YMMV: The Nuptialverse

  • Anti-Climax Boss: Olive Branch's poorly thought out plans fall apart and Celestia easily arrests him.
  • Broken Base: Whether the Cerebus Syndrome is a good thing or not.
  • Complete Monster: Discord from the story Metamorphosis murdered the founders of Equestria and was responsible for Chrysalis's Start of Darkness. He manipulated a disgruntled pegasus into attacking the meeting discussing the unity of the ponies, offering her the powers of an Alicorn and turning the Flutterponies into the monsterous Changelings for an army. They attacked the meeting, wiped out all guards to replace with the Changelings, forced Commander Hurricane to shoot her friend Pansy, transformed the rest of them causing them to fall apart and die, and made the two survivors, Celestia and Luna, immortal so they can never join them in death. After this he has the Changelings turn the pegusus into Queen Chrysalis explaining that he had promsed her "the Powers of an Alicorn," and the two of them turn Equestaria into a chaotic hellhole for thousands of years.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: After several readers expressed dissatisfaction with the dark Olive Branch and Scootabuse storylines in Families, to the point of forcing a Dark tag onto the story, they jumped ship altogether when the followup Direction was posted with that tag to begin with, indicating that both tone and content had left the Original Flavor that attracted them permanently behind. (Ironically, Darth Link only added the tag as a preemptive response to these objectors and has since removed it.)
  • Franchise Original Sin: While Post Nuptials was praised for it's idealistic tone, it hinted at darker themes. Metamorphosis showed plenty of darkness, but being a side story, didn't affect expectations for the main series. Come Families, the Olive Branch story thread irked quite a few readers who had come into the story following the various family issues only to see most of them pushed aside in favor of what they saw as a trite and/or unrealistic conspiracy/thriller angle. in response to a comment about the plot thread's perceived weaknesses, Darth Link justified them with it just being a side plot and wanting to "keep the focus on the personal troubles", despite it being the entire second half of the story, while the "personal troubles" were wrapped up (or tied in to Olive Branch) midway through. Once it seemed Direction was going to continue the trend, many reader abandoned the series for loosing the idealism that was its big draw.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Just about everything Scootaloo does in the canonical series becomes this as more of her family situation comes to light in Families.
    • Pinkie's Flashback in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" after it's revealed that she drastically changed certain details in order to avoid upsetting the CMC.
    • Fluttershy's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Pinkie Pie in "Putting Your Hoof Down" was harsh enough already, but when Fluttershy learns how it reminded Pinkie of her parents' real reaction to her cutie mark, it becomes even worse.
      • And Iron Will, who started his coaching to help ponies not be bullied like he once was, found out that Fluttershy was far from the only pony to go overboard with his teachings and many have become bullies themselves.
    • Celestia laughing at Olive Branch's desire for immortality may be awesome, but it becomes a bit sombering when you realize she has very good reasons for despising her own immortality outside of the obvious.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In this story, Discord is described as a creature so cruel and sadistic that his actions shattered Fluttershy's worldview that showing others kindness is the key to bringing out the good in anyone. Then ""Keep Calm and Flutter On" aired and showed Fluttershy doing just that with Discord. Needless to say, it immediately became clear which season 3 episode Darth Link would be ignoring for this continuity.
    • Relatedly, given how much eviler and serious Discord was here, that his defeat (in the middle of laughing at the Princesses efforts to stop him when they sicced the Elements of Harmony on him) so perfectly caught how they defeated him in canon (down to Discord leaving behind something that would cause trouble 1000+ years later) is rather miraculous.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Speedy Delivery might not have that much support after he steps on Scootaloo's wing.
    • Olive Branch, while not a good guy to begin with, crosses this line when he has Twilight attacked and kidnapped.
    • Chrysalis selling out Equestria to Discord for personal power.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Post Nuptials received near universal acclaim, which its sequels, and Darth Link's subsequent works, have had a hard time living up to. Many other Canterlot Wedding Accusation Fics have also been critiqued as mere whining compared to the thoughtfulness and satisfying resolution of Nuptials.
  • Wangst: The group's Jerkass Realization is one thing but their constant beatings over themselves send them over the edge over this.