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Once upon a time, there were not one, not two, not three, but six pony princesses! On October 16th, 2014, CartoonNerd12 posted the first chapter of The Midnight Dance. The story proved to be a sensational hit because of its twist on the fairy tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses", the Mane Six's roles as Celestia's independent daughters, and romance-building involving some of the MLP fandom's favorite ships. Teeming with inspiration, the author wrote three more sequels: Sweet Pea (involving the Cutie Mark Crusaders), Daughter of the Moon (centering on Princess Cadance and Shining Armor), and The Phoenix Tear (featuring Sunset Shimmer and pre-reformed Starlight Glimmer).
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For a while, the RCF series was thought to have ended...until KidatHeart5 wanted to revive it for a 5th installment. Loving the ideas her sister had in mind for the fifth story, CartoonNerd12 then permitted her to write What Lies Within. After being inspired by the prophecy that plagued the original character Snow Pea, CartoonNerd12 collaborated with KidatHeart5 to write the series' sixth installment, Crown of Winter. Later, the "Royal Canterlot Family" fandom was asked if the sister writers should "pull a Star Wars" and write three more stories. The idea was met with positive reception and so, the sisters co-wrote The Bonds of Family, the 7th installment. The 8th installment, A World Above, is by far the only main story with hiatuses that lasted a year and a month. Thankfully, it has been completed (to the relief of KidatHeart5).

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The RCF series has now expanded to include three spinoffs (one of which is incomplete) and two oneshot series. One of those oneshot series is penned by Godslittleprincess, who became interested in the RCF series and wanted to expand on the character of Love Tap, who was created by the MLP fandom as Button Mash's mother.


    General 
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Some cases are featured in The Midnight Dance (Sombra, partially), Sweet Pea (Trixie), What Lies Within (Radiant Hope), and The Bonds of Family (Skyla).
  • Disney Death: This happens in most of the installments by far.
  • Reference Overdosed: The sister writers and Godslittleprincess have been known to infuse the RCF stories with tons of references, mainly from animated shows and movies. Has its own reference page.
  • The Power of Love: Love is a major theme in the series. Given that it’s one of CartoonNerd12’s favorite tropes, love can be categorized as romantic, familial, and altruistic.
    The Midnight Dance 
  • Battle Couple: Celestia implies that she and Sombra were this when they battled with Chrysalis and the changelings in the past.
  • True Love's Kiss: Sombra explains that this is what creates Twilight's wings.
    Sweet Pea 
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    Daughter of the Moon 
    The Phoenix Tear 
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Starlight kidnaps baby Sunset and makes the royal family forget about her...all because Sombra stole her pet phoenix from her in order to cure his pregnant wife.
  • Not So Different: Twilight and Sunset are very similar, even down to their thoughts! Of course, it's not so surprising considering that they're twins.
    What Lies Within 
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When Snow Pea asks Belladonna why she turned evil, the following answer the Umbrum princess gives is a dramatic example of this trope:
    Belladonna: ’Why?’ I’ll tell you why! Your grandfather rejected me! My only friend turned away from me! And if that wasn’t enough, your grandfather turned my friend to stone!
  • Swiss Army Tears: This is a favorite trope of KidatHeart5's, so almost none of her stories are complete without magical tears. It's played straight when Discord sheds a tear while wishing to restore everything. His tear falls on the Water Necklace, which derives power from it and grants his wish. It would be exaggerated if it weren't for the fact that he has chaotic powers and felt great care for Radiant Hope.
    Crown of Winter 
  • Alternate Timeline: In which the princesses' husbandsnote  were never affected by a rogue tornado.
  • Butterflyof Doom: The mirror shard showing the events of a rogue tornado serves as this. By destroying it, it ends up creating a Bad Present.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: The second act of the story focuses on the cousins' adventures in the Alternate Timeline.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: There are a few examples –
    • Gemstone and the cousins give a huge one when they realize Screwball hypnotized Gem to dump Seam.
    • Pen Pusher also gives one to Starling and Cotton Candy when the girls claim that he and Cannon Fire were only using a business trip as a shortcut to woo them.
    The Bonds of Family 
    A World Above 
  • Ascended Fanboy: Longtime reader Foxhelm becomes this via having his OC included in the story as a striped batpony guard who's secretly still working for Princess Luna.
  • Engineered Public Confession: What the Canterlot royals plan to do to Dandy Grandeur via Veritaserum, a ballroom full of people, and a pre-planned Q&A. Of course, Gladmane's machinations via a planted speech card and orchestrated Dark Rider attack make said "confession" a frame-up and alert the royals to his true intentions.
  • Tempting Fate: In the chapter "Battles, Part One", the Marendelle twins do this when they state the mob can't get up to Paraddock without a tall plant. Cue the gingko tree getting doused with the deer's plant growth potion...
    Prisoners of the Heart 
    The Family of the Season 
    The Quest for Family 
    A Woodland Romance 
    The Royal Canterlot Family Series 
    Love Tap of Marendelle 
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