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The state of the Brony fandom (Numbers, Popularly, Future)

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So what is everyone suggesting here?

Deliver it some sort of final blow so it can be put out of its misery (both fandom and show) ? Or still treasure the show because it's important to you?

Right now I couldn't care less if the fandom somehow erected a headstone for its " death" . I only care much about my memories when I've watched the show by myself.

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Why does it matter if it is dying or not? If you want to jump off ship than go ahead, I know I'll be around until it's on its last legs.

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I recently made a video about this, but out of fear for being struck with a banhammer for self promotion, I'll simply recap what I said here.

The brony fandom isn't dying...it's evolving. The hipster bronies that lasted up through 2014 were the ones who made the fandom ultra huge and magical. They were the ones that actually adopted Love and Tolerance as more than just an antagonistic 4chan meme and turned it into a true brony montra. Their enjoyment of the show was more rooted in their desire to "stick it to the man" and rebel against gender norms than it was their appreciation for the writing or the animation. There were many contributing factors that lead to them leaving, but I think the 3 biggest were, 1) the mainstream exposure of the fandom, 2) the post Season 4 hiatus, and 3) the premiere of Steven Universe. After the hipster bronies left, the people still left truly appreciated the show itself, but also were no longer concerned with keeping up the positive facade. This is when negativity started to fester in the community and caused more people to leave. Now, we are on the cusp of a new era with the show coming to the close where only the hardest of hardcore fans will remain. They will be even more passionate than the bronies that came before but also a lot more underground and harder to find.

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Is it really dying? I feel like its just waiting for something, sleeping I guess. I'm hoping once season 9 comes or when G5 starts that could start a new boom in the fandom, but we'll just have to wait I guess.

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It seems that the fandom was at its apex in 2012-2013 at least judging from the fandom participation in the arts in volume and ambitions (though other ambitious projects like the Lullaby for a Princess and The Moon Rises animations were released in later years). Being a new fandom, the question is how Bronydom would be in the long term.

I am not familiar with the nature of Furrydom or... Animedom(?), but I would think that they would have the advantage in longevity and size due to their more general nature, but among the smaller number of people within Bronydom there is the advantage of greater cohesiveness because the fandom revolves around one specific show rather than a broad genre; you know what to talk about if you meet another Brony but that may not necessarily be true if you meet another Furry or Otaku/Weaboo.

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If the fandom has diminished at all, there are two main reasons why that may be.

1st: Fans of the community are either too embarrassed or insecure to express their liking due o prejudice or judgment

2nd: People who don't understand what the community is all about spread information of gossip that isn't true, giving others the wrong impression. Radicals tend to cause much of that gossip. Like wack jobs who literally prance around like a girl. Yes, the show is intended for Young girls, but that doesn't mean you need to prance around like a sissy queer.

Sadly, there are many folks like that within the community. Your community is exactly how you represent it publicly. One way I like to express myself is with this shirt I found at FYE. When people ask e about it, I tell them there's a lot of awesome music, art, stories and support groups within the community, and that's why I love ithttps://www.fye.com/deadpool-unicorn-ride-it-like-you-stole-it-t-shirt-fye.unicornridetee.html

3 minutes ago, Snowball Macaroon said:

If the fandom has diminished at all, there are two main reasons why that may be.

1st: Fans of the community are either too embarrassed or insecure to express their liking due o prejudice or judgment

2nd: People who don't understand what the community is all about spread information of gossip that isn't true, giving others the wrong impression. Radicals tend to cause much of that gossip. Like wack jobs who literally prance around like a girl. Yes, the show is intended for Young girls, but that doesn't mean you need to prance around like a sissy queer.

Sadly, there are many folks like that within the community. Your community is exactly how you represent it publicly. One way I like to express myself is with this shirt I found at FYE. When people ask e about it, I tell them there's a lot of awesome music, art, stories and support groups within the community, and that's why I love Brony's and the fandom.

ithttps://www.fye.com/deadpool-unicorn-ride-it-like-you-stole-it-t-shirt-fye.unicornridetee.html

 

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I blame Alicorn Twilight. (Even though I don't have a problem with it.)

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On 2/5/2019 at 7:24 AM, PCutter said:

So what is everyone suggesting here?

Deliver it some sort of final blow so it can be put out of its misery (both fandom and show) ? Or still treasure the show because it's important to you?

Right now I couldn't care less if the fandom somehow erected a headstone for its " death" . I only care much about my memories when I've watched the show by myself.

Many trends, hobbies, and so on come and go all the time. Remember Spyro, Crash Bandicoot and Pacman? Pacman is something that has always been around. As of late, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro are two things that have had a comback lately. Why? Because those who loved and adorned it all their lives influenced others of a later generation. Bronism is literally like one of those vintage albums or pictures that doesn't gain their respect until long after its existence. Y'all watch, MLP:FIM and Bronism will be like Winnie The Poo and Sesame Street, Adorned and loved by young folks while admired and revered by older ones who respect and regard the influence it has on the others.

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I've heard a lot of talk about what's gonna happen to the fandom after the show ends, with some people saying the fandom is gonna die. After all, the fandom has been in decline for some time now.

But to be honest, I think the fandom will be fine. It's not like the fandom is gonna magically disappear after the final episode. That's not how fandoms work.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 didn’t have a new episode in 18 years before it was revived, and it still had a dedicated following. Firefly lasted all of 13 episodes, and it still has a dedicated following. There'll still be plenty of fan works years after the show proper ends. 

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@VG_Addict Moving thread to Sugarcube Corner since it deals with fandom discussion.

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For sure, so long as the demand for content is eventually supplied with quality content, the fans will support it. Even if a franchise has been on an indefinite hiatus for years, it can make a major comeback with something spectacular. 

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I haven't watched MLP for almost 4 years now (yeah I 'paused' at the beginning of S05), so it kinda feels like the show has ended for me, from some point of view - and I'm here, not complaining. :P 

To be honest I won't even notice any difference when it will *officially* end. I plan to catch up with it soon though, it's not like I lost interest after all. :P 

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The people running Bronycon have announced they're retiring it along side the show and 2019 will be the grand finale event instead of continuing to host it into G5 so things will definitely quiet down.

 

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Awwwwe. But I just asked the fandom to pick me up some ice cream at the store! Damn. 

 

Contraction left with a dedicated amount of G4 fans is what will occur. A star eventually takes on a new form, and never really dies. 

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12 hours ago, Rikifive said:

I haven't watched MLP for almost 4 years now (yeah I 'paused' at the beginning of S05), so it kinda feels like the show has ended for me, from some point of view - and I'm here, not complaining. :P 

To be honest I won't even notice any difference when it will *officially* end. I plan to catch up with it soon though, it's not like I lost interest after all. :P 

How have you lived?!?!?!?!?!?!

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I think it'll still be alive, maybe the Fandom will grow?

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(edited)

Yeah? Why's this news anyway?

Whether people are scared this fandom might "die" or people are telling others to calm down, it's kind of a waste of time. A lot of people are in old fandoms, big surprise. I'm only interested in living in the present and having fun with my friends

Edited by Odyssey

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when the show ends nothing is gonna happen. time is gonna wash things as always and nobody will notice, nobody gonna care. for when you forget about this, you may be on various new fandoms. maybe new gens of mlp, you would even look back in time and say how bad this show was.

Edited by Usager

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Honestly this to the Nth degree. I mean really this show will live forever on my comic stand and in my DVD collection. So unless somebody is gonna kick in my door the show will never die and the fandom will live on. Plus ya know G5 and what not. 

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On 3/24/2019 at 3:46 AM, FoxyCryptid said:

The people running Bronycon have announced they're retiring it along side the show and 2019 will be the grand finale event instead of continuing to host it into G5 so things will definitely quiet down.

 

The fandom does not need BronyCon to function. Other conventions will likely rise up to take its place in the future

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The brony fandom is not dying is going in a phase and the end of bronycon is not the end of the fandom yes one of the greates con is ending but there always can be another con can raise better then bronycon in the future. if you guy really want the fandom to die let die but stop being so negative be more positive if you don't want to let the fandom die stop complaining over his dead and do something about it to not let die .

 

always be positive 

in the sea of darkness and despair there always light and hope

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Well, although the show had gone very far.. I think the fandom is not dying.. From what I see, it's actually going further! :twi:

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To be honest, I've seen some things that might point to a slow down, not alot being done recently. But this fandom is huge, world wide and made up of fans, artists, musicians, VAs and so on. With Gen 4 winding down, some may chose to leave rather than take on the adventure that Gen 5 will be. I've decided to put my work back into the fandom, trying to be original, spinning new stories, some AUs and such, and some 3D based humanized art as well. I don't think the fandom is going anywhere anytime soon. 

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I posted in the is the fandom dying thread and I'll reiterate here, this fandom is not going anywhere. It's made up of too many creative individuals to let it just die off. There will be fics, art, music, pmvs and soo on. This fandom has endured for a long time and will continue to do so. 

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