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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • All over the place! For starters, there are 15 currently active Twilight Sparkle blogs. Notably the blogs that are based on major characters like the Mane Six tend to focus on a particular personality or interpretation.
    • Been taken to its logical extreme where several crossover blogs have sprung up with an entire cast consisting of 10-30 different versions of the same character from different blogs.
    • Ask Hoops and Dumbbell gives the interpretation that the title characters (well, mostly just Dumbbell) were bullies because they were Armored Closet Gays who picked on Rainbow Dash because they felt like "the tomboy who wears rainbows" is an easy target when you're "scared".
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    • Niggertron: Does he truly believe in the low-grade racial stereotypes he's making, or is he just a Mel Brooks-type comedian whose actions and character are based on Affectionate-Stealth Parody?
  • Ass Pull:
    • Ask Twixie Genies, The Reveal that a genie's Thou Shall Not Kill policy regarding wishes only applies to mortals. Not only was this never alluded to before it becomes "convenient" for the Sultan, not only does it cause the series to suffer from the age old "immortals cannot kill mortals but can totally kill fellow immortals" cliche, but it honestly feels like a tacked on Retcon that was done solely for the sake of a "dramatic" Disney Death. What really makes this sting is that since the Sultan's wish was only for Twilight to "disappear", many thought she had simply been teleported away. Nope! Disney Death. Because clearly death is the only way to make a story dramatic or to make the villain seem threatening.
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    • Though it also serves another purpose of presumably explaining how Trixie was able to kill the immortal Sultan in return.
    • Discorded Whooves will do this so many times, fans become tired of it (mainly the constant moments where Dissy looks like he's getting better only to randomly go back to being Discorded later on).
  • Awesome Music: Ask Pia Ikea covering Jonathan Coulton's "Ikea", rewritten for ponies!
  • Base-Breaking Character: Discorded Whooves is beloved by fans for his complex characterization while others dislike him for his actions and his overall Wangst attitude.
  • Broken Base:
    • The participation of Ask the Crusaders in the Vocational Death Cruise. A lot of fans preferred when the Crusaders were answering questions in-character over the darker turn the blog had taken. However, there are also a lot of fans who appreciate the attempt to fit the Crusaders into VDC and are interested in knowing where the blog will be going with this. It helps that the blog will occasionally shift back to answering questions in between events from time to time. Regardless, VDC at this time makes up the vast majority of the content on that blog, giving making it hard to avoid while looking through the blog.
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    • Discorded Whooves for some: Some enjoy the tumblr as it is, others find it suffering Hype Backlash, others just find it could have been better.
    • Onyx from Ask Princess Twilight Sparkle. He's either a genuinely terrifying villain who's a good Knight of Cerebus and who Twilight being genuinely afraid of makes sense because he's a serial killer, something she's never faced before or he's cheep and overpowered.
    • Celestia's Adaptational Villainy in Ask Papillon. The authors self-righteous arrogance and insistence that "this is how Celestia truly is like" when he was called out on this did not help. This ended up being dropped when the blog rebooted. While still in progress, post retcon, Papillon returns peacefully to the hive having successfully made peace with Equestria, implying that things have been changed for the better. Whether or not this works or was a cop out probably depends on which side of the Broken Base you were already on.
  • Complete Monster: Vicegerent Zathir, the Big Bad of the Return to Saddle Arabia Arc in Ask Genie Twilight , is descended from a Renegade Splinter Faction of the anti-Genie regime in ancient Saddle Arabia, and believes that Genies should exist only to be mindless servants bound to the whims of a master. Zathir attempted to fulfill his faction's twisted ambitions by capturing and enslaving Twilight using a black lamp and collar of his ancestors' creation that left her completely aware, but unable to defy his commands even if it meant being a weapon for the Vicegerent's conquest of her homeland and the rest of the world. Even worse, during this enslavement Twilight experiences pain as if she's being constantly electrocuted, and if she's not freed in three days, it becomes permanent. When the Prince Theandri II, Zathir's superior, discovers his plans, the Vicegerent offers to allow Theandri to have his way with Twilight for spurning his affections on a previous "date", stating if he beats "her too hard, she can be fixed easily." In the resulting confrontation with the heroes, Zathir gleefully tries to force Twilight to murder her own loved ones, including Spike—who Twilight considers her son—and the Royal Family of his own country. After Twilight is freed by Spike and his plans ruined, Zathir makes an attempt on Spike's life by stabbing him in the eye, all of this done purely out of spiteful vengeance and hatred, believing genies "don't deserve"children. Such is his Fantastic Racism towards Genies that both Twilight and Zathir himself consider letting him live in prison with the knowledge a Genie is head of state in Equestria a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy:
    • Pregnant/Motherly Scootaloo. It is very hard to derive joy from the very few good and heartwarming moments, because you just know Sam is gonna pull a contrived tragedy out of his ass that further grinds Scootaloo into the dirt.
    • Many of the darker blogs also suffer from this as they get older. It doesn't really matter what happens; nothing will ever change. Discorded Whooves is a prime example of constantly pulling off moments of happiness before throwing back into the pessimistic view of the world. Jitters loves to torment his readers.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Despite being a complete Jerkass whose antics include beating Derpy to a pulp (which sent her to the hospital), sleeping with her nurse and her best friend just to spite her, and possibly being an alcoholic, Discord Whooves has both Miss Twilight Sparkle and Laura the Zony in love with him. And they're both aware of his actions. Though to be fair, this probably has more to do with the mods of both blogs being friends in real life with Discord Whoove's mod. This has to led to some to dislike the Miss Twilight Sparkle tumblr (Although the Laura the Zony tumblr seemed to be saved by this), because of these reasons. Also to the fact that despite not being central to the plot of Discorded Whooves, the tumblr has somehow made it's way to Pregnant/Motherly Scootaloo.
    • Fans will quickly dismiss Molestia's actions as being harmless and just good in fun despite Molly on certain crossovers have kidnapped and implied to have sexually assaulted a Fluffy Pony, chubby pony, or others, and on certain occasions depending on the writing to have genuinely treated and/or abused her guards, most of her friends including her own sister, and others like her own personal sex objects and nothing more without remorse or empathy most of the time.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Some of these blogs are a major reason why some characters from the show are this. Ask Ruby Pinch, Echo Fleetfoot, and Surprise are some prime examples. Much of their popularity and Fanon comes from them.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Ask The Fallen Heros has a strange talent of celebrating ideas and philosophy that would seem renegade in the eyes of the everyday person; ideas such as the ends justifies the means and be direct with your decisions and orders.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Everything about Lovestruck Derpy, considering what it's a prequel to... THIS is arguably the best example of this trope in action.
    • According to Word of God, Lovestruck Derpy and Discord Whooves are actually on different, parallel timelines.
    • This question on the Ask the Cutie Mark Crusaders Blog considering what happens to poor Sweetie Belle on the Vocational Death Cruise, particularly due to how unfunny that turns out.
    • At the end of Time Out With Doctor Whooves' Halloween special, Discorded Whooves warns the Doctor that Ditzy will abandon him the moment he stops being useful to her. To the casual reader, this is just Dissy being his usual self, but those who know the plot of Discorded Whooves thus far will realize that Dissy is speaking from his own experiences with his version of Ditzy.
    • Ask King Sombra's "musical revolution" becomes a lot less funny when it's revealed that hundreds of innocent ponies and wolves died, and Sombra's sickeningly selfish reaction to the carnage he directly caused.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Surprisingly enough, from the mother of Grimdark blogs: Ask Pinkamina Diane Pie.
  • Inferred Holocaust:
    • Discussed in Ask Genie Twilight. Now that Twilight is a Genie, she's naturally going to outlive all her friends except for Spike and the Princesses. This implication is actually fully explored in the tumblr, and Twilight ultimately decides eternal life will be workable since she'll always have Spike, at least.
    • Upon taking over Equestria, Fury Belle and her Cohorts cut off the Balls of Every Stallion in Equestria. ....How are they supposed to reproduce now?
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Discorded Whooves. He's a womanizing, alcoholic, sarcastic and physically abusive asshole, but as the story unfolds and we see into his mindset (mainly how he's filled to the brim with deep self-loathing, and his attitude is essentially his way of coping with a world that, in his Discorded mind, has abandoned him), and you can't help but pity him.
    • Twixie Genies Twilight. At first she acts like a Jackass Genie to Trixie, ultimately tricking her into becoming a genie as well...because after a real Jackass Genie who turned Twilight into a genie in the first place, she was left alone in the cave it happened in for months and turned Trixie into a genie because she couldn't take the loneliness anymore.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • When Chubbie Pinkie Pie fired Chubbie Rainbow Dash out of a cannon, blogs everywhere started having Chubbie Rainbow Dash zoom past their blog's character in the middle of something. Then Bwobbyquest happened, and essentially knocked the meme for six.
    • Misty the Wonderbolt's hoodie inspired a fair few reactions.
    • Pictures wishing the mod of Filly Twilight a happy birthday dominated dashboards of tumblr users for days on end.
    • Any time Lil-Miss-Rarity does more or less anything at all, a Mexican Wave of reactions springs up.
    • Whereas Discord Whooves seems to be her Spear Counterpart in this regard. Though when you put them together, it's rather clear who the winner is...
    • Even the MOD of Discord Whooves has been deemed this (as seen here) for being a (possible) bishonen, pansexual, and being very, very open about discussing sexual topics on his mod blog. The fact that he blurs out his face in every pic he posts makes him even more appealing to many.
  • Moe: Sweetie Belle of AskTheCrusaders. Losing her fur during the Vocational Death Cruise somehow made her even more irresistibly adorable. See for yourself
  • Moral Event Horizon: Vicegerent Zathir from Ask Genie Twilight crossed it by subjecting Twilight to an And I Must Scream form of mind control in his bid to conquer the world. It's little wonder viewers started asking for his excruciating demise after that. If not then, he definitely crossed it when he tries to murder Spike in revenge for his plans coming undone.
  • Narm: A lot of grimdark blogs try way too hard, Lil' Miss Rarity being a key one.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Pretty much any blog post with Pinkamena in it.
    • Most Grim Dark blogs, as a matter of fact.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Lots of Grimdark versions of lovable characters from the show, like Pinkamena and Lil' Miss Rarity.
    • Meanie Belle parodies this, as does Grimdark Big Mac.
    • One of Ask Pun's writers apparently views the Mane Six this way. Which pissed off pretty much the entire readership.
  • Squick: The Grimdark blogs tend to have tons of this.
    • In Ask a Bishonen Pony, Dusk Shine says that he likes eating grass. This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that he's a human in the blog.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Ask Ruby Pinch, My Little Cubbies and Fluttershy & Pinkie Pie are some of the most well known "so adorable it hurts" blogs.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Dethklop turned down the chance to perform at the Royal Wedding on the grounds that weddings are not metal. It's also why Luna skipped the wedding: she'd only attend if Dethklop played.
    • Discorded Whooves for some. Some felt the tumblr could have been so much better which Whooves being like The Doctor was in "The Waters of Mars" or "The Snowman", but instead he's written as being a complete Jerkass that seems to have the power to get two mares around his hoof. It doesn't help that when people try to suggest some new ideas to the mod, he reacts negatively.
    • Miss Twilight Sparkle for some. Because it was originally a stand alone tumblr, some felt the story of her recovery during her suicide attempts was solid. But following the mod's collaborations with Discorded Whooves, the tumblr has become rather despised. It doesn't help that Dissy only makes her get worse, all while in Motherly Scootaloo it gives the idea that she's getting better..
  • Tough Act to Follow: Many of the Cupcakes!Pinkie suffer form this, doesn't help they also Follow the Leader.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Miss Twilight Sparkle. She's primarily has half of the Dissy fanbase dislike her due to either being irrelevant to the plot of the entire blog, or just not being Derpy. It doesn't help with the unfortunate implications surrounding her character being in love with the Doctor despite how unstable he is (and apparently Not knowing about Derpy) and the creator of the tumblr, Princess Marshmallow is friends with Jitter Bug Jive, leading to some to believe the two characters paired up because of this.
  • The Woobie: Ember from Ask Ember Bell. She's cursed to be reborn in a new universe every time she dies...only to throw its story into chaos and finally be destroyed. She knows she's the cause and there's nothing she can do about it. Even though she tries to put on a happy face, it's clear it's hurt her. It's eventually revealed that the way to break her curse is to form a deep connection with somepony else in a world she arrives in. So by trying not to bond with anyone knowing the world will die anyway, she's been preventing her curse from being broken.

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