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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", 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.


After hearing of this, PETA ruled Hasbio's actions to be unethical and abominaable, and thus infiltrating 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.


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 Go there at your own risk.

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.
  • 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 are unable to categorize a fluffy pony that has wings and a horn at the same time as either a pegasus fluffy ("wingie fwend") or a unicorn fluffy ("pointy fwend"), and thus label alicorns as monsters ("munstahs"), their catch-all term for any kind of creature that is not a fluffy pony.
  • 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. "Milkbags" have it even worse, being fluffy mares that are used in fluffy mills to feed the many, many foals that said mills produce. Milkbags aren't just pillowed. They're also 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 as punishment directed at them, so a fluffy might walk into a wall and ask it "why huwt fwuffy?!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Death Seeker: Fluffies that enter the "wan die" loop become this.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Foals are often abused in front of their mothers, with the mare pleading impotently the entire time.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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, 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-handed 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, 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 or "runts", the weakest foals in their litters.
  • 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." Alicorns are also abandoned by fluffy parents, as they're viewed as monsters.
  • 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 bowl 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.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues: Fluffies are creatures made to be cute, harmless housepets. Due to this, any fluffy that lives out in the wild doesn't tend to live very long.
  • 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.
    • "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.
  • 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...
  • Small, Annoying Creature: fluffies are this at best, to anyone who isn't a hugboxer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Unfavorite: Feral fluffy mothers will reject 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 humans to tolerate and love their alicorn foals instead.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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