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** And now we have Emery Board from [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/444884/like-a-well-oiled-machine Like A Well-Oiled Machine]]. Apparently a good part of the fandom was just waiting for [[Creator/RLeeErmey this guy]] to get two extra legs.

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** And now we have Emery Board from [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/444884/like-a-well-oiled-machine Like A Well-Oiled Machine]]. Apparently a good small part of the fandom was just waiting for [[Creator/RLeeErmey this guy]] to get two extra legs.

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** And now we have Emery Board from [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/444884/like-a-well-oiled-machine Like A Well-Oiled Machine]]. Apparently a good part of the fandom was just waiting for [[Creator/RLeeErmey this guy]] to get two extra legs.


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** The Cutie Mark Crusaders, especially Scootaloo, who is subtly pushed forward as being responsible for their foolishness in her position as ringleader. The bitter argument reigns over whether or not Estee is justified as pushing them into their status as Ponyville's Disaster-Makers; whilst the verse's depictions of the things they've done do weigh heavily towards the justified scale -- they've destroyed property, hurt ponies, stolen things (and usually broken them in the process), all of it without any sign of guilt, for three years without stopping -- there's the complaint about whether or not this really ''is'' a "realistic" extrapolation of their canon behavior.

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BaseBreakingCharacter: The Cutie Mark Crusaders, especially Scootaloo, who is subtly pushed forward as being responsible for their foolishness in her position as ringleader. The bitter argument reigns over whether or not Estee is justified as pushing them into their status as Ponyville's Disaster-Makers; whilst the verse's depictions of the things they've done do weigh heavily towards the justified scale -- they've destroyed property, hurt ponies, stolen things (and usually broken them in the process), all of it without any sign of guilt, for three years without stopping -- there's the complaint about whether or not this really ''is'' a "realistic" extrapolation of their canon behavior.


** As of the most recent chapter of Triptych: Is Luna a flawed person whose just trying to make sure Twilight doesn't repeat her own mistakes, or just hurting Twilight to get her to [[spoiler: reconcile with her sister.]]

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** As of the most recent chapter of Triptych: Is Luna a flawed person whose just trying to make sure Twilight doesn't repeat her own mistakes, or just hurting Twilight to get force her to [[spoiler: reconcile with her sister.]]


** As of the most recent chapter of Triptych: Is Luna a flawed person whose just trying to make sure Twilight doesn't repeat her own mistakes, or just hurting Twilight to get her to [[spoiler reconcile with her sister.]]

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** As of the most recent chapter of Triptych: Is Luna a flawed person whose just trying to make sure Twilight doesn't repeat her own mistakes, or just hurting Twilight to get her to [[spoiler [[spoiler: reconcile with her sister.]]


** As of the most recent chapter of Triptych: Is Luna a flawed person whose just trying to make sure Twilight doesn't repeat her own mistakes, or just hurting Twilight to get her to [spoiler] reconcile with her sister. [/spoiler]

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** As of the most recent chapter of Triptych: Is Luna a flawed person whose just trying to make sure Twilight doesn't repeat her own mistakes, or just hurting Twilight to get her to [spoiler] [[spoiler reconcile with her sister. [/spoiler] sister.]]

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** As of the most recent chapter of Triptych: Is Luna a flawed person whose just trying to make sure Twilight doesn't repeat her own mistakes, or just hurting Twilight to get her to [spoiler] reconcile with her sister. [/spoiler]
**Does Celestia care about the Bearers, or is she using them?


** There is a strong division in the fandom as to whether Applejack's keeping of the Secret from the other Elements is a justifiable outgrowth of her strong ties to her family and the intense emphasis on the Secret in earth pony culture or a contemptible betrayal of her friends and her status as the Element of Honesty.
** Similarly, some argue that the Secret is an understandable reaction to FantasticRacism from the other tribes, while others argue that [[SelfFulfillingProphecy the other tribes only regard the earth ponies as contemptible clods because they've spent a thousand years convincing the other tribes that that's exactly what they]] ''[[SelfFulfillingProphecy are]]''.
** There have also been some discussions about the antagonists of the main work: some feel their actions make them irredeemably evil, others feel their past and motives explains their actions at least sufficiently enough to hope for their redemption.

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**There have also been some discussions about the antagonists of the main work: some feel their actions make them irredeemably evil, others feel their past and motives explains their actions at least sufficiently enough to hope for their redemption.

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** There is a strong division in the fandom as to whether Applejack's keeping of the Secret from the other Elements is a justifiable outgrowth of her strong ties to her family and the intense emphasis on the Secret in earth pony culture or a contemptible betrayal of her friends and her status as the Element of Honesty.
** Similarly, some argue that the Secret is an understandable reaction to FantasticRacism from the other tribes, while others argue that [[SelfFulfillingProphecy the other tribes only regard the earth ponies as contemptible clods because they've spent a thousand years convincing the other tribes that that's exactly what they]] ''[[SelfFulfillingProphecy are]]''.


** Applejack is also a strongly contentious character, with many fans regarding her as the least-likable of the Mane 6 due to her traditionalist nature leading to her FantasticRacism attributes and self-righteous attitude.
** For that matter, more than a few of the fans have stated that the general prejudice against earth ponies is [[KickTheSonOfABitch an entirely justified reaction to their concealment of their earthspeaking powers]].

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** For that matter, more than a few of the fans have stated that the general prejudice against earth ponies is [[KickTheSonOfABitch an entirely justified reaction to their concealment of their earthspeaking powers]].


*** ''Pony Up A Tree'' attracted a lot of arguments in its comments section debating over whether or not the Mane 6's interactions were believable or justifiable, and ultimately whether or not Rainbow Dash's karmic punishment was good enough. It turned a lot of people off of Rainbow Dash as she's depicted in this 'verse, due to the perceived DisproportionateRetribution of her interactions with Rarity.

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*** ''Pony Up A Tree'' attracted a lot of arguments in its comments section debating over whether or not the Mane 6's interactions were believable or justifiable, and ultimately whether or not Rainbow Dash's karmic punishment was good enough. It turned a lot of people off of Rainbow Dash as she's depicted in this 'verse, due to the perceived DisproportionateRetribution of her interactions with Rarity.



*** ''Haunted Hayride'' is to Applejack what ''Pony Up A Tree'' was to Rainbow Dash, particularly given Applejack is already a BaseBreakingCharacter. Many readers complain it combines the "humiliate your friend into learning a lesson instead of talking to them" angle of disliked canon episodes like ''Mare-Do-Well'' and ''28 Pranks Later'' with a shocking twist, arguing that Applejack initially seems like she's just picking up the challenge of "your hayride isn't scary" only to then throw the "you disrespected ma pah!" out of nowhere halfway into the story. Add in similar DisproportionateRetribution complaints as to ''Pony Up A Tree'', with Applejack deliberately invoking Rainbow Dash's biggest weaknesses and fears to provoke her, and it's become one of the most contentious parts of the Continuum.


* CompleteMonster: Invoked with Sombra. Per WordOfGod, the three rules for writing Sombra in the Continuum are "No softening, no humor unless it's [[GallowsHumor graveyard]], and ''no redemption''." The Crystal Empire under his rule is described as "imagine if the Warsaw Ghetto had been combined with one of the Concentration Camps", and the current state of the Empire is likened to the survivors of the aforementioned horror-show being told they have nowhere else to live ''but'' in the pit where they had been imprisoned, despite their tormentor being dead. He was a mass-murderer who conducted hideous experiments on living ponies and butchered the dead to experiment on their corpses, created an ever-shifting array of rules to furnish himself with a constant supply of prisoners to use for his experiments, practiced {{necromancy}}, BloodMagic and all manner of BlackMagic, and littered the city with both grotesque torture dungeon-laboratories and hidden booby traps.


*** ''Haunted Hayride'' is to Applejack what ''Pony Up A Tree'' was to Rainbow Dash, particularly given Applejack is already a BaseBreakerCharacter. Many readers complain it combines the "humiliate your friend into learning a lesson instead of talking to them" angle of disliked canon episodes like ''Mare-Do-Well'' and ''28 Pranks Later'' with a shocking twist, arguing that Applejack initially seems like she's just picking up the challenge of "your hayride isn't scary" only to then throw the "you disrespected ma pah!" out of nowhere halfway into the story. Add in similar DisproportionateRetribution complaints as to ''Pony Up A Tree'', with Applejack deliberately invoking Rainbow Dash's biggest weaknesses and fears to provoke her, and it's become one of the most contentious parts of the Continuum.

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*** ''Haunted Hayride'' is to Applejack what ''Pony Up A Tree'' was to Rainbow Dash, particularly given Applejack is already a BaseBreakerCharacter.BaseBreakingCharacter. Many readers complain it combines the "humiliate your friend into learning a lesson instead of talking to them" angle of disliked canon episodes like ''Mare-Do-Well'' and ''28 Pranks Later'' with a shocking twist, arguing that Applejack initially seems like she's just picking up the challenge of "your hayride isn't scary" only to then throw the "you disrespected ma pah!" out of nowhere halfway into the story. Add in similar DisproportionateRetribution complaints as to ''Pony Up A Tree'', with Applejack deliberately invoking Rainbow Dash's biggest weaknesses and fears to provoke her, and it's become one of the most contentious parts of the Continuum.Continuum.
* CompleteMonster: Invoked with Sombra. Per WordOfGod, the three rules for writing Sombra in the Continuum are "No softening, no humor unless it's [[GallowsHumor graveyard]], and ''no redemption''." The Crystal Empire under his rule is described as "imagine if the Warsaw Ghetto had been combined with one of the Concentration Camps", and the current state of the Empire is likened to the survivors of the aforementioned horror-show being told they have nowhere else to live ''but'' in the pit where they had been imprisoned, despite their tormentor being dead. He was a mass-murderer who conducted hideous experiments on living ponies and butchered the dead to experiment on their corpses, created an ever-shifting array of rules to furnish himself with a constant supply of prisoners to use for his experiments, practiced {{necromancy}}, BloodMagic and all manner of BlackMagic, and littered the city with both grotesque torture dungeon-laboratories and hidden booby traps.

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