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* AlternateAesopInterpretation: Turn your weakness into a strength.
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Pipsqueak. Some fans think he's adorable, and others think he's annoying.
** Luna's [[NoIndoorVoice portrayal]] [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant in this episode]] didn't sit too well with some fans.
** Pinkie's reception in this episode is divided. Her pretending to be scared of Luna act is seen as either getting into the spirit of things or just plain mean.
* BrokenBase: While not as divisive as [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel other]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell episodes]] (it's of the highest rated episodes by Hasbro), either this episode was the best episode for Luna or the worst thing about her.
* FountainOfMemes: Being an EnsembleDarkhorse, practically everything Luna said or did in this episode went on to become a meme. "The fun has been doubled!", [[NoIndoorVoice CANTERLOCK]], and "THY PRINCESS OF THE NIGHT HATH ARRIVED" are prominent examples from many.
* GeniusBonus: Zecora is dressed as an enchantress/storyteller with spiders in her hair. In African folklore, stories are the domain of Anansi the Spider.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** One of the most popular fanfics over the season break was ''FalloutEquestria'', where the protagonist is named "Littlepip". This episode introduces a new character named Pipsqueak and Zecora at one point calls him [[NamesTheSame "Little Pip"]]. This isn't a ShoutOut due to AnimationLeadTime (and the writers aren't allowed to read fanfics anyways). The coincidence [[http://justmoth.deviantart.com/#/d4dlxj3 hasn't escaped some fans]], though.
** Similarly, [[Fanfic/{{Progress}} one fanfic]] written early on in the series' run featured Luna having trouble adjusting to the modern age.
** There's also this line from ''Fanfic/{{Progress}}'', which ended up being surprisingly accurate to the canon Luna's personality, and came complete with DramaticThunder:
---> '''Luna''': [[MundaneMadeAwesome "EUREKA! I AM THE GODDESS OF MATH ONCE AGAIN!]] [[EvilLaugh MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"]]
** [[Fanfic/PastSins Another]] has Zecora narrating the story of Nightmare Moon.
** And [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/story-in-her-majestys-royal-service.html yet another]] has Luna confusing the heck out of other ponies with AntiquatedLinguistics.
** Even though she was ''pretending'' to be scared, the fact that Pinkie was scared of Luna (especially "thinking" she'll eat her) is EXTREMELY funny considering [[{{Fanfic/Cupcakes}} a certain fanfic]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CmMAIBT3fc There's a 1986 single]] called "Scary But Fun."
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong:
** Twilight's intro is played against a variation on "In the Hall of the Mountain King". It is later heard intermittently throughout the episode with slight changes.
** The music playing when they arrive at the festival sounds like the theme from ''Series/TheMunsters''.
** Luna's grand entrance is accompanied by strains of Music/JohnWilliams' "[[Franchise/StarWars Imperial March]]".
* TheWoobie:
** Luna. The poor girl ''tries'', but due to a lot of different things, she keeps making things worse and worse. Who can blame her for finally getting completely fed up with everypony treating her like a monster?
** Fluttershy. When Luna's standing over her, loudly demanding advice, all Fluttershy can do is meekly agree while looking like she wishes she could melt into the ground.

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