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  • Accidental Aesop: Do not be a Ridiculous Procrastinator. Finish your projects as soon as possible.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • At least one reviewer has pointed out that Snowdrop's teacher is kind of a jerk. She singles out one of her students and when he fails to find the answer it makes him look stupid. Similarly, Snowdrop not having a partner is partly her fault as well, because she should have known that Snowdrop would have had trouble with such a large project and assigned her a partner to help.
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    • Snowdrop's apparent uselessness, as told by the other ponies is not much in evidence. What we're shown is nearly the opposite: Snowdrop has apparently been procrastinating on a project that most of the class is already done with, and when asked about it, she lies to the teacher that she's working on it rather than asking for help. She doesn't actually do it until the night before. In short, she doesn't really take any initiative in trying to finish the project until the very last minute. This leads some to speculate that her "uselessness" is a result of her own inaction and she's complaining about being lazy.
    • Snowdrop's procrastination could be a result of anxiety/depression from her condition and all the bullying she goes through, and her not asking for help could be because she has probably been teased about needing help before and she really wants to prove that she can do something by herself.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Snowdrop herself. Either she's an interesting and immensely adorable character, or a Purity Sympathetic Sue.
  • Broken Base: The video itself. Many fans see it as a well done tugging at your heartstrings tale with an interesting and relatable lead character overcoming the obstacles put in front of her despite her handicap. On the other hand, others see it as a painfully predictable, by the numbers sob story with a bland Mary Sue-esque character that focused too much on making the audience feel sad instead of telling an interesting story.
  • Glurge: By (ab)using the Inspirationally Disadvantaged and Too Good for This Sinful Earth cards to full effect, rather than developing any real character to sympathize with, the work was trying too hard to tug at heartstrings for some.
  • Memetic Mutation: Minor one, but some genius took the film and made this beauty. I fucking love Tenacious D.
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  • Strawman Has a Point: While Snowdrop's classmates are jerks, if Snowdrop puts the same effort into group projects that she does on her solo project (i.e. procrastinating and not asking for help when she clearly needs it), one can't really blame them for not wanting to work on a group project with her.
  • Tear Jerker: Of nigh-memetic proportions, the ending in particular. A considerable portion of the comments on Snowdrop consist of people stating they actually cried upon watching it.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: It can feel as though the story is really about, or should really have been about, Luna. Luna looks almost heartbroken when Snowdrop talks about how people think winter is useless and dark, in a clear parallel to how Luna felt no-one appreciated the night and by extension, her. When Snowdrop dies Luna is isolated. Unlike Snowdrop, Luna is not attacked by everyone around her to elicit audience sympathy, and having known Luna from the original series can make the sad scenes with Luna in seem much more heartrending than the ones with Snowdrop in, and Snowdrop's struggle in the story could have just been used as a framing device to show Luna's increasing isolation, which it can be easier to feel sympathy for.
  • Values Resonance: Snowdrop's struggle with social acceptance and being bullied for being disabled has made her a role model for many viewers who were going through similar ordeals, allowing her story and message to be relevant in the late 2010's era where such cases are noted to become more and more frequent.
  • What an Idiot!: Snowdrop going out in the middle of a winter blizzard alone, after her teacher specifically says it's the worst of the season. Of course, this makes one wonder why the teacher or Snowdrop's mother aren't helping her in that case, meaning either they also fall under this or there's some never-given explanation that keeps them all out of this.
  • The Woobie: Snowdrop. So much so, she ends up giving Fluttershy a run for her money.

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