2002 novel by Meg Cabot and its sequel:
- Harsher in Hindsight: All of the Heath Ledger references. All of the Brittany Murphy references in the sequel.
My Little Pony fan-fic by Shinzakura:
- Broken Base: The Spacebattles forum inevitably gets horribly heated whenever the topic of the fic is brought up. Some love it, some despise it, all have incredibly strong opinions on it. Fim Fic users also have strong opinions on the story, but are far less vocal about it.
- Though no longer as much since the SB/SV fracture.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Much of the story, in particular Twilight's hypothetical question to Rarity about what she would do if she found a lost human baby, is made funnier by the later release of Rarity's Son. Shinzakura has commented on this.
- Jerkass Woobie: Each of the mares in the COMBS arc, in one way or another.
- Rarity and Silversteel cross into this once we learn how they treated DJ and her family during their reunion with her. Rarity has been considerably more persistent about the "Jerkass", part, while Silversteel has begun to make amends with them.
- Magnificent Harridelle: Champagne Dreams a.k.a. Sunset Shimmer. There is nothing that she won't do to protect her family, even destroying every other family on the planet.
- Recursive Fanfiction: The story and its universe has its own group on FIMFiction, with a handful of third-party stories listed there.