YMMV / Arad's Stardust

  • Base Breaker:
    • Lana has become this. First was the arguing over whether or not her Shipper on Deck "joke" and/or her general antics in the name of "fun" made her The Scrappy but, since chapter 20, when her "joke" has come out and she's been given a What Were You Thinking? chewing out, only to explode back, it's gotten worse. Some see her as sympathetic and understandable, others see her invoking a Freudian Excuse as the reason why its Never My Fault.
    • Some readers were also displeased by Twilight's Unstoppable Rage and the subsequent Curb-Stomp Battle she issued in chapter 33, thinking her overpowered and rendering the others worthless. Other readers stepped in with counterarguments and reasons why the feat fell within previously established ballparks.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The existence of the Anti-Magic "Equalizers" was bad enough before Season Five introduced Starlight Glimmer and her delusions of Equality.
    • Here, EXALT use XCOM gear and uniforms to carry out Terror missions. Come XCOM 2, XCOM itself is using guerrilla tactics against the alien-controlled cities and are denounced as terrorists, accusations that ring even more clear for Commanders that aren't concerned about collateral damage.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: An alien monster attacks Spike and the Cutie Mark Crusaders in their Ponyville classroom.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Vahlen may be on the path to this after the events of chapter 17, with hints of her reasonings for being so antagonistic towards Twilight being confirmed from chapter 15.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Dr. Vahlen, for most of the readers, due to her antagonistic approach to Twilight.
    • Lana started becoming this for readers when she decided to take her Shipper on Deck reasoning as an excuse to troll both Matt and Twilight, continually harrassing the former to the point she puts a doctored photo of Twilight in his locker and refusing to stop despite requests by Matt. It's gotten to the point Twilight has "muted" her twice out of sheer exasperation. She gets called on it in chapter 20, with mixed results.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Word of God states that the council is made up of unknown individuals, not representatives of funding nations. Senator Goleman's political attacks are completely justified as XCOM is a glorified PMC operating as it pleases, not an official multinational force. It has been pointed out that the nature of the Council is not completely known and they may take the form of The Illuminati, which means they not only control XCOM but the nations of the world as well. Strawman still does have a point, but not the one that he started with.