- Author's Saving Throw: When the second chapter first came out, many people complained that Celestia's strictness was completely out of character. The author created the character of Thunderbolt and rewrote that chapter to satisfy fans. Unfortunately, this caused the story to feel a bit too one-sided in favor of RARA, which is not what the author intended.
- Jerkass Woobie: Thunderbolt is a massive jerk who doesn't think anybody who pulls a HeelFace Turn is being truthful, treats the Mane 6 like crap, and he uses RARA to create a Witch Hunt against all former villains. However, with the reveal that his daughter was killed and his wife crippled in the Changeling Invasion during the season two finale, it's hard not to see why he's so bitter, why he views Twilight's Turn the Other Cheek philosophy as foolishly naive, and why he believes all villains regardless of reformation need to pay for their crimes.
- Rooting for the Empire: Some readers are glad to see Moondancer and Thunderbolt calling the Mane 6 and the Princesses out on their leniency towards criminals and administering punishment to the villains, especially once it's established that Thunderbolt lost his daughter to an invasion that could have been prevented had the Mane 6 and the Princesses been more communicative.
YMMV / Equestria: Civil War