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* AlternateAesopInterpretation:
** It's no use trying to change or get rid of a negative reputation - some people will keep spreading it, even though they know it's not true. Instead, you should play to everyone's expectations of you, let them define who you are (at least in public), and generally go along with the herd. You ''do'' want to be liked and accepted, don't you?
** Turn your weakness into a strength.
* BaseBreaker:
** Pipsqueak. Some fans think he's adorable, and others think he's a CreatorsPet in the making.
** Luna's [[NoIndoorVoice portrayal]] [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant in this episode]] didn't sit too well with some fans.
** Pinkie's reception in this episode is divided. Her [[spoiler: pretend to be scared of Luna act]] is seen as either getting into the spirit of things, or just being plain mean.
* BrokenBase: While not as divisive as [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel other]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell episodes]] (it's of the highest rated episodes by Hasbro), either this episode was the best episode for Luna or the worst thing about her.
* FountainOfMemes: Being an EnsembleDarkhorse, practically everything Luna said or did in this episode went on to become a meme. "The fun has been doubled!", [[NoIndoorVoice CANTERLOCK]], and "THY PRINCESS OF THE NIGHT HATH ARRIVED" are prominent examples from many.
* GeniusBonus: Zecora is dressed as an enchantress/storyteller with spiders in her hair. In African folklore, stories are the domain of Anansi the Spider.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** One of the most popular fanfics over the season break was ''FalloutEquestria'', where the protagonist is named "Littlepip". This episode introduces a new character named Pipsqueak and Zecora at one point calls him [[NamesTheSame "Little Pip"]]. This isn't a ShoutOut due to AnimationLeadTime (and the writers aren't allowed to read fanfics anyways). The coincidence [[http://justmoth.deviantart.com/#/d4dlxj3 hasn't escaped some fans]], though.
** Similarly, [[{{Progress}} one fanfic]] written early on in the series' run featured Luna having trouble adjusting to the modern age.
** There's also this line from ''{{Progress}}'', which ended up being surprisingly accurate to the canon Luna's personality, and came complete with DramaticThunder:
---> '''Luna''': [[MundaneMadeAwesome "EUREKA! I AM THE GODDESS OF MATH ONCE AGAIN!]] [[EvilLaugh MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"]]
** [[Fanfic/PastSins Another]] has Zecora narrating the story of Nightmare Moon.
** And [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/story-in-her-majestys-royal-service.html yet another]] has Luna confusing the heck out of other ponies with AntiquatedLinguistics.
** Even though she was ''pretending'' to be scared, the fact that Pinkie was scared of Luna (especially "thinking" she'll eat her) is EXTREMELY funny considering [[{{Fanfic/Cupcakes}} a certain fanfic]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CmMAIBT3fc There's a 1986 single]] called "Scary But Fun."
* TheScrappy: '''PINKIE PIE.''' Not once, not twice, but ''three'' times she [[InnocentlyInsensitive inadvertently wrecked]] Luna's slowly trying earn the trust of Ponyville's citizens. Even though she later explained that she was acting all along, it didn't stop many of the older viewers to exclaim at the time "Pinkie, you're not helping the situation."
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong:
** Twilight's intro is played against a variation on "In the Hall of the Mountain King". It is later heard intermittently throughout the episode with slight changes.
** The music playing when they arrive at the festival sounds like the theme from ''Series/TheMunsters''.
** Luna's grand entrance is accompanied by strains of Music/JohnWilliams' "[[Franchise/StarWars Imperial March]]".
* TheWoobie:
** Luna. The poor girl ''tries'', but due to a lot of different things, she keeps making things worse and worse. Who can blame her for finally getting completely fed up with everypony treating her like a monster?
*** WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Luna is a physical god, after all.
** Fluttershy. When Luna's standing over her, loudly demanding advice, all Fluttershy can do is meekly agree while looking like she wishes she could melt into the ground.

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