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Were there "bronies" in G1-3?

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I am G1 - 3 fan, hello *waves hooves*

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No, there were no /b/ronies in generations 1-2 simply due to the fact that /b/ did not exist yet. My Little Pony related materials were abundantly used on 4chan in general (usually as references to the Sea Ponies "Shoo Be Doo" song or as light newfag bait in the occasional Get thread among others ofc).

Generation 3 references on /b/ however, were far more focused on copious ridicule of the source material. The overt girliness of the generation in question was far too much for men in their late teens-to-mid 20s to handle D: 

So basically:

4chan's collective opinion of MLP as a franchise (circa mid 2003-late 2007):

 

And then came G4 on 10/10/2010~~

The rest is history. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Male fans of older generation MLP were supposedly called Big Brothers after the ponies in the Somnambula episode in the G1 series. Albeit, despite seeing the label used in various places, I can't find any solid evidence on its origin.

But yeah, there were definitely male fans of the older pony series. I used to play a Bratz game nonstop on Gamecube when I was small, so I believe there are gonna be boys in just about every franchise aimed towards girls.

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I'm a huge fan of G3, mostly because I watched the Very Minty Christmas all the time growing up. #MintyOriginalPartyPony

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(raises hand)

I have watched the original series back when I was really young.  There were three others shows that it came with: Glo Friends, Potato Head Kids, and the Moon Dreamers(And if anyone asks, I preferred the Glo friends over the other two spin off series)

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On 2017-09-16 at 5:44 AM, CreativaArtly01 said:

I'm a huge fan of G3, mostly because I watched the Very Minty Christmas all the time growing up. #MintyOriginalPartyPony

I watched it with my daughter when she was small, with the DVD followed a cute plush Minty, and our family have this pony in our x-mas decoration every year still.

The oldest MLP in our home is two My Pretty Ponys from 1981, the brown one and Peachy.

Well they are bought later... anyway i think i go´n Brony long before the term was invented. Long before FIM.

So yes there where Bronys, at least one.

Nooo, I go with what others already stated, they all where collectors in others view, not Bronys.

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Gen 4/Friendship is Magi is a bit of a different animal than the past MLP generations. FiM harkens back to the somewhat ironic/cynical nature of 90s cartoons plus a bit of anime influence (I see a whole lot of Sailor Moon influence infused into FiM). That's why it works with such a huge brony following (plus the advent of Youtube and the ease of which original content can be published online). That's just my personal 2 cents on why there's such a huge brony following as opposed to past MLP generations.

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