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Webcomic / Recall the Time of No Return

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Recall the Time of No Return is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan comic by GashibokA.

The comic begins on Twilight Sparkle's first birthday after becoming an alicorn. Her friends come across Doctor Whooves and his assistant in their TARDIS, and decide to travel far into the future in order to surprise her. However, the future they find isn't as bright as their present, and the Twilight they knew and loved appears to be long gone..

It was completed in January of 2018, and can be read in its entirety here.


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  • Bad Future: Princesses Celestia, Luna and Cadance are long dead. This leaves Twilight with sole reign over Equestria. However, outliving her friends has did a number on her psyche, effectively making her lose what made her as a pony over the centuries. And then the Crimson Changelings attacked...
  • Bittersweet Ending: Queen Brotonia is dead and the threat of the Crimson Changelings aka Zygons are gone from Equestria for good. On the flip side, Twilight Sparkle died defeating Queen Brotonia in their rematch and could only hold herself together for one last goodbye with the Mane Five, effectively fulfilling The Prophecy. The reigns of Equestria are handed down to Gold Lily and Sterling while Equestria rebuilds from the devastation wrought in the conflict. As for the cast from the present, they return to their time with their memories of the future wiped due to possessing knowledge of future events while celebrating Twilight's birthday as originally planned, with the Doctor and Roseluck being exceptions to the memory wipe.
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  • Break the Cutie: Pinkie Pie's reaction to learning what her friend had apparently become. The death of her actual friend in question right in her arms just made it worse.
  • Darker and Edgier: Even more so than the series itself.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Rarity, upon seeing the future version of Spike.
  • Expy: Doctor Whooves for Doctor Who, of course.
  • Future Badass: Spike is a fully-grown badass in the future who is able to fight in both a humanoid and large dragon form. The real Empress Twilight is also this.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Empress Twilight, actually Queen Brotonia, is an absolute tyrant responsible for suffering all across her kingdom.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The real Twilight sacrifices herself to finally defeat Brotonia.
  • Hope Spot: In the epilogue, Twilight Sparkle supposedly survived her Taking You with Me attack on Queen Brotonia, with only the cost of her eyesight at first glance to the readers and protagonists. Then as the scene continues, Twilight proceeds to drop the bomb stating that she is actually dying after all and is using her remaining time to say goodbye to her family and friends before fading away.
  • La Résistance: Led by Spike and Gold Lily underground.
  • Prophecy Twist: How the prophecy "Twilight Sparkle will not outlive her friends" ended up being fulfilled: While she has Complete Immortality due to being an Alicorn, this doesn't mean that she can be killed. After her Heroic Sacrifice, she manages to hold herself together long enough to say goodbye and deliver apologies to her friends and family. The line meant that she would die as the Princess of Friendship surrounded by her friends who came from the past.
  • Wham Line:
    • By Doctor Whooves in pages 214 and 215:
      Gold Lily: Even if you are right, I don't possess the power to open it. That's locked by Alicorn magic!
      Doctor Whooves: I know. That's exactly why I brought you here.
      (proceeds to take of Gold Lily's cloak)
      Doctor Whooves:'re an Alicorn.
    • By Twilight Sparkle in pages 216:
      Spike: Twilight! Where have you been?
      Twilight Sparkle: Somewhere far away. I had to find something.
      Spike: What were you looking for?
      Twilight Sparkle: Our new hope. (shows an infant alicorn Gold Lily and Sterling)
    • By Gold Lily in page 246 regarding the external power source of Queen Brotonia:
      Gold Lily: It's receiving magic energy from somewhere.
  • The Worf Effect: Spike is now a Future Badass that can summon weapons to his hand with ease and take on a large dragon form that can decimate battalions of Iron Wolves to molten slag. Then Empress Twilight actually Queen Brotonia in disguise, waltzes in to confront Spike and the next we see of the two is him being defeated offscreen.


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