Slice of Life , a very well done fan Tumblr How much more could there be? Have you heard about this thing called "My Little Pony: 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: Overexposure to pony can cause abreactions such as fan obsession, frosted baked goods and death metal.
Turn on in your MeFi profile if not visible. 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 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: 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.
Longer video works over seven minutes or so will typically list running times. Please heed those times, some video works are over an hour. 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.
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. 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. Bronies know how weird being fans of My Little Pony is, and they revel in it.
There is nothing a serious brony enjoys more than a bit of inspired randomness. The best brony fanworks are often more interesting than the show itself. One still generally must watch the show to understand the work though 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: In some cases the use of fan names has had certain problems, such as with Derpy Hooves, 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. 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. 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: 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. The first third of this video by Mr.
Poniator demonstrates the strength of her mania. Some fans took it into their heads that it looked like David Tennant, and christened the character "Doctor Whooves.
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. 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.
For the two fan series based on the character, see below under Video. 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.