- Awesome Music: The author put together a top-notch soundtrack of modern and classic songs.
- Faux Symbolism: Spike wearing a groom's tuxedo in a game of closed poker against Chrysalis. That is all.
- Growing the Beard: The plot grows darker when the flying resort is introduced.
- Moral Event Horizon: Impossibly Rich killing Spike's birth mother.
- The Woobie: Even before this story began, Twilight started out trapped in a low-paying job and crap lifestyle, and she got a taste of the high life only to have it knocked from under her in the most brutal fashion, got up to her neck in gambling debts, got disgraced and repeatedly beaten (humiliated) by an old rival, isolated her family and friends, got arrested for a crime she didn't even commit, and ends the story without any benefit from her efforts.
YMMV / Spikes Gambit