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King Sombra by DragonwolfRooke King Sombra by DragonwolfRooke
The newest villain to grace the MLP world. :) From the season premiere today! AND since I hadn't seen him before the premiere (no spoilers for me, ha ha) I think I was less disappointed than a lot of people. Since he didn't get much screentime. XD Personally, I agree it would have been nicer to see more of him - but they only had so much time to tell the story they wanted to. So I think they did a good job regardless.

Besides. I think that Sombra is evil enough that he doesn't need monologues, he doesn't need songs, he doesn't need us to even see him. He's the boogeyman, the nightmare, the shadow on the wall. HE IS YOUR FEAR. :)

Anyhoo...

For those who don't watch MLP, he's a tyrant king who enslaved an empire - but he was defeated, transformed into a shadowy fog monster, and sealed in ice for a thousand years. Then he returns, obviously. :)

SO I saw this picture in my head and just had to paint it. XD I wanted it to feel like ink, since his soul was so black...plus it's like he's crawling out of the shadows he was transformed into, and starting to regain his old power. :) It was so much fun to paint!

King Sombra (c) Hasbro
Art (c) me
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:icondragonjek:
Dragonjek Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I like this.  It's just the suggestion of a body, but he's very clearly still a being of shadow.  It works out wonderfully.
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PrincessLuna1st Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning!
Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental
hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the
staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so
they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the
machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died.
Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on
Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you
and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and
she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if you copy and paste
this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.You
will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain u will see a little dead girl in you
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Zenie250 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student Artist
Yay XD sombra in his warped shadow form! I think they should give him a gannon like laugh thatd make him so much more bad ass as a villain love him!
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strong-1 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Its a shame though that Gak had more of a personality than this guy. With a little more development he could have been the most menacing villain to date.
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ComedyTeam Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is his form in season 5
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fangmoon109 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
www.deviantart.com/art/Toutax-…
SOMEONE USED YOUR ARTWORK FOR THEIR OWN.
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The-Blood-Dragon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
King Sombra could've been so much more... we need to see more of him...
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ShadowflashMLP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Thought I'd ask: may I use this as a cover art for a story I might release later on? I'll source it and everything, just thought I'd ask first. 
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DragonwolfRooke Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
As long as it's sourced, sure thing. :)
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ShadowflashMLP Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Awesome, thanks.
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Artandcreation4you Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would have loved to see him TALK!
If Sombra lacks one thing, it is character development! :(
Good job on him though. :)
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DragonwolfRooke Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I figure he didn't really NEED character development. He was actually a pretty logical villain if you think about it - he didn't bother having pointless monologues, so that WE could get to know him. He was too busy trying to take over an empire and enslave its people again. XD
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Kheelaia Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
shadow is like an ink!
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Beawiddler1 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
God that's terrifying.
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fasa004 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
I'm sorry, but, it kinda looks like he has big breasts. I still love it though.
xD
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DaggetWithaDagger Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AAAAH THIS IS SO AWESOME

...Can I make this into a vector and give it a bit of a shattered-kinda look? I'll credit and link back here.
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DragonwolfRooke Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Sure, go for it!
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DaggetWithaDagger Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Thank you!
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DragonwolfRooke Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
No problem, can't wait to see your vector.
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DaggetWithaDagger Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I started on it as soon as I got the green light, so here it is: [link]
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fiskefyren Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
He's having an anal evacuation?
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
My God... I love you for your description. I completely agree with all of it~!
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TheTspot Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
he's fuckin creepy... I LOVE IT!!![link]
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VictorReisSobreira Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
liquid corruption,sombra's birth
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TheTspot Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Sombra: There is no choice... You will always be a slave to something
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SamoyedWarrior Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The thing people don't understand about Sombra is his true purpose for the two-parter. It wasn't about him returning, it was about Twilight learning a lesson while also defending an empire. He was more of an outside threat moving in, something to create tension and hinder Twilight's mission.

I'm glad you understand that, and the picture you drew of him looks awesome! :3
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Agent-Eli Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought he was pretty cool
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IceLuxray Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ha, cool :D
I've been thinking that SOmbra was a little neglected or something in the premiere, but when you put it that way...:heart:
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Jc-the-penguin Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I just wished king sombra didn't fail so quick. I seriously loved his design,voice and how he ruled the place before
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InvaderLez Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, in a twisted way. Loe it. :heart:
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darkwee009 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
For some reason, he looks like he came out of Epic Mickey....
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Krazy-Kaitie Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Okay, finally watched the first two episodes to Season 3 so I can comment on this properly. XDDD
For starters, I was a little disappointed that he got little to no screen time, though like you said, he is the boogeyman, the nightmare, etc. I love the thought of that but in a way I wish that he had gotten a bit more time in the spotlight. Though I don't pay attention to many things and only get updated by friends, I only first saw Sombra when you were drawing him in your stream, and I must say I was pretty excited for him, though not AS excited as many others were where they puked rainbows over the thought of him and suddenly want to piddle all over the developers for not meeting their expectations. That's why I never try to get too excited about something, because then my expectations will never be met and I'll just get angry. XD
But oh my lord his voice is just amazing. Like it's the sort of thing you hear and wonder if someone is truly there whispering things to you or if it's just your imagination. I also dearly loved his little "see your greatest fear" door, makes me think of him as a sort of troll (though no one will ever be as good of a troll as Discord ;3).
Sombra was an amazing threat to overcome, loved his character so much! >:V Though like I said, I love your design of him much more because it looks so much more menacing but I must also remember it's a kids show so they can't be too extreme with enemies like him. ;3c
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InterJim126 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Oh my gosh! :fear:
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Deranged-Dragon Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
At first I really hated how Sombra didn't appear very developed, but now I appreciate it. It makes the guy more mysterious and evil looking. He doesn't have any memorable lines, but when he did speak it made him feel like a irrational monster.
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You forgot the one who hides behind the vale; whose song brings about the world's end. Zalmbra!
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Sanhanian Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
[reads that the premier was today: teleports to youtube]
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Miscomunication Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
OOoohhhhsss... 8D
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PinkEnvy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like your take on him so much more XD I have a bunch of brony friends who kept being all OMG SEASON 3 SO PHYCHED which I think kinda spoiled the awesome for me :I it was awesome nonetheless <3 But Sombra kinda felt weird...idk. I like your depecition of him a lot better :3
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TheProjectCore Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I wonder if the episode is online yet gatta watch it if it is.
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Jase1505 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really love your artwork. This is a great piece of Sombra. :3

And I agree, this guy is seriously under-appreciated by the fans. Which is sad, because I have to agree that the episode seriously wasted a lot of potential here. I was really hyped for this villain and we got so little of him. Still, at least the fans show off his good side, like this. <3
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DragonwolfRooke Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I think one of the problems was he has such a kick-awesome design - I just adore his look. He has such a Scar-esque mane. <3 But because he was released as a spoiler, I think people hyped him up to a point impossible to achieve, so the story that was actually told felt a little disappointing.

Luckily for me, I didn't meet dear Sombra until the episode itself. So while I felt he could have been more, I very much liked what we got. :)
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SparrowsNskittlez Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
TRIPPY ;o
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ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This guy is arguably THE most poorly used character ever, and in a show like MLP:FIM that may not mean much but for me it does. Here I was thinking up all sorts of possible awesome roles for him , leader of an army of crystal golems set to raise Equestria to the ground, a possible relationship with one of the princesses most likely Luna , father of Skyla or corrupter of the elements. I watched this episode only for him, I ignored the songs and childish things and waited for my piece of Sombra, and I get 2 minutes screen time and 15 spoken words. You people say he is like Sauron, I remember Sauron as a towering mountain of death dealing awesomeness not as an eye that floats above a tower and whispers stuff in your ear, he was good at that but never trully awesome ( I have never read the books, just watched the movies). Discord is still the character with the most developed personality, and that's saying much. Sombra was a painful dissapointment, but maybe I had too high expectations, maybe that's why A Canterlot Wedding surprised me, I wasn't expecting and epic clash but an entire episode filled with gut wrenching songs and dances. The only thing good about this guy was his voice and his return. Yes, return. When he is so disgustingly and anti-climatically blown to bits we can see his horn, the only thing left of him, flying away. And only the tip was needed to break down the shield, imagine what the whole thing would do. You can say as many thing as you want about my views, you may call me an egotistical, malevolant, cheeky, up-stuck SOB. You may call me the Killer of Santa and the Ravager of the Easter Bunny, I don't care. I need my spicy badassness to balance the sugar coated girly stuff or I'm gonna die of mental breakdown diabetes.
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DragonwolfRooke Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
And I respect your opinion.
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ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah just what the guys said. You are a pathetic, weak, mindless, incompetent piece of garbage that is unable to apprecitate the hard work people do so that you can a few minutes of happiness in your miserable existance.
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
I laugh at your autism
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ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I revel in your cretinism.La la la la
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
lol
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ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeh u suk, like SUK. And u...ahhhh....uhhhhh....yeeeah.....U suk.
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ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that was like THE worst self comment you ever wrote.
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