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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Weeks » Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:33 pm UTC

The Milkman wrote:A brony is an older person who enjoys My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I'm pretty sure you fall under that definition.
I'm sure I fall under the definition of "spic", too. I would mention others, but I'm sure you understand what I mean

Edit: Okay, I want to phrase this a little better. I don't wish to be referred to as a brony. It's not a term I'm proud of. I do like the show, though, and I think that's what counts?
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Zarq » Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:42 pm UTC

Care to elaborate why you don't like the term?
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Weeks » Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:54 pm UTC

It just rubs me the wrong way.

I wish I had a longer, rational, logical response to that question but I don't at the moment. Sorry.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Iulus Cofield » Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:04 pm UTC

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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby TaintedDeity » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:37 pm UTC

Is 'brony' really considered a gender neutral term? I've certainly never seen 'bro' used to refer to anything but men. I would've thought they were both very strongly tied to referring to men.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Zarq » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:42 pm UTC

Robin was Barney's bro in How I Met Your Mother. And since he made the line popular... The original use was certainly meant for men only, but it broadened.

And the FAQ on the MLP subreddit says it's gender-neutral.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Iulus Cofield » Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:37 am UTC

Brony is used to refer to any adult fan.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby TaintedDeity » Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:37 am UTC

Having just read up on the history of the term and pages and pages and pages and oh my lord so many pages of arguments about it I'm... pretty damn convinced it ain't that simple. I'm not stopping you from using it like that, though.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby eSOANEM » Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:03 am UTC

Zarq wrote:Robin was Barney's bro in How I Met Your Mother.


I always thought that was because Robin was "one of the guys" and not a general use of "bro", I doubt Lily would ever be described as a "bro".

Anyway, I just wanted to check in here saying that I've now watched all of FiM and it's pretty awesome.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Microscopic cog » Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:25 pm UTC

TaintedDeity wrote:Is 'brony' really considered a gender neutral term? I've certainly never seen 'bro' used to refer to anything but men. I would've thought they were both very strongly tied to referring to men.


I call my little sister "bro". But I also call my dad "bro" so I'm not sure if I count.


Anyway, I've watched Party of One which convinced me to watch more, so I started at episode one and I've currently just watched episode six ( or seven? Dragonshy ) and I think the show's real neat and it's popularity pretty interesting. I love the ponies and the characters but I can't help but be a little annoyed about the predictable plots but then I remind myself it's a show for kids so I shouldn't complain.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Iulus Cofield » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:28 pm UTC

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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby legopelle » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:16 pm UTC

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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Weeks » Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:54 am UTC

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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Shidoshi » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:14 am UTC

I'm running out of 6-starred fics to read on EqD. I need season 2 =P

Anyone read Spiderses?
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Iulus Cofield » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:27 am UTC

I listened to it.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby RetSpline » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:54 pm UTC

So I made it about 2 pages into Cupcakes (I quit right about the point where it started getting... gorey. What can I say? I watched Saw for the plot) and it has kind of ruined Pinkie Pie for me, at least a bit. All of her crazy wacky shenanigans just seem a lot more ominous now.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby TaintedDeity » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:58 pm UTC

I read Cupcakes before I saw any of the episodes; I've always had that feeling about Pinkie.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby RetSpline » Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:11 pm UTC

I always thought of her as just more of a Looney-Toons type character that didn't even acknowledge the existence of the concept of a fourth wall and I loved pretty much every scene she was in. Now, though...

Definitely the creepiest part about reading Cupcakes after having watched the show was reading it in her voice. It was very uncanny.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Shidoshi » Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:16 pm UTC

RetSpline wrote:I always thought of her as just more of a Looney-Toons type character that didn't even acknowledge the existence of the concept of a fourth wall and I loved pretty much every scene she was in. Now, though...

Definitely the creepiest part about reading Cupcakes after having watched the show was reading it in her voice. It was very uncanny.

I read it right after I had marathoned all episodes the first time, I had their voices perfectly in my head when reading it.
I got over the dark feelings about Pinkie Pie, now it's just another meme to poke fun at and dare newcomers to read it.

I love Pinkie Pie.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Glmclain » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:00 pm UTC

Mistress Rarity is best: fact.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby gnutrino » Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:28 am UTC

Glmclain wrote:Mistress Rarity is best: fact.

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That's not how you spell Fluttershy, silly.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Weeks » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:33 am UTC

Said the one with the Luna avatar
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Iulus Cofield » Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:59 am UTC

Pretty sure Rainbow Dash is the coolest pony.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Weeks » Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:26 am UTC

Actually Lyra is the best. Every fan secretly acknowledges this.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Iulus Cofield » Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:27 am UTC

Lyra has the second best design of any background pony and does the most interesting things in the background. I think Octavia has a cooler design, though.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Weeks » Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:42 am UTC

Octavia is overrated
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Iulus Cofield » Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:47 am UTC

Too manestream? :p

I'm glad she became so popular, because when I first watched Best Night Ever I immediately thought, "That pony is so cool."
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Shivahn » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:24 pm UTC

Iulus Cofield wrote:Pretty sure Rainbow Dash is the coolest pony.

I used to think she was a pretty good pony, but having her as my avatar has made me like her about 20% more.

Also I chose this avatar when I'd watched far less of the series, and as of then she didn't have many super-obvious flaws.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Iulus Cofield » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:40 pm UTC

Like crippling performance anxiety?
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Shivahn » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:49 pm UTC

That, and the fact that while it's always obvious she's competitive, it's not always obvious that she's a complete jerk about it sometimes.

Basically she started out as a perfectly unrealistic character with perfect confidence (well, perhaps a bit of overconfidence) and a lot of skill, and throughout the series was shown to be far more realistic and relatable.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Weeks » Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:38 pm UTC

I like all background ponies. Even Bon Bon, the jerk. "Never heard of you."

I don't think RD sucks anymore! She's just the jerk of the group. Groups need jerks. For the lulz.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Iulus Cofield » Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:46 pm UTC

I am in denial about Rainbow Dash being a jerk. I insist that she is completely out of character for the entirety of Dragonshy. Don't try to convince me otherwise, because lalalalalala I can't hear you.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Weeks » Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:54 pm UTC

Is she also out of character in Fall Weather Friends ("egghead"), Ticket Master ("The ticket is mine!"), Suited for Success ("she kind of is!"), and Cutie Mark Chronicles (in which Fluttershy falls to her death)?
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Iulus Cofield » Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:02 pm UTC

Yes to the first (and also no), no to the rest.

Rainbow Dash is selfish, sure, brutally honest, of course, and she didn't even notice Fluttershy was falling to her death. I'm pretty sure she would have tried to save her if she didn't have high-velocity induced tunnel vision.

But calling Twilight an egghead and then laughing in her face? Out of character for her and for Applejack too. Just calling her an egghead is just Rainbow Dash's matter of fact style, but the cruel laughter was clearly just there to deepen Twilight's (anteanteantepenultimate) triumph later.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Weeks » Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:06 pm UTC

Perhaps they just thought it was funny. "Get it? Eye muscles!"

edit: and by they I mean the writers
edit2: and of course being funny doesn't mean you aren't a jerk
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Iulus Cofield » Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:20 pm UTC

Clearly the real jerks are Meghan McCarthy and Amy Keating Rogers. Those dicks.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Weeks » Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:26 pm UTC

No. They made Party of One and The Best Night Ever.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Iulus Cofield » Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:28 pm UTC

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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby Shidoshi » Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:32 am UTC

Equestria Daily pretty much confirmed that season 2 is coming around September 17.

I'm excited, are you excited? I've never been so excited, well except for the time I...


Oh and Pinkie Pie is the best pony, clearly.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Postby cephalopod9 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:32 am UTC

Does anyone care to give an (in universe) explanation of the cutie marks?

Most ponies seem to have a name, personality and cutie mark that all go together. Some more than others; "Pinkie Pie" isn't very descriptive, but her party balloons cutie mark fits her energetic personality, Twilight Sparkle has sparkles for her cutie mark, but neither seems to correlate much with her personality. In the background we see ponies whose cutie marks correlate with their jobs. Did they base their careers on their cutie marks, or did their personalities conform to their jobs and shape their cutie marks?
Cutie marks are clearly a sign of maturity, but are they genetic or congenital latent traits that develop later in life, or are they purely spiritual/magical indicators of conscious choices?
Do cutie marks ever change? Do any ponies get embarrassing or inappropriate cutie marks?
Apple Jack's whole family has apple themed names and cutie marks, meanwhile Pinky Pie's family has a rock farming theme. Are mismatched cutie marks a source of familial tension?
The main ponies all got their marks close together, and related to the same incident, is that typical?
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