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  • Bile Fascination: One reason why it's so popular.
  • Canon Defilement: So, so much.
  • Complete Monster: With Pinkie Pie, it's debatable, as she is murderous but deluded and not intentionally sadistic, since she genuinely thinks this is fun for her victims. Apple Bloom, less so. On the one hoof, you could think that she may have been talked into the pony-cupcake making by Pinkie Pie, and that she wanted to get revenge on Silver Spoon. On the other hoof, some sequels depict how her special talent turns out to be being a professional murderer. For the point home, she is not deluded by insanity like Pinkie, and still enjoys every minute of it.
  • Crossing the Line Twice / Refuge in Audacity: If your stomach is strong enough, this fanfic looks so over-the-top it’s pretty hillarious, especially when Pinkie Pie starts making morbid jokes.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: One episode of the actual show involves Pinkie Pie having a psychotic break and being in a room alone with Rainbow Dash.
    • Naturally, this one ('Party of One') is relied on for the trailer.
    • "Green Isn't Your Color" becomes...unsettling after reading this fanfic. The creepy stalkerish thing is bad enough, but she also threatens Twilight Sparkle by taking a bite out of an apple. And shortly afterwards we're treated to a closeup shot of cupcakes. Brrrr.
  • High Octane Nightmare Fuel: It starts out quietly, but when the Gorn hits, it freaking hits.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Albeit moreso in a Gallows Humor sense, this video was made two years before Cupcakes was ever written. People have seem to take notice in the comments.
    • There's a Pony named Cupcake, who loves Cupcakes, in the toy line. She's one of the older Ponies, if not the oldest to be in every generation.
      • Not to mention that Mrs. Cake's first name is "Cup"
    • There's also this scene from 'Call of the Cutie' where Applebloom warns Scootaloo not to eat a cupcake. It helps that the cupcake itself is the same color as Rainbow Dash.
    • You know it's implied that Pinkie turned Luna into cupcakes? Well, even though she was pretending, we saw how scared of her Pinkie could be.
  • Internet Backdraft: Just the simple mention of this fic in some parts of the fandom can cause enough bile to fill ten olympic-sized swimming pools. Bonus points if you say you like/dislike this fic for any reason.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: of a sort. Sargesprinkles, the author, appreciates all the fanart, AU's, and general publicity, but would prefer some attention for his non-grimdark and more respectable works. Since his name is almost always associated with his infamous fanfic, it's not likely.
  • Memetic Mutation: The fanfiction was so notorious within the fandom that it even got its own confirmed KYM article.
    • The mental imagery caused by the basic premise of the plot itself, the shocked/disgusted/horrified reactions to the fanfiction being spread around by fainthearted readers (or at least those who have heard of it but haven't read it yet due to fear of being scarred and traumatized for life) across the Internet and the various fan arts it gained had made the fanfiction appear much worse than it actually is.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Take a wild guess. The premise is morbid enough that it may taint one's perspective of the real Pinkie Pie.
  • Narm: Besides Pinkie's happy-go-lucky outlook throughout the story, there are several spelling and grammar mistakes as well (A revised edition is included in the link provided on the main page).
  • Nausea Fuel: Do not read this fic if you've eaten or are planning to eat anything today.
  • Never Live It Down: It seems that Sargesprinkles will forever be associated with this fanfic
  • Ron the Death Eater: Take a character who is not only a hero, but a nice character overall, though somewhat bubbly, and make her the extreme opposite, though still technically who she is, just insane, and bam, you've got Pinkie in this fic.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Has actually been evoked when comparing this fic to later grimdark fics.
  • Squick: All of it, but most DEFINITELY The part where Pinkie Pie SQUEEZES RAINBOW DASH'S INTESTINES TO GET RID OF THE FECAL MATTER INSIDE THEM!!!. Oh and Rainbow also pisses herself twice.
    • How could you mention that without mentioning the fact that Pinkie FLOSSES HER OWN TEETH with said intestines!?
  • The Woobie: You really can't help but feel horrible for poor Rainbow Dash.
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