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Evolution of Friendship is Magic villains.

(Not counting minor villains like Flim and Flam or Equestria Girls villains.)
safe (1501135) screencap (186756) cozy glow (5090) discord (27751) grogar (1097) king sombra (12186) lord tirek (4317) nightmare moon (15520) pony of shadows (387) queen chrysalis (30753) shining armor (20958) starlight glimmer (40766) storm king (1044) alicorn (179062) changeling (36278) changeling queen (9747) pegasus (212562) pony (778340) unicorn (233309) a canterlot wedding (2274) friendship is magic (2358) marks for effort (1004) my little pony: the movie (17159) the beginning of the end (1845) the crystal empire (2534) the cutie re-mark (2928) the return of harmony (1419) twilight's kingdom (2673) spoiler:s09e01 (1520) spoiler:s09e02 (1122) animated (88129) antagonist (1242) every villain (19) female (825237) male (281763) villains of equestria (33)

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23 comments posted
Background Pony #95C7
Everybody up to Tirek was good. Starlight was trash. Pony of Shadows didn’t really get a chance to do anything once he came back. Storm King was only in about 10 minutes (or less) of the movie. Cozy Glow is good an manipulation but her motive is garbage. And Grogar’s just been behind the scenes.
superfun
Wallet After Summer Sale -

@Background Pony #654C
See, I actually have kind of the opposite philosophy.
Sure, a villain having interesting motivations and personality is nice, but I won't care about that stuff unless I find the villain interesting or fun to watch through their actions.

That's why Cozy Glow is my favorite unreformed villain in the show: she's so over the top at times that I can't help but have fun watching her
Background Pony #6788
@superfun
@Background Pony #654C
But they make up for their generic motivations by being fun to watch.

Eh, not really. Interesting motivations and an interesting background are what make a for a good villain and make for an interesting watch. And if you don't care about the villain, it's hard to really invested in the heroes struggling against them. I compare this show's later villian stories with 2015 Star Wars. Conflict that's really just wheel spinning. The same heroes fighting the same battles that ultimately serve no purpose. Snoke is the best expression of this. The guy oozes personality, but what are his motivations? Where does he come from? The writer doesn't care and isn't invested in any of this so why should I care and by extension why should we care about the heroes' struggle against him?
Background Pony #6788
@Background Pony #D99E
From Chrysalis on the villains start being more generic conquerors and monsters. Most of the villains from season 3 don't have vaguely sympathetic motives.

Sombra: Enslave people.
Tirek: Steal magic.
Starlight Glimmer: Seal everyone's magic. Destroy the timeline because she lost touch with a friend.
Storm King: Steal magic.
Pony of Shadows: Someone who got corrupted and wasn't in control of their actions (a Nightmare Moon clone)
Cozy Glow: Enslave people.
Grogar: Conquer people.
PurpleSmart2

That one EqD commenter
@Background Pony #D99E
I liked them all up to Tirek. Then all of their motivations became relatively the same — get magic.

I don't know about Cozy Glow and Grogar because I don't watch the show anymore. But I bet they're still about magic.

Then why are you still here? Just for the art. Or rather for the porn?
Background Pony #B301
@Background Pony #D99E
Cozy Glow wants to use friendship as means to control people, and Grogar's motivation has not been fully revealed yet, but he teamed up with Chrysalis, Tirek, Sombra, and Cozy Glow to use teamwork to defeat Twilight and her friends.
Background Pony #5D8A
I liked them all up to Tirek. Then all of their motivations became relatively the same — get magic.

I don't know about Cozy Glow and Grogar because I don't watch the show anymore. But I bet they're still about magic.