Mary Sue

Authors, when creating your characters, be careful to make them realistic. If your villains are implausibly evil, they become an unbelievable farce. And if your protagonist, is impossibly perfect, she becomes a Mary Sue.

A Mary Sue is an idealized fictional female protagonist who saves the day through extraordinary abilities. Perfect in every way, beloved by children, dogs and everyone around her. Plot-wise, this character is improbably central to everything — the bride at every wedding, the corpse at every funeral. Desired by every man that sees her, and envied by every woman she meets. Maybe desired by them as well. The sweet Mary Sue is impossibly perfect in every way. ~ #
She’s exotically beautiful, often having an unusual hair or eye color, and has a similarly cool and exotic name. She’s exceptionally talented in an implausibly wide variety of areas, and may possess skills that are rare or nonexistent in the real world. She also lacks any realistic character flaws — either that or her “flaws” are obviously meant to be endearing or empowering.^

There’s also a variation on the traditional Mary Sue, a “Black Hole Sue.” Everything is all about her. Everything. Her gravity is so great, she draws all the attention and causes everyone around her (and, often, reality itself) to bend and contort in order to accommodate her. People don’t act naturally around her. They instead serve only as enablers for her. She dominates every scene she is in. The world literally revolves around her. *
This character is generally recognized as an author insert and/or wish-fulfillment. It’s the author endowing upon herself skills and characteristics, appearances and capabilities that she wishes she possessed in real life, injecting this perfected version of herself into a fictional universe where she can be celebrated as simply the best person that ever existed.

Here is a Mary Sue test. Answer the questions honestly to see if this character you’re dealing with is, ineed a Mary Sue. If she even comes close, write her out.
That’s right. Kill her off. Your writing and reputation will benefit from getting rid of such a ridiculously unbelievable character. You’ll be better off, and nobody would have believed her anyway.
marysuekillheroffThere. That’s better, isn’t it?

2 thoughts on “Mary Sue

    • Its bad enough when somebody writes a Mary Sue character for a book, but when they try to write their LIFE that way it’s just pathetic. “Every man wants me! Every woman wants to be me! I have fifteen careers and I’m internationally famous because I’m so gifted and talented and beautiful!”

      Excuse me while I puke in the corner.

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