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Fan Fic / The Captain Goodking Saga

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The Captain Goodking Saga is a series of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfictions written by Leondude. The first one, A series of unfortunate events that leads to another redeemed villain, yay!, tells the story of The Storm King being forced to redeem himself. Hilarity Ensues. The second one was a prequel called The tragedy of Sacanas, which focused on the exploits of the person who made the Staff of Sacanas. The third one, Captain Goodking and the Nightmare Knights, is a sequel to A series of unfortunate events that leads to another redeemed villain, yay! that involves the redeemed Storm King (now going by the name of Captain Goodking) teaming up with the Nightmare Knights to take down Sacanas, who has returned with some aliens to wreak havoc upon Equestria.


A series of unfortunate events that leads to another redeemed villain, yay! provides examples of:

  • Back from the Dead: The Storm King was brought back from a combination of Luna and Discord's magic.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The Storm King got turned into a chicken twice in this fanfic. He gets better.
  • Big Bad: Lord Sanies, since he's the one who engineered The Storm King's resurrection in the first place.
  • Big "NO!": Averted and even discussed. Instead of doing this, Sanies just calmly states how annoying his defeat is.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Sanies, courtesy of betraying his former master before the story and betraying The Storm King when he felt he has outlived his usefulness.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While Sanies is usually played seriously, he does tend to come up with dry remarks from time-to-time.
  • Demonic Possession: Sanies has the ability to leave his own body and possess someone else's, using this manoeuvre on Trixie.
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  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The story's title.
  • Evil Sounds Deep / Evil Sounds Raspy: Sanies' voice has been described as a mix of these two traits.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Sanies to The Storm King, especially since he unwittingly contributed to The Storm King's Heel–Face Turn by betraying him.
  • Expy: Word of God describes Sanies as one of Toffee, especially since the both of them started out manipulating incompetant rulers for their owns ends. The similarities are even more striking in the sequel when Sanies' physical form was destroyed and he spent most of that fic possessing Chrysalis and Luna, similar to how Toffee was possessing Ludo before his physical form was restored.
  • Fate Worse than Death: The Storm King considers being turned into a chicken and getting thrown into a world with barely any magic as this.
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  • Faux Affably Evil: While Sanies can speak very courteously when the mood strikes him, it's clear that this is merely an act.
  • Giggling Villain: Sanies has a habit of chuckling sinisterly, with the only time he was full-on laughing was when The Storm King was about to defeat him in a ridiculous superhero costume.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Of course, The Storm King makes one at the end.
  • Heel Realization: When the crowd cheered for Storm King taking down The Farm King, he realized that not only does it feel good to do good, but he was being truly adored too.
  • Karmic Death: Sanies' lair has been described as having dozens of destroyed statues that are more than implied to have once been alive ponies. He eventually suffers the same fate that The Storm King once did.
  • Ironic Echo: When The Storm King got angry at Sanies betraying him, Sanies responded with "What was it you said to your former commander? Oh yes, 'get with the program, I used you, it's kind of what I do'".
  • Lemony Narrator: Word of God even admits that his writing style was an unintentional reference to A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • Mind Control: Sanies has this ability as well as the ability to possess people.
  • Mind Rape: Sanies, while possessing Trixie, does this to The Storm King after he has absorbed everyone's magic by forcing him to relive all the deaths of the people that Sanies had murdered.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Sanies" is Latin for "purulent", "gore", "venom", "bloody matter", "corrupted blood" and "slaver", with the last one being very relevant to his skills.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Sanies, especially when he's controlling or possessing someone.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Sanies winds up on the recieving end of this from Celestia in a flashback. While he immediately got back to his usual giggling self, that moment was one of the rare times in the entire series in which Sanies was actually terrified.
  • Not So Above It All: While Sanies expresses sardonicism at certain things, when the redeemed Storm King showed up in a gaudy superhero costume, he burst out laughing before wiping away a tear because he was laughing so hard.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In Chapter 11, there was a fight between Stormy and the Mane Six that the narrator described as being so awesome words cannot describe it, only to skip over it and say the Mane Six lost. Subverted in a later update of the chapter in which the narrator begrudgingly tells the readers what happened out of "popular demand".
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Sanies' end goal is to just destroy Equestria and remake it in his own image.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Along with the ability to use magic, Sanies has been described as having an oddly-shaped horn appendage on his head and two bone claws sticking out of one of his arms.
  • Serial Killer: Sanies has been more than implied to be this, especially given the amount of destroyed statues in his lair that are implied to have once been alive ponies.
  • Slasher Smile: Sanies is almost always seen wearing one of these.
  • The Sociopath: While Storm King has traits in this story, it's more narcissism than anything. Sanies, on the other hand is manipulative, shows no emotion other than sadistic joy and mild annoyance, and has a superficial sense of charm that barely hides his callousness.
  • Shadow Archetype: The Farm King, The Storm King's Equestria Girls counterpart.
  • Shout-Out: The amount of Jim Carrey references in this story was intentional on the author's part because he thought it would be weird to have something named A Series of Unfortunate Events and not make a reference to the movie somehow. See the Lemony Narrator trope above for how ironic his reasoning is.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: While traversing through Celestia's mind in a flashback, Sanies accidentally comes across Daybreaker, who temporarily controls Celestia and beats Sanies into a pulp.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: This story is a comedic tongue-in-cheek tale that involves The Storm King redeeming himself after Hilarity Ensues. Sanies is a sociopathic dragon with an affinity for Mind Rape, Mind Control and Demonic Possession that is never Played for Laughs, his sardonic sense of humour notwithstanding.
  • You Fool!: Sanies says this to the redeemed Storm King and his new allies. He even lampshades how cliched it is.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Everyone's reaction to Trixie (actually Sanies possessing her body) taking out the Storm King. Sanies even has a moment like this after seeing the redeemed Storm King declare he's going to stop him while wearing a superhero costume.

The tragedy of Sacanas provides examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: What Sacanas was going through when Sanies was killing him.
  • Artifact of Doom: Along with the Staff of Sacanas, Sacanas is also responsible for creating the Alicorn Amulet.
  • Asshole Victim: Downplayed since both Sanies and Sacanas are more worse than Sanies' father Serpentine, but it's kind of hard to sympathize with Serpentine when Sacanas tricks him into being turned into a statue, considering he mocked Sacanas' appearence after forcing him to remove his hood to show of his horns beforehand.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: Sacanas goes to one of these in the Badlands to hire some mercenaries to subdue an alternate version of Celestia so that he may absorb her magic and place it into the Alicorn Amulet.
  • Bastard Understudy: Sanies to Sacanas.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Sacanas, courtesy of him having difficulty sleeping due to Luna being Nightmare Moon at the time of this story and his refusal to take anything that might impair his cognitive abilities.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Sacanas' past involved him getting abandoned by his birth parents because he was born with three horns, he was bullied by others during his foalhood, and his adoptive mother got accidentally killed when he was doing his entrance exam into the School for Gifted Unicorns.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Sacanas nearly killed Sanies in a fit of rage because he made fun of how Sacanas accidentally killed his adoptive mother.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. While Sacanas has been on more than one occasion disturbed by the actions of his apprentice, he mostly just laughs it off or expresses morbid fascination in his immorality.
  • Expy: The mercenaries Sacanas hired are based off of characters such as Deadpool, Deathstroke, Bane and Venom. Killing Joke and Divine Comedy are ones of The Joker and Kefka Palazzo respectively.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Sacanas, to the point where he's even willing to give Sanies tips on false courtesy.
  • For the Evulz: Sanies' motivation when Sacanas asked him about it.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Sanies is first introduced to Sacanas by eating Sacanas' dragon assistant Snuff.
  • Laughably Evil: Sacanas and Dead Poop.
  • Laughing Mad: Sacanas has engaged in this more than once during the story.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Sacanas. Sanies has traits of this as well.
  • Meaningful Name: "Sacanas" is the plural term for the Portuguese word "sacana", meaning "rogue", "scoundrel", "trickster" and even "bastard". Sacanas definitely fits the trickster part to the point where he even sings a song about it.
  • Never Say "Die": Subverted. While Sanies nearly mentioned "death" before getting cut off by Sacanas, Sacanas then points out later on that Sanies killed one of his test subjects.
  • Not So Stoic: In the middle of Sacanas singing his Villain Song, Sanies interrupts him by shouting "TRICKY, I KNOW! JUST SHUT THE TARTARUS UP!"
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The one time when Sacanas doesn't have his usual energy is when Sanies was looking into his past, which resulted in Sacanas nearly killing Sanies in a fit of rage.
  • Sad Clown: In spite of his energetic personality, Sacanas is clearly deeply hurt by the memories of his past. The one time his facade cracks was when Sanies was looking into his mind and mocking his past, to which Sacanas responds by angrily pointing a spear near Sanies' throat.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Along with sending his mother plummeting into a volcano, Sanies also smashed his father's petrified form to pieces to prevent him from coming back.
  • Shout-Out: Sacanas gives Sanies a "plan" that paraphrases The Grinch's schedule from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
    • Sacanas' last words are a reference to what Flowey said near the end of the Genocide route in Undertale.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Sanies acting as the straight man to his master's zaniness.
  • Taken for Granite: Sacanas teaches Sanies how to do this to people. It proves to be his undoing.
  • The Trickster: Sacanas, given his unpredictablity and his flare for deception.
  • Villain Protagonist: Sacanas and Sanies.
  • Villain Song: When Sacanas was teaching Sanies a thing or two about being "tricky", he spends the rest of the chapter singing a song on the subject, much to Sanies' annoyance.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye / You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The mercs Sacanas hired to take down Nightmare Star get incinerated by Sanies.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: While he was eventually taken in by Celestia, Sacanas' life was not a pleasant one and underneath his theatrics and energy is a bitter stallion that wishes to watch the world burn.

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