Definitions

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  • n. A fictional character, usually female, whose implausible talents and likeableness weaken the story.

Etymologies

Name of an intentionally over-the-top character in Paula Smith's A Trekkie's Tale (1973). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term Mary Sue seems to expand to encompass the characters women write to overcome that onus... participants at a panel discussion in January of 1990 noted with growing dismay that any female character created within the community is damned with the term Mary Sue.

    Mary Sue

  • My understanding of the term Mary Sue was not just that it represented some kind of extension of the author into the narrative as character, but that it did so in a wish-fulfilment, idealised way.

    Mary Sue

  • A Mary Sue is a character who does all the things you wish you could do, a kind of whitewashed romanticised version of yourself.

    Mary Sue

  • Oddly, I think DW fandom is something of an oddity amongst fandoms, because its very setup pretty much requires a kind of Mary Sue or Self-Insert stereotype; its use was in fact encouraged and abetted by the show's format, since the companion role is a cipher for audience participation.

    Mary Sue

  • So why, exactly, do they call it "Mary Sue," instead of, say "Lazarus Long?"

    Saturday question of the day

  • Her name is Mary Russell, and on the face of it, she's the prototypical "Mary Sue," a phrase coined originally in Star Trek fanfic referring to a character who comes on the Enterprise, is more brilliant than everyone, saves the day, and sleeps with all the men.

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  • A ton of YA authors and bloggers joined in the discussion of why the series appeals to grown-ups, and children's author Kelly Fineman sparked further talk with her "Mary Sue" remark: "What makes the Twilight novels work is the very Mary Sue main character, Bella Swan, who is the reader's proxy in the books.

    YA Wednesday: BEA and the Trouble With Mary Sue

  • I'm going to have to start calling people "Mary Sue," the people I don't like.

    Dan Lybarger: From Glasgow to Glory: Director Lynne Ramsay on We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • I read one once, “The Game of the Gods,” that used material from the Silmarillion to create a critical typology of Mary Sues — including the anime catgirl Mary Sue, the Harry Potter crossover Mary Sue, etc.

    BOOK VIEW CAFE BLOG » Art, Information, Theft, and Confusion

  • I read the first book and saw the first movie...and I still think it's nothing more than a Mormon wet dream/thinly veiled Mary Sue story that sucks a golf ball through a garden hose.

    Howard Shore to Score The Twilight Saga: Eclipse | /Film

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