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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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Ask-James-DemonFire Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist Artist
*makes whining sound because of Mary Sue*  shEs uglY but tHe Ami giRl is cutE and tHe maRy suE can't haVe thaT manY halFs if it was HundReds I wouLd unDer staNd and The Mary suE isnT weaRing a Bra............heR baCk musT huRt aloT
Tilax21 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
My reactions:

Left: Huh, nice character you got there.

VespidOlive Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member
Ami is adorable! The Sue on the other makes me want to vomit.
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Yavanni Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Very good points. ;D
KikiAndBri Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot believe this pic is 10 years old.
Geminice Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
nicely done.
Unknown-Protagonist Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
how do I tell a person that their character is a Marysue or shouldn't I?

(it's a character with a tragic background, as much power as one of the most powerful man in the series, she is twelve, she wears really not child-like clothing, is immune to poison and joined a dangerous criminal group and is already skill full and clever as a grown up)
TheJumpyFox Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Well i'm not exactly the expert on this topic but here's what I think. When deciding whether or not to tell the person you should probably consider how the person feels about the character (Do they like it or not?). If they like the character just say you feel like the character is too cliche and offer to help them improve it. After all why dump a character in the trash when you can just rework it into a good character? If they don't like it you should offer to help them improve it. Just remember to be patient and don't outright attack them for that character. Just a thought, good luck and I hope you can help them improve ;)
Unknown-Protagonist Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks you very much for your advice! It's really helpful!
TheJumpyFox Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to help! :)
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