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"Another day, another dungeon!"
Daring Do

Meet Ms. Daring Do, the strong and clever head of the Royal Canterlot University Department of Equinology. She has made it her mission in life to learn everything she can about the long lost civilizations of the world, by hunting down their treasures, great and small, and preserving them back at the Canterlot University. But unfortunately for her the mysterious Ahuizotl is out to get them first for aims that aren't clear to anyone, least of all Ms. Do herself...

The Adventures of Daring Do is a series of Adventure/Action/Fantasy novels written by A.K. Yearling, published by Polo House, Inc. in Canterlot. The series is written in a Anachronic Order, starting close to the beginning of Do's adventuring career, and then skipping around the various missions and adventures, with little to no explanation. Bits and pieces of Do's backstory have been revealed but nothing concrete; there also appears to be a Myth Arc, but written out of order.

The manuscript of the first published book, Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Stone, was found by acclaimed Editor and Literary agent Hard Cover in the desk drawer of A.K. Yearling, who at the time was working at the Canterlot Royal Library. Apparently Yearling had written the story just for herself and her family, but some coaxing from Cover convinced her to have it published, with some minor edits. She has since published seventeen more, with an unknown amount planned for the future. When asked about the strange order of release, Yearling has famously responded with, "I write them as they come to me."

The "Core Series," (which currently number eighteen) make up a loose canon, also commonly dubbed, "The Yearling Canon"; though numerous Expanded Universe/Spinoffs exist, many fans refuse to accept them as canon. This is especially true after a long hiatus, Yearling started a new book and the publishers officially declared the expanded universe a completely separate continuity. Unlike the Disneigh reboot of the Star Horse franchise, she does not allow anypony else to work with her on her writings, so the current Expanded Universe is considered a parallel universe and will continue on in its own continuity. The stories have quickly become one of the most well-known classics in modern Equestrian literature, and are popular with grade-school pony classes. There's a large adult fanbase as well; Princess Celestia herself has even praised the series.

Yearling herself has been an infamously reclusive pony, going out of her way to avoid the fame and popularity that her books have earned her. In the beginning of her career she even tried to remain anonymous, which led to her unofficial nickname of T. Ropers by her publisher, Polo House, because the manuscripts she turned in were bound in teal-colored rope. Described as a meek and mild-mannered pony by those who have met her, she can be recognized by the large hat and blanket that she wears due to her sensitivity to sudden temperature changes, and the large pair of glasses that she has to wear thanks to severe near-sightedness. Some have theorized that Daring Do is A.K. Yearling's secret fantasy, living the life that the author herself wishes she had. The fact that Daring Do's coloration on the covers closely resembles that of her author gives some credence to this theory.

One critic jokingly suggested that A.K. Yearling is Daring Do, who writes up her own adventures as works of fiction so nopony will be tempted to go after the dangerous secrets and relics that she does in every book while using her publisher/editor Twilight Velvet as her reverse ghost writer. His fellow academics had a good laugh at that bit of absurdity. Curiously, the Daring Do franchise isn't published in southern Equestria, whose press often reports on various incidents attributed to her as if she were a real pony. Other strange theories have popped up, with some suggesting that the books are a "fail-safe" of sorts, so that if Daring Do ever failed in an adventure she'd have an entire fandom who knows how she defeated her enemies before.

In light of recent events, both A.K. Yearling and the book series has undergone massive criticism of the more controversial actions that Daring Do has committed throughout the series and negative interpretation of the titular character, citing that she is nothing more than a glorified thief who steals from natives while destroying countless historical temples and landmarks. Not to mention, there are persistent rumors circulating that both Daring Do and A.K. Yearling are actually the same pony and the events of the book series (at least the core series) are all actually true, resulting in massive horrifying implications for the world while making her look like a selfish idiot who never bothered cooperating with the higher authorities of Equestria, particularly a certain individual called Twilight Sparkle. This led to overall sales and reception taking a nosedive, which left the future of the series and the franchise as a whole uncertain. However, A.K. Yearling was able to reconcile with her biggest critic and two have currently been working together on a new series of books.

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    The Core Series contains the following titles (in order of publication): 

  1. Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Stone: After crash landing in the jungle, Daring Do must elude Ahuizotl and his minions as she attempts to recover the eponymous stone from an ancient temple. (It is colloquially known as "Quest for the Sapphire Statue")
  2. Daring Do and the Griffon's Goblet: Daring Do is hired to track down a mystical goblet; her search leading her to discover a conspiracy that reaches all the way into her past.
  3. Daring Do and the Curse of the Yeti: While excavating an ancient Pegasus settlement atop a remote mountain, she discovers her lost father imprisoned and helps him escape. They are attacked by a strange creature. As Daring evades its attacks, she tries to uncover its origin and figure out how to stop it.
  4. Daring Do and the Razor of Dreams: Daring Do fights once again with Ahuizotl, using the magic of the Quetzelcoatl Empress in a bid to control the Tenochtitlan Basin. Dr. Caballeron makes his debut in this book, wanting to partner up with Daring Do on her adventures, but Daring Do refuses.
  5. Daring Do and the Wooden Mask: Daring Do's assistant Herpy purchases a tribal mask while accompanying her on a trip, little knowing that it's part of Ahuizotl's plan to turn Daring Do to the dark side.
  6. Daring Do and the Platinum Crown:note  Daring Do's sister Derring-Do challenges her to a race to see who first complete the only quest that their parents were never able to finish: the search for the legendary Platinum Crown.
  7. Daring Do and the Gardens of Equestria: Daring stumbles upon a previously unknown valley full of life in the otherwise barren Himineighen Mountains, but its Gardener does not take kindly to animals intruding on his verdant paradise.
  8. Daring Do and the Alicorn's Shadow: Has Daring truly found the legendary battlefield where Celestia defeated and banished Nightmare Moon? And does some trace of the evil mare still linger?
  9. Daring Do and the Cove of Candles: Daring Do embarks on a quest to recover the legendary pirate treasure of Three-Legged-Blackmane.
  10. Daring Do and the Trident of the Seaponiesnote : While on a trip to study ancient civilizations with her class, Daring gets involved in one of Ahuizotl's plots and must find out more about her parents and what happened to the seaponies if she is to survive.
  11. Daring Do and the Temple of Nightmare Moon: Ahuizotl attempts to use the artifacts he has collected to draw on Nightmare Moon's power, and cast Equestria into eternal night.
  12. Daring Do and the Legacy of Nightmare Moon: Daring Do discovers that the Dragon Inti is plotting to use the power of the stars to take over Equestria and must track down the remnants of Nightmare Moon's power to stop him. Notable for being the only book in the series to be a direct sequel (to Temple of Nightmare Moon) as well as being the only non-prequel book that doesn't include Ahuizotl.
  13. Daring Do and the Shrine of the Silver Monkey:note  While on vacation with her family, Daring Do hears about a series of mysterious disappearances at a nearby shrine. When she investigates, she finds that an old enemy is behind it.
  14. Daring Do and the Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded: Daring recruits her old rival Bravado to help her track down and assemble pieces of an ancient wizard's legendary staff in time for a solar eclipse that will supposedly grant awesome power to its wielder.
  15. Daring Do and the Trials Of Unity:note  Derring-Do returns to Daring Do with a most peculiar item: a map leading to a treasure that can only be discovered by siblings. The trials that guard the enigmatic treasure will put the sisters' already uneasy relationship to the ultimate test.
  16. Daring Do and the Spear of the Windigos: note  Newly appointed member of the Royal Canterlot University Department of Equinology is sent on her first field assignment to excavate an old unicorn castle that may have ties to her long lost parents. As the sweet and mild bookworm fumbles her way through her first dangers, she may get more than she bargained for...
  17. Daring Do and the Ring of the Marengeti:note 
    Part 1: Daring is captured by one of Ahuizotl's minions and Herpy must track down an artifact all on his lonesome in order to trade it for her safety. Little is Herpy aware that the ring is the key to releasing a creature with power monstrous enough to wipe the planet clean of all life...
    Part 2: Freed from her captivity, Daring Do must stop Ahuizotl from unleashing the power of the ring upon the world.
  18. Daring Do and the Ring of Destiny: Ahuizotl makes his return, in search of a set of magic rings with the power to keep the sun in the sky for eight hundred years. Daring Do will need a bit of help for this one, in the form of a rainbow-maned mare from Ponyville.
  19. Daring Do and the Seven-Sided Chest: Daring must unlock the Seven-Sided Chest before Caballeron gets to it. After Storm Talon is injured, Daring Do must hide at a fan convention.
  20. Daring Do and the Lost Hope: After a series of mishaps down in Somnambula, Daring decides it might be time to hang up her adventuring gear. Not if an old friend of hers have anything to say about it.

Due to the insatiable demand for new Daring Do works overtaking the amount actually produced by the author, whose erratic schedule sometimes has a year or more between books, Yearling worked out a deal with Polo House that allows other authors to publish novels starring her creation, while Yearling gets to keep the rights and gets a share of the profits. However, to insulate Polo House from potential backlash (especially if the Expanded Universe violates the continuity by the author herself), the Daring Do Expanded Universe exists separately from the main series (using it as the starting point), and even from each other (though there are various "continuity families"). However, thanks to an increasing number of collaborative works, the Expanded Universe is becoming increasingly more connected.

Please note: to avoid any Canternet Backlash regarding Mahavir/Mahiavar's name in these descriptions, we will be using the spelling that corresponds to the earliest appearance of the name in the first print of the relevant book. This is to help avoid confusion like in Scepter Of The Chaos Beast where his name alternates almost every time it appears and even between print runsnote . THIS IS FINAL!!!

     The Polo House New Adventures line contains the following titles 

Already published:

  1. Daring Do and the Eye of Discord: Daring, Herpy, Mahavir, and Storm Talon look for an ancient red-orange sphalerite gem from the ancient land of Morpheum Vale, that Ahuizotl has other plans for.
  2. Daring Do and the Buffalo Burial Grounds, by Kevin J. Canterson: On the way to a dig at Aztack ruins, Daring stumbles across an ancient cemetery in Buffalo territory. The Buffalo are less than pleased at what they perceive as disrespect. Officially declared Canon Discontinuity due to its Unfortunate Implications, and Polo House have sworn that it will never be reprinted, though the numbering order will not change.
  3. Daring Do and the Ruby of the Blank Village, by Gusty Lulamoon: While Daring and Storm Talon are with a group investigating ruins in the Everfree Forest just outside Ponyville, they find a village where nopony has a cutie mark. Two of the party are killed for having cutie marks, and that is not even the village's deepest secret.
  4. Daring Do and the Sky Flames, by Zing Notbo: In order to stop Ahuizotl's latest plot, Daring Do must enter the world of sky piracy.
  5. Daring Do and the War for Manehattan, by Nox Decius: Daring goes to Manehattan for an archeological conference, but while she's there, a bank robbery gone wrong triggers a massive, brutal mob war. As Daring gets drawn into the conflict, she discovers signs of something even more sinister afoot...
  6. Daring Do and the Dark Heart of Doom, by X-ray Vish: Rumors of a mysterious item called the Dark Heart of Doom reach the ears of Daring Do. She seeks to figure out if it exists, and if it does, what it is. But she's not the only one who wants to know.
  7. Daring Do and the Valiant Tome, by Vinto Taunte: While out in Nagola, Daring finds some pages from a long-forgotten codex known as the Valiant Tome. She seeks to find the rest of the book, but her search will not be easy.
  8. Daring Do and the Temple of Light and Darkness, by Quantus Simia: Secretive people live in a mysterious highland area, and Daring must — among other things — visit their most holy place and uncover certain truths hidden there if she is to prevent a catastrophic unbalancing.
  9. Daring Do and the Spine of Space, by Germination Cloverius: While on vacation in Meerperl, capital of Neighcaragua, Daring Do uncovers a conspiracy to unleash unspeakable evils.
  10. Daring Do and the Globus Thieves, by Apricot Brigand: A series of mysterious heists take place all over the world, and Daring joins a task force to retrieve the stolen items and identify the perpetrator(s).
  11. Daring Do and the Coltfel Case, by Wingding Oculus: Daring is attempting to excavate a mountainous area in Nalbio, but has to deal with intrigue and political turmoil. She finds an unexpected ally in the form of a friar named Coltfel.
  12. Daring Do and the Bright Tower, by Dawn Aura: When a glowing tower mysteriously appears in a rural area, Daring is called upon to solve the mystery.
  13. Daring Do and the Cold Fire Stones, by Fanta Bonta: Up in Caribou country, Daring learns about a group of mysterious rocks that allegedly fell from the sky aeons ago, and seeks to find out what properties they have. But are things as they seem?
  14. Daring Do and the Ivory Tunnel, by Gordo Fredo: Since the year began, a series of very unusual events have occurred in Saddle Arabia. To solve the mystery, Daring must investigate a strange white tunnel that runs under much of the country's Hayjaz region.
  15. Daring Do and the White-Gold Dominion, by Kong Focus: Things are not well in the disunited land of Tarnto, as a foreign warlord, having established himself as a force to be feared, has sinister designs.
  16. Daring Do and the New Haywiian Island, by Janus Eyrie: Out near the Haywaiian Islands, a new landmass appears with no explanation. Daring is called upon to figure out what is going on.
  17. Daring Do and the Skull of Ages, by Malcolm Hock: While investigating the city of Xiatropolis, Daring finds a gilded donkey's skull that turns out to be not only an artifact of power, but also a sacred artifact to the locals.
  18. Daring Do and the Obsidian Sentinel, by Waterfire M. Trotton: Daring is studying the ruins of Midnight Castle when a living statue starts terrorizing the group. What is its purpose, and what does it have to do with another mare's late coltfriend?
  19. Daring Do and the Basin of Plenty, by Medley McLargehooves: While investigating an Aztack temple, Daring finds a stone basin that supplies the team with all the food they need. An end to famine! But it's too good to be true...
  20. Daring Do And The Amber of the Smooze, by Ember Roundup: Daring learns from Mahiavar that a dangerous religious order had recovered a powerful artifact hidden in the Saddle Arabian Desert. Calling themselves the Colt of Smooze, they seek to unleash the eponymous Smooze and drown the world in its ooze. Surprise turns are everywhere when not only is Desert Rose implicated in having ties to the Colt of Smooze, but Ahuizotl himself is actually trying to save the world (albeit for purely selfish reasons).
  21. Daring Do And The Coronet of Chaos, by J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr.: Daring and her friends must team up to stop the unleashing of the most horrible monster Equestria has ever faced: Krastos The Gluemaker. Probably one of the biggest Base Breakers in the series and falls under Love It Or Hate It, due to Krastos' characterization.
  22. Daring Do and the Scepter of the Chaos Beast, by Hinny Lincolt and Marevyn Haysman: Daring is investigating an ancient Morphean temple when one of the team accidentally unleashes a creature of Discord.
  23. Daring Do and the Mystery of Flutter Valley, by Bowtie Whooves: Daring returns to Flutter Valley (last seen in Mark of the Trickster) to find that the Flutter Ponies have vanished.
  24. Daring Do and the Sultan's Curse, by T. Velvet Sparkle, Sr.: While on a dig in Mareabia, Daring loses her wings to a mysterious stallion's alchemy.
  25. Daring Do and the Curse of the Golden Key, a collaboration by Gusty Lulamoon and Ember Roundup: Digging through some paleopony period sites in Brumbiland, several members of the expedition become possessed by an anachronistic artifact. Soon many others, including Outback Jack, are under the spell, and the entities behind the key mean to use Brumbiland as a springboard to Take Over the World.
  26. Daring Do and the Wrath of Hammerhoof, by J. Thunderlane Hurricane, Jr.: Everypony's favorite thinly veiled expy of Emperor Incitatus comes back as a Nightmare, and wants vengeance on Daring, Herpy, and Darren.
  27. Daring Do and the Amethyst Penguin, by Wingsong Set: While investigating a Blinkan ruin, Daring discovers a bird sculpture. What is Ahuizotl's interest in it?
  28. Daring Do and the Church of the Blue Sun, by Grant Mareson: In which Daring Do, due to a lost God Skull from the Sheeda Tribe, is sent to an alternate post-apocalyptic universe in which all her friends worship a giant blue sun by the name of Chuck Son of Burg who wants to sacrifice her to further his war with The Way of Jane, a brainwashing cult who wants to rule the world through a mysterious device called The Mind Bomb. The ending is considered a Mind Screw by many due to Daring Do meeting alternate versions of herself and ending on a conversation with Mareson on the state of fiction written about her and her friends and ending on an ambiguous note questioning whether or not it was all just a dream. It is considered to be the worst of the Daring Do spin offs by its fans due to it being too confusing and the ending that requires the reader to know the entire history of the character and the stories that inspired the writer to write the character when, in fact, most reviewers of the book actually say that is not true due to the majority of the themes being universal and the references made at the end are just in passing and more akin to to easter eggs for the fans. Haters of the series loving it because it does something new with the ''Daring Do'' formula despite using many of the tropes they are known to hate from the series. Ironically, it is the only New Adventures book the original author of the series vocally likes (rather than merely tolerates) due to it not ripping any of her stories off.
  29. Daring Do and the Sad Statue, by Steeplechase Moffat: Daring Do is pit up against her most frightening foe. No one has yet to finish this one to find out who the foe actually is. They just vanish.note 
  30. Daring Do and the Minotaur's Maze, by L. Heartstrings: Daring must reach an artifact located deep within the minotaur Minos' maze before Ahuizotl, but what she finds may shake the Minotaur homeland to its core. What does the artifact she's seeking, the Hands of Fate, have to do with Margarita and Balthasar, the legendary ape gods?
  31. Daring Do and the Burning Heart: With the thousandth anniversary of the first Hearts and Hooves Day coming up, an ancient being filled with hatred threatens Equestria with the fires of Tartarus itself. With Cloudsdale having been seized and on lockdown, Daring must get to the bottom of this latest adventure.
  32. Daring Do and the Revenant's Effigy, by Kit Saddler: While investigating a forgotten hero's crypt, Daring Do stumbles upon a plan set in motion centuries ago, by an entity until now only mentioned in an obscure legend. Was this hero really what the stories say, and what does he have to do with the legend of a being only known as "The Assembler"?
  33. Daring Do and the Tinker's Seal, a collaboration by many Expanded Universe authors - Steeplechase Moffat; J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr; Grant Mareson; L. Heartstrings; Ember Roundup and Kit Saddler - and a sequel to Revenant's Effigy. In the aftermath of the Steelclad Sorceror's discovery and the Assembler's reappearance, the university has been tasked with retrieving every single one of Steam Whistle's works. Now, helped by many others that she has met in her travels, Daring Do must face foes both old and new in her task to secure every artifact that has the mad tinker's seal.
  34. Daring Do and the Shadow's Heart: Taking place chronologically after Legacy of Nightmare Moon. In a dark old forest, there is a dark old house that hides a dark jewel in the shape of a heart. As Daring races to find it, she has to deal with more than cracking floorboards. This story is known for its more cerebral plot and for aiding in the revocation of Mareton's Villain Decay.
  35. Daring Do and the Universal Cracks, a collaboration between Steeplechase Moffat and fan author Muffin Parcels: When a crack appears in Daring's office wall, she believes that nothing more need be done than call the maintenance colt. However, when an impossible knocking is heard from the other side, Daring and Herpy are quickly swept into an adventure that threatens not only Equestria, but Reality itself.
  36. Daring Do and the Cat's Eye Diamond, by F.S. Braveheart: On her quest to liberate the Cat's Eye Diamond from the Tiger Stripe Mafia, Daring Do brings in five old friends from her college days.
  37. Daring Do and the Centaur's Spell: Released as a tie-in novel to the upcoming Daring Do and the Monkey King. Daring takes an expedition to the Hayan ruins, rumored to be guarded by a centuar. There, she bucks heads with an unruly gang of griffins, and meets an secretive unicorn.
  38. Daring Do and the Fires of Family, by Night Knight: Daren busts into Daring's class and drags her off in a manic fit. When finally calmed down, he explains he has possibly found a way to track down Daria N. Do, AKA, her mother. However, he'll need the help of all his children if he has any chance to find her. But each will have to face their own demons in the form of their bitter memories of themselves and each other. Will their best hope to reunite their family end up being what destroys it?
  39. Daring Do and the Reptile Spaceship, a collaboration between J.K. Foaling and Malcolm Hock: During one of her expeditions, Daring Do is approached by a strange pony with a mysterious blue box, and recruited (along with a ditzy female pegasus, a purple unicorn and her father, and Prince Orion of the kingdom of Stableton) to prevent a mysterious spaceship from crashing into Equestria. But is there more going on than first assumed? (One of the more controversial entries in the series, both because it has little to do with the series except Do herself, and because of the implied sexual attraction between Do and the somewhat-sexist Prince Orion).
  40. Daring Do and the Charms of the Skin-trotter, by Night Knight: Daring is recovering a sacred Buffalo totem from a Changeling attack, only to find the Changeling encampment massacred. Tracking the survivors, she finds out about a shapeshifting emotion-eating monster called a skin-trotter, but while Changelings feed on love, this monster feeds on fear. Meanwhile back at camp, Darren is becoming friends with a friendly Buffalo girl named Many Masks who has a terrible secret.
  41. Daring Do and the Purloined Stone, by Wysteria Roseluck: Daring Do needs the Sacred Stone of Balthasar to stop Ahuizotl's killer monkeys, but soon after she gets it, it gets stolen by an Australopithecus troop.
  42. Daring Do and The Mirror Pond, a collaboration by L. Heartstrings and J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr: Claims of an artifact hidden within the Everfree Forest leads Daring into a run-in with Greyhoof and the discovery of the source of his duplication powers.
  43. Daring Do and the Rainbow Factory, a collaboration by J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr and Medley McLargehooves: Investigating a rumor in the ruins of Old Cloudsdale mostly as a means of blowing off work, she finds evidence that the last manager of the Rainbow Factory really did order the processing of foals in an insane desire to create better rainbows. What's worse is that Krastos, who had spurred the manager and her staff into insanity, had left a mind trap causing whoever found it to relive the memories of the last manager. Can Daring rewrite the story into a happy ending, or will she succumb to the memories?
  44. Daring Do and the Vaults of Celestia, by Writer S. Block: Commandant Rex has returned (with some brain damage) and is seeking revenge against Ahuizotl and Daring Do. With some quick thinking, Ahuizotl manages to convince Rex that Daring stole his Mistress' egg and is holding it hostage in Princess Celestia's castle. But he secretly wants to use Rex to break into the eponymous Vaults of Celestia to gain access to the treasures within. Can Daring stop the irrational and revenge-driven Rex and the schemes of Ahuizotl? Notable for having a significant portion done from Ahuizotl's perspective, and for the scandal that broke out when a significant amount of the climactic showdown was leaked by a disgruntled Polo House employee (thankfully, the ending still has its share of twists).
  45. Daring Do and the Witch's Circus, by Medley McLargehooves: Daring, Darren, Herpy, Storm Talon, and Okpono find that all the adults have vanished from Herpy's hometown. What has happened, and what does it have to do with ancient Dream Valley legends?
  46. Daring Do and the Caverns of R'ni, by Rand Palomino and Hal Flinger: While investigating Blinkamena Brown and Okpono's disappearances in an ancient library, Daring discovers some strange books in remarkably good condition. She finds that each book is a one-way gate to somewhere.
  47. Daring Do and the Cloudfall Conspiracy, by Anda Lusian: Set sometime between Alicorn's Shadow and Cove of Candles. An elaborate revenge conspiracy is set in motion against Masra, the University President. Upon the bombing and destruction of the University offices, Daring and company take it upon themselves to track down the parties responsible. Contains major character development for Masra, as well as a very sad explanation for her being Put on a Bus.
  48. Daring Do and the Breathing Weapons By Galactic Gospel: In the dead of night, all the mystical gems in the University are stolen by a group of griffons with unusual powers, calling themselves the "Greifvögel", and claiming they will use the gems' power to overthrow Equestria. Daring Do takes it upon herself to stop them, but eventually learns much more sinister truths behind this band of unusual griffons.
  49. Daring Do and the Iron Grinder by Anno N.E. Moose: Daring takes a break from tombs and lost temples to explore an abandoned mine. Easiest adventure ever, right? Wrong. She quickly happens upon a diamond puppy named Shudder, who alerts her to the rest of her pack. Daring is quickly imprisoned, with her only hope of escape being...befriending the little brat in hopes of tricking her into setting her free... This turns out to work however, as Shudder requires Daring's assistance, namely in finding her pack leader, who has been missing for over a year now. With the promise of freedom and a map of the mine's treasures at stake, she gladly accepts the task, and manages to escape the mines (albeit with two diamond dogs in tow), but there are many more dangers at hoof. Both a devious, megalomaniacal mastermind and a mysterious, hooded killer known as Goblin Grave all await her. The thrill and danger of adventure survives, but will she?
  50. Daring Do And The Gunpowder Groove by Fantastic Voyage: Daring is invited to a show by famous jazz-musician, Dynamite Highs, where he reveals that he wishes to hire her for aid on a continent-spanning journey to find a lost instrument rumored to double as a powerful weapon. She accepts, but the trip won't be easy with the pony mafia hot on their tail and the realization that Dynamite isn't so clean cut himself...
  51. Daring Do and the Crown Of Ultima Mule by Writer S. Block. Daring is sent to a dig site supposedly of the realm of Ultima Mule. The crystal motif is definitely a sign, but there are some disturbing revelations... and secrets. Secrets kept all the way up to Princess Celestia. What is Ultima Mule really, and were the legends about its disappearance intentionally misrepresented?
  52. Daring Do and the Crimson, Black, and Blue by Galactic Gospel. While trekking through a thick forest, Daring comes across three hatchling dragons who ask her to play a game of hide n' seek, promising her riches and treasure should she succeed. However, these young dragons are far more cunning than she allows herself to believe, and she is quickly outwitted, only to find herself alone. In dragon territory.
  53. Daring Do and the Crystal Message, by Bowtie Whooves: Daring is on a dig near the Crystal Empire. What is this unfamiliar script, and what is Ahuizotl's interest in it?
  54. Daring Do and the Silver Menace, by Steeplechase Moffat and Kit Saddler: A physics professor disappears, and Storm Talon, Okpono, and Daring try to find out what happened. And what are Swin and Dell up to now?
  55. Daring Do and the Chemical Sister, by Galactic Gospel: It's back to Germaneigh with Daring after receiving a letter from that crazed lunatic, Papagei, claiming that the Greifvögel are alive and well. Upon arrival, Daring discovers not only is this true, but they are being used by Equestria's Military. Just what do they want with a group of half-dead griffons, and more importantly, what sort of dark, twisted magic did they use to bring them back to life in the first place?
  56. Daring Do and the Oathkeepers, by Galactic Gospel: In this exciting sequel to Chemical Sister, Daring, Arzt, and Eichelhäher scour the abandoned labs of Reichstag to find a cure for the Greifvogel before they are executed. Unfortunately, luck is not on their side, as they quickly become targets of both the Buckzi and Papagei, who swears revenge on Daring, even if it means unleashing Fischadler's horrible creations unto Equestria...
  57. Daring Do and the Tower of Terminal Canyon: Whilst on an expedition to the ruins of a desert kingdom with Daring, Herpy starts to have nightmares involving a certain salespony with a unnerving smile...
  58. Daring Do and the Terror of the Headless Horse: Our intrepid adventurer completes another successful dig deep in the Everfree Forest but discovers that the artifacts that she has unearthed have a fearsome guardian: the ghost of a long-dead warrior who predates even the founding of Equestria. Now she must use all her wits to survive when the animals, the trees, and the very shadows themselves betray her — for they belong to the Headless Horse!
  59. Daring Do and the Alicorn Amulet, A collaboration between Ember Roundup and A. Sparkler Star, with Beatrix Lulamoon in a technical consultant role: Daring is racing against time as she tries to recover the great and powerful Alicorn Amulet before Ahuizotl and his unicorn conspirators do. Unbeknownst to both parties, the ghost of Princess Sparkler is possessing one of these conspirators, and intends to use the amulet to not only resurrect herself, but wrest control of the domain of night from Nightmare Moon, threatening a power struggle that could drop the moon onto Equestria.
  60. Daring Do and the Always Faithful by Galactic Gospel: While exploring the catacombs of Canterlot, Daring comes across a secret that could shake the very foundation of Equestria; the body of an armored griffon preserved in crystal, known only as, "Mars, The Element of Loyalty". Before she can even decide if some secrets are worth keeping, the catacombs are flooded with holy light, and the griffon awakens...
  61. Daring Do and the Army of None: Daring has heard of an ancient legend concerning a sorcerer's amulet that is the key to commanding a vast and deadly legion of phantoms - the Army of None. She sets out to find out if this legend is true and, if so, prevent this amulet from falling into the wrong hooves. Unfortunately for her, not only is it true, but her old foe Ahuizotl has heard of this legend as well...
  62. Daring Do and the Sanguine-Stained Teeth, by T. Velvet Sparkle, Sr.: A series of museum break-ins from none other than Count Vryko Lakas leads Daring questioning everything about him as she struggles to finally find out just what the mysterious pony is up to, and whether or not what he's doing is a good or bad thing.
  63. Daring Do and the Marks of Destiny By L. Heartstrings: Ahuizotl steals the Hands of Fate and uses them to sow chaos by switching up Cutie Marks across Equestria. Daring must find a way to stop him and reverse the effects not just for her own sake, but the countless ponies whose lives stand to be ruined in the process.
  64. Daring Do and the Music of Endings: Canterlot gets attacked by mysterious mystical music, leading to many ponies' lives ending. It's up to Daring Do to find the source before things go too far or the eerie classical music ends her life.
  65. Daring Do and the Iris Survivor: Based on the smash-hit song and video, Daring ventures to the peaks of Canterlot, hoping to find a treasure said to be crafted by the hooves of gods. What she finds is a peculiar crystal pony with a coat of seven colors and a heart of stained glass whose only wish is to be real again.
  66. Daring Do and the Storm Braves: Daring is sought out as a teacher by a group of young pegasi who fear they will always be known as the worst flyers in the world. Promised treasures beyond her wildest dreams in exchange, Daring takes the job, but is teaching a muscle-head, a wall-eyed mute, and a cloudmaker with a manticore for a pet too much, even for a mare like her?
  67. Daring Do and the Humanestrian University By L. Heartstrings with special input from Princess Twilight Sparkle: A professor and acquaintance of Tabula Rasa thought to have long since disappeared has suddenly resurfaced and has taken the Coronet of Chaos into another world. Daring Do pursues her through the portal but upon reaching the other side, she finds herself in a whole new world and a brand new body to match.
  68. The Siren Saga: A sequel arc to Humanestrian University, it features two books dealing with the mythological Sirens with one book taking place in Equestria and the other taking place in the other world.
    • Daring Do and the Heart of a Siren: By L. Heartstrings. After learning of rumors of dark magic causing ponies to suddenly lash out at each other, Princess Twilight Sparkle sends Daring Do to investigate. Upon her arrival, she learns that it might be caused by the gem of a long dead Siren whose remains lie within a cave, but is it really just the gem that's causing everything?
    • Daring Do and the Interdimensional Song: By L. Heartstrings. Blank Slate, acquaintance of Tabula Rasa and former antagonist from Humanestrian University, is investigating the possibility of other creatures from Equestria wreaking havoc in the other world. When her questioning of three depowered Sirens goes nowhere, her investigation leads to her bumping into Daring Do, but Daring Do is still in Equestria. Just who is this "Daring Do" then?
  69. Daring Do and the Disembodied Voices by Lawrence T. Change: When Daring Do is in an accident with an artifact imbued with an unfinished 'Walk in Another Pony's Shoes' spell, ponies end up disappearing. Can Daring figure out how to fix this mess before friend and foe alike end up as voices in her head?
  70. The Tirek Trilogy:
    • Daring Do and the Bag of Tirek: The Colt of Tirek has located the legendary Bag of Tirek and they seek to release their dark master from his unholy prison in Tartarus. Daring must secure the Bag or the realm will be blanketed in eternal darkness.
    • Daring Do and the Chariot of Darkness: After Daring's failure to stop the Colt of Tirek from reviving their master, she opts to try and find his most powerful artifact to prevent him from blanketing the world in eternal darkness.
  71. Daring Do and the Secrets of Hydia: A father-daughter bonding experience goes horribly wrong when their expedition to the long abandoned Volcano of Gloom results in Daren being absorbed by Smooze. Searching frantically, she finds the diary of Hydia, the witch that supposedly created the Smooze, only for the book to reveal she merely corrupted it. Now Daring must find a way to purify the Smooze in the hopes of not only saving her father, but saving an innocent creature as well.
  72. Daring Do and the Idol of Boreas: After the demon Arimaspi steals the Idol of Boreas, the Griffon Kingdom faces a full-on civil war. Daring Do must find the idol or the homeland of one of her longest-time allies will fall into ruin.
  73. Daring Do and the Solar Salamander: On an expedition to the Bullhead Mountains, Daring rescues a little dragon from certain doom. Rather than thank her, the dragon, introducing herself as Corona, demands to be taken to Celestia, claiming to be her daughter. To make matters worse, Corona's disappearance has prompted the King of Dragons to wage war on Equestria. Can Daring discover the truth and get Corona home before it's too late?
  74. Daring Do and the Crystal Statue by Lawrence T. Change: A quiet period of Daring's life is interrupted when an unknown new adversary emerges with an artifact that has the power to turn ponies into crystal. When Darrin is affected it's revealed that there is a second part of the artifact that, when combined with the first, can undo the process or cause mass devastation and they want Daring to find it for them. Can Daring find a way to save Darrin without letting the world fall into ruin?
  75. Daring Do and the Museum Robbery by Agatha Whinney and Ember Roundup: Several artifacts have been stolen from the museum and the curator is dead, a stone knife in his ribs. Whodunnit?
  76. The Changing Times Pentalogy by Lawrence T. Change:
    • Daring Do and the Unknown Country: Whilst Daring searches for her latest artifact, she finds that the area she believes it to be was magically sealed off by Celestia herself, who reveals that this was done to allow an inadvertently created artificial race to build a civilization without interference. However, they've recently called for help and Celestia is willing to let Daring in as long as she acts as an envoy and finds out what's going on. This leads Daring right into the middle of a 3 way land dispute. Can Daring manage not to make the situation worse let alone make it better? And what about the artifact?
    • Daring Do and the Mysterious Town: Whilst Daring Do searches for information in Fillydelphia, she discovers Dragontown, a community of dragons within Fillydelphia that's apparently been there for as long as ponies can remember. The problem? It wasn't there when Daring went to sleep last night, which is an issue because her companions clearly remember asking around with Daring there earlier. Is there something wrong with Daring, or is there something wrong with the world?
    • Daring Do and the Wonderous Witchweed: Daring searches for the location of Queen Catrina knowing only that she went in search for a more potent strain of the substance Witchweed and evidence connecting Witchweed to the fiasco in Dragontown. On this journey she will encounter a giant cat, a Raptorian that can turn into objects and a connection to old, yet entirely unexpected, adversaries. But will she be able to deal with that when she might be in the most danger from the one she's trying to save?
    • Daring Do and the City of Anarchy: Fresh off the evidence of Night Wing involvement, Daring tracks the trail of Witchweed to a particular chapter of the organization set up in a city where the populace are glad that the system has collapsed and where the Night Wings are seen like Robin Hoof. Daring thus sets out only with Arzt, Eichelhäher and Storm, all griffons that can act like the system wronged them and begins her attempt to find the dangerous Witchweed powered artifact: The Witch Tear. But can she manage to do so when putting a hoof wrong regarding the Night Wings will turn an entire city against her?
    • Daring Do and the Never-Ending Nightmare: After finally dealing with the Witchweed/Night Wing/Reality Warping Witch Tear Artifact situation Daring thinks that she might be owed a good rest. Unfortunately the artifacts random reality warp from the final wish it grant, has created a creature that traps sleepers in their dreams and turns them into nightmares. Whilst there is no danger of death within the dream world, it plans to amass enough energy to merge it and reality giving it unlimited power and the ability to kill. But Daring has an ally in this fight: Princess Luna. Together they must chase the creature through the dreams of those Daring knows before it's too late.
  77. Daring Do and the Rise of the New Breed by T. Velvet Sparkle, Sr.: While out on a routine excavation with Count Vryko Lakas, they encounter a tomb and accidentally awaken a different kind of vampony breed. Now, they must escape the animalistic, bloodthirsty vamponies' hunger or be drained dry.
  78. Daring Do and the Eternal Insomnia by Galactic Gospel: Daring Do takes it upon herself to catch the culprit behind the thefts of Princess Luna's personal artifacts. What she confronts is a cursed mare who has been awake for a decade, and wants nothing more than to sleep again.
  79. Daring Do and the Sins of the Father by Lawrence T. Change: Life goes on at the university and for Daring Do, quite uneventfully so in fact. Classes and lectures with the only opponent to overcome being something so mundane as the common cold. Alas, things are never so simple. A foe of Daren's, long since thought defeated, returns willing to get their revenge by proxy. Can Daring get rid of the enemy her father apparently could not?
  80. Daring Do and the Marked Thief of Marapore by G.M. Berrow: After returning from a previous adventure, Daring Do finds a mysterious stranger at her house asking her to help the ponies of Marapore before leaving behind an encyclopedia (a rare one missing from Daring Do's personal collection). She quickly realizes that the Flankara Relics, three powerful artifacts that protect the Tricorner Villages from the volcano of Mt. Vehoovius has been stolen. With the volcano set to erupt in a few days, can Daring Do capture the thief and retrieve the artifacts before it's too late?


  • Daring Do and the Griffonland Grumblings by Lawrence T. Change: When Daring's next adventure promises to take her to the Griffonlands, the relevant authorites reluctantly allow it, so long as it's done by the book. With only attache Silvia Clawson and the 'help' of the often inscrutable Kitty Hawk can Daring complete her quest without causing an international incident?
  • Daring Do and the Scattered Elements: (Due out next Nightmare Night), by Ember Roundup and Medley McLargehooves. While exploring the Castle of the Two Sisters, Daring stumbles onto a plot to steal, separate and hide the Elements of Harmony. After failing to stop it, Daring brings together several of her sidekicks to split up across the globe, searching deserts, mountains and valleys to find the gems before disaster strikes. note 
  • The Tirek Trilogy
    • Daring Do and the Rainbow of Light (Due next Summer Sun)
  • Daring Do and the Strange Detective: (Due out next Summer Sun Celebration; currently on hold) The first of a two-part crossover between Daring Do and The Fringe Files; written by a group of fans of both series and approved by both authors. Daring Do ends up discovering a journal detailing about a forgotten superweapon, the Cuirass of Might. This powerful artifact granted unlimited power and abilities to its wielder for the intention of matching and slaying godlike individuals. While she searches for it and its three magic gems, she discovers that one of gem-founders hired somepony to investigate the ponies (including Daring) who have been following her. That somepony? Paranormal detective, Fringe Truth. Alternate Title: Reality Game
    • The two part story has been pushed back indefinitely. It is unknown why, but rumors circulate that the actual authors may end up taking over the project and possibly even canonize it...
  • Daring Do and the Cuirass of Might: (Due out next Hearth's Warming; currently on hold) The conclusion of the two-part crossover between Daring Do and The Fringe Files; written by a group of fans of both series and approved by both authors. With Ahuizotl possessing the Ruby of Life and losing the Sapphire of Fate, Daring and Fringe must obtain the Topaz of Form before Ahuizotl gains it and the Sapphire or else he will gain god-like power. Alternate Title: Cataclysmic Change
    • The two part story has been pushed back indefinitely. It is unknown why, but rumors circulate that the actual authors may end up taking over the project and possibly even canonize it...
  • Daring Do and the Flames of Time: (To Be Announced) While Daring Do is on a routine excavation, she accidentally releases a serpentine creature from her stone prison. She activates The Flames of Time within the temple and escapes. Now, Daring Do must travel through her past and future to recapture the serpentine creature and save her own timeline from destruction.
  • Daring Do and the Unwound Timestream (Due date "confidential") by Endless Dream, A.K. Yearling, and L. Heartstrings: The only things we know about this upcoming book are the title; that Dr. Endless Dream seemed to have been collaborating with A.K. Yearling herself on this project; that after Dr. Dream was tragically murdered while on vacation at Lake Illumina in the Crystal Empire, L. Heartstrings signed on to assist Yearling with the project; and Heartstrings only signed on due to her prior friendship with Dr. Dream prior to his death. It is also noted that T. Turner also expressed interest in assisting with the project, but on the condition that L. Heartstrings be removed from the collaboration entirely. The reason for this is unknown, Turner claims it is confidential, while the demand itself appears to be a sore subject with Heartstrings, who was unwilling to discuss it when asked. Because of the demand, Yearling refused Turner. Yearling eventually released the book's cover art as a tide-over.
  • Daring Do and the Devil of Dust, (Due date "confidential") by Moon Wheel: Little is known about this story at the moment, but there are rumors that it may be an apology of sorts for Buffalo Burial Grounds.

There is also a series of shorter Daring Do stories aimed at young foals called The Young Adventures of Daring Do which take place prior to the main series, though whether these are in continuity, or even done by the same author is hotly debated amongst fans (as is the rumor that Princess Luna, since her return, likes to read them aloud to her friends and one of her toys).

    The "Young Daring Do" series contains the following titles: 

Already published:

  1. Daring Do and the Valley of Grouchy: On a college study trip, Daring discovers a mysterious valley, filled with dinosaurs! She soon finds herself fleeing for her life from the Lost World's numerous dangers, but especially from its supreme overlord: a Tyrannosaurus rex named Grouchy!
  2. Daring Do and the Ballad of Chickerufus: Daring and her friends go camping in the Brickabrack woods, but after a spooky campfire story and a strange painting of an eye, our young hero finds herself face to face with a terrible half-bird beast!
  3. Daring Do and the Children of Primus: Daring stumbles upon an ancient ship, filled with mysterious statues of strange beings. But are there more to these statues than what meets the eye? note 
  4. Daring Do and the Cloud-Held Eternity: Daring explores a string of cloud ruins higher up than most anypony else would dare to fly with a new companion, Shifty Gaze, who quickly betrays her with the use of an ancient vat of unused rainwater with Fountain of Youth properties. With her flight and her cutie mark gone, Daring must use her wits to stop Shifty and return to her rightful age.
  5. Daring Do and the Mark of the Trickster: A series of strange dreams causes Daring to believe that she is developing a strange mind-link to the primordial trickster, Anasazi. When no-one believes her, however, she realizes that she must find out about Anasazi all by herself - and that there is more to this mysterious trickster than it may seem...
  6. Daring Do and the Swords of the Sun: A vacation to the Neighpon provinces proves to be anything but relaxing when Daring is thrust into action alongside a team of local superheroes. With danger never far behind, Daring will have to learn to work as part of a larger team to help stop a powerful new adversary and his army of giant monsters.
  7. Daring Do and The Return of the Fire of Friendship: Daring is called on by Princess Celestia to recover the stolen Fire of Friendship from Changeling Island, home of King Mayhem and his subjects. She gets the help of Lady Blue-blood, Lady Dove, and Lady Sun Sparkle, but which is really a Changeling in disguise?
  8. Daring Do and The Moon Ponies: Daring Do awakes up on the Moon and meet the Moon Ponies and have to prevent Scream Star from awaking Nightmare Moon.
  9. Daring Do and the Canis Major: While investigating the ruins of an ancient Diamond Dog settlement, Daring makes a horrifying discovery.
  10. Daring Do and the City of the Lost: While excavating the ruins of Tambelon, Daring's professor disappears. Then all unicorn, abada, and qilin classmates disappear as well.
  11. Daring Do and the Puffing Dragon: Daring Do discovers a proverbial gold mine of lost treasures to bring to the University. But there is a problem; they are in the possession of a bitter dragon who wants to sell them back to her. To top it off, she doesn't even accept bits! Can Daring retrieve these treasures before the dragon takes her wares on the road?

Gene Trottenberry has written a sci-fi series on Daring, called Star Quest. Originally a trilogy, he announced he planned two more stories.

    Daring Do:Star Quest 
After Princess Luna returns, she uses her magic to pull some of Equestria's greatest adventurers from the halls of time. Aboard the New Explorer, Daring meets an entire crew of others much like herself, ready to make the journey where no pony has gone before, but what mystery, what danger awaits beyond the stars in this three-part epic of astronomical proportions?
  1. Daring Do and the Plot Against the World: Daring is enlisted in the quest to stop an alien menace from destroying our world. But who pulls their strings?
  2. Daring Do and the Defeat of Celestia: Inti zaps Lieutenant Commander Woof, the chief of security, into the final years of Princess Platinum's reign. Woof has either done something or failed to do something with the result that the timeline is horribly changed: not only does Discord rule the world, but there is now no stopping Inti from destroying the galaxy. Chief Engineer LaHorse takes himself and Daring back in time and find that the alteration relates with a visionary stallion who ran a charity. A stallion with whom Daring finds herself in love.
  3. Daring Do and the Cube of Horrors: A strange ship arrives above Equestria in order to spread a twisted parody of harmony.
  4. Daring Do and the Imperium: Inti attracts an empire of Polymorphs to a spacetime tunnelnote , in the hopes that they may conquer our world.
  5. Daring Do and Professor Discordia: Inti exploits the Lumenians' ignorance of atomic matter to get the ship stuck, as they declare war on the villain of a Buck Canters-like LARP, thus imperiling the ship. This villain was originally to be called Killer Frame, but Polo House announced the villain's name would be changed in response to protests by lethal white syndrome awareness groups. The fandom has been... less than pleased.

There is also a seven-part arc written by an anonymous contributor known by the pen-name "Ghost Writer", Blood Diamonds is very much intended for more mature audiences. Due to the sheer grimness of the series and the fact that most of the established cast beyond Daring herself rarely appear in favor of entirely new characters, the series is mostly underground, but managed to hold enough of a readership to stay going strong, despite its controversial content.

     Blood Diamonds 
  1. Spoils of War: Daring Do discovers a large and unusual gemstone and donates it to a new museum collection. When it is stolen and she is recruited to retrive it again, she finds herself stumbling into a conspiracy to plunge the Holy Griffanic Empire and the Minotaur City-States into all-out war, with Equestria as the battlefield.
  2. The Dog Pit: Having prevented a catostrophic war and learning of the true power of the Blood Diamonds, Daring devotes herself to finding the rest of them and removing their threat once and for all. Weeks of searching lead her to an underground fighting ring organized by a crazed zebra, and the advertized prize is the Blood diamond she was tracking.
  3. Worship in Fear: While recovering from her last escapade, Daring learns of rumors of another Blood Diamond in the territories of one of the Three Pony Tribes. When she arrives at the frozen wasteland, she finds rements of the last bitter tribesponies still clinging to their land and their old prejudices. As her search continues, she must confront vicious tribalists, desperate caravan raiders, and an ancient cult that could hold the secrets of the true origins of Discord, the Sun and Moon Sisters, and Equestria itself, as well as the destruction of them all.
  4. Never Forgive Me: Miss Do finally tracks down another Blood Diamond, but the ones already in her possession have started affecting her psyche. When she learns that a group of grave robbers are heading towards the same burial mound as her, it's a race to keep the Diamond from falling into their hooves, and a struggle to keep herself from giving in to its magic.
  5. Demons Die: Horrified by what she did on her last venture, Daring devotes herself to finding a way to destroy the Diamonds, storing them in a remote cove for safety. After several fruitless efforts, she is forced to put her research on hold when she is informed of a new Blood Diamond in the possession of a rogue changeling swarm.
  6. Swimming in Red: Daring Do is frustrated in her failure to find the final Blood Diamond. When she makes a discovery that could lead to the destruction of her Diamonds, they are located and stolen. A last frantic search begins, and Daring Do must find the owner of the Blood Diamonds and destroy them soon, or watch as the horror of The Blood is finally unlocked and set loose on the world.
  7. The Crimson Horde: As The Blood and its forces launch their attack on the world, Daring must race against time to separate the Blood Diamonds and destroy them. But how?

Starsong Turner is writing a series of books on Shūbidū, who is the Seapony mayor at the time of Trident. She says that at the time of the first book, Shūbidū has just come of age.

    Young Shūbidū 
  1. Shūbidū and the Vault of Posteidon: Shūbidū is on a family vacation when some unscrupulous treasure hunters press the family into scouting out traps in an ancient temple's treasure vault.
  2. . Shūbidū and the Seals of Doom: A crazed pegasus sends trained killer seals against the Seaponies.
  3. . Shūbidū and the Pirates: The ghosts of pirates sunk in a storm attack the Seaponies.

Several Equestrian magazines across the world have published short stories about our favorite adventurer. Many are accepted as canon by fans, though some, fans prefer to pretend were never published. Most of these stories can also be found in the anthology series, Scenes from a Pith Helmet.note  This is an incomplete list. Please add any that are missing.

    Short Stories 
  • A Scandal in Trottingham: One of the more infamous short stories, due to it's surprisingly mature themes, though nothing's made particularly explicit. A precious horsecollar is stolen by a Classy Cat-Burglar known as Irene Saddler, who is professionally known simply as, The Mare. As Daring continues to chase her through Trottingham, she and her friends dig up a few of Irene's dirty secrets.
  • Almost Got 'Er: Mareton, Swinn, Dell, Ahuizotl, Commandant Rex, Dr. Caballeron and his three iconic henchponies all meet up in a bar and play cards together. Yes, we realize it makes no sense, but that doesn't matter because the story is hilarious. They spend most of the time making fun of each other and talking about how, you guessed it, they almost got (or, in the Swinndell Sisters' case, almost conned) Daring Do.
  • Arthur, King of the Trots, and the Celestian Grail: Arthur and his band of "knights" see a sonic rainboom, which they take a sign from Celestia herself that it's time for them to go on a quest for the legendary Celestian Grail. Ignoring the fact that Daring had already proven years before that it doesn't exist. They band off on their own separate quests within the quest, and face The Black Beast of ARRRRRRRGH, princes being held captive by their fathers, and the local schoolfillies. Those nasty taunting brats.
  • Nothing but Puppy Chow Left by Henry Trottner: During the Fourth Griffon-Diamond Dog war, Daring helps Storm Talon write an Ear Worm to shoot down Diamond Dog morale. Hilarity Ensues.
  • The Winter Wrap-Up that Repeated, by Sweetberry Jubilee: Sebastius Mareton finds himself reliving the same day over and over.
  • Daring Do and the Antelope's Hoof, by Medley McLargehooves: Herpy finds an enchanted antelope's hoof that grants whatever you ask—except there's always a horrible catch.
  • Geis of the Goyle, by Diamond Cuff: Bravado explores an ancient castle that's quite well-kept. He learns that it's guarded by a pack of dangerous gargoyles, sworn to protect their fortress and it's secrets from outsiders...and will go to any means to do so.
  • Legend of the Zomponies, by A. Bloom, winner of a Best Student Writer competition: Outback Jack's younger sister, Alice Springs, stumbles upon the Blank Village. Notable for the surprisingly high amount of fan art depicting Alice as a very sad Zompony, despite the happy ending.
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Pegasus, by Paul Camp: A defictionalized version of Ghoul Dachshund's mentioned In-Universe book of the same name. Ghoul and his best friend/attorney, Doctor Fozzie, take a weeks vacation to Las Pegasus. Substance abuse and property damage ensues.
  • Trial: Every single villain from The 'Verse—canon, short stories, expanded universe, all of them—take over the jail where they've been imprisoned and capture Daring and decide to put her on trial, with Ahuizotl acting as judge, Mareton acting as prosecution, Swinn and Dell as witnesses, and a jury made up of the rest. There are several nods to other short stories and expanded universe material. Although one does have to wonder how dead villains are there, and why Swinn and Mareton are apparently back together for some reason, it's generally considered to be one gem of a story.
  • The Body in Margaritopolis, by Agatha Whinny: Daring finds the still-decaying body of a pegasus stallion in a Dream Valley dig. Technically a novella, rather than a short story.
  • Daring Do and the Review of Performance, by Dee Twenty: Daring's adventures have taken her all over Equestria and beyond, however this means she spends far too little time in the classroom teaching. Daring now faces her greatest challenge... convincing the University Board of Directors to let her keep her job.
  • Shūbidū and the Ruby Shark, by Starsong Turner: At the seabedbreaking for a barn, the Seaponies discover a ruby sculpture with a horrific power.
  • Prism Rush Presents: by Flim and Flam Filosophy. A miniseries that retells assorted published works, done in Prism Rush's uniquely skewed viewpoint when he's on his anti-psychotic medication. Takes place in an alternate universe where Prism Rush was captured and subjected to therapy, medication, and anti-Smooze treatment.
  • A Serene Tale, by Rainboom20%: The backstory of Daring Do's Missing Mom, here named Serenity, is expanded on here. It focuses on her first archaeology expedition, during which she first met Daren Do, her future husband. While this story was very well-received by fans, winning the Derring Do Daily Best Short Story competition, it was, entirely coincidentally, partially Hossed by the release of Daring Do and the Fires of Family soon after, which established Daring's mother's name as Daria.
  • Afterwards, by Ex Mortis: Describes what waits for each character in the afterlife after their respective deaths. Ranges from Terrifying to Tear Jerking to Heartwarming.
  • Ahuizotl and the Giant Chess Pie by D.Cord Name  : A comedy in which, after Ahuizotl frees a reality warper for a new scheme, it turns out to be a trickster who devotes it's time to messing with him
  • ''The Surgeon of Marabia'', by Magic Step. When Swinn and Dell get their hooves on a potion that cures all wounds and brings back the dead, they see only the opportunity to make a bunch of cash. But such a potion cannot be released on the market without being thoroughly tested. Well, Swinn has a grudge against Sebastius anyway... The potion works, but not exactly as planned. Sebastius, Swinn and Dell (and Bravado, who keeps getting dragged into it for some reason) must travel through the Suspiciously Similar Substitute country of Marabia, dodging guards and crazy doctors, escaping from a deadly game of pinball, and discovering family secrets. And dying. They also die a whole lot.
  • Short Stuff and the Amazing Vacuum by D.Cord : During a visit to Dr.Flux's by the Ed's to verify Dell's latest merchandise, Page and Header are accidentally entrapped by Flux's latest invention then mistakenly thrown out. A bored Short Stuff decides to set out to find them.
  • Miss Jumbo and the M████████████ Tattoo by D.Cord : After a disastrous attempt at having Mahavir help with some housekeeping, everypony Miss Jumbo meets seems to comment on a tattoo she has. When they won't elaborate she decides to find Storm for a straight answer. The full title is implied to be Miss Jumbo and the Mysterious Tattoo but it's revealed to be Miss Jumbo and the Mahavir Tattoo.
  • Anne Bonfire and the Unsightly Beauty Mark by D.Cord : In a sleepy town local police are about to connect several disappearances to a beauty parlour. However, a day before they do, Anne Bonfire decides to visit the parlour. Will she be able to avoid being another victim and leave before the police arrive? The author admits that this time around he tried writing a more traditional adventure peppered with his comedy than a straight up comedy like his other works.
  • Fear and Love: When Morph the atoning Changeling and Many Masks the banished Buffalo Skin-Trotters life's become magically connected can they put aside their differences to survive and find out who did this to them?
  • Equestria and the Attack of the Jello Slimes by D.Cord : An invasion nopony could have seen coming: living slime creatures made from jello. An attempt at creating a self mobile food source gone wrong when it became self aware, can they be stopped before pony becomes their food source? Note 
  • Silvia Clawson and Her Little Pony by D.Cord : When Dr.Caballeron is magically shrunken down by a stolen artifact he ends up in the paws of Griffon Embassy Employee Silvia Clawson. Surely she'll help him to reverse it and not take advantage of having a pony at her beck and call in any way right?
  • Daring Do and Marey Sue's Totally Awesome Adventure by D.Cord : When Daring Do gets back from another adventure she's accosted by somepony claiming to be a fan. However when she gives Daring something written to look at, Daring finds herself magically pulled into the world of poorly written self-insertion fanfiction. Will Daring be able to escape this poorly plotted world?
  • From the Pages of a Mockingbird by Sweet Things. The musings of the undead griffon girl, Eichelhaher, after she makes the biggest mistake of her life.
  • The Tale of Two-Tone: A look at the Hippogriff from an alternate universe told via glimpses at random points in her life. Interestingly it's not the Mirror Universe version seen in Universal Cracks but a 'good reflection' based on them.
  • The Recognition of Doris by B.A. Donka Donk: Doris, donkey and Darrin's off again on again partner, loses all her memories aside from her relationship with Darrin. He thus decides to try and help her regain them.
  • Daring Do and the Secret of the High Cholesterol Test by D.Cord: A comedic short story in which various antagonists have to take their 'deadly, pony eating beasts' for checkups for embarrassing reasons.
  • The Student by Lawrence T. Change: Whilst Daring Do and co deal with the latest Equestria threating event, Mahavir stumbles across a more mundane but still dangerous plot. Whilst running for his life and trying to stop them leaves him unable to inform the usuals he does manage, mostly accidentaly, to gather help from a number of others. Can he save the day?Note 

For a short time, there was a comic book series by Mareval about the hero, but it was critically panned and only lasted ten issues. More recently, a run of Daring Do issues were greenlit by Darkpony Comics and a team of enterprising young ponies, who shall remain nameless, were able to get their hooves on large amounts of conceptual material and press releases. A DC representative could not be reached for comment. The fandom is unsure what to make of some of the ideas they have seen thus far; one half is interested in seeing Daring Do adapted to a new medium while the other is concerned that the character may change from an Adventurer Equinologist to some kind of alien superpony who was sent away from her dying homeworld as a foal.

     Daring Do Comics and Graphic Novels - Darkpony Comics series 
  • Daring Do vs. The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well: A one-shot that is more or less exactly what it sounds like. Daring Do crosses paths (and swords) with everyone's favorite costumed vigilante as they both pursue the international super criminal Ahuizotl.
  • Power Ponies #406-409: A trilogy of issues in the Power Ponies series where Daring teams up with the titular costumed heroes to stop an alliance between Ahuizotl and the Mane-iac. A second crossover has been announced to be in the works, where apparently, Daring and Zapp will swap places for a day.
  • Hannibull #111-112: A rather surprising crossover with the recent Hannibull Knacker franchise, in which Daring and Storm Talon, the latter of whom is apparently a cousin of Hannibull 's Jack Clawford, aid in the investigation of a murder at the University. Received some controversy from fans of both series: from Daring Do fans for crossing over with such a typically violent series, and fans of Hannibull for "dumbing down" the typically very graphic series for those two volumes, to make the series more palatable for Daring Do 's younger fanbase.
  • Whatever Happened To The Mare Of Tomorrow #1-12: A story intended as a homage to the entire Expanded Universe full of ContinuityNods and TakeThats. The story focuses on Daring Do's last adventures before her death.

There were also several comics in the weekly Disneigh Adventures magazine under the name "Diamond Daring", featuring Daring being turned into a Diamond Dog by Ahuizotl and her quest to become a pony again. The series is purely comedy, with rarely any drama. Despite being written with an extreme dose of Lighter and Softer, the comics are praised for their witty writing and subtle adult humor. Several readers have billed them as, "the Animaniacs of Daring Do comics, and it's been rumored that A. K. Yearling prefers these stories out off all the other alternate continuities. There are a total of four arcs at the moment, but the writers for Disneigh Adventures have confirmed there will be more in the future.

     Disneigh Adventures' Diamond Daring Comic 
  1. Diamond Daring: The Aristocratastrophe : Daring meets a powerful unicorn who claims she will turn her back to a pony, but only if she helps save her failing circus act.
  2. Diamond Daring: Bad Dog, No Buscuits : Daring is kidnapped by a Diamond Dog slave trader who plans to use her for a terrible Broadway Musical.
  3. Diamind Daring: Polar Bowler : Daring attempts to return to her adventuring, but quickly discovers the cons of being a Diamond Dog, such as a sudden love for the ball-shaped boulders she usually has to run from, which the latest temple is packed to the brim with.
  4. Diamond Daring: And Now A Word From Our Sponsors : Daring is faced with the greatest challenge of her life: ads during her comic!

As apart of the...stranger media, Taclopyuki Ishikawa, electronic musician and noted Daring Do fan, has collaberated with SoyAnimation and produced several songs with accompanying music videos about Daring Do's adventures. Despite the heavy dose of Soundtrack Dissonance (all the songs are electronic, despite the universe taking place long before it even existed), reception has been positive. Praise has gone to the stellar animation, high-quaility music, and packing in so much action and emotion into a single video that it heavily averts It's Short, So It Sucks!.

     Daring Do: The Tracks Less Traveled 
  • Daring Do and the Illogical Dash : Daring Do attempts to escape a crumbling temple under the influence of a trip-inducing mushroom she had eaten on the way in. Given the oddness of the song, combined with the downright strange visuals when Daring starts tripping, many viewers called it, "the best acid trip no one asked for".
  • Daring Do and the Cyber Symphony : Daring Do attends a concert of a brilliant violinist, only to learn his music invades the mind and sends the listener into a dream world while the violinist makes off with their belongings. Daring fights her way back to reality, and prompty punches out the violinist, much to the rejoice of his past victims.
  • Daring Do and the Quickening : Daring Do is trapped in a raging stormcloud during a flight, and must fight her way out of it, with the storm doing everything it can to take it down. This one won several awards for best use of MGI. With the sheer detail put into the cloud monsters, it was pretty much a given.
  • Daring Do and the Lonely Abyss : Daring Do is finally caught by a temple's trap, and she contemplates her own mortality and life choices, experiencing flash backs to all her past adventures. She is about to give up hope when Herpy arrives to free her. The two escape the temple, with Daring basking in the revalation that she is never alone.
  • Daring Do and the Harsh Winter : Daring Do is forced to take in the realization that adventuring in in-the-middle-of-winter Germaneigh is extremely unpleasant. Despite the emotional music, this one is more humorous in tone, most of it being silent slapstick.
  • Daring Do and the Leading Cyber : An adaptation of a scene from Daring Do and the Breathing Weapons in which Daring fights the heavy-weapons griffon, Falke. No plot, just beautifully animated fight scenes on par with Dragon Brawler X.
  • Daring Do and the Absolute : Daring Do visits a fortune teller who shows her quick glimpses into the events of her future, one of which is marrying her recently-employed collegue, Arzt. The music indicates this is supposed to be a happy future, but at the end, she scoffs at the thought, claiming she has control over her own future, not the Fortune Teller...right before sharing ice cream with Arzt.
    • This video lead to a huge shipping war at the Darebooru forums.
  • Daring Do and the Unstressful Sky : Daring Do gets locked up in her reasearch, quicky becoming overstressed and nearly suffering a breakdown. Arzt takes her out for a flight around the University, and she is quickly cured.
  • Daring Do and the Iris Survivor: Daring encounters a pony who was turned into stained glass by the Elements of Harmony over a thousand years ago, learning that the temple's treasure is the pony's glass heart.

Several authors were curious about some of Daren's adventures mentioned in the main series, so they opted to create their own takes on them.

     Daren Do Adventures 
  1. Daren Do and the Hurricane's Spear, by Northern Winds: Daren has always wanted to find the Platinum Crown in the hopes of finding whatever happened to his father, so he and his adventuring group try to track down famous artifacts from the other founders of Equestria in the hopes that they might provide clues to the Crown's whereabouts, starting with the Spear of Commander Hurricane.
  2. Daren Do and the Wrath of Zeb, by Gizmo Raff: While Daren doing research on ancient Dream Valley, the very physics of light starts to change. And why is there an impossible zebra-minotaur blend running around?
  3. Daren Do and the Golem Army, by Thistlewhistle Farrier: Daren Do, Winchester Tock, and Rodolphus Mareton get mixed up in the rise of a mechanical force.
  4. Daren Do and the Killers Above, by Gizmo Raff: Daren Do races against time to stop a Raptorian invasion. Little does he know that he will face the most agonizing decisions of his life.
  5. Daren Do and the Fruit Bat Statue, by Medley McLargehooves: As Daren tries to cope with a recent betrayal and tragedy for which he blames himself, a statue starts coming to life.
  6. Daren Do and the Cyborg Servants, by T. Turner: In the conclusion to the Young Daren Do arc, a strange cyborg race claims to be servants to all the races of this world. But are they really?

Shortly after the publication of Daring Do and the Universal Cracks, author Muffin Parcels was granted permission by Polo House to rewrite and publish her three Zapapple Tock AU fics, as these had inspired the chapters set in the alternate universe in which Daring was killed instead of Zapapple. Muffin Parcels has confirmed that if sales are successful, she will continue the series with wholly original stories.

     Zapapple Tock Adventures 
  1. Zapapple Tock and the Sapphire Statue
  2. Zapapple Tock and the Night Wing Conspiracy
  3. Zapapple Tock and the Abominable Snowmen - this one was heavily revised from the original fanfic, to the point that it became a collaboration between Muffin Parcels and Bowtie Whooves.
  4. Zapapple Tock and the Wizard's Staff (Due out next Running of the Leaves)

There have been art books and collectible books dedicated to Daring Do under Polo House, Inc. High budget Bridleway stage adaptions have been made based on the first four books, starring Hairerion Trot in the title role. A fifth had been in Development Hell for some time, as the Applewood film series (also starring Trot, though almost none of the other stage actors) started shortly after the closing of Wooden Mask and the filming schedule left Trot unavailable. The Bridleway series was revived last year with Alicorn's Shadow, albeit with Shauna Flankery taking over the lead role.

     The Applewood Film Series currently consists of: 

  1. Daring Do and the Sapphire Stone: Directed by J.J. Thistle-Whistle, Screenplay by Minty Coral
  2. Daring Do and the Griffon's Goblet
  3. Daring Do and the Curse of the Yeti
  4. Daring Do and the Wooden Mask
  5. Daring Do and the Razor of Dreams
  6. Daring Do and the Platinum Crown
  7. Daring Do and the Gardens of Equestria
  8. Daring Do and the Shrine of the Silver Monkey
  9. Daring Do and the Cove of Candles
  10. Daring Do and the Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded
  11. Daring Do and the Temple of Nightmare Moon: Written and directed by Hoss Whedon
  12. Daring Do and the Legacy of Nightmare Moon
  13. Daring Do and the Alicorn's Shadow
  14. Daring Do and the Trident of the Seaponies (currently in production, due out next Summer Sun Celebration)
  15. Daring Do and the Trials of Unity (currently in pre-production)

Applewood also recently did a remastered rerelease of Sapphire Stone, but excessive use of the magic effects budget as well as several other changes has given it mixed reviews. There have also been several radio plays done for each book in the canon series as well as numerous lesser stage adaptations.

The series has spawned a wide variety of video games, beginning with an arcade machine called Daring Do and the Bauble of Mystery, released after Curse of the Yeti was published. It isn't very good and is not canon in the slightest, although it has produced a number of in-jokes and memes in the Daring Do fandom. A later trilogy of graphic adventures, all original stories, were released between the publication of Cove of Candles and Legacy of Nightmare Moon, by Siyegua. These were notorious for several Unwinnable by Design Guide Dang Its.

    Archeological Quest 
  1. Archeological Quest: Lightning Kicker is deathly ill and Herpy and Daring have to fetch the formula for the only cure from a Hayan temple.
  2. Archeological Quest II: The Witches of Gloom: Daring is the only archeologist in a Dream Valley dig not to be kidnapped by Hydia.
  3. Archeological Quest III: The Labyrinth of Terror: Daring Do visits a Minotaur temple.'''

More recently, Telltail Games announced two seasons of four Episodic Games. The first consisted of adaptations of books in the original canon: Sapphire Stone, Wooden Mask, Trident of the Seaponies (slightly re-written to be later in the timeline than the book was) and Ring of the Marengeti. These were largely praised for their voice acting and writing, with a lot of Adaptation Expansion, but criticised for unchallenging puzzles. Telltail have announced that they will work to correct this aspect in the second season, which will consist of original stories. The first announced title for Season 2 is Daring Do and the Fate of Atlatigo. Another videogame company, PAL Laboratories, announced that they're working on a more action packed platformer called Daring Do and the Great Cave Offensive which takes place on a completely separate continuity from the Telltail games and apparently the books as well.

Colt Disneigh Studios has recently announced the production of two Daring Do animated features, one based on the leaked Children of Primus, the other an entirely original story called Daring Do and the Monkey King. Both features scripted by author Terri Prancett. They are both scheduled for release at next Nightmare Night.

Currently being adapted as a Radio Play for Celestia Radio, by Pony in a Box Productions.

    Daring Do Adventures 
  • Daring Do and the Sapphire Stone — An adaptation of the first book. Considerably shorter than the original.
  • Summer Vacation — Daring Do and a fellow professor, Archaeological Dig, talk about what they did over the summer.
  • Lesson Plans — Masra runs into Herpy in the hallways of Canterlot University. It seems Daring Do's lesson plan is late once again.
  • Herpy in the Dark — It's Nightmare Night at Canterlot University, and Herpy must face a nightmare of his own.
  • Glory Days — Storm Talon is taking one last look at his old ship before its decommissioning and his own retirement, and reminisces with Copperbeak.
  • Daring Do Adventures Episode 2: Griffon's Goblet Part 1 and 2 — Daring Do receives a mysterious letter regarding the fate of her father, which prompts her to search for the Griffon's Goblet.

The Third Griffon-Diamond Dog War is heavily alluded to in many of the works. This prequel proceeds to give insight into the assorted adventures of the veterans of this conflict. It is divided into several sections.

    Tales of the War. 
  • Of Steel And Talons: Storm's transformation from the brash and unpleasant youth to the hard-beaked but respectable griffon of today.
  • Sniffing Out Corruption: The alliance his people made with the dragons had set off alarm bells in Ghoul's head, so he takes it on himself to find the root of this.
  • Sacrifice Of Alicorns: Masra has to deal with the increasing fracturing of her nation's alliance with the griffons, and what she is willing to part with to end the war before it degenerates into a three-way conflict.
  • No Matter The Cost: Sterling Silver's operations as a field agent, from his greatest triumphs to his ultimate betrayal.
  • Demons Within: Applesack and Charity battle their inner demons over the increasing toll the war has taken on them. Sadly, they lose.
  • Darkest Before The Dawn: A spin on the published diaries of Celestia regarding her actions during the war as translated into the Daring Do universe.

Following the release of 18th Core Series book, Ring of Destiny, A.K. Yearling, for unknown reasons, made a statement, wondering what would have happened had Daring and Rainbow failed to destroy the temple, and 800 years of unrelenting sweltering heat had ensued. Following this prospect, a group of authors struck a deal with Polo House, Inc. allowing them to write an Alternate Timeline stemming from that particular book.

    Fires of Equestria 
  1. A Broken Rainbow: Following an apparent timeline divergence at sometime during the core book Ring of Destiny, Equestria is beginning to suffer under the unrelenting heat that Ahuizotl has brought forth. Rainbow Dash has lost faith in both herself and Daring and has dropped off the grid completely. If Daring is going to have any hope of undoing Ahuizotl's work, she's going to have to find Rainbow Dash and bring her to reason.
  2. The Infernal Spirit: After discovering that Princess Celestia has fallen ill as a result of Ahuizotl's Sun Curse, Daring and Rainbow Dash travel to Canterlot to meet with the remaining princesses. It is there that Daring discovers something amazing that she really should have realised about Rainbow from the very beginning.
  3. Hands of the Below: Daring and Rainbow's quest is put on hold as the deathly Sun Illness plaguing Princess Celestia begins to spread to others. They find themselves in a race against time to find a way to cure the illness.
  4. The Assassin's Code: Following the revelation that they are both of a small group of ponies who are immune to the Sun Illness, Daring and Rainbow find themselves the targets of Ahuizotl's ever infamous allies, the Hands of the Below, who continue to seek an unknown objective. In order to survive the constant attacks and assassination attempts, the two of them must make it back to Canterlot in one piece. But that's easier said than done when you have a bounty on your head...
  5. The Dictator's Wrath: Following Celestia's illness induced attempt to murder them, Daring, Rainbow, and their few remaining allies find themselves on the run in a land of creatures that want them dead. But as Equestria continues it's descent into an insane wasteland of sand and sun, a new alliance is forged with the least likely of individuals.
  • Daring Do - F.o.E. #6-9: NAMES TBA: Confirmed to be in production, though no release dates have been announced as of yet.

After the success of the Breathing Weapons trilogy, and the Tracks Less Traveled music videos (notably, the overwhelming praise given to the videos' beautiful animation), Polo House collaborated Summer Sun Animation to produce an Anime series entitled, Globetrotters. The thirteen-episode series chronicles, "Daring's adventures in more civilized settings alongside Arzt, Eichelhäher, and a slew of new antagonists that'll make Daring wish she'd stuck to the jungle.". The series is a healthy blend of action and comedy, with a decent amount of Character Development.

It was never confirmed whether or not the series is considered canon. As such, the series takes a few artistic liberties with the setting, like modernizing the settings a bit, giving it an almost dieselpunkish feel, and even throwing in a bit of SchizoTech, but character-wise, is completely faithful to the series' canon.

Despite the series' cancellation after it's first season, fan demand and a successful Buckstarter campaign convinced the creators to give the series a proper finale with the movie, Globetrotters: Lunar Ferver

    Globetrotters Episodes: 
  1. Exotic Ethics: Our heroes kick off their adventure in style, tackling a case of a kidnapped princess in Saddle Arabia.
  2. Equestria In Blue: The trio must rescue a city on the water from a dangerous mining operation led by the diamond-dog pirates, the Ruby Gears.
  3. Stop, Look, and Listen, Give Props to the Lightnin' Daring plunges into the lower slums of Manehattan to infiltrate a rap battle in which the prize is one of the treasures she sheeks.
  4. Time Is The Healer: Eichelhäher is visited by time mage, Aeterna, and given a chance to undo her past under Krahe's control.
  5. The Future Is Mine: Arzt's past comes back to haunt him, as his parents, a duo of legendary griffon soldiers, show up at the university to punish him for defecting from his homeland.
  6. Can You Feel It: Arzt falls in with the new underground dance scene called "House". When he accepts and eats a bag of mushrooms given to him at one of the parties, it's up to Daring and Eichelhäher to try (and fail) to make sure he doesn't get into trouble.
  7. Gekokujo The trio aids Reiher, a griffon from the far east, in saving his kidnapped lover from his village's debt collectors.
  8. King of Hearts: In an attempt to find love, Eichelhäher seeks out the fabled King Of Hearts, a knight rumored to bring ponies together on the battlefield.
  9. Get Kraken While sailing to their next destination, the gang is captured by seaponies who demand their assistance in destroying a vile monster that raveges their kingdom.
  10. I Can't Stand You: After a stressful year of adventure, the trio decides to take some time off at the University, only to start sniping at each other, and eventually start a brawl nearly destroys the building.
  11. To The Pressure (pt.1): A condensed reimagining of Always Faithful. The gang stumbles upon the perserved body of the first Element of Loyalty, and learn a shocking truth behind the Elements of Harmony themselves.
  12. To The Pressure (pt.2): Trusts are missplaced and loyalties are tested as the gang struggles to stay together amidst the chaos of the battle between Mars and the resurrected Artes.
  13. To The Pressure (pt.3): Mars and Artes fight is in full swing, and the sheer magnitude of their battle threatens to tear apart Canterlot. It's up to the gang, with the aid of Celestia and Luna, to patch everything up and defeat them before Canterlot and all of Equestria is destroyed.
  14. Globetrotters: Lunar Ferver: Celestia personally calls upon Daring and the gang to stop a stallion madly in love with Nightmare Moon before he resurrects her and brings eternal night to Equestria.

Despite good reviews and high ratings, Globetrotters only lasted one season before Summer Sun lost the rights. The animated adventures of Daring Do would not end there however. Studio Pones quickly bought up the rights and began work on a series of OVA episodes based off the original idea for the Breathing Weapons Trilogy. End to Order takes place forty years after the original canon. Daring Do has retired from adventuring and has taken up work for Celestia as the Chief of Canterlot's police force. When Canterlot comes under random attacks, Daring learns she must deal with The Rusted, a group of griffons who want to end pony rule by unleashing Discord unto the world.

Like Globetrotters, a few liberties are taken with the canon. The only notable change here, however, is Daring having fought in the Greater Lands War in her youth.

The series is split up into four "arcs".

    End to Order 
  • Episodes 1-3, Time and Time Again: Daring Do, now retired from exploring tombs and jungles, is Canterlot's highest-ranked police investigator. When the pony colonies in griffon lands are suddenly wiped out by a group of griffon terrorists known as, "The Rusted", Daring immediately begins the investigation necessary to bring them to justice.
  • Episodes 4-6, We Must Be Just: The Rusted reveal themselves to Equestria, announcing their plans to unleash Discord upon the world and end the rule of ponies once and for all. Daring attempts to take them on directly, but the battle is much more than she bargained for.
  • Episodes 7-9, Alabaster Feathers: On a good-will mission to Eagleland, Celestia is attacked by the Rusted and has her feathers stolen, granting them the strength and powers of alicorns and ensuring their victory.
  • Episodes 8-10, Pandora Smiled: Equestria has fallen into chaos at the hands of the Rusted. The only thing that stands between the ponies and total anihilation is Daring Do...

Despite never appearing again after the Breathing Weapons trilogy, the Greifvogel's popularity led to a slew of fan media starring them, one of which was a live-action short entitled, Birds of Prey. It took place in an alternate continuity where Daring and Arzt lost their battle against the Greifvogel, and were subsequently assimilated by Krahe. The short proved so popular, Polo House contacted the creators and signed them to do a 9-episode mini-series based off the short. The series is a blend of action and drama, with plenty of time dedicated to character development and exploring the backstories of the Greifvogel members.

While fan response was initially positive, the praise started to fade as the series continuously got darker with each installment. The ending is almost unanimously agreed to be so gut-churningly depressing that many fans ignore the series outright and make their own Greifvogel fics (not that Birds of Prey was ever considered canon).

    Birds of Prey 
  1. Takeoff: The Greifvogel break in their new members by siccing them on a newly created pony colony in Eagleland territory.
  2. Vanquish: Krahe decides to test his new recruits' loyalty by forcing them to fight his "perfect weapon", Taube.
  3. Turbulant: Daring and Arzt poor performance stirs trouble within the group.
  4. Monsoon: Celestia takes action against the Greifvogel, sending the full force of her military power their way.
  5. Bloody Plume: While hiding from Celestia's soldiers, the Greifvogel dream of their histories.
  6. Duality: Daring sees Herpy for the first time since her assimilation.
  7. Thunder: Having escaped Celestia's soldiers, the Greifvogel take to Celestia's castle.
  8. Lightning: Chaos begins as Celestia and the Greifvogel fight for control of Equestria.
  9. Crash-Land: Daring sits atop Celestia's throne, imagining the possibilities of what's to come.

Recently, an amateur writer named Cinnamon Swirl (known to most fans as FableMare000) struck up a deal with Polo House, Inc to write a series of Expanded Universe books centered around a potential future for the series — specifically, the adventures of new character Darling Do, Daring's daughter. Though none of the three planned books have been released yet, the series has already ignited a number of shipping wars based around the identity of Darling's father (which Cinnamon Swirl admits was her entire motivation for writing the series in the first place.)

The three books announced are as follows:

    The Darling Do series 
  1. Darling Do and the Crystal Skull: Darling Do, daughter of the famed Daring Do, tries to obtain a powerful artifact before an ancient colt can do so first. (Set to be released next Summer Sun Celebration.)
  2. Darling Do and the Heart of Te Filly: Now armed with clues as to where her missing father is located, Darling goes on an ocean voyage to find a stone said to be able to create islands. But an old foe of her mother's has other plans...(Set to be released next Nightmare Night.)
  3. Darling Do and the Umbra Colt: Landing in the Crystal Empire, Darling may finally be able to find her father. That is, if the colt that's been following her around is stopped before they resurrect King Sombra. (No set release date as of now.)

During the run up to April Foals day it's almost become a tradition for the authors involved with Daring Do, and even some that aren't, to create fake upcoming books or fake details about real upcoming books, which often become in jokes among the community.

    April Foals Books. 
  • Daring Do: A Soiree of Stabbings by George R.R. Mareton: Maharaja invites Daring Do and Short Stuff to dinner, planning for it be Daring's last. Due to mixed reactions towards excerpts read during Ponyville Comic Con, the book has been cancelled....until it was revealed to have been an April Foals gag and was never coming out in the first place.

It's not a surprise that these widely-loved books have made their way to the stage as well. Here are some of the best-known stage shows.

    Stage Shows 
  • Sweeney Trot: The surprisingly popular villains Sweeney Trot and Mrs. Hoovett got their own musical, focusing solely on their plotline from Staff of Star Swirl, adding a new villain, Judge Clopin (mainly so audience wouldn't feel too guilty for rooting for Sweeney), a new hero, Anthony Hopewing, and giving Sweeney's daughter Linnet more depth. The clever, complicated lyrics are legendary. Good luck memorizing them all.
  • A Very Daring Musical: A group of Chickcago-based college students made this musical, about the most affectionate an Affectionate Parody can be. Combining the plots of all sixteen Yearling books, plus throwing in some references to short stories, movies, and non-canon books, this musical spoofs the series, giving new and unique spins to characters, to the point where they could almost be considered OC's. If you haven't read all sixteen books, you'll understand maybe half the plot and almost none of the jokes, but if you have, it's gut-bustingly funny. Even the actors in the Applewood movie series are fans!

For more information on this classic series of Equestrian literature, click here. 

This Series contains examples of:

  • A God Am I: Dr. Zerato appears to suffer from delusions of this, as he brags a couple times about having ‘absolute power over life and death’. Not to mention the fact that he used his potion to give himself wings in addition to his horn...
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Sebastius’ ice dagger can cut through anything, including diamond, although Sebastius had a pretty hard time slicing through said diamond.
  • Adaptation Decay: The inevitable result (to varying degrees) when the stories are brought to stage, radio, film, and comics. Some particularly picky ponies refuse to read or listen to any of the spinoffs.
  • Advanced Ancient Acropolis: The Ancient Pegasus cloud ruins of Cloudyon in Cloud-Held Eternity seem like this. It certainly has technology that would not be developed for centuries.
  • Affectionate Parody: The stage show A Very Daring Musical. The creators are huge fans of the series, and when the cast of the films stated that they'd seen and loved the show, they very nearly passed out!
  • Alas, Poor Villain: When Inferno believed Ahuizotl smashed her egg, she went on a rampage forcing the fleet called in as reinforcements to shoot her down. When Daring showed that the egg was fine, she said she was sorry, and asked Daring to keep it safe before collapsing.
    • In Mirror Pond, being forced to admit the truth Greyhoof has been evading for so long to create the Cutie Pox cure (and realizing there was one) broke him on a fundamental level. He drank himself to death right afterwards, using a combination of some 470-proof hard apple cider and a torch.
  • Alien Geometries: Steam Whistle's workshop. The straight hallway that loops is probably the tamest anomaly.
  • The Alleged Carriage: Herpy has one at the end of Ring of the Marengeti and the beginning of Ring of Destiny. Something's always breaking.
  • All Musicals Are Adaptations: There is a stage show, and it is indeed a musical. Oddly, it focuses on the villains Sweeney Trot and Mrs. Hoovett, not on the Do family. The latest revival featured Cloppy Depp as Sweeney and Hoofena Bonham Trotter as Hoovett.
  • All Myths Are True: The series makes heavy use of both Equestrian and non-Equestrian mythology, including the more mythological aspects of real historical artifacts. However, with the release of Nightmare Moon and Discord (who matches the description of the Great Beast Of Chaos in Alicorn's Shadow), there is talk that maybe the myths really are true.
    • Subverted with "The Poodonkus". That one was revealed to be false.
    • Something of a weird case in Tinker's Seal, where Star Shimmer is vaguely implied to have been a descendent of the Dark Lord of Ultima Mule. However, after the return of the Crystal Empire, scholars have noted that Ultima Mule had many trappings of the Crystal Empire (crystal motif, evil ruler, lost in time). That said, Ultima Mule was supposedly banished because it was just as wicked as its ruler, whereas the only true evil in the Crystal Empire was King Sombra and his personal retinue, and it was cursed to be lost in time by King Sombra as a final "buck you" to the Princesses. Word of God decided to go with Star Shimmer being a descendant of King Sombra and one of his dark consorts when asked about it.
  • All-Star Cast: The current Applewood movie series has a large number of heavy hitter actors, like Sean Trottery, Bruce Campfire, Shia LaBuck, Anne Hoofaway, Cloppy Depp, as well as international actors like Samuel L. Hawkson and David Bowwow.
    • Granted, not all the actors chosen were well received.
  • Alternate Universe: Multiple are seen in the Expanded Universe story Universal Cracks. Most notably, the one where Daring died in place of Zapapple Tock. Others seen include one where Daring and her friends wield the Elements of Harmony, a Genderswapped Universe where Daring is a male, and the Bizarro Universe that serves as the origin of the Leader of the Colt of Smooze.
  • Always Somepony Better: Derring-Do has repeatedly proven that she's a better explorer than Daring is. Interestingly, Ahuizotl can't stand her and when she gets involved in one of his schemes, instead of Daring, he forgoes the usual Death Trap and, instead, curbstomps her and takes the artifact. Daring must then retrieve it along with rescuing her sister. Ahuizotl claims he could do the same to Daring as well, but chooses not to, since it's more fun to struggle with her.
    • Subverted in Shrine of the Silver Monkey, when both Derring-Do and Daring Do get placed in identical death traps. Daring escapes easily due to her prior experience with such things while Derring needs to be rescued.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Some books refer to Calypso as male while others, female.
  • Ambiguous Syntax:
    Daring: I flew up to look for signs of the pirates like you suggested, but I didn't see anything noteworthy.
    Greens: Well maybe they're camouflaged. And don't call me Noteworthy!
  • An Arm and a Leg: According to the legend, the Assembler takes body parts from its target during the night, and the victim later wakes up with a sutured stump in its place.
  • Anachronic Order: The novels, as mentioned above, though some stage and radio adaptations have averted it, choosing to begin with Spear of the Windigos. The Bridleway plays stuck with the books' order while Hairerion Trot was in the role, as did the first seven Applewood films before various circumstances resulted in the producers fiddling with the schedule: Shrine of the Silver Monkey was moved forward due to Pony Jay's failing health, Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded was moved up due to the success of Sweeney Trot's Bridleway run, Trident of the Seaponies was delayed as the amount of swimming and diving training involved would have put the film months behind schedule, and, most controversially, Alicorn's Shadow was cancelled during production due to a falling-out between Agister Jolie (Derring) and Brad Pinto (Mareton). This resulted in Mareton being written out of the Temple of Nightmare Moon. Both of these are back on track, however, thanks to Hairerion Trot taking lessons on her downtime, and Haystack Leaves being cast as Mareton.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • Victims of Dr. Zerato in general suffer this, as they are dissected multiple times, but special mention goes to the eight-legged pony, the pony whose neck is made of spliced together necks, and the griffin with no limbs.
    • What Dr. Zerato was going to do to Sebastius and Bravado was particularly horrifying as well: he would have spliced their bodies together so that they shared one brain and thought each others’ thoughts.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Every book except for the first (since it wasn't a series yet) and the Nightmare Moon arc.
  • Androcles Tyrannosaur: Near the end of The Valley of Grouchy, the eponymous dinosaur swallows Daring whole before he is subdued by the royal guards. Daring discovers a bone stuck in his throat and dislodges it, for which Grouchy is extremely grateful.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Subverted by Steam Whistle's journal. Both Daring and Herpy expected it to end on a catastrophe, but the last entry is simply Steam Whistle expressing his hopes that "future generations understand that we did this for them" and casually mentioning he plans to get himself scrapped once he's done writing it.
  • Arc Words: Throughout Trident of the Seaponies, the phrase "Sea bears foam, Life bears dreams; both end the same way: CRASSSH" are uttered by both the old oracle an during the Dream Sequence. This on its own is a subtle shout out (or probable origin, considering the uncertain time of writing of the series as a whole) of a phrase used in an unrelated work: The Awakening of the Wind Fish
    • A less obvious example is in Cove of Candles. Every clue given to Daring regarding Blackmane's treasure contains the phrase "You have to go inside", from the obvious, to the spelled out through misplaced capitalization to written in invisible ink on the scroll.
    • Two of the villains in the Expanded Universe have Arc Words associated with them-books involving The Smooze often contain the phrase "Nothing can stop The Smooze", while books where Krastos appears have "All is one, one is all", referencing his final Grand Theft Me plan.
      • The Smooze's arc words sometimes have a minor variation, but in Secrets of Hydia, one of these variants becomes Arc Words in and of itself: "No one can save The Smooze."
    • The phrase "Someday I'm gonna go home" is an Arc Phrase that appears throughout the Colt of Smooze/Colt Leader subplot in the Expanded Universe. This is brought to a conclusion in The Stinger for Tinker's Seal, which leads into the Colt Leader-centric Universal Cracks: "I'm going home."
    • In Tales of the War, the phrase "End the War Tonight" appears frequently in the story Sacrifice of Alicorns, and to a lesser extent, No Matter The Cost.
    • The word "sleepless" tends to be used a lot around Nightmare Moon. By contrast, Princess Luna is associated with the words "rest" and "dream".
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Agate comes from some sort of aristocratic family though he keeps it purposefully vague as to what he actually is.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Sweeney is hit with a pair before he grabs the Staff fragment.
    "Oh, come on, Sweeney! Even if the artifact's power could bring back your wife, would she even want you after all this? Would Linnet?"
  • Artistic License - Equestrian History: The series ping pongs on it. For the most part the actual Royal Canterlot Equinology Society praises the series for its accuracy (right down to the number of bells on the hat of acclaimed wizard Star Swirl The Bearded), but they do note that some of the twists are impossible and directly contradict facts, most notably in the Nightmare Moon arc, where the villains' plans revolve around channeling power directly from the eponymous goddess in her prison. Ahuizotl, in order to destroy Canterlot with the use of the artifacts Daring has been collecting; and Inti, simply destroying much of Equestria and reshaping it to his liking. It's noted that channeling such power would be impossible due to the nature of the seal on Nightmare Moon and the fact that many of the cultures the artifacts come from predate Nightmare Moon's imprisonment.
    • Also from Temple of Nightmare Moon, the eponymous Temple is said to have been Nightmare Moon's main fortress when she began her campaign against the Sun. While there was a Real Life "Temple of Nightmare Moon", in reality it was just Princess Luna's (rather elaborate) summer retreat home converted into a place of worship for Nightmare's followers and served no military value during the Equestrian Civil War.
    • One of manuscripts contained a series of frustrated notes, where the author debated telling a good story versus accuracy. Apparently, the author went with a good story.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology:
    • While the dinosaurs of The Valley Of Grouchy are surprisingly accurate in terms of anatomy (including feathered raptors), they are obviously millions of years and thousands of miles out of place. Also, mammoths, giant ground sloths, terror birds, and saber-toothed "tigers."
    • The animal behaviors are also pretty accurate, such as ground-hunting Quetzalcoatlus and fishing Spinosaurus.
  • Ascended Extra: In The Griffon's Goblet Daring briefly stops to talk to Herpy, a somewhat silly, but surprisingly competent Page for the University. Later on he becomes more prominent, becoming Daring's assistant and helping out with her research and the like. He is Put on a Bus in Cove of Candles where Daring remarks that he is working on getting his own degree in Equestrian Economy. He comes back for a minor Big Damn Heroes moment in Temple Of Nightmare Moon and later gets A Day in the Limelight for a large chunk of Ring of the Marengeti. In "The Spear Of the Windigos", although not mentioned by name, Daring complains about how a pony matching Herpy's description drank all the coffee.
    • Mahavir/Mahiavar was only given a passing mention in the main series of books is given a prominent role in the Expanded Universe
    • Swinn and Dell, a pair of traveling Con Artist sisters who had popped up as joke characters for several volumes, actually help Daring in Cove of Candles, and again with several other characters in Temple of Nightmare Moon.
    • Dr. Capacitor's cousin, Lemon Johnson, originally given a brief mention in Tinker's Seal, becomes a Supporting Character in Universal Cracks.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: Ambassador Hawkwings is a rude, obnoxious and outright abusive guy who only really got his job via nepotism, and who by the penultimate chapter of Griffon's Goblet only avoids a righteous beating by the Dos by claiming it could create a serious international incident. At which point Professor Storm Talon casually walks by and smacks him over the head with his prosthetic tail.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The eponymous Ring of the Marengeti is used to awaken Sobek, an enormous crocodile with a taste for horseflesh.
  • Author Appeal: Expanded Universe author L. Heartstrings has a weird obsession with hands, the appendages where the forehooves would be on Minotaurs and apes. She's also very big on the mythology of humans (think Incitatus' unique ape, Calligula, or the series "My Small Human").
    • Ember Roundup is a huge fan of Feetlebaum and his City Slickers, and it shows.
    • A few excerpts from Alicorn Amulet indicates that Beatrix Lulamoon has an interest in vanquishing Ursas and the Magical Filly genre.
    • Every few chapters in Mystery of Flutter Valley, a stallion is rolling. And Herpy rolls in the Crystal Message preview.
  • Author Avatar: Fans have searched the books to find a character who might be operating as one of these. The most intriguing (because the most badass?) is Laurentia of the Red Mane from ''Temple of Nightmare Moon".
    • Another possibility is Mirror Dreams, who first appeared in Alicorn's Shadow. Mostly due to her freaky knowledge of everypony's backstory.
    • A third option is Herpy, which is brought up because of another rumor that the author's major is in Equestrian Equinology and that s/he based Daring Do off of a pony s/he was a grad student to.
    • Haystack Leaves has died, before the release of the film of Alicorn's Shadow.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Herpy's modus operandi when it comes to death traps. While Daring Do simply charges ahead and dodges by reflex, he tends to study trajectories or find ways to trigger or disarm the traps.
  • Batman Gambit: After losing the first few artifacts necessary for his doomsday weapon to Daring Do, Ahuizotl starts letting Daring Do retrieve the other artifacts, so that she'll gather them all in one place. He can then swoop in and steal them all from her at the same time.
  • Badass Bookworm: Daring, of course!
    • And Derring-Do as well.
    • For the majority of the series, Herpy only fit the "Bookworm" category - until his Big Damn Heroes moment in the Ring of the Marengeti, which forever earned him the title of "Badass."
    • Okpono only fit the bookworm category until Temple of Nightmare Moon—see Beware the Nice Ones below.
    • Tabula Rasa as well, in her few adventures outside the university.
  • Badass Family: The Dos. Unquestionably. Griffon's Goblet and Trials of Unity both showed how unstoppable this family can be when they come together.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Silver in Cloudfall Conspiracy - Masra is killed, and her reputation is so badly tainted that the University board decides to go in an entirely different direction with her replacement. That said, he doesn't live to enjoy said victory.
  • Bag of Holding: Discussed and subverted in Short Stuff and the Amazing Vacuum. Short Stuff asks Dr. Flux if the titular vacuum works like this. Dr. Flux reveals instead that everything is either absorbed for energy or compacted to fit.
  • Balloon Belly: Dell gets one in Ahuizotl and the Giant Chess Pie after eating the titular Ahuizotl transformed into a giant chess pie. Miss Starlight also gets one in the end.
    • In Equestria and the Attack of the Jello Slimes a majority of the cast, the guards and a bunch of random civilians.
  • Ballroom Blitz: The San Palomino Ball in Mystery of Flutter Valley. See Ripped from the Headlines below.
  • Batmare Gambit: Ahuizotl's plan to get rid of the Do Siblings in The Trials Of Unity. He found an ancient treasure that destroys (and teleports) anything around it whenever it comes into contact with sunlight, and moved it to an equally ancient temple that hosts the eponymous Trials Of Unity: a series of challenges that are magically enchanted to only be solvable by siblings. He placed the treasure within the trials and sent a map to Daring's sister Derring. He knew that the sisters' obsession with finding treasure would make them willing to co-operate, but he also planned for their rivalry to interfere with their performance in the trials, leading to their destruction.
    • Xanatos Gambit: Even if they somehow succeeded, the treasure waiting for them at the end would also destroy them as soon as they took it outside. Whether they win or lose the trials, Ahuizotl wins.
      • Take a Third Option: Fortunately, the Do siblings deduce the nature of the treasure just in time and throw it into Ahuizotl's arms as it activates. Being Nigh Invulnerable, the treasure doesn't destroy him, but it still teleports him far away where he can't immediately threaten the Do Sisters.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For/Literal Genie: Discussed in City of Anarchy. When it turns out that the whole conflict involving the Witch Tear is an issue of simple greed, Daring questions why it's taken Softclaw so long when he has the means to use it already and they respond that it was to have time to study and run tests to make sure this didn't happen. Then played straight when he's interrupted when asking to 'be wealthy' and instead asks to 'be wealth' and then slowly collapses into bits. Equestrian bits.
  • Berserk Button: The Ape King Scorpan from Shrine of the Silver Monkey gets really mad if anypony mentions the time he was transformed into a monster.
  • Be the Ball: In Short Stuff and the Amazing Vacuum this is what happens to Page and Header after being sucked into the machine. Luckily their fine, if a little banged up, sore and dizzy, due to how the machine works.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Kindly, forgiving Okpono takes on Ahuizotl when the latter threatens the U. Ahuizotl... doesn't fare too well.
    • In Equestria and the Attack of the Jello Slimes a squad of Jello Slimes get close to Desert Rose by pretending to be lost creatures. Whilst she's away they taunt her animals about what they'll do to her. By the end of the day Desert Rose is stuffed with jello her animals 'made' for her.
  • BFG: The Hoof-Held Cannon in Tinker's Seal. Mareton, who's very strong even for an earth pony, has a ton of trouble carrying it around, let alone aiming.
  • Big Bad: Ahuizotl is this for the series as a whole, as he's often revealed to be the one giving orders to the other villains.
    • Sebastius Mareton is this in Alicorn's Shadow. Unlike other villains, he didn't take orders from Ahuizotl...until Temple of Nightmare Moon where he's the Dragon with an Agenda.
    • Inti was this in Legacy of Nightmare Moon until his Fate Worse than Death demise due to his own plans.
    • Various other villains take this role in the Expanded Universe books, among them being the Colt of the Smooze and Krastos.
    • Tinker's Seal has a veritable Big Bad Ensemble, with Ahuizotl, Krastos, and the Assembler all fighting for control of Steam Whistle's creations.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Herpy gets an awesome one in the Ring of the Marengeti when he saves Daring Do. Who knew he had it in him?
    • This is how Derring-Do is introduced in The Platinum Crown. In the beginning Derring-Do saves her sister from an especially nasty death trap and carries her to safety... only to incessantly rub it in Daring's face after the fact. Later on, Daring gets a BDH moment of her own when she saves Derring from Ahuizotl and his forces.
    • The climax of The Valley Of Grouchy involves a reconciled Daring and Grouchy saving Derring from Hammond's regiment and throwing Hammond into prison.
    • Sweetie Bottle in ''Universal Cracks.]]
  • Big Little Brother: Daring and Derring's younger brother Darrin. He appears to handle the logistics of the operation, while Daring and Derring do the actual adventuring.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Once per volume, and always by one of the main cast.
    • Played straight in the original canon series, not so much in modern interpretations.
  • Bizarro Universe: The existence of one is hypothesized by Daring as the origin of the Colt Leader. Proved in Universal Cracks to be correct.
  • Blackface: Rare non-racist example in Alicorn Amulet; in order to simulate turning a stallion into a mare, Herpy has Daring painted up to look like a female version of Okpono.
  • Blind Alley: Dashing into one of these to escape a swarm of bees leads to Daring's Dungeon Bypass in Wooden Mask.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Blood Diamonds is this, though not so much that the books have gratuitous carnage, but the source material is clean enough that even moderately violent adaptations are this trope.
  • Blooper: One of the print runs accidentally put the title for Quest for the Sapphire Stone on the cover of Griffon's Goblet while keeping the correct picture. While it was caught in time, the books were distributed as collector's items at a convention.
  • Bombproof Appliance: Daring protects herself from one of Inti's fireballs by hiding in a refrigerator.
  • Bond One-Liner: In Tinker's Seal, To Page and Header in response to their debate on who would win between Krastos and The Assembler after blowing them up "The answer is Daring Do!"
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: A must have for almost every villain in this series. They just can't resist a good death trap. It's eventually implied that Ahuizotl deliberately makes his traps escapable because he would be too bored if she wasn't around.
  • Book Ends: The Blood Diamonds arc begins and ends with Daring giving Storm Talon a Death Glare. In the beginning, because of a Noodle Incident, and at the end when Storm Talon thinks she's been on vacation.
    • The Surgeon of Marabia begins and ends with (not counting the prologue or the epilogue) Sebastius Mareton sitting in certain Marabian bar under a broken lamp.
  • Bound and Gagged: It's not uncommon for Daring and her friends to be left tied up on top of whatever death trap they're stuck with, just to make it that much harder.
  • Bowdlerise: In the Celestia Radio dramas, Storm Talon is notably less vulgar, frequently invoking Celestia's name instead.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Daren, Storm, and Ghoul ended up having to end their adventuring days as a team with the outbreak of the war.
  • Break the Cutie: Talonus' Mooks do this to Kimmy. When Daring finds her, she's lost in her own sugary-sweet world.
  • Brick Joke: Early on in Unknown Country Daring is told offscreen about the race she's going to see and, aside from a bit where Daring checks rations for 'offending foods' and informs her companions not to forage and surprise when they first meet, we get no real information on them. Until near the end where it's revealed that they are sapient apples (yes, the kind you eat) bought to life by ambient magic left in the wake of a highly magical event long in the past.
    • In Sins of the Father it's established early as part of the mundanity, that Daring has caught a cold, though it isn't really mentioned after the plot kicks in. A weakened and diminished Erebus learns that getting in the face of a mare who needs to take deep breaths, whilst in a gaseous form, isn't the best idea.
  • Broad Strokes: The Tinker's Series made a concerted effort to tie together as much of the Expanded Universe as possible (except Buffalo Burial Grounds), but since Expanded Universe works were not mandated to fit together except within their own sub-series, there are a few things that had to be shuffled around. For instance, Ruby of the Blank Village and Scepter of the Chaos Beast take place over the same period in vastly different areas, so the assumption is that one happened after the other in the production order. Meanwhile, Silvia Clawson is stated to be Hawkwings' illegitimate daughter in Eye of Discord, but she's his mistress in Burning Heart. The Tinker's Series hangs a lampshade about these two positions but doesn't actually take a definitive stance.
  • Brown Note: The Princess in Pink. Little is known about the play, other then it involves a costume party, the Vivid Balloon, the Pink Mark, and is freaking hilarious. Herpy reads it and ends up laughing uncontrollably, all throughout a Daring Escape no less.
    Minuette:(Delighted, aside to Lyra.) No mask? No mask!
    • It is believed that this cursed play, when performed in its entirety, is a summoning ritual for Hosstur, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Neighed.
    • From the Expanded Universe: The Song of the Smooze. It gets in your head and tells you "Nothing can stop the Smooze", and those who hear it are compelled to forward its agenda.
  • Buck the Dog: Numerous times throughout the series.
    • In Amber of the Smooze, after taking over Desert Rose's body, one of the first things the Colt Leader does is screw with Gypsy Bard, who had just made friends with Desert Rose and could distinguish the very subtle visual differences between them.
  • Butt Sticker: In Miss Jumbo and the M█████████ Tattoo this happening to Mahavir is the source of the tattoo.
  • Calling Card: The Chickerufus always paints an eye on the tent he visits, then comes back the next night for his dinner.
  • Came Back Wrong: Sebastius does this three times in The Surgeon of Marabia, then comes back right on the last try.
  • Canis Major: Anasazi's true form is a giant, talking, animated Buffalo painting of a coyote.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Trench from Blood Diamonds. In Swimming in Red, he mistakes Rumble Saddlon for a mare, addressing him as Daisy, and when told that's not his name goes on to call him various other mares' names, culminating in Celestia). Then he flirts with a barstool...
  • Carnivore Confusion: Daring and her allies are perfectly happy with having a pet T-rex, though he IS technically kept in a zoo. Ponies are herbivores; T-rexes are carnivores. How the hay the former can feed the latter without risking the lives of their fellow plant-eaters is never brought up or explained.
  • Carriage Crash: If you don't view Blood Diamonds as canon, Noteworthy Smith's long overdue demise (reported at the beginning of Ring of Destiny) is this.
  • Cash-Cow Franchise: By far one of the best-selling book series in Equestria.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Daring seems a bit nonchalant about all the deathtraps she ends up in. Justified in that she's been in so many, she probably isn't surprised anymore.
    • Subverted when Shūbidū has been kidnapped by Tsunami.
  • Cats Are Mean: The Big Bad Ahuizotl's many minions are all cats.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Daring has "Another day, another dungeon!" with plenty of variations on that last word.
    • Ahuizotl has "CURSE YOU, DARING DO!"
      • At the end of Shrine of the Silver Monkey, when he comes to to find that he's headed for the dungeon, he cries out "CURSE YOU, SCORPAN, FOO!" Which endears him to the simian guards no end.
      • Interestingly, he forgoes it at the end of The Ring of Destiny. "DARING DO! I WILL HAVE MY REVENGE!"
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: in Anne Bonfire and the Unsightly Beauty Mark, Mary Reading shows up just after Anne has the situation in control.
  • Character Filibuster: The penultimate chapter of ‘’The Surgeon of Marabia’’ halts the plot right in the middle of a dramatic revelation so that Daring and Storm Talon can preach the gospel message. Magic Step was hoping that readers wouldn’t mind this interlude, since Bravado’s conversion is more of an incidental occurrence rather than the main plot or moral. She likens it to a brief scene in which any character who’s been through hell over the course of the book pauses to have a heartwarming moment with a friend or loved one. Most readers were still annoyed.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Every book follows this pattern for titles.
  • Chekhooves' Gun: Every major artifact Daring has recovered in her adventures returns in the last (in-verse chronologically wise) book as a part of Ahuizotl's master plan. Since this book wasn't the last one published it has the rare honor of having the pay off to "guns" that haven't shown up yet, as well as a few artifacts we still haven't seen outside of it. Some of the artifact descriptions are deliberately vague to allow for later books.
  • Chekhooves' Gunmare: Linnet Bird, the filly-next-door is Sweeney Trot's daughter.
  • Chekhooves' Hobby: Herpy's knowledge of snakes.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Besides his main betrayal, Shifty Gaze at various points robs Daring's cooler of everything in it, abandons her early into the temple after she's caught in a trap, and lies about an expedition with a different pony to make it sound like he did all of the work. All in the first third of the book!
  • Chunky Updraft: The Steelclad Sorceror tends to cause this when particularly angry. Which is very, very often.
  • City of Adventure: Subverted, so far at least, with the city of Arkhoof. Daring has only visited a few times, usually to study a book at Agaether University, but strange narrative events constantly happen there. The city as a whole is described in abnormal, vivid detail. There are odd Meaningful Background Events that never actually come to anything. A number of locations are brought up, repeatedly sometimes, that Daring never actually visits. Weird things are happening in town but Daring doesn't have the time to investigate. It seems like Arkhoof was being set up to be significant, the setting of a whole book perhaps, but it never came about.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Arthur, King of the Trots. Lampshaded by Linnet Bird:
    "What a strange pony..."
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: In Tinker's Seal, after making it back from the Blank Village, Mareton manages to capture Storm Talon and in an attempt to find out about the progress of the others, he breaks his wings. When he's only answered with swears, insults, and the occasional thanks for offing professor Nagridge, threatens to cut out his tongue and shove a parasprite down it. Ghoul manages to sniff Mareton out, but he manages to escape unscathed.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: There have been a few. The most recent series almost reached 46 issues before the publisher went bankrupt. The best known series was illustrated by the famous artist Crow Quill Nib roughly seventy-five years ago. Occasionally, collected reprint graphic novels are released by various publishers.
    • An artist from Fillydelphia has recently started talks with Polo House to start an Ultimate Universe series.
    • Arguably the most infamous of all the comic adaptations is the limited Mareval print run, which only lasted for ten issues before bad publicity and low sales killed it. They were later collected into graphic novel format and redistributed, oddly enough leading to the formation of a cult following of the comics in question.
  • Comic-Book Time: Particularly blatant in Trials of Unity, where the technology is leagues beyond what was capable back when Griffon's Goblin was published decades ago. All the recurring characters otherwise remain frozen in time, although Calypso at least Lampshades this hilariously to the confusion of everypony.
  • Comic Book Within a Novel: Various characters seem to be secretly fans of the So Bad, It's Good comic book Sasquatch Mafia.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Played for Laughs in Rainbow Factory, which satirizes a real conspiracy theory.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: Though she had a much bigger role than most examples Rainbow Dash's appearance in Ring of Destiny was commonly considered this, since she won the publisher's fan contest the previous year. However the publisher officially denies it and the fact that A.K. wrote Rainbow Dash into her next two books goes against this trope and while her role in Seven-Sided Chest can be excused due to part of the plot involving Daring hiding at a fan convention the fact that A.K. makes Rainbow Dash the Deuteragonist of Lost Hope and has her bring Pinkie Pie (who is NOT known to be a fan of the series) along cannot. Since A.K.'s publisher Twilight Velvet is the mother of Princess Twilight Sparkle many fans now believe that Rainbow Dash and A.K. Yearling simply became unlikely friends through the Princess and her mother, though niether Rainbow Dash or Princess Twilight have commented on these rumors.
  • Continuity Porn: Daring Do and the Revenant's Effigy has a lot of references to previous Expanded Universe works.
    • Continuity Lockout: It also gets a bit hard to read if you're not familiar with them.
      • This gets worse for Tinker's Seal, which requires previous knowledge of pretty much the entire expanded universe, barring both the Star Quest and Blood Diamonds series.
    • In Sins of the Father there are a bunch of overt references towards the Darren Do Adventures series of books, with scenes such as Daring finding Darren's journals or the cast namechecking most of the characters from those books when trying to find out who the antagonist is.
  • Convection, Schmonvection: Daring Do's escape from a room filling with lava, at one point with her standing inches above it (bare-hooved, even), without harm. She even gets a face-full of steam with no ill effects.
  • Cool Airship: The Explorer, loaned by the university, which carries Daring and Bravado around the globe in Staff of Star Swirl.
    • In the first Blood Diamonds book, main villain Colonel Talonus has an enormous armored war zeppelin called The Iron Fist.
    • Coco Pie's airship,The Sweet Dream.
    • Storm Talon's last command, The Storm's Vengeance, a Tiger-Hawk class aerial dreadnought, makes a brief appearance in Griffon's Goblet and was one of the ships brought to bear against Inferno in Shrine of the Silver Monkey.
    • In The Skull of Ages, Marshal Goldstar has an enormous zeppelin called The Executor. Anne Bonfire later kills him and takes it for herself.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: The Marabian prince executes prisoners by using them as balls in a giant pinball game.
  • Cool Gate: The Assembler's modus operandi: With the information provided by its infiltrated constructs, it pinpoints the location of another suitable target, and turns a door or window nearby into a portal, which it uses to flood the area with anesthetic gas and start cutting.
  • Corpsing: Nagridge has a few instances in the film of Temple of Nightmare Moon.
    • The Gag Reel of Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded has several outtakes of Shia LaBuck as Herpy corpsing at Lightning's funeral.
  • The Corruption: The Wooden Mask. It does some...interesting things to Daring. Rest in peace, Tennis Set.
    • The Blood Diamonds in the series of the same name give their bearers homicidal urges, the extent of which varies depending on the bearer in question, as well as which and how many of the Diamonds they possess.
    • This is basically Krastos' MO-just being around him causes it, although the stronger the pony's will is, the less effect it has. Those who let it fester in them too long eventually have their consciousness subsumed by his, turning into a copy of him.
  • Covers Always Lie: The scene depicted on the cover of Sapphire Stone never actually happens in the book.
    • Though it does appear in Zapapple Tock and the Sapphire Statue, as a Development Gag.
  • Cover This, I'm Outta Here: Ahuizotl's ocelot in Temple of Nightmare Moon.
  • Cowcolt Bebop at his Computer: Frequently, especially in the Equestria Inquirer: one infamous article, concerning yet another series of complaints over Herpy's portrayal in Griffin's Goblet, incorrectly stated that Herpy was femalenote .
  • Crapsaccharine World: Mareahnee, R'ni's Evil Twin culture, in Caverns of R'ni.
  • Creator Breakdown: In-universe, with Star Shimmer's paintings becoming terrifying after Earth Song disappears.
  • Creator Provincialism: the Brumbiland setting of Ember Roundup's Curse of the Golden Key, as well as its heavy focus on Outback Jack's family. Though it seems to be an isolated example, as her previous book was set in Saddle Arabia and she had little-to-no involvement with the Outback Jack sideplot in Tinker's Seal.
  • Creepy Child: Sebastius was apparently so creepy he drove his mother out of the house.
  • Crossover: Not in the main book series, but there was a memorable episode of the popular Trottingham radio series Professor Whoof where the good Professor and his companion met Daring Do on one of her adventures. No, really.
    Roseluck: What? You're real?? I thought you were just a character in a book!
    Daring Do: Real as the sun, Missy. Speaking of books, I did lose my journal a while back...
    • Daring also played a major part in a recent issue of the Mysterious Mare-Do-Well comic book series, accompanying MDW on a museum heist mystery.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Ahuizotl vs anyone when he gets serious. Except Rex. Rex is probably the only character Ahuizotl couldn't crush in a straight-up fight when he wasn't holding back. Which is why Ahuizotl later resorted to more underhanded methods.
    • Blackmane is also something of a subversion. Ahuizotl curb-stomps him SEVERAL times over the last third of the book, but Blackmane keeps getting back up due to being dead already.
    • Ahuizotl was on the receiving end of one from The Pikmin of all creatures. They were enraged that he would mess up their home, The Gardener's Garden. They literally swarmed all over him, not a pleasant thing. Counts as a Did You Just Buck Out Discord? since a single one is the about the size of a grain of rice.
    • The two golem siblings vs. anypony. Of course, them being war machines crafted by the Mad Tinker himself, this isn't that surprising.
    • In Equestria and the Attack of the Jello Slimes the Jello Slimes dole these out, but when their many, though odd, weaknesses are revealed they end up on the receiving end.
  • Cute Witch: Mistress Spark, the Arkhoof artifact thief, complete with an enormous witch hat.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: The Steelclad Sorceror makes these all the time. He almost never carries them out.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Holy clopping horseapples, Shūbidū in Vault of Posteidon.
  • Dare to Be Badass: In Griffonland Grumblings Kitty Hawk witnesses Silvia Clawson lifting heavy rubble off the injured and ending the situation by tossing it at their opponents. This causes her to revise her opinion that, while she still 'represented the worst of the old Griffon Kingdom' it's not due to being an example of 'Nepotism, Greed, Laziness and Weakness', but instead shows how it took Griffons with potential and ruined them, before trying to convince Silvia to actually apply herself at something and 'just try for once damn-it'. It seems to work.
  • Darker and Edgier: Daring Do and the Temple of Nightmare Moon (not to be confused with the more recent book Legacy of Nightmare Moon) is considered one of the darkest entries in the Core Sixteen series and one of the only movie adaptions likely to receive a 'PG-13' rating. See Once per Episode for just one example of the more somber tone.
    • Blood Diamonds starts extremely grim for a Daring Do series, and gets worse from there.
    • The Expanded Universe book Daring Do and the Coronet of Chaos, as it introduced Krastos, possibly one of the most evil characters in Equestrian history.
    • Breathing Weapons, featuring an antagonist who kidnaps griffon children and turns them into weapons, and the deaths of no less than five characters over the course of the story.
    • Taken up to eleven with Birds of Prey, which got so absurdly dark and depressing it was almost comical.
  • Daring Escape: Trope Namer, of course. The iconic scene comes from The Griffon's Goblet.
  • Daring Hat Roll: The Trope Namer. Averted in the first book. Played straight in most of the subsequent ones.
  • Daring Ploy: Take a guess.
    • Platinius could give her a run for her money in this department. The bit with the mallet comes to mind.
    • Mareton utilizes these as well.
  • Dashing Hispanic: Bravado, and how! For example, he fought off nine of Ahuizotl's Mooks using nothing more than his knowledge of the Veneightian backstreets, a vegetarian stroganoff, and his mandolin. Not to mention the fact he can hold his own against Daring in a fight, which is no small feat by any means.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • The first half of Ring of the Marengeti focuses quite heavily on Herpy.
    • In The Wooden Mask, after three chapters of Daring being manipulated and subtly controlled by the mask, "Disappearance" and most of the rest of the book focuses on Herpy's attempts to find Daring.
    • Staff of Star Swirl is one for Bravado, with him actually serving as the main character for the first fifth or so of the book before the real Daring Do shows up.
    • The Curse of the Golden Key gives some focus to Outback Jack in the first three chapters, who is investigating odd going-ons around a village, such as new wildlife, which, as it turns out, is actually old wildlife but in newer, more metallic forms.
    • Swinn and Dell get to actually help out with the mane plot in Cove of Candles.
    • The Surgeon of Marabia stars Bravado and Sebastius, with Swinn and Dell getting two chapters near the start from their perspective.
    • Lost Hope actually makes Rainbow Dash a full on Deuteragonist and even explores part of her personal life by having her real life friend Pinkie Pie tag along and every one of the Noodle Incidents they mention while reminiscing are actual things that really happened to the two of them and their friends in real life.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All of the Do's have shades of this, although Daring herself displays it the most. Even her pet macaw Calypso has shades of this. Though Mirror Dreams can out-snark Daring when she wants to.
  • Death by Irony:
    • Mrs. Hoovett is shoved into her own oven.
    • Fuergott, from the Expanded Universe, is a fire-based villain who is killed after being thrown into the sun. Screaming all the way.
    • In a radio adaptation of Ruby of the Blank Village, Starlet is among those responsible for murdering Ruby after she gets her cutie mark, and takes such sadistic pleasure in it that she immediately ends up with a cutie mark of a bloodstained knife. This instantly gets her killed by Greyhoof, and the irony is lampshaded by Roneo, who then gets a cutie mark for irony appreciation, and is likewise killed. The same joke appears in the book, but is a lot subtler - the marks are described, and the basic order of events is given, but the reader is left to fill in the implications.
    • In The Surgeon of Marabia:
      • Bravado would have escaped dying in the Marabian prison theater, except that the criminals scheduled to go before him had their bail paid… with Bravado’s own bits. Sebastius, on the other hoof, probably could have escaped from the actual prison theater, except that his escape method was diving down the supposedly safe Hole 7… which turned out to have spikes on the bottom.
      • Doctor Zerato's last words were "Do you have any last words?”.
  • Death is Cheap: The following characters have actually died and have come back, either true resurrection or as some form of undead in either the main series or the EU (alternate reality versions of them dying don't count): Ahuizotl (twice, once in the main series and once in the EU, both unexplained), Commandant Rex (comes back as a revenant), Attic Fan and the other imprisoned surviving members of the Colt of Smooze (turned into soulless by the Assembler), Gas Whole, Charity, Applesack (ghosts summoned by the Wandering Whistle), Princess Sparkler (ghost, unspecified manner of return), Sweetie Bottle (rebuilt as a golem by Princess Sparkler), King Hammerhoof (returns as a Nightmare), the entire Blank Village and the victims of Sunnytown (due to the curse, they return as Nightmares or Bone Fiends, or in Ruby's case, a ghost), Inferno (stated to be a zombie under Ahuizotl's control in Trial)
  • Death Trap: Ahuizotl loves these, and seems to be attempting to top himself in each subsequent book. He starts with tying Daring Do to an altar in a room where the spiked walls are closing in, while the room fills with spiders, cobras, and quicksand. They get even more over the top from there. This was eventually lampshaded in Cove of Candles.
    Daring: How much time do you spend thinking up these things?
    Ahuizotl: If you'd actually stick around long enough in one of them to die, I wouldn't have to keep trying to top the last one!
  • Defector from Decadence: Neighdrah pon'Jethhay in Caverns of R'ni.
  • Defictionalization: Several of the items Daring searched for in the series were made into actual objects and most were sold at a Canterlot auction last year, half of which were bought by THE esteemed publishing tycoon pony J. P. Quillhorn.
    • Inverted with the Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded; the genuine article has been on display in the Canterlot Museum for the last couple centuries, and has been on several traveling tours in the last few decades.
  • Demonic Possession: Snazzy Shades is possessed by a Windigo in Spear of the Windigos
  • Despair Event Horizon: Daring spends the start of the fifth book of Blood Diamonds here, attempting to get over the trauma of almost committing cold-blooded murder at the end of the previous book.
  • Deus ex Machina:
    • In Shrine of the Silver Monkey, ape gods Margarita and Balthasarnote  come to Daring's rescue.
    • The mysterious Laurentia of the Red Mane gets Daring and co. out of a tight corner involving Diamond Dogs with augmented magical abilities in Temple of Nightmare Moon.
    • The equally mysterious Banizacherla deals with the Raptorians in Spear of the Windigos.
  • Did You Just Buck Out Discord?: In Amber of The Smooze, Desert Rose used the Eyes of Fatima on the Smooze as it was trying to submerge her while she was trapped in the Colt Leader's body. It cowed the Smooze into returning Desert Rose to her own body.
  • Dirty Coward: Dr. Zerato doesn’t overtly talk or act like a coward, but fans have noticed that he never attacks anypony unless he has a huge advantage over his opponent or can attack in a underhanded manner. This ranges from sneaking up on foes to attacking ponies he’s strapped down to using excessive telekinesis, teleportation, and a heavy battle axe. On the other hoof, he could just be a Combat Pragmatist.
  • Died During Production: Gusty Lulamoon was slated to write a sequel to Ruby of the Blank Village, before she was found dead in suspicious circumstances in the Everfree Forest. Her notes were left to J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr, who used some of her ideas in Tinker's Seal and Mirror Pond.
  • Disappointed by the Motive/Motive Misidentification: In City of Anarchy, after a book of Kitty Hawk's grand speeches on her beliefs of an anarchistic world, Daring finds out that the whole Witch Tear issue is not about some way to further that goal but instead just a griffon looking for profit.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: Never-Ending Nightmare contains what may be the darkest use of this trope in the history of Equestrian literature.
    Daring Do: You can't seriously be asking me to kill you!
    Princess Luna: I do not ask this, Daring Do, I order it!
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Nearly every time a new book comes out, some silly Pegasi decide to try the aerial maneuvers Daring Do does. It rarely ends well...
    • Which is why the author included the following exchange in the Young Daring Do novel Valley of Grouchy, after the first encounter with a dino.
    Blinkamena: Can you teach me to do that somersault over the head.
    Zapapple: That was sheer luck, nothing more. You'll probably get yourself killed if you try it. I'd probably get myself killed if I actually tried to do it.
  • Door Stopper: Daring Do and the Ring of the Marengeti, sweet Celestia.
    • Alicorn's Shadow could give it a run for its bits.
    • Both topped by Tinker's Seal. The thing could easily be split up in at least five volumes, and each could easily pass for a normal book.
  • Downer Ending: Cloudfall Conspiracy - Masra is dead, her reputation with the university board remains ruined (though not with the staff, for the most part) and and we know that Tabula won't be acting President for long.
    • Birds of Prey - The Greifvogel, Arzt, and Celestia are dead, Daring has fully succumbed to Krahe's brainwashing, and accepts her fate to bring death and destruction wherever she treads.
    • Idol of Boreas - Daring Do's attempts to retrieve the Idol are thwarted, and the civil war forces her out of Griffonstone.
  • Do Wrong, Right: In Temple of Nightmare Moon, Professor Storm Talon catches Herpy trying to steal an airship to gather Daring's allies for a rescue, expresses disappointment in him... then shows him how to bypass the security measures.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: In Sapphire Stone, Daring's wing is injured upon making it to the island where the eponymous stone is found, and she's unable to fly for a few days. Conveniently, none of the temple's traps require her to fly, though it would have made it easier. Later books have more traps that have fliers in mind, so the author doesn't have to resort to this as often.
    • Zapapple Tock and the Sapphire Statue does something similar, with Zap being temporarily blinded in one eye.
    • Daring spends much of Cloud-Held Eternity as a filly, rendering her unable to fly, which makes navigating an Ancient Pegasus ruin that much harder. The loss of her cutie mark also dulls her instincts concerning traps and makes it somewhat harder to call on her knowledge and experience.
  • Dramatic Necklace Removal: The only way to make the Windigo un-possess a pony is to take off the Windigo’s Frozen Soul amulet. Since that requires getting close to the possessed pony, and said pony is trying to devour your flesh, you can bet that necklace will not be removed calmly.
  • The Dreaded: Anypony who has ever heard of the Assembler is completely terrified when it starts to show signs it's back.
  • Drunk on Milk: Diamond Dogs find chocolate delicious. And inebriating. And toxic. Ghoul is known to snort cocoa powder and shoot chocolate sauce into his veins, and is still alive.
  • Dungeon Bypass: In Daring Do and the Wooden Mask, Daring manages to bypass most of the traps in the temple by forcing her way through a locked door in what was supposed to be a dead end.
    • Claddie's dungeon crawling method can be summed up as "make an educated guess as to where's the exit and tear down the walls between you and it".
  • Durable Deathtrap: This is normally played completely straight, but subverted in Wooden Mask, where the lock mechanism on one of the doors failed, leading to a surprisingly easy path through the temple.
    • Inverted in Amethyst Penguin, with a temple that has no (intentional) death traps, but is dangerous because it's falling apart.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Bravado turns up for a single chapter in Griffon's Goblet where he is perusing his own adventure that has nothing to do with Daring's current one at the Summit. He helps Daring get the key needed to steal back the eponymous Goblet from Ahuizotl's minion in exchange for helping him get his hoofs on a satchel of unknown contents. It's implied later to be one of the pieces of Star Swirl's staff that he ends up losing and has to help Daring recover later on.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Because the author didn't know it would be a series yet, Daring Do and the Sapphire Stone is the only book not to explicitly include supernatural elements; the Sapphire Stone is never even hinted to have any supernatural powers. It is also the only book where Daring goes on the expedition completely by herself, she does not own Calypso yet, and it is surprisingly short, making it seem no less epic but set in a vastly smaller world than what is established later.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Tinker's Seal. It took several near-death experiences, an invasion of soulless soldiers, more Artifacts of Doom than you can shake a stick at, and an explosion that could have taken the Everfree Forest off the maps, but the artifacts were secured, and Krastos and the Assembler were finally taken down.
  • Eat the Evidence: In Daring Do and Marey Sue's Totally Awesome Adventure Daring decides to get rid of the fanfiction by feeding it and, unintentionally, it's author to a goat.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Great Intellect in Curse Of The Yeti, The Great Beast of Chaos mentioned in Alicorn's Shadow. Krastos, Smooze, Nightmare Inti, the Assembler and the world-eater from the Expanded Universe.
  • Eldritch Location: Steam Whistle's workshop in Tinker's Seal. The creation and (temporary) containment of so many insane artifacts combined with centuries of abandonment has seriously messed up the place.
  • Electric Torture: The asylum Sebastius spent his foalhood in used this as a means of therapy and, according to Sebastius Mareton, even killed some of the patients this way accidentally.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Ahuizotl had one of these for two books before it was never mentioned again.
  • Enemy Mine: Several Expanded Universe works involve Daring Do and Ahuizotl teaming up to stop another villain from destroying the world with an Artifact of Doom, like in Amber Of The Smooze and Scepter of the Chaos Beast.
    • Bravado and Daring (who normaly compete with each other) have one at the start of The Staff Of Star Swirl Daring and Ahuizotl have a canonical one near the end of the book. It lasts all of five minutes before he double crosses her for his own aims. Even Daring acknowledges that it was stupid to trust him to any degree.
    Daring: Yeah...Should have seen that one coming.
  • Equine Resources: The Assembler, who uses whatever flesh it's gotten to create new members for its army, and recycles existing constructs for raw materials as it sees fit.
    • In Anne Bonfire and the Unsightly Beauty Mark, Beauty Mark has ponies melted into still aware goo and then injected into herself to keep her pretty or to tone up her assets.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In the Expanded Universe book The Skull of Ages, Marshal Goldstar briefly considers testing the power of his death ray on the lost city, but decides against it because he's unwilling to commit cultural genocide.
    • In Almost Got 'Er, Mareton gives a very... graphic description of his current plans for Daring and Herpy. Rex, Swinn, Dell, and, yes, even Ahuizotl all react with the appropriate amount of disgust.
    • In the Core Sixteen, even other mobsters hate Noteworthy Smith.
    • Sebastius would never become a psychologist, because "even I have standards".
  • Everypony Can See It: The chemistry between Stalwart Shield and Mirror Dreams in Alicorn's Shadow. Of course, they're too busy fighting with each other to notice.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Sebastius doesn’t really understand how a conscience works, and Bravado can’t manage to explain it to him.
    • The world-eater is deaf to any dissuasion from his goal of total multiversal annihilation, as nothing lasts forever anyhow.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Another must have for the villains in this series. Ahuizotl is the most obvious example, though.
  • Evil Versus Evil: The Blood Diamonds eventually set Wou Ban and Colonel Talonus against each other. Talonus wins, but is weakened.
  • Exact Words: Inti was too clever for his own good when he tried interpreting the whispers of Nightmare Moon in a way that suited his goals. See Fate Worse than Death below.
    • Professor Neighton, attempting to control Sobek, believes that he'll be safe from him because Sobek craves horseflesh, and Neighton is a pony. This is quickly and horribly subverted.
    • In Short Stuff and the Amazing Vacuum Dr. Flux reassures Short Stuff that he made sure his invention wouldn't absorb 'every race he could think of'. The never seen before creature on the other hoof he didn't think of.
    • In Daring Do and the Disembodied Voices one of the things that increases the rate of disappearance is familiarity with Daring. That dosen't mean it had to be friendly as Ahuizotl finds out to his cost.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: In Ring of the Marengeti, both griffon guards are dispatched in this way. Don't buck with sea lizards.
    • In Seven-Sided Chest, Caballeron runs afoul of a Cipactli.
  • Expansion Pack Past: The Young Dering Do series is quickly becoming this.
  • Expanded Universe: One of the more expansive of Equestrian literature. Originally, Expanded Universe works were not required to be in-canon with each other, but with increasing collaboration between authors, and especially after the massive work that was the Tinker's Series, this line is becoming increasingly blurred. Furthermore, information revealed in the Tinker's Series has been adopted as background canon for EU works, even for authors who don't write sequel material to it, because many of the original authors had given their input to that series.
  • Expy: Platinius from Griffon's Goblet is Mane Retief in a less comic setting.
    • The Diamond Dogs in Trials of Unity are Expies of the three Diamond Dogs in J.R.R. Tackien's The Miniature.
    • Fuergott, from the Expanded Universe book Burning Heart has been dubbed by displeased fans as a ripoff of both Inferno and Sweeney Trot, in that she is a fire-based villain with a tragic backstory. Other fans claim that a few similarities do not a ripoff make.
    • Sterling Silver, from Cloudfall Conspiracy, has been accused by some critics as an Expy of Sebastius Mareton.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Assuming it actually died, the Assembler, in Tinker's Seal. It recognizes the leyline's detonation as being (potentially) fatal to Krastos, and simply considers his duties to be fulfilled.
    • Masra in Cloudfall Conspiracy.
  • Faking the Dead: The Steelclad Sorceror pretended to die and locked himself in his crypt for a few centuries to avoid everypony that worshipped him as a hero.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Sweeney Trot. Also, in the Extended Universe, Fuergott.
  • Fanfare: The music for one of the plays got fillies humming it for years.
  • Fantastic Nuke: In Tinker's Seal, we have Daring blowing up a Leyline by feeding it Chaos Magic then setting off a large explosion next to it. Leylines are normally extremely stable, the use of Chaos Magic to destabilize one only really exists in theory.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Inti. Oh dear Celestia, Inti.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: The crazy pony insisting that no pony should play ping pong may be on to something....
  • Fighting from the Inside: The only way to overcome the Wooden Mask is to let it take control of you - and then defeat it with the Power of Love.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Averted in the Star Quest trilogy; a mental-chronological-aclimation spell is included in Princess Luna's time-pull summon.
  • Foil: Platinius is this to Ambassador Hawkwings.
    • And the Assembler to Krastos, in the expanded universe.
  • Foreign Queasine: The griffon territories use a wide variety of meat-based dishes, which is sickening enough for most Equestrians. However, wild horse meat is considered a delicacy, which as the closest non-sentient relative to ponies, makes it particularly Squicky.
    • The chilled horse brain scene can be nauseating for first-time readers.
  • Forced Transformation: In Ahuizotl and the Giant Chess Pie most of the Tricksters pranks involve transforming Ahuizotl.
  • Forgettable Character:
    • Many villains can't remember who Darrin is when meeting him again, and even forget his name after a clear reintroduction just moments ago!
    • Herpy has a similar problem with Swinn and Dell: he knows who they are, he just seems physically incapable of remembering their names.
  • For Science!: Dr. Zerato claims this as his motivation.
  • Fortune Teller: Mirror Dreams in Alicorn's Shadow. She tries to coach Daring through the academic portion of dream interpreting after her first encounter with the titlar Alicorn's Shadow, but alas...
    • Though Daring can at least make educated guesses regarding the visions after the second and third encounters, thanks to Mirror Dreams's tutelage.
    • She also pops up again later in the series, most notably at Canterlot University. Her showdown with Nagridge was EPIC.
  • Fountain of Youth: Central to the plot of Cloud-Held Eternity.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: A part of The Cove of Candles has a plot twist turn out to be that certain events of the book may not have been real, an illusion cast by Blackmane. The thing is, the book never tells you which parts were and weren't grounded in reality.
  • Funetik Aksent: Part of Claddie's charm.
  • Friendly Rival: Bravado, a dark grey Spanish pony falls under this heading. Like Daring, he is a treasure hunter. Unlike Daring, though, he sells what he finds to the highest bidder. There are no hard feelings between the two, however; they often help when the other is in danger. Subtle hints have been dropped in several books that suggest there may be more than just a rivalry between them... Several fans have latched on to this insinuated relationship, creating fanfictions with scenarios that range anywhere from unrequited love, torrid romance up to outright marriage.
  • Gambit Pileup: Holy horseapples, Griffon's Goblet. Daring wants to get the goblet for a museum, Ahuizotl is playing Hawkwings like a string bass in order to take over the griffons, Platinius is desperately improvising to prevent an international incident, Nimbusbeak wants revenge on Hawkwings for backstabbing her for a promotion, and Copperbeak's Nightwings are stirring the pot everywhere.
  • Gasp!: in the original canon series the main characters rarely do this, although minor or supporting characters who are caught off-guard do.
  • Genius Bruiser: Darrin-Do. While he was always physically larger than both of his older siblings, and acted as the brains behind every single one of their operations, Darrin didn't prove that he had the "Bruiser" part until The Temple of Nightmare Moon where he became the only person in the entire series to single-hoofedly overpower all of Ahuizotl's minions in a straight up fight, and even landed a solid hit on the big man himself.
  • Genre Shift: Chapter 4, "Disappearance" in The Wooden Mask is much more Noir-like than the rest of the book, with Herpy aggressively trying to find any lead-ins to Daring.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: When Herpy manages to mobilise a whole group of past characters including Bravado, Outback Jack, Desert Rose, Mirror Dreams, and Swinn and Dell in Temple Of Nightmare Moon. Even Tabula Rasa provided the directions, and Starlight lent them her airship... and Coco Pie provided snacks!
    • A similar reunion occurs in Tinker's Seal, with all of the above and more rallying together to hunt for Steam Whistle's inventions.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Colt Leader's Draconic abuser claimed he only abused her the way he did to make her strong. And she was. Strong enough to kill him at least.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: In Equestria and the Attack of the Jello Slimes the Jello Slimes were an attempt to make a moving food source based on creatures known as slimes. It worked for a while but a batch of them became intelligent and took over.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Attic Fan's death. We only get to hear him scream for help while the Assembler scraps him whole while he's awake, for his involvement in the Colt of Smooze.
    • In 'Tinker's Seal, both Mareton's beating at the hooves of Claddie and the Blanks getting an impromptu lesson on firearms courtesy of the Marksmare are covered up by the book's most heartwarming moments.
    • In The Surgeon of Marabia, we never hear a description or narration of Sebastius Mareton getting chopped up; we just hear Swinn and Dell’s comments on it. Similarly, later in the book, when Sebastius tears his limbs off to escape his bonds, his eyes are closed, so we don’t get very much description there either.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The pieces of Star Swirl's Staff.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Bravado occasionally slips into his mother tongue, most definitely a case of Everything Sounds Sexier In Andalusian. He even deliberately invoked this when pretending to flirt with Daring during that incident in Granoldia. She doesn't fall for it.
  • Great Offscreen War: The third Griffon-Diamond Dog War, which ended not long before the series is set.
  • Group Hug: Unity ends with the entire Do clan engaging in one.
  • Guilt by Association Gag: The ‘’The Surgeon of Marabia’’, Bravado didn’t even do anything to deserve his arrest (as he complains repeatedly). Even Zulu admits his crime was ‘being in a thieves’ market’.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Ahuizotl vs. Bravado in Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded.
  • Happily Adopted: Linnet Bird is very happy with the Bloom family.
    • Amber of the Smooze reveals that Short Stuff was adopted by Professor Ed and his wife.
  • Haunted House: Normally a staple of such stories, this only comes up in about half of the books and two Cold Opens. Differing standards and practices for children's literature mean that their existence could only be implied in the Young Daring Do books.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": No matter how dangerous the situation may be in the Cove of Candles, Daring can't help but inwardly snicker whenever Blackmane so much as mentions the poopdeck.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Bravado dies protecting Daring and Storm Talon early in Seven-Sided Chest.
  • Hero of Another Story: Every time Bravado shows up except for Star Swirl's Staff he is always doing something completely different from Daring, they always end up trading favors and (usually) part ways with a little flirting. Derring is also implied to be having her own adventures while not working with her sister.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • A little past halfway through Blood Diamonds, Miss Do has a pretty bad one when she almost kills the bandit leader.
    • In Alicorn's Shadow, Derring goes through one after a particularly nasty Breaking Speech by Sebastius Mareton.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Winchester Tock's Start of Darkness.
    • A major theme after Mareahnee falls in Caverns of R'ni.
  • High Turnover Rate: The only three consistent members of the Griffon Embassy are Hawkwings, Platinius and Silvia Clawson. Few others show up more than one book and Expanded Universe works do a Lampshade Hanging on this by claiming that few can stand dealing with Hawkwings and to a lesser extent Silvia.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Daring Do and the Cove of Candles was originally played up as featuring a completely new antagonist, the ghost of Blackmane. Guess who shows up two thirds of the way through as the real villain? This ends up happening in every book except Legacy of Nightmare Moon and Spear of the Windigos.
    • Played With in ''The Staff Of Star Swirl, Daring spends about half of the book thinking that Ahuizotl is the one she's working against only to learn a third party is the real enemy. He reclaims his role as villain after pulling a Enemy Mine for all of five minutes
    • By the time Ring of the Marengeti came out, they didn't even bother pretending anymore. Ahuizotl's minions show up in the very first chapter, and even on the cover.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Inti. It seems that, even imprisoned in the Moon, Nightmare Moon should not be underestimated.
    • In Ring of the Marengeti, Ahuizotl's habit of using the artifacts in his doomsday plots literally comes to bite him in the flank as he is the first target of Sobek.
    • In Cloud-Held Eternity, after Daring returns to her normal age and saves Shifty Gaze from the crumbling architecture of Cloudyon, he tries to throw her back into the Fountain of Youth, only for an expectant Daring to dodge and cause him to fall in himself.
    • In Anne Bonfire and the Unsightly Beauty Mark Beauty Mark melts down ponies into still aware goo and injects them as a beauty product. In the end she too is melted down. Then accidentally injected into Anne's backside.
    • In Daring Do and the Crystal Statue Agate not only gets turned into crystal by his artifact and shattered, but his hoof picked mercenaries take parts of him as impromptu payment leaving him with heavy scarring.
    • In The Student, Silvia Clawson is hit by a spell that puts her in a feral state. It ends poorly for the mook who cast it. And their Zompony leader.
  • Horror Hunger: After Snazzy Shades puts on the ‘Windigo’s Frozen Soul’ amulet:
    “I’m suddenly feeling really, really… hungry.”
  • Hotter and Sexier: The rather infamous erotic comic series by John Poniesco.
  • "I Want" Song: Mirror Dreams gets one in the Bridleway verison of Alicorn's Shadow.
  • I Kiss Your Foot : In Silvia Clawson and Her Little Pony, Silvia says that she'll make Caballeron do this but reveals shortly afterward that she's joking.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The evil baker Sweeney Trot from Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded made everypony in Trottingham unwitting cannibals.
    • He only got found out when Professor Storm Talon, finally getting around to having his leg re-adjusted after mis-aligning it in Temple of Nightmare Moon, pointed out that he could taste fresh horse meat in the cupcakes and while as a griffon that's not a problem, it was supposed to be illegal to sell meat-based products in Equestria without clearly labeling them (most meat-based foods being pet food anyway).
    • Explain Explain Oh Horseapples: Daring notes that "That doesn't make any sense. There aren't any horses around here, only— Hey! Where's Lightning?"
      • And when they find Trot preparing to carve Lightning's corpse, Storm Talon draws a knife. Sweeney tries to use the Staff fragment, which liquifies his flesh and muscle.
    • Putting on the ‘Windigo’s Frozen Soul’ amulet lets said frozen soul possess the wearer, who will then try to hunt and eat ponies. Snazzy Shades’ reaction when the necklace is removed is one of denial turning to slow horror.
    • Subverted in Anne Bonfire and the Unsightly Beauty Mark. When Beauty Mark mentions how an encounter with magically bought to 'life' food led her down the path of using Pony Resources Anne assumes she's this. She's not.
  • I'm Having Soul Pains: How Reaper!Winchester Tock’s scythe works.
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap: Since the entire premise of The Surgeon of Marabia is that the characters find a magical potion that can cure death, you can bet the characters will have to die a lot to show this off. In fact, The Surgeon of Marabia features the deaths of more major characters than any one story!
    • Well, that’s depending on how you count ‘major’. Plenty of characters died in the Blood Diamond Books; just because the characters in each didn’t do anything outside of their book doesn’t mean they aren’t major characters.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Sebastius and Bravado and the two guards with them die in the Marabian prison theater in The Surgeon of Marabia.
  • Impossible Theft: Unfortunately for Snazzy Shades, his thieving skills avail him not in snatching artifacts from ancient temples. Taking the artifacts from Daring after she’s already retrieved them, on the other hoof…
  • Impostor Forgot One Detail: Impostor Reinie Has No Accent, because in the Young Daring Do Expanded Universe book Return of the Fire of Friendship, Lady Blue-Blood noticed that Lady Dove did not tap the rigging with a forehoof thrice for good luck anymore, and investigated. King Mayhem got wise to her investigation.
  • The Caligula:
    • The Incitatus was King Hammerhoof in Platinum Crown. He is a clear expy of the historical Incitatus... Incitatus' Ergaster ...right down making his pet ape a senator.
    • Dride, the drone leader of the changeling swarm in the semi-final Blood Diamonds book, is paranoid, incompetent, petty, and has random migraines and violent fits, with only some of his problems being caused by his Blood Diamond's thrall.
  • In the Blood: Darrin is so far the only member of the Do Family to display no interest in archaeology. Even then it's heavily implied in The Trident of the Seaponies and at the start of The Trials Of Unity (where he refuses to partake forcing Derring to ask Daring for help) that it's mostly out of bitterness from the Parental Abandonment.
  • In the Hood: Sebastius temporarily dons one of these during The Surgeon of Marabia to hide his missing eye and ruined legs. A duplicate of the cloak is used later on Bravado to hide the fact that he’s tied up.
  • In Medias Res: Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Stone, the first novel of the series, starts off with, "As Daring Do trekked through the tropical jungle, the wet heat sapped her energy and slowed her every step. If only she could escape this oppressive atmosphere and fly up into the cool blue sky, but her crash-landing in the jungle had injured her wing and she was grounded for a few days. Few days. It might as well be a few months. Or a few years!" The reader only finds out who she is, why she was on a plane, why she is on this mission, and her relationship with Ahuizotl through flashbacks over the course of the next few hundred pages. But before exposition, we get ACTION!
  • In Memoriam: Gusty Lulamoon was given a mention in the introduction to Tinker's Seal, with a short biography written by her college friends and longtime housemates J. Thunderlane Hurricane and Ember Roundup, who described her as a great writer and a great friend.
  • Insistent Terminology: Outside of Equestria and other equine-held lands, most creatures use the more obscure -"body" suffix as opposed -"pony", as in "anybody", "everybody", or "nobody".
    • Also, in books where Changelings are featured as characters, they use their equivalent of these words with the even more obscure -"ling" suffix, such as "everyling" or "anyling". This becomes a plot point in Return of the Fire of Friendship, as Lady Dove's ingrained and habitual use of these words tips Daring off to the fact that Dove is the disguised Changeling.
  • Insufferable Genius: Derring-Do is damn good at what she does. Unfortunately, she'll never skip an oppotunity to let you know it. (especially if Daring Do is around)
  • Insult to Rocks: Using "soulless" as an insult around the Steelclad Sorceror pisses him off more than anything else.
  • Ironic Echo: At the start of Griffon's Goblet, Daring states to her class that most archeology is done in an archive, looking through tomes and scrolls because "there is no large checkmark indicating the right place." Guess what she finds on the large tile sealing the Knight's tomb?
    • A heart-wrenching one happens in the Blood Diamonds novel Never Forgive Me: As Kimmy was originally to be Kimono of Harmony Sentai Ponyranger but changed at the last minute, she used Kimono's Catchphrase, "This... is why I live out of town." When Daring finds her delusional, she's just been advising an imaginary Bad Liar about supposed "welcome signs" that she tells Daring are obviously a present. She then comments the Catchphrase.
    • In City of Anarchy, when talking about the Idol of Boreas Kitty Hawk claims 'That's dente. You don't have it, we don't have it' with an irritated Daring pointing out the Night Wings still win with it gone. Later Kitty Hawk asks Daring about the now destroyed Witch Tear and she throws this line back in her face.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: In Short Stuff and the Amazing Vacuum, this is Short Stuff's stated reasoning behind taking the vacuum with her to find Page and Header. It's actually because she thinks it's too dangerous to leave with Flux.
  • Just Toying with Them: There are numerous occasions where Ahuizotl could finish Daring Do off, but he lets her go or sticks her in an easily-escapable deathtrap because that's more fun.
  • Karmic Death: Sweeney Trot. Sure, it was pretty nasty, but you can't say he didn't deserve it.
    • Even more karmic was the death of Mrs. Hoovett. Evil as Sweeney is, she had to go.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Probably the only reason why the Pikmin are included in certain scenes.
  • Killed Off for Real: It seems that this was supposed to be the case for Ahuizotl, after Daring Do shoots him in the head with a cannon in Temple of Nightmare Moon, especially given his conspicuous absence in Legacy of Nightmare Moon. Fan outcry resulted in his return in Shrine of the Silver Monkey.
    • Seems to have been finally played straight at the end of Ring of the Marengeti, considering he was Sobek's first victim, there's no mention of him after the beast is defeated, and it's the last printed book of the Core 16. Of course, given the nature of the Expanded Universe works, it's likely he'll still be making plenty more appearances in the future, possibly with some Lampshade Hanging.
    • Played more straight with Inti, although he wasn't exactly killed. It's possible that he could return, but the lukewarm fan response to Legacy of Nightmare Moon makes this unlikely.
  • Kill It with Fire: One weakness of the Smooze, though it requires at least six fully-grown dragons to do much damage.
  • Lampshade Hanging: From Cloud-Held Eternity:
    Shifty Gaze: "I just want to make sure you know everything so we don’t run into any trouble."
    Daring Do: "If you don’t want to run into trouble, then you’ve picked the wrong pegasus. I always seem to run into trouble."
  • Land Down Under: Brumbiland as depicted in Curse of the Golden Key. Outback Jack, Alice Springs and other residents of their town fit most of the stereotypes, though Sydneigh residents like Orange Burn don't.
  • Large Ham: Several characters, but Ahuizotl is the most prominent.
    • From the stage musical adaption Platinum Crown, if the actress playing Derring isn't completely tearing the house down with the song Derring's Turn, she's doing it wrong.
    • From the show A Very Daring Musical, everypony is this at least once. The most obvious have to be Ahuizotl (of course), Mareton (no, seriously), Coco, Derring, Swinn, and Daring herself.
  • Less Embarrassing Term: In Prism Rush Presents, he doesn't wear prescription glasses, he wears a hoofin' set of shades (that happen to be prescription).
  • Let's Meet The Beet: In Anne Bonfire and the Unsightly Beauty Mark, Beauty Mark mentions a celebration she went to when she was young and somepony used magic to bring the food 'to life'. Anne assumes they wanted to go down this route but instead all they got was a foodfight.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Essentially the whole plot of the Mare-Do-Well one-shot, where Ahuizotl plays the two mares off against each other to distract them from his mass theft of ancient artifacts.
  • Lighter and Softer: Shrine of the Silver Monkey, most likely as an Author's Saving Throw after the Darker and Edgier Temple of Nightmare Moon and the lukewarm response to Legacy of Nightmare Moon. It's generally considered a return to form for the series.
    • The Prism Rush Presents series is a lighter and softer take on assorted infamous stories. The in-universe explanation is that Prism Rush is being affected by the side-effects of his medication, and starts improvising when the subject matter gets too depressing. The Rainbow Factory campfire story has Prism Rush start getting depressed, so he starts improvising, and the story has a happier ending when they find an alternate source of rainbows in family pictures and crayons. One of the factory workers blurts out at this revelation "Oh man! We're going to pony hell for nothing!" That said, he does tend to Cross The Line Twice, since he doesn't quite realize some of the more horrible things he's saying between weaving in and out of the story he's reading, other stories he's thinking about at the moment, and the improvisation. The My Little Shadie story particularly has a bit where the eponymous heroine is having a great time sharing a love song, but the love interest is at that point some fusion of a gorilla and the main nemeses of the Harry Trotter and Batmare series, and is acting accordingly.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Daring and Derring are both very much their father's daughters.
    • Subverted by the Tocks and the Maretons. Winchester Tock was a murdering plotter who killed Rodolphus Mareton, a good pony, for his own ends. Their children, Zapapple Tock and Sebastius Mareton, each turned out the exact opposite of their fathers, with Zapapple being courageous and loyal, and Sebastius being a manipulator and monster.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: In Daring Do and the Crystal Statue this happens to Darrin and Agate. Thankfully the artifact fixes that too.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Linnet is impressively sarcastic.
  • Living Statue: The titular character in the Expanded Universe story Daring Do and the Obsidian Sentinel. Subverted when the Sentinel turns out to be Star Shimmer's lost lover Earth Song, who was brainwashed and forced to wear the Obsidian Armor by Ahuizotl.
    • The Steelclad Sorceror, too.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: In Witch's Circus, Somnambula keeps the townsponies from realizing what's happening to them by making them think they do what they like best.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Rodolphus to Bravado, although Bravado learns it secondhoof before hearing it from Rodolphus.
  • MacGuffin: Once an Episode. Whatever treasure Daring Do is currently seeking to recover is essentially one of these
  • MacGuffin Delivery Service: Turns out each of the treasures is a necessary part of a device Ahuizotl plans to use to Take Over the World.
  • Made of Indestructium: Daring's hat. It's been shot, thrown, crushed, and once time even set on fire, yet still sits proudly atop her head.
    Darrin: Can't you stop the floor with your hat or something!
    • As opposed to Derring's hats, which typically get destroyed within one or two scenes of her entrance. In Trials of Unity, Daring discovers that her sister typically packs about a dozen or so extra hats because they get ruined so often.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Darrin shows signs of this. In The Trials of Unity, his refusal to help Derring-Do initially appears to be the result of disinterest and bitterness, (since The Temple of Nightmare Moon proved that he's more than capable of helping out) but it's later implied that he was trying to force Derring into asking for Daring's help, knowing that their mutual love of treasure hunting would ultimately trump their sibling rivalry. He hoped that their adventure would bring them closer together. From the looks of things at the end of Unity, he appears to have succeeded.
  • Market-Based Title: Ring of the Marengetti got renamed to Daring Do and the Noetherian Ring for the edition released in the Marengetti, presumably because it didn't sound exotic enough.
  • Meaningful Name: All griffon dreadnoughts are named "The [name of its first captain]'s Vengeance". Storm Talon came to command it shortly after the death of his family.
    • A bit of trivia: these ships are only ever renamed in the case where a captain performs above and beyond the call of duty, or if the captain commits high treason.
  • Mind Hive: In Disembodied Voices Daring ends up becoming one of these.
  • Minored In Plot Kicking: Daring Do.
  • Mobile Maze: Mareahnee has some in Caverns of R'ni.
  • Mood Whiplash: After Sweeney Trot's horrific death due to the staff fragment in Staff of Star Swirl, the assembled individuals stare in shock in the aftermath before Storm Talon breaks the silence by quipping, "Well, I'm not touching it." He gets yelled at for making light of the situation given what happened to Lightning Kicker, but is quickly forgiven because he was getting lightheaded from the stab wound Mrs. Hoovett gave him, and thus wasn't thinking completely straight.
    • All of Revenant's Effigy. We have the Steelclad Sorceror on one side, The Assembler on the other, and the result is quite jarring.
      • The two golems seem to be masters of this. In Tinker's Seal, the two most heartwarming moments are sandwiched by either of the siblings utterly thrashing somepony.
    • In Universal Cracks, Applesack restates her Undying Loyalty to Charity, then asks what's the problem they need to solve, using sociopathic metaphor.
      • After humiliating the Colt Leader trying to distract her, Storm shoots the Colt Leader in the face in a genuine attempt to kill her, fails due to Smooze regeneration, and gets his wing impaled with a Smooze tentacle.
    • Never-Ending Nightmare, despite the name, is more of a comedic Breather Episode after the events of the rest of the Pentalogy, using the dreamworld as an excuse for surrealism and Toon Physics whilst engaging in lighthearted ContinuityNods to characters and events across the series. Then, near the end, Princess Luna reveals the antagonist comes from her own personal issues and asks to be killed to stop it.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Zerato is an actual doctor and also this. (Assuming he actually ever went to medical school, which is admittedly unlikely, but he does heal creatures at least.)
  • Morton's Fork: While trying to get Daring to kill her so that the Tantabus will die with her near the end of Never-Ending Nightmare, Luna tells her that disobeying orders from a Princess would mean being branded a traitor. Daring sarcastically asks what sort of patriot she'd be hailed as for committing regicide.
  • Mr. Exposition: In most of the novels, Daring at some point gives a description and summary of the MacGuffin of the book (usually to Herpy). Sometimes, this role is fulfilled by other characters, such as Professor Storm Talon in Griffon's Goblet, the Zebra Chieftan Zibrahim in Ring of the Marengeti, and Princess Celestia in the Nightmare Moon series.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Sometimes characters will over react to seemingly mundane things — often when they know something that the rest of the characters haven't learned, yet.
  • Mundane Wish: Daring and Herpy spend a bunch of time discussing what they'd wish for if the rumor that the Staff of Star Swirl grants a wish is actually true. Eventually, Herpy suggests that they should just wish for cake. This was before what happened to Lightning Kicker.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Daring Do has a moment of this in Blood Diamonds when those same Diamonds drive her to almost kill a group of grave robbers.
    • Hammond in The Valley of Grouchy surrenders to the authorities after witnessing Grouchy's rampage thanks to his own public revealing of the tyrannosaur Gone Horribly Wrong.
    • Daring when she learns what the wooden mask made her do.
    • Sweeney became evil because he was mad from grief upon being separated from his daughter. When he finds out she was living next door to him the whole time...
      "I'm sorry, Linnet Bird... I've been a bad dad, haven't I?"
    • Silver in Cloudfall Conspiracy when he learns that Masra has been slowly and painfully bleeding to death, rather than the quick death he wanted for the both of them.
  • Mysterious Past: Dear Celestia, Mirror Dreams. Even in the Expanded Universe!
  • Myth Arc: The books themselves are very episodic, with details only being referenced as Call-Back between them. One of the few threads through out the books however, are Ahuizotl's efforts to control the Tenochlitan Basin.
  • Needle in a Stack of Needles: In Seven-Sided Chest, Daring hides out in a fan convention, masquerading as a cosplayer. Turns out Caballeron masquerades as a cosplayer to get at her and Rainbow Dash is the only one to recognize either of them.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Herpy for the female fans, Tabula Rasa for the male fans.
  • The Neutral Zone: Rostrum is this, much like in real life. But since it also doubles as a City of Spies in-universe, it doesn't stop Daring from getting chased by Ahuizotl's henchponies, the city guards, Caballero's mobsters, Gryphon saboteurs, and Equestrian secret agents all at once.
  • Never Found the Body: Earth Song in Obsidian Sentinel was never found after the cyclone, and turns out to be alive, but not exactly himself.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Especially crocodiles that HANG FROM THE CEILING.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Previews from the Bag of Tirek indicate that the heroes' dimension hopping allowed the eponymous bag to find its way home.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Thanks to Somnambula's Lotus Eater spell, Okpono is finally able to work out that mathematical theorem he's been working on for years.
  • Ninja: The Night Wings in Griffon's Goblet.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: In Daring-Do Adventures #1, Daring meets her robot clone, Daring-Don't. The public outcry against this element, in addition to poor storytelling and terrible art, contributed to the cancellation of the comic.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Several controversial public figures appear over the course of the story as thinly veiled Expys (Most notably Nagridge, who is a clear jab at controversial Governor Maggie Thadder; no discussing whether she comes close character-wise, as if the animosity between left-hooved and right-hooved gets much worse, the Windigos will probably return), however the (then era) Wonderbolts are mentioned by name occasionally and Princess Celestia appears in person several times.
    • In Shūbidū and the Vault of Posteidon, Tetra Blues is a clear Expy of Trot Cousteau.
    • In Legend of the Zomponies, Dawn Glow is a clear Expy of Twilight Sparkle.
    • In Ring of Destiny, national heroine Rainbow Dash appears as a main character and then reappears in Seven-Sided Chest with a slightly reduced role and is the Deuteragonist for Lost Hope which also features Rainbow's real life friend and fellow national heroine Pinkie Pie.
  • No Man of Woman Born:
    • Ahuizotl is able to acquire a number of artifacts because the prophecies associated with them state "Nopony will find X" or "Nopony can wield X".
    • It gets turned on its head in Ruby Of The Blank Village. Near the climax, Ahuizotl taunts Daring after she steals the artifact that the Nightmares will not listen to "Those who would bear the Curse Marks". Completely nonchalant, she passes it to Professor Storm Talon.
  • No Name Given: The author, or several if we are to believe the history books, has no actual name except for whatever pen name appears along with the manuscripts. The obscurity and mystery behind this (these?) pony scribe(s) is what fascinates most fans to this day, rather than the stories themselves. Because there is no estate from where the rights go to, the rights to the books are currently held by Canterlot's esteemed publishing company Polo House Inc. Her Highness the Princess Celestia of Canterlot denied knowing the author's identity when confronted by the press.
  • Non-Action Guy: Darrin, at least until Temple of Nightmare Moon.
    • Herpy is a straighter example. The first half of Ring of the Marengeti is all about his efforts to grow out of it.
  • Nonindicative Name:
    • Prism Rush Presents: Captain Hook and the Biker Gorilla is a retelling of the infamous Rainbow Factory campfire story.
    • In Unknown Country the Sea Beasts, whilst amphibious, seem to prefer land.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Grouchy. The only reason he was grouchy was because he had a bone stuck in his throat, which was removed by Daring.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • The Squid Beak Clipper Caper.
    • Bravado begins to mention to Herpy an adventure he had with Daring in Lyrland involving Flutterponies, a misunderstood ritual and an awkward morning after, but Daring cuts him off before he can finish.
    • Platinius reminds Ambassador Hawkwing of "the incident in diamond dog territory."
    • From 'The Cloud-Held Eternity':
    [Daring] couldn’t even count on the re-shelving job at the library; after what happened the week before finals, the librarian probably wouldn’t want to see her for a few months.
    • Don't ask Ahuizotl what happened in Fillydelphia three years ago. You'll only get thrown in the dungeon.
      • Apparently it involved a burrito and him being on the run from Canterlot.
    • Steam Whistle's journal hasn't aged well. As a result, there's a ton of these alluding to projects, collaborators and events we never know about.
    • The years that Ghoul spent in the Gallopagos during his Intrepid Reporter days are never fully elaborated on. He claims to have helped several other reporters topple a drug smuggling ring, and Daring suspects that it's also where Ghoul discovered his second-most-favorite vice, Witch-Weed.
      • Another of Ghoul's books apparently details two weeks spent in Las Pegasus with his former attorney, one Doctor Fozzie. The trip apparently resulted in multiple destroyed hotel rooms, two destroyed and very expensive rental carriages, and a massive bill that Ghoul refuses to pay off.
    • A more dramatic one: the events and reason behind Winchester Tock's murder of Rodolphus Mareton are shrouded in mystery.
    • What happened to Princess Sparkler's old friends is left vague but implicitly unpleasant.
    • In the expanded universe, Swinn and Mareton used to date. And as of Trial, they're back together (for awhile). We're probably better off not knowing how that happened.
    • A fair number of Daren's adventures, which became the subject of its own series.
    • Curse of the Yeti opens, as usual, at the end of one of Daring's lectures, with the line "...and that is why you do not want to make Seaponies angry." This one may have been explained in Trident of the Seaponies, though the author hasn't confirmed it. This line has since become a Running Gag in the Expanded Universe and in various stage and radio adaptations.
    • At one point in Temple of Nightmare Moon, Storm Talon says that when Ahuizotl attempted to take a class hostage wasn't the first time Okpono got dangerous. We know nothing about when or the circumstances of this/these previous occasion/s, however.
    • In Universal Cracks, Ghoul comes across his alternate self in the Blank World, who is convinced that Normal!Ghoul is a hallucination like the other one. So, either Blank!Ghoul hallucinated the other one, or there was another group of our heroes going around.
    • Swinn claims she doesn’t trust Sebastius Mareton as a translator “ever since that incident in Ortogona”
    Sebastius: ‘’Feckelia’’ really can mean either ‘kiss’ or ‘money’!
    • Whatever Mahavir did to irritate Storm enough for him to tell Miss Jumbo he didn't see anything and leave him stuck in Miss Jumbo and the M█████████ Tattoo.
    • Theres a Running Gag in which somepony will ask Darrin if he ever met a member of such and such species that he found attractive. Darrin answers yes and starts to tell a story about it but is cut off.
    • Krähe once or twice mentions a test subject named Fledermaus that turned out poorly, but the most he ever says on the subject is "It was a mistake to think I could use their kind," which would seem to imply that Fledermaus was not a griffon.
    • Played With when Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie reminisce about their past exploits in Lost Hope as while the vast majority seem bizarre and are never explained in the book every single one of them are things that actually happened to them and their friends and are a matter of public record, so anypony could get the details if they know where to look or who to ask.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: In-universe example. Daring Do is fluent in a wide variety of languages, but appears to be incapable of speaking with any kind of foreign accent.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The Pony in a Box Productions radio play, Daring Do Adventures, takes full advantage of its medium in Herpy In The Dark by only hinting at the horrors being inflicted upon poor Herpy in a way that no stage performance could match.
    • In The Crimson Horde we do not know what tortures Saberwing inflicted on Leather Couch to make her spill the beans on Kimmy. Nor do we know what tortures Saberwing inflicted on Kimmy herself three books earlier.
  • Not in Front of the Parrot!: It's a running gag to have Herpy or Darrin say something confidential in front of Calypso only for it to be repeated to other ponies, including Daring herself, at the most inopportune times. He probably does it on purpose.
  • Obviously Evil: Shifty Gaze is perpetually on edge even before reason is given not to trust him, and his penchant for backstabbing comes with a knife cutie mark. He claims it's for salad-making.
  • Odd Name Out: Most of the griffons have badass sounding names, but Platinius has a periodic table based name. Justified as such names are actually more common.
    • The existing Greifvögel all have names that are Germane for birds, but Krähe briefly mentions an early test subject named Fledermaus (bat).
  • Oddball in the Series: Had Children of Primus seen official publication, it would DEFINITELY be this.
    • The new Swords of the Sun definitely fits the bill, focusing more on the idea of superheroes fighting giant monsters. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, though; enough fans enjoyed it that Polo House is giving the Poniranger team their own comic book series.
  • Off Hoof Back Hoof: Professor Storm Talon nailing Ambassador Hawkwings with his prosthetic tail while casually walking by him.
  • Oh, Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!: In Daring Do and Marey Sue's Totally Awesome Adventure this is a major part of the plot.
  • Oh Horseapples: Numerous throughout the series and Expanded Universe.
    • Like in Tinker's Seal, when Ghoul, Storm and Rayback realize that the gem that was acquired back in Ruby Of The Blank Village, which would have let them control/ward off the inhabitants of Sunny Town, no longer works.
    Claddie: "What, did that not go accordin' ta' plan?"
    "...why aren't you yelling?"
    • In Spear of the Windigos, the Raptorian force, which has Daring et al. pinned and doomed, has this reaction when Banizacherla shows up to kick their plots.
    • In Daren Do and the Wrath of Zeb, Erebus has this reaction when he learns that Pegasi can dispel clouds and Daren is about to dispel him.
  • Once per Episode: Daring defeating a trap with her hat. It's frequently joked by fans that Ahuizotl would win instantly if he just took it away from her.
  • One-Hit Kill: The Hoof-Held Cannon, one of the first artifacts retrieved in Tinker's Seal, will kill anything in one shot, according to Steam Whistle's journal. It doesn't work on anything that isn't alive (Claddie didn't even get dented by it) and even then, Herpy survives a shot.
  • One-Steve Limit: One of the rare aversions. Apart from the obvious Daring/Derring thing, the background characters have a realistic distribution of names, including duplicates. For example, a character named Sunny Days is mentioned in winter festival scene of Curse Of the Yeti, but another Sunny Days shows up as one of the Redcoat archeologists searching for the staff of Star Swirl. Of course it is also possible that the author didn't expect fans to pay so much attention to background characters, so it may be an unintentional aversion.
  • The Only One: In The Cloud-Held Eternity, Daring Do is the only one who can stop Shifty Gaze, as they are the only two in the ruins.
  • Only Smart Ponies May Pass: Many of the traps Daring overcomes require figuring out a riddle.
  • Oneigh-sama: Derring occasionally has shades of this, in the flashbacks to when she and her siblings lived together after the disappearance of their parents. It's especially true in the spin-off stand-alone Derring-Do and the Book of Moon, which took place while she and her siblings were foals attending a boarding school.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Okpono gets dangerous, you know something's bad.
    • It's assumed this is happening to Count Vryko Lakas, who usually keeps to himself until dragged in by others. In the newest EU book announced, he's breaking into various museums to steal artifacts.
    • Interrobang knows Snazzy is truly shaken after the Windigo stops possessing him because Snazzy lets his sunglasses and scarf fall off without stopping to pick them up.
  • Orifice Invasion / Force Feeding: A weird mix of the two in Equestria and the Attack of the Jello Slimes. The Jello Slimes were designed as a self moving food source and one of their instincts is to leap down the mouth of other beings. Since the intelligent slimes can be confused into following this instinct this trope is used heavily in the climax
  • Our Mearas Are Different: Tackien-style mearas appear in Fires of Family.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Eichelhäher calls herself a, "ghost", despite the reveal that she still has a body, albeit a heavily rotted and decayed one.
  • Outfly The Fireball: In Tinker's Seal, when the Chaos magic-flooded Leyline detonates, presumably killing Krastos and the Assembler, Daring is forced to grab Herpy by the scruff of his mane and fly at what is described as near-Rainboom speed to escape the magical outpouring.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Apparently, all it takes is dyeing your fur and putting on a fake cutie mark, and everypony will think you're a completely different pony.
    • Especially egregious when said fake cutie mark is literally a piece of paper taped to one's flank.
    • Also occurs in Rings of the Marengeti when Herpy tries disguises himself as a zebra with a quick paint job. Subverted by Bravado, who tries and fails to disguise himself by sticking on a false mustache and a pair of flat-lens glasses.
  • Parental Abandonment: Daring is hinted to have essentially been raised by her big sister after their parents went missing while hunting down the Platinum Crown. Her father is revealed to be alive in The Griffon's Goblet.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The murder of the title character in Wrath of Zeb is Winchester Tock's Start of Darkness.
  • Perspective Flip: The first few chapters of Staff of Star Swirl are told from the perspective of Bravado, including some flashbacks to his earlier interactions with Daring in previous stories from his own vantage point. This turns out to be because the "Daring Do" who initially asked him to help her find the pieces of the staff was an imposter working for the bad guys. When the real Daring shows up again she's the main character for the rest of the story.
    • Tinker's Seal switches between each group of adventurers during their respective hunts for Steam Whistle's creations, with each group being written by a different author. Daring, Herpy, and Claddie search for another of Steam's golems (Kit Saddler); Bravado and Outback Jack hunt for the Great-Grandfather Clock (Steeplechase Moffat); Daren, Desert Rose and Starlight investigate his abandoned laboratory (Ember Roundup); Ghoul, Storm, and Rayback search the Blank Village for what Greyhoof stole (J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr.); Minos relating what happened when Ahuizotl attacked his labyrinth (L. Heartstrings); and so on, with the various other groups (mostly Grant Mareson). With so many subplots and stories, it's little wonder that Tinker's Seal is such a Door Stopper.
  • Pferdian Excuse: Ahuizotl gives one of these in Trials of Unity, about how he was neglected by his parents and abused by his many siblings. Ultimately subverted when it turns out he was just using the tale to distract the Do siblings.
    • It is revealed in Ring of the Marengeti that Nagridge had a very traumatic experience in her foalhood involving an abada diplomat who developed a brain tumor and went on a rampage.
  • Phantom Thief: Mistress Spark. Arcane artifacts throughout Arkhoof simply vanish from their collections, defenses and guards simply bypassed, and replaced with a letter explaining why the item is better off in her care. A pity is this all second-hoof information and all she's done in the narrative is stalk Daring around the city.
  • Pinball Projectile: Daring's hat is quite often used as this, would be a Precision-Guided Boomerang, except it never actually comes back on its own.
    • Except in Temple of Nightmare Moon
  • Pirate Booty: The MacGuffin of Cove of Candles. It's also cursed.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: In Daring Do and the Cove of Candles, it appears that the only purpose of pirates is to hang around and provide clues to their secret treasure stashes. One wonders where it came from in the first place.
    • It's implied that most of the pirates are only there due Blackmane's curse. It's also implied that Blackmane had them working themselves to death in order to get more treasure for the stash.
  • Planimal: The Pikmin: bizarre tiny creatures that used to live in The Gardener's garden, but then followed Daring out of there and now turn up in weird places.
    • The Gardener's Garden is actually only populated with this kind of lifeform, save The Gardener. Alongside the Pikmin are leaf monkeys, dinosaurs with bulbs and leaves on their backs, necks and heads, literal leaf-tailed geckos, leaf monkeys, cotton sheep, deer with branches for antlers, ivy snakes, a turtle with a whole tree growing out of its back... and a potato frog. He also has a dog made of wood (which he claims was bred from a wolf made of timber, if such a thing exists...)
  • Plot Tumor: Anything with the Colt of Smooze. If you don't care for them, it is difficult to like the series at this point in time.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Foal: In Caverns of R'ni, it turns out that literally everything in Mareahnee is powered by slaves whose taskmasters make Simon Whinnee look positively compassionate by comparison. Haytrus and Daring are horrified to learn that Daring's innocent request to up the difficulty on pon'Jadgray's Mobile Maze likely killed several geldings.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: According to early information on the Trials of Unity adaptation, David Bowwow doesn't have the build to pull off a convincing Rex, which is why his diamond-claw gauntlets will be given magical strength-enhancing properties, and he'll be made out to be a Badass Bookworm instead of a Genius Bruiser.
  • Proper Lady: Linnet Bird is always very polite, though that doesn't stop her from snarking at Arthur.
  • Proud Warrior Race: The tribesponies of Kuhestan are portrayed as this in Expanded Universe audio drama Daring Do and the Helm of Bucephalus.
    • The Samawat in The Sultan's Curse.
  • Police Are Useless: In Anne Bonfire and the Unsightly Beauty Mark, it's implied that the local police force will play a part in the story. All they do is (offscreen) inadvertently inform Mary Reading that the beauty parlour Anne is visiting might be dangerous.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Dr. Zerato will insult earth ponies to their faces without any provocation. He seems to believe that earth ponies are too stupid to realize that they’re being insulted.
  • Ponies with Pikes: The Equestrian Royal Guard makes some late appearances, though typically as highly Flanderised versions of the Real Life organisation. Fun with not-moving guards ensues.
  • Power Trio: The Do siblings. Specifically, a Pferdian Trio: Daring/Id, Derring/Superego, and Darrin/Ego.
  • Powers via Possession: When Snazzy Shades is possessed by a Windigo, he gains the abilities to fly, freeze things, control wind, slip through ridiculously small cracks, and glow in the dark. He simultaneously loses control of his body…
  • Precision B Strike: Daring almost never swears, going through most of the series with hardly a 'darn'. Then, when she finds out Ahuizotl's plan in Temple of Nightmare Moon...
    "...We're bucked."
    • Can't forget the line, "No one gives a flying feather!" from the same book.
    • Desert Rose, of all ponies, gets one in Wooden Mask, during an argument with Outback Jack over her treatment of Billabong. After getting sidetracked by Outback's reference to a confusing Noodle Incident, she snaps "That's not the bucking point!"
    • Darrin in Platinum Crown.
    "...and if [Derring] gives a buck what happens to us now, I'll eat my hat."
    • And in Minotaur's Maze, Daring confronts Lepus:
    "You've spent this whole time alternating between ogling my plot and my sister's. If either of us catches you doing so again, we will bucking GELD you!"
    • Ring of the Marengeti:
  • Pre-Plotkicking One-Liner: Before completely owning the super Diamond Dogs, Laurentia of the Red Mane says "Meow".
  • The Purge: Whatever remained from the Colt of Smooze gets offed by the Assembler in Revenant's Effigy. It's implied that the leader survives.
  • Quicksand Sucks
  • Raptor Attack: Averted by the Deinonychus pack that attack the cast in The Valley of Grouchy. They are correctly depicted with primary feathers, including wings and a tail fan.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Sparkleworks from Razor of Dreams had a third set of cones in her eyes, and some said that wasn't plausible. Well, some ponies do, most notably Element of Harmony bearers Pinkie Pie and Rarity Belle.
  • Reality Subtext: There actually is a Royal Canterlot University Department of Equinology, but with considerably fewer action mares undercover as employees.
    • Greyhoof's usage of the Mirror Pond as the source of his body duplication powers was based on an incident that happened in L. Heartstrings' hometown of Ponyville.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Storm Talon likes giving swear-laden rants disassembling people he doesn't like. Hawkwings gets one for being a useless, obstructionist, ungracious jerk, Nagridge gets one for being a disruptive, speciesist witch, and Sweeney Trot gets one for being a murderous nutcase who treats personal tragedy as an excuse to hurt others.
    "You lost someone close to you? Well guess what, *squawk*-wit? You and bucking everyone else!"
    • Darrin to Derring in Platinum Crown, calling her out for leaving him and Daring without even bothering to call or write for seven years.
    "I have one thing to say to you, Derring: GROW UP."
    • Daring gives a short but epic one to Mareton in Temple of Nightmare Moon.
  • Recycled In Space: The Daring Do: Star Quest series, by Gene Trottenberry.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Likely Nagridge.
    "Tell... Okpono... I'm..." Daring was sure the last word was "sorry", but it was really quiet. Then Deborus Mane Nagridge was gone.
    • Swinn in Silver Menace.
  • Red Herring: In Daring Do and the Return of Fire of Friendship, Lady Blueblood does a lot of damage to any vehicles, making Daring think she is the Changeling. Daring Do as well as the readers are surprised/shocked when Lady Blueblood is killed off. After the successful return of the Fire of Friendship, Lady Sun Sparkle tells D.D. that Lady Blueblood told her that Lady Blueblood thought that the Princess Celestia ordering them on the mission was a Changeling, and was going to bring in Changelings with the fake Fire of Friendship into Canterlot to conquer it.
  • Red Pony, Blue Pony: Bravado is the red to Daring's blue, but Daring is the red to Derring's blue.
    • From Goblet, Ambassador Hawkwings is red to Platinius' blue.
    • For the foreign teachers, Storm Talon is red to Ghoul's Blue, while Ghoul is red to Okpono's Blue.
    • In order from most Red to most Blue, the Mane Six Mares note  are: Coco, Daring, Outback Jack, Starlight, Tabula Rasa and Desert Rose.
  • Riddle for the Ages: In Unknown Country: Did Daring leave the artifact with the 3 races to serve as a symbol of unity, ala the Fire of Friendship? Or did she take Storm's advice about the harm hanging your faith on a symbol can do, ala the Idol of Boreas, and take it with her?
  • Right-Hand Cat: Though Ahuizotl has a large variety of cats, it's the small white kitten Ripper that fits this roll.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Pikmin are tiny plant-animal hybrids whose main purpose in the books is to act cute and get killed by things.
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: In the Changing Times Pentalogy the Witch Tear artifact when used warps reality in one asked for way and one random way. Imbibing Witchweed pre-change allows you to remember what the Witch Tear artifact has randomly changed, whereas no-one's memories are affected from the intentional change.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The way the San Palomino Ball goes to pieces in Mystery of Flutter Valley is clearly based off the Grand Galloping Gala fiasco earlier that year.
    • Common in the books of L. Heartstrings, due to her hometown being something of a real life Town of Adventure.
    • Sweeney Trot and Mrs. Hoovett were based on the Real Life bakers/murderers Quick Bread and Surprise Cake in Witherspool.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Bend-Or and his faction among the Unseen in Caverns of R'ni, after Mareahnee falls.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: King Scorpan of the apes.
  • Rule of Pool: Although the first time is an unimportant incident in Gardens of Equestria, this is used as an actual plot point in both Trident of the Seaponies, and Cloud-Held Eternity, but completely subverted in Cove of Candles.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: That minotaur dress, as far as Margarita is concerned, as she sees colors differently. Given that griffons have even more cones due to their eagle heritage, when Ambassador Hawkwings' secretary sees it later, she calls it a crime against fabulosity.
  • Running Gag: Most of the canon books open with Daring Do teaching a class before invariably being pulled away early to start her adventure. After Herpy becomes more prominent, it's almost always him that pulls her away.
    • In Ring of the Marengeti, she gets pulled away a bit more literally than usual.
    • Calypso revealing secrets that Herpy or Darrin told him.
    • Herpy emptying the coffee pot from the fourth book on.
    • Ponies jumping whenever Mirror Dreams pops up. Partially justified, as she finds it amusing to do so literally more often than not.
    • Bravado having found a Mundane Solution to a trap or puzzle Daring nearly broke her back over.
    • Someone asking Ahuizotl about what happened in Fillydelphia three years ago... and being promptly thrown in the dungeon.
    • Ambassador Hawkwings' obsession with how ponies pick things up with their hooves.
    • In Coronet of Chaos, the bizarre horrors Krastos wishes to unleash on Banizacherla, Laurentia of the Red Mane, and several other alicorns of whom nothing is known.
    • Various random characters seem to be secret fans of the In-universe comic book "Sasquatch Mafia".
    • In Curse of the Yeti, Rayback swears servitude to everypony who saves his life, citing a Dragon's Code. In the case of Tabula Rasa, it sticks, but only after he agrees to sign an employment contract with the university, and when he tries it in later books, Tabula has to remind him that his contract is explicitly more binding than his Code.
    • In Amber of the Smooze, Princess Sparkler's incomplete dye jobs.
      • Running Gagged: Her return in Alicorn Amulet intends to return her to her natural coloring.
    • In Seven-Sided Chest, Minty Twister's minimalist cosplay. Standouts include her Laurentia and Caballeron costumes (the latter is a cardboard box painted with Caballeron's muzzle).
  • Science Marches On: In Wrath of Zeb the cloud creature Erebus is defeated when Daren disperses his cloud body, which is treated as total annihilation for the clouds as was the general thought at the time. Since it was published, it was found that dispersed clouds are just rendered into their base components which are then collected and made into more clouds. Which means Erebus could still be alive and come back at any time. As he does in Sins of the Father.
  • Scenery Porn: Most of the books, though Sapphire Stone is especially loaded with it, taking up a significant percentage of the book. Surprisingly, this factor doesn't usually alienate new readers, even those mainly in it for the action.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: The conclusion of Ballad of Chickerufus.
  • Secret Test of Character: Blackmane's Treasure in Cove of Candles.
  • Self-Deprecation: In Unknown Country, there's some towards the author themselves. After the 3 races come together to create one unified fledgling civilization, Herpy ruminates on the future, 'The Unknown Country'. Daring points out that she always thought that referred to death, and refuses to drop it as Herpy continues.
  • Sequel Hook: Steam Whistle's many unsuccessful projects. He mentions he never bothered to scrap them, and considering he made both Claddie and the Assembler, and the entire can of worms that the Assembler's sudden resurgence opened, they're bound to show up soon.
    • The Surgeon of Marabia ends with two of these: the revelation that Rodolphus Mareton, Winchester Tock, and Zapapple Tock may still be alive, and the revelation that Steam Whistle had a time machine, to which Daring says, “I have a bad feeling about this…”
    • Tinker's Seal has a massive one amongst the epilogues. The Leader of the Colt of Smooze shows up at Steam Whistle's abandoned workshop, quickly dispatching the guards, and is able to enter the building thanks to a secret entrance, the location of which was apparently provided by Greyhoof. The Colt Leader proclaims that she is "going home", and the scene ends.
  • Shaggy Diamond Dog Story: The artifact that Greyhoof stole from Steam Whistle turned out to be the Cutie Mark Replicator. Which he destroyed. Making the trip to the Blank Village in Tinker's Seal pointless.
  • Shapeshifting Trickster: Anasazi. It helps that his true form is shaped like a coyote, who was considered by the original trickster in Buffalo mythology.
  • She Knows Too Much: Why King Mayhem kills Lady Blue-Blood.
  • Sherclop Scan: Daring and Derring can do this with ancient artifacts to identify how old they are, what material they're made of, and the history of the area in which they were found. Early in The Platinum Crown Daring and Derring get into a Scan battle to identify a slab of stone that had recently been put on display in a local museum.
  • Ship Tease: Daring and Bravado, most heavily in The Staff Of Star Swirl. Herpy and Daring in The Ring of Marengeti.
    • Bravado and Outback Jack get some in Tinker's Seal.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog Story: Greyhoof finds out there was a cure, one that could be found by speaking the truth. The two things that defined his entire life and unlife was trying to find a way to stop the spread, and hiding from the fact that he was the one responsible. He downs all of Ghoul's 470-proof cider. Then swallows a torch.
  • Shout-Out: The scene in Platinum Crown where Daring tries to tell apart the real and fake crowns by using water displacement to calculate density is a Shout-Out to the legend of Eureka. Unfortunately, they're both the same density. The crown isn't made of platinum, it was just owned by Princess Platinum.
  • Shown Their Work: Surprisingly, Zebra culture is depicted rather accurately.
    • The late Gusty Lulamoon, author of two Expanded Universe novels, was an equinologist specializing in the paleopony period, and it shows in her writing.
    • Changeling characters usually make use of the little-known "-ling" suffix that is used exclusively by Changelings.
    • In Legacy of Nightmare Moon, one sees that Yearling knows her herbal remedies.
    • Shrine of the Silver Monkey has some very well researched depictions of canine and simian body language, such as Beta Max going in circles before sleeping and the head-scratching gesture King Scorpan makes while pondering how to defeat Ahuizotl.
      • Also, apes of that genus have a third set of cones in their eyes, and so when Margarita visits the tailor she sees the colors on the first dress shown as clashing hideously, a fact that Derring quickly points out when the tailor takes offense.
    • The proto-Ehwazic culture and language in the flashbacks from Terror of the Headless Horse are very thoroughtly researched.
    • Every one of the Noodle Incidents Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie mention when reminiscing about their past exploits in Lost Hope are things that actually happened to them and their friends in real life.
  • Sickening Sweethearts: In Universal Cracks, one of the alt universes had Daring and Ahuizotl as these.
    • You want sickening? Swinn and Mareton. Seriously. She calls him puddin'.
  • Sickly Green Glow: In Tinker's Seal, when the Great-Grandfather Clock sends ponies back in time, the numbers and hands glow green. Also serves as foreshadowing, since Tight Ship, who controls the clock, is always seen in a green suit coat.
  • Sigil Spam: The titular Tinker's Seal, a pointed steam whistle, brands every one of Steam Whistle's works. Which is fortunate, when you get to know them firsthoof.
  • Signature Headgear: Daring's trademark pith helmet. In The Valley of Grouchy, it's shown that the helmet is given to Daring as a gift from Coco Pie and, like Coco, it's appeared in every book since.
  • Sinister Scythe: Reaper!Winchester wields one of these in ‘’The Surgeon of Marabia’’, to match his grim reaper motif.
  • So Last Season: In Ruby of the Blank Village, the eponymous blanks ignored non-Cutie-Mark-based lifeforms, which allowed Ahuizotl and Storm Talon to move about unmolested. Picking up on this, in Tinker's Seal Storm and Ghoul are the ones sent to deal with the village (and Rayback sneaks in with them), only to find out that the town has branched out their paranoia as a result of the incident.
  • Somepony Set Up Us The Bomb: In Spear of the Windigos, Banizacherla leaves the Raptorian commander a present.
  • Somewhere, a Mammalogist Is Crying: In Sapphire Stone. Rats aren't predators? Oatwell knew better; the threat of hungry rats is how Whinnyston Smith is made to give up.
    • In the Daring Do Adventures adaptation by Pony in a Box Productions, the rats are replaced with sheep for precisely this reason.
  • Soul Jar: The diamond amulet known as the ‘Windigo’s Frozen Soul’ is presumed to be this.
  • Spanner in the Works: The Steelclad Sorceror's specialty, which Ahuizotl learns the hard way. In Daring's words, "If your plan involves him then it's already a failure".
  • Spell My Name With An S:
    • As seen on the main page picture, "Daring-Do" was written with a hyphen on the cover of the first book, but it fells out of usage fairly early in the series.
    • Mahavir/Mahiavar of the Expanded Universe.
    • Also Daring, her sister Derring, and to a lesser degree their younger brother, Darrin.
  • Spikes of Doom: Appears oh-so-very-often and every form imaginable, starting in Sapphire Stone. The only books that don't have them in some form are Gardens of Equestria, Trident of the Seaponies, and Ring of the Marengeti.
  • Spoiled by the Format: Magic Step at least made an effort to avoid spoiling the fact that Bravado and Sebastius don’t go to hell after they become ghosts by giving the final chapters misleading titles, but it doesn’t really work…
  • Spot the Impostor: The Young Daring Do Expanded Universe novel Return of the Fire of Friendship
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In Tinker's Seal, after the initial fallout of Rayback sneaking into Storm's luggage in order to go with Storm and Ghoul to the Blank Village, Rayback offers all his qualifications while Ghoul is trying to think up all sorts of contingency plans on how best to keep the kid safe on their journey through the Everfree Forest so Dr. Tabula Rasa doesn't fillet them for putting him in danger. Storm points out they're at a hotel. They should just leave him at the hotel and have a Pegasus chariot pick him up after they leave (they couldn't make sure the chariot picks him up because they had to leave early due to time factors).
  • Status Quo is Celestia: Parodied in Ahuizotl and the Giant Chess Pie. The Trickster decides to set everything right, turning back time and wiping everypony but Ahuizotl's memories, then leave. However he absent-mindedly leaves Ahuizotl as a chess pie, which is promptly eaten by Miss Starlight.
    • Zigzagged in Short Stuff and the Amazing Vacuum. After Page and Header return they find that Flux has made notes on how to 'fix' his machine at the cost of making it more dangerous. They decide to make them 'mysteriously disappear' but the notes are found by Short Stuff who has the partially broken device. After thinking about keeping it, she agrees and sucks up the notes with the vacuum which causes it to fully break and explode.
    • Subverted in Silvia Clawson and Her Little Pony. The artifact that could have undone everything falls into the things of The Wandering Dragon as he leaves for further adventure and Silvia decides to keep Caballeron.
    • Disscussed in Griffonland Grumblings where Kitty claims that when Silvia goes back to the embassy, the 'last slice of the old kingdom', she'll just become a greedy lazy idiot again which does seem to be the case at first. Her final scenes imply this is somewhat averted as whilst Silvia resumes her old no effort job, and continues to showcase her eating and sleeping habits, she seems to have realized she needs to be more active in important things and uses her ability to get 'Gory' to do what she wants to push Platinus's proposals through.
  • Stockhorse Syndrome: Azure Lightning falls in love with Aureli, but then again she isn’t really holding him captive; that’s her older brother’s doing. Sebastius drops this trope name when he observes their romance.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: See Faking the Dead above.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: From Sebastius’ ‘’Asylum Song’’:
    Step one, violence will be punished with more violence,
    Two, counselors asking probing questions,
    Three, just forget about your freedom,
    Four, hope you like electric therapy!”
  • Super Serum: Ahuizotl's unicorn serum in Temple of Nightmare Moon.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The made-up country of Marabia bears a striking resemblance to the real-life country Saddle Arabia, right down to the color of its prince’s coat. The author, Magic Step, said she had originally written the book using Saddle Arabia, but relationships being as tense as they are, the publisher decided it was too risky; although other Daring Do books take place in Saddle Arabia, this book specifically accused the monarchy of cruel and unusual punishment. (Which is true, by all accounts, but that doesn’t make it okay to mention it in a book.)
  • Taken for Granite: In Daring Do and the Crystal Statue there is an artifact capable of transforming others into the titular substance.
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: When Snazzy starts aging in Witch’s Circus, thus losing his good looks, he tries to poison himself. Dr. Caballeron calms him down by assuring him that he can think of at least a dozen Fountain of Youth legends just off the top of his head, and he’s sure one of them must be real.
    • Near the climax of Eternal Nightmare, Daring has to talk Princess Luna out of sacrificing her life so that the Tantabus will die with her.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Frequently done in the expanded universe comic series. Lampshaded on a few occasions by Herpy.
  • Talk to the Fist: Bravado is perfectly aware of Mareton's way with words, and any situation with both of them involved will end in this. It helps that Bravado absolutely hates him.
  • Throw It In!: The first book in the series makes a passing reference to a University page called Harpy. However, his name was misspelled as Herpy, and fans latched onto that spelling and embraced the silly pony. Herpy appeared briefly in the second book, typo intact and with his fanon personality. Later on, Herpy returned as a major character.
  • Team Pet: Calypso, Daring's purple macaw. However, he's usually kept at the university while Daring is adventuring.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: To show the power of the Scepter of the Chaos Beast, the narrative gets messed with. One way it does so is that Mahavir/Mahiavar's name alternates constantly, to the point where even different print runs will have different name combinations.
  • The Load: In Griffonland Grumblings Silvia Clawson is often an impediment due to her laziness, greediness and cowardice. Until about halfway where Kitty convinces Silvia to apply herself and her strength and speed become quite helpful.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: To put down Krastos and the Assembler, Daring detonated a leyline by imbuing it with chaos magic to destabilize it and then activated several powerful artifact explosives next to it. To give an idea how powerful a blast this is, it's described as being able to turn the Everfree Forest into the Everfree Crater (no, it wasn't done there).
    • Though considering what they are, that may not have been a permanent solution.
  • These Are Things Pony Was Not Meant To Know: A variation in Short Stuff and the Amazing Vacuum. The never before seen dragon sized creature is implied to be the Trickster from Ahuizotl and the Giant Chess Pie and the titular vacuum partially breaking down after absorbing it is implied to due to absorbing a few of these. The characters, however, put it down to (not-so) Explosive Overclocking
  • The Stars Are Going Out: Part way through the Star Quest Trilogy, something causes the stars to blink out of existence. Turns out, it's Inti, no longer bound by Nightmare Moon and having finally broken free of the chains that bound him, EATING THEM for power.
  • Threatening Shark: Attracted by the title artifact in the short story Shūbidū and the Ruby Shark.
  • Tickle Torture: Used by Ahuizotl to get Daring Do to reveal the location of the treasure in Cove of Candleswith a tickle machine on her belly. She talks but is able to break free before Ahuizotal can take the treasure
  • Title Confusion: The Sapphire Stone is set into a small blue statue, and so the MacGuffin is referred to as "the statue" very frequently in the action and dialogue. Because of this, even the most pedantic fans tend to call Quest for the Sapphire Stone "Quest for the Sapphire Statue" about half the time.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Dr. Zerato never caught on that it was a dumb idea to call Sebastius an inferior being to his face.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Balthasar in Shrine of the Silver Monkey is more of an action ape than in Classical Mythology.
  • The World Is Not Ready: Minos' motivation for keeping the secret of the Labyrinth of Legends.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: Several are mentioned, including: Hamdani Hadban's Mikrohippocon, Furler's Leises Pferden-Erscheinen, and the Barbaequus of Celeres.
    • The Neighcronomicon is brought up by Herpy in The Staff of Star Swirl, but is dismissed by Daring as being just a bunch of made-up hooey. As it turns out, the original print of that very book contains the clue to find the last piece of the Staff.
    • A copy of the Unaussprechlichen Colten can be seen in the comics for a single frame of the first issue, on Daring's office bookshelf along with Le Colt Des Goules and The Princess in Pink (see Brown Note above).
  • Toon Physics: Short stories by the writer D.Cord tend to feature these. In Ahuizotl and the Giant Chess Pie it's stated to be the work of the Trickster and it's implied, though not stated, to be because of it in the other stories too.
  • Tournament Arc: In the second book of the Blood Diamond series, Daring Do has to enter one to get the artifact she was after.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Almar's Cliff, from Revenant's Effigy, whose inhabitants are all soulless, and part of the Assembler's army.
  • Tranquil Fury: The Steelclad Sorceror at his angriest is surprisingly quiet and relaxed, and could almost pass for calm if he weren't shaking uncontrollably from all his rage.
    "Ya see, I can't afford ta get mad right now, I'd jus' tear 'is head off in a moment. And we both know he deserves worse than that."
    • Fuergott is also very contained in her emotions, only letting the bitter surface leak through.
  • Transformation of the Possessed: When possessed by the Windigo, Snazzy Shades’ black mane turns white and blows around like flames in a fire. Also comes with Glowing Eyes of Doom
  • Twitchy Eye: Mirror Dreams. In spades. She detests the destruction of anything with historical/magical value, which, unfortunately, tends to happen a lot.
    • So, this is a semi-permenant state for her?
    • Mareton develops one when Daring points out that for all her racism, jackassery and treachery, Nagridge was still the objectively better pony.
  • Two Beings, One Body: Doctor Zerato’s plan to fuse Sebastius and Bravado into one pony.
  • Ultimate Universe: As mentioned above under Comic-Book Adaptation. Among other differences from the main canon, the story is set more in present-day, so Princess Luna is set to be included as a character alongside or sometimes in place of Celestia note , and the Do siblings' father will be the still-missing parent, rather than their mother.
    • The upcoming Pony in a Box Productions radio play entitled Daring Do Adventures plans to make significant changes to the canon as well, while still taking strong inspiration from the original series. One of the biggest changes is that Ahuizotl will be given less focus in favor of other villains.
  • The Unpronounceable: For years, fans were baffled as to how you're supposed to say the name 'Ahuizotl'. Many were quite surprised when the first movie adaption came out and revealed it.
    • Elementum's actual name is ʿUnşur. No wonder Daring Do just sticks with "Elementum".
  • The Unreveal: The Church of the Shining Void claims to have documented all the true events that happened during the foundation of Equestria as it is in modern day. The documentation is a room with hierogyphs and pictograms on the walls, floor, and ceilings that Daring Do can't completely decypher herself.
    • Subverted somewhat in that later in the story Daring is able to come back with some equipment and can read enough to get a basic idea of most of the story, though some details and the beginning and ending are still to hard to translate. She sees that Discord was a denizen of Tartarus that was accidentally released and given sentience by the pony immigrants,that he either created or gave power to the Alicorn race, and that Celestia and Luna were his top agents before they turned on him and reversed his magic to create the Elements of Harmony to usurp him.
    • In Revenant's Effigy, Steam Whistle's journal never fully explains what would warrant the Assembler's creation.
  • Villains Out Shopping:
    • In Temple of Nightmare Moon, there is a brief scene where Professor Nagridge is at a bar discussing who would win in a fight between Starswirl the Bearded and The Great Beast of Chaos with Page and Header.
    • Early on in Vaults Of Celestia, Daring is wondering what schemes Ahuizotl is plotting at this moment. Cut to Ahuizotl making tea in a fez and bathrobe, feeding his cats, and reading a newspaper in his stronghold. Subverted when Rex and his troops bust in through the front door and the resulting fight ends up destroying several floors.
    • In the Disneigh adaptation of Children of Primus, Thundercracker writes plays (but not very good ones).
  • Unwinnable by Design: Hoo colt, Archeological Quest.
    • Archeological Quest I:
      • Forget the mirror? You can't get ye flask. No flask? No medication.
      • Can't guess the Flutter Pony's name in the time allotted? No flower. And the formula is notoriously counterintuitive.
    • Archeological Quest II:
      • Made even one unnecessary trip over the bridge? Too bad, it breaks when you make a fourth crossing and you go splat.
      • You cannot know in advance that it is the apple you need from the fruit stand, rather than the pear or the orange.
    • Archeological Quest III:
      • What's that? You didn't chase Ripper off? You're bound in that one cul-de-sac for good.
      • Did you make sure to haggle three times with the vendor who wants to buy your shining stone from the previous game? If you got any less money than three haggling requests, you won't have enough money to win the game.
  • Vanishing Village: The populated Blank Village only appears at certain times. Otherwise it's just ruins.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Lawrence T. Change claims that Unknown Country is inspired by real events related by a friend, though things went a lot smoother in reality.
  • Villain Song: A number of stage adaptations give Ahuizotl one of these
    • Seeing as how one stage adaptation focuses solely on Sweeney Trot and Mrs. Hoovett, every song (with the exception of Nightangale, Blackbird for Linnet Bird and Linnet Bird for Anthony Hopewing) is one of these. The most obvious is A Bit of Priest, which is sung by the evil duo about baking the residents of Trottingham into cupcakes.
    • Fuergott's ballad, Set the Rain Ablaze.
    • Both Krastos and the Assembler have Leitmotifs.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Ahuizotl goes through these once a book.
    • Sweeney, after he finds out his daughter is still alive.
    • The unknown villain Claddie fought in his backstory apparently had a nasty one when his favorite technique didn't work on him. Nasty enough that he apparently didn't even try to dodge.
    • Snazzy Shades when the effects of the Witch’s Circus start aging him.
    Snazzy Shades: I knew this would happen someday, but not this fast! [Sobbing, staring at his reflection in his hoofheld mirror] What happened to that stallion I used to love? Gone! Gone Forever!
  • Villain Over for Dinner: In Temple of Nightmare Moon Mareton has a brief pleasant conversation with Silvia in order to keep the usually cowardly Hawkwings from attempting to run or get help.
  • Volleying Insults: Arthur, King of the Trots and Linnet Bird.
    Arthur: I blow my nose at you, you silly pony!
    Linnet: ...what a strange pony.
    Arthur: I blow a raspberry in your general direction!
    Linnet: Yeah? Well, I request that you get off my porch, you son of a silly pony!
    Arthur: Go boil your tail, you maggot!
    Linnet: Your mother was a parasprite and your father smelt of griffon droppings. Now, get off my property, or I shall taunt you a second time!
    Arthur: ...taunting brat...
  • War for Fun and Profit: The reson Colonel Talonus wishes to start a huge war is simply that he is the head of a mercenary army and he personally believes that War Is Glorious.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In Equestria and the Attack of the Jello Slimes the Jello Slimes have a bunch. Sucking on them causes them to destabilize, they can't damage stomach lining, are extremely weak to stomach acid and have a barely repressed instinct to force themselves down ponies throats. And it takes very little to unrepress that instinct.
  • Weapons That Suck: In Short Stuff and the Amazing Vacuum the vacuum is used as such against a dragon sized creature.
  • "Well Done, Daughter" Pony: In Griffon's Goblet, Daring discovers her dad is alive. In the following volume, her dad is an actual character whom she feels she had to live up to his standards growing up, and the volume puts a good deal of focus on their struggling to get along.
  • Wham Episode: Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded has the murder of Lightning Kicker.
    • Swinn is Killed Off for Real in Silver Menace. The fanbase has reacted... variably.
    • Seven-Sided Chest kills off both Bravado and Caballeron.
  • Wham Line: Staff of Star Swirl:
    Mrs. Hoovett: Mr. Trot—I'm sorry—they only escaped because that stupid filly, Linnet Bird— (freezes as she realizes what she just said)
    Sweeney Trot: That filly next door—the one who—she... She has the same name as my daughter?
    Mrs. Hoovett: NO! I mean, yes, the same name, but—
    Sweeney Trot: (realization) That filly next door... is my daughter, isn't she?
    Mrs. Hoovett: NO! NO! I would never—!
    Sweeney Trot: Don't lie to me! Is she?!
    Mrs. Hoovett: ...yes.
    • When Daring is puzzling out what happened to her father's old cadre of archeologists, she assumes that since Daren's former partner Rodolphus Mareton was the father of Sebastius Mareton, he must have been the one to betray the group by murdering Winchester Tock. To readers, this would make sense, since Sebastius Mareton is a ruthless monster, and Winchester's daughter Zapapple was one of Daring's closest friends. Daren's response?
    Daren: Darling, you have this awful habit of jumping just next to the right conclusion... it was the other way. Winchester killed Rodolphus.
    • Revenant's Effigy has this line from Steam Whistle's journal:
    "After so many unsatisfactory projects, I can finally have something to celebrate: The Assembler is up and running"
    • From Universal Cracks, after Herpy brings Daring's attention to the knocking on the other side of the Crack:
    "There's somepony on the other side of this wall... and they aren't in this building."
    • Princess Luna reveals secret knowledge and psychological baggage near the end of Never-Ending Nightmare
    "There is another way. The spirit would fade if the flesh it was drawn from were slain. That flesh stands before you now. Think not of what will be lost, but of what will be saved. We are prepared when thou art."
  • What Do You Mean, It's Phlebotinum?: Some of the MacGuffins were finally found out in plain sight, and one such turns out to be an Artifact of Doom.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Outback Jack mentions two unicorns and a pegasus going missing in what turns out to be the eponymous Gardens of Equestria. They are never brought up afterwards.
    • Also happens in Children of Primus, where two of the statues are unaccounted for at the end of the book. Popular fanon states that at least one of Bravado's adventures has been directly related to them.
    • Other than Skywarp, Optimus, and the unnamed statue in The Temple of Primus, the other statues' fates are never elaborated upon, and aren't shown waking up, the ones that are shown waking up disappear from the plot afterwards.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Herpy is confronted with the chance for selfish power gain when trying to acquire the titular Ring of the Marengeti and that "Daring would never know." He only pretends to accept the offer to access a critical clue in a stolen manuscript.
  • ...When Both Your Hind Legs Are Broken?: The Trope Namer is from Ring of the Marengeti, when a Hoofstapo Mook threatens to buck Storm Talon's skull in.
  • Where the Chaos Is Hoofington?: Trotham from Temple of Nightmare Moon looks a lot like Manehattan, but Storm Talon speaks of Manehattan as a separate city.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: In Daring Do and Marey Sue's Totally Awesome Adventure whilst criticizing the fanfiction Daring notes that she feels that even her real adventures wouldn't be that interesting in book form.
  • Who Names Their Foal "Tralala"?: Blinkamena's reaction to a Flutter Pony's name in Mark of the Trickster is the Trope Namer.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Sebastius is afraid of electricity, needles, and doctors. All of these objects haunt him throughout the course of ‘’The Surgeon of Marabia’’ (especially the last one.)
  • Wicked Cultured: Noteworthy Smith (from Trident of the Sea Ponies, Ring of the Marengeti, Buffalo Burial Ground, Wrath of Hammerhoof, Sad Statue, and the first three Blood Diamonds stories) loved classical music and fine art, and was a fairly decent artist himself. He was also a crime lord, a former hit stallion, and heavily implied to be a foal-mounter in the Blood Diamonds series. Nopony sheds any tears when Colonel Talonus tortures him to death in Worship in Fear.
  • Write Who You Know: Bowtie Whooves says he based the Flutter Pony Zipzee off his younger sister.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In Unknown Country, after Daring meets the Sea Beasts she begins to suspect that the hitherto unseen Cute (former) Citizens of Wuvy Dovey Land to be more than they sound. She's wrong. So very, very wrong.
    • In Children of Primus, Daring assumes that Optimus Prime is a temple guardian there to kill trespassers. Not only is this not the case, but her attempts to evade him lead to her running right into Skywarp, who does want to kill her, and from whom Optimus saves her.
  • "X" Marks the Hero: Fuji has an "x" shaped scar on his left cheek.
  • You All Meet in a Cell: Dr. Caballeron acquired his main henchponies when he got arrested the same day as Rough Stuff and Snazzy Shades and the same day Interrobang was kicked off the police force in a little made up town called Tailsburg.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: When Princess Luna returns to speaking in the older dialect she used to use and adresses Daring as "thou", it's a clear sign that she expects those words to be her last.
  • You Have Failed Me: Ahuizotl. Failing him is not an option.
    • Subverted in Staff of Star Swirl. Mrs. Hoovett is quite relieved to find out that Sweeney won't kill her for failing. Purposely keeping the location of his daughter hidden from him, on the other hoof...
    • Talonus can't stand failure either. One of his goons commits suicide rather than face the Colonel's wrath.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Assembler kills whoever it finds obsolete, and uses the corpse to make new constructs.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: In the Expanded Universe novel Amethyst Penguin, The Colt of Tirek, working for Ahuizotl, is trying to get at the temple where the title artifact is located. Daring et al. are already inside when the Colt Mooks arrive, and Odo Bahn, the ornithologist, runs out to stop them. He takes many of the Colt members and a chunk of the crumbling temple with him.
  • You Won't Like How I Taste: In Crystal Statue when Storm and Ghoul question Inverted Angle about what they've found, he cracks and starts begging them not to eat him, even though they've not made even the remotest reference to doing so.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The backstory for the sought-after artifact in one volume, and the (unsuccessful) threat made by the antagonist in another.