How much My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan content is there out there? LET'S FIND OUT.
A few highlights:
What I Learned Today
, morals to episodes
Twilight adjusts to a Season 3 plot development
, random, catchy
Celestia and Luna play Resident Evil 4
(repurposed from Two Best Friends
The best of Sweetie Bot, from Friendship is Witchcraft
Slice of Life
, a very well done fan Tumblr
How much more could there be? Well....
Have you heard about this thing called "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic?" Do you adore the show intensely and watch it with your collection of plush and plastic dolls
? Or, do you run screaming from the room whenever it is mentioned
? Either way, you're probably aware of the gigantic, improbable community of fans built up around the show, called bronies
. Whether reading about them makes you scratch your head, squee with joy, or curse the darkness, it is true that they have produced a lot
of fan content. We tend to fear that which we don't understand, and somehow there's a lot of lack-of-understanding between bronies and others, and so to remedy this I present THIS: A Jumbo-Sized Observer's Guide To Pony.
Instructions for use:
- The world of bronydom is very large; instead of exhaustively following every link, consider using this post like (as jessamyn
suggested of a previous post) a map, a map of bronydom.
- Absorb in small doses. Overexposure to pony can cause abreactions such as fan obsession, frosted baked goods and death metal
- Browsing videos here will be much easier if you use the in-line YouTube/Vimeo player (click on the little "play" icon after link) to watch videos from this post. (Turn on in your MeFi profile if not visible.)
- While there is no "clop" in this post, review material before showing children due to occasional profanity and shipping.
A warning: Whatever you think of bronies, I should warn you that we're going to be swimming in the deep end of the Geek Pool here. You don't write fiction about characters on a show, any
show, or for that matter write a 25-page post about them, without testing positive for nerd. If the thought of all this makes you scratch your head, you probably should just move on to another post. Remember, it's okay to not like My Little Pony
The intent here isn't to present a comprehensive overview of the whole fan community, but more to give an impression of its scale, and the best content. There are both the good and bad elements of the fanworks of bronydom. At their best, they're witty, catchy, clever and self-aware. At their worst, they're glurgy, self-indulgent, full of empty sentiment, and embarrassing. They can be all over the map regarding professionalism. The purpose of this thread is to present good
brony fanworks, the best face of the subculture. Not all of them, but a good number, and the ones, with my help, to be the most comprehensible to outsiders.
Notes applying to the following:
1. Absolutely no "clop," or sexually-explicit works. I know they exist, but I'm not interested in giving it an audience. It's actually much easier to ignore than you may have heard; the month I've worked on this, I've not encountered any
of it. The most prominent non-board pony sites tend not to feature it. My goal is to make everything in this post acceptable for kids unless otherwise marked, although it is possible that the occasional use of a swear word sneaks through.
2. Longer video works (over seven minutes or so) will typically list running times. Please heed those times, some video works are over an hour.
3. There are lot of good things here, but there exists much more. Any compilation is bound to be biased towards the tastes of the compiler. I do apologize for missing those things that escaped my eye, or that I ran out of energy before including. You can take any one of the YouTube videos in this post and use its Related Videos sidebar as a diving board to the Great Ocean of Pony. Remember to bring a life preserver. There's also the Sources listed at the end of the post.
4. One of the things I find most interesting about Pony is how it's right at the forefront of the copyfight, where a huge and dedicated fanbase is put directly at odds with the rights holder over transformative uses of its property. Hasbro and the bronies have a weird relationship, mostly
amicable. But two very popular remix series, Friendship Is Witchcraft and Mentally Advanced, have recently been taken off of YouTube due to the sharper edges of Hasbro's IP policy. (The creator of Mentally Advanced, FiMFlamFilosophy, made a video
to educate bronies and the public at large of where copyright law currently stands in this area. See Mentally Advanced's entry, below, for more.) The fanbase has been more directly affected by copyright laws than most, and considering the size, breadth and fervor of bronydom, it is a place where public attitudes towards copyright are directly being shaped. It is an important demographic to watch regarding changing attitudes towards copyright.
Of aid in understanding the content in this monster of a post, I present my personal three rules of bronydom.
Rule #1: Bronies know how weird being fans of My Little Pony is, and they revel in it.
Rule #2: There is nothing a serious brony enjoys more than a bit of inspired randomness.
Rule #3: The best brony fanworks are often more interesting than the show itself.
-- while the show is pretty good, bronies will figure out the weird implications of, say, making Twilight an alicorn princess within five minutes of the end of a show, and probably have a comic made poking playful fun of it up within a day, and that may be hilarious. One still generally must watch the show to understand the work though... unless one has a helpful guide to help them with references. Like this one.
Here we go!
*** PROMINENT MEMES ***
*** Side characters/Background ponies
A "background pony" is a generic character design used to fill out street and crowd scenes. In the early days of the show the creators made a number of these and reused them indiscriminately. This is why in Season One you can sometimes see large crowds that contain multiple copies of the same character. Fans latched onto these characters and invented names and personalities for them. Now, nearly every background pony from the first two seasons has such a fan-canon background, and a few have popularity to rival main characters. In some cases, the sheer force of their enthusiasm has forced even Hasbro to accommodate it: the cyan unicorn with a lyre symbol known to fans as Lyra was, once toys started being made of her, called Heartstrings on packaging for a short while, but then changed to Lyra Heartstrings, as if they were her first and last name.
In some cases the use of fan names has had certain problems, such as with....
, aka Ditzy Doo
In case you're not up on the origins of this infamous character.... At the start of the fandom a bunch of guys from 4chan watched the first episode and noticed, in a crowd scene, one particular gray pegasus with askew eyes, that seemed to give her a crazy expression. They immediately adopted the character, naming her, in the two-word style similar to that of other pony characters, "Derpy Hooves." Production house Studio B claimed her appearance was an animation error, but the fans claimed her with such ferocity that they started putting her into episodes as an in-joke and shout-out.
Derpy's roots go back to the origins of the current show's fandom, and she is deeply beloved. So fans were delighted when Derpy was, briefly, promoted from being a cameo in-joke to a speaking character, even named Derpy by Rainbow Dash, in a notable sequence at the start of the second season episode "The Last Roundup." But then Hasbro got complaints that the name Derpy
might be seen as ridiculing of the mentally disabled, and so after the initial broadcast later showings were edited to change the character's somewhat-dopey voice and remove usage of the name. This might actually have been the best call -- truth be told, the word derpy
is not typically used as a compliment, and anyway the voice actress who did the original voice originally thought the character was male
. At the time, the community took the change as a slap in the face, but that fervor seems to have passed, in favor of complaining about things like Twilight getting wings. Derpy still shows up once in awhile, although less often now, and never by name. Even semi-official products that refer to her make it a point not to mention her name.
Some other aspects of the fan image of the character: she's a mailmare, clumsy, loves muffins to a degree approaching mania, and sometimes she's depicted as being a single mother (her foal, Dinky, is like a smaller version of her mother, but a unicorn, with a slight purple tint, and no crossed eyes). Sometimes she's paired up with Doctor Whooves (below), both because of the name and due to their positions at the forefront of fan characterization.
As the keystone of brony fixation, the character finds its way into many fan works.
* Know Your Meme page on Derpy Hooves: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/derpy-hooves
* Derpy says "Muffin,"
early on, her sole spoken word until The Last Roundup, and central to the fan's concept of the character. The first third of this video by Mr. Poniator
demonstrates the strength of her mania.
* Epic Rage Time: The Incredible Derp
. More muffin shenanigans.
* "Did you know that carrots are good for your eyesight?
" (Very short)
Another background pony, this one a mostly plain-looking brown stallion with shaggy dark hair and an hourglass symbol on its flank. Some fans took it into their heads that it looked like David Tennant, and christened the character "Doctor Whooves." How intentional the resemblance was at first is not precisely known, but around episode 9, at a party, several other ponies were seen with hourglass marks, and fans quickly drew lines between them and other past Doctors, going back to Jon Pertwee. Cutie marks are generally not duplicated casually among background ponies with different designs, making it a bit more substantiated that this was a legitimate reference. The Know Your Meme
page on Doctor Whooves has examples. There is one other common background pony with an hourglass symbol, who is variously named either Romana (after the 4th Doctor's female Time Lord companion) or Colgate (because her striped mane looks like toothpaste).
Hasbro's own attitude towards the character remain obscure, but semi-official, licensed works like the comic book series, We Love Fine t-shirts and collectable cardgame all use the character and name "Doctor Whooves," or sometimes "Doctor Hooves," without apology. For the part of Doctor Who's owner, Doctor Whooves been recognized favorably in promotional materials put out by the BBC, which has got to count for something. You can get T-shirts from WeLoveFine with "Doctor Hooves" standing by a TARDIS
. It's also known that Studio B/DHX uses the character's fan name internally.
For the two
fan series based on the character, see below under Video.
(aka Octavia Melody) & Vinyl Scratch
Both characters got brief cameos in Season One, and have turned up rarely since. Octavia is a cello player who showed up at the Grand Galloping Gala at the end of the first season, and Vinyl Scratch first spun tracks at one of Rarity's fashion shows. An absence of official content leaves room for the fans to speculate on the characters. Fans decided that Octavia was a classically-trained musician and Vinyl Scratch a party animal addicted to thumping music and loud WUBs. Both being musicians, and opposites, they are often paired, usually presented as roommates, and sometimes shipped.
* Epic Wub Time
(5m) interviews the two and reveals a contentious relationship.
* Another short cartoon with the two, Sunrise Surprise
* A bit out of character for her, Octavia fights changelings hand-to-hand in Once Upon A Time In Canterlot
* Vinyl and an OC character try to stage a fake rivalry
Lyra & Bon Bon
(Not covered: Seapony Lyra)
Both characters are used as background ponies throughout the show's run so far, and are often presented together because of their complimentary color schemes. Lyra is a unicorn with a bright cyan coat, and Bon Bon is a cream-colored earth pony with a two-toned mane. Lyra was used by an animator in Season One to occasionally do silly things in the background, like bouncing on clouds or sitting oddly on a bench, that endeared her to a lot of fans. Bon Bon occasionally has a speaking role -- but, confoundingly, with a different voice each time.
Lyra is my personal favorite pony. Although other characters may be more popular, I think none have been fleshed out as interestingly, and humorously, as her with her bizarre human fixation, and most fans give her an appealing bright and manic personality on top of that. Bon-Bon works well as a straightpony for her to bounce off of, in the time-honored manner of Ernie and Bert.
Submeme: Lyra is fascinated by humans
* Lyra - The Big Secret
* Another video titled Lyra's Secret
* Lyra Finds A Blob On The Floor
* Human Studies with Lyra
, a collection of image macros
* "Humans are known for their ability to quickly grow giant mushrooms in times of famine.
* Know Your Meme page on Sitting Lyra
Submeme: Lyra is crazy, Bon Bon is her long-suffering roommate
* Lyra, Bon-Bon and Gangnam Style
* Dubs of a few Lyra and Bon Bon fan comics
Submeme: Bon Bon in the spotlight
Bon Bon usually is played as pretty centered compared to her crazy counterpart, but there are exceptions. One of them relates to the fact that, unique among background ponies, Bon Bon is sometimes voiced, but has had a different voice every time she has opened her mouth!
* Fan explanation for her changing voice #1: Special candy
* Explanation #2: There's multiple Bon Bons
* I'm sorry for this, but... here's Bonpun
, a Tumblr of groan-worthy puns on her name. A highlight: Old Bon Bonbadil
(The Great And Powerful) Trixie
(aka Trixie Lulamoon)
Trixie isn't really a background pony so much as a recurring antagonist, but she's been in two episodes to date. Despite this she's very popular with fans, not only for being an effective rival to main heroine Twilight but also pulling it off with terrific style. BTW: she doesn't trust wheels. Although she pretty much always ends up being insufferable, fans interpret the character with differing degrees of sympathy.
* #1: Trixie can't catch a break. Here, she's pretty much behind the 8-ball of life, forever in Twilight's shadow, who gets all the blessings and attention from Celestia while Trixie is forced to work as a performer, going from town to town to make ends meet.
Twilight can be vindictive with those time spells
* #2: Twilight's girlfriend. Perhaps related to the rival thing, it's equally popular to ship her and Twilight together, a pairing usually referred to as "Twixie."
Power Mare Zero
uses Twixie as an incidental element.
* #3: Trixie's a jerk. Well, she's usually a jerk in all those other interpretations too, but here the character is used specially for that reason, which contrasts nicely with the general friendliness of the Mane 6, and is sometimes endearing because of it.
PixelKitties' "Great And Powerful Trixie, Consulting Unicorn"
More Consulting Unicorn, with Twixie mixed in
Consulting Unicorn: Trixie and Pinkie
The flower ponies: Daisy
(Lily Valley) and Rose
Unlike the other background ponies these seem to have been characters before the fan interpretation of them, but only in a broad, on-stage extras kind of sense. Daisy and Rose have been named on-screen. The three sometimes appear together and seem mostly interchangeable, and are noted for being scared easily. That's typical behavior for real horses, of course, and residents of Ponyville in general, but these three seem especially easy to frighten. Lily is particularly remembered for saying "The horror, the horror!" after 1. a stampede of cattle, and 2. a stampede of rabbits.
* Lily is easily spooked
Other popular background ponies not covered here: Carrot Top/Golden Harvest (sometimes Derpy's roommate), Berry Punch (alcoholic), Bulk Biceps/Snowflake (roided-out white pegasus with tiny wings). Here's a more complete list of characters.
*** Character remixes
Taking primary characters established on the show and reinterpreting them. Not covered here, among others: Flutterbat (vampire Fluttershy, fairly new), Woona (cutsy Luna, see Moonstuck, later), Gamer Luna (see Two Best Sisters, below), Metal Gear/Big Boss Twilight
One popular episode, "Party Of One," showed a despondent Pinkie Pie who thought her friends had turned against her. It revealed that, when disheartened, Pinkie's curly hair deflates
, and hangs limp and straight from her head and tail. This, combined with her borderline insane behavior at the time (talking to inanimate objects), contributed to the fan character Pinkamina (after Pinkie's full name, "Pinkamina Diane Pie," used by her mother once), who is at best depressed and at worst a murderer. The way to tell this character apart from standard Pinkie, besides frequently being a psychopath, is straight hair
. Straight hair on Pinkie always signifies Pinkamina.
The character got fully underway in the classic (and best left unread) story "Cupcakes," where she graphically cuts Rainbow Dash into pieces and makes her into baked goods. Pointedly not linked. Here's Know Your Meme page on "Cupcakes"
(NSFW). Further below we have a (much less graphic) video interpretation of Cupcakes.
* Here's Viva IMMATOONLINK Reverie's delightfully evil treatment of the idea
, thankfully without gore, set to Scissor Sisters' "I Can't Decide."
first appears to be merely an animation of a remix of "The Smile Song," but it rapidly takes a much
more violent tone. (NSFW violence, gore.) I don't actually think you should watch this, but we're all grown-ups, right? Note, technically this version isn't
Pinkamina (Doesn't act sad! No straight hair!), but just Pinkie killing ponies. You can find all kinds of brony fanworks, just as there are all kinds of bronies....
Once in a while on the show one can catch signs of a hidden, mischievous personality
for ruler of the land Princess Celestia. It's not gone unnoticed that many of the problems Twilight and her friends face have their origins in some request made by Twilight's mentor, which might even be intentional and canon. Additionally, there's the whole sending her sister to the moon a thousand years ago thing. Take this to an extreme and you end up with Trollestia, where the ruler of Equestria basically tries to make life as difficult for those around her as she can.
* Here is an early Trollestia video, "Friendship is Magic Bitch
." (NSFW language) "To the moon
" is a submeme that suggests Celestia's solution to handling problems or ponies that offend her is just to send them directly to the lunar surface to chill for a thousand years. Video reacction
* Trollestia messes with Luna playing Mario 3
* Know Your Meme page on Trollestia/Molestia
* The flipside to Trollestia material is "Luna on the moon," which fills in the blanks about what she did for a thousand years on the lunar surface. These can vary from silly and cutesy (such as in Moonstuck
), to kind of heartbreaking
Another Celestia meme is Molestia
, which suggests less than honorable motives for the ruler of Equestria's tutoring of impressionable young ponies, along the lines of the infamous Pedobear. Trollestia often wears a trollface; Molestia always has crazy eyes.
* The Tumblr "Ask Princess Molestia" (formerly NSFW, now gone) closed up shop in the past few days, and in fact appears to have been entirely deleted. Although of somewhat contentious content, it was the site that spawned the equally popular "Gamer Luna" meme.
The fan repurposing series Friendship Is Witchcraft (further below) created many alternate versions of the characters (like a demon-worshipping Fluttershy), but this one caught on, by incongruously giving Rarity's little sister Sweetie Belle an obviously computer-generated voice. Rule #2 of Bronydom: There is nothing a serious brony enjoys more than a bit of inspired randomness
, and so Sweetie Bot was born. Besides the robotic voice, fan depictions often show her looking rather cyborgy.
* A collection of Sweetie Bot clips from FiW
One of the most memorable sequnces in the first season came near the end of the last episode, in which the usually-meek Fluttershy, driven to the breaking point by animals rebuffing her usual winning ways, handled it in a rather uncharacteristic fashion.
* Fluttershy's descent into madness
, from the episode.
* In the different language dubs
* YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE ME, Sparta Remix
*** Prominent OCs
Created by show creator Lauren Faust herself. This interview with Equestria Daily
is headed by an exclusive sketch she made of a pony version of herself. Many fan works since have iterated their own versions of the character. Does not have an official name. For some reason, often depicted in combination with Subway sandwiches
Honestly I'm not entirely sure what's up with Fluffle Puff, who is a pony covered with thick fur. She seems to have a popular Tumblr (under Tumblr blogs, below).
Fluffle Puff Stories: PFUDOR
(crossing over with a bit of Dan Vs.)
*** Other Memes
Pony Art fads
on Know Your Meme. Not covered here: ponies in sweaters, juiceboxes, wet manes, Cyclops Pony
, many others. A good list is on the MLP Fan Labor wiki
, evolution of lol idunno
First drawn by DeviantArt user MegaSweet, these were popular image macros in the early days of the show.
* Know Your Meme page on Pony Reactions
, leading off with shrugpony.
Ponies in socks
Created by Egophiliac, creator of Moonstuck and Slice Of Life. For some reason, ponies wearing socks are popular.
The focus of an early Drawfriend post
on Equestria Daily.
Solar Empire vs. The Lunar Republic
Very early on the theme of there being a rivalry between Celestia and Luna, the two rulers of Equestria and emblems of the Sun and Moon respectively, became a prominent in-joke among bronies, despite the fact that in the show's lore all that ended at the end of the second episode
. The webgame CLOP (under Games, later), a pony-oriented geopolitical simulation, uses the Solar Empire and Lunar Republic as two opposed world superpowers that player nations must appease, basically turning them into horsey versions of the United States and Soviet Union
Rarity is a Marshmallow, Scootaloo is a Chicken, Fluttershy is a Tree
The latter two are based off of jokes or throwaway lines in the show, but Rarity being a mashmallow is a fan interpretation based on her white color and the fact that FiM hooves are usually depicted as being cylindrical, giving them a tube-like appearance, with the caption "No one must know that I am part marshmallow."
* Know Your Meme page on Pony Reimaginings
, including all three of these.
Rarity vs. Giant Crabs
This one's more recent, and its origins seem to be a bit obscure. I've heard that it started with help from Equestria Daily, when one of their Artist Training Grounds posts asked novice artists to draw Rarity fighting a (giant enemy) crab. I can't see to find that post now, though. A comment on Tumblr
points to a DeviantArt user who just happens to commission people to make pictures of ponies fighting crabs
. Whatever its original, pictures of the equine clothing designer attacking giant crustaceans with all manner of weaponry continue to pop up. As they do.
- you know what this meme needs? ZOIDBERG
I figured I should address this. Some time ago someone on eBay sold a plush toy of popular background pony Lyra (see under "Background ponies," below) with a pocket in her rear. It was explicitly offered as a sex toy on the auction. Most bronies did not approve, but under the principle of "what you gonna do," some of them took to mocking the toy.
Some of the better takes on the unfortunate toy come from popular pony artist PixelKitties:
* It's a hornwarmer!
* Two of them can be slippers!
* It's a beer cooler!
* It's a scabbard for Samurai Jack!
* Know Your Meme page on the Lyra Plushie
Sweetie Belle Derelle
Another of the more WTF examples of bronydom, this time entirely due to randomness. A picture (sometimes an animated GIF) of Sweetie Belle with mouth wide open and screaming AAAAAAA. The name comes from the fact that it was used to derail
threads, or refer to their derailing. I'm not sure why the alternate spelling/pronunciation. Probably because it rhymes.
* Know Your Meme page
, with examples.
* "Oh my Celestia, make it go away
MLP:FiM's production staff has a relatively close relationship to the fans. In one tweet, the actress who voices Twilight Sparkle, Tara Strong, tweeted what Know Your Meme
calls "a short freestyle rap," which she then recorded. Fans later animated the recording
. Sometimes it comes up in other fan works. The tweet: "I'm the T to the W-I, L-I-G-H-T, and ain't no other pony troll it down like me, I'm Twilightlicious..." Fan art
A combo meme referring both to Shepherd Fairey's famous Obama HOPE poster, and Soviet-style propaganda posters, and are often cross-linked with the Solar Empire meme.
* Propaganda poster for the Solar Empire
, noticed by Fairey himself.
* Twilight demands you READ
Ponies sliding into a box
* A silly YouTube video
* Going the other direction
* With an unexpected ending
. (NSFW language)
Fans are quick to seize on anything for memeing purposes. In the Season 4 premiere, Discord (an omnipotent trickster figure) took an opportunity to mock Twilight's newly-gained princess status by giving her a goofy-looking scepter with her face on it
. I refer you again to Rule #2.
* Neo fights Agent Smith with a new weapon
* Not actually a new TF2 melee weapon
* Versions for the other main characters
* Pink Floyd: The Wall edition
* "This fucking fandom."
* Finally, a bit of leekspin
In a first-season episode we get a glimpse into Pinkie's foalhood, where it's revealed that she grew up on an Amish rock farm. Her whole family is mostly grayscale in tone except for her, which might explain how she got the name Pinkie
. But she has two sisters. In what is my favorite bit of fanon (fan-canon) related to the show, folks decided that the perfect names for her sisters should be Blinkie
. And her parents? Clyde
. (Giving away the reference
. It was the noise I made when I discovered this that made me realize I might be a brony
This is a weird one even by brony standards of randomness. I can report on it because I watched it go down when it happened...
Let's go back in time to the evening before the premiere of the second season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. A bunch of bronies affiliated with the podcast Bronyville did a streaming event mare-athon of the whole first season, with the final episode of the season, the excellent "The Best Night Ever" at the end, which is full of songs. The stream provider interposed small Flash ads in the corner of the window while this was going on, at the time promoting the movie X-Men: First Class. So while the show's first song "At The Gala" played, appearing at the bottom of the window was a distracting animated ad with the words "Click here to unleash Magneto's powers!"
The whole thing was being voiced-over by the Bronyville podcast guys and guests, and host Cereal Velocity started improvising his own, Magneto-flavored lyrics over the music of the show, throwing everyone (some of whom by this point had watched approaching thirteen solid hours of pony
) into gigglefits. Here's three minutes of it
, but it didn't stop there. Know Your Meme
describes the meme's spread. Equestria Daily "post"
. Magneto "fanfic"
*** DRAWN & WRITTEN FAN WORKS ***
Cataloging some of the many, many fan contributions to the lore of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
One of the more well-known pony artists. She made a name for herself early in the fandom's history for being able to reproduce the show's look accurately, and for the general quality of her comics. She has a tendency to ship Twilight and Trixie, and to produce some of the geekier crossovers.
* You got a purdy mouth
* Writing of Daring Do books taken over by 'George R.R. Mareton.'
* A completely unnecessary Castlevania comic
* Trixie adjusts to Twilight's new station
- Page 2
- Page 3
* Princess Sign-Up Poster
(Trixie has no luck)
* Arrested Development reference
* Only because it has Dan (Vs) in it
* Rainbow Dash starring in They Live
* Trixie's plan to get close to Twilight's mother
* More Dan, and Pinkie clones
* Poster for "Daring Do and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
* Doctor Whooves Watches Transformers 3
- Part 2
Another comic artist, specializing in more grown-up humor.
* Daring Do's stalker
* Twilight (in Equestria Girls) gets used to clothes
* Don't eat the green muffin
* Twilight tells her family about her promotion
* Changeling natal care
* Gemstones aren't worth a lot in Equestria
* Possibly the weirdest crossover in this post: Hellboy and Derpy
* Pinkie decides she's a Pokemon trainer, for some reason
- 2 (with Cthulhu)
* Lyra looks for a pet
* Cadence looks on her husband's computer
* More Cadence vs. Chrysalis
* Mystery solving twins!
* Summoning Dr. Manhattan
* Metal Gear Twilight
* Celestia vs. Luna
* Luna wasn't much help in the Season 2 finale
* Friends don't let friends ship ponies
He did the Moonstuck and does the Slice of Life fan Tumblrs (see further below), but he also does one-off comics. Mostly okay for all ages.
* Luna loses her snack chips
* Snow Day on the Moon
* Lyra and Bon Bon switch postures
- Even more
Creator of the "Twilight's First Day" series, depicting Twilight Sparkle's first day at magic school. Fairly high on the cute meter, and very well-drawn. Suitable for all ages. Currently incomplete.
Takes character art made by other people and makes comics out of them. Not NSFW, but kids might scratch their heads at some of the jokes.
* It's "Liar Liar" in Ponyville: Applejack's 'Element of Honesty' adventures!
- #2: Facts of Life
- #3: Santa Claus
* Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo
- Emotionally Fragile
* The joke here is that, in a different comic, the kids stole Zecora's voodoo kit
* Pogo-styled Christmas art!
* Lyra and Bon Bon debate fan usage of characters from "My Little Human"
* KTurtle of DeviantArt tells us of changes coming to the characters in Season 4
, and in the process mocks fandom doomsayers
* dm29's Parts of an Equestria Pony: Female
* What if the Mane 6 watched a slaughterhouse video?
*** Art styles
This style isn't really created by fans, but by Hasbro themselves, in an attempt to position My Little Pony as a competitor to Monster High, from Another Company. The result was the "Equestria Girls" movie, in which Twilight travels to a human world and temporarily becomes a human herself, and in the process takes one solid step into fanfic territory itself.
* An essay decrying the movie
. Makes good points.
* Spike the Dog, with a voice like Christopher Walken, wants to play a video game
(audio from Dave the Barbarian)
Aping the unique, cel-shaded art style of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker might be a surprising direction for fans, but it's turned out unexpectedly popular. Tends towards more cartoony stylization, stubby legs and fanciful swirls in accessories and hair. Most of these are from DeviantArt user AWildDrawfagAppears
- Another Mane 6
- Twilight and Celestia
- Mane 6 humanized
- Iron Will (minotaur)
- The Cake family
- Snips and Snails
- a Ganondorfy King Sombra
- Big Macintosh
- Another Twilight and Celestia
, more thematically appropriate.
A side-effect of the surprisingly large intersection between the Team Fortress 2 and My Little Pony fandoms (which I don't get into here) is that fans have made models of all the main ponies in Source engine format, allowing them to be used for video production in Valve Software's popular tools Garry's Mod and Source Filmmaker.
* A song from the show, "The Smile Song," animation recreated in Source Filmmaker
*** Fan Tumblrs
A prominent outlet for pony fervor is the creation and interaction with Tumblr blogs written in the style of some character, either official, mutated or original. Here are a few. Note: Tumblrs are blogs, and while these popular examples are mostly tame, shipping tends to be common, and some pony Tumblrs contain objectionable content, especially in the Ask blogs. Even among those here, because we're approaching the huge beating heart of the internet here, sometimes NSFW language.
Ask Pony blogs
These are a common sort of the breed. This page on the fanlabor wiki
rounds up the most prominent, with helpful flags for avoiding objectionable content.
-- a concluded blog, supposedly the adventures of young Luna on the moon, originally created as a ponified version of Homestuck.
Slice of Life
HIGHLIGHT: Hands down, the best pony Tumblr I've seen. Created by Egophiliac, the guy who made Moonstuck, this is a continuity blog of short comic stories centering around the Cakes, owners of Sugarcube Corner Bakery and employers/caretakers of Pinkie Pie, set a few years ahead of the show so as to present the adventures of their young children, the Cake Twins, as preteens. Well drawn and very well written, with interesting OCs and believable future takes on other characters. I think they should hire Egophiliac to write episodes of the show. Note, most fan Tumblrs present short, quick content, but not this one -- expect multi-page comic stories in many updates. Light-hearted, joyful, funny, and not NSFW at all
, if you like Pony at all then please read this, domo arigato.
Note: What follows are just a few personal favorites. Every installment
of this series is terrific, to those of a pony turn of mind. The major plots so far involve the Cakes trying to raise the money to send their kids to Flight Camp and Magic School, and planning for a Hearth's Warming Eve pageant, with digressions for Halloween and a visit to Discord.
* As of this writing, this is the start page.
(Use the "Previous Page" link to advance.)
* Character page
* Pinkie Meets the Cakes Part 1
* Part 2: Serious Hats
* The Cakes Meet The Bons, Part 1
* Part 2: The Seven Sisters
* "How many cakes, out of ten, reach the customer?"
* Here are some of Egophiliac's character designs Slice Of Life character designs 1
-- Surprise was a Gen 1 pony, one of the many that Hasbro failed to retain rights to. When Lauren Faust used her in the pitch for her reboot she had to redevelop the character into what would become Pinkie Pie. Of course fan blogs are less concerned with things like that, and this one presents Surprise as basically an even more
random and flighty version of Pinkie -- with wings.
* Rapid hair growth
* Jelly bread, with Dr. Whooves
* Surprise flies to her homeland
Ask Hot-Blooded Pinkie Pie
-- Takes the popular pink party pony and adds a large truckload, of all things, of Dragonball Z-style powerups and posing. Throws down pop culture references frequently. Occasionally NSFW violence (cartoony) and language (definitely).
Ask Sweetie Bot
-- see below, under Videos, Friendship Is Witchcraft.
Ask Fluffle Puff
-- Fluffle Puff is an OC ("original character") pony covered with thick pink hair. Very random and silly. Talks in raspberries. Hosts well-animated videos (see below). Shipped with with Queen Crysalis, for some reason. For some other reason crosses over with Dan Vs. Dan Vs. is another excellent cartoon on the Hub. Don't ask me, I'm just documenting. (Okay, the reason is this is a spin-off of another Tumblr that puts Dan in the ponyverse. If you think that
sounds like the geekiest thing ever, well, you must be new around here.)
Ask Gaming Princess Luna
is a sequel of sorts to the defunct, NSFW "Ask Princess Molestia" blog, which was taken down (voluntarily) very recently. Gamer Luna was one of the best ideas to come out of it, and the new blog promises to ignore "inappropriate questions." It's a newcomer on the scene, with only two posts as of this writing, but the art is well done. May be worth watching.
Fanfiction is the writing, by fans, of additional stories using characters in some other work. It has a much more direct connection to the enthusiast id as other forms of fan participation, which might be worth keeping in mind. I have not read many, of these, especially in the case of the longer works, as fanfiction is not really my thing, so for this section inclusion does not imply endorsement. Instead, I have tried to provide a good overview of popular and well-known works. Here is a good primer on pony fanfiction. This whole section is probably one level geekier than the average.
The 700-pound horned, winged, magical gorilla of pony fan fiction, about ponyland after a magical apocalypse. The audacity of the concept is matched only by its length -- and then there's the plethora of side stories by other authors. Note: I have not read this, but I hear it is NSFW in places.
* Resource site
* A few Fallout-style ad posters, made by PixelKitties: Changeling Espionage
- Sweet Apple Sarsaparilla
- Do you like bananas?
- Twilight Securitron
- Wear Your Badge
My Little Dashie
This fic is particularly well-known in the fandom. The premise is that a young Rainbow Dash is found in a cardboard box on Earth and is raised by a lonely man living by himself, who must keep her secret from the world. There are probably at least three different metaphors that could be made out here, intentional or not.
Entry on fimfiction. An early story, written before Luna's reappearance in Season Two, that sought to fill in what was going on with her after the events of the series premiere. Luna reappeared in Season Two and obsoleted the work, but it still exists. Introduced the OC character Nyx.
One of the older popular pony fanworks, it's set in a future where Celestia and Luna have disappeared, and the sun and moon don't move in the sky. (Note, it's old enough that it only uses the events of Season One as canon.)
* Binky Pie
-- Crossover between Discworld and Pony, largely successful although incomplete.
-- A silly fic, Princess Luna tries to come to terms with 1,000 years of Equestrian technology development. Pretty long at 21 chapters.
* Friendship is Optimal
is about a computer-generated Celestia creating a virtual world, and it going frighteningly off the rails. Gave rise to the Optimalverse
, a set of related stories. Previously
* Through The Eyes Of Another Pony
-- A man falls asleep in Equestria and wakes in in Ponyville, as a pony. Played as a comedy.
* It's A Dangerous Business Going Out Your Door
is primarily an adventure fic.
* Sunny Skies All Day Long
-- Another early story, true to the series of around Season 1, about an overworked Celestia taking time off to visit her favorite student and her friends, in disguise. Note
-- Lyra has an obsession. She found some old legends about a mythical, advanced race of bipedal, ape-descended creatures called humans
, and for some reason she can't stop thinking about them. Her roommate Bon-bon tries to put up with her obsession. Quite lengthy; just when you think the story has reached its end, it begins
* Arrow 18 Mission Logs
-- Earth scientists in the future find a planetary system with bizarre astrophysical properties: the sun revolves around the planet! Sent to investigate, a realistic human astronaut achieves first contact with a peculiar race of magic cartoon horses. Side series Sparkle's notes
presents the encounters from the other perspective. I will admit that I'm rather fond of this one.
* The Mane 6 Discover Human Music
-- It's another juxtaposing of real-world culture with the pastel-colored, heart-studded world of Equestria. Features reactions to Simon & Garfunkel, They Might Be Giants (Particle Man, natch), Cage The Elephant and Louis Armstrong.
* LOVECRAFT PONY ROUNDUP: The Neigh of Cthulhu
- The Call of Colthulhu (just a fragment)
- The Stars Will Aid Their Escape
(Warning: horrible affairs, unhappy endings.)
Friendship is Witchcraft
HIGHLIGHT: A primary theme of brony fanwork is that of repurposing, putting the characters, and sometimes the animation itself, to uses very unlike the show in content, for either humor or shock value. Sherclop Pones' Friendship is Witchcraft has a bit of both, and is one of the oldest and most popular repurposing fan series, now up to nine episodes. This is the source of the "Sweetie Bot" meme. As far as episodes go, it's probably easier to get into them in the later installments.
This series has had a long and troubled history with Hasbro's efforts to keep piracy of the show under control, and fell afoul of YouTube's ContentID feature. For some reason the videos aren't currently available on the project's own website either, possibly due to bandwidth concerns. Currently, the best place to watch the unaltered series is on DailyMotion.
* Episode 1: The Perfect Swarm
* Episode 2: Read It And Sleep
* Episode 3: Dragone Baby Gone
* Episode 4: Cute From The Hip
* Episode 5: Neigh, Soul Sister
* Episode 6: Lunar Slander
* Episode 7: Cherry Bomb
* Episode 8: Foaly Matripony
* Episode 9: Seed No Evil
* Extra: Friendship Is Witchcraft: Horse Women
, their quick take on the Equestria Girls movie.
* The series is popular enough to have inspired its own fan works
* Pinkie's "Gypsy Bard" song
* I don't get it: "Talk about eye candy
The Mentally Advanced Series
Another humorous repurposing, this one produced by FiMFlamFilosophy (more on him later) sticks closer to the original plots of the episodes, while still bending them in that special sarcastic fashion that only someone who really loves
the show can hope to match.
* Episode 1
(The Ticket Master)
* Episode 2
* Episode 3
(Griffon The Brush Off)
* Episode 4
* Episode 5
* Episode 6
(Look Before You Sleep)
* Episode 7
* Episode 8
(Swarm Of The Century)
* Episode 9
* Episode 10
(Call Of The Cutie)
* Eppiiod 11111 ggrrlllppp@@@@####555-- NO CARRIER
* Episode 12
(Suited For Success)
A side series to Mentally Advanced is Rainbow Dash Presents, a set of parody animated video "retellings" (often inaccurate) of bits of pony fanfiction. Here are a only a few (because this post is long enough as it is). Note: humans in Mentally Advanced are depicted as orangutans and other apes.
* Somewhere Only We Know
(6m), which posits that Equestria is the personal dream world of a real horse. It's damn depressing.
* Rainbow Factory
(26m), about the CMCs, and probably one of the better episodes.
(20m). This version of the infamous fanfic Cupcakes (in which Pinkie dismembers Rainbow Dash) is much safer for sanity than the original.
* My Little Dashie
(27m) (covered under Fanfic) is also a big pile of depressing at the end. Wheee, happy pony world! The video is more like a reaction to it.
Doctor Whooves And Assistant
A series of radio play episodes of a series that poses Doctor Who 1. regenerated into a pony, and 2. landing in Equestria. With companion Derpy Hooves (no relation... I think), these are fairly well made, and the first couple of episodes are intertwined with the events of the series premiere in a clever way.
* List of all DH&A episodes
* Again, listed episodes 1-3, fully animated
by other parties.
Doctor Whooves Adventures
Another audio fan series based on a ponified version of Doctor Who, this one with Twilight Sparkle filling in the role of companion.
* The best list I've seen of episodes so far are on the show's TvTropes
The *.MOV series
is a number of highly irreverent cartoons, drawn in a John Kricfalusi-influenced style. Very NSFW overall. The first was featured previously on Metafilter
. (Oh, and here's John K. with a drawing he made of Pinkie Pie with Ren and Stimpy.
Longer/more ambitious animations
* Double Rainboom
(29m), an episode-length video produced by SCAD students. Basically an excuse to cross pony over with Powerpuff Girls. Trailer
(14m), a fan-made animated story about a young blind pony. Be warned: a bit thick on sentiment.
* Children of the Night
(4m), a short mood piece.
* PONIES the Anthology - One
(22m, NSFW language) / One, clean version
(18m) - Two
(1h 22m) - Three
(1h 14m). These are long compilations of very random, extremely
silly pony videos. Worth sticking with for awhile, but can wear down on you unless you have a high tolerance for LOLWUT. Occasionally NSFW for language (for example, in music lyrics).
Viva IMMATOONLINK Reverie
An Australian brony with a lot of videos, some of them live action but with an increasing number of well-timed flash music pieces.
Weird Al & Rainbow Dash
(BTW, Weird Al has a role in an upcoming episode....)
-- Short, abstract, yet oddly compelling. Warning: THIS WILL SEEP INTO YOUR BRAIN.
Some people didn't take news of Twilight's ascension well
A refugee from the Albuquerque thread
: have just a little more Weird Al
Short and silly live action, usually making fun of the toys (and, by implication, the guy's own huge pony collection):
- CAN'T USE THAT NAME ON PACKAGING
- Not a toy: the toy
- Twilight's busted
- We can rebuild her
- GOTH Pinkie Pie
- Sarcastic response to commercial
- That might be too many ponies
- Rarity doesn't like babies
- Pony hair
- Pony cult
What I Learned Today
, "morals" to every episode of the first two seasons.
A Derpy Story
(with Doctor Whooves)
FiMFlamFilosophy is sort of two people: the writer and main voice is Greg Hoffman, and the artist is Ryan "Petrirep" Petrie. Their major role in the fandom is producing Rainbow Dash Presents
, which animates various fanfics, and the Mentally Advanced series (linked above). (FiMFlamFilosophy has been hit particularly hard by the unfriendliness of the current copyright regime, making it difficult to find some of their videos, particularly Mentally Advanced.) They've done some other interesting shorts however, which also fit into the "Mentally Advanced" series linked above.
* Alicorn Day
* Budget Impasse
* Slightly related: Greg Hoffman's a pretty sharp guy overall, and wrote this insightful post
on some of the problems that ever expanding copyright and patent protections have been causing. He also made this video
, summing up the situation regarding transformative fanworks in the US and on YouTube. Some interesting food for thought in that one.
Two Best Sisters
This is actually a repurposing of the popular YouTube series Two Best Friends, in which a couple of guys play video games together and, mostly, fail to get along. Two Best Sisters edits it down a bit and adds animations of Celestia and Luna speaking the words of the very male
players, and somehow that makes them funnier. Part of the charm comes from a surprising amount of custom animation that puts the royal sisters directly into the games in question. NSFW language. Links to originals provided because they're not bad either.
Assassins Creed Brotherhood
Resident Evil 4
Rainbow Dash's Precious Book
(Flash combined with live animation):
A new series of animations about the life of a less-prominent background pony, the fan-named, beanie-wearing Button Mash, who was in a brief shot caught playing an Equestria version of an arcade game. Made by JanAnimations, who worked on the Bronies documentary that was posted some time back.
Minecraft: Don't Mine At Night
Best Pony Videos series
A good place to discover new pony videos. Covers the whole gamut of brony fan videos, so sometimes NSFW, mostly for language. Many of these videos were found from these compilations.
Morals to episodes from the first two seasons
Rainbow Dash Is Excited
, set to Weird Al. (Did I mention he's in an upcoming episode? He is you know.)
(with Lyra and Bon Bon)
Tay Zonday Sings My Little Pony
Pinkie Pie Tries To Break Your Monitor
Fluffle Puff: "Just Another Day
Batman Hates Bronies
MLP Present A Realistic Representation of Life In Ponyville
, a repurposing of the audio in an infamous Moonbase Alpha video. Original
Ponies sliding into boxes
- Unfortunate Outtake
Lyra's unfortunate homicidal tendency
Luna takes a walk on the moon
Twas The Night Before Pinkie
, in which a narrator is driven to distraction.
Live Action & Other
Bronies React series
These aren't works concerning the characters, directly, or actually even animations, but instead are edited-together clips of bronies watching parts of the show and commenting on it. It should serve to get across the breadth of the fandom, and the level and type of enthusiasm involved. Most of these are very long, and sometimes NSFW language. They do a good job of normalizing pony fans, I think, but their length makes them difficult to recommend to the non-obsessed.
* Season 2 Finale
* Season 3 Premiere
(22m) - Season 3 Finale
* Equestria Girls
* Season 4 Premiere
* Smile HD
(28m), that's the violent and gory fan video linked up above.
We "Really Hate" Ponies
* We "Don't Like" Ponies
. They protest a little
* We "Really Hate" Ponies
. They protest a great deal
too much. And kill a couple of guys.
One more example of obsessive behavior for you, an exhaustive
listing of animation errors from the first three seasons of the show.
(1h 14m) - Season 2
(49m) - Season 3
Music is not generally my area, which is unfortunate because it is a major focus for brony fan labor. Here are a few token links. For more, check out Equestrian Beats
* Album 1
- Album 2
- Album 3
RC88's 8-bit adaptions
There are many of these, this is just a few selections.
* Theme song
- Smile Song
- At The Gala
- Winter Wrap-Up
- Hush Now Quiet Now
- Art Of The Dress
- Parasprite Polka
Named after its former home, it's a competition
where different people are given a week to compose pony-related music, then everyone listens to them all and there's voting to determine a winner. List of past winners
One of the earliest pony bands to make a name for themselves, although they haven't produced anything new since the first season. Live at Bronycon 2012
* Linked earlier, but still: YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE ME, Sparta Remix
* ROCKING death metal pony song
* Death metal rendition of the theme song
* Death metal "Giggle at the Ghostly"
-- by me)
* More pony metal on this SoundCloud page
* Polka is Magic
, extremely happy.
, a song by Lyra based on the version of the character from the fanfic of the same name. Catchy!
* Pinkie's Brew
, from Friendship is Witchcraft, extended version. Alarmingly catchy. Also a Pinkie song from FiW: The Gypsy Bard
* A Weird Al-style polka medley of a number of popular brony songs.
(YouTube, 9m) Particularly well done. Links to original songs in description, a good place for further exploration.
* Some other clips, linked to in comments before: Appleloosan Psychiatrist
(linked by mendel
) - Nightmare Night
) - The Stars Will Aid In Her Escape
) - Or We Can Fly (Up Up and Away)
In general: Equestria Gaming
. Previously on Metafilter
* The Story of the Blanks
) was an early Flash fan game with an edge of horror. (Not for kids.)
* Twilight vs. Walking
(previously in this comment
), a variant of QWOP.
(What is a pony? A miserable pile of secrets!)
* Mega Pony
(Although she looks like a hippo.)
* Pony remix of Miner Disturbance
(IS GREAT, and please take this as my recommendation for the original Miner Disturbance
(doesn't contain that
kind of clop) is a pony nation simulator, played online with or against other people.
* Pony RPGs
Note: Whenever a pony game seems to exceed a certain minimum level of popularity and/or quality, it seems only a matter of time before brand-owner Hasbro sends it a Cease and Desist or some other legal threat. This has completely killed off two promising fan projects, Fighting Is Magic and the Magic: The Gathering fan deck Shards of Equestria, and has resulted in dating sim Starswirl Academy having to remove all pony-related content. Although (mostly) turning a blind eye to fan video using their characters, Hasbro's tolerance of game-related pony content is paleolithic at best. Hasbro's own pony interactive content tend to be either simple Flash games or intensely stupid things like an infamous Gameloft social game where it costs hundreds of real-world dollars to unlock everything.
- Pony tabletop RPG #1: Roleplaying is Magic
- Pony tabletop RPG #2: Savage World of My Little Pony
(requires Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition)
*** Semi-official products
Of course there's the Flash games, storybooks, coloring books and similar material. But of particular interest to and popularity with the brony subculture, there is....
It isn't uncommon for popular adventure cartoons to get a tie-in comic book series these days. The MLP:FiM comic series is remarkably popular: the first issue received over 100,000 pre-orders, and total sales of all issues have reached over one million copies. The comics sometimes diverge from the style on the show. The first issues, instead of using the 2D Flash character vectors and puppets made up of component parts and colored outlines, had a distinctive hand-drawn style with black outlines and more cartooniness overall. (Later issues use the show's look with varying degrees of faithfulness.)
Part of the enthusiasm for the comics comes from the ready adaption of certain elements of the fandom in the story and art, to a degree unseen on the show. The many variant covers reference prominent memes, Derpy Hooves shows up much more frequently than in later episodes of the show, Doctor Whooves appears more often, Luna has been given an energetic and playful personality, and generally pop culture references and fandom shout-outs are much more numerous than on the show.
Here's a couple of short sequences: Here's scans from the beginning of Issue 2
, referring Lord of the Rings, with a quick cameo by Optimus Prime. And the first few pages of Issue 3
* WeLoveFine shirts
Probably the best-known providers of pony apparel, WeLoveFine hasn't been shy about courting the fanbase and actually solicits designs from fans. Hot Topic, Zazzle and a few others also sell semi-official pony merchandise, but WeLoveFine catered to bronies fairly early.
Here's only a few designs: Celestia looking metal
, An unhappy-looking Nyan Dash
, Bon Bon: "You just read this in one of my voices"
, Dr. Hooves 'scribble' design
, AAAH! OH MY GOD WHAT IS IT?!
, I can't believe they made this one
, Sherlock reference
, Sometimes I think a little too much work went into some of these
, Meet Walter Pink
, Trixie Flyer
* MLP Trading Cards and Collectable Card Game
Enterplay makes them both. The Trading Card line's been out for over a year now, and sometimes gets away with surprising fandom references -- Sweetie Belle's card makes a direct reference to Friendship is Witchcraft's Sweetie Bot. One can almost
A new addition to the Ponyverse is a card game. (For some reason, it's not made by Magic makers Wizards Of The Coast, which Hasbro owns.) Both are quite a bit less shy about making fandom references than the show; the "Dr. Hooves" card makes a fairly direct (although encrypted) reference to Doctor Who. Equestria Daily's introduction to the game
, which is based on resolving "problem cards" with your roster of characters.
The podcast I myself have been known to listen to, once in a while, is Bronyville
, which has a good combination of enthusiasm for PONY while also addressing the breadth of the community. I've been known to point to Bronyville Episode 82 when responding to people claiming bronies are a bunch of perverts. (Spoiler: they're not.)
Alternate Choice #1: The Brony Show
isn't really as much a podcast as a YouTube show, but it's been around nearly as long as Bronyville.
Alternate Choice #2: Last Exit to Ponyville
* Desktop Ponies
Puts a user-adjustable number of random ponies on your Windows desktop. You can interact with them with the mouse pointer, or let them just wander around and interact with each other. Open source, requires VB.NET runtime.
* Browser Ponies
* Pinkie Pie Screensaver
, by The-Paper-Pony
is a Unix command-line tool written in Python 3 that will print colorful ponies to a terminal with quotes.
* Celestia Medium Redux
is a fan-made re-imagining of the lettering style used for the show's title. The original font is called Generation B
and is available for $19.95. The original version of Celestia Medium was a direct recreation of that font. The version linked here doesn't
use its glyphs; instead, it's a recreation, using a similar style across the characters but applied to each differently.
* generalzoi's Pony Creator
is a Flash tool for the creation of show-styled OCs, or "Original Characters." Allows the export of characters as "ponycodes," password-like text strings. Now available on Android
* Here's another Flash pony creator
, with in-place animation.
* The Hub's website has their own pony building applet
*** Other things
The coloring books
There are PDFs of two fan-content coloring books available, with art in a style accurate to the show but, while kid-friendly (at least the first; the second has more adult language in places), are also suitable for adult fans, or at least as suitable as a coloring book can be. Both books contain Nonogram puzzles (aka Picross) as an extra.
- Second (NSFW language) - Supplement to second, 10 more pages
Outside references to Pony
From the Fan Labor wiki, So that you may track the degree to which Equestria has invaded our world
There are surprisingly many brony conventions, especially so for a show less than four years old. Here are some of the biggest.
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Next dates: 1-3 August 2014
The largest brony convention, held in New York originally but now in Baltimore. Founded by "Purple Tinker."
Bronycon 2013 Promotional Video
Big Apple Ponycon
(Promotional video on site.)
New York City, New York, USA
June 6-7 2014
NYC's replacement for Bronycon.
2013 was in Manchester, UK, 2014 yet to be decided.
Claims to be Europe's largest brony convention.
(may be temporary URL)
Next dates: 2-3 August 2014
Another large European convention.
Galacon 2013 Promotional Video
(Well made! Produced by JanAnimations.)
22-24 February 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada
Just so you know it isn't all sunshine and rainbows in ponydom.... Unicon was a convention in Las Vegas in which, reportedly, the organizers ran out of money partway through. The result was a fiasco, resulting in hotels charging comped guests two or even three times to recoup losses, bounced checks, unpaid guests, and, according to one report, Tara Strong firing her agent for stealing money out of a cash box. The Daily Dot
reported on the situation, and Equestria Daily raised money
to help stranded attendees.
* Equestria Daily
, the most popular fansite.
, another news site, covers other cartoons too including Wander Over Yonder, Gravity Falls, Littlest Pet Shop, and (although I could find no content for it) Stephen Universe.
* Equestrian Beats
, pony-themed music and remixes.
* Equstria Gaming
, pony-related fan games.
* Rainbow Dash Network
, a pony social networking site.
, pony image board.
, prominent pony fanfiction archive.
* Pony Fiction Vault
reviewed fanfiction and interviewed authors. It's no longer updating, but before it closed shop they actually interviewed show writers Amy Keating Rogers and M.A. Larson about a couple of their scripts.
, brony alternate home after 4chan threw them out, before /mlp/.
* Show Wiki
* Fan Labor Wiki
* Cheezburger Networks' brony meme site
* Everfree Network
, a media channel providing audio and video material to the brony community.
(some adapted from this Know Your Meme page
This is far from exhaustive, but might be helpful in understanding some fanwork. Characters are provided with identifying characteristics.
A combination pegasus and unicorn, that is, a pony with both wings and a horn. Is is rare in Equestria; there are only four on the show, one of them due to a recent development. Apparently having both immediately identifies you as Equestria royalty; all alicorns are identified as "princesses." It is a popular fan opinion that, since one of the alicorns uses magic to raise the sun every day and another raises the moon, that they possess god-like powers, but in other ways their power level seems less extreme. UPDATE: another alicorn, a background pony, has been spotted, and doesn't appear to be a "princess."
Cutie mark: Three apples.
One of the main characters, the hard-working farmer earth pony. She is orange, has tied hair, and wears a Stetson. One of the few characters, along with Spike, who holds over from a previous generation of My Little Pony. In addition to a very large extended family, she has a sister, Apple Bloom, a brother, Big Macintosh ("Big Mac" to fans), and a grandmother, Granny Smith. The fate of her parents is unknown, but it's been hinted that they're deceased.
Equestrian currency, usually depicted in-show as coins. Sometimes a brony term for money.
Brony-speak, G-rated replacement for "fuck" as an intensifier/expletive. Examples: "Buck off." "Buckin' A."
Cutie mark: A crystal heart.
Full name: Princess Mi Amore Cadenza. For most of two seasons Celestia and Luna were the only alicorns on the show. Then in the Season Two finale a third was revealed, the pink Princess Cadence. The extent of her power appears to generally be much less than the godlike duo in charge of Equestria, and she has gone to the Crystal Empire to rule with her husband, and Twilight's brother, Shining Armor. Fan opinion is divided on whether she was a good addition; it's pretty obvious that she was introduced so Hasbro could sell a legitimately pink princess toy (see Celestia). But lots of aspects of the show were added so toys of them could be sold -- the show's production staff have generally managed to make it work with solid art design and storytelling.
A.K.A. "the royal Canterlot voice," the loud speaking style Princes Luna uses in Luna Eclipsed, the first episode where she was given a chance to shine without being a villain. Because of its loudness fans sometime depict it USING ALLCAPS, hence the use of the term Canterlock.
Capitol of Equestria, residence of Princess Celestia, and home generally to unicorns. Twilight Sparkle's hometown.
Cutie mark: A stylized sun.
1. A noticeably larger pony than most, she is a white alicorn, and the co-ruler (until recently, the sole ruler) of Equestria. One of the show's many weirdnesses (which you have to watch a little while to find out) is that she raises the sun each morning with her magic horn, and, although she doesn't look it, is at least a thousand years old. That's rather old for a "princess," and she's one solely because Hasbro thinks queens are evil. Alicorns in Equestria are princesses (may be changing); the reverse may not be true. There is pony nobility that isn't long-lived. Celestia's history is a big unknown area in the show's lore, and there is predictably a lot of fan fiction dedicated to exploring the issue. Notably, while she's white on the show, for a long while the only available toy available for her was pink. This has thankfully changed recently, with the introduction of Princess Cadance, who appears to have been created specifically so Hasbro's toy department could have a show-accurate pink alicorn princess.
2. In brony-speak, a G-rated replacement for "god," referring to her great power. Example: "Thank Celestia!" Has been used twice in this capacity on the show, by Rarity and Fluttershy: "As Celestia is my witness...."
Notably insectoid ponies who can disguise themselves as normal ponies. Their design is distinctive, with bug wings and a hole-studded carapace. They feed off the emotions of ponies. Their attack on Canterlot at the end of Season 2 gave us one of the few unabashed fight scenes in all the decades of the property.
Leader of the changelings, and the only character on the show allowed the title queen, probably because she's evil. Although it should be noted that very few characters on the show are actually evil; even Queen Chrysalis is presented as needing a food source for her followers, who, considering her similarities to an insect queen, may actually be her young. Of course she did so by disguising herself as Twilight's brother's fiancée and leeching off his love energy, but hey, it's a living. Note, her name was never mentioned on the show; it was revealed by production staff after the episode aired.
"Clop" is brony-speak for wank, and refers generally to pony pictures that depicts acts of a sexual nature. Yeah, they exist. I know, right?
Overall it seems that most bronies do not engage with the consumption or production of these particular things. (Despite my catalog of obsession, most bronies are pretty centered about the show.) But, it's the internet, and furthermore it's a section of the internet with its roots in 4chan.
The primary brony fansite, Equestria Daily, has a strict no-clop policy, and Derpibooru will hide objectionable images by default. Still though, there is a reason Rule 34 is called a rule of the internet. I have kept all clop out of this post (it wasn't hard), but there are still other NSFW aspects of common brony culture, especially language. Because it's funny to hear cute cartoon horses swear.
A city in the sky, made out of clouds, and apparently the primary pegasus city in Equestria. Hometown to both Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy.
The magic butt symbol ponies mysteriously receive early in life, usually indicative of that pony's talent. Sometimes used in written documents depicted on the show as an alias for that character's name. (Pony written language is odd; we've seen a newspaper, the text of which was garbled English letters.)
Cutie Mark Crusaders, or CMCs
B-characters and best friends Apple Bloom (Applejack's little sister), Sweetie Belle (Rarity's little sister) and Scootaloo (relationship unknown, but watched over by Rainbow Dash). They're young ponies who are overdue for getting their cutie marks, and, feeling insecure about it, relentlessly try a variety of things in the hopes of discovering a special skill. Notably, they were the ones who accidentally revived Discord at the start of Season 2.
Cutie mark: Seven bubbles.
A gray pegasus with unruly yellow hair, the most famous fixation of bronydom, and the center of one of its largest controversies. Mostly harmless. See section on Background Ponies.
A draconequus, a mixed-up creature with body part from different animals, but with nearly omnipotent powers. He's a trickster figure, like Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation (and, in a bit of genius casting, is voiced by his actor John DeLancie). Originally an antagonist, he's kinda-sorta reformed and friends with the extremely amiable Fluttershy. Possibly the only character who could out-crazy Pinkie Pie. At least as old as Celestia and Luna; a popular subject of fan speculation (and shipping) is his early history with the two.
In the show's fiction, a pony without wings or a horn. That doesn't mean they're not magical, but their magic is thought to be more subtle than the others. Often this manifests as an affinity with the land and with growing things (as with Applejack), but in Pinkie's case it seems to appear in other ways.
Elements of Harmony
The most powerful magic known to pony kind. A set of magical trinkets found by Twilight and her friends in the second episode, and used by them to defeat Nightmare Moon. Since then they've become attuned to them, so that others cannot use them. They turn up rarely. In the second episode of Season Four they are lost, replaced by a mysterious locked box.
The land of the ponies, ruled over by Princesses Celestia and Luna. It is not the world in which the ponies live; it has been established in official non-broadcast materials that there are other lands, ruled by other creatures, like the Griffin Kingdoms. Most of its towns are named after horse-related puns, like "Fillydelphia" or "Baltimare."
The pony version of "everybody," as used on the show and adopted by bronies.
A story based on characters in some other work, written by a fan of that work. By no means restricted to MLP.
Brony-speak, G-rated replacement for "butt" or "ass." Example: "Kickin' flank."
Any of a number of variants of Fluttershy, depending on context. Examples: Flutterrage, Flutterhulk, Flutterbat.
Cutie mark: Three butterflies.
One of the main characters, the incredibly timid, animal-loving, light-yellow pegasus. Her episodes tend to be about trying to draw her out of her shell. When she does become more assertive, however, look out. Possesses "The Stare," a mysterious power to tame animals.
Sometimes an official story will leave some part of its universe unexplicated, either because it's unimportant to the story at hand, because it's best implied, because it can't be easily explained in the medium of the work, or even to give the reader/viewer the opportunity to fill in the blanks himself. The answers a reader comes up with in his head to fill in those blanks is his headcanon. Sometimes, a fanfic will explain and explore that headcanon.
"* is best pony"
A popular topic for fan debate is which character is "best." The named character need not actually be a pony. The answer reveals a lot about one's place in bronydom, and might not be obvious at first glance. Rarity, for example, is a popular choice among males despite being the most girly character, because she's ambitious and a very hard worker.
Cutie mark: A white crescent moon on a dark background.
Celestia's sister, an alicorn, and co-ruler of Equestria. Large, dark blue, and often with a big, sparkly, dark blue mane. Celestia is in charge of summoning the day, and Luna raises the moon to begin each night. For a long while Celestia did both jobs; a thousand years ago Luna, angry over how their subjects preferred the day to night, became warped by her jealousy and became the wicked Nightmare Moon. She returned in the pilot episode, and Twilight and friends defeated her and turned her back into Luna. She's been on the show sporadically since then. Saying that she's an extremely popular character would be putting it mildly, she rivals Derpy for attention, and there are many memes involving her.
1. The fan name for the six main characters.
2. The name of the development group behind Fighting Is Magic, a fan-made pony fighting game that was tragically Cease and Desisted by Hasbro. (Work on the game has continued, with replacement characters and art contributed by show creator Lauren Faust, in an incredibly classy move by her.)
Luna warped by evil magic. Was sealed away in the moon for a thousand years. Twilight and friends turned her back to normal in the second episode, but she remains a part of pony legend, and the focus on Nightmare Night (Equestria's version of Halloween).
"Original Character," a fan-invented character in the style of the show that has never appeared on it. They have a reputation for lameness ("My OC has reptile eyes and bat wings and his cutie mark is a skull and his coat is as black as night and...."), but a few are cool. (See "Fluffle Puff," somewhere above.)
Taking their name from the horse of legend, a pony with wings, which usually means they can fly. (There is an exception to this.) Pegasi can physically interact with clouds (other characters fall right through) and even have a city in the sky called Cloudsdale. Many pegasi are involved with producing Equestra's weather, which is not natural but must be manufactured and distributed by the pegasus population.
Cutie mark: Three balloons.
One of the main characters, the party-loving, hyperactive, meta-textual, pink earth pony. Somewhat dotty, and the most cartoony of the Mane 6, which makes her popular with fans. She usually seems fluffy-minded, but shows occasional hints of genius. Possesses "Pinkie Sense," a series of strange tells that can predict the future. Among them: a twitching tail means something's about to fall down. Also has a party cannon. IT FIRES PARTIES. It's a popular meme that she can "break the fourth wall" and see the viewers at home, which is borne out by a few iris-out gags involving her throughout the show. Everything about Pinkie is silly and cartoony.
The act of making a pony version of anything. The video series "PONIES The Anthology" is basically made up of a long sequence of ponifications of other work.
1. A horse of a small breed, esp. one whose height at the withers is below 14 hands, 2 inches.
2. A small drinking glass or the drink contained in it.
Primary setting of the show, current residence of the main characters, and hometown to Applejack and Rarity. Its residents tend to be somewhat excitable, prone to running in fear at any little danger. Since it seems to get threatened on alternate Thursdays and destroyed once a month, this is probably wise. This week it's a parasprite invasion, next week Cerberus strays here away from guarding Tartarus, and now Discord's hanging around too. Notably, although founded by earth ponies (among them Applejack's ancestors, with aid from Princess Celestia), the show has mentioned that Ponyville is the only town in Equestria in which all three races of ponydom, earth ponies, pegasi and unicorns alike, mingle and mix in roughly equal proportions.
The highest title in the land, and starting to become something of a devalued currency. As of this writing there has been exactly one prince on the show, but he didn't appear to have any capacity for rule, so Equestria appears to be a strict matriarchy.
Cutie mark: A cloud emitting a rainbow-streaked lightning bolt.
One of the main characters, the adventurous, athletic, light-blue, rainbow-maned pegasus. The only pony to have performed the "Sonic Rainboom," a feat of incredible aerial speed. Ponyville's weathermare, but a bit of a show-off, and known for being a bit lazy when not performing for onlookers.
Cutie mark: Three diamond gemstones.
One of the main characters, a light-gray unicorn with styled purple hair. She's the most girly of the six, and affects a glamorous personality, but is ambitious and a hard worker. Owns Carousel Boutique, where she also works as a seamstress and clothes designer. Her episodes tend to be focused on the advancement of her career, and are among the show's strongest.
A fan-imagined romantic relationship between two characters. Need not be sexually explicit (indeed, for pony often isn't, or is only implied). The custom is to refer to pairings as the characters' names combined in some fashion, like Twixie for Twilight/Trixie.
A main character, Twilight's assistant, a purple baby dragon. Eats gemstones (they're valuable in Equestria but not as much as real life), is somewhat sarcastic, and has a crush on Rarity. The other remaining holdover from G1 MLP, and one of the few males who show up with any regularity.
To date, the only unabashedly evil character ever depicted on Friendship is Magic. Easily identifyable by his black armor, green smoking eyes, red unicorn horn, and growly voice about an octave below the Cookie Monster. There are many antagonists on the show who don't have our heroines' best interests at heart, but they usually have some other motive than just personal greed. As the show has demonstrated, even Discord's not so much evil as mischievous. Not only is Sombre the darkest figure presented on Friendship is Magic, but he's also definitely a pony. He's kind of like ponyworld's very own Darth Vader; unfortunately for his reputation, he only lasted two episodes, and was defeated by what was essentially a pep rally.
Twilight Sparkle (now Princess)
Cutie mark: A purple six-pointed star with five sparkles surrounding it.
One of the main characters, and the primary POV character, a studious purple unicorn, later alicorn. A compulsive organizer and unapologetic nerd, but doesn't always handle pressure well. Student of Princess Celestia. Spike is her assistant. Her ascension to princesshood and bewingedness didn't sit well with some fans, but bronydom has always had an uneasy relationship with Hasbro's use of the show to push new toylines.
As in tradition, a horse with a horn, but discarding nearly everything else about unicorns from literature or legend. Here, unicorns can perform magic, although this is usually limited to levitating small objects and one or two other unique tricks per pony, except in the case of the magically proficient.