• Published 27th Oct 2020
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Against All Odds. - The_Chill_Author



[Displaced] John Oliver is sent to Equestria with his Six friends as Thanos. After being sealed in stone, he broke out. Now his gauntlet, his stones, his blade, and his team are now scattered across the planet. Can he back bring balance to Equis?

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Crossover 1 - Titans and Shadows.

Find the Infinity Stones! Seek out for them all!
You can journey around Equis with me
Listen for the cry, of the Infinity Stones!
What great odyssey this will be

You can join my conquest because my friends won't wait
A deadly world, a terrifying journey!

For thousands of years, they've waited for me
When the Infinity Stones are together their wrath is set free
Killing, Killing, burning, unmatched destroying~

Glowing and sparkling, somewhere concealed
Mysterious and shining with their power revealed
Ageless, timeless, their destruction is surprising~

Let’s fight, fight, fight, fight all your foes
Fight the gods and the demons below
No mercy, mercy, mercy, there's no other way!
And find the Infinity Stones today~

Find the Infinity Stones! Seek out for them all!
Come and join my conquest with me
Listen for the cry, of the Infinity Stones!
What great odyssey this will be

You can join my conquest because my friends won't wait
A deadly world, a terrifying journey!


I walked forwards and saw a tiny little shadow man before me, the being had a high ponytail, a black trenchcoat, darker boots, and black pants, yeah using black in the sun isn't really a smart idea, but oh well.

"So," I mused looking down at him, he was so small! Bwahahahaha! "You're the one who called me? What do you want?" He dropped my fake gauntlet and got into an unnoticeable battle stance to the untrained eye, but I can perfectly see that the little stance has is a bucking battle stance.

"You the real Thanos?" He began. "Mad Titan. Conqueror of worlds?" I shook my head.

"Does it really matter?" I grinned, I could smell the fear from him, he is just like the people of Equus back at home. He looked at me with distrust, but then he suddenly relaxed I glanced behind him and saw a weird shadow. I blinked once and still saw it, he was a Devil Fruit user, Shadow Shadow? No, must be something else. Then I suddenly stopped and thought, this boy really thought he could hide that shadow from me, thinking I would not notice it inching closer, I was the hide and seek champion through my years in kindergarten so my eyes are trained. No, seriously that's why my eyes are so trained.

"Not really," He admitted ever so casually. "As long as you don't plan on killing any pony." any pony? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAAAAA!!!!!! OH MAN OHHHHHH!!!!!! That is bucking hilarious! He- he uses their variation of anybody! Ohh I'm so gonna tell the boys when I get back home.

"Any pony?" I said slipping out a chuckle, careful to not full-on laugh as I would do in these situations. "I don't kill people or ponies who annoy me and you aren't exactly an eyesore. What's your name little one." I raised an eyebrow, I call people who are shorter than me "Little one" because it is very fitting.

He narrowed his eyes, insulted. "Eric Von Shadow," he growled. His growl died to a groan as I laughed again his name sounded so edgy, like an edgy teenager going into a different world with magic ponies- Oh wait, that's him! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

"No, I meant your real name," I insisted. "I can tell a fake name from a real one." I really wanted to know his actual name, not many displaced share their real name, just their character name which is confusing to me. I saw him glare at the Canterlot Palace, and I suddenly thought, bucking Sunnybutt is there! Oh man, this will be fun.

"Eric Monohan," He grumbled. He gave me a more analytical glare. "And are you actually Thanos? Or are you like me?" I thought about that for a second, does he really think I'm the real Thanos? If so then my acting is peak.

I chuckled yet again, this dude could get Entity a run for his money when it came to comedy. "Technically, the name's John Oliver," I replied, I hadn't heard my name in years. "But, if you're going by Von Shadow, I think I'm entitled to go by Thanos."

"Then you might want this," Eric replied, tossing me my gauntlet. "Well, it's been fun, but you might as well go back." He turned to leave me behind. This bucking guy man, what the heck?! I'm not willing to give up interaction with a new human, not today, not ever!

"What is your title?" I asked, he suddenly stopped and turned towards me with a grin.

"Reaper of the Crystal Empire." He answered I had an idea in mind.

"And," I continued, drawing my double-bladed sword. "Would you like to show me why that's your title?" A grin crossed my face, a dangerous grin that made all of my enemies flee from sight but Eric stood there almost unfazed.

"Are you really challenging a Devil Fruit User?" He asked, a scythe of shadows forming in his hand.

My grin said it all, he couldn't help but grin as well, this is going to be epic.

"No killing," Eric noted, even as he spun his scythe. "Gotta keep this fight exciting."

"LIkewise, Shadow man," I replied. And with twin smiles, we lunged.

Our blades met my own tearing through his like tissue paper. Had he not eluded to the left then my blade would have torn off his nose and half his face. Rolling into a dodge, Eric dropped into his shadow, surfacing a few feet away.

"Don't like the Shadow Scythe, huh?" Eric asked, drawing the Murakumogiri. "Then how about I get to the good stuff?" Oh man, this is so awesome!

I merely laughed. "Your weapon is heavy on one side," I pointed out. "Such imbalance can't hope to go against me and my blade!" It literally goes against everything I stand for, one way or a-bucking-nother I am breaking that blade

"Then come get me, Mad Titan," He dared, so I approached him

I dropped my weapon onto him, he suddenly vanished he appeared behind me, carving a groove into my armor. I wasn't even fazed. I glanced back at Eric, that was the Shave technique

"The Shave Technique," I commented. "An impressive form," I smiled, his form was truly impressive. I then vanished from sight just like he had done moments ago.

"However," he added from behind me. "You're not the only one who knows it!"

He spun with barely enough time to spare. I was bringing his sword down. He was barely able to bring my arm up in time. But when my blade met his limb... he was knocked back. He blinked in shock, eliciting a smile from me.

"If you're familiar with the Shave Technique," Eric noted. "Then you should recognize the Iron Body." He shoved me back, though it was a lot like shoving a brick wall.

"That's two of the Six Powers," I smiled. "I take it you have access to all six?"

"Correct," He replied, stabbing his weapon into the ground. "So how bout we make this more fun?" He cricked his neck. "No weapons. No powers. Just combat skills and the Six Powers?"

"Sadly, I've only got three of the six," I replied, shedding his cloak and armor. "But at least it's half, am I right?" I smiled and cracked my knuckles.

"Good enough," Eric replied, shedding his coat. "I'll only use the Shave, Iron Body, and the Tempest Kick." He reformed his battle stance. "Whenever you're ready, Thanos."

"Let's gets this fight started, Von Shadow," I replied vanishing into the air.

Immediately He used the Shave Technique to match my speed. My blows, aided by my gauntlet, packed a punch. But by combining his punches with the Iron Body technique, he managed to make a few dents in my armor, I grumbled thinking I'll have to fix the dents when I get back home.

Time flew with our punches. I assume maybe an hour passed. Or a day. Either way, the sun was just kissing the horizon when we backed up, sweat pouring down our bodies and our breath ragged.

I chuckled and shook my head "You are quite skilled, I'd say you'd even be a match for Lucci."

I threw a Tempest Kick at Eric... but his body exploded into shadows when I caught him. I blinked in shock as he reformed.

"You said no powers," I argued crossing my arms with a frown.

Eric shrugged. "That's one part I can't turn off," he replied, before holding his hand out. "Call a draw?"

I hummed, before taking his hand. "For now," I replied with a knowing grin. I can tell this will be the start of a beautiful friendship.

I settled myself down with my arm against my knee. "So... what do you need help with?"

He tilted his head.

"You called me with my token," I reminded him. "Said you needed my aide."

He sat there a thought for what it seems like a minute, he then looked at me with my impatient stare.

"Right," Eric said with a sheepish grin, settling on the sand as well. "So, about a month ago, we caught wind of an army forming in the Frozen North..."

"And you want me to destroy this army?" I asked with a grin. I busted out laughing before he could even let out a grin. "Sorry, Von Shadow, but without the stones, I'd be at a bit of a disadvantage." I lifted his gauntlet for emphasis. Well, I could be able to beat them but I would have to come up with a strategy.

He chuckled. "No," He confirmed. "But the master of this force wants to amass an army of Devil Fruit users. Now, I've managed to train most of the Mane 6 to properly use their Devil Fruits. However, I can't get past Pinkie's childish demeanor and Rainbow's refusal to admit her weaknesses."

I brushed my chin, looking up at the Canterlot Castle. "Hm, I see your problem." For a moment, I pondered the sand. "Have you tried a severe fear-based tactic?"

He blinked. "A... what?"

"Hear me out..." he began to explain.


Third Person

Eric stood pacing back and forth within the training ground. Nearby, Pinkie played with her shadow. Rainbow Dash, meanwhile, tumbled out of the air, stomping the ground with a growl of frustration. Eric's gaze matched hers, as he exhaled in an attempt to stay calm.

"Fall in!" Eric barked, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie jumping to position before him. "Once again none of you are taking this seriously," he lectured. "Hell, even Fluttershy is taking this more seriously than you two."

Pinkie's hair deflated, while Rainbow Dash glowered at him. The Shadow Man rubbed the bridge of his nose.

"Look, I'm not trying to be an ass about this," he continued. "I'm trying to get the two of you to understand. Our enemy isn't going to hold back. They will kill us and they won't even bat an..."

Without warning, a fist burst out of Eric's chest, clutching his heart. Pinkie and Rainbow Dash jumped back with screams as a large, purple-skinned figure appeared behind the shadow man.

Eric stared at his own heart as the purple figure crushed it in his fist, black blood painting the ground before the figure yanked his fist out. Eric stumbled forward, staring at the new hole in his chest before falling to his knees. Briefly, he looked up at the horrified mares.

"E-Eric...?" Dash whimpered.

"Run," he gasped out. Then he slumped to the ground.

Pinkie screamed while Rainbow Dash leaped in front of her, seething with grief and rage as the purple figure laughed before them. His golden armor was covered in the stitches of the mysterious zombie fruit wielders. And worst of all, he held a Devil Fruit in his hand. Once which he promptly popped into his mouth.

"The Power!" the monster laughed as shadows started to pour from his body like an early morning mist. "My master shall be pleased." He leered down at the two. "Especially when I bring him two more Power Fruits!"

Rainbow Dash snarled, flames bursting over her body.

"You'll pay for what you did!" she screamed, launching at the creature like a rocket.

The creature vanished as Rainbow Dash charged, only to reappear behind her. Seizing her hair, the monster halted her charge completely before slamming her into the earth.

"Too slow, Pony," the monster mocked, his boot keeping Rainbow pinned.

"Dashie!" Pinkie squeaked, before trying her own charge. Throwing her arms back, she stretched them to their limits before hurling them at the beast. However, he managed to catch both of her arms with only one massive hand.

"Nice try," he commented, before extending his hand. A shadow tendril launched around the pink mare's neck, squeezing her so her head bulged.

"Pinkie!" Rainbow gasped as her friend struggled for breath.

"You want her to live?" the creature asked. His grip on Pinkie's neck lessened. "Tell me about your weaknesses."

Rainbow Dash snarled. "I have none!" she snapped, throwing a fireball at the giant. A shadow wall caught the flames and dissipated them into nothing.

"Wrong answer." the monster replied, doubling his grip on Pinkie. The pink mare gagged, her face turning blue.

"Wait-wait!" Dash screamed. "Fine!" She lowered her head. "I'm... I'm weak."

"Oh?" The creature asked.

"No matter how hard I try," Dash confessed. "I'm just a pony. I'm not as strong as a dragon or a yak or a minotaur..." Tears welled up in her eyes. "They can at least take a hit and keep on coming."

The beast relaxed his grip on the pink mare.

"I've tried to make up for it," Dash admitted. "I've tried to be fast, so I can never get hit. And my ego's always been there to make it seem like I knew what I was doing. But..." Her head lowered. "But if I get hit... that's it. It doesn't matter how tough or fast I am... I just can't get up after that."

Thanos nodded. "Good girl," he said, dropping Pinkie. The pink mare gave a long gasp of air, her blue face returning to normal. He grinned down at her. "But she still has to die." He drew his blade and stabbed down.

"NO!" Rainbow Dash wailed as Pinkie screamed, breaking down into hysterical sobs. However, as her sobs sounded... they were intermixed with laughter.

Rainbow looked around, blinking her tears away... and gasped. Eric was sitting up. Laughing at her. The hole in his chest was gone! He grinned at Dash as she gaped at him. Thanos couldn't help but laugh as well

"Now was that so hard?" With a wave of his hand, the shadows around Thanos returned to his body. The black stitches faded into the darkness as well.

"You...?" Rainbow Dash stammered, her fire flaring back up as her rage boiled over. "You...!" She looked back and forth between him and Thanos. "Eric, you have five seconds to tell me what in Celestia's name is going on!"

"Or what?" Eric dared. Rainbow Dash turned beet red but had no comment. Eric shrugged. "But, since you insisted..." he pats Thanos' shoulder. "Meet Thanos. He's a fellow Shade like myself. I brought him here to help with both of your training."

"But he killed Pinkie!" Dash argued.

"Did I?" Thanos asked.

He pulled his blade from the pink mare. There was no sign of blood or gore. Pinkie felt at her chest, staring in disbelief at the lack of a mark. Though her pink fur had nearly paled to white, and her mane was completely deflated.

"All this was," Thanos explained. "Was a means to get you to admit your weaknesses. And for Pinkie to understand that you can't play around with an opponent. They will kill you without hesitation."

"And the Devil Fruit?" Pinkie mumbled.

"I promised him one in exchange for his help," Eric replied nonchalantly.

"Speaking of which, which one did you give me?" the Titan asked.

"The Heat-Heat Fruit." Eric grinned. "With your size, I thought it would be perfect for you. Not to mention if you turn hostile, I can take you out easily."

"Pretty cocky for someone who fought me to a standstill." Thanos shot back, though he couldn't keep the grin off his face.

"Eric!!" Rainbow screamed from under Thanos' boot, regaining the attention of the two displaced humans.

"Right. Sorry," the Shadow Man apologized. With a motion from him, Thanos got off Rainbow Dash. "So with the help of Thanos, I managed to get both of you to finally understand the severity of our situation."


~Earlier~

Thanos POV

"I kill you," I said.

He blinked in disbelief. "Come again?"

"You want them to understand the gravity of this upcoming war?" I asked with a shrug. "Well, then you need to die. With your powers, my attacks won't do any real damage, right? We'd just need something to substitute your heart."

Eric grinned. "That's... actually not a bad idea," He admitted, pulling out the Heat-Heat Fruit. "This could work as a substitute for my heart." Eric shrugged. "Heck, you can have it if it works."

"Aw," I replied with a grin. "But I didn't get you anything."

"Just give me something awesome next time we meet" Eric replied.

Standing up, he offered his hand to the Titan. I quirked an eyebrow at Shadow, though it quickly shot into a wide-eyed look of disbelief when he managed to pull me up.

"I'm a lot stronger than I look," He explained. "I've trained in the Crystal Empire since I was fifteen years old." He let him go. "Now. Ready to break a ponies will and resolve?"

I grinned. "It is inevitable."


"Please understand," I said to a still fuming Rainbow Dash. "Eric and I did this to protect you. Knowing one's weaknesses makes one stronger. As well as knowing when to play, and when to be serious in a fight can mean the difference between Life and Death." I sheathed my blade. "I would know. I've battled the..."

He nudged me, reminding me of who I was talking to.

"I mean..." I quickly rectified. "I've fought in countless battles. So I know when to fool around and when to be serious." I glanced up at the sun. "Well, I think it's best I return to my friends."

Turning, I came face to face with Celestia herself. The sun princess blinked in shock at me. Immediately I froze before glancing at Eric.

"Meet me where we first fought," I said, before edging around the Princess before giving her a grin. "Nice seeing you, Sunny."

The princess blinked in confusion but I didn't stick around to explain.

"Eric..." Celestia stammered. "Who... or rather what... was that? And why did it call me Sunny?"

"His name is Thanos," Eric replied, watching me walk off. "He's a shade like me." He shook his head. "But I have no idea why he calls you that."

Leaving Celestia flummoxed, I dropped into Eric's shadow, yanking me to him. We resurfaced at the beach. The infinity gauntlet sat waiting for us.

For a moment, we sat there, staring out at sea.

"You married the Celestia in your Equestria," Eric guessed.

"I did," I replied with a nod. "Then she found out about the stones."

I lowered my head. "She wanted to use the stones to erase all evil. I disagreed; I told her a world with no evil would be an imbalanced world."

I shook my head. "She refused to listen, and we started a war against each other."

I glanced back. "This world's Celestia looks just like her when we first married."

Eric tsked. "I'm sorry to hear that," he said with pity. "It's not easy losing your wife."

I gave him a sideways glance.

"She left you too?" I asked.

I shook my head. "She was killed by my best friend," I explained. "He was possessed by a dark spirit."

I hummed in sympathy. "You have my condolences."

"And you've got mine," Eric replied.

I nodded before turning to him. "You may need help in the future," I warned. "You'll need to create a token."

"You mentioned that," Eric noted curiously. "But... how exactly do I do that?"

"You make an item," I explained. "Something you can send into the multiple Equestria's to lend your aid to other Displaced humans."

"Okay. So how do I make one?"

I motioned. "Hold out your palm," I instructed. Eric did as I said. "Now, channel your energy. Turn it into your token."

He began focusing. A black orb started to form before taking shape of a pitch-black Devil Fruit with gray swirls

"Now speak your creed," I instructed.

'I am Eric Von Shadow, I am the Reaper of the Crystal Empire. Should anyone require my aid, simply call upon the Reaper and tell me where to point my scythe!'

Once he finished his creed, Eric tossed the fruit in the air. With a ripple through the air, it vanished. Seconds later, it reappeared and landed in his hand. With a grin, he tossed the fruit over to me

"If you ever require my scythe," Eric said. "Just call upon the Reaper. And I won't hesitate to join you in battle."

I nodded, gripping the fruit to his chest. "Thanks for the fruit, Monohan," I said, as a portal appeared behind him.

"No problem, Oliver," Eric replied.

And with a final nod, I walked into the portal and returned to my Equestria.

Author's Note:

This was a crossover with Screwball666, she's amazing, writing like a lot of epic stories be sure to check Shadow of Equestria, as a matter of fact here it is.

Shadow of Equestria








No but really here it is Shadow of Equestria

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