- Audience-Alienating Premise: The fluffy fandom is already a tough sell under the best circumstances (as it's MLP fanon based off of other MLP fanon, making it esoteric even to fans of the show). However, the "abuse" category of art being the defining aspect of the whole subculture makes it even harder to tell people about fluffies.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Since canon is loosely defined, each author and artist has their own interpretation on fluffy behavior and their place in society.
- Broken Base: Are fluffies supposed to be cute, innocent creatures who wouldn't even hurt a stuffed toy, or are they a race of vicious assholes who wantonly bully, rape, and murder their own kind? Fans are divided over which interpretation of fluffies is the better one.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A common response from reading a lot of Fluffy Pony stories, particularly the darker and more abuse-centered ones. The quality of the writing varies and is often amateurish, which can make the stories come across as tedious and contrived.
- Fandom-Enraging Misconception: Do not confuse the Fluffy Pony universes with Ask Fluffle Puff. Discounting the fact that Fluffle Puff and Fluffy Ponies live in different continuities altogether, the vast majority of Fluffy Pony writers respect Mixermike's work too much to harm a hair on Fluffle Puff. In the words of an anonymous Fluffy Pony writer, "Fluffle Puff is a pony who is fluffy, she is not a fluffy pony".
- Fridge Logic: It's accepted among the community that feral fluffies are an invasive species wherever they are present. Animals and plants that are considered invasive have traits that allow them to thrive in an environment they're not native to. Fluffies, however, are constantly depicted as being fragile, clumsy, and prone to death. They have no useful survival traits because they weren't engineered to live outside of human care. Their high breeding rate wouldn't do them any good if they have no means of ensuring their continued survival. This should logically prevent them from having any presence in the wild to begin with, invasive or otherwise.
- Idiot Plot:
- Since fluffy ponies are often portrayed as simple-minded, this trope is frequently employed on purpose.
- A once common plot in fluffy abuse stories was to have a group of ferals wander onto someone's lawn and wreck the shit out of it, particularly when it came to the individual's garden. These situations could have easily been avoided with the installation of a fence that's used to keep real life animals, such as rabbits, out of one's yard. This has led to yard invasion stories becoming discredited and unpopular.
- Nightmare Fuel/Nausea Fuel: Some of the more brutal fluffy pony abuse art/stories can fall under this. Fluffies have many child-like mannerisms, which makes them seem like thinly-veiled expies for human children.
- Ron the Death Eater: A common complaint about "hellgremlin" fluffies is that they're written as uncharacteristically mean and bratty, in order to try and justify maiming and killing them. This may be justified in headcanons that don't consider fluffies to be living children's toys, but in others, it can come across as contrived "justice porn" instead.
- Tear Jerker: For people who aren't into fluffy abuse, many stories focused on their torture and harm can become this. Other stories focused on the emotional pain of fluffies, whether it comes from abuse or not, are referred to as "Sadbox".
- Ugly Cute: Dependent on the artist, fluffies range from pure cute to this.
- Uncanny Valley: Fluffies intentionally fall right into it, being surprisingly human in some ways while also being unmistakably animalistic in other ways and, depending on the writer, even mechanical at times.
- The Woobie: Fluffies are often undeserving of the cruel fate they face in the wild and at the hands of abusers. Even then, some fluffies stand out more than others.
- Brown and alicorn fluffies mistreated by their families (as the former are considered ugly while the latter are regarded as abominations) are even more pitiable than normal fluffies, as they endure abuse from their family members on top of the rest of the world's hardships.
- Fluffies that have been turned into pillowfluffs (meaning they've lost all their legs), and subsequently lose the ability to walk or play with other fluffies. Even well cared for pillowfluffs often become deeply depressed and enter the "wan die" phase later in life.
YMMV / Fluffy Pony