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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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If they're ONLY good at winning fighting tournaments... Yet suck at practically everything else... Fine... I don't have any qualms... Now if they're fighting opposite the main "fan" character... And the main "fan" character happens to beat them... Even better...

There are two MAJOR elements needed to make a character interesting... 1. The Character itself... 2. The WORLD the character lives in...

This "INTERESTING" Real character?... What the hell kind of world does she live in? Is it the real world? If that's the case... What's the point?...

At least we have an idea of what we're getting with the Mary Sue...
Kibate Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think the one on the left is a Mary sue aswell...however she is an equally annoying stereotypical OC character: because she just reeks of self-inserts.
Feathertho Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I think the one on the left is more mary sue than the one on the right. Cat ears, tom boyish and likes video games with big boobs, a lot of people are like that.
DrchemicalX Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Honestly, lot's of people are "tom boyish" with big boobs. Cat ears, clearly that is impossible; However I should note, so is having to weaknesses & being good at everything. Everybody has a flaw. The ability to turn into a cat everytime she hears the meow mix song is a lot more believable than,  Flying, Teleporting, creating fire and birds on fire, changing the weather, summoning ANY animal, making galaxies, ect. So do you see the issue with your comment? Being a tom boy with big boobs and cat ears, is a lot more believable than what the hell this Mary Sue over here is. 
Feathertho Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Mary sue isn't really an unbelieveable character,it's more of cliche
RoxasPikachu Mar 11, 2014  Professional Artist
oh and yes IM A MARY SUE MAKER but you better look at my page before you start talking
RoxasPikachu Mar 11, 2014  Professional Artist
AquosBoost Apr 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's a shorthand version of the definition. We need to call those kinds of characters something.

Also, Mary Sue Maker = Immediate Weeaboo
RoxasPikachu Apr 5, 2014  Professional Artist
thats dumb people must care about the art not the stupid ocs
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