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A My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfic by Ralph Hayes, Jr. (writing as RealityCheck).

Equestria has a magic portal mirror housed in Canterlot that allows them access to many worlds, our own being one of them. But then, for once, something, or rather someone, comes through the portal.

This is a Brony in Equestria fanfic, the protagonist seemingly modeled after the author himself: Arthur Arcturus, an overweight, unhealthy yet very shrewd, cunning and knowledgeable fellow, makes the best of being sucked into an alternate universe by a malfunctioning magic mirror into the world of one of his favorite TV shows.

The fic, while mainly a lighthearted comedy, also focuses on the implications of what a knowledgeable brony in Equestria would be like as well as the cause and effects of the similarities in pony-human societies.

You can read it here.

  • Abusive Parents: Averted. Arthur heavily defends his parents. They were good people who taught him what he shouldn't do. Problem is, they didn't teach him what he SHOULD do.
  • Accusation Fic: Chapter 10 sees the return of Trixie. While RC subscribes to the 'AJ, Rarity and Rainbow Dash are at fault' camp, Arthur also points out that Trixie's cutie mark symbolizing performing magic tricks in a world full of Functional Magic is the real cause behind Trixie being who she is.
  • Action Survivor: Arthur, four-hundred pound everyman brony with a heart condition. Changes Equestria just by being there to help the people. Lays the smackdown on TWO draconequii.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Chapter 22 gives us this cloudy gem: ...I felt the mane six to be more than a match for the modular Mayhem.
  • Author Filibuster: As usual, RC makes his political and cultural opinions known.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Twilight, as usual. Arthur as well, able to keep a clear head and help solve problems by drawing parallels between the pony world and ours.
  • Badass Bookworm: Twilight, being the element of magic especially after ascension into alicornhood. Arthur as well.
  • Badass Mustache: Dusty Tomes, the director of the museum in Canterlot is described as having an epic mustache.
    Art, on Dusty Tomes and his mustache: a white on grey earth pony in a formal jacket and tie with a cutie mark of two greek pillars and what had to be the most epic mustache in Equestria. I exaggerate not; he had a huge, swooping handlebar mustache of snowy white, waxed and groomed to perfection, that covered almost his entire face. It surely entered rooms before him to announce his presence. His snowy eyebrows were only barely second-place in their epicness, a pair of eaglet's wings, vying for dominance on his somber brow.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting children is one for Arthur, causing him to let loose some dirt on his mouth when it happens. Discord found out that talking about Arthur's past is another. In fact, it's discussed by Arthur WHILE it's being pressed.
    "Lesson one, you pretentious jigsaw puzzle; you want to go around pushing other people's buttons, you'd better remember that some of those buttons go BOOM."
  • The Bet: Arthur, Celestia and Luna bet plugged copper bits on whether certain things will happen with political issues. It all started when Arthur and Celestia were debating while they were eating, with Celestia disagreeing so much that she wouldn't even bet said bits. Luna, hungry and annoyed...
    "In vexation Luna had pulled out a copper bit, magically drilled a hole through it, and slapped it down between us. "There!" she'd said. "Wager made! And I shall spot thee the plugged copper bit as well! Now stop arguing and pass the boysenberry sauce!"
    • Arthur won the first bet, by the way. This started the little game, and the record is now five wins for Arthur, three for Celestia and two for Luna.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Arthur. Nice, friendly, loves kids. But he has issues. Do not discuss them, unless you want to find a four-hundred pound raging fat man screaming bloody murder at you.
  • Big Brother Is Watching You: To cover for Arthur being knowledgeable about pony society, instead of saying "Somebody made a TV show of us!", Arthur and the rest of the bronies are declared watchers of the ponyverse from another world.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: See Badass Mustache, above.
  • Black Hole Sue: Discussed in-universe: Arthur has noticed that ever since his arrival in Equestria, circumstances have consistently fallen out in just such a way as to bring him influence and prestige. Over and over again he just happens to be in the right place at the right time to save the world, or happen to know just the right bit of trivia or philosophical argument. He finds this incredibly creepy, especially since he has no clue what is causing it or whether it will persist.
  • Born Lucky: Played with. Arthur comments that ever since he arrived in Equestria, things have gone far too well for him, especially in comparison to his previous life.
  • Brain Bleach: Chapter 30 lampshades this with a disc labeled as this. It contains pictures of cute fluffy bunnies and Tastes Like Diabetes.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Mostly lighthearted. Chapter 19, here comes a new draconequs... And then we learn a bastard tournament with TWELVE of them is coming. Still manages to be light and soft though.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Discord makes the bad mistake of pushing Arthur's Berserk Button. With Arthur in a dream, the now no longer weak old man unleashes all of his rage without any limits, all the while screaming profanities unhindered.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Violette towards Arthur, after their first date is interrupted... Badly. Arthur's head justifies it for him:
    Another girl just flashed her ta-tas towards her man on her first date with the guy. She would have been offended if she was going out with a teddy bear!
  • Covered in Gunge: Rarity in Chapter 23. We are left wondering if she will ever be the same.
  • Deconstruction Fic: The original point of the fic: Showing exactly how many points of the show, the fandom and many other things would really work. The plot came later.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Taken to a literal extreme. Celestia has established a government department with the sole purpose of keeping bureaucrats occupied and away from anything important...
    "You mean these poor bastards spend most of their working lives filling out each other's forms? Dear Lord, you've invented tax collector's Hell."
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Draconequii are indeed beings in between universes, with a twelve-draco themed chaos tournament held whenever they find a universe to settle down. This happened when Discord first came in, and now we know that the next tournament is coming.
  • Footnote Fever: Just like his other pony fics, you better make sure to remember each and every number... Or use Control+F.
  • Friend to All Children: Arthur has a special affinity for the foals of Equestria, and in turn they are very taken by him. He even manages to calm down a screaming fracture patient RIGHT AFTER SUFFERING A HEART ATTACK.
  • Genius Ditz: Snails is a mathematical savant who can count in base four and figure phi to the fifteenth decimal. Still able to get his head caught in an exhibit at the museum.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: A very unique example. Arthur, being the logical man he is, manifests his moral metaphors as an in-between of an angel and demon. Of course, it's as much of a philosophical debater as he is.
    "Arthur: And then it spoke up. You know who it is; that little imp, forever sitting on one's shoulder who somehow manages to carry both a harp and a pitchfork with equal aplomb, and you desperately want to believe in the halo over his head even though you can clearly see the wee little red horns poking out of the top of his head."
  • Gratuitous French: Chapter 18 gives us Violette. An earth pony chambermaid from Prance.
  • Handicapped Badass: Arthur suffers from a heart condition and is rather overweight. Simply due to his knowledge of the myriad artifacts from his world, he's managed to advance Equestria in technology and thinking far more than it would have without him. And then he beats a Draconequs by stabbing its eye with his cane, and manages to unleash a very frightening beatdown on Discord.
  • Herr Doktor: Professor Cosmic Constant speaks with a Germane accent.
  • I Choose to Stay: Arthur decides that he has no choice (and to be frank, doesn't need one) but to stay in Equestria because of the potential damage he might cause to both himself and his family if he returns home after being given the chance in an early chapter. Not that anypony has a problem with that.
  • Interspecies Romance: Just like so many other things, deconstructed, and yet here it's also reconstructed. Biological and psychological inhibitions really prevent Arthur from being really attracted to Violette, and really, human-on-pony is weird. It's not just a "minor thing". But companionship, somebody to listen to? Who cares about species when the loneliness hurts? Rather ironically, Ship Tease pops up showing that he really might be attracted to her.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Just before the second draconequus attack, a press conference happens, featuring Professor Cosmic Constant. The professor is described as wearing a white labcoat, and his looks seem to channel Albert Einstein.
  • Lame Pun: Chapter 22 features the Ponyville Library getting an expansion. Mayor Mare supplies a pun about a library (built inside a tree) and branches.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Down in the footnotes the author commiserates about Mayor Mare using that treehouse library and branches pun in multiple speeches.
    • Chapter 26 shows Art making the comment that .. dying would be the last thing he did... Everypony groaned.
  • Manchild: Arthur calls himself this when he feels like he's done something childish. He had good parents who told him what not to do, but not what to actually do, so he was helpless throughout his life. Arthur even becomes a Psychopathic Manchild when his Berserk Button is pressed.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Sid: Apparently after fourteen clutches, his mother had run out of ideas for names.
  • My Beloved Smother: Chapter 28 sees Art accusing Celestia of being this. We also learn that he feels this way very strongly about his own parents.
  • Oh Crap! There Are Fanfics of Us...: The reaction of the initial group of ponies who find out about the show in chapter one... And then chapter 30, discussing clopfics, comes to light. May all those who read look at Author Filibuster.
  • Porn Stash: As discussed immediately above in Oh Crap! There Are Fanfics of Us..., one of these is found on a 1 Terabyte HDD found in a trash can and it is Filled to the buffer limit with Rule 34.
    • Serious Business: Arthur is genuinely afraid for a while that Equestria might declare war on Earth for allowing such filth to be printed about their rulers and national heroes.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In Chapter 23, Mayhem has just hit Rarity with some rotten footstuffs. Rarity goes incandescent with rage.
    Rarity: Oh, you. Are. DEAD.
  • Refuge in Audacity: According to Equestrian laws, Arthur is a Draconequus with a Hydra milking farm in Foggy Bottom Bog. Becomes true.
  • Relocating the Explosion: Done by Rainbow Dash with an atomic bomb left behind by Sore Loser Mayhem. It succeeds, and earns her ascension into an alicorn in the process.
  • Self Insert: Subverted. Arthur was merely just something of a shell for the author to put himself in at first, but then we gain some more insight into his past and why he acts the way he does.
  • Shout-Out: There are plenty of them. As with any fiction written by someone who is a fan of anything, the more time you spend reading this story, the more shouts you find.
    • Chapter 5 sees the CMC trio emulating Solid Snake. Complete with overturned box.
    • Chapter 11 finds Arthur discovering a McDonalds restaurant complete with a cow running a grill.
      Arthur: "Celestia you sick sick SICK..."
    • Chapter 18 references Atlantis: The Lost Empire:
      Cresting Wave nodded. "Just as the whole world started to tip sideways." She gave Celestia a sidelong glance. "Just be thankful it wasn't Air Strike's version of Chocolate Rain instead...."
      "What—" Celestia started.
      I held up a hand. "You don't wanna know," I said. "Trust me on this one, Princess. I wanted to know. He told me, and now I'm telling you, you don't wanna know."
      Celestia held up a hoof. "...I don't want to know."
      "Good to know."
    • A tremendous one to Ghostbusters (1984). The scene where Arthur and crew meet Mayhem is an almost word for word copy of the scene where the Ghostbusters crew meet with the avatar of Gozer on top of the temple skyscraper.
    • Chapter 29 gives us Danger, Will Robinson, alien being is sending mixed signals.
  • Squee!: In Chapter 36, Rarity ascends.
    Art: I think the mane six can be forgiven for shrieking like schoolfillies.
  • Standard '50s Father: Art ascribes many of this trope's attributes to his father in Chapter 23.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Art accuses the Mane Six of suffering this in chapter 10.
    Art: "Trixie has her own problems, but I swear you lot seem to have a terminal case of Tall Poppy Syndrome."
  • Tempting Fate: Lapshaded by Pinkie Pie at the end of Chapter 23.
    Guardspony: "Well, your ladyship, I hope the rest of your group are doing a little better than this..."
    There was an explosion somewhere in the city. Ponies screamed in alarm.
    Pinkie Pie shook her head. "You shoulda known better than to say that," she scolded the guard.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Arthur's life BEFORE he came to Equestria. That's why he's suspicious of his good luck in Equestria.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Chapter 28 shows us Celestia agonizing over the short lives of her mortal subjects.
  • Wild Mass Guessing: Arthur does this with Celestia as he tells her about brony fandom theories about Equestria. His own is that it's an advanced theme park simulation abandoned by its old owners and inhabited by its caretakers (the ponies). Celestia responds that considering the mysterious nature of Equestria, the fandom's thousand little thoughts might actually be right, one way or another.