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It's Showtime, Pony Style!

"Magic – a mysterious force in this world, capable of bending reality. At the beginning, magic was studied as progressively as a science, with as many kinds of magic as there are stars in the night’s sky. But as civilizations advanced, many forms of magic were forgotten.

As time passed, only a few known forms of magic are common place in Equestria..."

Long ago, a pair of magicians wielded a type of magic lost to history. Their rivalry lead to both great good, and the creation of a great evil...

So begins the Lost Tales of the Phantoms, a book Twilight Sparkle happened upon one day at a traveling bookstore. The unicorn is left fascinated by the idea of a long lost type of magic from an age that history has long since forgotten and filled with a desire to learn more. However, the legend suddenly become all too real when one of the Phantoms sets its sights on her and Spike. But before the monster can succeed, a young dragon name Haru saves them using the same ancient magic of which the legend spoke...


Friendship is SHOWTIME crossover fanfic between Kamen Rider Wizard and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic by MangaKamen, set in an Alternate Universe from both series diverging shortly after "The Ticket Master".

Another fic revolving around Kamen Rider Double has been written set in the same universe.

Tropes appearing in this story:

  • Adaptational Badass: Trixie. She actually manages to fair better fighting the supercharged Minotaur Phantom than she did the Ursa in canon and puts herself in harms way to distract Dragon!Wizard long enough for Haru to regain control, saving Twilight's life. Even more impressively, she's completely in character.
    • Phoenix, while he was unquestionaly a badass in canon was only a physical threat as a Psychopathic Manchild Brute. Here, he's a Genius Bruiser Warrior Therapist easily able to formulate (well, steal from Medusa and then put into motion) Evil Plans, a witty Deadpan Snarker, and not only defeated Haru his physical combat, but psychologically as well, with a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    • Somewhat applies to the Phantom race in general. While the original series had the Phantoms never really succeed in their simple goal 'make more Phantoms,' here they have other goals besides it such as releasing Wolzard from his prison that they actually succeed it.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The White Wizard is much more unambiguously good in this story than in canon. Justified, as Word of God has said they're not making it an exact copy of the Kamen Rider Wizard series and many characters are thus completely different.
    • There's a bit of Fridge Brilliance to this, because it takes place in a world where friendship is magic. With that in mind, how else would he become that powerful?
  • Adaptational Villainy: In canon, Dragon never lived up to his threats of taking over Haruto's body, and regularly helped him for completely unexplained reasons...Here, he lives up to his hype acting as Haru's sociopathic Superpowered Evil Side actively trying to bringing him past the Despair Event Horizon and has to be chained by the Elements of Harmony in order for Haru to use the Dragon Styles.
    • Make no mistake, Sora was a very bad man in the original show, but here he's even worse! On top of being The Sociopath, He's a misanthropic, bigoted, nihilistic who basically tricked a family into committing suicide for fun.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: To both series. The plot diverges from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic shortly after "Ticket Master", and Haru and the Phantoms are Equestrian natives. Some details of how Wizard's magic and the Phantom's work have also been changed as well.
  • Anti-Magic: Blue Phantoms suck up pony magic like a sponge and the magic of Orange Phantoms can only be undone by Haru's type of magic. Only Blue Phantoms can't be harmed by magic though.
  • Ascended Extra: Minotaur and Hellhound. In Kamen Rider Wizard, they were simply the first two Monsters of the Week and Minotaur was destroyed in one episode. Here, they're both part of Harpy's crew and last considerably longer.
    • Implied with Trixie. Word of God has said they have plans for her, when she's only appeared in two episodes of canon.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Besides Breaking the Fourth Wall to read the summary that the author left on his desk, Pinkie Pie was also able to figure out that Haru was originally a pony based on his eyes, the fact that he has a cutie mark, and his knowledge of pony culture.
  • A Wizard Did It: In-Universe, Haru uses this as his response to Rainbow Dash asking him why Ghouls explode and how Gilda's picture of herself and Rainbow that Djinn had destroyed was restored.
    • One that actually makes a good deal of sense is that according to Word of God, the changes in how Haru's magic works (such as being able to use Connect to go from place to place and the Multi Ring allowing him to copy the WizarSwordGun outside of Dragon Styles) are due to Equestria being as magical as it is already, thus meaning Wizard has more Mana to play around with.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Wizard and Rainbow Dash in Spell 9 against Ghouls.
    • Wizard and Red Racer in Intermission 2 against the Zoku Rangers. Applebloom even comments on how awesome they look doing it.
    • Spell 18 gives us Wizard and OOO.
    • And in Spell 22, we get a double dose. First, it's Haru and Kai vs. a bunch of Ghouls, with Shining Armor joining them as they fight against Wolzord, and against Hades Beast Troll, we get Kabuto and Kiva.
  • Badass Biker: Once Haru gets Machine Winger in Spell 10.
  • Badass Boast: Medusa gets one in Spell 21:
    Medusa: I’m not like other Phantoms, Ring Mage. You may have defeated a number of my brethren, and even toppled Phoenix off of his high and mighty tower, but I’m in a league all of my own.
  • Badass Crew: The cast includes the Mane Six and two Kamen Riders, all of which are close friends and more than capable of kicking flank if need be.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Haru was a pony, but ended up being turned into a dragon during the eclipse ritual.
  • Bag of Holding: Sora has one. He also tends to do a Rummage Fail when looking for something in it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A lesson that Phoenix learned the hard way. Fluttershy was able to frighten him with The Stare.
  • Big Bad: The Wise One (Wiseman's analog), though he's yet to be seen.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Haru saving Twilight and Spike from Minotaur in Spell 1
    • Applejack and Twilight return the favor in Spell 6, saving him from the Gnome Phantom.
    • In Spell 13, Trixie of all ponies gets one when she distracts Dragon!Wizard when he's about to kill Twilight to drive Haru into despair, managing to save Twilight's (and probably Haruto) life.
  • Big Good: The White Wizard and Princess Celestia both seem to qualify. They're actually old friends.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: There's no way to sugarcoat it. Underneath his Pinkie Pie-esque wackiness, Sora is a monster.
  • Blood Knight: Phoenix, as in canon. He outright admits he doesn't give a darn if his plan in Spell 14 succeeds in making more Phantoms, so long as it gets him a fight with Haru.
  • Breather Episode: Intermission 6, which is a mostly comical crossover with Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger, coming right after a major Wham Episode.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Hellhound got one, after Phoenix asked him if he was the one who stole one of Phoenix's feathers.
  • Brought Down to Badass: The Mane Six, being they're simply normal ponies without the Elements but still manage to be helpful to Haru in fighting the Phantoms. Special mention goes to Applejack and Twilight saving Haruto from Gnome in Spell 6 and Rainbow Dash teaming up with Wizard in Spell 9.
  • The Cameo: During the first Intermission chapter, Haru's new ring brings Gentaro to Ponyville briefly.
    • Spell 20 gives us a two-for-one special with Tendou and Wataru. In their case, it's probably an Early-Bird Cameo, since they showed up in the same chapter that the Monster of the Week made its first appearance in.
    • In the comic book adaptation, it seems the village elder who chose the White Wizard over Wiseman is none other then Barza.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Phoenix's ability to come Back from the Dead is this, with shades of Power Degeneration. When he was vexed by the way Manticore had poisoned Haru, he tried to transform into his full Phantom form, but wasn't able to complete the transformation.
  • Cerebus Retcon: "Sonic Rainboom" is apparently going to get this, judging by the fact that Rider Nitoh lost one of his wings and has made Haru promise not to tell Rainbow Dash or Fluttershy about it, because he doesn't want to ruin their memories of an important event.
  • Catchphrase: "It's Showtime" and "A Wizard Did It" for Haru.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Pinkie Pie, as per usual. In fact, she's so crazy that even Haru, a dragon magician that regularly fights demons born from despair, finds her bizarre.
    • Sora/Gremlin as well. His first real appearance involves wondering into the library (in pony form) and promptly mistaking it for a pizzeria due to Spike singing about pizza, which he joins in.
  • Childhood Friends: Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Kosuke, Gilda, and Shou were all this.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Cyclopsis has the ability to make others sing and dance along with him. However, it only works on Phantoms, making it more or less useless for making Gates. Cyclopsis, however, is stll strong enough not to depend on it.
  • Crossover: Aside from being the main point of the fic, several other Sentai and Tokusatsu shows make an appearance, Riders in particular.
    Medusa: And once we've found this deserter, we'll awaken the holder of N Ma's Eye.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Haruto's first two fights with the Minotaur Phantom.
    • Dragon!Wizard vs. the supercharged Minotaur Phantom.
    • Phoenix's beatdown of Wizard in Spell 15. To be fair, Haru does better than Haruto did in canon, but he's still ultimately no match for Phoenix.
    • Just like in canon, Haru gets to return the favor in Spell 16.
    • Spell 18: Kintaros!Haru vs. the Gamefowl Yummy. He doesn't even transform.
      • Wizard and OOO vs. the Shocker Greeed (likely due to this time having the numbers advantage).
    • Spell 21: Medusa dishes on out to Wizard.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Nitoh. He can transform into Beast Rider, but in exchange he has to constantly eat Phantoms or Gruuls. This leads to some conflict between him and Haru in the beginning.
  • Dance Battler: Haru once accidentally uses the Dance Ring in a middle of a fight. He manages to use it to become this...and channel Ryutaros.
  • Dead Fic: Has not updated in almost six years.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Phoenix.
  • Demoted to Extra: Medusa and Phoenix. While still the Wise One's Co-Dragons, Medusa has thus far only appeared once and Phoenix doesn't show up in person until Spell 13. Inverted with Sora/Gremlin, who begins playing a role in the story considerably earlier than in the actual show.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Just like the actual show, the Phantom's goal is to drive Gates over this.
  • Detachment Combat: The Zombie Phantom is capable of this.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Harpy is the primary antagonist early on, being The Heavy, but eventually Medusa, Phoenix, and Gremlin take over personally, as they do in canon and Harpy, Hellhound, and Minotaur are all killed off by Gremlin.
  • The Dreaded: Phoenix seems to have the reputation among the Lesser Phantoms to the point Hellhound literally wets himself in terror when confronted by him. Hellhound outright says he's this.
    Phoenix: What do you call something that even monsters fear? What is a name that is tied to fear? What makes even the most diabolical of nightmares pale in comparison?
  • Dual Wielding: The Multi Ring, which lets Haru multiply his WizarSwordGun allows him to do this. Due to his Prehensile Tail, he can actually wield up to three at once.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: The Harpy Phantom. While its unrevealed whether she's a Greater Phantom or not, she appears to be higher ranked than the Lesser Phantoms and serves as The Heavy, with the Wise One, Medusa, and Phoenix thus far remaining in the background.
    • Sora/Gremlin seems to be serving this role as well, once he appears.
  • Dynamic Entry: Haru has made a habit of making Big Damn Heroes entrances with an untransformed Rider Kick.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Spell 19 has Kai have an Establishing Character Moment that is a carbon copy of the one he had in Mahou Sentai Magiranger: climing a weathervane to retrieve a balloon that a filly accidentally let go of.
  • Enemy Mine: In Intermission 7, Phoenix and Toq-6 team up to fight a Shadow Overseer named Rook. Phoenix mainly did it because fighting Rook seemed like fun.
  • Enemy Within: The Dragon Phantom, just as in canon. However, in this fic, it's played up considerably to the point of a Superpowered Evil Side and requiring Dragon to be restrained via the Elements of Harmony in order for Flame Dragon to be safely used.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Sora/Gremlin wondering into the library and joining Spike in singing about pizza, at which point he mistakes it for a pizzeria due to said song. He then gives Twilight a book he somehow enchanted to bring Red Racer and the Bousou Sentai Zokuranger to Ponyville For the Lulz.
    • Just like in the series he came from, Kai gets one by climbing up a weathervane to retrieve a balloon that a filly had accidentally let go of.
    • Wolzord proved that he is just as much a Noble Demon as in canon, if not even more so, by meeting Lyra and Bon Bon after he was awoken, asking them where he was, asking which way Canterlot Castle was, and thanking them by telling them that they had five minutes to leave the city safely.
    • Tendou got one in canon by calmly continuing to walk without attempting to dodge when a thief tried to attack him, because if he had tried to dodge, it would have ruined his tofu, and somehow came out of it unscathed. Here, he did the same thing with Troll, with the exact same result.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The Harpy Phantom genuinely loves the Phantoms in her group like her children. This is unusual in Phantoms, who mainly consider emotions just things to manipulate to drive Gates over the Despair Event Horizon. Gremlin's words imply this is because she retained some of her human heart.
  • Evil Matriarch: The Harpy Phantom.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When the Shocker Greeed sees the Combination Attack Finishing Move heading his way, his reaction is to do the Shocker salute and praise Dai-Shocker as he's destroyed.
    Shocker Greeed: “To the illustrious Dai Shocker! DAI BANZAI!!!”
  • Faux Affably Evil: Phoenix is able to act rather chill and laid back, but it's just an obvious Mask of Sanity to hide how Axe-Crazy he is.
  • For Want of a Nail/In Spite of a Nail: Played with. While many of the canon events from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic continue as they did in the series, some things are changed by Haru and the Phantoms presence, such as "The Griffin Brush Off" having Gilda and Rainbow Dash making amends thanks to Djinn and Haru.
    • While "Boast Busters" begins similarly, despite Haru being hired as Trixie's assistant, it ends up changing drastically when Sora convinces Snips and Snails to pick a monster for Trixie to stop; Minotaur.
    • Phoenix's presence in "Dragonshy" also changes a few things as well.
    • "Fall Weather Friends" is slightly different (at first) because Kosuke has a similar rivalry with Rainbow as Applejack. It still ends with Applejack and Rainbow winning and wanting to compete at the Running of the Leaves to decide who wins.
  • Fusion Fic: Subverted. While some plot points are maintained, the fic is not simply 'Kamen Rider Wizard in Equestria', giving the Phantoms, the White Wizard, and Wiseman completely different backstories (likely in part due to their backstory not yet being revealed in the show). Even Haru differs considerably from Haruto, other than Haru being a Dragon. Also, the storylines of both series are happening at the same time, and interact, instead of one taking priority over the other.
  • Genius Bruiser: Phoenix, surprisingly. He's able to formulate his own Evil Plans without Medusa's direction and was easily able to psychologically dissect and destroy Haru.
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: Applejack tries this to snap Haru out of his Heroic BSoD. Unfortunately, it doesn't work, in part because Phoenix chooses that moment to show up.
  • Gratuitous French: Pierre Escargot/Gnome Phantom spouts this. Justified because...well, that's his Gate's native language.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The Wise One's jealousy of the White Wizard caused him to turn from a Friendly Rival into a Rival Turned Evil.
  • Handicapped Badass: Nitoh, who lost one of his wings.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Dryad arranges for herself, Harpy, Hellhound, and Minotaur to go into protective custody to protect themselves from the Higher Phantoms so they can live in peace. Unfortunately, Gremlin proceeds to corrupt Harpy, Hellhound, and Minotaur into berserk monsters via the Akumaizer's tomb and them murders them himself before they get the chance to join her.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The Dryad Phantom makes one.
  • Heroic BSoD: Haru enters one in Spell 13 after Dragon nearly kills Twilight after he gave him control to stop the out of control Minotaur Phantom. He finally breaks out of it in Spell 16 after being told You Are Not Alone by the Mane Six.
  • He's Back!: Haru in Spell 16 after the Mane Six tell him You Are Not Alone, breaking him out of his Heroic BSoD. He proceeds to Curbstomp Phoenix with Flame Dragon.
  • Hope Spot: During Spell 28, Haru and Nitoh manage to nonlethally subdue the berserk Minotaur and Hellhound in hopes of freeing them so they can go with Dryad into protective custody...then Gremlin shows up and murders Harpy, Minotaur, and Hellhound in coldblood.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode is called a Spell, and if it takes place during a canon episode, one spell is likely going to have a similar name. Also, debut arcs (Flame Dragon and Kamen Rider Beast) have the Transformation Name Announcement composing the title.
  • In-Series Nickname: Haru's full name is Haruto Souma, but he goes by Haru.
    • Likewise, Nitoh is apparently called Neato, at least by his old friend Fluttershy.
  • It Amused Me: As in the actual show, this seems to be Sora/Gremlin's motivation for whatever he does.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Trixie, who turns out to not be so bad when you get to know her. She may be a selfish braggart, but she actually saves Twilight's life from Dragon!Wizard when she could've just ran away.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Phoenix. Not only is he The Dreaded among the Phantoms, he's even more of a threat than in canon and beats the hell out of Haru along with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    • Sora/Gremlin once he reveals what's Beneath the Mask. He proceeds to arrange Harpy, Minotaur, and Hellhound into being corrupted into mindless monsters by the Akumaizers' tomb, then when Nitoh and Haru refuse to kill them, proceeds to murder all three in coldblood in front of Dryad.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Shining Armor. If he ever finds out that someone has hurt Twilight, the culprit is on notice that if they even come close to her again, he'll be gunning for them. Too bad this was revealed in response to Dragon!Haru almost killing Twilight.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Haru is a dragon (though a young one and not even close to fully grown). There's also the Wizardragon, his Inner Phantom.
  • Lampshade Hanging: This excerpt from Spell 2 shows how Haru does this with his Big Damn Heroes moment in that chapter.
    “I never understood why heroes waited till the last minute to save others,” a familiar suave voice sounded out. “I guess it just adds to the dramatics, but it seems a bit risky for my tastes.”
  • Losing Your Head: Dullahan has the ability to do this at will. Makes since, given his basis is normally headless. It's also how he survived his body being destroyed.
  • Mama Bear: The Harpy Phantom towards her group, to the point she tries to attack Medusa when she finds out the Higher Phantom used her group as bait for Wizard. It doesn't do any good, but its the thought that counts.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Sora/Gremlin. He effortlessly manipulates Harpy, Hellhound, and Minotaur into playing into his hooves.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: The Dragon forms, just like in canon.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Sora has a very, very low view of his own species, to the point of being flat out nihilistic.
  • Monster of the Week: The Phantoms, as in Kamen Rider Wizard, though each one gets at least two chapters dedicated to it (the first chapter of each arc may be Slice of Life).
    • Spell 1-2: Minotaur (though thanks to Harpy's intervention, he escaped).
    • Spell 4-6: Gnome.
    • Spell 8-9: Djinn.
    • Spell 12-13: Minotaur again, only this time upgraded by Gremlin.
    • Spell 14-16: Phoenix.
    • Spell 17-18: Spring Heel Jack, Shocker Greeed, and the Chicken Yummy.
    • Spell 19-22: Zombie, Wolzard, and the Hades Beast Troll.
    • Spell 23-25: Manticore.
    • Spell 26-28: Harpy, Minotaur (again), and Hellhound manipulated to their doom by Gremlin.
    • Spell 29-32: Dullahan.
  • Mood-Swinger: Phoenix has shades of this, as noted in story by Hellhound. He can go from threatening to kill someone, to being friendly, to punching them in the face. However, it seems the laid back side is a Mask of Sanity to hide his violent side.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Haru's reaction to Dragon almost killing Twilight because he let the Phantom possess him to have the power to defeat the supercharged Minotaur.
  • My Greatest Failure: The White Wizard feels this way about not arriving in time to stop the Sabbath ritual.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Thanks to the Phantoms Gilda and Rainbow Dash end up rebuilding their friendship instead of Gilda just storming off.
    • Also thanks to Gremlin's games, Trixie's cart isn't destroyed, she isn't publicly humiliated as severely, and she ends up on good terms with the Mane Six. In fact, she manages to show them she's got some genuine bravery in her by saving Twilight's life.
    • Psh. There's one that crosses over into Hoist by His Own Petard. In Spell 16, because Phoenix tried to attack the Mane Six, Haru fought him, in spite of how their previous battle went. This allowed Fluttershy, who up until that point had been scared of him because he was a dragon, to realize that Haru was a pretty nice guy, thereby earning him her friendship. This allowed the Elements of Harmony to be used to bind Dragon so Haru could use Dragon's power to unlock Flame Dragon, and allow Phoenix to be the one on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle for a change.
  • No-Sell: Phoenix when Haru hits him with a triple Slash Strike. Though he actually compliments him on being strong enough to force Phoenix to block instead of just taking it head on as he'd do with most fire.
    • Kintaros!Haru does this to the Gamefowl Yummy. In fact, the Yummy's arm shatters.
    • Beast does this to Spring Heel Jack's daggers.
  • Not Quite Dead: Dullahan survived due to his head not being destroyed.
  • Oh, Crap!: Hellhound has this reaction to seeing Haru defeat Phoenix.
    • Phoenix has a rapid fire series of comedic ones in Intermission 4 while talking to Pinkie in his pony form.
  • Oh, My Gods!: Haru uses 'Tsuyoshi Kida', the main screen writer of Kamen Rider Wizard in this fashion in a parody of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fics using Lauren Faust in this fashion.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Wizard and Kamen Rider OOO vs. the Shocker Greeed, Spring Heel Jack Phantom, and Chicken Yummy in Spell 17, which sadly we don't see. Though Word of God has said we'll get a real fight in the future, though all three apparently escape.
  • One-Winged Angel: Implies to be the case with Sora/Gremlin, just like in canon.
    • He tricks Minotaur, Hellhound, and Harpy into being corrupted by the Akumaizers' tomb into stronger, berserk forms.
    • Thanks to the ToQgers, Wizard does this during the crossover, turning into Wizardragon to finish the fight.
    • A more conventional example: Dullahan's Centaur form. Noteably it's the only one of these that's actually voluntary.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: As in canon;
    Haru: It's showtime!
    • Beast gets a good one before attacking the Spring Heel Jack Phantom.
    Beast: I don’t really care for your ‘task’. All I see is a main course with two side dishes.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Kamen Rider Beast as he finishes off the Spring Heel Jack Phantom in response to Spring Heel's last words.
    Kamen Rider Beast: Wanna know the name? Then take it with you as you get devoured! BEAST!"
  • Prehensile Tail: Haru has one.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Happens to Haru and Rainbow Dash when fighting Djinn's upgraded Ghouls. Haru promptly returns the favor by using the Excite Ring.
  • Rasputinian Death: Dullahan. He gets beheaded, impaled through the chest, has both arms shattered, but still keeps fighting until he's destroyed. And even then, he survived because his head was still alive.
  • Really 700 Years Old: The legend of the White Wizard implies he's either this or a Legacy Character. His interaction with Celestia confirms he's this and, according to her, older than she and Luna!
  • Red Herring: Gilda was hinted to be the Djinn Phantom, but it turned out Djinn was trying to frame her, just as she had been doing for months because Gilda is actually the Gate.
  • The Rival: Kosuke and Rainbow have a bit of one, particularly during the Iron Equestrian Competition.
  • Rival Turned Evil: In this universe, at least according to legend, the Wise One was the White Wizard's friendly rival until his jealousy drove him to create the Phantoms.
  • Rule of Cool: After learning that Haru never learned to breathe fire, Spike replies to his statement that it was a fair trade-off for his magic powers that breathing fire is awesome. Haru consents the point.
  • Rummage Fail: In Intermission 2, Sora had one as he pulled several objects out of his saddlebag, including a lunchbox, a deck of playing cards, an video game controller, a rubber chicken, a real chicken, an extremely long oar, a bouquet of wilted roses, and a rubber bat mask before he finally found the book that had Red Racer and the Bousou Sentai Zokuranger sealed in it.
    • And in Intermission 4, the same character pulled a freshly baked apple pie, a plushie of a bear in a red and white jumpsuit, several pink flamingo lawn ornaments, a box of french fries, a paintball gun, a purple and white guitar with the name 'Axel' written on it, lint, more lint, a lot more lint, a half-eaten granola bar, and some balloon animals, some of them resembling Twilight's friends, from his saddlebag before he found what he was really after: the green magic stone that Haru could use to create the Hurricane Dragon Ring and several sheets of paper with information about the Gremlin Phantom, AKA him.
  • Running Gag: Spike wanting to eat Haru's familiars.
    • Just like in the original series, Haru's donuts tend to have a high casualty rate before he eats them.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Well, relatively speaking given his species. Haru is a skilled magician, but never learned how to breathe fire in part due to his magic rendering it somewhat redundant.
    • Arguably justified. Before the Sabbath ritual, Haru was a stallion, not a dragon.
  • Sadistic Choice: Wolzard gives Shining Armor one in Spell 22: divide his forces to deal with a troll that Wolzard summoned and risk letting Wolzard get into the Castle, or keep up their defense and allow the troll to run rampant.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Wolzard was imprisoned in the mines under Canterlot until the Phantoms released him.
  • Shared Universe: With In Search of F, which deals with this universe's Kamen Rider Double.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Said Zombie Phantom is described to physically resemble Lord Raptor/Zabel Zarock from the Darkstalkers series
    • Spell 23 had Manticore saying this.
    Manticore: I think I've drawn the perfect hand – After all, a wild Ring Mage appeared.
    • Spell 24 has Nitoh introduce himself the same way Gai Ikari did when he made his debut as his team's Sixth Ranger.
  • Shipper on Deck: Rarity ships Twilight with Haru.
  • Sixth Ranger:
    • While Haru isn't a bearer, he's this for the mane six for all intents and purposes, as once he joins them, he becomes their close friend and a great ally.
    • Nitoh, as in the main series, joins up as the Second Rider.
  • Smug Super: Several Phantoms, but Beelzebub takes the cake. He's so confident in his abilities that he outright refuses to train. Wolzard warns him relying so much on a single tactic is not a smart idea, but Beelzebub doesn't listen.
  • Straw Nihilist: After Sora reveals what's Beneath the Mask, he comes off as extremely nihilistic, seeing himself and all other Phantoms as worthless stains on life.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Dragon can possess Haru, with his permission, giving him enough power to deliver a Curbstomp Battle to the supercharged Minotaur, but unfortunately, Dragon isn't too keen on letting Haru regain control and, after winning, tries to kill Twilight to drive Haru over the Despair Event Horizon.
    • This is likely why the Bearer's support for Haruto combined with the Elements of Harmony is needed to chain Dragon before Flame Dragon can be safely used.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: Haru's finisher to the Djinn Phantom; after using the Multi Ring on his WizarSwordGun, he hits her with the Sword Strike finishing move with eight different swords in quick succession.
  • This Cannot Be!: Phoenix's reaction to being beaten by Haruto's newly acquired Flame Dragon.
    Phoenix: How? How did that little spark of yours turn into an inferno!? I can’t believe this!
    • Hellhound has a similar reaction once Haru defeats Phoenix.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Phoenix thinks the Dragon is weak for Fluttershy cowling him...then Fluttershy turns the stare on him. He also underestimates Haru, who ultimately unlocks his Mid-Season Upgrade and curbstomps him.
  • Tragic Villain: Harpy, Minotaur, and Hellhound. They might not have been good ponies, but the Higher Phantoms forced them to and when Dryad arranges for them to finally be safe, Gremlin murders the three of them in cold blood.
  • Victim of the Week: The Gates. The story will sometimes introduce multiple ponies that could be the Gate, with Haru figuring out which one it really is being part of the plot.
    • Spell 1-2: Twilight Sparkle or Spike (due to Minotaur never being destroyed, they're still targets)
    • Spell 4-6: Applejack
    • Spell 7-9: Rainbow Dash or Pinkie Pie, actually Gilda, with Djinn framing her being part of how she's trying to break her.
    • Spell 11-13: Trixie though she's not actually a Gate, Gremlin just got her targeted because It Amused Him. The actual victim turns out to be Haru himself when Dragon tries to take control.
    • Arguably averted in Spell 14-16, which is justified by the fact that the focus was on the events of Dragonshy, which focused on the trip up a mountain to stop an adult dragon from covering Equestria in smoke.
    • Also averted in Spell 17-18 in a way, since it seems that Ponyville as a whole was targeted by the Shocker Greeed, Gamefowl Yummy, and Springheel Jack Phantom.
    • Completely defied in Spell 19-22, because the Zombie Phantom didn't want any competition.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Many of the Phantoms have been made Lighter and Softer and Denser and Wackier to not make this a Dark Fic with one jarring exception: Sora, who on top of his canonical status as The Sociopath, is also a misanthropic, racist, nihilist being up there with Queen Chrysalis and King Sombra in terms of vileness.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: The Spring Heel Jack Phantom steals all of the Shocker Greeed's Cell Medals and leaves him to be finished by Wizard and OOO. Unfortunately for him, he ends up being Kamen Rider Beast's first victim shortly there after.
  • Villainous Friendship: Pheonix and Dullahan seem to have this, in part because both seem to be Blood Knights and love a good fight. Phoenix actually mourns him when he's seemingly killed by Wizard.
  • Villains Out Shopping: 'Intermission 4' sees Phoenix's pony form stop by Sugar Cube Corner and he has a discussion with Pinkie over some cake. In fact, of the two of them, Phoenix ended up being the more freaked out.
  • Wham Episode: Spell 10. Not only does Haruto get Machine Winger, he also enters a Gate's Underworld for the first time to defeat Gilda's Inner Phantom and Sora/Gremlin appears for the first time. We also discover that the White Wizard and Celestia are old friends and Twilight can somehow use Haru's Wizard Rings.
    • Spell 13. It starts out normal, but then Phoenix shows up for the first time and Dragon possesses Haru, curbstomping Minotaur, but then trying to kill Twilight, in the process revealing to the Mane Six Haru has a Phantom inside him. And lastly the White Wizard appears to Twilight.
    • Intermission 3: We finally find out Haru's full backstory and that he isn't a natural dragon, but a stallion transformed into one, Phoenix decides to stay and get a good fight out of Haru, and the White Wizard gives Twilight a spell book of some sort.
    • Spell 18: Haru finally adds Kamen Rider to his title after hearing Kamen Rider OOO use it. And Kamen Rider Beast shows up.
    • Spell 28: Dryad makes a Heel–Face Turn, revealing the Phantoms aren't Always Chaotic Evil and tries to save her family (Harpy, Minotaur, and Hellhound), but Gremlin mutates the three of them into berserk monsters, then murders them in coldblood, revealing what's Beneath the Mask. Also, it's revealed that Nitoh lost a wing, and is implied to have lost it the same day that the Sonic Rainboom happened.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Phoenix's plan in Spell 14. Haru shows up to stop him, he gets the fight he wants. Haru doesn't? Phoenix gets to create more Phantoms.
  • You Are Not Alone: Spell 16 has Haruto realize this when the support of the Mane Six breaks him out of his Heroic BSoD and helps him bind the Dragon Phantom so he can safely access Flame Dragon.