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It’s been over 30 years since the original “My Little Pony” (a.k.a. “MLP”) franchise made its debut and its following has never been stronger.


The 2010 reboot by Lauren Faust (fyre-flye), “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic,” had its start on DeviantArt where Lauren originally posted the early concept art which would later evolve into the ponies we know and love today. Little did she know that her early concepts and her love of “My Little Pony” would start a cultural phenomenon that would take on a life of its own.



From the onset, Lauren created “MLP” with the intention of breaking the stereotypes long plaguing “girls’ shows,” by putting an end to the dismissive manner in which these “silly and stupid” shows were being produced. Why couldn’t a children’s show have well-defined characters with different skills, unique dreams, human flaws and diverse personalities?












Meet “The Mane 6”


“Twilight Sparkle” is a dedicated student who enjoys reading and learning new things. “Applejack” is an entrepreneur who runs her family’s farm and knows the value of hard work. “Rarity” is a creative designer with a passion for fashion who runs her own boutique. “Rainbow Dash” is a driven athlete who is always pushing her boundaries and aiming for the gold. “Fluttershy” is a kind and nurturing soul who takes care of and nurses woodland critters. And “Pinkie Pie” is the life of the party, bringing cheer wherever she goes. Each also possesses one of the powerful “Elements of Harmony” or ‘Elements of Friendship” (Applejack: honesty; Rarity: generosity; Rainbow Dash: loyalty; Fluttershy: kindness; Pinkie Pie: laughter; and Twilight Sparkle: magic) that when combined create one of the strongest sources of magic in Equestria. Their friendship is not ony magic, but a superpower that helps protect the pony world against all evils.


The Elements Of Feminism


My Little Pony is part of a growing trend in entertainment to finally acknowledge and accomodate the female viewer, girl or woman, and create stories they want to see. And the best part is “My Little Pony” provides entertainment that’s not the standard cut and dried simplistic mush, but built on morally complicated storylines. The team behind the show has taken pride in creating a “children’s show” that’s several cuts above and respected their audience as intelligent human beings.


“My Little Pony” is teaching young girls - and adults - real life lessons about what true friendship is. Twilight and her friends are able to touch on important topics such as bullying, social skills, and acceptance for those who are different than you, while never detracting from being an amusing and entertaining show. Feminine stereotypes have been banished from Equestria and individuality instead is embraced and celebrated. The show’s main characters are six distinct types of females who all become friends and learn to work together to solve different problems in each episode, teaching girls that different types of personalities can be friends. At the same time, the show’s appeal goes far beyond its target audience of young girls.









Fandom Is Magic


“MLP’s” universal themes, imbued with positivity and kindness, have spread like wildfire, touching the lives of girls, boys, women, and men. Fans of the show, known as Bronies (male fans) and Pegasisters (female fans), have created a strong international community that thrives both online and at “My Little Pony” conventions. People are rallying around the central idea of the show that a group of friends, a community, can make a difference in the world for the better. The “My Little Pony” community is one of the friendliest and most welcoming fandoms to be found in the world. Bronies’ and Pegasisters’ love of “My Little Pony” has inspired them to create things such as original music, online communities, cosplays, and you guessed it, fan art!


ALRIGHT, EVERYPONY! Grab your party cannon and get ready to travel to Ponyville for a Grand Galloping Gala of fan art that is definitely 20% cooler.













My dearest, most faithful student Twilight, you know that I value your diligence, and that I trust you completely…”


— Princess Celestia










Eternal chaos comes with chocolate rain, you guys! CHOCOLATE! RAIN!”


— Pinkie Pie










It needs to be about 20% cooler.”


— Rainbow Dash










I’m supposed to send Princess Celestia a letter ‘every week’ telling her a lesson I’ve learned about friendship! Not every other week! Not every ten days! EVERY! SINGLE! WEEK!”


— Twilight Sparkle










Aww, he’s just a big furry guy who got out of his yard, that's all. Right, Cerberus? Who's a good boy? Who's a good boy?”


— Fluttershy










What? Is it a crime to change one’s style every now and again? Why, I think it’s a crime not to.”


— Rarity










Don’t you use your fancy mathematics to muddy the issue! I said I could handle this harvest, and I’m going to prove it to you!”


— Applejack










Everypony has fears, Scootaloo. Everypony must face them in their own way. But they must be faced, or the nightmares will continue.”


— Princess Luna










I was the one who used up all the hot water in Ponyville taking a seven hour bubble bath!”


— Spike












Your Thoughts


  1. Who is your favorite My Little Pony character and why?
  2. What would you like to see in future editions of Fan Art Friday?













It’s been over 30 years since the original “My Little Pony” (a.k.a. “MLP”) franchise made its debut and its following has never been stronger. The 2010 reboot by Lauren Faust (fyre-flye), “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic,” had its start on DeviantArt where Lauren originally posted the early concept art which would later evolve into the ponies we know and love today. Little did she know that her early concepts and her love of “My Little Pony” would start a cultural phenomenon that would take on a life of its own.

Author: spotted
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:iconfirestormdangerdash:
FirestormDangerDash Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018
Thanks for all the art grouping!
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sixpathspony Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
Amazing. I have to get some commissions from these artists.
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FairyBox Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1: What if your favorite MLP character and why?
well I can't really say 1 because the main six max out all of my traits in one person so I have to say all of the mane six. :)

2: I would love to see all of jhonen vasquez's creations like The adventures of Squee, I feel sick, Inavder zim and Jhonny!   
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Oriana-jua Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Professional
this page is incredible!
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ponpon2323 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
nuuu MANE 6 PRINCESSES by hinoraito is not working !! ;-; I wanted to fave it!
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CaldoRosa Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite is Twilight Sparkle
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RiRiSqueak Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
ahh so much wonderful art!!
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TheCrazyCatCow Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great job!
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pawrui Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Those were some really beautiful pieces of art, there. Thank you for sharing them ^^
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Celsy Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
invader zim!
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NieEngel Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
  1. Who is your favorite My Little Pony character and why?
Maud Pie, because rocks

2.What would you like to see in future editions of Fan Art Friday?

RWBY
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ThayShad Featured By Owner Edited Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BEST FAN ART FRIDAY EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOOOOVE MY LITTLE PONY!!!! YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!!!

1. Rainbow Dash its my favorite but I love aaaall the girls/guys
2. Avatar, The leyend of Aang or The Leyend of Korra!!!!
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RukarioTrainer Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
1) Twilight Sparkle because I feel she is a strong willed hard working character. She is a good role model, has great interests, and I just really apreciate how she acts a lot of the time. I also love that the nerdy shut in becomes the main character for once in a show that isn't solely about how intelligent they are, and is humble and even somewhat insecure about it.

2) Touhou, Mother/Earth Bound, and Monster Hunter
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ColdSnowdrake Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Paradise was my favorite pony, like her I am a lover of stories and folklore :3
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DarkNightPrincess101 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Fluttershy is best pony, I saw the first episode and instantly loved the show as soon as I saw her and I saw myself in her
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DaijaK Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Rainbow dashes tail is so long and rainbowy *^*
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QuillaMama Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
1.) Princess Luna is best pony! I never really had a favorite pony before Luna. The mane 6 are all nice characters and each has their own perk that makes them appealing but I think I what made me pick Luna is that she was misunderstood and felt under appreciated even though she is caring and compassionate. These feelings are ones we deal with no matter what personality we each have. Luna's social awkwardness is something I personally connect with due to often times feeling like the odd one out when in groups.

2.) More ponies! I especially like the ponified pop culture references.
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Snowolf-Isis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student Writer
Also, my favorite is Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Twilight Sparkle. I am all three of those ponies. A bookworm, a tomboy, and a caring individual. My favorite pony race is pegasus's, and I also love the unicorns. Earth ponies are meh.
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Snowolf-Isis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student Writer
Yes!! Mlp is awesome! #Pegasister4Ever
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missatomicbombs Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student General Artist
i love how you can find both 9-year old artists with fanart that looks nothing like a pony and then beautiful painted ones that look like celestia herself drew them... all in the same fandom.
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Yo-Cosplay Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
>Fluttershy, because of her infinite sweetness.
>I wonder if there's a Lengend of Korra Fan Art Friday over there...
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damphyr Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
It really has been amazing watching the journey that MLP has taken. I actually watched the first two episodes due to an article that claimed it was terribly racist, saying that the only black ponies were Equestria guards... and so slaves. Faust reacted with a very interesting response, which is that there are three races of ponies in Equestria: Earth Ponies, Unicorns and Pegasus, and that each was equally represented in the Mane Six. I rolled my eyes a little and decided to spend an hour watching a couple episodes just to see which side of the argument I'd come down on. ...And now I'm eagerly awaiting the new season. :XD:

Fluttershy is my favorite pony, but she certainly doesn't represent me. I'd say I'm Apple Jack, if only because of my Southern roots and my stubborn streak.

As for comments about the darker side of the fandom... it's true in every fandom, it's just a little more main stream in Ponies. I do wish that fans of the "adult" side of Ponies would be more diligent in making sure their NSFW things were locked down, so that younger/more innocent members of the fandom could enjoy the G rated sides of the MLP fandom. It's been exciting to see a cartoon that is so positive and girl-friendly become so terribly main stream, even if some of the ideals of the show are warped a bit in fandom. But as I said, that happens in every fandom, so I enjoy what I can and avoid the rest.

I've never been a huge fan of the style of the show, the big eyes freak me out a bit, but the style fits so beautifully into the animation that it won me over. The fan art, however, is even better than the official art most of the time, I feel. Pony artists really go above and beyond, be it imitating the style of the show, throwing the Mane Six back into the style of previous generations or transforming them into an entirely original or different style.
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animedoom Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Luna
2. More crossovers and Fallout EQ
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creep212435 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Photographer
I CANT BELIVE YOU MADE 3 FUCKING REFERENCES IN ONE PICTURE DESCRIPTION
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TuffyLive Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Friendship is Magic
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
We need some Jem and the Holograms!
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HitlerKiller66 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
1. Pinkie Pie :3 Best pony of all time.

2.Horror stuff (like horror movies) or Team Fortress 2 theme if you don't mind.
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I feel like Pinkie Pie is the favorite of many, would you agree? :)
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HitlerKiller66 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yes she is but not the most favorite 
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Who do you think the most favorite is? Fluttershy? I always liked Applejack but I never really got the feeling she was the most preferred
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RukarioTrainer Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
There actually is a fandom census called the herd census that comes out on new years (starting 2012) that gathers all sorts of data on participants from all over. That is one thing they ask. You can check out results here: www.herdcensus.com/ it's actually really interesting. It looks long but it's lots of charts and actually is pretty quick to go through one of them.. or just find figures that are intriguing to you.
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Neat! Thank you for sharing :)
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RukarioTrainer Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
No problem!
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HitlerKiller66 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yeah applejack is underrated and Fluttershy is overrated I think
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I always like the underdogs :D
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ChangingHeartxx Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Writer
Fluttershy in a poll won "best pony"  but you gotta say she deserves it in some ways
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HitlerKiller66 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Some ways yes some ways not... Neh for ne she is worst pony
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ChangingHeartxx Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Writer
Meh all comes down to opinions just like how people say its "CLISHÉ" * to like rainbow dash
(* I know thats not how you spell it but whatever)
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Bdgs Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Best pony? I would say Rainbow Dash or Twilight Sparkle
I like Nightmare Moon & Luna too but eeeh, I wouldn't really get attached over a show - It's good for drawing practice I suppose but still, I don't know why people get so white-knighty about it.

Although one thing for sure: Cue the 13-y/o fangirls and the grumpy old men

As well for a next theme - perhaps take a look into older cartoons? Too bad no one knew Pitt & Kantrop, used to love that. Not even the internet saved any of its episodes. Oooh or Watch my Chops (or Corneil & Bernie in 'merica and Europe)
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
He-man and She-ra :P
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XxmlgponyguyxX Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
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faggot
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Capnchan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
I would love to see more G1 art/characters featured! It was the line that started it all and has a strong, life-long fanbase from the 80s. Some magnificent pieces have been produced over the years and even the practice of pony customization was created from this fanbase. I think more people would appreciate the visual transformation, and grant some recognition to the G1 fans and artists. 

P.S. Firefly has always been a favorite of mine: "Danger is my life!"
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mike21122112 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Rarity is Best Pony😃
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lenkasurprise Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Student Artist
AWSOME!!!!!!!
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Paleo27 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the reasons hat I'm proud to be a Brony. My all time favorite pony is Fluttershy. I would love to see more MLP in the future.
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harpyfins Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes flutters is awesome GO FLUTTERS! *inhales* yay
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MLPmichael Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
this was awesome.

1. applejack because she's the one with the most common sense and she knows that family comes first.

2. more pony? :3
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