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What Is a Brony? The Explosive Response to My Little Pony...
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
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
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.
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: . 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! Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony
Weird Al singing his Super Party Pony Song (Cheese Sandwich)
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
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Which of the Following are you?
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