These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Rainbow Double Dashs Lunaverse
Base Breaker: At the Grand Galloping Gala. Some folks hate the first half, which tortures Trixie for several chapters. Some hate the second for what it does to the ongoing Night Court storyline, and Trixie's and Luna's characters at the end. And mentioning it on the boards or in the story comments is guaranteed to provoke a flame war.
Broken Base: There are four camps relating to 'At the Grand Galloping Gala', the culmination of the season 1 'Night Court' storyline. One faction feels that the fic ruins things because it makes the Night Court too dark and evil, able to cause a whole town to suffer because one pony in it hates Trixie. One faction feels that the fic ruins things because it turns Trixie and co. into hypocritical criminals and Luna into a tyrant for letting them get away with what is essentially treason in order to expose/punish the (comparatively smaller) crimes of the bad nobles. A third group thinks that the fic breaks everything in both ways; that by implying that treason is the only way to fix the Court, it makes the Court far more broken and malign than before while also not actually solving the corruption (since Trixie and co. would get away with what they did). And a fourth faction likes things just fine or wishes the Court's punishment had been more severe.
Complete Monster: Corona, for her kidnapping of Ponyville citizens as hostages, her vicious assault on Luna and plans to destroy Canterlot.
Grey Hoof, in Dinky and the Blanks. What he tries to do to Dinky confirms it.
Flim and Flam. They abduct a foal as part of a political gambit. Carrot Top is not amused.
Grogar, if you think of how Luna described him.
Crack Pairing: Pinkie Pie and Blueblood if the end of the Gala is anything to go by.
Crazy Awesome: Trajectory. His ultimate plan? It's to destroy the sun with a catapult. Which basically means firing safes, anvils, and pianos towards it. Essentially, he's shooting unbelievably heavy death in every direction because he doesn't understand how far away the sun is.
Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: As of 'At the Grand Galloping Gala', in which the L6 descend to the level of the corrupt nobles and plan to commit high treason to fight them, has caused some readers to stop caring which side wins.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Octavia Philharmonica has had a Character Development arc throughout the season that is arguably as meaningful as those of the Elements of Harmony, even getting her own character focus episodes.
Foe Yay: In The Hero of Oaton, Cut N' Dry starts crushing hard on Raindrops at first sight.
Hype Backlash: Antithesis, the villain of the long-awaited Crisis on Two Lunaverses has been derided for her lackluster nature.
Iron Woobie: Piano Amour. Her family's situation was going downhill so hard that she didn't care anymore even if she'd fail the symphony: she'd get Luna's attention one way or another, no matter what it'd cost to herself.
Jerkass Woobie: If you still think of Applejack as being a jerk after reading Carrot Top Season, you might be part demon. Everything she does she does because she thinks that she has to and, since she works too hard, she has no idea why the townsfolk might not like her.
Diamond Tiara in Scootalong for the Cheer.
Memetic Sex God: According to chapter 5 of "Beating The Heat," everypony has dreams about Big Macintosh. Granted, the story is non-canon with the rest of the Lunaverse...
Misaimed Fandom: Some readers have a habit of assuming the worst of certain characters. The standout examples being the belief that L!Applebloom is a bully similar to Diamond Tiara, and that L!Twilight would be perfectly willing to team up with Corona. These ideas seem to annoy RDD enough to discourage people from believing them.
RDD has also noted that readers have come to see the Lunaverse as a lot darker than he originally intended.
Both of these examples have lessened considerably since Carrot Top Season and A Chance Encounter have been published. The former showed Apple Bloom in more detail and the latter proved that Twilight does not sympathize with Corona.
Up to Eleven with 'At the Grand Galloping Gala', which even has some of the authors protesting how dark the story has gotten.
Corona kidnapping about 50 foals from Ponyville and threatening to slaughter them unless Ponyville stays nice and quiet and accepts her as their new Queen. This is maybe ten minutes, max, after she's escaped from the sun.
Later, Corona decides to destroy Canterlot and a good chunk of the surrounding countryside due to Shining Armor's trolling her, despite stating not thirty seconds previously that, as an immortal, she has all the time in the world to wait for Shining Armor to grow tired and stop being able to project his shield around Canterlot. She is fortunately (if accidentally) stopped by Zecora before she can go through with it, but still...
In-universe, many of Ponyville's citizens seem to regard Twilight's summoning a Ursa Minor just to try and upstage Trixie this way. Out of universe, it hasn't helped her Ron the Death Eater reputation among some readers, either...
The reader consensus is that Flim and Flam have well and truly crossed this horizon by kidnapping Apple Bloom.
Long comment threads in 'At the Grand Galloping Gala' reveal that some folks think that fic includes moral event horizons for Viceroy Night Light (who delayed reconstruction funding to Ponyville because he hates Trixie), the Court as a whole (who tolerates this), and/or Trixie (who RDD has implied will use the Truth is a Scourge potion on the entire Court and force them all to reveal all their secrets, which would be hypocritical, since that act itself is highly illegal and borders on treason but she intends to do it to protest the illegal dealings of the Court).
One-Scene Wonder: Coconut, Featherbed, Marching Order, Duke Greengrass in Carrot Top Season, and the Sirens (with a musical number, no less)
Ron the Death Eater: Some feel the deconstruction of the canon Mane Six falls into this, due to the treatment they get and how few good points they seem to have. The original author did admit that Twilight being turned into an anti-villain was intentional, presumably to serve as a counterpart for Trixie.
On the other hand, the various authors of the Lunaverse noticed this problem and have spent considerable time rectifying their original portrayals of the Mane-6 in later fics.
Tastes Like Diabetes: Cherilee's reaction to learning that Dinky saved for almost a year to get money for Ditzy's birthday present.