I got into the show a few months after TF2 became free to play (right after the S2 premiere). I saw a meme video about the subject using a clip from the first season. I really liked how the show looked so I gave it a try.
I laugh when I think back on it because I would deny that I liked it even though it kept my attention through the first season.
I still like it because ponies are fun and I sill listen to a lot of the free music the community created in their love for the show.
I steered clear of it for many years mostly due to the heavy stigma associated with the fanbase, combined with the fact that I have enough socially toxic hobbies as it is. I'll admit I always secretly felt kind of like OP's pic though. I put the show in my Netflix queue out of curiosity at one point but didn't end up actually watching it until after /mlpol/ convinced me to.
I enjoy it mostly because it's a cute, light, fun show I can watch before bed or when I feel like watching something warm and cute. I actually find I enjoy the cutesy slice of life episodes more than the more heavy-handed season openers and closers, although I do enjoy the mythology of the show as well.
I like it because of cute poners and gud memes I guess would be the short answer.
Back in 2011 and 2012 I saw the internet was awash in bronies and I didn't care one way or another because they didn't get in my way.
Fastforward to a few months ago and I was watching TheMysteriousMrEnter review various cartoons. He revealed he was a brony so I saw his reviews of MLP episodes. Then I went to see CinemareSins by LittleShyFiM and I was sold. I came to /mlpol/ through a random comment on one of his videos.
>>89400 Gave it a shot after the merge. At first I questioned why I was alive and had to skip the opening because I cringed way to hard at the idea that I could be doing this. Then I watched the Griffon Brush Off episode and my head died from the plot twist and I said to myself "fuck this isn't bad." So I kept watching and now when the intro plays I start grinning like an autist.
oddly enough, hearing some radio blurb about people watching the show planted the idea in my head, and after a suitable dosage of memes, I actually sat down and watched it. I still regret nothing, despite having more or less stopped in the middle of s5.
>>89435 I had a similar experience with the opening, I was really cringing initially and almost stopped watching right there due to embarrassment. Now when Netflix automatically skips it I rewind and watch it every time because it's catchy. Same with a lot of the music in the show.
I was watching happy tree friends at 3-AM in my father's office when I noticed some random pony video, I don't remember whenever it was s1 EP 2 or just a random fan made thing, but that got me into the show.
An old friend of mine was a brony back in 2011/2012 I thought he was weird and made fun of him. Then I played a SHIT TON of TF2 and it was everywhere on it and then a few of the friends I made there where into it so I became more open to it after that.
Then I met a girl she would only date a brony. I was already curious so I watched the first few EPs then I got into the show from there. She left me a while ago but I stayed into the show because the show it self was pretty damn good.
>>89400 Was watching some SC2 pro-match and had a video in recommended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJbAT1wzS8U& Life was never the same after. >Why do you still like it? Because it's one of a few decent cartoons made after y2k. Much better than shit like Adventure Time, Retard&Moron and all of (((((Disney)))))) shit blatant propaganda.
I got into the show through XCOM, of all things. I was fresh off of reading "Things XCOM Operatives Are Not Allowed To Do", losing my fucking shit in the process. Figured I'd fire off a tentative search for more XCOM fanfics. That led me to a fimfic by the name of "Stardust", which crossed over FiM and Enemy Unknown. I figured I'd give it a read, see if I'd get a chuckle out of cartoon horses getting eaten by Chryssalids. Instead, it turned out to be one of the best pieces of fanfiction I ever read, at the time. What followed was a month or so of fimfic binge-reading, finally culminating in me downloading the first five seasons, and giving it a watch. Been on the ride for almost two years, now. Didn't take me long to find /mlp/, and well, here we are.
I gave it a chance after the flood on /b/ I wanted it with my wife & we both actually enjoyed it. Still do actually & think it's got good basic messaging behind it 90% of the time. So much so that it's one of the few modern cartoons our little one is allowed to watch.
>>89400 i had a furry phase during s2, and tiarawhy just released chryssi.swf needless to say, that was my slippery slope: then cupcakes HD started to show on my recommended feed, and splinix and xXhomersimpsonXx started to shove PTS to everyone's throats, was insane. after that i started to watch the show and getting into the fandom during s2 hiatus. i started to 4chan when splinix posted 30.0 and deleted all his YT (and anything pony related) content. when i realized where i was, i was a regular in the normal norman threads (way back before fingerbang, a little later after the scruffening) and i saw a lot of crazy oc and drama during all those years. now, even when my internet activity is low, i have bookmarked /mlp/'s catalog and mlpol's overboard with derpibooru's filter choice and most of my YT sub feed are ponytubers (some alive, some turned furry, and some dead). i'm stuck, there's no getaway, and yet i feel just fine
My parents instilled a don't-knock-it-t'il-you-try-it attitude in me since I was a kid and that carried into highschool when I wanted to watch the show before judging bronies. It started off with them trying to convince me to eat spaghetti because I thought it looked weird, but now I'm a fascist who's attracted to horses.
When MLP:FiM started a friend sent me a clip and told me to watch the show. I told him there was no way I was going towatch a show for little girls. Cut to about two years later. I had just taken a new job and no longer had to work on saturdays. So I turn on the tv that sat morning and it’s still tuned to the Hub. At the time, the Hub would play old school Transformers cartoons at midnight so I had been watching those the night before. The tv says “Coming up next, My Little Pony” and I grabbed the remote to change the channel. Then I thought, eh, give it a try. Watched that episode, and halfway through the next I was looking up the show online.
My sister asked if I wanted to watch it with her. (We're both adults) She heard good shit about it, (this was early brony phase) and we both watch cartoons. So we gave it a chance. We both watched until we heard that Faust was leaving.
>>89521 It is not just curiosity but weapon grade autism.
It was just one cartoon. A single cartoon that turned the whole world on it's head. A cartoon that became a medium for outcasts to combine weirdness and dedication. They were people that made jokes and fapped to weird drawings.
It turned broken people into people with hope. It made them interact gave them a reason.
Where were you when a small dedicated crowd put multi-million-dollar-companies to shame? Where were you whe people found joy in their lives again? Where were you when autistic horsefuckers befriended the worst enemies.
It makes people look farther than they have seen before. It makes it easier to face reality.
A girl I was banging showed me a few ep and thought I would like it. They play in cursed flowers I I don't remember the other eps I was distracted. It was very meh to me so I never had a desire to watch it again. I tried again post April fool's watching a few suggestions from anons and have no reason to watch it.
>>89400 I Remember seeing a meme about ponies on iFunny (kill me) all the way back in early 2012. I was very conflicted but also insanely interested in the whole concept of mlp. Thus began a 4 and a half year wild chase with myself either hating bronies or being sympathetic towards them. But, I was still very interested in the show and fandom.
A day after the 6 year anniversary, I decided, "Fuck it, let's do it". I started Netflix and watched the first 3 seasons in the next 4 days. I finished the rest of the show by the end of that month.
I really do love this show, and this fandom is great. I think the moderate hold it has on society and modern internet culture allows it to be still very relevant yet not being in your face annoying like it was when it first appeared.
I heard all about the worst kind of bronies for years after the show premiered and avoided the show and fandom entirely, even watching a Netflix docu on bronies for keks. During april, agreed in thread with some from /mlp/ to watch their vids if they watched red-pill nazi vids. And that, as they say, was that.
I was a big fan of fallout 3 and new Vegas and played through both after the e3 conference. Fast forward to September and I still had two months until launch. I needed to get my fallout fix until launch but I wanted NEW fallout content. Then I remembered hearing about a really good Mlp fanfic called fallout equestria. I never read it because of my own reservations about reading a fallout fanfic with pastel colored ponies.
I fucking loved it, it was the kind of story I adored. I could go on about my feelings for the fic but we'll just fast forward. Fallout equestria, project horizons, and outlaw later and now I was at a point where I wanted to write my own fic.
I had to understand the source material, so I finnally bit the bullet and watched the actual show. I enjoy it, it's not what I typically like but I feel like I can let my gaurd down around it and just watch a show about characters that live in a good world and will have a happy ending. And if things don't go that way then I can be pleasantly surprised (I should probably mention that I'm somewhat of a sadistic mother fucker, which makes me have an even weirder feeling for this show).
Anyways that's the story of how fallout 4 got me to watch mlp.
I'm /kind of/ a newfag to the whole pony thing (RIP me), I got into the show in early S6. The first episode I watched when it first came out was No Second Prances. I remember seeing all the pony hype and image macros and videos and such at the beginning in 2011-12, and found all the Internet stuff funny, but never really thought much of it. For whatever reason my brain was not able to make that connection between fan content and the show. Yep, literally retarded, that's one required step out of the way.
In early 2016, I kept running into YouTube animators that I really enjoyed, and it turned they did pony stuff. And of course, as is the nature of the Web, they linked to other YT pony animators, and I really enjoyed their stuff as well. That kinda got me "desensitized" to the idea of MLP just being a "little girls show" and just a regular TV show that people actual enjoy, and I could consider watching.
So I was channel surfing one day after coming home, not really interested in anything I saw, and then I noticed that MLP was running on DiscoFam (probably just a s5 rerun or something like that). I thought, "huh, why not? all these youtube people I enjoy and who make really good stuff like the show! maybe I will too…" And so I watched an episode. And I enjoyed it. Fuck. So I watched another one, and like it too. Fuck me! I'm turning into a fucking faggot! Next day at the same time I sat in front of my TV and saw that there was MLP again, so I watched some more, not really watching any specific episodes, just what was on. This became kind of a daily thing for me to do, until one day all of a sudden I decided to binge watch through all of season 2 on archive.org. I'm not sure why I chose to watch it on archive.org, but it was there, and I watched it, and enjoyed every minute of it. So now I'm here. What has my life come to?
>tfw you were there when 4chan was torn apart by pony >tfw you took part in the shitposting >tfw moot finally gave in and created /mlp/ >tfw you were one of the originals I stopped watching the show for a few years after that, but fell in love with it again after /mlp/ showed up on /pol/
I was adamantly against horsefuckery for a long time after it started up. I finally caved one day and watched an episode of Friendship is Witchcraft on youtube. I liked it so much I watched all of them, after that I still wanted more and decided to watch the first episode of the actual show… just for context to the parody I saw of course. I ended up binge watching every episode up to the season 2 finale and here I fucking am.
I think it was around early season 2 when I heard about MLP, they started posting pony memes on that icanhazcheezburger site I used for viewing Failblog.org back then. I was a kid, failblog was funny, and cheezburger was better then than it is now.
Anyway, I saw some pony memes, watched an episode of the show, expected it to suck, and it didn't. And so, I became a closet brony. It was a tiny secret island of sunshine and happiness in my miserable abused-child life. I even posted on MLPforums, and made threads on their life advice forum asking for advice about my shitty life. I ignored the many assholes and focused on the very rare good people that weren't just virtue-signalling, and I made a whole three friends on that site before getting banned for triggering feminists.
I'm only still in contact with one friend from that site. I kinda miss it. I really wish major MLP site moderation wasn't so damn corrupt.
>What got you into MLP? I started browsing 4chan in 2011, and noticed too many pone images. I assumed the show would be subtly cynical and self-aware based on the demographic. Some weeks later watched "Over a Barrel" on YouTube. "Not bad." I thought, and decided to watch Episode 1. Got emotional about "the spark" realizing the show was 'sincere' and caught up with "Party of One" air date 3 weeks later. >Why do you still like it? An enormous fan-fic project that's been in limbo since season 2. I haven't ceased drawing pones since. Really enjoyed .mov series, turnabout storm, sogap, and fan works in general (porn included). I stopped paying attention in season 5, only watching individual episodes if they are praised highly.
I got into it when the merge happened. I saw a thread talking about greens, read Manos The Hands of Fate as well as Steel Sanctuary and decided I wanted more. Still haven't actually watched the show, but I'm following a few generals just to catch new greens and updates.
As for the greens mentioned, it turns out that while Manos may be /pol/ approved, it's mostly just one guy's WW2 wish fulfillment fantasy and pretty poorly written. The spinoff by U-Boat is not bad though.
>What got you into MLP? I was extremely bored on a hot Sunday so going outside wasn't an option. This was the summer of 2011 so it was rerun of the parasprite episode and I found it to be pretty refreshing to watch. I struggled with getting over that I was a weirdo for liking this show but eh that's just life. >Why do you still like it? For the show and memes that come out of it honestly and I don't regret a damn thing at this point. Also,this show made me an artfag.