ChittahChattah Quickies

  • [from steve_portigal] Mary Sue [TV Tropes] – [Fan cultures and their depth and specificity highlight the gap between outsider presumptions about groups and the more complex insider truths.] "Mary Sue" is a derogatory term primarily used in Fan Fic circles to describe a particular type of character…These traits usually reference the character's perceived importance in the story, their physical design and an irrelevantly over-skilled or over-idealized nature…The prototypical Mary Sue is an original female character in a fanfic who obviously serves as an idealized version of the author mainly for the purpose of Wish Fulfillment. She's exotically beautiful, often having an unusual hair or eye color, and has a similarly cool and exotic name. She's exceptionally talented in an implausibly wide variety of areas, and may possess skills that are rare or nonexistent in the canon setting. She also lacks any realistic, or at least story-relevant, character flaws — either that or her "flaws" are obviously meant to be endearing.


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