Web Original / Fluffy Pony

Fluffy Pony is a fandom that sprung out of Friendship is Magic and 4chan. Beginning with the simple concept of "ponies with fluff", it quickly gained a communal universe.

The premise is simple: Twenty Minutes In The Future, Hasbro creates a genetic engineering wing, Hasbio. To capitalize on the insane success of Friendship is Magic, they create the world's first "biotoy" (a term which is intentionally divisive, referring to the concept of a living thing created and marketed as if it were a toy.) This was the Fluffy Pony, a housecat-sized creature that resembled a G4 My Little Pony with wool-like fluff. Fluffy ponies are bio-programmed; though they have their own minds and can differ drastically, they all start off with the same core information. They innately understand English and can speak their own cutesy dialect, commonly referred to as Fluffspeak. Fluffspeak is mostly an executive's idea of what sounds cute (replacing L and R with W, mispronouncing big words, adding -ies as a plural, etc) combined with a sanitized dictionary (poopies, no-no place.) Fluffy ponies come in 4 races: Earth Fluffies, Unicorns, Pegasi and Alicorns. The differences are mainly cosmetic (pegasi cannot fly, unicorns can make harmless sparks at most), though their personalities are all different.

After hearing of this, PETA engages in an act of bioterrorism, freeing all the fluffies being produced at Hasbio. There were three problems with this: the fluffies still had bugs, fluffies were never meant to breed outside of Hasbio and fluffies were never meant to live outside of a home or store. The released fluffies have a very high breeding rate; this, along with their cuteness, causes people to begin breeding and selling fluffies across America.

An important point to note is that the fluffy pony fandom has no defined canon. Rather, it encourages the widespread use of "headcanon", a cross-fandom term in which every creator has their own specific rules for The Verse (in this case the fluffies). There are concepts that are popular and virtually unchangeable (personalities, speech patterns, love of spaghetti), but much of what makes a fluffy pony is subject to the creator (size, whether certain subspecies exist, what the universe of their story is like). This means that many of the tropes here will vary by author/story.

Please do not add tropes for specific small stories; rather, tropes here should be broad tropes that show up in many works.

Contains examples of:

  • Adopt the Dog: Many a story has been built on the premise of a not-so-great person adopting a fluffy, or letting a herd rest on his land rather than chasing them away.
  • Adults Are Useless: Adult fluffy ponies aren't that much smarter than their foals. Averted with human adults, who can usually sort out fluffy problems easily.
  • All Crimes Are Equal: Who's delivering the punishment usually matters a lot more than whatever the fluffy did.
    • Hugboxer: Pooped on the floor, threw a tantrum, broke a priceless heirloom? Spanking, time in the Sorry Box, loss of toys. Rarely more than that.
    • Abuser: Turning into a brat? Death. Poop on the ground? Death. Don't finish your food? Amputation (or death if you can't amputate any more.)
    • Shelter worker: As fluffy shelters are for-profit, you'll probably be killed if you're not sellable.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Good fluffies are generally complacent, and the ambitious ones tend to become brats or Smarty Friends.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Generally agreed to be the source of the fluffy pony's mindset is a sort of "natural programming" designed by Hasbio to intentionally limit fluffy minds to what a living toy would need to be a cute pet.
  • Asshole Victim: Both sides. Fluffy herds are usually the victims of abuse, and many are annoying and deserve what comes to them. But it's hard to sympathize with the guy who gets his yard wrecked and his shoes pooped on when he proceeds to torture and mutilate the fluffies.
  • Brainwashed: Fluffies are dumb, trusting creatures and can be easily manipulated, even to the point of convincing them that rocks are food or that they never had an owner with one conversation (even when that very owner is within eyesight.) Even smarter fluffies can be subject to indoctrination over long periods of time.
    • A taser or another electrical shock can, in some stories, "reset" a fluffy and make it believe whatever you tell it for a few seconds after the shock.
  • Bewildering Punishment: Fluffies are pretty dumb, have short attention spans and forget things easily. This combination means that many punished fluffies end up unaware of why they're being punished at all.
    • Fluffies popularly interpret anything bad as punishment directed at them, so a fluffy might walk into a wall and ask it "why huwt fwuffy?!"
  • Break the Cutie: The goal of many abusers and a side-effect of fluffy feral life.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Smarty friends are almost always Fearless Fools when it comes to this. They'll take their herd and invade a human's backyard, where they not only openly insult the human, but also threaten to beat up and/or kill them if they don't leave. This of course ends up leading to the smarty's brutal comeuppance — and often the entire herd's as well.
  • Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: Fluffies take a while to learn that the television doesn't really have fluffies in it. They will also believe in fictional stories and figments of their own imagination. One imagines a monster, and the imaginary monster kills it.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': The terrible lying skills of fluffies and the culture of harsh fluffy discipline means that domestic fluffies can rarely do anything wrong without some form of punishment.
  • Child Eater: As they're even more helpless than adults, poorly protected and have less hair, most carnivorous animals will attack and eat fluffy foals.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The fate of many, many fluffy ponies at the hands of abusers
  • Constantly Curious: This is pretty typical. Usually harmless, though curiousity can kill the fluffy.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Very common, as fluffies expect the world to be a Sugar Bowl and most stories tend to depict it as the real world, if not worse. FluffTV and Spaghetti Land are two specific instances of this.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Like in Friendship is Magic, this may or may not happen depending on the fluffy.
  • Cute Critters Act Childlike: No, really?
  • Death by Falling Over: Fluffies die easily, especially in comedic works.
  • Depending on the Writer: HIGHLY. Fluffy capabilities, society's view of them, how established characters behave and even the nature of major world events may vary depending on the creator. The mentality, thought processes and motivations of the same Smarty Friend may range from kindly but dumb to sociopathic monster depending on who's writing.
  • Delayed Reaction: Gardenfluffs are famous for this. Gardenfluff crosses road, is hit by car. Gardenfluff is buried by driver. Gardenfluff notices car.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In spades. Making "bad poopies" (not in the litterbox, generally by accident) can get a fluffy beaten or physically/mentally tortured. Invading a human's land is at the kindest an invitation to be abused and at worst a death sentence for everyfluffy involved.
    • Even hugboxers dip into this due to the culture around the punishment of fluffies. Some will kill entire fluffy families or condemn them to suffering for rejecting a runt, while taking in the runt.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Lucky fluffies might go right from happy life with mummah to happy life with an owner or one of the rare good feral herds, but the majority need to go through more trials and suffering than a cuddly childlike biotoy was ever meant to if they want a good life.
  • Eat the Evidence: Fluffies usually use this as their go-to method for hiding evidence, as they have few other options. Occasionally enforced by owners or abusers, in the case of "bad poopies".
  • Electric Torture: In addition to general torture, electricity at certain levels can 'reset' a fluffy's brain, causing it to forget things or obey a suggestion made during the post-shock period.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The worst Smarties still love their families (even Maroon). Horrible abusers may still have a great social life, their evil limited only to fluffies.
  • Exalted Torturer: Abusers in abuse-focused stories are often this.
  • Explosive Breeder: OH YES. The generally accepted headcanon is that a fluffy pregnancy lasts three weeks, and that the newborn foals are fullgrown adult fluffies in one month, and that fluffies have an insanely high chance of conceiving from one session of "special hugs". You don't have to do the math to know that's a buttload of fluffies.
  • False Rape Accusation: Smart female domestics who want babies will let feral fluffies mate with them and then invoke this trope. As most fluffies are bad liars and both humans and fluffies will rarely harass a rape victim, the mare usually pulls it off. Occasionally used by feral mares to advance their position (accusing the Smarty of raping them and letting the herd attack.)
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Enforced and invoked; do not confuse the Fluffy Pony universes with Ask Fluffle Puff. The Internet Backdraft will sear your eyebrows off. Discounting the fact that Fluffle Puff and Fluffy Ponies live in different continuities altogether, the vast majority of Fluffy Pony writers respect Mixermike's work too much to harm a hair on Fluffle Puff. In the words of an anonymous Fluffy Pony writer, "Fluffle Puff is a pony who is fluffy, she is not a Fluffy Pony".
  • Fix Fic: People popularly remake other creators' stories/pictures or make sequels to show what they believe happened afterwards.
  • Forced to Watch: Can be as simple as making an evil mother watch her children eating a warm spaghetti meal or as malicious as cripping a Smarty and making him watch the destruction of his herd.
  • For the Evulz: Many abusers have this as their M.O.
  • Four Temperment Ensemble: Fluffy race stereotypes and herd dynamics fit under this:
    • Sanguine: Unicorns, Smarty Friends (unicorn fluffs have a higher chance to be Smarties over other races)
    • Choleric: Earth Fluffies, Toughie Friends
    • Phlematic: Pegasi, Herd Members
    • Melancholic: Alicorns, Mummas (though both share similar characteristics, alicorns rarely get pregnant as most fluffies hate them.)
  • Friendly Enemy: Good-natured homeowners and feral fluffies will occasionally form this sort of bond.
  • Good Animals, Evil Animals: Mostly averted: a wide variety of animals have been shown to prey upon or be aggressive to fluffies in stories.
  • Gorn
  • Grotesque Cute: One of the hallmarks of fluffy ponies is the mix of adorable cartoony creatures with all sorts of horrific things.
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: In many sales environments, fluffies are "persuaded" to be happy for the customers. Also occurs in feral herds, where unhappy fluffies may be ostracised.
  • Idiot Hero: The majority of fluffies that are main characters in stories.
  • Image Booru: Once included on Ponibooru and later Derpibooru. However, Derpibooru's moderators decided to take action against fluffy art, as satirized here. The backlash caused a member of the fandom to start Fluffybooru, which has grown to become the hub of the fandom. Incidentally, after a fan poll and some internal debate, Derpibooru actually allowed fluffy pony art back on the site, albeit filtered by default (fluffy pony stories are generally not allowed, though this is because of the site's ban on text-only work).
  • It Amused Me: Many people help, harm or mess with stray fluffies not because they're dedicated hugboxers/abusers, but just on a whim.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Fluffies highly value friendship, making this very effective. Fluffy retailers will do this, keeping unsalable fluffies as friends for the merchandise and punishing them to avoid damaging the goods.
    • This is a way of disciplining fluffy mothers: as they tend to have many foals and most owners don't want many adult fluffies as pets, the foals may be harmed of killed for the mother's actions.
    • On a lighter note, fluffies consider inanimate objects to be friends. Hugboxers can take advantage of this and punish their fluffies by "punishing" a plastic ball or other toy.
    • In one story, the owner of a yard invaded by a feral herd manages to trick them into leaving (not that it's hard to trick fluffies) by punishing his fence for letting them in.
  • Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life: Be a fluffy and do ANYTHING that a human in the area does not like. Eating a pretty flower, pooping on their grass, playing loudly. The justice inflicted on you will range from a ruined life to death to all of the above, inflicted on all your friends and family.
    • A fluffy that disobeys their Smarty Friend's rules will get a lesser version of this.
  • Karma Houdini: Bwuno ultimately becomes this. Though whether he retroactively earned that ending is up for debate.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: As horrible as some abusers' acts are, it's hard to not side with them when the fluffies they harm are Asshole Victims. When there's no justification, it falls right into Kick the Dog
  • Killer Rabbit: The few fluffies that aren't helpless are naturally this.
  • Knight Templar: There's literally a knight named Templar who believes that killing fluffy ponies is the greatest good.
    • Maroon and his herd are fluffy examples, race purists who kill and destroy other fluffies to maintain purity.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Or taser-guided, in this case. Zapping a fluffy hard enough can wipe its memory completely. Of course, don't over do it.
  • LEGO Genetics =/= Lamarck Was Right: Nobody has any clue how fluffy genes work; the experiments and documentation were lost during the accident that freed them. What's known is that it's possible to alter their genes pretty easily. For example, cutting the horns off two unicorn fluffies and attaching them to an earth fluffy led to the creation of twin-horned "fluffalo".
  • Lethally Stupid: A fluffy pony may not be very strong, but it will find a way to destroy anything by accident. Safe rooms are partially for their benefit and partially for the owner's.
  • Made of Evil: The Ringmaster is sort of an Eldritch Abomination runt, feeding on fluffy suffering.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Not that either gender is safe from death, but many breeders and herds value mares over stallions for breeding. Since males are also generally more aggressive, this leads to a lot of male death.
  • Mind-Control Device: Tasers.
  • Most Writers Are Human: Despite the focus being ostensibly on fluffy ponies, many stories have prominent human or humanlike characters as focuses rather than the Uncanny Valley fluffies.
  • Negative Continuity: The entire fandom. Actual ongoing stories tend not to do this, however.
  • Necessarily Evil: It's hard for exterminators to kill hundreds of childlike animals that are designed to be cute and helpless and still think that they're doing a good thing,
  • Never Say "Die": Literally, in the case of fluffies. Though stories will not shy away from saying it, fluffy ponies themselves can only comprehend death as "forever sleepies."
    • The exception is when a fluffy's mind is irreparably broken by an incredible act of physical, mental or emotional damage. In this case, the fluffy will lose all personality and repeat "wan die", a stark contrast to its ordinary mind.
    • Feral herds tend to avert this; contact with humans and the harsher realities of their existence eventually make it clear what exactly death is, and so an angry feral can be heard screaming "FWUFFY KIWW YOU!"
  • Na´ve Newcomer: By their nature, fluffies are excellent for this. Usually takes the form of a curious fluffy having its questions answered by a human. New human employees are generally used for this in settings that are less personable to fluffies.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: Hungry fluffies can eventually realize that other fluffies can be "nummies." Especially common with foals, by stray fluffies or their own parents.
  • Not Safe for Work: Fluffy Pony works should be treated as this. Most work is tagged properly, but the blurred-lines nature of the concept means that safe hugbox works may still feature genitals, dark comedy or bizarre themes.
  • Parental Abandonment: Due to a genetic code, fluffies will reject their weakest foals, or "runts." Most stories agree that runts unconsciously secrete a scent that causes other fluffies to reject and kill them, though some attribute this to simple pragmatism.
  • Pet the Dog: A common subversion of the general "everyone hates fluffies" thing is to have some of the hardest, scariest people in a setting care for a fluffy.
  • Properly Paranoid: With all the horrible things that happen to fluffies, a paranoid fluffy is rarely incorrect in its paranoia.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Highly effective due to the bonds of friendship that fluffies form.
  • Revenge Through Corruption: As fluffy foals only take about a month or less to fully mature, a dedicated abuser can quickly raise a victim's child with whatever corruption is desired.
    • Hugboxers can invert this in a sense, taking in a bad fluffy's foal(s) and raising them to be much better than their parents.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Or rather, Hasbio's attempt at creating such a creature, with the pitfalls that would follow such a creature in real life. Art and stories may play it straight or not.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Many fluffy pony stories are either this or Shoot the Shaggy Dog, spending a long time with a fluffy only for it to drown at the very end.
  • Share Phrase: Due to their cookie-cutter genetic programming, totally different fluffies will "come up with" the same catchphrases.
    • "Hewwo, new fwend?" -to anything, including inanimate objects and clearly dangerous people.
    • "How time tiww weggies?" -fluffies who lose all their limbs fancy this. This happens more than one would think.
    • "Wan die" - when a fluffy no long wants to live, it will enter a loop and continuously say this.
    • For smarty friends, any variation of "Dummeh hoomin! Dis smawty wand now! Weave ow get biggest owchies!"
    • "Sketties!" - Fluffies will go into a bit of a frenzy over the mention of spaghetti.
  • Shoot the Dog: Many people do terrible things to fluffies not because they want to, but because it's honestly the best option for either that fluffy or other fluffies at the time. Exterminators and Smarties are the most prolific examples.
    • The Dog Shot First: In stories where people pretty clearly want to do horrible things to fluffies, but the writer doesn't want an unpalatable sociopath for a protagonist, the fluffy will start the problem somehow. An extremely easy way is to have a smarty friend start trouble, since that's what they do as a matter of course.
  • Shout-Out: With no editors or restrictions, creators can reference whatever they'd like (and they do.) Friendship is Magic is popularly referenced, as the Hasbio backstory is reliant on it and many fluffy fandom members are fans of the show.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Many fluffies that completely lose their innocence end up like this.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: As fluffies breed and die quickly, a human or fluffy pony looking for vengeance might find that their foe is long dead but has many descendants...
  • Straying Baby: Very common with fluffy foals, who end up in all sorts of peril once they can leave their mothers.
  • Sugar Bowl: How newborn fluffies see the world. Very rarely turns out to truly be the case.
  • Super Drowning Skills: A fluffy will drown in the bath, in its water bowl, in the ocean, next to the ocean, looking at the ocean.
    • So omnipresent that even more "realistic" stories recommend using less than an inch of water in a fluffy bath and using hamster bottles for drinking.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: It's obvious for an onlooker when a fluffy mare is pregnant (they swell up into balls and need to be rolled from place to place), but the mare herself may be surprised to find that there are babies inside of her.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: FluffTV shows like Ball or Babies! are this in-universe, along with anything targeted towards fluffies. Hugbox can also induces this reaction.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Common in hugbox, where a newly adopted fluffy or new foal will make a fuss and the other fluffies/owner have to teach it a lesson.
  • Threw My Bike on the Roof: How many people mess with fluffies, taking or damaging their toys. Sometimes the fluffy is the bike and the fluffy's owner or herdmates are the victim.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Fluffy life is suffering. But sometimes, a feral gets adopted by a loving owner and both sides are happy.
    • As much of the fluffy fandom's content is fluffies in various stages of suffering, the very existence of stories or pictures with happy fluffies and no drawbacks could be considered "throwing a bone" to the species.
    • Yank the Dog's Chain: A lot of stories and art sequences that start off nice and cuddly do not end that way.
  • Too Dumb to Live: A fluffy pony will kill itself in all sorts of ways.
  • Toon Physics: Some stories embrace this wholeheartedly with fluffies.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fluffy ponies invariably love spaghetti, or "sketties" as they call it.
    • They also like cookies.
  • Translation Train Wreck: Mwike, one of the most infamous Fluffy Pony artists, has these in all of his works when it comes to the humans' dialogue, to the point that it became a Memetic Mutation invoked among Fluffy Pony fans due to the Narm it provided to his otherwise extreme Gorn-fests. Notable examples include "This shit is so fragile which is broken by all" and "This stupid is a fail born with leg amputated... and oh, come on... not even speak and it has three days old. This idiot should be retarded I can not sell this."
  • Unusual Euphemism: Fluffy speech is mostly comprised of these. "Nummies" for food and "special friend" for love/mate stand out in particular.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Marcus' and Spoons' games don't give much personality to the fluffs, but their nature makes you want to keep them happy.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Every fluffy videogame has this, at least on a mild level.
  • Villain Protagonist: Depending on the story, this can range from evil and/or selfish Smarties to abusers whose exploits in Fluffy Pony abuse are explored.
  • Villainous Rescue: Some abusers regularly save alicorn foals or other rejected fluffies that are worth money. Others save them because they want to do the killing.
  • We Have Reserves: How many Smarties of big herds treat their herd members in fights against other herds or humans.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Smarty Friends just want the best for themselves. Some want the best for their herds too. Either way, they tend to cause terrible things to happen to their herds and other fluffies without any ill intent
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: The default setting for fluffies.
  • Wings Do Nothing: Pegasi and Alicorns both have wings but can't fly. Though it like everything else with fluffies it varies from writer to writer what they can do with their wings (such as gliding short distances, lifting themselves off the ground by flapping hard enough, or only being able to just buzz their wings without anything happening).
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Heavily played with. Fluffies are intended to be incredibly cute. Depictions range from pretty anime ponies to poop-covered chimeras with weird hair.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: There are three things fluffies fear above all else: the sorry stick (any stick used to spank a fluffy as punishment), the sorry box (any box used to put a fluffy in time out, again as punishment) and water.
  • Word of God: Creators and fans are highly bound in such a small fandom, so it's easy to get supplementary information about stories and pictures from the creators themselves.
  • Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb: Fluffies are usually very young, taking only a month in most headcanons to go from newborn to adult. They rarely live to their first birthday without human aid.


http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WebOriginal/FluffyPony