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Morbidhanson wrote:

I think it is strange and creepy that grown men are fantasizing and obsessing over a show for little girls.


Speaking as one who still watches Sailor Moon from the days back when those of us who watched it subtitled were trying to tell the rest of the mainstream giggling at the badly-dubbed afternoon show, "No, really, it's better in the original! ", there's nothing wrong with grown men watching a show for little girls, if it's a good show for little girls.
And that goes double for Cardcaptor Sakura.

Leaving aside any discussion of whether MLP's Cartoon-Network era smugness and hipness makes it a "good" show (I'm in the vote against), the weird part shouldn't be that guys are watching it, the weird part is that they think they're the ONLY ONES who found an unlikely favorite show, and must form a special cult about it.
Which gets into a few of the proverbial Weird, not to mention suspicious, Areas, especially with the HS and college teens who already have a bit of gray area angsting over finding out their individuality "guy" identity: In the old days, if you were a Sailor Moon fan just because you liked Mercury or Jupiter, and found out little girls liked it too, you shrugged it off and said "Hey, good for them, they got taste."
The Bronies, OTOH, find a seemingly confused teen who asks whether it's "okay" to like the show, and tells him "Oh, of course some people in our society might not understand, but that's what makes you a special person, just like us! We're offering this closed circle of love and friendship to those of us who see the world as we do!" (And let's not even get into their treatment of the girl fans.)

....Uh-HAAAAHHHH. Sounds like somebody's got a hidden agenda with their recruitment drives.
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I met a few during Sakura con, they were all weird lookin white dudes. They weren't assholes though, just people who had an unusual hobby, absolutely nothing wrong with that as long as you aren't hurting anyone.
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SurvivingHorror wrote:

I'm not the kind of guy who likes to hate on others for their love of ANYTHING animated. I don't think anyone who watches My Little Pony- Friendship is Magic is weird either. I actually watched the first few episodes, and since I love animation, I probably would love watching this show. Hell, I think Word Girl is one of the funniest shows I've seen since The Weekenders.

Anyways, my first Encounter with a Brony, was actually the same day I learned what a brony was. When I was on Deviantart, I was going through some artwork, and saw someone had made a really vile post, on this guy's drawing. I mean it was sick what this guy had written. So out of curiosity I visited his DA page. I was expecting to see pictures of dead animals, and mutilated children, but instead I saw nothing but My Little Pony- Friendship is Magic drawings.

Not mutilated, zombie ponies, but cute little ponies. It blew me away! His DA page was also mostly pink (nothing wrong with that), but it made me think this guy needed to pay a little more attention to the show's message.

Now to be clear, I know the average Brony/Pegasister (yes I looked it up) isn't like this.
So has anyone else had an encounter like this?


Honestly, I have nothing against MLP fans and I don't care if you're a Brony.

What pisses me off is the MLP sticks its head into everyone's business and attempts to cross itself over with EVERYTHING. It'd be one thing if it was just some fanfiction or a few harmless drawings, but a few years ago when fan art and MLP crossover references were all over the internet and you couldn't go anywhere without seeing your favorite characters become friggin ponies, it gets on your nerves.

Honestly, though, that was years ago and the fanbase hype has quieted down, so nowadays, I'm a little more apathetic, but it still kinda ticks me off.
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It's not nearly as unexpected, or strange as people think.

When I was a kid I loved watching 'Sailor Moon', and so did a ton of other people who were double my age, maybe even more. There are boys today who love playing with Easy Bake Ovens, and Barbie Dolls. There are guys out there who love the color pink, there are girls out there who love the color blue, and play video games.

What bothers people, are our perceptions of what certain genders and ages should enjoy. It's built into us, and when we see someone outside that norm, we consider it 'weird' or 'creepy', when in reality it's not.
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Nightblade370 wrote:


SurvivingHorror wrote:

I'm not the kind of guy who likes to hate on others for their love of ANYTHING animated. I don't think anyone who watches My Little Pony- Friendship is Magic is weird either. I actually watched the first few episodes, and since I love animation, I probably would love watching this show. Hell, I think Word Girl is one of the funniest shows I've seen since The Weekenders.

Anyways, my first Encounter with a Brony, was actually the same day I learned what a brony was. When I was on Deviantart, I was going through some artwork, and saw someone had made a really vile post, on this guy's drawing. I mean it was sick what this guy had written. So out of curiosity I visited his DA page. I was expecting to see pictures of dead animals, and mutilated children, but instead I saw nothing but My Little Pony- Friendship is Magic drawings.

Not mutilated, zombie ponies, but cute little ponies. It blew me away! His DA page was also mostly pink (nothing wrong with that), but it made me think this guy needed to pay a little more attention to the show's message.

Now to be clear, I know the average Brony/Pegasister (yes I looked it up) isn't like this.
So has anyone else had an encounter like this?


Honestly, I have nothing against MLP fans and I don't care if you're a Brony.

What pisses me off is the MLP sticks its head into everyone's business and attempts to cross itself over with EVERYTHING. It'd be one thing if it was just some fanfiction or a few harmless drawings, but a few years ago when fan art and MLP crossover references were all over the internet and you couldn't go anywhere without seeing your favorite characters become friggin ponies, it gets on your nerves.

Honestly, though, that was years ago and the fanbase hype has quieted down, so nowadays, I'm a little more apathetic, but it still kinda ticks me off.


Could you image if they started doing MLP x Attack on Titan? That might be a gruesome combo.
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Dahrc wrote:


Nightblade370 wrote:


SurvivingHorror wrote:

I'm not the kind of guy who likes to hate on others for their love of ANYTHING animated. I don't think anyone who watches My Little Pony- Friendship is Magic is weird either. I actually watched the first few episodes, and since I love animation, I probably would love watching this show. Hell, I think Word Girl is one of the funniest shows I've seen since The Weekenders.

Anyways, my first Encounter with a Brony, was actually the same day I learned what a brony was. When I was on Deviantart, I was going through some artwork, and saw someone had made a really vile post, on this guy's drawing. I mean it was sick what this guy had written. So out of curiosity I visited his DA page. I was expecting to see pictures of dead animals, and mutilated children, but instead I saw nothing but My Little Pony- Friendship is Magic drawings.

Not mutilated, zombie ponies, but cute little ponies. It blew me away! His DA page was also mostly pink (nothing wrong with that), but it made me think this guy needed to pay a little more attention to the show's message.

Now to be clear, I know the average Brony/Pegasister (yes I looked it up) isn't like this.
So has anyone else had an encounter like this?


Honestly, I have nothing against MLP fans and I don't care if you're a Brony.

What pisses me off is the MLP sticks its head into everyone's business and attempts to cross itself over with EVERYTHING. It'd be one thing if it was just some fanfiction or a few harmless drawings, but a few years ago when fan art and MLP crossover references were all over the internet and you couldn't go anywhere without seeing your favorite characters become friggin ponies, it gets on your nerves.

Honestly, though, that was years ago and the fanbase hype has quieted down, so nowadays, I'm a little more apathetic, but it still kinda ticks me off.


Could you image if they started doing MLP x Attack on Titan? That might be a gruesome combo.


It already exists...
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Silly Goose!

They already have!

http://sketched-up.deviantart.com/art/Attack-on-Titan-MLP-Crossover-380393565
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SurvivingHorror wrote:


Silly Goose!

They already have!

http://sketched-up.deviantart.com/art/Attack-on-Titan-MLP-Crossover-380393565


Wow, I wasn't expecting the Titan to be so.....cute (as far as cute goes for a Titan), but whatever.
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STILL better than Furries or the truly disgusting Loli fans!
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My sister isn't into MLP, but she used to have a lot of brony friends and even watched an episode or two, One day, when my family was eating dinner, my dad, someone who isn't exactly in touch with modern popular culture, out of the blue and without prompting, asked her if she would be explain bronies to him.

That might've been my first time seeing an actual spit-take.
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Whatever they like I guess. I know I'm sure as hell not gonna give anybody shit over what they're into, especially something as trivial and harmless as My Little Pony. It is effeminate though.
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As long as they are not turning my favorite animu characters into ponies and then lewding them.. I dont care.

To each there own.

I dislike the show MLP, but I guess I can understand why people enjoy it.. high production quality and great voice acting; I guess its the same reason why I love shows like Gintama and JoJo.

Some people find my anime obsession (might be too strong of a word, but I definitely LOVE anime as its my biggest hobby) a bit weird, just like I find the obsession with MLP a tad bit weird.
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I've noticed that like with any large fandom, there are really scummy people like the fella you encountered and some really cool people. I've met some very polite people who actually seem to get the messages the show gives. Really just humanity on a smaller more fanatic scale. And lots of ponies lol.
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As someone who used to consider themselves a 'Brony', I used to (and still do) consider the Brony Fandom as just that, another fandom, just one that I actually took part in beyond 'just a fan of the show'. Outside of the unexpected demographic the show caught there's not a lot (if anything) that separated them from most other fandoms. They have their 'weird ones' and 'normal ones' that any other fandom would, posting the same sorts of content as other fandoms, be it art, fanficiton, etc.

Anyway onto the point of the post:


SurvivingHorror wrote:

So has anyone else had an encounter like this?


Short answer: I have had a rather horrific encounter with a Brony. Thankfully only the once.

Longer answer: I was helping out at a convention local to me about three years ago, in cosplay as a R63 version of the character Rarity from said show (before I get weird looks it was literally what I'm wearing in my profile pic, just replace the navy waistcoat with a white one. No horns, no wig, nothing that would've made me look weird to the general public.) and I was approached by a female congoer in cosplay of a different character from the same show (so a pegasister if you will).

My first thought was that they'd noticed the 'staff' lanyard around my neck and needed help with something. Not quite, particularly after they hugged me and announced I was their OTP before grabbing my butt. Cue lots of 'what?', 'eh?' and 'please go away, my sanity demands it'.

Thankfully I was quickly helped by some staff and bystanders that could see I was distressed and after her swift removal from my person (and buttocks) I didn't see her again until the very end of the con, at the opposite end of the main hall to me. Safe to say I quickly got out of there.

Despite the above I'd like to point out that a lot of the bronies/pegasisters/people I meet at cons are pretty chill men/women and as a whole I still 'like' the brony community, even though I no longer consider myself a part of it.
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I don't think I would identify myself as a brony but I have seen all but season 5 and even went to EQLA since I had some friends that were foing, I really don't see the problem with it, it's really no different than watching anything animated if you think about it, sure the first few episodes were aimed at children but honestly once the developers realized they had an older demography as well they started adding in obscure references that made it funny, if you're a person that can enjoy a musical the songs are really cute, it also is nice because I can watch and enjoy it with my niece who is 8 instead of just being annoyed by it and sing the songs with her, a lot of the fandom is really quite talented and quite a bit of the fan made techno is actually good. come on people, us who like anime I would think would be the least judgemental about watching it considering people that don't like anime consider it essentially the same thing they think it's for kids and "you're weird" for watching it. what makes it anymore unhealthy or weird to watch than say, dexters lab, or rugrats, or spongbob? or even honestly any disney movie for that matter? Frozen is catered to little girls but it was enjoyable to watch. idk I just find it so strange to judge some one or be like "HAVE YOU MET ONE?" that's just as bad as asking if you've ever met a person who likes the same sex, OR some one who doesn't like anime saying *have you ever met one of those people who watch that anime stuff?" isn't that a little inconsiderate and rude? they are just people who like something, no more no less, people of course you've met humans.
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