edit: It is 2013, this image has been used on TV Tropes for the past several years now. I can say years ago when I found out I was both surprised, a little proud, and a little bothered because I was never asked about it but it was put up anyways although it linked back so I didn't stay bothered about it.
Currently I'm bothered and no longer proud because I understand now something I didn't back when I first put up this image:
how utterly sexist a term like Mary Sue is.
How much it limits women from having their own wish-fulfillment fantasies while men can write those sorts of stories and they can be entirely successful. Just think about it this way.
“So, there’s this girl. She’s tragically orphaned and richer than anyone on the planet. Every guy she meets falls in love with her, but in between torrid romances she rejects them all because she dedicated to what is Pure and Good. She has genius level intellect, Olympic-athelete level athletic ability and incredible good looks. She is consumed by terrible angst, but this only makes guys want her more. She has no superhuman abilities, yet she is more competent than her superhuman friends and defeats superhumans with ease. She has unshakably loyal friends and allies, despite the fact she treats them pretty badly. They fear and respect her, and defer to her orders. Everyone is obsessed with her, even her enemies are attracted to her. She can plan ahead for anything and she’s generally right with any conclusion she makes. People who defy her are inevitably wrong.
God, what a Mary Sue.
I just described Batman."
quote is from this post adventuresofcomicbookgirl.tumb…
I won't take down this image because people might still come by from the TV Tropes page I guess. I hope what's said here is taken into consideration.