An example of an eroticized depiction of a character from the show. Art by yokku11nyan.[1][2]
An example of an eroticized depiction of a character from the show. Art by yokku11nyan.[1][2]

Clop is a slang term for fan-made pornography or erotic art based on the animated children's television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and can be viewed either as a subset of brony fandom, furry fandom, or both.[3][4][5][6][7]

The word itself is a pun or wordplay based on the slang word "fap", meaning "masturbation".[8][9] The word is also used as a verb, to refer to the act of masturbating to clop. Other related terms include "clop-fic" for erotic fiction/slash fiction centered around My Little Pony characters, and "clopper" for a person who enjoys this type of material.[10][11]

My Little Pony-inspired erotic fan art reportedly first began appearing on the web around 2012.[9] The topic has received ample scholarly attention.[12][13][14][15][16] To some in the fandom, "clopping" (masturbating to clop) is frowned upon.[17] On the other hand, in 2015, the Guardian reported that in the Brony community on 4chan, having sex with a real person was seen as a negative, and not clopping as a form of heresy.[4]

A survey from the porn site PornHub revealed that users from Russia and Ukraine were particularly over-represented when it came to perusing search terms relating to My Little Pony on said website.[7] The Ukrainian ransomware known as "cl0p" was likely named after this phenomenon.[18][19]

See also


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  2. ^ "Sexy Rarity on seat by yokku11nyan on DeviantArt". Retrieved 2021-09-29.
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  4. ^ a b Gabbatt, Adam (12 March 2015). "What a masculinity conference taught me about the state of men". the Guardian.
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  7. ^ a b Fellizar, Kristine. "Millennials Are Masturbating To 'My Little Pony' Porn, Says New Survey, And Rainbow Dash Is The Fan Favorite". Bustle.
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  9. ^ a b "The Terrifyingly Violent New Genre Of "My Little Pony Fan" Art". BuzzFeed News.
  10. ^ Mullis, J. ""All the Pretty Little Ponies": Bronies, Desire, and Cuteness" (PDF). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  11. ^ Jones, Bethan (1 April 2015). "My Little Pony, tolerance is magic: Gender policing and Brony anti-fandom". The Journal of Popular Television. 3 (1): 119–125. doi:10.1386/jptv.3.1.119_1.
  12. ^ "My Little Brony: Connecting Gender Blurring and Discursive Formations" (PDF). Colloquy. 9 (Fall 2013).
  13. ^ Schimpf, Kaitlyn Elizabeth (22 October 2015). "Straight from the Horse's Mouth: A Case Study on the Adult Male Fans of My Little Pony". MacEwan University Student eJournal. 2 (1). doi:10.31542/j.muse.192.
  14. ^ Robertson, Venetia Laura Delano (January 2014). "Of ponies and men: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and the Brony fandom". International Journal of Cultural Studies. 17 (1): 21–37. doi:10.1177/1367877912464368.
  15. ^ Burdfield, Claire (1 April 2015). "Finding Bronies – The accidental audience of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic". The Journal of Popular Television. 3 (1): 127–134. doi:10.1386/jptv.3.1.127_1.
  16. ^ Bailey, John; Harvey, Brenna (April 2017). "'That pony is real sexy': My Little Pony fans, sexual abjection, and the politics of masculinity online". Men and Masculinities. 20 (1): 27–48. doi:10.1177/1097184X15613831.
  17. ^ Raethel, Thomas. "The Mysterious World of Bronies". Critic - Te Arohi.
  18. ^ Zappone, Chris (1 July 2021). "Pirates of the cyber seas: How ransomware gangs have become security's biggest threat". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  19. ^ "Ukrainian police arrest multiple Clop ransomware gang suspects". TechCrunch.