* AccidentalInnuendo: Similar to [[Series/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the show]] , the comics are getting in on it too. Take a look at this one [[http://www.derpibooru.org/413632 scene from the comic]] without the rest of the page to put it in context.
* AngstWhatAngst: The Cutie Mark Crusaders don't seem to think being fillynapped by a monstrous Queen is a big deal. Also Fluttershy is gleefully fascinated by two creatures fighting over the right to eat her and her friends.
* AntiClimaxBoss: Chrysalis gets taken down surprisingly easy, all things considered.
* AuthorsSavingThrow: For those who thought Babs Seed was too EasilyForgiven in her debut episode, her portrayal in issue #22 as feeling like she has to constantly prove she's no longer a bully should go a long way.
* BaseBreaker:
** Princess Celestia in the reflections arc (issues #17-20). For some, her actions has driven away any amount of sympathy she might have had while others are fond of her relationship with Mirror!Sombra regardless. What prevents her from reaching full-on [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] status was her MyGodWhatHaveIDone moments throughout the comic... [[spoiler:That is until it's revealed that her travels to the other world is causing the destruction of ''both'' worlds. For most, this just brought her to the scrappy heap]].
** Some readers don't like the depiction of Luna. More precisely, in the comic, Luna behaves in a much more childish and less serious way than in the animated series.
* BrokenBase:
** The existence of the Nightmare Forces for some, who prefer the idea of Nightmare Moon being a corrupted Luna rather than a different entity possessing her.
*** It IS implied that the Nightmare Forces actually need consent to possess somepony, meaning Luna would have still been in the wrong, but it's presented as a very minor plot point and rather flimsy at that.
** The quality of the comic; some people who are angry about [[spoiler: Twilight becoming an alicorn]] cling to the comics as being free of that [[spoiler:(until its eventual incorporation in #13, and even then she remains grounded for the entire comic)]], while others describe them as poorly written fanfiction. Numerous out of character moments, a different tone from the show, and the extremely heavy-handed references (both to the fandom and other media) don't help matters.
** Reactions to Celestia and Mirror Sombra's relationship in the Reflections Arc are mixed. As always, there's the argument over whether or not romance belongs in the series or if the romance is done well, but, as mentioned under BaseBreaker, there's mixed feelings over Celestia's actions in trying to be with Mirror Sombra. Is Mirror Sombra really worth the fate of their two worlds and lying to those around her? Can her actions really be chalked up to her just being young and foolish? Though, the following comic tries to address these issues by showing Celestia going through the portal by herself only a few times a year and being more concerned by her trips than Sombra is. It's also implied she's emotionally weak after the loss of Luna. At the same time it still doesn't feel like enough to excuse Celestia's behavior, especially in light that Twilight in EquestriaGirls only felt minor sadness by leaving Flash Sentry behind to return to her home world. Comparing the two makes [=CxS=]'s ship come off as FAR more shallow.
*** What's even weirder is fans LIKING Mirror!Sombra due to having a more "developed" personality than his "generic" cartoon counterpart, despite both having only appeared in two comic book issues.
** The Reflections Arc as a whole also has mixed reactions. Some fan love the arc for giving Celestia depth, the world-building it provides, and the high stakes in the Mane Six fighting an evil Celestia and Luna and trying to find a way to foil them without harming the prime versions. Others feel that its an extreme case of TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot, with the Mane Six [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] and shoved aside to focus on the Celestia and Sombra romance, Star Swirl's personality not fitting what the cartoon established about him (particularly Celestia's claim "he did not understand friendship"), and the alternate world actually not being explored much. The finale of the arc where [[spoiler:Sombra uses the Elements of Harmony to take on the evil of the alternate Celestia and Luna, turning himself evil and them good]] is particularly polarizing, some finding it tragic and epic while others cry it denies Celestia CharacterDevelopment and seems to be an inter-dimensional invoking of StatusQuoIsGod.
*** You have your share of fans that enjoy the first three parts and most of the chapter four of "Reflections," but feel the last few pages are trash because it hastily wraps up the much needed Celestia character-focus and does away with the star-crossed romance by making AU!Sombra evil, which undermines his character that before hand the comics did a decent job building him up as a just and kind king worthy of being Celestia's equal, all things considered. The fact that [[spoiler:the "newly evil" Sombra clearly misses Celestia and regrets quite strongly, which raises the question of just how "evil" he could possibly be,]] just makes things even more confusing.
** Issue #23 involves a plot where a Kelpie uses her musical voice to entrance the ponies of Ponyville to tear down their dam as to provide a water path for a school of water sprites to make it to a distant ocean, which would have wiped out the town. The plot is foiled by the pets, and the town is quick to forgive the Kelpie and help her and the sprites out. However, the ending, which was somewhat rushed, has caused some of the fans to consider the actions of the ponies to be far too forgiving, making the Kelpie a KarmaHoudini, and suggest that the town would forgive others with narly a slap on the wrist.
*** There are also others who see the character as a MarySue both due to the KarmaHoudini status and how overpowered her main ability is (IE, even able to brainwash the Bearers and an entire ''town'' just by singing) to the point of being a GameBreaker.
* CantUnhearIt: Naturally, anyone who watches the show has claimed they can easily hear [[Creator/TaraStrong Tara]], [[Creator/AndreaLibman Andrea]], [[Music/HeyOcean Ashleigh]], [[Creator/TabithaStGermain Tabitha]], [[Creator/CathyWeseluck Cathy]] and other voice actors from the show when reading their respective characters' lines.
** In case you need help, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93g_LAAHLXs here]] is Creator/AndreaLibman reading the "Nature is so fascinating..." scene from Issue #3.
** This can get awkward in the second Annual issue, where the Power Ponies have rather different personalities to the Mane Six.
* ContestedSequel: Some feel the Nightmare arc is noticeably inferior to the Changeling one (see also BaseBreaker above).
** This seems to be the opinion of the comics in general following the first arc, Return of Chrysalis.
* EvilIsCool: Bronies seem to really like the idea of [[spoiler:Rarity going evil]] given all the fanart of Nightmare Moon II has gotten.
* EvilIsSexy: [[spoiler:Nightmare Rarity]], as nicely detailed [[http://derpiboo.ru/284489 here]] (major spoilers, of course).
** This was even lampshaded in the comic when [[spoiler:[[FanNickname Nightmarity]]]] says at one point, "I'm so hot, I should be on fire!"
* FanficFuel: We're given ''just'' enough detail about the MirrorUniverse to get the fanfic authors going.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Considering the [[BrokenBase mixed reactions]] to the Reflections arc as noted here on this very page, it was only natural that many pretend that it didn't exist. The fact that Celestia tells the mane six to never let anypony know that this all took place helps.
* FridgeBrilliance: One of the trophies the Luna/Big Mac pair win is "Synchronized Water Polo". Polo - as applied to ponies - would be a rather apt sport (and shown true in issue #11), and horses are actually good swimmers so would take well in the water.
** In the Sunset Shimmer short, she's seen rejecting the invitations of five unicorn mares: Moondancer, Lemon Hearts, Lyra, Minuette, and Twinkleshine. Now, considering that Celestia was trying to groom Sunset in the same way as Twilight Sparkle later, in hopes she would become a Princess, this would have also likely involved her having friends to become the Bearer of the Elements, and from this, there's a strong correlation in these five mares: Moondancer (Fluttershy), Lemon Hearts (Applejack), Lyra (Pinkie Pie), Minuette (Rainbow Dash), and Twinkleshine (Rarity), even with the brief characterization thrown in the comic.
** Why was Trixie made an alicorn princess instead of Sunset Shimmer? Since main universe Sunset Shimmer demanded to become an alicorn princess, it would seem more likely that her mirror counterpart would instead be granted the position. That is until you realize that main universe Sunset Shimmer also fled into the Equestria Girls universe. Assuming that there is also a mirror Equestria Girls universe, mirror Sunset Shimmer probably ended up there before she could be alicornized (most likely due to mirror Celestia personally throwing her in there).
** Issue #23 ends with a towering Opal (a result of a growth potion used to help save the town). The comic published ''just'' before this, Friends Forever #8, features AJ and Rarity visiting the largest ball of yawn in Equestria, presenting the perfect solution to a giant cat. No idea if the two teams of artists/writers colluded on this facet, but it was noticed by the fandom.
* FridgeHorror: Luna's plan to get Spike and the Mane 6 sans Rarity to the moon is rife with this. Namely the whole "Move the moon closer" thing.[[note]]the tides are dependent on the state and orbit of the moon[[/note]].
** While were at it, there's also the tightrope. Let's just say [[ExplosiveDecompression they're lucky that the rope didn't break earlier]].
** In #19, Mirror!Celestia says, "If I only had more time with my other self. I could have beaten that spell to her world out of her." Prime!Celestia came back through the mirror badly beaten, but ''when any of the prime characters are injured, the mirror characters receive the same injuries.'' Is Mirror!Celestia a masochist?
*** The parallel injuries only began happening when the Mane Six were fighting Mirror!Celestia and Mirror!Luna, so it was ''after'' Mirror!Celestia beat the snot out of Prime!Celestia
** In #9, there is a stall selling "Vigors & Plasmids", an obvious ShoutOut to ''Franchise/BioShock''... which means [[PsychoSerum ADAM]] [[OhCrap exists in Equestria and is perfectly legal and readily available]]. Let's hope Celestia regulates it more than Ryan did or ponies are more fond of vigors.
** In ''Keep Calm and Flutter On'', [[spoiler: Fluttershy makes Discord turn good. So with that said, what would happen if Good!Discord met Evil!Fluttershy?]]
*** Probably nothing: [[spoiler: canon!Discord was redeemed because he had never had a friend before, due to his being a JerkAss who treated everyone like toys. Mirror!Discord is an affable, friendly, much-loved comedic superhero. What could mirror!Flutteryshy do to make him switch sides? Especially since she's nothing but a petty bullying JerkAss and "Captain Goodguy", even if his powers are less than his canon counterpart (similar to how mirror!Sombra is a BarrierWarrior in comparison to his BlackMagic using canon counterpart), is still a superpowered individual?]]
* GatewaySeries: There have been reports of people - not just bronies - getting into comics ''period'' thanks to this series. The first issue was one of top 100 best selling comics in 2012. An all-ages comic doing this is good news for the industry!
* HarsherInHindsight:
** [[https://derpiboo.ru/130528 This image]] since the first act!
** Celestia's statement to Twilight in season 3 finale that Star swirl "did not understand friendship like you do" comes as rather callous with the reflection arc.
* HilariousInHindsight: [[http://www.strangekidsclub.com/2012/03/01/check-out-the-sexy-new-superheroine-cast-of-my-little-pony/ This article]], posted before the comic series was announced, showing fanart of the (humanized) Mane Six as pin-up superheroines, mentioning "Somewhere 'bad girl artist' J. Scott Campbell is smiling". Campbell ''did'' do a [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0onesXxyp30/UPhh3un3E-I/AAAAAAABPIA/AHYyvYyHrBc/s1600/image.jpeg variant cover]], with no {{Fanservice}} in sight!
** In ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', a unique unicorn monster found in [[JokeLevel Whimsyshire]] was named "[[PunnyName Nightmarity]]". [[spoiler:The name isn't used in the comic, but Rarity becomes the second Nightmare Moon]].
** The many "What If [[spoiler: Rarity]] Were Evil?" fan-remixes, ''especially'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtvNZdIwWjc this one]], are all very much HilariousInHindsight now.
** The two Doctor Whooves in #7 is quite prophetic, since the Series/DoctorWho 50th anniversary special [[spoiler:will be bringing back Ten]].
** Remember the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers hilariously bad rock performance the CMC performed to try and find their cutie marks?]] Shining Armor's rock ballad in #11 [[spoiler:managed to help Vinyl Scratch gain her cutie mark just by watching it]]!
** The fandom has had a knack for publishing fanart of Rarity battling giant crabs. [[spoiler: The cliffhanger to #13 has the Mane Six being attacked by a giant crab, and Rarity in particular seems to be really panicky about it.]]
*** There was also an AskBlog about Pirate Rainbow Dash. Guess which canon pony is the most eager to get her sea legs?
** In chapter #7, Applejack and Rainbow dash wished that Daring Do was there to rescue them and the others from jail. [[spoiler: In season 4, Daring Doo is revealed to be real and Rainbow Dash rescues her.]]
** In issue 17, Celestia and Starswirl travelled to an alternate universe where Dinosaurus still roam and they encountered Fluttershy Tyrannosaurus Rex counterpart, [[http://fav.me/d65mwj9 this fan comic]] was made a year before issue 17 was released
** Remember Twilight nearly blasting Chrysalis to atoms in the finale of the first four issues? Cue the season four finale where we really she what she can do when she cuts loose.
** Issue #23, the pets-only story, introduces a kelpie that has the ability to command sentient beings with the power of song, though she is apologetic for these actions once the spell is broken. This came out within the month of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' [[spoiler:where the main villains also appear to be kelpies, able to coerce humans to enter into conflict with their siren-like song]].
* InternetBackdraft: Tedly Anderson caused this in several forums, including IDW's own, with the revelation that he canonized dragondicks, a rather polarizing figure in the fandom, known for her vocal criticisms of it, specially men in the fandom. It was aggravated when his defense was that dragondicks' work and political views are just satire.
** Apparently, IDW thought the backlash was serious enough that they released him past the two scripts that have already been solicited for the incoming months. Both IDW and Anderson have denied this.
* IronWoobie: In main series #21, it's revealed that while Trixie's reputation was already pretty bad after ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]'', after ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel Magic Duel]]'' everyone thinks she's evil. Despite this, she is determined to continue performing and prove that she can be a good pony.
** The Citizens of Wuvy-Dovey Land can be considered this. They never lose their happy and loving nature, continuing to be nice people [[spoiler: even ''after'' the changelings destroy their town.]]
* MartyStu: Mirror!Sombra can come off like this. Celestia falls in love with him, Rarity notes how attractive he is and even Fluttershy, who (unlike Rarity) has never shown any romantic interest in anyone before, becomes weak-kneed and heart-eyed from just a single look. He outright refuses and doesn't show any indication of even considering Mirror!Celestia's offer to unite him with his true love, Celestia, because he is too noble. He's kind, affable, charming, and has yet to show any real flaw aside from his relationship with Celestia having a negative impact on his kingdom. The fact that Celestia falls so in love with him that she acts OutOfCharacter to a ridiculous degree doesn't help with that opinion either.
** Considering the state of the Kingdom despite having Mirror!Discord and Mirror!Queen Chrysalis, it looks like he is barely managing against the tyrant sisters.
* MemeticMutation: Several have become part of the fandom's image macro core image set:
** Fluttershy's "Nature is so fascinating" line from Issue #3 has [[http://derpibooru.org/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&sbq=nature+is+so+fascinating&commit=Go picked up a lot of mileage]]. The circular panel with her has been also used to create "Bad Advice Fluttershy" macros.
** Pinkie's reaction to opening the door with the giant eyeball in #4 (replacing the eyeball with anything else)
** Rainbow Dash's "Two Words!" at the end of #5
** Several reaction shots from the arc of #11-12, including "Cadance laughing at your misery", "Cadance tearing up", "Cadance slyly contemplating", and "Shining trying to say 'Hello'".
** Twilight pointing out why Cassie is EasilyForgiven to Rainbow Dash turned into a rather malicious meme where she tries to justify the actions of various villains akin to "X Did Nothing Wrong".
* OvershadowedByControversy: Bring up the 2014 annual, and all you'll hear about is the entire mess involving the issue's writer and his choice of fan OC to include in the background.
* PanderingToTheBase: The comics are obviously aimed at the older brony fandom than the kid audience the show is intended for. The stories are darker and more mature, as well as featuring elements the fandom loves over the SliceOfLife plots of the show, references to death are not uncommon, and there are many nods to the fans in the background scenery.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Angel saves the whole town, which he'll never get any recognition for. We can probably consider his Scrappy moments paid back in full after this.
* RomanticPlotTumor: In the "Reflections" arc. The premise of an alternate universe with evil versions of the cast and good versions of the villains quickly takes a backseat to Celestia's relationship with an alt version of Sombra.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: PlayedForLaughs with Wuvy-Dovey Land.
* UglyCute: Jim the Cave Troll. Sure he's a hulking brute who could easily crush a pony if he wanted to, but he's so innocent and carefree it's hard not to see him as anything other than the softie he really is. And he genuinely did love the Mane Six's company.
** The uncorrupted moon bunny in Issue #7. Fluttershy certainly thinks so.
* UncannyValley: Issue #1's [[http://www.amazon.com/Little-Friendship-Magic-Subscription-Variant/dp/B00A8RS4BC/ SUB]] cover by Jill Thompson. The mouths just look wrong.
** The costumes that Pinkie carries around.
%%* UnfortunateImplications: Shining Armor singing a parody of OingoBoingo's "Little Girls", a song about an adult attraction to teenage girls. Thankfully the comic uses the word "mares" instead of "fillies".
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Its promoted as an all-ages comic, though the series thus far has been a little darker than one would expect from a series where most of the covers feature cute, colorful ponies.
* TheWoobie: Luna on [[https://derpibooru.org/341850 Andy Price's variant of #8]].
** Rarity is very sympathetic in the Nightmares arc, especially when it's revealed that [[spoiler:she has self-esteem issues because she fears that her friends will abandon her because they find her useless. Fortunately, her friends convinced her otherwise at the end.]]
** Spike during [[spoiler: Nightmare Rarity's dream sequence]] at the end of #7.
** Princess Celestia, as a result of the [[spoiler:Sunset Shimmer short]].
*** She's either this or JerkassWoobie in the "Reflection" arc [[spoiler: where she ignore Starswirl's warning to see her lover King Sombra which ultimately causes her to be separated from her mentor then her lover.]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The "Reflections" arc. A lot of fans were really excited at the prospect of getting to see a mirror universe with evil versions of the mane cast and good versions of the bad guys. Unfortunately, the bulk of the arc ended up revolving around [[RomanticPlotTumor Celestia's relationship with alt!Sombra]]. The alternate versions of the Mane Six get very little screentime, leading a lot of readers to feel that the alternate universe premise was wasted even amongst who genuinely liked parts of the arc.
** This is even directly referenced in the final issue's postscript page, where the alternate Mane Six wonder if they should have been more involved in the story, though some regarded that more as a TakeThatAudience moment.