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VOICE OF King Sombra


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Redeye64
said at 9:53 PM on Thu Jul 7 2016
For a proper speaking voice I think either Scott McNeil or Paul Dobson would be a good fit.
Madness Abe
said at 8:58 AM on Sun Sep 14 2014
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Here's hoping the Japanese Dub gives him a good voice.
Bauglir100
said at 6:15 PM on Wed Jul 30 2014
It would still be awesome, though, if it were possible.
Bauglir100
said at 11:27 PM on Fri Jul 25 2014
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You know who could voice Sombra and make him even more awesome? Fred Tatasciore, using his Megatron voice.
CatsTuxedo
said at 3:05 PM on Sun Jul 27 2014
@Bauglir100 You do know the show's recording isn't based in L.A., right? Fred's availability in this scenario is rather negligible.
Bauglir100
said at 10:30 AM on Thu Jul 31 2014
@CatsTuxedo And YOU know that I was only speaking hypothetically, right?

Besides, that whole "this show isn't based in L.A." thing didn't stop Tara Strong from being on the show, now did it? You should've said something like "Fred doesn't have citizenship in Canada." instead.
CatsTuxedo
said at 10:46 AM on Thu Jul 31 2014
@Bauglir100 Strong's only in the show because she voiced Twilight in the pilot piece so well that Lauren Faust couldn't see anyone else in the role. And de Lancie and Yankovic are in the show because they were explicitly sought out as special guest stars who have a degree of familiarity amongst the general (non-voice-acting fan) public.

I'm well aware that your proposal was hypothetical, but it just annoys me that whenever someone puts forth an actor to appear in this show, it's always some L.A.-based VA who really has little chance of ever being in the show.
Bauglir100
said at 11:49 AM on Thu Jul 31 2014
@CatsTuxedo I wasn't even saying that he should actually be in the show FOR REAL. I was just saying that Fred's Megatron voice would fit a character like King Sombra.

It's not even that improbable. L.A. voice actors show up in Ocean Group cartoons all the time (Cam Clarke in He-Man, Jaleel White and Maurice LaMarche in Sonic Underground, etc.). It's not like I was suggesting Christopher Sabat (Texas area), Wes Johnson (Washington D.C. area) or Dan Green (New York area) be on the show.
immblueversion
said at 10:43 PM on Sat Nov 10 2012
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He did nothing besides roar, scream and snarl, and he barely talked. He hardly showed any personality or clear motivations. He didn't actively plot against the heroes. And he didn't live past two episodes.

But did he really have to?

You see, King Sombra has more of what many MLP villains thus far lack: presence. It was his presence alone that made sure the Crystal Ponies remained miserable. It was his presence that kept them from remembering where the Crystal Heart was, or going to the one place it was hidden because they were too scared of him. Just by being there, Princess Cadance was left to suffer for days on end, even with her beloved Shining Armor by her side.

And even then, he still tried to make sure the heroes didn't have their way. He took away Shining Armor's powers, causing Princess Cadance to suffer even more. He left traps that those without the courage and wits to stand up to them could not pass. And even though he wasn't always physically present, his influence remained, and it left a very heavy impact on everyone who dared to stand against him. He also managed to do what no other villain on the show has done before: make Twilight swallow her own pride as a means to defeat him.

From everywhere he went to everywhere his name was merely mentioned, he caused nothing but pain and suffering. And not a single one of us knows why.

And yet there are those who have called him "wasted potential", just because he barely talked or took action, had no clear characterization, and didn't live up to any of your lofty expectations. But I'll be fair; even I expected him to be Sauron as he was before he was slain by Isildur, not Sauron as he appeared in the whole "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Sometimes, less really is more. That is why he is, to me, a far greater villain than any of us could have ever anticipated.
immblueversion
said at 12:35 AM on Sun Nov 11 2012
@immblueversion *any of our
Dogman15
said at 12:36 AM on Sun Nov 11 2012
@immblueversion That was an amazing analysis! I would have never thought of it that way.
DeepC
said at 12:53 AM on Sun Nov 11 2012
@immblueversion

It'd still be cooler if he came back somehow, even if it were some ridiculous means of doing so. :p

But your analysis is a noble job!
immblueversion
said at 2:23 AM on Sun Nov 11 2012
@Dogman15 Now that I think about it, each of the major villains thus far represents a different "element to writing a good villain" and, in a way, makes up for what the others lack in those regards:

Nightmare Moon: Good backstory, makes her more sympathetic

Discord: Good personality, makes him more fun to watch

Queen Chrysalis: Good motivation, makes her actions mesh better with the plot

King Sombra: Good presence, makes his threat more apparent
RicTheUltimate02
said at 2:06 AM on Sat May 4 2013
@immblueversion I always found him as a Gannondorf reference, and that's one of the main reasons why I study this voice actor, though this is his only role. I think he would make an excellent voice for a future English dub of Gannondorf if the opprotunity ever came in the future. But I mean come on, attempting to aquire something that can change the state of an entire kingdom just based on the personality of your heart? His appearance?? THE STAIRWAYS??? Eeyah, don't tell me I'm the only one.
immblueversion
said at 12:16 PM on Sat May 4 2013
@RicTheUltimate02 You know, it's funny. Some time after I made the Sauron analogy, the creators went and confirmed they really did base him on Sauron. As well as the physical embodiment of darkness and fear. I don't suppose eldritch manifestations need any more motivations than "It's just what I am."
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