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Respect Celestia's former pupil
"..I don't think anyone is supposed to have all the answers. But you can count on your friends... to help you find them..."
"..A loyal friend with a good heart, Sunset Shimmer is always looking out for what’s best for the Rainbooms. She made some mistakes in the past, but now she wants to prove to everyone they can trust her..."
Sunset Shimmer was a former pupil of Celestia and a magical prodigy. However unlike Twilight she valued ambition and power instead of friendship, after many troubles she finally began her path to redemption in human world. Despite people's hatred toward her she managed to overcome those feeling and is now crucial part or Rainbooms and Mane 6 in human world.
Hasbro.com Equestria Girls description
Sunset Shimmer rules Canterlot high with an iron hoof...uhh hand. There’s no one in the school more feared, manipulative and dishonest than her. And she doesn’t care who she has to intimidate, frighten, or push around to keep it that way. But this year, there’s a new challenger, and Twilight Sparkle might be the one who finally dethrones her
Hasbro.com Rainbow Rocks description
A loyal friend with a good heart, Sunset Shimmer is always looking out for what’s best for the Rainbooms. She made some mistakes in the past, but now she wants to prove to everyone they can trust her.
Hasbro.com Friendship Games description
Even though Sunset Shimmer is fully integrated into the Equestria Girls group, she still has insecurities about where she belongs, but the rest of the Mane 6 friends consider her to be one of them
Hasbro.com Legend of Everfree description
She likes to do things her own way! Even though Sunset Shimmer is fully integrated into the Equestria Girls group, she still has insecurities about where she belongs, but the rest of the Mane 6 friends consider her to be one of them
"..Ambition was what I belived would be the only way to set me free.."
Sunset Shimmer is one of many examples of redempted characters in fiction. She began as a power hungry, ambitious and dishonest person that would do anything to achieve her goal beliving that it's the only way to achieve freedom and happines . It was Twilight Sparkle and human counterpart of Mane 6 that changed everything. After experiencing the magic of friendship Sunset became much more kind and modest. Her confidence and genius level intellect remain but thanks to her past mistakes she perfectly understand suffering and insecurities of others, be it human or pony. Thanks to that unique ability she most likely became the element of empathy in human world.
Magic: Pony Form
"Sunset Shimmer is one of the most promising students at Princess Celestia's school for gifted unicorns. Her cutie mark is a shimmering sun."
Much like Twilight she was considered a magical prodigy, she can replicate most of abilities displayed by other unicorns and more:
During her mid-term exams she casually cast a growth spell that was powerful enough to turn few seeds into a enormous plant that easily covered 50 meters+ tower:
An incredible showing of raw magical power. It's worth noting that Celestia instantly recognized that only one student could possess this much magical power.
Much like other ponies Sunset displayed ability to move objects:
And most importantly teleport at will:
Before her escape into the mirror Sunset could take down two guards, during her return to Equestria she could sneak into Twilight's room unnoticed and open locks:
Other than that she can use offensive beams, pyrokinesis and magical barries aswell as endless variety of other magical spells. It's fair to assume that she can easily replicate common Twilight and Starlight feats but I would advice to refrain from using any high end feats since we lack informations on Sunset's magic in Equestria. It might be stronger but it also might be weaker, untill she appears in main series it will remain a mystery.
As seen above recently color of her magic changed to red.
Magic: Demon Form
"... A demon, I turned into a raging she-demon.."
After obtaining the crown Sunset transformed into a demon capable of various powerful spells:
Demon Sunset can create an energy blast at will:
Additionaly she displayed potent telekinsesis when she effortlessly crushed entire wall with a palm movement:
Last but not least Shimmer could mind control nearly entire school:
And turn her followers into a demons:
Magic: Phoenix Form
"..Let me show you there's another way. Just like someone once did for me..."
After using the element of harmony Sunset was capable of battling Midnight Sparkle and closing the interdimensional rifts open by the latter, her power should also increase considerably seeing how Twilight was capable of beating Demon-Form Sunset using that magic:
Sunset and Midnight are attacking with enough force to create an outburst of magical energy:
Later on Midnight began to gain the advantage but during the moment of distraction Shimmer quickly regain control and overpowered finally defeated Sparkle:
As mentioned before Sunset managed to close the portals to Equestria:
Element of Empathy
"..When I touched your hand, I could see things. I could understand why you were leaving. ."
Writers confirmed that Sunset element would be empathy, she eventually gained ability to use magic despite human form. Thanks to that Sunset can feel and experience emotions and memories of others:
"..You just have to memorize the formulas and the reactions and the periodic table and all the elements, and be able to predict reactions, and check your answers, and do all the math without making a mistake. That's all..."
During her time as Celestia's pupil, Shimmer preferred studying over spending time with friends. Despite her change of heart she remained incredibly intelligence and much like Twilight displayed sufficent of level intellect to build advanced machines and effortlessly best any student in her school when it comes to knowledge and intelligence.
During Friendship Games Sunset was presented as only shade less intelligent than Sci-Twi who is a teenage genius.
Hints and Easter Eggs:
Despite being main character in Equestria Girls spin-off, Sunset was mentioned in comic books few times:
On the picutre in Accord's room.
Celestia's book name is: "Progress of Sunset Shimmer"
Both Twilight and Celestia mention Sunset later on in the series.