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they could have done so much more with the villain ;_;
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moon159159 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Its so cute. I love it :3
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0Amelia0 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist
I totally agree. He seemed pretty cool, and was obviously very clever, considering the complicatedness of his castle. He could have been a really great bad guy, and I'm kind of disappointed that more didn't happen with him.
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
not all villains need depth
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KurseofKings Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
"they could have done so much more with the villain ;_;" I feel the exact same way. Seriously.
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
not all villains need depth
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NightshadeTheRanger Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Writer
Villains, like all characters, need depth. That's how characters seem real.
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
But what does depth mean for a villain?
Does that mean having a terrible childhood or wanting to make the world better?
If we are talking about being real then what about Bashar Al Assad? He kills his own people just so he can stay in power and His childhood was normal. He just likes being the president of Syria and uses chemical weapons on innocent people including children. And I am pretty sure he is a real person
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MindMenderEoin Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member Student General Artist
I actually agree he doesn't necessarily needs depth.  Sometimes a great villain is one that is single-minded but powerful; it serves as a contrast to all the other characters, who do have depth and humanity, thus dehumanizing Sombra in a way that makes him menacing.  Still, I can see why people are disappointed with what we got (I am too, actually). 

I would say a better word for improving Sombra's character, rather than depth, would be characterization.  We really don't know who he is as a pony aside from his job (a tyrant), and his apparent love for crystals, enslavement, and fear magic.  There's definitely a hint at what kind of character he is, but we never actually see it in action.

He didn't even really need to talk, he just needed to be allowed to do more; let his actions speak for themselves.  Let us see how he uses fear and violence against his enemies.  Let us see how much of a monster he is when he shows enjoyment over causing suffering.  Let us see him be clever, maybe trying to manipulate the main characters against each other through their fear.  I know I'm starting to sound a bit like Discord, but that was why Discord worked initially as a villain; we got to see his character in action, and we could see how he thinks.
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner 5 days ago
When you think about it the only villain in the show to be sympathetic was Nightmare, Discord was simply a sadist, Chrysalis had an excuse but even then said excuse could be seen as selfish, and Tirek was simply obsessed with Power. The reason why Sombra is the only one to get flak isn't because of a lack of a tragety but for a hidden reason.
Unlike the other three who at were at the center of the episode, Sombra was more or less a ghoul attacking the empire, a shadow of a powerful pony, a ghost if you must, he was there to bring suspense to the episode and in that aspect he worked. I think what could have helped him is rather than showing more of him is showing less, Had we never saw his face would he been more compelling? Had they left what he looked like to our imagination to fill the reception to him would been better because we can't expect an unseen ghost to be the focus of an episode.

At least thats what I think
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MindMenderEoin Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member Student General Artist
That's a pretty good point.  A lot of memorable villains are often those whose faces we never see (Dr. Claw, The Fire Lord until Airbender's last season, etc), because the deliberate lack of an identifiable face makes them all the more monsterous.

Kinda goes with a cardinal rule I tend to follow when it comes to storytelling tropes too: go all the way with it.  With Sombra, they should have gone all the way with making him this ghostly enemy by removing his face, like you said. 
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