Cry for the Devil: The Flim-Flam brothers are jerks, yes, but it's hard not to feel sorry for Flam when they get separated during the sandstorm in the San Palomino and he thinks Flim might be dead.
Harsher in Hindsight: Applejack's comment to Soarin' about his mother not teaching him any manners become this when you take his family situation into consideration. She realizes this in chapter 10 and immediately apologies.
Hilarious in Hindsight: The fic first started being written in 2012, and shows a Kirin. Fast forward to Season 8 of the actual show in 2018 and canonical Kirins actually appear in the episode "Sounds of Silence."
Squick: Chrysalis offering to make love to Blueblood while disguised as Rarity, something he actually considers.