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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. Then attempts to magically pick the charm-protected lock.
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  • Accidental Kiss: A double one!
  • Adorkable: Twilight Sparkle, naturally, as well as Moondancer when she starts gushing about Princess Celestia. Some of the teaching staff fall into this too, especially Miss Flyleaf.
  • Art Shift: Mostly used for imagine spots, with various styles such as halftone dots, duotone and chiaroscuro.
  • Aww, 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. But when Thunderhead's wing goes into spasm, Savoir Faire uses her magic to get them both down safely. Word of God says they are a Happily Married couple.
    Thunderhead: She may be an old fussbudget sometimes, but she means well.
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  • Badass Beard: Gisela briefly has one after Twilight accidentally fires a spell at her.
  • Boarding School of Horrors: Lemon Burst and Orange Twist try to convince Twilight that Princess Celestia's school is one of these.
  • 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: Smarty Pants is this to Twilight Sparkle. She insists on taking the 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!"
  • Continuity Nod: 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.
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  • 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.
  • Covered in Mud: Happens to Twilight and her parents after their taxi gets stuck in a field. Twilight even manages to get some on Princess Celestia.
  • Destination Defenestration: Twilight does this to herself in the bathroom by magically powering-up the hoof drier.
  • Eating Contest: Breakfast turns into a race between Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor to see who gets to use the bathroom first.
  • 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 Sparkle for jumping on their bed at 5:00am by pointing out her brother Shining Armor 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.
  • First Day from Hell: As you might expect from an excitable, accident-prone filly.
  • First Day of School Episode: For Twilight.
  • Humiliation Conga: Pretty much the definition of Twilight's day - in the space of a morning she has accidentally stained her brother's uniform, stowed away on an airship, got stuck in mud (which she then got all over Princess Celestia), been 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.
  • K-I-S-S-I-N-G in a Tree: Twilight taunts Shining Armor and Cadance with this when she catches them saying goodbye in part 5.
  • 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.
  • Moment Killer: Twilight Sparkle interrupting a romantic moment between Shining Armor and Cadance.
  • Mythology Gag: Twilight mentions a bedtime story called Glory and the Dragons. Glory was a G1 unicorn pony. The book illustration is even drawn in a G1 style.
  • Nose Nuggets: Baby Spike goes mining for nose gold in part 15.
  • Not Me This Time: Twilight protests her innocence when a science experiment goes awry.
  • 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.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Twilight briefly goes into one when she accidentally places herself between Shining Armor and Cadance just as they were about to kiss.
  • Power Incontinence: Twilight in part 6, when she strains too hard to manipulate the strings playing cat's cradle.
  • Rapid Hair Growth: Twilight Sparkle casts a hair-growing spell on herself in Twilight's First Dance, resulting in a shop full of Rapunzel Hair. Twilight Velvet also has to regrow Shining Armor's hair in Twilight's First Day part 7 after an spell misfire turns his mane into flowers.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: Happens at the end of part 9, when both Twilight and the cadet get startled by Sergeant Thunderhead.
  • Rugged Scar: Sergeant Thunderhead has a torn ear, scarred eye and crippled wing.
  • Scary Librarian: Dewey Oak, the elderly librarian, at least from Twilight's perspective. Twilight mistakes his office/workshop, where he repairs damaged books, for a "book torture chamber".
  • Serious Business: Witness Twilight taking notes!
  • Shaped Like Itself: Twilight's response to the stock "Be There or Be Square" phrase on the school dance flier in Twilight's First Dance.
    Twilight: I'm me-shaped, not square.
  • 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 is from 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").
  • 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:
    QUILL!
    INK!
    TAKING NOTES!
  • Unwanted Assistance: Twilight trying to get the toothpaste stain out of her brother's cadet uniform. It quickly goes from bad to worse.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Baby Spike pukes down Twilight's back after she feeds him, to her utter horror.
  • Wizarding School: Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns. They still have to learn "normal" school subjects like science and languages though.

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