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- Dresden seeing Twilight Sparkle's treehouse/library for the first time and wondering if he's becoming a Pyromaniac because he can totally see it going up in flames.
- Pinkie appearing out of nowhere and scaring the hell out of Harry.
How the hell did she sneak up on me?
- Luna doing the same thing.
- Pinkie asking Harry if he's a 'stallion.' In Equestria, of course, it just means "Are you male or female?" On Earth, however...
- Harry trolling Rainbow Dash.
- Celestia finding out exactly how Harry used the Elements of Harmony to destroy the Nightmare. "HE DID WHAT?!"
- The thought of Harry picking Twilight up in a big Bear Hug, all the while squeeing like a little girl.
- Harry and Bob discussing the last time Bob was let out of his skull:
- Harry brings Bob to Equestria with him. Hilarity Ensues.
Bob: You described the population as mostly female and entirely naked. I am not missing out on that.
- The fun starts even before the story leaves Chigaco, in the form of Bob convincing Harry to take him along to Equestria in the first place. He starts with logical reasons, but Harry doesn't buy it, telling Bob that he'll consider bringing him if he reveals why he actually wants to go. Without hesitation, Bob complies:
Harry: They’re horses, Bob!
Please tell me she hasn't talked to Bob.
- Seeing as how the ponies are very innocent and are from a different culture to boot, some of the things they say can quite easily become Innocent Innuendo. This has not gone unnoticed by Bob:
Twilight: Would you take off all your clothes, please? I’ve got a surprise that I think you’ll like.
- When Twilight is about to cast a ponification spell on Harry that would likely damage his clothes:
Bob: Now we’re talking!
Bob: I have to ask what you’re doing sneaking into the room this early.
- Later, Pinkie Pie visits Harry early in the morning to give him a bag of turnovers. Harry is asleep, and Pinkie encounters Bob:
Pinkie: Oh, I was just bringing [Dresden] a sweet little something to get his morning started off right.
Bob laughs uncontrollably
"That is quite literally impossible!"
- And then, at Harry's suggestion, Bob (a spirit of pure intellect) plays Tic Tac Toe against Pinkie Pie.
- Later on, Twilight inadvertently becomes Bob's owner, causing his usual loud-mouthed crassness to disappear in favor of a much more dignified and professional personality. The Mane Six are at first fascinated by this, but get a nasty surprise when Bob reveals that no matter what, he's always a colossal pervert.
- Harry's first thought upon coming back to the house and finding Celestia there?
Harry: So, how was working with Lyra? She didn’t take advantage of your delicate sensibilities, did she?
- Bob finally meets his match when Lyra interviews him about humans:
Bob: I wish. She ignored every pass I made, and even when I finally brought the discussion around to human sexuality, she treated it like a science project. She referred to the best bits you humans possess as ‘genitalia’. Does it get more clinical and detached than that? (...) Honestly, the only reason I put up with it all is that [she] came to the interview naked.
- Harry musing on Celestia's reluctance to let him help in finding Twilight.
If I was in charge of the local utopia and some wizard of questionable morality started blundering around and stirring up ancient conspiracies, I'd probably shoot first and ask questions later. Which would hardly be in keeping with the whole paradisaical set-up. No wonder I don't run things.
- "These life-forms appear to be immune to sarcasm, Captain."
- Harry coming to an obvious, yet deeply unsettling realization.
Ye gods, I'm the pony version of Thomas.
- "Oh thank God, he's trying to kill me again."
- The reason Harry hasn't told Murphy or anybody else (except Bob) about the ponies and Equestria is because if he did, the info could get out and the place could be invaded by Lord knows what. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he's close friends with a group of painfully adorable, technicolor talking ponies and he'll thank you to not question his masculinity.
- Harry hanging out with the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
- In his internal monologue he later refers to them as the 'Butt Tattoo Brigade'
- When Harry has Bon Bon (who's a member of the Order Triune) and Lyra (who isn't) trapped after a short fight, he's annoyed that Lyra keeps on mouthing off to him, seemingly unwilling to accept that he has them completely at his mercy. This prompts him to wonder if any of his enemies ever felt that way about him.
- The Humanised Mane cast turn up to meet Harry and appear two states away. Casually asking for directions to their friend Harry who lives in Chicago. Fully expecting everyone to know everyone like they would in Ponyville.
- Twilight's special blend of Crazy-Prepared and Super OCD.
Twilight:Plan A was to arrive normally, thereby attracting as little attention as possible. Given the distance between us and Dresden, that plan is untenable. Unfortunately, that distance also renders Plans B through E similarly untenable
Applejack: Do I wanna ask?
Spike: No, you do not.
- Soon after arriving in Chicago, Pinkie Pie wanders off. When she returns, she's holding a baby. Twilight, Applejack, and Rarity promptly freak out.
Pinkie Pie: Can we keep him? Please?
Rainbow Dash: We have to, don’t we? Now that Pinkie picked him up, his mother won’t recognize his smell and won’t take him back to the nest.
Twilight: Thats not how primates work, even assuming humans weren’t sapient!
"I want one."
- The best part is Fluttershy's reaction. She takes the little boy out of Pinkie's arms, coos at him for a few seconds, and then turns to Twilight.
"What?! Fluttershy, we are not keeping him!"
"It doesn’t have to be this baby," she said plaintively, her possessive posture at odds with her words. "But I would take really good care of one, honest."
- When Spike introduces himself to Murphy as "Emperor Drakon Magnus the Third," Twilight glares at him until he proffers up "Lance" instead. Even funnier is that, with the exception of "AJ" and possibly "Dash", all the names/nicknames they provide Murphy with as their "human" names are almost as outlandish as Spike's alias.
- The Mane Six's embarrassing self-introduction to Karrin Murphy. First, they give off multiple warning signs of being The Fair Folk and wind up having every weapon in the room pointed at them; then, when Murph says that no sane human female would go outside in Chicago in late September with no underwear on (which she says while pointing at their chests "for some reason"), all six of them proudly drop trou to reveal that she's wrong — they're wearing exact replicas of Harry's embarrassing boxer shorts.
- After realizing that Twilight and probably her friends are on Earth, and that he's getting a call from Murphy, he answers the phone and this exchange happens:
Dresden: Please tell me Twilight looks like a human
Murphy: How the hell did you know that? And if you say 'magic' I will put a bullet in you.
Dresden: Sorcery? Don't worry. If she's who I think, she's harmless. Either way I'll be at the precinct as soon as I can.
Murphy: And if she isn't?
Dresden: Then she's an eldritch abomination capable of ripping secret information out of my head without my notice, and we’re all dead.
Murphy: That’s why I love working with you, Harry. Everything is so neat and simple when you’re on the case.
- From Chapter 4:
- Murphy did a little test to see what Harry was hiding and didn't invite Twilight across her threshold, which dispells Twilight's magic and turns her back into a pony. The next day, she drops the girls off at Harry's, then spends a few moments teasing Harry about playing around with cute colorful ponies while Harry fails to defend himself. ]
- Charity's opinion of "Auntie Pinkie's" effects on the Carpenter brood.
- Pinkie bounces into Harry's house before he can tell her about the threshold, turning her into a pony. Unfortunately for Harry, Pinkie's clothes fell off due to the transformation, and Human!Pinkie is very shapely...
- The girls meet Thomas. While they spend a few minutes drooling over him, he asks Harry why five beautiful virgins are in their house. No, he didn't miscount.