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How did you become a Brony?

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25 minutes ago, Your Regular Aussie Brony said:

well, it was the internet, I'm not surprised :eyeroll:

Ummm first off 'It was the internet'. Forgive me, but I don't understand. What 'was' the internet. Why are you 'Not surprised', what are you 'Not surprised' about?

You don't really make much sense.

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45 minutes ago, Oldmanjenkins said:

Ummm first off 'It was the internet'. Forgive me, but I don't understand. What 'was' the internet. Why are you 'Not surprised', what are you 'Not surprised' about?

You don't really make much sense.

so 'the internet' is youtube, etc, and I'm not surprised because I find most stuff on the cyber

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1 minute ago, Your Regular Aussie Brony said:

so 'the internet' is youtube, etc, and I'm not surprised because I find most stuff on the cyber

God, I know what the internet is. What I was asking in the original post was HOW you found out about the Brony fandom and HOW you became a Brony.

For example:

I first discovered Bronies when I watched a Brony cringe compilation online. I was intrigued, and a little confused as to why male adults would like a show clearly marketed towards little girls. So I watched the first episode, and it wasn't that bad. They had left it on a huge cliffhanger so I had to watch the next episode. Not long later I had binge watched all of the current episodes so I started to get involved in the fandom a bit more. I saw that people had made loads of songs, animations and other content relating to MLP, and being a fan of the series I started to watch them. Ultimately, it was this video that brought me into the fandom -

as I really didn't understand why an entire song would be made for a background character that never even speaks.

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I'm not a brony, but I do my work *because* of bronies. In October 2010, i released my first videogame - it was for kids, and it was buggy and messy. But it worked, and I sold it for 1 euro to an elementary school for a good grade. Everybody encouraged me to go further with kids games, and since I turned out to be good in it, I went further.

 

March 2011. We just had c++ classes, and after it we were talking about tv-shows and movies. One guy says: "Lucas, there is this really cool show out, trust me, i'm not fooling you, but it is this..."

Because of that, I was startled and started wondering why kids like to play with toys from tv-shows in the first place, and where Bronies fit in. And the rest is history.

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Watching Finnish YTP:s was the porthole to the fandom - very classy. :awesomecheer: Watching those inspired me to check out the episodes since I liked the style of the show and of course I want to check out the source material for the YTP I'm watching.

There was a bit of something even before that though, I saw some videos that featured creepy MLP images so I somehow thought that the whole show was about creepy stuff - back then I wasn't too excited to check it out because of the scary images but it's good that other kinds of things lured me in.

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1 hour ago, Lucas H said:

I'm not a brony, but I do my work *because* of bronies. In October 2010, i released my first videogame - it was for kids, and it was buggy and messy. But it worked, and I sold it for 1 euro to an elementary school for a good grade. Everybody encouraged me to go further with kids games, and since I turned out to be good in it, I went further.

 

March 2011. We just had c++ classes, and after it we were talking about tv-shows and movies. One guy says: "Lucas, there is this really cool show out, trust me, i'm not fooling you, but it is this..."

Because of that, I was startled and started wondering why kids like to play with toys from tv-shows in the first place, and where Bronies fit in. And the rest is history.

Really? Interesting. I'm actually a game developer myself. I program in Java and Javascript and a few of my other friends help out with C#. I also create 3D models and do the level design using open source game development engines such as Unreal or Unity 3D.

A while ago I made an Instagram and posted a few pictures of some of the one of the projects I was working on.

https://www.instagram.com/elitegamestudios/

 

(I've never really been one to use social media, but someone asked me to post pictures of my work, so I guess I did)

 

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*adjusts hipster glasses* I don't like to label myself, but I just bought some bomb-ass MLP shirts, and I think that's pretty much the point of no return. I am now visually identifiable as one of those pony weirdos. You'd have had to go into my room before and see all the little girl toys before you lost all respect for me, but now I can make it convenient for people!

Still less embarrassing than those dumb casino t-shirts I have to wear for my job, though. Walkin' around looking like a gambling addict after work.

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1 minute ago, Friendship is Horses said:

*adjusts hipster glasses* I don't like to label myself, but I just bought some bomb-ass MLP shirts, and I think that's pretty much the point of no return. I am now visually identifiable as one of those pony weirdos. You'd have had to go into my room before and see all the little girl toys before you lost all respect for me, but now I can make it convenient for people!

Still less embarrassing than those dumb casino t-shirts I have to wear for my job, though. Walkin' around looking like a gambling addict after work.

Oh god. I think I might be approaching that state soon. I have just purchased an MLP key chain (Of Fluttershy, of course), but now I'm thinking about buying an MLP shirt. 

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4 minutes ago, Oldmanjenkins said:

Oh god. I think I might be approaching that state soon. I have just purchased an MLP key chain (Of Fluttershy, of course), but now I'm thinking about buying an MLP shirt.

My biggest worry is that small children are going to try to talk to me now.

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I first heard about MLP:FiM via a commercial on The Hub while I was watching some random show about robotic animals. (This was back in 2011 and I wasn't interested at the time because I thought it was a generic little kids show.)

About a year later, A couple of guys on the LEGO Message Boards became fans of the show and they were talking about it. (This was around the time the "Canterlot Wedding" episode aired.) And again, I wasn't interested because I was obsessed with Angry Birds at the time. (Fun fact: When I was younger, I never understood why adult men liked this show.)

And then another year passed. This was the Summer of 2013, The year of the Twilicorn and Equestria Girls. I stumbled upon the fanmade animated series: "My Little Portal" while I was watching Harry Callaghan's (Harry101UK) Portal 2 music videos, I remember watching the very first episode of My Little Portal and I kind of liked it. Then I was curious about the show it was based upon, So I watched various videos for research. 

Including this one:

Then I started watching clips from the show. (Mostly from the episode: "The Cutie Mark Chronicles") 

Several months had passed, and I started getting interest in this show again by watching this video by Lewtoons:

Then around May 2014, I discovered a YouTube channel called "Bin's Toy Bin" and their toy reviews got me into MLP and I still watch them to this day.

And that's my story of how I became a Pegasister.

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I got exposed to it through multiple forums and TVTropes and wanted to see what the big deal was all about but felt I was losing my sanity (hence my username). I eventually caved and watched S1E1 on YouTube and didn't look back.

Until now where they continue to shove HORRID NOT REDEEMED characters down our throats and expect us to like them, then, ATTACK THEIR OWN FANDOM in an episode practically confirming the show runners are hypocrites. :newspaper:

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In a word, TVTropes.

In multiple words, I saw a YouTube video that had ponies (don't recall which one, sorry), and thought they were cute (I'm a sucker for cute). The comments section mentioned FIM and my little pony, and being curious, I googled these things. I ended up on the TVTropes page for Friendship is Magic, and from there I ended up on Equestria Daily. They had a link to an episode on YouTube, and I decided to watch it. I enjoyed it, so I looked for other episodes, and ended up a brony.

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Around the time of the middle of the first half of the second season, I was sitting at home, wasting time on Youtube when I found an ad for a pickup. It was a funny one, comparing it to the competition, comparing it's "horse power" against the others. At some point, the ad would show the pickup under the hood, but the competitor's pickup had no engine inside, just a bunch of cute, pink, little ponies that said they were disgusted of the mud. One guy on the comment section said something like "These ponies got nothing on Pinkie Pie."

"Who the hell is Pinkine Pie?" I thought. After a quick search, I found a whole episode. "Party of One". I was surprised to see My Little Pony again and searched a bit more.

Found the first episodes, fell in love with the lore in the intro, the princesses, then with the Mane Six, with Equestria, and before I knew, I was watching streams online, reading and writing fanfics, looking for art and buying episodes from iTunes (at the time).

 

EDIT: Oh... I forgot. I also bought toys for collecting, watched music videos and reviews.

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I was actually a very late into getting into the series. I knew of it, but I never really had the opportunity to watch it as I didn't have cable or internet for the longest time. I decided to watch a random episode to see how good it was... and I chose The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well, so I was unimpressed (ironically, I chose not to watch A Canterlot Wedding because I didn't want to watch a two-parter. The irony). What really got me in was a Dresden Files/MLP Fic called My Little Denarians. It piqued my interest in MLP again and I gave it a shot again, this time after boning up on it via TV Tropes. I'm glad I did.

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I was staying late after hours in the Central City PD crime lab, working on a case that I really shouldn't have. I was too close to it, you see. Not comfortable revealing the details, but I can divulge that the victim was someone I knew. Someone I trusted. And I was determined to see the perpetrator brought to justice before the law.

It's a funny thing, chemistry. People have images of nerdy 4-eyes types in white smocks, faces glued to glassware full of bubbling fabric dye or some such. In the real world, chemistry is work. Crime scene analysis is more than work. It's an experience. You exist on the edge of textbook physics, the precipices of advanced math, and the street itself. Your job is to peer into the intersection and wring all the questions, the clues, the observations until answers ooze out. Dirt. Scabs. Fabric. A cigarette butt with the tell-tale chemical additives that only one brand uses. The story is buried everywhere; embedded in everything, every thing. And if you can't list your valence orbitals at the drop of a hat, you're not gonna be able to reality hard enough.

It's a funny thing, chemistry. The human mind isn't fit to it; not naturally. We didn't come out of the trees knowing how free-radicals catalyze the breakdown of our shed remnants. It takes effort. It takes, to risk a bad play on words, concentration. Your neurons have to be beaten into the appropriate web by years of hard thinking, often accompanied by hard drinking, in order to fit the patterns of chemistry. Even for the best of us, and I'm not bragging when I place myself into that subset, chemistry demands your attention.

Sometimes, it demands so much attention that other things slip by. Like the rapidly accumulating enthalpy of that flask to your left. The one labelled "Pony Enthusiasm Distillate." The enthalpy that can shatter Bunsen-proofed borosilicate like the irridescent film of a soap bubble.

The only reason I knew I hadn't been discovered in my unconscious state was because of the wrappers. Sully, our custodian, is always on my case about the toaster pastry wrappers I leave behind when the labwork is done for the day. Those flimsy mylar films were still there when I came to, which meant Sully hadn't made his morning rounds yet. The other indicator being that I wasn't waking up in the ICU. Undiscovered, my unconscious husk had nevertheless been busy during the night without the burden of mind overseeing its work. The last detectable wafts of PED vapor, had long ago succumbed to the molecular oxygen in the open air, but my inattentive body had received a dose of the fluid powerful enough to kill three elephants and still lay up a rhino besides.

I shouldn't have been alive.

Then again, who am I to question Fate? Especially when its twists held new mysteries, new purpose for me. The accident had left me with an unquenchable thirst for all things Equestrian. I found, astonishingly, that I could sit for hours at a time and take in the pastel deluge; only to emerge more energized and refreshed than before! Cupcakes, Derpygate, Las Pegasus Unicon, none of it phased me! The most lethal armor-piercing Feels shell from the largest caliber Headcanon might as well have been a spitwad to my new form. I had become some sort of human pony fan; a man who could watch My Little Pony!

Everything else followed from that. Secret lair, network of spies, high-tech arsenal, the works. All of it followed logically from that one, freak event. Logically? Inevitably! For I now had a purpose; I knew these powers of mine were not a gift, but an imperative scrawled indelibly between the very letters of my nucleobases. And so, it was without hesitation or even a second's incertitude that I dedicated my life to watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. A dark, righteous spectator, always watching from the shadows because people might see me if I did it during the daylight hours you know?

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Copy/pasted from here. I'm not a hardcore fan of the show, though.

 

I've always liked cartoons, and I read about the channel this was connected to as well as the show itself. I recognized some names being attached to this show including Lauren Faust (The Powerpuff Girls from her husband while she did some work on it, and Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends which I'm not the biggest fan of) and Rob Renzetti (from Dexter's Laboratory and My Life as a Teenage Robot, the latter of which I'm also not a huge fan of). I did watch and enjoy The Powerpuff Girls when I was younger, and that was never felt like a little girl's show even at that age, but my feelings about this show pretty much amounted to indifference due to my familiarity of the franchise being limited to the 80's show that hasn't aged well, and I also didn't know how a show about "friendship" and other morals would carry a show in this day and age. The recent efforts from Faust and Renzetti being unimpressive didn't help, either. Shortly after the Hub came about and the first 2 episodes of MLP:FIM had aired, I read a few positive comments (not overly positive, mind you) about them, and I gave them a shot since I had spare time. 

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33 minutes ago, RK_Striker_JK_5 said:

Saw 'Revolt at Paradise Estate' back in the 80's. Kinda stuck with me. ;)

Furniture needs rights

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One of my friends who knows my taste in shows suggested we watch it.  Both of us had watched MLP when we were kids and we'd heard about it online.  Considering I'd tried to see about G3, Friendship is Magic made me worry a bit.  So, we decided to watch something else if the episodes after Nightmare Moon were bad.  She already had seen like the first episode, so she watched it again.  We decided to keep going for a bit.  Eventually, she had some trouble with some of the Season 2 episodes and stopped watching.  I had already introduced it to my then two year old goddaughter and it was a welcomed break from Dora the Explorer to watch the episodes a hundred times.  I kept enjoying them, some of my writer friends also enjoyed them, and eventually I decided to branch out and come here. 

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During my school's winter break in 2012, I was watching A Muppet Christmas Carol on the Hub and saw a commercial for the next MLP episode, "Hearth's Warming Eve". I barely noticed it at all and went on with my life. The next day, while on Know Your Meme, they had an episode on Bronies that I watched and then I remembered the commercial I had seen a day earlier. Needless to say, I decided to give it a shot and searched "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" on YouTube just to get an idea on what to expect. The first video I saw was this:

 

 

I was a bit taken back since I thought it was actually pretty funny considering. Immediately afterwards, I looked to see if any of the full episodes were on YouTube and was surprised to find the entire series up to that point on YouTube including "Hearth's Warming Eve" and all in HD, no less. One weekend later, I was caught up on the entire series, started recording the new episodes on my cable box, and have been a brony ever since.

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