Web Video: MLP Analysis

The League of Analysis Bronies
MLP Analysis is the name given to a collection of internet personalities who collectively study and review the episodes, fanworks, themes, characters and settings of the popular animated series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, as well as elements of the fandom. In addition, they also review MLP episodes as well as fan projects. Most of them speak through pony OC's of themselves.

While they are a rather large and diverse group, they do have several well-known members such as Silver Quill, Tommy Oliver (a.k.a. BronyCurious), AntonyC, Digibrony, ILoveKimPossibleAlot (KP), Voice of Reason, InkRose, AnY Pony, TBBBAP, Paleo, Sweetie Bloom, Mad Munchkin, PersianPoetess,Robin0928, PuzzleBrony (Puzzle), Emerald Comet, and Josh Scorcher/Commander Firebrand/The Fiery Joker. (MrEnter is at times considered part of the group as well, although he doesn't think of himself as such), as well as an official home on Reddit.

For the Team Fortress 2 series based on them, see TF2 Analysis.


This show provides examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: From AntonyC, see Angrish below.
    • Voice of Reason when reviewing Rainbow Falls for his "Top Five Best and Worst Episodes of Season Four" review:
  • Adorkable: ALL of the analysts show examples of this, in particular ILoveKimPossibleAlot, Voice of Reason, Eliyora, and Paleo.
  • Aerith and Bob: Some bronalysts have names like AnY Pony, Bronycurious, Digibrony, Inkrose, and Persian Poetess. Others have names like AntonyC, Robin0928, and KatrinaHood.
  • Affectionate Nickname: KatrinaHood called AnY Pony "Maxie" when wishing him a happy 30th birthday.
  • Ambiguously Evil: AnY, on occasion.
  • Angrish: It's implied that AntonyC devolved into this during the "Technical Difficulties" scene during "Reviewing is Magic 4", when Luna, after having been absent for the entire conflict, casually asks "Did I miss anything?"
    "WHAT!? Di- did you miss anything!? How about EVERYTHING!!! Where have you been you RECALCITRANT BANA-
    technical difficulties
    • Saberspark does this during Brony 101: Alicorns.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Emerald Comet, who reviews fan works since everyone else already reviews episodes of the show itself.
    • This comes back to bite him when members of the Analyst Inquisition show up to try and make him review the show. He brushes them off with a reaction of only mild irritiation. ...untill they pull out a laser rifle.
  • Anthropomorphic Animal: Dr. Wolf, one of the few non-ponies among the collective.
  • April Fools' Day:
    • On April 1, 2014, several brony analysts posted videos regarding their thoughts on some Season Five spoilers that had supposedly been leaked. Lending the whole thing an air of authenticity was the fact that all of them were sharing the exact same news: Princess Luna voluntarily transforms back into Nightmare Moon in order to help fight off another threat, creator Lauren Faust returns to write an episode, Pinkie Pie gets a coltfriend, and fan OC Kimi Sparkle appears in an actual episode. However, it turned out to be part of a collective April Fools' prank spearheaded by AnY Pony.
      • The following day, the joke became downright meta when Kimi Sparkle herself - who is not a real analyst, but a parody of such - posted her own video expressing outrage over being taken in by the fake spoilers.
    • In 2015, Dr. Wolf and Silver Quill switched places, with Silver performing therapy on AnY and Commander Firebrand, and Dr. Wolf presenting a Silver Quill-styled analysis of Snips and Snails. Meanwhile, Brawny Buck presented a review of "The Original My Little Pony", which turned out to be an episode of Mister Ed.
  • Art Evolution: BronyCurious' videos, preferably the art style of his OC. note 
    • Emerald Comet's OC also changed from a Pony Creator OC to an original drawing as his reviews went on.
    • Shark Discusses as well falls into this but even more so with not only his OC changing as time went on, but also his background art having changed over time.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Combined with Curse Cut Short, Saberspark lets one out in "My Two Bits: Lesson Zero".
  • Author Appeal:
    • Tommy Oliver is a HUGE Rarity fan. Beyond that though, he has a strong appreciation for character depth and complexity.
    • Similarly, Digi has a massive fondness for Applejack.
    • Any allusions to religion or classical literature is greatly appreciated by AntonyC.
    • KP loves "reformed" Discord to borderline fangirl levels, not to mention his voice actor, John de Lancie (she even has a video dedicated to him!). Any episode review with Discord in it easily clocks in at least twice the length of her other episode reviews!
    • Voice Of Reason states in his Camaraderie is Supernatural review that parody is one of his favorite genres of comedy. This helps explain his reaction to Friendship is Witchcraft (detailed below).
    • References to Greek mythology make Josh Scorcher very happy.
    • Robin is a huge Cutie Mark Crusaders fan.
    • InkRose absolutely loves Celestia. Even to the point of having the ability to make a spot-on voice impersonation of her.
  • Badass Beard: Saberspark's definitely counts!
  • Badass Boast: Saberspark gives one for the entire Brony community:
    "We have been baptized by fire! In the pits of 4Chan!! If we can make it there, we can make it anywhere.
    BronyCurious: The HELL!? Don't do THAT, there's no coming back from THAT!!!
    AntonyC: Well, then I guess we'll dance together, forever. In pony HEEELLLLLL!!!!!
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do NOT mention "A Canterlot Wedding" in AntonyC's presence.
      • More specifically, do not bring up Luna's suspicious absence.
      • He was also quite ticked off by Equestria Girls turning the Mane Six into high school students.
    • Don't ever mention Friendship is Witchcraft in the presence of Voice of Reason if you value your life (this also extended to Mr. Enter albeit to a lesser extent).
      • The mere hint of a reference to the episode "Bridle Gossip" or "Rainbow Falls" will send him into a rage.note 
    • InkRose absolutely cannot stand Celestia's portrayal as a tyrant and a troll.
      • Downplayed by the fact that while she doesn't get enraged when people portray her as one, she does find it annoying.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tommy Oliver pulls this in "Thoroughly Fanboying: The Return of Harmony" to restore a recently discorded Digibrony, by reminding him of his love for the franchise.
  • Breakout Character: Silver Quill! Despite being fairly recent compared to most of the other analysts (having only just started in late 2013), he has quickly risen in popularity to the point where he is considered a nominee for the analysis community's unofficial leader.
  • Caustic Critic: Zigzagged. While they are nice people for the most part, they all can be extremely hate-filled towards any episodes and fan-works they don't like. Though Byter definitely takes the cake.
    • AntonyC often parodies these kinds of critics. Acting snobbish only to do something to immediately make himself look foolish
  • Christmas Special: A Very Brony Hearth's Warming
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: AntonyC, as well as KP and Saberspark to a lesser extent.
    • Digi sometimes comes off like this since his style shift.
  • Cool Hat: BronyCurious's signature feathered cap,ToonKriticY2K's red top hat, and PuzzleBrony's red archer hat.
  • Curse Cut Short: Paleo during his review of "Wonderbolt Academy" when he realizes that the writer for that episode also wrote "The Mysterious Mare-do-well"
    " Son of a bi-!! *Cue opening theme*
    • Saberspark also does this at one point, see Atomic F-Bomb above.
  • Darker and Edgier: DigiBrony's redesign, complete with him smoking a cigarette
  • Driven to Suicide: Played for Laughs in "Reviewing is Magic 4" when Tommy's statement that he finds "A Canterlot Wedding" to be ingenious seemingly drives AntonyC to shoot himself in the temple. Turns out he was just transforming into pony mode..
    • It's played completely seriously in Emerald Comet's "Cupcakes" review when Nightmare Shadow's Breaking Lecture culminates in him trying to convince Emerald that the world would be a much better place if he was no longer alive. According to Word of God, Nightmare Shadow's words reminded him of the thoughts that actually suicidal people go through in Real Life. That they're worthless, that people would be happier without them, ect.
  • Face Palm: AntonyC does this in "Reviewing is Magic 3" after a fan points out that he misspelled mortgage.
  • The Gadfly: Tommy occasionally demonstrates this trope, most noticeably in "Reviewing is Magic 4", and his referral to Fluttershy as "Cheesy Gordita".
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Saberspark in his Brony 101: Alicorns video.

  • Halloween Special: Oh, there are PLENTY of these
    • Lethal Aurora Mage's Lethal Halloween, currently the biggest pony related collab in the brony community and featuring many well known members of the analysis community.
    • Voice of Reason's Pony.Mov review with the introduction of his Alter Ego, Horror Score.
    • KP's review of Luna Eclipsed, complete with redone bat pony faces and Thriller PMV ending.
    • The "This is Halloween" parody by most of the entire Rift community!
    • Nightmare Night 2014
  • The Heart: Arguably Saberspark, whose videos have a tendency to inspire pride in the Bronydom, as well as keeping them from desolving into Fan Dumb.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Done by AntonyC in "Reviewing is Magic 4", when he tells Tommy to leave the fourth wall alone, then immediately looks at the script.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Robin0928, Heartsong, and KatrinaHood closely resemble their real life counterparts.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Voice of Reason and Horror Score. Until Horror Score became sentient in Voice's Castle Mane-ia review
    • Mage and Lethal Aurora are a gender-swapped version of this trope.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: AntonyC as well as Voice of Reason and Tommy Oliver.
    • Digibrony can appear as this after his redesign
  • Large Ham: AntonyC, easily one of the most melodramatic reviewers.
    • Taken Up to Eleven by Saberspark in his "My Two Bits" series. He does know that there are other drinks besides red cordial, right?
    • Though not as much as the above, Tommy Oliver does fall into this at times, especially when asked in his first "BronyCurious Replies" video how he feels when he converts someone's "Best Pony" to Rarity
    about to get loud:
    BronyCurious: YEEEESSSSSSS!!!! THEY SEE THE LIGHT!!!!
  • The Leader: Digibrony. He's the one who gave the reviewers their official home on Reddit, and has admitted to taking on this role in his social circles.
    • He's since publicly disavowed this status with an edgy new style. Fan reaction was mixed. After that, though, he has abandoned that style.
    • AnY or Silver Quill have more or less become the group's unofficial leader in Digi's absence.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Lethal Aurora in "A Lethal Halloween". While most antagonists the Analysis Ponies face are simply jerks or troublemakers, Lethal Aurora is both a Physical Goddess and a sadistic mass-murderer.
  • Me's a Crowd: Played for laughs in various reviews of "Power Ponies", as Mane-iac's henchmen bear more than a passing resemblance to AntonyC's avatar.
  • Nice Guy: Pretty much all of them. Mostly
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: A thought started by Tommy Oliver and discussed on several channels is that Analyzing the show may be doing more harm than good. This is brought on by Analyzers and critics being really the sole source of negative feed back on the show, and many viewers using them as the judge for if an episode is good or not, despite everyone often saying that they aren't dissing the show just critiquing it, and that a persons individual thoughts are more important. This is part of the reason Digipony stopped his pony video's and why Tommy himself will only do certain episodes that jump out at him in season five.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite hating "A Canterlot Wedding", AntonyC frequently admits (rather reluctantly), that there are elements of the two-parter he enjoys. Lampshaded by Tommy Oliver.
    Tommy: Don't look now, somepony's being entertained!
    AntonyC: Well... OKAY, that Was kind of cool.
    • Not to mention he does the Sunshine Sunshine dance with BC.
  • The Pollyanna: Ink Rose in A Lethal Halloween
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: From AntonyC, see Angrish above.
  • Psycho Strings: These play whenever "A Canterlot Wedding" is mentioned in "Reviewing is Magic 3"
  • Rage Breaking Point: After constantly trying to hide his anger over the Season 2 finale, AntonyC finally lets it out during his co-review with Tommy Oliver.
    AntonyC: And just in case-
    getting loud in: 3
    AntonyC: -and on the off-chance it hasn't been-
    getting loud in: 2
    AntonyC: -made abundantly clear how I feel about it,
    getting loud in: 1
    • Tommy experiences this in his critique of Equestria Girls. After spending the whole review as a Harry Plinkett expy, he explodes when Sunset Shimmer declares she didn't know how to make friends. He briefly drops the persona in his rant, and there's even a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo of his original fedora-wearing OC.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: AntonyC and Tommy Oliver do this in "Reviewing is Magic 4".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: AntonyC and Tommy in the "Reviewing is Magic 4" video. With Antony being Hammy and emotional, and Tommy being calm and thoughtful.
  • Remember the New Guy: In this BronyCurious vid he responds to Kimi Sparkle as if she'd always been a major member of the analyst community.
  • Ruined FOREVER: In-Universe. Saberspark frequently parodies this facet of the Fan Dumb.
  • Say My Name/Skyward Scream: AntonyC does this in "Reviewing is Magic 3", when he finds out that his TMNT poster is missing.
  • Self-Parody: Voice of Reason as Horror Score in his Castle Mane-ia review:
    Come back here, you ponified jackolantern!
  • Serial Escalation: Antony C's attempts to open a TF 2 Heavy box set. Ranging from scissors, to hedge trimmers, to running it over with his car. None of these attempts are successful.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Most members of the group tend to fall more in the middle of this trope, although some tend to fall squarely on the side of either idealism (Dr. Wolf and Persian Poetess) or cynicism (Antony C and Tommy Oliver).
  • Species Surname: Dr. Wolf.
  • Story Arc: The Rift Saga, started by Voice of Reason and AnY Pony with their "Magical Mystery Cure" review and ended by them with their "Twilight's Kingdom" review.
    • There's also the "Horror Month" story arc that ran on Emerald Comet's channel from October 2014 to November 2014.
  • Tag Along Kid / Token Mini-Moe: Storm Analysis, Robin, KatrinaHood, and InkRose are only twelve, fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen respectively while most of the MLP Analysis community (and most of the brony community) is in their 20's.
  • There Are No Therapists: Adverted by Dr. Wolf, a licensed therapist who often looks at the psychology of the characters. He's even had a therapy session with Fluttershy, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie.
  • Token Girl: KP, Ink Rose, Heartsong, Persian Poetess, Sweetie Bloom, KatrinaHood, and any other females due to the nature of the brony community
  • Totally Radical: Dude!Antony.
  • Tranquil Fury: AntonyC's reaction to "A Canterlot Wedding" during "Reviewing is Magic 3".
    "Season two finale? What is this of which you speak? *Death Glare*
  • True Companions: The reviewers seem to be a very tight knit group.
    • We have Voice of Reason and the Rift to thank for that. See Story Arc above.
    • Less so now that Digi has gone off on his own.
  • Valentine's Day Episodes: The Shipping Game
  • Violent Glaswegian: Mad Munchkin sometimes shows a few shades of this.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: AntonyC and Tommy Oliver. They bicker Like an Old Married Couple in their co-review, but they obviously have a ton of respect for one another.
  • Why The Fandom Cant Have Nice Things: Digibro made this video to completely slam the amount of immature and ridiculous Youtube comments he got from his video, "Your Anime Sucks: Sword Art Online S1", and he is frustrated to the point where he proclaims, at the end of the video, that the replies on the next "Your Anime Sucks" videos will all be disabled.

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