Fluffy Ponies (Equus ferus caballus hasbioidae) are small creatures with fluffy bodies, childish speech, and low cognitive intelligence. Generally depicted as simple creatures literally designed to love and play, they are a subset of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fandom.
Origin of the FluffcultureEditThough there is some debate concerning the origins of the Fluffy Pony subculture, it is generally attributed to the creation of Fluffle Puff by Mixermike622 on January 2nd, 2012. This simple, taco-loving, extremely fluffy pony does not in fact have any relation to the modern fluffy pony: she instead exists as a separate entity more closely related to the maninstream MLP fandom. The "modern", dark Fluffculture is sometimes associated with a story "Magical Ponies" by an author called gorodetsky, published on December 9th, 2011 (somehow predating the more well-known Fluffle Puff for only a month). The story is rather a dark take on the "Human Raising Pony" concept, which somehow paved the way for basical "modern" fluffy pony headcanon; lispy baby talk and shy behavior. The story can be read below.
The modern fluffy stories can be attributed to sites such as 4chan and ponychan, and often depict an alternate Earth wherein fluffy ponies exist, often briefly. Nowadays, most fluffy stories and artwork can be found on Fluffybooru.
Within the fluffy culture, the generally agreed-upon origin of Fluffy Ponies goes something like this: Once upon a time, there was a marvelously successful television show called "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic". The company that produced the show, Hasbro, was delighted with how its creation had touched the hearts of so many people, young and old. More to the point, they were delighted with how it touched their wallets. Merchandise sales for the show allowed Hasbro to become immensely wealthy, and soon the already sizable entertainment company become a corporate supergiant. In the interest of providing themselves with even greater profit, Hasbro began a secretive genetic engineering division called "Hasbio". Within their labs, strange, ethically dubious and almost certainly illegal experiments were conducted to create the perfect product to shill out to 'My Little Pony' -loving children around the world, Hasbio intended on creating real versions of their television predecessors to sell to their customers. Cute, cuddly, programmed to act and sound like children and be obsessed with love and hugs, they would have been the perfect pets. Unfortunately, extremists of the so-called animal rights organization PETA managed to infiltrate the labs. Considering the experiments of Hasbio an abomination, they launched a terrorist attack, intentionally releasing the imperfect prototype fluffies into the wild. These "fluffy ponies", as the public began to call them, bred exponentially, revealing these new beings to the rest of the world. Initially treated with bemusement and wonder, the heavy breeding and the unusual habits and defects of their flawed biology (which were never designed to breed outside of Hasbio labs) caused them to eventually be labeled as vermin and a dangerous invasive species, which ate crops, littered the streets with corpses and feces, spreading disease and disgust where ever they roamed. As Hasbio no longer had a monopoly on the critters, other companies began to create new types and new creatures with which to sell to the public. The original fluffy ponies would go on to have happy or tragic roles in the new world.
Physiology and anatomyEdit
Fluffy ponies generally come in four distinct types. The most common types are Earth Fluffies. Unicorns and Pegasi , while Alicorns are very rare. All fluffy ponies vaguely resemble small ponies. Although they are generally seen as equine creatures, they are in truth a species with a complex genetic code that is immensely tangled and near indecipherable. Their DNA appears to include bits of dog, cat, bird, horse, and possibly rabbit. As such, fluffy ponies are simply called fluffies by most.
The average fluffy pony is small, roughly the size of domestic cats or pomeranians. The torso and back are chubby, and lead to a short but flexible neck. Their stubby legs are short and hindered by their fluff, making fluffies slow and clumsy creatures. A fluffy's head and face includes a pair of ears that are either fully or partially upright, two large eyes, a short snout, small mouth and chin. Their eyes are exceptionally expressive, having sizable irises with colors that can vary greatly. Fluffy eyes have tear canals, enabling them to shed tears in response to sadness or clean the eyes. Female fluffies have a pair of teats located between their hind legs.
Unlike a true equine, the hooves of a fluffy do not possess keratin and instead a hardened cartilage. Foal hooves consist solely of soft, leathery "hoofpads"; possibly to prevent fluffies from accidentally harming children. This makes pampered domestic fluffy hooves poorly suited for tasks such as digging or walking on sharp surfaces. Despite their weakness, a fluffy is surprisingly more adept at manipulating objects than a horse, as they can use their hooves to lift blocks, balls, and foals with relative ease. Feral hooves though still not keratin, develop thick calluses on the bottoms of their feet, effectively working as a solid hoof. These thick calluses make them more adept at walking on rough surfaces and small broken glass as well as digging without scratching their hooves off as easily as domestic fluffies. Due to the development of these hardened calluses on their hooves, feral fluffies tend to cause more damage to each other in fights from the harder surface.
Depending on the type, fluffies may also possess a pair of small wings and/or a short, stubby horn. The wings and the horn are often cosmetic and do not serve any useful function. In some head canons, fluffies with horns possess minor magical powers, such as shooting sparks like a sparkler or a flame from a lighter, and some pegasi can grow wings big enough to glide.
The most defining characteristic of fluffies is their thick and soft fluff. This fluff covers nearly the entire body, except the hooves. The color of the fluff varies greatly and range from all colors from black to white and in between. These colors may come in bright, average or dark shades. White is a recessive color when breeding so it is considered one of the rarest. Breeding a red fluffy with a white fluffy will often spawn red, pink and off white pink foals, while pure white are less likely to be born. A fluffy's head has short to medium long mane, and the tail is covered in bushy hair that almost reaches the ground. The mane and tail can also have various colors and shades, and may contrast wildly with the color of the fluff, though the mane and tail always have the same colors. Breeders often prefer hard to breed colors colors, stripes or patterns as well as MLP show accurate colors. Some head canons make fluffy births completely random and may have their foals be different colors and breeds from their parents but they are usually rare.
Due to their original intent as cosmetic "biotoys", most fluffies have weak muscle strength and skeletal density, making them physically more fragile than most animals of a similar size and weight. The internal organs of a fluffy are not particularly well-suited to a rugged life. A fluff pony possesses weak cardiovascular system (which can occasionally prove useful for the ponies, as they bleed slower, though as a down side they are more prone to heart attacks). Their digestive system is unusual and ineffective in that it quickly processes food and water into waste while only absorbing half the neutrients and their metabolism is also fairly high and requires them to eat more often than regular animals. As a result, fluffies find themselves defecating frequently. Many fluffies defecate upon targets that have attracted their ire as a form of punishment, humiliation, and intimidation. Fluffies have poor control of their bowel movements and are prone to unintentionally defecate, especially in response to fear or excitement. The fluffy reproductive system is also a marvel. Often the first, last, and indeed only real defense the species has against going extinct in the wild, fluffy ponies are able to reproduce at a remarkable rate. If a fluffy mare decides to mate, it is almost fully guaranteed that she will become pregnant. Gestation can take between three to four weeks, and a litter will have one to five foals. The last few days may render the dam immobile, depending on the amount of foals within her. She will also begin to produce milk within her two teats by consuming food. Fluffy foals can grow to adulthood in only several weeks, and the mare will be ready to mate again a day after giving birth. Their fast reproduction rate leads to fluffy populations to grow rapidly, despite natural predators, sickness, malnourishment, rejection, abuse and the many horrible fates that often await fluffy foals.
Fluffies are omnivores and can eat and gain nutrition from many kinds of sources, but a fluffy's favorite food is and will always be spaghetti , preferably with some kind of sauce. This is because of Hasbio's programming. Fluffies who have never seen or tasted it before will still know of it's existance and believe spaghetti is the best and most delicious food in the world. It doesn't necessarily need to be spaghetti. Any type of pasta works as a substitute. Most owners feed their fluffy pets with specially-designed kibbles, and instead serve spaghetti as a rare delicacy if the fluffy can behave accordingly. Owners with lawns or other areas with foliage can let their fluffies feed on grass and leaves. Non-poisonous berries also work but are urged to never feed them boysenberries (look under Risks and problems further down the page). Shelled or unshelled nuts are not recommended, for a fluffy's teeth are usually too dull and soft to break the shell open often causing damage to their teeth, even unshelled nuts are a choking hazard because some fluffies are too dumb to chew and intead swallow them whole. Young foals are incapable of eating solid food, and may only drink milk from their mother or from a bottle until they are old enough to grow their own teeth.
Fluffies enjoy sweets. Fruits, candy and other treats can be given to a fluffy as a reward. Treats should be given in small amounts and not too frequently, or else the fluffy may grow too fond of the taste and will ask for more. Furthermore, too much sugar puts the fluffy at risk at developing diabetes and gaining weight. Fat or greasy food can cause diarrhea, and fluffies that eat beans will flatulate for hours, which often scares them. Due to the fluffy's chimeric biology, chocolate can be potentially dangerous and can cause potentially fatal liver damage. While some fluffies can eat chocolate fine, it is not recommended to feed it to them until you consult a vet to see if their fluffy is "allergic" to chocolate.
Desperate fluffies that starve will resort to cannibalism if there is nothing else to eat. This is much more common among the feral kind. The first to be killed and eaten are always the foals, especially runts. Sick, elderly and outcast fluffies are usually next to be eaten. A mare may end up eating one of her own foals in order to produce milk for the remaining foals. Fluffies do not always kill their own if they want to cannibalize. Sometimes a human performs the killing instead, and the fluffies simply decide to make use of the meat before it gets spoiled. As a rule, fluffies do not enjoy cannibalism and tend to cry deeply while they reluctantly feed on the corpse of a friends or family member. There are exceptions to that of course. A very few psychotic and mentally unstable fluffies may develop a taste for fluffy meat, and will continue to kill and feed on other fluffies even if there are other food sources nearby. These cannibals refer to delicious fluffy entrails as 'tummeh sketties'.
Intelligence and behaviorEdit
Fluffies are notable as being the only species besides humans that can speak a human language. Despite this, fluffies are not actually all that intelligent; most adult fluffies have the mental capacity of a human 4-year old. They are pre-programmed with certain mental traits:
- To love humans and seek them out as owners
- To desire and try to consume spaghetti
- To give hugs and play and love other fluffies
- To find a mate and have offspring, caring for them, and becoming good parents
- To speak in an infantile manner with a lisp, such as pronouncing "R" and "L" as "W" and adding "-ies" when talking about plurals
Any or all of these traits may be overwritten through trauma or experience, though it is unlikely. The confluence of these traits tend to make most fluffies very similar to one another, and difficult to distinguish. Nevertheless, life experiences can change fluffies to become more distinct.
A fluffy's love may be corrupted, through "Smarty " syndrome (causing a fluffy to become greedy and arrogant), abuse, or misfortune. Fluffies, though generally kind, may eventually become cruel or hurtful if exposed to a particularly negative environment.
The fluffy desire for babies is not universal, but extremely common. Fluffies generally treat babies with love, singing to them (though a fluffy's singing often has no real rhyme or rhythm) and caring for them. However, sheer stupidity may lead to fluffies accidentally harming their foals, or neglecting them. Various factors can also lead to foal abuse; if the foal is born a runt, or an alicorn, or simply "doesn't smell pretty," the mother or other fluffies may reject the foal, possibly verbally abusing it, physically harming it, banishing the foal or even killing it. Particularly cruel, greedy, or lustful stallions may also sexually abuse foals for a wide variety of reasons.
Hugs are an enormous part of fluffy life. Fluffies give hugs to show love, to keep warm, to (futilely) attempt to heal wounds, and to cope with a stress. Sexual intercourse among fluffies is referred to as "special huggies" (during which stallions may often make an "enf" sound.)
Generally, fluffies pair up into monogamous relationships, calling their mate their "special friend". These relationships are generally loving, though it is possible (especially in a herd with a smarty) for a stallion to also have intercourse with mares other than their special friend (mares of course can also have intercourse with stallions apart from their mate, though this appears rarer). Homosexuality is not common among fluffies, and generally homosexual behavior is accidental among fluffies (as they find it just "feels good"). There are, of course, fluffies across the entire sexual spectrum, however rare they may be.
Fluffies seek human owners, calling caretaker humans "mummys" or "daddys". This is a term they apply to even abusive "caretaker" humans, though even extended abuse can discolor their like for humans. Feral fluffies have learned over time not to trust humans after their parents and grandparents experienced many hardships. Feral fluffies are still born with the dream of finding the perfect human caretaker but that behavior is trained to be repressed by their elders either by punishment or experience. There have been many a herd member who has had to remain in hiding or run away as one or more of their naive/stubborn foals is killed or tortured slowly to death because the youngsters carelessly wandered to their own deaths by trusting an abuser.
All fluffies, save for the most battle-hardened ferals, have a desire to play. It is in this way that fluffies most resemble the small children they were originally marketed to. Games such as tag, hide and seek, rolling balls and stacking objects like blocks are a universal past time for all fluffies.
The fluffy fear of "sorry sticks" could be a callback to Hasbio disciplinary actions or how they were disciplined in shelters or mills before they were sold. Sorry sticks consist of any stick-like object used to inflict punishment, from baseball bats to newspapers.
The fluffy's fear of "sorry boxes" comes from several main behavioral factors, poor perception of time, a near universal affliction of claustrophobia, a fear of the dark and a wild imagination. Sorry boxes can be any container small enough to restrict fluffy movement and isolate them from the outside world. The combined factors make the sorry box the most effective nonviolent punishment to healthy fluffies. With no light source, the fluffy's imagination runs wild and it begins to see any shadows or other imagined forms in the dark to be monsters trying to get them or a feeling of being abandoned alone and unloved by their owners. The closed spaces restrict their movement and causes the fluffy to panic and in some cases hyperventilate, as they know they cannot get away from this imagined monster or try to find their beloved owner. With the fluffy's poor perception of time, ten minutes can feel like an hour and an entire day feel like an eternity. While this form of punishment does not leave physical wounds prolonged seclusion in a sorry box can traumatize fluffies and cause old or unhealthy fluffies to die from heart attacks.
The sheer stupidity of fluffies is usually the cause of fluffy tragedy. Shouting at inanimate objects, being unaware of the danger of a situation, blindness to environmental hazards, and using demands to stop monster attacks can result in fluffy injury and death.
Due to some feline DNA in their biological make up, fluffies are also extremely averse to water. While some fluffies learn to enjoy water and can even swim, the vast majority dislike large amounts of water. Fluffies often drown in even extremely shallow pools, and in some cases are so mind-bogglingly stupid that they can even drown on dry land simply by thinking about water too much and forgetting to breathe. More intelligent fluffies tend not to share this trait.
Fluffy speech and vocalizationsEdit
Because of the shape of their lips, tongue and teeth, all fluffies speak with a childish lisp, causing them to pronounce letters such as R and L as W instead. The fluffy speech pattern is the one trait that is hardest to break. Fluffies seem pre-programmed with a certain vocabulary, which includes:
- Daddeh – Daddy
- Mummah – Mummy
- Babbeh – Baby/ foal
- Good Babbeh – Healthy baby
- Bad Babbeh – Runt
- Pointy/Howny Babbeh – Unicorn foal
- Wingy Babbeh – Pegasus foal
- Munstah Babbeh – Alicorn foal / In rare cases extremely deformed and disfigured foals.
- Dummeh Babbeh – Deformed baby
- Almost/Soon Mummah – Pregnant fluffy pony
- Big Poopies! – Labor/Water break
- Special Huggies – Sex
- Big Owwies – Injury
- Wowstest Owwies – Severe Injury
- Fowevew Sweepies – Death
- Boo Boo Juice – Blood
- Sketties – Spaghetti
- Wawa – Water
- Baww - Ball
General use of fluffy ponies Edit
Fluffy ponies are decently popular as cheap pets, much thanks to their cute appearance and unique ability to talk. Just like they were designed for, their love for hugs and playtime makes them suitable for children, adults and elders alike. On the other hand, some people also acquire fluffy ponies for the explicit purpose of causing mental and/or physical harm to their well-being, with their inexpensive cost and their proliferation making it easy to replace them. However, aside from their well-known problems regarding their bladder and bowel control, fluffies can be difficult to take care of. Because of their naivety, curiosity, low intelligence, and physical weakness, it is recommended that they are kept in a specially prepared safe room to minimize the risks of harmful accidents to themselves when not directly cared for by their owners.
Fluffy ponies must be cautiously introduced to other pets, particularly dogs and cats, for fluffies are easily frightened and may think the other pets are monsters. If not paralyzed by fear the accident-prone fluffies might risk hurting themselves when attempting to flee or hide. There is a good reason why fluffies fear dogs and cats. Most pets bigger than fluffies can play too rough and cause permanent injury or kill them by mistake in domestic settings. Stray dogs have been known to wipe out entire fluffy families for food or mistake them for chew toys while stray cats are known to target and steal feral fluffy foals from their mothers. Fluffies adopted off the street or from shelters may have traumatic memories associated with these animals so it isn't recommended to let fluffies interact with other animals unless you have them properly trained.
Risks and problems with fluffy poniesEdit
While many agree fluffy ponies are adorable creatures, they do also bring certain risks and problems to themselves and their surrounding areas. For several reasons, fluffies, especially the feral ones, are regarded as vermin. Fluffies multiply exponentially fast, driven by instincts and faulty programming to breed as often as possible. Domestic fluffies sold by pet shops are normally neutered, but a great number of fluffies are obtained directly from fluffy mills, many of which are of dubious quality (colloquially called basement breeders), where the procedure of sterilizing the fluffies after sale is often neglected. When fluffies from such sources then escape or are abandoned, they are free to multiply. A small herd of fluffies can within several months greatly increase their numbers, even after some of them die to predators and other natural causes. If left unchecked, their breeding will escalate and cause overpopulation and damage to the surrounding area. Because of their constant activities and hunger, fluffies out in the wilderness gluttonously consume grass, leaves, berries and the occasional insects. Once the food begins to run low, the herd's smarty leader will take the fluffies to new lands, while continuing the breeding. They may come across human farmlands, where they devour plantations, crops and seeds. Feral fluffies are also a nuisance in urban areas. Since there is less foliage to eat, fluffies are drawn to lawns and parks. They rummage through human trash in order to find food, or beg the humans for scraps to eat.
Another issue is the fact that fluffies are unsanitary creatures. They frequently excrete copious amounts of urine and feces, provided they have access to ample amounts of food. A small herd can in a surprisingly short amount of time cover an area with their waste and their dead, causing damage to furniture, foliage, and water supply. Because of their absorbing fluff, leftover excrement tends to stick to a fluffy's legs, tail and hind legs, with the fluffies being unable to clean themselves effectively. This causes fluffies to unwillingly and unknowingly spread diseases, flies and odors.
Feeding fluffies boysenberries is a rather strange and humorous phenomenon but it's also a lethal threat to humans. Something in the fluffy make up causes their bellies to swell up after eating boysenberries and expel cyanide gas. If left in an unventilated room, these gases waft up and collect in the upper reaches of the room. Once the owner opens the door the gas may rush towards the new opening and kill the owner. While reports of human deaths caused by cyanide gas have been rare, it is a real threat to anyone willingly feeding fluffies boysenberries.
Abuse sub-culture revolves around the harming, physically or psychologically, of fluffy ponies. Abuse stories and pictures involve inordinate amounts of physical and mental abuse heaped on fluffy ponies. Quite often it includes "dungeon" type scenarios, and may include sexual abuse, amputation, foal-killing, lobotomy, slaughter, butchering, eating of fluffies, starvation, and defenestration. By far the largest category, abusers tend to treat fluffies as biotoys, or otherwise justify their actions.
The disparagingly named Hugbox sub-culture is focused on the cuteness of fluffies. Often, hugbox stories and art will focus on the adorable nature of fluffies and human interaction with them. Here, fluffies are treated with kindness and are often viewed more as domestic (though speaking) animals. Despite the claims of members of the abuse culture, pure "hugbox" is actually fairly rare in the fluffy fandom.
There is often some crossover in these sub-cultures, with hugboxers showing mild to severe abuse, or abusers taking a genuine liking to specific fluffies. Neutral stories attempt to balance the amount of abuse and hugbox-elements happening to fluffies, trying to depict a situation that is considered more realistic.
An off-shot of neutral stories exists with the name sadbox. It usuallyinvolves fluffy ponies in rather sorrowful situations for the fluffy ponies themselves. Examples include the death of fluffy pony foals, rejection from humans, and loss of the "special friend" mate. Notable artists adding sadbox elements include Mwike, Ginger_Fig, Artist_Santanon, Spoosh and Wolfram_Sparks.
There is, in additon, the Weirdbox subculture, but it is difficult to describe as it is so very weird. Examples of weirdbox include silly puns related to (or relating with) fluffy ponies, weird-looking fluffy ponies (e.g. a fluffy pony with human legs), fluffy ponies doing silly, often impossible to do (for fluffy pony standards, of course) things, and even fetishes. Perhaps the most well-known weirdboxers would be Fillialcacophony, Aichi, Hugbox_Hank and ShadySmarty.