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Once upon a time, in the magical land of Equestria, Princess Twilight Sparkle and her friends gave up the Elements of Harmony in order to save their home. However, after that sacrifice, they received two things. A chest with 7 locks, and a book that would not open.

Meanwhile, in another universe, Avatar Korra dreamed of having a new life away from the complex she'd lived most of her life in. Eager to get away and finish her airbending, she ran away, and made her way to Republic City.

Two universes, so different from one another, but in truth, tied together through an ancient history unknown to all but a few. When Twilight Sparkle finally managed to get the book open, she found a spell on the page that transported the elements and Spike to Korra's world. And that was just the beginning of a long history growing together fighting the forces of evil.

The Little Pony Legend combines My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic with The Legend of Korra (and some heavy influences from the Disney Animated Canon as well, see Shout-Out for the specifics), creating a story very much similar and yet different from both worlds.

In chronological order, the fanfics are:

The Little Pony Legend, following Korra season 1.

Cutie Troubles: An early in-between fanfic about Mako babysitting the Cutie Mark Crusaders.

The Little Pony Legend: Tales of Equestria, an adaptation of Friendship is Magic's season 4 mixed with The Legend of Korra's characters.

The Little Pony Legend 2: Spirits of Courage: The adaptation of season 2 of Korra. (Note, the first major deviation from Korra canon happens here.)

The Little Pony Legend 3: The Great Change: The adaptation of season 3 of Korra, and the season finale of season 4 of Friendship is Magic.

The Little Pony Legend: Rainbow Rocks: An adaptation of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks.

The Little Pony Legend: The NightMare's Return: Nightmare Moon is back, and this time, she's taking over Asami.

The Little Pony Legend:A Kingdom of Friendship: Takes place during season 5 of Friendship is Magic, along with the aftermath of the NightMare's return.

The Little Pony Legend:Friendship Games: An adaptation of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games.

The Little Pony Legend: The Crystalling: All about Starlight Glimmer and her adventures with Cadence's baby.

To Where and Back Again: A brief adaptation of the Season 6 finale of Friendship is Magic.

The Little Pony Legend 4: Balance of the Heart: The Grand Finale of the original run, adapting season 4 of Korra.

The Little Pony Legend:The Legend of Everfree: 2.5 years after the battle with Kuvira, mirror world Twilight suspects that their magic is trapped at Camp Everfree. Hearing Twilight's call for help, Korra sends Sunset Shimmer, Starlight Glimmer and Kuvira to help. But one of them is haunted by a past she can't let go of. Can Kuvira find the courage to find a new happy ending?

The Little Pony Legend: Shadow of Ronin: An ancient evil born from the time of Avatar Wan has grown stronger since the great change. Now, after 7 years of peace, it has returned to bring darkness to the 3 worlds again. But this time, team avatar harmony is going to have help from friends old and new, as well as the next generation.

The Little Pony Legend: A New Beginning: Eight years after the defeat of Ronin, the Elements of Harmony and the Queens of Equestria all mysteriously vanish. Now it's up to Princess Iris to find out who caused these disappearances and thwart their plans. Along the way, she's getting the help of her friends who will help her to fulfill her destiny as the next Avatar. note 

The Little Pony Legend:Magical Tails: A short spin-off based on the three Equestria Girls 30-minute specials featuring Iris, the newly-appointed Guardians of Harmony, and a reformed Chrysalis as they go about their lives after A New Beginning.

The Little Pony Legend: The Guardians of Harmony: The (original) Grand Finale for the entire series, this story is a retelling of the My Little Pony Movie featuring Iris and the Guardians of Harmony on their journey across Equestria to Canterlot to fight the evil Storm King.

The Little Pony Legend: A New Generation: A retelling of the A New Generation movie, also acting as a crossover with Voltron: Legendary Defender.

These fanfics contain examples of these tropes:

  • Action Girl: It's easier to point to those who are than those who aren't really.
  • Adapted Out: The acupuncturist of Zaofu is replaced by Princess Luna.
    • Due to the fic being far more about the Mane 6 than the series is, a majority of the Cutie Mark Crusader focused episodes (particularly in season 4) are left out, though the crusaders themselves do get roles.
    • "The Last Stand" has Lin and Su Yin stand by while Apple Jack and Rarity take their place in taking out the Colossus's cannon arm. In addition, Adagio and Aria stand in for the guards who fight the heroes inside the Colossus.
    • Mako and Asami's love rebound is largely removed aside from that brief smooch in "The Sting." Justified when you consider how that subplot didn't go anywhere in the source material. No big loss.
    • Slice of Life has Republic City become the place where Matilda and Cranky marry and side characters from LoK interact with Doctor Whooves in the bowling alley.
    • "The McColts & Hoofields" is rewritten to take place in the Avatar World and there are call backs to "The Great Divide" and potentially Omashu.
    • Book 4's original ending with the beginning of Korra and Asami's relationship is swapped out, as the two see each other like sisters in the fic.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The fanfic's version of Friendship Games gives Team Avatar a major role to play as well as an alternate explanation to why Princess Twilight could not go through the Portal, which is that it reacts abnormally when Human Twilight comes into contact with it during her investigations. It also expands on Legend of Everfree, giving Kuvira a major role in the plot and expanding more on Gloriosa, Timber, and human Flash.
    • Being an magical applifier, the Zenith Crystal restores the Dazzlings' powers and becomes the source of Korra's woes in Book 4's adaptation. It is actually based upon the background crystals found within the cave where the Red Lotus set Korra up for their sacrificial ritual.
    • Korra's character is given additional traits as she interacts with the Mane Six.
    • The entire LoK storyline is incorporated into My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, taking place at certain points during Season 4 or near Season 5. Many things are added either to incorporated the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic characters or to maybe expand on certain characters actions via narration.
    • Mako's backstory is explored in "The Nightmare's Return" and displays the character growth he went through the Legend of Korra much more clearly.
    • Earth Queen Hou-Ting's character is given a more sympathetic backstory as well as a new lease on life in Book 3 and beyond.
    • Kuvira meets and befriends Korra during the Avatar's stay in Zaofu, adding more weight to their conflict in "Balance of the Heart." All while keeping true to Book 4's storyline as a whole.
    • Starlight Glimmer's backstory as shown in The Cutie Remark is expanded upon to show how she and Sunburst grew further apart in the time that passed since the latter got his Cutie Mark.
    • The fic's version of The Crystalling expands on Starlight's role while giving the role of Sunburst to his father.
    • Queen Chrysalis' origins and character are expanded upon in "The Journey of Iris / A New Beginning", which reveal that she started out as a kind and caring young changeling who wanted the changelings to get the same kind of love that ponies got, but let her lust for power get the better of her as it took on a life of its own.
  • Adaptational Badass
    • Thanks to the Great Convergence, several different ponies get this treatment, including each of the Cutie Mark Crusaders getting a different bending element.
    • Human Flash Sentry finally becomes one in the fanfic's version of Legend of Everfree, where he becomes the first boy to Pony Up and gains wings and a magical sword and helps the girls defeat Gaea Everfree and her Timber Werewolf.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Due to the author's fusing MLP's hope into Korra's story, many of the villains end up getting this. Not all of them are redeemed, but several of them are given more chances.
  • Adaptational Name Change: When Tempest Shadow reveals her real name she says it is "Rosalyn Sweet Scent" instead of "Fizzlepop Berrytwist."
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Tempest Shadow's origin is heavily modified for "The Guardians of Harmony", which reveals that she lost her horn not due to an attack by an Ursa Minor, but rather a fight that she had with Princess Avatar Korra and Twilight Sparkle. This change makes the conflict between her and the main characters of the fic more personal while still staying true to her character arc in the original movie.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Tempest Shadow in the original canon was a Tragic Villain who dreamed of going to Celestia’s School For Gifted Unicorns, but lost her horn to an Ursa Minor and was abandoned by her friends, turning her bitter and against friendship. In “Guardians of Harmony” she is a reckless unicorn who wanted to do whatever she wanted with her magic, not wanting to be held back by rules. She was expelled from Celestia’s school due to ignoring safety rules and blowing up one of the rooms and eventually became the leader of a gang called Shadow Triads. She lost her horn because she was caught by Korra and Twilight and tried to fight them, only to have her horn accidentally broken by Twilight due to her magic being affected by being pregnant with Akari and held a grudge against both of them and their whole families for this. That being said though, she still performed a Heel–Face Turn just like in canon when The Storm King betrayed her and she was saved by Akari and Iris.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Despite all the horrible things done by them, Korra genuinely mourns the deaths of Tarrlok and his brother, saying that losing her bending was now the second worst thing she experienced today.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: Aside from the obvious elements, it's pretty obvious this is a different universe. Perhaps the surest sign of this is looking at how the author brings in her own thoughts on Shipping, and how things would work out.
    • "Korra Alone" is adapted into "Balance of the Heart" by having Korra lose her memories of Equestria and her pony friends. Essentially, she remembers the past events as they were written in the original canon of "The Legend of Korra."
  • And I Must Scream: After being defeated and separated from Vaatu, Unalaq is imprisoned in the Fog of Lost Souls. Also doubles as a Fate Worse than Death.
    • In A New Beginning, Chrysalis is revealed to have suffered this fate when she absorbed the love of the Changeling king who preceded her, as her greed and lust for power had taken on a life of her own. As a result, her true self became trapped within her own body, being fully aware of her actions, but unable to stop herself. And it was this greed that drove her to attempt to take over Equestria during the time of the Royal Wedding and in ‘’To Where and Back Again’’. She was only freed when Iris and her friends blasted her with their newfound magic, overloading her and reverting her back to her original self.
  • Arc Villain: Following The Legend of Korra's villain structure, there are mostly Arc villains for each fanfic. This also applies to the sequels, which make use of more several original villains.
  • Arc Welding: Adagio Dazzle and Aria Blaze return in Book 4 and become Kuvira's most trusted allies while Sonata Dusk sides with Korra and the rest of the heroes.
    • Amon visits Korra in her dreams prior to "The Cute Map" and it turns out that he was Starlight's inspiration for her Cutie Markless Village.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: Following the Great Convergence, anypony who visits the Avatar world becomes an anthropomorphic humanoid retaining several of their features, including their pony ears as well as any other notable physical traits, such as their horns or wings.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: During Starlight Glimmer's Deconstruction in The Cutie Remark, Mako gets to her by asking her how much she really knew about the Great Change.
    • Later on, Asami helps to talk Starlight down when she tries to destroy the Time Travel spell, asking her if she regarded Sunburst as being more than just her friend.
  • Art Shift: Upon entering the Avatar world, the Twilight Sparkle and her friends' physical appearances change in order to fit in with the more realistic animation style of The Legend of Korra, giving them much less cartoonish proportions. Conversely, when the Krew travels to the Equestria Girls universe, their appearances take on the more stylized, cartoony look of the humans in that world. The redesigns can be viewed on the author's deviantArt page.
  • Ascended Extra: The Cutie Mark Crusaders only got a cameo in book 1, but then they get a side story, a small role in book 3, and several episodes in A Kingdom of Friendship.
    • The adaptation of Friendship Games gives Princess Twilight a much larger role to play as she sends Korra, Mako, Bolin, and Asami to Canterlot High in order to investigate the abnormalities in the portal. The human version of Flash Sentry also gets a bigger role as he hooks up with Princess Twilight's Alternate Self.
      • Princess Twilight and the rest of the Mane Six also get an important role to play in the climax of Friendship Games, helping Team Avatar, Sunset, and the Humane Five to fight Midnight Sparkle.
    • Pony!Flash Sentry himself becomes a part of the main cast from Book 2 and beyond, even hanging with Mako and Bolin at their apartment.
    • An even better example is Princess Luna. While little more than a cameo part in season 1 of korra, her role gradually increases as the fanfics go on, most notably in her taking the place of the acupuncturist in the Beifong episodes.
    • Sunburst gets a larger role in the Cutie Remark, even becoming a deputy and making amends with Starlight Glimmer in the end.
    • Iris, the daughter of Mako and Korra, only appeared as a baby at the end of the original story before becoming a major character in the sequel.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Unavaatu and The Siren Mech.
  • Author Appeal: Each author has different things they like.
    • Maggiesheartlove is a devout Christian, and thus often has a bible verse opening or closing each chapter of her work tying into the themes of the chapter.
      • She also has a great love of Disney, sneaking in dialog from the movies into character dialog.
      • Further, her style is much more Original Flavor in intent. Keep original characters to a minimum, maintain the plots in their most general frame.
    • BlueBlur92 is much more free handed in approaching the mythology of the 2 sources. With several original characters introduced into the story and made integral to the story. While not breaking any established continuity, he does bend the rules a bit in telling the story.
      • EquestrianKirin also follows this trend with Journey of Iris, introducing several more original characters while simultaneously expanding on the development of the already-existing ones.
  • Author Tract: Maggiesheartlove makes no secret of her Christian beliefs, and thus brings characters into stating them whenever possible.
  • Babies Ever After: The last chapter of Balance of the Heart invokes this with Korra and Mako's daughter, Iris, as the legacy of their adventures.
    • By the time of Journey of Iris, Starlight Glimmer and Sunburst also have a son named Gallant Steed.
    • Essentially every one of the main characters from the original run have settled down and have had children by the time of Guardians of Harmony, including each of the Mane Six as well as many of the supporting characters.
  • Back for the Finale: EVERYONE! As many of the major and minor characters manage to make it out for the double wedding of Team Avatar, even giving surprising culmination arcs for several of the ex-villains.
  • Back from the Dead: Despite her death at the end of To Where and Back Again, Chrysalis comes back on part due to her power giving her immortality.
  • Bad Future: The adaptation of the cutie remark gives the standard equestrian bad futures where one of the villains won (see the recap page for those), but also bad futures for Korra's world, as without the other elements, Korra of this world suffered for it too.
    • The first bad future is where Korra never left the island for training, and then when Amon met her, he debended her almost immediately. Now, Benders are forced underground, and Korra lives the life of guilt and anger, trying to do it all herself, since she never was able to let go of her avatar identity.
    • Second, where Unalaq took over the southern water tribe. He then had Korra's parents killed in a ploy, ruling the south as a police state, and Korra was forced to work for him in order to undermine him from the inside, as without the other elements, the southern portal was never opened for new Dark Spirits or Vaatu to escape from.
    • In the 3rd Timeline, Korra was raised by the Red Lotus (presumably, they succeeded in kidnapping her in this timeline), but refused to kill the earth queen when the time came. So, they went ahead with it, and Ba Sing Se was never restored to order in the process. And Korra went on the run, desperately afraid that she'd be killed for betraying them and for being the avatar.
    • In the 4th timeline, Vaatu was in charge, so dark spirits ruled the world.
    • In the 5th Timeline, The Fire Nation managed to win the 100 Year War. (Which everyone is confused by because Equestria had no involvement with those events, so that should logically not be affected by the shift in the timeline.)
    • In the 6th timeline, Hiroshi Sato's hate for benders lead to a mechanized takeover of the world.
  • Beta Couple: Several. The main one is Twilight/Flash, though later in the series, it's joined by Bolin/Asami and in the 1 shot, Starlight/Sunburst.
  • Big Brother Instinct: While Mako already has this for Bolin in LoK, he also has one for Flash Sentry in the story. He even goes as far as becoming his honorary older brother.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The 1st ending of book 3 follows the pattern from Korra's original ending: The main Red Lotus leaders were defeated or chose death to capture, Hou-Ting and P'li survived to reform their ways, and the air acolytes have finally organized enough to start the work the original nomads did of traveling to keep peace. But Korra was still traumatized by her attempted poisoning, and Twilight is still haunted by getting burned by Korra on accident and beaten by Gazan and Ming Hua. Not to mention horrified that Korra doesn't need her anymore, leaving her even more adrift on what kind of princess she should be. Fortunately, the 2nd ending changes this up by adapting the end of season 4 of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
    • This also ends up being the ending given to Kuvira and Baatar at the end of Balance of the Heart. Both saw the error of their ways, but Kuvira decide to break up, believing that the latter should find someone who brings out the best in him, not his worst.
  • Black Comedy: Discord destroys a book detailing the events of My Little Pony: Pony Life by shredding it, all while the chibi versions of the characters are heard screaming in agony as they meet their end.
  • Boxed Crook: Varrick escaped prison despite being held responsible for attempting to kidnap the president, and confessing to it to Princess Korra after the great change. Korra decides to let him off the hook and not send him back to prison, but as an alternative form of punishment, he's sent to work at Applejack's farm until he learns how to work for the sake of others. A pretty light punishment all things considered, but not fully clean.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: The author for her part is much more self aware about using this from Korra's stories. For her part, while there are splinters and setbacks for the team, thanks to The Power of Friendship, said breakups tend to be less painful overall by comparison, and, thanks to element power, tend to not last quite as long as in canon.
  • Break the Haughty: Both Korra and Twilight admit to this. Korra we see happening on screen, while Twilight admits as much in A Kingdom of Friendship on how she needed to be taken down a peg to be a better friend.
  • Brick Joke: Towards the end of “The Mane Attraction”, Svengallop is still shown to be stuck under Naga with Spike and Pabu watching. He begs to be released, claiming that he's learned his lesson, but Spike refuses.
  • Call-Forward: In The Crystalling, Night Light gives Cadence and Shining Armor some special flowers called Irilisises, which Twilight explains are rare flowers that bloom with the colors of the rainbow. She also says that she calls them Iris flowers for short, giving Korra the inspiration for the name of her and Mako's baby daughter, Iris.
  • Canon Foreigner: Queen Leilani and Prince White. Neither of them are in either universe, and are MaggiesHeartLove's version of Celestia and Luna's parents. Leilani even acts as The Mentor for Korra at times as well.
    • Also, Ronin, the Big Bad of the sequel fic, and a host of other characters. Including Nova, Chi, Shade, Kage, Nyx (no relation to the more famous character), Akari, and Iris.
  • The Cavalry: During the final battle in Canterlot in "Guardians of Harmony" Queen Novo and the hippogriffs arrive to help Skystar and the others, with Novo having been inspired by her daughter's bravery.
  • Crossover: Obviously between Friendship is Magic and Korra, but also heavily incorporates many author preferences, such as the Disney Animated Canon and many popular songs.
  • Dance Party Ending: Several stories in the saga end with the major protagonists dancing together in celebration, each of which featuring a popular song that they get to sing.
  • Dead All Along: It turns out that Timber Spruce died years ago, which is why Twilight and Flash lost contact with him. The one they meet in the present was really a fake version of him that Gloriosa created with her magic.
  • Dead Guy Junior: In "The Journey of Iris/ A New Beginning" the human versions of Twilight and Flash have named their son "Timber Spruce", after their deceased friend.
    • There's also Bolin and Asami's son Hiro, whom they named after his late grandfather.
  • Death by Adaptation: Timber Spruce. It turns out that they ran into an offscreen death when their character is explored.
    • Also Chrysalis' fate in To Where and Back Again It's only a Disney Death, however, as she comes back for the sequel.
  • Demoted to Extra: In direct contrast to the real movie, The Guardians of Harmony sees Twilight Sparkle and the other members of the Mane Six imprisoned by the Storm King and their original roles assumed by their children and Iris.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Iris has this issue. She takes the legacy of her family very seriously, and as such even from a young age, wants to know what she's meant to be in her life. She eventually discovers her purpose when her bending powers resurface.
  • Disney Death: An example has happened in both Friendship Games and Legend of Everfree. In the former human Flash saves puppy Spike from being blasted by one of the rifts Midnight Sparkle creates, but is too close to the rift himself and is thrown back into the wall of CHS knocking him out. After the crisis was over everyone was worried that he might have died, until he woke up in human Twilight's arms. Then in the latter human Twilight has a large thorn thrown through the side of her ribcage by the Timber Werewolf. She almost bleeds to death before Flash, Kuvira, Gloriosa, and the Rainbooms use the geodes to heal her back to health.
    • The Journey of Iris also reveals that this was the case for Chrysalis' death in To Where and Back Again, explaining that the love she absorbed enabled her to cheat death.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Several crop up from book to book. Though several of them are blended from their source materials.
    • Book 1: After fighting like hell, having Korra lose her bending, and having friends thrown through hell, the fic ends with them restoring the elements, giving Korra her own cutie mark along with her bending back, and establishing a new way for visits between Pony and Avatar worlds.
    • Spirits of Courage: Though misdirection and deception, flaws and fire, changes and despair, the avatar and Mane 6 manage to successfully initiate the great change and prevent Armageddon. Though they lost Raava's direct connection, now Equestria and Avatar Land are more united than ever, and ready to begin a new age of friendship.
    • The Great Change: Defeating Tirek and fighting through their PTSD, Twilight finally finds her purpose as a princess of friendship, and thus they can begin a new journey together.
    • Starlight Glimmer's fate at the end of The Crystalling. She finally manages to begin to make real friends with other ponies, helps save the Crystal Empire, confesses her love for Sunburst, and takes her first steps forward as a new ambassador of friendship.
    • Nearly everyone gets this by the end of Book 4, even many of the major antagonists. For example:
      • Sonata Dusk reconciles with her sisters, who realize that although they did bicker and threaten her (and attacked her a few times), they never made true on those threats.
    • Korra and Mako and Asami and Bolin are married in a double wedding, effectively becoming a true family.
    • Journey of Iris/A New Beginning: After having traveled across the spirit world, Iris and her friends are able to rescue their families and defeat Chrysalis, and are awarded for their efforts and declared the Guardians of Harmony, carrying on their families' heroic legacy.
      • Similarly, Chrysalis gets one as she's finally restored to her true self after having spent millennia trapped by corruption and her own lust for power. She even hooks up with Capper in Guardians of Harmony.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Compared to many of the later installments in the saga, Book 1 is mostly a straightforward adaptation of Korra's first season without that many major divergences from Korra's original canon save for Korra's connection to the Elements of Harmony in being the Element of Unity.
  • Easily Forgiven: Appears to be a recurring theme in this series.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Dog Spike acts as this during Legend of Everfree where he sniffs and growls at Timber and later does the same thing to the fake Sunset Shimmer.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Unalaq's imprisonment in the Fog of Lost souls at the end of "Spirits of Courage" can be seen as this as well as a case of him being Hoisted By His Own Petard.
    • Being taken by Discord to be reformed is regarded as such by the shrunken down Storm King, who initially begs for Korra and Mako to give him any other form of punishment when the sentence is first given. He does, however, start to warm up to friendship when ponies show him kindness in the Dance Party Ending.
  • Fix Fic: The author has her own vision on how certain events in The Legend of Korra and My Little Pony should have gone, and it doesn't take too long for that to begin showing, particularly starting in Book 2. This becomes especially prominent on the Korra side of things after the actual series ended.
  • For Want of a Nail: Due to adapting The Cutie Remark in season 5, again the sonic rainboom's role in changing equestria comes up. But it's not just important for the ponies. It's also important for Korra's world, as seen in the Bad Future above.
  • Forgiveness: As a christian, the author is a big fan of this, and having wronged parties forgive one another. Perhaps her most favorite example was Korra forgiving Kuvira, saving both their souls.
  • Fusion Fic: Yes, the metaphysics of magic, bending and spirits are all fused into one in this fic.
    • The story surprisingly merges both canons of MLP and LoK with little issue. More impressive when you consider how the author wrote it all as both shows were airing.
  • "Get Out of Jail Free" Card:
    • Despite the obvious issue of being a former terrorist with a laundry list of crimes under her belt, due to cooperating with the world leaders during the campaign end, P'li is let out on probation as a guest of the Air Acolytes. She does face severe distrust in the process though, and does work on earning her keep from then on.
    • Discussed again when Team Avatar and the Mane Six decide on what they should do with Starlight Glimmer. In the end, she's given one of two choices: either she goes to jail and serves her sentence for tampering with the timeline, or gets taken in under the care of the airbenders on Air Temple Island. By choosing to stay on Air Temple Island, she not only gets to redeem herself but also to make amends with her old friend Sunburst.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Twilight Sparkle gets a scar on her right front leg as a result of an injury she received from a poisoned Korra in Book 3. It stays with her for the rest of the series.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Although Korra has many of these, the one she feels closest to is Princess Twilight. Both of them met during similar times in their lives, and together they grew closer than all the others, while challenging each other as well.
  • The High Queen: Leilani, Celestia and Luna's mom.
    • Also, by the time of A New Beginning, Celestia, Luna, Twilight, and Korra have ascended to the role of Queens of their respective worlds.
  • Humiliation Conga: Principal Cinch gets chewed out, suffers an allergic reaction from making contact with Dog!Spike, Naga, and Pabu and flees the scene covered in hives, and is likely to be fired, with the Crystal Prep reporting her to the schoolboard to ensure she faces proper justice.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How the Timber Werewolf is ultimately defeated in Legend of Everfree by Gloriosa.
  • Karma Houdini: Averted in many cases, as the author brings her own thoughts on karma into the fic, giving certain anagonists punishments that they didn't receive in canon. The Dazzlings, for example, just fled after losing their powers in the actual movie. In the fic, however, they stick around as Adagio swears that the Dazzlings will take their revenge on Korra. In addition, they are sentenced by Vice Principal Luna to clean up all the fruit that they were pelted with.
    • You could argue it holds some of the potential issues of MLP with forgiving and all that, but at the very least the author does show that the guilty are trying to make up for what happened.
    • P'Li tried killing quite a few people, but ended up essentially becoming 2nd warden for air temple island for cooperating with the united forces.
    • Despite everything, and even mentioned by Raiko, Kage probably deserved Death being the last living member of Ronin's army. However, instead he's sent to prison with an option to be released later depending on his new prison therapist: Zaheer That being said, Korra did give him the Ozai treatment too, blocking his magic so he can't hurt anyone afterwards.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Principal Cinch not only gets chewed out by Dean Cadence, Vice Principal Luna, and the Shadowbolts, but also suffers an allergic reaction when Spike the Dog, Naga, and Pabu surround her. Dean Cadence also mentions that Crystal Prep will have her reported to the schoolboard and perhaps fired.
    • Also, Svengallop, Countess Coloratura's manager, receives some comeuppance after being exposed for the manipulative Jerkass he is. As he leaves the stage, Spike and Pabu trip him and make him fall down face-first in the dirt. Then Naga sits on him and Mako rewards her with a treat, leaving Spike and Pabu to guard him as he learns what it's truly like to be on the bottom.
  • Lighter and Softer: In general, due to the influences of Friendship is Magic, the retelling of Korra is a bit easier to swallow by comparison to canon. Whether this is a good thing is always to your own taste.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: Legends of Everfree is this, with only a Reformed, but Rejected Kuvira heading through the mirror and traveling to Camp Everfree with the Rainbooms to help her come out of her shell while she helps them reclaim their lost magic.
  • The Magic Comes Back: The big reversal of Season 2 (adapting Korra's second season) is the change in the Avatar world and the pony world uniting once again. It changes the composition of the sky in the Avatar world, and gives ponies bending powers. At the same time, it also gives the ponies the ability to take on humanoid forms when setting foot in the Avatar world and gives their normal forms more realistic proportions.
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: The Great Convergence. In order to save both worlds The elements of harmony shared Equestria's magic with both worlds. This saved them both, but also unleashed magic and bending on both worlds.
  • My Greatest Failure: Several characters are still haunted by actions they once took.
    • Korra for her part still feels guilty about what happened when she started a civil war.
    • Kuvira considers killing Hiroshi Sato her greatest mistake, as she caused the very thing she hated the most: orphaning someone.
  • "No More Holding Back" Speech: Korra speaking to Ronin before their final duel speaks up about how far she's come, and that she's ready to make him pay for all he's done.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Not only referenced in Spirits of Courage, but played straight in that book. While the introduction of ponies to Avatar world is jarring enough, the great change causes massive changes in both worlds far beyond what was in the original Korra season. Namely, the pony world gains bending, and all ponies now resemble real horses rather than their more cartoony proportions. They also gain the ability to change into humanoids in Avatar world, as well as empowering different aspects of their worlds with each other, such as giving the breezies the power to move on their own, or bringing equestrian plants over the divide. More importantly on the more spiritual side of things, Korra leaves the spirit portal open, but she also gains a permanent set of wings and ascends to Princesshood. Furthermore, rather than being absorbed, Raava and Vaatu are instead transmuted into smaller spirit forms (a butterfly and moth respectively), fully leaving Korra to do her own thing from now on. Also, with the birth of Korra's daughter Iris, the Avatar cycle begins anew as the ability to bend all four elements is passed through bloodlines rather than reincarnation.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: At the end of "A New Beginning", the entire Team Avatar family, including all the previously-reformed antagonists, relate to Chrysalis how each of them ended up being like her in one way or another at least once in their lives, offering her a place among them.
  • Official Couple: Due to author preference, the OC of this fic is Korra/Mako.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • You know the princesses of Equestria have a bad impression of someone if they start raising their voices and swearing that BLUEBLOOD, of all ponies, had more manners than their potential partner.
    • During Legend of Everfree, Flash Sentry realizes that something is wrong with Timber when he doesn't act at all like he did when they first visited the camp and became friends with him, acting more and more like his sister Gloriosa would. This is because it isn't the real Timber. It's a fake made by Gloriosa using magic to replace her little brother after he left the camp to go to an art school in Germany and died in a car accident.
  • Out of Order: The Legend of Korra storylines were written first, and the Friendship is Magic stories were mostly written second. (the exception being rainbow rocks which was released right after "book 3".
  • Passing the Torch:
    • The story of Shadow of Ronin is centered around a new adventure involving Iris, the daughter of Korra and Mako, and Akari, Flash and Twilight's daughter. A New Beginning further emphasizes this with Iris, Akari, and the rest of their friends becoming the Guardians of Harmony and continuing the legacy of their predecessors.
    • Out-of-universe, the original author handing the wheel over to her co-writer to pick up where she left off.
  • Peaceful in Death: Amon, AKA Noatak, is much actually much less evil than in his first appearance when he appears in A Kingdom of Friendship. In fact, he even thanks Korra for defeating Starlight Glimmer in The Cutie Map.
  • Posthumous Character: Amon becomes this in a Kingdom of Friendship. He appears to Korra in dreams and is revealed to be the inspiration for the cult of Starlight Glimmer, who believed that her methods of achieving equality were better than his.
  • The Power of Friendship: Well, this is a series of Friendship is Magic crossovers.
  • The Power of Trust: Zigzagged. Sometimes trust works, sometimes trust is broken. It all depends on the situation.
  • Power Nullifier: In The Cutie Map Part 2, Twilight casts a spell on Starlight Glimmer that inhibits her magic, preventing her from using her Cutie-Mark-stealing spell. Starlight, however, somehow manages to override it by the time of The Cutie Remark so that she can time travel.
  • Princesses Rule: Subverted. While Celestia and Luna begin as the leaders of Equestria's government, in book 2 their mother Queen Leilani returns from her long roaming trip grieving her husband and working more down to earth, thus having an actual queen ruling as well as the princesses. Later, by the time of A New Beginning, Leilani decides to step down and let her daughters become Equestria's Queens.
    • Twilight and Korra on the other hand are a bit trickier. They technically don't rule over anyone, but they are still princesses, using their authority to help others as Princesses of Friendship. This is later subverted, however, as Korra is the Queen of Harmony City (formerly Republic City) by the start of Journey of Iris/A New Beginning.
  • The Psycho Rangers: As part of the magic of Ronin, shadow counterparts of all of Team Avatar Harmony are eventually created. The main one of significance is Nyx, Korra's evil shadow, but the others have evil shadows also created in the Final Battle to fight them.
  • Rage Quit: Asami does one in book 2 over finding out Mako's actions may have doomed them all.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • At the end of the Friendship Games adaptation, Dean Cadence loses her patience with Principal Cinch and angrily calls her out on caring only for herself and not the students, visibly frightening her.
      Dean Cadance: For years I've put up with your attitude because I had hopes that deep down you wanted the best out of the students, but now I see you are nothing but a sad, pathetic, insecure woman who looks to children to boost up her own ego just so she can feel important! Just because you never lived up to anybody else's standards doesn't mean you can force kids to do it for you! I pity you, Cinch. It must be incredibly sad and lonely to have nothing but a reputation to hold onto!
    • Team Avatar Harmony's Evil Counterpart gives some to their good counterparts to throw them off their game during their fight.
  • Relationship Upgrade:
    • The Nightmare's Return serves as a "season" long version of this to upgrade Bolin and Asami.
    • The human versions of Flash and Twilight interact a lot more during the Friendship Games until they become a couple at the end. They are still together by Legend of Everfree, where Twilight accepts Flash's marriage proposal and they are married with a baby on the way by the epilogue.
  • Retcon: While the general frameworks are the same, Amending Fences reveals that Korra had a friend when she was very young too, so she didn't grow up alone the whole time.
  • Rewrite: The writers sometimes do this to chapters to add a detail here or a scene there. This is mostly done in order to make the experience feel more complete and incorporate ideas missed that reviewers pointed out.
    • More significantly, Shadow of Ronin went through HEAVY edits after the initial uploads.
    • As of this update, Journey of Iris is being rewritten because Maggiesheartlove, the original author of the saga, has dropped her partnership with Equestria Kirin and is taking the reins in the creative process.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Twilight and Korra are these given their status as Princesses of Friendship and the main protagonists. Akari and Iris also qualify as their respective daughters.
  • Sequel: Shadow of Ronin, A New Beginning, and Guardians of Harmony are these to the main arc.
    • Legend of Everfree is also a sequel, set not long after the end of Book 4.
  • Sequel Hook: A Kingdom of Friendship ends with one in which the Sirens are wandering through an unknown region of Equestria while on their way to get revenge on Korra for ruining their plans. This sets up their arc in Book 4.
  • Series Fic: A series of fanfictions, based around the original shows's canons, but eventually building into its own thing as well.
  • Series Fauxnale: Balance of the Heart was originally intended to be grand finale, with nearly all loose ends being tied up. The series' popularity, however, would later lead to the author returning to write several spin-offs and several sequels.
  • Shipper on Deck: The Mane 6 for Korra and Mako.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Happens quite a bit. Notably, there's a quite a few from Book 3 onward.
    • Most notably, there's 4 shut ups during Team Avatar Harmony's battle with their Psycho Rangers, with Rainbow Dash, Asami, Mako and Bolin each shutting down their Evil Counterpart on how far they've come as people.
  • Song Fic: With several stories being retellings of MLP episodes and films a few of their songs appear in the chapters. Other original songs from other franchises, like Disney, sometimes appear too with the lyrics reworked slightly to fit.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: While most of the comings and goings are replicated note by note, there are 2 characters whom the author decided to give life to rather than death: Queen Hou-Ting, and P'Li.
  • Suddenly Speaking: In the fanfic's version of Friendship Games, both Naga and Pabu, the Team Pets of Team Avatar, gain the ability to talk when they are exposed to the magic Human Twilight's amulet drains out of Human Fluttershy.
  • Take That!: Discord is horrified by the Pony Life versions of the characters, especially the yandere version of Fluttershy that is infatuated with him. He destroys the book detailing it and dismisses it as non-canon.
  • Teen Genius: Asami. Duh. But there's another who has this title: Asami's daughter Mai.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Apparently, Alicorns are biologically incapable of actually killing others. They are allowed to fight to wound, but they aren't able to aim to kill.
  • Time Skip: As in the original Korra canon, there is a three-year time skip between Book 3 and Book 4. The author, however, fills in that gap with adaptations of Seasons 4 and 5 of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and the second and third Equestria Girls movies.
    • There's also a 7-year gap between the end of Balance of the Heart and Shadow of Ronin, though with a fill in with the Legend of Camp Everfree adaptation.
    • There's yet another 7-year gap between Shadow of Ronin and Journey of Iris.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Due to her father being...well secretly evil, Asami steps up into this role, even hiring Pony workers once the great change happens to promote further harmony between worlds.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: When the Mane Six are surprised when they find out that Flurry Heart is an alicorn, Mako and Korra are more surprised by the reaction than the baby itself, explaining their reaction with the fact that Celestia and Luna were also naturally born as alicorns as well as some Lampshade Hanging regarding Superpowerful Genetics.
  • Victory Is Boring: Tends to crop up a few times. While neither Korra nor the ponies ever think life is boring, they do sometimes hit ruts in their lives. Such as when Korra managed to fix the spirit vines in book 3. Or the beginning of Shadow of Ronin; Even after getting her own palace, marrying, having a daughter and establishing peace, Korra still missed the adventures and drama of saving the world some.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In Friendship Games, Principal Cinch suffers a more notable one after Dean Cadence chews her out. It only gets worse when Spike, Naga, and Pabu make her suffer an allergic reaction, prompting her to run away screaming.
  • Villainous Legacy: Played with in The Cutie Map chapters of A Kingdom of Friendship, as it is revealed that Amon was the inspiration for Starlight's village and her anti-cutie-mark ideals in spite of her claim that she is better than him in that she didn't start a war.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Spirits of Courage
      • The Sting (of the heart): Discord is deputized to warn Mako about The Great Change. The biggest change it causes to Korra's story is that he restores all of Asami's tanks, allowing her to continue from a position of power rather than desperation. But in revealing Korra's disappearance, Mako and Asami never go back for a fling, and instead separate in anger.
      • Beginnings in Book 2 like in Korra gives the origins of the Avatar, along with the issues of Raava and Vaatu, but the Little Pony Legend adds yet another twist: Equestria and the Avatar world were always meant to be connected, and in fact some ponies took shelter there away from the windigos before Hearths Warming Eve. So too is there a connection between the Alicorn parents and Avatar Wan, and this is why the elements were always connected with the avatar spirit.
      • Light in the Dark: Like in Book 2, the day is saved, but unlike book 2, a big change happens as Equestria shares its magic with Korra's world, causing the magic of both worlds to cross over in "the Great Convergence." Not only does this give ponies bending, but it also gives Korra full magical powers, and the ponies new anthropomorphic forms they can shift into at will.
      • Korra also gains a set of wings and a tail, becoming the first human alicorn princess.
      • Makorra lives.
    • The Great Change
      • A Breath of Fresh Air: Instead of being exiled, Korra leaves out of boredom because she finally managed to make peace between spirits and humans.
      • Long Live the Queen: The Earth Queen Lives as a mouse! Because of poison joke!
      • Enter the Void: Thanks to some magic tricks (literally, the battle goes better for team avatar against the criminals. However, the big twist is that Celestia chooses to save P'li from death.
    • Kingdom of Friendship
      • The Main Attraction-The Cutie Remark: We find out the true circumstances of Bolin joining Kuvira in this universe.
    • To Where and Back Again
      • Chapter 4: in a switch, Chrysalis dies.
    • Balance of the Heart
      • At the Gates: We get a deeper dive into the backstory between Korra and Kuvira.
      • Beyond the Wilds: we find out what happened when Twilight and Korra originally confronted Zaheer, but more importantly, Bolin asks Asami to marry him.
      • Operation Risk-It-All: everything is going on as before, with battles, kidnapping, talks about family. And then Sonata finds out that Kuvira's stone won't come off her body anymore because Kuvira is now going to become the 3rd Siren.
    • Shadow of Ronin
    • A New Beginning
      • The Legend Unfolds: Iris discovers she is the new Avatar, and her parents and their friends are kidnapped.
      • The Queen Strikes Back: Chrysalis is shown to be the mastermind behind all the kidnappings, having actually survived her fall from the ruins of her castle due to the love of the preceding original Changeling king making her immortal and able to cheat death.
      • The Next Generation: Iris and her friends embrace their destiny as the new Elements of Harmony and Chrysalis reforms and regains her true form as a young anthropomorphic changeling girl who becomes their new friend.
  • Wham Shot: Little Iris holding the twilight blade in the avatar state bending 4 elements.
  • Winged Humanoid: The anthro transformations of Twilight, Rainbow Dash, and Fluttershy retain their pony-form's wings.
    • Korra's alicorn transformation in Book 2 gives her wings not unlike those of the aforementioned three above. The only difference, however, is that Korra's transformation is permanent whereas the ponies can change between forms at will.
      • Iris, Korra and Mako's daughter, is also one due to being a human-pony hybrid.
  • World Half Full: As Twilight mentioned in book one, the avatar world "Is in sore need of the magic of friendship." Fixing it up is no cake walk, but thanks to the optimism, magic and love that the pony world brings in, by the end of the fanfic, all 3 worlds (pony, Equestria girls and avatar world along with spirit realm) have reached a relative peace and a relative joy with restored cities, happy rulers, and a stable world situation all around. Unfortunately, as Shadow of Ronin shows, there is still some evil out there that threatens to destroy this balance.
  • Writer on Board: The author makes no secret of her disappointment with the Series Finale for The Legend Of Korra, and has a version of the show finale in the mirror world be given constant disdain by Asami whenever it comes up. This also reflects the author's negative views on homosexuality.