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27th Dec '16 4:31:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon wrote a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fanfic when he was a kid, about how a little kid from Texas is taken away by Mr. Spock to join the crew of the ''Enterprise''.

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* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
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Sheldon wrote a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fanfic when he was a kid, about how a little kid from Texas is taken away by Mr. Spock to join the crew of the ''Enterprise''.
27th Dec '16 4:31:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* No less a luminary than DavidGerrold originally wrote the famous "The Trouble with Tribbles" episode of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' to feature a young ensign that he saw as a self-surrogate, and did something similar in his novel ''The Galactic Whirlpool''. The former was an attempt at literal self-insertion, since Gerrold, an amateur actor, wrote the character of Ensign Freeman in hopes of getting to play the role himself. The role instead went to Paul Baxley, William Shatner's stand-in (which is why O'Brien mistook Freeman for Kirk in ''Deep Space Nine'': "Trials and Tribble-ations"). But Gerrold did get to appear as a background crewman in "Tribble-ations."

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* No less a luminary than DavidGerrold Creator/DavidGerrold originally wrote the famous "The Trouble with Tribbles" episode of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' to feature a young ensign that he saw as a self-surrogate, and did something similar in his novel ''The Galactic Whirlpool''. The former was an attempt at literal self-insertion, since Gerrold, an amateur actor, wrote the character of Ensign Freeman in hopes of getting to play the role himself. The role instead went to Paul Baxley, William Shatner's stand-in (which is why O'Brien mistook Freeman for Kirk in ''Deep Space Nine'': "Trials and Tribble-ations"). But Gerrold did get to appear as a background crewman in "Tribble-ations."



* This is the basic gimmick of ''Secret Girlfriend''. The main protagonist is you. He's never referred to by name and never says anything out loud, but all of his friends adore "you." All of the jokes (which you're basically supposed to insert) are hilarious. All of the girls want you and you end up with most of them. You would probably feel awesome if not for your two friends being total idiots and your ex-girlfriend being a {{Yandere}}.

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* This is the basic gimmick of ''Secret Girlfriend''.''Series/SecretGirlfriend''. The main protagonist is you. He's never referred to by name and never says anything out loud, but all of his friends adore "you." All of the jokes (which you're basically supposed to insert) are hilarious. All of the girls want you and you end up with most of them. You would probably feel awesome if not for your two friends being total idiots and your ex-girlfriend being a {{Yandere}}.



* Parodied extensively in the British comedy show ''GarthMarenghisDarkplace''. The show is based on the premise that Garth Marenghi wrote and starred in a 80s low-budget hospital-based horror show. Many jokes are based on the idea that Garth Marenghi not only wrote the series, but also plays the central role in the show. As such, his own character -- Doctor Rick Dagless, M.D. -- exhibits outrageously unrealistic traits.

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* Parodied extensively in the British comedy show ''GarthMarenghisDarkplace''.''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace''. The show is based on the premise that Garth Marenghi wrote and starred in a 80s low-budget hospital-based horror show. Many jokes are based on the idea that Garth Marenghi not only wrote the series, but also plays the central role in the show. As such, his own character -- Doctor Rick Dagless, M.D. -- exhibits outrageously unrealistic traits.
24th Dec '16 11:27:22 AM nombretomado
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* The AntiClicheAndMarySueEliminationSociety is actually made up of (mostly) self-inserts to, ironically, [[MarySueHunter combat]] [[MarySue Mary Sues]] themselves; however, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters the inserts actually work hard not to make themselves into Sues]]. Mostly through [[LampshadeHanging liberal usage of lampshades]].

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* The AntiClicheAndMarySueEliminationSociety Fanfic/AntiClicheAndMarySueEliminationSociety is actually made up of (mostly) self-inserts to, ironically, [[MarySueHunter combat]] [[MarySue Mary Sues]] themselves; however, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters the inserts actually work hard not to make themselves into Sues]]. Mostly through [[LampshadeHanging liberal usage of lampshades]].
17th Dec '16 12:30:21 PM StFan
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* Played with in ''FanFic/DreamingOfSunshine'' - the AuthorAvatar is not godpowered and, in fact, attempts to change the timeline as little as possible. This is actually justified, as she is attempting to retain her advantage by not rendering her knowledge of future events useless. This is difficult, as she arrived many years before the worst of the shit starts to hit the fan. She has some skills beyond the norm, but those stem from being reborn with her memory intact, not from being an Uberninja.

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* Played with in ''FanFic/DreamingOfSunshine'' - -- the AuthorAvatar is not godpowered and, in fact, attempts to change the timeline as little as possible. This is actually justified, as she is attempting to retain her advantage by not rendering her knowledge of future events useless. This is difficult, as she arrived many years before the worst of the shit starts to hit the fan. She has some skills beyond the norm, but those stem from being reborn with her memory intact, not from being an Uberninja.



** Another example is {{Self Insert Evangelion}}, which was directly inspired by the two fics above, but without the female body swap. However, {{Alternate Universe}} elements are introduced to keep the SI from accurately predicting everything.

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** Another example is {{Self Insert Evangelion}}, ''Fanfic/SelfInsertEvangelion'', which was directly inspired by the two fics above, but without the female body swap. However, {{Alternate Universe}} elements are introduced to keep the SI from accurately predicting everything.



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* A famous, and often ridiculed, Marty-Stu among ''Series/DoctorWho'' fandom is [[TheBenChathamAdventures Ben Chatham]], a character who very strongly resembles his creator (the legendary OutpostGallifrey / GallifreyBase poster sparacus), sharing his manner of speech, his political viewpoints, even his taste in drink. Even the suggested actor for this character is an actor that the author has admitted to fancying. Needless to say, around 90% of characters in each story instantly fall for Chatham.
** A rather large percentage of other fanfics featuring an author-created companion for the Doctor could arguably fit in this trope quite comfortably as well.

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* A famous, and often ridiculed, Marty-Stu among ''Series/DoctorWho'' fandom is [[TheBenChathamAdventures [[Fanfic/TheBenChathamAdventures Ben Chatham]], a character who very strongly resembles his creator (the legendary OutpostGallifrey / GallifreyBase Website/OutpostGallifrey / Website/GallifreyBase poster sparacus), sharing his manner of speech, his political viewpoints, even his taste in drink. Even the suggested actor for this character is an actor that the author has admitted to fancying. Needless to say, around 90% of characters in each story instantly fall for Chatham.
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Chatham. A rather large percentage of other fanfics featuring an author-created companion for the Doctor could arguably fit in this trope quite comfortably as well.



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* There's a picture floating around the Intertubes of director Mitsuo Fukuda and writer Chiaki Morosawa cosplaying as Kira and Lacus, respectively, from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''. When you watch the last third of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', that image starts to take on somewhat sinister overtones.
** The fact that one, Fukuda thinks of [[MarySuetopia ORB as his ideal Japan]] and two, [[DisownedAdaptation he disliked]] [[FixFic the plot-fixing shenanigans]] the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games did to ''Destiny'' lends a lot more credence to this idea.

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* There's a picture floating around the Intertubes of director Mitsuo Fukuda and writer Chiaki Morosawa cosplaying as Kira and Lacus, respectively, from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''. When you watch the last third of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', that image starts to take on somewhat sinister overtones.
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overtones. The fact that one, Fukuda thinks of [[MarySuetopia ORB as his ideal Japan]] and two, [[DisownedAdaptation he disliked]] [[FixFic the plot-fixing shenanigans]] the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games did to ''Destiny'' lends a lot more credence to this idea.idea.
* Singer and Music/{{Nirvana}} frontman Music/KurtCobain's widow Courtney Love pretty much admits that ''Manga/PrincessAi'' is a very loose and much more fantastical version of her life. That is, if the fact that the title character works as a singer, falls in love with a "sensitive musician" named Kent, and has a name that means "love" in Japanese or Chinese didn't tip you off.
* This is the actual power of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'''s new post-{{timeskip}} villain Tsukishima. To those not affected, it's ''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.]]



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* ''LeftBehind'' by Tim La Haye and Jerry B. Jenkins, is biblical FanFic where the two intrepid, studly, and irreproachable leads (Rayford Steele and Buck Williams) are transparent {{MartyStu}}s for the authors and their personal ideologies.

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* ''LeftBehind'' ''Literature/LeftBehind'' by Tim La Haye and Jerry B. Jenkins, is biblical FanFic where the two intrepid, studly, and irreproachable leads (Rayford Steele and Buck Williams) are transparent {{MartyStu}}s {{Marty Stu}}s for the authors and their personal ideologies.



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* Margaret Thatcher once wrote a skit for ''YesMinister,'' in which she played the part of the Prime Minister. The piece is [[ActuallyPrettyFunny actually quite amusing,]] and did air on the BBC.

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* Margaret Thatcher once wrote a skit for ''YesMinister,'' ''Series/YesMinister,'' in which she played the part of the Prime Minister. The piece is [[ActuallyPrettyFunny actually quite amusing,]] and did air on the BBC.



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* Singer and {{Music/Nirvana}} frontman Music/KurtCobain's widow Courtney Love pretty much admits that ''Manga/PrincessAi'' is a very loose and much more fantastical version of her life. That is, if the fact that the title character works as a singer, falls in love with a "sensitive musician" named Kent, and has a name that means "love" in Japanese or Chinese didn't tip you off.
* This is the actual power of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'''s new post-{{timeskip}} villain Tsukishima. To those not affected, it's ''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.]]
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26th Nov '16 4:43:47 PM Morgenthaler
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* J.K. Rowling has said that Hermione Granger is the closest to a Self-insert character, being partially based off of her own childhood self.

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* J.K. Rowling Creator/JKRowling has said that Hermione Granger is the closest to a Self-insert character, character in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', being partially based off of her own childhood self.
14th Nov '16 5:10:30 PM PaulA
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* Creator/PhilipKDick's ''VALIS'' has two self-inserts: "Phil Dick" and Horselover Fat. ("Horselover Fat" is a rough translation of "Philip Dick", from Greek and German for his first and last name respectively.)

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* Creator/PhilipKDick's ''VALIS'' ''Literature/{{VALIS}}'' has two self-inserts: "Phil Dick" and Horselover Fat. ("Horselover Fat" is a rough translation of "Philip Dick", from Greek and German for his first and last name respectively.)
9th Nov '16 5:38:14 PM Mitis
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** The other one is ''Fanfic/ThisBites'' by Xomniac, with assistance from [=CV12Hornet=] and The Patient One, the three of them collectively known as the Cross-Brain. Yes, the story has ''three'' authors behind it, and it says a lot both about their skill and the difficulty of the genre that ''This Bites!'' is the only SI fic to ever reach the fandom's top 20 stories. The basis is that a fan fic writer by name of Jeremiah Cross muses how cool it would be to be in ''One Piece'', and promptly has his wish granted by a (Bastard) Random Omnipotent Being. With little to no combat capabilities, he forms a partnership with a Baby Transponder Snail that ate the Noise-Noise Fruit, appropriately named Soundbite, and they join the Straw Hats as the communications officers shortly before they reach Loguetown. This story plays the genre straight, and its faithfulness to the ButterflyOfDoom results in many changes, both good and bad.

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** The other one is ''Fanfic/ThisBites'' by Xomniac, with assistance from [=CV12Hornet=] and The Patient One, the three of them collectively known as the Cross-Brain. Yes, the story has ''three'' authors behind it, and it says a lot both about their skill and the difficulty of the genre that ''This Bites!'' is the only SI fic to ever reach the fandom's top 20 10 stories. The basis is that a fan fic writer by name of Jeremiah Cross muses how cool it would be to be in ''One Piece'', and promptly has his wish granted by a (Bastard) Random Omnipotent Being. With little to no combat capabilities, he forms a partnership with a Baby Transponder Snail that ate the Noise-Noise Fruit, appropriately named Soundbite, and they join the Straw Hats as the communications officers shortly before they reach Loguetown. This story plays the genre straight, and its faithfulness to the ButterflyOfDoom results in many changes, both good and bad.
29th Oct '16 5:46:29 PM Nicolletta
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* Thomas Lang, the main character of Hugh Laurie's ''The Gun Seller'', is a 6'3'' Englishman who rides a motorcycle. In other words, it's Hugh Laurie.
22nd Oct '16 1:13:08 PM erforce
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* As the documentary ''Ghostheads'' discusses, any Film/{{Ghostbusters}} cosplay can and probably will have the nameplates with the wearer's own surname instead of Venkman or such, as the franchise makes clear that anyone with some training can become a Ghostbuster. It also allowed for [[http://www.gbfans.com/fans/art/franchises/ the creation of real-life Ghostbusters files in all 50 states.]]

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* As the documentary ''Ghostheads'' discusses, any Film/{{Ghostbusters}} ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' cosplay can and probably will have the nameplates with the wearer's own surname instead of Venkman or such, as the franchise makes clear that anyone with some training can become a Ghostbuster. It also allowed for [[http://www.gbfans.com/fans/art/franchises/ the creation of real-life Ghostbusters files in all 50 states.]]
15th Oct '16 11:14:58 PM MissMokushiroku
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* Another [[TropesAreNotBad well made]] example of this trope could be FanFic/MassVexations, whose protagonist, Art is actually a fan of ''Mass Effect'', which he loses repeatedly and ends up trapped in, making him GenreSavvy to the point of MediumAwareness, [[JustifiedTrope justifying]] his status as a [[ForWantOfANail nail]] in the Mass Effect universe even when he doesn't [[InvokedTrope invoke it]] himself. While Art ends up in a relationship with a canon character, their relationship progressing at a realistic rate, only becoming [[JustFriends official]] 20 chapters in to the fic's VideoGame/MassEffect2 version, more than two years after they met.
** Over Mass Effect's FanFiction archive, there are much more Fem Shepard fics than Male shepard ones, at least 3 times more. Just to get an idea, there are 6.6 thousand romance fics, 4.4 thousand of that (exactly 2/3) are about Fem Shepard.

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* Another [[TropesAreNotBad well made]] example of this trope could is be FanFic/MassVexations, ''FanFic/MassVexations'', whose protagonist, Art Art, is actually a fan of ''Mass Effect'', ''Franchise/MassEffect'', which he loses repeatedly and ends up trapped in, making him GenreSavvy to the point of MediumAwareness, [[JustifiedTrope justifying]] {{justif|iedTrope}}ying his status as a [[ForWantOfANail nail]] in the Mass Effect ''Mass Effect'' universe even when he doesn't [[InvokedTrope invoke it]] {{invoke|dTrope}} it himself. While Art ends up in a relationship with a canon character, their relationship progressing progresses at a realistic rate, only becoming [[JustFriends official]] 20 chapters in to the fic's VideoGame/MassEffect2 ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' version, more than two years after they met.
** Over Mass Effect's FanFiction archive, there are much more Fem Shepard fics than Male shepard ones, at least 3 times more. Just to get an idea, there are 6.6 thousand romance fics, 4.4 thousand of that (exactly 2/3) are about Fem Shepard.
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