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The Faithful Student and the Prodigal Sun by harwicks-art The Faithful Student and the Prodigal Sun by harwicks-art
It's that time of year again, when a still-somewhat controversial spin-off comes around with another entry.  While I'm far more partial to the 4-legged versions of the characters, I have to admit that Sunset Shimmer has become a favorite of mine none-the-less.  And while the first Equestria Girls film came with assurances that it could be entirely ignored by fans of Friendship is Magic who didn't want to buy into the weird and hard-to-reconcile alternate reality filled with mostly-hairless apes, I do feel like it is growing more and more inevitable that Sunset Shimmer will cross over through the portal herself sooner-or-later for a grand return.  Not to stay, but for a major event/stunt at least.  Will it happen in the actual show, or just in a future EQG film (or an EQG show itself, if such a thing comes to pass...)?  Hard to say at this point.  Still, I think that the percentage of fans who would squee if she popped up in the actual show (instead of screaming bloody murder) is shifting steadily.

I couldn't resist the pun in the title, and it kind of fits...  Sunset squandered the knowledge and opportunities that Celestia bestowed upon her.  I really think there's a lot of great potential in a story of her return to face Celestia, and there have in fact been some great fanfics centered around exploring that premise as well as the falling out that caused Sunset to leave in the first place.  I wonder if the show and or films are reluctant to explore her backstory more as it gets into that hard-to-figure timeline of when she was a student and how old she is compared to Twilight, at least on the pony side of the portal... but still, that's some rich stuff and would make for a great flashback in an EQG film if nothing else.

Oh, and that's definitely a faux-leather jacket in the picture.  She hasn't been a human long enough to be that disturbed. 
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
So like Doctor Who in a sense?
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BronyNo786 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why does this remind me of some weird anime mixed with back to the future?
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Lucario-Stl Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
Puny
clever 
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CartoonFanBoy1991 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Sunset Shimmer's Black Leather Jacket, it's so Shiny!😍💓💞
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Futaba2 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
funny you doing this art then in season 6  Starlight glimmer becomes twilight student.
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Tears-of-Xion Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016
I really love the amount of detail in this picture. The room, the objects, the ponies themselves. I love their expressions; it's obvious by this point they've become close friends and trust each other thoroughly.
Their manes and tails look amazing, and as someone who is terrible at drawing wings, I love Twilight's wings. :D
I may just stare at them for a while, all creepy-like.
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CatFromDream Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
Sunset Shimmer simply rocks!
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DanellaScattolon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
AWESOME :D
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zilvart Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
wow^^ I really love the composition and color  great job on the shading also its a neat shading style.
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PonyStemCell Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow, she brings her jacket back... This is a pretty exciting picture! Like it a lot.
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
The scene is wonderful,with superb artwork and stunning coloring!  :winner:  Congratulations by this great work!  Thumbs up! 
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooow! This is what I always wanted! Sunset Shimmer's return to Equestria! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Seriously, this must happen; I hope they do this on the 4th movie... :eager: :eager: :eager:
Anyways, this masterpiece is absolutely amazing and beautiful! The lights and shadings are incredible! Their trotting poses are cool! :heart: :love: :heart:
Excellent job! ;)
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YokaiBrothers Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Student General Artist
that's actually so amazing!!
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Sinister-Aglets Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
Oh!  Tis great!
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Futaba2 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
pony sunset so awesome in that jacket.
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bigdogfinest Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
Bonnie n Clyde everypony
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Cps43327097 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Student General Artist
I thought that Friendship Games would be the final EQG film and thought that Sunset would return to Equestria at the end of it. Here's how I thought it would go.

After their defeat, the Dazzlings fled to Crystal Prep where no one knew who they were. The group was splintered but Adagio met with the principal. Principal Cinch was the only one aware of the Dazzlings, having met them in their long lifespan. The Dazzlings are sent to the Friendship games along with the human Twilight and two other students(lets face it you couldn't remember most of their names anyway). The Dazzlings pick up to how Twilight can steal magic and hatch a plan to manipulate her to get their own magic back. they do well in the Friendship games due to centuries of experience in events such as archery. After Twilight transforms and is defeated, the portals and destruction to the world remain. With the magic returned to the portal, Princess Twilight comes through and tells everyone that she's been unable to reach them until now because of the interference, briefly meeting her human self. She tells them that in order to fix the dimensional interference that all the Equestrians must go back to their own universe. Aria and Sonata restrain Adagio(Sonata having befriended Pinkie, and Aria being fed up with her leadership) and bring her through the portal. Everyone is surprised when Flash Sentry steps up and reveals himself as an Equestrian. 

Flash and Sunset were old friends until Sunset became selfish after becoming Celestia's student. when she fled into the portal, Celestia had Flash go after him. Flash went through and followed Sunset. Sunset was onto him and knew that he was reporting her to Celestia. Despite this a relationship developed. Sunset told Flash to report to Celestia she was planning on returning when the portal opened. Flash did so and Celestia arranged a Princess Summit for her to meet Princess Twilight and Luna. When Sunset stole Twilight's crown, Celestia sent Flash back to make sure she succeeds. When Celestia sensed the portal being reopened. Flash went through again, avoiding meeting his other self.

The last ones to go through the portal are Sunset and Twilight, who are seen walking into a bright light holding hands, end of Legend of Korra style.

The next season will begin with Twilight introducing her friends(who she has already told about her reformation) to Sunset. Introducing her as a former student of Celestia(for those who didn't see the films) I personally would like to first see Sunset be forgiven by Celestia for abandoning her teachings. Celeste assigns Sunset to be Twilight's apprentice. We are also reintroduced to Sonata(now living in Ponyville, possibly with derpy or Pinkie), Aria(who is actually shown to be a competent fighter and is now a member of the royal guard in the Crystal Empire as a form of punishment) and Adagio(who is either imprisoned in Canterlot or trying to be reformed as well(it is here where non movie viewers will hear about how the Dazzlings used to enslave pony with their music but have since been depowered and split up).
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AZLY09 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I thought like that too
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Nick-Matulich Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
That title
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JockeTF Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
Looks very nice!

It reminds me of Jazz Jackrabbit for some reason.
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EffKay9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicenicenicenice...
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Miss-dreamerkat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks amazing and beautiful and AHH!!!!!!
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This came out extremely amazing, with so much attention to detail and everything else in the art piece is absolutely flawless that I truly have no criticism for it. Bravo Harwick:clap:
Amazing as always:hug:
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so cool!
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Atariboy2600 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
Awesome coloring^^
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Indigo-Steel Featured By Owner Edited Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
First off, this art is gorgeous, as usual! The title is clever, and I agree that Sunset could and perhaps should return to Equestria at some point, considering that she'd find her own human counterpart sooner or later. Unless of course, she's either some odd anomaly, or said human counterpart is...well, gone...(not by Sunset's hoof, I hasten to add, as she hadn't gone THAT bad!)
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VengefulStrudel Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool! I like the detail you've put, especially on the lightin gand the background :D Also, a pony with a jacket? Heh, cool~ =P

I'd love to see Sunset Shimmer return to Equestria, and confront Celestia about the past. After all, there's probably an actual human Sunset Shimmer in the Equestria Girls universe, :P But, preferably, keep the rest of the humans out of FiM. While I like the movies, the second one especially, I'd rather keep the quadrupeds and the bipeds separate.

Anywho, great work!
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Patrony Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Epic!!!  I am a dummy! 
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BuizelCream Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness!~ I would really love to see this in the Equestria Girls movie!~ OwO
At least a part of the movie where Sunset Shimmer needs to return to Equestria for a while with Princess Twilight's assistance to look for a solution in Equestria for some attack in the human world, or something like that. =3
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That would be great...  They need more pony Shimmer definitely!
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BuizelCream Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah~ That's true =3 [SPOILERS]Considering that Sunset was about to return to Equestria in the Friendship Games.[SPOILERS] Maybe we'll see her in pony someday ^^;
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Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's is one pretty awesome mirror portal!
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks...  It was fun to do!
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Paulicus1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's pretty cool!
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Helsaabi Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Yeah,I would love to sunset will appear version pony on equestria world. 
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It would make for an exciting adventure, I would think.
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Helsaabi Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015
Exactly 
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EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
Very cool designs! This looks either like the ending to some future EqG movie both Sunny and Twily stepped through to end the story, or Twily is opening it for Sunny.

While I'm definitely in the "have Sunset return to the FiM-universe" camp, to what degree is where I have questions. Generally, of course, introducing or bringing new characters late in the series is rarely a good sign or move itself should they go the route of making Sunset a permanent addition. While Sunset has the advantage of being introduced and having a compelling story, it's still bringing a new character into the series. That being said, with Sunset's story and the way the show staff have shown they know what they're doing, bringing her into the series as a permanent character could work. It'd certainly make for some interesting stories of not only her making up to Celestia of all ponies, but readjusting to life back in the FiM universe. On top of that, developing her character even further than the somewhat limited medium of the movies could really cement her as one of the most beloved characters in this show. If they go the route of her just visiting the FiM universe, whether in FiM or in an EqG movie would be a happy medium of the aforementioned extremes.

Sunset's future from our perspective as well as hers, will be an interesting watch, and I'll be over here watching it closely.
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Yes, unless they decide to end the whole Equestria Girls line completely, I can't see them bringing Sunset back for good.  As it is, she's the most interesting part of that property and really helps to flesh it out.  Story wise, she seems to have a purpose there that would feel wrong to just abandon.  Still, I'd much rather have her as a pony full time...  But since I don't need any new additions to the leads of MLP, I'm more than willing to settle for her dropping by for visits or a major adventure.
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EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
That would be really cool if she visited and had an episode dedicated to her or something like that, not even necessarily an "I'm sorry Celestia" story.
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dstears Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
Maybe we'll see pony Sunset in the 2017 movie.
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It would be a fun cameo somehow, but working her into the actual plot would require a tough amount of exposition to scale, unless she's back in Equestria before then.
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dstears Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Yeah, they'd probably just have to use her as a character that shows up unexpectedly to save the day; Pony Ex Machina. But since she's only ever been mentioned in the movies, I feel like that's the only place outside of the comics that'd she'd be able to show up.
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Spottedlions Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
I like the style! Great job!
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015   Digital Artist
They look like I could reach out and touch them.  Well done, Harwick.
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  Probably shouldn't touch powerful unicorns without express permission first though...
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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015   Digital Artist
Well, there goes any hope of sneaking in a boop on the nose. Now I fear the response would not be measured nor comparable.
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loganberrybunny Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Gosh, that's spectacular! :D

I'd really like to see pony Sunset again -- she's been in the comics, but on screen we've had nothing but that little scene in the first film. I doubt they'd go for the leather jacket (even a fake one) as it would raise too many questions... but some sort of jacket, sure. She needs something to throw off when she starts singing. ;)
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