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As many of you know in the first season of "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" there was an animation mistake resulting in a background character having googly eyes. Internet fans of the show (bronies) latched on to the character and nick-named her Derpy Hooves.

Since the show has become such a huge internet phenomenon, Hasbro has responded to the appreciation by acknowledging the strange character and inserting her into strange places throughout the second season.

In "Feeling Pinky" she appears as the reason for a number of huge objects dropped from the sky.
In "Luna Eclipse" she appears dressed in a Halloween costume of made of paper bags.
In the Rainbowdash and Fluttershy duet song in "May the Best Pet Win" she creepily peeks her head out of the chicken coop.
In "Sweet and Elite" she appears inconspicuously dressed in her paper bag outfit hidden among fancy ponies during Rarity's musical number.

Hasbro's decision to accept the show's unique internet fame and fanbase is a really amazing gesture on their part and it helps to strengthen the bond between the show's creators and their fans.

Seeing Derpy appear in episodes is almost like a "Where's Waldo" game now. It never interferes with the overall message of the episode, but it's also a nice nod to their older internet savvy fans. Likewise, references to memes like "Chocolate Rain," or movies like "The Big Lebowski," allow them to enjoy the show on a different level than children would.

I don't have anything else to say on the matter. I just think it's a really neat thing and I'm amazed that a big professional animation/toy company would so willingly embrace content made by their fans.

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HtBlack Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
I found this while looking for articles about the newest issue about Derpy Hooves' character being offensive, and I just wanted to ask you what you think about the whole business, since you seem to have an actual brain of your own.
Take into consideration that I've never watched the show, although if only to understand this controversy, I might.
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SolidSpidr Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of what Marvel does with lots of there movies. They'll usually sneak Stan Lee into it in some minor roll with a one-liner. It's a lot of fun as a Marvel fan to be watching for Stan to pop in.
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GhostLiger Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now all they need to do is release her in toy form. I'd buy without question XD
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eatpraylove Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a Big Lebowski reference? What?
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Check out the episode Cutie Pox, the first 5 minutes of which takes place in a bowling alley. I think you'll find the reference pretty easily.
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Bruce8331 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
I know right! I love seeing all these bonuses in the episodes.
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SodaVampire Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student General Artist
I love Derpy/Ditzy!
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:iconroninzylle:
RoninZylle Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Best accidental easter egg character ever!
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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, need to watch more MLP shows to catch sight of this derp^^
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lynk25 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
I mean, I'm all for playing "Where's Derpy" and all, but I wish she'd have a bigger role. When season 1 ended, they did announce that she became an official character. For a character whose status was elevated from background character to official character, she's still being treated like a background character -.-
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Sofiz-Jackson Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So it's kind of like how Valve and Hidekaz Himaruya aknowledge their fanbases too :meow: I love it when they do that, it's so sweet of them :'D
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Jun-Okami Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahaha, i love both of those creators XDDD
It does make me feel like the people have a presence!! it's a really good thing to do.
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Sofiz-Jackson Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! :highfive: You have great taste! :giggle: :iconsuperheroglompplz:

I know! It feels like they appreciate our love and appreciation and it really shows that they care for their fans :'3 Although I'm sure you'll agree that making USUK completely and utterly canon is a bad idea... but that's another story ^U^
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wind-adept-Ivan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
I love it when companies do things like that. It's just such a simple way to strengthen the positive relationship you have with your fans. I've actually decided that that's how I want to handle things with the game design studio I'm trying to help get running. Notch (the guy behind Minecraft) actually actively responds to his fans via Twitter and Tumblr, and it's just such an incredibly easy way to make fans feel closer to a project that I'm amazed it isn't standard business practice by now.

(also glad to see I'm not the only one that plays "Where's Derpy" when he watches new episodes)
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CrimsonArk Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is nice that Hasbro realizes the existence of the fans, and not just the existence of the cartoon. :) It's their nods like this that will keep me coming back... even though, I just love the adorable ponies in general. Always have, even before G4 came along.
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CoolGraffix Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011   Digital Artist
Also, in the episode where Rainbow Dash is being considered a "hero" and stuff(I don't remember what the name was orz), you'll see her in the background at one point. :)
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SteelwingAkira Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agre tho i think the term Bronie acctually refers only to the male members of the fandom

but i could be wrong eather way <3
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Caramell-Dansen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Yeah, so great!! XD I didn't catch the Derpy in the last episode or the "May The Best Pet Win" one either, so I'm gonna go back right now and go find her. |D

Derpy's my favorite simply because I get excited when I see her in the background somewhere. XP I hope she may talk one day, even only a word or two. (No, the "Muuufffiiiinnnns" doesn't count because it was masked with other voices. >__>)

OH DERPY.

I kinda wish they would release a name for her though, because I doubt they'd release the name "Derpy" officially considering they might not want to encourage that internet word "Derp" amongst the younger fans. BUT... If they made her name have "Derp" in it, then "Derpy" could be her nickname amongst the older fans. Like how Pinkie was Pinkamina. |P
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SaffyreNeko Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Derpy is amazing, and Hasbro has earned more respect on my part. :D
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DemonPanther Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Derpy is best background pegasus pony <3
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Healing-Touch Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Don't forget Doctor Whooves! He's also a big part of the internet MLP FIM fandom. Again, he was just a normal background character and his resemblance to Doctor Who was total conincidence but became so popular over the internet that the MLP crew dubbed him "Doctor Whooves"!
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KatsumiBatei Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i've noticed that quite often
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:iconm-s-o-s-b:
M-S-O-S-B Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Don't forget "Equestria Girls." Hearing they made it an official ad BLEW MY MIND.
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Bentheechidna Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
It's not Hasbro that's doing it, it's the animators and writers of the show. Also, Derpy is in every single episode of Season 2 after Season 2 Episode 2. She was officially confirmed a long time back for Season 2 as a "Where's Waldo" type character.

Also, Feeling Pinkie Keen* and Luna Eclipsed* ;P
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Xyxephrien Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Same thing with Blues/Cyclops, he turns up a couple more times. Plus Colgate, Dr. Whooves, etc.
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xanareth Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
I dunno if it was animation mistake to begin with but she's been in every episode since the beginning of season one i think. it is a nice nod though.
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Midnas-Little-Shadow Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
It really is amazing and I'm very glad the creators of the show are doing so much to make it more than a simple "little 4-year-old-girls show".
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KayteeTheArtist Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
She actually made lots of appearances in the first season as well... so...
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MegaJoy-Coon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011   Digital Artist
ALL HAIL DERPY HOOVES!!!!
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:iconmarcuszoner:
marcuszoner Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love it when they play benny hill
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LeonKatlovre Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must agree

so happy they actually took so much love for derpy and their fans :3
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Nagem1891 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
MLP was very surprised to hear that older people where loving the show, so having the older refs are a huge nod to us :)
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daisy8000 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
From what I've heard, "Derpy Hooves"'s real name is "Ditzy Doo" or something
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nacritico Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
I've never seen this show... but god... you are tempting me SO MUCH right now. xD
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itsmissblondi2u Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love MLP, and like i say....
I came for the friendship
I stayed for the Derpy
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DevilRena Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
il be honest, derpy hooves was the reason i started watching MLP and now i love it XDD im so glad they acknowledge her~
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Blue-Nayru Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
I loved her costume in Luna Eclipsed 8D It was just something she'd do and the MLP staff made it so :XD:
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amyjozina Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Filmographer
I've noticed the way they keep us guessing as to where she'll turn up next. I really appreciate it as an animator that they are being playful with the concepts.
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Menocu Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
I think one of the brilliant things of this team working on this show is that they find something odd in their creation has attracted some unexpected fame they don't shy away or ignore it. They embrace their bronies and give them little thank you nod through out the show.

Oh and you forgot to mention Derpy wrestling with the Mayor of Ponyville in Lesson Zero.
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Liliownz Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Derpy!!!
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:iconclubtail:
Clubtail Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Now we just need Derpy as a toy. (Hopefully under Derpy but I don't think that will pass legal) I would snap her up like that!
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tiajones Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
i simply love my little pony.
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Kin-Maru Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Wow. That's a fantastic thing for big animators to do. I'm proud of them.
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VickyViolet Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is hilarious! Sounds kinda like Adventure Time, where there's a background character I hear fans call Stud Muffin. But the main characters never acknowledge him...

I've been wanting to see MLP FiM for some time now, seeing as how the fan base is so huge, I'd take it's good. It's just that I don't know what channel it's on, otherwise I might check it out.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's best to just watch it online. [link] <-- they're currently down for a moment, but they're the best place to get the episodes. Many of the youtube ones are "hidden" and you need a direct link to watch them. You can also find links via equestriadaily.com
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BasiaSadie Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student General Artist
You can watch it on Youtube, the TV channel is The Hub, though.
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ladydragon323 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I heard that the reason they would be inserting Derpy Hooves more often (who has a "less offensive" name with Hasbro, but I don't remember what it was) was so Hasbro could eventually do a contest for it. Spot Derpy in an episode, win a prize.
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Paradoxdcode Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe that her Hasbro calls her "Ditzy Doo"

-P.K.
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TotalObelisk Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ooooh, so that's where she was in Sweet and Elite *goes to rewatch*
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TheGreatMC Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
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