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This is a message to all brony/pony haters.

I'm noticing a lot of brony hate around, which is predictable. Every fandom that gets mega-popular will have the self-proclaimed 'rebels' who decide to hate the fandom AND the fan base based on a just few unsavory fans.

This narrative is a means of explaining a few things that many brony haters may have not realized, or overlooked. It is NOT a device to 'convert' those who don't like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It is NOT to put down pony haters, or people who dislike bronies. Not every person can like every fandom. We are all entitled to our own likes and dislikes, it's what makes us human. This is merely an explanation of why and how I became a brony, and why it's terribly ignorant to hate a fandom because of a portion of fans. But first of all...

:bulletred: CLOP ART

I saw someone the other day proclaiming that bronies are going to 'ruin the show' for children in the future, when those children grow up and 'realize that their favorite childhood show was an internet religion', and 'see all of the porn the fan base creates'. I see a couple of problems with this outlook.

First of all, it doesn't matter how big or small a fandom is, there will always be porn. A little over ten years ago I saw 'drawn porn' for the first time on accident, a picture of Sailor Moon and Goku, and it pretty much traumatized me. I loved both Dragonball Z AND Sailor Moon when I was a kid, and seeing porn of them just wrecked my brain. BUT, I grew up, I grew immune to such shocks, and I still enjoy both shows today, with no problem.

There is porn of Transformers, Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers, EVERY Disney movie, Inspector Gadget, etc. Rule 34: If it exists, there is porn of it. There was My Little Pony porn BEFORE there was a 'Friendship is Magic'. There is no show, movie, character or book that doesn't have it's own naughty counterpart on the internet.

Secondly, all 'clop art' does NOT come from the fan base. If memory serves me right, FiM porn was first created to troll the bronies, not cater to them. Just because there are a few people claiming to be bronies out there, getting off to pony art does NOT mean that the rest of the fans feel the same way. 'Furry porn' aka 'yiff' has been around a lot longer than FiM; most of the 'fans' that draw clop art were drawing yiff before they ever stumbled upon MLP. You don't just magically become attracted to animated ponies because of a single show, after all.

I'm glad to report that I have never fapped to an animal, either real nor animated, and I'm pretty sure it's gonna stay that way. To real bronies, those who love the show for what it is, porn of these beloved characters is just distasteful and annoying. But, it's the internet. The best you can do is look the other way.


First of all, let it be known that I, like almost everyone else I know, never cared for the My Little Pony franchise when I was young. It was too girly for me, and the show was mind-numbing. So when I was on a certain image board when pictures of ponies first started cropping up, you can bet I was a little confused.
I assumed it was the same few people, spamming images of ponies just for a joke. But after a few weeks, the pony images were still coming, and I realized that these adult men were actually enjoying a My Little Pony show.

Needless to say, I scoffed at this. It seemed strange to me, and although I was curious about how something like that could have possibly happened, I figured that as with most things, this was a fad that would quickly disappear in a week or two.

Not so. A few weeks later, it seems this fanbase was flourishing, but I noticed they weren't trolling anyone, they were keeping to themselves, and they seemed to be a kind, tolerant group of people. I couldn't take it anymore. I looked up the first episode of the show, to once and for all see what all the fuss was about, and be able to tell these 'bronies' exactly what I thought of their fandom.

The first episode blew me away. I'm not at all saying that it was 'the best thing I ever watched', or anything like that... But it was not what I expected. Here, instead of a Dora the Explorer type of kiddy show, I was being shown a show that spoke to me with the same charm that Dexter's Lab, Samurai Jack and the Powerpuff Girls used to. There were good characters, a good plot, an interesting setting and grade-A voice acting. Although I was slightly embarrassed, I watched the second episode. Then the third. And fourth. The rest is history.

My fiancé caught me watching it around episode three, and although at first he jokingly mocked me for watching it, he found himself also dragged into the appeal of the show, and in no time we were both hooked. I quickly got my friends and family into it as well... Of course it wasn't EVERYONES cup of tea, but my closest friends and I are definitely bronies now. After meeting so many other accepting, great fans of the show, we felt comfortable enough to throw our own 'brony parties', and that's also around the time I began posting MLP art on the internet. Through this outlet I was able to meet a lot of great fans, and unfortunately, some not-so-great ones, as well.


Once again, I'm not here to try and convert non-fans of the show by telling them 'how awesome' My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is. I'm perfectly aware that there are going to be many people who dislike the show, and that's okay. There are many popular shows I don't like, either. (Most, actually. Okay, pretty much all of them.) Disliking something because it doesn't quite strike your fancy is one thing, but hating something simply because it's popular, or because you group the entire fan base into one being just because there are a few bad apples out there, is stupid. And since I'm seeing a lot of 'The show is stupid.' 'You guys act like it's the best show ever!' 'It's a show geared towards 5-year old girls!' out there, I'm going to list some of the main reasons real bronies love this show, to hopefully clear up some misconceptions.

It has a consistent, evolving story-line.

Most shows geared towards children don't. Now, I'm not saying this show wasn't originally intended for little girls. It was. But despite that, the creators gave the main characters complex personalities, and a plot that is constantly moving forward and referencing past episodes and characters. I think I can name the American animated shows that have that quality on one hand. Of course, this only intensified after Hasbro discovered the overwhelming amount of adult viewers.

One of my favorites when I was younger (and still today) was Fairly Oddparents. While the show has good characters, hilarious plot and script, and charm, there was no continuity, and once an episode ended, it was most likely never referenced again, and in some cases, even forgotten and then later contradicted. This is the norm for most shows geared towards children, so I was surprised when of all things, My Little Pony avoided this pitfall.

It has an alarming amount of character development.

Season Two has shown more character development than I would have thought possible. My favorite example is the Season Two episode, 'Read it and Weep'. Rainbow Dash is hospitalized after injuring herself doing some aerial moves, and is stuck in a boring hospital bed. Bored and with nothing to do, Twilight gives Dash a book to read. Rainbow expresses her disgust with books, and refuses to read it; but after becoming so bored she can't stand it, she picks it up. She finds herself immersed in the world of the book, and realizes that she loves reading.

Afraid of being dubbed an 'egghead', Rainbow hides her loves of this new book series, and even goes to such lengths as to trying to steal the book back from the hospital once she's released. Of course she gets found out, admits her love of reading, her friends help her realize that there's nothing wrong with that, yadda yadda. But what impressed me was a later episode in the season, where Rainbow is seen reading the 'Daring Doo' series, with a big stack of books next to her. Such a little nod towards a past episode is something I rarely see in American cartoons, and it seems almost every episode has a similar example.

It goes against conventional stereotypes.

This is a big one for me. There's a formula to every show; The pretty girl who is obsessed with her appearance = the bitch, antagonist. The sweet, demure girl = the wallflower. The studious character, obsessed with books and knows a lot of stuff = the nerd, usually a secondary character... I could go on. I know that there are some shows out there that are bold enough to step outside the boundaries of kid-oriented cartoons, but few of them do it like MLP: FiM. When Rarity was introduced in the first episode, I said to myself, "There she is. There's always got to be some pretty, fashion-obsessed character. She's gonna cause trouble." I was impressed to find out later that not only was Rarity as good a friend as any, but she embodied the Element of Generosity.

The 'nerd' is the main character, the shy, sweet character has a hidden rage and complex insecurities underneath... The stereotypes were just getting trampled this way and that. To say I was impressed by that would be an understatement.

The show actually listens to it's fans, and even incorporates the fans into itself.

Hasbro continues to blow my mind with the things they are willing to do for the fans. Anyone who knows anything about the fan base of MLP knows who Derpy Hooves is; the official mascot for the bronies. A simple animation error in the first episode led to a fully named, fully complete character that even had her own speaking lines in Season Two.

Since the discovery of the fans back when Season One was still being worked on, Hasbro has shown their love in countless ways. Several 'background' ponies have been named and altered by the fans, and I've lost count of the amount of easter eggs Hasbro sticks in nearly every episode, just for the fans. ('Nyan Cat' style Rainbow Dash, 'Rape face' Lyra, etc) Being a part of something that has that sort of influence, that sort of passion, is very special. Even John de Lancie, who had no idea what he was getting into when he agreed to spend a measly two hours voicing Season Two villain Discord found himself completely taken with the fan base, enough to ask the fans to help him make a documentary about bronies, which is currently in production.

If you don't think that all of these are legitimate enough reasons to enjoy a show, then I'm not sure what else can be said. For those of you who still think that all bronies are 'immature man-children who fap to animated ponies', then you are just as immature and ignorant as the people you supposedly hate. I think Lauren Faust said it best: "Every single fandom has an unsavory faction within it. There are creepy sci-fi fans, scary sports fans and people who think it's fun to defile anything that is important to someone else. As far as I can tell, in the brony community these people are in the minority."

Thank you for listening.
Edit 2015 (PLEASE READ BEFORE COMMENTING): PLEEEASE note the date this was submitted. I wrote this in August of 2012. I no longer really consider myself a brony, although I personally have nothing against the show. The fanbase has changed a lot in over two years, and I don't really have any desire to defend it as it stands. I realize that there may be some sane fans out there somewhere, but for the most part, I dislike what the fandom has become and do not consider myself a part of it. I would delete this entry entirely, but I really don't want to do that, because my thoughts from back then are - I still feel - relevant. But please, pleeease don't direct comments to me explaining why I'm wrong, correcting points etc. You're talking to someone who doesn't exist. Just take my words with a grain of salt and keep in mind that the fandom was a very different place two years ago.


This was originally going to be a journal entry, but it got a bit long.

This message wasn't intended to start a flame war, or cause non-bronies to get offended in any way. It is just based off of my experiences as a brony, why I like the show, and to illustrate the difference between normal, good fans and people who take it too far.

It's one of my biggest pet peeves; all this hate everywhere you turn. If someone doesn't like something, that automatically makes it bad, and the people who like it deserve to FEEL bad. It's a backwards way of thinking that is completely counter-productive. We have the power to change how we treat others, and if we only learned to tolerate each other's likes and dislikes, this world would be a much better place.

Please, keep comments civil and mature. I really don't want to have to disable comments, but I will if things get completely out of hand.

Edit: The comments and support from you all is just blowing me away. My faith in this fandom has increased ten-fold, and I'm shocked that I'm even seeing some non-bronies reading this and thanking me for my words. You guys have moved me beyond belief.
Brohoofs for everyone! /)(\
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He likes MLP, that's what makes him a brony.
Dark44444 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  New Deviant
dramos50 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
You'd a real MVP.Hats off to you. You are the Martin Luther King of MLP
Towajusama Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your words, please let me share what you said, I am very touched (,: and I totally agree with you
ToonlinkvsMolgera777 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I may be an anti-brony, but i do support those who like the show.
I just don't think people should make porn of shows or games that people love.
That's why usually I make fake fanart to make fun of people who think just editing an already made character with a stupid story isn't original.
Shernod9704 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
In the future, I might make a micronatin for brony settlers that were kicked out of society.
Darkwolfthelycan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I became an official brony myself not to long ago... I actually became enticed by the documentary when I saw it on Netflix. (that was where my love for the fan base became set in stone you see)

I have even started developing an OC, His name is Moonshy Art and he has an unique tendency to paint different types of work for different phases of the moon.
Foxythepirate1987fp Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
I'm a brony and I don't care what anyone says about me being a brony we all like and dislike different things..
Henry2962 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
hatehatehatehatehatehatehatehatehatehatehatehate. my job here is done!
Carter2144 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nobody cares why you are a brony.

I'm brony myself, but saying for everyone to know you're a brony will just cause hate.
JNinelives Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't agree with everything you said, but I don't need to.
I agree with most of it, and you've written it in a way that shows both thought and care.

As someone who is new to the fandom, I'm grateful to those who have continued to enjoy the show for what it is, in spite of the way some people react.
If it were not for those first few generations of fans, I'd not be enjoying it as I do now!
Americanhorrorwrite Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
An absolute pleasure to read. My thanks.
queen-of-fanart Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excuse me, I am working on a project on Bronies in my World History class. Being a Brony myself, I love the show and was excited when my teacher said I could for my final. I was wondering if I could use this journal entry in my project. You would get full credit of course. If you decline, I understand completely. Thank you for considering, and for reading. :)
fanofcrash7493 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Great entry. My journy into bronyhood was similar. I thought that adult males liking the show was... strange, to say the least. finally, after seeing clips on youtube and seeing all the fan art, i decided to watch just one episode, just to see what all the hype was about. then i watched the next... and the next... and then the next season. then i decided just to buy one of the blind bags just for fun. then i bought many more. and then the brushables, a fluttershy plush, the nightmare moon collector's set, and most of the recent happy meal toys, and i am not ashamed to admit that. Brohoof to everyone!
CureLovelyWarrior Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
hasbro would NEVER support a "rape face". they are better than that!
Jell-o-Emperor Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Finally, a rational, educated, opinion.
I may have never liked the show nor the fandom, but this reminded me that you're not all crazy as you seem. Good day 
Skittlz339 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen my fellow brony ;D
EmmyHAZ Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love the fandom, i am a female brony myself. My 1 complaint is that the other day one of my neighbors came over, who is about 7 and likes my little pony. She asked if i would print her out some pictures to color. So i started up my computer and she typed in what she wanted, but among the regular pictures there were a bunch of cupcakes and rainbow factory pictures, witch gave her nightmares for a long time. She now refuses to watch the show without screaming whenever pinkine pie, rainbow dash, or apple bloom comes on the screen.
appreciationofflight Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Writer
aw bro...
just spent an hour trying to resolve/mitigate some of the arguments below
i've gotta write a piece like this soon...

Goldtt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But every brony is an immature man child, it's a proven fact.
ShadowYoshi12 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Name one way that is a proven fact. Have scientific studies been done on it? No? Well then it's hardly scientific.
Marty-McF1y Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
man get a life this is seriously sad your a man and you pretend your have a little girls toy as a girlfriend come on dude wake up you loser 
prepare for the hate
:icondoublefacepalmplz: Getting a girlfriend is not necessary in living a full life.
Musapan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a married woman. :I

I mean like, sorry to derail your comment or whatever, but... Yeah.
Marty-McF1y Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
you know this is some thing me and my friend made to see how many people can 
"share their frustration"?
Rainbow-Gale Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Bravo! Well said.

Soobel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Same minds. After one month later the first waching. And the reason, why i goes to waching MLP: "Why that pink crap are so popular?"
And i find same reasons.
Colorful characters. Like in A-Team, Police Academy and other funny movies, where are more than one main characters.
Good storyline and character development. Not worster than Harry Potter's story.
...and ponies gets my hearth and my family's hearts too.

Go on, Hasbro!
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SpiritBrony Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
:iconbrohoof1plz::iconbrohoof2plz: Your words really toughed me thank you for making this :iconponyhugplz: I'm a proud brony myself, and I love this so much! :)
renahugs Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
What bronies fail to notice is that their religious and insane devotion towards ponies merely benefits Hasbro. Most bronies think they are special or superior for being so, when the sad reality is that they are merely consuming a product. However, it's a bad product. The drawings are so simple and pathetic that even people with Down syndrome could draw them.
appreciationofflight Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Writer
oh what despair i feel realizing you will probably never read this...
One must realize that, as long as you peck away on a keyboard, you are subserviant to an industrialized economy that prioritizes competition and profits over actual morals or emotionality. However, this does not mean that companies are inherently heartless; i do believe this writer put it best by describing a tangible, good-hearted response from a CORPORATION. The fact that you even took the time to respond in such a way means that you are a peon of artistic critical theory and personal beleif leading up until this point in life. That's not to say your imput does not matter, however, and I do believe that mankind's ABILITY to create both narrative and visual beauty is a greater miracle than any Bible verse. 
No matter what, this movement is a "fad"; that does not mean that mankind's ability to enjoy and create art will ever diminish.
Foursikk Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
I don't like bronies even after reading this. The show is for kids. Not for you and your boyfriend my boyfriend would never watch it and I wouldn't do it either, only if I had a daughter I would. This fandom is creepy, I can see why some girls might like it becaus of all the horses and pretty colours and stuff it's very Girly, but it's still for kids, I mean yes go ahead watch it but there's a difference to like something and become a serious fan about it thats just wierd, especially when it's men who become the crazy fans becaus of that its made for girl, lil girls, I will never get this it's fine by me that you guys watch it but don't spam all places on the Internet with all you guys brony stuff it's starting to piss me very much of. I don't like the show and I don't like the fans of it, it would be nice if you guys could just fucking relax and talk about it yourself instead of all bronys coming trying to make you watch it, I DONT WANT TO. You can keep your lil girl show for yourself and don't make other people feeling annoyed by all of you. I simply feel disgusted about grown ups making a big deal out of this kid show, why don't you all watch some real cartoon made for your age, there's plenty! But no you choose the one for lil girls, hmmmmmmmm. Doesn't make sence, all you guys calling it deep and meaningful, learning from it and stuff, what the fuck, it's a kid show! If you want deep meaningful cartoons they are out there go watch fireflies awesome adult cartoon there's not for kids, NOT FOR KIDS
appreciationofflight Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Writer
1. Any spam you might experience is a mere expression of this radical new idea called "freedom of speech"-honestly, this might be one of the most ineffective argument ever brought up during this battle because, if the spam meant you could see and comprehend all the steps necessary to overthrow a tyrannical government, you might support and enjoy it.
2. The Romantic Movement in Europe was one of the earliest to theorize about the innocence and developmental importance of childhood; these well-educated authors sought to redeem their childhoods through artistic expression-brushing off art OR expression as childish endevours demonstrates a societal bias concerning maturity (hell do u even feel the slightest bit of nostalgia watching the original spongebob episodes? maybe you're too old)
3. The idea of trying to "force" someone to enjoy a certain thing is an essential contradiction in your explication-all shared enjoyment, be it Christianity or Anime, becomes a topic of discussion for its followers. You may be feeling the brunt of this so-called conversation, and I can certainly understand how it is difficult to ignore. However, you end with the statement that people should view entertainment appropriate to their age. Therefore, you are enforcing a particular favoritism towards certain shows and (oh let's see...) "You can keep your big boy show for yourself and don't make other people feeling annoyed by all of you." 

In the debate world, this is referred to as "kicking someone's ass"

Bravo! and farewell...
JoNuma02 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very informative. I will now force all my friends(who think I'm weird) to read this. 
ALDOELI Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
All i see is a large speech of you fanatism, is like Justin Bieber fans, they said what everyone knows.......for hours......

My Little Pony is like Kirby games so what's it?
appreciationofflight Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Writer
How interesting is it that originality ceases to exist when we subscribe to a certain standpoint in life?
The fact that you share blatant disregard of another perspective can only mean (by your definition) that you associate with; and, therefore, derive your ideas from the thousands of people who appear in comment sections only to denounce behavior that they themselves do not like. A rather selfish pursuit isn't it?

And i can assure you that almost no idea is original
let's have some fun...

"All i see is a large speech of your prejudice, is like Nazis, they said what everyone knows.......for hours......

Biased approaches towards belief is like Klan rallies so what's it?"
ALDOELI Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Maybe im a crude demon-like sarcastic cruel pig, but not a lair, you only show how you are like Justin Bieber fans, and now as he is, no one likes him anymore.......

Your speech useless and don't make the truth change, i know what im saying, im never god......
renahugs Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
I agree
DanDawson Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Can everyone just fucking stop with the spaghetti drama.

It's a good show, watch it, ignore the "haters" and don't shove the fucking show down people's throats.

You guys are so cringeworthy, I am ashamed to watch this show not because of the fucking pink girly ponies but because of the fandom.
appreciationofflight Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Writer
but that begs the question:
If so many people are merely moderates, why do the people who defend the show exhibit such obsession to begin with?

Honestly, I have seen more people denouncing the "radicals" of a show that i happen to like than the "radicals" themselves. Reading your statement has brought me to realize: perhaps the assholes who force the show and those who feel such "cringeworthy" undertones are the same people.

One theory follows my own spiritual deficiency as i got swept up by the asshole-athiest movement on youtube, a group that openly disregarded the positive aspects of religious belief and suplemented all faith with an idiotic comprehension of "science" that was more-often-than-not incomplete. My seperation and subsequent disdain of that movement does not shed the fact that I was one of the people i now despise.

If putting a pipe in your mouth, raising your chin, and talking down to people who make an honest mistake is all it takes to become more civilized then hell! sign me da fuq up!

Otherwise your disdain towards the fandom merely classifies you as an alternate degree of annoyance. (I know i may sound offensive but i do mean well) You become the type of person who judges other's imperfections all the while believing that you yourself have none. 

YES, there are people who are annoying! that does not mean you must distance yourself from their perspective. It sounds truly terrifying but my best advice is to comprehend such stupidity as you have already recognized and explore HOW such a state can exist while simultaneously searching your own conscious for times when you are imperfect, bigoted, or even stupid

I must force myself sometime
Cheers mate!
ignorance does not equal tolerance
ignorance is a closed-off mind while tolerance is a state of comprehension followed by actual perception
Chakrafox21 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Very very well said ma'am
sampea Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Good job!
lunanoom Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SuperKamiNappa9001 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
send these teens this
I feel so crushed right now
ForIncognitoUse Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
i like littlest pet shop but no mlp
don't hang me
JoanMystique Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
renabobena Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bravo sir!!!!! :clap:
Jazzlednightmare16 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I agree with this. I could not believe the amount of character development in a show aimed at preschoolers. You dont normally see that. Love it. And yeh, you gotta respect hasbro for loving their fans like that. Same goes for their Transformers: Prime show. One example is that we joke about Starscreams feet looking like girls stilettos and what do they do? They have another character refer to him as a 'stiletto heeled creep'. They do a ton of other fan references too in both shows.
TheDreweMaster Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
You tell those brony haters! To be honest, I can't stand them! Continuously writing to someone tht they hate them sort of counts as cyber bullying doesn't it?
Anyway, you made a great point about the show and it is a definite fave! :love:
Artmania1234 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I actually watched ballad of the Brony about three months ago! It's pretty interesting!
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