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they could have done so much more with the villain ;_;
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pamela-robles Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  New member
oh gosh
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ComedyTeam Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The description is so wright, nightmare moon was the corniest of all the others, all she did was make it dark, lame. I can see why u felt pitty for her and let king sombra lose
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Jalieu Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
The show shouldn't have gotten rid of him! Just think of how epic he would be if he came back!
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ComedyTeam Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Meghan mccarthy is up to her usual hype again. Do u really think they would kill off a villain with a lot more to show just because some bronies are stupid? Come on, the writers are bad, but their not that bad
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ComedyTeam Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry to sound mean, but I think it's really stupid for king sombra to loose to nightmare cheese. I respect your art, but I could at least imagine a good fight with sombra winning
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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 Digital Artist
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 Jul 24, 2014  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 Jul 25, 2014
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 Jul 25, 2014  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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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Glad we could agree on that point, I enjoyed Sombra's role because its not the usual Villain shows up hams it up wrecks shit and fails due to hubris but I can see why people expected a bigger role due to him having a face
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ThatPurpleThing Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
dat sombra

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Wait0wat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
A choice must be made...do the honorable thing and try to revert him...or... deplete him for his troubles.
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shrivak Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They really could have....
.... and they might still....
He was cursed to an incorporeal body body.... and after all, his horn survived.... who knows....
WE CAN ONLY HOPE MEGHAN MCCARTHY WILL DO GOOD WITH HER VISIONARY ABILITIES IN THE COMING SEASONS!

Btw, I seriously love this picture.
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ComedyTeam Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She loves hyping things up, he will come back in season five. She's bad, but come on, she's not that bad
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shrivak Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconemperorkuzcoplz: Nopony's that heartless?
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ComedyTeam Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
King sombra is
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shrivak Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure he has a heart....

.... it's just trapped under a thick goopy skin of BLACK SMOKE AND RESENTMENT
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andaverde Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
i really hope he comes back he had so much potential 
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derpydozens Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student General Artist
luna don't kill him
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cronocracia Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
The official number of MLP, does it happen that a similar scene is shown in the digital portrait?
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derpydozens Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
No i dont recall it
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Matau99 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Agreed. She might be ruthless, but there is no way she'd kill a foe who was defeated.
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ComedyTeam Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nightmare moon was prety cheesy in comparison with the others, and her modives were garbage. I still like her redeemed as luna, but sombra would win effortlessly
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Okenta Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
omfg... EPIC!!!!!!!
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schneelocke Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
They really could have. Powerful piece - I wonder what Luna's expression would look like if we were to look up at her.
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blu-red Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
hm, that would be interesting to draw! might do a second piece to this hehe
but thank you for your lovely comments :hug:
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
You're welcome! And a follow-up piece would be great to see. :)
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GreenSkittleKiller1 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
how dare you talk about my husband like that??
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GreenSkittleKiller1 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
he is not weak he would never go crawling back to his daughter...i said to much
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DustyBuckskin Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
actually, i wasn't too disappointed with Sombra. He was kinda there as an ominous threat ever looming which in my opinion gave a great sense of urgency and suspense. i do agree that maybe he could've had more camera time but i enjoy the fact that it's left to the viewers to make up something.

Now, i love your picture here, the colors and lighting are just amazing and it gives that gloomy defeat feel. wonderful job! :la:
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cameronrainbow Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student General Artist
AGREED
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intelligent-zombie Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree; Sombra is a wonderful concept in my eyes, and I love working with him and his backstory, but I think the writers did a horrible job with him. ;-; It's too bad...I hope they bring him back in the fourth season.

That aside, I love this pic to death, even though I don't really support the whole "Sombra is behind NMM's transformation" thing. ^^;
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
How did they do a horrible job with him?
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ComedyTeam Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know
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aracnea Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
i agrey...but i say that with ALL these vilans.
i mean, these guys had GRAT ideas of vilasn and there best are simply cast asaide
i think the seres would be better if...say, the vilasnd like nightmare moon,discord,sombra,and chysalis had more billd up an camra tme.
ya know?
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0NightRainbow0 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
My thoughts exactly.
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aracnea Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
thanks for agreing with me :)
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Morfonious Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I used your picture on my new fanfic, [link].

I naturally gave your credit in source!
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blu-red Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you for giving me credit, however i'd appreciate it if you ask for permission to use the picture next time
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
I agree with you on the handling of Sombra in the show.
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And she looked down on him and said, "... No. Not for this."

But she too would fall to graceless hate, and she too locked away for her frailty in the face of it.
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What a wonderful piece! Could tell a different story for every viewer!
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blu-red Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you very much :hug:
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lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow....this is deep.
Excellant job!
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blu-red Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you!
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