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What I Learned A Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu Is...

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 8, 2012, 5:31 PM
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.:Original had over thirty, but the page refreashed JUST before I could publish:.
1.) No unnatural hair colors. (Even though it's an anime)
2.) You can't re-color or streak your hair.
3.) You can't be powerful.
4.) You can't have a nice, natural body.
5.) You can't have had more than one guy/girl in your life.
6.) Can't make mistakes.
7.) Can't be perfect.
8.) Not allowed to have had sexual relations before you decided on one guy.
9.) Can't be short or tall, a little too skinny or too big.
10.) Can't have a bad/tragic past.
11.) No CanonxOc
12.) No mental problems/disorders, or physical problems/disorders, or emotinal problems/disorders.
13.) MUST be exactly like you. Can't be based on who you want to be.
14.) Can't have a talent others do not posses. (For example: Can't be a good artist becasue there are already good artists.)
15.) Can't be scene, "emo", goth, punk, prep, or nerd.
16.) No bright colors like the 80s.
17.) Can't have two different colored eyes.
18.) Can't have missing family memebers
19.) Can't be a child prodegy
20.) Can't be succesful at something others have done
21.) Can't have transforming powers
23.) Can't be a long lost relative (Like Naruto's long lost sister...I agree with this one though.)
24.) Can't be like someone else. (For example, you can't have blonde hair and blue eyes and hang around Naruto like you're best buddies,)
25.) You can't be paired up with someone who looks like you. (two blondes with green eyes can't be together becasue they are a rip off of the other.)
26.) Can't have demons inside
27.) Can't form a contract with a demon
28.) Can't be supernatural
29.) Can't be a demon, or a half-demon
30.) You can tell if a person is a Mary-Sue or Gary-Stu by a username
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zoe-chan7 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's more so that you can't have too many of those traits and not even them out with bad things. For example,a character could have unnatural hair colour,but it could be messy most of the time. And,I suppose the canonxoc is up to the person really. I for one don't mind it. The main issue with that is that sometimes people will change the canons personality and story like just for them
your-first-boyfriend Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
All wrong. A character can have some of these attributes and not be a Mary/Gary only if they are used correctly.
Sorrinna-Ushika-Seji Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No, not "all wrong." A lot of people, mostly on pages such as this [[link] take this shit and I swear if you have just ONE trait then you are and forever will be A Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu.
your-first-boyfriend Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
(The group is gone btw) Well, those people are in the wrong and don't know jack shit about writing. A character has to be interesting in order to make a story. If you make a completely uninteresting character with no quirks whatsoever, no one's gonna read a story like that.
Sorrinna-Ushika-Seji Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
((No it's not...) I KNOW RIGHT!
your-first-boyfriend Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
(Well it has a 404 error for me :P) Don't listen to those people. But don't go overboard with traits, either. Also, giving a character bad traits to even them out is extremely bad and should never be done. Give them traits and let them actually develop during the story. The bad traits will come naturally that way. Say we have a character that's a prodigy. During the course of the story, we'll see them behave slightly in a snobbish matter at some points. It's a natural flow. You just don't make a character a prodigy that happens to be clumsy. No, it doesn't work that way. (I hope that wasn't too confusing)
Sorrinna-Ushika-Seji Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No not at all! Big help actually!
your-first-boyfriend Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well glad I could be helpful.
ZiiaChan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
it's a little ridiculous sometimes.

most characters, i can completely agree being gary stus/mary sues, but people should see key factors of the series these characters are made for and the world the character is in before claiming it is one.

like, if someone had a character that's like... Goku from dbz and gave every single trait of him to someone in a pokemon world concept, then...yeah. that's just extremely ridiculous, UNLESS you have a explanation of why that is.. however, something like that would be impossible if they're like Goku. (a pikachu going super saiyan and is the only one able to save the world LOL that'd be pretty stupid)

But if someone had a few adjustments to them, or at least have a good, logical reason for having the power they do or being the way they are, then I think calling them a mary sue would be too much. I'm all for pointing out mary sues/gary stus, but I sometimes find some people's reasons for it really stupid. People can have a sad past and still be a normal human being, so are we all mary sues/gary stus? XD
Sorrinna-Ushika-Seji Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
See? That's what I was thinking. So someone is a pro at math? Mary/gary-sue. SOmeone was bullied and either committed suicide or lived life to the fullest? Mary/gary-sue. Everyone is one then!!!
ZiiaChan Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Maybe what people did was take the small traits every mary sue/gary stu had and then put it in a list, and if a character have like..10+ or 15+ of the traits, theyre considered it? but since a lot of characters are the same and a little hard to make unique ones, what would be considered a good character anymore ...
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