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February 19, 2011, 08:04:44 PM

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Sue
A Mary Sue (sometimes just Sue), in fanfiction, is a fictional character with overly idealized and hackneyed mannerisms, lacking noteworthy flaws, and primarily functioning as a wish-fulfillment fantasy for the author or reader. Perhaps the single underlying feature of all characters described as "Mary Sues" is that they are too ostentatious for the audience's taste, or that the author seems to favor the character too highly. The author may seem to push how exceptional and wonderful the "Mary Sue" character is on his or her audience, sometimes leading the audience to dislike or even resent the character fairly quickly; such a character could be described as an "author's pet".


There are quite a few writers on this board. Some of them know how to make a good character, some don't.

Regardless, even the most skilled writers occasionally fall into Mary Sue Syndrome. So, this test can help you overcome that by realizing the flaws in your character.
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http://www.springhole.net/quizzes/marysue.htm

February 19, 2011, 11:17:25 PM
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Falco is a 20.
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February 20, 2011, 12:08:49 PM
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Thanks for the link. This will certainly help

February 20, 2011, 11:37:00 PM
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24 for one of my characters, this test isn't exactly designed for the type of story I'm writing however, but generally pretty good.

February 21, 2011, 12:20:44 PM
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I tested a character I feared would score high. The results surprised me, she got 16.

February 24, 2011, 07:05:29 PM
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Hmmm...12.
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February 24, 2011, 07:35:47 PM
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February 24, 2011, 08:41:45 PM
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February 24, 2011, 08:48:59 PM
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February 24, 2011, 08:54:35 PM
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February 24, 2011, 11:15:21 PM
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Hmm, got a 18 and 28, not too bad I think.  ;D

February 26, 2011, 03:23:22 PM
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Krog got a 21. :P
Nadja got a 5... :blink:
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February 26, 2011, 04:26:24 PM
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Ver'Solare is 29.

February 26, 2011, 04:29:53 PM
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I'm fairly certain that most of Falco's Marty Stuness comes from the fact that he's 7'2" tall.

But there's a reason for his size, so hopefully the gods of fiction will smile upon me.
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March 03, 2011, 09:33:35 PM
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Hm.
Amelia got an eleven.
Manuel got a four.

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March 04, 2011, 05:33:20 PM
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*note: These are all PbP characters*

Almaya got a five.

Unitra got a thirty-six. :ermm:

Abelline got an eight.
This is not a sentence.

March 05, 2011, 05:45:57 AM
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I am trying to do Necross....I can't seem to find many relevant questions.

March 05, 2011, 06:34:24 AM
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I am trying to do Necross....I can't seem to find many relevant questions.

he is rather unique...

I should run some of my 40k characters through this

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he is rather unique...

I should run some of my 40k characters through this
I am trying to do Necross....I can't seem to find many relevant questions.
You two should know which character I ran through that test. :D

Though I can say the same as Senhai. Only TWO questions are specific to RP characters. And lots of questions that didn't really fit right.
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You two should know which character I ran through that test. :D

Though I can say the same as Senhai. Only TWO questions are specific to RP characters. And lots of questions that didn't really fit right.

yeah, anyway, Duran was 14, Sofia and Maven would fall somewhere around that as well, too lazy to run them through

March 05, 2011, 07:21:31 AM
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You two should know which character I ran through that test. :D

Though I can say the same as Senhai. Only TWO questions are specific to RP characters. And lots of questions that didn't really fit right.
The fan-fic section applies to them, technically.

March 05, 2011, 07:39:50 AM
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The fan-fic section applies to them, technically.
I have to really warp the interpretaion of some of these questions to get them to fit.

March 05, 2011, 03:02:59 PM
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I should run my Fallout universe RP characters through this.

EDIT: Okay, note to self, you cannot take this test for a character you've written about that is basically the main character of a Bethesda game (since that's how you play their games). It doesn't turn out very pretty.
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I should run my Fallout universe RP characters through this.

EDIT: Okay, note to self, you cannot take this test for a character you've written about that is basically the main character of a Bethesda game (since that's how you play their games). It doesn't turn out very pretty.
Total Gary Stu/Mary Sue.

The fan-fic section applies to them, technically.
I have to really warp the interpretaion of some of these questions to get them to fit.
As Sen said, you have to warp them quite a bit. And answering quetions wrongly is something that the test itself warns you against.
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Total Gary Stu/Mary Sue.
I think maybe in the case of a character like that, you can ignore any questions that you'd normally answer "yes" to if they happen within the plot of the game and aren't because you did them on purpose.
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