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The Immortal Game (previously Ponies Make War) by AestheticB
  • Recommended by Tokyooranges, AweStriker, Madd The Sane, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Long ago, in the magical land of Equestria, there lived a powerful King and his dark Queen. Immortal and ignorant, their end came at the hooves of their daughters, Celestia and Luna, who sought to build a better future for ponykind.
    Now ponykind’s old gods have returned.
  • Review here

It's A Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door by Jetfire

  • Recommended by Andyroid, S Noble Jr, Ardashir, omegaman, Madd The Sane, Omicronus, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A magical accident leaves Twilight Sparkle stricken with a potentially-fatal disease, and the only hope of curing her in time lies well beyond Equestria's borders. Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Rarity must journey over mountains and plains to save their friend, facing the elements, the unknown, and their own self-doubts along the way.
  • Review here

It's Not Like I'm Deaf by Arreis of Avalon

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Vinyl takes a walk after the wedding before returning home to her roommate, Octavia.

It Takes a Village by determamfidd

  • Recommended by Bugsydor, enistoja, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Spike only wants things to stay the same. Time, however, has other ideas. He's going to need a lot of help... A story about the problems of growing up, facing fear and learning to accept those who are different.
  • Ships happen, but only in the epilogue.
  • Review here

The Jewellery Box by determamfidd

  • Recommended by Madd The Sane
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: In the dark, six voices dwindle. They drift, forgetting life and love and hope, eaten away by time and void.
    And then, suddenly, there was colour.
  • Review here

The Jubiverse (A series of Darker and Edgier MLP fics by theycallmejub)

  • Substories include: Eyes Without a Face, Pagliacci, SCOOTS, Bella Luna
  • Recommended by One Way Evil
  • Status:
    • Eyes Without a Face: Complete
    • SCOOTS: Dead
    • Bella Luna: Dead
    • Pagliacci: Dead
  • Synopsis: In the world of Equestria, not all is as cute and colorful as it appears. The criminal underbelly of Manehatten carries in it filth and decay that can only be cleansed by one mare, one mask... The Mare-Do-Well.
  • Review here

The King is Dead, Long Live the Emperor by Bucking Nonsense

  • Recommended by: p0nypanda
  • Status: Dead (marked on Hiatus by author, last update Oct. 11, 2015)
  • Synopsis: Pandinus Imperator (You can call him Pan, he won't mind) is knocked back in time during the Canterlot Invasion, and accidentally kills King Sombra on arrival. Instead of being executed, the changeling is surprised to find himself being hailed as a hero, and is promptly put on the throne as the new monarch, the Crystal Emperor. However, Pan now faces a great many problems, among them Celestia and Luna, who seem certain that the changeling is secretly up to no good, as well as several political factions secretly plotting to undermine his reign. There's also the tiny problem of the constant snowstorm that threatens to cut the city off from the outside world permanently. The Crystal Ponies need a hero now more than ever before. Why did they get a changeling instead?
  • Comments: A humorous fic about what would happen if a changeling accidently went back in time and accidently defeated King Sombra and was made ruler of the Crystal Empire out of gratitude.

Know Your Mare by Overlord-Flinx

  • Recommended by Secret Fan 14
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A 'Know your Star' story; only with your favourite ponies getting unneeded hassle and lies told about them. Won't this be fun? Probably not... But hey, everything can't be seriousness all the time, so let's take a load off and just pester some ponies, and Spike for good measure.
  • Read it here.

The Last Draconequus by AlaraJRogers

  • Recommended by N1k0la 1
  • Status: Dead; last updated December 2016
  • Synopsis: "The life and times of the self-proclaimed God of Chaos." As stated, the stories of Discord's life, starting from his early childhood and moving into his living amongst the ponies of Equestria and beyond.
  • Comments: A well written story that really adds some needed depth to Discord as a character. Includes how he became the God of Chaos as well as information on the rest of the Draconequus race. A good read if you want to think on Discord as a whole.

The Legend of Mare-Do-Well by JD2K

  • Recommended by R.L. Yoshi
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Who knows what disaster is about to strike Ponyville and its innocent citizens? Who strikes fear in the heart of evildoers who bring harm to the quaint quirky town? The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well knows... When Pinkie Pie decides to remain the sole Mare-Do-Well, her choice ends up having both positive and negative repercussions for herself and for her town. An ongoing series about her challenges in keeping both her regular life as well as her hero alter ego.
  • Review here

Legionnaire by The Lord Inquisitor

  • Recommended by: Molotov
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Princess Twilight Sparkle is very much in her infancy as a stateswoman. She's only been on the throne for three years, and she's still getting used to the responsibilities of being a royal, but Princess Celestia has other plans. Twilight Sparkle must travel to the Khanate, a conservative theocracy that is teetering on the brink of war. Now Twilight has to make a last ditch effort to prevent the continent from tearing itself apart.
  • Tags: Adventure, Alternate Universe, Dark, Human, Romance

The Legion of Gloom Trilogy by John Perry:

  • Enter the League of Fanons by John Perry
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: 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...

  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place by John Perry
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: The League of Fanons discover that the Mane Six have been taken over by crazed fanon versions of themselves! 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 a certain boulder play in all of this?

Last One Standing by Kalash93

  • Recommended by Molotov
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set long after the end of the show. Last One Standing shows the deaths of the mane 6 and the effects they have on each other, how various individuals come to grips with death, and how life goes on, even after a pony is gone. Focuses on Twilight Sparkle and Princess Celestia.
  • Comments: Sad, extremely sad. One hell of a Tear Jerker. Although it is nowhere near as infamous as My Little Dashie, Last One Standing is rapidly gaining a reputation as being one of the best sobfics out there. You have been warned. Now has a Spiritual Successor called Reflections
  • Review here

Letters From A Disgruntled Friendship Student by Milesprower06

  • Recommended by Maiko 2853, lordnaseby, Omicronus, Peteman
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Celestia's racist, nympho, ill-tempered, potty-mouthed, former faithful student Twilight Sparkle is absolutely not happy about being stuck in some backwater little village to learn about this friendship bullshit!
  • Review here

Life in Manehattan by Little Jackie Papercut

  • Recommended by Yamiblade
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle, becoming anxious at the upcoming Summer Sun Celebration, which she believes marks the return of Nightmare Moon, beseeches Princess Celestia to do something about it. Celestia, however, has another, more important task for her; making sure that the Summer Sun Celebration goes off without a hitch. Every year, a different town is chosen to receive the honor of hosting the grand festival. And the lucky city chosen this year, for this fateful holiday, is none other than the city of Manehattan...
  • Start of a Open Universe. A extremely well done AU with Twilight and a different set of ponies as the Manehattan Six consisting of her, Trixie, Octavia, Blossomforth, Daring Do and Orange Sherbert (Aka, Aunt Orange).

The Life of a Wanted Changeling

  • Recommended by Kersey475
  • Status:
    • Season 1: Complete
    • Season 2: Complete
    • Season 3: Complete
    • Season 4: Ongoing
  • Type: Comment-driven
  • Synopsis: A comment-driven story where you are a changeling who got separated from the rest of Chrysalis's hive during the invasion and all the misadventures you get into due to your incredibly bad luck
  • Comments: It's a comment-driven story that can also be considered an alternate universe tale as you (the changeling) take part in the events of many episodes from the show. It's currently on it's Fourth "season"

The Light in the Darkness by zaptiftun

  • Recommended by Whitebeardyamamoto, Godzillawolf, Madd The Sane, Mike Rosoft
  • Status: Complete
  • Type: One-shot.
  • Author's Description: Rainbow Dash returns from an evening in Cloudsdale to find Pinkie Pie in a dreadful state after a terrible nightmare. The pegasus tries her best to comfort her friend; will it be enough?
  • Synopsis: An AU of the infamous Cupcakes (Sergeant Sprinkles), where the events were a terrible nightmare that nearly broke Pinkie Pie. Thankfully, her friends are there for her no matter what.
  • Review here

Lines and Webs by Airstream

  • Recommended by Commando Dude, Tiny Plaid Ninjas
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It has been ten years since the defeat of the Changling Queen, and Equestria is again at peace. Twilight Sparkle and the Elements of Harmony have reached their prime, and have begun to settle down. Love and life abound in Ponyville, especially for Twilight's friends, but she has nopony to call her own. There is a reason. A series of events lead to a horrible revelation, and Twilight is thrust deep into a terrifying web of secrets and lies. Her peace is over.
  • Comments: It's a Door Stopper using the Tyrantlestia concept, mixed with some Orwellian themes of control and Utopia Justifies the Means. It is complete, with a completed sequel.

Loved and Lost by EquineAvenger

The Lunaverse by RainbowDoubleDash
Substories: Boast Busted and Longest Night, Longest Day

The Many Secret Origins of Scootaloo by defender2222

  • Recommended by Mooncalf, lordnaseby
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Who is Scootaloo really? Twilight tries to find out, but it seems everypony and everyone has their own crazy story to tell. Soon, Twilight is beginning to question everypony's sanity... including her own!

Memories of Days Long Past by Nukeiffum

  • recommended by Kalasu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle discovers a spell that allows her and her friends to relive the lives of their ancestors. What starts off as an educational experience, however, quickly turns into a terrible tale that imparts to them many truths of the time before Celestia's reign, as well as what it exactly means to bear the Elements of Harmony.
  • Review here

Mirror's Image by Evilpresident

  • Recommended by NiGHTS, Madd The Sane
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After a very complicated birth, little Twilight Sparkle's survival seemed to be nothing short of a miracle. Or was it? Eighteen years later, the changeling queen comes to take her daughter back home...
  • Comments: A retelling of "A Canterlot Wedding" with a twist that you already know. Spoilers? Nah, even the description and cover picture give it away, and it happens in the prologue. The story itself explores Twilight's conflicting loyalties, Chrysalis' motivations, the origin of the changeling race, and the darker moments of Celestia's past. A little rough on the edges (English is not the author's first language), but overall very solidly written, perhaps better than that episode (for one, Chrysalis actually puts some effort at playing a convincing Cadance and doesn't sabotage her own plans). It is epic, it is sentimental, it flies from tragic to feelgood and back again repeatedly without ever getting tacky.

Miscellaneous by Mobius of the Moon (collab with R.L. Yoshi)

The Monster Mash by FredMSloniker

  • Recommended by Count Dorku, Kerrah, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Six individual vignettes (out-of-continuity with each other), each about a member of the mane cast having an encounter with the supernatural. The chapters contain Lycanthrope!Fluttershy, Vampire!Rarity, Kaiju!Dash, Ghost!Pinkie, Alien Hunter!Applejack, and Cosmic Horror Investigator!Twilight. Warning: some are darker than others.

The Moonstone Cup by Cyanide

  • Recommended by Decay, Ack Sed
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight is invited to Canterlot to compete with some of the greatest magicians in the world for the Moonstone Cup, a prestigious award for the most powerful and skillful magicians, unicorn and otherwise. Can she win? What sort of competition will she face?

Motherly Scootaloo by Sam Rose

  • Recommended by genius66
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Originally titled "Pregnant Scootaloo" the story starts out with a heavily pregnant Scootaloo, and tells how she got pregnant and the events that occur in the later months, leading up to the birth of her foal. After a hiatus, the author continued it under the name Motherly Scootaloo, and is currently telling the tale of Scootaloo trying to find equilibrium in her life again.
  • Notes: A Tumblr-based webcomic, with a Tropes page that needs work.

My Little Pony Bizarre Adventures by [1]

  • Recommended by sgamer82
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: On the one thousandth year of Nightmare Moon's Banishment, Celestia draws upon the reality-bending power of the Red Stone of Aja to purify her sister's evil. However, a magical accident causes the stone to explode scattering it across Equestria in the process. In order to recover the stone and search for her sister, Celestia sends her prized student Twilight sparkle to recover the fragments of the Red Stone of Aja.Thus begins Twilight Sparkle's epic quest to discover the mysterious powers of Stand with her newly made friends. Bound together by the Power of Friendship they struggle to overcome heated enemies and decipher the mystery behind the Red Stone of Aja.

Myths and Birthrights by Tundara

  • Recommended by Naal 2
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: As her twenty-first birthday dawns, Twilight Sparkle finds her simple life turned upside down. While her birthright forces itself into her life, Twilight also has to deal with the arrival of three Alicorns. No pony knows where they came from or what they want, and the Alicorns seem intent on keeping themselves and their purposes hidden. To uncover the truth, Twilight will set sail for distant, ancient lands with old and new friends.
  • Notes: Contains many alicorn OCs. If that's not your thing, then don't read this story.

Naked Singularity by Cold in Gardez

  • Redommended by yahooeny, Grignr
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle is a gifted student and scholar. When she attempts to harness her creative side by writing a science-themed sensual romance novel, however, things rapidly get out of hoof. Can her friends stage an intervention before she humiliates herself (and them) at a prestigious literature recital? No. No, they cannot.
  • Comments: One of the best examples of cringe-humor I've ever seen. If only the human body can somehow produce tears of joy and pain at the same time, for this story would totally make it rain up in here. Also featured in Equestria Daily.

New Beginnings by Hiver can be read here

Nightmares Are Tragic by Jordan 179. Available here

  • Recommended by John Churchill
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The return of Nightmare Moon, as seen from Nightmare Moon's own POV.

Night's Favoured Child by Municipal Engines

  • recommended by Dalek 629
  • Status: Dead (marked on Hiatus by author, last update was Aug. 21, 2014)
  • Synopsis: For almost a thousand years, the immortal Nightmare Moon has reigned over Equestria as Empress. To the average pony, Nightmare Moon is an overarching enigma whose rule is absolute and whose wrath is terrible. But to Twilight Sparkle, who as an orphan has never known her parents, the Empress is something else entirely. When the young unicorn is brought under the royal wing as an apprentice, she learns a great deal more about the supposed tyrant than she ever knew. But as Twilight is introduced to life with her new mentor, she is thrust into a world of political intrigue, conspiracies and secrets. Secrets that were never meant to be revealed. As allies and enemies plot against the very peace of the nation, will Twilight fall prey to the perils of her new position? Or will she prosper and find in Nightmare Moon the mother she never had?

Nosflutteratu by Charcoal Quill

  • Recommended by UltimatePheer, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle had been looking forward to a quiet, relaxing day with a friend, and at first it seemed that Fluttershy could provide just that. But when Twilight makes a rather unsettling discovery about the pegasus – and her unusually sanguine appetite – the knowledge proves to be anything but relaxing...

Of Steam Gears And Wings by Raven's Dagger

  • Recommended by Zarpaulus
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Ten years after a massive war, Equestria has changed. The Empire now rules over all, giving peace and prosperity to those that deserve it, but some are against this new rulership. The CMC, a small, raggedy group of smugglers working for the Apple family, are caught red-hoofed by an Imperial patrol. As the friends fight for their lives, they learn about themselves, each other, and the world they now reside in. Meanwhile, in Canterlot, Emperor Blueblood has amassed a massive fleet and is preparing to smash what is left of the rebellion under the oppressive hoof of his Empire.
  • Notes: Original Steampunk fic with airships.

On a Cross and Arrow by Conner Cogwork

  • Recommended by Toko WH, Andyroid, Miar, y2k, Mister Tulip
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight and her five friends are transported during a botched spell, across dimensions to... Ponyville, Equestria? But not the same one that they knew. Sitting on a bench is Harpsy and Babar. The Doctoress avoids apples from an aspiring Applebuck. And in a library across town, six stallions join their forces as they try to decipher the appearance of filly look-alikes of themselves around Ponyville! Now has a sequel.

Oops!I'm Equine Again by MythrilMoth

  • Recommended by Redandready45.
  • Status: Dormant (author updated on April 5th, 2019)
  • Synopsis: Sunset Shimmer has finally rebuilt her life at Canterlot High. She has friends, she's in a band, people like her, everything's going great...And then out of nowhere, she turns back into a small talking unicorn.
  • Comments. The story takes an interesting concept and tells it in a way that is both hilarious and suspenseful. Without getting into too many details, tons of events pile up at once, in ways that leave you at the edge of your seat.

Our First Steps by Mrakoplaz

  • Recommended by A Bit Of Weather
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In a secluded desert on the frontiers of Equestria, an eccentric genius works to bring the stars within reach of everypony; But can smiths and metalworkers who never made anything more difficult than ploughs or golden trinkets really make the dream a reality? Or has inspiration arrived a hundred years too early?
  • Review here

Our True Colors by Donnys Boy

  • Recommended by: Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Scootaloo has never really cared much for Pinkie Pie, and she definitely doesn’t like the way Pinkie calls her hero “Dashie.” But for some strange reason, Pinkie seems fixated on her and insistent on meddling in Scootaloo’s life. Whether Scootaloo likes it or not.

The Oversaturated World by Fan Of Most Everything

  • Recommended by: Masterweaver
  • Status: Ongoing verse based on a complete story
  • Synopsis: Too much of a good thing is filling the human universe, and Sunset Shimmer is the only one who can solve the problem before it annihilates her new home.
  • Comments: The first story explores the results of a magical and non-magical setting interacting, ending with the world being forcibly changed and the characters having to adapt. Expansion from this baseline is mostly done through shorts in the side story Group Precipitation, but there are outright sequels being published.

Pages Of Harmony by Shadowed Rainbow

  • Recommended by Djanchorhead
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Twilight Sparkle believes that Harmony in Equestria is threatened, she begins creating her own research on the Elements of Harmony in an attempt to protect the future. But at what cost?... the lives of her friends, and her very sanity.
  • Comments: Readers be warned, Pages Of Harmony is a grimdark fanfic and contains extremely graphic content.
  • Review here

Past Sins by Pen Stroke and Batty Gloom

Pinkie Personalities by drebom

  • Recommended by AlphaShadow
  • Status: Dormant (last update Jul. 8, 2018)
  • Synopsis: Pinkie Pie isn't alone in her head- she has multiple personalities. The three of them have kept this fact secret for a very long time. Now, however, Twilight's overheard them arguing....

The Pony POV Series by alexwarlorn

The Pony Psychology Series by SaddlesoapOpera

  • Recommended by Zarpaulus, Andyroid, Omicronus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One by one, the mane cast all go crazy trying to live up to their Elements. Starting with Fluttershy: Origins, then Pinkie Pie: Schism, Rainbow Dash: Dependence, Applejack: Exposure, Rarity: Loss, and finally Twilight Sparkle: Spellbound.
  • Review here

Post Nuptials by DarthLink22

The Powers of Harmony by CyborgSamurai

  • Recommended by Madd The Sane
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The Mane Six develop the powers of the Elements of Harmony after the battle with Nightmare Moon, and now must use their new abilities to stop a new villain from trying to destroy the world.
  • Comments: Story is long and slow-paced, but gradually builds up to a global-scale conflict.

Princess Celestia Hates Tea

  • Recommended by Poptard, y2k, lordnaseby, Emptybee, Korodzik
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Seriously, a lot.
  • Comments: Don't let the description fool you. In 2 short chapters, an unprecedented amount of hilarity is extracted from the simple premise of Celestia not liking tea. If you need something to lighten up your mood after reading too many grimdark fanfics, look no further.
  • Review here

Princess Celestia Gets Mugged by Brony Writer

  • Recommended by Subzero 008, Madd The Sane
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Celestia is bored. So bored, in fact, that she allows herself to get kidnapped by a bunch of Stupid Crooks. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: This is freaking hilarious, and Celestia's manipulative, mischievous, and kind sides are all well-balanced with each other. It really makes you wonder how the Princess would react on a day off.
  • Review here

Progress by Andrew Joshua Talon

    Fics without pages 
I Did Not Want To Die by Kalash93
  • Recommended by Molotov
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: These are the final thoughts of a young soldier mortally wounded in action.
  • Comments: Kalash has done it again with this Tear Jerker of a fic. My Little Dashie doesn't hold a candle to this. And when it's not making you cry, it's world building, developing character, or just being really badass. It's not terribly long either, making it a good quick read.

I Forgot I was There by GaPJaxie

  • Recommended by Jachra
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle tries out a new spell to improve her time management and ends up creating a copy of herself.

I Love You, Princess Luna by DontWannaKnow

  • Recommended by Molotov
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Luna finds the diary of a guard who loved her, even unto death. Now she has to deal with the sweet reality that she can both love and be loved, and with the bitter reality that she cannot truly be with anypony she loves.

The Incredibly Trying Performance of Octavia by Ponibius

  • Recommended by Nyperold
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In the elite circles of Canterlot, cultured music is one of the essential luxuries for anypony with status. Octavia Philharmonica is one of the foremost classical musicians in Canterlot. Her music is at the very pinnacle of her profession, her performances highly sought after, and her talents attract a steady string of wealthy and influential patrons. Her talent, however, is not always enough on its own; occasionally, her job demands more. For the sake of pleasing one of her patrons, she must perform for a charity concert—a collaborative concert with her dubstep-loving friend Vinyl Scratch.
  • Comments: Yes, the story sets up the obvious antagonist and then has them briefly thinking each other is the saboteur long before they realize who, but you may well enjoy the ride, anyway.

Indifference by DEL Caboose

  • Recommended by KaisertheGreat
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle regrets a lot of decisions. Not spending more time with her family. Wasting away in a library rather than being out making friends, among other things. But when she can she attempts to make right what she feels she has done wrong. And an opportunity to do that has presented itself. When her friends return from Manehatten having encountered a former enemy, Twilight sets off in search of somepony Great and Powerful, to do what she feels she should have done a long time ago. Sometimes though, the damage done can't be repaired, mistakes aren't forgiven, and the opportunity passes by.
  • Comments: Set after season 4 and the Manehattan Mysteries comic storyline, this fanfic delves into the relationship between Twilight and Trixie as the former tries to befriend the latter and is a real good read.

In Her Majesty's Royal Service by Sagebrush

  • Recommended by BornIn1142, S Noble Jr, Sahgo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Who are those courageous and stoic ponies that put their lives on the line in service of the princesses? Follow the tale of Storm Stunner, a new recruit to Equestria's Royal Guard."

In History Maybe by TheSwimminBrony

  • Recommended by Some New Guy
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The sequel to The Things we Leave Behind. After years of work, Rainbow Dash has finally achieved her lifelong goal of joining the Wonderbolts. However, when her first Wondebolt Derby ends in defeat, Rainbow Dash becomes crushed due to feeling that she failed to uphold a promise she made to an old friend. An old friend who is now gone

The Inn At The End of Equestria by Nobodyslament

  • Recommended by Warriorcatfan 123567
  • Status: Updating
  • Synopsis: There exists in any given location either an inn or bar where the locals meet at the end of a long work day and trade drinks and stories. By the ancient laws of happenstance, the same must be true for areas where the permanent population is exactly one. Now, most would assume it would default to those creatures preferred drinking area in their own house. These people have never been to the only truly lonely place in Equestria. On the border of the unending sea and the badlands there sits an Inn, with a strange bartender. If one comes seeking riches or fame, he will gladly kick you out, stating the only riches here are booze and misery. But if you come for a strong drink and an ear to listen to your problems, then you have found your home.
  • Comments: While this story has no cover art, and the synopsis may not project it, this story is a comedy. It’s also one of the best comedies I’ve ever read. The characters are great, and I highly recommend checking it out.

The Irony of Applejack by Mister Friendly

  • Recommended by midorigreen, Emptybee, Madd The Sane
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: For most of Applejack's life, she didn't know what she was. True, she understood who she was well enough. But ponies don't change shapes, nor do they get strength from love. Applejack never thought too hard on it... until the events of a certain wedding brought about some harsh realizations. Now, with Equestria still reeling from the surprise attack, will Applejack manage to come to terms with what she is? Will she even be able to keep her secret safe? For if the royal guards don't get her first, the conspirators in the shadows just might...
  • Comments: Yes, another 'one of the main six is secretly a changeling' fanfic, but an incredibly well done one with all the cast in character.

I think I Died Today eLLen

  • Recommended by Teen Lyoko Fan 7777
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sweetie Belle has a rough day at school. Luckily, her big sister Rarity has a tender heart-to-heart with her.
  • Comments: All of it is in character, and you can feel the emotion that the characters feel. The title is meant to be taken metaphorically, not literally.


  • Recommended by infernape612
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One-shot taking place at the end of "Spice Up Your Life". Zesty Gourmand stubbornly insists that she alone can judge the food of Restaurant Row. Unfortunately for her, she's lit the extremely short fuse of a certain foul-mouthed pony with a taste for fine dining and no tolerance for fools...

Journey to my Imagination by DeiStar

  • Recommended by Nightelf37, autobot, Madd The Sane
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Being a creator is more than writing and drawing, you create your own world, where you pour your love and heart into it. In a stormy night, after a strange event in her office, Lauren Faust gets teleported into the magical land of Equestria. The land... that she created. What will she do now? How will she return to the reality from her own imagination? Will she even be willing to leave?
  • Comments: Be prepared for a crazy!Celestia. No trollestia or molestia, just straight up insane!Celesta.

Junior Speedsters Forever by Pacce

  • Recommended by suntzu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The tale of how Rainbow Dash and Gilda originally became friends, and a look at the events following Gilda's episode.

Just Words by Device Heretic

  • Recommended by darkwulf23
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight breaks Celestia's doors. But then, you'd be mad too, if your stupid brother got drunk and told you that you were adopted.
  • Comments: A recently written oneshot that analyzes Twilight's feelings about her family as well as her relationship with Princess Celestia. Both touching and sad at the same time.

Keeping It Simple by Ivory Piano

  • Recommended by: Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After Big Macintosh helps the Mane Six out of a jam, he finds his ordinary life of peaceful routine thoroughly disrupted by the various misadventures those crazy ponies always seem to get themselves into.
  • Tags: Comedy, Slice of Life

Keeping Your Hooves On The Ground by InsertAuthorHere

  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Cutie Mark Crusaders ask Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy about what happened just after the events of the Cutie Mark Chronicles; specifically, what happened to Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash immediately after the race. Reluctantly, Dash and Fluttershy delve into a tale. A tale of a young Fluttershy's amazement at the world she had landed upon, and a filly Dash's desperate quest to save her from that most evil of places: THE GROUND.
  • Comments: A really sweet and funny fic examining the beginning of Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy's friendship. Can also be found on Equestria Daily. They've tagged it with "Silly Fillies". They're not wrong.

Kingdom of Heaven and Earth by Buchephalus

  • Recommended by MssrNeko
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The mysterious country of Marecedonia prepares to wage war against Equestria and the Elements of Harmony are needed. Twilight Sparkle and her friends are tasked with stopping the oncoming war between the two countries. However, an old foe is well aware of the Elements and will stop at nothing to stop them.
  • Comments: An excellent fanfic from an new author. Everypony's characterization is spot-on with canon and the OC ponies mesh well without dominating the other characters. While it is dark, it does not cross into pure grimdarkness and manages to retain some of the show's light and innocence. A great addition to the MLP fanfiction library.

Laughter in the Strangest of Places: Crackshipping Pinkie Pie and Chrysalis

  • Recommended By: Catcher In The Wry
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Chrysalis/Pinkie Pie
  • Synopsis: In her latest attempt to take over Canterlot, Chrysalis has foalnapped Pinkie Pie and is holding her hostage in the changeling hive. Yet this pony is different. Most ponies end up weeping in their cells, begging and pleading for release. In contrast, Pinkie Pie just doesn't stay still. Or stay in her cell. Or stay quiet.
  • Comments: Completely hilarious and slightly sweet.

Lawless Love by Blood Brandy

  • Pairing: Spike/Mane-iac
  • Status: Complete
  • Recommended by p0nypanda
  • Synopsis: The Mane-iac has a reason, a method to her madness, and one that will shock the Mane Si-er, the Power Ponies to their core. Because it's not exactly evil, and aren't we all crazy when we're in love?
  • Notes: Completely crack.

Left Behind by Gold

  • Recommended by: Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: As her friends find success, Applejack begins to worry that her life as a simple farmer makes her the least special of her friends. Rainbow Dash comes up with a plan to show her just how special she is- and discovers something about her feelings for the country farmer in the process.
  • Tags: Adventure, Romance

''Legionnaire: Death of Innocence by The Lord Inquisitor

  • Recommended by: Molotov
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "In the midst of Chaos, there is also opportunity"- Sun Tzu.
    • You know it is going to be a good trip when you get shot at on the first day. Twilight Sparkle, Princess of Equestria, has arrived in the Khanate. Her orders are as clear as they are impossible. She must plunge headfirst into a maelstrom of politics, betrayal and intrigue to make peace with a nation that teeters on the brink of open war.
  • Tags: Adventure, Alternate Universe, Dark, Human, Romance

Let Me Play Among the Stars by l0x0r

  • Recommended by g17
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Events covering how Luna got her cutie mark to her Start of Darkness.

Letters from an Irritated Princess by Tired Old Man

  • Recommended by: Bored_Man
  • Status: Dormant; last updated August 2018
  • Synopsis: Letters. Everyone writes them, and they're not just for ponies. Be they carriers of serious news, friendly correspondence between pen-pals, or declarations of heart and heartbreak, each one is written with a clear purpose or goal in mind. Celestia uses them to try and keep her faithful student and friends in line, and try to keep an unbalanced world on the straight and narrow. This is much harder than it sounds.
  • Comments: Taking the form of letters centered around the episodes of canon, or events in between, the prime focus is Celestia writing to Twilight Sparkle and others, with a very dry and sarcastic wit bordering on exasperation (fortunately, the language is PG-13 at worst). Often times a P.S. is included, which picks up snippets of conversation between Celestia and Luna.
  • Review here

Life in a Slower Lane by JuyUnseen

  • Recommended by Firerush
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After being brutally rejected by Rainbow Dash once again, Scootaloo is left distraught. that is until a kinder pegasus comes into her life and shows her some compassion. NOT romantic.

Life is a Lemon by Blueshift

  • Recommended by: Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lemon Dreams is a happy pony with a perfect life in Ponyville. There's only one problem - she thinks she's a lemon.Is she really a pony-shaped citrus fruit, or is she just crazy? Does it even matter? When Lemon Dreams finds herself at odds with the ponies of Ponyville and pursued by a strangely familiar ghost, she realises she must discover the answers to those questions before it's too late.

  • Tags: Slice of Life

Light by Dreamy Days

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Dormant (author deleted old work, is restarting; last updated February 2019)
  • Synopsis: A changeling runs away. This story is inspired by Austraeoh. Better than it sounds.
  • Pairing(s): None.
  • Tags: None.

Light the Sky on Fire by EquesTRON

  • Recommended by: warriorcatfan123567
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "All my life, I've wanted to fly
But I don't have the wings, and I wonder whyI can't break away..."Most pegasi figure out flying easily enough. Heck, most of them figure out how to do it before they even get their cutie marks.

But not me. I couldn’t do it, no matter how hard I tried. I couldn’t even hover. Not for more than a few seconds, anyway. And not even Rainbow Dash, the greatest flier in Equestria, could seem to help me. We tried everything, and I failed every time. Day after day, I tried – and day after day, I failed, until finally I was ready to just give up. I’d never be able to do it. Nopony would ever be able to help me to fly...

...until one day, somepony did.

  • Comments: A heartwarming one-shot covering Scootaloo’s flying abilities, really strengthens not only Scootaloo’s relationship with Rainbow Dash, but Scootaloo’s relationship with Twilight Sparkle.

The Light Never Goes Out by BrianBlessedPony

  • Recommended by UnderlordZ
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Equestria prepares to celebrate a great event, but for six certain ponies, this event means much more to them.

A Little Chat by KnightMysterio

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An epilogue of sorts to Mothers. Gilda is dragged off for a little 'chat' by the behemoth bulldozer of a pegasus, Fluttershy's mother Barricade. But what exactly did they 'chat' about?

Longing For Harmony by Blue Ghost

  • Recommended by GarudaOne
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: Shortly before an annual gathering, Fluttershy notices that her circle of friends are slowly drifting apart from one another. Desperate to bring their friendship back to its peak, she discovers a powerful tool that might do just the thing, with possibly large consequences. Can she make Twilight and company get along once more, or is this a mistake that will undo them all?
  • Comments: By far one of the most underrated fanfics out there, this roller coaster is one of the purest expressions of emotion in the fanbase. Well worth the read.

Lost Cities

  • Recommended by Theriocephalus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: North of Canterlot, in the far marches of Equestria near the border with the Griffon tribes, there is a mountain that flies.

    West of Canterlot, beyond the Galloping Mountains and a desert painted in the pastel hues of a faded rainbow, a tower sits at the edge of the world.

    South of Canterlot, past the Everfree forest and the desolate badlands, a city of gardens waits to be born.
    * Comments: An absolutely fascinating story. It's very unusual in featuring no dialogue, action or characters, instead only describing the empty shells of ancient cities, but its writing is stellar and weaves together subtle stories of fallen pride, faded glory, and terrible deeds of ancient times. A highly recommended read for anyone who enjoys unorthodox storytelling or just top-notch worldbuilding.

Lost Little Pony by Potato Joe

  • Recommended by Peteman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A fan sequel to Dear Idiot that lays heavily on the deconstruction side. After getting this letter pointing out all of Prince Blueblood's many flaws, Blueblood has a meltdown. Meanwhile, Princess Celestia is dealing with her own feelings on the matter, and has to come to terms with the possibility of another family member going a self-destructive spiral, one that she may have again been too late to save.

Loyalty's Vengeance by The_Dash

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Equestria the land of friendship, and harmony... or at least it was. Chrysalis, made sure the Equestria my friends and I knew, was no more. She released Discord from his stone imprisonment, and launched upon all of ponydom a plague, a corruption...that's taken everything...everypony I loved. I trained, killed, and survived... so that one day... I could avenge them. Today is that day, today I will take the first step towards making them pay! What, you thought loyalty ended with death? Well then, I guess somepony should let my enemies know...True loyalty is forever, and I will be the instrument that delivers loyalty's vengeance upon them.
  • Tags: Dark Fic, Gore

Luna, There's a Sentient Race Inside Your Mane by boardgamebrony

  • Recommended by Nightelf37, autobot
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A fellow pony notices that Princess Luna may have a serious problem: there is a small, sentient race inside her mane and they have been living there for quite some time. Luna must decide what to do about this.

Lyra and Bon Bon's Odd Jobs by Bronystories

  • Pairing: Lyra/Bon Bon
  • Status: Complete
  • Recommended by WeirdKev27
  • Synopsis: In need of work, Lyra and Bon Bon find employment in Ponyville's only cryobank; better known as a sperm bank. Under the supervision of Nurse Coldheart, the two mares apply themselves to the high calling of protecting the ponies of future generations...and cleaning up any spills.
  • Notes: I've chosen to embrace the Mature rating for this story. Most chapters are technically Teen rated, but there is one mature chapter, which is clearly marked. While the setting takes place in a cryobank, the story will follow Lyra and Bon Bon's perspective. The actual method for acquiring samples will only be alluded to; never described.

Maiden Flight by Cold in Gardez

  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The ever-humble Rainbow Dash has selflessly agreed to give Scootaloo a wing-up on Flight School with a few lessons. Twilight Sparkle, however, has her doubts...
  • Comments: Heartwarming, at times hilarious. All the ponies remain well within character. An excellent read. By the same author who wrote Naked Singularity.

The Mane Attraction by Conner Cogwork

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Carrot Top lets her hair grow out a bit, and styles it accordingly. No big deal usually, right? Unless somehow, the result makes any pony who gazes at it, become relentlessly enamored with it and the pony it's attached to! Carrot now must find a way to shave her locks before she's smothered to death with affection from every pony in Ponyville!

Mare of Many Hats by Skywriter

McVillains by The Drider Pony

  • Recommended by KaisertheGreat
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In one timeline, Discord decided that the best way to get a group of villains to learn friendship was to pretend to be a spooky old goat and strongarm them into trying to conquer Equestria together. This would turn out to be a terrible plan. In another timeline, Discord took five seconds to actually think and run this plan by someone else before jumping in head first. Maybe the cashier at Whinndy’s wasn't the best pony to ask for advice, but he loved the plan she suggested even more. It too, was a terrible plan.

Melt by Ambion

  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight's caught a special type of flu, and it's up to none other than Princess Celestia to nurse her through it. A special, tender little moment follows in this most unexpected of circumstances.

Memories by Sada-Pazaki

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A mysterious book that once belonged to an equally mysterious pony reveals things about the past Twilight never would have suspected...
  • Pairing(s): Discord/OC onesided (Memories)
  • Tags: None.

Memories of Those Friends Who've Gone Before Us by WTFHIW

  • Recommended by Fifthman, Ack Sed, S Noble Jr, Omicronus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Two months after coming to live in Ponyville, Twilight runs across an odd traveling bookseller, and through her contact with him, gains insight into the nature of her own character as well as knowledge of Ponyville's previous librarian.

Midnight Run by Midnight Shadow

  • Recommended by Robotech_Master
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight is approached by Applejack with a strange request - to join her that night for a run, but all is not as it seems. Why is Applejack so nervous? What could this be about?

MLP Loops by Saphroneth

  • Recommended by cliffc999
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A collection of brief ficlets and light-hearted one-shots based around the Infinite Loops concept originally from TFF. Contains notable scenes such as the redemption of Diamond Tiara, a Metal Wolf Chaos crossover, Pinkie Pie replacing Slaanesh, and a ton of other things that only makes sense in context. Also contains a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming in chapter 6 when the Mane Six finally get in touch with the creators of MLP. Highly recommended.

Moonbeam by Laurence Brown

  • Recommended by Tropers/g17
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Having trouble making friends, Princess Luna decides that using some magic might be just the thing to help her out. Things don't go as planned, however, when the spell she casts gives her some unexpected results!

Moonspire Run by TitanRising

  • Recommended by Pykrete, Canonier, CaptainHoers
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Dash biffs a practice session and explodes at her friends and Scootaloo. While venting it off, she gets challenged to a race by none other than Spitfire of the Wonderbolts — a race through one of the most perilous locales in Equestria. Extreme acts of awesome ensue.

Mother May I? by Moabite

  • Recommended by Nightelf37 RavenFaith
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Derpy explains her medical condition to her daughter Dinky.

Mothers by KnightMysterio

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It's almost Mother's Day. Scootaloo comes to Rainbow Dash with a startling question, but then backs off, feeling ashamed she asked it. Rainbow Dash, taken off-guard by the question, starts to question both herself, how she feels about Scootaloo, and about her past...

Mother's Day by TailsFox88

  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Everypony you meet makes an impression in your life, either good or bad. Sometimes the impression is very minor, but other times it lasts long after it's ended. Rainbow Dash knows this all too well, and has spent most of her life trying to forget about somepony who hurt her when she was young. But as she's about to learn, you can't run from your past forever, and sometimes even the bad experiences may help change you for the better. A look into what made Rainbow Dash the mare she is today, and an indirect sequel to That Warm Feeling. (Though, you don't have to have read it first to read this one.)
  • Comments: A well-written, heartwarming, tearjerking story with fantastic characterizations and character motivations. Thoroughly recommend.

The Mother Of Many Faces by naturalbornderpy

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hi, my name's Nightingale and I think my Mommy's the best Mommy in the world. She doesn't just have one face, but many. And she always saves the very best face just for me. Mommy has a great big list of ponies that hurt her before she adopted me. I really hope she gets to meet them all again. To make them apologize.
  • Tags: Dark Fic

Moving on: Silver Spoon's story by Hollyfern

  • Recommended by {{Tropers/31Darkstar}}
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Diamond Tiara has moved away to Manehatten leaving behind a lonely and friendless Silver Spoon. Depression slowly sets in, but one Cutie Mark Crusader extends the hoof of friendship.

MST: Mysteries Shouldn't Tickle

  • Reccomended By Catcherinthewry
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Twilight finds a videotape that tells a story about her and her friends. Out of Character moments, riffing galore, and general hilarity ensues.

My Funny Sister by Pascoite

  • Recommended by Kytseo RavenFaith
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Scootaloo wonders why Rainbow Dash has been avoiding her, Dash decides to tell a story from her youth, about friendship gained, and friendship changed, in order to explain why seeing Scootaloo has been making her sad.
  • Comments: It's a really good sad fic about friendships that persist despite painful events in peoples' lives. The ending just shows just how much Rainbow Dash and Derpy Hooves truly care for each other like sisters.

My Little Economy Economics is Science by mylittleeconomy

  • Recommended by Cadrpear
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Princess Celestia is the world's most powerful economist, and Twilight Sparkle is her most promising student. But when Twilight is sent to Ponyville to oversee preparations for the summer solstice celebration, she will have her hooves full trying to make friends and save the world from a thousand years of bad monetary policy. Along the way, she might learn an important lesson or two about economics.
  • Comments: An alternate universe retelling of the first two episodes with an economics twist to it. Reads a bit like a shorter, ponified version of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.

My Little Parcel by CupcakesNom

  • Recommended by Andyroid, S Noble Jr
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Following the girls' latest adventure, Rainbow Dash discovers that a somewhat embarrassing souvenir of hers has gone missing, and tries as discreetly as possible to track it down. Naturally, Hilarity Ensues.

My Little Pony: Equestria Boys (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14) by KayO199X.

My Little Pony: What's Wrong with the World? by Alex Warlorn

  • Recommended by The Otaku Ninja
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Five of the Mane Six wake up one day, and find the world has changed completely, and has come alien and wrong from the world they've known their whole lives, and why is their friend Twilight acting so guilty?
  • Comments: A unique look at "Magical Mystery Cure" that suggests that there was a lot more to what we saw in that episode than we realized. A worthwhile look to anyone who had doubts about that episode.

My Sweetie by Big Mackintosh

  • Recommended by Kytseo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After being adopted by Derpy, Sparkler can't help but feel unloved and unspecial in her new home, but Derpy is determined to show her just how special she really is.

Mythbuckers by AuroraDawn

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Dead (last update was in 2012)
  • Synopsis: Are pegasus wings really fragile? Do unicorn spells really fail catastrophically? And just how explosive is chocolate milk, anyways? Join Applejack, Rainbow Dash and the rest of the MLP crew as they not only tell the myths, but put them to the test!
  • Notes: Pony parody of Mythbusters. If you're a user in, you can make more suggestions for 'myths' to bust.

The Neightingham Prince by NeightinghamPrince1930

  • Recommended by Inlerah 78
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In a kingdom away from Equestria, A king and a prince rule. But, the king is a miserly and greedy tyrant. The prince, however, is not. This is a one-shot story, with OC characters only.

Newsworthy by Medicshy

  • Recommended by Eegah, y2k
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Tabloid reporter Ink Well arrives in Ponyville to do a story about the chaos at the Grand Galloping Gala. But when he learns about the damaging effects his magazine's stories have had on the Mane Six, he has a change of heart and tries to get corrections printed. And this draws everyone into a conspiracy bigger than anything they could suspect...

The Night That Never Ended by BronyCray

  • Recommended by Flaera
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What if Nightmare Moon had won? When a teleportation spell goes awry, Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash are transported to a realm of eternal night, ruled by the cold, iron hoof of Nightmare Moon.
  • Tags:Dark Fic

The Night the Magic Died by ArofaTamahn

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When a harrowed Griffin crash-lands on Celestia's balcony, she appoints Twilight and her friends to be his protectors from the evil creature chasing him. But, when the beast appears, it claims itself to be a law-enforcer from another world, and the Griffin to be a dangerous dimension-hopping sorcerer in disguise. So, with the Griffin and the monster under the watch of Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor respectively, the ponies must learn about their charges and discover the truth, whatever it may be.

The Nightmare Before Nightmare Night by Silent Bob

  • Recommended by Jacker
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight Soulshard, Lich Queen of the Edeathstria, an alternate, spooky themed version of Equestria, grows tired of her monotonous life of leading her ghoulish kin in Nightmare Night festivities every year, and opts to journey to the 'real' Equestria in order to find out how mortals have fun. Little does she know this will kick off an incredible journey of self-discovery... when she opts to take the real Twilight's place. — A parody of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Nightmare Night and Nyx by RealityCheck

  • recommended by crowmagnon, Madd The Sane, Korodzik
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It's been a few months since the events of "Past Sins." Twilight has settled into the routine of being a mother, and Nyx has happily settled into the routine of being a (well, MOSTLY) normal little filly. But now they're closing in on one of the favorite holidays of the fall season, Nightmare Night—- which Nyx has never heard of and knows absolutely nothing about....
  • Now part of a series that has its own page, Reality Checks Nyx Verse.

Nightmare State of Mind by Jetfire

  • Recommended by Ardashir
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Welcome you poor, you flawed, you hopeless — welcome to the Queendom of Nocturne!

Nightmares Don't Last Forever. by BB

  • Recommended by g17
  • Status: Dead (last update was Nov. 11, 2011)
  • Synopsis: The Elements of Harmony are defeated and Nightmare Moon stands on Equestria's throne as their new Queen. Is Equestria doomed to suffer through night time eternal or will they be... perfectly fine? Twilight finds her new job as slave or "personal assistant" to her new ruler to be a bit maddening. But is this evil sarcastic queen really as bad as she originally believed? And just how many others are diabolical enough to cash in on the change in staff? Can Nightmare truly run a peaceful Equestria? Only one way to find out.

No Hard Feelings by SeptimusMagistos

  • Recommended by Redhead64, omegaman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Mane Five had a definite plan for revealing who was behind Mare Do Well: a surprise party! And just because Rainbow Dash forced the reveal a little early doesn't mean they can't all have cake!
  • Comments: A follow-up to the controversial episode "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well".

Nopony Needs to Know by shortskirtsandexplosions

  • Recommended by Korodzik
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A Hurt/Comfort Fic (but no shipping). For a long time, Rainbow Dash has been trying to convince Applejack to take an trip through the air with her. One day, Applejack, strangely solemn and quiet, suddenly accepts. Just what is troubling her?
  • Review here

Octavia's Power Hour by Terse

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: For what is ostensibly the most terrifying time in her entire life, Octavia forgets how to play her beloved cello. Shenanigans ensue, and Lyra reluctantly helps to pick up the pieces, with the help of our favorite DJ, Vinyl Scratch!

The Off-Duty Bar And Grill by mber7560

  • Recommended by: Molotov
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Civil war broke out in Equestria a few months ago. This means that there's a whole new sector of the economy catering to soldiers and their needs. Factories are mass-producing weapons and armor, alcohol sales are up, and even the brothels are seeing increased profits. Browning Vineyard runs the Off-Duty Bar and Grill, a popular spot for the Joint Special Forces unit stationed at Fort Jack. He's seen a lot of beat-up soldiers walk through his doors, and he hasn't heard a lot of happy stories from them. Soldiers are becoming the rule rather than the exception. Which only makes tonight's visitor all the more confusing...
  • Comments: The author and story are inspired by Kalash 93's Racer and the Geek verse of stories. Author is One of Us.

The Old Stories by Thanqol

  • Recommended by Redikalus, S Noble Jr, Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: There are stories which define us. Stories that inspire us. And there are stories that damn us.

One Castle, Two Alicorns by Equestria-Forever

  • Recommended by Jimbodeek
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Their camping trip to the Everfree had been through some ups and downs, but Twilight and her friends nevertheless return home having enjoyed it. However, as they enter the Friendship Palace, they're shocked to discover an intruder within. A mare with a very familiar face, who has come to them after having escaped a gruesome fate. But, if that were not surprising enough, then they're truly taken aback when this newcomer explains why she's here.
  • Comments: Based on the Season 8 episode, The Mean Six and set during the later half of the season, this story explores an alternate universe where Twilight's clone from the aforementioned episode survived and narrowly escaped death by the Tree of Harmony. It's a surprisingly well-written tale that chronicles the adventures of the Twilight clone after she takes up lodging in Twilight's castle and explores the doppelganger's character as she interacts with Twilight, her friends in family, and the world.

One in a Million by (ocalhoun)

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After years of trying, Scootaloo finally discovers her special talent. It's the worst thing that ever happened to her. She'll have to leave Rainbow Dash and all her friends behind as she's forced to go off and learn about her new talent... and then it gets worse. (WARNING: It has a happy ending for Scootaloo, but there is Scootabuse.)
  • Pairing(s): None.
  • Tags: None.

One of Those Days by AstroBrony

  • Recommended by Naal 2
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Pinkie Pie loves working at Sugarcube Corner. But while she enjoys her jobs, there are some moments and some ponies that make her wish she just stayed in bed instead.

"Only Human: A Lyra Heartstrings Production" by Smoking Gun

  • Recommended by Taiyou-x6
  • Status: Dead (last update May 30th, 2014)
  • Synopsis: Lyra makes a big splash in Equestria when she gets her new animated series for children on the worlds No.1 network. The show in question: Only Human, which centers around a group of these mythical creatures called 'humans', straight from Lyra's imagination, who become friends as they overcome life's obstacles together.

"OOOoooOOOoooOOOooo!!!" by shortskirtsandexplosions

  • Recommended by KaisertheGreat
  • Status: Incomplete
  • Synopsis: As it turns out, our planet is the afterlife of a tiny horse world, and my house is super haunted. At least the ghosts are kinda cute, if not a teensy bit annoying.

"The Overworked Alicorn" by BreakDown

  • Recommended by Manga Manic
  • Status: Dormant; last updated October 2018
  • Synopsis: Have you ever heard of a mare named Faust? She's an Alicorn, just like the Princesses, but not a princess herself. Some say she's a queen, some say she's their mother. The truth, well... she's really overworked. And with her duty as The Equestrian Archivist she has a pretty demanding job. But what happens when this overworked alicorn decides that she wants to take a vacation in Ponyville? Furthermore, what'll happen when she skips out on her job to take that vacation.

The P3 Project series by Bookish Delight

  • Recommended by FoominBlue, Andyroid
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Pony Permutation Project, or P3 for short, explores the relationships between the main cast, one pair at a time.

Pegasus Device by Aurora Dawn

  • Recommended by lordnaseby
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The official sequel to Rainbow Factory. Set 20 years after the events of the original story, the Cloudsdale Weather Corporation has grown to nearly triple the size that it was in Rainbow Factory with the original factory room having been shut down after the events with Scootaloo. Despite that, two foals manage to avoid being processed and they find themselves trying to escape from the bowels of the factory while an even crazier Rainbow Dash and her workers try to re-capture them to keep the glory of The Flock.

Perchance to Dream by Ether Echoes

  • Recommended by Arkain
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The main character, Shady Blossom, is a thestral (bat pony) who is Babs Seed's stepmother. It starts off pretending to be a slice of life family fic, then hits you over the head with a frying pan. Shady's past turns out to be not only important, but different than what she thinks it is.

A Perfectly Ordinary Day in Ponyville by The Equestrian Gentlecolt

  • Recommended by Eegah
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A parody fic: Twilight wanders through what has become a typical day for least as far as fanfics are concerned. She blithely strolls through an absolute Cliché Storm, utterly unfazed by any of it at this point.

The Perfect Gift for the Perfect Sister by sister_mike

  • Recommended by Naal 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hearth Warming's Eve is Sweetie Belle's favorite holiday, because it guarantees full family time with her parents and her sister. For the first year ever, Sweetie Belle has saved up enough money to buy something nice for Rarity. But will she be able to find the perfect gift in time?

Perils of the Past/Elements of Discord by Somber

  • Recommended by thelovelypenguin, ptah1888
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: "A thousand years ago Princess Celestia sealed away Nightmare Moon using the Elements of Harmony. Now the Cutie Mark Crusaders will awaken a threat imprisoned for all that time, and all of Equestria will learn which is greater: The Elements of Harmony or the Elements of Discord."

Perquisition by Diexna

  • Recommended by Glory Blaze and Madd The Sane
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: In an unknown new world filled with mysterious and unexplored dangerous ruins, the story follows Sketch and Kickbolt, two explorers, as they slowly but surely uncover the history explaining what happened in this world. And more importantly, why the pony folk suddenly was brought to it just a little over a century ago.

Pinkamena Diane Pie: Consultant Detective by TheRealOP

  • Recommended by TheYanderee
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The eccentric pink party pony, Pinkie Pie, plays detective with her lowly loyal assistant, Twilight Sparkle, solving crimes and having a good old time. From thieves, to missing ponies, stolen cutie marks, and insidious plots, there will be nothing Pinkie can't handle!

Pinkamina by Sithicus

  • Recommended by Mugen Kagemaru
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pinkie came home from the Gala depressed and forlorn, so who could hope to comfort her after the worst disaster of all disastrous parties? Pinkamina Diane Pie, that's who.

Pinkie Pie: The Opener of Ways by Trashcanman

  • Recommended by Foomin Blue
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pinkie Pie saves Twilight and Applejack, but at what cost? Will they ever be able to look at her the same way again?

Pinkie Pie, Psychologest by Masterweaver

  • Recommended by Much Ado About Nonny, Omicronus, Emptybee, Robinton
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Pinkie Pie throws excellent parties. This is a fact of life, like Fluttershy being rather demure, or Rarity having a sense of style. But the fact is, Pinkie's parties cost bits, and her job at the bakery isn't supporting her passions anymore. So she dusts off her degree and opens a side business...
  • Comments: This fic deals with several more adultish themes, and yet manages to maintain a level of Original Flavor. Pinkie Pie as a psychologest (and yes, she deliberately misspells the word) is surprisingly effective. And entertaining, mustn't forget entertaining.

A Pleasant Surprise by Kalash93.

  • Recommended by: Molotov
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Midnight is a stallion who has long nursed a soft spot for Fluttershy. One night, Fluttershy invites him over to her place to talk. What follows is a wonderful night of passionate love.
  • Comments: Don't let the clop get you down. This is a Kalash 93 story. The characterization is wonderful, the story is heartmeltingly sweet, the sex is masterfully written, and there's even some world building and a bit of genuine real life sex advice. The sex is more intimate that lurid. May cause diabetes.

The Ponies Discover /co/ by Slywit

Ponies Play D&D by Lucres

  • Recommended by Captainhook, Jayrad, Emptybee
  • Status: Acts 1 and 2 are Complete, Act 3 is Dead
  • Synopsis: What happens when a bunch of ponies get together to play Dungeons & Dragons? Comedy, that's what!

Ponies Visit McDonald's by The Equestrian Gentlecolt

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Improbably often, ponies arrive on Earth in a fairly private place, with one or two witnesses at most. This time, they came out in the middle of a crowded McDonald's.

Pony Grab Bag by Weaver

  • Recommended by ruff1298
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: A series of unusual, occasionally perverse, things happen to the Mane Cast.

The Pony That Never Was by Scootareader

  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Enigma is a new arrival to Ponyville, but after she goes to sleep each day, she's forced to re-live that day all over again, and nopony can see her or interact with her in any way. After the day is re-lived, she wakes up where she'd been before she had to re-live her day, but as if she'd never been there.
  • Comments: While there are obvious if unintentional parallels with Background Pony, the specifics are sufficiently different that the story is interesting in its own right.

Ponytics by Pickle

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: After receiving a letter about Democracy from Twilight, Princess Celestia decides that she needs to destroy this idea before a revolt starts up.

The Powder and the Spark by Silent Bob

  • Recommended by Jacker
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: Equestria, formally neutral in a war between the Crystal Empire and the Darkwoods Confederation, is forced to enter upon the seemingly permanent poison-induced coma of Princess Celestia. However, the rest of the world may not be far behind...

Pranks a Lot by LordBrony2040

  • Recommended by Naal 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Rainbow meets up with Applejack all according to Twilight's plan, she sees that there's a minor little problem. Rainbow has a machete. A machete with blood on it.

Pretty in Pink by David Reinold

  • Recommended by Chargin Chuck
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Everypony tries to cope as the laughter is torn from their lives...
  • Warning: Massive Tear Jerker.

The Price of Loyalty by The Dragon Warlock

  • Recommended by KaisertheGreat
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This is the alternative ending to Mare Do Well where Rainbow doesn't exactly forgive her friends as quickly. Twilight and the others believe what they did was right, but they soon come to realize that their actions have serious consequences and it has come with the price of being outcasts in Ponyville. Can Twilight and the others find a way to fix this or will they lose their friend?

Prince Charming by Baldwin

  • Recommended by Deranged Genius
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the disaster of meeting Prince Blueblood, Rarity is done looking for the special pony to be her prince. So she decides to put her sewing skills to good use and make the perfect one of her own design.
  • Warning: Gore and Grimdark.

Princess by Kosh

  • Recommended by omegaman
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: Rainbow Dash is just awful at cooking, but the only thing worse than her cooking is the memories it conjures up.
  • Comments: Part of the Equestria Daily Speedfic Challenge on how Rainbow Dash can't cook. An incredibly well-written story. Also, be warned, unlike many of the other entries in this challenge, it is also very sad. As one commentator put it: "Wow. I'm not usually much for sad pony stories, but that was really, really well done. It's hard to believe it's the product of just two hours' work! EDITING: - (but read it anyway, it's seriously well-done)"

Princess Sparkle's School for Eccentric Unicorns by ColtClassic

  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Status: Dead (marked On Hiatus by author, last update July 27, 2013)
  • Synopsis: WANTED: The newly crowned Princess Twilight Sparkle has set up a bold new initiative to discover new magic, and is sending out an open call to the unicorns of Equestria to apply for her research team. No experience in magical theory or research necessary. Enthusiasm and out-of-the-box thinking a must. The Equestrian government is not responsible for any physical, emotional, or magical trauma experienced during the course of the project or the application process.
  • Note: Contains Twilight/Lyra shipping, and there is a Romance tag up, but not enough of a focus on it for the Shipping page just yet.

Princess Textlestia by SoundofRainfall

  • Recommended by Mugen Kagemaru
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: At the suggestion of one of her guards, Princess Celestia gets a cell phone to make contacting her easier. Needless to say, access to text messaging also leads to the phone being used for other things...

Princess Twilight vs The Pointless Button by Kamikakushi

  • Recommended by Eagal
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What happens when Twilight is faced with something that can absolutely not exist? Simple, she tries to get rid of it.

Professional Courtesy by Rainbooms Inc

  • Recommended by Mike
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Luna finds out the hard way that sometimes, mythologies don't play well together.

Promised Land by Obselescence

  • Recommended by Emptybee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle has walked the wastelands for a very long time, but now, at last, he has reached the end of his journey. He only hopes now that the gods will listen to his prayers, and finally allow him a good place to die.
  • Comments: No, that's not a mistake in the synopsis. An After the End fic that still manages to maintain the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic spirit.

Purloined Pony by Chris

  • Recommended by MegaTank
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A Gamebook starring Carrot Top. When Apple Bloom goes missing at the hands of a band of mischievous creatures, it's up to you to try and save her, along with the help of the other members of Ponyville if you so choose. Plenty of choices to make and 18 varying endings.

A Quick Buck by Mak

  • Recommended by Quackor The Fowl
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: When Rainbow Dash is given the chance to impress one of her idols, she finds herself in the middle of a money problem. Can she count on her friends to help her make it in the big leagues? Will her friends still be able to count on her once she gets there?