The Return of the Pink Pony!

So I’ve spent most of this weekend attending the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) at the Washington State Convention Center downtown. Yesterday there was a sight on Pike street that was just too good not to share with you:

The pink pony has returned to Seattle!

The pink pony marches on Seattle

I swear I had nothing to do with this. Turns out there is this whole weird nerd subculture that consists of dudes that are obsessed with My Little Ponies. They call themselves (I am not making this up): Bronies. Apparently some of these Bronies were in attendance at PAX this weekend.

Of course, I couldn’t resist stopping the pony-carriers and having my picture taken:

The Tim & the pink pony

Pink pony power!

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About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.


  1. 1
    Scotsman says:

    OMG! Hope and change are alive and well! We are saved! Thank you President Obama!

    Buy now, or be priced out forever.

  2. 2

    Yes, we live in an odd world. I didn’t know bronies existed until a few minutes and now…

  3. 3
    Aidinthel says:

    In a fit of massive boredom I did a Google News search for “My Little Pony” and this was on the first page.

    Anyway, for clarification: The fandom isn’t for the My Little Pony brand in general. It’s really just for the latest version of the cartoon (entitled Friendship is Magic) because FiM is a genuinely good show.

    You know what? Have some links.

    My personal favorite episode, if you’re curious.

    I’d also like to thank you for not reacting with “Ew, that’s creepy” like some people.

  4. 4
    Lake Hills Renter says:

    Yes, bronies are a thing. They get mentioned a lot in internet meme circles, and even have their own meme site:

  5. 5
    YetAnotherTim says:

    Awesome pony. Did Ardell ever get that tattoo?

    And while we’re talking memes, I’ll go ahead and say that jorts are a thing, too. TheTim is stylin’!

    I’m excited to be closing soon on a pink pony home. Those might be famous last words, but I gotta live somewhere…

  6. 6
    ricklind says:

    I guess I’m a Dronie. Dad of a daughter who loved My Little Ponies.
    Baby Penelope has lots of hours logged on the dash of our ’95 buick “so she could see.”

    Still have a plastic tub of MLPs in storage.
    Baby Penelope lives.


  7. 7
    ARDELL says:

    RE: YetAnotherTim @ 5

    Scheduled for November when I see my girls for Thanksgiving. My daughter is doing it. She’s a tattoo artist in Hermosa Beach, CA.

  8. 8
    johnnybigspenda says:

    The Bronie guys are actually circulating the same picture…. did you see that guy wearing “Jorts”? ;-)

  9. 9
    Lurker says:

    hilarious. I thought PAX was especially good this year!

  10. 10
    3rd Generation says:

    Do they pay the rent on time ?

    The Rest, I don’t EVEN want to know about. . .

    Have a Profitable and Safe Week.

  11. 11
    HappyRenter says:

    By Ira Sacharoff @ 2:

    Yes, we live in an odd world. I didn’t know bronies existed until a few minutes and now…

    Funny, but the dialogue (in german) does not quite match the subtitles ;)

  12. 12
    Citrus Rain says:

    RE: ricklind @ 6
    Ehh… Not really…

    RE: Aidinthel @ 3

    Brohoof for you!
    =/) (\=

  13. 13

    Good Humor Relief Tim

    Sometimes its best not take ourselves too seriously, after-all, what’s gonna happen is gonna happen….there’s little impact that most of us [even together] can change the future our direction(s).

  14. 14
    Thomas P. says:

    Pinkiequest, ya’ll.

  15. 15
    The Informant says:


    And so, it was done;

    Peace… and hugs.

  16. 16
    err says:

    >Turns out there is this whole weird nerd subculture that consists of dudes that are obsessed with My Little Ponies. They call themselves (I am not making this up): Bronies. Apparently some of these Bronies were in attendance at PAX this weekend.
    >implying you just found out about bronies now
    >implying you haven’t seen the show
    >implying the new My Little Pony show is the same as the old ones
    hurr durr

  17. 17
    The Tim says:

    Does anyone else find it hilarious that the aforementioned Bronies have descended upon this post to correct my simple explanation of what a Bronie even is? I assume they arrived here via their frequent internet searches for all things “My Little Pony.”

    Hi Aidinthel, The Informant, & err — thanks for stopping by to share your obsession with us.

  18. 18

    that is too funny! Pinky swear you didn’t know about this?

  19. 19

    RE: The Tim @ 17
    I doubt it, it’s most likely because this page was linked from a popular FiM blog, which is how I’ve gotten here
    You’re welcome for the extra traffic. Bronies FTW :P

  20. 20
    Timtams says:

    RE: The Tim @ 17

    There are A LOT of bronies on the internet, estimated between 500,000 and 2 million, its one of the most popular internet memes in recent history.

    Bronies post here not because they searched for this post, they post here because some of your core readers have been bronies for months now.

  21. 21
    It's magic, I ain't gonna explain sh*t says:

    RE: The Tim @ 17 – No need for googling when bronies have this popular blog site called Equestria Daily. Mention these happy, colorful ponies and you’ll get a brony flood on your site, well, they are likely already flooding this site since I came from EqD ^_^

  22. 22
    Kanashiikage says:


    Uhh we don’t constantly search MLP. We just have a site that tells us whenever things related to FiM are referenced somewhere via tips sent there. Always comes with links to the original site. Like me and the other brony’s here being brought here.

  23. 23
    It's magic, I ain't gonna explain s**t says:

    RE: The Tim @ 17 – No need for googling when bronies have this popular blog site called Equestria Daily. Mention these happy, colorful ponies and you’ll get a brony flood on your site in ten seconds flat!

  24. 24
    Michael Haugland says:

    Actually, we arrived here through, which is a site centered around news and updates in the brony world. An article with a link to this page was posted there.

  25. 25
    Jake Anderson says:

    RE: The Tim @ 17

    This usually happens when people post things like you posted without any real knowledge of the show or its fans. I’m glad you didn’t just outright blast the bronies with negativity though. Bronies usually descend upon stuff like this to combat some or the more ignorant comments or remarks, as most people just go “EWW WTF BRONIES R GHEY”.

  26. 26
    Aidinthel says:

    By The Informant @ 15:


    Because KYM is less heavily moderated than other places and some of the user-submitted content is a bit…questionable.
    By The Tim @ 17:

    I assume they arrived here via their frequent internet searches for all things “My Little Pony.”

    You got linked from popular fansite Equestria Daily.
    Though in all fairness I am a bit obsessed. I’m probably more confused about it than you are, since I NEVER get obsessed about anything. I can only imagine the field day a psychologist would have with me.

    Also, you missed Citrus Rain and Thomas P in your list.

    *vainly struggles against inner grammar nazi for a moment*
    Also, the singular form is “brony”. Bro+pony. Ok, I think I’m done.

  27. 27
    Austin Yun says:

    Brony did not come from bro+pony, although that’s commonly accepted usage now. It came from the split between two 4chan boards, /b/ (random) and /co/ (Comics & Cartoons). /b/ fans called themselves /b/ronies as opposed to the /co/lts.

    Internet neologism etymology aside, now I’m mad I didn’t go to Pinkie Quest Seattle because I didn’t get a ticket to PAX. <_<

  28. 28
    Kazz says:

    RE: The Tim @ 17

    Just so you know, we aren’t trying to be mean or anything. It spawns from people misconstruing the term brony and turning us into creepy dudes with neckbeards. Heck, I’m not even a dude and I consider myself a brony.

    As someone else said previously, thanks for not assuming that brony is synonymous with pedophile or something equally unsavory. :)

  29. 29
  30. 30
    Player2 says:

    RE: The Tim @ 29

    Don’t sweat it, dude. We bronies are all about loving and tolerating.

    In all honesty, the huge fandom stems from the fact that it geniunely IS a good show. It’s funny and cleverly self-aware, with likeable characters and interesting storylines, and has appeal to a MUCH wider demographic than previous MLP shows, which tended to be purely merchandise-based drivel. (My own personal opinion there. Sorry if that offends anyone.)

    Thank you for not automatically making “LOL BRONIES ARE ALL
    PEDOPHILES HAHA GAAAAY” comments like some people do. Our instinctively defensive responses are probably due to the fact that so many people hold a prejudice against FiM and it’s fanbase, who complain about or mock the show without ever seeing it and having no idea what they’re talking about.

    For the record, I am a girl and am neither gay nor a pedophile. Also, I don’t just spend all my time googling ponies; I stopped by the Equestria Daily blog for a moment to check for updates, and, like everyone else, just followed a link.

    (I’d highly recommend it, actually, if you’re someone who enjoys cartoons and can look past the show’s initial premise of adorable ponies learning about friendship. I can guarantee that a very friendly, supportive community will eagerly welcome you to the herd if you find yourself unwittingly becoming a fan.)

  31. 31
    Beatfox says:

    RE: The Tim @ 29 – Yes. Yes you have.

    RE: Austin Yun @ 27 – I think that’s a common misconception, actually. Most of the more knowledgeable sources I’ve encountered have said that the term “bonies” originated on /co/, and that it subsequently mutated into “/b/ronies” when it spread to /b/. But then I’ve had no firsthand experience with either board, so I can’t claim any real authority on that.

  32. 32
    redmondjp says:

    I’m surprised I haven’t seen an episode of CSI yet featuring Bronies . . .

  33. 33
    hoary says:

    RE: The Tim @ 29

    This is actually pretty d*mn terrifying. Let me just say that I for one welcome our MLP overlords.

  34. 34
    Dirty_Renter says:

    Tim, why not break out your old picture of the Pink Pony in Northern Arizona?

  35. 35
    Absolute Anonymous says:

    By the way, her name is Pinkie Pie, not The Pink Pony. *completely missing the point*

  36. 36
    Absolute Anonymous says:

    RE: redmondjp @ 30
    That’s because bronies are all about love, tolerance, and the magic of friendship, DUH. That’s the main message in the show, after all, and completely going
    against that would be unheard of in a true fan. Violence of any kind terrifies most of them – basically the entire subculture consists of pacifists – ever since the “Cupcakes” incident. Hence the joking about “loving and tolerating the SH*T out of people” instead of just plain threatening them when they act hostile or unreasonable.

    I know this because I have been subjected to the brony subculture unwillingly by my sister – and yes, the term brony also applies to the female fans. I even found myself actually enjoying the show, too – better than I thought it would be. I don’t obsess over it as much as some people do.

  37. 37
    One Eyed Man says:

    First, I’m once again sorry for what I’m about to do, and I mean that sincerely. For those of you who see the pink pony as a pristine embodiment of childlike innocence, this is not ment to destroy your vision. Just stop reading and go to the next comment. I stopped myself from posting this for the last two days because I know it’s offensive. But to me, the pink pony isn’t just a metaphor for the illusion of the real estate bubble. It’s a metaphor for the seduction of economic demand into what amounts to a debased life of wasteful economic porn, decadence and economic decay. For me, as you will see if you read on, the pony illicits very specific imagery that might not be appropriate for all ages.

    Second, if you’re at all sensitive to grotesque imagery don’t continue reading this comment and definitely don’t click on the link. It’s just twisted imagery of American life as pictured thru the eyes of a counter-culture icon. And just like the counter-culture, Premier Francisco Franco and down town Tacoma, he’s dead.

    Finally, and to get to the point with a BULLET, all I can think of when I see the Pink Pony is the Donkey at the end of Frank Zappa’s “Do You Like My New Car?”

    So if you have a date next weekend with a succulent young lady with a taste for the bazaar and don’t feel like driving down town to the Edgewater, I’m pretty sure the Frank Zappa Pickle Sauce Enchilada will be available at an open house near you this coming Sunday.

  38. 38
    Jake Anderson says:

    RE: One Eyed Man @ 37


  39. 39
    One Eyed Man says:

    RE: Jake Anderson @ 38

    In a certain sense, the “pink pony” is a smiley faced distortion of a much darker reality and is an analogy on Seattle Bubble for the distortion of fundamental housing values by those with a vested interest in convincing the public that the home prices of the bubble era were realistic. I was merely carrying the analogy a step further to vilify the distortion of economic fundamentals (and the system that allowed it) as being the decadent equivalent of economic pornography.

    If you have the good fortune to be too young to remember the 1960’s and early ’70’s, the reference to the Edgewater Inn and the “succulent young lady” are from the song “Mud Shark” by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention.

    Just to be clear, the Mothers of Invention and Frank Zappa are a lot less entertaining if you’re not in an alcohol and drug induced stupor, a state common among the multitudes of alienated and disillusioned youth of the 1960’s and early ’70’s.

  40. 40
    StillRenting says:

    By Absolute Anonymous @ 35:

    By the way, her name is Pinkie Pie, not The Pink Pony. *completely missing the point*

    The Tim’s pink pony habit has been around much longer than the brony movement. Don’t take it personally, but your Pinkie Pie is just another pink pony in a series of pink ponies on this blog:

  41. 41

    RE: One Eyed Man @ 39
    Actually Zappa was a musical genius. And his testimony before the US Senate on lyrics censorship was hilarious.

  42. 42
    The Tim says:

    RE: StillRenting @ 40 – Good point. These bronies are such johnny-come-lately’s when it comes to pink ponies. ;^)

  43. 43
    ARDELL says:

    RE: The Tim @ 42

    Well…I’m still going to get the tattoo. but thanks to this lovely, lively thread I am much better informed and will accurately call “her” Pinkie Pie. You learn something new every day on SB. :)

  44. 44
    diano says:

    RE: One Eyed Man @ 37 – But what if she’s the real thing, and not a reckless real estate speculator? In the age of bubble, impostors were everywhere, promising that if renters would only hop onto the pony ride, their home values would balloon; and if they missed out, they’d be Priced Out Forever! But, like the chocolate house of yore, the market melted; the “streets of crystal” are but recycled glass. With the false pony prophets dormant, we are finally ready for Pinkie Pie to show us uninflated home equinity. She preaches love (of candy that falls from the sky) and tolerance (but not of ponies who lie about their appreciation).

  45. 45
    Citrus Rain says:

    RE: The Tim @ 17 – I got here through my search query that I have saved as a google news search, Basically, all of what’s in these parenthesies (bronies, OR brony, OR “lauren faust”, OR “Friendship is Magic”) in the search bar.

    I check that every now and then, and sort by date to see if anything pops up that I can send to Equestria Daily for others to find easier if it gets through. It’s usally like… 1 new relevant article every few weeks. Never seen any that I linked to get so many comments. I’m a bit jealous.

  46. 46
    AbsoluteAnonymous says:

    I just wanna go on record as saying, to anyone that doesn’t understand why adults may like the new My Little Pony show, that one of the episodes is about a trio of adorable fillies entering a talent show. Their act is dressing up like the Candyland version of KISS and screeching a rock opera, with an homage to Bohemian Rhapsody in the beginning and everything. And it’s pretty awesome.

  47. 47
    artuno says:

    Friendship and kidneys for the win! (i mean kindness) navy Corpsman brony reporting in.

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