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Fanfic / The Best Night Ever

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You'll be seeing Rain Booms...
At the Gala again, and again, and again...

The Best Night Ever is one of Capn_Chryssalid's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfictions. Now with a sequel, This Platinum Crown.

Summary: Prince Blueblood thought the Grand Galloping Gala was over. He thought he could just go to sleep and put it behind him. He never expected to be reliving the same disaster of a day, over and over... and over.

This My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Fan Fiction contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Bedmate Reveal: Rarity reaching over to turn off Blueblood's alarm demonstrates that the time loop is finally over.
  • Be Yourself: Much like the film it draws inspiration from. In order to finally escape the time loop, Prince Blueblood must arrange for everyone to enjoy themselves at the Gala without violating their central character traits or causing a disaster. As he later learns, that includes himself, as he manages to make everyone happy but himself, causing another reset.
  • Black Magic: Blueblood dabbles with this during multiple loops in a desperate attempt to escape. He uses a spell that consumes the user's soul and covers the entire castle grounds in unquenchable hellfire for eleven days straight. Blueblood dies thinking he'll finally escape. Nope; he ends up right back where he started.
  • Character Development: Blueblood in spades. He goes from being a Jerkass Upper-Class Twit to an actually decent stallion.
  • Corrupt Bureaucrat: A surveyor working for Blueblood shifted the borders of the Everfree Forest into Apple family land so that a larger company could deforest some of it to gain the property for free. Small wonder that Applejack doesn't like Blueblood.
  • Courtly Love: What Rarity expects out of Blueblood. She eventually gets it after Blueblood's development into The Wise Prince is finally finished. It's implied that it shifts into a different kind of love after the fic ends.
  • Dancin' in the Ruins: In one of Blueblood's suicide attempts, he burns down Canterlot with a Dark Magic fire spell fueled by his soul that should render him Deader than Dead. As the flames surround him, he is clearly enjoying the event, thinking he's finally going to escape. And then the loop starts over again.
  • Decadent Court: Canterlot politics are implied to be like this.
  • Deal with the Devil: Subverted. After coming so tantalizingly close to success but failing, Blueblood considers releasing Discord from his stone prison just to escape the time loop. However, Blueblood's gone through enough positive character changes that he can't bring himself to do it, and vows to soldier on the right way.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • Blueblood discovers he can't kill himself to get out of the loop, no matter what he tries. Even a dark spell that consumes his soul as a casting cost doesn't work.
    • He has a second, Played for Drama one later on. Blueblood makes the Gala perfect for everypony… except himself, meaning the loop repeats. He seriously considers making a Deal with Discord after that.
  • Do Well, But Not Perfect: Blueblood's second-to-last plan on how to end the loop is to go out of his way to make sure absolutely NOTHING goes wrong during the Gala and give everyone, the Main Six in particular, exactly what they asked for in the most carefully planned out way imaginable, with the implication being that he spent potential years getting down every last detail to perfection. As it turns out this isn't the right solution, since it just leaves everyone feeling like they missed something important despite supposedly getting what they wanted. It's only after Blueblood decides to loosen up and let things go out in a not quite as perfect but still satisfactory manner that the loop is finally broken.
  • Driven to Suicide: Blueblood commits suicide after he can't stand being in the loop anymore. Killing himself only makes the loop start over quicker, though. He eventually mentions that he's tried to kill himself in every way he could think of, including Black Magic which should leave him Deader than Dead, but nothing's worked.
  • Ear Worm: The real-life song Equestria Girls. It's Blueblood's alarm clock tune and signals the start of a new loop. He occasionally hums it.
  • Fantastic Nuke: The spell Blueblood used to try and break the loop causes unquenchable hellfire in a massive area.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Blueblood considers the time loop this for quite a while, and in fact spends a drastic number of loops killing himself in every way he can imagine. It's only when he discovers that even a Black Magic spell that should leave him Deader than Dead won't work that he gives up on killing himself, and instead focuses on finding what condition will break the loop.
  • Fix Fic: This story is essentially this for Prince Blueblood's characterization.
  • Get Back to the Future: Blueblood's main goal is to get out of the time loop.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: What Prince Blueblood is dealing with, though it's played with a little bit: in each loop, everything is the same to the smallest detail, except for Pinkie Pie's reaction to any given event, which is different every time. Blueblood is very surprised at this; Pinkie is not.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: During the first run of the time loop, Blueblood, via narration, suspects it's a prank by Celestia and calls it a "gay little game" without irony or innuendo.
  • Heel–Face Turn: If you would call Jerkassishness an evil trait, then this fic is a gradual one for Blueblood.
  • Hidden Depths: Blueblood can be suave and sophisticated when he wants to be. He just never had to be before.
  • The High Queen: Princess Luna and Princess Celestia are beloved by everyone, and have absolute authority.
  • Idle Rich: Blueblood at first. He had a job, he just didn't do it. However, doing it and doing it well is part of making Applejack's night perfect.
  • Incessant Music Madness: The Mane Six's "At The Gala" musical number. Having to listen to it every loop just about drives Blueblood to madness.
  • It Amused Me: Blueblood's reason for his treatment of Rarity at the original Gala (and many of the repeats)? He thinks it's funny to watch Rarity squirm. He also wastes several loops just to troll Rarity by doing things like asking Sweetie Belle to the gala or implying that Rarity is her mother.
  • Jerkass: Blueblood's early behavior towards Rarity certainly falls into this category.
  • Kick the Dog: Blueblood's initial treatment of Rarity. He crushed her expectations For the Evulz.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Rarity expects Blueblood to be one. At the end of the fanfic, he becomes this.
  • Laughing Mad: Manifests itself when Blueblood is driven to suicide in the most drastic fashion he can think of. Also a comedic example when Blueblood wakes up in one loop after learning about all the different kinds of apple desserts from Applejack. This leads to him smashing his alarm clock and making his way down stairs, cackling maniacally as he goes to the kitchens to add them to the Gala's menu.
  • The Many Deaths of You: In one later chapter, Blueblood openly admits to having killed himself by every imaginable means he could think of in hopes of escaping the time loop through death. It's never worked.
  • Mundane Utility: Blueblood learns how to teleport. He uses it for things like catching a falling vase and preventing things from spilling.
  • Musical World Hypotheses: Specifically, Blueblood seems to believe that it has something to do with the Elements of Harmony.
  • Not Bad: Whitemane, Blueblood's teleportation teacher, is like this. Even when Blueblood gets it right, Whitemane still says he lacks style.
  • Not Himself: Ponies who knew Blueblood before the loop started, such as Princess Celestia, are startled by his (to them) sudden change in character from a Prince Charmless to a Prince Charming.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: The guard Blueblood assigns to monitor a seemingly random area soon stumbles upon Trixie being harassed by some Diamond Dogs… or was it some Diamond Dogs being harassed by Trixie?
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: During one of the loops, when Blueblood goes insane and burns down Canterlot, he uses a spell to create fire that burns for eleven days and eleven nights, can't be extinguished by water nor wind nor mortal magic, and it required the body and soul of a single pony as a casting cost. Still doesn't break the loop, though.
  • Prince Charming: What Rarity expects Blueblood to be. By the end of the fic, he has become this to a degree.
  • Prince Charmless: Even when stuck in the loop, Blueblood wastes a few resets because he can't resist making snarky comments or insults, forcing him to start over.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: Several chapters of The Sweetie Chronicles: Fragments take place during the events of this fanfiction. Word of God states the events of Fragments are considered canon and will be referenced in the sequel.
  • Ring-Ring-CRUNCH!: Blueblood's alarm clock gets this in most loops.
  • Rounded Character: Blueblood, by the end, goes from a pony with little more than a Prince Charmless streak to a pony who has become much wiser and more charming than before, knowledgeable about several subjects, and genuinely kind.
  • Royal Brat: Blueblood, at first. He insults people for no reason, treats his servants like dirt, and doesn't do his assigned royal duties.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Part of Blueblood's method to give Applejack what she wants involves doing his job surveying land disputes, resolving an issue with Sweet Apple Acres and the Everfree Forest.
  • Save Scumming: Blueblood has the same conversation several times when he's trying to figure out how to make someone's night perfect. Once he eventually figures out just the right sequence of words, he moves on to the next pony.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: The most drastic loop of the "Blueblood attempts suicide" phase of the fanfic; Blueblood uses Black Magic to cast a spell that consumes the caster's soul, which he hopes will render him Deader than Dead, and uses the resultant magical fire to burn Canterlot and everypony in it to the ground. It doesn't work.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Blueblood learns how to magically teleport himself. His teacher still comments that he lacks flair after he gets it right.
  • Teleportation Sickness: A common side effect when unicorns are learning to teleport.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Blueblood learns how to teleport and use Black Magic during his time caught in the loop.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Blueblood starts off as an arrogant, aloof Spoiled Brat. By the end of who-knows-how many loops - Blueblood admits he long stopped counting, but it's probably somewhere over a thousand times - he's become genuinely kindhearted.
  • Trying Not to Cry: After Blueblood creates the almost-perfect night. He wakes up with another reset because he didn't make himself happy, even though he made everyone else happy, even though he was having a genuinely nice time with Rarity. He notes that that genuinely hurt him, and spends a bit trying not to cry in front of his servants.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Blueblood, at first. The majority of the fic has him growing out of this.
  • What You Are in the Dark: After his failed attempt to get everyone to enjoy the Gala, the loop resets again, because "everyone" included Blueblood himself, and he wasn't happy. Blueblood is driven to seeing Discord and freeing him to find a way to break out of the time loop. In the end, he decides not to go through with it, and plods back for another attempt.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Blueblood asks Celestia and Luna what it's like to be immortal a few times to prevent himself from going insane. Theoretically, should Blueblood desire to do so, he could stay eternally youthful within the "Groundhog Day" Loop forever. He instead tries his hardest to get out. After hundreds, maybe thousands of repeats, he eventually does.
  • Whole-Plot Reference: This fanfic retells Groundhog Day using Prince Blueblood stuck in a loop of the events of the season 1 finale.
  • You Were Trying Too Hard: Near the end of Blueblood's ordeal, he technically gets everyone everything they want, but nobody enjoys the Gala, so it means another reset. However, Rarity's words right before the reset help him put this in perspective, giving him a clue as to how to break the loop.