Cupcakes. Rainbow Factory. Cheerilee’s Garden. “Smile HD”. What do all of these have in common? They’re scary/gory representations of the characters we’ve grown to love. These fan works are either loved or hated by the fandom and outsiders at large. Quite a few fans consider these types of things to be horrendous and disgusting, while others applaud them. So why the fascination with making cute, cheerful characters scary? What do blood and guts add to the beautiful, ideal world of Ponyville?
Bronies aren’t the first, nor will they be the last, people to do this to characters. Five Nights at Freddy’s, one of the most recent and well-known horror games, takes animatronic animals and turns them into murderers for the premise of the game. Granted, the animatronics in the first game aren’t what would be considered “cute”. The second game, however, features several new designs that make them look more kid-friendly and even cute to a lot of people. The old designs are still there, but the new, more adorable, animatronics are still after the main character of the game. A lot of people in the FNAF fandom have taken the scary characters and sexualized them or made them cute through certain fan works, which is pretty much the reverse of Cupcakes or “Smile HD”. Horror games are known for taking things we would in real life consider innocent or cute, such as little girls, babies, or dolls, and turning them into horrifying monsters.
But why do some Bronies do it with the adorable characters of MLP:FIM? Because horror is popular for a reason. A lot of people enjoy being scared. Why else would there be such a huge market for good horror games like Five Nights at Freddy’s, DreadOut, and Nightmare House 2? If there weren’t a lot of people, gamers and otherwise, who liked to be scared, the entire horror genre would have died out. Turning innocent ponies into terrifying monsters is the same as turning little girls or dolls into terrifying monsters: It’s unexpected, it’s twisted, and it appeals to those who love everything about horror. In such a diverse fandom, there are bound to be a plentiful amount of horror fans who, despite loving the show for what it is, like seeing their favorite characters perverted into the same creatures they’ve come to know and love in various popular horror games.
Of course, some people are going to complain about it. Just like Rule 34, some people don’t like to see it and will become uncomfortable or enraged when they do. The solution? Tag your stuff accordingly. There’s not much you can do about YouTube or any of those big sites, but if you post a grimdark fan fiction or something of that nature, remember to put it in the proper category so only people who enjoy grimdark will find it. It’s the best way to stop people complaining about “disgusting” MLP:FIM fan works: Just make sure those who aren’t into the stuff probably won’t stumble across it by accident, thus they have no reason to make a fuss.
Art can be found here: http://elana-louise.deviantart.com/art/My-Little-Pony-Cupcakes-2-378154474