Bits and Pie-ces: How I Became a Fan of Friendship is Magic

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My history with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic began somewhere around January 20-26, 2013.

 I remember I was watching a bunch of Epic Meal Time videos on Youtube when I saw the video "Epic Pie Time" by Silly Filly Studios 

in my suggested videos section.

 

 I'd known about the FiM fandom from seeing signatures & avatars on other sites but this is the first time I had seen it "in the wild". 

"Oh, why not," I thought to myself "This might be funny." so I clicked on the video and hoped for the best. :worry:

 

I remember being shocked by the colorful language & thinking "Is this a parody of a My Little Pony or is this real!?" :blink:

Now, I was on the hunt for the pilot to see if it was as over the top as the video I had just watched had led me to believe & after some searching I finally found it.

 

As I sat down to watch the Friendship is Magic two parter a name popped up during the theme song that I recoginzed "Lauren Faust",

a name I was familiar with but was also unfamiliar with at the same time. (I'm not a Powerpuff Girls or Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends fan.)

 

Seeing Lauren Faust's name made me nervous but I kept watching hoping that maybe this wouldn't be like her husband Craig McKraken's previous cartoons

that primarily focused on silly comedy.

 

Fast forward to the end of the two part pilot where my initial reaction was "That was pretty meh." & feeling that I didn't think that I would continue watching the series. 

 

A while later, I kept thinking "I should give it another try, maybe I'm missing something." to the point where I was arguing with myself over whether or not

I should watch episode 3. 

 

Finally, I gave in to my self-doubt & watched "The Ticket Master" which, I ended up enjoying a lot more than the pilot because it was a more of a slice of life/comedic

story instead of an action adventure story. 

 

"The Ticket Master" was the episode that hooked me & that caused me to catch up/binge watch the entire series up until the newest episode at the time

"Just For Sidekicks" ("Games Ponies Play" was just a couple of days away at that point.).

 

And so ends my history of how I became a fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Thank You SO MUCH for taking the time to read this awful mess. :mlp_please:

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My story is somewhat similar. For some reason the "FlutterGuy" clip showed up on my YouTube one day. I watched it and thought it very funny. I wasn't sure if it was a fan dub or not, so I downloaded the whole first season. I planned on watching until I found the FlutterGuy clip so i could see if a fan had dubbed a male voice in.  I became hooked after the first two episodes. I did enjoy them, but due to being an anime fan, I was slightly disappointed that the Nightmare Moon story line wasn't going to be the whole first season. I binged the first season, and then only had to wait a couple of weeks for season two to start.

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7 hours ago, cuteycindyhoney said:

My story is somewhat similar. For some reason the "FlutterGuy" clip showed up on my YouTube one day. I watched it and thought it very funny. I wasn't sure if it was a fan dub or not, so I downloaded the whole first season. I planned on watching until I found the FlutterGuy clip so i could see if a fan had dubbed a male voice in.  I became hooked after the first two episodes. I did enjoy them, but due to being an anime fan, I was slightly disappointed that the Nightmare Moon story line wasn't going to be the whole first season. I binged the first season, and then only had to wait a couple of weeks for season two to start.

 

Right on! :mlp_yeehaa:

 

7 hours ago, cuteycindyhoney said:

I was slightly disappointed that the Nightmare Moon story line wasn't going to be the whole first season.

 

If Friendship is Magic had been action 24/7 I would've given up on it after episode 3, TBH. 

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It was actually a clip from "The Ticket Master" that caught my attention and attracted me to the show thanks to Pinkie Pie.

The first episode in the first couple of minutes felt like it was going to be yet another dig at the socially reclusive folk. Condescended and talked down to about getting out more and making friends to fit in with the la-de-da image of social expectation. That everybody should be some kind of bloody extrovert. Because introverts are weird people and something is wrong with them because society and popular people say so. The whole "put down the books and go outside you nerd!" mentality. You know. Stuff that makes you want to vomit and take over the world just to spite them all. Which to be honest, I used to strongly consider many years ago. :yeahno:

Although it did kind of have that go out and make friends sort of thing going. It wasn't obnoxious about it. Which was a mercy. They didn't try to change who Twilight was, but instead worked from the angle of expanding her horizons. Rather than the whole social militant message of "Change who you are to fit in with us, nerd horse! Or be outcast to oblivion!"

Anyway. I originally started watching when it was half way through the first season at the time. It really doesn't seem like that long ago. :ButtercupLaugh:

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2 minutes ago, Treeglow Flicker said:

The first episode in the first couple of minutes felt like it was going to be yet another dig at the socially reclusive folk. Condesended and at talked down to about getting out more and making friends to fit in with the la-de-da image of social expectation. That everybody should be some kind of bloody extrovert. Because introverts are weird people and something is wrong with them because society and popular people say so. The whole "put down the books and go outside you nerd!" mentality. You know. Stuff that makes you want to vomit and take over the world just to spite them all. Which to be honest, I used to strongly consider many years ago. :yeahno:

 

I didn't feel like I had real friends until I joined MLPF so, I get where you're coming from. :blush:

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10 minutes ago, ExplosionMare said:

That’s a neat story

 

Thank You, BFFFF. 

I've always thought it was a weird story considering how I started watching in the first place. :twismile:

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Just now, Sparklefan1234 said:

 

Thank You, BFFFF. 

I've always thought it was a weird story considering how I started watching in the first place. :twismile:

Everyone thinks mine is weirder cause I began with Equestria Girls

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Just now, ExplosionMare said:

Everyone thinks mine is weirder cause I began with Equestria Girls

 

I prefer Equestria Girls (Except "Spring Breakdown".) when comparing it to a lot of Friendship is Magic's offerings, TBH. 

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5 minutes ago, Sparklefan1234 said:

 

I prefer Equestria Girls (Except "Spring Breakdown".) when comparing it to a lot of Friendship is Magic's offerings, TBH. 

It is pretty good although I prefer “Rainbow Rocks” now.

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11 hours ago, Sparklefan1234 said:

 

I prefer Equestria Girls (Except "Spring Breakdown".) when comparing it to a lot of Friendship is Magic's offerings, TBH. 

Even if I never watched FIM, I will always have a special place in my heart for Equestria Girls. Especially "Rainbow Rocks". I love the symbolism of Sunset Shimmer casting off the last vestige of her old self when she throws off her jacket. I always tear up when Sunset then arises and "Ponifies". I take that to mean that she has finally forgiven herself for her past, and now she is free to move on and grow. 

 

In the first Equestria girls movie, I was really moved when I noticed one split second part of a scene. When Sunset was transforming into a she-demon, she was openly crying. That's when I new she could be saved from herself. Another moment from the first movie I adored? Twilight's new friends had no idea they had magic of their own. When they saw Sunset hurl what to them looked like a huge ball of FIRE at Twilight, none of them hesitated. Without though of themselves, they leaped to protect twilight with only their bodies. The only just met her, but they were prepared to go through the worst agony you can imagine to save their friend.

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31 minutes ago, cuteycindyhoney said:

Even if I never watched FIM, I will always have a special place in my heart for Equestria Girls. Especially "Rainbow Rocks". I love the symbolism of Sunset Shimmer casting off the last vestige of her old self when she throws off her jacket. I always tear up when Sunset then arises and "Ponifies". I take that to mean that she has finally forgiven herself for her past, and now she is free to move on and grow. 

 

In the first Equestria girls movie, I was really moved when I noticed one split second part of a scene. When Sunset was transforming into a she-demon, she was openly crying. That's when I new she could be saved from herself. Another moment from the first movie I adored? Twilight's new friends had no idea they had magic of their own. When they saw Sunset hurl what to them looked like a huge ball of FIRE at Twilight, none of them hesitated. Without though of themselves, they leaped to protect twilight with only their bodies. The only just met her, but they were prepared to go through the worst agony you can imagine to save their friend.

 

The first Equestria Girls is AWESOME, Rainbow Rocks has an AWESOME soundtrack & Friendship Games gave us Sci-Twi which, I think is pretty AWESOME! 

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1 hour ago, Sparklefan1234 said:

 

The first Equestria Girls is AWESOME, Rainbow Rocks has an AWESOME soundtrack & Friendship Games gave us Sci-Twi which, I think is pretty AWESOME! 

It made THIS image possible! What would Pinkie call being scared and happy at the same time? That's what Sunset is in this image!

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4 minutes ago, cuteycindyhoney said:

It made THIS image possible! What would Pinkie call being scared and happy at the same time? That's what Sunset is in this image!

 

"Scrappy". 

 

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1 hour ago, Sparklefan1234 said:

 

"Scrappy". 

 

138-1387591_scooby-doo-cartoon-network-c :P

Okay, it's official. Sunset is feeling mighty scrappy in that picture!

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18 minutes ago, Sparklefan1234 said:

 

:ooh: Maybe. :wacko:

Jokes aside, awesome story BFFFF! :D 

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Looks like "The Ticket Master" made several people MLP fans. :ticking: For me, that was the case too. While the first episode wasn't bad, I wasn't sure if I was going to watch the whole series before that one. Pinkie's cheerfulness and adorableness was what did it for me, especially her random songs and that reaction to (supposedly) getting the ticket. :pinkie:

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On 9/26/2020 at 3:50 PM, ChB said:

Jokes aside, awesome story BFFFF! :D 

 

Thank You, BFFFF! I'm *so* glad you enjoyed it! :squee:

 

3 minutes ago, Tacodidra said:

Looks like "The Ticket Master" made several people MLP fans. :ticking: For me, that was the case too. While the first episode wasn't bad, I wasn't sure if I was going to watch the whole series before that one. Pinkie's cheerfulness and adorableness was what did it for me, especially her random songs and that reaction to (supposedly) getting the ticket. :pinkie:

 

@Tacodidra Like I told cuteycindyhoney, if Friendship is Magic had been action 24/7 I would've given up on it after episode 3. :twismile:

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