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  • Percussive Maintenance: Alternate Atlas does this to fire the mega crossbow during the final battle.
  • Percussive Therapy: Midnight smashes a mirror after talking with Alternate Rarity.
  • Pinky Swear: Alternate Borris makes a Pinkie Promise to make amends with Rainbow Dash if he doesn't use her as a replacement for Alternate Dash.
  • Plot-Powered Stamina: Morks can sustain a massive amount of damage and seem to not require any sleep. This is because the magic pheromones they are given through their helmets boost their stamina and recovery.
    • Twilight and Midnight also undergo insane amount of damage and still continue to fight.
  • Present Absence: The alternate Twilight and princesses are not seen throughout the first half, with Midnight claiming they are either gone or dead. Midnight is technically lying, as she is alternate Twilight Sparkle and the princesses were imprisoned in Midnight's castle.
    • Discord is gone in an alternate Tartarus within the first act and even remains there until near the end of the book. Yet he doesn't mind.
    • Isabelle, Twilight's long lost sister, is only mentioned in Boris' diary and isn't mentioned until the end, hinting a possible sequel.
    • Alternate Tirek, lampshaded heavily. Soon we find out however that he was defeated by Midnight and cast into Tartarus.
    • The Ghost Pony is merely mentioned in legend. It can be assumed that he makes a physical appearance in the desert and helps Borris overcome his recent break-up and join the final battle.
  • Proud Scholar Race Guy: Raindrop the No-Pony.
  • Put on a Bus: Discord.
  • Quest for the Rest: Raindrop appears to be the only No-Pony to be integrated in Equestrian society and be apple to communicate their language. Celestia gives Twilight the responsibility of taking care of Raindrop outside the castle for Raindrop to be able to recall where her family and other No-Ponies lived and hopefully learn more from the mysterious race. Alternate Atlas and Aaron find (supposedly) Raindrop's tribe in the mountains, who help them in the final battle.
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  • Pyrrhic Victory: Empress Midnight changes Borris back into a Mork, only for him to still cling to his alliance to the heroes and smash into Midnight to save the others.
  • Radial Ass Kicking: Midnight does this two times, with one resulting in lots of guards and other ponies piling on her, only for her to escape moments later.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: Empress Midnight does this after realizing alternate Rarity is turning back to the RAEM.
    • This also foreshadows that Empress Midnight is Twilight Sparkle.
  • Raised by Natives: Raindrop the No-Pony is raised by the Equestrians after being kicked out of her home tribe.
  • Razor-Sharp Hand: Midnight's claws are able to pierce stone and cause injuries that require 500 stitches to heal.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Empress Midnight due to the effects of the Alicorn Amulet and the Morks' Visors.
  • Rotating Arcs: Both versions of Atlas and teams go through this before and during the final act.
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  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Princess Celestia, Luna, and Cadence all actually take a stand against Midnight. Including their still alive alternates.
  • Running Gag: A couple occur throughout the work.
    • When a character says the name "Borris/Boris", another character asks who he/she is addressing, either Borris Thunder or Gruncle Boris.
    • Atlas' ability to fire a crossbow (with even his cutie mark being of one), despite being an Earth Pony.
  • Sapient Steed: The pegasi Morks pulling chariots with non-pegasi Morks in them.
  • Science Hero: Raindrop, the No-Ponies, and the Grump Brothers.
  • Secret Diary: A male version: Boris Sparkle has a secret diary in the back on one of his research paper, where Twilight finds out that he invented the Alicorn Amulet, she had a sister, and he was the reason her grandfather is dead.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Raindrop touching her alternate version, causing Midnight's world to wipe out, taking Midnight with it and the heroes same in Twilight's world. It turns out the Empress Midnight survived and is now seeking revenge in the white void.
  • Shared Mass Hallucination: A literal example where Empress Midnight uses magic to display hallucinations to her Mork minions to make them do what she wants.
    • Midnight can also induce hallucination to non-Morks/mares, but they just freeze in place and it's easily broken.
  • Shout-Out: It can't be a My Little Pony fanfiction written by Mario Hyrulia without it's shout-outs. Click here.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Empress Midnight, who actually uses the pieces to plot her evil plan to take down the RAEM.
  • Spider Limbs: Empress Midnight's pair of robot wing replacements, equipped with claws.
  • Spin Attack: Midnight does an unusual version of this trope where she creates magic blades and turns her body to form a wheel, a sideways spin attack with six swords.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Raindrop.
  • Super Empowering: Empress Midnight claims she can do this to Raindrop if she joins her.
  • Super Mode: Twilight after absorbing all of the Rainbow Power from the alternate chest when it was only designed to be shared amongst six, transforming her into Hyper Rainbow Twilight, complete with doubling wings with sub-flaps, a full color job, and a longer horn.
    • Empress Midnight also transforms by growing four more robotic arms after putting on the Alicorn Amulets into her armor suit.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Midnight feels this way about her Morks. However, this is mostly her fault since she's the one who controls them.
  • Take a Third Option: Twilight gives Midnight the option to either stay in her destroyed world or join Twilight and reform herself. Midnight instead calls for a third option and attempts to kill of Twilight and herself via the destroyed world.
  • Talking Animal: Duh, the cast is 99% pony.
  • The Constant: Although Midnight's world's been mostly destroyed, Celestia's castle, Applejack's barn, and the Crystal Mountains are still in one piece.
    • This is important to the plot since alternate Raindrop is still in her room, allowing the heroes to cause a dimensional crash.
  • The Exile: Empress Midnight claims she was banished from Equestria after the royals found her new power with the Alicorn Amulete "uncontrollable." The reality is that she ran away after seeing the destruction she caused, during her time exiled, she switches her wings into powerful metal arms and returns and takes over world.
  • The High Queen: Princess Celestia.
  • The Reveal: Several sprinkled throughout the novel.
    • Midnight revealing to Alternate Rarity (who later reveals it to the others) that Alternate Rainbow Dash was killed and that Twilight's Dash was faking as her.
    • Boris creating the Alicorn Amulet and being inadvertently responsible for Empress Midnight is revealed in his journal/diary.
      • Also revealed in the journal is Twilight's unknown sister.
    • Alternate Borris reveals that he was once a Mork.
    • Empress Midnight reveals that she is Alternate Twilight near the climax.
  • They Do: Averted with Rainbow Dash and Twilight's Borris, who decide to stay as friends to better understand each other.
  • Title Drop: The title of the fourth chapter is called "Rise of Empress Midnight".
    • "My Little Pony" is sprinkled in a couple of times through the text.
    • The title of a chapter is spoken as the last line in the previous chapter,
    Midnight: Resistance is futile...
  • Together in Death: Alternate Dash and Alternate Borris.
  • Tuckerization: A lot of the original side characters are reference to certain online celebrities.
    • Raindrop is an obvious homage to Snowdrop.
    • Atlas Goni is an anagram of Nostalgia, a reference to the Nostalgia Critic.
    • Jack Epee Cystic is an anagram of Jacksepticeye.
    • Aaron and Daniel Grump are very clear indications of the Game Grumps, with Arin's name being purposefully mispelled.
    • Borris follows a same latter arc as Tron, both once being changed to be evil and sacrificing themselves for good.
    • The Ghost Pony draws several references and appearances to a Nostalgia Critic joke involving a Ghost Pony Rider.
  • Trapped in Another World: Several ponies, including the Main 6, are trapped inside an alternate destroyed world of Equestria due to Midnight opening a portal to their world and invading it.
    • Meanwhile, Discord is trapped in Tartarus by Midnight, along with alternate Discord and alternate Tirek.
  • Twitchy Eye: After it seems that Twilight defeated Midnight at the castle, after she leaves, Midnight's eye twitches, revealing that she still alive.

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