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25th Apr '16 11:24:33 PM moongalleon22
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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' plays this trope straight with [[spoiler:Venom Snake.]] The ending reveals that [[spoiler:Venom Snake isn't the original Big Boss,]] and he's a representation of the player - he's a minor, faceless character who [[spoiler:was actually close friends with Big Boss,]] he speaks very rarely in order for the player to project their own personality onto him, and the player is even [[spoiler:given a character creation screen in order to design what he truly looks like, meaning that he can look like the player as well should they choose.]] Symbolically, his nature as a self-insert is meant to highlight the player's role in [[spoiler:crafting Big Boss' legend, making him into the well-respected soldier he is by the time the original Metal Gear happened.]]

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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' plays this trope straight with [[spoiler:Venom Snake.]] The ending reveals that [[spoiler:Venom Snake isn't the original Big Boss,]] and he's a representation of encourages the player - he's to view Venom Snake in this way. He's given the relatively clean slate of waking from a minor, faceless character who [[spoiler:was actually close friends with Big Boss,]] coma, he speaks very rarely in order for the player to project their own personality onto him, and the player is even [[spoiler:given given a character creation screen in order to design what he truly looks like, an alternative face for him, meaning that he can look like the player as well should they choose.]] choose. The ending reveals that [[spoiler: this was done deliberately, as he isn't the original Big Boss. He really is a stand-in for the player, and he even comes with a backstory of being a minor character who just happens to be great friends with Big Boss. Symbolically, his nature as a self-insert is meant to highlight the player's role in [[spoiler:crafting crafting Big Boss' legend, making him into the well-respected soldier he is by the time the original Metal Gear happened.]]
21st Apr '16 9:42:41 AM moongalleon22
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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' plays this trope straight with [[spoiler:Venom Snake.]] The ending reveals that [[spoiler:Venom Snake isn't the original Big Boss,]] and he's a representation of the player - he's a minor, faceless character who [[spoiler:was actually close friends with Big Boss,]] he speaks very rarely in order for the player to project their own personality onto him, and the player is even [[spoiler:given a character creation screen in order to design what he truly looks like, meaning that he can look like the player as well should they choose.]] Symbolically, his nature as a self-insert is meant to highlight the player's role in [[spoiler:crafting Big Boss' legend, making him into the well-respected soldier he is by the time the original Metal Gear happened.]]
21st Apr '16 9:21:09 AM moongalleon22
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** Hideo Kojima also appears as himself as a bonus agent in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' - while he has no skills in combat and poor ability in food tech, he's decent at R&D and has S-Rank skills in medicine and intel.

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** Hideo Kojima also appears as himself as a bonus agent in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' - while he has no skills in combat and poor ability in food tech, he's decent at R&D and has S-Rank skills in medicine and intel. ''Ground Zeroes'' also has a mission where the end goal is to rescue him.
21st Apr '16 8:58:59 AM moongalleon22
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** Hideo Kojima also appears as himself as a bonus agent in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' - while he has no skills in combat and poor ability in food tech, he's decent at R&D and has S-Rank skills in medicine and intel.
19th Apr '16 3:27:38 PM LentilSandEater
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** Technically, none of those events ever exist. What happens in that timespan is simply just the Handmaid trying and failing to escape from Lord English (his already being here being a thing he's always doing), and Doc Scratch dying as a result of the universe's destruction. Hussie doesn't do anything that wouldn't have happened already.
30th Mar '16 10:25:02 AM ACW
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* Richard Marcinko, former Navy SEAL, has written the ''Rogue Warrior'' series, a collection of anti-terrorism action novels with himself as the main protagonist. What is especially interesting is that the ''fictional'' Rogue Warrior books are written as sequels to the ''factual'' first book, entitled ''Rogue Warrior'', which was Marcinko's autobiography. What is even more interesting is that his real life exploits (leader and founding member of both SEAL Team Six and Red Cell, along with being a legitimate JerkassStu) make it almost impossible to draw a line between self-insertion and [[AuthorAvatar avatarhood]]. Fans and critics of the series argue over whether Marcinko's characterization in the fictional followup books is [[GodModeSue blatantly overpowered]] or whether he is, in fact, just that badass.

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* Richard Marcinko, former Navy SEAL, has written the ''Rogue Warrior'' ''Literature/RogueWarrior'' series, a collection of anti-terrorism action novels with himself as the main protagonist. What is especially interesting is that the ''fictional'' Rogue Warrior books are written as sequels to the ''factual'' first book, entitled ''Rogue Warrior'', which was Marcinko's autobiography. What is even more interesting is that his real life exploits (leader and founding member of both SEAL Team Six and Red Cell, along with being a legitimate JerkassStu) make it almost impossible to draw a line between self-insertion and [[AuthorAvatar avatarhood]]. Fans and critics of the series argue over whether Marcinko's characterization in the fictional followup books is [[GodModeSue blatantly overpowered]] or whether he is, in fact, just that badass.
22nd Mar '16 6:11:41 PM Jacob175
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* Look at a picture of Laurell K. Hamilton and then read a description or look at a picture of the title character of the ''AnitaBlake'' or ''MerryGentry'' series. Yeah...

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* Look at a picture of Laurell K. Hamilton and then read a description or look at a picture of the title character of the ''AnitaBlake'' ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' or ''MerryGentry'' ''Literature/MerryGentry'' series. Yeah...



* This is the actual power of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'''s new post-{{timeskip}} villain Tsukishima. To those not affected, it's ''InvasionOfTheBodysnatchers''-level disturbing to see their friends greet him as if they'd known him all their lives. [[spoiler:Especially for Ichigo, when he learns that Tsukishima MartyStu-ed himself into everything ''he'' has fought and suffered for.]]

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* This is the actual power of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'''s new post-{{timeskip}} villain Tsukishima. To those not affected, it's ''InvasionOfTheBodysnatchers''-level ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodysnatchers''-level disturbing to see their friends greet him as if they'd known him all their lives. [[spoiler:Especially for Ichigo, when he learns that Tsukishima MartyStu-ed himself into everything ''he'' has fought and suffered for.]]



* This trope is literally invoked in the ''KingdomHearts'' series with the [[Literature/WinnieThePooh 100 Acre Wood]]. Thanks to the magical nature of the book (it sucks the reader from the "real" world into the story), restoring the Pages (and thereby reconstructing the world) and interacting with the characters, allows Sora to (inadvertently) rewrite the plot of ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' to include himself as a prominent character (replacing Christoper Robin). When you lock the world's keyhole, it even includes him on the cover with the rest of the characters.

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* This trope is literally invoked in the ''KingdomHearts'' ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series with the [[Literature/WinnieThePooh 100 Acre Wood]]. Thanks to the magical nature of the book (it sucks the reader from the "real" world into the story), restoring the Pages (and thereby reconstructing the world) and interacting with the characters, allows Sora to (inadvertently) rewrite the plot of ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' to include himself as a prominent character (replacing Christoper Robin). When you lock the world's keyhole, it even includes him on the cover with the rest of the characters.



* Possibly a parody, ''LeastICouldDo'' has Rayne Summers write a book, [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20081229 apparently with him as the protagonist]], if the visual representation is supposed to be contextual. As a possible subversion to the standard MarySue tendencies of such a thing, the text of the book says "Though he began with the best of intentions, ultimate power did what is always had. It corrupts" [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20090106 in reference to his character]] as a joke to how he hates Apple Inc. Also, he apparently [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20090108 tries to conquer the world in it]].

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* Possibly a parody, ''LeastICouldDo'' ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'' has Rayne Summers write a book, [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20081229 apparently with him as the protagonist]], if the visual representation is supposed to be contextual. As a possible subversion to the standard MarySue tendencies of such a thing, the text of the book says "Though he began with the best of intentions, ultimate power did what is always had. It corrupts" corrupts." [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20090106 in reference to his character]] as a joke to how he hates Apple Inc. Also, he apparently [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20090108 tries to conquer the world in it]].



* One ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' strip reveals that Rick had crossed out Literature/HarryPotter's name in his first-edition copies of the series and wrote his own in its place.



* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-423 423]] is literally named "Self-Inserting Character," a non-corporeal entity named "Fred" who can add itself as a minor character into stories printed on paper. Normally the character plays a background role, never very important or causing changes to the story. However, it was noted that when placed inside it's own SCP article, the only thing that changed was the addition of "ruggedly handsome" at several points.

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* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-423 423]] is literally named "Self-Inserting Character," a non-corporeal entity named "Fred" who can add itself as a minor character into stories printed on paper. Normally the character plays a background role, never very important or causing changes to the story. However, it was noted that when placed inside it's its own SCP article, the only thing that changed was the addition of "ruggedly handsome" at several points.



* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the {{Tron}} fanfic ''Fanfic/AWholeNewWorld'' where the game Tron 2.0 is presented as a creation of Encom employee Jet Bradley. Clu implies that the only reason for that game to exist is that Jet wanted to make a Self-Insert Fic with himself as the MarySue character.

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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the {{Tron}} Film/{{Tron}} fanfic ''Fanfic/AWholeNewWorld'' where the game Tron 2.0 is presented as a creation of Encom employee Jet Bradley. Clu implies that the only reason for that game to exist is that Jet wanted to make a Self-Insert Fic with himself as the MarySue character.



* ''FanFic/{{Emergence}}'' Inverts the formula, with Team WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} thrust into the real world.

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* ''FanFic/{{Emergence}}'' Inverts inverts the formula, with Team WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} thrust into the real world.



* The ''IrregularWebcomic'' character Will Shakespeare, based loosely on [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare the playwright]], [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/459.html wrote himself]] into his ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic. And later into his novelization of the ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies, as [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/874.html Willimir]].

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* The ''IrregularWebcomic'' ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' character Will Shakespeare, based loosely on [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare the playwright]], [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/459.html wrote himself]] into his ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic. And later into his novelization of the ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies, as [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/874.html Willimir]].
14th Mar '16 12:28:15 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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The Self Insert has two primary varieties: the Self as New Character, where the author simply opens the top of the story and drops a copy of themself right in, and the Self as Existing Character, where the author finds himself forced to take over the life (and sometimes the body) of an existing {{canon}} character -- without necessarily being restrained to staying "in character" for their new role. See PossessionSue for the latter.

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The Self Insert Self-Insert Fic has two primary varieties: the Self as New Character, where the author simply [[RememberTheNewGuy opens the top of the story and drops a copy of themself themselves right in, in]], and the Self as Existing Character, where the author finds himself forced to take over the life (and sometimes the body) of an existing {{canon}} character -- without necessarily being restrained to staying "in character" for their new role. See EmergencyImpersonation, YouWillBeBeethoven, or PossessionSue for different versions of the latter.
28th Feb '16 12:13:41 PM Milarqui
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has several fanfics (particularly in AlternateHistoryDotCom) about the author becoming a character in the books: for example, ''FanFic/OhGodAmITheMannisNow'', where the author becomes Stannis Baratheon during the Siege of Storm's End.
27th Feb '16 10:24:22 AM Anna_Nimus
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* Played amazingly well by authors in ''Fanfic/CoOpMode'', as many of the readers would attest that part of the story's charm is in how James is unfailingly a teenager in all senses of the word, fitting into the Worm-verse almost seamlessly, especially with the barest hints of about his [[DysfunctionalFamily home]]...
**Considering that in this story, James is unaware of his own existence as an AuthorAvatar (having no memories other than the ones he has since being born in the Worm-verse), there is little question.
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