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She wants blood.
Through a twist of fate, Twilight's spell removes the vampire essence of the vampire bats, restoring them to regular fruit bats. Sweet Apple Acres was saved and everypony was happy that the farm could continue without trouble. What they never suspected was that the essence itself was still alive and seeking a new host to corrupt to its will. And it has found one in the Element of Kindness.
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Attaching itself to her, Fluttershy slowly lost her health before "death" seemly claimed her, leaving all to mourn for her passing. Days later, she awakens again with the corruption now complete. Driven by evil and instincts, there is only one thing that Fluttershy wants and she has an entire town that can give it to her.

Sanguine Kindness is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fan Fic by Rated-R-PonyStar. The story's first chapter was released in April 2014 with the final chapter being released in August 2020, it can be read in it's entirety here.


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Sanguine Kindness contains examples of:

  • And Then John Was a Zombie: And Then Fluttershy Was a Vampire! And later on, Rarity too.
    • Diamond Tiara and Tender Tapps play the Zombie part of the trope's name more straight, however.
  • Anyone Can Die: Oh boy. From background characters to main characters, nopony is safe.
    • In Chapter 1, Fluttershy falls deathly ill and passes away after coughing up blood.
    • In Chapter 3, Roseluck has her throat torn out.
    • In Chapter 6, Pokey Pierce is mauled.
    • In Chapter 7, Rumble is devoured, Twist is impaled onto a stalagmite, Silver Spoon is decapitated, Tender Tap's throat and chest are ripped open and Diamond Tiara is left behind in the mines.
    • In Chapter 9, Rarity is turned into a vampire, who in turn kills Nurse Redheart and a bunch of other hospital staff.
    • In Chapter 11, Vampire!Rarity snaps Pinkie Pie's neck and Zecora stabs Rarity with a stake to the heart. It's also revealed that Diamond Tiara and Tender Taps were turned into zombies and are re-killed by Applejack.
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    • In Chapter 14, Zecora is impaled with fence spikes and Rainbow Dash's wings are torn off before her blood forms spikes which then impale her.
    • In Chapter 15, Applejack is pounded into a pile of mush against the floor and Twilight Sparkle sacrifices herself to kill both Nosferatu and herself with a ceiling spike. Big Mac is eaten by his zombified parents. Granny Smith hung herself before she could be eaten. Apple Bloom killed herself after learning of her family's fate.
  • Alternate Universe: An alternate take on season four episode Bats! has Twilight's spell that removed the vampire essence of the vampire fruit bats, restoring them to regular fruit bats takes a more... tragic and gory effect on Fluttershy. The essence of the vampire fruit bats was still alive and, needing a new host, it latched itself onto Fluttershy. Except the corruption of Fluttershy leaves out the "fruit" part leaving a devastating effect on the ponies of Ponyville.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Daisy gets this from Lily after she accuses Twilight of sleeping with Lucky and the Royal Guard.
    • Applejack delivers one to Rainbow Dash after she has a breakdown due to being unable to save Pinkie Pie and worrying that they won't be able to stop Nosferatu.
  • Big Bad: Fluttershy/Nosferatu.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Zecora arrives just in time to save Rainbow Dash from vampire!Rarity.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Nosferatu is dead, Equestria is saved from a zombie/vampire apocalypse and Celestia creates a new order of knights called the Dawn Knights dedicated to hunting down the worst of the creatures. However, many lives were lost in the process, all the Elements of Harmony are dead, most of the Elements' families and friends now hate the Princesses, and to top it all off the fic ends with a recently-deceased pony rising from the grave as another vampire.
  • Blood from the Mouth: One of the signs of imminent vampiration.
  • Came Back Wrong: Fluttershy. As well as Diamond Tiara, Tender Taps, Rarity and Cheer Wish.
  • Death of a Child: Fluttershy's victims include Rumble, Tender Taps, Twist, Silver Spoon, and Diamond Tiara. Though two of the bodies are never recovered. Applejack later finds out why.
  • Demonic Possession: Nosferatu is possessing Fluttershy's body. The more 'she' feeds, driven by her base vampire instincts, the stronger he gets.
  • Dramatic Irony: The readers know that Fluttershy has become a vampire, but everyone in-universe thinks she is dead.
  • Driven to Suicide: Both Granny Smith and Apple Bloom end up killing themselves in the final chapter. The former killing herself before she could get eaten by zombies and the latter after learning that her whole family had died during the undead attack.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Rarity after Fluttershy's funeral. Later on, Twilight after Pinkie and Rarity's deaths and having her worldview shattered.
  • Empty Shell: Dinky is catatonic after witnessing the murders in the mines. She only speaks when Twilight mentions the word 'butterfly'.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The gory deaths of the victims are described explicitly and sometimes with images.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • "Is... that..." - Fluttershy
    • "I-impossible... you're dead! You're dead! I saw your corpse! I placed flowers on your grave! How can you even be alive?!" - Roseluck
    • "S-Seriously, you shouldn't do this when I'm taking a leak!" - Rumble
    • "Run!" - Twist
    • "Okay... I unders-" - Silver Spoon
    • "Dinky?" - Tender Taps
    • "Stay back! No! Don't come closer! D-D-Don't! Nooooo!" - Diamond Tiara
    • "Listen, I need you to relax. Open your eyes and look at me." - Nurse Redheart
    • "There. There. It's oka-" - Pinkie Pie
    • "This is for my friends!" - Rainbow Dash
    • "Ah'll kill ya, abomination!" - Applejack
    • "Buck you." - Twilight Sparkle
  • Here We Go Again!: The final chapter ends with another pony, Cheer Wish, rising as a vampire fifteen years after Nosferatu is defeated.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Another symptom of imminent death and vampirism.
  • It Can Think: After killing the foals in the mine, the vampire develops self-awareness and intentionally turns Rarity into a vampire.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Twist gets impaled on a stalagmite. Later, Zecora is also impaled by falling onto a spiked fence.
  • Kill the Cutie: Fluttershy. And Pinkie Pie.
  • Kiss of the Vampire
  • Necromancer: Nosferatu has the power to raise the dead and turn them into flesh-craving zombies. He first uses it on the corpses of Diamond Tiara and Tender Taps, then later on the entire Ponyville graveyard.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: It may have been Twilight's fault that Fluttershy is a vampire, but Applejack is also at fault for being too stubborn to listen to Fluttershy's more simple approach.
  • Off with His Head!: Silver Spoon gets decapitated by Fluttershy in the mines.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: One of the main ways to identify a vampire, outside of their fangs and thirst for blood.
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: The only way to take out a zombie is to decapitate them, sever their spinal cord or completely destroy them (i.e. immolation).
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Twilight in response to Pinkie Pie's death against vampire!Rarity.
  • Sole Survivor: Dinky is the only surviving child of the group that went down into the mines.
  • Splash of Color: All of the artwork is monochrome with the exception of anything red, most of the time blood. The word blood is also highlighted in red text.
  • Taking You with Me: Twilight uses a ceiling spike to impale both her and Nosferatu as he's feeding on her blood, killing them both.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The fic ends with the text "The End?" after showing Cheer Wish rising as another vampire.
  • The Virus: The vampiric entity possessing Fluttershy operates like this, slowly growing until it kills her and then taking over her body. The more blood it consumes, the more sentient it becomes.
    • The zombie curse also works as a virus. One hour after you are bitten, you die and promptly turn into one.
  • Undead Child: Diamond Tiara and Tender Taps are resurrected as zombies by Nosferatu.
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