* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Despite her quite miserable state, Celestia still manages to make the bad guys [[OhCrap instantly regret being caught fighting the Mane 6]].
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: For all the action and drama featured in the story, the climax has two.
** Rarity [[ObfuscatingStupidity playing dumb]] and pretending to be lost [[WeNeedADistraction so the others can search the bad guys' hideout]].
** Not long into the BigBad's gloating about how successful they were, everypony is rightfully confused as to why Pinkie starts laughing in his face. Turns out Celestia has arrived and isn't exactly pleased to see Twilight's friends being attacked.
* MisBlamed: The entire royal force is often completely blamed for the near-successful regicide of Princess Luna, but this is not the case. [[spoiler:Only three of those guards took part of the plot, and all the other guards, specifically the Beam siblings, Radiant Dawn, and Shining Sword, were unaware of the conspiracy their comrades were in]] and thus are not the ones to share the blame.
* MoralEventHorizon: If this wasn't already crossed with driving the entire Equestria -- especially Celestia -- into sadness with Luna's faked death, or the cruel treatment Luna receives from her imprisoners, then [[spoiler:Navy Shield]] certainly does it by [[spoiler:shooting and nearly killing Luna right after she's rescued and reunited with Celestia]].
* TearJerker: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* TheWoobie:
** Unlike other fanon examples, this is somewhat more accurate when it comes to Luna's loneliness and [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating lower favor]] than Celestia.
** Who's still got nothing on Celestia, who starts as a depressed wreck and [[FromBadToWorse gets worse as the story goes on]].