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Perfectly Mary Sue by Dakotaa Perfectly Mary Sue by Dakotaa
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.

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perrythehedgehog Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Does Mary-Sue even mean anything anymore? How can you even TELL what is a true, maybe accidental Mary-Sue against a flood of Parody-Sues made by morons who think "HEY LOOK I'M TAKING THE PISS OUT OF MARY-SUES BY CREATING ANOTHER ONE TO THROW INTO THE ENDLESSLY INCREASING PILE OF THEM AM I CLEVER NOW?"
Well, you really can't.
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KingBooKirby Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Artist
Well, Marty/Gary Stu is a pretty common term now.
And it isn't sexist. Most fanfic writers are girls. It's like saying video games are sexist for having more male heroes.
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Ploobin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pfffff that aint no mary sue

theres no golden wings and she cant shoot fire out of fingers

and red hair are you kidding me!? to original!

throw some blonde in there.

2/10 not sue-y enough Pikachu Piff Plz 
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Neogirl01 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
I usually don't have problems with Mary Sues as long they don't be come Black Hole Sues.
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AtlantianHuman Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God,what a mary sue.
I just described batman.

Well,there's always Gary-stus.
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Poncle Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Quick note:
Most fanfiction writers are female, and many of their characters are female. 
Mary Sue isn't sexist, per se. Taking the Batman quote into consideration, the fellow is one big pile of sue/stu when his traits are written out of context. Certain traits make for a piss poor character regardless of gender, especially if the writing skills to 'make it fit' are missing. 

Slight Example: Purple-haired, genki girl neko lady. Awful everywhere unless her universe calls for characters like this to fit in.
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Lanos-Lovahs Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
you know what?
she may not be mary sue.  It depends on how you portray your character.
Yes, she may be absolutely beautiful, but we don't know exactly how or what happened...
nor have we seen her in action ever
so we dont know yet... :3
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SharpClawPokemon Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really get it. How can calling a character out as a Mary Sue be sexist? Wish Fulfillment ain't bad, but when a story only exists to BE Wish Fulfillment for the author, then how is it any good? And to be fair, there is a term called Gary Stu, going after the male equivalent of this trope; We don't hate it specifically when females do it, but rather when anyone does it. Despite names, gender has nothing to do with it. Sorry, I just felt like I had to point that out.

Also, well done with the art! It deserves it's spot on TvTropes!
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Dakotaa Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student
Gary Stu is a term for the male equivalent of the trope but it's not as widely known or widely used as Mary Sue.

I've been through so many situations were quick to call any female character a Mary Sue just based on the fact that she had power and/or was the main character of her own story. The term "Mary Sue" has so many subdivisions in it listed on TvTropes itself that's all based on female characters in media it makes characteristics for an accepted well-written female character very narrow.

There's a stigma against female characters in media in general. It might not seem like it but if you were to look a little closer it begins to pop out at you. It can be the most unconscious decision on a production. I'd go into it further but I'll just leave that as is;

Thank you!
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SharpClawPokemon Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Seems both genders have it bad, but neither seems to show to the public. on one hand, females are commonly damsels and stereotyped, and on the other, you have males who are abused by their spouses and it is played for laughs. A strange world this is, I tell you.
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