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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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Yay now I know that my character Momoko is not a Mary Sue
Kiki4rich Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh Okay Thanks
LetsStareAtClouds Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't believe people think the green-haired girl is Mary-Sue. I mean, she looks a little different, but you don't want to make them too normal - have fun with them. She can still have neko ears and stuff :D People can do whatever the hell they want. It's more the way the story's written. Though the one on the right made me laugh. TOO perfect I think, it would be hard to rustle up a good story about her.

I like this :D
DragonBallPhantom Aug 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Lol, this is halarious XD
Father: Prince Vegeta
Me: e^e Dear God...
Rosemary-the-Skunk Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Father- Prince Vegeta"


Nice job on this. People need to understand that a key to an interesting character is flaws and credibility.
OtakuWizard1223 Dec 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Haha, Father: Prince Vegeta

Sorry, DBZ fangirl moment XD

I always use this with my OCs, it's really helpful \(-^o^-)/
Jasmyne Rose Silverlight... I had better go change my name, just kidding, I'm not totally perfect (just mainly). Anyway love this by the way, I'm going to use it to make sure all the characters running around in my head (and my archives) dont get too out of control.
QueenofCroatia Nov 24, 2011
Mary Sues Suck
Lmao So funny How many people didn't understand what was what!So sad but I love it.
AncientLioness Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing job~
This will help a lot! :la:

I still don't think my characters are "sue-free" right now....
I still got a lot to learn! :meow:
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