- Harsher in Hindsight
- Scootaloo's worry about how ponies will treat her when she gets her cutie mark would end up being explored by Apple Bloom in "Bloom and Gloom".
- In one of her diary entries, Diamond Tiara says that she and Silver Spoon plan to attend an all-fillies school in Manehattan to start fresh and become "the pony I want to be". That quote would later become the title of her Villainous Lament song in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark".
- Jerkass Woobie
- Miss Cheerilee, in a flashback when she realized the monster she had become and begged her family to forgive her for every cruel thing she did.
- Diamond Tiara may have done some really bad things, but you can't help but pity her for what she's been through.
- The Daze twins; they suffered Diamond Tiara's abuse like many other ponies, but their actions toward Silver Spoon were totally uncalled for.
- Nightmare Fuel
- Both of Sweetie Belle's nightmares about death.
- Some of the stuff the gang of colts did to Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon at the corrupt camp, which included them dunking their heads in the toilets, leaving Silver Spoon tied to a tree afraid and alone in the forest, and peeing on them! More frighteningly, stuff like this is not all unheard of in real life. The Reality Subtext makes it worse - this sort of stuff actually happened at a summer camp a friend of the author's worked as a counselor at. Rated Ponystar certainly doesn't mince words.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped
- Bullying needs to be seriously dealt with, but it doesn't make the bullies themselves soulless, amoral monsters. After all, they're people too.
- Everything and everyone changes overtime, for better or for worse, more than once.
- Sometimes, it's okay not to forgive someone for their transgressions, but don't become consumed by hatred over them, as it can harm both you and those who care about you. Just move on from them, for they may not end up mattering in the long run.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In the last part of Apple Bloom's story, her family finally tells her how her parents died. We, however, don't get to hear what happened to them.
- The Woobie
- Apple Bloom. She doesn't remember all the good times she had with Diamond Tiara when they were foals, and she unknowingly ended that friendship over a misunderstanding. She can't help but blame herself when she finds out the truth, even more so when all the memories finally return to her.
- Sweetie Belle. This was her first exposure to death, especially since it happened right outside her bedroom window, and she ends up being constantly afraid of that her time will be up at any moment.
- Filthy Rich. The poor stallion lost his wife and unborn child, and then his daughter not long after, leaving him all alone to wallow in his guilt, fear and shame.
YMMV / Why Am I Crying?