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“Humanization” is a term frequently used 由 粉丝 of the TV series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” to describe the 流行的 art trend where characters from the 显示 are re-imagined as human beings, with the intent being to accurately capture the personalities of the characters and preserving some of their signature visual features.
While it’s difficult to pinpoint when the earliest examples of humanized ponies first appeared, the popularity of humanizing animal cartoon characters pre-dates the popularity of the G4 My Little Pony. A March 31, 2009 entry on Urban Dictionary uses it to define the term “Gijinka,” using the Sonic and Pokemon fandoms as the most 流行的 examples (at the time).
“Mostly done in fan-art, it is the name for the humanization of any animal-like character. Most popularly done with Sonic the Hedgehog characters, and Pokemon.” – UrbanDictionary definition of “Gijinka”
Wikipedia and other online encyclopedias also reference a trend called “Moe anthropomorphism,” in which non-human concepts are personified 由 a cute human character (usually female]. This seems to tie in with the popularity of humanized ponies, since they serve as a human representation of the fans’ 爱情 of the 显示 and characters, and possibly the desire to bring the characters closer to reality.
While many “gijinka” drawings of animal characters rely on animal 设计 features to be recognizable (i.e. a human version of 皮卡丘 will usually still have the original’s tail and ears), with the characters of My Little 小马 in particular, artists have found that they fully translate to human form easily. This is usually attributed to the original character designs’ highly anthropomorphic eyes, iconic color palettes (which can be represented 由 colorful clothing), and especially their mane designs (which can translate very directly into human hairstyles).
Weird Dreams comic
One early example of a popularly shared humanized image was a 3 panel comic where Twilight Sparkle wakes up to discover that the world of the 显示 is just a dream, and that she and her 老友记 are actually humans in the real world. The comic was originally uploaded 由 artist MadMax and soon began circulating on websites and 论坛 like Equestria Daily and Ponychan.
MadMax is often erroneously credited as the artist (it is drawn in the same style as her own comics), however she credits her brother as the actual creator. Due to its voluptuous depiction of 彩虹 Dash, the comic is infamously referred to 由 the name “Rainbow Dash’s Boobs.” MadMax has uploaded the comic to her DeviantArt page under the 标题 “Weird dreams.
Several artists have risen dramatically in popularity within the fandom specifically for their depictions of humanized ponies, with some of the most 流行的 ones being John Joseco (whose work is 更多 anime-influenced) and Megasweet (who is 更多 rooted in the traditions of Western-style animation). Their DeviantArt and Tumblr uploads tend to garner tens of thousands of hits within days, and they regularly hold Livestream drawing sessions where they participate with 粉丝 and take requests (it should be noted however that some Tumblr and Livestream requests they respond to are graphic in nature, and inappropriate for minors. Discretion is advised).
The humanization phenomena is considered separate from the trend of drawing partially anthropomorphic versions of the characters, because the goal is to fully realize them as fully human characters rather than adding 更多 human-like characteristics to an animal character design. They may still have some non-human features such as “neko” 小马 ears, tails, horns, wings, 或者 even fantastical skin color in some instances, however the general consensus is that a truly humanized character cannot have hooves, reverse-jointed legs 或者 non-human facial features. Making the characters too pony-like is frowned upon 由 many fans, especially ones wishing to distance themselves from the furry/anthro fanbase
Much like the rest of the 粉丝 art for the show, there is also controversy over the risque nature of some humanized 图片 (especially ones that follow Rule 34), as many 粉丝 feel that this presents the fanbase in a negative light and undermines the innocent charm of the show, 或者 simply do not want their enjoyment of humanized 小马 drawings to be associated with the clopping controversy. Others contend that it is just something that comes with all of the fandoms, and is not a problem as long as it is kept away from websites intended to be appropriate for minors.
While there is plenty of room for a wide variety of interpretations of the characters which is often explored, some humanization ideas have become 流行的 enough that many artists have started using them. While many people have explored a wide array of racial makeups for the group, the “Mane 6” ponies are most commonly depicted as Caucasian 20-somethings. The one exception to this, however, is Twilight Sparkle, who is at least as frequently drawn as being Asian. Zecora the 斑马 is almost universally considered to be African due to her cultural traits in the show.
Body types tend to have a lot 更多 variety than the show’s models, however some distinct styles reoccur regularly. Rarity is usually depicted as being tall and shapely, tying in with her reputation as Ponyville’s most glamorous fashionista. 彩虹 Dash is often shown as smaller and leaner than her 老友记 to emphasize her speed and athleticism. Fluttershy is sometimes depicted as thin and delicate, although many artists prefer to depict her as being the bustiest of the group, with such 图片 often tagged with the fan-nickname “Hootershy” (fans of this style often speculate that her figure led to her being teased in school, thus contributing to her shyness).
Certain clothing items and styles have become common in depictions of humanized ponies, as well. Twilight Sparkle is often drawn wearing a schoolgirl uniform with a purple knitted vest to match her status as a student of Celestia’s school of magic. Fluttershy usually wears a baggy yellow sweater keeping with her modest personality, although sundresses are also a 流行的 alternative. 彩虹 Dash either wears a windbreaker and track shorts to emphasize her as an athlete, 或者 a leather 夹克 when she’s interpreted as a pilot (in either case, she is often drawn wearing goggles). 苹果白兰地 is almost universally drawn with an 橙子, 橙色 flannel 衬衫 and cowgirl boots, with “Daisy Duke” shorts and other cowgirl accessories being included depending on the artist.
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