Story: A Study In Rainbows (Updated Story 2, Chapter 7)

[Crossover] If anyone has a better Sherlock Holmes crossover pic let me know! All I can find it Fluttershy in a hat. 


Author: Thanqol

Description: Returning from Zebrica, Rainbow Dash finds her lot cast in with the brilliant and eccentric detective, Rarity, as they unravel a crime most foul.

Starring Rainbow Dash as Watson, Rarity as Holmes and Fluttershy as Lestrade.

A Study In Rainbows Chapter 1: Miss Rarity
A Study in Rainbows Chapter 2: The Art of the Dress
A Study in Rainbows Chapter 3: The Murdered Mustache Mystery
A Study in Rainbows Chapter 4: A Point Becomes a Line 
A Study in Rainbows Chapter 5: A Justification for Fashion
A Study in Rainbows Chapter 6: The Truth 
A Study in Rainbows Chapter 7: Reichenbach Falls  

Additional Tags: Mystery, humour, fashion and crime!

Story 2 After the Break!

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93 Responses to Story: A Study In Rainbows (Updated Story 2, Chapter 7)

  1. Chris says:

    Well, all I can tell you is that its good so far. I hope you will continue it.btw, Spike should of been Watson. Not only would a Rarity/Spike partnership already seem canon, but Spike could of twirled his devilous mustache of his…

  2. Display Name says:

    "all I've got is Fluttershy in a hat"…Why does this feel like it could become a sub-meme?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanqol?Time to get reading.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic job, keep up the good work!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Oh how indeed this fun and unique fanfiction drives our imaginations wild. I quite like how you've made this so! I do hope you continue this soon Thanqol!

  6. Batty Gloom says:

    Oh lord, this is awesome! I was skeptical at first but once again I'm reminded that crossovers that simply add the element of one story into another are usually great works of fun parody.Love how the story is written in a slightly pre-modern fashion.

  7. x()~ says:

    I tried to do a Twilight/Spike version. Couldn't hold it in Doyle's style though for long.I'm glad someone could do it this well.x()~

  8. Anonymous says:

    I must say the dialogue in this story is fantastic. The tone and accent just about fits the original Holmes novels, but the out of place modern slang sprinkled here and there just makes it all hilarious.

  9. Anonymous says:

    OMIGOSH! When I saw this, I just thought it would be steryotypical like Holmes, but no this is truly the way of Conan Doyles stories, except ponified. Thanqol, I am sorry I underestimated you. I thought I was the only MLP:FIM fan who read the original SH books. It seems I am not. Keep up the great work.

  10. Anonymous says:

    All I got is that Pinkie Pie reminded me of something…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13YlEPwOfmk

  11. MetBoy says:

    This is extremely interesting! It's not just a translation of the original into MLP terms, it also remains true to the characters taking the roles. After my first read-through I hunted down the original so I could look at them side-by-side.For those interested, A Study In Scarlet can be found at: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/244

  12. Okay, this is the very definition of an unexpected delight! The mix of Doyle's style and MLP is amazingly smooth, with just enough modernity and meta mixed in – that exchange about musical montages made me laugh like a hyena!Really good, overall, and I'm keen to see the rest of it!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I am absolutely loving this series. I liked Sherlock already, of course, but there's enough originality and humor in this to keep me coming back. Definitely will keep watching this oen.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I love Sherlock Holmes and ponies, and I laffed quite a few times at this mashup.

  15. Phoe says:

    All of my love and all of my heart, Thanqol, for continuing to slip advanced copies of every chapter under my e-door. I shall treasure these rough drafts as I treasure my collection of stuffed kitty cats.

  16. Anonymous says:

    For those more familiar with Sherlock Holmes and mysteries in general, has anyone figured out the culprit and motivation yet?

  17. T.O. Brony says:

    A reference to THAT story and a shout out for ED? BEST. FANFIC. EVER!I really like this one!

  18. Jetfire says:

    This is FANTASTIC. I confess that at first I thought you were copying sections of A Study In Scarlet, but this is all original, and all fantastic. You echo Conan Doyle's style very well, while still keeping it ponified.Rarity makes a fantastic Holmes- that was a truly inspired choice.

  19. Thanqol says:

    Thanks everypony for the praise; this was an absolute blast to write. Finished! Done! Complete!All I hope is that my next project is half as fun to do as this one 😀

  20. Raz_Fox says:

    This story is an absolute travesty, an insult to Doyle's fantastic works of fiction, and a disgrace to the eyes. Sir, you should feel okay I can't keep a straight face anymore this was awesome soul bro.Rainbow Dash's narration was spot-on, everypony felt in-character, and the twist at the end made me laugh so hard. So. Hard. You have no idea how hard.5/5 Would Read Works By Soul Bro Again

  21. T.O. Brony says:

    An excellent conclusion and I'd like to say I wouldn't mind seeing another one like this!

  22. Escher says:

    I've only just started the story and I'm already fascinated. I do wonder if the mixture of formal period language with occasional slang vocabulary ("If she proves as insufferable as you imply, it should be easy to ditch her!") is accidental or intentional "Sophisticated As Hell" humor.

  23. Just finished reading this, and if anything the story just got better as it progressed – including the hilarious final twist!Excellent work, Thanquol!

  24. mbulsht says:

    oh god the ironic mixture of modern pop culture and dry classic literature has left me laughing so hard. Absolutely well done!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Oh, Christ, there's even a Portal 2 reference… This fic really does have it all…Wonderful stuff, and here's hoping for a sequel in which, with Spike foiled, Rarity does indeed find herself having to solve a petty glowing dog mystery. Fluttershy should like that at least.

  26. Escher says:

    Excellent and hilarious story. I was very pleased when you departed from the source text (chapter 3 I believe?) entirely; for a bit there it was amusing but worryingly derivative. I have seen entirely too many crossovers that boil down to replacing one character's name with another and throwing in occasional references. But happily you broke out of that and produced something original and fun!

  27. Anonymous says:

    RuBrony at Deviantart has a Derpy Holmes image….

  28. Batty Gloom says:

    Awesome. That's all I can honestly say. If you ever get the idea to do a sequel…go for it.

  29. Anonymous says:

    One of the best ( if not the best) crossover story I read in here…I had to wash my monitor off orange juice after mashy spike plate reference.5 well deserved stars.

  30. Chris says:

    I cannot give this enough stars. It stays true to the style of Doyle while throwing just enough knowing winks to the reader to remind them that they are reading a MLP fanfic. Bravo!

  31. Phoe says:

    A copy/paste from a conversation with Thanqol last night, which I promised I'd post when this updated: This is exactly the sort of decision that defines a good adaptation versus a bad one. You need to do something to justify the rework, some stamp to put on it that indelibly marks it as this new thing and not what it was before. Or else, what are you doing but defacing a classic? And My Little Pony is massively more geared toward the silly, character driven plot (than it is the intrigue and tension of a murder mystery). The basic framework of the original Study is still clearly in place, but legitimately filtered through the lens of colorful equines. And that's really why I'll be singing its praises until my voice gives out. Had you hugged the rails out of fear, I don't think I would have enjoyed it half so much.

  32. Anonymous says:

    The first couple if chapters have an odd effect. When Dash speaks in character for Dash ("Wow, she does sound like a dweeb"), it feels like she's breaking character. I think it's a dissonance between her speaking style and the super-cultured Watson narration.

  33. Anonymous says:

    p.s. If you have any interest in Jane Austen, I bet you could write a great version of Pride and Pegasus. 🙂

  34. Anonymous says:

    Isn't this a Rarity or Rainbowdash Crossover? Why is it categorized under Fluttershy/Shipping?

  35. Thanqol says:

    @AnonymousI, uh, I just saw that myself.Not that I'm *against* Fluttershy shipping, you understand, it's just that her OTP, Bloomberg, isn't even in this story.

  36. Reyn says:

    Fantastic story. The Top Gear reference had me giggling madly. Well done!

  37. Anonymous says:

    It's written so dry my eyes are beginning to redden. Good stuff.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Hmm… 2 chapters in and the list of suspects has grown to AT LEAST 3. No, I haven't read the original Holmes, so this is all new to me more or less.Interesting take on Blueblood BTW. This is actually how I originally imagined him before I saw Best Night Ever: a charmer who's good with the lady Ponies but doesn't become attached to them. And having seen Best Night Ever, no doubt this story's Blueblood is just as shallow as the canon one despite the charming veneer.

  39. Flygon16 says:

    I do believe this story has overloaded its win capacity. Here, take New Mexico and use it to hold the excess.

  40. Anonymous says:

    I'd use the 20% cooler line, but it already is. Great stuff!

  41. Anonymous says:

    This is brilliantly done!

  42. Tiroth says:

    More Sherlock Rarity? YES! :D*goes to read*

  43. Chris says:

    I'm so glad to see this continued. Dash/Watson is perhaps my favorite pony crossover ever. I'm looking forward to future chapters!

  44. Anonymous says:

    I seriously love the new take on the legend of Nightmare Moon in Chapter 1. Brilliantly done!

  45. Anonymous says:

    Wait Detective Fluttershy just wants to train dogs but keeps getting promoted. That's a total T'is reference. That's awesome!

  46. Anonymous says:

    A brilliantly crafted openning legend. As I always suspected, Trixie's true gift is entertaining, not magic, and what a storyteller she is…Alright, now I just have to be patient as I wait for more. The original was published in a monthly magazine, so I suppose we don't have it too bad… Still… More! Um, that is, if you don't mind please.

  47. Anonymous says:

    This is quite a story. Brilliant in characterization and entertaining in its storytelling. I am quite looking forward to more, and thank you oh so much for what you have already.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Just started reading this. It's very good, replacing the backing track with a laugh track reminds me of Navashield. *shudder*

  49. Anonymous says:

    YOU! You sir have created something wonderful.My God! It's just…I can't even find the words for it!Please continue! Or else I fear I may go mad.

  50. Anonymous says:

    The first story was very good and I enjoyed it, but the second one is seriously giving me goosebumps. It truly is beginning to shape up into a masterpiece. Sadly I must confess I've never read anything from Sir Arthur but I think I would very much like to, judging by these stories.

  51. MasterDufel says:

    Rarity makes an awesome detective. And Rainbow Dash as her assistant works very well, despite being a little out of character.Really looking forward to the rest of part 2.

  52. Saddlesoap says:

    Blending Holmes and MLP immediately made me think of the old TV series with Jeremy Brett as Holmes – ESPECIALLY since the opening theme began with hoofbeats:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5AnCjSPrac&feature=related

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  55. … although, if I read a bit further than those first two chapters, the deviation becomes more pronounced, to the point where it's harder to find as many correlations. Perhaps the author of this fanfic eventually built up a bit more confidence to produce original content as he or she went along, which I thoroughly applaud.

  56. Thanqol says:

    @Geldon YetichskyMy primary riff here was Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman, which starts extremely close to the Sherlock Holmes story and then goes batshit. Come chapter three we well and truly depart from Mr. Doyle's narrative and we do not return.

  57. In that case, I'm half-tempted to suggest a warning is inserted lest overly-judgmental philistines line me get the wrong idea. Keep up the good work.

  58. Funny old world. After putting quite a few MLP:FIM fanfics under my belt, I have to say that this one emerges as one of the few to get it right, because it captures that sense of self-referential humor that is essential to the service.

  59. Funny old world. After putting quite a few MLP:FIM fanfics under my belt, I have to say that this one emerges as one of the few to get it right, because it captures that sense of self-referential humor that is essential to the service.

  60. This is my first fan-fic I have ever read, having only discovered MLP-FiM three days ago, and taking the time to watch and then mostly rewatch the first season. A long time reader of Mr. Doyle's work, I have to say that this is both excellent MLP fan fiction, and excellent Holmes fan fiction. I pray the author writes more!

  61. This is my first fan-fic I have ever read, having only discovered MLP-FiM three days ago, and taking the time to watch and then mostly rewatch the first season. A long time reader of Mr. Doyle's work, I have to say that this is both excellent MLP fan fiction, and excellent Holmes fan fiction. I pray the author writes more!

  62. Sean says:

    There's always Derpy in the houndstooth cap.

  63. Sean says:

    There's always Derpy in the houndstooth cap.

  64. Denon says:

    Ok, just finished this, and it was awesome. A little rough around the edges at some points, but all in all a wonderful homage to Holmes.

  65. Denon says:

    Ok, just finished this, and it was awesome. A little rough around the edges at some points, but all in all a wonderful homage to Holmes.

  66. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Epic fanfic.Although the (appropriate) Portal 2 reference was off. It's "Mashy-Spike Plate," not "Spiky Masher Plate." TO THE MOON WITH YOU!!!

  67. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Epic fanfic.Although the (appropriate) Portal 2 reference was off. It's "Mashy-Spike Plate," not "Spiky Masher Plate." TO THE MOON WITH YOU!!!

  68. Mattheq says:

    Loved the story, and hope to see more.

  69. Mattheq says:

    Loved the story, and hope to see more.

  70. Ddude28 says:

    Two great stories in one fan fic. I hope you write more of these stories.

  71. Ddude28 says:

    Two great stories in one fan fic. I hope you write more of these stories.

  72. Anonymous says:

    Great story! Although I was definitely not expecting the shipping at the end.

  73. Anonymous says:

    Great story! Although I was definitely not expecting the shipping at the end.

  74. Anonymous says:

    …I want more.It was beautiful and adorable and silly and amusing all rolled up together and while I admit I'd have loved more of Rarity/Holmes actually doing some detecting, this is quite honestly one of the best fanfics I've read, one of the most honestly adorable ways of making a ship work, and dear god almighty I could not stop laughing at the reveal with the culprit.But I want more. There has to be another Holmes story for you to spoof, another case for the two to solve.Translation: I'm sad if this is over.You're a talented author, and I'll be watching for your next project with bated breath.

  75. Anonymous says:

    …I want more.It was beautiful and adorable and silly and amusing all rolled up together and while I admit I'd have loved more of Rarity/Holmes actually doing some detecting, this is quite honestly one of the best fanfics I've read, one of the most honestly adorable ways of making a ship work, and dear god almighty I could not stop laughing at the reveal with the culprit.But I want more. There has to be another Holmes story for you to spoof, another case for the two to solve.Translation: I'm sad if this is over.You're a talented author, and I'll be watching for your next project with bated breath.

  76. The Letter J says:

    Suddenly: Shipping.

  77. Flygon16 says:

    Well….I have to say that A Study in Rainbows was better. Not that Hound of Ponyville was bad, far from it actually. The ending just seemed a bit…WTF, I guess. The bear thing was weird, to say the least, though I liked the swamp scene with Pinkie's dad. Although I saw the shipping from a ways off, I wish you had held off until at least Part 3 (hint hint), but that's partly because I'd have written Rarity as being unsure of returning Dash's feelings for her; I'm a sucker for drama. *shrugs*To other readers, I've only pointed out what I felt were the negative spots here. For the love of decency, do NOT let me keep you from reading this magnificent adaptation of Doyle's work.

  78. Flygon16 says:

    Well….I have to say that A Study in Rainbows was better. Not that Hound of Ponyville was bad, far from it actually. The ending just seemed a bit…WTF, I guess. The bear thing was weird, to say the least, though I liked the swamp scene with Pinkie's dad. Although I saw the shipping from a ways off, I wish you had held off until at least Part 3 (hint hint), but that's partly because I'd have written Rarity as being unsure of returning Dash's feelings for her; I'm a sucker for drama. *shrugs*To other readers, I've only pointed out what I felt were the negative spots here. For the love of decency, do NOT let me keep you from reading this magnificent adaptation of Doyle's work.

  79. chase says:

    i loved this story, i more would be much apreciated

  80. chase says:

    i loved this story, i more would be much apreciated

  81. Er… so who was the other pegasus?

  82. Er… so who was the other pegasus?

  83. Jetfire says:

    Awwww. Dash/Rarity is the most unusual of ships, but here it comes so naturally. Rainbow Dash makes a wonderful bashful suitor, and Rarity shows great wisdom of the heart. They fit together perfectly in the end.Rarity seemed to be a guest in her supposedly co-equal story, and I would have liked to see more of her, but all the other characters were wonderful just the same. Bravo! And I echo the call for more mystery stories.

  84. Jetfire says:

    Awwww. Dash/Rarity is the most unusual of ships, but here it comes so naturally. Rainbow Dash makes a wonderful bashful suitor, and Rarity shows great wisdom of the heart. They fit together perfectly in the end.Rarity seemed to be a guest in her supposedly co-equal story, and I would have liked to see more of her, but all the other characters were wonderful just the same. Bravo! And I echo the call for more mystery stories.

  85. That shipping took me by surprise as well but, as Jetfire said, it was oddly natural. Also it's an interesting deviation from Holmes and (most) derivative works based on it: Holmes and Watson weren't homosexual, but what if they were? It adds a very interesting layer to their personal lives at 21 Baker Street. (And I'm not talking about the Secret Butt Fun.)I implore you, good Thanqol, please ignore my earlier callous accusations based on prejudging from the first two chapter's heavy resemblance to the original works, and gift us with another some time.

  86. That shipping took me by surprise as well but, as Jetfire said, it was oddly natural. Also it's an interesting deviation from Holmes and (most) derivative works based on it: Holmes and Watson weren't homosexual, but what if they were? It adds a very interesting layer to their personal lives at 21 Baker Street. (And I'm not talking about the Secret Butt Fun.)I implore you, good Thanqol, please ignore my earlier callous accusations based on prejudging from the first two chapter's heavy resemblance to the original works, and gift us with another some time.

  87. Anonymous says:

    @Jetfire That's in keeping with the original, in which Holmes spends most of the story offscreen.

  88. Anonymous says:

    @Jetfire That's in keeping with the original, in which Holmes spends most of the story offscreen.

  89. Anonymous says:

    @Geldon YetichskyYeah, I love how these start out with the same setup as the original story, but quickly spin out of control due to the pony influence.@TimberIt's pretty much accepted fanon at this point that Dash's middle name is Miriam, as invented by BobCat in "Fair Feathered Friend".

  90. Anonymous says:

    @Geldon YetichskyYeah, I love how these start out with the same setup as the original story, but quickly spin out of control due to the pony influence.@TimberIt's pretty much accepted fanon at this point that Dash's middle name is Miriam, as invented by BobCat in "Fair Feathered Friend".

  91. Ddude28 says:

    I don't really like the name Miriam, it seems odd. I prefer my ponies to have a single name. Except for pinkie, because that was actually in the show.

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