Web Video / Bronies React
is a YouTube
series, created by user ACRacebest
originally as a response to "Teens React
to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
". After the popularity of the first episode, more were made, and the series became more original rather than being just a Follow the Leader
. Each episode has Race and several of his friends (often changing each episode) reacting to various things related to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
, such as popular fanmade content or important episodes in the series.
- Absentee Actor: The Bronies React to Equestria Girls is notably the first episode in which The Living Tombstone does not appear. He doesn't appear again until the reaction to the season 4 finale, likely due to being busy with various projects.
- Adam Westing: M.A. Larson in the season 5 premiere video gives us a hilarious self-parody.
M.A. Larson: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute... Rainbow Dash can fly? I wish I would have known that....
- All Periods Are PMS: ACRacebest makes a joke about Luna turning into Nightmare Moon each month. Cue audience booing.
- And That's Terrible: At the end of their reaction to the season 3 premiere, Orchestral Design is expressing Tranquil Fury annoyance at the lack of Octavia...
And that makes me mad. (flips table
- Badass Beard: Saberspark grows one by the College Humor short reaction, and points it out rather than commenting on the video.
- Badass Mustache: Dusty has one fine handlebar.
- Bad Bad Acting: Saberspark while being "sucked in a wormhole" at the beginning of the season 4 finale video.
- Bald of Awesome: Dustykatt, the self-proclaimed "Manliest Brony in the World".
- Big "YES!": IBringDaLulz reacts this way when Chrysalis defeats Celestia.
- Brick Joke: Nowacking has two in the Friendship Games reaction.
- Saying that Pinkie Pie is reduced to comic relief in the movie, then taking it back later when Pinkie actually clears out the confusing "two Twilights" situation.
- Early on, she mocks the fact that Cathy Weseluck won't have any line in the movie, since Spike is a non-talking dog. Then Spike gets granted speech, and we see Nowacking on the phone.
Nowacking: Okay, scratch that, we're gonna need to bring Cathy in. [...] I know what I said, James! People makes mistakes!
- Call Back: Sometimes, references will be made to the cast members' individual works. For example, in the reaction to the season 2 finale, Solrac sings a bit of "This Day Aria" in the way he has become known for.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Most of them get a shot at this, but Solrac is a consistent example.
- Cold Open: Usually to introduce the cast for that episode, but also often for comedy.
- *Cough* Snark *Cough*:
BlackGryph0n: *Cough* pandering...
- Creator Cameo:
- M.A. Larson is present for the season 5 premiere video.
- Michelle Creber and Claire Corlett join BlackGryph0n for the Bronies React to "Crusaders of the Lost Mark". Maddy Peters also appears "in spirit".
- Cute but Cacophonic: BlackGryph0n has to actually cover his ears when Michelle Creber and Claire Corlett start yelling "CUTIE MARK CRUSADERS FOREVER!" next to him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much everyone.
- Double Take: BlackGryph0n does this in "Slice of Life" when he realizes Derpy really is talking.
- Driven to Suicide: Played with in the Equestria Girls installment. When the silhouettes of the human Mane Six appear during the opening credits, BlackGryph0n takes out a knife, puts it to his throat... and then scrapes off some stubble, saying that he forgot to shave that morning.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first episode (and, to an extent, the second) were less about comedy and more about giving serious reactions and opinions on what they are shown. Since then, the episodes have become more focused on the guys having funny reactions.
- Fanservice: IBringDaLulz gets a Shirtless Scene at one point.
- Flipping the Table: Orchestral Design does this at the end of all his appearances, protesting the lack of Octavia in the episodes. And then, with the reaction to the 100th episode, which does features Octavia heavily, he flips the table again, this time in joy. And once in slow motion, when he sees Octavia and Vinyl Scratch sharing a house. And then, in The Stinger, he flips a table from the roof of his house.
- Get a Room!: The general reaction to Lyra and Bon Bon talking about their "friendship" in the "Slice of Life" video.
Nowacking: OH MY GOD, JUST BUCK ALREADY!
- Gonna Need More X: LittleshyFiM starts the 100th episode reaction by saying that he'll take a bite of a muffin anytime something interesting happens. Of course, barely past one-third of the episode...
LittleshyFiM: I'm going to need more muffins.
- Head Desk:
- One of the bronies does this when imitating Spike, only to hurt himself and curse.
- This is a Running Gag with AnimatedJames in the Rainbow Rocks episode.
- AnimatedJames again, in the "Slice of Life" video, takes note of doing it... "not too hard this time". And then he writes "BANG HEAD ON TABLE REALLY REALLY HARD" when he notices the Freeze-Frame Bonus Medium Shift Gag.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: AC Racebest and Saberspark, as shown in Race's Vlogs.
- Hostile Show Takeover: In the Cupcakes episode, Slenderman seemingly kills Mic the Microphone and takes over for him about halfway through.
- Hypocritical Humor: M.A. Larson saying that he doesn't see why everybody think there are references to communism in the season 5 premiere... while wearing a chapka and drinking vodka.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: D.Notive's reaction to receiving the Equestria Girls trailer is to go make himself a drink — before even watching a second of it.
- Inner Monologue: AnimatedJames has one at the beginning of the 100th episode ("Slice of Life") video, pondering what commentary he could do that isn't already referenced in the episode or wouldn't be done by the other reviewers. In fact, he does the whole thing with a voice-over for his thoughts and taking notes, until the ending where he begins to talk, and is cut mid-sentence by the title card.
- Large Ham:
- Depending on the episode, people like Race, Saberspark, BlackGryph0n, and Tombstone act like this.
- Orchestral Design and Solrac, however, are always like this.
- Nowacking is no slouch either and can get quite animated — and not solely when in-character as Vinyl Scratch.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others:
- In the Cold Open for the season 3 premiere reaction episode, everyone is talking about the new episode and how they've been waiting for it... and then cut to Race, who's looking at the camera and commenting how he needs a haircut.
- Solrac does this during the episode break in the season 4 finale.
- Manly Tears: Jaxblade sheds a few sincere ones during "Crusaders of the Lost Mark".
- Match Cut: Pointing out references in the watched show to another is common within any episode, but for the Friendship Games reaction this goes one step further. The similarities between Applejack releasing her arrow in slo-mo and Merida doing the same in Brave is demonstrated with a transition from the former to the latter. Indeed, the images matches perfectly.
- Mood Whiplash:
- The first several episodes are rather lighthearted... and then, for Halloween, we get the guys reacting to Cupcakes.
- In the reaction to the season 2 finale, the cast act their usual funny, snarky selves... then, Twilight starts singing her sad reprise of "B.B.B.F.F.", and everyone becomes much more solemn.
- And then directly after the above, when Chrysalis — disguised as Cadance — steps in, Race is smiling, thinking she's going to comfort Twilight. Then when Cadance's horn glows and she starts surrounding Twilight in fire, he gets an Oh Crap! look on his face, followed by a scream.
- Ninja: BlackGryph0n dresses up as (and acts like) one during "Bronies React to Cupcakes".
- No Indoor Voice: Solrac's very shouty, to say the least. Justified, as he's known for that in the brony fandom.
- N-Word Privileges: AnimatedJames is the one to make ironic racial jokes the most often... 'cause, you know, he's black.
James: Wait, was that Ratchetness? I can't quite remember if that was Ratchetness or Jaxblade. Black people all sound the same to me...
- Only Known by Their Nickname:
- Everyone is referred to by their usernames or other nicknames.
- Parodied in the Halloween special; everyone is dressed in a costume, so they are referred to by whatever they are dressed as. For example, Race is a cow, so he is called "Cow".
- Only Sane Man:
- The entire cast is pretty nuts, but Dusty and D.Notive seem to have a firm grip on this role.
- When they aren't around, either Tombstone or Saberspark end up as this.
- Precision F-Strike: Occasionally, and sometimes censored.
- Rage Quit: Orchestral Design in the season 2 finale reaction, after his Flipping the Table.
- Rated M for Manly: Dusty has a reputation for being the "Manliest Brony in the World".
- Real Men Wear Pink: Among the bronies appearing in this series are Dusty, who is nicknamed "The Manliest Brony in the World", as well as BlackGryph0n and Robbob, both of whom are in the military. Gryph0n, in fact, often records his footage while wearing his fatigues. Lampshaded by Robbob in the beginning of the season 3 premiere reaction...
Robbob: (walking into a room wearing his full military gear) Well, just got done saving America. Time to watch some ponies!
- Record Needle Scratch: In the "Slice of Life" video, AnimatedJames suddenly brandishes a STOP sign, causing this sound, before making a "rewind" gesture to get a better look at the Freeze-Frame Bonus.
- Running Gag:
- "I bet Luna's gonna have a really big role in this episode!"
- A running gag about AnimatedJames is that he doesn't sound Black (with a few variations)...
- In the Friendship Games review, Ratchetness sarcastically saying "Thank you, Sugarcoat," with every instance of her Brutal Honesty. In the last instance, after she gives "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Cinch, however, he realizes he actually means it.
- Sarcasm Failure: In the first video, when one of the teens in the Teens React episode they're reacting to uses "on the other side of the street" as a euphemism for "gay" (and basically calls bronies gay in the process), practically everyone in Bronies React is unable to do anything except glare at the camera or just make a "what the hell" expression with their face. Yes, even Solrac is silent. D.Notive is the only one who responds to question the use of the phrase.
- Sdrawkcab Name: Solrac is Carlos spelled backwards.
- Self-Deprecation: "Good job, guys. Now you've reached brony levels of awkward."
- Skyward Scream: Saberspark's reaction to seeing that the season 5 premiere was partially written by M.A. Larson (with a superimposed Larson doing an Evil Laugh at the same time).
- Sound Effect Bleep: Saberspark censors his Precision F Strikes, though nobody else does.
- Spit Take: AnimatedJames has one in the 100th episode video, as he is drinking when Derpy locks the Mane Six out of the town hall.
- The Stinger:
- The reaction to Derpy's censoring...
Can the bronies survive? Would I go gay for Mic— what?
- And then, in the reaction to the season 3 premiere, in a more Foreshadowing way...
(is leaving the room, stops
(plays clip from the episode, where Celestia and Luna are talking about Twilight being "ready"
) Ready for what? (video ends with the famous Inception sound
- Repeated with the reaction to Friendship Games, appropriately in relation to the Stinger of the movie, again with the Inception sound.
(about to leave the room, when he turns around
) Wait a minute. What time loop
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Everyone seems to call the vines in the season 4 premiere "Tentacles".
- Take That:
- Nowacking in the season 3 premiere reaction video says that King Sombra looks like a bad OC pony... or, in other words, an OC pony.
- The Gak commercials during the season 3 premiere irritate everyone.
MAKE IT STOP! Saberspark: *bleep*. Gak. * BlackGryph0n:
(casually loads gun, then points gun at computer screen
- AnimatedJames in the Rainbow Rocks video:
The music in Equestria Girls
always make me feel I'm listening to a female version of One Direction
. Or just... One Direction
- This Is Gonna Suck: In the 100th episode, just after Octavia talks on-screen, ACRacebest realizes what this means (i.e. Orchestral Design about to go nuclear) and covers his head with a pillow.
- Tinfoil Hat: Joe Stevens wears one at the very beginning of the Equestria Girls trailer video. And his plushy mascot too.
- Tranquil Fury: Orchestral Design in the season 3 premiere at the lack of Octavia. At first.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: "Bronies React to Cupcakes"; Saberspark does not like it. He has trouble just talking after the first few minutes.
- We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: In the reaction to the season 2 finale, when the first episode ends and the credits start to roll, Orchestral Design runs off to get a drink. Cue a "Please Stand By" screen.
- You Answered Your Own Question: AnimatedJames in the Rainbow Rocks video:
Okay, why are they all sabotaging this specific act? I mean, why don't they sabotage Snips and Snails'
... okay, never mind, I answered my own question.
- You Make Me Sic: In the Rainbow Rocks video, BlackGryph0n flips a lid over a double negative (when both Fluttershy and Applejack say "Me neither!" when they should say "Me too!").