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Queen Chrysalis by harwicks-art Queen Chrysalis by harwicks-art
Chrysalis currently holds the distinction of being the only true villain the series has left... Nightmare Moon was redeemed and restored as Princess Luna, and Discord promised to behave so he could stay chummy with Fluttershy, while Sombra was blown to bits. Anyone else pretty much just qualifies as an antagonist. I wonder if we'll get any lasting villains coming out of season 4.

The desire to have antagonists reach redemption seems to be pretty strong with the show, at least among a large chunk of the fandom. I know of plenty of efforts to make Chrysalis herself more sympathetic as well. Of course, I've already gone on record as liking some nasty characters, and I'm quite happy having changelings being monsters... but then, I'm old enough to like my vampires evil, undead bloodsuckers preying on innocents and not misunderstood romantic characters. I figure there's room enough for everyone's favorite take though.
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:iconcooper31:
Cooper31 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Reptillian Card!
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Personally, I don't mind Chrysalis being a heartless, irredeemable tyrant, but I would very much like there to be an acknowledgement that, "Hey, there are good, or at least neutral changelings int he Changeling Kingdom", ya know?
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G-munz Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Some side with the Solar Empire, others with the Lunar Republic, but me? The Hive conquers all, Long live the Queen.
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W0nderbolts Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
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goodgassy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
If I could buy a poster of this, I totally would.
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PieMan24601 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
loooove this~
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carminefall9 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
>.> *raw* <.< my WarMineFall P1209 will eat queen chrysalis 
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pounce-de-leijon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student General Artist
I like the fact that you took a crack at twilight. Kudos, good sir. I enjoy the classic mythos far better as well.
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RainbowThis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Part of what I liked about dragons is how they aren't always blatantly evil, but definitely subscribe to a different code of ethics than most humans. This always made them intriguing. I kinda feel like this is also true of the MLP Changelings. After all, Chrysi was just trying to find food for her subjects!
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So awesome!
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BB-K Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All green and scratch the sun & moon. :o
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VickyCupcake Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow your pictures are so cool!
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II-edison-II Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's very evil looking o.O
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shadow6914 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
long live the queen! awesome work
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SKUNK412 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is sooo beautiful.
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StandardBronyBrowser Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
She looks so eeeeeviiiiiill. It's awesome :3
Sombra has the potential to come back, and it would be fantastic if they could bring him back and use him to his full potential (maybe not FULL potential because, you know, mindrape isn't usually suitable for small children) but yeah, it's pretty unlikely.
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kaburninator Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
nice on the fangs
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BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
When I first saw her, I thought, "She's a nasty-looking one. And that's good, since it's good to have at least one villain who's ugliness is part of her characteristics as opposed to being sexualezed at every opportunity."

And now I just can't get over how dangerously sexy she is. *sigh*
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templar127 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
BEST VILLAIN!
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sockeye101 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Still my favourite villain...
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SQuietSonamy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You drew her really well :) and her expression really is interesting X3
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Twylite-Sparkle Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I always did like her face & the way her mane goes over her eye...
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Dragonking17 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
way past awesome. 
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Arcticwlf Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
I believe Season 4 will finally refute or support my personal head-canon about there being a big villain in the background that has been orchestrating things since Luna became Nightmare Moon. For a long time I've felt there is an opening to have a super villain of sorts - someone who was the puppet-master to Sombra, someone who manipulated Luna's feelings to corrupt her, and possibly even developed the plan to have Chrysalis infiltrate Canterlot.
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm loving the depiction of Chrysalis here, came out exceptionally amazing like always. I do agree with your entire description and it seems like lots of fans want Chrysalis to eventually become good or "redeemed" as you have said:)
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Artlover67 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Hope you do Discord.
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RE4-Salazar Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
I suppose I could see a more sympathetic - or at least understanding - view of Chrysalis. The way I see it, as her and her species feed on emotions to live, she's like the raptors from Jurassic Park. You can hate them/think they're evil, but in the end they're just meat eaters being meat eaters. 

Also, this picture is phenomenal, love the scratched out Princess symbols!
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's a good anaology...  And I imagine that if those raptors could talk, they would have been singing a smug little aria themselves.

Hmmm...  that's a good idea for Jurassic Park 4...
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RE4-Salazar Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Lost World: Little Park of Horrors?
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope to see more of Chrysalis. I mean, she was the main villain of the first comic series arc, but I'd love to see more of her in the show. :D
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I suspect we will someday, although if she had been planned for Season 4 I think the comics might not have been able to use her.   We'll have to wait and see.
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True. Though I don't think they think a lot of the fandom has read most of the comics. Still, I agree. All we can do is wait and see. ^_^
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MasterSmasher Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a bit jealous of your skills~!

You can pump out stuff like this every day, but it'd take me, like, a month to do the same.

:I
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  Part of doing so many of these is just to make myself better at drawing ponies in general, as practice improves anyone.
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wintercoal Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D.......
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  I'm glad you enjoyed it so much!
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wintercoal Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Akernis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, that looks phenomenal :D 
I always liked Chrysalis, my favourite amongst the villains, heck, probably my favourite character beyond the Mane Six and the CMC.
Impressive work you did on her here, she looks terrific, baleful, malicious and pernicious.
I really like the transparent effect you did with her mane as well, adds a suitable insectile and sinister feel. 

Also a great addition that you changed the colour for the background and the frame and added those three slashes over the sun and moon icons. 

I am one of those who never really cared about redeeming otherwise evil characters, sure some characters can be turned to harmony where appropriate, but the truly evil and insidious characters should stay that way for me. I am not that opposed to Discord being reformed as he never really seemed evil in the same way, but I am happy that Chrysalis has avoid that (and death for that matter). 
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  I've always liked the filmy/membrane-like nature of her mane... makes her extra creepy looking.  And I figured she wouldn't be happy posed between symbols of Celestia and Luna like some Equestrian.
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Akernis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That it certainly does.
Heh, that is true enough, wonder where the marks come from, seeing as ponies, changelings included, does not have claws. Then again changeling can probably do a little shape-shifting to change that... well that and Chrysalis have magic :XD:
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Chrysalis is a very interesting character, from my point of view. She can be seen as a really bad character (Like Sombra) or she was impelled by the situation (Like Nightmare), in this case, hunger.

In any case, she looks bloody awesome :D
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  I appreciate it.

I can see the hunger thing, although I'd say that Chrysalis herself really seemed to enjoy what she was doing more than mere nature might dictate.  I've never sung an aria about how thoroughly I've defeated the cow I'm going to have for dinner, after all...  ;-)
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Yeah, she got a bit overexcited about her sucess XD  I would say it started with hunger and it turned more ambitious.

I have always despised those evil guys that just want to see the world burn. After the ashes have cooled...now, what?
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demonicpegasus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My fav so far ^^
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad this one is working for you!
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demonicpegasus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Their all fantastic! But Chrysalis is just so epic looking ^^
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Fancymareinblue Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very awesome!~
Like it very much. :heart:
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Fancymareinblue Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!~
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
I pretty much have the stance that Changelings are life-sucking parasites that demand the liberal application of fire to combat.

Sometimes it's nice to have an enemy you can truly despise in a story. Say all you want about gray-vs-gray morality in stories making them more realistic and how "no one believes they're the evil one", it's the stories with truly evil protagonists that stick with us the most. Lord of the Rings trilogy, anyone? I dare someone try and tell me Sauron wasn't a complete SOB. And that's where I place Chrysalis and her changelings. The comic series involving them only cemented that and made me so happy. :D
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