Actor Allusion: Twilight notes how odd it is that Ember's voice sounds a lot like how she sounded as a teenager. Tara Strong, Twilight's voice actress, also did Ember's voice in the games she appeared in.
Alternate Character Interpretation: Cynder. In canon, she's The Atoner who has a hard time getting over her past. In this fic, she's Jerkass who gets irritated easily by everyone who isn't Spyro, and has a problem with authority. (Though, that could be chalked up to being torn from her own world to one filled with Sugar Bowl candy colored ponies, and the fact that Ember use to have a crush on Spyro.) It also may be just a Jerkass Fašade she put up to form a barrier around herself in an attempt to forget about everything's she's done in her life.
Base Breaker: Of course, this coincides with the above. Some prefer this new characterization in comparison to how most fics tend to play up her past to wangesty levels, while others find her Jerkass demeanor a bit graiting.
Memetic Mutation: SPIKE! YOU JUST FIRE MAILED A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL GUARD!!Explanation During the fight scene between the dragons and the Canterlot Royal guard, Spike attempts to help Spyro and the others out, only to be pinned down by one of the royal guard. Being far too weak to escape, Spike does the only other thing he can think of. He builds up his flame, and lets it go in a mighty burst... which ends up fire mailing the royal guard to Celestia. Twilight reacts with the memetic worthy line, which many consider to be the single funniest line in the entire fic.