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Sunset Shimmer by harwicks-art Sunset Shimmer by harwicks-art
I've always liked the "fallen disciple" trope, so I quite like the idea of Sunset Shimmer's backstory... at least what I imagine of it.  (I haven't read the comic backstory for her that will be in this month's Annual.)  It makes sense to me that Celestia would be looking for a pony to wield the Element of Magic and help free her sister as the thousand year deadline approached, and the idea that she originally looked to the wrong one is compelling.  Additionally, how much of Twilight's fears about disappointing Celestia could stem from following a much less-faithful student?

I know people made fun of Sunset Shimmer's "takeover Equestria with the mind-controlled population of a high school" plan, and it rightly does seem ridiculous, but I think it could have worked.  The biggest assets she had under her control were her own versions of Celestia and Luna, who would (we can assume) become powerful Alicorns the moment they stepped through the portal.  I could see Shimmer being able to transfer the knowledge of walking on all fours and casting spells to her thralls, so they wouldn't necessarily have to flail around like Twilight getting the hang of their new bodies.  And so Shimmer wouldn't even need to "conquer" Equestria...  Just get the existing Princesses out of the way and place her versions on the throne.  If she could take the Crystal Palace by surprise and subterfuge and have a plan for removing the princesses, the rest of Equestria would never even know they had been conquered.  And if push came to shove, she could always create herself a few more demon ponies... or even demon alicorns.

It's not the worst hand to play, by any means... and that's assuming she didn't have additional assets to her plan beyond what we knew about.
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DarkaxWolf360 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
WOW!
The best image!
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CasanovaGuy01 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student Artist
I love Sunset Shimmer.
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james-multifandom Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
beautifully done
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Weronisia13 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
This is GREAT!!!!!!
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SunsetShimmerss Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Wow‚ This is so awesome!:love:
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TheDarkPony321 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
I love it, u got her personality perfectly. And da shading is amaze plus the coloring is really good to, well done dude! :D  
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MrMeisterWaffle Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student Artist
REBECCA SHOICHET!!!
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psychopathneb Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Artist
 
REBECA SISHIT
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lanternjoe Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Yeah!!!!!!!!
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foxpoppy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Luf it!!!
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HoodedTomsi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so hawt. Seriously, It's adorable and fierce
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SKpip Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, but Sunset Shimmer specifically said that her power came from "what happens when you bring an element of harmony into another dimension". Doesn't that mean that when she stepped through the portal it would just be a tiara again, and she'ed be back to normal? Maybe I'm missing something. Anyway, great art! I love the border.
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ARCraven Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Pretty awesome
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Vickster-Hipster Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student General Artist
cute!
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ya5la Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sunset is so pretty...
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Human-pon3 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful headshot! I love it a lot!
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Ashes-Of-Fire Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow it's really... shiny!:D (Big Grin) 
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StoneHot316 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing! :D
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Althyra-Nex Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You do pretty great with these pictures. I seriously wish I could do this. If I had a Wacom I would do a better version of my rebuilt oc. And by rebuilt, I mean cybernetically reconstructed. It's my evil version of my character. I would love to see a version of him done like this. And I should include Sunset in my book as like an enemy army commander or something.
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KDENdrawings Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
sunset shimmer is one of my favorite pony's but not my first fluttershy is.
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DarkenGales Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome
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VickyCupcake Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the look on her face. Really pretty!
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templar127 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Completly agree with you! Every mlp villain has his/her own unique of expression.
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CMC--Scootaloo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, you suddenly turned the plot of Equestria Girls and Sunset Shimmer's plan from ridiculous into genius!
Because I dislike the fact that all are humans so much, I haven't done real thoughts on the movie and I hadn't thought on the fact that she also must had the human Celestia and the human Luna under her control!
This movie suddenly became 20% more epic now!
But there's still the plothole at the end of the movie left, with the impossible defeat of Sunset Shimmer......
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Dragonking17 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest I would like to learn a bit more about Sunset Shimmer. Truthfully I like her as a villain but it was the whole high school atmosphere that threw me off with her. But in a sense I would like to see her more in Equestria and a pony instead of as a human. 
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
There's also the possibility that she just had a terrible plan but was blind to its ineffectiveness due to her seething anger and obsession with revenge.

Still, it was nice to see a pony antagonist/villain that was just plain malicious on her own.
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The evil has an origin, but now lives for good. Good times Sunter Shimmer.
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crasydwarf Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how you damage the "evil" characters portraits. Really nice touch. 
You did well with the mane hues. Some nice blending going on there. 

I'll abstain from commenting on the rest. EqG isn't something I pay much mind to. 
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Passport-Clean Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
This has probably been mentioned earlier in the comments but...

... a few moments before mind-controlling everyone she demonstrates that she has the power to turn her minions into demons. Looks like all the plan you need right there.

Why does everyone forget she has this ability?
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MrsCurlyStyles Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ME GUSTA! :iconsunsetshimmerplz: 
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Karolkwiecjasz Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
I  LOVE  That colours!
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Macbow333 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
You did an excellent job of supporting what would, at first, appear to be a rather far fetched plan.

A small counter-point though, muscle memory isn't the same as memory of events. Unless you practiced walking around in a quadrupedal body as well as a bipedal body, you're still going to have some trouble changing your way of thinking, and being mind controlled doesn't really help that, imo.

But tbh, this is all opinion anyways. So in the end no one wins because this discussion is based off a completely hypothetical situation that never came to be. It's still fun to analyse though. :)
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KopaLeo Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Due to your crazy theory about taking over Equestria by controlling high school, now I'm worried that someone can control the world by taking over my college and creating new weapons by the colliders and computing complexes on campus.
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Macbow333 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Anything's possible. EVIL Laughter! 
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Twylite-Sparkle Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
She is pretty! Looking forward to that comic next week...
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Sigma012 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely loving this! and your explanation for Sunset's plan. Very well done, good job!
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SullMaster Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
I too would love to know more about her backstory. She's certainly a very powerful unicorn, one that would rival Trixie's powers, but I didn't like how she started crying and gave up so easily and promised to change. Meh, she should stay evil!

Great job as always Harwick, I'm enjoying each of these head portraits (not just the excellent drawings but the descriptions as well)!
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darkwarrior Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Me, I look forward to see any future stories on Sunset's redemption and learning the magic of friendship.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Lovely art and some very well-done thoughts on how Sunset's plan could have worked.
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EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
"...and the idea that she originally looked to the wrong one is compelling."
Agreed. Did she chose SS because she was the best, the first, the only one? I don't know, but I suppose we'll find out eventually.

" Additionally, how much of Twilight's fears about disappointing Celestia could stem from following a much less-faithful student?"
Given the movie, I don't think Twilight knew of SS until she appeared back in Equestria to steal the crown. Celestia could have explained it to Twilight personally and in the movie she was explaining it to the others, so she could be filling everyone else in on the details, but it also begs the question of why Celestia would tell Twilight alone in the first place.

"...'takeover Equestria with the mind-controlled population of a high school' plan..."
If anything, without the crown, the Elements of Harmony are rendered useless, and while there are other means of defense, I'd bet it difficult for the Equestrians to mount any defense against her, especially since she'd be coming through the portal unexpectedly and with all guns blazing.

"It's not the worst hand to play, by any means... and that's assuming she didn't have additional assets to her plan beyond what we knew about."
Given she played the game in the movie, she's at least smart enough to know when not to cause a ruckus, so the idea of her quietly infiltrating Equestria is not out of the question.

I couldn't resist adding to your description, you drew me in like a moth to the flame. You have some of the best analyses I've seen, you give a lot of benefit to the doubt and look for the alternative if it's possible, and by the sounds of things, your experiences guide your judgements as opposed to emotion alone, how very wise good sir.
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Sunjinjo Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Heh, I love how the frame is mirrored compared to the regular one. Very clever, as are your thoughs on her plans...
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Jaimeelee123 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love love love your style! Well done!
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Zazzine Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How long does it take for you to draw one of these? You seem to draw one every day.
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rosiethehedgehog7 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
So cute! You put lots of efforts!
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magicalpony5585 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

MY GOSH... the timing for this is uncanny. JUST LAST NIGHT I decided to go on a Sunset Tangent and converted myself from hating her to loving her... AND THE VERY NEXT DAY THIS APPEARS.

I LOVE IT

SO WONDERFUL!!!!

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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Come, Twilight Sparkle. Your fall will be my ascension to the Sith."
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BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
I never even thought about the principal and vice principal's alicorn transformation. Thanks for that slap in the face.

Oh, and now I have another excuse to use that hysterical head-whacking emoticon!

:stupidme:
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Icipall Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
And besides, all her soldiers would be completely innocent, mind-controlled slaves. I doubt Princesses would have been happy to just start blasting them.
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NadnerbD Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   Digital Artist
The most plausible-sounding explanation for Shimmer's insane plot I've ever heard. Clap
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm rather surprised you would draw her, seeing as how she's never actually been on the show. Still, though, despite my feelings about Equestria Girls I rather like this one; I think she has a very neat design, and her colors are quite lovely in my opinion (I would say I must be partial to orange ponies, but I don't think that's actually the case). I especially like that little piece of her forelock hanging down below her chin, it looks like candy or pretty melted glass. :heart:
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