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Ladies and gentlemen, I do not like My Little Pony. I especially do not like its new show, which is the main subject. That said, I bear no ill will toward it beyond the fact that it is simply not my cup of tea. If I were to meet a person who told me they enjoyed the show, I would think of them as my equal whom merely likes something I do not. I have no right to say what they should like or dislike. I have no interest to see My Little Pony, I do not hate it, I do not hate people who enjoy it. But there is something I do hate. I hate that I practically can't go five minutes online anymore without running into this show.

I mean my goodness, what has happened here? My Little Pony got a cartoon series about, what, a year or two ago by this point? Well regardless of the short amount of time, it was certainly in no hurry to take over the internet and aim for every corner. Gone are the days where I can browse on DeviantART, safe in the knowledge that I would not run into a character from one of my favorite works drawn in the style of the characters on that show.

All I want is a little bit of moderation. Listen, it has way, way too many pages on TV Tropes in comparison to other shows. It is important to remember I have not seen the show, so I may be mistaken when I say that it probably does not deserve so many pages, and the page amount is due to overzealous fans. It practically exploded on the web, and that is hardly an exaggeration. I am pretty sure the new show is the only thing to come out of the post-2010 decade to get so much attention, acting as if it were alongside Star Trek, Transformers, and all the other longrunners of entertainment for all our lives. It is confusing and actually somewhat frightening. Male fans call themselves "bronies". I have not heard of any other fandom to come up with positive nicknames for the fans other than Star Trek. I find this presumptuous on the part of My Little Pony's male fans.

Why? Why does this happen? I have spoken to fans and the show allegedly has good writing, the creator of the series intended for it to be viewable for all audiences (I will return to the matters of the creator later). This is all well and good, and from the sounds of it, the new My Little Pony cartoon seems to be a good show. I have no desire to watch it, still. As I had previously stated, I do not hate the show. But I do hate how it is everywhere.

The show has male fans, but that is not significant at all. Because more or less every single fan of the show I have ever encountered is male. It is not special to say that one is a male and a fan of the show, because they have admitted to being in the majority. I can count on one hand how many female fans I have encountered. Props to the creator, Lauren Faust, for succeeding in her goal of making a show that can be watched by anyone. Especially with the fact that there are absolutely no masculine words in the title, premise, or design whatsoever. She has an account on this site, I have been tempted just ask her questions as to how she could let it get this far, but that is not be the best solution. I respect Lauren Faust and do not hate her, my only negative thought about her is that she created this growing mass.

I cannot ignore this like with many things, because when I turn away from My Little Pony, I find more of it on the other side. I am surrounded and sometimes feel punished just because I choose not to be a fan or watch it. If I ignore it, I ignore half of the internet, and that is a sign that some things are too big to ignore.

People have mentioned that liking or watching the show can make someone cooler by twenty percent. Through light research, I have found that the percentage comes from a line in the show. If I were to come out as a fan, I would be cooler for it? The internet is an alien culture to reality, all of a sudden liking a cartoon that is aimed (primarily, not entirely) at young girls can make a man cool? It sure would not be the case back before the show got popular. Okay I can see that it would take courage to overcome the stereotype and admit to liking something, and for that I can see why their "coolness" would exponentially increase. But I have a feeling that is not the case.

When I stated that I harbor no hatred to its fans, I stated it in truth. But if I have a reason to not like someone who enjoys the show, I will not like that person. There are "bronies" who take their appreciation of the show to absurd levels. I may have found the male counterparts to all of the girls who would fawn over the male characters in Twilight. But what have the obsessive fans done?

My vocabulary, regarding animals, is relatively simple. I do not concern myself with variations of animal names, because I rarely need to. If a creature is somewhat like a horse, has a long nose and ears, is gray, and its tail resembles a paintbrush, I call it a donkey. There are also mules, but I default to donkey. This defaultation carries over to my encounters with turtles (tortoises), alligators (crocodiles), and so on. Naturally, this would mean that I call a pony a horse. Why do I speak of such matters in this essay, though? Because fans of the show will not let me get away with calling the characters horses. A horse is a horse, of course of course. The main way to know the difference is to study horses or to be a fan of the show. I do not study the animal, nor am I fan of the show. Therefore I should not expected to keep track of the differences, just to appease the fans of the show.

In my experience, fans who feel threatened announce to the detractor that they will "love and tolerate them". How that is an effective strategy is lost on me. I can only assume that it refers to some sort of motto or credo within the cartoon about loving one's enemies even if they do not reciprocate such feelings. If anyone who makes such a declaration to detractors says that to me, know this: I am not a monster born of hatred. I am a human being with positive emotions as well as my negative ones. Since I do not hate the show (merely its omnipresence), loving and tolerating me will not destroy me or change my feelings in any way. This does not even begin to cover the hypocracy of saying one will love and tolerate, when clearly there is a spiteful air in the way they announce it.

Why is it that I can name most of the main horses on sight? I do not watch the show, I do not read about the show, I do not partake in anything involving the show beyond stating that I do not like it and seeking out likeminded people so that I know I am not alone. Yet somehow despite all of this, I can name most of the characters. This is to be expected if something gets big, but the entire main cast? Really? I could name maybe two Bleach characters, three of the Transformers, and I am involved in those fandoms as much as I am involved in the fandom of the new My Little Pony cartoon (not involved at all). I know all of the names because I have seen them everywhere. This is a sign that there needs to be better moderation.

Let me reiterate, the absolute only negative thing I have against the show from my nonexistent time watching it, would be its omnipresence. I respect that anyone can like it, I can respect that it's popular, catch me at the right time of day and I even think some of the horses look cute in the same way a puppy is cute. But I can overlook all of that because I am tired of seeing this show's creations everywhere on the internet. I hate Twilight while simply not liking this, but I do feel that I cannot say that I like horses now, much like how Twilight made me feel unable to state that I think vampires are cool.

This is where the essay gets a bit more personal. I will recount my first encounter with the new My Little Pony cartoon. Years ago, I had added a person to my watch list on this site, so I would be seeing his future works, journals and such. The user seemed all right, said things I could agree with, a bit emotional, but no one is perfect. This user came out and admitted to liking the show. I did not judge him, for I had no right. But after this, the man started posting nothing but My Little Pony crossovers and fan art. His journals would only discuss My Little Pony whenever he was not ranting as usual. It was as if the old deviant died and a new, pony-obsessed one was born.

One day I finally asked why it was that he was behaving as if he suddenly popped into existence once the show started, and he told me. He had good reasons and I could not fault him for it. But enough was enough, I could only take so much of something I did not care about. It became clear to me that he would never draw anything I was interested in again, only My Little Pony. He is no longer on my list. Not because he is a fan, but because it completely took him over.

It was too late, though. The pony art had spread, and soon I became haunted by these six (give or take) horses. Nowhere on DA was safe anymore, more and more people were liking a show I merely had no interest in. I was becoming an island, gradually sinking into the ocean. That is from where my attitude originated.

I do not like the show, and I do in fact have friends. To me, the rainbow horse is not the fastest. To me, Sonic the Hedgehog and The Flash will always be the fastest. Ponies are horses, I never even liked the word 'pony' to begin with. Crazier fans of the show should know that other people have other interests and do not wish to hear about the show nonstop. If someone like me were to voice exhaustion of My Little Pony, some fans will start pitching fits, as if My Little Pony were infallible. There is not always room for My Little Pony. It is not a fortune cookie, Jell-O, or Pumpkin Pie. Let me be at peace and you can just leave me to how "wrong" I am and how supposedly better you are than me, and we can both be happy.

But… for the love of glue, please tone it down. Please. I do not want to see Pony Jesus and Pony Buddha. Yes, they have been drawn as My Little Pony characters. Now a request to the sane "bronies" and female fans (I believe they do have a name, but I could not care less, do not tell me). Sane fans, please control your people. All fandoms have obsessed fans, but I have never seen obsessed fans who make it their mission to draw everyone ever in the style of the show they are a fan of. All I want is for the show to not take up ninety-nine percent of this site.

I do not hate My Little Pony, what I am is just tired of it. If I am out of patience at the moment or in a bad mood, I might say that I hate the show and want its characters to die. But that is not the case as things stand right now, I am simply just tired of the show. Apologies to fans of the show who were somehow offended, but I am artistically free to vent and speak my mind. I have become an island, and this is my lighthouse to other islands.
(c) My Little Pony

I was going to just do a rant about how tired I am of seeing fan art everywhere, but no. I decided to take the high road and do a (semi) professional, polite, and respectful essay instead. Let's see how much of my English 101 class stuck with me. This is largely just me venting.

To the crazy fans out there, this is proof that someone can be against the show and still be polite and respectful. Could it be that I "love and tolerate" more than the people who use those words as a threat?

But yes, this essay more or less sums up my feelings exactly at the moment. If you like the show, great, I don't, I am tired of seeing it everywhere, and crazier fans need to get a grip.


Proof that MLP's crazier fans are stupid:
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appreciationofflight Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It was at this moment in time reading this profound explication on why you, as a human being, could reject a popular show that i realized how this conflict will always exist. (warning religious stuff incoming) I consider myself agnostic mainly due to the realization that absolute rejection of supernatural influence is quite short-sighted; if a chaotic universe were to exist, order itself could be called god. Again, hate to ramble but after delving into the "asshole-athiest" movement on youtube (one that breeds trolls throughout its comment sections) I realized that absolute rejection of faith may as well be a biased religious standpoint on its own. Subsequently, after enjoying MLP on a very feel-good and euphoric sensibility, this piece made me realize how i can experience BELIEF from the perspective of those who maintain and defend it. You are absolutely correct! This fandom openly spreads doctrines and beliefs while maintaining a horde of un-questioning, yet honest followers. that does not mean they are bad people UNLESS they perpetrate conflict with those who reject their faith. As far as i can tell, this conflict can originate from either side and is only contained by humble moderates who observe and contemplate rather than judge. The paradox is the fact that any faction of your argument can become an enemy at any point if they fail to consider the arguments of others. A debate, like any game, is about honor; you can always take a side but knowing all opposition only makes you stronger.

Bravo!
Just remember: considering both sides is essential, attempt to watch the show from an objective lens while appreciating why honest people might enjoy it. 
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xTheShinyMewGirlx Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

     It IS kind of annoying to see MLP everywhere. Sure, once in a while I'll bring up a Pony Dress Up, but then I'll go back to work. I haven't even watched the show. Maybe as a kid... I remember maybe seeing the logo on TV? I understand and respect your opinion. I don't like MLP but I don't dislike it. It's also strange. I look up a show that was actually filmed and running for three years: Like, five pieces of work. Look up a show that has only five episodes and hasn't even been released outside the US: You see everything. I even saw a ponified version of a character! Really? I almost puked. No ponified versions of my favorite show: good. My favorite cartoon: I see a pony. Puking. Internet is a strange land.

     I'm going to go back to living in my head now.

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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Yeah it certainly is.
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xTheShinyMewGirlx Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:
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xTheShinyMewGirlx Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Also. Forgot to say: Show with 300000000 pieces of fanart was a cartoon. This proves the internet has more fanart of cartoons than actual films. Which explains why there is a billion gigabytes of MLP and Hetalia (Or some other Anime) on a single page on Google than *insert favorite film that Is NOT Twilight or some other junk* DeviantART has in all.
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TMJumpLass Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS AMAZING

THANK YOU
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fonejackboy Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Well as a brony, I'm glad that you've expressed your dislike for the show in a respectful way. In fact, you do make some valid arguments. There are some really bad apples within the fandom.
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Spudtron98 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
That.... by God you have the EXACT same opinion as me!
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Cool beans.
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Pingasaur Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
I have a translator on my search engine, & I've noticed that searches for searches for characters like フランドール (Flandre Scarlet) [link], レイレイ (Hsien-Ko) [link], & Even ワリオ (Wario) [link], have had NO PONIES WHATSOEVER in the image searches.

COINCIDENCE?
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
I'm not entirely sure what you're getting at.
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Pingasaur Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
When my computer goes on to websites in foreign languages like [link] pressing the right mouse key gives me the option of translating all of the foreign text into english (the translation is rusty though). Clicking on a submission featuring a specific character there (with the english translation still on), will have 2 types of tags. The first tag (next to the words "Related pixiv Encyclopedia page".) will allmost allways have the character's name (roughly translated from japanese) as the 1st link. The pixive article on the character chosen will start off with a picture of the character next to him/her with his/her name left of it like here [link].

Changing the language back to japanese, I select the character's name (Now in japanese), copy, paste it in my search engine, & select images. I was actually surprised at the results for i originally tried this out of boredom.
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Um, okay.
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Pingasaur Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Searches for those character in japanese text (I copied & pasted them from a website called "Pixiv") show me that ponies might not be as popular in Japan at they are in America.
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Mystic-Dranomimon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh god the crossovers :stare: The worst one in my opinion is the f**king Sonic the Hedgehog-MLP crossovers
...it...it's just offensive...
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
I think the TF2 ones are worse. I mean, at least Sonic is also about talking animals- how the heck does Team Fortress 2 relate to ponies?
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Mystic-Dranomimon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oooh my god. I'm sick of everyone putting ANYTHING with TF2. Don't get me wrong, I love the TF series but god. The only crossovers with TF2 that I don't mind is the Rhythm Heaven ones.
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PascalOfPiers Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Dude...This is brilliant. You and your lighthouse just spotted me, for I am an island too. My friends says it appeals to everyone. I watch an episode. I don't hate it, but don't like it. I go and tell them. They rant.

It is insanity...They have taken Cave Story, Golden SUn, Homestuck, and have put MLP in it. It's bad when I can only name ONE thing on DA that has not been ponified, the freeware game Iji.

I want the insanity to stop///
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
:iconiknowthatfeelplz:

I give it one more year.
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PascalOfPiers Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
T-then we can go back to the mainland? Back to...back to home? A place where I can look at Cave Story art without seeing Quote Ponified? Where I can go ten secodns without seeing a pony in bondage? Where I can chat for five minutes without ponies being brought up?

If that is true, I shall watch Iji closely. A great freeware game, the one thing on DA that has not been ponified...
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Just try not to talk about it. The more attention it gets, the higher chance it has of being ponified.
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PascalOfPiers Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Got it.
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magnemite10 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
This is exactly my point of view too. This show is EVERYWHERE its literally impossible to avoid seeing it if you go on any popular websites! so annoying...

I also have had to recently unwatch a couple people because they used to be really awesome but their personalities COMPLETELY changed once they started getting into the pony stuff...
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Pingasaur Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
[link]

The picture in this link goes well with this masterpiece of a rant.
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I wasn't really ranting, but if you think the picture goes with this essay, then I could probably see it working.
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McNikk Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I understand your point for the most part. I can't really understand your point on crossovers though. If someone's into something and also ponies than they might make a crossover. They're not trying to be annoying or anything. :/
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I've seen more crossovers with MLP and some other thing than any other two things in my entire time here.
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McNikk Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Well that's just popularity more than anything else. I've seen more comments on You Tube about Justin Bieber than any other artist. /:
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Those are hate comments though, not fan comments. And I don't like those either. Too much of something can really get on my nerves.
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McNikk Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
That's fair, but you make it seem like one does something wrong when he crosses over MLP with something else he likes, especially when you talk about the sane fans "controlling" the fan base.
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
With the disproportionate amount of crossovers, it comes off as overzealous to me.
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McNikk Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
There are many who make a few crossovers with thing that they like. I honestly don't think you could show one guy who's crossed MLP over with more than a few things.
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
... You lost me.
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NemetZzZ Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Writer
Pretty much my point of view.
But I researched on the subject and figured out that this is just a good kids show. Much like, say, Pinky & Brain - not something totally new and astonishing, just good.
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
But I don't remember seeing any other good cartoons get pimped out as much, or in such weird ways.

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NemetZzZ Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Writer
Me too.
Just... Why?
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AlternateMew Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Kudos to you for this. I see some spots I'd like to reply to, but you've probably already gotten all I could answer or just flat-out don't care, which is perfectly fine. Believe it or not, I found you through a completely non-pony spot and just caught your signature.

While I'm definitely a big fan of the show, and admittedly do love to draw fanart of it and have a lot to do with these pastel ponies in my life now, I do see your point. And Ttis is incredibly polite and respectful. I am shocked to learn that people get blocked just for not liking the show. That's... I've no words for that.

And for your final point, yes. Yes you do. Some fans do indeed use love and tolerate completely wrong. This is definitely more in the spirit. And from a non-fan, at that!

Okay, this is totally not new, I'm really late, and you're probably sick of comments on this... sorry! But I really want to thank you for this. Seriously. Also, I apologize. While I am a contributor to MLP-related... things, I do understand that non-fans are overwhelmed. I'd get sick of Star Trek if it reached MLP heights, that's for sure. So thank you for taking that high road. From a female fan of the show.
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Huh, interesting way to find me.

Well it's not a real surprise that some bronies have itchy block fingers. People who are overzealous will always be quick to shut out others with different opinions, it's not exclusive to bronies, I'm pretty sure that's every fandom. In all fandoms there are good and bad fans.

I'm actually not sick of comments. I don't get comments for a lot of my works, so it's always welcome. The only saddening thing is that I only get a lot of comments (at once) when it's MLP-related like this.

And you're welcome. I almost wanted do a rant, but I figured that'd get me nowhere. Thank you for enjoying.
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AlternateMew Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Understandable.

On that note, I just finished browsing your Fan Fiction rules, along with catching some of the titles/previews... you may end up with a new subscriber soon. I see a lot of subjects catching my eye there, and one rule in particular hit one of my personal pet peeves right on the head. Not too often I come across a writer with such a clear, open rule set.
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Cool, thanks. Which rule was it?
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AlternateMew Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Four.
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Mike3k9 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I loved this. I totally agree with you man, it's like the show practically took over the internet. Not that it's a bad show, it's just annoying to find so much of it everywhere.
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Exactly.
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TheRelytProductions Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
I read the rant and agreed with this rant. The show itself is not the worst thing out there (Must we remember the Cartoon Network shows that have appeared recently?). But the art does annoy me eventually. to the pony vs. horse thing, aren't ponies baby horses? and the fast rainbow one, I say she's the fastest one in the show, just like Sonic is fastest in his game, and The Flash is the fastest in his comics.
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NemetZzZ Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Writer
Ponies are not baby horses, they are midget horses.
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
I'm not ranting. I think a rant implies that I'm angry about it. But thanks for sharing sentiments.

And I guess they are the fastest in their respective fields, but sooner or later people will start trying to compare, and I'll be darned if Sonic/The Flash is outrun by her.
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TheRelytProductions Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
welcome. 2 things though
1: the ponies have either wings, horns, or both. Wouldn't that be unicorns/pegasus?
2: She's only fast by flying. That's just an unfair advantage (Oh god, I'm comparing!)
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
1. I think I heard that Pegasus...es (Pegusi?) and unicorns are considered different varieties.

2. True.
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TheRelytProductions Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
oh well. Never cared enough about the show. I still can't name them all.
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PT-Piranha Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
For some reason I can name all six. I never have and never will watch the show, and yet their overuse has acquainted me with each.
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