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Mary Sue - How to Tell by windfalcon Mary Sue - How to Tell by windfalcon
EDIT 3: 11/22/09 You guys are kidding me XD For goodness sakes, reaaaaad the liink here: [link] Every time I get a comment that reads "the one on the left is a Mary Sue because she has green hair and a power," I realize that they're not reading the description which contains this link: [link]

tl;dr: If 'special' traits fit in with the universe, it doesn't automatically make the character a Mary Sue. What if everyone else in Ami Machida's universe has green/blue/purple hair? What if everyone else has a cat power? Does that make her a Mary Sue? Not necessarily.

Please, spare me the time from having to point you BACK to the silly description and just take a minute to read the link. You know, the one I linked to a bunch of times up above. And the link here: [link]

EDIT 2: 10/11/09 I suppose this is long overdue, but for those of you with confusion, here is an explanation on why I perceive the one on the left as not a Mary Sue: [link] For the love of god stop whining about it D:

EDIT: 6/21/09 Okay, everyone, please chill with all the 'hay is my character a mary-sue!?11" questions. I get about 3 a day now and one thing you need to understand - I AM NOT AN AUTHORITY ON MARY SUES. This picture is a parody. Just for fun. The one on the right is obviously an extreme exaggeration of a stereotype and not the definitive definition for a Mary Sue. D:

Please full view. You won't be able to read the text if you don't.

For those of you who don't know, a Mary Sue, in a nutshell, is a fanmade character that is usually extremely beautiful, powerful, smart, talented, and in plain words, perfect in every way.

These characters tend to be quite a bother in fanfiction and role playing, since they simply can't be beat, and thus become boring.

Have any of you ever been rping, and come across a character who is like, " oh, well, that planet in the way isn't a problem *blows it up*"

Or, is like, "well, Vegeta and Goten and Trunks and Goku ALL have a crush on my character"

Yep. That's a Mary Sue.

So, for people who still don't understand, I made this little picture/diagram. Usually, Mary Sues have TONS of talents and TONS of powers, and no weaknesses.

Enjoy ^_^

-Done in Copic Markers, with the background and text done on computer -
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orinya Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, the one on the left looks more like  a mary sue. Cat person. Different colored hair. Loves video games. Has a cat. Can turn into a cat. Unique eye color.
RyugaSSJ3 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Heck,I'm not so perfect. I have flaws like I'm not smart in maths or not able to learn languages or cannot cook and I'm a much better and interesting character compared to Mary-Sues.
Tarin-san Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Filmographer
Tip : If you really want a powerful character in your story. Don't forget to balance him/her with flaws and give him a specific role in the world you created. Think about how the human psychology works and how would people act if your character is so powerful. They will get greedy, jelous, annoyed or even worse. Your powerfull character might get missused or hated for their power. So the fact that they are different can also be a form of a flaw.

Its also good to explain why they are so powerfull.

For example my strongest character creates some kind of balance and order in the world. But that doesnt mean he has no flaws or problems in his own personal life. There are things that power cannot fix, there are things that he doesnt know how to fix and also his ability makes him weird for the world he lives him. Hated, alone, broken yet carring on.

Anyways. I hope this comment will help someone. Maybe. →.→

Btw I love the picture. Alot!
lionman0812 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the  mary sue sucks!
LatulaCaptor Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Wait wait wait wait what
Satoshi ?? As in Corpse Party?? I mean machida so friggin close to mochida
prince Vegeta?? Dragonball??
queen serenity?? Sailor Moon??
TheJumpyFox Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I seem to stumble on a lot of people when I am rping that are apparently Pretty and Nice and Friendly and super likeable and young and it's starting to get kind of old. I try to keep my characters to ones that have flaws yet still have postive traits, so it's really annoying when I see characters like this that that are super alike. CURSE YOU! 
kevin43432 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
well if it's just a normal oc

who is naruto sister who just heal people

is that a mary sue or not
Bambi3112 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What is Mary Sue?
iluvpuppies1227 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Basically a female character who is way too perfect/interesting that they become really annoying. Not that there's anything wrong with having good/interesting traits of course. It's just that some people overdo it.
iluvpuppies1227 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Sorry, by interesting, I meant unnecessary and baseless quirks of the character and such. Interesting probably isn't the right word to describe it, but you get the idea.
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