A sexist term used to enforce the misogynistic ideals that female characters/authors shouldn't be allowed to fantasize or write anything along the lines of wish fulfillment. its misogynistic qualities are exemplified in many ways, most notably being the fact that it's not a term dominated by the male counterpart despite existing in a patriarchal society, as well as the fact that the male counterpart is largely undecided upon in name and also undefined (see urban dictionary's gary stu entry which has no definition but to say "a male mary sue", and the marty-stu entry which involves the "mary sue" definition to define it).

it's usually used on the whole to bully new authors out of writing female characters altogether, making the task seem so daunting to some that they now only write slash fictions with two male characters, also exemplifying the misogynistic qualities this term involves.

Fan Fiction Reader: Why don't we just call all bad/annoying characters "special snowflakes" instead of using a female name like mary-sue in a derogatory fashion?


Troll: You're writing a mary-sue to pair with the canon character you fat low life, it's pathetic and so are you!


Author: I'm so afraid of having my female character labeled as a mary-sue that I only write male characters!

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  • Mary Sue

    A character too perfect for their setting. most often, this character is talented and attractive, and anyone who doesn't adore them is portrayed as mean, stupid, or evil. it's common for them to be the smartest, even if this requires everyone else to act stupider than they should. out of place but awesome names are also frequent occurrences. they lead charmed lives, and any conflict or drama they are met with will be either overdone to the point of headache induction, or easily brushed aside.

    while not always the case, mary sues are more often written by someone who is just starting out, either by someone who wrote their own personal power fantasy and expects everyone else to applaud them for it, or by someone using shortcuts to try and make their character impressive to others.

    these characters are considered a mark of poor writing because they give too much favoritism to the character in question, and it comes off to readers as the author trying to artificially make their character the best around through shortcuts rather than well crafted development. their perfectness also tends to prevent the stories they're in from developing suspense, making not only the character but the entire work they're in boring.

    while the term mary sue, along with the male version gary stu, has been applied to both fan characters and canon characters in published works, it is much more common to see used on fan characters. particularly those in fan fiction, which are most often female.
  • Mary-Sues

    Plural. see mary-sue
  • mary-sue

    A female character that is annoying because she is too perfect.
    usually used in rpgs and stories
  • Sexism

    The fear that women will be treated like men.
  • Mary-Sue

    A gorgeous, athletic, talented and intelligent girl who has every man on earth chasing after her. even though she is beautiful, she will deny this. almost always on the good side. if not, she's that overpowered hottie on the other side. unusually attractive, and is related or in a relationship with any canon character.
    so perfect that it's very annoying.

    used most commonly in rpgs, fan fictions etc etc.

    her male counterpart is gary-stu or marty-stu.

    warning if you character is named mary sue but does not have these traits, the name does not exactly matter. it is okay to give you character the name, mary sue.