You Know Your Character Might Be A Mary Sue If...

Section 1: It’s all about the name.

If your character is named after you in any way – whether it be first name, last name, or screenname – OR if you named yourself after your character…. Then stop right now, you know your character is a Mary Sue!

If your character has a really cool name that you wish were yours… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character’s name basically just YOUR name with a “ko” attached to the end of it… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character’s name is something along the lines of “Sailor Sparkly Pretty Cuddle Pants”… your character might just be a Mary Sue.

If you spent several days at an online Japanese translator so that you could name your character the perfect, meaningful word… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character has both an English name AND a Japanese name…. Then your character might just be a Mary Sue.

If your character is named after a certain area of lunar geography… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If you named your pet, child, or significant other after your character… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character is female and named either Rose or Terra or some variation thereof… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character is male and named either Travis or Galen or some variation thereof… your character could very well be a Mary Sue.

Section 2: Look in a mirror.

If the character is the same gender as you… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If the character is from your part of the world… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If the character physically resembles an idealized version of the way you look… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If the character has blue, pink, or otherwise amusingly colored hair… your character just might be a Mary Sue.

If your character is a sailor senshi, planetary knight, or has the name “blank” Mask/Kamen… then your character might just be a Mary Sue.

If you feel the need to describe in painstaking detail every thing that your character has ever worn… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character is a small, yet precocious child… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character has one talent that he/she does better than ANYONE else on the show… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character is constantly competing with another senshi over, say, artistic talent, musical ability, or finesse as a racer… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character does EVERYTHING better than the other canon characters… then you character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character is the embodiment of everyone’s sexual fantasies… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If any of the other characters is physically and emotionally attracted to your character… then you just might be a Mary Sue.

If a THIRD character is incredibly jealous of your character because of this… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character is in some way physically handicapped… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

Section 3: Every character needs a background…

If your character is an amnesiac… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character is an orphan… your character might just be a Mary Sue.

If the character is the future child, long-lost sibling, or other relative of any senshi in either their current or former lives… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If the character goes to the same school as one of the canon characters… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If the character is a senshi’s best friend from before they started attending Juuban that later hunted their senshi-friend down for fun and reminiscing and SO-stealing… your character just might be a Mary Sue.

If your character had an unusual or eventful birth… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If Setsuna has been visiting your character since he or she was an infant… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character has a twin… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If said twin is an EVIL! Twin… then your character probably is a Mary Sue.

If your character has a good singing voice… then your character might be Mary Sue.

If your character has a good singing voice and your character really wish that you did, too… then you might be a Mary Sue.

If your character is a damn fine musician… then your character might be a Mary Sue. Double points if the instrument in question is a guitar.

If your character does what you do for fun and/or profit… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character has better taste in music than you do… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character recently moved to Juuban… your character might just be a Mary Sue.

If your character recently moved to Juuban from an English-speaking nation… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character recently moved to Juuban from your hometown… then your character might just be a Mary Sue.

Respectively, if all of the senshi suddenly moved next door to your character… which also happens to be your hometown…. Then your character might be a Mary Sue

If your character insults the canon characters regularly and oftentimes gets away with it… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If everyone ends up automatically liking your character… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If, when you invented your character, you also took the time to invent a character that BULLIED your character… your character might just be a Mary Sue.

If everyone in the fic at first HATES your character but then grows to love him or her… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character suffered some sort of emotional or physical trauma that you suffered… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character suffered some sort of emotional or physical trauma that you did NOT suffer through but you thought sounded cool, anyway… then your character might just be a Mary Sue.

If your character then reveals said emotional/physical trauma at the one time in the plot when it would have the most emotional impact… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If the person behind this trauma is the main villain of your fic… your character just might be a Mary Sue.

If you expect all of the other characters to really care about your character’s emotional traumas but do not care about the traumas of the other characters… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

Section 4: It’s about Power.

If the character kicks ass while not a senshi… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character is the child or sibling of Sailor Galaxia… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character’s fuku looks like Sailor Galaxia’s fuku but is made with a different metal… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character is Mamoru’s long-lost younger sister and Sailor Earth… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character has his or her own talking cat or other talking animal mascot… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character has an extraordinarily long henshin sequence that you feel the need to describe in painstaking detail… your character might just be a Mary Sue.

If your character’s senshi powers is stronger than Hotaru’s… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character has his or her own crystal of power… then your character might just be a Mary Sue.

Section 5: Love to love ya, baby.

If your character was destined to MARRY one of the senshi during the Silver Millenium… your character just might be a Mary Sue.

If your character was destined to marry MORE THAN ONE of the senshi during the Silver Millenium… then your character might just be a Mary Sue.

If your character makes Haruka and/or Michiru be NOT!Gay, then your character might just be a Mary Sue.

If your character falls in love and/or has sex with any of the senshi… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character falls in love and/or has sex with any of the other recurring characters…your character could very well be a Mary Sue.

If YOU would like to fall in love and/or have sex with your character… then your character just might be a Mary Sue.

If your fic ends with your original character getting married… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character ends the fic by having children… then your character just might be a Mary Sue.

If your character ends up being the proud parent of twins… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character’s children ends up having more or the same powers that your character has… your character might just be a Mary Sue.

Section 6: Personally Speaking….

If you would really like to be friends with your character… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If you feel that everyone that reads your fic should want to be friends with your character… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If you take any attacks against your character as a personal attack against YOU… then your character might very well be a Mary Sue.

If you like to pretend that you ARE your original character in your spare time… your character might be a Mary Sue.

Section 7: And Back to Your Fic…

If your new and original character was introduced on the first page of your story… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

If your fic is told primarily by your character’s point of view… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If you look for ways to write the canon characters out of a scene so that you can devote more time to your original character… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If the perceived opinions of the canon characters actually matter to you… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If you disagree with what the canon character would think about a certain situation and then proceed to write the character as being OUT of character to accommodate your opinions/plot… your original character might be a Mary Sue.

If your character automatically knows what’s going on without any conceivable exposition… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If the canon characters go out of their way to accommodate your original character on a regular basis… your character might be a Mary Sue.

If you plan on basing all of your future fics on your character… then your character might be a Mary Sue.

Scoring

If 5 or less of these statements apply to you, congratulations, your character will not make your readers throw up.

If 6-25 of these statements apply to you, your character is a borderline Mary Sue. You might be able to get away with it, but expect me to bitch you out.

If 25 + of these statements apply to you, your character is definitely a Mary Sue. Please, someone, pass me the dull pencils. I wish to use them to DIG MY EYES OUT OF MY SOCKETS! This Mary Sue Litmus test was based on pretty much every OTHER litmus test on the web, so I'm not gonna list a direct source here. The Jeff Foxworthy-esque format was suggested by Wreaker of Havoc because she was bored one night and I obliged her mainly because I was too lazy to come up with my own scoring system.

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