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”What would have happened if the Mane six had been the Mane seven? How would the story change because of this? How would the series have played out?” - Part of the original description

Off the Record is a series of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction stories by The King of Hearts that explore an Alternate Universe where our hero Alex, a high school student is teleported to Equestria and helps Twilight Sparkle and her friends defeat Nightmare Moon.

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The story consists of ninety-six chapters and five side arcs that started October 2012. While the stories focus on being a Slice of Life Romantic Comedy adventure, two side arcs have the tragedy tag.

The series thus far:


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     Friendship is Magic: Off the Record 
  • Big Damn Heroes: Averted. Rainbow Dash was already back in Equestria by the time Time Turner and Derpy knock on Alex's door.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Unknown, but is said to be arriving
  • Butt-Monkey: Prince Blue Blood during the Best Night Ever chapters
  • Crapsack World: In a future where Discord won
  • Doorstopper: If this were to have a physical copy...
  • Enemy Within: See Red Oni, Blue Oni
  • Expy: Time Turner is Equestria's version of the Doctor and is even referred to as “The Doctor”
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Alex and Spike
  • Mind Screw: King Sombra does this to Alex when he and Rainbow Dash search for the Crystal Heart
  • Noble Demon: Alpha and Dax
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The story's overall motif on the Elements of Harmony. Dax's selfishness for Alex's selflessness; greed for Rarity's generosity; deceit for Applejack's honesty; betrayal for Rainbow Dash's loyalty; wrath for Fluttershy's kindness; sorrow for Pinkie Pie's laughter. Magic is still up for grabs
  • Shout-Out: Loads of them
  • Taken for Granite: Alex, taking Discord with him
  • The Woobie: Alex before he is transported to Equestria
  • Time Travel: The Doctor grabs Alex and unintentionally sends his TARDIS forward three months
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between Alpha and Twilight
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Spike, with the help of Rarity and Heart’s Desire, transforms into a unicorn. Though his transformation is permanent
     Off the Record: Chasing the Rainbow 
  • Battle Butler: Ramsley was a security guard at the Wonderbolts arena in Manehattan before being hired by the Oranges.
  • Heel Realization: Comet Chaser after Rainbow Dash drops dream of being a Wonderbolt to be with Alex.
  • Jerkass: Jango
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Comet Chaser wanted Rainbow Dash to do something she never could, and forbade her from seeing any of her friends, even Alex.
  • The Power of Love: Alex/Dax for Rainbow Dash
  • Shout-Out: Dax refers to Jango as Boba, then immediately corrects himself
     Off the Record: Fall of the Night 
  • Bittersweet Ending: Alex/Dax and Rainbow Dash rescued Luna and Bolt's daughter, but they could never tell her
  • Downer Ending: It's a story about Luna's fall from grace.
  • Shout-Out: Luna and Discord have a Castlevania: Symphony of the Night-esque discussion:
    • Luna: “Because you don’t belong in Equestria!”
    • Discord: “It wasn’t by MY hand that I was brought here, I was brought here by ponies who wished to pay me tribute!”
    • Luna: “Tribute?! You steal their lives, and make them your slaves!”
    • Discord: “Perhaps the same could be said for any god.”
    • Luna: “Your words mean nothing! Ponies have no need for a ‘god’ like you!”
    • Discord: “What is a pony? A miserable pile of lies!”
  • Time Travel: Was the idea to figure out Alex's involvement as the element of Selflessness, but that was put on the back burner
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Princess Luna after finding out about Bolt's death and thinking their daughter is dead as well
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     Off the Record: Haven Station 
     Off the Record: Return 
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     Off the Record: Lament 
  • Back from the Dead: Dax appears while the Nightmare enters Alex.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Rarity as she absorbs the Nightmare from her possessed sister.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Nightmare sacrifices herself to prevent herself from ruining more lives and Rarity was the last one to see her.
  • Body Surf: The Nightmare takes over Rarity for a while, leaves her, jumps into Alex, immediately leaves his body, then takes over Sweetie Belle, then back into Rarity
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: The Nightmare for a moment while possessing Rarity
  • Enemy Within: Avarice, could also pass as a Noble Demon
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Nightmare muses about how Rarity's beauty complements the darkness.
  • Heel Realization: The Nightmare, while inhabiting Rarity.
  • The Power of Love: Spike for Rarity; Rarity for Sweetie Belle.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Avarice to Rarity's generosity
  • What Could Have Been: The Nightmare could've resided inside Rarity's subconscious for future interactions.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: The Nightmare, while possessing Rarity.
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