduction.
    • The Dark King and his followers (Giant, Demon, Ogre, Alien, and Bad Horse) are retconned into being the Bad Future counterparts to Shining Armor, Big MacIntosh, Pound Cake, Zephyr Breeze, Sweetie Belle, and Soarin, respectively.
    • Inverted with Dementia, Mysterious, Rep-Stallion who are revealed to be entirely new characters Galaxia Shine, Blackened Myst, and Swift Blade before becoming Titan's minions.
    • Also inverted with Lord Titan who is revealed to be King Titan, the father of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna.
    • Also inverted with Celesto and Celestia's children Castor and Leilani, who are revealed to be Celestia and Discord's son (yes, singular).
    • Shining Spark retains Twilight Sparkle's identity and is not just a fragment thereof.
    • The Necromancer is revealed to be the classic My Little Pony Tales villain Grogar.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The only reason Celesto's still alive. Celestia has made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that she'd have incinerated him a long time ago if it weren't for the treaty that resulted in the formation of United Equestria and the fact that Celesto still has the support of the Unicornicopian population, meaning that having him killed would result in civil war - and even that might be worth it if it weren't for Dark Conquest. Which kind of sucks, given that he's more of a hindrance to the war effort than a help.
  • The Cavalry: In chapter 11, a de-brainwashed Ace Ray shows up with a number of ex-Wonderbolts (who resigned in protest of what happened to him) along with Gilda and a number of griffon warriors to back up the Elements in Fillydelphia. Then, half of the city's population joins the fight, managing to push back Dark Conquest's army.
  • Central Theme: According to Word of God, Fall of Starfleet, Rebirth of Friendship is about fighting to remain true to one's ideals.
    • Evolution of Friendship is about fighting for one's identity.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Has its own page.
  • Character Development: Unlike in their source material, the Mykan-original characters actually have personalities. As noted by the author LegendBringer, this was done so that you could actually feel something about the characters, unlike in Starfleet Magic.
    • While he hasn't said anything to her yet, it's quite noticeable that Caramel has feelings for Applejack.
    • Dyno gets a fair bit of development, particularly a scene with Applejack where he confides that he and his brother would rather live safe, ordinary lives doing what they love. This is specifically so that Myte's death is meaningful and the readers actually can feel Dyno's anguish, as according to the author, "What is worse than a bad death? A death that no one cares about."
  • Character Rerailment: This is actually an In-Universe example as a plot point. Grand Ruler has been directly interfering with the minds of the canon characters, eroding their personalities and causing them to make decisions that they otherwise wouldn't, as well as planting false memories that they took as being true. However, his power has gradually been weakening, allowing them to come to their senses.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Early on in the story, Rarity uses a golem to fight alongside her friends during her pregnancy without actually putting herself in danger, but this point is dropped when the golem starts becoming sentient. It comes back in chapter 18, where Lightning uses one to pull a Thanatos Gambit without actually dying, and since the golem was freshly made, sentience never becomes an issue.
  • Christmas Episode: The prequel "Hearth's Warming Days", which centers on Applejack, Rarity and Buddy trying to celebrate the holidays.
  • Cloning Blues: Discussed but averted with Glarity. Even though she's given Rarity's personality and memories, and was only created as a stand-in for Rarity, the others consider her a person in her own right as well as a dear friend, and encourage her to seek independence and personality traits of her own.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Alluded to. When news of Starfleet throwing countless innocent ponies into prison comes to light, Vinyl Scratch remarks on her radio broadcast that while Grand Ruler declined to comment, he probably had a few choice comments in private - "all four letter words and all probably had to do with how [their] mothers don't know who [their] daddies are".
  • Continuity Cameo: Several characters from FiM canon make token appearances in this fic in relatively minor roles.
    • Lightning Dust and Gilda show up at the fight in Phillydelphia.
    • Starlight Glimmer appears as a lackey of Starfleet.
    • Tempest Shadow is hired by Shining Spark to fight alongside her friends. The Storm King himself later appears to form an alliance with Equestria.
  • Could Say It, But...: Why no, Celestia isn't telling Discord to help Luna start a revolution to overthrow the Grand Ruler and put her back in charge, but if he just happens to take the idea a bit too seriously...
  • Crapsaccharine World: United Equestria, on a very superficial level. While it may appear to be a stable and prospering country, it's more or less shown that it's a fascist military state ruled by an ineffective, militaristic, xenophobic tyrant. Said tyrant sends others to prison planets simply for disagreeing with him, cuts the education budget in favor of the military budget while at the same time feeding propaganda to young children to have no other desire for the future than to join Starfleet, has re-education centers and "correctional facilities" run in order to deal with the country's "undesirables", actively enforces the racist notion that Unicornicopian citizens are superior to Equestrians and other races, actively censors news about rogue Unicornicopians and Mind Rapes his citizens by giving them false memories about past events.
  • Creator Cameo: Bonnie Zacherle, the creator of My Little Pony, and Lauren Faust, the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, appear as goddesses before Twilight Sparkle in a flashback about her death.
  • Crisis Crossover: Evolution of Friendship is a crossover between the Equestria Girls universe, Power Rangers, The DCU, Digimon and J.A.Phillips' fanfic Power Rangers Guardians Of Gaia.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Lightning Dawn is subjected to a brutal one by Dark Conquest in Chapter 3 with Lightning unable to get in a single hit and left needing medical treatment.
    • Dementia, Mysterious and Rep-Stallion showcase this in Chapter 5. When engaged in battle against Lightning Dawn's team, they actually have backup soldiers help them, which leads to Lightning and his group being put out of commission not too long after arriving in Vanhoover.
    • In the very first chapter of "Evolution of Friendship", Darkonda lays the smackdown on the human counterparts of Starfleet without effort. Human!Applejack returns the favor and gives Darkonda heck when she gets her new Ranger powers.
  • Dare to Be Badass: An Equestrian named Flame Tongue gives one of these to his fellow Phillydelphia citizens, questioning why they're hiding when they could be out there fighting the good fight.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than both My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Starfleet Magic.
  • Deconstruction Crossover: Evolution of Friendship crosses over the Equestria Girls universe, Power Rangers, The DCU, and Digimon and deconstructs Mykan's fanfics in these respective works.
  • Deconstruction Fic: Has its own page.
  • Decon-Recon Switch:
  • Deconstructor Fleet: Deconstructs practically everything people hated so much about Starfleet Magic. Which, given all of the entries in Deconstruction Fic, is a lot.
  • Defector from Decadence: Several Unicornicopians have actually defected from Starfleet upon realizing how horrible Starfleet actually is. Unfortunately, some of them have joined Dark Conquest's army.
    • As of Chapter 8, Dyno has quit Starfleet upon the death of his brother Myte by Raven's hands but not before giving his teammates an epic dressing down.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: In chapter 11: the day is saved, Dark Conquest's forces have been beaten back for the first time in the war, all members of Starfleet are safe and accounted for... Cue Conquest and Raven showing up and killing Buddy Rose.
  • Disney Death: Artie takes a magical blast for Pinkie in Manhattan and seems to die in her arms, but then turns up to save her again just a short time later. The author originally intended to have Artie Killed Off for Real, but had a change of heart down the line; the original death scene was put in the story unchanged, but the aftermath was altered.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Fall of Starfleet, Rebirth of Friendship can refer to:
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: What begins the fic.
  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    • Celestia has to admit that Grand Ruler, questionable as his decisions may be, is right that she can't afford to send the Elements on what may be a wild goose chase investigating the Equestrian magic drain, which could just be a freak disease outbreak, when millions of lives are at stake in Detrot (especially since they're the main reason that Starfleet hasn't gotten themselves killed yet). Fortunately, Luna offers to send her crew to investigate Detrot, freeing up the Elements.
    • When Celestia learns that Celesto used an illusion of her in order to tell Lightning it was Twilight's fault she died, she verbally and physically assaults him. She threatens to incinerate him but Grand Ruler reminds her that, due to the treaty, doing so would incite riots and civil war, something she can't afford at the moment when they're already embroiled in war.
  • Ear Ache: Fluttershy pulls on Rainbow Dash's ear after her fight with Rhymey.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The ending is much happier than most of the rest, but the cast definitely went through more than enough to deserve it.
  • Earth All Along: Dark Conquest reveals that Equestria was never destroyed; Grand Ruler destroyed Unicornicopia and moved the entire population to Equestria and renamed it "United Equestria". The Elements of Harmony realize that this is why United Equestria uses location names from Equestria but never any from Unicornicopia.
  • Eaten Alive: Terra at the mouths of hundreds of undead fairies.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Basically every named villain (Dementia, Rep-Stallion and Conquest's benefactor, specifically) save for Dark Conquest finds rape objectionable. Dementia and Mysterious also draw the line at harming children.
    • Though it's hard to tell how much he actually means it, Conquest admits that it would be dickish to attack Starfleet while they're mourning the loss of one of their own. So he decides to hold a celebration instead.
    • Dark Conquest, Raven, and Titan do not condone tampering with another's memories. Other forms of Mind Rape, however, are fair game for Conquest. A particular case is Raven threatening to kill Rhymey on the spot when she shows up to deliver him an ultimatum from Dark Conquest, apropos of him mind raping Fluttershy.
  • Evil Gloating: Conquest loves to do this.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Dark Conquest actually inverts this trope during his reason you and Starfleet suck speech to Starla Shine. Conquest states that for all the evil he commits, it doesn't hold a candle to Starfleet's actions. In his words, he tells her "you are bigger bastards than I could ever be." He later zig-zags the trope by asking the population of Equestria whether he's more evil than Grand Ruler while exposing all of Grand Ruler's lies, before also telling them that he benefits no matter who they hate more.
    • Played straight in Conquest's ranks. Raven notes that Mysterious, Rep-Stallion, and Dementia have not taken a single life between them and have an unfortunate history of dog-petting, and questions whether they actually have the stomach to kill - while rubbing in the fact that she killed Twilight Sparkle.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Unlike the original story, the Grand Leader is treated as the racist tyrant his actions would actually make him (heck, Conquest thinks Starfleet is WORSE than him). As a result, him and Starfleet versus Dark Conquest basically amounts to this.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The second part of the title makes it rather obvious what it's going to be about.
  • Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: Fall of Starfleet Side Story: Evolution of Friendship uses this:
    • Chapter 1 - "Honesty! A new ranger is born".
    • Chapter 2 - "Generosity! The team grows".
    • Chapter 3 - "Laughter! The clown's heartbreak".
    • Chapter 4 - "Kindness! My only path".
  • Face Death with Dignity: Averted in Myte's case. His last words are him pleading with Raven not to kill him. Right before doing the deed, Raven calls him out on it, noting that her previous victim Twilight Sparkle showed more dignity than him. Averted even harder with Rhymey, who immediately starts pleading for his life to Raven when she shows up. Naturally, she's not impressed, and claims that even Myte took it better than him on account of actually putting up a fight first.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Rhymey takes Fluttershy to meet his family and proceeds to pay absolutely no attention to her. She promptly sneaks out the window, flies off to Cloudsdale, and spends the whole evening having dinner with Rainbow Dash and her family and Gilda, including a romantic night flight. When she finally returns to the ground, neither Rhymey nor his parents have noticed her absence at all. This also serves to illustrate exactly how much Rhymey actually cares about Fluttershy (read: not at all).
  • Five-Bad Band: Dark Conquest and his army.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Fix Fic: Simply put, it's a Fix Fic fixing the "fixes" to canon made by another Fix Fic.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Sunset will inevitably return to Equestria and leave the human world as Evolution of Friendship begins with her saying this.
  • Foreshadowing:
  • Fusion Dance: Shining Spark and Belle Amie merge to properly revive Twilight Sparkle.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: After being de-brainwashed, Fratello is sent to secure the aid of the yaks, and Cadance and Shining Armor forge an alliance with the changelings. They show up in time to fight back against an army attacking the Crystal Empire under the command of Sombra.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Celestia and Discord have a crazy but entirely joyful sex life, and it's fairly obvious it's one of the few bright spots in her life, with Celesto keeping her from running her kingdom properly.
    • Conversely, Rhymey is established to be a terrible lover, completely unable to actually pleasure Fluttershy or even understand the idea of sex as something besides procreation.
    • Taken to its extreme with Rarity and Spike, who utterly wreck the Carousel Boutique with a five-hour session so intense that her friends feel it. While they're in the Crystal Empire. It's even felt by Tirek in his cell in Tartarus, as well as Dark Conquest, who's so impressed that he has to give a thumbs-up.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Apparently, that's where rapists in prison are branded.
    • One weapon in Pinkie's kit is essentially a bat called "Pinkie's Little Nutcracker". Three guesses what she uses it for.
    • Human!Rhymey's testicles are punched, grabbed and squeezed by Darkonda.
    • Titan winds up on the receiving end of one.
  • Heel Realization: When fighting against Lightning Dawn in Chapter 8, a Unicornicopian states his reason for joining Dark Conquest to be this upon realizing how Starfleet is actually far from being the heroes they claim to be, also noting that with him he knows which side he's fighting for now.
    • Starla is crushed when she realizes that she actually had to stop and recall who Myte was before she could mourn him.
  • "Hey, You!" Haymaker: Sunset Shimmer and Dai Shi actually exchange a few words between her tapping his shoulder and her attempting to punch him.
  • Honor Before Reason: Starfleet insists that United Equestria can defeat the enemy alone even after several crushing defeats, refusing aid from others.
  • Humble Pie: Thanks to Trixie saving him and his kid brother, a Unicornicopian named Mainak Crush realizes that he shouldn't assume Equestrians are weak and stupid.
    • Lightning Dawn gets force-fed just about an entire bakery's worth throughout the story, but it eventually sticks after 14 chapters.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Legendbringer has made a blog detailing what voice actors he would choose for which Starfleet character and comparing them to Dakari-King Mykan’s choice of casting.
  • I Can't Feel My Legs: As a result of being teleported onto a faraway prison planet, Raindrops is unable to feel her wings for a few moments.
  • Identical Stranger: Belle Amie is mistaken for Twilight Sparkle several times in the story. As detailed in Literal Split Personality below, there's a good reason for that.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Coco, one of Sunset Shimmer's YukimiBotamon/Nyaromon partners, is given a black bow to wear on her ear from Fluttershy.
  • Idiot Ball: Despite being aware that their memories of former events have been modified and all of said events coming after Starfleet's arrival, neither the princesses nor the Elements make the connection, despite it being made almost blindingly obvious that Grand Ruler is the culprit. Of course, that might be a result of Grand Ruler's power.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Red Herring's best friend was jealous of his marriage so he killed his wife and framed him for it.
  • Important Haircut: In Evolution of Friendship Chapter 2, Sci-Twi cuts her hair shorter to better differentiate herself from her Equestrian counterpart.
  • Instant Birth: Just Add Water!: Rarity's water breaks in the middle of Sugarcube Corner. Cue the Mass "Oh, Crap!" and the emergency birthing in the middle of the bakery.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Rarity and Spike consummate their love.
    • There's also Celestia and Discord. Luna is understandably squicked out when she comes across a dream of Celestia's involving her and Discord consummating their relationship.
    • A crystal pony and a Unicornicopian are in love and about to be married when Fratello strikes.
    • Gilda and Ace Ray, likely also a Rescue Romance given the circumstances. Skye even teases them about it.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Raven has standing orders to eliminate the members of Starfleet one by one and greatly revels in her task, but even so, it's hard not to side with her when she shows up to kill Rhymey given that he's a selfish, abusive psychopath in the first place.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Gone are the predictable, clichéd actions of the villains from Starfleet Magic. In this story, they are aware exactly how Starfleet operates and showcase ways in dealing with them.
    • When choosing to make his presence known to United Equestria, instead of sending one monster to attack a town like his predecessors, Dark Conquest leads a battalion of his troops into Neigh Orleans while at the same time having Dementia destroy the shields and cut off the town's method of alerting Starfleet.
      • Conquest also shows his awareness on how typical, clichéd hero stories go, as demonstrated in his fight with Lightning Dawn in Chapter 3. He lists off how the hero challenges the villain early in the story only to end up bruised, beaten and utterly broken as he beats the ever-living shit out of Lightning Dawn. The only reason Lightning Dawn survives is due to the fact that Conquest wants to feed off his hatred more.
      • When tasked with launching another attack in Chapter 5, it appears that he's just singling out Vanhoover. Then it turns out by the end of the chapter Vanhoover was one of two targets, the other being Horn Kong. While Starfleet was busy trying to save Vanhoover, Conquest took the rest of his forces and finished the attack on Horn Kong he started hours earlier.
  • La Résistance: Luna herself has begun to organize a group of ponies (and Discord) loyal to her and Princess Celestia to assist her in weakening United Equestria from the inside out so they can overthrow Grand Ruler Celesto and reinstate Celestia as leader of the country. So far, they are operating in the shadows.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After years of Fantastic Racism from Starfleet and Grand Ruler Celesto, many of the citizens of United Equestria who had fallen victim to this treatment have joined Dark Conquest's army in order to exact vengeance. And as shown in recent chapters, they are succeeding in doing so.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • Dark Conquest throws so many lampshades around, it's practically this.
    • Anytime a character criticizes Starfleet, it sounds an awful lot like criticisms aimed at the original story.
      • On a similar note, anytime someone calls out characters like Rhymey and Grand Ruler for their horrendous actions, it sounds similar to what people have said to Mykan for his thoughts and actions.
  • Literal Split Personality: Heavily implied with Twilight Sparkle after her death, with the two parts becoming Belle Amie and Shining Spark/Bright Spark. More or less confirmed in Chapter 17.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": In Chapter 5, one of Fluttershy's animals friends is a basilisk named Basil.
  • Love Redeems: Literally, in the case of Fratello. Cadance sucks all the hate out of him and draws it into herself where her love can imprison and destroy it, allowing Fratello to regain his sanity and break free. The author has stated that Cadance's Power of Love is grossly underrated, both in MLP canon and in My Little Unicorn.
  • Magic Music: Lyra uses a lyre to attack Dark Conquest's army. In the caverns below Canterlot, ghosts called Preta sung to drain the Mane Five when they investigated the magic drainage.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: When a Unicornicopian and a Crystal Pony were wed, they became shunned by the former's kind.
  • Mark of Shame: Criminals are branded on certain parts of their body depending on their crime.
  • Militaries Are Useless: Deconstructed. As Titan points out, the lower grunts of Starfleet are made to lose, so that Lightning Dawn and his team would look like heroes. This has made it next to impossible for the Unicornicopians to win against Dark Conquest, as well as why so many people lose their lives in each battle.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Starfleet's attitude towards civilian casualties, as demonstrated by Lightning and Abra.
  • Mind Rape: You know how everyone in Starfleet Magic tended to be horribly OOC? Grand Ruler had a hand in that. He's also done the same thing to modify his people's memories of certain events to make Starfleet look better; for instance, the fight between the Elements and the Terrible Trio was a Curb-Stomp Battle in the elements' favor that was won before Starfleet even showed up.
    • Something similar appears to be happening in the Equestria Girls universe.
  • Misapplied Phlebotinum: Equestrians are forbidden from using magic (at least unicorn magic) for mundane purposes and have to reserve it for healing and fighting only, by Grand Ruler's decree. Suffice to say, plenty of ponies are not happy about this.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: Thanks to Starfleet's policy of not having trials if there is "more than enough proof", lacking a parole system and thinking that memories are unerringly accurate unless modified by detectable magic, thus making their memory scanners infallible (assuming that said scanners aren't actively modifying memories or just projecting fake ones), there are hundreds of thousands of innocents in jail. Fortunately, by the end of the twelfth chapter, the travesties have been brought to light and real trials are underway.
  • Monster of the Week: In Evolution of Friendship, the Rainbooms deal with various monsters sent by Unos; unlike the ones in Starfleet Magic, Unos's monsters all leave some sort of lasting impact. Ironically enough, the monsters of the week are comprised of Alternate Universe versions of Power Rangers Big Bads.
  • Morning Sickness: Rarity goes through this.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: A number of Unicornicopians have turned against Grand Ruler's regime and joined the ranks of Dark Conquest. Needless to say, Grand Ruler is none too pleased when he finds out.
    • In Chapter 7, a Unicornicopian being attacked by Fratello is revealed to be engaged to a crystal pony.
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  • Nothing Is Scarier: Details aren't given about what exactly happens in Starfleet's reeducation camps, just that it isn't pleasant. Ditto for their policy of having the physically disabled "fixed". It's finally revealed in chapter 16, and suffice it to say, it isn't pretty.
  • Oh, and X Dies: The titles of the chapters in which Myte and Buddy kick the bucket all but spell out who's about to die. Subverted with Artie, although it was a close call.
  • Once an Episode: Each chapter in the story beings with a quote from Mykan, which the chapter will then proceed to viciously deconstruct.
  • Once More, with Clarity!:
    • Chapter 12 shows what really happened when Rep-Stallion, Mysterious and Dimentia arrived in Equestria. The Elements of Harmony soundly defeated Rep-Stallion, Mysterious and Dimentia before Starfleet even arrived. The trio were actually going to surrender when Starfleet finally arrived, resulting in them being murdered in cold blood by Starfleet.
    • Chapter 13 shows that Rarity was not at all deceived by Esroh Dab's act (also Esroh was much more competent at being a spy) and quickly figured out that he was lying. Her being angry at Spike was just her invoking Break His Heart to Save Him to protect him from Esroh Dab.
    • Chapter 17 shows how Twilight actually died against Raven.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. In addition to Raven the assassin, Celestia also has a personal scribe named Raven.
  • Out of the Frying Pan: "Kindness! My only path" has Fluttershy help Alternate!Kimberly find peace and dump Rhymey's abusive ass. The chapter ends with Rainbow Dash alerting Sunset Shimmer that Fluttershy has been arrested.
  • Overprotective Dad: Actually, Overprotective Uncle, although Rarity was left in his care a lot. As shown in the Christmas Episode, Rarity's Uncle Esteem, a knight, does approve of and is grateful to Spike for protecting her with his life but warns him that betraying her trust will result in him being turned into a shield.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": As the Umbra Circle discovers during their missions, Grand Ruler can't come up with a secure password to save his life. All of his passwords are either phrases related to how much he hates friendship, or some permutation of "12345"; one has to wonder whether he has the same combination on his luggage.
  • Patchwork Kids: Rarity and Spike's child is a kirin.
  • Percussive Therapy: Lightning Dawn nearly turns himself into a bloody mess (and a punching bag into a pile of dust) when imagining words of condemnation from his teammates.
  • Pet the Dog: Dementia tries to kill Starla in her sleep to prove to herself that Fluttershy was wrong about her having a heart. However, not only is she unable to go through with it, she instead tucks Starla in and gives her an Affectionate Gesture to the Head. Later, Dementia comforts Starla after breaking the news of Myte's demise to her and admits that she has come to care for Starla after all. It eventually goes a bit further than that.
  • The Power of Hate: Dark Conquest actively states to Starla that he is drawn to worlds full of hatred and notes that United Equestria is dripping in it all thanks to Starfleet and Grand Ruler's Fantastic Racism and that such hatred is what he feeds on. It's for this reason that, after beating Lightning Dawn to a bloody pulp, he lets him stay alive due to Lightning's hatred for him being that delicious.
  • The Power of Love: Cadance manages to use this to restore her brother Fratello's mind and return him to his old self.
  • Propaganda Machine: The Grand Ruler maintains that the Elements of Harmony failed to work on Titan's minions when, in actuality, they did but the Equestrians had to surrender when a spirit threatened their loves ones. Even Starla Shine didn't know the truth. Later on, he covers up the news of Unicornicopians defecting to the enemy side and Starfleet being saved by Equestrians - all in the name of leaving Starfleet's reputation untarnished.
  • Prophecy Twist: The Dreaming of Things to Come segment in the beginning states "Weakness will cause darkness to extinguish the five lights", implying a threat to the remaining five Elements when combined with the fact that Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Fluttershy are the ones having the dream. As the story goes on, though, it's made clear that the dream actually refers to Conquest's goal of killing off the members of Starfleet, with the "five lights" being Dyno and Myte, Buddy Rose, Rhymey, Artie, and Lightning Dawn.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: One of the biggest differences between this fic and the source material is averting this trope with regards to Starfleet, which makes a massive difference in how they're seen and portrayed.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Imperious uses an emotional spell in the third chapter of the sidestory to make nearly all the students at Canterlot High depressed enough to attempt suicide. He is defeated but not before several people die, including Dyno and Myte.
  • Punch Catch:
    • When Celestia rubs it in Celesto's face that their first victory in the war was mostly an Equestrian effort, he tries to punch her, only for her to use just one finger to stop it.
    • An intruder in Raindrops' house (who turns out to be Luna) catches said occupant's punch with her fist in a flashback in Chapter 15.
  • Race Lift: The human characters in the Equestria Girls universe are given more realistic skin tones, doing away with the Amazing Technicolor Population akin to Doug.
  • Rage Quit: Perhaps the best way to describe Dyno's reaction to Starfleet brushing off the death of his brother - dropping an angry The Reason You Suck speech on them and declaring his resignation then and there. Of course, this falls under the category of "righteous anger" rather than plain rage.
    • A number of the Wonderbolts' reaction to Ace Ray's brainwashing, once they hear about it.
    • Grand Ruler pulls the biggest one in the story when he gets discredited on national television, threatening to wipe out all of Equestria and start over.
  • Reality Ensues: Given that Mykan has stated that he wanted to give the Equestrians a dose of reality in his fic, the following bits of irony are delicious.
    • With no Protagonist-Centered Morality, Starfleet and their actions are considered as horrifying as they actually are. Additionally, their tendencies to look down on "inferior" races does not bode well with anyone.
    • Starfleet not holding trials if they have "more than enough proof" leads to countless innocents being thrown in jail.
    • The Equestrians are predictably shocked at having their anatomies suddenly changed.
    • One of the mercenaries sent after the Elements of Harmony, Ragamuffin, has dead nerve endings. She cannot feel pain and while this seems like it gives her the edge over Applejack and Raindrops, this also means that she does not notice her Achilles tendons have been sliced until she finds out she cannot walk.
    • With Starfleet's low taxes and currently being in a war, they are running out of money to finance said war and everything else in United Equestria.
    • The newbies assigned to Lightning's team do not last long in the field. Except the one that's a Changeling.
    • Esroh Dab was easily spotted due to his obvious lack of knowledge of the world around him. Granted, he's presented in this story as a much more competent spy, but he still made a number of mistakes that Rarity picked up on.
    • Sunset points out to Human!Artie that there is nothing between them that can lead to a long-lasting relationship, so they break up; however, they do remain friends.
    • Unicornicopians being told they are superior to Equestrians leads to the latter being bullied by many of the former.
    • Starfleet always uses the exact same strategy for every battle and can only deal with one kind of enemy effectively. Naturally, Conquest notes all of their weaknesses and exploits them to no end.
    • In Chapter 3 of Evolution of Friendship, the new Phys Ed teacher, Grey Son calls out Starfleet for using their powers on an obstacle course and makes them run laps without using their powers.
    • While boarding Serpentari, The Umbra Circle mugs a group of Starfleet soldiers for their uniforms. However, the uniforms they acquire do not fit them and they have to repeat this method a few times before everyone gets a uniform that fits them.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lots of them.
    • Dark Conquest delivers one in the second chapter to the captive Starla Shine, noting that Starfleet and Grand Ruler's treatment of their own citizens has allowed him to amass such a large army while also pointing out just how evil they are as a whole despite their claims of being heroes.
    • Trixie (or, to be precise, a shadow clone of her) gives an epic one to Abra in the third chapter by pointing out after seeing her hometown of Neigh Orleans on fire how the Unicornicopians make claims of being superior in every way despite truly doing nothing to prove it while also calling him out on being an utter joke of a magician magic-wise right before quitting her job as his assistant and going into the town to find, help and save any survivors.
    • Dementia, Mysterious and Rep-Stallion verbally and physically tear a new one into Lightning, Rhymey, Artie, Buddy, Dyno and Mite in the fifth chapter, berating them for calling out their attacks, only doing well when the odds are in their favor in battle and not truly being united as a team and caring for one another, all the while kicking their asses.
    • Dyno delivers a big one to his team following the death of his twin brother Myte in Chapter 8, berating each and every one of them for their flaws: Artie and Buddy for being nothing more than support to Lightning Dawn, Rhymey for his controlling nature and lack of rhyming ability and Lightning for being a terrible team leader and friend who's unable to save anybody despite wielding great power and also calling him out on not being able to truly understand another's sadness, bringing up Lightning's destroyed home planet as an example. In addition, he points out how their fool-hearted belief in Grand Ruler's gospel has truly done nothing for them or his brother, right before quitting Starfleet.
    • Celestia drops one on Grand Ruler during the celebration of the Elements' victory in Fillydelphia, pointing out that the Equestrians have proven themselves to not be inferior to the Unicornicopians as Grand Ruler believes and that the Elements have just done more to save the day in this one feat than Starfleet has the entire war, while also tearing into his inability to comprehend friendship in general.
    • Titan of all people gets to call out Grand Ruler's anti-friendship policies, claiming that all he's doing is weakening himself. He doesn't address anyone in particular with it, but it still qualifies in spirit.
    • Fluttershy gets to slam Rhymey with a particularly epic one about how he's a selfish bastard who doesn't understand the concept of love, and therefore will never be loved himself. It breaks his will to the point where he runs away from her.
    • Titan gives Lightning Dawn not so much a "Reason You Suck" Speech but more a "Reason Grand Ruler and Starfleet Suck" Speech in Chapter 17, pointing out how the grunts of Starfleet are just nameless faces that nobody cares about and how Grand Ruler Celesto has set up Lightning Dawn's team to be the ultimate heroes at their expense and then goes on to say that because of this, his victory at Neighpon is assured.
    • Twilight gives one to Dark Conquest, saying that for all his power and atrocities, he is nothing more but a childish tyrant who is basically addicted to hate, but needs to get the same rush as he did before. Though he insults the Grand Ruler for being predictable, in the end, he is the same. Thus, he will always lose.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Grey Son acknowledges that different people must learn at their own speed and allows Fluttershy to not run a certain course and lets her work at her own pace. Conversely, he calls out the Starfleet crew for basically using their powers to cheat in an obstacle course, and makes them run laps as punishment.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: A deconstruction of "Starfleet Magic".
  • Red Shirt: Three random Unicornicopians are brought in to replace the losses on Lightning's squad. You can just about guess how long they last in an actual battle. Well, the two that aren't changelings, anyway.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Given that Celesto has been known to have ponies thrown in jail for merely speaking against him, Vinyl Scratch doing the same thing on radio definitely qualifies as this.
  • Required Secondary Powers:
    • As is a common Required Secondary Power with many speedsters, Rainbow Dash possesses a much more efficient metabolism to get the energy needed for her Super Speed. This also means that she cannot get drunk (or at least has a very difficult time trying to get drunk).
    • Ragamuffin has dead nerve endings which is why she cannot feel pain from her injuries. This also means that she cannot feel when parts of her body have been rendered useless when they have sustained too much damage. She does not notice that her Achilles tendons have been sliced until she discovers that she cannot walk.
    • As explained by Thorax, Changelings change everything in their bodies when they transform, including: molecular density, vitals, blood type, bone structure, organs, and even DNA. The only things they cannot replicate are memories and magical aura. This explains how Thorax was able to mimic the abilities of animals and not just their appearances, such as using a gorilla's brute strength, in his Beast Boy disguise.
  • Reverse Psychology: In Chapter 21, Celestia tells Discord they should marry each other to lift ponies' spirits but he adamantly tells her that marriage is out of the question. When Celestia then tries to make a decree that Draconequii cannot marry Alicorns for any reason, he becomes angered by her trying to command him and sets up a wedding right on the spot.
  • Right Through the Wall: To keep his lovemaking with Celestia from being heard, Discord transfers all the sound elsewhere... into Luna's bedroom!
  • Robbing the Dead: Rarity has Pinkie Pie gather up as many gems as possible, even those on dead ponies, in order to create a barrier.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Several unfortunately, such as referring to Unicornicopians as Unicornians and to Lightning as Lighting. However, errors like these hasn't appeared much as the story has gone on.
  • Rousing Speech: An Equestrian named Flame Tongue gives one to a bunch of civilians, saying they should be out there fighting the good fight instead of hiding like Grand Ruler dictates. He manages to get many ponies, including at least one Unicornicopian, to join the fray.
  • Screaming Birth:
    • In "Fall of Starfleet: Birth of an Apple", Buttercup shrieks and cusses everypony present, including the soon-to-be-born Applejack.
    • Ditto for Rarity when she has Crystal Clarity.
  • Share the Male Pain: An innocent prisoner crosses his legs when he thinks about where rapists are branded.
  • Shoot the Messenger: A non-fatal (at least not directly) example: When Grand Ruler receives word that Unicornicopians have joined the enemy's side, he orders the messenger thrown in a camp.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Shower of Angst: Starla has one after being raped by Dark Conquest in "Fall of Starfleet: Shooting Stars".
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Despite the overall Darker and Edgier tone, the story leans heavily towards the "Idealism" side with heavy emphasis on The Power of Friendship and redemption.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Darkonda only appears in the first chapter of EoF before being destroyed, but during that time he takes away both the Equestria Girls' and Starfleet Humans' Ranger powers and opens the road for the Equestria Girls to get new Ranger powers.
  • So Proud of You:
    • When reunited with his children Celestia and Luna, Titan tells them as much.
    • Twilight Sparkle/Shining Spark to Belle Amie, just before merging with her.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Don't write Hate Fics or else Dark Conquest will come along to kill everyone, m'kay?
  • The Stinger: After the second epilogue, someone decides to write a Hate Fic about RWBY, inadvertently bringing Conquest back to life.
  • Straight for the Commander: Lightning's plan for taking on Dark Conquest's forces, under the assumption that they're a Keystone Army like their previous enemies. Unfortunately, Authority Equals Asskicking is fully in effect for the bad guys.
  • Stripped to the Bone: Terra gets Eaten Alive by zombified fairies.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Through his experiments, Emil Kudos discovers that Space Ponies can unconsciously power up one trait under life-threatening conditions.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Cookie Dough, at the hands of Dark Conquest.
  • Super Hero Origin: Deconstructed and Reconstructed. Evolution of Magic details how the HuMane Six are working towards similar careers and futures of their Equestrian counterparts in a world much closer to Real Life. As explained by Legendbringer:
    This is, actually a boon in my eyes as it give me more of a chance to explore the EQG over the maneverse. Cause, you see, the maneverse gals? They have already achieved their dreams and goals. Rarity is a buisness mare, Pinkie is baking, and Applejack is farming. The EQ gals? They're still in high school, they want to be where their pony selves are now.

    (Interestingly enough, that is an angle I have never seen a fic where the ponies meet their human selves tackle. And I know that his kind of subject is way too deep for the age group that the show is aimed for. If I want that kind of thinking, then I will go and watch a really good anime thank you very much)

    So, my question and one of the big hypothisis that this story is taking is...how do you become like the mane six in a world where your talent is not marked on your flank and in a 'real world'.

    How does one really become Applejack? How do you stay Pinkie in this world where it's easy to hate and become depressed? How do you become like Rarity when the world hears that you are a corperation and goes "YOU ARE THE DEVIL!!!!!" It's an idea I like to explore in this world.
  • Take That!: This fic as a whole is one to My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic and to Mykan.
    • invoked Dark Conquest apparently conquers the worlds of bad fanfiction and according to Word of God, he has conquered the universe The End of Ends takes place in. There's also a few Red Shirts named after the main characters from the fic, including the main Original Character, who proceed to get unceremoniously killed off within half a chapter of being introduced with the exception of Beast Boy, who is actually Thorax in disguise.
    • Rhymey's depiction in this story is one towards Mykan's beliefs that the girl (Terra, Kari, etc.) in a relationship is nothing more than a prize to be won by the guy (Beast Boy, Davis, etc.) and when the guy doesn't get the girl, he will become a villain. However, whereas Mykan tries (and fails) to make the guy a sympathetic villain as well as make the girl feel bad for driving the guy to villainy, Legendbringer points out just how unsympathetic and insane this type of character would be. Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash point out how Rhymey treats Fluttershy like an object rather than a living being. Fluttershy does not at all feel sorry for Rhymey whatsoever and other characters, particularly Rainbow Dash and Raven, point out just how abusive Rhymey is. Rhymey eventually joins the leagues of Dark Conquest to try and take Fluttershy back by force.
    • One of the more infamous parts of Starfleet Magic was Princess Cadance having a miscarriage because the author hated the fact that Cadance was Happily Married. In this story, it is revealed that the Dark King was actually a version of Shining Armor that was Driven to Villainy after he and Cadance lost their child.
    • In "The War Ends with Light", Dark Conquest is reading Ctrl+Alt+Del, and he calls it one of the greatest work. Knowing who Conquest is, this is definitely not meant to be a compliment from the author.
    • Evolution of Friendship is one to Mykan's other works, particularly his Digimon, Power Rangers, and Teen Titans fics.
    • There is a lighthearted jab at Starfire's Stripperiffic costumes.
    EQG Rarity: (sees a picture of Kory in a skimpy bathing suit) Um, maybe not let my models look like this.
    Donna Troy: (thinking) Darn it Kory.
  • Teen Pregnancy: EQG Ditzy had Dinky when she was still in her teens. Sunset helps Ditzy keep it a secret.
  • Teleportation Sickness: Trixie nearly vomits after getting teleported onto a prison planet.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Two of these are pulled in chapter 18.
    • The first is Krysta reading about the Flutter Ponies, whose true power is revealed through them making a brave sacrifice. Krysta tests this on herself by sacrificing herself to draw Conquest's zombie fairies away from Lightning, and is proven right, letting her come back stronger immediately afterward.
    • The second is Lightning tearing down the last pillar of Grand Ruler's power by fighting and dying against Dark Conquest. This one is subverted by Lightning using a golem to fake his death; while Conquest wasn't fooled for long, it did succeed in tricking Grand Ruler as intended.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: The reveal of Grand Ruler actively manipulating the minds of his people indicate that much of Starfleet's experiences (in other words, most of Starfleet Magic) were distorted versions of the actual events planted into their minds. For instance, during the events near the end of Starfleet Magic I, they believed Dementia, Repstallion, and Mysterious to be enslaving the Equestrians and fusing into a giant monster, when in reality they were actually defeated by the Equestrians and going to surrender, resulting in the trio being murdered in cold blood.
    • There seems to be a similar event occurring in the Equestria Girls universe.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: The Elements of Harmony and most of Fillydelphia choosing "good" over "lawful" results in a major victory for United Equestria. Of course, since the law in this case is set by Grand Ruler, it's not exactly a hard decision.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: Stated at the end of the seventh chapter. The author Legendbringer notes I Always Wanted to Say That.
    • Sure enough, the eighth chapter features Myte's death in front of his brother Dyno, Luna's Resistance and Lightning Dawn's team. It's actually pretty saddening.
      • In fact, the titles for chapters 8, 11, 14, and 16 all but spell out who's going to die. Each one refers to Myte, Buddy Rose, Artie Bristles and Rhymey Ward, respectively. However, this is subverted in the case of the last two, but only just.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Dementia, Mysterious and Rep-Stallion show they've taken in a few levels after being resurrected when in Chapter 5, they manage to defeat Lightning Dawn, Artie Bristles, Rhymey, Buddy Rose, Dyno and Myte with little to no injuries to themselves.
    • Trixie. She enters the story as the lowly assistant (and implied to be sexual partner, according to author's notes) of Abra, a complete hack in the magic business. She immediately levels up by ditching him (with a lengthy "The Reason You Suck" Speech done through an illusion) and promptly outwits several dangerous opponents with misdirection and cunning before saving her family and some civilians. Later, she projects her image into every reflective surface in the entire city of Detrot (including but not limited to mirrors, window panes, and spoons) to communicate with the population, and creates a full-scale illusion of Detrot several miles away from the original in order to stall the enemy. (Admittedly, the last feat nearly lands her in a coma from the strain.
    • Rainbow Dash herself has also taken in a few levels. Such skills she's gained over time include creating after-images, the Bare-Handed Blade Block and being able to destroy objects via vibration. All of which she demonstrates in a fight against Rhymey.
  • Undead Child: Lightning is horrified to discover Krysta's son, Twink, has become this, courtesy of the Necromancer.
  • Undeath Always Ends: The Flutterponies use their powers to destroy all the zombified fairies. Twink's spirit waves goodbye to Krysta before going to the afterlife.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Starfleet to the Equestrians and their enemies.
  • Unfortunate Names: Sunset has to assure Grey Son that the PE teacher before him, who was killed by Dai Shi, was indeed named "Cannon Fodder". She then muses that it's slightly better than the kid who wound up with the name Dead Meat (who, incidentally, is alive enough at that moment to protest that he got saddled with the family name "Meat").
  • [Verb] This!: During his battle with Rhymey in Chapter 16, Lightning tells him to "BELIEVE THIS!"
  • Villain Has a Point: Dark Conquest may be an asshole of the highest caliber and then some, but he does bring up some valid points about Starfleet. For instance, he points out that he wouldn't have a pissed-off army backing him up if it weren't for Starfleet's tendency to arrest people on a whim.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: It's revealed that the magic drain on the Equestrian population was caused by Moondancer attempting to bring Twilight Back from the Dead. Given the existence of Belle and Shining, she may have succeeded - just not in the way she planned.
  • Wham Episode:
    • In Chapter 7, Fratello attacks the Crystal Empire and fights his sister Cadance. Cadance not only triumphs and survives, she even purges Fratello of his hate and free him from the armor's influence.
    • Chapter 8 serves as a massive one with Raven killing Myte via snapping his neck and Dyno subsequently delivering a reason-you-all-suck speech to his teammates before quitting Starfleet.
    • Chapter 14 reveals that Dr. Emil Kudos and Raven were working for Grand Ruler all along in Starfleet Magic, with the latter being... coerced into it. Additionally, Kudos is now working for Dark Conquest.
    • With the title "Expose of the Past", Chapter 15 naturally throws around a lot of revelations.
    • Chapter 16 reveals the identities of the Dark King and his minions.
    • Chapter 17 gives off several reveals. Such reveals include: Titan officially being confirmed as an Equestrian (and Celestia and Luna's father, to boot), Lightning Dawn's enticorn form being a corruption of an ascended Alicorn form powered by hatred and rage, and Belle Amie and Shining Spark being revealed to be each other's missing half (albeit the two of them do not know this).
  • Chapter 21. Four words: Twilight Sparkle is back.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Abra Kadabra hasn't been seen since Trixie ditched him. Also, we haven't seen Fratello since Cadance purified him.
    • Fratello reappears in Chapter 13, and Abra shows up in Chapter 15.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Two, in fact. One set after the story to show the cast going about their lives after the defeat of Conquest, and another set eighteen years after that, featuring the new generation.
  • World-Healing Wave: After defeating Conquest and the Necromancer, the Elements of Harmony and the Elements of Fate combine their power to restore Equestria to the way it was before Grand Ruler came along.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: A couple of the Starfleet members think that they are in a standard "season" of Starfleet Magic when really it becomes obvious from the start that they are in a deconstruction of one. Grand Ruler, in particular, still seems to think that he's the Big Good and is still protected by Protagonist-Centered Morality.
  • You Are Not Alone: Madilyn says this while saving Sunset from Darkonda.
  • You Cannot Kill An Idea: Though Grand Ruler succeeds in assassinating Twilight Sparkle through Raven and Lightning Dawn, her discovery of Celesto's deception is carried on by the rest of the Mane Six and the Umbra Circle, who eventually unveil it to all of Equestria.
  • You Monster!:
    • Rainbow Dash calls Dark Conquest this when the heroes learn that Cookie Dough's wife and son had been killed.
    • Celesto is called this by Celestia when she finds out that he used an illusion that resembled her to tell Lightning it was Twilight's own fault she died in order to turn him into a weapon.
    • Prior to being brainwashed, Raven says this of Dr. Emil Kudos when he tells her that he held a baby unicorn under a faucet in order to see how long it could hold its breath.
  • You're Insane!: In Chapter 5, the Elements of Harmony's reaction to Lightning Dawn refusing to get aid and help the innocents caught up in Dark Conquest's army attacking.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: With the exception of Krysta, every fairy is now a ravenous zombie. Inverted in that the apocalypse caused the zombies instead of the other way around.

This is an imaginary story. Aren't they all?
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