- Accidental Innuendo: The Daring Do body pillows at the convention are most likely based on similar officially licensed pillows featuring popular comic book heroes (often in such compromising situations as All Tied Up) and readily available from such conservative retailers as Walmart and Target, especially during the back-to-school season (which is the time the episode was originally aired). They only take on a suggestive tone when viewed in light of fan-made Ecchi body pillows marketed specifically as dakimakura.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Did Rainbow Dash really think that Quibble said "Go over!" or was she just looking for an excuse to get revenge on a guy who had been eating on her nerves all day long?
- Base-Breaking Character: While the nitpicking of Quibble Pants was clearly meant to be in the wrong, it's a matter of opinion if the episode succeeded in making him goofy and likeable enough to justify his rants, or if he was just an Insufferable Genius whose smugness was a tad annoying.
- Canon Fodder: Daring Do's arch nemesis is Ahuizotl, she has the Amulet of Colhuacan and the Chest of Chicomoztoc, she fended off the spirit form of Xiuhtecuhtli retrieving the amulet, the temple was guarded by the Chipactli, and there are several other references to Aztec mythology in "Daring Don't"... but if Aztec pony mythology is anything like the real thing, these barely scratch the surface.
- Genius Bonus: The Amulet of Colhuacan, the Cipactli itself and the Seven-Sided Chest of Chicomoztoc are allusions to the Creation Myth of Aztec Mythology.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Ultra Fast Pony gave its adaptation of "Magic Duel" the same title as this episode.
- Patton Oswalt has a stand-up routine in which he talks about My Little Pony and how his daughter watches it and it's one show he doesn't care to watch with her, only to very accurately recite a synopsis about the entire series pilot, plus the Cutie Mark Crusaders, with increasing enthusiasm. Now he's actually involved with an episode.
- On another note, his character criticizing everything about (what he thinks is) an adventucation. Is he in Equestria or onboard the Satellite of Love?
- Body pillows of Daring Do (and the Mane Six and many background ponies) existed long before this episode came out.
- Previously in "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone", Twilight is disappointed that the map didn't summon her to Griffonstone. In this episode, she finally gets to go... on the day of the Daring Do convention.
- This wouldn't be the last time Patton Oswalt would voice a horse who gets caught up in an adventure with dangerous criminals.
- The very next year a novel was published with the same title as this episode.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: This episode is a dig at fans who take the entertainment media they like way too seriously (be it this series or any other shows, movies, music, books, games, etc) to the detriment of their enjoyment of it or their interactions with other fans. The intended aesop is to teach that a difference of opinions is common in fandom, but you don't need to challenge the way anyone else likes something if you're not on the same page; a good fandom works by everyone tolerating each other's opinions.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
- Twilight visiting Griffonstone would have made for a great episode.
- The meeting between Rainbow and Quibble could have been more interesting if Rainbow had worn a baseball cap and messenger bag similar to the cover of Ring of Destiny and Quibble had pointed out details she didn't get right.
- Considering Rainbow Dash is even more passionate about the Wonderbolts then she is about Daring Do, and the Aesop of this episode was to accept other people's opinions as different, it may have been better for her to have met someone who thought a different team of stunt fliers were better than the Wonderbolts and would even have made for some good World Building.
YMMV / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S6 E14 "Stranger Than Fan Fiction"