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What Is a Brony? The Explosive Response to My Little Pony...

Updated on December 28, 2017
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Andrew has been a brony since 2011. He is avid in the artwork and the creative side of the community. His favorite pony is Rainbow Dash!

Bronies

We are Bronies Friendship is Magic Expect Us to Forgive and Forget
We are Bronies Friendship is Magic Expect Us to Forgive and Forget

Pony + Bro = Brony

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a cartoon that took the internet and industry by storm by doing something that never has happened before. MLP:FIM we all know is a show that follows the adventures of six girl ponies as they discover the inner meanings of friendship. If you don't fully understand the core meaning about the show or know the characters check out the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Guide and Review. Once you understand the gist of the show and maybe have seen at least one episode you will fully understand this article. So simply put, what is a Brony? A Brony is a male OR female (females are also referred to as Pegasisters) who loves MLP and considers themselves part of the fandom. Its coined by the overall large and vast amount of male viewers of the show. MLP:FIM is the first cartoon aimed at a young girl demographic that has a larger viewership of males and young adults then any other cartoon. It becomes a great gap closer in families with multiple kin of varying ages.

Did you know Adult Men enjoy My Little Pony?

There are enough males between age 12 and 50 that make a notable sum of the percentage of overall viewers. The average male viewer is age 35. Many elements of MLP:FIM make this odd culture out of targeted demographics for multiple reasons. Some of the reasons why this happened are mainly caused by the internet but there are actually real backings to why more people like the show then is expected. These reasons include:

Lauren Faust's Writing and Characterization

Rainbow Dash the 20% cooler, chill, awesome, laid back, rad tomboy.
Rainbow Dash the 20% cooler, chill, awesome, laid back, rad tomboy.

Lauren Faust has written this remake of My Little Pony in a way that it is watchable by all audiences, male and female alike. Though the cleaver comedy and sense of adventure she expertly winded the episodes together in a way that it is simply entertaining. Each and every pony stays true to their "traits" for example Rainbow Dash the tomboy of the group is up in your face and often times acts like a "bro". Faust also worked on other shows many males watched like Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends.

Themes Older Audences can Appreciate

Following through all the trials of having a friend is clearly something every single one of us has to take into account in our own lives. It teaches many of life's lessons of kindness and friendship for a better world. To put it simply, the themes presented in MLP are well planned and executed in a way that is entertaining and easy to retain. Unlike some shows which have little to no plot with no goals or lessons at all. The show also promotes skills that help people stop fighting and to find a way to achieve a positive outcome in a lot of different situations. Overall, there are great examples of life experiences taught like how to deal with being bullied, how to fit in with others, and how to better direct oneself when upset with an action or concept someone else has. It also helps people learn responsibility such as taking care of a pet.

Excellent Flash Based Design

MLP is completely made in a flash based design that allows emotions to happen easily and unusual movements happen smoothly. The animation itself is simply perfect and easy to note about. This links highly to the internet based culture who are used to flash animations and .swf files. Together with the clear colors and overall simplicity of the design it leaves the viewer wanting to see more.

Listens to the Fanbase

Derpy Hooves is the most controversial pony there ever was. Originally, she was a background pony that the community saw and started appreciating.
Derpy Hooves is the most controversial pony there ever was. Originally, she was a background pony that the community saw and started appreciating. | Source

MLP was shocked at this whole "Brony" fan base but adopted them instead of ignoring them. A good example of this is the name for the gray pony - Derpy Hooves. The pony used to be unnamed and someone submitted the idea to Faust and now we have Derpy.

Personification of the main six ponies from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  From left to right: Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash.
Personification of the main six ponies from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. From left to right: Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash.

Your Going to Love ME! Fluttershy SPARTA REMIX

The Growth of the Fandom

Due greatly by the internet more and more MEME's and spoofs of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic are popping up daily. A lot of the meme's go along with the Bro and Gamer culture. While many of them are in simple fun and are safe for most audiences there is a darker "adult" side to the fandom. The good side of the fandom focus on making people laugh from the way the ponies look or actions the ponies could partake in real life. Also many art projects arisen from the Fandom.These things include:
Personification of the Ponies
Pony Flash Games
Make your own Pony
and many others.

While the darkside of the fandom introduces negative content and overall violent messages. These I will not go into and you will have to find for yourself.

Two Male Voice Actors in My Little Pony

There are male ponys and creatures inside of My Little Pony FIM such as Star Treks John de Lancie and the famous parody songwriter Weird Al Yankovic! John de Lancie voices the evil turned good character know as Discord who loves chaos and disorder. Weird Al Yankovic plays as the male counterpart of Pinkie Pie - Cheese Sandwich. These two are openly admitted as Brony's and haven't got any negative fan mail for being so! John de Lancie also co-directed and was in a documentary about bronies: Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony. The documentary was expertly created and I suggest everyone interested in this culture and the show to watch it and see that bronies do exist in the real world as well as online!

Weird Al singing his Super Party Pony Song (Cheese Sandwich)

John de Lancie is a huge supporter of My Little Pony and is a proud Brony. More people approach him for voicing Discord then his roles in Star Trek!
John de Lancie is a huge supporter of My Little Pony and is a proud Brony. More people approach him for voicing Discord then his roles in Star Trek! | Source

Callouts to Brony Culture

Hasbro studios and many producers of movies tend to be Bronies. To add in some community flare, Transformers : Age of Extinction contains a scene where the infinite transformer metal is formed into Rainbow Dash that then rapidly turns into a machine gun.

Brony Insert: Rainbow Dash in Transformers: Age of Extinction

Then there are the Memes!

While the community is full of creative and active internet users, following the tradition of almost every other subject matter lead to the creation of various different memes. Memes are internet pictures of characters from a show, movie, or photo site that depict a character or person saying or reacting to text placed over the image. The main goals of memes are to convey funny moments and to use witty lines to create content that is accessible by the community.

Memes Created from the Brony Fandom

"Yo dawg I heard you like BLANK so we put Blank in your Blank" meme
"Yo dawg I heard you like BLANK so we put Blank in your Blank" meme
Steam Valve not dealing with hackers.
Steam Valve not dealing with hackers.
Haters Gonna Hate Bro Culture Meme
Haters Gonna Hate Bro Culture Meme
Macs are too gud.
Macs are too gud.
Cereal Guy why we can't have nice things PONIFIED.
Cereal Guy why we can't have nice things PONIFIED.
Capslock is Yelling online.
Capslock is Yelling online.
Bro Culture SWAG
Bro Culture SWAG
Bro Culture NOPE
Bro Culture NOPE
Web application approach on Rainbow Dash's 20% cooler in 10 seconds flat meme
Web application approach on Rainbow Dash's 20% cooler in 10 seconds flat meme
Whose awesome? Your awesome! Dog meme ponified
Whose awesome? Your awesome! Dog meme ponified
Haters Gonna Hate /Bro/
Haters Gonna Hate /Bro/
"Seal of Approval" from many different characters online.
"Seal of Approval" from many different characters online.
Anime fangirl spoof.
Anime fangirl spoof.
Spoof on Professor Oak from Pokemon...ponified
Spoof on Professor Oak from Pokemon...ponified
Mods are asleep Post (blank) meme
Mods are asleep Post (blank) meme
Spongebob scene used in many different things.
Spongebob scene used in many different things.
Tron ponified
Tron ponified
U Mad? /Bro/ culture.
U Mad? /Bro/ culture.
Trolling /Bro/ culture
Trolling /Bro/ culture
U Mad, BRO? /Bro/ culture
U Mad, BRO? /Bro/ culture
Challenge Accepted /Bro/ Culture
Challenge Accepted /Bro/ Culture

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      anonymous 

      4 years ago

      MLP IS AWESOME

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      bronies 

      6 years ago from Canterlot, EQ

      Hey! Very well written and informative, if not a little heavy on the images. You did a pretty good job of describing Bronies to the world

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