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King Sombra Didn't Disappoint Stamp by Sonic-chaos King Sombra Didn't Disappoint Stamp by Sonic-chaos
Yeah I was actually happy with this guy. Why? Because he is by far the most competent and dangerous of the villains. He wasn't play for laugh and he was darker compare to jealous goddess, Q, and a queen that was trying to find food for her people. While Discord and Nightmare Moon mostly spend their time trying to stop the Mane 6, Sombra already did with out even being there by setting traps or hiding clues before his imprisonment (this is what we call "The Chessmaster" or "Dangerously Genre Savvy"). Also he almost won! The only reason he lost is because Spike decided to go with Twilight. If he hadn't been there to snap her out, Twilight would have been stuck in her nightmare...... should some one make a fan fic about that?..... anyways yeah I liked King Sombrero.

And even the lack of backstory makes him scarier..... ok some information would have been nice.... and a little more dialogue.

Also like some one in EQD said. Nightmare Moon has the best back story, Discord has the personality, Chrysalis has the motivation, and Sombra has the best presence.

Also because I treated him more as a plot device while I was watching the episode.
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Wyvern0125 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015

I think the problem is most fans look at him as: “a poorly developed villain with no personality or backstory”. But with the way he was portrayed he seemed to be more like a “force of nature” than a character. He was a literal manifestation of fear and darkness. I believe the creators even stated that he was inspired by Sauron from Lord of The Rings.

Whistle-Trill Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student General Artist
He's way better than Nightmare Cheesy Moon.
Whistle-Trill Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Sombra is my second best villain. Him and Discord are both awesome.
Rubbaduckwolf Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student General Artist
Go King Sombra! But give him more screentime!
0rang3App3aL Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
I thought he should have been shown doing more. He's definitely dark and competent, and that's why I was disappointed; I wanted to see more of him. I feel the same way about Discord. I love his character, but with all the power he possessed, he should have done than he did.
The-Dorito-Butler Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
At least he has room for more fascinating and mysterious headcanons, like The-Grey-Panther said. I don't dislike King Sombra at all, I just think it would be good if he had some more development.
Sup-Gurl Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
hes soo AWESOME actually
The-Grey-Panther Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lack of backstory = more room for fascinating headcanons :D
gaybiez Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love him
THEREADINGADDICT Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
How could anyone hate him(as a character. If he actually existed then, well...)? He was like the closest thing to Makuta that MLP could show.
EliratheDinosaur Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
personally i thought it was rather interesting.
urbanmusic1234 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
 This is a cool stamp and it would have been cool if he won
CHCHcartoons Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Sombra will always be the true villain of MLP:FiM, not that abortion character Discord.
DarkPrince2007 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I almost wished he could win. :(
ultimatelifeformshad Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Artist
A grand villian. One of my favorite villians in fact. Not only does he remind me of Sauron but he also reminds me of Spacegodzilla. Both are Dark and Malicous. Two way villians should be.
Montyclan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Also, both he and Spacegodzilla use crystals.
ultimatelifeformshad Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Artist
That too
DoneForGood Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish there was more character development with him.
ColdSnowdrake Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now if they would only bring back either Grogar or Tirek, I'd be a happy person
MKBrony Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
AshlynArt-100 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Whistle-Trill Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student General Artist
No. Just no.
wolfklng Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KillRoy231 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
I had three demands for King Sombra and three demands only:

1.) Have him speak, even if it has to be only one line
2.) Make his voice suit the character, not a high-pitched voice like Snips, or worse, Majin Buu
3.) KILL HIM OFF AT THE END (we need at least one official villain death to measure up to G1, Chrysalis was debatable so she can't be counted "official")

That being said, I was 100% satisfied with The Crystal Empire. King Sombra was an overachiever IMO because he was darker than Chrysalis, which is saying something. Though parts of the episode seemed slower, whenever Sombra did appear the scenes were epic and he was quite menacing, especially with his evil Andross-style laugh during the scene where he regenerates his horn. Also, one of the most epic Chrysalis-free moments of the show is when he tries to kill Spike with that dark crystal, and we see how psychotic he is when he licks his lips at the thought of skewering a baby dragon. Although he didn't speak much, atleast he had any lines at all, and that highlights his resemblance to Sauron, we needed a MLP counterpart to Sauron because Lord of the Rings is the most commonly referenced show in MLP and we already had three Gollum counterparts (four if you count Twilight in Lesson Zero). And unlike Sauron, he actually tries to do something when his doom was near, and regains physical form. And his death scene was one of the most unique and spectacular I've ever seen, and Meghan confirmed it too. (I know some were disappointed by it, but more were disappointed when Discord turned good, myself not included)

And it's been said in the Elements of Harmony book, Sombra was underestimated by many as a villain. If given the chance, he'd have done some real damage. Why didn't he do more than he did? Because if he could have, he'd have probably killed the Mane 6, Princess Cadance, Shining Armor, and definitely Spike. Well, maybe he'd see Applejack and Pinkie Pie as slaves with the crystal ponies, but any pegasus, unicorn, or alicorn he'd probably want to eliminate then and there. (Also of note, what happened to the pony who ruled the Crystal Empire before Sombra took it over? No previous ruler was seen and the empire was given to Cadance and Shining Armor after Sombra's death)

Overall, second favorite villain next to Chrysalis. (Discord's position was third even before he turned good, but I still like him)
Erix19 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I liked Sombra ever since someone made the comparison between him and Sauron. Unless you read the Silmarillion, you're not going to have a whole lot of backstory or personality for Sauron during the Lord of the Rings. Like Sombra, Sauron just "was". He never took to the battlefield himself and he spent all three books looking for his Soul Jar. Sombra actually did more in the "present day" than Sauron ever did in the Rings trilogy while their pasts show them at the height of their power.

While others lament the fact that Sombra had very little presence or dialog, I find him to be just as badass as Sauron is.
SEGASister Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

I honestly would like for Sombra to return to face the Mane Six once again. Here's my opinions as far as villains go:

Nightmare Moon makes me sorry for her the most

Discord is the most entertaining and the most powerful

Chrysalis is the most deceitful, but the least powerful

Sombra is the most malicious and the most complex

CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sombra didn't disappoint me either, because I always find myself comparing him to Megatron.
Jerry35 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Butthurt Brony on King Sombra: "He's such a bad villain. Why must his design be a bad OC Pony and not have a lot of talking points like Queen Chrysalis?"

me: So Sombra gets ridiculed for having a bad design and not as many talking points as Chrysalis? I've seen worse designs, I actually like Sombra's Design, and Sombra not having a lot of talking points is a bad reason for saying he's awful. Sauron for example had VERY little Talking points through out the LOTR trilogy and does he get ridiculed? Nope he's all fine. Yeah that makes TOTAL sense. *insert sarcasm*
Jc-the-penguin Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
King Sombra became one of my fave Villains, I thought no other pony character could beat Discord for me as a villain, But no. He did. I was very happy with King Sombra,Though I did wish that he could speak more, I would love to hear his amazing voice.
CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do agree

Sombra acted like he was out for blood.

All the others kind of toyed with their opponents.
MercenaryX Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
*Slow Clap* Amen brother.
Seeker900 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Applause Clap That was the most justified thing I've heard about King Sombra, Great Job!
MKBrony Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Honestly, he fell woefully short of my expectations! He barely had any dialog or explanation! After his defeat, he was killed off and put on the proverbial shelf, never to be seen canonically again.
monstermaster13 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sombra is one of my favorite characters in the show and by far one of the most fascinating.   He is what I call the embodiment of fear itself...much like how Discord embodies chaos.
Primaltimediamond Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I liked Sombra he doesn't deserve all the hate...he's way more awesome then discord ( for starters pretty sure they wouldn't try to turn him into a good guy...)
NightTerrorsEye Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Here here! I personaly don't get why people have a problem with him.
Hexfloog Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There is just something a little more intimidating about the unknown; expanding on his past, I think, would take away that element.  
ZekeMcIlvain Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I agree.I did get pissed at first and definitely would've liked Sombra to have some lines,but he's too badass to hate.Blame McCarthney,not THE King.
magnemite10 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
I really wish we could have seen more of him... He was the most badass and like you said he seems more dangerous and violent, too bad we didn't even get to really see him in action...
vindurza Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
he was violent and scary i hope we'll see more of him
SchwarzerRitter Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
People don't like Sombra, because he doesn't feel the need to sing songs or rub his evilness into the heroes faces.
Why? Because he is King motherbucking Sombra! Lord of Shadows! Emperor of the crystal ponies!

Seriously now, having a villain that does not talk is a bold move.
If a Villain talks, that means you can reason with him or outsmart him. The episode makes it clear there is no reasoning with Sombra. When he gets into the city, all is lost.
magnemite10 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
I agree. If he had gotten the chance, he wouldn't fuck around he would kick ass. The other villains were too arrogant, which was pretty much their downfall. So like you said, he wouldn't waste his time singing or some crap like that, if actually given the chance to defeat the mane six, he would have.
PeaceDragon1724 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He is the ONLY character in the entire show who doesn't have a personality. And he was only shown for like, six minutes. Believe me. He'll be back.
TheCharleyJay Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
I was disappointed and unimpressed at first. Then someone theorized his representing depression, and I realized he was much more competent than we give him credit for. For the reasons above, I think he was a much more effective villain than Nightmare Moon and Discord, though Discord is my favorite overall. He was super-prepared and just the thought of him caused his subjects to cower.
ShinyWhiteWaters Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You typed "King Sombrero" in the description. Is that a typo or was that intentional? :XD:
Sonic-chaos Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes it was intentional! :XD:
ShinyWhiteWaters Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. :XD:

King Sombra's name keeps making me think of a sombrero for some reason. :XD:
aurora-celest Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
:shrug: Too subtle for my tastes. He just stood there menacingly throughout the season opener.
Sonic-chaos Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well he wasn't suppose to be a direct threat.
ClassicallyOrnate Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love his character i just was SLIGHTLY irritated with his voice ^^
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