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An ongoing Fan Webcomic made by Pony-Berserker based off My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Age (In)appropriate follows Spike's misadventures as he tries to undermine every stallion Rarity shows interest in through a series of increasingly extreme means.

The comic's first page can be found here. Ironically, the first page is titled Age Appropriate. Subsequent pages are given the proper Age (In)appropriate handle.


Age (In)appropriate provides examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Twist is accidentally killed when Spike tries to kill Big Mac, due to Derpy accidentally falling on him.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In canon, Spike is a well-meaning and heroic figure. In the comic, he's a self-centered psychopath willing to ruin lives left and right to get what he wants.
  • All for Nothing: After Spike has gotten rid of his competition, he makes his way over to Rarity's house, and asks her out... only for Rarity to laugh in response, due to thinking he was joking.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Readers are shown an effigy that makes them think that Spike actually skinned Caramel while it's later revealed that it's just a costume that looks like Caramel, and the real Caramel is hidden IN the costume.
  • Black Comedy: The comic revolves around Spike resorting to some rather extreme measures to get rid of Rarity's suitors, but a large majority of the events are Played for Laughs.
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  • Brick Joke: At the end of one strip, we're shown a voodoo doll of Big Mac burning. Later on, we hear from Spike that Big Mac had an accident involving fire.
  • Darker and Edgier: The original My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is rated TV-Y, while this fan comic is barely managing to stay within PG-rated area while also pushing its boundaries as it revolves around Spike's attempted murders of Rarity's dates.
  • Flanderization: Almost all characters that appear in the comic are heavily flanderized when compared to their canon counterparts. For example, Spike's crush on Rarity is turned into a psychopathic obsession over her. Sweetie Belle, usually The Ditz in the series, is shown as way more more gullible than her usual self and not especially bright or perceptive. Rarity is desperately trying to find a mate, unlike her canon counterpart who simply seems to enjoy flirting and being a center of stallions' attention.
  • Foreshadowing: Part 18 is called "Back to Reality". It concerns Spike finally making his move on Rarity... who is shocked that Spike was being serious.
  • Frame-Up: After accidentally killing Twist, Spike leaves the murder weapon with Derpy, who had been the cause of his aim going wrong. Pinkie Pie manages to get her off on a technicality with an insanity plea.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Literally, in this case. Spike's actions are driven chiefly by his jealous obsession with Rarity. He also seems extremely possessive of Sweetie Belle. He goes berserk when he sees Button and Sweetie Belle talking, and later gives him an unwinnable game that drives him insane to keep him away from her.
  • Human Mail: Celestia mails Twilight back to her home in order to get her away from Luna.
    Spike: I've heard of shipping princesses, but this is ridiculous!
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Throughout the comic, Spike frames Thunderlane and Derpy, tries to kill Caramel and commits several other crimes, all in the name of being able to date Rarity... who promptly rejects him when he finally asks... and then everyone he's crossed (aside from Thunderlane) shows up with Twilight and beats him to death.
  • Mama Bear: In order to keep Button Mash away from Sweetie Belle, Spike gives him a cursed video game that's so addictive it nearly drives him insane and breaks him. At the end, when Spike's confronted with the angry ponies he's wronged, Button's mother Cream Heart is among them, and joins the others in giving him a fatal thrashing.
  • Noodle Incident: Based on Spike's reaction to seeing Twilight unconscious like she's drunk with him groaning "-told her a thousand times 'Cider before liquor, never been sicker', but nooo", it seems that Twilight has a habit of becoming intoxicated.
  • Not Me This Time: When Spike mentions that Big Mac had a freak accident with fire at his home, he states he had nothing to do with it.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: Just before entering her room, Luna overhears Twilight talking with Ralph, a guard she had fallen asleep next to. Luna mistakes their conversation about Ralph drooling in his sleep as the two getting busy and orders one of her servants to throw out her entire room.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Played with. When Luna tries to conceal unconscious Twilight, she puts a lampshade on her head and pretends it's a lamp she bought at a flea market. Celestia rolls with it but it's later revealed she was fully aware it was actually Twilight, not a lamp, and she accepted the lamp as a gift just to take Twilight away from whatever Luna was doing to her.
  • Pedo Hunt: Exploited. Spike gets rid of Thunderlane by telling Sweetie Belle that he feels "lust" for her and that lust is what ponies feel when they like each other; Sweetie asks Thunderlane if he likes her, Thunderlane answers yes, Sweetie happily tells her friends that Thunderlane feels lust towards her, and in short order Thunderlane is sent to prison.
  • Police Are Useless: To the point where one police pony actually helps Spike to carry Caramel in a bag and throw him off the cliff because the police pony tried to help Spike who basically ordered him around to commit his crime.
  • Reality Ensues: Even after everything Spike went through to get the opportunity to ask Rarity out, the second he does, she thinks he's joking.
  • To Be Continued: Every page ends with one.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: In addition to the main storyline of Spike eliminating those who show interest in Rarity, there's a subplot involving Luna trying to seduce Twilight.
  • Unwinnable Joke Game: Spike gives Button a parody version of the infamous Desert BusDesert Cart — and challenges him to play it until Button goes insane from trying to beat it.
  • Villain Protagonist: Spike is played as an out and out Jerkass and a Yandere willing to eliminate any potential obstacles that Rarity and even Sweetie Belle by any means necessary.
  • Voodoo Doll: Luna apparently uses these. At the end of one strip, a doll of Big Mac is shown burning. Later on, it's said that Big Mac had an accident involving fire.
  • Wham Shot: After Spike is beaten to death by those he wronged, Twilight reveals that he is just the latest "Spike" out of a long line and every time one dies she has the princesses send her another egg and uploads the most important memories into them.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Spike claims to have predicted every possible outcome of his actions to stop Rarity from dating stallions. Throughout the series, it seems his claims are true. Even apparent failures benefit him in the end. He even has an actual chart showing his complex plan as a map of points and arrows leading from one point to another.


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