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The (Not So) Cynical Creators Guild is a FIMFiction group founded by The Cynical Brony on August 27th 2018. It was made as a replacement for The Insane Creators Guild, a group founded by LyraAlluse on May 27th 2015 and deleted on the same day the new group was made. Starting off as a group for users to promote their original content, TICG expanded to include anything one wished to post (within the site rules, and sometimes not). Being a continuation of the lost group, T(NS)CCG picked up where the previous group left off.

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The (Not So) Cynical Creators Guild:

  • Came Back Strong: New rules were instilled for the new group, and a thread detailing rules regarding adminship also came up.
  • Capital Letters Are Magic: LyraAlluse and Colonel Jenna Cipher Title Threads Like This.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Showing an excessive amount of hatred for something usually gets you ridiculed by the other users.
  • Couch Gag: The banner and icon are changed every month to a certain theme, often to celebrate an anniversary, such as the 20th anniversary of Pokémon in 2016 (in the old group).
  • Mood Whiplash: When a thread discussing a serious matter (a recent tragedy/disaster, etc.) goes up. Guaranteed by looking at the news/political/religious thread.
  • Running Gag: Known as "group memes".
    • Some threads will inspire other users to post threads which have one or a few words changed (most often someone’s name) but are otherwise identical. For an example from the previous group, one such thread spawned ten copies, all of which were deleted (save for the original) followed by a reminder that it constituted spam, which is against the rules on FIMFiction. For another example from said old group, ProMonarchyGenius’ I Warned You rant around Teen Titans Go! To the Movies provoked several threads mocking the original with other topics.
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  • Shipper on Deck: Users post threads usually shipping two users together, but one from the previous group shipped ProMonarchyGenius with Robert Iger (CEO of Disney), and another, shipping three people together.
  • Shout-Out: And how.
    • Almost as common as memes, references vary as much as the members of the group. Some are related to current events or popular culture. Others are retro shout-outs or more obscure in nature.
    • The group rules are posted on the main page... translated through several different languages and then back into English. This wasn’t the first to do that...


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The Insane Creators Guild:

  • 10-Minute Retirement:
    • Lyra (apparently) banned herself because she "didn’t meme hard enough".
    • ProMonarchyGenius posted about how supposedly tragic it was that he was leaving]], only to come back six days later, presumably to have an audience for his Disney-bashing.
    I have been thinking these past few days since I left this group and I have decided that it is best for the group for me to return to it. Consider my return as the Christmas present that the group does not want, but desperately needs and richly deserves. So Merry Christmas and have a Happy Life Day to you all.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    Jenna: Fun isn't something one considers when balancing the drinks. But this does bring a smile to my face.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal:
    • Discord’s Discombobulating Discounts]].
    • The Super Successful Star Skimmer Support Series]].
  • A God Is You:
    • According to Lord Demolitions, this is your outcome if you shit yourself.
    • An indirect example; Jenna said that Flex Tape is God.
  • All for Nothing: Sword Tune apparently stayed up at least once to finish a story until 2AM, then deleted half of it in the morning.
  • Anti-Humor:
    Herrpface: Why wasn’t the giraffe allowed to enter the strip club? Because it was on fire.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    Officer Hotpants: "But didn’t Club Penguin shut down?"
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Phoenix Heart 20 when asked what fast food place she would erase from existence:
    Jack-in-the-Box. I f**king got food poisoning from one I went to in Georgia last year. Plus those prices were ridiculous!
  • Artistic License – Biology: Lyra’s explanation of where babies come from.
  • Artistic License – Geology:
    Lyra: The earth is actually a S'more. The continents are graham crackers and the ocean is the marshmallow. Everything else is made of chocolate. #True Facts
  • Artistic License – History:
    • Lyra said that Knighty has been working on making the website "General Fiction" since the age of the dinosaurs, and that she has been waiting millions of years.
    • The backstory Lyra devised for knighty. Then the one Castaway subsequently made for her.
    • Lyra already wrote a backstory for herself where she was formerly a level gazillion waffle mage goddess who helped to end the Great Waffle War.
    • How Madness Found Me, courtesy of This Man Is Crazy.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Mine Menace claimed that he can seep into power sockets and travels along the wires across vast electrical networks.
  • Author Appeal: Lyra’s "not so secret society" dedicated to pineapples.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • As Herrpface pointed out]], if you stick up both your middle fingers and spin around in a circle, you’re flipping off every person on the planet.
    • Another idea by Herrpface: "Nacho runs" for video games where every choice involves nachos.
    Choosing which mission to follow? Allignments are "Good," "Evil," or "Drive off to buy nachos instead." MC's friend is hanging on a ledge? Choices are "Save him," "Chase the criminal," or "Stand still and daydream about nachos."
  • Berserk Button:
    • Political posts got to the point that a separate thread was mandated for them. It was later amended to include religious posts following many instances of the admins asking users posting threads taking shots at religion to move it to the political thread. There also used to be a thread for posting news articles until that was merged into the aforementioned thread. This was carried over into the second group.
    • Highly-anticipated movies were also major points of contention before and following their releases.
  • Big "WHY?!": Inverted; a thread by Disavowed ASH started with, "WHY DO I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!", then added, "Why?".
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor:
    • ST4RSK1MM3R’s thread about how to get popular on FIMFiction (ie. write a lot of "clop"]].
    • Lyra's "origin story" for Knighty.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: A thread where LyraAlluse, gamexpert1990, and Quillian Inkheart all posted pictures of Lyra Heartstrings the unicorn, then The Castaway Pariah posted a picture of Lyra the female protagonist of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, then Quillian posted a picture of said protagonist with the unicorn’s head in place of her own.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    Jarvy Jared: She's pretty—incredibly pretty; all of our friends say so—and kind, and sweet, and funny, and has a uniquely dark and sexual sense of humor that you would not expect from her... so the typical attributes, I guess? I don't know.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Derrick-Skakula said he had read the Twilight books]], and asked if he was the only one in the group to have done so. Later, Cazadore said someone tried forcing him to read Twilight. Castaway linked to the first thread and asked if it was Derrick (disappointingly, it was not).
    • Fervidor declared his love of raisin cookies, much to the anger of several users. Only four days later did ST4RSK1MM3R ask if people who make raisin cookies have a special place in hell just for them.
    • An unintentional one noticed by Mystical Rainboom. After Lyra claimed she had banned herself, she was away over the following weekend.
  • Don't Like, Don't Read: ProMonarchyGenius tried this in regards to Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The earliest threads were more centered on self-promotion and finding out about the personal interests of other group members, and less on mindless-but-wholesome shitposting. Averted in the new group since it carried on from the old one.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: According to Officer Hotpants]], mixing raisin cookies with chocolate chip cookies gets you "the Big Oven" (simply making them earns a warning).
  • Foreshadowing: A thread where Castaway brought up the possibility of the group having a page.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Castaway’s thread where he had everyone write sentences ith acronyms that spelled out said users’ names. He tried and failed to tell Crescent Glaive that they shouldn’t have included "How did I do?" at the end.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Originally meant to promote, help writers, and talk about stuff relating to My Little Pony. Has grown far beyond this to put it simply.
  • How Many Fingers?: Amereep asked Castaway.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Lampshaded by Mega SevenWays:
    Ants outnumber us a million to one? So what Ants don't alter the environment to suit their needs, destroy mountains to make travel easier or whip out whole species for being an inconvenience to us.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Invoked:"You know what I hate about people who make threads that are empty?" After having that for the title of his thread, Castaway included nothing in the contents. Nearly all the replies followed suit. Then a few months later, he added, "And don’t even get me started on people who necro old threads."
    • Amereep used his phone/tablet/computer to complain about people using their phones/tablets/computers (he claims he got his little sister to do it).
  • Ice-Cream Koan: "Saying you ironically like memes is a meme, so if you say you ironically like memes are you actually saying you unironically like memes?"
  • I Never: Phoenix Heart 20 started a game of it. One such thing mentioned is getting so wasted you did something embarrassing.
  • Innocent Innuendo:
    • Amereep’s "Don’t stop. Keep stroking. It feels soooooo good."
    • Mystical Rainboom’s "Time to beat some meat". Cue a pizza slice and a hot dog pitted against each other in a boxing ring.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others:
    Doctor Grant: Can You Name Me Substances that Induce Regurgitation?
    kalash93: Ipecac, ethanol consumed to excess, and TempestLight shipping.
  • Loophole Abuse: Castaway allowed the group to ask him anything with one exception: how big his junk is. Sky Blue CMC instead asked him how ‘small it is. Castaway responded with a loophole of his own: he didn’t say he’d actually answer'' the questions.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Let’s just say Castaway likes his cheeseburgers (ie. not plain hamburgers).
  • Mathematician's Answer:
    LIL DASH GRINGO: What would a hayburger taste like? Bet it’s freaking deliciously gross.
    Officer Hotpants: Like hay.
  • Misplaced Sorrow:
    sevenofeleven: We used to have a Dominoes within easy trotting distance and then some guy gets into a fight. He decides to burn down a local Dominoes. No more chicken bacon ranch with the crunchy bread.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • The uplifting posts by SuperSonicGoldenKirinGod were really long. Shows his dedication to helping not only his friends, but complete strangers.
  • Multiple Reference Pun: As Quillian Inkheart pointed out, Colonel Jenna Cipher’s Star Wars joke doubles as a Portal reference:
    Why can't a Sith have a piece of cake? ... Because piece is a lie.
  • Naked People Are Funny:
    Amereep: Singing leads to dancing. Dancing leads to slipping. Slipping leads to paramedics finding you naked. So don't sing in the shower!
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between:
    Officer Hotpants: There's a special place in hell for people who hack Steam accounts. Right between the child molesters and the people who use white subtitles during snowy scenes.
  • Non-Indicative Title: Only a small percentage of group members create things, and none are known to be legally insane (although plenty present their persona as this).
  • Non Sequitur:
    • The entirety of the thread "Thoughts on anything".
    • A lengthy one about Derpy (the res tof the thread was unrelated).
  • Not Even Bothering with an Excuse: Dyslexic Foal asked why everyone "bullies" ProMonarchyGenius. Most people denied doing so, either truthfully or not, but Castaway said he did so because of a disagreement PMG had with Lyra and ObsidianPony delivered an indirect "The Reason You Suck" Speech that PMG treats others like that himself.
  • Not Himself: People acted like it in a thread where they were told to be the exact opposite of their personalities.
  • No, You: In this thread.
  • Poetry:
    • A thread started by Kirito-Persona to post poetry you like or write your own.
    • [[This "deep" poem by LightOfTriumph]] in response to Jenna wondering why we exist:
    What's the point of all this hoax ?
    Is it the chicken and the egg time , are we just yolks
    Ore perhaps we're just one of Gods little jokes
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure:
    Kirito-Persona: None of you got the reference did you? T_T
  • Pun:
    Lyra: Yes, I am fur real.
    • This helpful tidbit from Jenna:
    When a Shitpost contains a Prequel Meme it becomes a Sithpost. That is all. Carry on.
    Amereep: .....well.... it was creative. .....Walt else do you want me to say?
    • Amereep while his coworker was helping him out at Burger King:]]
    Coworker: There, and that's how you get out of a pickle. It's funny cause its a fast food joke.
    Amereep: You're right it was fast food, because that joke was cheap.
  • Quietly Performing Sister Show: The main page promoted other groups:
  • Random Events Plot:
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Castaway’s thread where he shipped the group (ie. everyone in it) with shipping threads and asked, "Because what could we possibly love more?"
  • Rhymes on a Dime:
    • "Mmmn. I grow some fear. He must be near."
    • Jeepers. That's pretty creepers.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: According to Amereep, everyone yawns because it’s "the new big craze". Never mind that yawning is a natural part of biology, not just for humans but for many mammals.
  • Self-Deprecation: The "Fervidor Unappreciation Thread".
  • Serious Business:
    • "Don't you ever disrespect the oatmeal raisin cookies or I shall strike you down where you stand."
    • Herrpface made a top 5 ranking of the five vowels. Let’s just say Officer Hotpants didn’t take the exclusion of Y well.
    • "And if say Disney three times, it comes out as 666 which is the Devil's number."
    • ProMonarchyGenius lamenting the "disloyalty" to MLP. Lampshaded by LightOfTriumph:
    Disloyalty, eh? I was under the impression that this was a cartoon, but if you wanna treat it like a fucking cult, that's fine.
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product: Two of them. One is the Drama Free Insane Creators Guild (yes, with the missing "the"), made by StormLuna in a childish, pathetic bid to get back at Lyra for the banning of ProMonarchyGenius. The second is The Crazy Creators League created by ProMonarchyGenius himself, most likely in a similar childish, pathetic bid to get even with Lyra following his ban.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • Dyslexic Foal was unhappy that the LGBT community "ruined" crossdressing jokes.]]
    • Jenna and Quillian Inkheart on the topic of waffles:
    Jenna: Do you know how much I like waffles?
    Quillian: How much do you like waffles?
    Jenna: ... More than life itself.
  • Space Whale Aesop:
    • Don’t leave milk sitting around. Because it’ll go bad? No, because a cartoon horse with wings will knock it over and then look weirdly happy about it.
    • Keep a toothbrush with you at all times, because it could help you prevent your evil clone from stealing your starship.
    • "And the moral of the story is... It's never a good idea to sleep in a space without plates, unless you want to have a friend licking salsa off you while you're asleep."
  • Staging an Intervention: "Intervention" threads were a thing, where users called out another group member to stop doing some real or fictional thing.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    The Pale Swordsmen: I'm not suspicious, I didn't just join this site and instantly this obscure group.
  • Symbol Swearing:
    TheWingman: Well, we all can agree that Farla is a reprehensible c(Fluttershy)(Fluttershy)t.]]
  • Take a Third Option:
    • Colonel Jenna Cipher was supposedly convinced that a war took place between waffles and pancakes. According to Mega Seven Ways, cookies are the ones that rule the world.
    • Castaway wasn’t sure whether a bacon mug is actually 100% made of bacon or is simply an actual mug with bacon wrapped around it. Lyra dug up a website saying that the bacon was wrapped around a wire mesh in the shape of a mug and then deep-fried.
    • Castaway suggested one for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team: "No, but you can ask Jenna" (the question was "Do you know anything about the world’s balance?" This was followed by a fourth option concerning nachos.
    • Castaway asking how you would rather die:
    Kriysix: Poison.
  • Take That!:
    • By Officer Hotpants against 4Kids Entertainment: ie. placing "rice balls" in strikethrough and replacing it with "jelly donuts".
    • By Castaway when he suggests a nickname for Miltank (in reference to the one owned by Whitney in Gold/Silver/Crystal/HeartGold/SoulSilver): "Hellonearthifyoudonthaveafightingtype".
  • Tempting Fate: Lampshaded by Jenna when she shipped Cazadore and This Man Is Crazy after the latter said, "Let’s hope this doesn’t get us shipped."
    Jenna: ...You know you were just asking for this by saying that, right?
    • Cazadore did, however,]] [[Revenge return the favor.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: "Appreciation Threads" popped up, started by one user making a thread for himself.
  • TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life: Lampshaded by Officer Hotpants upon learning about this page’s existence.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    Lyra: Well while you were gone, aliens made contact with human beings, two portals to fantasy realms were discovered in China and Japan respectively, and we found out that Mars is inhabited by a sentient alien species known as the Zorg. You din't really miss too much to be honest. It's all pretty standard stuff.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Downplayed. A thread that started off as a simple celebration of May 4 (Star Wars Day) turned into an argument that ended up getting the thread locked.
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