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* AngstWhatAngst: Rarity shows this after her failed attempt to lure the dragon out of the cave, caring more about not getting the treasure.
* BrokenBase: Fans are divided on Rainbow Dash towards Fluttershy. Was she the [[OnlySaneMan only sane mare]] or an insensitive {{Jerkass}}?
* DesignatedVillain: We're supposed to side against the Dragon simply because the smoke from his snoring is endangering Equestria. Some of the Mane Six, especially Rainbow Dash, treat him like a villain although he clearly never means any harm unless provoked. It doesn't help when Rarity tries to steal his hoard and Rainbow Dash kicks him in the face. When Fluttershy gives him a talking to, he's more than willing to comply.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Again, the Dragon gets this treatment for being the most sympathetically portrayed one (other than Spike) on the show. He just wants to sleep instead of actually cause any destruction, he actually responds positively to Rarity (until he realizes she's trying to steal from him), he only becomes violent when Rainbow kicks him first, and he ultimately proves to be willing to listen to reason when Fluttershy stands up to him.
* GrowingTheBeard: The earliest of several popular choices for when it happened.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Fluttershy is correct in asserting that Spike's not a huge, gigantic, terrifying, enormous, teeth-gnashing, sharp-scale-having, horn-wearing, smoke-snoring, could-eat-a-pony-in-one-bite, totally-all-grown-up dragon. Except later, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess he becomes just that.]]
** At one point, Fluttershy says, "This is a time for panic!" Pinkie, not listening to her, says, "I'm going to need balloons!" In "It's About Time", she uses balloons to panic.
* WhatAnIdiot:
** Rarity, did you really think it would be a good idea to tell the dragon you would watch over his hoard?
** Likewise, after seeing her other friends' failures, Rainbow Dash decides [[BullyingADragon kicking said dragon]] would be a ''[[SarcasmMode genius]]'' idea.
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