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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:
http:www.BronyStudy.com
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 BronyStudy.com, 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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nonamesleftatall Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Where's the category for people who have rejected the brony name because it's full of gross jerks who spank it to cartoon horses?
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why does that category matter? If they're not part of the subculture, why would they be included in its analysis. You seem to have an ailment that I refer to as "bigoted ignorance". You think you have a vast and impeccable understanding of Bronies, dismissing them en-mass as "gross jerks" who watch the show and take part in the community for purely "physical" reasons. I'm not going to waste much typing on you, because the inherent problem with closed-minded fools who can't perceive something past their own preconceptions is that their minds can simply not be swayed by logic or even simple reason. You have your idea of what Bronies are, and that's awesome! Bask in it. But I guess I hope that this nagging tick on the back of your brain will be there when you think and speak of Bronies as you have, and it will be the vague knowledge that you have not even the slightest inkling of knowing what it is you speak of. Bronies, as a community, have done incredible things. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of charity donations, massive donations and support to those in the community stricken with terminal illness, equally massive support of special needs children attracted to the show and community, and a plethora of other incredible benefits and acts of kindness that have resulted from the Brony community. But you can go ahead and think of Bronies as sexually-repressed man-children. No one's stopping you.
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nonamesleftatall Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Fans of My Little Pony who think it should be accessible for kids (the target audience) don't matter, gotcha.

Thanks for ruining the fandom for women and children! :thumbsup:
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At no point do I claim that they don't matter. They simply do not comprise the demographic of the ''bronies'' and thus don't receive analysis in this work. In essence their participation in the fandom is justifiable by their age and gender, rather than the older males whose motives are not clear. In the future, I would not recommend making reactionary statements if you wish to engage in civilized conversation.
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nonamesleftatall Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Bronies, always more important than everyone else.
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well its readily apparent that you harbor some animosity towards the fandom for some reason, but regardless you are completely missing the point of my analysis. If you want to read an analysis on tropical birds do you expect chickens to be discussed? Of course not, they fall outside of the intended subject. Likewise, I did not devote any analysis to the target demographic for the show. I'm not entirely sure where your lack of basic statistical and scientific understanding comes from, nor how you function in society if you routinely make such baseless and needlessly sarcastic comments, but my advice to you is to read a book or two and realize that your misguided perceptions are a hindrance to yourself. I advise you read the analysis with the subject in mind, not your spontaneous expectations.
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Skezzberry Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The subgroups definitely make sense ^^ hipster -> moderate
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Daisuler1994 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is very good , you are really a hard worker!
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Jeramiahsental Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Wow! That's a really in-depth analysis of us Bronies!

Brohoof!

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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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DatBrass Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dude! this is epic!
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the compliment :) Keep spreading it around, the more feedback I get the better!
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Temporal-Lizardo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
There seems be a huge number of asexual bronies. (To my understanding, less than 1% of all males and roughly 2% of all females consider themselves asexual.)
...then again, there's probably enough 10-15 old fans to explain that.
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creampuffLOL Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Grouping G1-G3 together and dismissing them, while going into great detail about G4, was disgusting.

I see that you have taken the time to dismiss each one individually. A slight improvement.

My Little Pony Tales had a Mane 7. This main 7 showed very similar archetypes to the current Mane 6, such as Bright Eyes the scholar, Bonbon the silly girl who loves sweets, Patch the tomboy, Melody the narcissist, and Sweetheart the shy docile maiden. It followed the same slice-of-life format as G4, and was one of the first cartoons to do so. It also had some very nice songs, such as "Sweet Music".
But because it's old, and because it doesn't have top-notch animation, bronies pretend it doesn't exist.

My Little Pony wasn't born yesterday. She has existed in various forms for decades. Bronies need to know that THEY are the newbies. My Little Pony already had an established, developed fandom before bronies showed up. Bronies need to learn history and perspective.

Bronies talk about G4 like it's the best cartoon in the world. Let me tell you something: it's not. Animaniacs is another cartoon with a cult following, but with much better writing, characters and animation, plus, it's actually funny. It's also full of pop culture references, adult jokes and genuinely sexy fanservice. Flutterguy isn't funny, I didn't laugh. G4 is very banal. I have watched both seasons and have only laughed twice. The G1 Movie has a much funnier script, with many quotable lines like
"I made it up!" "Well, you better unmake it quick."
and Danny being a douche and teasing his sisters. If you do not know who Danny is, it's because you haven't watched the movie. The Movie is also funnier than G4 because it is campy and doesn't take itself serious. "I'll Go It Alone" is a hilarious song and it is clear that Alice Playten was mining her role as Lickety-Split for camp value, which she succeeded. There is no squeaky-voiced Brooklynite filly in G4, that is why it is a comedic failure.

You may be frustrated with the opinions I shared in the last paragraph. It's fair, because I was frustrated with your Analysis. An analysis should be mathematical, straight-forward and free from bias. Yet your analysis is dishonest, rigged and full of "spin". It embarrasses me, also, that the "clopfic" paragraph is so long. Maybe it has inspired me to write an essay on the moral bankruptcy of clopfic, or, better, a satirical surprise-troll clopfic.
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your critical analysis! It's nice to finally see someone sit down and critically dissect it. So I'll rebut you if I can on some of your points (some that you make I agree with):

1."Grouping G1-G3 together and dismissing them, while going into great detail about G4, was disgusting.

I see that you have taken the time to dismiss each one individually. A slight improvement.

My Little Pony Tales had a Mane 7. This main 7 showed very similar archetypes to the current Mane 6, such as Bright Eyes the scholar, Bonbon the silly girl who loves sweets, Patch the tomboy, Melody the narcissist, and Sweetheart the shy docile maiden. It followed the same slice-of-life format as G4, and was one of the first cartoons to do so. It also had some very nice songs, such as "Sweet Music".
But because it's old, and because it doesn't have top-notch animation, bronies pretend it doesn't exist.

My Little Pony wasn't born yesterday. She has existed in various forms for decades. Bronies need to know that THEY are the newbies. My Little Pony already had an established, developed fandom before bronies showed up. Bronies need to learn history and perspective."

All of this of course is very true, however this is an analysis of bronies, not of the fans of earlier generations. While the other generations may share similarities with G4, and while there are fans of the earlier gens that transitioned into the bronies, it is my opinion (from interactions and study) that the older gens influence bronies very minimally and thus do not deserve much analysis in this subculture breakdown of mine. You say that bronies need to learn history and perspective, and while this may be true, I believe the fact is that they don't need either to be bronies and enjoy the show and fandom.

2. "Bronies talk about G4 like it's the best cartoon in the world. Let me tell you something: it's not. Animaniacs is another cartoon with a cult following, but with much better writing, characters and animation, plus, it's actually funny. It's also full of pop culture references, adult jokes and genuinely sexy fanservice. Flutterguy isn't funny, I didn't laugh. G4 is very banal. I have watched both seasons and have only laughed twice. The G1 Movie has a much funnier script, with many quotable lines like
"I made it up!" "Well, you better unmake it quick."
and Danny being a douche and teasing his sisters. If you do not know who Danny is, it's because you haven't watched the movie. The Movie is also funnier than G4 because it is campy and doesn't take itself serious. "I'll Go It Alone" is a hilarious song and it is clear that Alice Playten was mining her role as Lickety-Split for camp value, which she succeeded. There is no squeaky-voiced Brooklynite filly in G4, that is why it is a comedic failure."

I remember animaniacs very fondly, and agree that it completely destroys almost all modern cartoons easily. However, this is like comparing Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin with Lil' Wayne or Mumford and Sons: they cater to different people, have drastically different themes and motivations, and are separated in their styles immensely. Humor is %100 in the eye of the beholder, so the fact that you found gen 4 only occasionally funny if at all is testament that your sense of humor differs from others. I myself do not find MLP:FiM terribly hilarious, but I'll admit that almost every episode there's something the writers throw in that makes me smirk and laugh on the inside (which I value more than laugh-out-loud humor).

3. "It embarrasses me, also, that the "clopfic" paragraph is so long."

Ah this is one area of contention beaten to death over and over. I've explained more times than I care to reiterate about the underlying significance of clopfics. I'm not saying that they're significance lies in their impact or representation of bronies (a misconception most people seem to make). What I'm attempting to argue/clarify with my clopfic analysis is that it is uneducated and near-sighted to simply dismiss clopfics and R34 as simply degraded and disgusting and condemnable. I would have to recreate here an entire book on clinical psychology, sexual psychology, human nature, child complexes, and psychologcial defense mechanisms to completely convey to someone that there are deeper underlying causes and motivations involved. Yes, of course there are plenty of people who create R34 and clopfics purely out of a desire to project their fetishes and sexual needs. The WHY to this is what is complex.

4. "An analysis should be mathematical, straight-forward and free from bias. Yet your analysis is dishonest, rigged and full of "spin"."

Now this here does sort of throw me off a bit, and makes me sound like some corrupt banker who's trying to steal everyone's money on Christmas Eve during the Great Depression or something. I'm never dishonest in my analysis, I do not lie anywhere. I may be wrong in places, and I expect I am, but I am not wrong out of a will to deceive. Rigging and spin that may be present in my analysis (I agree that while creating this analysis I was always sympathetic towards the pro-Brony depiction of the fandom) is a direct result of my experiences with the fandom. If, after the 7 months of research, interviews, surveys, and interactions I concluded any negatives about the fandom, they would be expressed here. And what negatives am I expected to conjure? This isn't a fandom of kick-ass, suave rock stars and football players, but is that a negative? My analysis attempts to either support or disprove the preconception people form the instant they discover what bronies are, the very misconceptions perpetuated by FOX News, Howard Stern, and (likely soon) Jerry Springer. I'm attempting with this analysis to form a visual explanation of what the fandom is, from the macro to the micro. This nomothetic take on the fandom is an honest, good-intentioned attempt to explain what the bronies are and what they consist of. So if you feel "embarrassed" by it, or feel it's "dishonest", "rigged", or full of "spin", then I'm not sure what else I could do.
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creampuffLOL Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Thank you for your lovely reply!

I hope you understand, I am a little bit bitter from the April Fools jokes on Equestria Daily. I do not visit that site for this reason, they have enough page-views as is, they do not need mine. The comments, general opinion, and gestures of G1 haters are just mean and nasty, to say the least. I still cannot believe that Sephisto posted G1 fan-art and doll customs on his site, for the purpose of mockery. Not only that, but many bronies bombed the artist's deviantART pages with nasty comments, making it hardly different from a /b/-style raid. A day later, he posted a small hasty apology. Millions of bronies read EqD, and it should, ideally, set a good example. Seeing such a high-profile site do something so mean-spirited as this, actually shocked me. Sephisto shouldn't be allowed to do things like this. Not only that, he did it again the next year. Now, you get comments on previous gen videos saying "What is this? Discord must've made this!" I hope that Sephisto doesn't do it next year, it was never funny to begin with.

Sorry about that big rant. I love talking about my favorite things to strangers. I also love arguing with people. Fighting and debating. It brings the adrenaline. And pride if I win. I've never cared for sports, but I guess Debate is a sport. Or at least a club.

Yes, while clop is embarrassing, and much too prevalent, it is interesting to wonder how people could end developing a desire for such material. Maybe there should be a Clopper's Census.

And now that I read it again, it is a pretty sober and honest flowchart. With good sources like that big Brony Census. The pie-charts are good. I'm sorry I called it biased. I threw harsh words carelessly and I only meant it a little. The words were too strong and carried too much baggage for the (very very slight) sort of feeling I got from the words and omissions. I am sorry. As you pointed out, there are politicians and other people in real life that use spin, and cause true hurt and damage. Like the Fox News, Red Eye "news" hosts. They are nasty, dismissive bullies, just like some generation haters I've encountered. I wonder what a Jerry Springer brony encounter would be like? Hardly anyone (I hope!!) takes Jerry's show seriously, it's just sleazy trash like Maury Povich. You can just imagine. "My Brony baby's daddy visits us just to watch my pregnant 12-year-old daughter's cartoons!" Oh my goodness.
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really only recently started going to EQD frequently, so I missed the April Fools posts I guess haha. But, if such posts resulted in people receiving nasty feedback for the sake of bashing G1 material, then I completely agree with you. I certainly hope I don't come across as someone who hates the older generations (okay, the "baby" my little ponies did make me nauseous). And I do love a debate as well ;), I would have to to have gotten this far while still retaining as much sanity as I have :s. Thanks for the kind(er) words again, but don't apologize for being critical! Nobody improves everything when their work is being pandered to! As for the Jerry Springer show you outlined, I think they'll probably use that for their pilot episode in whatever new line of brony-related content they start producing -.-.
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iftheyaskiwasnthere Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I would just like to comment to say that you have both earned my eternal respect. I know I am hardly the most well learned or venerable person to be hearing this from, but I would like to comment on this anyways, just as much to convey my feelings to you as from the knowledge that as more people inevitably will comment on this post this conversation will move farther down the pages and be harder to find, and well thought out, well worded, arguments on the internet where both sides effectively and concisely express their opinions and sides of the arguments are quite rare in this day and age.
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate such praise from anyone! Thank you very much for your kind words, they mean more that you know ;). Might I ask, how did you come across my analysis? By chance?
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iftheyaskiwasnthere Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
You were around the now 500th page of the memebase subsection "My Little Brony" I belive. I've come down with a bad case of impatience and anticipation with the upcoming season premier, and have thus gone on an archive binge of the website. I joined just after season 2 you see, so this will be my first chance to watch the series as it comes out.
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NyanIsMyLegalName Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Why'd you have to put your own made-up pony character in there?!
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NyanIsMyLegalName Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
NEVERMIND PEOPLE, FALSE ALARM! MIS-READ, THAT'S ALL!!!
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plaid-monster Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness I love this! :XD:
It all makes sense!
It's so odd seeing all the different types of bronies and all these percentages. Awesome!
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pyro3345 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now the world must understand us.
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EnderCore Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Hey, I think I know you... Anyway, favorited :)
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pyro3345 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi EnderCore :D
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BlackCat248 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
The fact that you made this is pretty freaking awesome.
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Mr-Ichart Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
My friend James is a Brony. I told him that I am at a loss as far as trying to understand the fandom, but not that nicely. He pointed me to this analysis to get an idea on what the fandom is like via an academic means. Well I must say as far as I'm concerned, I understand now why there is such a remarkable number of Bronies. Props to you and a heartfelt apology to bronies for my own misguided judgement of the subculture...

...and to my friend James the Brony...

... I still am not going over to the pony-side!

...That is all
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey I'm glad that this analysis is doing some good! Part of my motivation was to achieve this very end. If only everyone were to keep as open a mind as yourself, there would almost be no need for this analysis.
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joedoe1025 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
you sir, should write a book. this probably is the most academic and intriguing piece I've ever had the pleasure of reading. As a recently converted bronie (the effect of doing a few story commissions for a few bronies irl) I feel like i've been better informed about the community that surrounds this particular show. i look forward to more work.
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IzayaGraeme Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Lol.... why is that a common question?
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RoguishBard Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Looks like I wasn't the only one to question this psychological peculiarity. I believe you've summed it all up rather well. Yet it still baffles me how much of a firestorm one simply good program is causing.

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"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity." - Carl Jung
I want Emperor Mateus' boots. :O_o: Do not ask why.
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I-am-the-20-percent Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi I would just like to say I love your name ^.^
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RoguishBard Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Caught both references, have you? :la:

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Le gigot est content. The mutton is pleased.
"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity." - Carl Jung
I want Emperor Mateus' boots. :O_o: Do not ask why.
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DanielHarrington Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
A really interesting and informative look on the brony subculture. :)



And why would anybody ask you if you have autism, of all things? o.O
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MyDyi1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
DIS IS DA STORY OF MAH LIFE! :iconrarityplz:
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bam-pancakes Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
STRAIGT, MEN , In college almost the exact opposite of what people expect
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DeejDaDragon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
I..... can not read a single word this says.
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... zoom in?
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DeejDaDragon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Yeah but it just makes the words blurry for me. I'll try later on my other computer, see if its any better
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah that has to be a hardware problem.
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DeejDaDragon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Ok, I got it to show up right. This is cool!
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Monopoly907 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW!!!
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NazjaRaj Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yay! i'm now a brony, with a mayan glyph as a cutie mark!
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Dark-and-Dawn Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I noticed this analysis, and there's some thing I would discuss with you:

1- Characters: That would be good, despite of three facts: 1- the characters, as in many other cartoons, are archetypes, so they CAN'T be "developed". After some times, the mechanism of actions and reactions become clear, and characters become predictable.

2- Humors: The sketches in the show are based on the conflict between different characters, but, as I said before, characters become predictable, and also the humor.

3- Plots: sorry, but do you really think that MLP plots are GOOD??? Each of them follow the same scheme of action: - The protagonists are doing their thing, - something happens that make some problems, - the characters try to solve the situation, but initially fails, - after a while, they solve the problem and - the letter to Princess Celestia that explain the same old things about friendship. Honestly, Seeing this scheme repeated over and over and over surely isn't fun.
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly amazing. I haven't been a brony for long but I am really glad I decided to get into the fandom. More often than not, most bronies I've met have been more than nice and or kind to me and from what I've seen of bronies as a whole that's the growing trend. I am really happy that I can call myself a brony and add to the ever growing stats on the graph above.

On a side note, I took the time out to help with the survey. I can't wait to see the new numbers just so I can see how big we've gotten as a whole. ^_^
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Lurker78D Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Geographic Analysis:
1. Where would you put Russian Bronies: Europe or Asia? Or are you able to indicate which Oblasts the results would come from? (If MLP:FiM is ever dubbed in Russia, I think it would merit its own geographic category.)
2. Perhaps it would be reasonable to separate the United States from Canada from MesoAmerica (Mexico, Central America, and the Carribean collectively). If this is done, then Greenland should be reclassified to (Northern) Europe.
3. On a side note, are the surveys available in other languages, especially Spanish, French, German, Italian, or Japanese? If not, this may bias the populations towards Anglo-phonic regions.

Other Notes:
4. For the Education pies, I'm thinking that having sub-pies for the 10-20 Age group vs the 21 and older age group would be a good idea. I mean, there would not be many >20 that are still in High School (and the few that are would be combined with a "dropout" class) and there are next to no <21 that are in a Post-Grad program.
5. In the "Audience" chart, I think you should add an entry for Older Relatives (i.e. Parents, Grandparents, Uncles/Aunts, Babysitters) who enjoy the series along with Young Children but are not part of the Brony subculture itself.
6. Just wondering why you kept Dashie but dropped the other Main 6. Likely because of the reorganization, but even so, I think they could have demonstration roles in this picture as follows:
--Rainbow Dash: As present, looking at the Forward, thinking: "What's up with all this legal mumbo jumbo?"
--Twilight Sparkle: On a platform (perhaps with Spike), with a magic-fueled pointer aimed at one of the (in her opinion) most interesting subgroups.
--Fluttershy: Flying around the Typologies header being... well.. shy.
--Pinkie Pie: Popping out of one of the boxes in the Canon/Fanon area just being random. (Her being the local 4th wall breaker is a supposition of Fanon supported by instances in Canon.)
--Applejack & Rarity: At the bottom of the last column, on Terra Firma, basically going "Thank you for viewing!"


A point on Clopworks (which I think you should rename the "Clopfics" category to, to cover the full breadth of that type of work, rather than just the written subset):
Personally, I feel that clopworks are essentially a reflection of our present society, as there exist similar fics in other children's based works in this era. (The Pokemon franchise is an emminent example of this, regardless of adaptation; there are Trainer-on-Trainer, Pokemon-on-Pokemon, and Trainer-on-Pokemon variants.) Western society has, at large, lost an understanding of what C.S. Lewis calls "love" versus what he calls "Venus" or sexuality. From whence this loss came (or whether we had such an understanding in the first place) is a matter for sociologists to debate; the fact remains that we in the West do not presently understand "Love", especially what Lewis calls Eros, that is Romance or a desire for a deeper emotional connection.

As the institution of Marriage was created to provide an enforced stability for the sake of children generated from sexual union, sexuality became shorthand for said stability. When the social revolution of the late 1960s came along, the institution became discredited as sexuality could be seen to be achieved independently of the institution. However, with the loss of the institution, came the loss of stability as people could just "hook up" without developing a lasting connection even of Storge (general familiarity) or Phileos (connection through interests), to say nothing of Eros. Clopworks and similar may be seen as symptoms of this absence of an understanding of Eros.


In case you are wondering, yes, I am a Troper. I got my info on C.S.Lewis' The Four Loves there <[link]>. It may also be said that a reason for Bronism being a "subculture" may be keyed in society's "pidgeonholing" of animated fare as "children's" fare.

I do not self-identify as a "Brony" yet as I have do not presently have a way of accessing the source work legitimately (only Basic Cable and no Netflix). Most of my synthesis is based on the TvTropes entries, with a side order of the Campaign Comic, Friendship is Dragons. So I guess I am an "early moderate".
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thrasherADF Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As of last night, I became a Brony :) anyone know where I can get some MLP shirts?
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It kills me a little on the inside to admit it, but the "easiest" way/place to get them is at... Hot Topic. If you don't mind paying for a little S&H and more options, go here: [link]
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lilsonic1355 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Artist
I live in Japan and MLP FIM is pretty poppular. A few of my class mates who are mostly guys love the stuff. I herd somewhere that MLP will audition for Japanese dubbing. I hope its true but I can speak English really good so if its not true it wont be a problem to me :D
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