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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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ROMANO-CRESS Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Writer
LOL,Meow Mix song
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Crystal-Ice-5603 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student General Artist
p.S =.= my friend like 'miss perfection' more and they start making their own mary sue...damn...
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Crystal-Ice-5603 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student General Artist
how about Barbie? she's a Mary Sue right?
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ROMANO-CRESS Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Writer
Yup...
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Crystal-Ice-5603 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student General Artist
hehe...i knew it.
i mean, she's like smart, beautiful, and stuff
and she's always the star of the show-
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ROMANO-CRESS Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Writer
You mean, "Beautiful"
note:Wolf in the picture likes looking up Unicorn thighs
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Lanos-Lovahs Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
you know what...
this is totally wrong....
I see what you mean, but that girl on the right may not be a Mary Sue.
Yes, she's good at everything, she's smart, but get this:
Mary Sues always have weaknesses.
Mary Sues may not look 100% perfect all the time.
It doesn't take just one picture and character description to see if they're a Mary Sue.
A real Mary Sue could be hideous, but totally BADASS.
Like, a fantasy or something, a person who wears 1,000 layers of metal armor (ok not 1000 but still you get the idea), someone who is very strong.  But not too pretty...
A Mary Sue could also look totally amazing, beautiful, big boobs, flowing hair...
but it takes a piece of writing, or animation, something to actually get to know the character to be a Mary Sue.
Maybe the girl on the right is portrayed correctly and avoids the Mary Sue category. :3

still though, you're an amazing artist and I understand all of your points :3
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gaby89229 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No, that's the thing with Mary Sues:
They're so perfect they DON'T have a weakness
They could take on a bajillion armies at once and not bat an eye
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Lanos-Lovahs Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
not all of them
i tell you
my friend has a mary sue who CAN die
but probably wont

she has blue hair (how do you dye your hair bright neon blue in mideival times), she wears a very lacy dress with many bow ties, she has magic over water, she fights with daggers and bows, picks on guys who are 3 feet taller than she is, shes a really mean mischievous girl who likes crowns and dresses and is really strong...
but not all mary sues are like that
not all of them are pretty
and like my friend's mary sue, not all of them could take on a bajillion armies at once and not bat an eye
in fact, her character is stupid
but still is a huge mary sue
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gaby89229 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see your point actually :)
But, being invincible isn't the only Sue-thing

Wait, how old is your friend? I mean, when I was six, my favorite character of mine was the biggest Gary Stu you could get.
And now, well, he's not really.
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