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"I feel like there isn’t enough vocal positivity in this fandom as there should be, so in spirit of the Season 4 finale and a big charity auction project I’ve been working on (that’s been quickly growing bigger than I ever thought possible, but I don’t want to spoil anything yet!) I wanted to express my congratulations, appreciation, and gratitude to the entire cast and crew of MLP, no matter how big or small each person’s contribution may be. I know it’s just a small gesture, but I hope that it will maybe inspire others to do the same and get the good vibes going. <3

I won’t go on a long ramble about what the show and the community has done for me as an individual and as an artist, cause I’m sure you all have better things to do than read a long-winded summary of sentimental thoughts and backstory or something. But I just want to say that no matter how crummy things get, be it drama or dumb loudmouth idiots that just want something to complain about, I love the show, I love the community, and I love the people that make it happen. You’re all wonderful and I am absolutely humbled to have had the opportunity to meet so many of you and be blessed with such amazing memories (and it’s certainly not over yet, of course!).

To everyone that had a hand in making this series what it is, thank you. Your hard work is appreciated and loved, and I think I can speak for a lot of us when I say it means a lot."
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Background Pony #4785
got into the show way back in 2012, but I didn’t really get involved in the fandom until somewhere in the middle of 2014. God, I still remember all those flame wars in ’anti-brony videos’, the tumblr pony ask-blog era, people going Lunar Revolution VS Solar Empire or whatever it was, that huge Smile song collab and discovering FIMFiction.
It’s been wild, but I will always love the show itself for what it is. :)
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Vivix's avatar
Been here since September 2011. A year of music school ended and anxiety ended and I suddenly had nothing to do but a glaring mental problem. I saw clips of the show on YouTube without really having heard of it, and it looked adorable!! Always loved cartoons and was instantly hooked.

Now six years later I still watch it live and my new favorite is Starlight! Thanks everyone!
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Background Pony #1366
I too first investigated bronies for the psychology of it, I wanted to see what drove them to partake in such a strange thing. And I found out.
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jomamma's avatar
I joined early 2011 (right before season 1 ended). I discovered from some article on The Escapist, and the Psych major in me was way too curious to not look into it.
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CinnamonToastTyler's avatar
Been a Brony since October 10, 2010…. Im not kidding, my sister was really into MLP cause of the old generation and she wanted me to watch FIM when it first appear. I watched the first episode and I kinda enjoyed it.
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Revan0123's avatar
I heard about the fandom on some Star Wars videos that I was watching (It was in the comment sections). They mentioned that the second episode of Season 2 copied Star Wars: Episode IV’s ending and I was like "Wait? What?".

So, I searched it up and found the episodes. I decided to watch part 1 first just to get some context and to see if it was any good…and holy fuck, it surprised me. The characters were engaging, the story kept me intrigued and fucking John De Lancie was the villain of the episode! I immediately made the connection to Q from Star Trek TNG.

Anyways, after all that, I saw the ending and holy fuck, it did it again! The fans weren’t wrong about it being a Star Wars Episode IV expy.

After watching both episodes of Season 2, I went back to Season 1 to see how it started. By this point, I was hooked in like a fish after bait.

Been here since 2011 and, to be honest, I wouldn’t have traded all of that for something else. I found some amazing things and, while we’ve had a few rough patches like "Twilicorn" and "Glimmer being redeemed instantly", I still keep tabs on the show and continue to watch it :)
Background Pony #803C
Well, I can’t really say I’ve been here in a long time since I just joined the fandom last year. However, that one year was enjoyable and really eventful for me since I was introduced to fanfics and videos like Rainbow Dash Presents and Fluttershy Plays. I also got to talk with people who would have similar or even the same opinions as me about things like a certain part of a fandom (I’m looking at you, Fall of Equestria..) Even if the series would end in a few years, I’d like think that those years in the fandom were worth it.
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Soda Fizz

Why am I here?
Since everyone’s doing it, I might as well lol.

I knew about MLP because of a Youtube Poop in 2011, basically because I was watching MysteryGuitarMan and he had like a contest about editing his videos musically. (which is basically just a YouTube Poop Music Videos or YTPMV for short)

While I was watching some of the entries, I saw some MLP videos in my recommendations and I basically ignored it thinking maybe it was just one of those "kids" channel videos. A year later, I keep getting those horse videos in my recommendation and finally decided to watch one of them. After a bunch of "research" I found out that it was made by Lauren Faust. Sooo, knowing that, I started watching one of the episodes which was Applebuck Season and liked it. (since I liked cartoons so why not?)
Oh and I also found and liked some old Tumblr ask pages like Crook3dsmile’s Pinkamena and Lesang’s Murdershy. (which is gone now I think, sadly) :c

I still didn’t know there was a big following of MLP until the end of 2012. Then I found out there’s also a Brony community in my country which consists of like a few people. (like 20 max iirc, which now has hundreds)
So I join in, met some new peeps, gone to some meetups and the rest is going down in history. wait, that’s not how it goes… =w=
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The End wasn't The End - Found a new home after the great exodus of 2012
Birthday Cake - Celebrated MLP's 7th birthday

I'm just this pone, see?
I first caught the show on PensivePine’s YouTube channel on October 11, 2010. I had grown up with ponies in the 80s, and I was curious to see how the reboot was going to work. I remember being intrigued about the cliffhanger about Nightmare Moon, so I definitely wanted to catch the next episode! The 2nd part of the pilot just sold the show for me, and the rest is history.

The funny part is that I didn’t even know there was a fandom until March of 2011.

It’s been a crazy ride, but I wouldn’t trade any of it. I’ve met some pretty amazing people along the way!
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I joined the fandom in 2011, after some initial hesitation. Now I adore the show and its signature equines. I acknowledge it’s probably going to end eventually, but it’s always going to be a part of me.
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Mystery Badge #1 - It is a mystery to everyone.
Duck - Back in the day it was hip to quack on ugly alicorn OCs

Infrequent Shitposter
The movie was okay. It was pretty to look at, but nothing special- nothing new. Nothing in the movie is anything we haven’t already seen some variation of.

FiM is old enough that it’s starting to copy itself… That’s both impressive and disappointing.
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Fine Arts - Two hundred uploads with a score of over a hundred (Safe/Suggestive)
The End wasn't The End - Found a new home after the great exodus of 2012
Perfect Pony Plot Provider - 10+ uploads with over 350 upvotes or more (Questionable/Explicit)
Magnificent Metadata Maniac - #1 Assistant

I can’t say the show or fandom has significantly changed my life, but they have enriched my life and helped me get through some trying times. For that I am thankful.
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Shimmering Blaze
Birthday Cake - Celebrated MLP's 7th birthday
Friendship, Art, and Magic (6 Years) - Celebrated Derpibooru's six year anniversary with friends.

Equestrian Mail Service
I’ve only been in the fandom for a couple of years, yet it feels like I have been along for the ride for all 7 years.

Here’s to many more years of MLP!
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