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Why grown-ass men love My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic so much

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  • UPSHitmanUPSHitman The Big Nasty Indianapolis, Indiana Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    primesuspect said:
    *cracks knuckles*

    I'll attempt to translate into adult:



    Why the sudden surge of interest in this show?



    I'm beginning to have doubts about the My Little Pony fandom now, because of the massive influx of new community members.



    I... I'm not sure about this one -translator



    I was a self-styled "Brony" before the term even existed. Now they're telling ME to "Join the herd". The nerve!


    BRIAN AWESOME LIKE REPLY PONY!
  • cherplunkacherplunka Sunnyvale, CA Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    i'm still not watching it, for fear of becoming a man.
  • WinfreyWinfrey waddafuh Missouri Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
  • colacola the dick man himself Right behind you Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    UPSLynx said:
    PirateNinja, that is masterful work, dude. I LOL'd.

    Cliff - if you watch it with Icrontic during a stream, I'm willing to bet you'd warm up to it. BobbyDigi is the perfect such example.
    ? R U @
  • BHHammyBHHammy Somewhere in Hell Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    PirateNinja, that is now my desktop.
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    Winfrey said:
    BE A MAN!
    QFT

    That's OK Beeb, we're having fun on the internet and you can't stop us.

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  • DavidReinoldDavidReinold Minnesota
    edited Oct 2011
    I joined this site not 20 minutes ago JUST because of this article. I'll go anywhere if the fanbase is strong there.

    Although I disagree with this article on one point - the 80s and 90s MLP cartoons weren't really bad at all. G3 is your only enemy. The first special, Rescue at Midnight Castle (AKA Battle for Midnight Castle, or the title of the VHS release "Firefly's Adventure") was surprisingly dark, depressing, angsty, violent, and epic. (SPOILER they outright kill the final villain, Tirek). I do not hesitate to say that for the time, it was FiM-tier, if not greater. It's easily my favorite story in the entire franchise, and this isn't even me being a purist, since I didn't even know MLP had a show until FiM. I also thought the '92 series, My Little Pony Tales, was awesome just for the character diversity (tons of male characters, and for the most part they aren't even portrayed as jerks. Lancer is cool, and if Teddy were a real person today he would SO be a brony. In fact the only pure jerk among them was Ace, and he was voiced by Light Yagami, so I can live with that...). And the FiM stories that were taken from Tales, I think, were actually handled better in Tales. For example, imagine if at the end of the FiM episode "The Ticket Master", instead of getting a bunch more tickets from the supreme overlord of the entire world, they had simply scalped the tickets, bought pizza and enjoyed hanging out with each other. That, to me, sounds like a much more practical ending that sends a more accurate message. Hence we have the MLPTales episode "And the Winner Is..."

    Anyway, yeah. Watch Rescue at Midnight Castle, and I DARE you to tell me that FiM isn't one giant homage to that. If Lauren Faust wanted us to hate it she wouldn't have used it as a starting point.

    Not to degrade FiM, though, since it IS extremely awesome and probably the greatest fanbase I've ever been a part of.

    For the fandom itself, I've gotta say...I love pretty much any non-shipping fanfics. And especially tearjerkers. I also like some of the comics. Anything by Madmax, and again, tearjerkers like the "Derpy is the best mother" comic. I also like the fan-music, and have partaken in remixing and original work myself. My favorite artist is VoodooPony, second favorite is NotACleverPony. Eurobeat has some interesting stuff but it gets old. Oh also rainbowcrash88 is awesome.

    Anyway, yeah. Long-winded first post on these forums, but it was worth it.
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    DavidReinold said:
    I joined this site not 20 minutes ago JUST because of this article. I'll go anywhere if the fanbase is strong there.
    Welcome to Icrontic, DavidReinold! Glad to have you on board with us.

    I've had many mention Rescue at Midnight Castle post-publishment of that piece. I have to admit, the statements I wrote were out of ignorance - I've never watched any of the old MLP outside of various episodes my sister used to watch when we were young.

    Also, I'm a sucker for tearjerkers as well. Not sure what it is about them, but I dig sad stories. non-shipping tearjerkers are my ticket.
  • DickCoxDickCox Sunnyvale, CA
    edited Oct 2011
    I'm roommates with the author of this article, and I still don't MLP, and I don't why people it either. (/sic)
  • DavidReinoldDavidReinold Minnesota
    edited Oct 2011
    DickCox said:
    I'm roommates with the author of this article, and I still don't MLP, and I don't why people it either. (/sic)
    We didn't intentionally the ponies. Most of us accidentally the ponies.
  • AcesofacesAcesofaces Southwest, VA
    edited Oct 2011
    Well I must say this community of MLP:FIM is reason I came and signed up on Icrontic today. I used to shun MLP or anything with those words My Little Pony. But like about 2 months ago I was curious since I saw more and more of the not common name My Little Pony but My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. Out of natural curiosity I checked it and even view which episodes was best. In terms I watched Sonic Rainboom as my first episode. Needless to say I liked it. Therefore I now have watched all 26 episodes of season 1, and both current episodes of season 2. Not to add I scavenger for all fanfics I can find, "Even clopfics, or "others"" However I try to avoid tearjerkers since last one I read I couldn't sleep that night. I have no idea why, but it nailed me with something I couldn't forget. It was this one if curious: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6684207/1/The_Last_Treasure
    An yes I have read "Cupcakes series", I ran out of bleach trying to clean my eyes of images.

    I plan to get familiar with Icrontic here, compared to few other places that are annoying. Till then I will be laying low and "reading" and viewing more then I will posting. Though commenting may be done so, but it depends how things go. Posting this made me feel better by 20%. At least now I can link pony haters to this. So Ty Bobby Miller for this awesome topic.
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    Acesofaces said:
    But like about 2 months ago I was curious since I saw more
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    Glad you signed up, and welcome to Icrontic Acesofaces!
  • UPSHitmanUPSHitman The Big Nasty Indianapolis, Indiana Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    I love how this topic is going viral!!! GOOOO APPLEJACK!!!
  • edited Oct 2011
    On Topic: I feel this article hits the nail on the head. Great job. What more needs to be said. (lol unintentional rhyme)

    Slightly Off Topic: Was out surfing the inter-webs and somehow found my way to this article and this website for for first time. I'm used to the pony craze (need to be when there is at least one pony related item on the front of Deviant Art daily,) but the rest of the site caught my interest, Almost as if it speaks to me. So I decided to join in. Here's to good times ahead!
  • edited Oct 2011
    "Why is it so huge when other cartoons of relative quality don’t? Simple—it’s the community."

    That's it right there, really. I have no problem with MLP. It's the community that I have a problem with.

    I watched an episode and decided that the show wasn't for me. I was happy enough to leave it at that. But people WILL NOT SHUT UP about it at me. I'm happy to leave well enough alone. Why aren't you?
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    You're in the wrong community if they won't leave you alone about it.
  • DavidReinoldDavidReinold Minnesota
    edited Oct 2011
    Ninetailed said:
    "Why is it so huge when other cartoons of relative quality don’t? Simple—it’s the community."

    That's it right there, really. I have no problem with MLP. It's the community that I have a problem with.

    I watched an episode and decided that the show wasn't for me. I was happy enough to leave it at that. But people WILL NOT SHUT UP about it at me. I'm happy to leave well enough alone. Why aren't you?
    The reason they won't leave you alone is that majority of the fanbase didn't like the first episode they saw, and they know that if you saw a few more episodes, you'd probably get hooked.

    And honestly, if the episode you saw was the very first one, I can see why it wouldn't hook you. Episode 1 was probably the one of the worst episode in the entire series, alongside the Dave Polsky episodes (15 and 21). Trust me, this is one series where if you're judging it on just one episode, you're judging it WAY too soon. For me, it took until episode 7 to realize that I ACTUALLY wanted to watch the show.
  • edited Oct 2011
    First of all people won't leave you alone about it because, yeah whatever community your on sucks and it took me 3 episodes to get hooked (third being party of one)

    and Doctor Whooves is the best pony.
  • edited Oct 2011
    Hey, I liked Ep. 1!

    Nightmare Moon is best pony.
  • DavidReinoldDavidReinold Minnesota
    edited Oct 2011
    Luna-tic Scientist said:
    Hey, I liked Ep. 1!

    Nightmare Moon is best pony.
    Nightmare Moon was pretty decent, but the presentation of episode 1 was extremely choppy and had none of the charm that the later episodes had.
  • edited Oct 2011
    Your all wrong, this is the best pony
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  • BHHammyBHHammy Somewhere in Hell Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    DavidReinold said:
    The reason they won't leave you alone is that majority of the fanbase didn't like the first episode they saw, and they know that if you saw a few more episodes, you'd probably get hooked.

    And honestly, if the episode you saw was the very first one, I can see why it wouldn't hook you. Episode 1 was probably the one of the worst episode in the entire series, alongside the Dave Polsky episodes (15 and 21). Trust me, this is one series where if you're judging it on just one episode, you're judging it WAY too soon. For me, it took until episode 7 to realize that I ACTUALLY wanted to watch the show.
    Whoa, whoa, whoa. You're actually hopping on "Over A Barrel"? I thought that was actually pretty well done.

    Feeling Pinkie Keen I definitely could have done without, though. It was just kind of asking for trouble.

    But yeah, most will tell you you should probably watch a -couple- of episodes. What REALLY irks me are the people who refuse to even watch it at all.
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    Interesting. Feeling Pinkie Keen and Over a Barrel are awesome episodes in my opinion. If you ignore the alleged religious resonance (it was never intended), FPK is hilarious.
  • colacola the dick man himself Right behind you Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    Yeah, I enjoyed those two as well ^^
  • DavidReinoldDavidReinold Minnesota
    edited Oct 2011
    Over a Barrel was obnoxious because in the end, you can't really tell what the HELL the message was supposed to be. I won't deny that it had some hilarious moments, but when you get down to it's purpose as an episode, it didn't really hold any value as kids show material. And let's face it - if we want this show to keep going, we want it to have value as a kids show.

    Of course everyone says Hasbro would have to be stupid to cancel the show at this point, but let's face it, it was also extremely stupid of them to only release the blind-bag ponies in Europe and limit America to the shitty brushables. Honestly I wouldn't put any stupidity past them.
  • BasilBasil Nubcaek IREEELAND Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    DavidReinold said:
    it was also extremely stupid of them to only release the blind-bag ponies in Europe and limit America to the shitty brushables.
    I have no idea what this means, but feel a certain self-satisfied smugness regardless.
  • DavidReinoldDavidReinold Minnesota
    edited Oct 2011
    Basil said:
    I have no idea what this means, but feel a certain self-satisfied smugness regardless.
    Blind bag ponies: the Europe-only pony toys which are 99% show accurate and extremely desirable.

    Brushables: The bullshit that we Americans get. These toys are about 2% show accurate, and cost nearly twice as much as the blind bags.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    #firstworldproblems
  • KoreishKoreish KCMO Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    It took one playing of Winter Wrap Up and my friends were hooked.
  • edited Oct 2011
    RAINBOW DASH IS SHIT TIER PONY.

    GOD TIER: TWILIGHT SPARKLE, FLUTTERSHY
    MEH TIER: RARITY
    SHIT TIER: PINKIE PIE, RAINBOW DASH
    FOR FUCK'S SAKE TIER: APPLEJACK
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    CAPS LOCK TIER: jimmy hoffa
  • BuddyJBuddyJ Dept. of Propaganda OKC Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    I shed a tier

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  • DavidReinoldDavidReinold Minnesota
    edited Oct 2011
    jimmy hoffa said:
    RARITY IS SHIT TIER PONY.

    GOD TIER: RAINBOW DASH, FLUTTERSHY
    MEH TIER: TWILIGHT SPARKLE, PINKIE PIE
    SHIT TIER: APPLEJACK
    FOR FUCK'S SAKE TIER: RARITY
    You had some spelling mistakes, I fixed them for you.
  • KwitkoKwitko Sheriff of Banning (Retired) By the thing near the stuff Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    DickCox said:
    I'm roommates with the author of this article, and I still don't MLP, and I don't why people it either.
    I don't MLP either. I'd rather Phineas and Ferb.
  • Cliff_ForsterCliff_Forster Baltimore, MD Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    Kwitko said:
    I don't MLP either. I'd rather Phineas and Ferb.
    I won't lie, I watch Phineas and Ferb with my daughter and like it. Something tells me if Dr. Doofenshmirtz were after those adorable pony's instead of the semi adorable nighttime obsessed pony, the show would get a huge ratings bump! Crossover!

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  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    I LOL'ed at Jimmy Hoffa's post. Good show. Something about seeing the name of ponies plus "shit tier" makes me crack up.
  • KwitkoKwitko Sheriff of Banning (Retired) By the thing near the stuff Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    This is now an iCarly thread:
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  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    I love iCarly. Watched several episodes with my kids. Great writing for a kids' show.
  • GHoosdumGHoosdum Orange, CA Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    Everyone knows Geniune Risk is best pony filly.
  • KwitkoKwitko Sheriff of Banning (Retired) By the thing near the stuff Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    You have a crush on Miranda Cosgrove too?
  • BHHammyBHHammy Somewhere in Hell Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    I really think pony fans should be getting behind The Aquabats Super Show as well, since it's also coming to The Hub.

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    Bonus points if they collab'd together in some of the Hub promos/commercials.
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    Kwitko said:
    Anything Kwitko says about ponies

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  • edited Oct 2011
    I know poeple have said this, but... UPSlynx YOU NEED TO READ FALLOUT EQUESTRIA,OR YOU'LL EXPLODE
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    Ok, Ok!

    But what if I don't really like Fallout 3? Will that matter?
  • AcesofacesAcesofaces Southwest, VA
    edited Oct 2011
    View this video for the Fallout 3: Equestria. You cannot lie that the trailer/video is 20% cooler now, your argument will be invalid if so. Though I did not care much for that fanfic anyway, but might read it for fact I can. Not had a lot of time on my hands to do so, nor come here to post.

    Link to the video, doubt it is original source one but it works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-8UactLe4Q&feature=related
  • Gate28Gate28 Orlando, Florida Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    primesuspect said:
    I love iCarly. Watched several episodes with my kids. Great writing for a kids' show.
    Drake And Josh was so much better, I felt more awkward watching the one episode of iCarly I've seen than I ever felt awkward watching My Little Pony.
  • KwitkoKwitko Sheriff of Banning (Retired) By the thing near the stuff Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    UPSLynx said:
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    I'm sorry, dude. I just don't like MLP:FiM. Nothing you say is going to change my mind, so just...
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  • Cliff_ForsterCliff_Forster Baltimore, MD Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    primesuspect said:
    I love iCarly. Watched several episodes with my kids. Great writing for a kids' show.
    I'm not ashamed to say that I frequently engage in random dancing while enjoying a spaghetti taco.
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    Not trying to change your mind, yo. I'm indifferent to the matter. You drop a lot of comments here and there, though, so I was just sayin'.
  • edited Oct 2011
    Who the hell is DON Draper? Is he related to the great Captain Crunch?
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