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Fimfiction.net (also known as FIMFiction.net) is a Web site dedicated to hosting Fan Fiction based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. It's also a community gathering place for fans of Friendship is Magic.

The site began operating in July 2011. It was created by knighty, who remains its lead developer.

Additional staff can be found here.

Note: Please list only tropes which apply to the site. Since Fimfiction exists to host and promote fan fiction, it's a given that Fanfic Tropes will be found there.


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This Web site and its users provide examples of the following tropes:

  • April Fools' Day:
    • Like Equestria Daily, the site admins used to always do something for April Fools' Day. Invariably, because they couldn't seem to find the perfect mix of silliness vs. seriousness, they caused controversy. After the poor reaction to three straight April Fools' Day pranks, the site admins decided to end all future jokes.
      • In 2013, knighty announced he was leaving the site and that Poultron was taking over the reins. They also announced that they were banning all Human-tagged stories, and were moving all former Human-tagged stories elsewhere. No one was very happy about the announcement, and the staff were forced to apologize and explain that it was all a joke shortly after.
      • In 2014 it was the announcement that Fimfiction had been acquired by Facebook.
      • At midnight at the start of April Fools' Day 2015, UK time, they announced changes to the Featured Box that would essentially cement certain authors into the Featured Box if they had more followers by multiplying their heat rating. No one was sure whether or not this one was a prank until Obsolescence posted a blog explaining that it was not a joke in the slightest for roughly 2/3 of the post (until the very end where he does clarify that it was just a joke). They also "banned" all stories of a certain (nonexistant) genre, claiming they reduced the overall integrity of the site.
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    • Many of the site authors post the usual set of updates (they're leaving, they're deleting their stories, they're done writing for good, etc.) but a good number of authors post April Fools chapters (usually troll chapters) as well. One user went so far as to post a full chapter update that was just all 44 chapters of the badfic My Immortal.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: New authors have to submit stories and have them approved by moderators before they're allowed to go in the update queue. Should an author get enough fics approved for submission by the mods over time, the author is given the chance to use an "Auto-Approve" feature that skips moderation and puts it straight into the queue. An author can still submit stories the old-fashioned way if they so choose, though.note 
  • Ascended Extra: Many authors love developing minor MLP characters in their stories. A well-known example is Cloud Kicker: she's a completely insignificant background pegasus in the show, but many Fimfiction users know her as the promiscuous star of The Life and Times of a Winning Pony.
  • Berserk Button: Writers are given a delete button to use on the comment threads of their stories. This is meant to be used for deleting obnoxious spam and content-free annoyances. When someone deletes comments that gave constructive criticism, the users will not be pleased. One of the site moderators suggests that you "DO NOT DELETE COMMENTS" in a "how-to" guide for creating good stories and a good reputation on the site.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Practically inverted in most fiction which involves humans; the fact that ponies aren't actually animals narrowly averts this trope by definition. In practice, ponies superficially resemble horses, yet this rarely seems to bother humans, though this has been deconstructed several times (most notably by Xenophilia).
  • Crossover: One of the most often used categories on the site. The writers have crossed Friendship Is Magic over with pretty much anything you can think of, and this combined with the entire pony fandom's tendency to cross everything with ponies led to the creation of Rule 85: "If It exists, there is pony of it. No exceptions."
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The review blogs have the site's foremost reviewer staff calmly and logically set up a scenario for the review before getting to the actual reviews.
  • Darker and Edgier: Popular in Teen and Mature rated stories. Also should be expected if the fic is a crossover with a darker franchise.
  • Dead Fic: The site tries to make identifying these easier by allowing authors to mark stories as "Complete," "Incomplete," "On Hiatus," or "Cancelled." However, authors often abandon stories, leave them as "Incomplete" or "On Hiatus," and never get around to updating or canceling them.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: Discord gets a lot of shipping stories especially with Celestia, Fluttershy and Twilight.
  • Divine Date:
    • Many a romance story with Celestia or Luna features elements of treating them like gods, as does romance involving Discord. There's plenty of stories where the immortals date other, though.
    • Also shows up if it's a Shining Armor and Cadance story set before their marriage but after she's become an alicorn.
  • Double Standard:
  • Everyone Is Gay: Stories with gay pairings outnumber stories with hetero pairings by a country mile, whether the ship be innocent, mature, or otherwise. It's not that surprising, since almost all of the core cast of Friendship is Magic is female. Some stories deal with the implications of having a mostly-homosexual society, but it's mostly Hand Waved or ignored.
  • Fan Verse: Implicitly, any single story of an author can be considered to occur in its own continuity, thus creating a 'universe' for anyone who wishes to treat it as such. Some authors will make this more explicit and define a canon of their own work (or even multiple canons, if they've created several 'universes'). If a 'verse becomes popular enough, it's generally given a name, either by the author or by fans (for example, the Winningverse, which takes place in the continuity that began with The Life and Times of a Winning Pony). Finally, there are authors who explicitly set out to create an Alternate Universe (for example, RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse).
  • Grandfather Clause: The site did not always have rules against meta stories or stories tagged with more than five characters. Stories which already had these things when the rules were implemented were allowed to remain the way they are, with only new stories being affected.
  • Het Is Ew: Rampant—due to the fact that most of the developed characters are female, this is the natural result. According to an actual shipping study, more than two-thirds of all documented ships are same-sex, with only four of the twenty most popular ships being heterosexual pairings (and one of those is an Official Couple with Shining Armor x Cadance).
    • Subverted in some groups such as Rule 63, Human On Royalty and Straight Shipping where they'll gladly tell you about the overabundance of yuri on the site. (Although it's far from being considered homophobic.)
  • Hollywood Hype Machine: Embodied by the popular and featured boxes. These two sections on the front page display stories that are currently receiving a lot of attention (generally measured in how many votes/favorites/views it is receiving at the time). As they get into the featured box, they get more attention and more upvotes that let them stay there for longer, before eventually falling by the wayside. Again, Sturgeon's Law applies to separate the mass-appeal but ultimately insignificant works and the genuinely good works.
  • Humanity Ensues: A lot of stories feature the ponies turned into humans, with a whole group being dedicated to humanized ponies.
  • Interspecies Romance: Human x Pony stories are quite common. Something of a Dead Unicorn Trope in the MLP fandom; the blatant Wish Fulfillment overtones of a human appearing in Equestria have been deconstructed several times over, but they keep showing up regardless.
  • Konami Code: Keying this in on any page will cause a sprite of Rainbow Dash to appear. She'll follow the cursor around, and has a few lines of dialogue that are either quotes from the show, or references to popular fics.
  • Mass Teleportation: Stories where Equestria appears on Earth can be found in bulk as a type of First Contact. Stories that have Human cities and, in some cases, entire countries showing up in Equestria have also appeared, but in significantly fewer numbers.
  • Mentor Ship: Twilestia (Twilight and Celestia) is one of the most popular ships on the site.
  • MST: The site allowed them originally, but they have since been prohibited. Some users still post them in blogs or on other sites, but they can't be uploaded as actual story entries.
  • Obvious Rule Patch:
    • When the site was first founded, a person could tag their stories with any number of characters and descriptors (such as "Dark," "Slice of Life," "Comedy," etc). This was eventually changed to limit the number of characters and descriptors to five apiece, with the expectation that only the most relevant characters and most important styles will be tagged. Stories that existed before this patch were allowed to keep their tags, though.
    • Quite a few users have more than one account, a common reason being that they use one account for SFW stories and the other for NSFW stories. The mods and admins eventually declared that this was okay, but users couldn't like/favorite/comment on the same story more than once with all of their accounts, and they could not like/favorite/comment on their own stories with a sock puppet account.
  • Phrase Catcher:
    • "KNIGHTYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!"
    • Majin Syeekoh seems to attract "Goddamit Syeekoh" a lot. Given he came up with Beanis Cinematic Universe, it's the only right.
    • Penstroke, author of Past Sins, is often credited (jokingly) with writing My Little Dashie, to the point where it's become a full in-joke for nearly all of FIMFiction's userbase.
  • Poe's Law: The site users really have a hard time distinguishing between serious site updates and joke ones, though the blame partly falls on the mods and webmasters for making it seem like it's an actual serious update.
  • Rule 34: Just like every other fandom. However, due to the nature of the featured box relying on upvotes and the fact that many readers enjoy the material, stories of this nature are always populating the featured box. Fortunately, the site allows readers to block stories of this nature, though it can still cause a Flame War when a particularly colorful one pops into the featured box.
  • Rule 63: Like the larger FIM fandom, genderbending the characters is a very common topic, in both stories and forums. Varieties range from Alternate Universes where the characters are a different gender, to characters meeting an Opposite-Sex Clone, to every permutation in between.
    • This is so common, that the fandom came together to agree on what would be the "canon" names of the genderswapped Mane Six (as well as a few other major characters).
  • Screw Yourself: Has it's own group, with a different folder for all the ways it can happen. Especially occurs with Rule 63.
  • Sex Sells: The most popular group is the Clopfics group. And at any given moment, at least one fic in the Featured Box is likely to be a clopfic, even with the new setup (7 new fics occupy the first few spots, and if a featured fic has been updated, it automatically queues in the first of the last three spots, with newer updates bumping it down to second, then third, then off again).
  • Sock Puppet: It's not uncommon for writers to use a secondary account to host sexually explicit stories. Alternate accounts are allowed, so long as they don't upvote or favorite each others' stories.
  • Sturgeon's Law: The site attempts to avert this. The featured box automatically displays a few stories to the entire site (and its younger sibling - the popular box - shows more stories, but less prominently), and one of its criteria is upvotes and downvotes (both number and ratio).note  In practice, however, Pandering to the Base is often as important as story quality when it comes to getting into either box; many stories with poor grammar, punctuation issues, or other significant errors can still get featured if they center on a popular ship or an interesting premise (or if they include gratuitous sex).
    • All stories also have to be approved by a moderator before being posted to the site (unlike fanfiction.net). While guidelines about minimum acceptable punctuation have been mentioned by the staff, they aren't actually listed in the FAQ. The moderators mostly check to make sure the story follows site rules, not for quality.
    • There are a couple groups—the Royal Guard and the Royal Canterlot Library—whose purpose it is to try and promote good stories. They have official site posts and thus can actually act to promote said stories (though some of the stories they promote still end up being unpopular). Equestria Daily also frequently serves the same purpose. Other groups exist for similar purposes, but none of those have official status.
    • There are also numerous reviewers on the site who spend time reviewing ponyfics and help separate the chaff from the wheat.
  • True Love Is Boring: A common fandom plot involves ponies cheating on their significant others. For example, Cadance and Shining Armor—the show's resident Happily Married couple—are only portrayed as a couple 52% of the time.
    • Stories that focus on two characters getting together also have a habit of ending after or right before the relationship has actually started.
  • Wiki Walk: Possible with the help of Similar/Also Liked feature.
  • A Wizard Did It: A common excuse when it comes to enabling plots is "Celestia did it". "Twilight screwed up a complex spell" and "Equestria just works that way" are also quite common.
  • Yuri Fan: As a site. According to this wonderful shipping report, out of all the homosexual ships, 96% are lesbian.

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