This picture has pretty much the same basic premise (though it's not outright said it's an alternate ending to Cupcakes, Word Of God confirmed it's based off of it). The fanfic going with the picture is even more heartwarming as it ends with Rainbow Dash and the rest of the Mane Cast coming to help Pinkie Pie in the shop after learning of the awful nightmare she'd had the night before.
Likewise, this illustration for What Rainbows Are Made Of.
While fans can't seem to decide who Dinky's father is, this bit of fan art of a pregnant Ditzy with Ponet (the painter pony from "Call of the Cutie") is very sweet. Another piece from the same artist lead someone to create this motivational image◊, its caption sums up the fandom reaction to Derpy pretty well.
"The animators gave her a lazy eye, the FANS gave her a family."
Speaking of Derpy, this picture speaks for itself.
Word Of God has confirmed they don't kill her friends (just some random ponies apparently) and ultimately help defeat Discord and save Equestria in the end, but keep and love their child regardless, so that counts. Plus, the baby is pretty adorable.
The Story of Granny Pie, a 19-page comic that shifts between Heartwarming and Tear Jerker as it progresses. If you've ever wondered how Pinkie learned to laugh in the face of danger (and why she goes airborne every chance she gets), this comic is the place to get some very revealing answers.
Turns out that they are each others' heart's desire.
The final pages of the comic series "Alone", not just because of the comics themselves, but because it has the perfect middle ground between the side supporting Rainbow Dash and the side supporting the rest of the group in The Mysterious Mare Do Well.
One surprising example is born of "Yet Another Cupcakes Ending" (tm). After a last-minute rescue by Twilight the cause of Pinkie's madness is discovered and removed from her brain. Weeks later we discover that Dash; in spite of the amputated wings, nightmares, and a need to steel herself against panic attacks to even look at Pinkie; refuses to blame her and is campaigning against anyone in Ponyville doing so. Loyalty indeed.
''A Pleasant Surprise by Kalash93 is a wonderful romantic piece about Fluttershy and Midnight. Everything is perfect — the characterization, the pacing, the dialogue, the mood. It's all just superb and beautiful. The affection between the two lovers is just so genuine and sweet that it can induce Tears of Joy in much the same way that My Little Dashie makes some people weep like faucets.
My Little Dashie, a masterpiece of fan-fic which was inspired by this◊ image and tells a truly heartwarming and tear inducing story of Rainbow Dash being raised by a lonely man who found her in a box and treated her like his own daughter. Seriously, if you aren't wiping your cheeks clean of tears by the end you might want to get your eyes checked.
Azekahh readthis fanfic out, and even he was moved by the story of a Rainbow Dash who was adopted into a loving home.
The crowner on Azekahh's reading however is how his attitude shifts during the story. Initially, he goes into it after having been pressured by fans and is rather skeptical about its supposed B'AWWWWW potential, but by the time he makes it to Dash discovering the truth about herself and Celestia and the other 5 showing up to take her back to Equestria he's actively fighting back tears just so he can finish the story without breaking down. Heart=Warmed.
Octavia: (on a badly made pie) And if it was really that bad, why did you nearly eat the whole thing all by yourself?! Vinyl: Because you made it for me! [pause] Vinyl: [Sighs.] Spitfire, you asked that you wanted to know what itís like living together with Octavia? For serious? Spitfire: Yeah... Vinyl: All joking aside ... I get to wake up every day, living with the pony who makes me the happiest. I get to laugh together with her, joke with her, and just be there with her. Every second Iím with her makes me feel like Iím in front of a cheering crowd after the best set Iíve ever done. Iím ... [Chuckles.] Iím just grateful she somehow manages to put up with me every day without punching me in the face ... I really couldnít be happier than I am, right now.
Blissful Dream by Kalash93, who seems determined to make your feels his bitch in absolutely every single thing we writes. Blissful Dream is simply a short and sweet story about two lovers, but it does an unusually good job at sucking you into the moment and the emotions. Highly recommended if you're having a bad day and don't mind clop.
Anarchy in the Equestrian Nation has its moments, most notably Union Jack's line "If you ever need a shoulder to cry on, remember the name Union Jack." (given to a mare who'd recently gone through a breakup), and her reaction.
"No Hard Feelings." Picking up right where "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" left off, the rest of the Mane Cast throw a party for Rainbow Dash to "soften the blow" of upstaging her as the hero of Ponyville in their effort to teach her a lesson in humility. It's then that they learn their plan not only humbled her, but also humiliated her, and are so horrified by their actions that they immediately pile up on Rainbow Dash in what is described as "a warm cuddly ball of limbs and affection". And as if it weren't enough that Rainbow Dash reassures her friends that she still loves and trusts them in the end, Twilight also writes another letter to Princess Celestia detailing her own lesson on anticipating others' reactions and how she and all of her friends have changed for the better.
Extra points go to the scene in the middle when the citizens of Ponyville are wondering where Rainbow Dash has chased Mare Do Well off to, with Scootaloo confident that Rainbow Dash would win if the two were fighting, solidifying that no superhero could ever replace RD as Scootaloo's hero.
Wedding Blues. An alternate ending to "The Canterlot Wedding" on what if Cadance was really under a lot of stress and there there was never a fake Cadance nor Chrysalis. Twilight Sparkle and Cadance both reconciled on what they did but the former is suffering a lot from the Guilt Complex and she did while the latter comforts her.
"My Little Angel" shows a more caring side to the titular bunny. We also have Fluttershy adopting a baby Changeling, who nicknames her "Mothershy."
Estrus has one when Fluttershy opens up about her parents, both religious fundamentalists on the level of Margaret White, and how they abused her after she was in heat for the first time. Pinkie Pie wordlessly comforts her with a big hug. Later, Pinkie talks about her own childhood and her suspicions that she might be adopted - since her parents never gave any indication that they know what sex is - and Fluttershy attempts to return the favour (and misses, getting tangled up with Rainbow Dash).
Last Night At Pinkie Pie's. This fanfic shows that even Celestia herself can have some fun and especially around Rarity heself. Not to mention the two of them spending time together can be a bit Heartwarming to some.
Wings for a Ponyand its sidestory, which involves Rainbow Dash adopting a young, orphaned Earth Pony colt. Just about any moment that isn't a massive Tear Jerker between Rainbow and her son is incredibly touching. And that's just scratching the surface for the main story...
Hiatus this fanfic is arguably one of the best in its fandom. The writing of Luna and Celestia are spot on and some parts of the chapters are based on some Egophiliac fanart such as this one, this one, and especially this one.
In Whom The Princesses Would DestroyCabinet SecretaryDotted Line has been having a long day, struggling to make things as perfect as possible when Twilight Sparkle is due to visit Princess Celestia. After dealing with petty nobles, runaway dimension-warping spells and entirely too much jam and custard, all while suffering from caffeine withdrawal, he makes an offhanded prayer asking Celestia for strength. She chooses that exact moment to show up to give him some words of encouragement and a thermos full of tea.
In No, I Am NOT a Brony, GET ME OUTTA EQUESTRIA!!!, despite having just had all his hopes of returning to Earth crushed, TD makes a point of reassuring Apple Bloom - who just watched him take out his anger on much of his house, reducing her to tears - telling her that she and her classmates have been one of the only things keeping him sane the past few weeks.
We Can Be Heroes, a short but sweet piece depicting Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash as little fillies, finding strength and friendship in one another.
In Universe 63, the primary Twilight rescuing Universe #62!Twilight from timberwolves, after accidentally blowing her hiding place by sneezing. This is quickly followed by #1!Twilight agreeing without hesitation to let her stay long-term. Not that we'd expect either Twilight to do things differently, but given what a Crapsack World #62 was and how Woobie #62!Twilight had become in just a few hundred words...
In The Abundance, which is the sequel to the dark fic Faith And Doubt, the Doctor manages to rescue Dinky Hooves, only to be captured by one of the bad guys who drops the two from Cloudsdale. Cue the tears as Derpy Hooves, who has spent the entire fan fic catatonic since Dinky was captured, becomes the second pegasus to perform a Sonic Rainboom in order to rescue them. The heart beats even faster when Rainbow Dash, seeing this, leads the rebel ponies in cheering Derpy's name and Pinkie Pie's father whispers "Good for you, Miss Hooves".
Let's not forget that Derpy, after performing the Rainboom, ranks that moment as Number Three of her happiest moments? One and Two? Dinky's Birth and meeting the Doctor.
Made all the better when you listen to the song the author selected for that moment: Sigur Růs.
Melt is a fanfic where Princess Celestia nurses Twilight Sparkle back to health. It gets sweeter as you read the rest of it.
This unfinished fanfic called Twilight's Life, is about Twilight's early childhood. Along, with how Shining Armor meet Cadence.
In the HIE story Over the Edge and Through The Wood, the First Contact scene between the Cutie Mark Crusaders and the human protagonist Troy, after they all take shelter from a storm in the Castle of the Royal Pony Sisters. Despite both sides being freaked out by the other and unable to verbally communicate, when Troy sees that the fillies are freezing, he immediately opens up his sleeping bag and invites them in, before singing them to sleep with "Misty Mountains Cold". It's d'awww-inducing, to put it mildly.
Similarly, A Voice Among the Strangers, in particular Chapter 2 and Jessica's interactions with Ebony, the changeling who helped her escape from the Flim Flam brothers' sideshow, Dinky, who Jessica saved from a chimera and who helped get her to the Ponyville hospital, and Nurse Redheart. The presence of these three really helps to sell Jessica's recovery after her traumatic first week.
Judging by the fact that, a mere few hours after it was aired, a couple of the new non descript background ponies are already being made fanart of, this is clearly not a fandom to be taken lightly. And as someone in the comments said, "MLPFIM: The only fandom where every background character will be named and fully fleshed out with a backstory. Every pony." When it comes to bronies, no pony is forgotten.
And no pony is abandoned. Consider Incidental Pony #2, or as the fanbase calls her, "Lyra". Recently, a blindbag toy came out - although it was clearly a Twilight Sparkle recolor, it had Lyra's colors and Cutie Mark. Its name was "Heartstrings". After quite a bit of argument and debate, did the fandom cry "ruined"? Nope. To them, she's now "Lyra Heartstrings". Love and tolerance at work.
This Troper recalls a EQD comment that sums it up nicely: "'Lyra Heartstrings'? I like it!"
Essentially any time a group of fans come together for a massive project. Not just the fact they're so devoted to the fandom that they're willing to devote days, maybe even weeks of time for no pay, but that it's normally a huge effort on the part of many people working together to do it. The fandom is literally bringing people together! Considering somefandoms barely get along at all, seeing this kind of unity is a wonderful change of pace!
This beautiful piece of artwork drawn by Jiayi, framed as one of Twilight Sparkle's letters to Celestia, summarizing all of Season One in a series of images that captures the essence of the entire series so perfectly it brings tears to this tropers' eyes every time she looks at it, and I don't usually cry over fictional things. It's no wonder Faust herself favorited it.
This fanmade video, inspired by Google Chrome videos, featuring video clips of the brony community, spreading their love of the show and each other, telling each other to make 2012 the year of the brony. Make It Happen!
On one YouTube video of "Big Brother, Best Friend Forever", the first Top Comment is:
My older brother just left for Afghanistan a couple of days ago. He leads a military squad, just like how Shining Armor leads the guards. He didn't tell me he was getting married when he did not too long ago, but i'm still very happy for him. He has a kid now.
I miss him, and I love this song so much because it reminds me of the times we had.
This article, well specifically the comments section the article is just another person who makes it clear from some of the ridiculous things he says has never watched the show, ranting about how Bronies couldn't possibly be "real men" etc etc... It's basically one giant plea for a Flame War just begging for some normal internet rageing and uproar. Guess what; Bronies didn't rise to the bait, instead the comments are filled with bronies defending the show with polite, well reasoned arguments, calmly replying to critics and "haters" with passionate yet polite reasoning. The highlight being one lady that stated she would be highly disturbed if her husband started liking something like this show, yet after talking back and forth with several bronies, finally agreed that maybe she was being too eager to judge something based just on preconceived notions and that she should at least watch the show before criticizing it, to the point where she asked their recommendations for some good episodes to start with.
This story has a situation similar to the above example. A Troll named "Derg The Great" had spent the majority of his time harassing the readers, claiming that portraying "Mary Sue" as a sympathetic character was stupid. This reached its zenith when Derg commented on the sequel calling Derpy retarded. From what this Troper can gather, the author lost his temper, and wrote another chapter (that was removed after a few hours) about Derg being killed by Pinkie Pie as a punishment for insulting Derpy. Rather than Derg going supernova and trolling like a madman... Well, see for yourself
On January 6, 2013 there was a brief, beautiful moment. Grey DeLisle announced she was going to do a pony-related voice, and all she could say about it was "muffins". A few hours later it was verified that this was only for a fan work (still a good thing), not the show itself. But between those announcements, there was a visible wave of excitement passing through bronydom, manifesting in thousands of hopeful comments everywhere. That one simple thing could light up such a passionate reply...
In the wake of the Equestria Girls trailer reveal Equestria Daily posted a blog urging bronies to show their love to the staff to counter the nasty letters and tweets sent to them, even leaving a hashtag to tweet it at. Take a look. Hundreds of messages, including one from Hasbro itself, showing their support. Even people that didn't like it showed up to thank them for creating the things that they did like.