King Sombra
You should all surrender, nothing can defeat your own fears!
~ Sombra to the Mane Six


King Sombra is the fourth villain of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and acts as the antagonist of the Season 3 premiere. A thousand years ago, Sombra enslaved the entire Crystal Empire, ruling through fear. He was banished by both Celestia and Luna, but after 1,000 years returned to take over, again. However, he was eventually destroyed by the Crystal Heart before managing to regain control.

Powers and Stats

Tier: At least 4-B, possibly Low 2-C

Name: King Sombra

Origin: My Little Pony

Gender: Male

Age: Over 1,000 years old

Classification: Unicorn 

Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, MagicEnergy Projection, TeleportationTransformation, IntangibilityFear ManipulationIllusion Creation, Mind Manipulation, Crystalline ManipulationDarkness Manipulation, Time Manipulation (Under his rule, nothing in the Crystal Empire aged over the course of 1,000 years), Perception Manipulation (Manipulated Twilight and Spikes sight and senses in order to make them perceive their greatest fears), Weather Manipulation (His presence was causing a massive storm to consume the entire empire on all sides), Possible Memory Manipulation (No one in the Crystal Empire was able to recall their lives before Sombra's rule for some time), Possible Empathic Manipulation (Under his rule, the Crystal Ponies are incredibly depressed, unable to motivate themselves to do much of anything), Fire Manipulation (Can create dark flames), Curse Manipulation (Cursed the Crystal Empire), Size Manipulation while he is in his smoke form (Can freely increase his size to this much), Can nullify magic, Flight via turning into smoke, Corruption (Type 2, Was able to corrupt the ground by leaving a piece of his horn), Regeneration (High-Low, Was able to regrow his horn), TelekinesisResistance to Magic while he is in his smoke form (Was able to survive blast from the Elements of Harmony)

Attack Potency: At least Solar System level, possibly Universe level+ (Required both Celestia and Luna to be defeated, and the Crystal Heart to be destroyed)

Speed: Massively FTL+ combat and magic speed (Superior to Twilight Sparkle at the beginning of Season 9)

Lifting Strength: Unknown

Striking Strength: Unknown

Durability: At least Solar System level, possibly Universe level+ (Required the Crystal Heart to actually be taken down for good), Intangibility in his smoke form makes him difficult to kill

Stamina: Superhuman (Seems to be able to easily traverse the entire Empire in seconds without tiring out, could likely contend with one Alicorn)

Range: Tens of kilometers (At least the size of the Crystal Empire, was able to spread across the entire Empire in his smoke form and can likely reach farther. Should be superior to Rarity, who's magic can reach this far)

Intelligence: Likely Gifted, was able to take over and rule the entire Crystal Empire with an iron fist, was smart enough to know how to properly hide the Crystal Heart from all in such a good way it took Twilight in order to figure it out, was still able to outsmart Twilight and would've won if Spike did not step in on two separate occasions. Faked his defeat so he could follow the Mane Six and destroy the source of their power.

Standard Equipment: None notable

  • Can Create: Mind Control Helmets

Weaknesses: Sombra is highly overconfident and tends to underestimate his opponents. He also has trouble thinking on the spot if his plans fail, not really having backup plans (threw a fit when the Mane 6 were still able to use the power of friendship even after he destroyed the Elements of Harmony). He can be destroyed with the Crystal Heart.

Notable Attacks/Techniques:

  • Mind Control: Sombra has two methods of putting others under his control. The first is to summon mind control helmets and send them flying at his foes to have them be placed on their heads. The second is to shoot magic and have it infect them. His mind control is so strong, that not even Twilight was able to overcome it.
  • Fear Manipulation: Sombra can cast a spell on his foes that leaves them trapped in their own mind, experiencing their greatest fear.
  • Smoke Form: Sombra can turn into smoke, granting him intangibility, flight, and resistance to magic.
  • Crystal Prison: Sombra can trap people in a cage made entirely out of crystals, which passively nullifies magic. He uses this to keep the Mane 6 subdued after he destroys the Tree of Harmony.


Notable Victories: 

Starswirl the Bearded (My Little Pony) Starswirl's Profile

Notable Losses:

Inconclusive Matches:

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