- Angst? What Angst?: Spooky Spoon seems surprisingly nonchalant about being dead.
Scootaloo: It made me who I am.
- Played for Laughs with Scootaloo, who apparently lost all her loved ones and her Cutie Mark in a house fire the day before her first appearance, but is completely fine.
- Ass Pull: Played for Laughs, of course. Since Princess Luna was absent for most of the first two seasons of the real show, her reappearance in Episode 3 is so unexpected that even Celestia is surprised by it - especially as it implies that she's recovered her former strength and appearance in just a few days. It's then completely glossed over in three lines of dialogue.Celestia: You're looking better. The color has come back to you.Luna: Yeah, well... I'm not on the moon any more.Celestia: Ah yes, of course, yes.
- Awesome Music: Pretty much all the music in this show is good, but note worthy examples include:
- The show's original opening theme.
- The new opening theme, created after the hiatus.
- Also, the music that plays when Twilight realizes how to beat Nightmare Moon. ("Journey" on the soundtrack video.)
- The music in episode 19, when the Mane Six stand and fight the Diamond Dogs.
- Crosses the Line Twice: In episode 24, Celestia plans to bombard King Sombra's zombie army with meteors. Horrible deaths... for the already dead. The 'twice' part comes in when she advertises the event and then sells tickets. For families. With small children. And then defends it to Luna by saying that the ponies won't be near the impact site, so they won't see anything other than "pretty, twinkling lights". Which she promptly calls out as a line she should've used in the advertisements.
- Genius Bonus:
- The "Schlieffenpony Plan" mentioned at the close of episode 12 is a reference to the Schlieffen Plan enacted by Germany in World War I. Germany was facing the same situation that Celestia is in: it had two enemy powers (France and Russia) on opposite fronts, which left it vulnerable to being attacked by both at the same time. Germany's solution was also the same as Apple Bloom's: commit the majority of the German army to a massive, rapid advance to cripple France, then return to face the Russians. The plan failed because Germany was unable to make the decisive strike against France that the operation hinged upon.
- In a war report, Scootaloo says "Our soldiers can't take the cold of the North". This is likely a reference to the infamously harsh Russian Winter, which caused the failure of many military campaigns against Russia.
- In Episode 22, Celestia recounts her battle on the "plains of the Ardennes", in which she killed thirty thousand of Sombra's zombie forces. This is almost certainly a reference to the Battle of the Ardennes, one of the opening battles of World War I, in which Germany defeated France.
- Heartwarming in Hindsight: In episode 15, Pinkie's speech about free will becomes even more powerful (and meta) with the knowledge that something similar happened to her behind the scenes—namely, her compassion towards Rarity convinced the creator to scrap her initial villain characterization.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- The Mane Six question Fluttershy's constant use of the word "man", a full month before the actual show would make a similar joke in the hundredth episode, "Slice of Life".
- In episode 18, the show makes a deliberately cringeworthy "scooter tricks" pun as an intentional Title Drop. However, by complete coincidence, the abridged series Ultra Fast Pony made this exact same joke only days before episode 18 was released, as a friendly jab at Scootertrix.
- Inferred Holocaust: "Trixie the Abridged" unexpectedly sees the characters teleported to a barren wasteland that used to be another abridged series. Specifically, it's My Little Pony: Camaraderie Is Supernatural. Pinkie explains that Cameraderie had a subplot about Doctor Whooves time-traveling to prevent an alien invasion from destroying Equestria. But the series ended before that subplot could ever be resolved, so Equestria wasn't saved.
- Nightmare Fuel: The post-credits scene in episode 24, where some unknown being steals Pinkie's ability to break the Fourth Wall.
- Nightmare Retardant: In-Universe. In episode 17, Fluttershy is initially unafraid of the cockatrice due to its ridiculous appearance.
- The Woobie:
- Rarity is a changeling who had to defect to Equestria, due to her own species intolerance to her artistic mind. Only for Equestria to force her into being The Mole, to her own race.
- Luna was imprisoned on the moon for one thousand years, only for no one to even recognize her when she came back. She also has to deal with her Jerkass sister, Celestia who constantly makes selfish, reckless, and irresponsible decisions regarding the protection of their subjects, only for herself, to be constantly proven wrong, while Celestia is constantly rewarded with success.
YMMV / Scootertrix the Abridged