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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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TheJumpyFox Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  New member 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 1 day ago  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
gaby89229 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I know right? Apparently, you need to take this test and you have to maintain a certain grad average though
And I'm not sure how it's allowed-but she does
Lanos-Lovahs Featured By Owner 6 days ago
wat wat
how is that allowed o,o
i wanna do that o0o
gaby89229 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*Nodding sagely*
I wish I could do what my cousin does-She actually home-schools HERSELF!
She doesn't have to go in unless it's for tests and she gets to do everything at home instead
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.
Bambi3112 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
Oh.... no wonder my friends hate mary sues
Lanos-Lovahs Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
yerp yerp, I understand ya broo~~
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.
gaby89229 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tell me about it X3

Man, I didn't think I'd actually miss replying to this one too-term finals are rolling around and I'm being dragged through the mud more times than I can think
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