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Stardust and Moondust


Stardust and Moondust are G2 baby twin ponies released in the Winter of

Spanish: Pony Celeste y Pony Lucero

Pony Stats: Stardust

  • Pose:Baby Tickle Heart Pose
  • Body Colour: Lighter Pink
  • Hair Colour: Aqua forelock, a purple mane, and a teal tail
  • Eye Colour: Light purple
  • Symbol: Blue flower design

Pony Stats: Moondust

  • Pose:Baby Sunbeam Pose
  • Body Colour: Darker Pink
  • Hair Colour: Aqua forelock, teal mane, and a purple tail
  • Eye Colour: Light purple
  • Symbol: Blue flower design


Backcard Stories


Stardust and Moondust love magic. They disguise themselves in order to reunite their fairy friend with his friends for celebrations. Friendship Gardens then becomes filled with fairies that sing and dance with the ponies.

See also


Stardust Spectrum


Sister (by Dream Mist and Celestial Glimmer)

Daughter (by Twilight Sparkle and Tempest Shadow)


Pegasus (Seasons )

Alicorn (Seasons )


To become hero of Equestria (succeeded)

To protect Equestria (After defeating Fromir)


The Castle of Friendship (Seasons )

The Palace of the Crystal Empire (Seasons )Ponyville


Dream Mist (Sister)

Celestial Glimmer (Lost sister)
Flurry Heart † (cousin)
Twilight Sparkle (Mother)
Tempest Shadow (Other mother)
Twilight Velvet † (Grandmother)
Night Light † (Grandfather)


Dream Mist, Cirrus Thunderclap, Sweet Sapling, Constellar Starburst, Snowbelle TreeFrost, Professor Jolt, Magna Fashion, Prisma and Arena Tenebris, Athena Minerva, Blueberry Blossom, Argus Kaiser, Tikka Sunrise, Hyper Wing


Fromir, Queen Littlepip, Steel Cross, Doom, The Dark Gate Army, Lord Shadow Specter, Nocturne Jungle, Poacher Monster, Willa Wispral, Oscura Fortunata


Friendship, art galleries, and technology


Anxiety, criticism, and loneliness

"You see, Fromir, when those&#;new&#;elements are ignited by the&#;old&#;elements of harmony, that also resides in the heart of us all, they become more powerful that can defeat the darkness and the hatred that you tried spread: the spread of true&#;LOVE!"

-Stardust conforts Fromir

Stardust Spectrum is the one of the main characters of My Little Pony: Love is Everything. She was a female&#;pegasus&#;pony&#;who transformed into an alicorn and became ruler of the Crystal Empire during the death of her cousin, Flurry Heart. She is also the daughter of Twilight Sparkle and Tempest Shadow&#;and leader of the Next 6.

Stardust possesses The Element of Love. When her friends come to her aid in the castle ruins, she realizes that they are her friends, and a "spark" within her activates the Descendants of Harmony.

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Fanfic / Arad's Stardust

I don't think you're in Ponyville anymore, Twilight.

Stardust by Arad is a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic/XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM: Enemy Within (yes, really) crossover fanfic.

Celestia releases Discord from stone and asks the Mane Six to try and reform him. Discord agrees to be reformed, but on one condition, unlike canon: Twilight has to survive a world at war with an existential threat, a world under alien attack, a world facing an Enemy Unknown. Will she be able to find her way home, or will the other side's paranoia prove too much for her?

Complete with an ongoing sequel, Mente Materia. A "trailer" takes up the final chapter of the first story. The war has come to Equestria, with an intensity the aliens have not demonstrated against Earth yet. But those are just the beginning of XCOM's new problems

An interquel, Fortitude Amicitia, which crosses over the universes of Stardust and Viking ZX's The Dusk Guard Saga, has been released. Word of God is that whilst Fortitude Amicitia will be canon to Mente Materia, it will not be canon for Dusk Guard. Fortitude content has its own section.

A second interquel, Broken, has also been released. It covers what happened to Twilight after she was successfully returned to Equestria at the end of Stardust.

Also has a Prequel, Celestia, which tells how the fabled Queen Solaria ended up becoming Princess Celestia through Discord's interference in Equestria's distant past.

Due to many Late Arrival Spoilers all post-Stardust content will be placed in their own sections.

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First Published: May 1st

Stardust contains examples of:

  • Absolute Xenophobe: Extensively zig-zagged.
    • Initially discussed and averted; Matt clarifies to Zhang that X-Com wants to kill the aliens only because those aliens attacked them first, and not because of their being aliens.
      • Supporting this viewpoint, in Supplemental Files 6, Bradford officially drafts and releases new operating procedures to account for the definite possibility of more Equestrians arriving, giving grounds for a non-hostile contact.
    • Then double subverted when several Strike leaders cheerfully express xenophobia in chapter 29 and drag Matt and Lana into the crossfire for their "exposure".

    Lieutenant Kato, Strike Seven: "I sure as hell know that I&#;m not risking my neck or Strike Seven so some furry freak can live here like we&#;re a hotel. We&#;re here to— &#;kill every last one of these aliens.&#;

    • Comes up again in chapter 34 when a senior interceptor pilot can't believe Vahlen wants to save Twilight despite all that the latter's done for them.
  • Abusive Parents: Lana's father was one. Emphasis on was.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The fic takes many aspects of XCOM and expands on them -
    • For one, more than a single squad is deployed on most operations, the Gangplank operation seeing 6 Skyrangers full of soldiers seeing action, and the Skyrangers also provide covering fire for the attackers.
    • The mundane activities of the base personnel and research also get more focus, as it was largely just reading research reports in the actual game.
    • Operation Gangplank in the game ended with destroying power conduits on the surface of the alien battleship. Here, the troops must actually penetrate the ship and secure both the bridge and the engine room before it can be controlled.
  • Adaptational Villainy: EXALT were always villains in XCOM, but they're even worse in this story. EXALT was largely just hostile alien sympathizers in the game, and their activities were largely anti-XCOM with the worst they did against civilians was raise panic in their country. Now, they're actively collaborating with the aliens instead of staying out of their way, and they're planning to raise panic by dressing in XCOM gear and performing Terror! missions on civilian cities.
  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated: Food from Equestria is apparently super-delicious to humans, which makes Pinkie Pie's desserts very appreciated amongst the Stardust team in chapter This isn't just a case of Pinkie Pie being a Supreme Chef, either; in an early chapter, Lana finds a piece of fruit transmuted into an Equestrian apple to be extremely tasty. Reviewers have commented this could just be because Army food tends to be bland as a rule of thumb, so anything tastes better after living on it.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: After The RevealIn-Universe at the end of chapter 28, chapter 29 sees Matt and Lana getting the cold shoulder from several of their former comrades.

    Weiss: "I&#;m not sure I can trust someone to watch my back that&#;s so comfortable around an alien.&#;

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe. The humans at X-Com have formed several theories about characters from Equestria after hearing Twilight's descriptions of them.
    • The three Alicorn Princesses are believed to be immortal tyrants — especially Cadance, who is believed to use her love-related powers to Mind Rape the populace into compliance.
      • As of Supplemental Files 6, though, Dr. Mills is of the official opinion that Celestia, at the least, is quite restrained in the usage of her powers, so she isn't quite as much a source of fear as they had figured.
    • In chapter 22, the base psychiatrist suggests to Twilight that Discord may be so crazy due to the deleterious psychological effects of spending a thousand years as a conscious mind trapped insidean inanimate stone body. Twilight herself considers the idea with some unease before taking the stance she still can't forgive Discord for what he did to her and her friends, even if he has been driven insane.
  • Alternate Universe: In canon, Zhang will always be a Heavy. Here, he's a Sniper.
  • Always Someone Better: The sleeker look of EXALT's laser weapons? Not just cosmetic. The weapons are smaller and lighter than XCOM's, even if the batteries have lower absolute capacity. After examining some captured ones in chapter 32, Shen takes it as a personal challenge.
  • Anti-Villain: Dr. Moira Vahlen. While she comes off, even In-Universe, as a JerkassMad Scientist, she does have valid concerns. Twilight Sparkle has so much telekinetic power she's like a walking A-bomb that can detonate multiple times, she can teleport practically anywhere at will, turn invisible and inaudible, perform spells that compel individuals to violently attempt to gain possession of a target she designates, and she seems to just keep coming up with new powers. A hostile Twilight Sparkle would be a nightmare to face. As proven in chapter
  • Anyone Can Die: As is usual in X-COM, being a named character does not protect you from horrible death. Lana (she got better), Dryzimski in chapter 30, Kim and Joel in chapter
  • A Rare Sentence: An excerpt from a Council meeting late in the first story:

    "If you go to the indicated timestamp in Lieutenant Harris's armor camera, there's the charging Equestrians and a door flying at the camera. The next? Bananas and green laser beams everywhere."

    2: "Never in my life did I think I'd hear that phrase in this meeting."

  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    • Dr. Ngo refuses to believe Twilight's stories of Princesses Celestia and Luna manipulating the sun and moon of her planet, despite the fact she's talking to a pastel purple unicorn the size of a large dog who can speak, teleport, change physical matter on a molecular level, and has enough telekinetic power to crush a human into pulped gore with an idle thought.
    • Averted by Dr. Mills, who notes that his initial gut reaction is to dismiss such a story, but then reminds himself he's talking to a purple unicorn on the topic of magic, and so she might just be telling the truth.
    • In chapter 26 Dr. Shen notes that the engineering staff who had seen so much previously thought impossible reached the breaking point when invisibility devices were broached.
  • Ascended Extra: For a very short time, Matt and Lana were literally nothing more than nameless, faceless soldiers. Matt was the random guy who captured Twilight, while Lana was joking around shortly before Shen met Twilight. They soon became the main points of contact between Twilight and XCOM.
  • Badass Adorable: Twilight Sparkle — cute enough that even a hardened female X-Com soldier starts squeeing like a little girl over getting to be a contact with her, and with enough telekinetic power to not only smear a Chryssalid with a thought, but to blast apart the containment unit that X-Com performs its "interrogations" in. Keep in mind, this same unit in-game holds everything from the Ethereals to Muton Berserkers.
    • Chapter 33 puts the emphasis on the badass part, when Twilight pretty much singlehandedly annihilates the enemy invasion. This includes shrugging off direct-hit plasma blasts from alien spaceships.
  • Badass Normal: Pretty much every recruit in X-Com, in theory. Robert Sachs, a new recruit from the Australian Tactical Assault Group introduced in chapter 24, is a stunning example. He got recruited for killing a Chryssalid. With a knife.
    • Empowered Badass Normal: Chapter 28 reveals that this is going to become endemic amongst X-Com, due to Twilight's presence; because she's been "loosening up" the native Field, it's becoming increasingly easy for humans to access it. Meaning more mages/psykers are "awaking" due to that ease — and as they "massage" the Field in turn, it will become even easier, meaning even more people will gain the abilities. Lana, Matt and Bradford are all confirmed as having "awakened" so far.
  • Berserk Button:
    • In chapter 14, a captured Thin Man just flips the fuck out when it sees Twilight, starts making death threats and beats itself to death trying to get out and presumably at her.
    • In chapter 20, Lana reacts very poorly to being called by Matt and Shen on manipulating Twilight into thinking Matt was romantically interested in her. In a sparring match later, another soldier makes a poor choice of insult to the already-steamed Lana, and Lana makes him pay for it.
    • In chapter 32 we learn Vahlen really hates traitors to humanity.
  • Beyond the Impossible: In her trans-dimensional letter to Twilight, Pinkie Pie manages to include enough pastries for every researcher in the Stardust project while managing not to squish them in the rolled up paper. Even after reviewing security footage, everyone is stumped how it happened.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Shining Armor makes a point of questioning Matt about how close he is to Twilight.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In chapter 33 the Overseer Ethereal was about to capture Twilight when someone killed it. In chapter 34 it turns out to be Zhang using his LANC.
    • In chapter 34 Luna and some guards were about to attack Matt and co. before Discord saved the latter by greatly shortening the countdown on their teleport back to Earth.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: Pinkie Pie's special hotsauce, which is the immediately assumed ingredient in the cupcake she gives Spike in chapter 18, though he thinks she may have added some crushed "inferno rubies" as well. How hot is it? Spike, who swims in molten lava and actually thinks the "baked bads" that leave Pinkie sick in bed are yummy, finds it too spicy to handle.

    Spike:And with her special sauce, too!? It&#;s like a party in my mouth, and everyone is on fire.

  • Blessed with Suck: Commander Bradford's Combat Clairvoyance apparently cannot be shut off on its own, and he literally grabbed the first never-tested-on-live-specimen prototype of a portable suppressor he could reach when Shen opened the case of them.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Discord shows this all over the place.
    • In chapter 10, which is the first look back at Equestria after Twilight is vanished, it's revealed that Discord has not done anything (even moving) since sending Twilight to Earth, even calmly allowing Luna and Celestia to erect what should be a prison around him. Why? Because he's waiting for Twilight Sparkle to to fulfill her end of the bargain.
    • In chapter 22, Discord is horrified at the idea of bartering for or stealing souls from other people, because "The soul of a living creature is the purest spark of creativity and change in the universe. It is change, it is hope, it is the drive that every little living thing needs to motivate themselves to get up in the morning and take on the world, or at least their horrible commute and coworkers." Despite this, as fans of the canon are well aware, he sees no problem with doling out Mind RapeFor the Lulz. In the same chapter, he also restores Lana to life because he wants her to keep being Twilight's friend.
    • Continues in chapter 31, where Discord chides and scolds Celestia to her face, for much the same reasons as in chapter 22, then turns around and terrifies the hell out of a changeling acting as a conduit for Chrysalis for celebrating his "weakening" of the ponies.
    • In chapter 34 he helps the Strike team sent to Equestria to return Twilight escape, which confuses at least one Council member who was led to believe by Discord's previous actions that he would have actively hindered Twilight's return.
  • Break the Cutie: Twilight's gotten a continuous chain of these in the early chapters, starting with witnessing a Chryssalid slaughter some civilians, then having to kill it in self-defence, and going on from there. It happens again in chapter 33 when she recalls Lana and Matt fighting the EXALT infiltrator and starts wondering if Shining Armor also has a killer within.
  • Broken Bird:
    • Twilight seems on the way to becoming this; she's had several really bad nightmares about the events of the first few chapters, and in chapter 14, she has a PTSD-style flashback to the Chryssalid attack upon being confronted with a spider.
    • Confirmed for Vahlen in chapter 17; her family were killed by a Chryssalid in a Terror Attack while she was listening over the phone.
  • Brought Down to Badass:
    • In chapter 31, Celestia asks why Discord doesn't "release her" so she can protect Equestria from the incoming alien invasion, implying that he did this to her. Discord refuses by declaring she'd become just as great a threat to Equestria if he did. Fortitude Amicitia gives a strong hint as to why he sealed off some of her powers in the first place.
    • It's established earlier on that Earth has a much weaker magic field than Equestria. As chapter 33 shows, Twilight is still frighteningly powerful in spite of that.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Vahlen's cold, provocative attitude is really not the smartest one to take when she herself notes that X-Com couldn't hope to build anything that would stand up to Twilight's telekinetic blasts. Fortunately, she eventually grows out of it.
    • Made even worse by the fact Twilight has, and has explained to X-Com that she has, very close social bonds to Princesses Celestia and Luna, either of whom is powerful enough to make Twilight look like a stage magician and Twilight is pretty damn scary compared to humans as it is. If they come to Earth looking for Twilight, and find she's been Mind Raped and dissected, it would not be good for X-Com.
    • Lampshaded when the two volunteers agree that they thought a scientist like Vahlen would be "smart enough not to try and brow beat a test subject that could reduce her to a red stain and an unpleasant memory with a thought".
    • Played for laughs in chapter 14; Lana thinks it's a good idea to tease Twilight about her crush on Matt. The unicorn is not amused and promptly zaps Lana with a minor hex that temporarily obliterates all noise that Lana makes, effectively putting her on "mute".
      • Then the same thing happens again in the very next chapter. Twilight muting Lana might be on its way to becoming a Running Gag.
    • Invoked in chapter 17, when Vahlen points out Twilight's connections to her homeworld's royalty, and the potential power level thereof, when she revises her recommendation from cancelling Project: Stardust to keeping it running.
  • Burning with Anger:
    • According to chapter 10, Celestia nearly vaporised her throne room when she got Spike's message that Discord had just vanished Twilight to parts unknown. She's still blazing hot enough to crack marble and disintegrate carpeting when she teleports back after confirming this.
    • Twilight in chapter 33 leaves behind hoofprints melted into the floor of the X-Com facility when she goes berserk.
  • The Butcher: Episode 24 reveals that Matt has this nickname in the media, from the incident where he had to shoot an insurgent Child Soldier that he brings up in chapter
  • Bystander Syndrome: Twilight's homebrewed "Wallflower" spell lets her weaponise this, effectively inverting the "Want-It, Need-It" spell to cause people to ignore the targets of the spell.
    • Logical Weakness: Because it's not true invisibility, instead a sort of hypnosis, it doesn't work on machines. Like, say, Cyberdiscs Or on emotion-sensers like changelings.
  • Canon Welding: The fic was well underway before Enemy Within for XCOM was even rumored. Now that the expansion is released (much to the author's enjoyment), new developments such as Meld and EXALT are being introduced into the story.
  • Car Fu: In chapter 33 a SHIV rams a Mechtoid to bring it down.
  • Cardboard Prison: Discord is still capable of wielding large amounts of power in spite of Celestia's custom-built prison. The main reason why he doesn't just escape is due to keeping his end of the deal with Twilight.
  • Chekhov's Gun: An early comment by Twilight is that the native "Field" is stiff and musty from disuse, but it'll loosen up as she uses it more. Come chapter 28, and The Reveal that a side-effect of a "loosened" Field is that it becomes increasingly easy to touch, meaning X-Com members are starting to spontaneously develop powers of their own as they can begin to access it.
  • The Chessmaster: Discord. He was aware of the alien threat from the very beginning, and all of his actions had been geared toward securing the humans' help for when the invasion of Equestria happened.
  • Les Collaborateurs: EXALT has been upgraded from hostile Black Shirts who operate independently to aid the aliens to actually being under their command and supply.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Bradford has this ability. He's quite disturbed by it, partly due to the strain it causes.
  • Composite Character: Bradford here is a composite of the original and the player-controlled Commander.
  • Crapsack World: From what the newbies said in chapter 24, the world outside XCOM looks pretty bad.
  • Curbstomp Battle:
    • Twilight vs. Chryssalid; Twilight squishes the specimen of the In-UniverseDemonic Spiders with literally nothing more than a thought.
    • Twilight vs. an army of aliens and EXALTs; Twilight destroys every synthetic and petrifies every living opponent she faces, until she encountered the Ethereal Overseer.
  • Cyborg: Twilight designs cyber-prosthetics for maimed soldiers after Lana gets her arm cut off. It's implied she's used certain "spell-circuits" related to golem construction to get around some of the logistical problems invoked by this trope.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: In chapter 15 it's strongly implied that something bad, probably alien-caused, happened to Vahlen's family to make her the cold, paranoid jerkass she currently is.Confirmed in chapter 17; Vahlen's family were killed by Chryssalids in a Terror Attack, and she was on the phone listening as they were slaughtered.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Everyone at X-COM. Twilight might also qualify, though it's not exactly in the past yet.
  • Death Dealer: Inadvertently happens in chapter 29 when Lana's testing of Matt's telekinesis with playing cards goes awry.
  • Dirty Business: After some squad leaders protest about the limited distribution of Wallflower "equipment" in chapter 22 costing them the lives of many men, Bradford lies about its true origin in order to protect Twilight, feeling distasteful about it all the while.
  • Establishing Character Moment: For various alien types.
  • The Evils of Free Will:
    • In chapter 31 Discord claims that the Elements of Harmony would fail against the Ethereal invasion because the Ethereals and their slave races adhere to their own twisted sense of Order.
    • In the same chapter, he makes it clear that he believes that Celestia herself would fall into this if he "released her". Fortitude Amicitia, revealing as it does the existence of a "Queen Solaria" who engaged in rampant petrification of ponies for the most petty reasons, implies that he believes this because she already went this route before.
  • Exact Words:
    • Twilight wasn't being facetious when she said about the spell she cast on Matt and Lana: "&#;If it works out right, nopony will notice anything&#;. The spell is basically an invisibility spell that works by causing others to not notice anything the target does.
    • Luna told Discord to leave 'this place' and never return, but failed to mention actually leaving Earth.
  • Face Palm: Matt frequently does/feels the urge to do so in response to the the antics of those around, especially Lana.
  • False Flag Operation: EXALT is in the preparation for these in an attempt to discredit XCOM, confirmed by Word of God. They've managed to acquire a Skyranger and first-generation XCOM combat uniforms, intending to run equivalent Terror! missions against cities to incite panic.
  • Fictional Document: There are several "Supplemental Files" that are In-Universe, complete with added notes "pencilled in" at the margins.
  • Foreshadowing: Early on, Shen tells Twilight that "When we are afraid, we lash out at the cause." In chapter 33 a scared soldier mistakes her for a hostile and shoots her.
  • Freudian Excuse: Lana has one for her fixation on the importance of hope — hope was all that helped her get through her life when her coming out as a lesbian caused her father to explode in a fit of violence, resulting in him then turning on her mother and Lana having to shoot him to prevent him from killing either of them, and the resultant consequences of that shooting.
  • Fridge Horror: Several In-Universe examples thus far:
    • Joel wonders in chapter 23 if the spell Shining Armor and Cadance used to drive the Changelings out of Canterlot crushed any then-indoors Changelings between the spells and the walls.
    • Dr. Ngo wonders just what kind of hellish experience Twilight's childhood must have been if she was first taught by royalty AND babysat by royalty, only to then be brought into the royalty by marriage.
    • Bradford's mind evidently goes somewhere horrible when Twilight explains that people developing magical/psionic powers is going to become a chain reaction; he immediately orders her to design and build blockers to prevent such awakenings.
  • Gas Leak Cover-Up: Widely used by the Council to explain away alien attacks in the early months of the invasion, and even used by XCOM to recruit soldiers/pilots from the regular military. Vic Spiegel is a specific example.
  • Grenade Hot Potato: Matt does this in episode 9 with an alien grenade, ensuring no casualties, but getting himself seriously wounded; he's lucky not to have wound up paralysed or dead. Justified in chapter 28; his exposure to Twilight's magic is starting to awaken telekinetic abilities of his own.
  • Golem: Equestria apparently used to have them, as Twilight immediately starts recalling the stories of them after being given information about the Cyberdisk. They've been illegal for a long time, though.
  • Gone Horribly Right: When parallels between a material from Equestria's past and Elerium were pointed out in a letter from Pinkie Pie, they try to test an Elerium sample for magic reactivity with a levitation spell. The sample punches through the ceiling, through the mess hall (almost killing Joel), through the rest of the base, the ground above them, and eventually hitting a reconnaissance satellite. Turns out "Arcanite" fundamentally enhances any spell cast on them, so using telekinesis means a super-kinetic surge; they were expecting it to glow because that was the first documented spell cast on Arcanite.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The end of chapter 31, where Discord goes full Lovecraftian on a changeling acting as a conduit for Chrysalis.
  • Had to Be Sharp: In chapter 31 Discord claims this of mankind, pointing out how they had to struggle on their own against their uncaring universe without magic or a benevolent deity-like being actively guiding them.
  • Heroic BSoD: Twilight undergoes one that last for about a week after Vahlen tries to force her to display her telekinetic offensive abilities.
  • Heroic RRoD: Twilight pushes herself to extreme measures to obliterate as many Ethereal forces as possible. Her medical reports suggest that the strain from such a feat means she possibly can't do anything similar in the future.
  • Hope Spot: Discussed in chapter Shen reprimands Lana for making Twilight think that Matt's romantically interested in her, saying that this kind of false hope will only make things worse once the truth comes out. Lana insists in retort that false hope is better than no hope.
  • Humans Are Special: Discord believes this to be the case due to their inventiveness and stubborn will to do seemingly impossible tasks.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • More than one fan has accused the Council of holding this after The Reveal in chapter 15, pointing reasons why it makes no sense and is even actively harmful for the Council's purposes. Perhaps not coincidentally, the next chapter shows the Council's debate over what to do with Twilight, with some members clearly against the plan, and reveals that the current "prepare a special base for more extreme measures, but leave the decision to send her there to Commander Bradford", to be the result of non-unanimous consensus.
    • All of XCOM gets hit with this when a Council inspector visits to receive the latest monthly report. Despite sporting iffy credentials and his presence being an unannounced break in the usual method of how XCOM reports their progress, no-one keeps watch on him as he is allowed free access to all facilities and top secret files inside the base. He quickly turns out to be an EXALT spy.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: In chapter 27 Frank takes a swig of liquor straight from the bottle after the Ea reactor nearly goes critical.
  • If I Wanted You Dead In chapter 30 Discord claims that he wouldn't have done this roundabout sending Twilight to Earth thing if he really wanted her dead.
  • Implacable Man: The first appearance of a Mechtoid in chapter 33 has it as this, tanking fire that at least two Mutons and six Chryssalids are shredded by thanks to its Deflector Shields.
  • Improvised Weapon:
    • In chapter 33, when a Mechtoid isn't affected by Twilight's petrification spell, she telekinetically throws a vault door at it. Both it and the door go through four walls before finally being stopped by bedrock.
    • In chapter 34, we see in flashback that Twilight managed to petrify another Mechtoid and use it to batter down the shields of a third.
  • In a Single Bound: Demonstrated by EXALT troopers.
  • Interspecies Romance: Apparently, it's fairly common in Equestria, in part because there are an average of 3 stallions to every 7 mares. Upon hearing this, Lana immediately figures the best way to give Twilight a better problem to occupy her mind with is to tell her that Matt thinks she's cute. Fortunately for her, Twilight is both a naive virgin and unaware that Matt was the soldier who captured her for X-Com, so given the context in which Lana mentions it, it's not that surprising Twilight starts thinking she may have a human would-be suitor. Twilight turns Matt down on the grounds that she's not ready in chapter 24, with Matt being relieved, as he was trying to find a way to let her down first.
  • Irony: The very soldier who catches Twilight for X-Com ends up being assigned to her as a "friend", and she firmly trusts him, to the point that she eventually starts believing he has a crush on her and seems to be reciprocating.
  • Ironic Echo: Vide wrote "We will be watching" on the wall of his cell, a phrase commonly said by the Council after their briefings.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Vahlen and, as we learn in chapter 15, the Council, though chapter 16 shows the latter are far from unanimous comes off as unnecessarily nasty to those of us with outside knowledge, but she does have a point; Twilight is basically an Eldritch Abomination, no matter how cutesy-adorable she is, and she could pose a serious threat to the survival of the human race if she starts using her powers against them. A bit of paranoid suspicion is quite justifiable.
    • Invoked/lampshaded by Commander Bradford, though even he thinks Vahlen is letting her paranoia run away with her common sense, and gives her some pointed advice on the subject in chapter
  • Knight of Cerebus: In-Universe, Vahlen deliberately tries to use Zhang to shake Twilight out of her cosy world-view in hopes that this will make Twilight more "productive" in terms of providing useful information, etc, against the invaders.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall/Self-Deprecation: When happening upon the alien entertainment device in Chapter

    &#;Is this what the aliens do for fun?&#;
    &#;At least they&#;re not reading bad fanfiction on the internet."

  • Magic A Is Magic A:
    • Spike's "messenger fire" explicitly uses a different form of magic to that used by the ponies, according to chapter In fact, Spike's fire messages are technically a form of Sympathetic Magic, relying on Spike's familiarity with the targeted individual and/or destination. This is how they were able to send the messages in chapter 17; Luna helped guide Spike, the Mane 5, Cadance, Shining Armor, Princess Celestia and herself in using The Power of Friendship to boost Spike's messenger fire and let him send the messages to Twilight, despite not knowing where she is.
    • Averted with Equestrian magic and X-Com psionics, however; all evidence so far is that "psionics" is just a particular branch of magic, and Twilight can easily recognize alien "spell-circuits" due to their resembling runes and the like from Equestria.
  • Magnetic Hero: Most of the humans come to befriend Twilight, even, eventually, Vahlen.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: In chapter 21, Lana takes losing her left arm surprisingly well. The fact she's bleeding out, in physical shock and dies moments later probably helps her keep her cool.
  • Mama Bear: The Princess's response when XCOM sends a team to return Twilight to her home world is excessive, but there can be no doubt that it was out of concern for her safety.
  • Metaphorically True: Lana and Matt use this trope to describe the "specialist" that will help train XCOM's latent magic users. They say that "she's a little girl that comes up to your waist," "she's extremely sensitive," and "despite her outward appearance, she's just like us on the inside." Extremely truthful, but the trainees don't find out that Twilight is an alien girl until they actually see her.
  • The Mole: It's strongly suggested that EXALT has at least one within the Council.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Happens a lot, given this is a serial mixing an animated series about cute talking ponies with a game about violent, paranoia-inducing alien/human warfare.
    • In Chapter 32, Twilight is watching a Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone movie with her friends moments before Vide barges in and tries to kill them.
    • Bradford and Princess Luna's solemn meeting takes a turn for the comedic when Discord interrupts by noisily drinking a soda.
  • Moral Guardians: Invoked in that when Twilight is given internet access in chapter 15, everyone thinks it's a good idea to restrict her access to certain topics that could lead to unpleasant questions or reactions, like religion, warfare, sex and geography.
    • Psychiatrist Dr. Frank McKendrick warns in his report in Supplemental Files 6 that X-Com should take every precaution not to discuss outright offensive applications of Twilight's powers/knowledge where she can hear, as she is likely to react very badly to the thought of being used for things that are not defensive or utilitarian in purpose.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Early on, Twilight is absolutely amazed by a ballpoint pen, treating it as if it were the invention of the century. This is one of the points raised in her favor, as an alien invader with advanced technology wouldn't be so fascinated by a pen as to take it apart to see how it works.
  • Mundane Utility: A lot of Twilight's powers, to the bemusement of X-Com. Telekinesis that can crush a Chryssalid to a smear in one shot or drive solid steel two inches into solid rock? She uses it for tidying up after herself. A spell that renders the target completely silent, so even their actions make no noise? Perfect for silencing an annoying woman teasing you. Inverted in that X-Com is at least considering trying to weaponise any spell that seems it might be useful.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In chapter 8, Twilight tells Lana about a friend of hers who has the ability to foresee various events through strange bodily twitches and actions, and that she went kind of crazy trying to figure out how it worked.
      • Happens again in chapter 20, she is quick to caution Vahlen and the others not to try and figure out how Pinkie does the things she does, citing her own disastrous attempt at doing so.
    • In chapter 11, Twilight confirms that her "Wallflower" spell she used to protect Matt and Lana is basically an inversion of the "Want-It, Need-It" spell.
    • In the bonus "What If?" chapter, after Fluttershy forces XCOM and the Aliens to stop fighting, the Council Leader's dialogue when shutting XCOM down is identical to the Non Standard Game Over in Enemy Unknown, complete with the odd phrasing indicating mind control.
    • The pin-up photos of Twilight Sparkle are noted to have her making "bedroom eyes," which Matt surmises were simply lucky frames from a high-speed video camera while Twilight was mid-blink. This references the MLP fan trend where episodes are paused for thesameeffect.
    • In chapter 15 the Council considers having Twilight sent to the Argentina base for further interrogation, a reference to the bonus for locating your base in or having full satellite coverage over South America being instant completion of interrogations.
    • In chapter 18, Spike gets a super-spicy cupcake from Pinkie Pie and thinks she's used her "special sauce", clearly referring to the hotsauce cupcake that Pinkie ate in the first episode.
    • In chapter 30, the X-COM operatives infiltrating the Alien Base still make snarky commentary about the Alien Entertainment device, but the joke is a little different:

    &#;Is this what the aliens do for fun?&#;
    &#;At least they&#;re not reading bad fanfiction on the internet."

  • Neck Snap: Vide kills several X-Com operatives in this manner.
  • Non-Lethal Warfare: Deliberately invoked by Matt's team to avoid an interplanetary incident on their mission to Equestria, nearly subverted when they come under attack, but played straight when Discord intervenes.
  • Noodle Incident: The only thing known about the SHIV's encounter with Pinkie Pie is that it came back to Earth covered in various party supplies.
  • Not So Above It All: In chapter 15, Dr. Vahlen finds herself twice reprimanding herself and having to rework her latest reports to dehumanise Twilight after absent-mindedly using her name and feminine pronouns throughout the reports.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Chapter 14, Lana walks in on Matt cuddling Twilight (he's comforting her over her Chryssalid-related issues — somewhat involuntarily; she hugged him first and he's under orders not to touch her without her permission). Naturally, she can't resist teasing him about it.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • The X-Com scientists, Vahlen, Mills and Ngo, all get one when Twilight freaks out at the approaching interrogation machines and teleports out of the containment cell.
    • Twilight gets one when she not only realizes that further tests will have to be with the cold, scary Vahlen instead of the friendly humans who have been interacting with her thus far, but remembers that two of her "new friends", Mills and Ngo, were standing right alongside her when she was about to painfully interrogate her.
    • Mills gets one in literary form when he realizes that Twilight has remembered what he and Ngo were party to and she no longer trusts them.
    • Luna (and everypony present, if we're honest) gets one when they see Princess Celestia is seriously ticked off by what Discord has done.
    • Matt gets one in chapter 30 when the Sectoid Commander pulls the knowledge of Twilight's existence from his mind and presumably sends it on.
    • The first experiment with Elerium and magic was this. They wound up punching a hole through the entire base, and took out a satellite.
    • Matt and his team get this reaction when they see how angry Celestia is over Twilight's injuries.
  • Old Shame: In universe, the events of Lesson Zero are this to Twilight, especially her usage of the "Want-It, Need-It" spell.
  • One-Man Army: Twilight utterly annihilates the Alien task force invading the X-COM facility.
  • One-Word Title
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • In-Universe, chapter 8 has Matt and Lana note how earth-shatteringly strange it was to see Chief Engineer Shen not merely angry, but livid, when he is normally the affable, easy-tempered member of X-Com's hierarchy, to the point he's considered the base's resident Santa Claus.
    • In chapter 30, Matt is worried when Fujikawa breaks radio silence sounding scared.
    • In chapter 33, Twilight recalls Lana's face having "an emotion Twilight could not comprehend or describe" when the latter was about to beat the shit out of the EXALT infiltrator. It only grows more pronounced when Matt and Vahlen start "acting up".
    • In general, Lana is a perpetual joker and prankster even at inappropriate times, so people pay attention when she's being serious.
  • Outside-Genre Foe: Twilight's abilities break all the laws of reality Vahlen has ever known.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • Twilight Sparkle is this, In-Universe, to Dr. Vahlen. She's cute, adorable and harmless looking to the point even other X-Com members want to trust and comfort her while, at the same time, being incredibly powerful, with "Psychic Powers" that include possible Mind Control, teleportation, and sufficient telekinesis that she can tear through the thickest defenses X-Com can build. The best calculations that X-Com has suggests she could probably destroy headquarters singlehandedly, and nobody else seems to think she's a threat. The Reveal that she can alter perceptions doesn't help. After chapter 17, though, this seems to be dwindling.
    • Chapter 28 gives some to Commander Bradford, apparently: he immediately orders that Twilight start making "awakening blocking" devices upon finding out that more and more people are going to keep developing powers.
    • In chapter 34 a Council member wonders how long Discord may have been interfering with Earth.
  • Portmantitle
  • Power Incontinence: Bradford. As his precognition develops without a way for him to turn it off without a Power Nullifier, it puts more and more strain on his mind.
  • Power Nullifier: As of chapter 29, X-COM has developed one as a result of Bradford's directive in the previous chapter.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation:
    • Explicit mention is made of multiple Strike teams, unlike in canon where you only see the one.
    • A typical Strike Team numbers eight instead of , half of them being regular riflemen, and the other half, specialists.
    • The Skyrangers are capable of providing close air support, and their pilots are armed.
    • The numbers and strength of alien opposition are also significantly increased to offset the above.
    • EXALT is portrayed as fielding Meld-based gene-enhanced troopers, and as using rip-offs of X-COM's uniforms to try and disgrace X-COM whenever they go on their own missions.
    • The alien base assault aliens are mainly rear-echelon personnel who presumably were not expecting to be found by XCOM, rather than hardened field combatants.
    • Alien forces start fielding their own heavy weapons and stealth infiltrators.
    • MELD canisters are no longer randomly scattered around the area. Instead, the substance is first encountered in storage inside the alien base.
    • It made little sense for Zhang to be a Heavy in the original game, after he had demonstrated an uncanny skill with a pistol in the mission-beginning cutscene. Here, he has become a sniper instead.
  • Pretentious Latin Motto: Mente Materia, which roughly translates to 'The matter of the mind'.
  • Pun:
    • Lana is well known for these. During her conversation with Matt in chapter 24, she drops some real groaners of hand and arm-related puns. Crosses over with Black Comedy because she's making those puns because of her own severed arm.
    • In chapter 24, Twilight also makes a bad joke about the research team losing the prototype artificial Wallflower module (as in, the device intended to make itself and whoever it's applied to invisible).
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Matt in chapter
  • Private Military Contractors: Mentioned but Averted. News reports mention how analysts expected the industry to be booming due to the wealthy wanting protection from alien attacks, but the major contractors claim there's "a shortage of experienced operatives." Likely due to being recruited to XCOM, see the entry for Fridge Brilliance.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Matt considers the raid on the alien base this. XCOM managed to capture the base with the Sectoid Commander and prevented potential EXALT operations, but over half their soldiers were killed with the rest wounded. Additionally, the Sectoid Commander managed to Mind Rape Twilight's presence from Matt's mind before it went down, and presumably transmitted her location to the Hive Mind.
  • Ramming Always Works:
    • When the combined laser and LANC fire proves ineffective against a shielded Mechtoid, a SHIV rams into it, toppling it over, before finishing it off with a point-blank heavy laser barrage.
    • Twilight takes down an alien battleship by telekinetically ramming a scout saucer through it.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In one chapter, Lana uses her cybernetic arm to effortlessly cave in a sectoid's skull with a karate chop, rather than use a knife like her comrades. However, she then starts complaining about some bits of sectoid brain getting stuck in her arm's joints.
    • In chapter 33 a frightened human mistakes Twilight's Unstoppable Rage for a threat and shoots her.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Shen is the first to realise that Twilight Sparkle acts absolutely nothing like the other invaders and to suggest a diplomatic approach.
    • Commander Bradford is also one; he agrees to allow Shen to try and make peaceful contact with Twilight, then supports his suggestions that they continue diplomacy. In chapter 8, he does point out that Vahlen's concerns are valid, but also notes that she will need to be reprimanded for her bullying approach to interaction with Twilight, something he does in chapter He's also willing to give Twilight the benefit of the doubt while there's reasonable proof she is what she claims to be, and to try and make things comfortable for her without compromising the base. Shen himself says that so long as whatever you think of is logical, reasonable and beneficial, Bradford will let you do what you want.
  • Red Shirt: Well, this is an X-Com crossover. Lots of soldier deaths is expected.
  • The Reveal:
    • Twilight Sparkle has an invisibility spell and can also alter it to create an effect that drives people mad with desire.
    • In chapter 14, Twilight's attempt at using her translation spell on a Thin Man drives the normally stoic alien into a berserker state fuelled by hate so intense it mutilates itself to death in an effort to escape and get at her.
    • In chapter 15, the Council are constructing a new containment unit in the Argentina base specifically to hold Twilight Sparkle and, should Commander Bradford agree, she'll be sent there for much more bluntly direct interrogation.
    • In chapter 28, because of Twilight's presence and her continued manipulation of the ambient mana, humans are gaining the ability to access it and becoming empowered themselves. As more people become empowered, they will make it even easier to access the Field, so empowerment will spread exponentially.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In his report for Supplemental Files 6, Dr. Frank McKendrick, the base psychiatrist, cautions X-Com to remove Lana and Matt from active duty and to avoid letting Twilight know that X-Com is even thinking of using her powers or knowledge for offensive purposes, lest she go on one of these.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Possibly due to Twilight's poor representation of her, the humans In-Universe are starting to wonder as of chapter 13 if PrincessCadance may be the real biggest potential threat of the three princesses.
  • Sanity Slippage: In-Universe, several of the X-Com members wonder if Vahlen is perhaps going insane — she's been acting strangely, and refusing to see the base psychologist. Fortunately, once she has her Heel Realization, Vahlen gets much better.
  • Science Versus Magic: Averted. Alien technology turns out to be heavily based on melding science with magic, such as the "spell-circuits" (circuitry literally fashioned in the shape of runes and thusly channeling magic instead of electricity) that keep the slave-races obedient.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Lana shot her father dead with a shotgun at the age of He was trying to hurt her mother at the time.
  • Shipper on Deck: Lana has all the subtlety of a wrecking ball when it comes to seeing Matt and Twilight get together, despite claiming she only started the idea to give Twilight something less major to stress over than her current tenuous position.
  • Ship Tease: Quite a bit between Twilight and Matt, dire circumstances and Lana notwithstanding.
  • Shoot the Bullet: In chapter 33 Zhang shoots an alien's rocket while it's still in the launcher.
  • Shout-Out:

    &#;Uha cardboard box and good timing?&#;

    • The Operation: [Blank] naming-generator eventually gave the name "Exploding Face." It's the same name as the operation in the other XCOM crossover XCOM: Equestria Unknown, where a ridiculous name was just the first thing to go wrong with the mission to Equestria.
    • The project names mentioned in chapter 26, while technically drawn from mythology, almost all also appeared in Fate/stay night. The "hit target before the projectile travels" guns from project "Gae Bolg" get the official designation of LANC.
    • One of the interceptor squadrons is Skull Squadron.
    • The beginning of Discord's interrogation in Chapter 31 implies that he's alsoQ.
    • During an exercise Twilight uses portals to redirect baseballs.
    • In chapter 35, Luna is called "Woona".
    • Also in chapter 35, the whole scene with the unused and apparently broken Kaleidoscope being externally activated bears a striking resemblance to similar scenes in Stargate SG1.
    • The last line of chapter "All according to plan."
    • In the epilogue/trailer that is chapter 36, a unicorn is shown killing Exalt troops with flung coins.
    • In Chapter 23, Vahlen notes that the mind control and receiver implants in the aliens' bodies could be combined to assume direct control over them.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In chapter 34, Vahlen gets quite cross with a senior interceptor pilot who gives her lip about Twilight.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: In chapter 20, Lana blows up when Matt and Shen call her out on shipping Matt and Twilight together.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The foundation of the story is the clash between two settings that exist on opposite ends of the scale. Even then, one can see both cynical and idealistic attitudes from the humans in regards Twilight.
    • Dr. Ngo postulates that Cutie Marks are deliberately manipulated by the adults to aid in social engineering, because she can't believe that they really are just abstract representations of natural talents or traits an individual pony has. She also suspects Princess Candance's empathic powers are used to help exert control over the ponies of Equestria, and, in a bit of In-UniverseFridge Horror, wonders just what Twilight's childhood was like growing up as a personal student of the effective queen of her world, with another princess acting as her foalsitter and eventually going out with her brother.
    • Shen postulates that Twilight makes friends so easily because she, passively or actively, projects a mind-influencing aura that induces people to like her and want to trust her. Despite this, he's still quite at ease around her, as he doesn't believe her intentions are hostile — she's trying to make them befriend her because she's in a very scary and threatening situation.
    • Dr. Frank McKendrick, the X-Com psychiatrist, is of the professional opinion that Twilight's "likeability" stems not from any manipulations on her part, but from natural human responses to her attitude/behavior and appearance as a cute, cuddly, furry little animal.
  • Squishy Wizard: Twilight's spells are strong enough to destroy anything that XCOM can throw at her. On the other hand, XCOM doesn't really need much to take down Twilight herself. She was captured because she got hit by an Arc Thrower, and that only works on the aliens when they're nearly dead. Considering that Twilight wasn't hurt in the least when she arrived on Earth, that says something about her physical condition.
  • Stealth Pun: In chapter 35 Discord wears a black t-shirt with the XCOM emblem on it, with the words &#;That&#;s&#; and &#;Baby!&#; before and after the emblem.explanation In other words That's XCOM, baby!
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Celestia apparently has one in the form of an ice-blue alicorn.
  • Super Toughness: In chapter 30, an EXALT trooper takes "a two second full auto burst in the chest" and still tries to get back up. Another one only stumbles after taking both an Arc Grenade and Arc Thrower shot.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: A meta-example, as Arad was always planning to use The Cult of Siriusfrom XCOM: Apocalypse as a faction of Les Collaborateurs working with the aliens. When Enemy Within for XCOM was announced with EXALT playing a similar role that the CoS once did, it only made the author's job easier.
  • Taken for Granite: Used liberally during the XCOM Base Defense courtesy of Twilight against the Ethereals.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: In the bonus "What If?" chapter, Fluttershy uses The Stare on a Chryssalid to force it to bring them to the Ethereal Overlord, who she lectures until it seeks peace with Earth, and then she does the same with the Council of Nations. It's as silly as it sounds.
  • Tele-Frag: In chapter 33 Twilight does this to a Sectopod.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Twilight seriously freaks upon splattering a Chryssalid, even though it was about to rip her apart, and is still shaken up by it in later chapters. In Supplemental Notes 3, Vahlen notes that Twilight absolutely refuses to use her "Crush" ability in the lab tests and instead breaks down and becomes hysterical at the idea. Just how hysterical is revealed in the next chapter.
  • Teleport Spam: In chapter 33, Twilight does a bewildering amount of this, taking down enemies all over XCOM HQ before heading to the surface.
  • They Would Cut You Up: Funnily enough, Twilight is already in the captivity of an organization where this trope is their typical MO. However, the Council has also recommended sending Twilight to another base where only painful experimentation awaits her, which many XCOM personnel recognize as a horrible possibility and seek to prevent it.
  • This Cannot Be!: In chapter 30, this is the Sectoid Commander's reaction to the XCOM troopers having magic/psionics. Justified, in that in the game, it's only after autopsying the Sectoid Commander that psionics even become possible.
  • Time Master: Discord is capable of this, turning a potential bloodbath into a scene of chaos while time was paused. He's even good enough to accelerate time on one specific object, specifically the homing beacon's timer.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Vahlen You have a subject who is quite obviously traumatized and blatantly freaking out at the idea of performing the task you want her to perform. This subject is also literally capable of killing you with a thought. Yet your approach is to continue forcefully pressuring her, driving her deeper and deeper into obvious hysteria, never once considering the fact she just might get so panicked she'll unthinkingly demonstrate her Crush power on you. Congratulations, Vahlen, you're a shoo-in for the Darwin Awards. Fortunately, Vahlen gets better.
    • Lana's teasing Matt over catching him hugging Twilight goes to the point that she puts a pinup portrait of Twilight in Matt's locker. As he promptly reminds her, anything relating to Twilight's existence is highly classified. If her superiors found out about it, Lana could wind up imprisoned or even executed for such an act.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • In chapter 20, Shen's displeasure is demonstrated with a low-key darkening of expression, clenching of the jaw and narrowed eyes, compared to Matt's ranting, growling and gesturing.
    • Bradford in chapter 27 when Lana tries his patience.

    Gone was the mask of sympathy and in its place was the glare that had made Bradford infamous. The one sentence he spoke filled the room more than Lana&#;s shouts even though it wasn&#;t a decibel louder than his usual speaking voice.

  • Translator Microbes: Twilight's translation spell. First used to communicate with the humans, chapter 14 sees X-Com try and use it to converse with a captured Thin Man. Results are less than satisfactory.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: After Lana explains that Dr.s Ngo and Mills would not have put her into Interrogation had they been aware of who she is, and that Vahlen has her reasons for being so forceful about finding out how Twilight Sparkle can do things that defy the world as she understands it, Twilight readily forgives all three. Shen is amazed at Twilight's ability to forgive Vahlen, privately thinking to himself that he wouldn't in her hooves.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Twilight in chapter 33 after aliens kill Kim and Joel and critically wound Vahlen. In Mente Materia chapter 13, we learn that her confirmed kill count is aliens Taken for Granite, with who knows how many more unconfirmed.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Vahlen has one in chapter
  • What If?: A bonus chapter was released where Fluttershy was sent instead of Twilight, where she quickly conquers both Earth and the Aliens with the the power of her Stare and the Magic of Friendship.
  • What Were You Thinking?:
    • Commander Bradford gives one to both Matt, over his choosing to take part in mission Silent Rain despite his having an unknown "spell" cast on him by Twilight Sparkle, and to Vahlen, over her frankly suicidal attempts at intimidating cooperation from Twilight, in chapter
    • Matt gets to give a similar speech to Lana over putting a photo of the highly classified alien lifeform whose existence she is sworn to keep secret under pain of imprisonment and/or death in his locker like a pinup photo.
    • Lana gets one from Matt and Shen alike in chapter 20 when she finally comes clean to them about how she tricked Twilight into thinking Matt has a crush on her.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter Vahlen finally breaks down and admits that Twilight really doesn't seem to have any sinister purposes, even admitting that Project: Stardust is a valuable resource in its own right. And Twilight receives a letter from her homeworld, meaning the Princesses have finally found her.
    • Chapter Lana's "gag" comes out and leads to major strife between the members of Project Stardust. And Twilight has just figured out that Matt is the human who captured her
    • Chapter The Wallflower spell turns out to not work on the cybernetic alien forces, such as Cyberdisks. This results in Lana getting her arm shot off and then dying.
    • Chapter Twilight has agreed to actively help X-Com defeat the alien invaders after learning some important details about how they work. She and Dr. Vahlen have discovered she can create "spell-circuits" using Elerium that will allow others to artificially replicate magic. Discord reveals he can see everything that's happening on Earth and reach out to its inhabitants at any time he wants which he uses to bring Lana back to life.
    • Chapter People are going to start developing psionic powers like wildfire because of Twilight's presence; the more people who "awaken", the faster it'll happen and the wider it will spread. Also, Twilight has been made known to the other Strike team leaders, who originally weren't in the know.
    • Chapter What appears to be the Equestrian star system has been found. EXALT has slipped infiltrators into XCOM HQ and the aliens are beginning their attack on the base.
    • Chapter The aliens attack XCOM HQ. Kim and Joel are dead, Vahlen is critically wounded, Twilight goes into an Unstoppable Rage and wipes out most of the invaders only to be overpowered by the Overseer Ethereal and shot by a human.
    • Chapter Twilight isn't getting better, so XCOM builds the "Kaleidoscope" to send her back to Equestria, only to be attacked by Luna and some guards and barely saved by Discord.
    • Chapter War has come to Equestria, and the ponies are losing badly. The Ethereals have begun assimilating them in a similar manner that they did with Exalt. X-COM soldiers are beginning to display more and more extreme abilities, and the Council has decided to aid the Equestrians.
  • Wham Line:
    • Pinkie Pie's one-line letter to Twilight in Chapter

      Pinkie Pie: "Elerium!"

    • The end of chapter

      Bradford: "Ladies and gentlemen, we have located the planet-side base of operations for the invaders."

  • With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Twilight's attitude towards some of her more extreme magic, like transmogrifying living beings or the Want-It, Need-It spell. She will not hear of performing such magic for X-Com, citing it as too dangerous.
  • Woolseyism: In-Universe; Twilight's translation spell works like this: Providing the best possible translation for whatever word she's saying to whomever she's speaking to.
  • Word Salad Title: Hilariously, the story offers an explanation for the ridiculous names missions can be generated with in XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Turns out they have a machine that just randomly matches words together.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Twilight effortlessly crushes a Chryssalid and is then taken down anti-climatically with one Arc Thrower shot.
      • Worf Had the Flu: In-Universe, it's noted that the soldier who captured Twilight had the luck of taking her by surprise, and her telekinetic powers means that an attempt to take her down when she's not stunned, confused, and terrified would not be so easy. As chapter 33 proves. In spades.
    • In chapter 33 the Overseer Ethereal demonstrates its power by psionically immobilising Twilight with two words after the latter had run roughshod over its minions.
    • In the same chapter, after petrifying most of the invasion force, splattering a mechanoid with a vault door, and shooting down a scout and a battleship by ramming them into each other, Twilight is taken down by a single pistol shot from a terrified fighter pilot.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Establishing Character Moment of the Muton Berserker in chapter 28 is it using a child as a human shield.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In canon XCOM or some other thematically similar work like SCP Foundation, Vahlen's belief that the cute, powerful animal is out to eat your face would be right and the paranoid approach to it would indeed be appropriate. In Stardust? Not so much.
  • X-Ray Vision: In chapter 29 it seems Zhang is developing this power.

    Fortitude Amicitia 

Fortitude Amicitia contains examples of:

  • Ascended Fridge Horror: In chapter 31 of Stardust, Celestia asks why Discord doesn't "release her", clearly implying that he has sealed off some of her powers, so that she can protect her ponies from the oncoming invasion. Discord refuses, because she would end up falling into her own corrupt rendition of Order, which would result in her petrifying every living thing in Equestria, complete with showing a corrupted Celestia atop a pedestal of petrified ponies and surrounded by dozens more for emphasis. In the very first chapter of Fortitude Amicitia, reference is made to discovering prison-vaults filled with tens of thousands of petrified ponies, petrified for the most minor of crimes by a "Queen Solaria". Upon the discovery, Celestia immediately cancelled the expedition and arranged for the professors to forget about it in exchange for comfortable jobs. The reason why? "Past sins should stay buried and forgotten", as she puts it. So, the implication is pretty clear that Discord sealed Celestia's power and won't unseal it because she has been an Order-mad tyrant in the past when she had full access to it.
  • Canis Latinicus: A minor case. The title should read Fortitudo Amicitia, which means Strength from friendship. Fortitude is an English word.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Chapter 1 mentions that before the Unicorn Council that itself preceded Celestia there was a Queen Solaria who petrified ponies just for gazing on her without permission. Implied to be a pre-Discording Celestia, particularly if one remembers the conversation she and Discord had in Stardust chapter
  • Humans Advance Swiftly: This attitude is expressed by the Dusk Guard in chapter 1.
  • In the Back: In chapter 4 a stealth Muton literally backstabs Yuri.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Abounds for The Dusk Guard Saga.
  • Politically Correct History: A team of archaeologists discovers ruins of Solaria's castle. Celestia shuts the whole thing down, citing unwillingness to dig up past sins.
  • Sequel Hook: At the end someone reports to Vide about the ponies.
  • Shout-Out: In chapter 5 the XCOM-Dusk Guard squad hear a radio transmission involving Sky Eye, Mobius, Pixy and Papa Gator.
  • Wrench Whack: In chapter 4 Sky Bolt throws one at a stealth Muton.


First Published: April 28th

Broken contains examples of:

  • Breaking Speech: One of the effects of the Overseer Ethereal's Curb-Stomp Battle against Twilight is that she's hallucinating it doling these out.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Fluttershy delivers a speech to this effect when Twilight breaks down in front of her and the rest of the Mane Cast.
  • Heroic RRoD: This seems to be one of the effects of Twilight's rampage during the base assault in Stardust. She doesn't have enough magic power left to even pick up cleaning supplies.
  • Interquel: Takes place in the Time Skip from Stardust's Second Contact chapter.
  • One-Word Title
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Twilight's reaction when she fails to execute a teleport back to Earth.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Twilight is this so much, it's terrifying.
  • You Were Trying Too Hard: Celestia and Luna grant Twilight her ascension to alicorn after the latter realises this of herself.

     Mente Materia 

First Published: May 11th

Mente Materia contains examples of:

  • A Glass in the Hand: Lana does this in chapter 9 when Applejack accidentally brings up her father.
  • Adaptive Ability: Toys can, if their core is not destroyed, learn from the enemies they encounter and adopt their abilities and tactics.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: It's implied in chapter 19 that the minotaurs had this problem.
  • Alliterative Title
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Alvar's old clutchmates now treat him far differently thanks to his new status as High Talon, which greatly annoys him.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In chapter 7 Matt loses his left hand to the PSI gauntlet overloading.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: In chapter 16 we learn that Victor was offered this after he was captured for shooting Twilight back in Stardust: Be offered as a sacrifice to the Equestrians should they come hungry for vengeance, take a proffered syringe and be reported KIA, or join XCOM.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • Not content with the banishment instituted by Celestia (see Cruel Mercy below), Discord adds his own bit of horrifying: He lets the invaders' bodies burn on the Sun's surface. The original spell then restores them, only for the process to start again.
    • In chapter 10, there is In-Universe speculation that Floaters are subject to this, from how they are occasionally seen tugging at their implants.
  • Anti-Magic: In chapter 17 EXALT use magic-disabling "Jammer" grenades. In chapter 18 we learn they also have portable structure-sized "Equalizers".
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: Griffon weapons have some sort of enchantment that lets them go right through alien armour despite their medieval appearance. The Council is understandably interested.
  • Ascended Extra: Victor Spiegel only appeared in Stardust as the panicking fighter pilot who shot Twilight by accident in chapter 33; here, he has been upgraded into the main cast and is XCOM's only teleporter.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking:
    • Celestia and Luna utterly destroy the aliens attacking in chapter 2.
    • In chapter 4 we see Shining Armor do his thing in a training exercise against Matt's squad. The latter pull all their magic tricks and still barely manage to avoid a Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • In chapter 4 we learn that XCOM's encounters with Ethereals tend to go poorly, with their first encounter resulting in a Total Party Kill. It thus surprises them to see Celestia taking on one, along with its commanded army, with ease.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Applejack does this for Spike and the Cutie Mark Crusaders in chapter 7. Lana does this for her shortly afterwards.
    • In chapter 11 Victor, Fluttershy and Zecora are about to be overrun by a lot of Chryssalids when Twilight teleports in and teleports them out.
    • In chapter 17 three MEC troopers save Shining and Twilight from mutons.
  • The Berserker: The Floaters are described as blindly charging into battle, and shooting at any targets of opportunity, be they civilian or military, completely disregarding their own safety.
  • Bling of War: Invoked in chapter XCOM paints its armour white and gold in order to distinguish themselves from the black-clad EXALT.
  • Body Horror: In chapter 27 a Meld-enhanced EXALT trooper is seen up close. His skin is deathly pale and he has bulging, unhealthy-looking veins.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: In chapter 7 it turns out that Titan armor, plasma weapons, and psi amps aren't working right in Equestria, forcing most of XCOM to temporarily go back to Kevlar vests and laser weapons.
  • Brought Down to Badass:
    • Earth ponies and pegasi have almost no access to their magical talents on Earth, though their strength and speed remain intact.
    • In chapter 7 the XCOM volunteers to Equestria are forced to deploy without access to Titan armour, plasma weapons, or magic. They are still quite effective.
  • Call-Back:
    • XCOM's current laser weapons are noted to be sleeker than the old models. Looks like Dr. Shen made good on his vow back in Stardust.
    • In Stardust chapter 31, it was said that Elerium/Arcanite addiction was responsible for Luna going Nightmare. In chapter 7, it turns out it's making Matt loony too. In chapter 8, it's speculated that it may have been responsible for making Sombra nuts too.
    • In chapter 7 Matt becomes the newest XCOM member to lose an arm.
  • Canada, Eh?: Mentioned in chapter

    Others, on the other hand, are held to be so uniformly polite that they&#;ve become a sort of legend among humans (NOTE: see file CANADA).

  • Close-Range Combatant: Earth ponies' strength in melee enables them to fill the gap in human capabilities that the aliens exploit with units like Muton Berserkers. EXALT is entirely aware of this and advises its operatives against close combat with them. That said, engaging Berserkers in melee is still advised against for most earth ponies. Minotaur on the other hand are indeed strong enough to face berserkers in direct combat.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Chapter 22 reveals that Tirek has thrown his lot in with the aliens.
  • Could Say It, But Lana gets revenge for volunteering her to spend time with Rarity by implying that Matt and Twilight had a relationship back on Earth.
  • Cruel Mercy: Banishment to the sun is an And I Must Scream situation where the victims' bodies are kept in suspended animation but their minds are left free to think.
  • Day in the Limelight: Chapter 11 is focused around the perspective of Victor Spiegel.
  • Deadly Euphemism: In chapter 27, an EXALT assassin says &#;In just a little bit, she won&#;t feel a thing".
  • Death from Above:
    • The pegasi Dive Strike.
    • In chapter 27 we see EXALT-operated helicopters.
  • Death Notification: Much of chapter 28 is taken up by one of these.
  • Destructive Saviour: As we learn in chapter 8, Matt's antics caused much of the property damage in the hamlet XCOM was supposed to save.
  • Double Standard: In-Universe in chapter 16 with the CMC. When Cadance asks them how they would interpret Twilight's behaviour if it was due to Big Mac, they correctly diagnose it as love, but because it's being brought about by Matt, they think it's due to Mind Control.
  • Downer Beginning: The first proper chapter - that is to say, the second one - has a major alien attack on various Equestrian cities, including an Ethereal personally going after Twilight.
  • The Dreaded: An Ethereal's threat level: DO NOT ENGAGE.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Inadvertently done in chapter 7 when the XCOM volunteers to Equestria are forced to deploy in Kevlar. "Armored vests over dress shirts and slacks? All we'd need is a dash of orange and we'd look like&#;"
  • Eaten Alive: Discord eats a Muton Berserker whole in chapter two.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Discord, full stop. It was shown in Stardust, but becomes even more prominent in Mente Materia, with him eating a Muton Berserker (and half the street with him) in Chapter 2, and doing an Alucard-worthy multiple-eyes-stare to get information out of a guard in Chapter 3.
  • Embarrassing First Name: In chapter 3, we learn that "Lana" is actually short for Elaine.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: According to the CMC, Twilight nursing Matt and turning red while looking at him obviously means that she's been brainwashed!
  • Everything's Worse with Bears: Not just bears, Chryssalid-infected bears!
  • Evil Counterpart: As in canon, the Mutons are described as "a dark twin to the humans".
  • Evil Laugh: Matt does this in chapter 7 as he's cleaning house with the aliens. In chapter 8, a Council member says that "that laughter will haunt me to my grave."
  • Exact Words:
    • Twilight was forced to order Lyra to stop sneaking into XCOM's compound to stalk the humans. She didn't say anything about outside of it, though
    • In chapter 24, Matt tells Shining that "the princess requires your presence at the Vault of the Sun." He didn't say which princess
  • Facepalm: Alvar can't help but do this after his bodyguard constantly keeps tilting his head in response to everything.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Despite checking Zecora's hut, they fail to notice her the first time. Given her injuries, she likely hid from them.
    • The CMC hide in a room to evade XCOM personnel after trespassing into their labs and utterly fail to notice the pile of dead pony corpses left by alien infiltrators in the corner.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Most people would likely not take a threat called 'Toys' from a place or object literally referred to as 'the Toybox' particularly seriously. They'd be wrong — these things gave their inventors enough trouble that decades later the latter still freak out when encountering their first MEC troopers (mistakenly thinking that humans invented the same disastrous technology), and now they're back and integrated into the aliens' army.
  • Foreshadowing: In hindsight, Equestrians having limited access to magic on Earth should have warned us that Humans would have the opposite problem in Equestria
  • Framing Device: The story seems to be being narrated by a pony guard to a human tourist boy.
  • Got Volunteered: Lana and Finch are used this way so Matt can get away from Rarity.
  • Grenade Hot Potato: In chapter 17, Alvar's myrmidon catches a Cyberdisc grenade and returns it to sender.
  • Hanlon's Razor: Discussed by Luna in chapter

    When somepony does something that hurts you, it&#;s frightfully easy to assume their actions were deliberate and intended to cause the pain you suffer. I will not try and argue that there are some that harm others deliberately, but it&#;s just as likely that their actions were unintentional and not meant to have the effect that they did.

  • Hearing Voices: Matt keeps hearing someone(thing?) say "Kill them all" in his head in chapter 7, but mistakes it for radio chatter.
  • Heel Realization: At the start of chapter 28, Senator Goleman gives a speech in which he admits he'd been wrong about XCOM and the Equestrians.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Watcher dies to give Victor and Fluttershy time to escape.
  • Honor Before Reason: Despite the impending danger, Alvar prioritizes getting a poisoned Zhang to the healers before his own evacuation because Zhang took a hit that was meant for him.
  • Hope Spot: In chapter 27 Pinkie spots the entrance to an underground tunnel that she thinks might be a way to escape, only to find it collapsed.
  • Humans Through Alien Eyes:
    • Some of the Fictional Documents report on mankind through pony perspectives. The general consensus is that mankind is a curious contradiction, appallingly disharmonious and self-centred by pony standards, simultaneously capable of great good and evil, and not to be taken lightly.
    • In chapter 16 Alvar and Shaojie discuss the differences in warfare between humans and griffons. Alvar can't understand human disdain for fair fights or the refusal of the defeated to submit to the victor.
  • I Am the Noun:
    • Senator Goleman shouts "I am the state!" in chapter 3 when the one speaking to him talks about state secrets, to which the other calmly dismisses the outburst.
    • Played for Laughs with Twilight in chapter &#;I&#;m a princess! I am the rules!&#;
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Alvar wishes he could participate in the training exercise, but can't due to his new status and being alienated by his peers.
  • Idiot Ball: Fluttershy gets handed one in Chapter Not only does she dash off without her protective security detail, later on she even ignores orders and blocks Victor from shooting a zombie-chryssalid bear it despite being warned beforehand on what to do.
  • In-Series Nickname: In chapter 19 Chrysalis calls Ethereals "Empty Ones".
  • Instant Armor: Luna demonstrates this in chapter two.
  • Internal Reveal: XCOM only learns about the alien attack on Equestria two days (and chapters) after the fact.
  • Kick the Dog: In-Universe, Victor certainly feels this way after being rude to Fluttershy.
  • Kill It with Fire: In chapter 12 we learn that the Everfree Forest was sanitised with fire magic and lightning after the events of the previous chapter.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Matt finally gets to turn the tables regarding Lana's teasing of his relationship with Twilight by using her apparent connection to Firecracker.
  • Leave Him to Me: In chapter 18 recovered EXALT documents indicate Vide ordered other EXALT operatives to avoid contact with Matt and Lana so he can deal with them himself.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Fluttershy rushes headlong into the depths of the Everfree, so desperate to help possible survivors that she abandons her own protective detail in the process in a war zone.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: In chapter 17, we see minotaurs carrying shields tough enough to absorb plasma shots.
  • Magitek: In chapter 17, we see the Stardustverse version of the Kinetic Strike Module in action. Twilight recognises it as based on a spell she had given XCOM months ago.
  • Make an Example of Them: Discussed in chapter 18 by EXALT as a means of reducing Equestrian morale.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: At the end of chapter 16, Luna uses the Royal Canterlot Voice to stun six Seekers trying to sneak up on her and Victor.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Alvar's response to the ideas surrounding his bodyguard? "Yes."
  • Medieval Stasis: As learned in chapter 5, almost all traditional pony military tactics are seriously outdated by human standards, including use of phalanxes.
  • Mercy Kill: Victor considers this option to spare himself, Zecora, and Fluttershy from being impregnated by Chryssalids, but is saved from this decision thanks to Twilight appearing.
  • Metaphorically True: Victor didn't exactly know Twilight while she was on Earth in response to Fluttershy's question, but he DID shoot her!
  • Mind over Manners: Discussed in chapter 5, where it's said that the aliens' use of mind magic offensively is considered horrible and such abilities have been illegal in Equestria since its founding.
  • The Mole: In chapter 27, EXALT operatives disguised as a XCOM doctor and guard assassinate Lana and Major Fujikawa.
  • More Hero Than Thou: In chapter 24, we learn that Cadance ordered her guards to cover retreating civilians while she fought aliens.
  • Mundangerous: In chapter 27, Vide reveals that he had made an attempt to abduct Matt and Lana earlier, but the EXALT operatives assigned got stuck in traffic and missed.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In chapter 3, one of the shell companies hiding XCOM is a PMC led by Otto X/Zander.
    • In chapter 4, the characters mention rescuing Peter van Doorn.
    • In chapter 6, Annette Durand is mentioned as one of the XCOM members going to help Equestria.
    • In chapter 7, the pegasus chariot pilot who serves as reconnaissance during the Ponyville intervention is named Big Sky.
    • Chapter 11 is an adapted-for-Equestria version of Site Recon.
    • In chapter 22, Night Light tells Matt that it took two years and a wedding invitation for Twilight to tell her friends about her brother.
  • Necessary Drawback: The ponies' normal armour is useless against plasma. The replacement, involving suits made of dragon scales enhanced with heat shielding spells, is inferior against conventional damage because it lacks the hardened plate needed.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: In chapter 25, a changeling comes to the realisation that humans, too, "wouldn&#;t appreciate someone confronting them about who they really are, either."
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Victor's group doesn't run into anything for a while upon entering the Everfree. After learning about all of the normal dangers not including the Ethereals, Victor is understandably on edge.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Twilight thanks Victor for saving her friends, making him feel even worse about shooting her in Stardust.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Matt's reaction in chapter 3 to seeing Shining Armor on TV.
    • Victor's reaction in chapter 11 when a Chryssalid emerges from a bear.
    • Victor loses it again in chapter 16 when Princess Luna confronts him over his nightmares about accidentally shooting Twilight.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • In chapter 16 Alvar's normally silent, head-tilting Myrmidon bodyguard shoots him a Death Glare when he starts going into detail about Myrmidons.
    • In chapter 26 Pinkie is completely devoid of her usual cheer when asked if she really understands the import and danger of what she's volunteering for. Lana is also notably lacking in cheer.
  • Parrying Bullets: In chapter 4, Shining Armor uses blades to deflect bullets. Fired on full auto. Without even looking at the shooter.He's actually using magic to detect the rounds coming in so he knows where to move the blades.
  • Person of Mass Destruction:
    • Celestia and Luna amply demonstrate their sheer power in the second chapter. Luna destroys a Battleship with five magic beams in under a second and destroys its escorts with even greater ease, while Celestia shuts down a small alien army and teleports away whole alien spacecraft while toying with an Ethereal and casually No Selling its attacks.
    • The Ethereals can singlehandedly down airships and lay waste to whole platoons.
  • Prince Charming Wannabe: Firecracker never misses a chance to try and flirt with Lana. She finds it annoying.
  • Properly Paranoid: given that Equestria is being invaded by the Ethereals, Victor's wish to be prepared for trouble is completely justified.
  • Rage Breaking Point: In chapter 19, Chrysalis taking on Twilight's appearance in an attempt to manipulate Matt is what causes him to boil with Tranquil Fury and decide to refuse the changelings' proposal of an alliance.
  • Ranger: They are mentioned to exist in chapter 18, not a formal branch of the Equestrian military, but rather "an informal group of survivalists, retired and ex-soldiers, and various skilled individuals that endeavor to make wild regions like the &#;Badlands&#; safe for others."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In chapter 3, Shining Armor delivers one to an unruly politician.
  • Required Secondary Powers:
    • Matt's Super Reflexes don't come with a boost to his physical speed, meaning he can see things happen but can't always physically respond to them in time. He can activate his magic though.
    • In chapter 27, a concussive weapon appears that can't penetrate Titan armour, but the force pulps the wearer nevertheless.
  • Restraining Bolt: Discord's curse prevents Celestia from physically harming any living being, which proves a hindrance even as she tries to bypass its limitations with spells that are only indirectly lethal.
  • Rock Beats Laser: Humans certainly demonstrated this early on as they used primitive guns against plasma weapons, taken to a whole new level by zebras (most likely Sabra of the Dusk Guard) beating Mutons with a simple staff.
  • Sarcasm Failure: In chapter 7, Lana is so taken aback by Twilight's situation that she can't bring herself to make a wisecrack.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: In chapter 11, Watcher can pick out details on their quarry that Victor can't with low light-amplification gear.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Through rampant abuse of the Wallflower spell, Lana can do this with ease.
  • Stepford Smiler: Applejack has Lana pegged as one of these.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In chapter 18 it's revealed that some EXALT operatives are starting to question their orders.
  • They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: In chapter 3, Senator Goleman disrespects Bradford by deliberately refusing to call him Commander.
  • This Is Reality: In chapter

    Spike: "Girls, don't you think this whole situation sounds a little too much like a comic book?"

  • Tinfoil Hat: Lana jokes to the Cutie Mark Crusaders that the only way to block the 'X Organization's' mind control is to use these. Naturally, the CMC fall for it.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • Celestia's response to seeing Twilight hurt in the second chapter.
    • Shining Armor's state in chapter 24 after the news of Cadance's death.
  • Underestimating Badassery: In chapter 18 recovered EXALT documents reveal that Vide sees little threat from the changelings, griffons and minotaurs, to the point of not even including a detailed assessment of their capabilities or recommended countermeasures.
  • Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: Played with. The minotaurs intended to test a new cannon when an Ethereal ship appeared, the cannon was used immediately and it counted as being tested when the ship was destroyed.
  • The Unreveal: In chapter 27, Firecracker is about to get Lana to spill the beans on a previous romantic relationship when Fujikawa inadvertently interrupts.
  • Walking Armory: The Myrmidon guarding Alvar has an absurd amount of weaponry on his person.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Watcher is introduced as a badass spear user, but is killed off in the same chapter he appears.
  • Wham Episode: Plenty, but Chapter 7 and Chapter 12 especially deserve a mention.
    • Chapter 7 features the aliens&#; attack on Ponyville. Rainbow Dash and Applejack are both injured in the attack, and XCOM learns that their Elerium-based tech overloads in the magic-rich environment of Equestria &#; a development which is demonstrated most spectacularly when Matt suddenly goes nuts and starts killing everything in sight while laughing maniacally.
    • In Chapter 12, we learn that Gryphos, home of the Griffons and one of the strongest military nations on Equestria, has been thoroughly routed by the Ethereals. The new High Talon, Alvar, rose to his position despite his young age by virtue of being the only surviving member of the royal line.
    • In Chapter 15, we get confirmation that EXALT is in operation in Equestria, and Princess Luna knows about them.
    • In Chapter 16, Thin Men (Thin Ponies?) attempt to assassinate Alvar and Seekers are attacking Canterlot.
    • In chapter 19, Chrysalis reveals that the changelings have gotten into the game, though not all of them are aligned with Chrysalis.
    • Chapter Twilight learns that Victor Spiegel was the one who shot her.
    • Chapter The title of the chapter is Pyrrhic. Applewood is saved and EXALT suffers major losses in manpower and equipment. However, Pinkie was badly wounded and her ultimate fate is unknown, Matt was badly wounded by Vide during the operation, and EXALT assassins kill Lana and Major Fujikawa.
  • Wham Line:

    "We will be watching."explanation Not because of what it's saying, but who's saying it (an Equus native of currently indeterminate species) and being spoken in English rather than an Equus language.

    "All of the Talons are dead. I am High Talon now, and I've come to beg asylum for any of my people that escape Gryphos."

    A centaur has been leading their efforts to hunt us down, and I dare not face him directly. I struggle to write these words, but by the time you finish this letter, I will likely be dead.

    The anger melted away as Asterion stared up at the image of the metal mimic that had taken a minotaur&#;s form. &#;They're&#; they're Toys from the Toybox.&#;

  • Whole Plot Reference: Chapter 36 is Things XCOM Operatives Are No Longer Allowed to Do, "Foreign Deployment Edition".
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: In chapter 7, Equestria's much stronger magic field combined with an Elerium/Arcanite amplifier raises Matt's magical power to amazing levels, but also renders him unhinged. As pointed out in chapter 8, neither Lana nor the MEC troopers were affected as badly (for reasons yet unknown). In chapter 12 we learn that the former is due to Elerium causing the user to draw more magic than their brain can safely handle under Equestrian conditions, though no explanation is yet known for the latter.
    • Also implied to be have previously been the cause of Luna going Nightmare Moon.
  • Wolverine Claws: Pegasi and zebras use these.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: In Chapter 15 an EXALT operative who had previously shot a grown mare deliberately ignores the foals hiding under a nearby bed, though the jury is still out on whether this is due to morals or some Evil Plan.
  • You Do Not Want To Know: Twilight's admonishment in chapter 13 when Applejack asks about Chryssalids.

My Little Pony en español 🦄 Rarity - 1 hora RECOPILACIÓN - La Magia de la Amistad

Isolated from her friends and taken prisoner in the middle of a war, Twilight must deal with the very real dangers of being percieved as an enemy as well as the nightmares of her arrival on 'Earth'. Can she overcome her own fears and the fears of her captors? Will the wayward unicorn's assistance be a boon or a curse to the 'humans?' Most importantly, will she ever find her way home?

"In short, it's a story of friendship and plasma rifles, with the emphasis on the friendship. The characters are well written, the XCOM setting is fleshed out very well, and the story is compelling. If you love XCOM, you'll love the story, but even if you've never heard of it, it's more than worth giving the first 3 chapters a read.

There's excellent action later on, but the real strength lies in the collision between the friendly and naive world of Twilight Sparkle and the desperate world of humans fighting a losing war for survival and willing to do anything to turn the tide."


(XCOM/FiM crossover)
(Cover art commissioned by a friend and created by the magnificent FoxInShadow!)
(Original cover art by the amazing Carnelian can be viewed here!)
(Gore tag for blood and some violence)
(Many thanks to the studius OminousTen, Arzoo, xXFluttershyForeverXx and finally Setokaiva for giving my rambles a once-over)
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"This blue pegasus is always ready for action! Whether it's saving her friends and her cousin, Fluttershy, or if she's all alone, Stardust will always be as sweet as can be! She always loves a good story and to draw and write. She is Luna's faithful student and writes to her every week. If you meet this flying pony, she will never leave your side!

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