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The Daring Do Adventure Collection is an officially licensed set of three books, later sold as separate titles, set in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic universe written by A.K. Yearling, but ghostwritten by G.M. Berrow, author of previous chapter books based on the TV series. The books serve as a Defictionalization of the TV series' book series starring the titular adventurous pegasus, Daring Do.

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  • Feelies: The set comes in a cardboard treasure chest with a golden Daring Do figurine.
  • Noodle Incident: Any of Daring's adventures that hadn't been brought up in any other work is definitely this.

     Daring Do and the Marked Thief of Marapore 
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"Three missing relics. Two mysterious stallions. One fearless pegasus."

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?

  • Continuity Nod:
  • Encyclopedia Equestria: From which Daring learns of the Flankara Relics.
  • Fallen Hero: Mojo, known to villagers as the Stalwart Stallion of Neighples, was the pony that gifted the three villages with Flankara Relics to protect them from Mount Vehoovius. However, he was also once part of Ahuizotl's gang and when he tried to leave, Ahuizotl responded by leaving him with a giant scar on his flank that clawed out his cutie mark. This led to him turning on the villages and stealing the relics to heal his flank.
  • Freudian Excuse: Mojo losing his cutie mark to Ahuizotl was harsh, but dooming the villages to an active volcano to get his cutie mark back wasn't exactly the right way to deal with it, especially when the villagers consider him a hero.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Mojo's scarred cutie mark is his reason for his evil plot.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: "Who's to neigh?" instead of "Who's to know?".
  • Kick the Dog: When Mojo tried to quit being a henchpony for Ahuizotl, Ahuizotl rewarded him with a giant gash on his flank that completely covered his cutie mark. For a character that is normally portrayed rather comically, this comes off as surprisingly ruthless for Ahuizotl.
  • Meaningful Name: As is usual for this franchise, too many to count. Some examples include Steel Anchor the boatswain and a cook named Greasy Spoon.
  • The Navigator: Daring is skilled at knowing where she needs to go, hence her compass rose cutie mark.
  • Photographic Memory: Daring claims to have one for cutie marks.
  • Red Right Hand: Mojo is easy to identify by his horribly scarred cutie mark.

     Daring Do and the Eternal Flower 
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"Nothing lasts forever...or does it?"

Upon learning about the Eternal Flower, a legendary flower capable of granting immortality to those who drink its nectar, Daring Do goes to a banquet held by the Equestrian Botanical Society. She quickly learns, however, that she's not the only one searching for it. Her uncle Gallant True, the pony who influenced her life as an adventurer, has been searching for it for years and has gone missing, as is Ahuizotl, who is eager to use the flower to gain immortality for himself. With the chance to stop Ahuizotl and see her uncle once more, this is one adventure Daring Do cannot pass up.

  • Action Girl: Rosy Thorn is just as athletic as Daring Do, being able to keep up with her in a storm and help her fight off Ahuizotl.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Ahuizotl is once again racing against Daring Do in search of treasure, but it turns out he's not alone in the endeavor. Thaddeus is not only working together with Ahuizotl but is searching for the flower for himself.
  • Cool Old Guy: Daring Do's eccentric uncle, Gallant True. Despite being older and less athletic, he is shown to be a lot more clever than her already very clever niece.
  • Dragon Rider: Daring calls upon a dragon she befriended on a previous adventure named Knuckerbocker who takes her and Gallant to the Isle of Scaly.
  • Keep the Reward: With Ahuizotl shrunken and Thaddeus becoming a balloon, does Gallant True take the Eternal Flower? Nope. He didn't want the immortality it would grant him and after seeing how greedy Thaddeus had become in trying to take the Eternal Flower, he felt it was much safer for the Eternal Flower to remain hidden. Plus, he felt he had gotten his reward already — plants that can regenerate instantly and time with his niece.
  • Last-Name Basis: Daring Do only refer to Rosy Thorn as "Thorn".
  • The Mole: Rosy Thorn, who works behind Caballeron, Ahuizotl, and Daring's back for her brother Thaddeus Vine. In Daring's case, though, she never truly trusted her.
  • Raiders of the Lost Parody: The plot is pretty much a G-rated Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
  • Real Women Never Wear Dresses: Daring Do is not very happy wearing a dress to the dinner party and gets peeved when Cabelleron compliments her upon seeing her in her dress.

     Daring Do and the Forbidden City of Clouds 
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"If a treasure cannot be seen...does it even exist?"

Daring Do visits Professor A.B. Ravenhoof, an ex-adventurer and close friend, to give to him a legendary artifact that she retrieved from a previous adventure. During a conversation with Ravenhoof, Daring learns about the city of Cirrostrata, a legendary city that exists amongst the clouds but has never been seen by anypony with the exception of a close colleague of his. The naturally curious Daring Do sets out at once to find this pony and see this city for herself.

  • Ancient Order of Protectors: The Magical Counsel of the Ancients, a secret society of ponies tasked with keeping powerful artifacts safe. Daring Do becomes a candidate for the Counsel and is tasked with recovering the Twenty-Two Sacred.
  • Covers Always Lie: Despite being depicted on the cover, Dr. Caballeron does not show up in the book at all.
  • Floating Continent/Hidden Elf Village: The hidden city of Cirrostrata, home to a hidden group of pegasi that have long floppy ears and three marks under one of their eyes.
  • Invisible to Normals: The reason why Cirrostrata was impossible to find. Non-Cirrostratans could only see Cirrostrata using a special lens. Otherwise, all anypony would see is a bunch of clouds.
  • Sequel Hook: The book ends with Daring Do taking up a new quest to secure the Sacred Twenty-Two enchanted artifacts.
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