YMMV / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S2 E21 "Dragon Quest"

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: To the dragon species as a whole:
    • One can easy see the teen dragons as jerkasses and the adults as uncaring of the situation of what they do, but it could be seen as a dragon's way of life. With the teens not being mean to Spike but toughening him up. In real life, most reptiles have little involvement in child-rearing. On the other hoof, Spike may have just chosen the bad crowd when it came to dragons and the teens are just sadistic bullies.
    • Since phoenixes are immortal, smashing their eggs may be a way to keep their population in check.
    • Did the dragons accept Spike into their gang because they respect him or did they want to use him as bait for the phoenixes and not give a flying feather on what happened to him?
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Crackle, memetic character from before the episode was aired and appears on screen for five seconds tops.
    • The Badass Family phoenixes who almost kill Garble's gang for threatening their chicks.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Cold Opening has Rainbow Dash and Twilight try to convince Fluttershy to conquer her fears to join in on a group activity. Guess what was the plot for the very next episode.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The shot of Rainbow Dash holding a photo to Fluttershy has become visual exploitable. Same with Garble reading the letter from Princess Celestia that Spike belched up.
    • A shot of Rarity leaning in on Spike has led to an exploitable of bad pickup lines.
    • Some people assume that Crackle is the dragon version of Derpy.
    • Crackle is best dragon.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The teenage dragons were already giant Jerkasses, but they definitely cross that line during their Dragon Raid. They were willing to attack and eat a bunch of chicks and then urging Spike to smash the left over phoenix egg.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Crackle, who had fan art before the episode aired (due to being shown in the second preview clip).
    • Spike's pet Phoenix, Peewee, was an instant hit with fan art trickling in less than an hour after his debut.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • A lot of the questions that Spike goes on his quest to answer are ignored. Sure, he decides that some of them aren't important, but it still would be interesting to explore. The show does deliver on some of these ideas four seasons later.
    • In the case of World Building, this episode didn't tell us the point of the migration and finding out that the dragon life cycle has a teenager phase didn't reveal anything unexpected.
  • Ugly Cute: Crackle, the only dragon named in the show, looks so terrible that it is adorable.
  • Unfortunate Implications: While the moral of the episode is intended to be that it's okay for males to be interested in feminine things, as some reviewers point out, if you replace "dragons" with any other race in regards to the conversations had early in the episode, the story comes across as xenophobic. Even disregarding that, these reviewers also note the moral being conveyed by making men look boorish and cruel does far more harm than good.
    Spike: ...I don't act like other dragons?
    Pinkie Pie: Oh not even close!
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: What gender is Crackle supposed to be anyway?
  • The Woobie: Poor Spike has an identity crisis caused by his own friends, walks his way to the Dragon's volcano and falls in with a bad crowd.