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"Human bodies are icky and big and ugly and...and mean! Humans are mean!"
Pinkie Pie

The Conversion Bureau, also known as "TCB", is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic written by Blaze, which has in turn spawned other stories by other people using the same premise.

The details of these fics vary Depending on the Writer, and they don't occur in the same canon, but they do share common elements. Conversion Bureau fics are set on an Earth some time in the future, where the island (or pocket universe) of Equestria has suddenly appeared in the sea. Unfortunately, the realm of Equestria is pushing into Earth's territory, and the magic of Equestria is lethal to humans. In a few short years, Equestria will flood Earth with magic, and there will be nowhere left for humanity to live. To fix this, Princess Celestia sets up "Conversion Bureaus" all around Earth, offering the humans the chance to be turned into ponies and eventually live in Equestria.


Complicating that, however, is that ponification—as the process is called—is heavily debated both in- and out-of-universe. In-universe, this leads to ideologues forming terrorist groups. One, the Human Liberation Front (HLF), is violently anti-pony; the other, Ponification for Earth's Rebirth (PER), sees ponification as a sacrament which absolves humans of their vices, and which should be given to every human on the planet, whether they like it or not.

The original story can be found here. Spinoff fics can be found here, here, here and here. The majority of the Shadow Archetype of the stories (the curb stomps, Kill 'Em All fics, Take Thats, and the like) are found here.

Some of the spinoffs have their own tropes pages:

An MST of the original can be found here and the MSTing itself has its own page here.

The fanfiction group as a whole was featured on KPNYRadio.

Because this series tends to arouse strong emotions, especially the stories written by Chatoyance, please keep Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement in mind. To add a bit of perspective to that, A New Age, Transhumanism and Not Just Ponies are the only stories listed above that are not out to defeat the ponies, who are depicted as an invading enemy force.

The following tropes can be found in the original, and are often applicable to the spin-offs:

  • Assimilation Plot: Celestia's ponification crusade.
  • Benevolent Alien Invasion: From a Certain Point of View...
  • Can't Argue with Elves: The ponies. While Blaze's ponies aren't too far from canon, the ponies are often portrayed as a Superior Species who are simply better than humans, and as such have a right to do anything they want to humanity.
  • Les Collaborateurs: It's mentioned that human scientists helped develop the ponification serum. Additionally, the world's leaders seem to have no interest in stopping what the ponies are doing, often because they are aware that the world is ecologically ruined.
    • The PER are often depicted as such as well.
  • Cosy Catastrophe: The prologue mentions that warfare and disease are decimating humanity, but what little we're shown of human society doesn't seem any different from present-day America.
  • Creator Provincialism: Very little of the world outside of the United States, Europe and Equestria is mentioned in most fics.
  • Dead Fic: Due to a mixture of the intense backlash he got and a general loss of interest, Blaze abandoned the story and has no desire to go back and finish it.
  • The Evils of Free Will: Humans need to be ponified to get rid of all those violent thoughts.
  • Fantastic Racism: The ponies see humans as savages. Likewise, humans see the ponies as invaders.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Why Celestia won't allow non-ponified humans into Equestria.
  • Master Race: The ponies here clearly consider themselves categorically superior to humanity.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Ponies do not like war, poverty, crime or violence, and distrust humanity because of it.
  • MST: Most notably, there's one by the same people who are riffing on the first draft of Past Sins.
  • Not Himself: Getting transformed into a pony fundamentally alters one's personality. This is dealt with in numerous ways as a means to explore what it means to be human.
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens: The ponies borrow elements from two of the four types.
    • Ponies as Nazis: Only ponified humans are allowed inside Equestria, and the purification spell will kill all humans that do not get ponified.
    • Ponies as Communists: Ponification expunges the negative, selfish parts of "human nature" and leaves you just as altruistic as all the other ponies.
  • The Social Darwinist: The whole ponification thing has more than a few similarities to a eugenics program.
  • Wish Fulfillment: Per Word of God, one of the reasons why Blaze wrote this fic.
  • You Keep Using That Word: The substance that turns a human into a Pony is called a "serum", which more properly is the fluid that blood cells travel in, and is used for medical purposes when containing antibodies.

Tropes found in spinoff fanfics:

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Please note that "Conversion Bureau Fanfic" is a very wide umbrella covering a vast amount and variety of stories. Simply because one trope is applicable to one fanfiction, does not necessarily make it applicable to all Conversion Bureau fanfictions. For example, "Ten Minutes," is a dark last stand, while "Conquer the Stars" is a Space Opera.

  • 20 Minutes into the Future: It depends on the individual story, but it's common to set stories in the late-2010s (when the genre was first born) to at least the mid-late 21st century.
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: The barrier serves as this, instantly vaporizing or transforming any human-made object in its path.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Ponies hurry to judge and cast aspersions on humanity, as if they hadn't learned anything from "Bridle Gossip".
  • Affably Evil: Many members of the Ponification for Earth's Rebirth (PER) movement meet this description. They are almost unfailingly friendly and polite, and will usually begin a conversation with a human by trying to reason with them and convince them that getting converted is the best choice. If the human disagrees, however...
  • Aliens Are Bastards: A common depiction is of the ponies as xenophobic conquerors. To be fair, despite how polite they are about it, they are stealing land from the humans and assimilating them - sometimes by force.
  • The Alliance: Some fics feature every nation on Earth - sometimes even joined by terrorist groups - banding together to fight off the ponies.
  • Alternate History: Some TCB fics start during certain events in history, such as the last years of the Cold War or during the start of World War II.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: An in-universe example in Railroad Seven-Three. Balthazar loudly and repeatedly insists that he won't get ponified because he is disdainful of those who run from their problems and he finds fulfillment in battle that he never could in Equestria. Melchior however refutes this, claiming that Balthazar is just lying to himself and that the real reason is that he's afraid to be happy. The point is never decisively answered and there's ample evidence for either theory.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Some stories have forced ponification as a response to the Human Liberation Front and humans that like being humans. Ponies usually see it as better alternative to killing them, but those getting changed tend to disagree.
    • Any story featuring the PER will involve this as well.
  • Battle Trophy: A Diamond Dog foot soldier in A Dark in the Light tends to collect armor, weapons and other gear as a form of this.
  • Black-and-Grey Morality: Several fics have this with humans or ponies occupying either side. Most visible in The Palladium Wings. Human privateers enslave, sell, torture and kill pony civilians. Celestia's government takes over human lands by force, denies aid to starving nations for a purely selfish reason, does mass killings and/or ponification of humans and engages in torture.
  • Black-and-White Morality: Occurs in several fics. Humans or ponies can occupy either side, depending on who the author likes more.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: The PER wholeheartedly believes in this trope. It forms the basis of their entire goal as an organization.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Some stories will have the ponies (especially the Royal Guards) magically brainwashed to gleefully participate in ponifying every human they see. The newfoals will also be this in some stories.
  • Caught Up in the Rapture: TCB-Earth often fits in the more pro-pony fics, with huge swaths of humanity abandoning Earth en masse and leaving their more jaded brethren behind.
  • Condescending Compassion: The ponies' view on humans, who "can't help" their barbaric and monstrous behavior, so they must be saved by ponification. Often, this leads to the humans declaring Screw You, Elves! and fighting back.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror:
    • The view of the Earth largely depends on the author of the spinoff in question. While some do take place on horrific death worlds or burned-out techno-urban hellholes, many also take place on far quieter and/or closer to real life versions of the earth, no better or worse than Equestria itself.
    • In some stories, humans live in a steadily eroding world where things like theft, murder, and rape are common, and communities are forced to band together to protect themselves. Equestrians find the fact that violence occurs at all to be horrifying.
  • Deconstruction: Numerous of varying qualities.
    • Grayscale has the scenario play out as usual... but all the ponies have the same characterization as the show, including/especially Princess Celestia, who does not have any control over the barrier and does make the process entirely voluntary. The Equestrians themselves are divided into those who believe they're committing genocide and those who believe they should save as many people as possible. It's mentioned that while the Human Liberation Front attacks the bureaus, so do ponies. The Mane Six nearly broke up when they disagreed about the process was right or not. Pinkie Pie did go insane and is in an asylum. The ponies who work at the centers themselves burn out mentally, and the readers see what happens as a pony doctor goes insane and tries to kill her coworkers, as well and being driven to despair and begging for someone to kill her.
      "We tear them so the soul leaks out! Nothing left, and something grows, but it's not what it was! Not what it was!"
    • Not Alone is a Reality Ensues story where it's shown that humanity would not take kindly to the ponies' misanthropic attitudes, the effects of the expanding barrier (such as loss of infrastructure and human displacement) are explored in detail, and it's shown that not only do a good number of ponies disagree with the conversion, but the other races in Equus aren't happy about it either.
    • The Other Side of the Spectrum is a War Fic that exercises Reality Ensues and Mirror Universe to serve all kinds of vicious middle fingers at the premise of TCB and the logical inconsistencies and unsavory/horrific implications that other stories glossed over.
    • The Negotiationsverse centers on Twilight Sparkle, the only living Alicorn princess, realizing over time the atrocities of ponification. It also gives Celestia a very plausible motivation for her actions, though it's also made clear that her mistakes and shortsightedness have made her irredeemable.
    • The universe presented in Not Just Ponies is a unique twist on it: it's a deconstruction of both the common types while reconstructing the setting. Namely in this universe, the issue really is a natural disaster no one has any control over, and the common portrayals of the setting are believed to be true by some on both sides, but those assumptions are wrong and the consequences of people believing they are are explored. As a result, New Foals get treated with Fantastic Racism by both sides, the PER and HLF are both extremist lunatics who grossly misunderstand the issue and cause more harm than good, and the attempts by some bits of humanity to 'save' the human race amount to trying to kill genuinely good people who are trying to do whatever they can to save another race from something neither side can control. One instance is the PER converting a human... who was going to convert anyway, but into a different creature who is now trapped as a creature they didn't want to be.
  • Deconstructive Parody: These also have arisen.
  • Depending on the Writer: Since the original's author, Blaze, has abandoned the story, there is little in the way of a set canon other than the initial premise.
    • The question of whether or not the Barrier was deliberately formed and used as an attack on humanity is a constant point of contention among the fanbase... and something that varies wildly from story to story. Whether it's something that can be overcome by human military power or not is also a varying quality. Even the authors themselves don't always seem to know which is the case, both in their universe and outside.
    • Also, how powerful and threatening the PER and HLF are varies by writer. Some fics have them as little more than street gangsters and a nuisance; others portray them as highly sophisticated paramilitary organizations with enough resources and firepower to rival a small country's army and being very dangerous.
    • Likewise, the attitude and motivations of Celestia. Sometimes she is benevolence given form, going out of her way to make peace with even her most hateful enemies and ensure an ending where everyone winds up happy. Other times she's shown as an absolutely merciless despot and conqueror, completely uncaring about human lives, unsympathetic to the human race's imminent destruction and ruthlessly disposing of anyone who inconveniences her.
    • Also, the effects of the serum. Sometimes, it just changes the drinker into a pony but leaves their mind intact. Sometimes it makes them more caring in addition to their bodily changes. Still others have it completely wipe the drinker's brain and replace with with an artificially happy personality.
    • The setting varies wildly with the writer. Some go for Next Sunday A.D.. Others go for a cyberpunk 20 Minutes into the Future setting. And still others go for a setting where the ponies have won. One alternate spinoff even has the humans winning, at the cost of vaporizing all of Equestria and locking Celestia's forever screaming head in a box..
    • And the ponies themselves. How many share misanthropic views, or sympathize with the humans, or are just fed lies by a propaganda machine?
    • In addition, are the ponies totally superior to humanity or are they just as flawed?
  • Despair Event Horizon: Due to Grayscale's premise, to say the concept and process of conversion are extremely heartbreaking is the understatement of the millenium. Both volunteers and doctors are often Driven to Suicide, or in rarer cases, Ax-Crazy Freak Outs, most often after a few months. And you don't have to work on the bureaus themselves to be driven to it, either: Princess Luna only visited a bureau once, and after spending some time with a young human girl, she got up, thanked her for the attention, found an empty office and locked herself in to cry alone. She never even came close to a bureau afterwards.
  • Dispel Magic: In Metal Ripper, when "Back In Control" is sung by Joakim Bróden, it instantly disables all enchantments or spells placed on him.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: One common reason that humans can't just live in Equestria as-is is because they're naturally more violent than ponies, and can't be allowed in lest they corrupt Equestria. Sound like a lot of racist justifications?
  • Domed Hometown: Equestria is surrounded by a magical dome. However, it can be passed through by magical creatures, but not by unchanged earthly life forms.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Discussed in Railroad Seven-Three. The average native Equestrian sometimes claims to pity humans rather than hating them; many humans in turn resent this. Balthazar in particular despises Celestia for what he views as an incredibly condescending attitude.
  • Driven to Suicide: In some stories, some humans choose this instead of facing the restoration magic or getting ponified.
    • Grayscale has this in spades for both sides: for the humans, it's just an alternative to conversion, a process that kills them as the people they are; for the other side, it's the Bureaus' volunteers that kill themselves because of the massive emotional burnout that comes from what is essentially killing off innocents. Rainbow Dash (the POV character) remembers how, after the Bureaus began working, the suicide rates rose in Equestria and how over half of them were volunteers that had crossed the Despair Event Horizon. Things got so bad that a royal decree instituted that no one should work on a bureau for more than six months.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: Many TCB fics see humanity as inferior and call ponies morally superior while conveniently ignoring the fact that canonical pony jerks do exist, like Trixie, the Flim-Flam Brothers, snooty Canterlot nobles like Prince Blueblood, bullies like Diamond Tiara and Rainbow Dash's Cloudsdale bullies, historical figures like Princess Platinum, Commander Hurricane, and Chancellor Puddinghead, and straight up villainous tyrants like King Sombra and Starlight Glimmer. The stories that paint Equestria up as a paradise also tend to ignore the existence of hostile native Equestrian races like Diamond Dogs, Changelings, and dragons, as well as what these other native species (like the griffons, buffaloes, donkeys/mules, zebras and others) would think of an entire species being converted into ponies.
  • Emergency Transformation: This is a core idea behind most of the stories. Either you die by the magical radiation of Equestria, or you become a pony.
    • In addition, one of the perks of the ponification serum is that the process instantly and fully heals the recipient, even going so far as to remove diseases or genetic defects. Several stories feature humans on the verge of death taking the potion to save their lives.
  • Enemy Mine: Some TCB fics have all of the nations on Earth putting aside all differences to combat the ponies. Hell, even organizations like the Taliban pull off a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Invoked by the story Wrong Universe #2: Deus ex Dalek, which has Dalek Sec sum up everything wrong with the TCB ponies, before destroying the barrier, which, by proxy, kills Celestia and causes an imbalance in the ambient magic that sends the ponies into a massive Villainous BSoD and has every military force on Earth charging their way to Equestria to finish them off.
    • On the Spacebattles forums, The Draka are considered less evil.
      "Damn it, I have absolutely NO idea who to cheer for! On one hand, we have the xenophobic racist abominations of nature that violate almost every law and convention that exists, and on the other hand, we have the Draka!"
    • Often times when comparing the Nazis to the TCB Ponies, most tend to choose the Nazis as the lesser evil. At least the Nazis sort-of admitted they were committing genocide to "purify" humanity; Celestia does the same genocide, only under the pretense that she's only doing what's best for humanity, that she's killing or converting millions "for their own good".
  • Evil vs. Evil:
    • In some fics, both the humans and ponies are sociopathic xenophobes.
    • In Not Just Ponies, humanity and pony kind are both benevolent and trying to largely work with the other side to save as many people as they can. The PER and HLF, however, are both grossly misunderstanding the situation, actively opposed to one another, and seen in universe as extremist lunatics who cause suffering to innocent people on both sides.
  • Fantastic Nuke: The purification spell... except when it doesn't work.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • The ponies see humans as savage brutes. The humans see the ponies as xenophobic conquerors and despots. How right each side is depends on the story in question.
    • These are more the main viewpoints of the PER (Ponification For Earth's Rebirth) and the HLF (Human Liberation Front) respectively. Most regular ponies and humans stay a mixed bag.
    • Subverted twice in Change of Life. At first, it looks like Applejack and Silver are both racist towards Robert, a human. It turns out Applejack distrusts him for being "city folk" and Silver just plain doesn't like him for personal reasons.
  • For Your Own Good: How some ponies feel about ponification. The PER love this justification to the point where they will forcibly ponify people or spike their drinks without their knowledge.
  • Gender Bender: The beta version of the ponification serum could only create female ponies. There are a few stories where it is accidentally given to a male.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Some TCB fics paint the conversion process as being this trope. The happiness it induces isn't fake - you really will become a much more content and friendly person - but still. A complicated example, as sometimes it clearly is for the better - just as other times, it obviously isn't.
    • One fanfic that involved the Canon!Equestrian ponies infiltrating TCB!Equestria notices that the TCB ponies were acting like this.
  • Glamour Failure: In some fics, there exists an extremely rare variety of potion that can transform a human physically into a pony while letting them retain a completely human mind. Such ponies are almost completely undetectable but in Terminal Leave, Celestia notes that there's always a hardness in their eyes, "like an adult who was never hugged as a child."
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: The ponies are fairly consistently portrayed as racist (speciesist?) to varying degrees, but genuinely believe that their actions are helping humanity and leaving them happier in the long run. Humanity is only trying to defend itself, its culture and its world but seems to take rather perverse glee in living down to its thuggish reputation in the process.
  • Godwin's Law: Comparing the ponies to Nazis is not uncommon.
  • Hate Fic: There are a lot of fics that either examine its flaws or just go Kill 'Em All on the characters.
  • Humans Are Flawed: Some of the spin-offs take this attitude in contrast to the original. Many have protagonists that are and remain human, become good friends with ponies, but does not sweep away the fundamental problems with humanity being apex predators descended from pack-hunter gatherers.
  • Humans Are Warriors: One thing both the fic's fandom and hatedom seem to consistently agree on is that humans are often much fiercer fighters than ponies. Whether or not it's effective enough to drive off Equestria and their Conversion efforts is up to the author.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: In Last Man Standing, Celestia confirms the suspicions of many in a conversation with the last remaining human: she DID invade Earth deliberately. However, she points out that due to the merging of the worlds, either Equestria or Earth was going to be destroyed no matter what; she simply chose to try and save her subjects.
  • Idiot Ball: An Azure Future, in spades. After an entire story of wanting to remain human and not undergo conversion, the protagonist pulls a complete ideological 180, joins up with a terrorist organization and helps them successfully carpet-bomb a human settlement, then gases a cop whose only mistake was trying to give him a speeding ticket. Making the whole matter worse, the only reason he decided to help the terrorists was so they would convert him in exchange - something that is their entire purpose to do anyway. Not to mention he could've walked into any of a dozen nearby Conversion Bureaus and had the process done legitimately by trained professionals at any time. He receives nothing worse than mild disappointment from Celestia for the whole thing.
  • In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves: The ponies and PER humans that believe this of humanity use this as a justification for their For Your Own Good basis of ponification.
  • Knight Templar:
    • The PER believe that ponification is the right way and they see nothing wrong with forcibly dosing innocent civilians.
    • Celestia fits this trope in some stories too. She feels that by ponifying humans and wiping their technology from the Earth, she can give them a better life. In these cases, she has no compunction about committing sundry atrocities to do so.
    • Both the PER and HLF are this in "Not Just Ponies," as they both completely misunderstand the situation at hand and are ultimately equally as bad as one another.
  • Light Is Not Good: Celestia is a pure white alicorn who wields The Power of the Sun. She also the mastermind behind the genocide.
  • Lighter and Softer: Change of Life is this. In it, the Barrier is completely beyond Celestia's control and she is in fact doing her best to help the remaining humans. While the majority of ponykind does seem to pity humanity, it's more because of the latter losing their world than racism. Even the HLF is less aggressive than usual, preferring protests and rhetoric to open war.
  • Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!: The ultimate fate of humanity. Sometimes happens to the ponies in some fic.
  • Loss of Identity: Is a pony produced by the potion the same "person" as the human that it originally was? If not, is this a good thing, or is it unforgivable xenocide? The answer largely depends on what spinoff you're reading, how much the potion affects emotions, predispositions, beliefs, and allegiances, and the beliefs of the author; most of the fics where the answer is "yes, and it is xenocide" are a backlash response against ones where the answer was "yes, and it is a good thing", or at least a perception thereof.
  • Magic Music: Combined with The Power of Rock in the Deconstructive Parody The Conversion Bureau: Metal Ripper, with Celestia being purged of a demon by Sabaton's "Primo Victoria".
    [Attero Dominatus] - Attero! Dominatus!
    [Endless Nights] - Clouds are gathering in the darkness!
    [Back In Control] - We are back in control!
    [Unchain the Rain (Altaria)] - Together, we’ll unchain the rain!
    [Phantom Queen (Dark Moor)] - Focusing the light!
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Joakim Bróden singing "Attero Dominatus" in Metal Ripper. It produces a shockwave powerful enough to shatter every window in Canterlot Castle's throne room and send the Royal Guards flying.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: In some stories, turning into a pony fundamentally alters your personality. You keep all of your memories, but become much more predisposed towards happiness, nonviolence, and social interaction.
  • Mirror Universe: A number of fics use this to compare TCB Equestria with Canon Equestria and how much the personalities of the characters differ. This is especially true for fics that view the story as Canon Defilement.
    • United We Stand presents a very interesting take on the mirror universe; while the pro-human Equestria is otherwise identical to the show's canon, it's heavily implied that it's descended from the Generation 1 pony universe, which canonically already made friendly contact with humanity. Naturally, TCB Celestia views the pro-human mirror universe ponies as impostors and traitors.
    • There's also The Other Side of the Spectrum where a shell-shocked US Marine is thrown into an alternate Equestria through a magical portal, whereupon his account of what's happening in his world horrify the Canon Equestrians, who go on to declare war on behalf of Earth, all the while, something else more sinister is going on behind the scenes. It also includes a lot of Take Thats to some of the Fridge Logic questions raised in the genre.
  • More Than Mind Control: In some fics, the ponified humans are more than happy to forcibly ponify any humans. Even if they were once friends and family.
  • Moral Myopia: If the ponies do something questionable, it's okay because they're supposedly doing the right thing no matter where they're going with it. If the humans do something questionable, they're evil monsters.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: Some fics depict the Human Liberation Front as having resources more akin to those of a country rather than a paramilitary group. In those stories, it is not uncommon for the HLF to have Super Soldiers in Powered Armor or even doomsday weapons.
  • Nicknaming the Enemy: Occurs on both sides in various fics. The ponies often refer to the humans as "apes" or "monkeys". Humans call the ponies everything from "Celestians" to "geldos" and various other crude phrases.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In Metal Ripper, Joakim Bróden of Sabaton, Joacim Cans of Hammerfall, Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian, Taage Laiho of Altaria, Alfred Romero of Dark Moor and Timo Kotipelto of Stratovarius are the main characters. They appear as musician-mages.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: In a number of TCB stories — notably The Conversion Bureau: Not Alone — Celestia is portrayed as wanting to help humanity but going about it in all the wrong ways. However, an equal number of fics have her as a power-mad xenophobic conqueror.
  • Nuke 'em:
    • Many a fic points out that atomic weaponry is humanity's ace-in-the-hole. Sometimes they shatter the Barrier and consign millions of ponies to agonizing death by radiation poisoning, sometimes not.
    • This was attempted in Not Just Ponies, but with two major differences: one, the attempted nuking is by Knight Templar types who deeply misunderstand the situation (as a Reconstruction, the ponies are genuinely benevolent and are completely on humanity's side in the crisis), and two...the Veil is not a physical barrier so the nuke just goes right through it. However, Celestia, having domain over the sun and thus nuclear fusion, is immune to radiation and just absorbs it to prevent damage.
  • Parents in Distress: A species-wide example in the Wrong Universe short "The Children of Man", which has the now Sufficiently Advanced Cylons appear to defend their "parents".
  • Perspective Flip: The Humanification Bureau, in which Equestria is a post-apocalyptic Crapsack World and ponies want to emigrate to earth, but can't live without magic.
  • Physical God: Although Celestia was already somewhat a goddess in canon material, TCB stories tend to ramp this trait up to the extreme. Celestia is almost always completely unstoppable, and sometimes even omnipotent.
    • Backfires horribly on her in the Hate Fic "Thus Saith The Lord!", when her conversion efforts make God angry enough to reenact the Book of Exodus, with Celestia as Pharoah Rameses.
      Twilight Sparkle: I think that Celestia angered Someone she couldn't fight back against.
    • Depictions of Celestia as a god in TCB stories range from "Canon Celestia", where she is more powerful than almost anything else on the planet (but still mortal, as shown in the "Canterlot Wedding" episodes where she got taken out by Chrysalis), to "Eldritch Abomination" where she only looks like a pony, but is a vast, unkillable intelligence with limitless power.
    • In The Harshest Lesson, the ponies' attempts to control nature with magic causes planet Earth itself to develop self-awareness. Unfortunately for them, Nature Is Not Nice and the planet considers the Equestrians a disease that must be purged and starts using Death World tactics to drive them off. In an additional Take That!, it actually takes the ecological damage that humans caused in stride because it considers it to be part of survival of the fittest.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: The ponies are the "heroes" of the story, yet they force humans to either lose their personalities and all other aspects of their selves in the conversion process or be killed.
    • Likewise, some stories show the humans as evil simply because they didn't want to convert or they dared to defend themselves against the ponies.
  • Punny Name: The demolitionist mare in A Dark in the Light is named Anne Foe.
  • Puny Earthlings: Many TCB fics paint up the ponies as being totally superior to humans.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in Option Gamma where the humans are horribly outmatched by all Equestrian species.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Deconstruction stories that have the ponies successfully turn Earth into a Neo-Equestria and all of humanity into newfoals go out of their way to show how ruinous victory would really be for them on a social and economic level. The Price of Generosity is one such example.
    • A few fics have one of the villains from the show, such as King Sombra or Discord become powerful enough to No-Sell the Elements because the barrier transforming the Earth and the large amount of newfoals in Equestria supercharges the Background Magic Field with Black Magic.
    • In The Harshest Lesson, the ponies' attempts to control the environment turns Earth into a Death World because the planet has become a Genius Loci and interprets what they're doing as a disease that must be purged.
    • In The Other Side of the Spectrum, it's made clear that this will be the end result for TCB!Equestria if humanity and their allies are all assimilated. The Solar Empire is already collapsing under its own weight of waging a near hopeless war against the humans and dealing with a massive population boom while having little resources available to support them; victory will only exacerbate the problem.
  • Reality Bleed: Causes the fun.
  • Reality Ensues: Many Deconstruction Fics show that a medieval era-force will get stomped very, very badly in a straight up fight against a force equipped with 21st Century weapons and technology.
  • Reconstruction:
    • Not Just Ponies is one intended to present the setting in a world where the ponies are much closer to their show selves (with a Reasonable Authority Figure Celestia who has no intentions of conquest in any form) and the Veil is genuinely a force of existence neither side can do anything about. Ponification is genuinely a last resort to save humanity from the Veil that decidedly does not cause a Death of Personality and the ponies themselves for the most part aren't forcing it on anyone. The HLF and PER are both presented as equally bad extremist groups who are both Wrong Genre Savvy about the situation. The mirror portal to the Equestria Girls verse is also mentioned as a potential solution for humans who wish to return to being human after all is said and done if they so choose, and human technology is being preserved. The main protagonist in Conversion Zebra is a newfoal zebra trying to adjust to his new life and being fed up with the Fantastic Racism he sometimes gets from both sides who don't truly understand the situation.
      • This is continued in the sequel, Conversion Dragon. As suggested by the above Zebra situation, the humans have full choice in what they become (with some exceptions for safety's sake). In this case, the main character is an elderly woman who became a dragon, which she's rather happy about, given that being 70 for humans is the equivalent of being a teenager for dragons (though there is a limitation on the number of dragon conversions due to a dragon population boom having obvious drawbacks) so she's young again. The entire story is mainly just her and a still human bartender having a friendly conversation.
    • When the Sun Comes can be considered this as well. Celestia and the ponies genuinely go and offer humanity as much salvation as they can without changing anyone's bodies or minds, neither side is treated as being better than the other and the disaster that prompts all this was not man-made, but a natural disaster (supervolcanos erupting).
    • Project Sunflower also takes certain conventions of TCB while using them for less sinister purposes. Earth is under attack, but this alien threat is not of an Equestrian origin. The protagonist does turn herself into a pony out of her own free will and doesn't suffer any kinds of dramatic personality changes, and while things like converting the human race or a full military takeover are brought up, those options are automatically rejected. And once the ponies learn of humanity's plight, they immediately get to helping the humans save their world.
  • Reckless Pacifist: In Railroad Seven-Three, the PER threatens to stop the Railroad vehicle with a spike strip. One of the PER pegasi even explicitly points out the pickup truck would probably flip over... and there were ponies in the flatbed at the time. Shortly thereafter, we see they weren't bluffing about the spike strip's presence, either.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: A single story that spawned its own genre.
  • The Rez: The Reservation takes place after the war with the ponies put in a reservation, the various chapters detail how specific human and pony characters are dealing with the state of affairs.
  • Rogue Drone: Some fics explore what happens when the mental changes from the serum stop working, or work differently than Celestia intended:
    • In TCB: A Beacon of Hope, the mental aspect of the formula seemingly failed, as most newfoals self-identify as human and hate their new bodies, abilities, and other ponies with a passion. It's implied their Boomerang Bigotry is actually caused by the Species Loyalty and Fantastic Racism aspects of the formula applying to humans and ponies respectively rather than the other way around.
    • In The Conversion Bureau: The Price of Generosity, it's been long enough for Lyra (and presumably, the rest of the Mane Cast outside the alicorn princesses) to die of old age since Earth has been taken over and flashbacks imply the formula used to work as Celestia intended back then, newfoals thought she transformed them for their own good and hated having been humans before. According to news broadcasts in the present, however, it appears that once the newfoals realized Equestria doesn't have the resources or competence to govern an entire planet, self-preservation overrode their programming almost completely. The newfoals started building their own countries based on human ones and their political systems. Also, newfoals in Somalia have taken to raiding Equestrian ships for food, implying that even the part of the formula meant to curb human aggression no longer works.
  • Romanticism Versus Enlightenment: Complicated. The humans are normally the technology users regardless of time period while the ponies are the High Fantasy Sugar Bowl paradise. However, the conversion is essentially a Utopia Justifies the Means plot while the Humans are trying to defend their values, even though these values are far more futurist than what Equestria has to offer. It's generally uncanny, essentially a reverse Avatar and all a matter of perspective really.
  • Sadistic Choice: Humanity as a whole faces one: lose their bodies and culture or be killed by the expanding barrier. Of course, they can just Take a Third Option and fight to the end.
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens: Spinoffs sometimes feature all the scary dogmatic alien types from the original in addition to two more.
    • Ponies as Religious Fundamentalists: Some fics show the ponies as crusaders who go out to convert - or kill - humanity on the orders of Celestia.
    • Ponies as Conquistadors: Some fics show them as planning to subjugate Earth and humanity to make them more "civilized".
  • Screw You, Elves!: The Deconstruction Fics wherein humanity doesn't take kindly to the ponies' misanthropic attitudes and genocidal ambitions run on this theme. The Ten Rounds universe features this in spades, with the human characters resisting the ponification to truly epic lengths. One called Ten Minutes ends with Celestia, along with thousands of ponies, being lured into the blast radius of a nuke.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: In the Railroad series humanity is often accused of these; In Terminal Leave Applejack accuses Major York of putting Honor Before Reason for his insistence on humanity achieving Utopia on its own. In Railroad Seven-Three Sugar Spoon explicitly refers to humanity as a Martyrdom Culture. Given that humanity is staring extinction in the face and has been given an alternative, the ponies may have a point.
  • Sky Pirates: The spinoff fic The Palladium Wings features very vicious pirates who plunder Equestrian airships for profit.
  • Soapbox Sadie: In many fics, the ponies - especially the newfoals - will often preach about how Humans Are the Real Monsters.
  • Song Fic: The Deconstructive Parody, The Conversion Bureau: Metal Ripper has the lyrics of Sabaton's "Primo Victoria" complete with Youtube links at the end where the group defeats Celestia through The Power of Rock.
  • Son of an Ape: "Apes" and "monkeys" are common slurs for anti-human ponies to use against humans.
  • Species Loyalty: The HLF embraces this trope to the point of blindness.
  • Superweapon Surprise: Many a fic uses nuclear bombs and firearms as mankind's Ace-In-The-Hole.
    • TCB: Thus Saith The Lord has God Himself as the "Bigger Brother" version of this.
    • Cold War has NBC troopers. Hazmat Suits No-Sell potion bombs unless punctured, which happens exactly once.
    • Some less-than-serious fics have swear words as this. An unguarded word or two is enough to reduce a Royal Guard veteran to paroxysms of weeping.
  • Take That!: TCB itself is a frequent target of these from its deconstruction stories and other stories in the MLP fandom.
    • All-American Girl mentions a "Humans Are Bastards" horror film called The Converters. The makers of which nearly got sued for libel.
    • There are plenty of stories that involve middle fingers being given out to traditional TCB stories, including Wrong Universe by Dalek IX, or What Would Really Happen, which is where a few people convert but then everyone else goes back to their lives, fine with the world as-is.
  • Tautological Templar: Many stories have Celestia and the ponies completely failing to see anything wrong with the Mind Rape that accompanies the potion. Or failing to understand why the human race declares war on them after the effects of conversion are known.
    • In Ballad of the White Rose, Celestia and her followers seem to be in denial a la We Happy Few, and when confronted about it by pony protesters, they shut them up by force and don't seem to understand why they need to defend their points at all.
  • Technical Pacifist: On paper, the PER is biologically prevented from harming humans. In reality, they find quite a few ways around this: Baleful Polymorph is their hat, obviously, but they also have no problem forcibly converting humans under hazardous conditions or with experimental, unstable serum versions. Both circumstances can, and often do, lead to death.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Humanity is constantly derided by the ponies as being savages and brutes. Some humans, the HLF especially, decide to embrace their brutish reputation.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Once a person goes pony, they may still feel attachment to individual humans. Any sense of love for the race as a whole is long gone, however, even if they ardently supported it before.
  • Uncanny Valley: Deconstruction fics will present the newfoals as an In-Universe case of this for both humans and natural-born ponies. Depending on the story, it can range from them looking just slightly off to being borderline robotic Stepford Smilers.
  • War Fics: Many of the fics could be classified as such. Mostly Hate Fics but some standard TCB stories fit as well. The most prolific ones include The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum (and its Continuity Reboot Spectrum) and The Conversion Bureau: Not Alone. The Negotiations-verse has the war as The Great Offscreen War, exploring the aftermath and its consequences.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: One of the major contentions with the premise and its fans is that readers who would stand against the Mind Rape, xenocide and assimilation of humanity were the perpetrators orcs or lizards or beastmen or other stereotypically ugly sorts instead support it because cute ponies are the ones doing the "conversion".
  • What the Hell, Hero?: If someone calls out the ponies or Celestia specifically for their actions, they'll invoke this.
    • This forms the premise of The Ballad of the White Rose, where a group of rebellious young ponies discover that the death of humanity was no accident and decide that Celestia has a lot to answer for.
    • Not Alone ends with the queen of the gryphons declaring Celestia's Omniscient Morality Lisence revoked, making it clear that the other races of Equus are not happy to hear about what she did to the humans and now they have every reason to fear for their own safety.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The main theme of Checkpoint. An HLF soldier is confronted by a family of newfoals and holds them at gunpoint. Absent any witnesses to condemn him or allies to encourage him, their fate is purely his own to decide. He lets them go.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": The ponies essentially force mankind to "convert" en masse into ponies. If they don't, they'll killed by the unstoppable barrier. The sentiments that ponies have towards this in some of the darker fics leans towards the Type A variant.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: In some fics Celestia is motivated by this, she thinks humans are wasting their potential by not using their talents for harmony.
    • Socrates from A Beacon of Hope specifically hates Celestia because of this, telling him to use his skills as a philosophy teacher to preach harmony made him make the jump from teacher to ruler of a nation.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Naturally, the HLF and PER are subject to this.
    • The HLF: La Résistance bravely fighting against the xenocidal ponies? Or Right Wing Militia Fanatics bent on slaughtering every non-human?
    • The PER: Saviors of a fallen humanity? Or Quislings who've thrown away their humanity in exchange for "paradise"? Or Knight Templars who believe everyone should be ponified — regardless if they like it or not?
  • Zerg Rush: The Ten Rounds universes tend to rely on these, where groups of humans are usually overwhelmed by herds of smiling newfoals trying to dose them all with ponification serum.

  • After the End: The Earth's ecosystems have all but completely collapsed, the population has been ravaged by disease, vast stretches of urban and suburban development have been abandoned, and the human population is dwindling rapidly as humans are ponified. Nineteen billion refugees inhabit a world which will be turned into Equestria in eight years.
  • Airstrip One: Earth's One World Government has grouped the former nations of the world into administrative zones. Most people still refer to specific regions by their old names.
  • Alien Geometries: Equestria's reality is a flat plane, rather than a planet. There is no “edge” to the land; traveling in any direction will eventually loop back around on the other “side”. Theoretically, this should apply to upward and downward travel as well, though no one has ever tested it for reasons that should be reasonably obvious.
  • And I Must Scream: Petrification is supposed to be the kinder and gentler pony alternative to the death sentence, but the soul of the pony being punished remains frozen within their stone form, unable to pass on into the afterlife and reenter the cycle of reincarnation. When times have changed sufficiently, Celestia is shown to reanimate petrified ponies so that they may fulfill their destinies. This is part of the plot of “TCB: The Reasonably Adamant Down With Celestia Newfoal Society!”.
  • Apocalypse How: Planetary Metaphysical Annihilation: Earth is being completely overwritten by Equestria with nary a physical trace of where it once was.
  • Armies Are Evil: Blackmesh Security advertises their dedication to enforcing the will of the Corporate Worldgovernment, and uses the opportunity to brutalize malcontents as a recruitment enticement.
  • Artificial Intelligence: In New Universe One: The Pony Singularity and New Universe Four: Phoenix In Hooves.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Solving world hunger by reprocessing human waste into food is no more plausible than any other form of Perpetual Motion Machine; human waste, after all, is made up of what's left over from the food after it's been eaten.
  • Artistic License – Nuclear Physics: In "Ten Minutes: Aftermath," the nuclear device used was capable of destroying half the planet. Such a nuclear device would be impossibly large.
    • However, the nuclear devices in her story work on quantum mechanical principles. This is highly speculative at best.
  • Author Appeal: GLBT themes, transhumanism, androgyny, Humans Are the Real Monsters, alternate dimensions with alien physics and strange geometries.
  • Author Avatar: Celestia is pretty much Chatoyance's avatar.
  • Author Tract:
    • "New Universe Three: The Friendship Virus" has nothing to do with The Conversion Bureau stories other than some name-dropping that could easily be exchanged with anything else. It's a retrospective tale of a world wherein a group of bioterrorists calling themselves “The Conversion Bureau” were inspired by My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic to bring about a pacifistic utopian world by creating and releasing a DNA-altering virus that eliminated most differences between sexes. Genetic tendencies towards aggression and territoriality were rewritten, oxytocin production increased, but most importantly – as emphasized by the narrator's thoughts – testosterone production in males was cut down to one third. The result is that males and females both lose most of their violent and territorial tendencies.
    • Constant anti-nuclear power messages are becoming increasingly difficult to ignore, both due to their frequency, and due to the increasingly dramatic events ascribed to various incidents incidents.
      • The kinda-sorta TCB-related Friendship Is Optimal: Caelum Est Conterrens describes the 2011 Fukushima incident as "a nightmare disaster that would murder people for hundreds of years".
      • Recombinant 63: A Conversion Bureau Story indicates that the entire Japanese archipelago has been lethally irradiated, forcing the population to evacuate and spread throughout the world in a great diaspora.
    • There is also the bashing of religion as either evil or deluded.
    • A strong anti-genetic engineering message is also present in her stories as well.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In New Universe Seven: Mankind Triumphant!, humanity reduces Equestria to a smoldering crater, decapitates Celestia, puts her screaming head in a box forever and enslaves all surviving ponies.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Earth's government. Also, Celestia, within her own dimension.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Celestia takes this Up to Eleven.
  • Bittersweet Ending: On the one hand, the Earth is destroyed, the human species is transformed, all the humans who've ever died were lost forever, most traces of human culture or evidence we ever existed are gone, and those who have become ponies are relocated to new lives in Equestria. On the other hand, the Earth was wrecked beyond repair, mankind was in decline, and the ponified humans are now part of the ponies' cycle of reincarnation, shepherded by a being who is pleased by their happiness.
  • Black-and-White Morality: In Chatoyance's fics, human society is the black side and the pony society is the white side.
    • There are a couple of instances where she attempts to make ponies a little more grey (most notably A Taste of Grass), but these moments are still very few and far between compared to the constant glorifying of the ponies and demonizing of humans.
  • Blind Obedience: The ponies will follow Celestia and Luna without question.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: At least according to one of her Author's Notes on ''The Reasonably Adamant Down with Celestia Newfoal Society", Chatoyance doesn't understand why most readers think her work is misanthropic, despite everything that's on this page.
    • In-universe, Princess Celestia operates by morals that are utterly beyond human comprehension.
  • Body Horror:
    • Skimping on the ponification serum causes the person to die horribly as they are locked between human and pony form.
    • The pony body is a nightmare horror to members of the Human Liberation Front.
    • Some PER members see the human body as such.
  • Book Burning: While sorting through a shipment of media awaiting judgment by Princess Luna which will determine whether it will be saved or destroyed, the protagonist of Recombinant 63 comes upon a top secret journal containing the technical details of the ponification serum. Her first thought is that it should be burned on the spot because of the danger should it fall into the hands of those who would misuse it.
  • But I Read a Book About It: Gwen, the protagonist of Recombinant 63, never fails to have read somewhere about anything she faces, regardless of how obscure and/or highly classified it is stated to be. The reason given for her knowledge is her participation in a government/Equestrian effort to preserve human knowledge.
  • Category Traitor: “Species traitor” is used on at least one occasion.
  • Censorship Bureau: Recombinant 63 introduces a program managed by Luna dedicated to selecting – in accordance with guidelines dictated by Celestia – what pieces of human art, music, and writing should be spared, and consigning the rest to destruction. The criterion for censorship includes eliminating information supporting or describing racism, sexism, nationalism, war, murder and crime.
    • Amongst the books rejected by Luna are any which "showed the evils that Man was capable of". It should be noted that this is her own loosened judgment, applied to written works that she feels worthy of secretly preserving in defiance of Celestia's standards, which are implied to be far more strict.
    • Books on ancient warfare are singled out for destruction above all others, for fear that the non-pony species of Equestria might learn from them and find some way to improve their political position, or that native ponies might look down on ponified humans as inferior or dangerous.
    • Officially, by the agreement of both the Earth's government and Celestia, all contemporary accounts of the Earth's final years and of the circumstances and details of its destruction are to be secretly archived beyond the reach of most individuals.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Other than the usual implications and expected plot elements common to most TCB works, Chatoyance's stories were fairly simplistic until The Taste of Grass began developing Celestia's character and fleshing out the setting's details.
  • Cessation of Existence: The fate of humans, because they are among the rare species that develop in universes devoid of magical energy.
  • Colon: Cancer: The PER: The Speed of Right: Michaelson and Morely.
  • Corrupt Church: Earth's religions. All of them. In fact, the concept of religion is often regarded as evil.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: All of them.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: Two universes in collision, the earth destroyed, and humanity forced to change species to survive the catastrophe.
  • Crapsack World: Earth's ecosystem is completely destroyed, the entire planet is governed by a corporate conglomerate, social mobility is rare, and the employment rate is frozen at 2%.
    • New Universe Two: The Most Decadent Thing exchanges the corporate hellhole for a hedonistic transhumanist equivalent of Idiocracy.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: A mild variant. Chatoyance openly admits that her version of Celestia has substantial similarities to the Old Testament God.
  • Cure Your Gays: Inverted; the serum changes the drinker's sexual orientation to pansexual regardless of what it was before.
  • Curiosity Causes Conversion: Quite literally. Expressing even the tiniest bit of interest in Equestria draws the PER like flies to honey.
  • Cutting the Knot: In Tales of Los Pegasus, a police officer is confronted by a complex mystery involving a shooting, a forced conversion, a PER pegasus, and several conflicting testimonies. He briefly considers solving it, then simply sides with the PER pony and potion-bombs everyone involved.
  • Cyberpunk: Several elements of the genre are present in her stories.
  • Dan Browned: Chatoyance claims her stories are perfectly accurate hard science fiction. However, many critics have pointed out numerous technical inaccuracies, misrepresentations of facts and outright fabrications. See this review for an example, with citations.
  • Dancin' in the Ruins: A common theme in the author's works.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Played ramrod straight in Operation HLF Life. The PER attacks and successfully converts an entire fort full of HLF combatants. Upon waking up from the anesthetic effect of the conversion, the former HLF instantly and cheerfully obey the commands of their attackers.
  • Democracy Is Bad: Implied. Equestria is an absolute monarchy and it's shown to be a perfect world.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: Celestia's #1 priority is being the final authority in Equestria.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In New Universe Seven: Mankind Triumphant!, humanity disposes of Discord by running his petrified form through a rock crusher. They then nuke Equestria, decapitate Celestia and stick her head in a sealed box.
  • Does Not Like Men: Chatoyance has acquired a reputation as a misandrist because of "The Friendship Virus". However, her other works feature strong and capable male characters.
  • Double Standard: This quote from the author states why the ponies are allowed to commit genocide against humanity and be in the right for it but humanity fighting back against the ponies is either evil or just misguided.
    In my stories superior beings - truly superior beings - can do things that if a lesser being, like a human, were to do, it would indeed be evil.
  • Dystopia: Earth. Earth is ecologically ruined and humanity survives only because of technology.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Celestia, Luna and Discord.
  • Everyone Is Bi: The ponies are apparently naturally pansexual.
  • Expy: Blackmesh Security is an expy of Blackwater USA with their negative traits ramped Up to Eleven
  • Fantastic Racism: Some members of the three types of ponies still think themselves better than the other two. This is a reference to the second season episode "Hearth's Warming Eve", where pony racism was presented as existing in the past.
  • Filibuster Freefall: Her early stories were mostly normal slice of life type stories with minimal messages and morals and misanthropy. Her later stories often have Heinlein-styled social commentary and exposition — and a heaping dose of misanthropy. Sometimes to the point where they overshadow the rest of the story.
  • Five-Token Band: Chatoyance, more than any other TCB author, seems to go out of her way to feature protagonists and side characters that are diverse in race and ethnicity.
  • Fix Fic: "Ten Minutes: Aftermath" was written as a response to the anti-pony , pro-human, sentiments of the original story, subverting the message of the original as part of a writing challenge set by TCB author Krass McWriter. The prompt was to "Write a story, or continue a story within another writer's universe." Unfortunately, this resulted in a great deal of readers revolting against the story, particularly when it came out that Krass neglected to point out that they should get the permission of the writer of the fic they were basing their own work on. Brony of Steel didn't even know the fic existed until Chat decided to advertise for it in the comments section of his own fic. A move that pissed off readers of the original fic as much as it pissed off readers of her fix fic. Readers have come to see Aftermath as less of a fix fic and more of a massive middle finger to the idea of Celestia being capable of losing, which Chatoyance has effectively admitted to hating, and is part of why she seems to utterly disregard season 2.
  • Flame War: Almost assured when discussions of her stories occur.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: 27 Ounces featured an incredibly insufferable atheist who believed that Celestia and Luna were perpetuating a God Guise, that ponies were Sufficiently Advanced Aliens, that all religious humans were monsters, and that Magic was actually molecular reconstruction beams being powered from a massive generator in Equestria. He even becomes enraged at someone choosing "belief" and seems to totally ignore that in a rational universe, the VERY EXISTENCE of Equestria would be impossible. Of course, he has his reasons.
    • Amusingly, most of his vitriol is towards the missionary Elijah (who is notably one of the only religious characters not shown as a Strawman), who nevertheless actually shares his beliefs about Celestia and Luna. It comes to no ones real surprise when the two of them end up together after converting.
  • Foreshadowing: In Teacup: Down on the Farm, the titular character experiences regret over possessing memories of her difficult life on earth. She is told early on that such memories have value, but pursues having them erased anyway. At the end of the story, she learns the initial suggestion was correct all along.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Celestia, Luna, and Discord all have bodies composed of pure magic. It's still enough to make most corporeal onlookers uneasy.
  • For Your Own Good: How the ponies feel about the ponification and barrier.
  • Fox News Liberal: The Reasonably Adamant Down with Celestia Society stars a group of converted humans who were transformed by force and resent Celestia for it. They are portrayed mostly as incompetent whiners who fail to realize how good they have things, and the author shows them in a more positive light only once they decide they were wrong after all.
  • Freudian Threat:
    • Among the many secrets about Celestia uncovered by the central characters of The 800 Year Promise is her ancient use of castration as a tool to breed healthier ponies.
      • Having been reasonably convinced that Wildfire and his wife won't divulge the truth about her many secrets which they have uncovered, Celestia heals the broken ribs he suffered at the hooves of a group of imperfectly ponified HLF operatives. She very pointedly does not, however, restore the testicle which was crushed in the same attack, going so far as to call it "the cost of his adventure" before advising him to avoid getting involved in her affairs again.
  • Future Food Is Artificial: All food is synthesized from waste using nanomachines.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: The Human Liberation Front hates ponies and anyone who sympathizes with ponies. And... that's about it.
  • Glad I Thought of It: In order to preserve various elements of human culture, the leaders of three incredibly distant cities demand that Celestia leave their population alone in the tenth story of Tales of Los Pegasus. Despite this, Celestia still discreetly checks in on them every hundred years or so in order to acquire any interesting new technology they may have come up with because she values human ingenuity. In other stories, it is revealed that this is one of the many reasons she is willing to permit ponification, and resettlement within her universe.
  • Gratuitous Rape: In Tales of Los Pegasus, an angry HLF operative attempts to rape a pony as part of a violent assault. This seems to have been included solely for shock value.
  • Grey Goo: In New Universe Four: Phoenix In Hooves, Earth has been entirely devoured by grey goo.
  • Heaven: The afterlife for ponies, where they dwell until they are reincarnated, or choose to ascend to a state where they can explore the multiverse. Celestia and Luna, however, are denied the latter option, because they are mysteriously bound to Equestria. Chatoyance has claimed she will one day address the reason the two alicorns are trapped.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: An odd example applying to the entire human race. Humanity's myriad flaws and and atrocities are faithfully recounted, often with historical references; humanity's achievements are also listed and even celebrated as the reason that Celestia is willing to accept humanity being ponified. However, the upside of humanity is dwelt on significantly less often, and is sufficiently downplayed relative to the flaws to make forcible ponification seem like a good idea. To say nothing of the sheer impossibility of listing anything but highlights, which naturally lends itself to skewing the highlights to one view or another (in this case, the negatives).
  • Hobbes Was Right: With regards to humans, dragons, diamond dogs, and gryphons.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Celestia and Luna merely look like ponies but they are actually beings composed of pure magic.
  • Humans Are Special: Humans are one of the few known lifeforms to have evolved in a universe completely devoid of magic. As a result, they're among the rarest of sentient beings - those which lack actual souls.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Chatoyance loves this. Even going as far as to argue this point in the comments, sometimes in other stories.
  • Humans Kill Wantonly: Mentioned several times, often with historical references cited.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In Going Pony two characters explain the technology behind the process of ponification for the reader, but in the story stop to wonder aloud why humans always try to explain away magic.
  • Insane Troll Logic: When the HLF villains of Recombinant 63 fail in their initial search of the city for the hiding and (unknown to them) ponified protagonist, they joke that that their headquarters has been found out because they haven't been murdering enough ponies to meet the statistical average.
  • Immigrant Patriotism: Many newfoals are incredibly enthusiastic about doing things the proper Equestrian way, and try hard to assimilate and fit in with the native population.
  • Improvised Weapon: In 27 Ounces, Dr. Pastern throws some serum at an HLF operative attacking her, killing her attacker.
    • The PER sometimes use squirt guns filled with serum in mass ponification attacks.
  • Informed Attribute: Despite supposedly being one of the most masterful infiltrators on Earth, the imperfectly converted Ralph Vitoni inevitably arouses the suspicion and distrust of the protagonists of any stories in which he appears within – and sometimes even before – his first spoken sentence.
  • In Name Only: Chatoyance's stories share little with the show except for names.
    • She herself actually says as much in this post on her own forum. She makes it clear that she is writing science fiction first, and pony stories second.
    • This is most noticeable in (the admittedly, by Word of God, explicitly experimental reimagining) New Universe Three: The Friendship Virus, which merely mentions the show a couple of times. It manages to arguably be a Conversion Bureau story In Name Only, with the eponymous "bureau" not being an institution that converts people into ponies, but instead, a group of bioterrorists inspired by the show to release a virus that makes men more like women in terms of behavior.
    • There is the fact that The Doctor is depicted as being pro-conversion. That should really speak for itself.
  • Insignificant Little Blue Planet: How the ponies, and the general narration, seem to view Earth. Or rather, Insignificant Little Gray Planet.
  • Doorstopper: Chatoyance has written over 800,000 words.
    • Chatoyance refers to her works over 50,000 words as novels. This is the official break point for novels as used by the Science Fiction Writers of America.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: In The 800 Year Promise Starshine's journal abruptly ends before he can finish signing his final entry, presumably because he was dragged away by the royal guard to be petrified.
  • Knight Templar: Celestia and the ponies fully believe that they are in the right — even though they resort to outright villianous actions.
  • Shared Universe: Chatoyance allows others to freely use her ideas and concepts as stated in this blog post.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: There is an awful lot Celestia isn't telling humanity. Any human that gets too curious or any pony that gets too talkative gets pulled aside for a chat.
  • Longing For Fiction Land: Expressed in this statement attributed to her:
    Sigh. Equestria can't rise from the ocean fast enough.
  • Ludd Was Right: Earth is a high-tech cyberpunk Crapsack World. Equestria is a pseudo-medieval steampunk world and a utopia.
  • Made of Magic: Celestia, Luna, and Discord all have bodies composed of pure magic.
  • Mad God: Celestia
  • Magic Versus Science: Science and technology derived from it are inherently destructive to the environment. Magic can do anything science can achieve and more, all without harming anything.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Celestia is good at ensuring that events work in her favor. The only time she's failed to manipulate a situation to reach her own goal involved temporal and spacial shenanigans spanning two alternate realities, one of which she has minimal power within.
  • Meaningful Name: The Conversion Bureau worker named Dr. Pastern who eventually ponifes herself. A pastern is part of a horse's body.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: In New Universe One: The Pony Singularity.
  • Medieval Stasis: The show's cities and magitech are explained as being the leftover products of the Ponies' flirtation with industry, which was abandoned when the ponies realized that they were destroying their environment.
  • Mega-Corp: The Corporate Worldgovernment, which owns the entire world, and Blackmesh Security, which serves as their military police.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: In "The PER: Michelson and Morely", the protagonists consist of the butch Nutmeg Morely and the feminine – and in the end, transgender – Ginger Michelson.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Celestia hunts all newfoal alicorns for fear that they'll destroy the universe.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: PER members show this tendency.
  • Nanomachines: The basis for the ponification serum. Also heavily used in manufacturing on Earth.
  • No Endor Holocaust: The nuke used in "New Universe Seven" is strong enough to destroy one percent of the planet's mass (contained by the Barrier, but still), and the planet is still livable after losing that much matter.
  • No True Scotsman: She considers herself "the last dedicated author of the Conversion Bureau", and all the other TCB fics that don't toe her party line apparently aren't.
  • Omniscient Morality License: This quote by the author more or less cements Celestia as having this, due to the virtue of having a consciousness and awareness billions of times greater than a human mind. Essentially a living goddess, Celestia is described as being able to calculate possible outcomes and futures with inhuman ability.
  • One World Order: Earth is ruled by the Corporate Worldgovernment. Equestria is ruled by Celestia.
  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: Humans who go through ponification usually come to view their former beliefs, no matter how religious they were before, as false and primitive. Even some humans before conversion start to see their former beliefs as flawed the moment they find out about Celestia.
  • Peace & Love, Incorporated: The Conversion Bureaus were set up by the Worldgovernment to rescue as much of humanity as possible before the world was destroyed. Ponification is offered free and without charge to even the most impoverished people.
  • Perfect Pacifist People: The ponies are completely incapable of murder or cruelty, though they are capable of self-defense.
  • Pointless Doomsday Device: A single one of the Quantum Chromodynamic Weapons referred to as "hypernukes" described in Recombinant 63 supposedly would – in the best-case scenario – destroy nearly one percent of the Earth's mass. Bear in mind that at this point, the Earth is under a One World Government.
  • Private Military Contractors: Blackmesh Security.
  • Privately Owned Society: Earth.
  • Properly Paranoid: The HLF believe that Celestia's benevolent talk is a front and that she is in reality leading a deliberately engineered takeover of the planet. They have absolutely no evidence to back this up and are... biased, to say the least. It turns out they are absolutely right.
  • Puny Earthlings: Her interpretation of the ponies has them with Stock Superpowers (Earth ponies get Super Strength, pegasi get flight and unicorns get magic), a lifespan of centuries, extremely durable bodies, reincarnation and a "Can't Argue with Elves" attitude.
  • Purple Prose: Her writing sometimes lapses into this.
  • Reincarnation: Ponies, eventually.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Ponies.
  • The Right of a Superior Species: According to Word of God, this is why Celestia and Luna cannot be judged by human morality - even if they are committing genocide. This quote says it all:
  • Religion of Evil: All religions are portrayed as such.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Celestia, within her own cosmos, is not bound by any rules as she is an Eldritch Abomination. Outside of Equestria, she is increasingly vulnerable and weak, depending on the distance to the Barrier between the two universes.
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens: Her ponies have elements of all four types.
    • Ponies as Nazis: The ponies consider themselves superior to humans, and are in the process of committing a perfect genocide (destroying any sign that a culture ever existed) against humanity.
    • Ponies as Communists: Their plot is to assimilate an entire race to become like them.
    • Ponies as Religious Zealots: Celestia is their goddess, and they will follow her every word.
    • Ponies as Conquistadores: The end result of the Barrier is that all of Earth will belong to Equestria, and be under Equestria's government.
  • No Sense of Mass:
    • The hypothetical planet killing nuclear device in "Ten Minutes: Aftermath" was found to have a mass of 43.6 teragrams (36e+10 kilograms) or about 119 times the mass of the Empire State Building. It's specifically stated to be made of cesium and promethium. The picture drawn of the device shows it to be approximately the same size as the Little Boy bomb dropped on Hiroshima, which weighed a mere 4,400 kg. Even assuming the entire planet buster was filled with promethium at 7.26 grams/cubic cm, that still only comes out to a weight of 8639.4 kg. And for the bomb to weigh that much with the given dimensions, the filling of the bomb would have to have a density of 302,521 kg/cubic cm...which is about the same density as a white dwarf.
  • The Soulless: Humans and all other forms of life on Earth.
  • Spirit Advisor: Celestia got the attention of the world government by appearing to each of the six hundred or so most powerful individuals in the form of a duplicate of herself that only they could see and hear, and then badgering them day and night, even in their dreams, until they agreed to meet with each other.
  • Stable Time Loop: Derpy.
  • Start X to Stop X: In the Chatoverse, a human that dies is gone forever because they lack souls. Celestia's ultimate motivation is to save humans from Cessation of Existence by making them not human anymore.
  • Straw Character:
    • The vast majority of those who oppose the ponies and don't change their tune are portrayed as this, especially HLF members, the wealthy, and religious people. In 27 Ounces a Straw Atheist also makes an appearance.
  • The Stoic: Celestia never shows any emotions stronger than mild irritation or vague amusement.
  • Super Breeding Program: The 800 Year Promise mentions that Celestia has undertaken eugenics programs in the past, forcibly sterilizing ponies she deemed to be genetic undesirables in an attempt to strengthen the pony race against the other sentient species inhabiting Equestria.
  • Superior Species: The ponies are depicted as being longer-lived, stronger, more moral, kinder and all around better than humans.
  • Synthetic Plague: New Universe Three: The Friendship Virus features the "PNY-1" virus created by some bioterrorists that eliminates most differences between sexes.
  • Taken for Granite: Petrification is often used by Celestia as a punishment.
  • Take That, Critics!: The Reasonably Adamant Down With Celestia Newfoal Society! has been interpreted as a rather caustic one against critics of the TCB-verse.
  • Tautological Templar: Celestia and the ponies completely fail to see anything wrong with forced conversion and why the human race is so pissed off at them and fighting so hard against them.
  • Technology Is Evil: It's hinted that Celestia bans most technological development in Equestria.
  • Third Act Stupidity: In The 800 Year Promise. Ralph and his HLF co-conspirators are clever enough to hide amongst the ponies of Equestria for years. They've allegedly got agents at every level of Equestrian society – even in the palace, so there's no running to Celestia for help. All throughout the story they're one step ahead, always having figured out enough to know where they should be looking before the protagonists do. They've fabricated a cover story for anyone who questions them. They know enough about dragon culture and history to attempt to rouse them to anger against Celestia. Four chapters from the end they unsuccessfully sneak into a dragon's cave, beat up his “guests”, and die horribly when he comes home sooner than expected.
    • Villain Has a Point: Before dying, Ralph explains what the final members of the HLF have come to believe about Celestia, the destruction of the Earth, and the true nature of Equestria. Sharptooth, the only character present that is familiar with the princess and knowledgeable enough about the universe to make any assessment of it all thinks he's right.
  • This Loser Is You: Humanity is not shown in the greatest of light. While there are humans all across the moral spectrum in her stories, there is the underlying message that ponies are vastly better than humans.
  • Trope Codifier: Her works codified many of the many significant plot details of TCB canon, and many other Conversion Bureau stories at least contain elements of her work.
  • Unperson: Beings who become a “problem” for Celestia have a tendency to disappear. Later, some lucky civic area is gifted a surprisingly lifelike new statue. It's unclear how or if their disappearance is explained to friends or family, but it's clear that, aside from Discord, nobody hears about them in any history lessons.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: In Recombinant 63. After Ralph has a rare and surprising stroke of conscience and decides he's not okay with liquidating an entire city, the Doctor is revealed to have tricked Ralph and gotten him marked for death. He caps this revelation off with a glib insult just for fun.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: The plot of New Universe One: The Pony Singularity.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Celestia's #2 priority is keeping Equestria a paradise for her ponies.
  • Veganopia: Equestria and its ponies.
  • Voodoo Shark: Earth and Equestria are established early on as being governed by differing physics models, with Equestria and every other known alternate reality being permeated by a force which destroys any Earthly technology it effects. Early on the reason is given that Equestrian physics breaks terrestrial quantum mechanics, which underlies both biology and the advanced technologies of the world. The details are further elaborated upon in Recombinant 63: A Conversion Bureau Story, in which it is revealed that the Equestrian reality is completely and utterly divorced from that of Earth, to the point that its matter is composed of entirely different fundamental particles. Despite being intended to explain the differences between the two worlds, it actually raises questions as to how the two dimensions are able to interact at all.
  • We Are As May Flies: The ponies can live for centuries, as various pieces of show-canon have been interpreted.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The PER.
  • White Man's Burden: Celestia and the ponies pity mankind, whom they view as an inferior species – not really living beings at all, given their lack of magic and therefore souls – and regard it as their duty to save them by transforming them into ponies in both mind and body. However, much like in real life, the darker aspects of cultural destruction are also present.
  • World Building: According to Word of God, this is one of the goals of Chatoyance's many Conversion Bureau stories.
  • Writer on Board: Many of her stories are used to espouse her views on such subjects as diverse as human nature, environmentalism, religion, and GLBT issues.
  • Year X: Chatoyance's stories are said to take place in 20X0. She has never given a specific time but hints that the time is fifty years in the future.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Celestia sometimes gives mortals a glimpse of her true form when she wishes to terrify them into submission.


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