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The Abyssal Forge by Ponydora Prancypants
  • Recommended by Lance Omikron, Emptybee
  • Status: Dead (last update Sep. 16, 2013)
  • Synopsis: Rarity was certain her troubles with magical gemstones had ended, but an unexpected royal visit soon convinces her otherwise. In order to save an ailing Princess, stop an ancient menace, and avert a disaster that threatens the survival of a lost tribe of ponies, Rarity, Blueblood, and a brave group of friends will travel to strange and foreign lands, and into the fathomless depths beneath tormented seas. In her quest to uncover the secrets of the Abyssal Forge, Rarity will have to use all her charm, wit, and skill—and rely on allies old and new—as the unlikeliest of ponies once again attempts to save the world in style.
  • Comments: The sequel to The Flight of the Alicorn, and as such is Book Two in the planned Adamant Triskelion trilogy.

Actually, I'm Dead by Wave Blaster and co-written by nightwalker

  • Recomended by mkmlp
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In an alternate universe where the ending of the season three episode "Magic Duel" takes a much more tragic twist. After losing the duel and the Alicorn Amulet, Trixie collapses and apparently dies, due to an unforeseen side-affect of the amulet's power. But instead of staying dead, the Amulet turns her into... something else. A creature that cannot feel and whose body is still decaying, even as she remains unconscious. Now Twilight is forced to take her old enemy in, until a way to cure her condition can be found. Along the way, Trixie must learn to get along with her former enemies.
  • Comment: It now has sequel called I, Monster, that picks off where this story left off.

Adjacency by Frission

  • Recommended by Mooncalf
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: When Princess Twilight Sparkle's attempts to research the dimensional mirror hits a road block, she receives unexpected aid from her former rival Trixie, who has returned to Ponyville in the hopes of getting her life back on track. Although their experiment is a success, disaster strikes and the unicorn duo's magic potential is taken from them and spread among the alternate worlds. Together, Twilight and Trixie must now explore the multiverse to restore themselves.

Advice from Pinkie Pie by HopeFox

  • Recommended by sauronlulz, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Rarity has a new coltfriend, and she couldn't be happier, but she isn't sure what to do if their next date proves more... intimate than the last. She seeks guidance from all of her friends, but the best advice comes from a most unexpected source.
  • Review here

Ah Ain't Got no Ack-cent! by Conner Cogwork

  • Recommended by Andyroid, S Noble Jr, Ardashir, Blue Chameleon, Kaiserin Kai, Eric W, Grignr
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Rarity is called upon to do a line of outfits for a big agricultural convention, she convinces Applejack to come along as a consultant and help give ideas on designs that would appeal to farmers. But when Rarity repays her with a little makeover, Applejack lets slip her days of living in Manehattan and trying to be sophisticated, which gives Rarity ideas...
  • Review here

Antipodes by PK

  • Recommended by S Noble Jr
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set in the far future after Celestia and Luna mysteriously vanished and the sun and moon froze in the sky, Antipodes is the the story of two ponies thrust out into the harsh new world on an adventure to uncover what happened to the world so long ago.
  • Review here

Are You Kidding?! There’s Porn of Us?! by Brony_Fife

  • Recommended by One Way Evil
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ever since the internet came to Equestria, the inevitable was going to happen. Porn has become easy to come by, and stumble across. Rarity discovers porn made of herself and becomes disillusioned with her fans. How should she react?
  • Review here

Ask Not the Sparrow

  • Recommended by Nitro Indigo
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Synopsis: A Role Swap AU which takes place shortly after an alternate version of the opening two-parter, in which Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy help Celestia regain control of the sun. It has amazing characterisation and some absolutely breathtaking scenery.

The Assumption Of Applejack-or-Appletheosis by Blue Print

  • Recommended by Gentlemens Dame 883, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Applejack goes alicorn and doesn't understand the fuss everyone else is making about it.

Aurora (PonyholicsAnonymous)

  • Recommended by NiGHTS, Madd The Sane
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: As Celestia leaves Canterlot to serve as a mediator in a foreign crisis, Luna finds herself forced to rule alone for a couple of months. At first the task does not appear to be too difficult, especially with their dearest bookworm friend Twilight Sparkle as a personal advisor. But when a series of ritual murders takes place, they realize that they will have to face the greatest danger to ever threaten the kingdom.
  • Comments: It soon makes you think "well, that escalated quickly", yet it keeps escalating, until all shit goes to hell in a handbasket. It's epic.

Austraeoh series by Imploding Colon

  • Recommended by gnimotos
  • Status:
    • Austraeoh: Complete
    • Eljunbyro: Complete
    • Innaevdr: Complete
    • Odrsjot: Complete
    • Urohringr: Complete
    • Yaerfaerda: Complete
    • Ynanhluutr: Complete
    • Utaan: Complete
    • Ofolrodi: Dormant; last updated March 2021
  • Synopsis: Rainbow Dash flies east.
  • Comments: Epic adventure story featuring our favorite blue pegasus. Extreme long runner: by August 2013, this story and its sequels Eljunbyro and Innavedr are approaching 600 chapters and the word count has passed 600,000. If the author isn't joking, he's planning to write a total of 12 stories of 200 chapters each. Usually, one new chapter is released every day. As of December 2015, this fic is not only still alive and on a daily update schedule, it has also broken the 2.5 million mark. A staggering work, to be sure.

Background Pony by shortskirtsandexplosions

  • Recommended by Ezn, Sus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: My name is Lyra Heartstrings, and you will not remember me. You won't even remember this conversation. Just like with everypony else I've ever met, everything I do or say will be forgotten. Every letter I've written will appear blank; every piece of evidence I've left behind will end up missing. I'm stuck here in Ponyville because of the same curse that has made me so forgettable. Still, that doesn't stop me from doing the one thing that I love: making music. If my melodies find their way into your heart, then there is still hope for me. If I can't prove that I exist, I can at least prove that my love for each and every one of you exists. Please, listen to my story, my symphony, for it is me.
  • Review here

The Best Night Ever by Capn Chryssalid

Bittersweet by Nukeiffum

  • Recommended by Guitarskills, That 897 Guy, thenacho, Psyga315
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Follows the aftermath of Pinkie Pie dying from diabetes.
  • Comments: Amazingly written, but will leave you feeling empty. For anyone looking for a sad but well written story, look no further.
  • Review here

Blooming Moon Chronicles by BlackRoseRaven

  • Recommended by Silver Shadow 2722
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A 10-book series following the adventures of Luna, Scrivener Blooms, and their friends and family.
  • Comments: An absolutely wonderful series; these stories will leave you at the edge of your chairs. The world described in these stories is nothing short of amazing. I encourage you to go and read it.
  • Note: has a sequel series titled Songs of Lost Children.

Body And Mind by Starman Ghost

  • Recommended by Kizuna Tallis, Technophile
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A lone changeling left behind after the failed invasion of Canterlot has been taken in by the Royal Guard, and both he and ponies find their assumptions about each other challenged.
  • Comments: Written by the same man who wrote The Conversion Bureau: Not Alone, it's eloquently written from not the perspectives of the ponies but from the changeling, Pincer, whose experiences lead to a challenge in what he's believed in all his life and his effect on the other ponies around him.

A Brief History of Equestria by K9TheFirst1

  • Recommended by: Dr Tempo
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: This is a bio of Equestria and its founders, expanding on the canon material IMMENSELY.
  • Review here

Broken Spirit by Cryssy-miu

  • Recommended by SomeRandomMook
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After a spell gone wrong by Twilight nearly kills a recently-escaped Discord, Fluttershy takes it upon herself to save the spirit, despite all he's done. Will her compassion stir something in the spirit's indifferent heart, or will he always be the enemy she knew?
  • Comments: A heartwarming, sometimes sad AU, with an excellently written Discord. Also has an interesting take on his history with Celestia and Luna.
  • Review here

Cadance of Cloudsdale by Skywriter

  • Recommended by Poptard
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: An ongoing series by the same writer of Princess Celestia Hates Tea and Contraptionology fame. These short stories document the life of Equestria's youngest princess, Princess Cadance, as she takes on her first royal duties as an ambassador to Cloudsdale.
  • Comments: If you religiously guard your Fanon ideas of Cadance, look elsewhere, but for everyone else, there's a wonderful, character-centric story about one experienced writer's own interpretation of Cadance's development into the beautiful princess she is currently.

A Canterlot Wedding: Aftermath by Black Kyurem.

  • Recommended by Psyga315
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sometime after the wedding, Twilight Sparkle begins to have recurring nightmares about what would have happened back at Canterlot. This along with the stress put onto her caused her to develop a PSTD related to the wedding, putting her friendship, morals, and even her sanity into question.
  • Comments: Yes, this is yet another Accusation Fic set after A Canterlot Wedding. However, where some have played the trope with Sweet Dreams Fuel and others toy with it through Nightmare Fuel, this simply drenches it with the tears of readers. Everything the other fics have done, this has done more clear cut, and in a way that would probably be realistic for someone who is known for being a neurotic. Forgotten morals being brought up again? It's Twilight in the middle of her PSTD trying to recall the messages that weren't brought up during the rehearsal. Protests over the failure to prevent the invasion? The citizens were about to attempt a no-confidence motion. Calling out the characters? It's from the one person we least expect. The story is also a pretty good Hurt/Comfort Fic too.

Cigarettes And Gunmetal by Mono Glyph.

  • Recommended by Erik Howlett
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "The Solar Kingdom, but not as you know it. Gargantuan skyscrapers line the streets and mechanical transports dot the skies. Artificial constructs reign over most electronics built within the last decade. Mechanical and bioengineered enhancements adorn the body of the modern equine. In short: Sundry tales from a cyberpunk Equestria."
  • Comments: This is one of those stories that hits all of the right notes, especially if you're a fan of Cyberpunk. Artificial Limbs, "Transponyism", City Noir, Playful Hacker Pinkie Pie, Crapsaccharine World, and much much more. I definitely recommend giving this a read.

The Changeling of the Guard by VDrake77

  • Recommended by Fringe Benefits
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: The Changeling of the Guard is written from the point of view of Idol Hooves, a very unusual changeling in exile from the hive. Gifted with curiosity unnatural for his kind, Idol goes on a journey through Equestria in a Quest for Identity, eventually ending up among Princess Celestia's Royal Guard. Initially set quite some time before Luna's redemption, the author claims that the story will eventually retell the events of A Canterlot Wedding and beyond from a very different perspective.
  • Comments: I don't think I've ever seen a changeling fanfic go into quite so much depth about the hive, its workings, and the details of shapeshifting itself, but those are all just bonuses. At its heart, The Changeling of the Guard is a damn good story of a misfit Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life, with a sharp attention to detail and a wickedly dry sense of humor. It's excellent so far, and I'm eagerly anticipating more.

Chronomistress: Out of Time by D. G. D. Davidson

  • Recommended by Korodzik
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Minuette's cutie mark is a hourglass, and so, she is destined to enter the ranks of the mysterious and powerful Chronomasters. After finishing her education she remains under the tutelage of Time Turner, until one day her teacher is in dire need of rescue. Can one simple mare brave the nest of the changelings?
  • Comments: Features great writing and a fresh perspective on the characters.

Circus Days by The Dragon Warlock

  • Recommended by: Tropers/mkmlp
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Spike has been feeling lonely lately. Everyday he watches Twilight go off and have fun with her friends while he does the same thing: clean, and do chores. His luck seems to change though when he and Twilight find a flyer for a circus. At the circus, Spike meets and befriends the circus performers, who show him seemingly true love and friendship. Tired of being left out or not being loved by the others, Spike decides to leave Twilight and the others for his new friends. Will they get the baby dragon back?
  • Comments: This story is very cathartic for any Spike fans who do not like his treatment in the show and features a very heartwarming resolution.

Composure by Varanus

  • Recommended by: Molotov
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The Lighter and Softer take on the same premise of Eternal. It explores the relationship between Twilight Sparkle and Princess Celestia long after the series has ended.
  • Comments: It's only partway done and updates happen only occasionally.

Contraptionology by Skywriter

  • Recommended by: Xfuture, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A Mad Scientist arrives in town, teaching a way to link talent with power using complex machinery. Applejack, feeling overshadowed by Twilight, is at first happy with this, but that fades when the good doctor drugs the town into being obsessed with SCIENCE! Can Applejack overcome insane townsponies, animal mecha, Nightmare Scoot, and her own demons? Or will she succumb... to Contraptionology?
  • Comments: A Crack Fic in the finest sense of the term, cleverly mixing hilarity and poignancy.
Review here.

CRISIS: Equestria by Ganon FLCL, assisted by The Living Couch, Bee Are, and Devnator

  • Recommended by TheNerfGuy and Madd The Sane
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle and her friends find themselves in another universe, and their very being there threatens to tear their own world apart. They must find their way home, with the help of some new-found friends. But their quest is not without its obstacles, and this new world is ready to test their courage and their strength to their fullest...
  • Comments: Very well written, has a great plot, and has that feel you get when traveling into the unknown.
  • Review here

Chrono Reflect by Sapphire Valley

  • Recommended by Naal 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Rarity has a wonderful life. She has a wonderful family, great friends, and lives in probably the best neighborhoods around, filled with bright colors, nice people, and even a hint of magic. If she could, she'd stay here in this peaceful world forever. Sadly, fate has other plans for her. A mysterious creature appears one day in the portal to Equestria, and causes a phenomenon that thrusts Rarity out of her world and into another one. In this dimension, nothing makes sense. Her friends aren't who they're supposed to be, Canterlot is nowhere near as bright, and for some reason, no one knows who she is. Determined to discover what happened, Rarity will journey to a number of Parallel Dimensions, all to learn what that creature was, what happened to her world, and how to get it back. But she's a part of something much bigger, and may learn that returning to home may be the least of her worries.
ChronoReflect Review here.

Cupcakes (Sergeant Sprinkles)

  • Recommended by Salnax1, keelzbunny
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One day, Rainbow Dash visits Pinkie Pie at Sugarcube Corner. After eating one of Pinkie's cupcakes though, she gets more than she bargained for. Warning: grimdark as fuck. Contains scenes of explicit violence and gore; children and weak-stomached adults need not enter. This story is of interest as one of the most notorious shockfics in the fandom.
  • Comments: In the extremely likely event that you need an antidote, The Light in the Darkness is recommended below. There's also a lot of other alternate endings written, such as this one.
  • Review here

The Cupcake Chronicles, by milesprower06 and Ace 2401.

  • Recommended by Epesi and amimizunofan22
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What do you do when you survive an experience so horrific, it changes your life forever? A last minute rescue saves Rainbow Dash from certain death in the basement of Sugarcube Corner. Now, the broken and scarred Pegasus must come to terms with what Pinkie has done to her, try and find out why their friend committed these unspeakable atrocities, and find a way to move on.
  • Review here

The Cutie Mark Crusaders Bring About The Apocalypse

  • Recommended by Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: While researching cutie marks at Twilight Sparkle's library, the Crusaders find an ancient book of spells hidden in the floor. Naturally they open it.
  • Review here

A Dream of Dawn

  • Recommended by Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Nightmare Moon rejects her chance at redemption and destroys the Elements of Harmony. Unfortunately for Nightmare Moon the disruption caused by her Eternal Night results in Discord escaping his prison. When he overthrows Nightmare Moon and ends Eternal Night, Discord finds himself in the strange position of being hailed as a savior. Can Twilight Sparkle guide him into being a better ruler?
  • Review here

The Elements Of Gaming by Ryden and Xephfyre

The End of Ponies by short skirts and explosions

  • Recommended by MetroidMewtwo, Ezn
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: A horrible Cataclysm has turned all of Equestria into a Wasteland of barren ash and twilight desolation. The Sun and the Moon have been destroyed. Everypony has died — including Princesses Luna and Celestia. But one pony miraculously survives; she is a lone wanderer, the last of her kind, surrounded by menacing creatures that hate her. She navigates the Wastes in an airship and scavenges off the blighted landscape to keep herself alive.
    Then one day she meets an old companion who grants her a gift, the chance to go back in time to the warm and sunny days of Ponyville, where her dead friends live in happiness. How far will the last pony venture into these joyous days of Equestria, even if she fully knows that there is no way to change the horrible fate of everypony she loves?
  • Review here

Equestria: A History Revealed by Hoofry_Poneigher

  • Recommended by arcrider_355
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The truth is revealed! From award* winning writer of such academic essays as “Soylent Green is Ponies” and “A Fragrant Offense: Princess Luna and the Invasion of Privacy”, third year University of Canterlot student, Loose Change, has finished her magnum opus, uncovering the secrets of Equestrian history, spanning from the Pre-Equestrian Age to the rise of Princess Twilight Sparkle.
    Famously noted for causing her professor to laugh so hard he broke a wing while marking it, this revisionist abuse of history reveals the true lies and untold lie-truths behind the reign of Celestia, and Equestria as a whole.
  • Comments: Just a fun, interesting take on Equestrian history. An entertaining read.

The Empty Room by Wanderer D

  • Recommended by Forkinyoureye, Kaiserin Kai, thenacho
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Luna feels something weird when walking through Canterlot and finally, with Celestia's help, manages to discover what it is. But what does it mean?
  • Review here

The Equestrian Civil Service Series by Ghost Of Heraclitus

  • Recommended by Subzero 008, Emptybee
    • Whome the Princesses Would Destroy: Complete
    • A Canterlot Carol: Complete
    • A Princess By Any Other Name: Complete
    • Obiter Dicta: Complete
  • Synopsis: Dotted Line, cabinet secretary of the Equestrian Civil Service, does in no particular order: Does paperwork, get infested by an Eldritch Abomination, lie to reporters, valiantly fight off custard and jam, swears at his boss, prepare for a surprise visit of the worst sort, deal with bratty teenage goddesses, charge an Eldritch Abomination, celebrates Heartwarming, and does more paperwork.
  • Comments: The writing in this series is simply fantastic, with many readers comparing it to the style of Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett, full of dry wit in the face of absurdity. The author set out to present his characters as "heroic bureaucrats" and ably succeeded in Dotted Line, a short-tempered but determined Cabinet Secretary and one of the best OCs of all time.
  • Review here.

Equestria Divided, illustrations by Fujin 777, fanfics by Chaotic Dreams

  • Recommended by Tropers/Muppet
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Fifteen years ago Celestia and Luna disappeared leading to a civil war in Equestria. Now six ponies ruling Five Great Houses and a cult fight each other for domination over the kingdom
  • Comments: if you're a fan of Game of Thrones you're going to enjoy this one.

Equestria Total War by emkajii

  • Recommended by Commando Dude, Lance Omikron
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: War comes to Equestria: with despair, with starvation, with suffering and with sacrifice. And the ponies must learn how to keep true to their values while surviving not just the rigors of battle, but the desolation of total war.
  • Comments: Dark, but not grim, does an excellent job at balancing despair and hope. Illustrates well the effect war has on the ponies of a peaceful country, who have never experienced hardship.
  • Review here

Eternal by device heretic

  • Recommended by Abstract Indigo, Qaianna, Celeloriel, Ombranox, Nights
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Many years after sending her beloved protégée to Ponyville, unease sits heavily on the heart of Equestria's Sun Princess, as her relationship with Twilight Sparkle seems to have cooled despite all they've accomplished together. On the advice of her sister, she sets out to investigate and resolve the lost connection with her most faithful student. But a grave sin from a distant past finally catches up with Celestia, and threatens to drive them apart forever.
  • Review here

Evil Belle by Akumokagestu

  • Recommended by Tropers/mkmlp
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: For no real reason what so ever, Sweetie Belle has decided to become the most feared villain in Equestrian history, and now that she has obtained the Alicorn Amulet, she has to power to make it happen... or at least she think she does. Turns out, perhaps unsurprisingly, she not all that good at the whole villain thing and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: A cute and amusing little one shot, that proved popular enough to spawn several sequels and turn into a little series. A good read for anypony looking for some lighthearted fun.

Faith and Doubt by defender2222

  • Recommended by Dont Kill Bugs, Omicronus, Psyga315
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After her outburst during the Canterlot Wedding Fiasco, Twilight's mind, in a very dark place, finally breaks. Not into a homicidal rage- she simply does not care anymore. With Twilight no longer wishing to be part of Friendship or Harmony, it's up to her friends and family to undo the damage they've done.
  • Comments: An amazing story that, aside from pointing out the flaws with the Canterlot Wedding Fiasco, also features one of the Mane Six being broken without becoming the stock homicidal killer. It should also be noted that, while everyone is shown to have made mistakes, no one is shown to be completely at fault- the story makes it abundantly clear that Twilight's mind is focusing entirely on the bad and ignoring the good.

The First Of Many by NotARealPonydotcom

  • Recommended by Poptard
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle is stressed, for some very good reasons: it's only been a few weeks since she was moved to Canterlot Castle to assume control of the duties of a princess, and she's still getting used to the constant stream of paperwork; she's trying to figure out when and how she'll be able to see her Ponyville friends again; and, to top it off, her first day off from princess duty is the night of her first date. So, seeing her obvious stress, Twilight's one and only BBBFF Shining Armor decided to tell her how his life started down the road leading to his crowning Prince of the Crystal Empire...
  • Comments: A wondeful short-but-sweet story about the first date of Shining Armor in Princess Cadance. Setting their story as a story Shining tells Twilight to calm her down works perfectly, giving even more sibling-love heartwarming next to romantic-love heartwarming. This story strikes has just the right balance between prose and plot progression, humorous and heartwarming, and it's a must-read for anyone who likes Cadance or Shining Armor.

The First Steps Of The Rest Of Your Life by Rhino

  • Recommended by Missingno 45
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: College, most see it as that time in your life that you struggle through to make the rest of your life easier, but what happens once you're out of it? For some ponies, they have a job lined up, they move somewhere new, and go into a daily routine of just living life. Others seem to have life thrust upon them in ways they will never expect, but everypony is different right? Whoever said life gets boring once all the prep is done was wrong. Follow the day to day misadventures of a group of ponies starting what some would call the prime of their lives, a time when anything can happen. From the day to day jobs, to meeting new friends, to maybe some romance, and of course the crazy adventures you come to expect from the town of Ponyville. Yes, some say college is the way to prepare for your life, but many wise ponies will tell, as with many things... "The end of one adventure is only the beginning of another."
  • Comments: Original character slice-of-life done right. Excellent characterization and writing techniques, with only a few grammar and spelling errors as its only downfall.

Flash Fog by Kwakerjak

  • Recommended by Khym Chanur, Emptybee, Korodzik
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Fluttershy received her certification as a fog specialist, she only wanted a plausible excuse to write off the expenses associated with her ground-based house on her taxes. However, when an accident in Cloudsdale sends a blanket of industrial-grade clouds rolling towards Ponyville, Fluttershy suddenly finds herself in charge of coordinating the response, mostly because she's the only fog specialist in the area. Can our heroine step up to the challenge at hoof, or will she risk facing the wrath of the Equestrian Revenue Service?

The Flight of the Alicorn by Ponydora Prancypants

  • Recommended by Lance Omikron and Tropers/Kavonde, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Rarity's exploits in "Sweet and Elite" set in motion a chain of events that will find the unicorn dressmaker taking part in the greatest airship race in the world, the Alicorn's Cup. Excitement will give way to terror, as Rarity soon finds herself the victim of a plot against Equestria, and shipwrecked far from home with her least favorite stallion, the boorish Prince Blueblood. Rarity will learn of treachery in Canterlot and abroad, and will have search for something of substance beneath the prince's obnoxious veneer as she struggles to not only save herself, but her entire nation.
  • Comments: Book One of a planned trilogy called The Adamant Triskelion. The Abyssal Forge is Book Two.
  • Review here

Flurry Heart's Story: Calming of the Storm by Aleximus Prime

  • Recommended by KaisertheGreat
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Flurry and Spike visit Rainbow Dash and her kids in their new home just outside of Ponyville. While Rainbow Dash leaves to go spend some time with her parents, her lively and mischievous son, Storm Streak tries to coax Flurry into running away to see a Wonderbolts show. Flurry won't let Stormy get himself into such trouble, but she has no idea how determined the little colt is to prove his mother's worth.

Flurry Heart's Story: Elements Assemble! by AleximusPrime

  • Recommended by Jimbodeek
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Flurry Heart longs for adventure and to learn friendship lessons like her aunt, Princess Twilight Sparkle. Her royal life in the Crystal Empire has become boring and predictable, so Shining Armor and Cadance decide to allow her to spend some time in Ponyville. After meeting up with Spike and getting settled in, a new villain appears, seeking to cause terror to all of Equestria. With little time to think and the new Tree of Harmony coming under threat, Flurry must find a way to stop this rampaging creature.
  • Comments: Inspired by the stained-glass windows seen in The Last Problem' but set sometime between The Ending of the End'' and that episode, this story is the first in Aleximus Prime's fanmade series, "Flurry Heart's Story", which, as the name implies, chronicles the adventures of Flurry Heart as she makes friends and faces dangerous villains, both old and new.

Friendship is Empathy by Trinary

  • Recommended by omegaman, REV 6 Pil
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle realizes that Rainbow Dash has been keeping a secret from her ever since the Mare Do Well incident. When she goes to confront her about it, she finds out more than she bargained for. And then Twilight reveals that she's been keeping something from her friends ever since the Royal Wedding. Now everything is out there; harsh words have been spoken and a once strong friendship hangs in the balance.

Friendship is Magic: Discord Did It by Silverviper2134

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: On Hiatus
  • Synopsis: It's been a year since Discord's been returned to his stone prison. However, some of his magic was able to seep out. With nothing better to do, he sends out six bits of magic to six certain ponies… and before they know it, they're pregnant!
Review here

Frigid Wings and Burning Hearts by Grey Prophet

  • Recommended by hellrider
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A heated confrontation with Celestia over her portrayal as Nightmare Moon and her sister's authoritarianism leads Luna to search for answers about the past, unwittingly tangling Twilight and her friends into a cosmic struggle between order and liberty.
  • Review here

Getting Back on Your Hooves by Shadow Raikou and Godzillawolf

  • Recommended by NiGHTS
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The once "great and powerful" traveling magician Trixie is reduced to abject poverty, her career completely ruined after the Ursa Minor incident. And while Twilight Sparkle tries to help redeem her name, a mysterious and very wealthy businessmare seems to be particularly keen on keeping her down. Just what is their connection, and what are her intentions?
  • Comments: It starts a bit weak. And it's annoying how Trixie doesn't relent on her illeism. But the amount of detail in the writing is quite impressive - there are even lyrics, as if it was a script for a musical episode, and the mindgames in the final chapter are breathtaking.

The Great Alicorn Hunt by RealityCheck

  • Recommended by Zar Paulus, Korodzik
  • Status: Ongoing (last updated 7/4/2019)
  • Synopsis: Twilight gets Starswirl's spell right the first time, causing all six Elements to ascend at once. But Celestia and Luna still need more alicorns for their plan to end mortality, so they send the six new Princesses out to find more. Though Luna would prefer that they focus on finding some alicorn stallions.
  • Notes: Nicely inverts the immortality sucks trope that seems particularly endemic to MLP fanfics, the princesses are tired of burying their loved ones but they'd much rather make everypony else immortal than the alternative.
  • A sequel to the short fic Parting Words, though not required.

Grogar A Hearths Warming Horror Story by JadeRing

  • Recommended by Spartan 626
  • Status: Complete.
  • Synopsis: The winter’s wind is blowing hard.
The air is thick and white.All good foals should hide their headsBecause HE comes tonight.Hooks and chains and ringing bellsAre among HIS favorite toys.Screams and cries and filly’s tearsAre things that HE enjoys.HE comes tonight not to give,HE comes tonight to takeSo you’d better be good, my little oneIf only for goodness sake.Tonight the stars will hide their eyes,The good shall make no sound.For tonight is Hearth’s Warming Eve,And GROGAR is coming to town.
  • Notes: Inspired by the Krampus 2015 movie.

A Great and Powerful Heart by Deep Pond

  • Recommended by RedandReady45
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: While visiting the earth pony town of Promise, the Great and Powerful Trixie is coerced into searching for a missing foal against her own better judgment. But things are not as straightforward as they first appear. When push comes to shove, what kind of pony is Trixie at heart?
  • Comments: This a very excellent story. Trixie becomes a hero, but does so in a way that feels natural and doesn't sacrifice her characterization. The story is full of brilliant twists, suspense, and poignant moments.

A Hairy Problem by BlueBastard

  • Recommended by Madd The Sane
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Applejack's got a slight problem. The kind of problem that she really can't turn to her family and friends for help. Unfortunately for her, ponies are already starting to figure out what it is...and it's not going to be easy for the Element of Lycanthrop...Honesty.
  • Review here

Hard Reset (Eakin)

  • Recommended by Abstract Indigo, Aris Katsaris, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight isn't having a very good day. An experimental spell blew up in her face, an army of changelings is attacking Canterlot, and she just died. Yet somehow, it looks like it's going to keep going downhill from here. Given the chance to correct what's gone wrong, Twilight swears she's going to fix all this even if it kills her. Which it will. Frequently.
  • Comments: A darker and action-packed equivalent of Groundhog Day for those of you that enjoy your time loops.
  • Review here

Harpflank And Sweets by Arcainum

  • Recommended by Bugsydor, Sus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lyra and Bon Bon defend the bustling metropolis of Metropony City from Luna and her villainous henchpony Trixie's army of robots using only their wits, friendship and arsenal of heavy weaponry. Can they keep Metropony safe for yet another week? Find out in this exciting episode of...HARPFLANK AND SWEETS.
  • Review here

Heart of Gold, Feathers of Steel by Nicknack

  • Recommended by Cantrop, Poptard, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Gilda has been ostracized from her family for many years now, and her life has reached a stale, meaningless doldrum. The only thing she still remembers being happy about is her friend from Flight Camp. When Rainbow Dash invites her to visit, she is overjoyed. But things do not go entirely as planned...

Her Inner Demons by Extradimensional Alien

  • Recommended by Redandready45
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Shadowbolts come to Canterlot High to ask Human Twilight about how she could have become Midnight Sparkle, seeing as how Twilight could never be considered evil. Or could she?
  • Comments: Extradimensional, in this one shot story, writes an excellent character study of Sci-Twi. The emotions in the story are so real, you'll be at the edge of your seat as you read.

Hiatus by Vargras

  • Recommended by Eegah
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After being cured of Nightmare Moon's influence, Luna learns that the experience has left her very weakened, and she'll have to remain in Canterlot for a year. As if that wasn't bad enough, she starts having dreams that suggest Nightmare Moon is far from gone. An exploration of what Luna was up to in the time before we saw her again, as well as the great sisterly relationship between her and Celestia.''
  • Review here

Higher Flier by Admiral Tiger Claw

  • Recommended by Clato Lawa, Madd The Sane
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: While practicing her Sonic Rainboom with Applejack as her spotter, Rainbow Dash rescues another pegasus from an infamous Falling Leaf Spin. Upon recovery, they discover that the young mare had been in posession of an extremely sophisticated camera, now a pile of scrap metal on the ground. In an attempt to console the distraught pegasus, Dash and AJ search for a solution to her busted optics, only to end with the young pegasus leaving for the manufacturer in a rush of excitement. Things take a turn for the strange when the same pegasus returns four hours later with a brand new camera - from a round-trip journey of over five thousand miles. Tempers flare, challenges are issued, and Rainbow Dash's pride is put to the ultimate test. What is the secret of the photographer known as Dainty Dish?
  • Now has a sequel, Higher Flier: Mach Two (Dormant), introducing Mikoyan Ivanovich Gustaav the Thirty-First.

Hitmane: Agent 3.14 by Sayer

  • Recommended by Sayer 09, Molotov
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pinkie Pie (known as Agent 3.14) is Hitmane, the most famous prankster of Ponville; a legend. Somepony capable of pulling off the most contrived and impressive pranks in the blink of an eye and always two steps ahead of the police thanks to her bizarre disguises, deemed too weird and crazy to be considered true. Her pranks always succeed in making fun of her victims, but her services aren't cheap. Agent 3.14 always asks for the same two things: A lot of bits, and some candies.
  • Review here

How I Lost My Mother by Stardust456

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1000 Years Alone on the Moon - An Autobiography (Abridged) by Just Horsing Around
  • Recommended by Korodzik
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: A humorous one-shot fanfic where we learn what, exactly, Luna was doing to pass the time on the Moon.
  • Review here

The Adventures of the Elementals by AutoKnight01

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Dormant; last updated March 2018
  • Synopsis: Twilight's library is chock full of books. And her life along with all of her friends are about to be turned upside down. When she stumbles across a secret area in her library she never knew existed, she finds an old book along with a letter hidden in the pages. Now Twilight and her friends set out on a journey to find six more ponies who come from the country that neighbors Equestria from the East. Alamante. The land of elements and a place where everypony has a unique gift over one of the six elements of nature. Wind, fire, ice, plasma, water, and earth.
    Once found, Twilight, Fluttershy, Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie must learn to use the Elements of Harmony and combine them with the forces of the six Elements of Nature. Join up with Twilight and her gang along with Typhoon, Terra, Agua, Gem, Pyro, and Cryo as they work together to try and save Equestria from an evil force thought to be gone, and learn a friendship lesson none of them ever thought imaginable.

An Affliction Of The Heart (Volume 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) by Anonymous Pegasus

  • Recommended by NiGHTS
  • Status: Complete (Volumes 1-4), Dormant (Volume 5; last updated January 2018)
  • Synopsis: After the failed invasion, the orders were to hand any captured changeling to the Royal Guard for public execution. However, when a guard finds a small, seriously wounded one, he takes pity on the poor thing and decides to keep her as a prisoner in his own home instead. But, as changelings will starve without a steady intake of love, she has to show him just how cunning (and kinky) a changeling can be.
  • Comments: This is, right now, the top rated changeling story at Fimfiction. It is that good.

A Flutter in the Chest by Shahrazad

  • Recommended by KaisertheGreat
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fluttershy gets the hiccups on Nightmare Night and her friends try to scare them out of her. And maybe they just enjoy scaring Fluttershy too much. Their plans to scare her might work on the timid mare, but will it cure the hiccups?

After the Gala by AleximusPrime

  • Recommended by Godzillawolf
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the horrible night at the Grand Galloping Gala, the group console and comfort one another with Princess Celestia's help. Good friends can make even the worst of times happy.

Alicorn by Aldea Donder

  • Recommended by omegaman, Madd The Sane
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Rainbow Dash usually had her head in the clouds, but she always thought she knew up from down. When an incredible revelation sends her life into a tailspin, she finds herself at the mercy of emotions she never thought she had, faced with hard questions and impossible choices. What is the importance of family? Of bloodlines? Of sacrifice? What does it truly mean to be alicorn?
  • Comments: A sequel to Fairy-Slayer's MLP:FiM - Mommy Nearest [dead link], this fic, and its author, are just fantastic. The characterizations of the ponies remain incredibly true to the show, and the OCs are well-crafted. The plot is interesting and gripping. The writing takes the cake, it is quite simply amazing. Aldea Donder took a weird, "out there" concept like Rainbow Dash being Celestia's daughter and makes it work. This fic is arguably better than the fic that inspired it, which itself is fairly good.

All Good Things, Bonds Of Eternity, and Ashes To Ashesnote  by Wheller.

  • Recommended by Mugen Kagemaru
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When a new pony stumbles into the town of Ponyville early one morning, it sets off a chain of events best described as another entry in the eternal struggle between Order and Chaos. Oh, and the Doctor shows up in some of the parts of All Good Things. Go figure.
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All of a Fluttershy by ImpossibleNumbers

  • Recommended by Blue Chameleon
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Applejack discovers that a thief has been stealing her prized apples, she looks for help in capturing the culprit. Fluttershy is eager to step in, but she's been acting very oddly of late...
  • Comments: It has a nice Original Flavour and plenty of laughs, with some great interactions between Fluttershy and Applejack, and a gripping finale. The chase scene at the beginning is particularly good fun to read.

All That Glitters by Webdog177

  • Recommended by Paisleypossum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Even now, weeks later, Twilight was still unable to properly explain what possessed her into taking that first bite. She double, triple, and quadruple checked the spell, and it went off perfectly. Well, as perfectly as a full-body transformation into a dragon could go. She just didn't expect gemstones to be so tasty...
  • Comments: A 'what-if' story where Twilight turns herself into a dragon and finds out what different gems taste like. A immensely amusing concept, backed by a solid prose and narrative that ready switches from stable and melancholic to something wholly wonderful. Has an dramatic audio reading.

All That Glitters is Gold by Buchephalus

  • Recommended by Mssr Neko
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: There are three things that connect Fool's Gold, Short Fuse and Ambra together. First is that they do not have any money. Second is that they are idiots. The third is that the narrator does not care about them very much. Together, these three freelancers try to make it big in the district of immigrants, hooligans, vagrants and thugs of Canterlot: The Shangri-La District. And it all goes downhill from there.
  • Comments: An original story focusing on OCs that looks at the seeder sides of Canterlot. Filled with zany humor and fun characters, it is worth following just to see what adventures the characters stumble into next.

ALREADY?? by Level Dasher

  • Recommended by KaisertheGreat
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: With his molt over, Spike can finally join his airborne friends in the sky, and he’s a natural! All of his friends are absolutely ecstatic for him. Well… maybe not all of them…

Ambition by Lupine Infernis

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: For all their power, the Elements of Harmony are bound by one common rule: They cannot kill, no matter how dark, how unnatural the force is. They may purify, they may banish, and they may petrify, but they cannot kill, and redemption is not always a guarantee. Fortunately, their power was enough to save Princess Luna from the nightmare that possessed her, body and soul. She was freed from its icy grasp. She was purified. Yet the nightmare still lives...
  • Tags: Dark Fic

Anarchy In The Equestrian Nation by SirAlexanderLoams

  • Recommended by Badass Longcoat Parade
  • Status: Apparently undergoing a rewrite; so far, there's nothing to read
  • Synopsis: A punk rocker stallion named Union Jack transfers from a school for criminals to Ponyville High School for a second chance at life after attempting to burn down the city he lived in.
  • Comments: The language is rather dry, but the characters are relatable and really feel like high school students trying to make it through all right. It's a good slice of life story, but the romances are a little rushed. Overall it's a pretty good story. I liked it, but YMMV.

Ancient Blunders by MetalGearSamus

  • Recommended by MetroidMewtwo
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: On a bright day filled with birds and blue skies, an insane cult attempts to give Discord renewed freedom and a third chance at eternal chaos. But when the spell is interrupted by Luna, something unexpected is created. Now, an little brown earth colt named Dyx finds himself living under the care of Pinkie Pie, only to be mildly disturbed by memories and emotions from his past. Is the foal Discord reborn or is he simply a doppelganger with a soul and mind of his own? (Both) Can Pinkie Pie protect Dyx from those refuse to see past his yellow eyes and awesome magickalishfullness? (Yes.) Or will Dyx be forced to inherit the mistakes that may not even be his and once more become the greatest evil Equestria has ever known? Again? (Maybe. *sniff* Maybe.)
  • Comments: In case it wasn't obvious, this is a parody of the popular pony-fanfic "Past Sins".

And Then... Then She Exploded!... TWICE!!! by Cogs, Mimezinga

  • Recommended by Cronosonic
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After another fiction where Rainbow Dash gets killed, she decides to take the whole thing in her hooves and show how it's done. Hilarity Ensues.
Another Chance at Life by morion87
  • Recommended by Jimbodeek
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Someone was not happy with how the Tree of Harmony handled the Mean 6, and in particular one. Now, as Chrysalis flees from the scene, she decides to do something about it.

When given a new chance to live her own life as her own pony by a mysterious being, what will the reborn Mean Twilight do now that she longer has to fear for her own life?

And what happens when Princess Twilight begins to investigate what exactly happened at the Tree of Harmony?

And what happens when the two of them finally meet?Comments: A promising take on an alternate ending to The Mean Six in which Mean Twilight is brought back to life. Also features an appearance by morion87's original character, Empress Cosmos, as the force that resurrects Mean Twilight.

Applejack is Full of Squirrels by shortskirtsandexplosions

  • Recommended by Leliel, GrantMK2
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: Most of the time, Applejack is honest. A lot of times, she's a dependable pony. Then, sometimes, she's full of militant squirrels piloting her in a war with the Chipmunk Confederacy over a sacred acorn.
  • Comments: An absolutely hilarious one-shot (as of yet) where Applejack is kidnapped by Ditzy Genius rodents and replaced with a robotic shell piloted by a crew that thinks they're in Metal Gear Solid. Hilarious enough as is, but as it turns out, the crew has no freaking clue how to pretend to be Applejack, speaking in Large Ham Purple Prose and regularly suffering Special Effect Failure as they keep on having to patch errors in the robot. Come for the comedy of the other Ponyville inhabitants trying to deal with the shell bumbling about, stay for the Super Robot cheese as the fight over the acorn heats up particularly when it turns out their rivals, the chipmunks, replaced Fluttershy.

Arcadia by Obscurica

  • Recommended by Eegah
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: An adaptation of the first two episodes into a hard science fiction setting, as the crew of a generational spaceship learns the horrible truth behind one of their old legends in the thousandth year of their voyage.

A Ballad of Eeyup and Nope by ambion

  • Recommended by Nyperold
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The challenge? Daunting. The reward? Worthy. Failure? Not an option. For Big Macintosh has accepted the bet, and thus begins A Ballad of Eeyup and Nope - in which he isn't allowed to say either.

The Ballad of Mecha Pinkie Pie by Flamingo 1986

  • Recommended by Calnos
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Flamingo 1986 (Zachary Rich) presents his ongoing storybook "My Little Pony: The Ballad of Mecha Pinkie Pie", where Pinkie Pie creates the ultimate party machine and the world of Equestria is changed forever.

The Ballad of Sir Spike de Draco by Zay-el

  • Recommended by Kytseo
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Faithful knight of Celestia, Sir Spike de Draco leaves Canterlot with his young shieldmaiden Twilight Sparkle to embark upon a journey of stolen pony hearts, spontanious beard-sprouting, dozens of broken teeth and the smiting of evil left and right.
  • Comments: A nice affectionate send-up towards old Beowulf-like legends with overpowered heroes that fight for booze, babes, and glory, this fanfic is basically what happens if you take the manly Spike from his fantasies in A Dog and Pony Show and makes him the main character (with Twilight as the assistant). A hilariously manly story, you're sure to become as manly as Saxton Hale when you start reading it.

The Bar

  • Recommended by Shaded Spriter
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Side Characters getting drunk together in a bar.

Bedtime Stories by TacticalRainboom

  • Recommended by gnimotos
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Twilight seeks out the historical facts behind the bedtime story that was her favorite when she was a foal. She learns that the truths found in stories are sometimes more important than the facts."
  • Comments: Gives a heartwarming and epic backstory to Twilight and Cadance's "Sunshine, sunshine" rhyme.

The Best Most Awesome Radical Character Ever! by RatherHomely

  • Recommended by: Lolguy2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Basically, a Parody Sue appears in Ponyville, and Twilight and Pinkie Pie have to MST her to defeat her.
  • Tags: Parody Sue

The Best Night Ever Extended Edition by Stainless Steel Fox

  • Recommended by Pinkie P
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "I want to see something good happen. After all, we're supposed to like these ponies. And what better opportunity is there than the Grand Galloping Gala? Does anyone else feel that our heroes got a rather raw deal? Princess Celestia telling them it's all okay went some way towards restoring the balance, but I don't think it went anyway near far enough. Here's my non-canon, but heartfelt extension to the story. With added Luna."

The Best Night Ever! (repeat) by AstroBrony

  • Recommended by dknights411
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The show's broadcast schedule says that it's time for the Mane 6 to go to the Grand Galloping Gala.... again. Redoing the same episodes again and again over the summer rerun hiatus period has left everypony on edge, but Pinkie Pie keeps insisting that they keep going at it, less they face the wrath of the fans.
  • Comments: Interesting concept, funny moments, and some feels thrown in for good measure. It kinda makes you wonder as to what actually goes on in Equestria when the cameras aren't rolling.

Betrothed and Betrayed by Nightwings81

  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: When a neighboring country to Equestria, Saddellia, begins to encroach upon its borders and ponynapping Equestrians to serve as slaves, Princess Celestia entrusts the bearers of the Elements of Harmony to broker a peace treaty with its king. Along the way, Rainbow Dash ends up rescuing the Saddellian prince, who quickly becomes smitten with her. Hoping that this would lead to more favorable negotiations, the rest of the Mane 6 cultivate the prince's infatuation, which may lead to unforeseen consequences...
  • Comments: Still being written, this story has so far proved itself to be awesome. The ponies are in character, the OCs genuinely interesting and developed, and the plot engaging. This is written by the same author of Dashes, Dots and Pegasus Spots, so if you enjoyed that fic, you will undoubtably enjoy this one.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by John Perry

  • Recommended by Nightelf 37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sequel to "Enter The League of Fanons" and the final installment of the not-so-epic series. The League of Fanons discover that everypony has been taken over by crazed fanon versions of themselves! note  As the League struggles to restore normalcy to Equestria, the Legion of Gloom works from the shadows to enact their revenge on our heroes. Will Equestria fall to the madness? And what role does Tom play in all of this?

The Birds and the Bees by theworstwriter

  • Recommended by Chargin Chuck
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Where DO foals come from? The Cutie Mark Crusaders don't know, but they intend to find out!

Bitterness by PLC The CD

  • Recommended by Hell Kill Us All
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: What if Twilight wasn't so forgiving of her so-called friends for abandoning her in "A Canterlot Wedding"?
  • Comments: An interesting look at what might have happened of things took a different turn. Contains lots of questioning, interaction and character development, sprinkled with lots of references to previous episodes.

Blood is Thicker Than Friendship by Stonershy

  • Recommended by oathkeeper85
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When a strange book is found in the depths of the library's basement, a mysterious entity is released unto the unsuspecting population of Ponyville.
  • Comments: Does contain shipping of the 'filly-fooler' variety, but not taken to the extreme and probably one of the best written Fluttershy's in MLP fanfiction-dom.
  • Review here

The Blueblood Series by Geldon

  • Recommended by Peteman, Andyroid
  • Status: Complete
    • Currently up to three stories. Note that the second and third contain spoilers for the first, as well as shipping.
  • Synopsis:
    • Blueblood Returns: Prince Blueblood comes to Rarity to apologize for his deplorable behaviour and asks for a second chance. While Rarity is ecstatic, her friends (especially Spike) think he's up to no good.
    • Blueblood's Redemption: Exposed for the arrogant jerk that he is and stripped of just about every privilege afforded to his station, Blueblood reflects back on his cloistered life and thinks about what might have been. With nothing left to lose and realizing that he has lived his entire life in a gilded cage, he clumsily attempts to adopt a new identity and run away. With him are his two duty-bound guard ponies, who try to show the prince the ropes of life outside his pampered upbringing and keep him safe, but are concerned that he has completely lost his mind, and soon they run into a certain Great and Powerful magician who is looking for a handsome assistant...
    • The Blueblood Conspiracy: Blueblood and Trixie are living in the castle together, but they're not exactly getting along, and it's got the staff on edge. Princess Celestia summons Twilight Sparkle and her friends to Canterlot to help teach the two to overcome their pride and vanity and learn to live in harmony. But the complex machinations required to covertly teach Blueblood and Trixie the value of kindness, laughter, generosity, honesty, and loyalty mean things (and ponies) quickly get crazy.

Blue Skies Bring Tears by (A Hoof-ful of Dust)

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fiddlesticks walks the dead earth of the Badlands, and plays her song to the listening shadows. Better Than It Sounds.
  • Pairing(s): Fiddlesticks/unnamed character
  • Tags: None.

A Bolder Note Than This by The Headless Horsepony

  • Recommended by DreadedCandiru2
  • Status: Complete.
  • Synopsis: Octavia Melody has performed for hundreds of audiences across Equestria, and left every one breathless. She has come so far, become one of the most celebrated musicians in the kingdom, and this concert will be her crowning achievement. Tonight, she will play before the Princesses themselves.

    This is not her story.

Breaking Out by BlackM

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The recoil from Family Appreciation Day was too much for Diamond Tiara. Her fellow students turned their back on her, Cheerilee was upset with her, even her own father had been severely disappointed with her actions. She has no one left now. Her perfect world is falling apart. And only one pony can help her. The only pony she could ever count on. But is she her friend anymore?
  • Warning: Fic contains empathy for a dislikable character. If you want to keep hating Diamond Tiara, then avoid this fic. Otherwise, read on.

Bubbles, author unknown.

  • Recommended by Keeyla, Salnax1, Pichu, The Otaku Ninja, S Noble Jr
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The story of how Derpy got her bubbles cutie mark.

Cake Story by Blueshift

  • Recommended by Firerush
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Is Mr. Cake literally a cake? Pinkie Pie seems to think so – but will her investigations really reveal that Mr Cake is made solely from delicious margarine, sugar and flour, or is something else afoot? One thing is certain – the Cakes are hiding something from her, and Pinkie will expose the truth no matter the cost!

Callsign MANE VI: Twilight by Col. StaR

  • Recommended by Nightelf37, Mad Cormorant
  • Status: Dead; last updated November 2016
  • Synopsis: MANE VI: Maneuver, Assess, Neutralize, Execute. Unit Six.
    • Despite their unique personalities, this motley squad of citizens and soldiers has proven themselves time and time again. They are the world's unseen special forces, doing their part for a vast, covert network, run by the enigmatic Cell. They have been dormant for a year, but they're about to meet someone new: Cell's personal protege, Twilight.
      After a new mission takes an unexpected turn for the worst, an unforeseen evil threatens to plunge the world into darkness. Against uncertain odds, Twilight must unite MANE VI and fight to restore Project Harmony, while realizing her place in this world along the way.
  • Notes: An experiment in FiM reinterpretation. Contains humanized, militarized characters in an alternate universe, set on a near-future Earth. Rated Teen for scenes of combat, violence, and potential swearing.

A Candle to the Sun by Moabite

  • Recommended by: Pichu, S Noble Jr
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle struggles to find a meaningful gift for Princess Celestia

A Camping We Will Go by Trinary

  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Concerned about the confidence of some of her students, Cheerilee enlists Rainbow Dash to take six children: Sweetie Belle, Silver Spoon, Snails, Dinky Doo, Pipsqueak and Archer on a week-long camping trip to Whitetail Woods. Rainbow enlists the aid of Big Macintosh as her co-chaperone as she tries to teach the young fillies and colts about camping, teamwork, confidence and how to get along and fend for themselves. They are so doomed.
  • Comments: A well-written fic with excellent characterizations that remain faithful to the show (with the exception of characters that have not been given a personality on the show, which leaves interpretation wide open). There is shipping, so be advised if that is not your thing or if the particular ship is not your preference. Can also be found here, under the pen name Rowanoak23.

Carnations and Forget-Me-Nots by PashaPup

  • Recommended by: Mad Cormorant
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A fan comic going into greater detail about how Pinkie got her cutie mark. Slightly AU. Tear-jerking and heartwarming at the same time.

Carousel by Vanner.

  • Recommended by TheWalkingAnomaly, Kaiserin Kai, Omicronus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Fluttershy asked Rarity where she learned to sew, she learns that remembering where you came from isn't always easy.

Carousel by Thornquill

  • Recommended by Ruise
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Millennial Summer Sun Celebration is only a few years away, but Rarity’s fashion career seems to be ending before she can begin it. Now, she has one last chance to find a place for her talent. But as she works to create the boutique of her dreams, a forgotten piece of Ponyville’s past is waking up. Secret memories lie forgotten in dusty basements, unrighted wrongs scratch at locked doors, and Rarity finds herself caught up in a history that may be doomed to repeat itself. For although she is the first to set hoof in the Old Town Hall in thirty years, she can’t help but feel that something inside was waiting for her.
  • Comments: A chilling, suspenseful horror story involving a vengeful spirit, a gradually unfolding tragic back story, and sanity slippage, all while being pretty much canon-compliant and having a positive resolution and a happy ending.

Celestia's Secret Garden by Scottish Brony

  • Recommended by Mike Rosoft
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After Twilight receives flawless marks on her exams, Princess Celestia rewards her with a visit to her private garden.
  • Comments: Day in the life story. In the author's words, "contains filly Twilight and Momlestia".

Celestia's Teeth by Abalidoth

  • Recommended by Andyroid, S Noble Jr
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Celestia makes sure to surround herself with the most competent staff in all of Equestria, but when they go too far in her service, she takes things into her own hooves.

Celestia's Tiny Student by Commander X 5

  • Recommended by Dragonjek
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: During the entrance exam to Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns, Twilight completely loses control of her magic. Celestia tries in vain to calm her down, but having no other choice she's forced to use a shrinking spell on the filly in order to tone down her dangerous surge of power. After the exam, Celestia takes the tiny Twilight as her personal student to teach the young unicorn control over her powerful magic, making sure that she will pose no threat to other beings.
  • Comments: Commander X 5 takes what would seem like a crackfic premise and works it into an long-running, emotional story that ranges from the hilarious to the deadly serious. It is finished, but the sequel ''Ponyville's Tiny Librarian is a direct follow-up. It also has two side stories.

Changelings, Changelings Everywhere by Benman

  • Recommended by Edrobot, GrantMK2, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What are the chances your favorite pony was secretly a changeling all along? Yeah, probably about one in one.
  • Comments: Brillant parody, and really, really funny.

Chasing Winter by Raging Mouse

  • Recommended by Mooncalf
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After a performance mishap results in a member of the Blueblood family seeking deadly vengeance, Trixie needs to get out of Equestria for a while. She ends up signing on with an expedition heading into the frozen north beyond the Crystal Empire, where hopefully assassins won't follow. Their assignment? Capturing a live windigo. As it turns out, however, windigos are not the only things hiding in the north, and Trixie may not be as safe from her own problems as she thinks...
  • Comments: Well-written and enjoyable. Trixie is notably a very well-rounded and capable character here, and coming into her own without Twilight taking part.

Chaos: the age of Spike by Kaliann 25

  • Recommended by th3 wr1t3r
  • status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Discord retired, yes, he retired from being the lord of chaos; and now Spike is his replacement.
With fresh new ideas and all the energy of youth, Spike is ready to make the life of the Mane 6 impossible; along with his loyal partners: the CMC
  • comments: Spike becoming the lord of chaos isn't an idea you see that often but the author here takes that plot and runs with it to create a hilarious story. I mean You've got the CMC (plus a few others) joining him to form basically a chaotic version of the elements of harmony and using that position to screw with them, and the rest of equestria, on a regular basis in a wide variety of ways: time travel, ponies rioting to 'another brick in the wall', turning the equestria girl's universe into a circus, and more. It's a fun ride from start to finish.

Circus Days by The Dragon Warlock

  • Recommended by Rubyrose
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Spike has been feeling lonely lately. Everyday he watches Twilight go off and have fun with her friends while he does the same thing: clean, and do chores. His luck seems to change though when he and Twilight find a flyer for a circus. With Twilight's friends, Spike goes to the circus with them. At the circus, Spike meets and befriends the circus performers and show him true love and friendship. Tired of being left out or not being loved by the others, Spike decides to leave Twilight and the others for his new friends. Will they get the baby dragon back?

The Centerpeice Of My Collection/The Collection of My Centerpeice by Geldon

  • Recommended by RichReeders, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopses: Spike, centuries after the passing of his friends tells the tale of a very special statue he has of a unicorn named Rarity.
    Millenia later, Spike, learning that his time is coming, begs a favor of Celestia: to pass on in the company of a friend whose time has also come...

The Changelings Encounter Bug Spray by BillyColt

The Circle of Friends by Kiyyik

  • Recommended by G 1 Andy P, Andyroid
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Long after the events of the series, Twilight, now having taken over from Celestia; reminisces on friends past, Tear Jerker.

A Clear, Sweet Tone by Absolute Anonymous.

  • Recommended by Storm Requiem
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Once, there was a little unicorn filly who always found herself unable to sleep and could only be comforted by the singing of a certain lullaby. Years later, Sweetie Belle attempts to reconnect with her older sister.
  • Comments: I don't usually get upset at fanfiction, but this one almost had me in tears. One of the best MLP fics I've read.

The Code's Apprentice by Lapis-Lazuli

  • Recommended by atrasicarius
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle must decide the outcome of a millennia-long war between Harmony and Dissonance.
  • Comments: It's pretty much Jedi vs Sith, except with ponies instead of lightsabers, and a writer better than George Lucas.

The Colour You Bleed by Kegisak

  • Recommended by REV 6 Pilot
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Caught in the middle of a struggle between Equestria and a neighboring country, Blueblood finds himself alone in unfriendly territory. Through trials and hardships he slowly begins to change into the prince that his country needs.
  • Comments: You've probably seen a lot of fics of Blueblood getting a Humiliation Conga that makes him see the error of his ways. But this is in a whole new level. With an interesting expansion of the Equestrian world, beautiful plot advancement, and more character development than you can shake a stick at (particularly on Blueblood's part), I consider this a must-read and won't say anything else so as to keep it unspoiled.
    Be warned, it's pretty dark.

The Contest by Cold in Gardez

  • Recommended by Salnax 1, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "It's called 'Shh'," said Fluttershy. "It's a game about who can be quiet the longest. Sound fun? I'm the world champion." Fluttershy is not a pony who makes things up. She really is the world champion of "Shh," or The Quiet Game. And now it's time for her to defend her crown, with Twilight Sparkle and Rarity along for the ride.

COPS: Equestria by whysoserious1985

  • Recommended by Spider Fan14
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Follow the various police departments of Equestria, from Ponyville to Canterlot, on their recorded patrols.
  • Comments: Mature themes follow, and chapters 4 and 7 are kicks to the guts in terms of emotion.

The Cough

Creature of the Night by Tanner

  • Recommended by Zarpaulus
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The day after an adventure in the Ursa Major's cave Rarity starts feeling, different. The sun is painful, she can't eat anything, Opalescence is meaner than usual, and she hungers for the blood of other ponies.

Crystalline by Bristle Brushes

  • Recommended by Lopiny
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: Spike and Rarity have had rather successful lives, despite their relatively uncommon interspecies relationship. They have been together for quite some time, and have a happy, loving marriage. And marriage, as we all know, often gives rise to children. Neither a pony, nor a dragon, their daughter Crystal is having a rather difficult time making sense of herself. Ponyville's general contempt of her is not helping. Realizing this, Crystal begins to have doubts about her own identity, her existence. When she returns home to the Boutique one day, having just been involved in a nasty fight, Crystal and Rarity have a heart to heart about what makes somepony...well...somepony.

Cupcake's Day Out by Rexx Ivan

  • Recommended by Tropers/Dewman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The pony Cupcake enjoys the day visiting Pinky Pie, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash, before heading to her home in the complex run by Ms. Fizz.

Cutie Mark Crusadicorn by Eakin

A Dark Sky by MetalHooves

  • Recommended by Dialga X
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A group of terrorists known as the Shadowbolts are confronted with old grudges, past loves, and even their own morals as they set out to destroy the Wonderbolts and anypony who gets in their way

Dash Eats Meat! by theRedBrony

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Name's Gilda. Ya know, me n Dash did some crazy stuff together at flight camp. But this one time, I wasn't so hot on Dash's little craving at lunch. Hey! Don't gimme that look! I didn't MAKE her do it!

Dashes, Dots and Pegasus Spots by Nightwings 81

  • Recommended by PDL, omegaman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Rainbow Dash catches a bad case of pegapox, she cannot fly back to her cloud home and finds herself staying with Rarity and Sweetie Belle. Twilight is searching for a cure, but can the pegasus survive her well meaning nurses long enough to use it?
  • Comments: Can also be found at Equestria Daily and at

Dash's Secret by Hopefox

  • Recommended by SpiriTsunami
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: When Rainbow Dash's parents come to Ponyville, her friends learn that she might not be the pony they thought she was. Will Dash's secret drive her friends away from her, and will her parents still accept her?
  • Comments: Saying why this fanfiction is so amazing would involve spoiling the secret, which is unfortunate because this fic is oozing with real-world relevance and I recommend it to anyone dealing with this issue regardless of whether or not they're a MLP:FiM fan. Turns out Rainbow Dash was born a colt, named Sonic Dash. Her parents refuse to acknowledge her female identity and insist that Sonic was just going through a phase that he should've grown out of by now. The rest of the mane cast's reactions vary (Fluttershy already knew, of course, and Rarity had figured it out on her own, but naturally Applejack takes it the worst due to the dishonesty involved). Truly an outstanding take on the struggle faced by those whose gender identity doesn't match their biological sex.

The Day They Came by AdamThePony

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "December 21, 2012. This date has for long been synonymous with an oncoming apocalypse to which mankind itself and all of God's creatures will return to where they all came from to live in peace. What actually happened was an event almost nobody saw coming. In this journal, I aim to tell the story on what happened that day, and what happened since that day. Be forewarned, however, that not everything that is written in this log was peaceful."

dC/dt ≠ 0 by I Thought I Was Toast

  • Recommended by Vindicar
  • Status: Dormant; last updated February 2018
  • Synopsis: After Canterlot invasion fiasco the changelings of Chrysalis hive find themselves on the brink of exntinction. Desperate, they ask ponies for mercy. The fic follows two points of view: Twilight Sparkle, princess of Friendship, and Morpheus, son of the queen Chrysalis who seemingly abdicated the throne. Together, they try to find a way to convince the ponies of Equestria that changelings a capable of being good neighbours, while trying to understand each other.

Dear Idiot by The Descendant

  • Recommended by Nightelf37, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Whilst enjoying the company of Twilight Sparkle and her friends in the doughnut shop immediately following the events of "The Best Night Ever", a disappointed Princess Celestia send a letter off to Prince Blueblood explaining the implications of his failure of the "Rarity Test", among other things...

Dear Princess Celestia... by Wright-As-Rayne

  • Recommended by Xfuture
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An odd centaur-esque creature named Tirek enters Ponyville one day, and the townsponies, remembering how they treated Zecora, do their best to make him feel welcome...
  • Comments: A wonderful little horror piece, and a quick read.

Defect by CroakyEngine

  • Recommended by RockRaider
  • Status: Dormant; last updated February 2018
  • ''Synopsis':' Designation ManeFrame is a new construct created by the Equalist Empire. However, during a bloody battle against the Resistance, something happens that causes ManeFrame to go rogue, and now she finds herself on the run from the Empire with a resistance member named Jade Grayling. All the while, ManeFrame finds herself full of questions, not the least of which is revolved around the name "Twilight Sparkle".

Derpy Goes Crazy by Pacce.

  • Recommended by Shaded Spriter
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Derpy Hooves gets angry and goes on a killing spree.

"Derpy Goes to the Doctor" by BlueCorpse.

  • Recommended by Horticulturist
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Part of a series; in this installment, Derpy Hooves goes to the doctor and her origin is revealed.
  • Warning: sad.

Derpy Hooves: The Muffin Queen by Dublio

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Carrot Top is baking some muffins but she needs some last minute ingredients so she can finish the final touches on her muffins. Since she doesn't want to leave Derpy Hooves alone, she recruits the help of Lyra and Bon-Bon to keep her at Bay. Will they be able to prevent Derpy from eating the muffins? Or will Derpy have the last laugh?

A Different Bridal Path by Stainless Steel Fox

  • Recommended by RuBoo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: There are many stories where Twilight tells off her friends after the Wedding. But that's not really Twilight's bag, she gets worried she's failed, or depressed, not angry. So here is a different bridal path, one where Twilight acts decisively to try and redeem herself in the eyes of her friends and sovereign, and ends up travelling to places she never imagined, facing dangers and foes she never dreamed of and making even stranger friends. Of course, there is still a 'reason you suck' speech delivered, but delivered by the last person anyone would expect...

Dinky Doesn't Go to School by RagingSemi

  • Recommended by Gaspalov, Moabite, Shaded Spriter, Pichu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Derpy Hooves has a daughter, a young unicorn named Dinky, who doesn't have an easy life at school because of her mother and starts hating Derpy for constantly shaming her, until one day she discovers her mom's motivations and learns a very important lesson...

Dinky Doo's Father Revealed by Roy G. Biv

  • Recommended by Zarpaulus, Jayrad, Omicronus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ditzy Doo's daughter Dinky asks about her father and learns how her parents met at a "special" pony's school.

Discord's Return by Triple-A-Battery

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Discord breaks free of his stone prison, and decides to show the Mane 6 (and Princess Celestia) just what his prison was like...

Discordant by ezra09

  • Recommended by Eegah
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Discord finds that the spell that turned him to stone wasn't quite thorough enough, and he can telepathically communicate with anypony he wants. He quickly sets to corrupting Scootaloo, and with her help assembles his own Elements of Disharmony.

Ditzy Doo and the Blustery Day by uSea

  • Recommended by Ossley
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ditzy Doo tells her daughter a story about a windy day she experienced in Ponyville. The story is based on the Winnie the Pooh series by A. A. Milne, and contains numerous shout outs to them. It even has illustrations done in the style of E. H. Shepard (the original illustrator of Winnie-the-pooh).

Ditzy Doo: Muffins by Saddlesoap Opera

  • Recommended by RavenFaith
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ditzy has trouble remembering her past, all she knows is that she arrived in Ponyville with a tiny foal. Colgate brings her to Doctor Whooves to try to recover her lost memories, but her past is nothing anypony was expecting, and soon it comes back to haunt her.
  • Comments: One of my favourite Derpy fics, it does get quite sad and terrifying, but I think the end makes up for it.

Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying by l0x0r

  • Recommended by TurboJ
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle had noticed that the letters from Princess Celestia have changed in tone recently. She travels to Canterlot to find out why, and discovers a sympathetic Princess Luna.

Downfall by Brony Writer

  • Recommended by Sonic Lightning 1
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight discovers a book within the library about Equestria's greatest killers. After reading this Twilight begins to have thoughts of what it would be like to kill another pony.
  • "Comment": Written in the format of letters, this follows closely to Sympathetic Murderer. Short but full of emotions. Caution: while the gore is not explained in great detail, the fic is still grimdark and has a quite the Downer Ending.

Draconic Troubles by Davesknd

  • Recommended by Chargin Chuck
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Twilight and Spike are sent a message from Princess Celestia, stating that a dragon will be staying in Ponyville. Spike has to go into hiding, Twilight has to organize the arrival and the others have to cope with the usual insanity. Oh... and the crusaders are doing their thing. Do I smell doom?

Dragon Lord Spike by Justice3442

  • Recommended by Storygirl000
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Spike now harnesses the bloodstone scepter making him the ruler of all dragon kind. Of course he hands it off as part of an important lesson on friendship, right? Naw. He immediately goes mad with power.
  • Or, what would've happened if Spike didn't give up Dragon Lord duty to Ember. Written by the author of The Wheel and the Butterfly Saga, this is definitely a fun read- especially if you dislike the Yaks.

Eclipse by Spectre Crystaleye

  • Recomnended by: Molotov
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: They call them vagabonds. Rogues. Criminals, corrupted to their very core. They are perceived to be poison in peaceful society and rightly cast out. Scarce are these dark cases in the golden light of Equestria's civilized culture. However, not all ponies born with gifts of malice in their souls have the desire to use them for evil ends. These rare few who are condemned to exile simply for fear that they might one day break and embrace their grim talents, are given a choice by a princess wrought with compassion. Forever apart from society at large, they live a secret, dangerous and disciplined life defending the country that doubted their hearts. Armed with forbidden technology and the love of their monarchs, they thrive with the freedom to embrace their true selves in service to an Equestria that will never know them.
  • Comments: Reviewed and approved by Kalash 93, earning an exceedingly rare 9/10 score, and is considered possibly the single best war story in the fandom.

Endless Gifts by Jenova II

  • Recommended by UnderlordZ
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One of the Cutie Mark Crusaders gets her Mark. Will jealousy break up the Crusaders forever?

En Passant by TheRealOP

  • Recommended by Yandere
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Felicity Peridot, avid journalist, mild-mannered unicorn, moonlighting vigilante, must take up her alter-ego, The Mysterious Mare Do Well, to combat her most dangerous opponent yet! An enigma, Checkmate, who single-hoofedly turned the underground criminal world of Manehattan upside down. With a young ward at her side, will she meet her downfall at the hooves of Checkmate?

The End of All Things by Boltstrike58

  • Recommended by KaisertheGreat
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The feared, legendary sorcerer Grogar has returned to Equestria, plotting to reclaim the land of the ponies for himself. To accomplish this, he has recruited all the villains who have rejected friendship, and now this villainous league will fight to bring down Twilight Sparkle and her best friends.
  • Comments: A Fix Fic of The Ending of The End. It features the real Grogar, The Storm King and King Sombra joining the Legion of Doom, evil counterparts of the Elements of Harmony and an epic final battle. For anyone who isn't a fan of the season 9 finale, this is a good alternative to read.

Ending Of The End - Love And Tolerance Edition by StarlightisVERYcute

  • Recommended by PAPERBOAT 2001
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Grogar's ancient machinations finally come together as he leads the Legion of Doom against Canterlot. Chrysalis, Tirek, and Cozy Glow want to rule for themselves, however, and intend to betray him as soon as it is convenient. Can Applejack, Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash save Equestria?
  • Comments: A Fix Fic of Ending Of The End, told as if it was four episodes. Grogar is real and everyone is in character, they act like they gained experience from their previous adventures and stays true to the spirit of the series.

Enter the League of Fanons by John Perry

  • Recommended by Nightelf 37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sequel to "Legion of Gloom". The Legion of Gloom has returned, this time aligning themselves with a new, shadowy villain as they prepare to use the power of the Elements of Harmony against the Mane Six. But our heroes find aid in six mysterious ponies who seem to have all the answers… These ponies are Doctor Whooves, Derpy Hooves, Lyra, Bon Bon, DJ Pon3, and Octavia.

Equestria Daily Speedfic Challenge: Rainbow Dash Can't Cook by 145 different authors

  • Recommended by Robotech_Master
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Friendship is Magic fan site Equestria Daily announced a speedfic writing challenge, in which writers had two hours to complete a short story based on an arbitrarily-assigned theme (in this case, that Rainbow Dash needs to cook something but turns out to be a Lethal Chef), administrator Cereal Velocity never expected to be deluged with 145 entries. ("You ponies are full of words," said the dazed admin.)

Equestria! by Jabberspike

  • Recommended by Dialga X
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The events of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic were all just the delusions of an insane young woman who has been in an institution for the past few years. Now Tara believes she has conquered these fantasies, but has she really?

Equestria Divided, created by PoorYorickDA [dead link], stories by various authors.

  • Recommended by Zarpaulus
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: The Princesses have disappeared and after a botched ritual by Twilight Sparkle kills Pinkie Pie and wounds Rainbow Dash the surviving Elements of Harmony formed five Houses fighting over the scraps of Equestria. Not a crossover but heavily inspired by Game of Thrones and Warhammer Fantasy.

Equestria Noir-A Neo-Noire Tale by Garnot

  • Recommended by WeegTheNinji
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Ten years have passed since Celestia and Luna mysteriously vanished from the face of the planet, leaving their nation to slowly fall apart. Now, crime, corruption and a faceless evil threaten to destroy the slowly recovering nation. In the middle of this chaos stands Bogart Maltese, an equine and member of the Regulators - an enclave dedicated to fighting crime, corruption and villainy - who is on a quest to find and punish the ones responsible for his partner's murder. Along the way, he will meet another soul, who just like him, longs to understand her own tragic past. To find the answers they both seek, the two will have to travel to hell and back. What they discover may change the face of Equestria forever. Trust no one and fear the dark places of the world.

Equestrian Revolution

  • Recommended by Salnax 1
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A glorious rebellion against the tyrannical Celestia has unforeseen circumstances.

Equestrian Horizon by Jin

  • Recommended by Apolline Allura
  • Status: Dormant; last updated December 2017)
  • Synopsis: Lieutenant Commander Firefly and her Timberwolf flight are combat fliers of the highest caliber and seasoned veterans of the Continental War, a massive conflict from which the world is just beginning to rebuild. When a nation lost to time suddenly resurfaces in the frozen north, it is her fliers that are tasked with keeping peace in the frigid skies over the Crystal Empire.
  • Original universe with heavy inspiration from the Ace Combat games. Rated Teen for warfare, violence, and language.
  • Comments: A fantastic world with characters unfamiliar, but compelling. Excellently paced action and exceedingly deep lore in an alternate version of Equestria rife with political intrigue and a likeable mane cast.
  • Review here

Equestria's Twilight by sapidus3

  • Recommended by: My Little Gundam, Madd The Sane
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: This is the story of the end. This is the story of the death of Equestria. It is the story of the reign of her royal majesty, Princess Twilight Sparkle of the Fading Sun. The alicorn sisters are dead and Equestria has turned to Twilight Sparkle to guide it. However, just maintaining a dim sun a fraction as bright as her mentor's keeps the new princess near her limits. Years have passed and Twilight Sparkle is sure of only one thing. Equestria is dying.
  • Tags: Sad. Dark.
  • Comments: This story is a very new and very interesting take on the "Twilight becomes an alicorn" idea. Instead of her ascension being of happenstance or her distance ancestry or some such thing, it is from necessity. Also, instead of Equestria staying normal as a whole, everything is in a downward spiral, even with Twilight's help. War is on the horizon, ponies are threatened by the things that go 'bump' in the night, and the moon and stars haven't been seen for more than forty years.

Escape from Castle Midnight by Blue Eyes Shining Dragon

  • Recommended by Slimey Jenkins
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: The old G1 TV special "Rescue at Midnight Castle" made to fit the "Friendship is Magic" universe

Essenza di Amore by Cerulean Voice

  • Recommended by infernape612
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A retelling of Princess Cadance's backstory, expanded upon to follow all of the events leading up to her ascension to alicornhood.

Estrus by Friendly Uncle

  • Recommended by Clato Lawa, Lance Omikron, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: While talking with Twilight at the market, Rarity realises that Twilight is in heat - and that Twilight has no idea what that means. Unsure of how to break it to her, Rarity "gathers" Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie, leading a hilarious and revealing discussion of how each of them learned about the facts of life, and how each of them deal with the symptoms... The kicker is that Twilight is completely aware of what her estrous cycle is, she'd just never heard it called "in heat" before.
  • Comments: Despite dealing with a topic that would be taboo for the TV show, the Mane Six are completely in character, to the point where you can believe this conversation might actually happen between episodes. Easily one of the funniest one-shots on

Evergreen Entertainment by NTSTS

  • Recommended by Kchishol, Andyroid
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pinkie Pie proposes a "We're Sorry" party to make it up to Zecora for how they treated her. When she and her friends finally meet the entertainment whom Pinkie hired sight unseen; they find they are giving their new friend a more playfully thrilling apologetic experience then anyone ever dreamed. (PG-13)

Eversleep by EvenMotion

  • Recommended by FailcopterWes
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Celestia unexpectedly enters a state of Death like hibernation, and the resultant power vacuum between the naive Luna and a new Council leads to civil war. Not a happy tale but well written nonetheless.

Exit Through Canterlot by The Brian J

  • Recommended by DontKillBugs
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the disaster at the Grand Galloping Gala, Octavia's career is ruined. Upon learning that the Mane Six were not punished for ruining the Gala, and that the incident was relegated to a laugh in the newspaper, Octavia's life changes. She begins to pursue a path that has never been seen before in Canterlot, where concertos and rhapsodies give way to controversy and rebellion. A path where symphonies are composed not with instruments... but with spray paint.

Extremely Terrible and Horrifying Stories by RatherHomely

Faded Rainbow by Trinary

  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After Rainbow Dash's rump meets lightning one time too many, she feels like her reputation in town is ruined as ponies start laughing at her misfortune. Her self-esteem in tatters and her loyalty waning, its up to her friends to help her.
  • Comments: An interesting story about Rainbow Dash's psychology, and the Inferiority Superiority Complex that lies at the heart of her bravado. While sad at times, the story is also heartwarming in that it shows the lengths to which the Mane Cast will go to support one of their number when they're in the dumps. Can also be found here, under the pen name Rowanoak23.

Fair Feather Friend by Bobcat

  • Recommended by The Goddamn Ratbatman
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Deeply desiring a pet, Rainbow Dash adopts and tames a falcon, who she names Baron Awesome . Hilarity Ensues, and heartstrings are tugged as pegasus and bird adjust to one another.

Family And Friends by Raefire

  • Recommended by Molotov
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: There comes a time where we all must let go. But never will we forget. Concerns the death of Applejack's dog, Winona. Very sad.
  • Comments: One hell of a terjerker with strong characterization. If the story doesn't get you, then the comment probably will.
  • Review here

Fear and Trembling by shortskirtsnadexplosions

  • Recommended by Korodzik
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle receives a terrible mission from Princess Celestia: to kill her friends in order to save Equestria. A terrible struggle is going on in her soul. Will she go through with it? Or will she doubt her mentor?
  • Review here

The Final Cutie Mark Crusade by Phalanx Spear

  • Recommended by projectoma
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In another attempt to get their Cutie Marks, the Cutie Mark Crusaders decided to look through the library for books on Cutie Marks. However, they stumble upon an ancient prophecy that says that on that date an evil will come to Equestria. Soon enough, they are sucked into an adventure that is much more than they asked for. Will the three young fillies save Equestria?

Fire and Rain by Vimbert the Unimpressive

  • Recommended by Ziddy
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: An amateur therapist deals with a stranger in town while trying to get over a few problems of his own.

First Snow by Mudpony

  • Recommended by Peteman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Diamond Tiara loves winter. The cold weather means even ponies in Ponyville wear clothes. With clothes, she can proudly display how much better she is than other ponies. For this reason, her annual pre-winter shopping trip is of key importance. On its successful conclusion will hinge much of her enjoyment of the coming winter. Filthy Rich is a busy pony. The needs of his store chain occupy his time, leaving little for anything else, including his daughter. When a cancelled meeting leaves him with a free day, he takes advantage of the opportunity to go shopping with his little girl.
  • Comments: It's nice adding a bit of depth to a character whose only purpose is to antagonize several viewpoint characters. Sure, she's still spoiled, superficial and mean, but her interactions with her father feel right.

The First Winter Wrap-Up by Chopper's Top Hat

  • Recommended by SuddenFrost, Andyroid, Eric W
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Why can't unicorns use magic during Winter Wrap-Up? Applejack knows the answer, and with it comes the surprising truth about the origin of Ponyville, and the worst year in Equestria's history.

Five Should Be Enough by Arcainum

  • Recommended by Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When a tragic event befalls Applejack, she takes drastic measures in an effort to prevent it. But can a simple farm pony make a difference in the face of an inevitable end?
  • Tags: Tragedy
  • Comments: the strength of this story is in its characterization. The Applejack we see here is no different from the one in the show.

Flim and Flam Try It Again by The Snazzy Hat

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The so-called 'World Famous' Flim Flam Brothers, after being defeated by Applejack and her friends, decide that they just weren't cut out for the cider making business. So, in the small town of Horseton, they discover a mysterious new mineral that could revolutionise all of Equestria! Trouble is, there are also a lot of people in the town who will do whatever it takes to make sure they get it first.

Flitter by Nyerguds

  • Recommended by Nights
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When the invasion of Canterlot is repelled, the spell makes no distinction between the attackers and one changeling who had been living there peacefully for most of his life. Suddenly tossed far away from home and deprived of the mask he wore for decades, he has to find a way to pick up the pieces of his life and put them back together.

Fluffershy by Friendly Uncle

  • Recommended by Clato Lawa, Omicronus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fluttershy's such a sweet, innocent, naive little pony. She's probably never even looked at a stallion! why is her butt plastered all over the front of the DVD case Pinkie Pie just found? Surely there's a good explanation for this, our heroes just have to figure out what it is. There's no way Fluttershy's actually a porn star. ...right?
  • Comments: As with Estrus, Friendly Uncle deals with a taboo subject in a way that a) keeps everyone in-character, and b) is flatout hilarious.

Fluttershy and Celestia Play Chess by BronyWriter

  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: When the mane six go to see a Wonderbolt's show in Canterlot, Fluttershy decides to not go as crowds of that size make her too nervous. So, Princess Celestia decides to spend the day with her instead while her friends are away. The two decide to play a few simple games of chess to pass the time...

The Fluttershy Effect by SuperStingray

  • Recommended by Jayrad
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A time travel mishap changes everything. Now Twilight has to fix it.

Fluttershy's Bad "Hare" Day. by Pegasus Rescue Brigade

  • Recomended by Clam 15
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After an unfortunate incident involving Rainbow Dash and herbal tea, Fluttershy wakes up one morning to discover that she has turned into a rabbit! With her friends unaware of her plight, Fluttershy must turn to Angel bunny to guide her on her quest to restore her original form. In the process, she is given the oppurtunity to experience everyday life in Ponyville from a whole ... new perspective, and discovers that there is much more to her friends' pets than she ever expected.
  • Comments: This is just great. The interactions, the conflict, the story. Okay, the story isn't much new, but it give's it that originality that we've come to know so much. And by the interactions between Angel and Fluttershy shows that, once and for all, despite outwardly apperances, he really does care for the filly that's raised him as her own. Throw in some hilarity ensuing and you've got yourself a real dandy (in a good way.) Plus, Angel speaking in a Brooklyn accent. Need I say more?

Fluttershy: Trapped Together by ItsfromPeople

  • Recommended by Mike Rosoft
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fluttershy has a confrontation with a shape shifter in the deeps of the Everfree Forest. But the circumstances quickly change.

A Flying Tank by GingerNutGin

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Those not born with the ability all dream of a chance, if only for a few moments, to fly.
    Even if he is merely a tortoise with a simple mind, Tank was no different that the millions of other dreamers that covet the sky. Ever since his Yellow Mistress helped him hatch from his egg, he always marveled at those who have the capabilities.
As of yet though; he has not appeared ... at any of the pet play dates, nor has The Blue Mistress. If anything, the two are rarely even seen together. Concerned, Owlowicious attempts to consult with Tank whist they fly regarding the matter. The two have grown close since Tank has been fitted for the peculiar contraption strapped about his shell, despite their differences.

The Foal in the Basket by PonyBlue

  • Recommended by Albertosaurus
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: In a moment of weakness, Chrysalis had more than a taste of Shining Armour's love. 11 months later, Twilight Sparkle finds herself a brand new niece by way of 'A small foal in a basket on my door step'.

Fools Gold by Merc the Jerk

  • Recommended by Apolline Allura
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Tragedy today as the First and National was attacked—assaulted by a group of masked madwomen in what’s being termed a ‘hurricane of murder and insanity.’ Dozens dead and even more wounded, with tens of thousands of dollars worth of collateral all that remains. The police are completely baffled, with no leads, no suspects—nothing but funeral after funeral and an unhappy government looking for anyone to blame and anyone to charge for this heinous crime. The biggest question on the minds of the citizens is: Why? Years of peace, broken and shattered, now lying in a crumpled, bloodied mess...and for what? Money? This anchor has never been so disgusted in his many years of news reporting.
  • Comments: Imagine Heat. Imagine Reservoir Dogs. Imagine any of the scores from GTA V. Then take that cinematic punch and flair and marry it to Friendship is Magic for a heist that, believe it or not, is going to a worthy cause. The writing is solid, and the action is great. The highlights in the characterization are illustrated throug the action and the dialogue is on point. And the last character anyone would expect to ends up sniping a chopper out of the sky. 10/10

Forever Faithful by Konseiga

  • Recommended by Pichu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In a freak accident from the Cloudsdale weather control team, Twilight is struck down by an errant lightning bolt. But the veil of death is relatively thin...

Forgiveness by Dark Side of the World

  • Recommended by Jayrad
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The story of Luna's transformation to Nightmare Moon, her life after coming back, and everything in between as she longs for forgiveness.

A Friend For Derpy Hooves by Jim Dimitri

  • Recommended by dag1984
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Derpy Hooves" is the nickname given to the strange, awkward mare who lives on the edges of Ponyville. What will happen when Princess Celestia sends her a guardian to help socialize her? Becomes femmeslash towards the end.

Friendship Is Forever by Fabrosi

  • Recommended by Robotech_Master
  • Status: Complete (dead link)
  • Synopsis: When something goes terribly wrong at the Grand Galloping Gala in Canterlot, Twilight Sparkle and friends are thrust into an adventure like they have never experienced before.

Friends Forever by Snow

  • Recommended by Yarrik
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Over time we lose our friends; those we love, those who we share a piece of our heart with, but do we ever really lose them for good? Sometimes, true friendship and heartfelt love can transcend even death itself, and with a little magic, a shattered life can be made whole once again. Follow the after-years of Twilight Sparkle, centuries after the end of the show, and find out if a friend lost is a friend gone.... or just somepony waiting to step back into your life.

Friendship is Surreal by WarhunterT71

  • Recommended by Kytseo
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A Hero of Another Story fic that is designed to play out like the adventures of the mane 6, this chronicles the hypothetical adventures of Octavia, Derpy Hooves, Dr. Whooves, Lyra, DJ PON-3, and Bon Bon (takes place after the gala). Also, the link on the DA version to the version on has part 2.

From Here to Eternity by Sada-Pazaki

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Soon after learning about Serenity's past and the secrets it held, Twilight is shocked to hear about Discord being freed again. However this time he has no powers and it's all due to an unknown creature by the name of Schism. Due to Twilight's insistence, he and the Mane 6 embark on a journey to recover his powers... And hopefully Twilight will finally get some answers about the past from Discord himself.
  • Pairing(s): Discord/Twilight Sparkle (not a romance fic, but has romantic elements)
  • Tags: None.
  • Note: The sequel to Memories.

From The Mist by Cstgeorge

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Commander Hurricane was one of the greatest of the pegasus commanders. Taking her place in the order of the Valkyries, she stood at the head of the army of the great Nimbus Ring.
Then the Nimbus Ring vanished.
The eldest Valkyrie had slain the King, stealing the flying fortress of the Ring and fleeing northwards. Not willing to let her go after everything they'd done together, Hurricane refused to leave her be and winged north after her. However, her mission will transform from what she'd originally thought. There are dark forces at work, cold as the grave, and Hurricane, though she doesn't yet know it, will play a pivotal role in the battle to come.Inspired in great part by Imploding Colon's Austraeoh series.
  • Tags: None.

The Funeral of Derpy Hooves by shortskirtsandexplosions.

  • Recommended by DreadedCandiru2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopis: Princess Twilight Sparkle holds a wake in the memory of Derpy Hooves after a terrible accident tears the mailmare to pieces. This tragedy affects everypony in Ponyville, and close friends preparing for the funeral find themselves coming together in ways they never have before, sharing their deepest feelings, their tender memories, and their most delicate secrets. They even agree to take care of Dinky, fostering Derpy's orphaned daughter into a bright and promising future. It would all be very noble if Derpy were actually dead.

Fur and Feathers by Nexas

  • Recommended by lordnaseby
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle, being Twilight Sparkle, is planning the Summer Sun Celebration and everything is most certainly not going according to plan. A huge storm is going to ruin everything before she decides to use her magic to clear it up so everything can get back on track. The problem? The spell accidentally turns all of Ponyville's pets into ponies themselves. Now Twilight and her friends all have to figure out how to turn their pets back to normal as well as make sure that the celebration goes as well as possible.

Ghost of a Rose by Noble Thought

  • Recommended by Seventeen Colossi
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The world around Roseluck is slipping away piece by piece. Color drains away, fear creeps in, and an empty town hides a secret she is afraid to face. When all that remains are memories of family, friends, and fleeting moments, a friend tries to help her hold onto them before they fade away. Before she fades away.

Gilda's Horrific Torture, author unknown

  • Recommended by The Pocket
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Written on the heels of "Cupcakes", this short story tells how one of Gilda's victims gets revenge... with a little help from a friend. To say more would be to spoil it. (Note: The prequel has spoilers; read it second!)

The Girl by RoyGBiv-MLP

  • Recommended by Retsof Noraa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight becomes friends with the unlikeliest of people, and inspires her to make one of the greatest decisions of her life.

The Glass Blower by Cold in Gardez

  • Recommended by Zabilac
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopis: She is as beautiful and graceful as the moon, and just as hard to reach. He is a young artist with much to learn about the world. When he accepts her challenge to create an artistic masterpiece, will he win her heart, or learn a terrible lesson in the nature of beauty and love? Warning: Dark.
  • Notes: This is a beautiful and tragic story about a pony's love for a mare and his growing obsession to win her heart. Fair warning, The ending is not happy and Rarity is slightly OOC, but still a very tastefully done story.

A Glint of Light on Broken Glass by siderealSandman

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: As the personal protegee of Princess Twilight Sparkle, Luna's life is more than crazy enough for a unicorn of her age. Balancing her studies and putting up with her hard-partying pegasus sister is enough to keep Luna up most nights with little or no social life to speak of. But as the only one who believes the legends that Tirek the Terrible is returning and the only one who actually cares enough to stop him, it doesn't look like Luna is going to be getting any sleep anytime soon. Which is just as well, because she keeps having the strangest dreams about a life she half-remembers; a life of long nights spent as Princess of the Moon and a terrible catastrophe that befell her kingdom. But those are just dreams...right? With the fate of Equestria resting on her shoulders, Luna must unite a group of unlikely allies to stop Tirek, save the world, and solve the riddle of her nightmares before they come to life.
  • Pairing(s): None.
  • Tags: None.

Going Anywhere by Eakin

  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: As a general rule, leaving your future bride at the altar and abandoning your entire family to flee the city of Canterlot is a bad idea. Then again, you never know just who you'll meet on the train to your new life.
  • Now has a sequel Any Way You Want It.
    • Sequel hasn't been updated since February 2015.

Good Eats by SecondSeraphim

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Pinkie Pie falls sick, the other ponies decide to throw her a party. Unfortunately for Rainbow Dash, its her job to cook.

Growing Pains by Peroth

  • Recommended by primedawg9170
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: It seemed like a simple problem, at first, but as dangerous foreigners begin to hunt for Twilight, and ancient godlike entities begin to stir as she and her friends search for a solution, a tiny growth-spurt in her horn suddenly doesn't seem so simple. Warning: GRIMDARK at times.
  • Pairings: Twilight Sparkle/Rainbow Dash, Rarity/Applejack

Growing Up by a High-Tech Burrito.

  • Recommended by KentuckyTroper1990, TrueZero
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis : As an older Spike prepares to leave Ponyville, he reflects on all the good times he's had, says goodbye to his friends, and remembers the friends who aren't there anymore. Brings your tissues. This is a sad one. Deals with death.

Half the Day Is Night by AugieDog

Happy Birthday, Fizzypop! by Its The Whiny Guys

  • Recommended by Spark Moon, Corey W Williams
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It's Fizzypop's birthday! She's worked so hard on her party, and she just can't wait for all of her friends to show up and celebrate it with her!

Harbinger by Tealove

  • Recommended by Mr Maestro
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Equestria is brought to its knees by a sudden Zombie Apocalypse, the Mane Six (along with a great many side characters) must trek across their ruined nation in search of their missing Princesses, other survivors, and a safe haven, pursued all the while by a mysterious enemy no one knows how to defeat.

Harmony Theory by Sharaloth

  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Status: Dormant; last updated October 2017
  • Synopsis: After the Changeling invasion, Celestia and Luna make the decision to have Twilight investigate the Elements of Harmony and solve the mystery of their power. A thousand years later, Rainbow Dash awakens in a world she does not recognize. She has no idea how or why she came to be there. She does not know the language, the geography or any of the rules of this new time. She soon finds allies in Star Fall, a scholarly pegasus whose Talent is Magic, and Astrid, Star Fall's Griffin guardian. Together they set out to discover why Dash has been sent to the future, and how she might return to when she belongs. War threatens the nations, a Nightmare stalks the shadows, and Rainbow Dash's arrival has turned her into a wild card in a deadly game that pits the law on both sides of a broken Equestria against a mysterious criminal figure, Max Cash. Yet the stakes are higher than anyone knows, for in her research Twilight Sparkle discovered a dark secret about the Elements, something that will shake the foundations of the world.
  • Comments: This fic is just fantastic. When it comes to canon characters, characterization is spot-on and faithful to the show. The OCs are, incredibly, as interesting and well-developed as the canon characters. The plot is incredibly entertaining and well-constructed, the pacing is excellent, the mysteries gripping. Prose, grammar, and the "mechanical" aspects of writing are near perfect. If you have the time, I recommend a reading binge. The author generally updates every two weeks, with occasional, relatively short hiatuses when busy with real life, and when Sharaloth does update, the updates range between 8000 and 20000 words.

Harmony's Wrath By hahatimeforponies

  • Recommended by Tokyooranges
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis When Twilight and her friends are snowed into the library, they discover a book she doesn't recognize. It turns out, the story they find within hits much closer to home than they had expected.

Head Full of Cotton Candy by TheManWithTwoNames

  • Recommended by Supercomputer276, Ghingahn
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It is the responsibility of a king to care for his people and maintain order in his kingdom. That shouldn’t be much trouble for a ruler as powerful as Discord, right? With his faithful and insecure advisor at his side, the draconequus sets out to explore his new world and personally see to it that peace reigns in Equestria. However, the ponies want nothing to do with their frightening new ruler, and the unamused Spirits of Equestria aim to drag the Spirit of Chaos away before he can cause any more harm. Can Discord be the ruler Equestria needs? Or is he truly doomed to become the monster he is seen to be?
  • Comments: This fic taking place starting at Discord's creation and shows the truth of his reign over Equestria over a thousand years ago and just how Screwball fits into it all. It carries both great comedy and tragedy in equal measure and is astoundingly well done.

Heavenly Turmoil by The Man With Two Names

  • Recommended by bregalad, Ghingahn
  • Status: Complete
  • Warnings: major and minor character death, occasional violence
  • Synopsis: Princess Celestia struggles to distinguish reality from illusion as Discord begins to seep into her brain. But... isn't Discord still imprisoned in stone?
  • Comments: This very, very dark fic takes an interesting twist on the complex relationship between Discord and Celestia (in case you're wondering: no, they are not lovers in this one). The writing and the characterization are excellently done (it features some well-made OCs as well), and instead of being a cheap gorefest, it relies heavily on psychological horror, managing to be genuinely scary. Be warned though: it's a darkfic, and an extremely sad one at that.

Hips Don't Lie by Syeekoh

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When eating their lunches, an interesting group of girls comes into the cafeteria and hypnotize the entire school with their siren song. It doesn't affect Rarity, but her attention is drawn towards something else about the lead singer. Her hips.
  • Pairing(s): None.
  • Tags: None.

Holy Hay! The Teacher is a Superhero! by Whalesareawesome

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: She is vengeance. She is the night. She is Mare-Do-Well. She's also the local Ponyville elementary teacher. With her trusty sidekick Applebloom, Mare-Do-Well is going to deliver her special brand of educational justice to the criminals of Ponyville.

Hostile Takeover by Coconutswallow

  • Recommended by Ack Sed
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Trixie has left her failures behind and become part of a new show in Manehattan. Then her manager tells her that the new animal trainer, Fluttershy, will be rooming with her...
  • Comments: Hilarious, simply because it's great fun to see Trixie suffer through Fluttershy's sheer involuntary niceness.

How Lily got her "creepy" super strength by Hyper44

  • Recommended by Ulathon 1
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One day Lily Longsocks' beloved pet hedgehog Prickles Pricklebutt got lost in Everfree Forest and Lily had to go in and save him. She ran afoul of the very cranky and annoying mini-dragon Leftfang who wouldn't leave her alone. But there were bigger dangers in the forest, and the story took a turn that none of them expected.
  • Comment: A fairy-tale-like background story for the small purple filly with the hedgehog cutie mark who was briefly seen lifting a building with one hoof in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark". Has two sequels:
    • Lily Mare-do-well, where Lily tries her hoof at being a superhero, with mixed results, and
    • Lily and the dragons, where Lily and the citizens of Ponyville tries to help Leftfang the mini-dragon, whose magic has gone wonky.

How Many Princesses Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb? by PonIver

  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Status: Complete
  • ''Synopsis: Have you ever been so angry that you turned your faithful student into a princess? Celestia gets frustrated when her reading lamp stops working one night and overreacts in trying to find a solution...