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Bronie Sociological Analysis Flowchart by BroniePologist Bronie Sociological Analysis Flowchart by BroniePologist
It is what the title describes. Please, people, keep in mind that I made very large generalizations when it came to identifying the subgroups. If I were to really delve into the true minute subgroup details of all of the Bronie culture, I would probably keel.

Please note people: With any social analysis comes both acceptance and rejection. Many of you will feel that this is all complete crap, doesn't represent anything accurately and the like. If you do feel this way, please realize I am only one person and never got a degree in this. If you harbor these sentiments, then I beg of you to post your feedback which you believe will improve my analysis. Thank you for your cooperation.
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:iconsteerpikeofficial:
SteerpikeOFFICIAL Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
I think I started off a moderate and became a unhappy.
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Killuanatsume Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Moderate.
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Ganondox Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is inaccurate. 
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DarkBowser100 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd say I'm a moderate. :/
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persistant Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was fine just liking ponies, and now you got me thinking about why.
Very confusing, but thanks anyway.
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:icon10yearartist:
10yearArtist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Moderate.
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:icondarqfangofseido:
DarqfangofSeido Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Writer
I'm a typical moderate myself.
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NeuStrasbourg Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I'd say I fall somewhere between 'moderate' and 'unhappy'. Not a very daring analysis overall, but good work none the less. It was certainly important someone created something like this.
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cutemute34 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am a Moderate, though I like it mostly for the story and characters as opposed to the technical aspects. I mostly fanfic, with a bit of fanart on the side. And I detest clopfics.
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ender1200 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
One problem i find in this analisis is the categorical distinction between modeartes and unhappies. You have to remember that in reality depression, anxity and even bad periods in life are not binary states but rether gradiants, and recation to the show stand on the very same gradiant as well.
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MIGHTYTACO Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Is it really true that people are sugjested to watch MLP:FiM to free them from depression or at least help them? I never knew how powerful of a story this show has... it is simply increadable.

Your analysis is very eye opening thank you
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:iconchips13:
Chips13 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
I'm a moderate! :D
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treypol3 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
SO when is the next study coming out?
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baxhazard Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I remember seeing this forever ago. I love this thing. ^v^

Cool to see that there are new ones out now too since I last visited. Gonna have to check those out now too.
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Robo-Ky-II Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Uggh, god, you suck so much. Shut up.
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:iconbroniepologist:
BroniePologist Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perhaps you should look at the updated version here: [link]
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MPT0922 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your flow chart isn't very flow-y.
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:iconraedin:
Raedin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg ... sorry for double post (tripple now) eh
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Raedin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I started to watch this cartoon a month ago and i noticed that its on higher level of maturity than other cartoons (like you said) my so called ,,friends,, were like ,,OMG its stupid gay and for little girls ,, ... i see that they automatically threw me in the group of ,, wierd ,, people . It saddens me that they are looking at it this way. Your analysis is great work, you perfectly described the groups. I think im something between the Unhappy and Moderate because a lot of things in both fit me :) Few of my real friends understood point of this anime when i translated this analysis to them and now they accept the fact its good stuff. One of them even started to watch it :) accept my thanks. (Sorry for possible mistakes in post... Im from slovakia and only 16 years old)
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Raedin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I started to watch this cartoon a month ago and i noticed that its on higher level of maturity than other cartoons (like you said) my so called ,,friends,, were like ,,OMG its stupid gay and for little girls ,, ... i see that they automatically threw me in the group of ,, wierd ,, people . It saddens me that they are looking at it this way. Your analysis is great work, you perfectly described the groups. I think im something between the Unhappy and Moderate because a lot of things in both fit me :) Few of my real friends understood point of this anime when i translated this analysis to them and now they accept the fact its good stuff. One of them even started to watch it :) accept my thanks. (Sorry for possible mistakes in post... Im from slovakia and only 16 years old)
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Babileilei Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I can't read this all in one sitting, but I am faving this so I can read it all later ^_^; Just wow.
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Twiganut Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
the content in this flowchart is VERY interesting however the layout makes it very difficult to read - esp. on a computer so I might have file this one as Tl:Dr
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Asasan20 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
I'm definitely part of the moderate group, but I joined the show because one of my friends was showing another one of my friends the Return of Harmony, parts 1 and 2. I'd never heard of bronies before. Now I feel emotionally connected to the show and love the fact that I'm part of the fandom.
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Usa-Ritsu Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Every time I think I understand the fandom of something, something like this happens that manages to throw me for a loop and makes me wonder why someone would go through all the trouble in making elaborate flowcharts in order to try and justify everything about said fandom.

Really, what it comes down to is that the show itself is alright, and the fans like it. That's all that really needs to be said on the matter. You like the show? Alright, good for you; there's no need to toss together some overly contrived thing that can pretty much be true to ALL fandoms, not just My Little Pony.

I will agree that the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cartoon is good. However, in the long run, it really is generic when combined with all the other cartoons out there. Many cartoons have good characterizations and stories at hand. Friendship is Magic is not unique at all and is merely a fish in the pond.

There's really no analysis here, just someone trying to defend their love of a show by doing something that can be applied to just about anything out there.
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh very true. Yes, MLP is another good show among others. But you are overlooking many things here. It's way too late over here to begin to respond, so I'll post a reply tomorrow.
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Usa-Ritsu Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe, but for the most part, what I see here is someone who is merely trying to defend his liking of a show in an incredibly contrived and time consuming way just to try and prove the 'sociological' diversity present within a simple cartoon about ponies and the lessons they learn.

I do congratulate you in taking so much time to put this together, because it likely wasn't all that easy, and it was some hours of your time that you gave up in order to do this. That's dedication to something you like, and there's nothing wrong with that.

All I really see here, though, is a chart of the various sections of a fanbase to the show, which honestly could be achieved without relying on 'professors' from some site that's brony specific. You could basically use this with just about anything else and it could be done.

All that's being proven here is that there are, like anybody could tell you, numerous kinds of people. You could just as easily change it to something about Pokemon and it'd work.
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course any and all of these could possibly be simply anecdotal, but that's for you to decide:

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tbaransk Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013

Thank you for making me cry. I haven't done that in too long. I'm definitely in the "unhappy" group. 


I've been putting off reading these for a long time. They are overall fairly well written, but I prefer the two-panel one. 


FiM is not the only work of art to help people. Some reader feedback on the back of "Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy" says it helped some really depressed people too, but I don't know, I never understood much of it. It simply doesn't seem to make much sense. I also remember reading that "Avatar", the 2009 film worked like that for some people too, but it was in the context of them not willing to deal with their bleak lives any more and preferring to fantasize about Pandora. Or something like that, I'm probably not making much sense. 


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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No you're making perfect sense. It's the reason I wrote that section the way I did ;)
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright you make a lot of fair points so I'll try to answer you to the best of my ability:

1. Yes it is just another good show, but one that has sparked a fandom which no one in good sense can not see as bizarre. There are plenty of fandoms based off of shows, but for the most part their formation is easily explainable and the fandoms are there just for the sake of the viewer-show connection. My purpose is attempting to understand how THIS fandom became what it is, why it spawned from such an odd source, and why it's affecting people the way it is. No other fandom teaches its followers a concrete moral code like this one: Love and Tolerance... Why is this. And why do people follow it so devotedly? That is what I am attempting to explain in part.
2. In order to explain just the people in the fandom, I attempted to explain everything from the macro to micro. That way people who are in no way familiar with the show or fandom would have a solid base to work off of if they were to view this analysis. Additionally, it is important to note that this fandom (like most others) owes its existence to the simple fact that the show is good. That's the purpose of the Show Traits section.
3. "You could basically use this with just about anything else and it could be done." Of course. And there are plenty of other fandoms which deserve a bit more looking beneath the hood so to speak. But the fact is I wanted to do this with the Bronies.
4. You're obviously an intelligent person, so apparently "obvious" conclusions probably seem that way to you. But I've gotten feedback from a large number of people who tell me that they never thought about the fandom this way. That they never considered the connections between the fans and the individual characters in depth. The information and analyses I present in this flowchart are meant to expand peoples' powers of consideration, making them think. Yes this could be done with other fandoms, but I did it with this one, so why does that matter haha?
5. The point of working with professors is that they have gathered statistical data from over 2,000 survey takers which can give us insights into the specific demographics of the Bronies, thus possibly explaining even more about why different types of people are drawn to this show and its following.
It's hard to really get my motivations across concisely here unfortunately, as there are so many different elements that play into this. But essentially I am trying to make a few key points:

- The fandom follows a show designed for individuals of single-digit age, so the fact that 15-30 year olds enjoy it is cause for analysis.
- I've seen palpable effects of the community on individual Bronies in profound ways. Suicides prevented, lives changed, outlooks on life improved, etc. I have source material I can post here if you want it but I have to dig it out of earlier comments. I have not seen a Trekkie post a story of how watching Star Trek with a terminally ill child helped her overcome her fear of death yet, or anything similar. That is the real impact I'm investigating.
- My bias as a Brony is of course unfortunate, but nearly impossible to avoid. Now that I have completed my revised analysis, looking back on this version I see how badly I let it slip in in far too many places.
- I also have direct feedback from many members of the professional psychological community on the East and West coasts, asking questions of the elements of the fandom and asking for elaboration on various areas. So, I like to think that if they see merit in it then it has some intrinsic worth and significance.

I hope I've answered everything you brought up. I really appreciate your feedback, and I'd like to get yours on the revision as well when I post it this weekend. Have a great weekend!
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Dhatz Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
was linked here by comment on RPS. Can't understand what kind of people think singular should be written "bronIE".
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I answered someone's question about that earlier. I use that spelling as a bit of a troll tactic whenever I use the word, just to make people twitch a bit. I honestly did not realize I had done it throughout the entire analysis until I had posted and people complained
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BackwardsXenophobia Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
I'm just gonna go ahead and say that I'm not entirely sure you know what a flowchart is
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate constructive criticism, yet as the 10000th person to tell me this "isn't a flowchart", you join the equally large group of people to whom I've replied with "superfluous to metaphysical". In that order.
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ANNUNAKI-GOD Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
bronies dont like G 1 "due to its feminine"? :iconareyoukiddingmeplz:
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ANNUNAKI-GOD Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
FEMININITY.
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ANNUNAKI-GOD Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
thats what i ment to speel
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ANNUNAKI-GOD Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
fuck
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha. Yes I saw your first comment and thought "wow did I really fuck that up?"

Well by femininity I am referring to its concentration. It's 100% female-focused. The human antagonist, female. All of the ponies, female. The villains, almost all female. At least in MLP:FiM there is RD the tomboy as well as some male sub-main characters.
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ANNUNAKI-GOD Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
MLP isnt a manly show. its more feminine than the 80s one.
in G 4 they are obsessed with their looks and make up and dresses at the gaala, but not in midnight castle! no way! the 80s was a manly time, and the ponies... [link] is it "masculine" because they are not fat anymore?
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dwarrodelf Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
oops double post ^^;;; triple now
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dwarrodelf Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
sure is a lot of words for defending sad furries and pony porn. this is simultaneously the worst sociological analysis and abuse of flow charts i have ever seen.

you could cut the number of words in half and not arbitrarily draw lines between every paragraph and it would be better. by a little bit. and where is your research i have literally seen more academic integrity at a middle school science fair

also worth mentioning that your writing makes bronys sound like creepy sperg shut-ins to normal people. just sayin
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It has its flaws, which are getting fixed as we speak. The word count did concern me, but the fact is that the amount of text I use properly conveys what needs to be effectively. The lines between the paragraphs sort of act as the flow from superficial to metaphysical, so attempt to perceive it in that way when going down the analysis.

And research... this is a problem you have stumbled upon. There is no research! Brony Study is currently the only source for scientific data collected and analyzed on the Brony community. I am working with the professors over there now to improve my analysis and help them in their own. They are on the outside of the car looking in, and I am on the inside of the car looking out. We're both describing a car but through differing perspectives. So, my "research" is purely based upon my experiences with the Brony community through the past 11 months or so.

Of course, it is your opinion that they come across as "sperg" shut-ins. You obviously have a preconceived bias and opinion of the Brony group that causes you to err to the opinion of social ineptitude when considering them.
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Schlong-Connery Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Unfortunately, since this was written by a brony, all neutrality is thrown out the window. When someone performs an analysis such as this, you expect the author to be EVENHANDED, not remaining partial to one side.
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes unfortunately that is the case :/. My forthcoming revision is going to throw as much personal bias out the window as possible, and incorporate statistical data gathered by the professors over at BronyStudy.com who I am currently collaborating with.
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Schlong-Connery Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
.....who also happen to be bronies.
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BroniePologist Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually they aren't. They are an unbiased third party, indifferent to their results.
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ANNUNAKI-GOD Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
no, they bronies..
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