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A My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic written by Jordan179 in 2014. An explicit sequel to "An Extended Performance"

Takes place roughly from Season 1, from Episodes 3 "Ticket Masters" to 7 "Dragonshy," (June 25th to Late September, YOH 1500). Having fled Manehattan after first saving the city and then wrecking Bottom Billing's office, the Great and Powerful Trixie attempts to make her way alone on the open road. But bad fortune, old enemies and her own unique personality create difficulties for her. Can she succeed in her quest for solitary greatness?

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Tropes in this work include:

  • Amplifier Artifact: The Alicorn Amulet, which magnifies the magic of the wearer.
  • Apocalypse Cult: The Shadow Covens. Their purpose is to summon the Shadows to Earth, which they believe will result in them being granted great power. They are sort of right; the Shadows will possess them and the hosts will be among the last survivors of Earthlife as the Shadows spill out across our Cosmos.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Trixie eats at a workingpony's diner and imagines that the regulars will make an attempt on her "nearly spotless virtue." When they instead ignore her and eat their meals, she's miffed.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Alicorn Amulet will corrupt whoever wears it to evil and bring back Imperator Sombros. Corrupting Trixie, the Element of Illusion would constitute a major victory for the Shadows, and she is powerful enough to house Sombra's soul. Trixie of course wants neither fate, but has no idea of the true nature of the Amulet.
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  • Cute and Psycho: Trixie is definitely attractive, and she has a fairly low threshold for minor violence, when something sets off her Hair-Trigger Temper. Fortunately both for herself and others, she has an explicit Code Against Killing, and is good enough that she generally tries to avoid any action which would seriously harm anypony. However, as the Ponies are less violent than Humans, Trixie's tantrums lead others to perceive her as a dangerous madmare.
  • Dream Sue: Trixie imagines herself to be the impossibly-perfect heroine of a never-ending high-fantasy adventure. The fact that she really is the Avatar of a Cosmic Concept, and that this really does result in her being followed by the Night Watch (who want to talk to her) and hunted by the Manehattan Nightstallion only makes this worse. Hilariously, Trixie is mostly oblivious to both her true nature and to all the real intrigue and danger around her.
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  • Embodiment of Vice: The Great and Powerful Trixie is dominated by her Pride, and often has trouble controlling her Wrath as well.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Trixie is not going to achieve the amazing success for which she hopes. She is going to wind up with her wagon and career both smashed, running off half-mad with humiliation afterward.
  • Grumpy Bear: Trixie assumes that she lives in a cruel and hostile world surrounded by untrustworthy Ponies. Of course, due to this and her other flaws, Equestria is a lot more hostile to her than it would be to most Ponies.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Trixie's is usually triggered by perceived disrespect toward herself, particularly regarding her personal class and talent.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Despite her undeniable thaumic power and great skills as a stage illusionist, Trixie repeatedly fails — because she does not work well with others.
  • I Work Alone: The Competent and Self-Reliant Trixie does not need assistants!
  • Narcissist: The Brilliant and Lovely Trixie is more than a little bit obsessed with her own intelligence and beauty, to the point of assuming that everypony else is, too.
  • Never My Fault: Trixie does not realize that she had absolutely no reason to flee Manehattan (save for her own impulsive actions); she barely grasps that she had no good reason to flee Baltimare a year ago.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Alicorn Amulet, which contains a copy of the soul of King Sombra.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Trixie does not really grasp why a lot of Ponies dislike her, which leads her to repeat the behaviors that earn her this opprobrium.
  • Soul Jar: The Alicorn Amulet contains a copy of the soul of King Sombra and will both corrupt the wearer to evil and slowly overwrite her personality with Sombra's own.
  • Stupid Sexy Friend: Trixie consciously claims to only want to renew her friendship with Piercing Gaze, but most of the time she speculates about seeing him again, she has at least mildly sexual thoughts.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Codex of Shades, the original copy of which contains the complete instructions for calling the Shadows to Earth.

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