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FiM TNtMD - Page 89: Evil Wins When Good Act Not by ArofaTamahn FiM TNtMD - Page 89: Evil Wins When Good Act Not by ArofaTamahn
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"I've always been methodical, goal oriented. Psychotically so. So I think it's refreshing, to every once in a while, have some fun."

Two things I wanted to do with Gralo on this page. One, have some fun with how the ponies seem to expect the bad guys to divulge their plans at a moment's notice (see Gralo's look disdainful boredom in the second frame). And two, do something scary that no other villain in MLP quite managed to do.

A pattern I've noticed with all the major opponents that the mane six have faced, is that there's always some corrupting influence involved whenever "evil" is present. With Nightmare Moon, it was the forces of darkness that latched onto Luna in a moment of weakness. With Discord, it was his magic that made the mane six go bad. And with Cadance, although we were set up to think that she had turned into a manipulative jerk since Twilight saw her all those hears ago, it was Chrysalis in disguise as her the whole time.

Gralo, on the other hand, his only influence was to withhold crucial information and inhibit the rational thought of a chosen few, and then let the rest act natural.

This, I think, delivers a very scary and important message. Good people can turn bad with no need for the intervention of extraordinary forces.

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:iconkujiiro:
Kujiiro Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Heh. I like the parrot thing going on here. Very nice.
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tank2259 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
COOOOME OOOOON HAVE U NOT LEARNT UR LESSON USING THE ELEMENTS OF HARMONY ON A FOE STRAIT AWAY IS GOING TO FAIL!!! thank u that was my rant :3
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Kendell2 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 5, 2014
Okay...I honestly need to point out my opinion on the 'dull their wits' thing.

Please not, this is NOT me being mean, this is my honest opinion. Please don't take this the wrong way. This is mainly just pointing out this doesn't really add up.

But...at WHAT POINT did Gralo and Garret ever do anything suspicious? And it honestly seems to WEAKEN the point you were trying to make with him.

It honestly feels like the sole point of this is to make it seem like Nahmat is LESS to blame for this mess than she actually was (and to be honest? I think she overall HELPED Gralo's plans rather than hurt them at this point in the story).

I'm sorry, but at what point did Nahmat do anything to make her seem more trustworthy than Garret?

Gralo had spent this entire time acting like a good little hurt griffin while Nahmat introduced herself by blatantly using her mind magic on everyone. 

I'm sorry...but I think all Gralo needed to do was just make sure Garret didn't do anything suspicious and Nahmat would've done the work for him. In fact, she kinda DID all his work for him.

It feels like this could have been left out and the story would've been considerably stronger. 

It feels like it only exists so Nahmat looks like being less responsible for this mess than she actually was. Gralo's speech works well, but him 'dulling their wits' feels like you're saying 'they had reasons to think to do that' when they really didn't. 

This isn't meant to be mean, it's just me pointing out that I think the story would've been better off without this part.

I hope this doesn't upset you, but this part honestly feels like it detracts from the story rather than adds to it.
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MacyIsHere Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i don't think the elements will work this time ....
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Hoopus Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Haha, he said it!
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fotland42 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
A Spy Kids quote. It's been a while since I saw that movie. I had to ask Google for help to remember where that line came from at all.

Well, let's see what happens when you blast an extradimensional being who eats magic with the Elements of Harmony, shall we?
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Hoopus Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
You mean "Evil wins when good acts not?" It's a variation of "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing," which is a quote from some guy (who Google tells me is Edmund Burke). I saw a poster that said this about every day in high school. :P
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fotland42 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
"I've always been methodical, goal oriented. Psychotically so. So I think it's refreshing, to every once in a while, have some fun."
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NellzDaBlackKing Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
This is not gonna end well... for them.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
"Good people can turn bad with no need for the intervention of extraordinary forces."

Well, Celly ultimately turned bad because of Gralo's actions. Right ?
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