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Webcomic / Twilight's First Day

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Twilight's First Day is a webcomic made by Muffinshire. Based off My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, it follows a young Twilight Sparkle as she attends her first day at Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns.

A short story in the same continuity, Twilight's First Dance, was written for a charity art anthology book.

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  • 6 Is 9: Twilight gets her locker number wrong because she reads the tag on the key upside down.
  • Art Shift: Mostly used for imagine spots, with various styles such as halftone dots, duotone and chiaroscuro.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Sergeant Thunderhead and Squadron Leader Savoir Faire argue over how to get the stowaway Twilight back to her parents, and Thunderhead goes Military Maverick on her, flying Twilight back to the docks despite his crippled wing and Savoir Faire's protestations about the regulations. Later, when Thunderhead's wing goes into a spasm, Savoir Faire uses her magic to get them both down safely.
    Thunderhead: She may be an old fussbudget sometimes, but she means well.
  • The Bully: Lemon Burst and Orange Twist terrorize Twilight with made-up tales about school life in Twilight's First Day, and mock her party dress in Twilight's First Dance.
  • Companion Cube: Twilight insists on taking her Smarty Pants doll to school, even running onto an airship that is about to take off to retrieve it when her bag is accidentally put on board.
    Twilight: "Smarty Pants doesn't want to be a Royal Guard!"
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  • Call-Forward: References to events in the original show are scattered throughout, from the newspaper headline in part 2, to Twilight Sparkle's entrance exam where she hatched Spike. Despite starting in 2012, when only two seasons of the TV show had aired, the author has included nods to the canon as it developed over time, including references to Sunset Shimmer from Equestria Girls, Moondancer, and characters from the IDW comic series.
  • Corpsing: Princess Celestia manages to avoid laughing at all the ridiculous things Twilight has caused until she gets back to the privacy of her quarters, when she lets it all out.
  • Eating Contest: Breakfast turns into a race between Twilight and Shining Armor to see who gets to use the bathroom first.
  • Everybody Cries: Swirling Star cries over missing his sister, who has gone away to the Royal Guard Cadets training school; this in turn makes Twilight cry over her brother, which in turn makes one of the teachers cry because she's missing her family too.
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  • Every Scar Has a Story: A flashback in part 10 shows how Sergeant Thunderhead got his torn ear and facial scar.
  • Exact Words: Night Light and Twilight Velvet chastise Twilight for jumping on their bed at 5:00am by pointing out her brother Shining has just as much reason to be excited and he isn't doing the same. Twilight promptly fetches Shining Armor, and they both do it.
  • Humiliation Conga: In the space of a morning Twilight accidentally stained her brother's uniform, stowed away on an airship, got stuck in mud (which she then got all over Princess Celestia), got covered in dragon vomit, magicked a beard onto the dean of students, been blasted across the hallway, got stuck up a tree, and covered in goop during science class.
  • Imagine Spot: Twilight imagines herself having managed to poison her classmates and set her own mane on fire in science class. She also vividly imagines herself experiencing the made-up horrors Lemon Burst and Orange Twist describe to her as a normal part of school life.
  • Late for School: Twilight makes herself late for school, and everything she tries to catch up again just makes things worse.
  • Little Stowaway: Twilight accidentally stows away on board an airship leaving for the Equestrian Royal Guard cadet school.
  • Military Academy: Unseen in the story, but Shining Armor goes away to cadet school on the same day Twilight starts at her new school.
  • Mythology Gag: Twilight mentions a bedtime story called Glory and the Dragons; Glory was a Generation 1 unicorn. The book illustration is even drawn in a G1 style.
  • Nose Nuggets: Baby Spike goes mining for nose gold in part 15.
  • Pimped-Out Dress; Seeing an overdressed Twilight not enjoying the party in Twilight's First Dance, Princess Celestia selects the most outlandish dress from her own wardrobe and gatecrashes the dance to cheer her student up.
  • Short Cuts Make Long Delays: Twilight convinces the taxi ponies to take a shortcut across some grassy fields. The taxi gets stuck in the mud.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Ponified versions of Edna Krabapple and Teacher from "The Bash Street Kids" appear in the background in part 14.
    • The carpet in Dewey Oak's office based on the carpet in the Overlook Hotel in The Shining.
    • One of the magic books in Twilight's imagine spot in part 14 is "Mathematics of Quantum Magic Fields", a nod to one of the courses Professor Farnsworth made up in Futurama, "Mathematics of Quantum Neutrino Fields".
    • Swirling Star's flashback in part 28 to how his big sister is more concerned about studying and training than playing with him is a ponified version of the illustration for the popular ChilledCow YouTube stream "Lo-Fi Hip Hop Radio - Beats to Relax/Study to".
  • Stern Teacher: The dean of students, Gisela, won't stand for any nonsense, and is very particular about punctuality.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The TV show theme tune is used as the melody of the school bell.
  • Unsound Effect: Twilight taking notes in part 18:


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