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Fluffy Pony is a fandom that sprung out of Friendship is Magic and 4chan. Beginning with the simple concept of "ponies with fluff" (as in having thick, fluffy fur), 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 bulldog-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.

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After hearing of this, PETA ruled Hasbio's actions to be unethical and abominable, and thus infiltrated the lab, freeing all the fluffies being produced at Hasbio. There were three problems with this: the fluffies are still prototypes and flawed, 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.

While many fluffies found loving homes and affectionate caretakers, many more wound up on the streets, in the wild, or, even worse (and very frequently in art), end up in the hands of abusive owners. The fluffies on the streets or in the wild become feral, becoming an invasive species akin to feral hogs and being similarly disruptive to ecosystems. The fluffies in abusive households or custodies, however, are subjected to various tortures, being cut up, quadruple-amputated, dismembered, put into breeding mills, trampled under foot, crushed, fed to carnivorous animals, having their foals brutally killed while they are helpless to intervene, and various combinations of the aforementioned abuses that their sadistic caretakers subject them to. Unlike the naturally-occurring animals that humans domesticated (such as dogs, cats, pigs, cows, and real horses), fluffies get relatively little sympathy from those who don't own one, often being derogatorily referred to as "shitrats" (a pejorative derived from their infamous bowel incontinence, the fact that fluffy foals are about the size of a rat and newborn fluffies are about the size of a mouse, and that foals too young to develop speech will squeak and squeal like rats), and will often run afoul of garbage collectors, pest control, and wildlife management officials.

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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.

Almost all fluffy pony works are on Fluffycommunity. Go there at your own risk.

Compare Ask Fluffle Puff, who is aesthetically a fluffy pony, but depicted in a much kinder light than most "fluffy pony" stories.

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.
  • Adult Fear: A favorite tactic of abusers is torturing and killing a fluffy mother's foals in front of her while she's helpless to intervene.
  • 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.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Mares with foals will exercise what little maternal protective instinct they have by pleading for their foals to be spared from death/separation/mutilation by pleading (and they may often be unable to do anything else) with instinctively recited phrases such as:
    • "Pwease nu huwt babbehs!"
    • "Gif back babbehs!"
    • "Nu huwtie babbehs!"
    • "Babbehs am gud!"
    • "Am gud Mummah!"
  • 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.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Alicorns are hated and viewed as monsters by other fluffies. The reason for this is that fluffies have difficulty understanding that another fluffy can have wings and a horn at the same time, and thus label alicorns as monsters ("munstahs"), their catch-all term for any kind of creature that is not a fluffy pony.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Fluffies with brighter fur colors are more valued and easier to sell, but can become easier targets for predators in the wild.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Good fluffies are generally complacent, and the ambitious ones tend to become brats or Smarty Friends.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Amputation is a method used by particularly cruel owners to punish fluffies. Fluffies that have lost all of their limbs are called "pillowfluffs".
  • And I Must SCREE:
    • Pillowfluffs, fluffies that have had all their legs removed, usually by abusers, and thus can't move. They often go into the "wan die" loop in short order, even when well cared for.
    • "Milkbags" have it even worse, being fluffy mares that are used in fluffy mills to feed the many, many foals that said mills produce. They're pillowed, strapped in place, and fed through tubes with hormones to keep them perpetually lactating. Depending on the writer/artist, their eyes may also be removed. However, some fluffy mills are more merciful and use drugs to induce a comatose state so the fluffy mare at least isn't conscious while being used as a milkbag.
  • 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.
    • Smarties in particular are noticeable for this, as they're typically a selfish Jerkass with little to no redeeming qualities. Many people who otherwise don't like normal fluffy abuse stories will happily condone smarty abuse.
  • Ax-Crazy: Many abusers will gleefully torture and slaughter fluffies.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Jellenheimers, odd fluffy(-like?) creatures covered in red fur whose faces consist of two dots for eyes and a line for a mouth, making them resemble a Ditto.
  • 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.
  • Broken Bird: Fluffies who survive abuse, especially if they are broken to the point of going into the "wan die" loop.
    • Subverted in this story where due to the Fluffies having preprogrammed behaviours and a lot of customers getting angry about their Fluffies acting that way Hasbio opened a Customer Service center where you can get advice on how to "reboot" a Fluffies brain.
  • 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 that happens to them as some kind of punishment, so a fluffy might bump into a wall and ask it "why huwt fwuffy?!"
  • The Big Guy: "Toughie/tuffy friends," the strongest fluffies in a feral herd, usually earth fluffies, that act as a smarty's bodyguards and henchfluffies. When attached to an evil smarty, they can become The Brute.
  • Black Comedy: Often necessary to make abuse - especially graphic depictions thereof - palatable to viewers.
  • Blessed with Suck: Alicorn fluffies are extremely rare and prized by humans, but hated by other fluffies.
  • Break the Cutie: The goal of many abusers and a side-effect of fluffy feral life.
  • Brown Note Being: Alicorns are this to other fluffies. The average fluffy pony's brain can not comprehend the fact that a fluffy pony has unicorn and pegasi features at the same time, making them scream and shit uncontrollable in their presence. Even the most strong-willed fluffies are only able to control one bodily function. Parents will call them "munstas" and outright murder their own alicorn babies should they spot them among their litter or if able to rationalise that they are harmless, put them straight at the bottom of the hierarchy and keep them around as an emergency snack.
  • 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.
  • Cats Hate Water: Due to the feline DNA in their genetic makeup, all fluffies are terrified of water and can drown very easily.
  • Character Development: It is extremely rare for a fluffy to live a full year in the wild. If not for predators and abusers, the harsh winter will usually do them in. Those ferals who do survive it though have a higher chance of doing it again. Their character and appearance undergoes stark changes, becoming rougher. Females lose their single-mindedness concerning babies and can become the smarty of their herd. Survivor smarties in general are way less egomanical and greedy and tend to have the well being of the herd in mind, but can also be ruthlessly pragmatic about it, especially when the next winter is coming. In the end every fluffy in the fluffpile counts, yet it is another stomach that has to be fed.
  • 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.
  • Color Me Black: A brightly-colored fluffy who is mean to a "poopeh fluffy" can be punished by having their fur dyed brown to turn them into what they hate.
  • 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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Many fluffies are the victim of this fate, whether it be at the hand of abusers or nature simply working against them.
  • Cuddle Bug: Fluffies love hugs (or "huggies") and will often demand "hugs nao!" In the wild, this becomes a survival tactic, with feral fluffies sleeping in a "fluffpile" for warmth. A herd's smarty decides which fluffies are allowed to join the pile; a feral fluffy not allowed into the fluffpile during winter is likely to freeze to death.
  • 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?
  • Deadly Euphemism: In fluffspeak, "bad enfies" means rape, while "forever sleepies" means death.
  • Death by Falling Over: Fluffies die easily, especially in comedic works.
  • Death Seeker: After enduring too much abuse, a fluffy will cross the Despair Event Horizon and only be able to say the words, "Wan die."
  • Depending on the Artist: While they're almost always identifiable as such, fluffies can vary drastically in anatomy, quality, cuteness, level of detail, and degree of realism, depending on who's drawing them. Some artists' fluffies closely resemble their My Little Pony forebears, while others may look more like pigs, hamsters, bovines, or even Pokémon — and that's just the four standard fluffy races. Overlaps with Depending on the Writer, as some authors my have headcanon justifications for these differences.
  • 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.
  • The Determinator: Considering that they were born to be dependent on humans and have no natural defense mechanisms, feral fluffies have to be this in order to survive.
  • Delayed Reaction: Gardenfluffs are famous for this. Gardenfluff crosses road, is hit by car. Gardenfluff is buried by driver. Gardenfluff notices car.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Fluffies who cross this enter a stage where they will repeat the phrase "wan die".
  • 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 every fluffy involved.
    • Even people who are normally (or ostensibly) hugboxers may 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.
  • Dung Fu: One of the few methods for fluffies to defend themselves is to shit on the target in question. Of course, most of the time it doesn't work and if attempted on a human, it usually gets them straight-up killed.
  • 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.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: When fwuffies tawk, they awways wepwace their r's and l's with w's, wike dis. Dis is wefewwed to as "fluffspeak."
  • Empty Shell: Fluffies who are traumatized to the point of going into the "wan die" loop.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: There are many horrible smarties out there that still love their families. Horrible abusers may still have a great social life, their evil limited only to fluffies.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Humans of every age, animals of every species, machines, inanimate objects, other fluffies, yourself...there is nothing that can't kill you when you're a fluffy pony.
  • 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.
    • Balanced of course by them dying in droves even through harmless means like drowning in shallow puddles.
  • Express Delivery: As noted above, a fluffy mare's pregnancy lasts only three weeks.
  • 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.)
  • Fantastic Slur:
    • People that hate fluffies refer to them as "shitrats", due to their poor bowel control and high breeding rate that causes them to be pest-like in high numbers.
    • Alicorns are called "munstahs" (monsters) by other fluffies.
    • Brown or otherwise dull-colored foals are called "poopeh babbehs" by other fluffies.
  • Fed to the Beast: A common occurrence, happens with dogs, cats, snakes, black-throated monitor lizards, alligators, lions, bears, even Dinosaurs...
  • Fix Fic: People popularly remake other creators' stories/pictures or make sequels to show what they believe happened afterwards. Of course, whether it's a happy ending or not varies greatly.
  • Flawed Prototype: The fluffy species is an entire race of those, as they were freed and released into the wild by PETA before Hasbio was finished working out the kinks in their genetic makeup. They're Made of Plasticine, have weak bones and muscles, drown very easily, reproduce ridiculously fast, are really, really stupid, and their digestive systems process food and water quickly while only absorbing half the nutrients, excreting abnormally large amounts of waste as a result.
  • Forced to Watch:
    • Can be as simple as making an evil mother watch her children eating a warm spaghetti meal or as malicious as crippling a Smarty and making him watch the destruction of his herd.
    • Foals are often abused in front of their mothers, with the mare pleading impotently the entire time.
  • Forgot About His Powers: A strange case where this applies in canon as well as in meta. Canonically fluffies can eat and digest grass. Yet in some works fluffies are starving on top of grassy hills. Meta-wise it is probable that artists simply overlooked it and made the hills green because it just looked better that way. Canonically fluffies are just that stupid to actually forget what is edible to them so it's not that big of a deal. Sometimes it's just plain weird for a herd to start a lawn invasion that is surrounded by a rich green meadow.
  • For the Evulz: Many abusers have this as their M.O.
  • Four-Temperament 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
    • Phlegmatic: Pegasi, Herd Members
    • Melancholic: Alicorns, Mummas (though both share similar characteristics, alicorns rarely get pregnant as most fluffies hate them.)
  • Flanderization: Some stories exaggerate the fluffies' negative traits to the point where no reasonable person would want one as a pet, in order to better justify abuse. This is known as the "Hellgremlin" cliché.
  • 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.
  • Gone Horribly Right: A lot of Fluffy behavior can be seen as the result of programming them to work as a toy running into the reality of needing to treat them like an actual pet.
    • The average pet has happy and sad days. As Fluffies are designed to be happy all the time, they are very energetic and need constant attention.
    • The Fluffy was designed to be dependent on humans for survival. as a result, they demand any human they encounter to be their caretaker.
  • Gorn: Some of the abuse stories can get more bloody than your average Slasher Movie.
  • 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.
  • Hate Sink: Smarties are frequently written to be like this, as they're often selfish, cowardly, greedy, smug, and prone to physically and/or sexually abusing their own kind. Naturally, this makes them prone to abuse by humans.
  • Horn Attack: A feral unicorn fluffy can sharpen its horn to use as a weapon.
  • 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).
  • I'm a Humanitarian: When there is no other food source, starving feral fluffies may eat each other out of desperation.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Very rarely open minded feral mamas or herds manage to adopt abandoned baby animals, like puppies or kittens. Needles to say that this genuine act of kindness pays huge dividends later on. But open mindedness is a very rare trait among Fluffies, who usually love playing favourites even with their own offspring and have difficulties sharing food and milk adequately with the lesser favoured foals already.
  • 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.
  • 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 an Asshole Victim. When there's no justification, it falls right into Kick the Dog.
  • Killer Rabbit: The few fluffies that aren't helpless are naturally this.
  • Kill the Cutie: a common fate of abused fluffies, especially foals.
  • Knight Templar: Quite a few abusers are adamant in believing fluffy abuse is justified, since fluffies aren't a natural animal and because they're an invasive species.
  • 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 Plasticine: Fluffies can be killed by practically anything.
    • Made of Iron: Which is NOT a good thing. While the above is true, they can also sustain quite the abuse, to the point of being cooked alive and still being coscious while being eaten.
  • Madness Mantra: "Wan die."
  • Mama Bear: Downplayed. Mares may abandon "bad babbehs" and "dummeh babbehs", and may even admit they are "bad mummahs" under duress, but will make at least a feeble attempt to protect their foals if they are able; if they are physically unable to protect their foals due to amputations, paralysis, or separation from foals by a transparent object, mummahs will resort to pleading to spare their foals with instinctively recited phrases like "pwease nu huwt babbehs!"
    • Averted once they realise their live is in direct danger. It's not always that clear cut for them at least, since usually most abusers go for foals first for the sake of mental and psychological abuse. If they go for the mummah directly, she will attempt to trade of all of her babies (even the bestest) for her own skin. If that inevitably won't work out, she will demand from her babies to save her. How to perform this heroic task is left for the babies to figure out.
  • 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.
  • Mercy Kill: Sometimes, this has to be done to a sick or injured fluffy to end its suffering. Here is a fluffy mother giving one to her terminally ill foal.
    Seabreeze: Am su sowwy, wittow sickie pointie babbeh. Mummah wub yoo... (closes her eyes) ...mummah wub yoo fowebbah...
    (SPLORTCH)
  • Mind-Control Device: Tasers, which can be used to "reset" fluffy memories.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The complex genetic code of fluffy ponies includes bits of dog, cat, horse, human, bird, goat, and rabbit DNA. This results in an animal with the overall appearance of a toy pony, pigmentation like those of birds, the fragility and reproductive cycle of a rabbit, being born blind and deaf like cats, being omnivorous like humans, horns like goats (if they're unicorns), and the intelligence between a human child and an adult dog.
  • 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. Conflicted feelings will usually disappear if a fluffy is caught red-hoofed causing environmental damage or harming native wildlife.
  • Never Say "Die": Downplayed.
    • Fluffies will only ever say "die" 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. However, if a fluffy has not yet reached the point of repeating "wan die", they will only refer to it as "forever sleepies."
    • 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!"
    • Averted completely with humans.
  • Naïve 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.
  • No Sympathy: "Enfie babbehs", foal victims of sexual abuse by older fluffies (named for the "enf enf" sound fluffies make while having sex), are often socially ostracized by other foals and called "dummeh babbehs".
  • 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.
  • Offing the Offspring: Fluffy mothers will readily kill alicorn foals, dull-colored foals, or "runts", the weakest foals in their litters.
  • Out of Focus: Most stories about ferals are focused on dysfunctional herds. Functional herds do indeed exist and the roles Smarties and Toughies have in them play out quite differently
    • Smarties in functional herds behave quite differently from their evil counterparts. They recognise patterns in traffic lights and even weather. They know where to find food and also know when they are overstaying their welcome. These skills help them navigate their friends through the concrete jungle and wilderness and they also determine where the best safe places for the herd would be. Other fluffies are glad to have them around, since they do the thinking for them (something that gives them headaches). In those herds a smarty is determined by ad-hoc intelligence tests like who can count to the highest number, and that is assuming it is some sort of a position that needs to be occupied at all, meaning that multiple smarties per herd are quite possible. They don't even have to be leaders, they are just friends that are smart.
    • Toughies in functional herds are merely fluffies that can shrug off some damage better than others. Way more common than smarties, and rarely their enforcers and more like peace makers, they are the ones who break up fights between herd members and look out for the herd's weaker members and foals. Just friends that happen to be tough and to whom a fluffy can ask for help if outhugging the problem is not the solution.
  • Pædo Hunt: Some of the more disturbing abuse stories feature fluffies (typically a smarty) raping foals.
  • Papa Wolf: Smarties and stallions are often this to their foals.
  • Parental Abandonment: Some fluffies will reject their weakest foals, or "runts", as well as dull-colored foals, or "poopeh babbehs". Alicorns are also abandoned by fluffy parents, as they're viewed as monsters.
  • Parental Love Song: Fluffy mothers often sing "mummah wuv babbehs, babbehs wuv mummah" while pregnant or nursing their foals.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Some abusers target only evil and vicious fluffies, although in some cases it veers into Disproportionate Retribution.
  • 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.
  • Planimal: Garden Fluffies are some sort of Fluffy/Plant hybrids, depending on the author they were either bioengineered that way or the result of a plant growing over a Fluffy corpse bringing it back to life a la the Cordyceps Fungus in The Last of Us, notably they seem smarter than regular Fluffies, if a lot slower.
  • Potty Failure / Bring My Brown Pants: Fluffies have notoriously bad bowel control. Many stories depict them as defecating at the drop of a hat.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Some abusers spare fluffies only because the fluffy in question would be worth a fair amount of money or good for breeding.
  • Pregnant Hostage: Pregnant mares are not spared from abuse, but will be spared direct physical torture unless the abuser is explicitly intending to induce a miscarriage.
  • Properly Paranoid: With all the horrible things that happen to fluffies, a paranoid fluffy is rarely incorrect in its paranoia.
  • The Quisling: Some fluffies despise their own race and will turn on their species, while working for an abuser.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Fluffies that rape other fluffies are held in extremely low regard. This makes them a popular Asshole Victim of choice.
    • Often averted for abusers. Many of them consider rape, or other forms of sexual assault, as simply another weapon to be used against fluffies.
  • 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.
  • Sadistic Choice: An abuser will sometimes force a fluffy into one For the Evulz. One particularly sickening example is this image of a fluffy mother being forced to hold up a wooden platform supporting one of her foals with a noose around its neck, while her other foal is being drowned in a goldfish bowl filled with water.
  • The Scream: Fluffy screaming is usually written as "SCREE!" or some variation thereof with varying numbers of E's.
  • "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.
    • "Nyu mummah/daddeh?" - what an ownerless fluffy will say to any approaching human, wanting them to be its caretaker.
    • "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.
    • "Huu huu huu!" - the sound made when crying.
  • 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.
  • 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 often 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.
  • Third-Person Person: Fluffies always refer to themselves in third person. If they don't have names, they'll refer to themselves with descriptors like "mummah", "babbeh", or "smawty".
  • 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 Bleak, Stopped Caring: Intentionally invoked outside of the hugbox. A fluffy's life doesn't mean much, no matter how sympathetic it is. Do not cheer for it, you will just get your heart inevitably broken.
  • Too Dumb to Live: A fluffy pony will kill itself in all sorts of ways.
    • Covering their eyes with hooves is their idea of hiding. Smarter fluffies who actually manage to properly hide themselves usually give themselves away by loudly muttering self-praise and how the "dummeh" whatever will never be able to find them.
    • Fluffies will do ANYTHING for "sketties". Thus it is effectively used as bait. Even the smarter fluffies who recognise the trap will willingly spring it anyways, albeit in tears, if the spaghetti has i.e. their favourite sauce.
    • Giving non-fluffy animals with natural brown fur (like bear cubs or wild boar piglets) the poopie babbeh treatment.
  • Toon Physics: Some stories embrace this wholeheartedly with fluffies.
  • Torture Porn: A staple of many abuse stories.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fluffy ponies invariably love spaghetti, or "sketties" as they call it.
    • They also like cookies.
  • Translation Train Wreck: Some fluffy artists do not have English as a first language, and can result in the hilarious situation where their fluffspeak is well-written, but normal human speech is butchered.
    • In some stories that play outside of English speaking countries, fluffies still speak their mangled English (since they were intended to be released in the US market first), so if they interact with locals, a hilarious mangled English battle ensues, since the locals and foreigners in those stories not only have difficulties understanding fluffspeak, but also speak Polandball English, which in turn confuses the fluffies to no end.
  • The Unfavorite: Feral fluffy mothers will reject dull-colored or alicorn foals and deny them milk, leaving them to starve to death. Domestic fluffy mothers will initially do the same, but they can be trained by patient and caring owners to tolerate and love their dull-colored and alicorn foals instead.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Fluffy speech is mostly comprised of these. "Nummies" for food, "gud feews" for sex, 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.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Fluffies will plead for their lives when abused (whenever they aren't just letting out an inarticulate "SCREEEEE!"), and mummas will plead for their foals lives with phrases like "Nu huwt Babbeh!" and "Am gud babbehs!".
  • 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.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Fluffies are legally classified as biotoys rather than animals, and thus aren't protected by anti-animal cruelty laws.
  • 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Fluffy foals are very vulnerable to being abused, either by adult fluffies or humans. Foals that are sexually abused by adult fluffies are called "enfie babbehs".
  • 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.


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