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Mother Of Invention is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan fiction written by zaponator.

Applejack wakes up alone on a Deserted Island. Without her friends and no idea how she got here, the Element of Honesty has to figure out how to survive until she's rescued — or escapes. That would make the situation grim enough, but there's more to the island than meets the eye — and she might not be alone after all.


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  • Abandoned Area: Applejack has found a number of these on the island, including a cabin and a greenhouse.
  • Arc Words: "NEC DI NEC DOMINI" (translation: "No Gods, No Masters"), which has turned up on every structure Applejack has found on the island.
  • April Fools' Day: The special April Fools' chapter had it turn out that the island was actually Syndrome's Island Base from The Incredibles, with Applejack meeting up with the family and fighting off Syndrome's soldiers. And then Harry Dresden shows up.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Happens with Applejack's first nightmare.
  • Deserted Island: Of the Castaway variety so far, though with hints of Monster Island.
  • Dream Sequence: Each dream is italicized and has its own separate chapter.
  • Dream Within a Dream: Happens in "Melancholy Hill".
  • Driven to Suicide: Defied twice. First, the destruction of the raft leads Applejack to momentarily consider ending it all - but she shakes it off. Second, she almost considers simply living out her days on the island, but quickly rejects the idea upon realizing that not trying to escape is simply suicide in another form.
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  • Captain Ersatz: The Daedalus Foundation is directly inspired by the SCP Foundation. D-class personnel are referred to by that exact term. The Alpha, Gamma, and Omega classifications are a perfect match for SCP's Safe, Euclid, and Keter classifications. And the experiment logs we see are written in the same detached and clinical style as actual SCP experiment logs.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Hasn't quite happened yet, but it's clear the loneliness is wearing on Applejack.
  • Hat Damage: Averted, despite the struggle for survival AJ's trademark Stetson has remained undamaged so far.
  • Island of Mystery: So far we've got a castaway, an unseen monster in the jungle, mysterious ruins, and a force field cutting off escape from the island.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Averted, Applejack's Trauma-Induced Amnesia only robs her of the memories from around the time of her injury - much like the way amnesia works in the real world.
  • Missing Time: Applejack has no memory of how she came to be on the island or what happened to her friends.
    • Happens again when AJ gets injured — she calculates that about two weeks passed but she only remembers bits and pieces.
  • Molotov Cocktail: Using a bottle of alcohol, Applejack makes one to ward of the unseen monster.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In universe, the discovery of the construction site and its contents is this for Applejack.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The unseen monster stalking Applejack.
  • Ontological Mystery: Not only does Applejack wake up on an island with no idea of how she got there, but it becomes quickly apparent that there's something not quite right about the island.
  • Parental Abandonment: Applejack's parents are gone. While they're a very painful subject that AJ does her best to not think about, her thoughts can't help but stray to them during her brushes with death. While Applejack's mother did indeed die while giving birth to Applebloom, the fic plays this trope a little differently than is usual for Applejack fics by having her father be missing, rather than explicitly dead.
  • Robinsonade: Finding food, water, and shelter make up a great deal of Applejack's struggles.
  • Sequel Hook: There's no telling what secrets still sleep within the ruins of the Daedalus foundation. It's not hard to imagine Princess Celestia launching a formal investigation of the island and its underground laboratories.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Applejack's hat. It was given to her by her father, and is the only thing she has left of him.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Appplejack appears to be suffering from this, since she has no memory of how she came to be on the island.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Applejack's attempt to escape the island by building a raft.


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