- Designated Villain: Both the doctors and Celesta are only looking out for Rainbow's safety when they recommend she be put in a mental institute.
- Moral Event Horizon: Gilda crosses it in Flying Forwards, when she kidnaps Rainbow Dash over their fallout in Griffon to Brush Off. Despite knowing about Rainbow's brain damage and subsequent age regression, leaving her for all intensive purposes, an innocent filly, who is both incapable of fighting back or even knowing what she is being attacked for. Also, its revealed that she is trying to start an uprising in Griffin Stone.
- Typhon probably crossed it as well. When he blasted Chrysailis with a de-aging spell, before leaving her in the Everfree to be eaten by timberwolves.
- What an Idiot!: Some readers have commented that Gilda, essentially kidnapping the daughter of Twilight Sparkle, member of the royal family, while already on the brink of war with Equestria, while in the middle of leading an uprising, may not have been a good idea.
- The Woobie: Rainbow Dash suffers a devastating crash, that both leaves horribly injured and causes permanent brain damage, leaving mentally two-three years old with no guarantee of ever being helped. If that was not enough, she now faces being sent to a mental hospital in Canterlot, where if not for Twilight's intervention, she would probably have been medicated and left in isolation for the rest of her life. This ultimately leads to her being physically regressed, as sole way of eventually bringing her back.
YMMV / Falling Backwards