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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 14 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! 
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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
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Bambi3112 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
What is Mary Sue?
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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.
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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.
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Bambi3112 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
Oh.... no wonder my friends hate mary sues
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zeldagirl6534 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
To be honest, I have a friend who has an OC on here it's been called a Mary-Sue, but looking at this, I don't think it's true that her character is a Mary-Sue, her character does have some flaws

also, I was told that Mary-sues trip a lot for some reason ^^; is that true?
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Pomycheese Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  New member
How long did the second one take (sorry weird question)
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eggs4lyf Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes
you did it
thanku
also your copic skills are p good
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neverdisturbme00 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Cant we just say mary-sues..are barbie...=_=
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