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"Mysterious deaths and unexplained incidents plague Pony City. A standoffish transfer student has a secret: she is a magical girl sent to fight evil. She intends to complete her mission alone, but five others share her destiny... Welcome to Pony City, where friendship is magical girls."

Friendship Is Magical Girls — or alternately, Tomodachi wa Mahoushoujo — is an AU fic of a human version of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, using many ideas from the magical girl genre and partly inspired by Friendship Is Magic. It is slated to be divided into seven arcs, of which the first is currently complete. With the author MythrilMoth's unfortunate passing on May 6, 2019, the fic may remain incomplete.

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This Fanfic provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Pervert: While Spike is normally a straight up pervert, during a really serious moment where he was more concerned about the fact Twilight's mother was kidnapped, he accidentally sees Celestia in her underwear and quickly apologizes.
  • A-Cup Angst: Rainbow Dash is not happy to have the smallest chest of the group.
  • Adaptational Heroism: A mild version, but Silver Spoon is a lot nicer than her Beta Bitch canon version.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Played with; in canon, the Parasprites were merely animals that incidentally caused harm with their actions, rather than with any malice. Here, they're a type of Changeling, which actively harm their hosts.
    • Flash Sentry, of all people, is apparently part of a conspiracy to use Twilight to unseal Luna.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Sweetie Belle has a crush on Spike, who has a crush on Twilight, who only sees him as a brother figure.
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  • Ambition Is Evil: The cause of Sunset Shimmer's Face–Heel Turn was that she wanted power and glory for its own sake.
  • An Arm and a Leg: During the fight in Loyalty 9, Spike cuts off Gilda's hand, after she impales Applejack with it. Starscream later creates an animated silver replacement for her.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: The Shadowbolts threaten to go after all of the girls' loved ones in order to try and coerce them into unlocking a Lunar Seal for them.
  • Anti-Magic: Chaos Mist temporarily deadens the magic power of anyone exposed to it.
  • Arc Villain: Of all the major villains of the Magic Arc, Sunset Shimmer is the only one permanently dealt with at the end, leaving the others to return later.
  • Astral Projection: Celestia can do this with sunlight, but therefore only in places where it's daytime. After absorbing the Lunar Seal's magic, Sunset learns to do the same trick with moonlight.
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  • Avenging the Villain: Rarity ends up on the receiving end of this twice in the Magic Arc, due to killing Princess Pupa (Even though Trixie actually finished her off) — first, when Dungabeet realizes who she is, he attacks her, and later, Antleo specifically tracks her down to kill her.
  • Badass Bystander: Most of the girls get involved in fights with Changelings even before officially becoming mahoushoujo.
  • Badass Longcoat:
    • Applejack's mahoushoujo outfit includes a duster.
    • Eskarrg wears a leather one as part of his all black outfit.
  • Badass Normal:
    • Applejack is a powerhouse even before becoming a mahoushoujo.
    • Likewise Rarity, who's captain of the school Judo club long before gaining her Element.
    • Lightning Dust is a villainous example. In a setting full of demons, magic users, and ninjas, she's just really good at parkour. Then she gets her hands on a transformation locket, enabling her to channel Lunar Seal energy.
  • Bad Boss: Sunset Shimmer. Everyone who allied themselves with her came out worse for the experience. Trixie realizes this, and double-crosses her first.
  • Barely-There Swimwear: Rarity's swimsuit during the Pool Scene.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Sunset goads Chrysalis into launching the Infestation attack, knowing that it will result in the final Element awakening, granting her the opportunity to steal all of them and their power.
    • Fittingly, there's two in Loyalty 4, which is actually titled "Gambit": First, Gilda arranges a meeting with the mahoushoujo, while sending Lightning Dust and Starscream to attack their loved ones. Except it turns out the girls were expecting this, and had Spike and Twilight Velvet standing guard.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Rarity, definitely, and probably Fluttershy, too. Sunset Shimmer inverts this, since she's said to be strikingly beautiful, but is evil.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Fluttershy is still as sweet and kind as in canon, but in her first fight she manages to One-Hit Kill a Changeling who was handling the entire rest of the team. And then there's her Angel Mirror attack, which is pretty much Mind Rape. Basically, it's just a bad idea to piss her off.
  • Big Bad Friend: Rainbow Dash and Lightning Dust used to be friends, and Rainbow seems interested in rekindling that now that Lightning is back in town. Too bad she happens to be working for the main antagonists of the Loyalty Arc, who use her friendship with Rainbow to gain an edge on the mahoushoujo. When she eventually reveals herself, Rainbow is pissed.
  • BFG: Pinkie's weapon is a bazooka that fires various elemental attacks.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Being an action story, this happens repeatedly throughout.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While Flash acts quite friendly toward Twilight, he seems to be a part of a plot to use her and her Element to free Luna, and/or kill her. What he does to Spike at the end of Loyalty 7, beating him senseless after insulting him, Twilight, and Sweetie Belle, doesn't help his case.
  • The Bluebeard: Flash Sentry apparently has a history of easily seducing women to do whatever he wants, and has no problem with the idea of killing them. As of Loyalty 10, he's playing both Twilight and Trixie to help further his people's plans.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Applejack finishes off Antleo.
  • Break the Cutie: Brittany goes through this after her sister is killed and replaced by Lachesis, going almost catatonic, and clinging to Fluttershy's side because she's desperate not to be alone.
  • Breather Episode:
    • The two-part "Golden Week" episode (Magic 14 and 15), which comes right after the huge fight with the Infestation and start of the lead-up to the Magic Arc's conclusion.
    • "Pool" (Magic 18), the final chapter before the arc's finale, wherein all factions prepare for the final conflict.
    • "Date" (Loyalty 5), a Valentine's Day episode focused on Twilight and Spike's respective dates with Flash and Sweetie Belle. Until the final scene's Mood Whiplash.
    • "Refresh" (Loyalty 10) has the characters taking a chance to recover from the intense battle between the mahoushoujo and the Shadowbolts in the previous chapter, while letting all the factions prepare for making their next moves.
    • "Rival" (Loyalty 11) also has shades of this, as while it does feature a fight scene with the Infestation, it's mostly about a jealous Sweetie Belle following Spike as he shows Silver Spoon around town.
  • Broken Masquerade: While the girls are able to pass off a few of their fights as performances (thanks to Pinkie's status as a Net Idol), the government becomes aware of something going on, and the girls' connection to it, when they find Dungabeet's remains, and witness the city-wide fight with the Infestation. And then any hope of keeping things secretive goes out the window when Sunset blows up Kirin Tower to start her final battle with the mahoushoujo.
    • Though in fairness, nothing all that much really changes, aside from Twilight becoming an official ambassador from Sun Island, and the others being recognized as government agents.
  • Bury Your Gays: Hoity Toity — who Rarity describes as "incredibly gay" — is killed and replaced by Antleo.
  • Buxom Is Better: Except for Rainbow Dash and Twilight, all the Mane Six are quite well endowed.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Element of Harmony...(Magic/Loyalty/Laughter/Generosity/Kindness/Honesty)!"
  • Cain and Abel: Twilight and Sunset are cousins.
  • Calling Your Attacks: As to be expected from an anime/manga inspired story.
  • Cassandra Truth: None of the girls believe Spike when he says that Flash is responsible for his injuries, since it doesn't make any sense to them.
  • Catch-Phrase: Pinkie is fond of saying "smile" and "unsmile".
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Spike's powers run on lust, which he powers by undertaking perverted actions. However, he does show deep respect for the girls, and is overall a decent person.
  • Cliffhanger: Many chapters.
  • Combat Hand Fan: Both Rarity and Antleo fight with these.
  • Combat Stilettos: Pinkie, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Sunset all fight in them.
    • Fluttershy deconstructs this in Magic 13, not being used to fighting at all. Rarity helps her overcome this problem offscreen and by Magic 17, well...
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When Spike confronts Flash in Loyalty 7, he gets beaten so badly, he doesn't know what hits him.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Between the Soaring Lion Eagle and Emerald Flame Dragon clans — a member of the former killed the fiance of a member of the latter in a jealous rage. The latter then went into an Unstoppable Rage and wiped out all but a few of the Soaring Lion Eagles, leaving them to scatter to the far corners of the world. Gilda, the last living member of the clan, now wants to wipe out the Emerald Flame Dragons in return.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Rarity's school uniform skirt is described as such.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: This is pretty much how individuals in the Infestation talk even to each other, constantly using "that which is" and "the one who is" in all of their statements. And they won't shorten their sentences for anything. When one of them gets fed up with another, we get this gem:
    "Up that which is yours."
    • It gets lampshaded by Spike.
    The Infestation: "We are the Infestation, and we are here to complete that which is our mission, which is to capture the human male that is to be captured alive for conversion into that which is known as a Royal Drone for the purposes of mating with the one who is our Queen and deliver him to the one who is our Queen for conversion into a Royal Drone."
    Spike: "Okay, you know, I was worried for a second? But now I'm just bored."
  • De-Power: Sunset Shimmer at the end of the Magic Arc — Trixie steals her Lunar Seal magic, the Elements of Harmony strip her immortality, and Twilight removes her base magic powers.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: At one point, Sunset Shimmer gives Chrysalis a Lunar Seal to suck the magic from. While Chrysalis is thrilled with the amount of magic she got, Sunset absorbed most of it earlier and is basically giving Chrysalis the leftovers. This results in Sunset regaining her immortality and banishing Chrysalis to her own dimension. Needless to say, Chrysalis is not happy with this.
  • Dirty Kid: Spike is unusually obsessed with sex for a twelve year old.
  • Disappeared Dad / Missing Mom:
    • Applejack's parents, Fluttershy's parents, and Rainbow Dash's mother are all dead.
    • While it hasn't been commented on either way, Twilight's father is noticeably absent from the story.
  • Dope Slap: Twilight to Spike. Several times.
  • The Dragon: Eskarrg takes on this role for Chrysalis in the Loyalty Arc, assuming command of the remaining Changelings in Pony City and acting as her proxy.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • The Changeling Lachesis, after Fluttershy's Angel Mirror forces her to feel all the pain she's caused Brittany by killing her sister, lays down and lets Fluttershy kill her.
    • The Changelings in general are fond of making it look like their victims did this, if they don't Make It Look Like an Accident.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The mahoushoujo doing speeches at the start of fights. They do this for the first few chapters, but by the time Rarity joins the team, they've stopped.
  • Elite Mooks: Royal Changelings, who are more human-looking, and much more powerful than the normal ones.
  • Emotion Eater: In addition to love, as in canon, Changelings here can feed on any human emotion, using that to drain them of their lifeforce.
  • Empathic Weapon: Pinkie's bazooka can change attack modes (fire, water, lightning, etc) based on what she wants it to do.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Starscream is this for the Shadowbolts. While Gilda is driven by her desire for revenge against the Emerald Flame Dragons, and Lightning Dust is run by greed (and develops a personal grudge with Rainbow Dash), Starscream lacks any apparent motivation to fight the mahoushoujo — in fact, during the fight in Loyalty 9, she doesn't even participate. Combined with her mysterious identity and powers, there is very little we know about her.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Chrysalis is as evil as in canon, but deeply cares for her children.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Angel Bunny (and the other animals in Fluttershy's grandmother's shop) are all wary of the Parasprites.
  • Evil Former Friend: Lightning Dust to Rainbow Dash.
  • Expy: Princess Pupa is basically a female version of Perfect Cell.
  • Fanservice: A major component of this story. The mahoushoujo have very revealing or arousing outfits, some of which are outright Stripperiffic, and other scenes of fanservice abound: girls in underwear, girls in hot springs, girls nude, and so forth.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Snails is turned into a Changeling in order to serve as Chrysalis' Sex Slave, which leaves him little more than a monster in Snails' body. Trixie figures that Spike did Snips a favor by killing him before Sunset could sacrifice him to the same fate.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Trixie's Net Idol persona, G.P.T., is mentioned several chapters before she herself shows up.
    • The history of the rivalry between the Soaring Lion Eagle and Emerald Flame Dragon clans is discussed in the Magic Arc. This ends up playing a major role in the Loyalty Arc.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Snails starts out as one of Those Two Bad Guys to Sunset Shimmer, before she sacrifices him to Chrysalis, after which he's turned into Eskarrg and becomes The Dragon.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Frequently, although somewhat fitting given the nature of the 'fic.
  • Green Thumb: Applejack's magic guns are capable of causing plants to grow from the point of impact.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: How Fluttershy kills Dungabeet.
  • Hammerspace: Spike and Pinkie both make use of this.
  • Healing Factor: The form that Sunset Shimmer's immortality takes. While the Elements of Harmony temporarily suspend this, she regains it in time for the final battle thanks to the Lunar Seal. And then the full set of Elements remove it altogether.
  • Henshin Hero: Except for Twilight, none of the girls have any power when not in full mahoushoujo form.
  • Hidden Villain: Sunset Shimmer in her first couple of appearances, though she quickly reveals herself.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: During the Magic Arc's finale, it's strongly implied that Luna is manipulating Sunset through the Lunar Seal magic that she absorbed.
  • Hot Springs Episode: "Golden Week", the two-part Breather Episode in the middle of the Magic Arc, has the girls relaxing and bonding at a hot springs spa in the country.
  • Human Resources: Antleo's paper fan weapon is made of human flesh and bone.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Pinkie Pie calls the Shadowbolts' codenames silly, Rainbow Dash points out her own calling of her attacks "Smile _____ Vagina".
  • Idol Singer: Both Pinkie and Trixie are Net Idols. Pinkie is the more popular of the two.
  • In the Name of the Moon: The mahoushoujo do this for the first few chapters (with Spike even saying that "it's a mahoushoujo thing") but stop after a while.
  • Just Shoot Her: Snips does this to Twilight Sparkle. Luckily, she received medical attention in time.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Twilight has a spell for this, which helps maintain The Masquerade. The only time we don't see it work, it's on Rainbow Dash, who maintains some partial memory of events, leading to her hounding Twilight until Celestia has her undo it (it's implied this is because of her status as an Element Bearer).
  • Last of Her Kind: Gilda is the only remaining member of the Soaring Lion Eagle clan.
  • Le Parkour: Lightning Dust's preferred martial art.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Twilight and Spike. Which complicates the fact that he's in love with her.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Fluttershy, in keeping with her pacifistic nature, has this as a weapon.
  • Made of Iron: Bellosto, the physically largest of the Changelings, who No Sells everything that Pinkie throws and him, and nearly beats her to death before she gets one lucky shot in.
  • Magical Girl: Really? Nooo....
  • Magical Land: Sun Island.
  • Magic Wand: Twilight fights with a baton that can also turn into a rapier.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: In Loyalty 9, Applejack is impaled by Gilda, and nearly killed. When she's healed by Twilight and Cadence, she is initially shocked by what happened, but is more relieved that the wound was in her abdomen, not her breasts.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: It's standard practice for Changelings, once they're done impersonating someone, to make it look like they either died of freak accidents, natural causes, or suicide.
    • Celestia's agents in Neighpon also do this in order to back up The Masquerade.
  • Meganekko: Twilight wears glasses in her civilian guise, but doesn't actually seem to need them.
    • Silver Spoon as well, of course.
  • Monster of the Week: Changelings, though they don't appear in every chapter.
  • Monumental Battle: One of the first fights of the story is against a pair of Changelings on the top floor of Kirin Tower (an expy of Tokyo Tower). Then, at the end of the Magic Arc, Sunset blows it up and fights the mahoushoujo amongst the ruins.
  • Monumental Damage: Sunset kicks off the climatic battle of the Magic Arc by blowing up Kirin Tower.
  • Mood Whiplash: Loyalty 5, "Date", is a lighthearted Valentine's Day filler episode focusing on Spike and Twilight having dates with Sweetie Belle and Flash Sentry (respectfully), but in its last scene reveals that Flash is part of a conspiracy apparently aimed at killing Twilight.
  • Mooks: The Infestation take on this role in the Loyalty Arc, due to their numbers. Eskarrg actually refers to them as "cannon fodder".
  • Ms. Fanservice: All of the girls' mahoushoujo outfits make them this, though even when they're not in costume, Rarity and Pinkie still count.
  • Multipart Episode:
    • "Golden Week", due to length problems, was cut into two chapters by the author.
    • Due to the use of cliffhangers, the story has lots of these, though with each chapter having its own name.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Rainbow and Fluttershy being the only ones who get wings in mahoushoujo form, a nod to them being the pegasi of the group in canon.
    • The stuffed toy Flash wins Twilight on their first date just happens to be a purple Winged Unicorn.
    • Similarly, Twilight's magic staff has a top that's modeled to look like a unicorn's head.
    • After the Shadowbolts gain mahoushoujo forms, Lightning Dust and Gilda gain wings (and the latter's arms turn into eagle claws), in nods to their canon species.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Spike's reaction when he kills Snips in an Unstoppable Rage, after he shot Twilight.
  • New Transfer Student: Twilight, later Applejack.
  • Ninja: Spike, Trixie, and Gilda.
  • The Nose Knows: Flash, being a werewolf (see below), could sense Spike was following him solely from his scent, even through the Indifference charm.
  • Not Me This Time: Trixie, when questioned about the museum robbery at the beginning of the Loyalty Arc — according to her, if she had been responsible, she would have handled it well enough to not have to kill any guards in the process.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Twilight's mahoushoujo outfit. There's a Running Gag of people saying it makes her look like a dominatrix.
  • Off with His Head!: How Pupa is finished off by Trixie.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The Changelings' status as succubus/incubus-type creatures is enhanced here, including being from a dimension of darkness and can be summoned by dark magic users. Also, they take on the form of all different kinds of insects, rather than the uniform design they have in canon.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Flash is confirmed to be one by an author comment. And he's part of a larger group, which worships the imprisoned Luna and wants to free her.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The Shadowbolt known as Starscream uses magic that Twilight's never seen before.
  • Panty Thief: Spike has a tendency to do this, given his pervert-based powers. His crowning moment of this, however, is when he steals Rarity's off her body, without her realizing, thanks to him magically changing her outfit into a gi to fight in. She doesn't even realize until later, when she's changing back into her school uniform, and has to go commando all the way home.
  • Perception Filter: Spike's Indifference charm, which makes him functionally invisible when he uses it.
  • Playboy Bunny: Fluttershy's mahoushoujo outfit, to her embarrassment (and Spike's enjoyment).
  • Pool Scene: Near the end of Magic 18 (which is actually called "Pool"), the girls and Spike have one of these as a bit of last enjoyment before the showdown with Sunset. Though attentive readers will realize that the real point is to beef up Spike's lust-based powers.
  • Power of the Storm: Rainbow Dash's power set.
  • Precocious Crush: Spike on Rarity, as per canon. Though he's more seriously in love with Twilight, as it turns out.
  • Qipao: Rarity's mahoushoujo outfit.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Changelings who survive the Elements of Harmony being unleashed on the whole city form one of these.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When the Neighpon government gets a vague idea of what's going on, the Chrysanthium Empress advises her ministers to not take any drastic measures against the girls until such time as they know what's actually happening.
  • Refusal of the Call: Rarity's initial reaction upon learning of the mahoushoujo/Changeling struggle is to not get involved. However, after getting dragged into the fight again when Princess Pupa shows up, she accepts her Element and her role.
  • Related in the Adaptation: There's no known connection between Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer in canon, aside from both being Celestia's students. Here, however, they're cousins.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Applejack fights with a pair of six-shooters, which can combine into a shotgun.
  • Running Gag:
    • People commenting that Twilight's outfit makes her look like a dominatrix.
    • The girls threatening Spike with Groin Attacks.
  • Sailor Fuku: Silver Spoon is wearing one when she's introduced. Twilight tells her she looks cute in it.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • Luna, as per canon, with the six Lunar Seals ensuring she stays that way. When Sunset breaks one to absorb its power, the prison is weakened.
    • Discord is also alluded to be in his imprisoned state.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • Pinkie's producer, Cheese Sandwich, witnesses the fight with Pupa, and as such becomes the first non-mahoushoujo/Sun Island resident to know what exactly is going on.
    • Brittany also becomes aware of what's going on after Lachesis kills and replaces her sister. That being said, these events leave her so broken that she's not in any condition to tell anyone anything anyway.
      • And the above two both become a moot point after the masquerade is broken at the end of the Magic Arc.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Sunset Shimmer sacrificed her mother and drank her blood in order to become immortal.
  • Sequel Hook: The Magic Arc ends with several dangling threads — Trixie still on the loose (and empowered by a Lunar Seal), the remaining Changelings planning revenge, and in the last scene the Shadowbolts steal another Lunar Seal, before heading to Pony City.
  • Seven Deadly Sins / Seven Heavenly Virtues: Two of the major schools of magic in Sun Island use them as a power source. Most Ninja mages use sins, while virtues are typically healers.
    • Greed: The most common power source for the Emerald Flame Dragon clan.
    • Lust: Spike uses this as his power source.
    • Pride: Who else but Trixie.
    • Wrath: The power source of members of the Soaring Lion Eagle clan, such as Gilda.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Rainbow Dash's mahoushoujo outfit is an otherwise form-fitting leotard that bares her back, leaving room for her wings.
  • She's Got Legs: When Rarity is first introduced, attention is given to her long legs.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Sweetie Belle has a crush on Spike.
    • Twilight develops a thing with Flash Sentry.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The author seems to have a high understanding of Japanese culture and language, which has been incorporated into Neighpon society for the story.
    • The author's also done a lot of research into entomology, in order to individualize the various Changelings.
  • Sinister Scythe: Sunset Shimmer's weapon of choice.
  • Skinship Grope: Pinkie does this to Applejack and Rarity during the trip to the hot springs. They don't appreciate it.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Applejack and, to a lesser extent, Rarity.
  • A Storm Is Coming: In Loyalty 10, when commenting on all the things that have been happening lately, and all connected to the Lunar Seals, Cadence states that it feels like something bad is coming.
  • Stripperific:
    • Applejack's mahoushoujo outfit is just a bikini with a pair of shorts and an open duster over them.
    • Which is still decent compared to Sunset Shimmer's outfit, which is just a short skirt and a cape that covers the top halves of her breasts.
  • Tempting Fate: At the beginning of the Loyalty Arc, Pinkie says that now that things are getting back to normal, everything should be fine. Needless to say, this is at the same time that the Shadowbolts are plotting their next move.
  • Theme Naming: All the Changelings have names that are based on what kind of bug they resemble.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Eskarrg specifically tells the Infestation that he won't allow anyone but him to fight Spike.
  • The Rival: Sweetie Belle sees Twilight and Silver Spoon as this for her affections for Spike. For their parts, Twilight doesn't see him that way, and Silver decides to troll her by pretending to return the feeling.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Sunset Shimmer dominates her first fight with the mahoushoujo in Magic 5, only being defeated when the girls activate the Elements of Harmony and use them to weaken her.
    • Both fights with Royal Changelings go very poorly for the girls, with them only winning by virtue of a new mahoushoujo awakening.
    • The first fight with the Shadowbolts in Loyalty 3 only ends because Gilda is enraged by Spike's presence and leaves to plot a new strategy.
    • After the mahoushoujo manage to defeat the Shadowbolts easily in their rematch in Loyalty 4, you might start to think they're not as threatening. Come Loyalty 9, this gets flipped on its head, as thanks to gaining Lunar Seal-powered mahoushoujo forms, they nearly kill Applejack, and only lose because Starscream doesn't fight, and Spike mutually fights Gilda into a bloody mess.
  • This Is Reality: Scootaloo thinks Rainbow Dash and her friends' battles against the forces of evil are awesome, but Rainbow scolds her by pointing out that unlike in movies and anime, these situations are scary and people get hurt.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Snips and Snails.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Played with. Usually, the mahoushoujo can transform without anyone interfering, but a couple of times it's different:
    • During the first fight with Trixie, she swoops in and steals the lockets before they can use them.
    • During Pinkie's fight with Bellosto, she says the transformation call really fast when he charges her.
  • Transformation Trinket:
    • The Elements of Harmony are presented as such here, being gems that are inserted into lockets.
    • After Lightning Dust steals Rainbow's locket, Starscream is able to adjust it for her (and reverse engineer bracers for herself and Gilda) to channel the Lunar Seal's energy for them in the same way as the Elements.
  • Traintop Battle: Pinkie's fight with Bellosto. It starts inside the train when she mistakes him for a common groper, then quickly gets taken onto the roof when they both switch into battle form.
  • Underboobs: Sunset Shimmer, whose "top" is just a cape that happens to clasp across the top of her breasts.
  • Unknown Rival: Trixie considers Pinkie the only thing stopping her from being the top Net Idol. Pinkie responds by pointing out that Trixie's never been anywhere near the top of the Net Idol list, even without Pinkie's presence.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Members of the Emerald Flame Dragon Clan are vulnerable to this if they ever let their anger get the better of them, signified by their magic flames going from green to red. This happened in the past to Spike's master's father, who nearly wiped out the rival Soaring Lion Eagle clan singlehandedly after one of them killed his fiance. Spike falls into it himself when Snips shoots Twilight, hunting him down and killing him in cold blood.
  • Verbal Tic: Snips and Snails have "choki" and "noso" respectively.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Pinkie makes use of this, to everyone else's confusion.
  • Villainous Crush: Chrysalis wants Spike as a Royal Drone (i.e. a sex slave).
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left:
    • Sunset and the Shadowbolts both retreat during their first encounters with the mahoushoujo. The latter face the team directly more often, so they actually do this a lot.
    • Trixie does this repeatedly, in keeping with being a ninja.
  • Villainous Rescue: Trixie does this twice, of the The Only One Allowed to Defeat You variety: she helps finish off Pupa (who had attacked her first), and later incapacitates Sunset during the final fight with her in order to steal her Lunar Seal magic from her (giving the girls the edge to defeat her).
  • Villain Team-Up:
    • Sunset Shimmer and Chrysalis are in a tenuous alliance throughout the Magic Arc, which also comes to include Trixie, when Sunset hires her to help deal with the mahoushoujo. This falls apart when Sunset backstabs Chrysalis for her own ends, and Trixie realizes that she's not going to get paid, so betrays Sunset herself.
    • In Loyalty 10, Flash sets out to recruit Trixie to aid his people in their plans against the mahoushoujo.
  • White Mage: Cadence and Twilight's mother, Twilight Velvet, have only ever shown knowledge of healing magic.
  • Why Won't You Die?: During the fight with Princess Pupa, she shrugs off enough damage from the mahoushoujo's attacks that a frustrated Pinkie uses an energy attack she just calls "Just Die Already" (albeit inserted into the Word Salad mentioned below).
  • Winged Humanoid:
    • Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy when in mahoushoujo form. Twilight has no idea why.
    • Lightning Dust and Gilda also become this after channeling Lunar Seal magic through a transformation locket.
  • Word Salad Attack Names: Pinkie. Every attack she uses is phrased as "Smile ____ Vagina". Word of God is that this is a parody of Star Gentle Uterus.
  • World-Healing Wave: When all six Elements are awakened for the first time, they unleash a wave of energy that wipes out not only the entire Infestation, but also every other Changeling in the city, except a handful of the most powerful.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Shadowbolts have no problem threatening Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle along with the rest of the mahoushoujo's loved ones.
  • X on a Stick: Rainbow Dash's weapon can be best summed up as spikes on a stick.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Sunset sacrifices Snails to Chrysalis to appease her, and would have done the same to Snips if Spike hadn't killed him.
  • You're Insane!: The general reaction to Sunset absorbing the magic of one of the Lunar Seals.
    • This is also Twilight's reaction to realizing that Gilda wants to do the same thing.
  • Zerg Rush: The Infestation — an army of cockroach-like Changelings — are unleashed on Pony City en masse, in order to overwhelm the mahoushoujo with sheer numbers. Though Sunset has ulterior motives there.
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