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Brony Subculture Analysis by BroniePologist Brony Subculture Analysis by BroniePologist
Per Request: I will be uploading a full text version of this analysis this week for those who wish to copy and paste directly.

This is the second iteration of my continued analysis of the Brony subculture. This revision contains numerous additions, alterations and contributions (made by BronyStudy and other sources). Please read the foreword at the beginning and follow the lines to view the analysis in the proper progression.

To clear a few common questions out of the air beforehand, here is a short FAQ:

Q: Do you have autism?
A: No I don't.

And that about wraps it up! Please post any additional questions, comments and concerns in the comments section below!

Also, please if you have not already, go to:
and take their survey(s) in order to help them and myself as well in collecting data on Bronies. The professors over at the study have been a massive help in the process of creating this analysis, and thus deserve more credit than I can ever give them. So help me help them and go to that link!

You may spread this analysis wherever you choose... in fact I strongly encourage it! However, you must directly credit myself and, as well as directly link to this page. You may not post a legible version, but you may post a small version as a teaser followed by the link. Thank you!
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i2olluxCaptor Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you my good man

for today the work has been done 

you are a visionary

#brohoof /)(\
DeamonSin Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Can only agree
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
I like G3. 
Assasin-Brony Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
this post made me happy ^-^
TokusatsuKuuga-RX Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
This is a very good poster explaining Bronies.
Thank you. ^ ^
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CrimsonWolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is interesting but the data needs to be more accurate or have sources linked with them.
Foursikk Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Parents * so don't come and say Europe is late that annoys me, no u just Happend to like this my little pony stuff and we do not like it not in my country many people hate it here.
Foursikk Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
No Europe ain't late :S I'm from Europe and the thing is just not as many men in Europe is like men in USA as u can see. European men is Doing man stuff and yes we know about this brony thing me and my friends just don't like it as many others European people, so no we ain't late most of us simple see my little pony as a kid show or something larders watch with there kids not alone.
Wolfcho Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Brony Fandom: 86-87% MALE
Furry Fandom: >80% MALE

WOW, two animal-based fandoms and both are not only male-dominated, but HEAVILY male-dominated with over 80% males.

Can studies explain why females aren't as interested in joining these fandoms?

Fun fact about the furry fandom. Over 50% of furry porn comics are gay-themed (M/M), and the majority of the fandom is hetero. Male furry characters do tend to appeal more to people than female furry characters.

There are guys who admit they're straight and have no interest in human males, but find themselves fascinated with male furries, and even enjoy watching furry yaoi.

Benusamuneth Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
The truth: Ponies are cool. MLP: FIM is awesome.
RainbowDeathFanXx Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   Digital Artist
woah brony... thts a lot and pretty epic
BlueDragonAura Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013

A very general, thorough and thought-out work. Well done!
There are *some* flaws in it though.

The charts detailing demographics (specifically education) could use a side-by-side comparison with the world/U.S. percentages, as it stands, some might not know how educated bronies really are.

Personality type percentages would also improve this analysis; I firmly believe that the fact 28% of bronies are INTJ's (Scientists) is relevant to your analysis.

Clopfics probably didn't need a column of it's own (a subgroup of fanfics), however, music probably did. I realize that music is more amorphous and thus harder to detail, but it is still a large part of the fandom; 85% of bronies listen to fan-produced music at least once a week, second only to watching episodes (96%).
*This does not apply to the current hiatus in which no new episodes are being released.*

Giving each of the Mane 6 a personality description is debatable, after all, this is a analysis of Bronies and not the show, but I concede that their personalities are relevant to the fandom. However, the descriptions did not give us much new information, assuming that this was made for Bronies.

All statistical information was obtained and can be obtained from The 2013 State of the Herd Report. [link]

So anyway, nice work, keep it up! :)
BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I come from the future to tell you that you're %110 correct.
BlueDragonAura Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
~With regards from the past
avixl Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Wow man dat work!!

Honestly, I'm quite surprised by three things:
-more 16-20 than 21-25 years old people
-87% of male (...I knew we were more than girls, but not so much!!!)
-only 21% in Europe (the old continent is always late)
Prism-S Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
my god....
lol60651 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
I almost read the whole thing! X-D
MonsterH21SW Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
holy crap!!!!
aNIGHTLYpony Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Finally someone who agrees with me! bronies are a subculture, amen to that XD
VulpixTheLoner Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would just like to say that this helped me with a sociology presentation. Thank you!
BroniePologist Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad I could be of assistance :)
schneelocke Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Since the Brony Documentary's now separating bronies into hipsters, moderates and creatives, too, I'm curious - where's that from? Did you come up with it, or is it from one of your sources? And if you came up with it, what's it based on?

Thank you. :)
BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's my own breakdown of the subculture. I developed it from experience, analysis and research into the fandom.
schneelocke Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
OK, thanks! :)
WarriorSparrow Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
The EqD post about the brony documentary animated song brought me here. :)
pitfall356 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Your FAQ is pretty well detailed. I laughed.
ninonybox Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
I see that terminology and descriptions in this where used in the documentary, congrats.
Synchel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I'm trying to collect all the statistical analysis works that are related to MLP:FiM and Bronies. Is there a way to sort the information that would make it easier to print?

I've already printed the information on the Brony Study results, but this seems to contain information from several other sources.
BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunately I lost the PS file with the text. What you can do though is use a text recognition program to pull the text out of the image. Read the Creative Commons license info, but you can use anything from my analysis as long as you credit Brony Study and myself. Thanks!
Anonymous-Dinosaur Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
As a Brony with a B.A. minor in Anthropology, I congratulate you in this study. The Brony subculture is something that absolutely needs to be studied in more detail so the stigma around it can be lifted and Bronys can be accepted as a legitimate cultural subgroup by our wider society.

However, one critique I have of this analysis is that you didn’t seem to have a category for Periphery Bronies (like me), by which I mean persons who became Bronys though secondary or tertiary sources, (like fan works) rather than by watching the actual TV show.
QuetzalLeo Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This was actually...fascinating :O

Bronies can be girls, too? Cool. I was always a bit jealous that male MLP fans got a cool title and girls were stuck with the slightly awkward 'pegasister'. But, turns out I'm a Brony, too! Woo-hoo!

Looks like I'm in the moderate/creative subgroup, but I'm not sure which typology I'd fit into. I'm too scared to share my fascination with MLP with my peers, but if they turn out to be bronies, too, I'd have no problem discussing it with them. I'd even love to go to a con sometime and wear a Doctor Whooves shirt or something. (Doctor Whooves is best pony.) Though I dunno about finding "moral guidance" from the show. I just watch it for the awesome animation and because it's entertaining.

And my family thinks it's just a cute quirk of mine that I'm into "a little kid's show", so I don't mind telling them about it, either. :)
BroniePologist Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can sympathize :) As a military member I am loath to reveal my dedication to the fandom publicly.
BlueDragonAura Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Are you joking?
You are a member of the military and you're afraid to reveal yourself as a brony? So bullets don't scare you but the possibility negative feedback does?
Sorry, I just happen to think that's just a little strange. Not forcing it down everybody's throat is one thing, deliberately concealing it is another.
BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In this day and age, with the government able to grab information from the net at will (especially when one is trying to get a TS security clearance), keeping details of my personal life on my own terms is vital to me. I'd die for my fellow man, almost had to make the call once even, but when it comes to what I do in my free time it simply isn't anyone else's business.
fpdcat Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Well, this is, massive xD
Good work!
starmic Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
awesome jog job!!!!! so amazing I just dinīt undestand very well the part about were you say that bronies are jumping to a troling bandgownd
BroniePologist Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm saying that there is a group of people out there that make it their internet-based job to troll Bronies by pretending to be one.
starmic Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
what that basteards!!!!!!!! least in my contry I guess thats not kind of things but we are just 1š/š of bronies thanks you dis a pretty good awesome job here congrates
iZePol Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
myroflknife117 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
i find this to be an interesting read......and i thought there was perhpas a chacne that bronies may be pleasent to be around.....that perhaps, PERHAPS i could have been one......and then i ran into a completly ape-shit insane brony.....and form there......[link]
BroniePologist Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're going to find weird ones everywhere, regardless of the group or fandom.
myroflknife117 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
hmm....unfortunantly thats true
xXNike-KovadrinXx Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I found this to be a fascinating read.
MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fascinating analysis! I'm in a science field (engineering), and it's great to see an objective approach to the fandom. :D
MajorasWaker Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
That was really interesting!
ShardWolf3 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Thank you so much! I am going to do a persuasive speech on Why MLP FIM is not just a show for little girls. You have just given me gold! Thank you so much! I will be giving you full credit =D
GinoTotman Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful piece of information. Thank you.
nonamesleftatall Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
My Little Pony & Friends and My Little Pony Tales are both G1, G2 had no cartoon. Just stop talking about pre-G4 ponies, you know nothing about them.

In fact, just stop talking.
BroniePologist Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I made one error, it happens. But it's obvious you have some issue with the analysis as a whole, care to elaborate?
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