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Westboro in Equestria is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic human-in-Equestria comedic fanfiction written by Carts Before Horses. It stars three members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church. A magical tornado hits their church in Topeka, Kansas, transporting them to Equestria. While there, they must journey from Ponyville to Canterlot to find Princess Celestia, in the hopes that she can send them home.

It is also a parody of The Wizard of Oz, borrowing important plot elements and parodying many of the songs, though not a true crossover.



  • Asian and Nerdy: Jack Wu, who is more intelligent and has a lot more common sense than the other two members of the church, is Chinese-American. Bonus points because he wears glasses and is the physically-weakest member of the group until the end.
  • As You Know: A meta example, the author doesn't go into detail describing Ponyville and Twilight's library "because we all watch the show and already know what Ponyville looks like."
  • Butch Lesbian: Fred Phelps incorrectly assumes that Rainbow Dash is one.
  • Checkpoint Charlie: When crossing into the Changeling Kingdom, our heroes comment on how easy it was. However, they quickly find themselves surrounded by changelings.
  • The Chew Toy: Poor, poor Jack…
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Fred Phelps can throw his hat with super strength, but seemingly can't use super-strength without it.
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  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Jack Wu, when he gets super flame powers.
  • Find Out Next Time: Used in the second-to-last chapter.
  • Gay Aesop: Used when the WBC members encounter Lyra and Bon Bon, a lesbian couple. But of course, they don't learn from it.
  • Genre Savvy: When Twilight Sparkle mentions following the cobblestone road, Jack Wu asks if there's a song that goes along with that.
  • Greedy Jew: Fred Phelps resists making an anti-Semitic joke about the rich bankers in Canterlot, because Twilight wouldn't get it.
  • A Hell of a Time: Bon Bon and Lyra have this exchange with Shirley Phelps-Roper:
    “So what you’re saying is that Hell is filled with ponies like Bon Bon and I, and Heaven is filled with ponies like you?” Lyra asked.
    “That’s exactly what I’m saying,” replied Shirley.
    “Well, hey, maybe Hell isn’t such a bad place after all,” said Bon Bon.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Not surprising, given that this story stars the Westboro Baptist Church. While in Equestria, the Phelpses comment on how they think Rainbow's mane might make her a "faggot," and yell at Bon-Bon and Lyra for holding hooves.
  • Irony: The Westboro Baptist Church had just got done protesting tornado victims, but find themselves the victim of a tornado.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Fred Phelps.
  • Lemony Narrator: The entire fic, but especially this gem:
    I won’t go into detail describing Ponyville and the front of Twilight’s library where they landed, because we all watch the show and already know what Ponyville looks like.
  • Magic Is Evil: Asserted by Fred Phelps upon meeting Twilight, as he asserts that magic is demonic in origin.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Shirley Phelps' superpower is that she can shatter glass and eardrums with her screaming.
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: Princess Luna hides behind the Royal Canterlot Curtain and uses the Royal Canterlot Voice when addressing subjects in her throne room, as per tradition.
  • Money Song: The Canterlot elite sing one of these, and it's a parody of "Merry Old Land of OZ."
  • Musical World Hypothesis: Twilight Sparkle explains that songs are simply one of the forms of communication. When the WBC members complain, she retorts
    Singing is how a lot of us in this world express ourselves. You hold signs and picket, we sing. I know which one I prefer.
  • Nice Hat: Fred Phelps wears his cowboy hat everywhere he goes, and it grants him super strenght. Applejack, who also wears a cowboy hat, gives him a compliment on his good taste.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Twilight says this to Rainbow Dash in the song, "Looks Like We Messed Up, Rainbow," after inadvertently bringing Westboro to Equestria. But as Rainbow Dash makes clear, it was mostly Twilight's fault.
  • No Smoking: The Canterlot elite are wearing tophats and monocles, and they're smoking cigars that "they couldn't depict in the show because it's a kids' show."
  • Not in Kansas Anymore: Uttered by Shirley Phelps-Roper to Jack, who takes offense since he's watched the Wizard of Oz and remembers that the line was originally spoken to a dog.
  • Only in It for the Money: Fred says this word for word before being sent back.
  • Only Sane Man: Jack, who obviously has a higher level of common sense than his two companions and too often plays Deadpan Snarker to them.
  • Product Placement: Used several times in the story. In the beginning, Fred Phelps mentions going to McDonald's, and throughout the story there are "advertisements" for popular websites such as Google Maps or Facebook.
  • Real-Person Fic: Fred Phelps, Shirley Phelps-Roper and Jack Wu all really exist, and so does the Westboro Baptist Church.
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  • Superpower Lottery: The author implies that Twilight Sparkle has won it, saying that "she's like Green Lantern on crack."
  • Take That!: Several, including
    “Oh, right,” said Jack Wu at Fred Phelps' incredibly tenuous "logic."
    “Yeah, let’s go with that explanation,” said Rainbow Dash to the unicorn’s implausible story that was nevertheless still more plausible than half the explanations for Humans in Equestria that a typical fanfiction would give.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: Said by Twilight Sparkle right before she bursts into song.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Fred Phelps insists that the three WBC members go back into the church, even though a funnel cloud is forming right over it, because God will protect them. He doesn't.
  • Trailer Park Tornado Magnet: Deliberately invoked when Rainbow Dash mentions that she and the weather team had made a tornado to clear out some foreclosed cloud homes in Cloudsdale.
  • Trapped in Another World: The entire plot.
  • Welcoming Song: Two instances. Pinkie Pie sings her "Welcome to Ponyville" song to the WBC members when they first arive. Just like when Dorothy and her friends entered the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz, Twilight and the WBC members are greeted with a song when they enter Canterlot.
  • Whole Plot Reference: One author's note states the fic is this of Out of the Silent Planet.
  • Wreathed in Flames: This is ultimately Jack Wu's superpower.
  • You Just Told Me:
    "Yeah, I have powers too! And they’re the most dangerous powers of any of us, so you’d better let us all go, or I’ll use them!" said Jack Wu.
    "Shut up, Jack, you don’t have superpowers," said Fred Phelps.
    "Yes, but SHE doesn’t know that!" Jack said.
    "Well, I do now," the Queen snickered.