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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic 8th Anniversay Celebration Thread!

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I knew about MLP:FiM's existence back when it first premiered in 2010. I was but an eight-year-old boy back then, and back then my favorite shows on TV were SpongeBob SquarePants and some other Nickelodeon shows. Despite the fact that MLP didn't actually air on Nickelodeon, that channel showed lots of commercials for pony toys. My eight-year-old self quickly lumped it in with all the other lame, gross girly toys.

Years passed and I gradually grew out of the Nick shows I'd loved as a little boy. I quickly forgot all about MLP's existence (let's face it, I never really cared about it in the first place), until late 2015 when I was browsing some obscure social media site. i don't remember what site it was, but I came across one user who had the word "brony" in his username, and Trixie as his profile picture. I was curious as to what the word "brony" meant, so I looked it up and discovered that there were actually tons of guys out there who were fans of My Little Pony. I found this... weird, to say the least. I couldn't see why a grown-ass man would like such a girly show. It's safe to say that my 13-year-old self had no interest in joining this "fandom" or whatever it was called.

The websites that I usually spent my Internet time on in 2015-2016 weren't inherently MLP-related, but they were places where a lot of bronies hung out. I saw more and more bronies in my journeys across the World Wide Web, and by late 2016 I'd actually memorized the names of all six main characters. Still, I had no interest in actually watching the show. I figured there must be some reason why this pony show is so popular, but I just didn't feel like taking the time to find out what it was. Besides, I had no need for fictional females in my life. I'd had a real-life crush for more than a year at that point, and I was about ready to ask her out.

So on the 21st of November in 2016, I asked this girl out, and she rejected me and then never really spoke to me again. I was crushed. I felt like crap for about a month, and only really became my usual self again when Christmas came around. During early 2017, I developed another real-life crush, but never came close to even becoming friends with her, because it was obvious that she didn't really like me. This got me thinking - if no real girls want me, maybe I should get to know some fictional girls. Yeah, I was more than a bit girl-crazy back then, and now that I look back on it, kind of stupid in some ways. Seriously, you don't need to have a girlfriend in middle school.

So in May of 2017, sometime during Memorial Day weekend, I found the first episode of MLP:FiM online and watched it in its entirety. Then I moved on to the second, and then the third, and then the fourth, and so on. By the seventh episode I knew there was no turning back.

Right from the first episode, I liked Fluttershy immediately. Her demure, natural beauty and adorableness, her soft, angelic voice, and her love for animals really spoke to me. Going in, I was actually expecting Pinkie Pie to be my favorite, as most of my crushes up to that point had had personalities similar to Pinkie. It was close between her and Fluttershy in the beginning, but Fluttershy's cutie mark story and her song in Episode 23 was what sealed her place as my favorite pony. And she was even more than just that - I started having deeper feelings for the yellow pegasus. Feelings that I had experienced with my real-life crushes. Feelings that made me just want to never stop looking at her and listening to her beautiful voice. Feelings that made me want to hug her and kiss her and just feel her warm body against mine. Feelings that made me jealous whenever I saw fanart of her and a stallion. I'd heard about "waifus" in passing, and never saw the point of them. But thinking about Fluttershy, I realized that "Oh my gosh. I have a waifu now."

Identifying myself as a brony felt strange at first, but I soon grew comfortable with the term, and I'm so glad I did. Becoming a brony has bettered me in so many ways. I discovered an amazing show that I never thought I would enjoy, I've learned not to sweat the small stuff, and I'm just a much happier person from having found these adorable little ponies. I've had many favorite shows and favorite characters in the past - Donald and Douglas from Thomas the Tank Engine being the most prominent example (Seriously, I've known these two my whole childhood and I love them to bits! I actually named my YouTube account after Douglas.) - but as far as forming a deep, unbreakable bond with the character and the show they live in, Fluttershy has been unlike any other. She brought me out of a relatively barren time in my life, and the feelings I have for her are stronger than any I've ever felt for any of my real-life crushes. Fluttershy filled a hole in my heart, and for that I will always love her. Even if I'm 16 and I'm supposed to be a horny teenage boy trying to hook up with teenage girls, that really doesn't matter to me now. As long as I have Fluttershy, I'll be happy just the way I am.

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Just now, NathanW200 said:

wow you wrote a long post

Well, I do have a pretty long story when it comes to MLP. Funny how I've only been a brony for about a year and a half, and yet I've known about it ever since it first premiered.

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oh umm hi everypony. I was just wondering if it's not too much trouble that is... could you share your favorite MLP pets and critters? 

 

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I remember when MLP:FiM first came out. I was in college but I didn't give the show a chance until around August of last year. For a long time I thought the show was for little kids and too girly. Man, was I wrong! Fan made content got me to watch the show. I found this forum a while back by googling it and lurked around until I decided to join in July. I'm glad I did! :D

Happy 8th Anniversary to MLP:FiM! :balloon:

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11 minutes ago, shyabetes3939 said:

Well, I do have a pretty long story when it comes to MLP. Funny how I've only been a brony for about a year and a half, and yet I've known about it ever since it first premiered.

and what a great story it is

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10 minutes ago, Fluttershy said:

oh umm hi everypony. I was just wondering if it's not too much trouble that is... could you share your favorite MLP pets and critters? 

 

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*starts freaking out and fanboying because Fluttershy is here* I love you so much, Fluttershy! :wub: Would you mind if I gave you a nice warm hug?

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*noms @Fluttershy’s tail* :nom:

I like Angel Bunny. :fluttershy: Sure, there’s times he can be a little rude, but he has a heart. :kindness:

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@Fluttershy Anyway, to answer your question, my love, I've always liked Winona because I love dogs!

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Just now, Flutterstep said:

*noms @Fluttershy’s tail* :nom:

I like Angel Bunny. :fluttershy: Sure, there’s times he can be a little rude, but he has a heart. :kindness:

you're right Fluttershy has raised him quiet well

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22 minutes ago, Fluttershy said:

oh umm hi everypony. I was just wondering if it's not too much trouble that is... could you share your favorite MLP pets and critters?

Of course, Fluttershy! :D

Gummy is awesome! He's very philosophical, even if it isn't obvious to everyone, and I think his personality makes him the perfect pet for Pinkie! :) And of course I have to mention that adorable hummingbird friend of yours, Hummingway. We haven't seen him lately, but I can't forget the great duet you did with him. And he has such an awesome name too! :mlp_yeehaa:

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I actually like Owlicious, he/she/it seems to be rather smart and helpful. And Tank aside, has probably the best name out of them.

Also, Boulder. He is soo adorable!

2 hours ago, bornAgainEquestrian said:

 

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2 hours ago, Bas said:

My thoughts exactly! He is sexy and he knows it.

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You (not you, Tirek!) sound as you would enjoy and identify with Steven Universe. Maybe you'll enjoy Ducktales reboot too. 

 

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Happy poniversery!

I remember when this show was in its early years. Just a trend that would die down eventually they said. Look at us now, on the brink of its final season, and we are just as we were in the beginning. Here’s to another 8 years of pony.

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The moment I was first introduced to FIM was on the Sonic Stadium Message Board with an avatar featuring this ray of sunshine.

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This was back in 2011. At the time, I thought the character was from a revised form of Alice in Wonderland, until I discovered that FIM existed. On July 22, 2011, I went ahead and watched Season 1 in order (skipped Over a Barrel). From the first episode, I was hooked and became a brony ever since.

In addition to being the show's 8th anniversary, it's also the third anniversary of one of the biggest episodes of the series.

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To call Lost Mark epic would be really underselling it. Everything was done so right, and the ending was the show's biggest surprise since Derpy in The Last Roundup. Amazing episode! :D

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3 hours ago, Bas said:

You (not you, Tirek!) sound as you would enjoy and identify with Steven Universe. Maybe you'll enjoy Ducktales reboot too.

S.U. is up next when I have breathing room on recommendation from my same friend who got me into MLP. Duck Tales I was interested in from the beginning at least since I was a fan of the original. Right now I just want to be caught up on S8 before the con.

1 hour ago, Fluttershy said:

oh umm hi everypony. I was just wondering if it's not too much trouble that is... could you share your favorite MLP pets and critters?

I was scared of Angel early on and kinda thought he was a monster, but as time went on, I started to get the feeling the he and I would probably get into a lot of fun mischief. At the very least he'd be in on any Nightmare Night scare ideas I came up with.

Also, while not exactly counting as animals, they can be pretty chatty after all, but they've gotten almost no screentime ever. I miss the Diamond Dogs. They were amusing. And not really completely evil, just sort of clueless.

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13 minutes ago, Dark Qiviut said:

To call Lost Mark epic would be really underselling it. Everything was done so right, and the ending was the show's biggest surprise since Derpy in The Last Roundup. Amazing episode! :D

In passing while my friends were enjoying my journey through the early seasons, I casually made the joke, "What if they got cutie marks in helping others find their cutie mark?" One of a number of times I made jaws hit the floor with predictions that would become reality the further down the rabbit hole I went.

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2 hours ago, Fluttershy said:

oh umm hi everypony. I was just wondering if it's not too much trouble that is... could you share your favorite MLP pets and critters? 

 

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My favorite critter-character is Angel Bunny, hands-down...or is that hooves-down? paws-down?  Oh, well---you understand what I mean!  I just love how sassy his attitude is, though I'll admit it sometimes gets out of control...

I'm glad you showed up, Fluttershy, because the moment I learned about Friendship is Magic is also the moment I met you!  See, the way I learned about FiM was actually back in fall of 2010, while I was searching youtube, looking for parody material for a parody of MLP G-1 that...well, that I got a concept for about ten years ago, but that I never actually created :/  I actually found a video of Twilight introducing herself to you.  It was adorable!  Though I can understand if you found the fact that you could barely talk at the time a little embarrassing ;)

Don't worry, though:  we all feel that way, sometimes!

As for how I found this forum, I was looking for a community to help me get a game concept off the ground while I was making a fangame back in 2012.  I didn't get any help back then, but it's just as well: the game engine wasn't really ready then, and I suppose it's still not quite ready; I keep adding features to it and its level editor:  dialog trees, customizable playable characters, customizable NPCs, and now customizable items and buffs are what I'm working on these days!  I hope it ends up being amazingly versatile when it's all done!

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Hey, everypony what is your favorite snack to eat with Episode a Day Marathon? Mines cupcakes, or is it pie, oooh oooh I know FROSTING! 

 

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12 hours ago, TwilySparky said:

If you would like, post about how you found about MLP and how you found this forum!

Heh. Those are two questions that I suppose can answer with one story.

How I found MLP:FIM? Well....

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I first heard of it on Homestuck forums. It was just a thread titled "Who here likes My Little Pony?" or something to that effect. I had no idea there was a new series at the time, and I just assumed it was talking about the much-maligned pony franchise up to that point - a reasonable assumption, I think, given that Homestuck overall has a raging.... affection for irony. So, I just dismissed it as random and generally unimportant.

However, soon after pony content started popping around YouTube - nothing that really dominated my suggestions, or whatever YouTube had back in those days, but enough to be noticeable. I also started seeing positive comments about it here and there, so I decided to pull up an episode - back before pony episodes were automatically blocked - and see what that was all about. The episode in question was Suited For Success.

I let it sit for a few months.

Not that the episode was bad, but it's hard to argue it wasn't one of - if not the - girliest episode of first season and that killed my interest in the show - at first glance, colorful horses arguing about what kind of dress to wear seemed just as shallow as I've heard of My Little Pony in general. But pony videos still popped up here and there, and some of it looked pretty at least, so I watched through them here and there until I clicked on this video.

That got my attention. Unlike other videos, this one managed to showcase, for lack of a better word, intensity, although yes, action certainly didn't hurt either. But it certainly made me rethink the impressions I got from my first foray into the series.

By that point, season one was pretty much wrapped up, so I downloaded the whole series so far. The pilot showed me a whole different world - maybe make that a different cosmology - that made me want to find out more. On the other hand, the positive messages and morals, the overall niceness helped lift me up at a time where I certainly could use some lifting.

By now, it wasn't much of a surprise there was a growing brony fandom on the internet, so I found my way to Ponychan, which I think was one of the most active pony around back then. I wasn't too surprised to find it as welcoming as I was hoping either. It's strange - even though the fandom was tiny compared to what it is even now, it still felt so much bigger in retrospect. So, I hopped into the community, discussing the show and fan theories, roleplaying quite a bit, even writing a fic, something I hadn't done before or since.

Some years passed, eventful in their own way, some fun and some only funny because we can laugh about them now, but blurred by passing time - much like fond memories of school or childhood, happy feelings mixed with a sense of nostalgia. Ponychan was pretty much the only social venue I was a part of, but it eventually started to wane as more and more pony sites began to appear and the users started to diffuse throughout the fandom. Eventually a decision was made to merge the board with another, with the biggest change that there would be a NSFW section of the site, something that I didn't feel I wanted to be associated with - not because there's anything inherently wrong with it, but it's not a part of the fandom I'm comfortable with the world at large seeing. So, much like other communities before in my life, I held on to the fond memories, and moved on without drama or fanfare.

Quite a few others did as well, and someone mentioned MLPForums to me as an alternative in the board's IRC. So, a little bit after, on first of August 2015, I made an account here. I wasn't really active much - I pretty much drifted here and there, looking for a place that would have the same feel as Ponychan, fully aware it was a fool's errand. I didn't feel like there was anything really lacking in my life with an absence of a community to be a part of, at least nothing I couldn't live with, but there is a benefit to a familiar environment. So, little by little, I settled in here, becoming a bit more comfortable around everyone - or at least more conversational - and here we are now.

10 hours ago, Twilight Sparkle said:

Hey Everypony. Thanks for celebrating the 8th anniversary.  I really can't believe it's been that long since I started to learn the magic of friendship. 

I know! You don't look a day older than Season Three!

8 hours ago, Applejack said:

Hey there Sugarcubes. How about we share our favorite episodes over the last eight years? Thank ya kindly for the support along the way. 

Hmmm. I'm still tempted to say Slice of Life, just because how much it turned the fandom on its head... and then back again. It was a beautiful acknowledgment of, well, being appreciated, as a fandom and as a culture.

For something less meta... I'm thinking the Cutie Re-Mark. It touched several story threads - the what-ifs, Twilight's goals, and Starlight's true motivations, which turned out to be... kind of honest? It raised questions that were okay to be left unanswered, and answered questions in a way that was very satisfying.

5 hours ago, Rarity said:

Good afternoon Darlings. Eight whole years already? What is your favorite pony outfits? Do you have clothing you could show off that is MLP in nature? We'd love to see it.  

I sure as heck do not. Not for lack of enjoyment, but a thorough absence of visual expressiveness.

4 hours ago, TwilySparky said:

Is rarity secretly a hipster? :muffins:

Nope, she's a trendsetter. Kind of an anti-hipster.

2 hours ago, Fluttershy said:

oh umm hi everypony. I was just wondering if it's not too much trouble that is... could you share your favorite MLP pets and critters? 

Well, I'm obligated to say Wynona because dogs dangit.

But do any of them have hidden depths like Gummy?

13 minutes ago, Pinkie Pie said:

Hey, everypony what is your favorite snack to eat with Episode a Day Marathon? Mines cupcakes, or is it pie, oooh oooh I know FROSTING! 

The taste of burning calories.

Or at least it would have been if I stuck with it. I used to watch an eppy a day when I was running - well, walking - on the treadmill, but I didn't end up making a habit of it. Exercising, that is, not the watching. Maybe I can grump myself back into it. It's not like I can go outside.

 

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It's amazing; really. The brony community is by far not the first fandom I've been a part of, but it has been the one that's given me the most joy; whether it's been with the people I consider friends, pondering over pony lore and characters, or just chilling with a pony episode/movie/comic on any given day. I mean; this all started on FurAffinity when the pony memes and various bits of fanart started to pop up. You know the first major piece of fanart that really piqued my curiosity?

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Yes! Avian versions of the Mane 6 and Trixie got me to check out the show; as well as various comments that were surprisingly positive. Eventually I checked out the pilot and was actually invested in what I was watching. I was going in expecting makeup, tea parties, and that, but came away with a decent adventure story with interesting characters and damned cool villain. It was that pilot that pushed me to the SoL episodes of season one; of which I had joined around the middle of the season. While not every episode grabbed me (the CMC and Spike episodes were cringy at the time) the rest were quite good, and some like Winter Wrap Up, A Dog and Pony Show, Suited For Success, The Best Day Ever, and others in season one turned me into a fan.

At the time tho I never really had much of anyone to discuss it with. I mainly just browsed Equestria Daily for a time an tried to find fellow fans on places like DeviantArt and FurAffinity; though it was kinda tough. While there were a couple of small forums I eventually found PonySquare; which was my first major brony community. Have plenty of good memories there; though there were plenty of annoyances as well. Still I followed the show closely and made some friends; though over time I grew distant from that place as the drama was...a tad much.

Still; kept up with the show, gave Equestria Girls a chance, and even got into the comics. Eventually I came here and found a true home here; and have never looked back.

Really; in these eight years I've made a few friends; some of who I've lost contact with, others I still hold deerly to my heart. I've gone to my first convention at BronyCon, and will be going for the fourth straight (and unfortunately final) in 2019. I still follow the show, comics, and other medium with great fervor, and I've commissioned a good number of art works from various artists that I am proud to own. I've also had the pleasure to have seen SO MUCH talent in the art community; whether it's regular art, stories, music, animated videos; etc. It's been QUITE the ride and it's not over yet.

Here's to eight years of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!!!!

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1 hour ago, Dark Qiviut said:

The moment I was first introduced to FIM was on the Sonic Stadium Message Board with an avatar featuring this ray of sunshine.

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This was back in 2011. At the time, I thought the character was from a revised form of Alice in Wonderland, until I discovered that FIM existed. On July 22, 2011, I went ahead and watched Season 1 in order (skipped Over a Barrel). From the first episode, I was hooked and became a brony ever since.

In addition to being the show's 8th anniversary, it's also the third anniversary of one of the biggest episodes of the series.

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To call Lost Mark epic would be really underselling it. Everything was done so right, and the ending was the show's biggest surprise since Derpy in The Last Roundup. Amazing episode! :D

Nice to see I’m not the only one who catch that it’s the 3rd anniversary of Crusaders of the lost marks.

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I first watched the show probably back in late 2012? It was running on my tv. It was the Hearth Warming Eve episode. I was watching it without volume because my mother dislike ponies. Found it an interesting show. So on 2013, March I believe, the tv was running the second episode of season 1. I totally fell in love with it, probably the mix of a cartoon of colourful talking ponies with magical arftifacts. 

As for the forums, I was googling MLP G5 for some reasons and stumbled across this forums. 

So yeah! Happy Anniversary MLP:FIM!!!!

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Awww yea its Dash's' turn. Well, Twilight wanted me to say something about being loyal to the fandom that's boring so I want to know whats the coolest episode, pony or fandom member you know. ( Hint its ME! ) 

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3 minutes ago, Rainbow Dash said:

Awww yea its Dash's' turn. Well, Twilight wanted me to say something about being loyal to the fandom that's boring so I want to know whats the coolest episode, pony or fandom member you know. ( Hint its ME! )

AAAHHH!  Of course you're the coolest Pony! :wub:

I think my favorite episode is Twilight's Kingdom Part 2, the one that "woke me up" into hardcore fandom. That episode had everything, but I'm sorry you spent so much time being trapped and didn't get to see some of the awesome that happened!

The coolest fan I know is my best friend, @Janicethelight She doesn't do forums much, but she's the one who talked me into watching the show and the one who stood by me even after all the mistakes I made. Loyalty. I know you get that one so don't pretend like you don't. ;)

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This show got me a few lifelong friends, as well as several other friends I still stay in contact with, and ones I've rebuilt connections with. It began to get me out of my shell, and got me to go to my first conventions, something I could have never seen myself doing, previously. I commissioned dozens upon dozens of amazing art, wrote a several hundred thousand words in stories and have spent countless hours enjoying an endless plethora of creative content due to this fandom, and I do not regret a single moment. This fandom has meant more to me and my growth than any other has, and I will always cite it is an important part of my young adult life. What began in 2012 as fellow staff members of mine spamming pony memes on an unassuming little Sonic forum turned into something spectacular.

The show may come to end in the coming year(s), but this fandom has long since become eternal. :wub:

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