Fandom Rivalry / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is, due to its large and extremely vocal Periphery Demographic, an almost literal lightning rod for nearly every other contemporary cartoon. The overall reputation the die-hard "Brony" fanbase has developed since late 2010 doesn't exactly engender favorable feelings from other fanbases.


  • FiM and Transformers Prime seem set to have one of these, judging by the fandom (or rather, Fan Dumb)'s reaction to Prime getting nominated for six Emmies (winning two) while FiM had two nominations in the Best Original Song category.
  • FiM vs. any other show on The Hub. Every time that The Hub's Facebook page makes a non-Pony post, Pony fans complain about the fact that it isn't a pony post. Which leads non-Pony fans (and Pony fans who don't want to be seen as jerks) to defend it, Pony fans not listening, and neither side getting anything done. This has intensified with other shows on the Hub receiving Emmy nominations instead of FiM.
  • FiM and Adventure Time is a strange, though glaring, example. There's a number of Pony fans who enjoy Adventure Time, but very few AT fans who like FiM. Among Pony fans who don't like Adventure Time, they see it as nothing but random/trippy shit and Toilet Humor. Meanwhile, Adventure Time fans see FiM as far too girly and life-lesson filled… and aren't happy that MLP stole their thunder as the "it" cartoon online so soon. Bringing up one around fans of the other rarely ends well.
    • Incidentally, Friendship Is Magic and Adventure Time seem to be the two most cosplayed western animation franchises at conventions. It may or may not have stemmed from this rivalry.
  • There seems to be a bit of a tense relationship between fans of The Legend of Korra and the bronies. However, none of the episodes coincided with the release of one of the other series, as FiM's season 2 finale happened the week before Korra premiered. Their rivalry is mostly arguing over which show is better, even though most bronies like Korra, and several Korra fans like MLP.
  • Before Littlest Pet Shop (2012) was released, Bronies were highly wary of the cartoon, seeing it as a cheap rip-off and/or a naked attempt by the Hub to recreate the buzz they got with FiM. The franchises have mostly managed to avert becoming rivals, though they're dancing between – on the one hand, Bronies love to support the writers and actors in all their works (FiM and LPS share an animation studio, music composer, and several voice actors). On the other hand, FiM is the one true way and anyone who says otherwise is a deranged lunatic.
  • The ongoing nuclear-level war between Bronies and the Furry Fandom. Many people who aren't on either side often lump all bronies in with furries, and since furries are still an Acceptable Target on the Internet, bronies are quick to say that they're not furries. Likewise, some furries hate the fact that ponies are spreading all over the Internet like a Discredited Meme, and take a sort-of-vengeful delight at the (often unintentional) slander that the media is pouring over the bronies, with the justification that "we had to go through this shit, so it's only fair they do too".
    • There is some crossover between the two camps. Naturally, Brony furries are despised by both factions.
  • The infamous Cold War of FiM vs. My Little Pony G3 or My Little Pony Tales. Fans of the former see the latter shows as too girly, poorly written, poorly acted, poorly animated, and not by Lauren Faust. Fans of the latter two shows tend to dislike FiM because it's too full of random pop culture references, full of gratuitous slapstick elements (and since the pony wedding two-parter, some violent elements), and being too dark (especially after season 1, when Hasbro allowed more educational elements to be left out, costing the show its E/I certification).
    • Adding to the rivalry is the general perception of bronies and how some have cyber-bullied fans of Tales and G3 at one online venue or another - it's not unusual to hear reports of bronies sending death threats to fans of Tales and/or G3 via PMs at forums or via e-mail every now and then.
    • Now said bronies have fired the first shots again, by dissing and being downright condescending towards the upcoming Tales DVD boxset series release by Shout! Factory. Some fans have noted that the behavior is downright despicable and ungentlemanly.
  • Within the FiM fandom itself there's adventure story fans vs. slice of life fansnote . The former were irritated that so many episodes of the latter appear in the earlier seasons, assuming that Hasbro must have been intentionally holding back Lauren's vision of "Sailor Moon with Ponies" (however, the real reason was that slice of life episodes are just easier to make). Fans of the latter are annoyed that, since Lauren's departure during season 2, the show has been throwing in less slice of life elements and raising the stakes (which also caused the show to lose its E/I certification).
    • Complicating the matter is that some fans of My Little Pony 'n Friends are siding with the bronies and also waging war on Tales and G3 fans, as they believed that Hasbro took the wrong turn with Tales and G3, and want the shows of the franchise to return to its pre-Tales Darker and Edgier roots.
  • Bronies and fans of Sonic the Hedgehog mix about as well as nitro and glycerin most of the time. In particular, posting an image that ships Rainbow Dash with Sonic will trigger an explosion that can be seen from space. When news broke out that Friendship is Magic writer Dave Polsky would be on board for Sonic Boom, the war went up to a new level, albeit started mostly by the Sonic fans, who would rather have absolutely nothing to do with anything even tangentially related to Friendship Is Magic in their lives. And in Russia, Sonic Boom recently started airing on Karusel, the same channel that airs Friendship is Magic. In fact, some Sonic fans have disowned Sonic Boom for precisely this reason. The hate runs that deep.
    • Any kind of pony fan art or fiction that has anything even remotely Sonic-related in it will be universally scorned, despised and down-voted on looks alone, never mind the actual content.
    • Another notable thing is that many bronies are primarily PC gamers given their friendly fandoms with the Team Fortress 2 fandom (one could say a large subset of the TF2 fandom consists of bronies) and their alignment with Valve Software (whose founder and CEO, Gabe Newell, is a notorious self-confessed brony). On the other hand a large number of the Sonic fandom are primarily console gamers with roots going all the way back to the Sega Genesis or even the Sega Master System. This could be another reason for the hatred between both factions - it's the PC vs. Console War manifesting itself in a different manner.
  • Unsurprisingly, Bronies as a whole do not have many kind words (if any) to say about Filly Funtasia. There have been no shortage of predictable cries of "rip-off" directed at the show and its comparatively tiny, but growing fanbase (it exists). In October 2014, when BRB Internacional released an exclusive Filly trailer to Filly fansite Funtasia Daily , it caught the attention and did not pass without comment on Equestria Daily, which quickly zeroed in with a less-than flattering article about the new show (with bronies providing extra snark and ridicule in the comments). To stir the pot worse, Bronies swarm Filly videos on sites like YouTube, ignite Flame Wars in the comment sections of said videos and spam it with down thumbs. Though there are some bronies interested in Filly Funtasia, they are few and far between. Nevertheless, the battle lines have been drawn, the first shots have been fired, and fans of Filly are currently bracing themselves for the proverbial headbutt with the Bronies. This may or may not be expected given that many fans of Filly were MLP dissidents who gave up after G3 because the artistic direction Hasbro took with G3.5 doesn't work for them. In addition to the accusations of Filly copying FiM, there's the additional "Lauren Faust's design is superior, it's a pony because she said so" versus "Doesn't look like ponies" angle.
  • The fanbase also has an odd example of a Fandom Civil War between "regular"note  fans and a smaller group that has decided to take the word "Brony" and use it as a pejorative to refer to the absolute worst possible fans. It goes without saying that these two mix as peacefully as nitro and glycerin, with the bronies being insulted by the "Bronies are gross" sentiment being flung at them, and the latter feeding off the animosity to justify their attacks.
  • Ever since the show production rights of Arthur changed hands from Cookie Jar to Nine Story, the bronies have been picking on it and its fans. It appears that there are two groups of haters here- one being bitter about how Marc Brown chose to terminate Cookie Jar's rights and grant the rights to Nine Story instead of transferring the rights to DHX (which is incidentally the production company behind FiM) when DHX bought up Cookie Jar, and another just sees Arthur as yet another show competing with FiM for awards. It's easy to weed them out: those who dismiss Arthur for "not being as good since it changed production companies" fall into the former, while those that're downright condescending to the show (saying things like "You're/they're still making the show?" in a sarcastic tone) belong to the latter.
  • A group of people on Tumblr went on a rampage when Equestria Daily announced it was going to make a similar website for Steven Universe, claiming that the show was, among other things, "for girls" and that they wouldn't let it be "perverted the way My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has." This of course extended to people going against each other for liking the opposing show, culminating in the supervising director of Steven Universe Ian Jones-Quartey himself reblogging a post mocking that small portion of his fans who were getting so worked up.
  • When Boomerang got reshuffled into Cartoonito in Asia in 2012, it retained several Boomerang shows including FiM. In 2014, Cartoonito scheduled the newly launched Pip Ahoy! to air right after FiM, and this show happens to be the epitome of everything bronies hate about season 1 of FiM (ie Slice of Life, gentle plots, no antagonist and targets preschoolers), and a small scale war erupted, mostly started by the bronies. However, Cartoonito was reshuffled less than 6 months after the premier of the show back into Boomerang, and Pip immediately got the pink slip in Asia after the reshuffle, giving the bronies a defacto victory. The bronies are happy and stopped bashing the show, but the pipsqueaks (the official nickname given to fans of Pip) aren't and are holding grudges.
  • Although also appearing on the Friendly Fandoms page, there are some bronies who cannot stand SpongeBob SquarePants, mainly because of The Mysterious Mr Enter's involvement with both fanbases, one of SpongeBob's most acclaimed writers, Merriwether Williams, being one of My Little Pony's most hated, and the needless amount of similarities in jokes/sense of humour that fans of both shows tend to point out. It's not hard to see why bronies wish that SpongeBob would just go away, and vice versa for SpongeBob fans.


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