- Alternate Character Interpretation: The protagonist's reactions and behavior around raising Dash once thought of as heartwarming and sad can easily come off as more than a little creepy and entitled now.
- The implication that the fandom itself that the protagonist so readily abandons seems to suggest that he finds them shallow and unfulfilled, as he's openly dismissive and distant from others after he finds Rainbow Dash.
- Rather than build any unique characterization from such a premise, the story instead presents a defenseless and vulnerable Rainbow Dash as cute and sheltered, the protagonist providing her with no social interactions nor much free will in his care.
- In fact, the story focuses almost exclusively on the main character's enjoyment as a parental fantasy, to the exclusion of Dash's personality or maturity while she grows up.
- Not to mention glossing over any difficulties involved in raising a child, the narrator's extreme reclusiveness, and lacking any apparent ties to friends all makes him feel unhealthy and possessive.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Doctor Whooves and Ditzy Doo's cameo in the sequel.
- Esoteric Happy Ending: For many, the intended Bittersweet Ending. While the protagonist vows to move forward despite Dash's But Now I Must Go, his history of depression nevertheless makes it nigh-impossible to not anticipate some kind of suicidal relapse in the future. Hence a major reason for the amount of unofficial sequels that tie things up more neatly.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- When the fic originally came out the show had only ended its first season, and the idea of the show going on to have 8 seasons seemed like a far off dream. Not so after an 8th Season was confirmed in early 2017.
- Could also double as a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment as well, but the fact that the story claimed that the show ended at Season Eight, when in reality it continued until Season Nine.
- Hype Backlash: The fic received such adulation that many people were put off by the amount of praise it got, feeling that the work had enough narrative flaws that it was undeserving to be so hyped.
- Memetic Mutation: A lot of art has been popping up where it depicts someone else (usually a Complete Monster) finding Dash, appropriately titled the "Evil People Finding Dash Meme".
- Narm: The mini-movie has great visuals and solid acting for the most part, but still can come off as melodramatic, especially when the actor playing Rainbow's Daddy tries to sound sad.
- "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: To say this fic was a game-changer in its time would be an understatement, although time has not been kind to it. What made readers weep like babies back when it was first released is now often seen as a melodramatic Slice of Life story that lacks characterization.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: THE MINI-MOVIE. You have a live action protagonist interacting with cartoon ponies. And it looks so real! Most of the time. Then again, considering the person who made it is StormXF3, best known for his amazing Real Life recreations of MLP cast in his hometown, this is a given.
YMMV / My Little Dashie