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Webcomic / Vocational Death Cruise

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A letter of obvious origin arrives in the mailboxes of many characters around the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic multiverse. It invites them to join a competition simply titled 'Vocational Death Cruise' and watches as the contestants arrive, each expecting a different outcome. Vocational Death Cruise is a large-scale Ask Blog competition that challenges artists from around the tumblrverse to compete for a prize by drawing comics that meet a specific criteria by a deadline.

The story thus far can be found starting here.

This is a Collaborative Webcomic involving hundreds of authors. Character tropes should to the Ask a Pony page. Interaction tropes are fine. Character Tropes specific to the challenge with no basis in the actual character may also go here especially when considering Krampus as a villain is unique to the VDC and nowhere else


  • Accidental Pervert: Poor Hawkesho. Ever since the hotel door challenge lead him to the bathroom the now bald Sweetie Belle was in, he is forever known to Sweetie Belle as "Mr. Pervert" even in death.
  • All Just a Dream: After Stoner Spike (somehow) dies from not smoking any weed for four days, he wakes up back in his bed at Twilight's house, his experiences on the cruise a dream. Time will tell if this is how future deaths will be handled.
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  • Anyone Can Die: Stated more than plainly in the rules.
  • Art Shift: All over the place since each contestant has a different art style to them.
  • Ax-Crazy: Done literally when Pinkie Pyro was in the house of mirrors.
  • Back from the Dead: Sweetie Belle convinces Slendermare to bring all the ghosts trapped in his house to life, though it was the final day of VDC for the blog so it doesn't influence much.
  • Beam-O-War: Twilight gets into one with Werelight. Though with Werelight, it's more like a Breath O War.
  • Berserk Button: When the Oblivion Machine destroys Blight's locket, she loses it.
  • Big Bad: Krampus, though individual blogs may have one of his minions as The Heavy and/or Final Boss, such as Diablo for Werelight Shine's party and the Oblivion Machine for Vanilla Flash's party.
  • Break the Cutie: Happens to all three of the Cutie Mark Crusaders from the 'Ask the Cutie Mark Crusaders' blog. Sweetie ends up losing all her fur and breaks down crying, Scootaloo accidentally hurts Applebloom and is guilt-ridden, and Applebloom is traumatized by the same event. They manage to recover though.
  • Canon Welding: More like headcanon welding.
    • In general, it varies from blog to blog rather the events of the Death Cruise are All Just a Dream, an Alternate Continuity from their blog, or actually canon to the blog (which normally requires they actually survive the Death Cruise). Even the survivors vary on which it is.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In the Day 6 collab between Askmat 2, Askthosesillystickmen, and Sirlintalot, there is a rock in the background. In a move of Fridge Brilliance the mod of Ask-thecrusaders made this rock guide the way of the cruaders' group in day 7.
  • Cool Down Hug: Sweetie Belle manages do this to Slendermare, who was just lonely, not evil.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The Scout of the TF2 ponies randomly dropped one shortly after boarding.
  • Comical Overreacting: Inkie Pie's reaction to Slendermane. Yes, that Eyeless Face and that evil looking magic can be terrifying, but it's hard to take it seriously when she's spouting out lines like "IT'S HORRIBLE!! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!" and "IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL FOR IT TO BE ALIVE!!!"
  • Continuity Snarl: Since very few of the authors actually communicate, the players may find themselves overwriting continuity from the other contestants. This happens so frequently, the Moderators created a section to count against it.
  • Crisis Crossover: Of various tumblr blogs, which results in some of the same problems.
  • Curse Cut Short: When Wing Ace is sent to fight the final boss in day 6
    Ivan: I'm free! Now off you go to fight the final boss! BYE!
    Wing Ace: Wait what the f- *pop!*
  • Darker and Edgier: For the blogs that participated that were normally lighthearted, such as Ask the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Slendermare
  • Deader Than Dead: After Teen Applebloom left the competition and was apparently killed inexplicably (which is the presumed fate of all eliminated or dropped out contestants unless someone else whom's party they were in continued using them), the blog was subsequently shut down. The blog has since been restarted...
  • Devil in Plain Sight: She changed forms! In front of you! How is this confusing?


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