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Light thinks it travels faster than anything... by Kurayami-no-Kitsune Light thinks it travels faster than anything... by Kurayami-no-Kitsune
but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it." -Terry Pratchett (Reaper Man)

Okay, okay I was bitten by the pony bug, and have loved it from the beginning. Needless to say only now have I made any actual fan-art because I was too busy with school to be able to draw whatever the fuck I wanted. And of course the first thing I draw after 3 years of intense college-level (cuz duh I was in college) art classes and such, obviously the first thing I draw purely out of sheer inspiration.....was a cartoon pony.

Not only that but a villain that really underwhelmed audiences.

To be honest I felt and still feel the same way.

But I fucking love this guy. :iconkingsombraplz:
There was (is) so much potential with this particular villain!
In the first episode of the third season we were introduced to this great Sauron/Morgoth-like villain, they just built this guy up as a genuinely evil and frightening character, hell, the guy didn't even SPEAK....AT ALL, and that seemed to brush a lot of people the wrong way, but I disagree. I think that actually made his character much more intimidating, mysterious, and powerful. Like he was a force of pure evil and corruption that no one could speak to or even contend with. That's a great villain! It raises the stakes so much higher than even the Canterlot Wedding. (Geez, poor Cadence can't catch a break.)
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.....and then the NEXT episode happens....le sigh. You know the whole "CRYYYYSSSTAAAALLLLSSSS" and the lip-licking thing.
Yeah, you know what scene I'm talking about :iconsombraplz: (Oh Sombra, you're making me blush with that tongue of yours! ಥ‿ಥ )

Oh and the whole getting killed thing. Yeah Meghan McCarthy confirmed on twitter at some point that Sombra was in fact murdered on-screen by the power of lurv or something and even stating that she didn't like him as a character.

Though I think that killing this guy off is a bad idea. Now that Twilight is an Alicorn princess and junk he's be the perfect foil. An Archenemy if you will, the yin to Twilight's yang. :iconyinyangplz:
Now Twilight has both the power of and Alicorn, AND that of a Princess. That's a lot of power, both magically and...politically I guess? There's also the whole nightmare-creatures thing that was revealed in issues 4-8 of the official comic that could have something to do with Sombra's beginnings. Anyway Sombra is quite simply, a dark reflection of herself at this point. He was the king of a fucking empire and is super powerful in the magic department (I'm looking at you, Alicorn Amulet and your similar colour scheme)(Or at least some link between the two. Cuz it was all about power and corruption.)

And Twilight at this point has absolute power...and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

And all she needs is a little nudge...in the wrong direction.
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gato303co Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I agree, I never saw the tv episodes, but after seeing screen caps of King Sombra, I thought "it looks like an interesting character", I got interested more about King Sombra after seeing this piece of fan art fav.me/d7mvgbg like 3 months ago, and got me to look for more info about him and ref pics to draw him.... and sadly I found he was an underdeveloped character with a lot of potential :(
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Darkness is everywhere...it's just waiting for the light to die.
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CyberPhoenix001 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But, in time, does not all darkness inevitably give way to light? :)
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Not according to present estimates of the rate of expansion of the universe. :D
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CyberPhoenix001 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, stop trying to impose scientific reality on my happy and optimistic view on life! :D
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
If you worry about things a trillion years down the line, you aren't really an optimist. :)
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CyberPhoenix001 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Point taken. :)
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The-Literary-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Hey, you may get your wish, the MLP:FIM IDW comic series is doing an arc where it looks like the Mane Six will travel to an alternate world and face off against the resident version of King Sombra!
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Wolfcho Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Sombra is totally the creator youtu.be/puUFAd1SQLQ
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:iconkurayami-no-kitsune:
Kurayami-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
I KNEW IT
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Cool.
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Any particular reason why McCarthy didn't like Sombra as a character?
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Kurayami-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
"When she asked Meghan about developing antagonists that live up to those who came before and raising the stakes, Meghan was very gracious and acknowledged King Sombra's lukewarm reception in the fandom. She confirmed he was Killed Off for Real, and admitted he was her least favorite character she'd written, saying he didn't come across in the episode as formed as she had him in her head (though not for a lack of trying!). He was always meant to be more of an evil presence (think Sauron) who doesn't share the same in-your-face persona as Discord and Chrysalis"
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Was she drunk or something when she said so? She wrote and edited The Crystal Empire Parts I & II, for God's sake!
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Kurayami-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Meh, it's her character. She has every right to feel how she does with him. My gripe is that even with the "meh-ish" response from him initially he still has so much potential...and to say the he's "killed off for realz" is a huge waste.
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
  ...And for that, I'm officially done.

  Big surprise, it was affirming the candidate Dark Lord's permanent demise that eventually drove my judgement! Whereas Twilicorn only forestalled my decision as it slowly grew less troubling, it was knowing how truly wasted King Sombra was (by TV show standards, of course) that confirmed it.

  Although their continuing efforts, particularly Amy Keating Rogers', are admirable, practically victimizing a villain that could rival Darth Vader adds quite a bit to what little guilt McCarthy already had.

  King Sombra would have not only been the perfect arch-rival for Twilight, alicorn or no, but the perfect build-up to her coronation if done right!
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Kurayami-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Wait...how done are we talking?
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:iconmylittleprimo:
MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Just with the show.  I'll henceforth continue to appreciate fanart, write my own story,
:iconbronycanon:
and from time to time contribute a good idea or two.
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Kurayami-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Uuuagh! I DIDN'T MEAN FOR THIS TO HAPPEN.
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
:nod:I really like the concept of King Sombra conspiring there. :(What I don't like, though, is the composition. How often do you draw or paint? And was this done via mouse or tablet?
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Kurayami-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
What don't you like about it? I'd love your input.
As for how often I draw/paint, not as often as I'd like. At least not the things I want to draw. And the MLP FIM art style is a style I'm not used to as you can see from my previous drawings. And I draw on a crappy little tablet.
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
First, tell me what you mean by "crappy little tablet."
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:iconkurayami-no-kitsune:
Kurayami-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
A tiny $20 bamboo tablet. So far I've gone through 2 in the past few months. (Boy oh boy it's great to be poor)
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
:(I'm sorry to hear that. How often do you use it?
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Kurayami-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
I don't really keep count dude. Aren't we kinda getting off topic?
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Not really, but I think I was going in the wrong direction, there. I have just one more question--do you at least have a scanner?
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Kurayami-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Yes....why?
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Kurayami-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
I also plan to redo this once I get the hang of drawing for fun again.
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
:iconorochimaruplz::iconsaysplz::rage:Excuse me, but I believe "the tongue" is MY thing!
:icongenesimmonsplz::iconsays3plz::evileye:Yeah, you wish!
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Anzu18 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Agree with all your words! King Sombra was an awesome villain, no matter what people saying :) Love him, he is my fav :heart: Great art, really good job! :)
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Kurayami-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Thanks so much, I appreciate the feedback
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Great piece!
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ZaeSims123 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Yay Sombra, i think he should be more like Him from th Powerpuff Girls not appearance wise but cant die and shown as fearsome by body language and action, and hurting all of the mane 6 psychologically
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Kurayami-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Yes, he'd definitely be a great psychological villain.
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ZaeSims123 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
:) I knew I wasn't the only one who thought so.
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That1MegaLeaFan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Love the title and description.

:iconclapplz: to you.
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Kurayami-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Thanks, I think I put almost as much effort into the description as I did making the picture itself.
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That1MegaLeaFan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Cool.
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