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The Rise Of Spike The Dragon is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic that has been FEATURED SEVERAL TIMES on Fimfiction Dot Net, and is written by MasterBrony Forever. It was posted on the site in the spring of 2013, but hasn't been updated since 2015, with the author stating it to be on hiatus.


  • Alternate Universe Fic
  • The Ace: Spike, to the rest of his group. He's tough, intelligent (from years of reading books in the library), and is generally held in high-regard by the others as the one to look to for guidance.
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  • Darker and Edgier
  • Expy: Glamour is basically a carbon copy of Rarity; from the personality, to appearance, and straight down to the way she speaks.
    • Most of the Scale Six appear to be expies of the Mane Six, for that matter. Scout bearing some similarities to Applejack in being the stronger one of the group (along with the suspiciously-inconsistent accent), for example.
  • Hollywood Healing: Despite some wounds being described as bleeding profusely, most of the time it's rarely serious or life-threatening in any way.
  • Idiot Ball: Celestia seems fond of carrying this around with her.
    • She allowed several of the dragon eggs (minus Spike’s) to go missing and possibly be stolen, simply because she “lost track of them”.
  • Jekylland Hyde: It is shown that Celestia is just a kind persona created by Radiant Malevolence, the one that truly beat Scales Six.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Spike explains to the other dragons that they are capable of using magic beyond simply using their fire, and can utilize it the same way that other unicorns can.
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  • Lawful Stupid: When Celestia and her guards are giving chase to Spike and his group, they are stopped at the Equestrian border. Since they believe to have no jurisdiction past that point, she won’t step even one foot over the line, not even to continue chasing a fugitive. And since the country they escaped to is essentially a wasteland, it’s doubtful that anyone would notice them entering anyway.
  • Never My Fault: Celestia puts all the blame on Twilight for Spike's escape, but clearly forgets crucial points. Not only did she decided not to tell his story sooner, which could have avoided the whole thing, but she also threatens Spike, which obviously gave him more reasons to flee. It is later shown that it was Celestia's true persona Radiant Malevolence, who provoked the Scales Six into attacking Equestria and yet she never acknowledged her mistake.
  • Nice Job Breakingit Hero:
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    • Celestia really should have told Spike's true story to Twilight many years ago. And threatening Spike to return didn´t help either.
    • Twilight and her friends came to the Crystal Empire searching for help, but when the crystal ponies found out what happened to Spike, their hero that beat Sombra, the entire empire revolted and forced every equestrian to flee.
    • Radiant Malevolence, afraid of the dragons' power, sent dragon hunters to kill them. This triggered a war between dragons and Equestria.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Despite speaking clear and concise English for the most part, Scout randomly slips into a southern-esque drawl at one point, then loses it immediately afterward.
  • Original Character: Each member of the "Scale Six" besides Spike is one of these.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: From Spike’s perspective, the others have been mistreating him and treating him like dirt. The narration seems to share that very perspective. Even the world itself is geared towards vindicating Spike and vilifying the others that he believes wronged him, with Luna and Discord even abandoning Celestia in favor of Spike instead.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Frequently occur.
    • Spike gives one of these to Twilight before leaving, in the story's first chapter.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Spike, assuming his position as the leader of the Scale Six after years of hiding away from pony society.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The story begins with Spike delivering one of these to Twilight.
    • He also has a few choice words for the rest of the ponies, the CMC included (but not Applejack, curiously enough).
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