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22nd Mar '17 8:31:52 PM DustSnitch
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* OlderThanPrint: In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', Dante ''is'' the author Dante Alighieri with a heavy dose of WishFulfillment: he gets to see his real-life enemies burn in hell, interact with famous people he admires, reunite with his real-life lost love Beatrice who turns out to have loved him so much that she set up this whole journey to save him, and ascend all the way up to Heaven to see God up close. That said, he's not as bad as most examples of this trope because he's not idealized or talked up as a paragon of masculinity and the books are more about the places he journeys through than his heroic deeds or specialness.

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* OlderThanPrint: In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', Dante ''is'' the author Dante Alighieri with a heavy dose some amount of WishFulfillment: he gets to see his real-life enemies burn in hell, interact with famous people he admires, reunite with his real-life lost love Beatrice who turns out to have loved him so much that she set up this whole journey to save him, and ascend all the way up to Heaven to see God up close. That said, he's not as bad as most examples of this trope because he's not idealized or talked up as a paragon of masculinity or really special at all (he faints frequently in Hell) and the books are more about the places he journeys through than his heroic deeds or specialness.
8th Mar '17 8:16:15 AM Mitis
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* The ''Manga/OnePiece'' fandom is full of fanfics about the cool new member of the Straw Hat crew. Variations include fics about a cool new pirate joining the Whitebeard/Red-Haired/Heart/Kid Pirates... you get the idea. These are so prevalent that subversions and deconstructions of such stories are beginning to become a sub-genre of their own. In the entire fandom, only two stories of this sort have gathered over 1000 favorites.
** One is ''FanFic/SolInvictus'' by Toraffles. A play off of the reincarnation angle, the female protagonist is born as a female Luffy, possessing the knowledge of the manga from the beginning, and she resolves to change things. However, the fact that some other characters in that universe, though no other Straw Hats yet, were also gender-swapped creates unforeseen changes. Far from playing it straight, but a rather good story altogether.
** 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 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.

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* The ''Manga/OnePiece'' fandom is full of fanfics about the cool new member of the Straw Hat crew. Variations include fics about a cool new pirate joining the Whitebeard/Red-Haired/Heart/Kid Pirates... you get the idea. These are so prevalent that subversions and deconstructions of such stories are beginning to become a sub-genre of their own. In the entire fandom, only two three stories of this sort have gathered over 1000 favorites.
** One The first is ''FanFic/SolInvictus'' by Toraffles. A play off of the reincarnation angle, the female protagonist is born as a female Luffy, possessing the knowledge of the manga from the beginning, and she resolves to change things. However, the fact that some other characters in that universe, though no other Straw Hats yet, were also gender-swapped creates unforeseen changes. Far from playing it straight, but a rather good story altogether.
** The other second 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 first and currently only SI fic to ever reach the fandom's top 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.bad.
** The last is ''Tell it to the Marines'' by Tsume Yuki. This one also plays off the reincarnation angle, with the female protagonist Dracule Riskua born as the result of a one-night stand between Dracule Raowl (Mihawk's younger sister) and Red-Haired Shanks. She develops a dream to be the greatest Haki expert in the world, gaining training to that effect from her father and uncle, and at the age of nine, she leaves her home island with Shanks at her dying mother's request, and he naturally takes her to Dawn Island where she becomes Luffy's big sister. The fic began in October 2016. It reached the Top 20 One Piece fics five months later.
7th Mar '17 5:45:06 AM Rhodes7
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* ''Fanfic/ShinobiTheRPG'' is yet ''another'' ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fic. In this case, the protagonist ''is'' kind of hilariously overpowered, experiencing the world through ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' game mechanics, getting elements as perks, and having early on maxed out Intelligence and chakra control, can pull new jutsu out his butt and gain exp for it. On the other hand, he suffers ''immensely'' from his choice to go in with minimal charisma, ordinary training doesn't help him in any way, only quests, killing and inventing jutsu and people ''react'' to him like a terrifying combat monster with no human empathy.
24th Feb '17 9:14:16 AM MasterofGalaxies4628
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As the name implies, a Self-Insert Fic is one where the author has made a simulacrum of themself commonly called an ''[[AuthorAvatar avatar]]'' -- in the story's world as a key character. If the author has any sense of subtlety, the resulting character won't [[TheDanza share their name or alias]], but it's still easy to tell who that "new character" is.

The self-insert is very often a MarySue -- in matter of fact, the ''original'' Mary Sue ([[TropeNamers she who gives that trope its name]]) was born from a {{parody|Sue}} of the standard Self-Insert Fic. In the most extreme cases -- which are ''[[SturgeonsLaw usually]]'' [[SturgeonsLaw but not always quite bad]] -- the insert character gains some degree of [[GodModeSue godlike power]], or retains considerable knowledge of the series in which he's been inserted, or both, and ''uses'' them to [[FixFic adjust things to his or her liking]]. In rare instances, it might work well -- especially if the people in the setting -- heroes and villains -- react accordingly to the new situation and the guy that knows all the stuff he saw in the (anime/game/etc) and the situation changes in ways the character can't anticipate.

However, equally common is the subversion, where the main character applies ThisLoserIsYou to themselves and ends up as TheDitz, TheFool, or in extreme cases a ButtMonkey. Care must be taken to not still make themselves more important than anybody else. The main rule is to never put the character in a high-ranking story position, although they may be the narrator.

The 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 themselves 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 EmergencyImpersonation, YouWillBeBeethoven, or PossessionSue for different versions of the latter.

Note that self-insertion [[TropesAreTools isn't automatically bad]]. After all, there's nothing wrong with a little WishFulfillment -- provided that the author remembers to insert their flaws as well as their fantasies. Just as not everybody loves and adores a person in real life, they're not all going to love and adore them in a fanfic, either. Self-insertion, complete with flaws and realistic reactions from everyone involved, is just as good a way to make an OriginalCharacter as any other. What was originally a self-insert can even adapt and evolve into a genuine Original Character.

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As the name implies, a Self-Insert Fic is one where the author has made a simulacrum of themself themselves, commonly called an ''[[AuthorAvatar avatar]]'' -- avatar]],'' in the story's world as a key character.character (usually TheProtagonist, but any other role that's [[AnthropicPrinciple vital to the story]] qualifies). If the author has any sense of subtlety, the resulting character won't [[TheDanza share their name or alias]], but it's still easy to tell who that "new character" is.

The self-insert is very often a MarySue -- in MarySue; as a matter of fact, the ''original'' ''[[Fanfic/ATrekkiesTale original]]'' [[Fanfic/ATrekkiesTale Mary Sue Sue]] ([[TropeNamers she who gives that trope its name]]) was born from a {{parody|Sue}} of the standard Self-Insert Fic. In the most extreme cases -- cases, which are ''[[SturgeonsLaw usually]]'' [[SturgeonsLaw but not always quite bad]] -- bad]], the insert character gains some degree of [[GodModeSue godlike power]], or retains considerable knowledge of the series in which he's been inserted, or both, and ''uses'' them to [[FixFic adjust things to his or her liking]]. In rare instances, it might work well -- well, especially if the people in the setting -- heroes and villains -- react accordingly to the new situation and the guy character that knows all the stuff he saw in the (anime/game/etc) and the situation changes in ways the character they can't anticipate.

However, equally common is the subversion, where the main character author applies ThisLoserIsYou to themselves and ends up as TheDitz, TheFool, or in extreme cases a ButtMonkey. Care must be taken to not still make themselves more important than anybody else. The main rule is to never put the character in a high-ranking story position, although they may be the narrator.

The 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 themselves 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 -- character, without necessarily being restrained to staying "in character" for their new role. See EmergencyImpersonation, YouWillBeBeethoven, or PossessionSue for different versions of the latter.

Note that self-insertion [[TropesAreTools isn't automatically bad]]. After all, there's nothing wrong with a little WishFulfillment -- WishFulfillment, provided that the author remembers to insert their flaws as well as their fantasies. Just as not everybody loves and adores a person in real life, they're not all going to love and adore them in a fanfic, either. Self-insertion, complete with flaws and realistic reactions from everyone involved, is just as good a way to make an OriginalCharacter as any other. other; besides, if there's one character you can write without ever making them OutOfCharacter, it's yourself! What was originally a self-insert can even adapt and evolve into a genuine Original Character.



PlayedForLaughs this can become almost a different story entirely, which usually involves an [[ThisLoserIsYou average loser]] realising that whatever fictional world may not be the best or safest place for them, and [[LampshadeHanging commenting on the implausible things going on]].

See also LifeEmbellished, AuthorAvatar, WriteWhoYouKnow, HerCodenameWasMarySue.

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PlayedForLaughs this can become almost a different story entirely, which usually involves an [[ThisLoserIsYou average loser]] realising realizing that whatever fictional world may not be the best or safest place for them, and [[LampshadeHanging commenting on the implausible things going on]].

See also LifeEmbellished, AuthorAvatar, WriteWhoYouKnow, HerCodenameWasMarySue.
HerCodeNameWasMarySue.



* Done in a cute manner in the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]] {{Fanfic}} FanFic/CadanceOfCloudsdale. As Princess Cadance tells a young Twilight Sparkle a bedtime story, the subject of her tale is a young princess who was taken in by her aunt princess after her kingdom disappeared, and is sad with her situation but is happy when she gets to foalsit a wonderful filly. Even as a filly, Twilight knows who the princess actually is.

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* Done in a cute manner in the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]] Magic]]'' {{Fanfic}} FanFic/CadanceOfCloudsdale. As Princess Cadance tells a young Twilight Sparkle a bedtime story, the subject of her tale is a young princess who was taken in by her aunt princess after her kingdom disappeared, and is sad with her situation but is happy when she gets to foalsit a wonderful filly. Even as a filly, Twilight knows who the princess actually is.
11th Feb '17 7:32:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''villain'' of ''Those Who Trespass'' is suspiciously similar to author [[TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]]. The hero also shares O'Reilly's background and the personality he claims to have in his nonfiction books, but is not as obviously meant to represent O'Reilly himself.

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* The ''villain'' of ''Those Who Trespass'' is suspiciously similar to author [[TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]].Creator/BillOReilly. The hero also shares O'Reilly's background and the personality he claims to have in his nonfiction books, but is not as obviously meant to represent O'Reilly himself.
10th Feb '17 6:42:49 PM X2X
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The self-insert is very often a MarySue -- in matter of fact, the ''original'' Mary Sue ([[TropeNamers she who gives that trope its name]]) was born from a parody of the standard Self-Insert Fic. In the most extreme cases -- which are ''[[SturgeonsLaw usually]]'' [[SturgeonsLaw but not always quite bad]] -- the insert character gains some degree of [[GodModeSue godlike power]], or retains considerable knowledge of the series in which he's been inserted, or both, and ''uses'' them to [[FixFic adjust things to his or her liking]]. In rare instances, it might work well -- especially if the people in the setting -- heroes and villains -- react accordingly to the new situation and the guy that knows all the stuff he saw in the (anime/game/etc) and the situation changes in ways the character can't anticipate.

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The self-insert is very often a MarySue -- in matter of fact, the ''original'' Mary Sue ([[TropeNamers she who gives that trope its name]]) was born from a parody {{parody|Sue}} of the standard Self-Insert Fic. In the most extreme cases -- which are ''[[SturgeonsLaw usually]]'' [[SturgeonsLaw but not always quite bad]] -- the insert character gains some degree of [[GodModeSue godlike power]], or retains considerable knowledge of the series in which he's been inserted, or both, and ''uses'' them to [[FixFic adjust things to his or her liking]]. In rare instances, it might work well -- especially if the people in the setting -- heroes and villains -- react accordingly to the new situation and the guy that knows all the stuff he saw in the (anime/game/etc) and the situation changes in ways the character can't anticipate.



Note that self-insertion isn't ''[[TropesAreNotBad automatically bad]]''. After all, there's nothing wrong with a little WishFulfillment -- provided that the author remembers to insert their flaws as well as their fantasies. Just as not everybody loves and adores a person in real life, they're not all going to love and adore them in a fanfic, either. Self-insertion, complete with flaws and realistic reactions from everyone involved, is just as good a way to make an OriginalCharacter as any other. What was originally a self-insert can even adapt and evolve into a genuine Original Character.

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Note that self-insertion [[TropesAreTools isn't ''[[TropesAreNotBad automatically bad]]''.bad]]. After all, there's nothing wrong with a little WishFulfillment -- provided that the author remembers to insert their flaws as well as their fantasies. Just as not everybody loves and adores a person in real life, they're not all going to love and adore them in a fanfic, either. Self-insertion, complete with flaws and realistic reactions from everyone involved, is just as good a way to make an OriginalCharacter as any other. What was originally a self-insert can even adapt and evolve into a genuine Original Character.



** ''Dreaming Of Sunshine'' has in fact been so positively recieved, it's [[FollowTheLeader created a boom]] in the FanFic genre of SelfInsert via {{Reincarnation}}, especially in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fandom. These other authors have thus far had varying degrees of success.
* ''FanFic/DejaVuNoJutsu''- the AuthorAvatar is an ninja orphan and surrogate older sister of Minato Namikaze. While she is more skilled due to her past-life as an American soldier, she was also weaker due differences in power and self-neglect. Since she is born years before major events, she grows up and evolves into a different character. She reluctantly made friends with her and Minato's contemporaries, she's a living [[ButterflyOfDoom Butterfly]] and she changes things for the better and for the worse.
* ''FanFic/CatchYourBreath'' is another ''{{Naruto}}'' case. The main character is ultimately a flawed, realistic character who has the good (or horrible) luck to be born into the Third Shinobi World War era--thirteen years before the [[PlotPivotPoint Kannabi Bridge Arc]]. Her existence [[ForWantOfANail butterflies away]] several important important plot points while raising new ones in their stead.
* Nine times out of ten, a new original senshi in any ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fanfiction will be a self-insert, replete with godlike powers and totally authority over everyone and everything -- the girl is usually related to a canon character as well. Considering the show's target audience was teenaged girls, which then became 5-13 girls when the show hit the US, this is not surprising.
* In "Zenith, Darkness, Reverie", the author admits to basing the protagonist [[spoiler: and antagonist]] on herself. The teenaged, female protagonist acquires a Death Note. This should be a humorous, fangirl-esque tale, right?\\

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** ''Dreaming Of of Sunshine'' has in fact been so positively recieved, it's [[FollowTheLeader created a boom]] in the FanFic genre of SelfInsert self-insert via {{Reincarnation}}, especially in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fandom. These other authors have thus far had varying degrees of success.
* ''FanFic/DejaVuNoJutsu''- In ''FanFic/DejaVuNoJutsu'', the AuthorAvatar is an ninja orphan and surrogate older sister of Minato Namikaze. While she is more skilled due to her past-life as an American soldier, she was also weaker due differences in power and self-neglect. Since she is born years before major events, she grows up and evolves into a different character. She reluctantly made friends with her and Minato's contemporaries, she's a living [[ButterflyOfDoom Butterfly]] {{butterfly|OfDoom}} and she changes things for the better and for the worse.
* ''FanFic/CatchYourBreath'' is another ''{{Naruto}}'' ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' case. The main character is ultimately a flawed, realistic character who has the good (or horrible) luck to be born into the Third Shinobi World War era--thirteen years before the [[PlotPivotPoint Kannabi Bridge Arc]]. Her existence [[ForWantOfANail butterflies away]] several important important plot points while raising new ones in their stead.
* Nine times out of ten, a new original senshi in any ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fanfiction will be a self-insert, replete with godlike powers and totally authority over everyone and everything -- the girl is usually related to a canon character as well. Considering the show's target audience was teenaged girls, which then became 5-13 girls when the show hit the US, U.S., this is not surprising.
* In "Zenith, ''Zenith, Darkness, Reverie", Reverie'', the author admits to basing the protagonist [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and antagonist]] on herself. The teenaged, female protagonist acquires a Death Note.Manga/DeathNote. This should be a humorous, fangirl-esque tale, right?\\



* In the Manga/{{Bleach}} fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6820157/1/bFanfictional_b_bFugitive_b Fanfictional Fugitive,]] the author directly admits that the main character is [[AuthorAvatar based on herself]] as much as possible. Then she starts to pretty much beat the entire shit out of her(self?) by both turning the character based on herself into a [[{{Wangst}} whiny]], [[MinorInjuryOverreaction powerless]], [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] and generally [[DirtyCoward unlikable]] [[DistressedDamsel damsel in constant distress]] and making [[AuthorAvatar Fanfic!Myrthe]] experience an [[DeusAngstMachina ongoing]] [[ChewToy series]] [[{{Mindrape}} of]] [[BreakTheHaughty nasty]] [[EveryThingTryingToKillYou events]]. And then lets her character react to these events [[{{Deconstruction}} in a way]] that does [[NiceJobBreakingItHero not]] [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids flatter]] [[FreakOut her]] [[DirtyCoward character]] at all.

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* In the Manga/{{Bleach}} ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fanfic [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6820157/1/bFanfictional_b_bFugitive_b Fanfictional Fugitive,]] Fugitive,]]'' the author directly admits that the main character is [[AuthorAvatar based on herself]] as much as possible. Then she starts to pretty much beat the entire shit out of her(self?) by both turning the character based on herself into a [[{{Wangst}} whiny]], [[MinorInjuryOverreaction powerless]], [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] and generally [[DirtyCoward unlikable]] [[DistressedDamsel [[DamselInDistress damsel in constant distress]] and making [[AuthorAvatar Fanfic!Myrthe]] experience an [[DeusAngstMachina ongoing]] [[ChewToy [[TheChewToy series]] [[{{Mindrape}} [[MindRape of]] [[BreakTheHaughty nasty]] [[EveryThingTryingToKillYou events]]. And then lets her character react to these events [[{{Deconstruction}} in a way]] that does [[NiceJobBreakingItHero not]] [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids flatter]] [[FreakOut her]] [[DirtyCoward character]] at all.



** His current (August 2007) project is a "type two" Self Insert called [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3695419/1/My-Gilded-Life ''My Gilded Life'']], in which he has found himself taking over the life of Gilderoy Lockhart right at the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone''; with his knowledge of the books he is deliberately and relentlessly running roughshod over canon.
* The [[Creator/EyrieProductionsUnlimited authors]] of ''Fanfic/UndocumentedFeatures'' started the project in the early 1990s as a self-insert fic for themselves and many of their friends, but as time has gone on, the focus has moved mostly off their avatars and onto other, newer characters (including some of their avatars' kids).
** Many other Creator/EyrieProductionsUnlimited projects also involve self-insert avatars, making it one of their signature details. However, even though their ''[[http://www.eyrie-productions.com/NXE/ Neon Exodus Evangelion]]'' ''didn't'' include either of the two primary writers as insert characters, critics still accused the story's lead of being one or the other ''in disguise''. (Arguably this protagonist, DJ Croft, ''is'' a MartyStu. But he's not an avatar.)
** ''NXE'' manages to [[InvertedTrope invert]] the AuthorAvatar trope with John Trussell. He was inserted in the story ''before'' he became one of the authors.
* [=SIs=] are pretty common in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fandom. Especially the female body swap kind... either a spare body of one of the show's main characters, or some OC with an even more fucked-up past than the series' own characters. Unfortunately, these are considered the ''good'' ones. ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3322840/1/New_Perspective_Evangelion New Perspective Evangelion]]'' by Dartz_IRL and ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1046500/1/ I was a Teenage Dummy Plug]]'' by Foxboy. The second of these is usually regarded as the best of the subgenre.
** The reason why this works so well is [[spoiler: in canon there are a bunch of soulless bodies just hanging around in the depths of Terminal Dogma.]]
** Another example is ''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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** His current (August (as of August 2007) project is a "type two" Type 2 Self Insert called [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3695419/1/My-Gilded-Life ''My My Gilded Life'']], Life,]]'', in which he has found himself taking over the life of Gilderoy Lockhart right at the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone''; with his knowledge of the books he is deliberately and relentlessly running roughshod over canon.
* The [[Creator/EyrieProductionsUnlimited The authors]] of ''Fanfic/UndocumentedFeatures'' ''FanFic/UndocumentedFeatures'' started the project in the early 1990s as a self-insert fic for themselves and many of their friends, but as time has gone on, the focus has moved mostly off their avatars and onto other, newer characters (including some of their avatars' kids).
** Many other Creator/EyrieProductionsUnlimited projects also involve self-insert avatars, making it one of their signature details. However, even though their ''[[http://www.eyrie-productions.com/NXE/ Neon Exodus Evangelion]]'' ''didn't'' include either of the two primary writers as insert characters, critics still accused the story's lead of being one or the other ''in disguise''. (Arguably this protagonist, DJ Croft, ''is'' a MartyStu.Marty Stu. But he's not an avatar.)
** ''NXE'' manages to [[InvertedTrope invert]] {{invert|edTrope}} the AuthorAvatar trope with John Trussell. He was inserted in the story ''before'' he became one of the authors.
* [=SIs=] are pretty common in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fandom. Especially the female body swap kind... either a spare body of one of the show's main characters, or some OC with an even more fucked-up past than the series' own characters. Unfortunately, these are considered the ''good'' ones. ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3322840/1/New_Perspective_Evangelion New Perspective Evangelion]]'' by Dartz_IRL and ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1046500/1/ I was a Teenage Dummy Plug]]'' by Foxboy. The second of these is usually regarded as the best of the subgenre.
sub-genre.
** The reason why this works so well is [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in canon there are a bunch of soulless bodies just hanging around in the depths of Terminal Dogma.]]
Dogma]].
** Another example is ''Fanfic/SelfInsertEvangelion'', ''FanFic/SelfInsertEvangelion'', which was directly inspired by the two fics above, but without the female body swap. However, {{Alternate Universe}} AlternateUniverse elements are introduced to keep the SI from accurately predicting everything.



* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/5209/ Gregg "Metroanime" Sharp]] also subverts the self-insert trope with his fictional counterpart "Grey", who becomes a cosmic ButtMonkey doomed to endless futile struggle in an uncaring multiverse.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/17205/ Contrabardus a.k.a. Carrotglace]] has also played with Self Insertion, but usually with a somewhat more comedic take than Metroanime. See his stories ''The Spirit Within, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/216310/1/Insertion Insertion]], Insertion: Reflux!'' and [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/404359/1/ Gaijin]] (though while that last one has comedic moments, it's also fairly dark overall).
* Possibly the most infamous example of the godlike insert is Darren "Twister" Steffler and his incomplete mid-1990s megaseries ''[[http://archives.eyrie.org/anime/Twisted-Path/ Twisted Path.]]'' Steffler's work started out rather crude but improved noticeably as he continued writing, although it never quite reached better than high average in quality. Nevertheless, ''Twisted Path'' was incredibly influential, prompting a number of other writers to create their own Self-Insert or pseudo-Self-Insert fics, many of which included {{Shout Out}}s to ''Twisted Path'' or blatantly set themselves in the [[http://www.accessdenied-rms.net/images/xovers.jpg same multiverse.]]

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* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/5209/ Gregg "Metroanime" Sharp]] also subverts the self-insert trope with his fictional counterpart "Grey", "Grey," who becomes a cosmic ButtMonkey doomed to endless futile struggle in an uncaring multiverse.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/17205/ Contrabardus a.k.a. Carrotglace]] has also played with Self Insertion, but usually with a somewhat more comedic take than Metroanime. See his stories ''The Spirit Within, [[http://www.Within'', ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/216310/1/Insertion Insertion]], Insertion: Insertion,]]'' ''Insertion: Reflux!'' and [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/404359/1/ Gaijin]] Gaijin]]'' (though while that last one has comedic moments, it's also fairly dark overall).
* Possibly the most infamous example of the godlike insert is Darren "Twister" Steffler and his incomplete mid-1990s megaseries ''[[http://archives.eyrie.org/anime/Twisted-Path/ Twisted Path.]]'' Steffler's work started out rather crude but improved noticeably as he continued writing, although it never quite reached better than high average in quality. Nevertheless, ''Twisted Path'' was incredibly influential, prompting a number of other writers to create their own Self-Insert or pseudo-Self-Insert fics, many of which included {{Shout Out}}s [[ShoutOut Shout-Outs]] to ''Twisted Path'' or blatantly set themselves in the [[http://www.accessdenied-rms.net/images/xovers.jpg same multiverse.]]



* Another is Ed Becerra's ''[[http://www.fanfic.net/pub/Anime/FanFictions/Miscellaneous/Legions-Quest/ Legion's Quest,]]'' which carefully and skillfully walks the complicated line between playing a godlike Self Insert straight, parodying it, and subverting it. It, too, crosses over explicitly with ''Twisted Path'', in its own ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' segment.
* Possibly the most notorious self-inserter of all was the one known only as "Oscar"; his AuthorAvatar was a 13-year-old ''[[Manga/DragonBall Super Saiyan]]'' hermaphrodite (no, that is ''not'' a joke) who engaged in a sexual affair with Artemis from ''Franchise/SailorMoon''... in his ''cat'' form. (Again, that is ''not'' a joke, as much as one might wish it so.) In later stories, Oscar became "involved" with Felicia from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Lola Bunny]]. To top it all off, the real Oscar then mysteriously disappeared, and is now presumed dead. [[http://www.nabiki.com/mst/megane67/mst/oscarfic/ A link to an]] {{MST}} [[http://www.nabiki.com/mst/megane67/mst/oscarfic/ series of some of his work;]] linking to the actual ''stories'' would be {{NSFW}}.

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* Another is Ed Becerra's ''[[http://www.fanfic.net/pub/Anime/FanFictions/Miscellaneous/Legions-Quest/ Legion's Quest,]]'' which carefully and skillfully walks the complicated line between playing a godlike Self Insert Self-Insert straight, parodying it, and subverting it. It, too, crosses over explicitly with ''Twisted Path'', in its own ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' segment.
* Possibly the most notorious self-inserter of all was the one known only as "Oscar"; his AuthorAvatar was a 13-year-old ''[[Manga/DragonBall Super Saiyan]]'' hermaphrodite {{hermaphrodite}} (no, that is ''not'' a joke) who engaged in a sexual affair with Artemis from ''Franchise/SailorMoon''... in his ''cat'' form. (Again, that is ''not'' a joke, as much as one might wish it so.) In later stories, Oscar became "involved" with Felicia from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Lola Bunny]]. To top it all off, the real Oscar then mysteriously disappeared, and is now presumed dead. [[http://www.nabiki.com/mst/megane67/mst/oscarfic/ A link to an]] {{MST}} [[http://www.nabiki.com/mst/megane67/mst/oscarfic/ series of some of his work;]] linking to the actual ''stories'' would be {{NSFW}}.[[NotSafeForWork NSFW]].



* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/741167/1/Not_A_Dirty_Word Not A Dirty Word]]'' by Michael Fetter is a rather... twisted, parody of the usual Type 2 self-insert, in which the male author finds himself stuck in the body of Kasumi Tendo of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' -- and finds he has to abide by her "rules of behavior". His efforts to find loopholes in those rules, and the repercussions his successes have on the established plot, are what really make this a fun story. Just, please, ignore the utterly cringeworthy prologue describing Jesus getting mad at the author and punishing him with the insert.

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* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/741167/1/Not_A_Dirty_Word Not A Dirty Word]]'' by Michael Fetter is a rather... twisted, parody of the usual Type 2 self-insert, in which the male author finds himself stuck in the body of Kasumi Tendo of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' -- and finds he has to abide by her "rules of behavior". behavior." His efforts to find loopholes in those rules, and the repercussions his successes have on the established plot, are what really make this a fun story. Just, please, ignore the utterly cringeworthy prologue describing Jesus getting mad at the author and punishing him with the insert.



* [[http://www.heavens-feel.com/elmer/evad1.txt Tom Dyron]] is one of the more audacious, unbelievable examples readily available. His 13-chapter fic, ''Evangelion 2: The DELTA Invasion'' ('''EVANGELION 2'''!), is the most ridiculous mess ever seen. Tom, the character, is... look, just read it. [=MST=]ed in the link above, ''do not'' attempt to read it raw.

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* [[http://www.heavens-feel.com/elmer/evad1.txt Tom Dyron]] is one of the more audacious, unbelievable examples readily available. His 13-chapter fic, ''Evangelion 2: The DELTA Invasion'' ('''EVANGELION 2'''!), is the most ridiculous mess ever seen. Tom, the character, is... look, just read it. [=MST=]ed in the link above, above; ''do not'' attempt to read it raw.



* [[http://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/view_ch.php/22756/58253#fic_c Hikaru's Non-Redundant Self-Insertion Nadesico Fanfic]], in which a character in the series inserts ''herself'' into a fictionalized account of oh dear I've gone cross-eyed. It's a lot easier to understand than it is to explain. Needless to say, this is AffectionateParody of the genre.

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* [[http://www.''[[http://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/view_ch.php/22756/58253#fic_c Hikaru's Non-Redundant Self-Insertion Nadesico Fanfic]], Fanfic,]]'' in which a character in the series inserts ''herself'' into a fictionalized account of oh dear I've gone cross-eyed. It's a lot easier to understand than it is to explain. Needless to say, this is AffectionateParody of the genre.



* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4136994/1/The_Mary_Sue_Experiments The Mary Sue Experiments]] parodies (or maybe the word is deconstructs?) MarySue Self Inserts.

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* [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4136994/1/The_Mary_Sue_Experiments The Mary Sue Experiments]] Experiments]]'' parodies (or maybe the word is deconstructs?) MarySue Self Inserts.



* ''[[http://www.yggdrasil.org/omg/index.html Oh! My Brother]].'' An example of the good kind of self-insert fic. Christopher Angel manages to create a very readable and enjoyable series based off of ''Anime/AhMyGoddess''.
* The Multi-universal crossover ''SleepingWithTheGirls'' deconstructs the idea of a self-insert ''heavily.'' The idea is that every time the nameless self-insert falls asleep, he is teleported to the bed of one of eight girls from anime. The problems quickly build up, as a) most of these girls are {{Tsundere}} types, and do ''not'' react kindly to him. b) "comical" attacks like a MegatonPunch ''will'' kill the Self Insert and subject him to the ChunkySalsaRule. c) Because he has to wake up as quickly as possible to avoid the aforementioned consequences of death at the hands of crazy girls, by the end of the first volume, he has gone almost a week without sleep, is badly injured from a vast collection of wounds accumulated from a variety of sources, and the healing nanobots he picked up in his first world nearly boil him alive in his own sweat. d) because of his actions, he has ''severely'' damaged the timeline of several worlds, possibly dooming them.

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* ''[[http://www.yggdrasil.org/omg/index.html Oh! My Brother]].'' Brother.]]'' An example of the good kind of self-insert fic. Christopher Angel manages to create a very readable and enjoyable series based off of ''Anime/AhMyGoddess''.
* The Multi-universal multi-universal crossover ''SleepingWithTheGirls'' ''FanFic/SleepingWithTheGirls'' deconstructs the idea of a self-insert ''heavily.'' ''heavily''. The idea is that every time the nameless self-insert falls asleep, he is teleported to the bed of one of eight girls from anime. The problems quickly build up, as a) most of these girls are {{Tsundere}} types, and do ''not'' react kindly to him. him; b) "comical" attacks like a MegatonPunch ''will'' kill the Self Insert and subject him to the ChunkySalsaRule. ChunkySalsaRule; c) Because he has to wake up as quickly as possible to avoid the aforementioned consequences of death at the hands of crazy girls, meaning that, by the end of the first volume, he has gone almost a week without sleep, is badly injured from a vast collection of wounds accumulated from a variety of sources, and the healing nanobots he picked up in his first world nearly boil him alive in his own sweat. sweat; and d) because of his actions, he has ''severely'' damaged the timeline of several worlds, worlds because of his actions, possibly dooming them.



* Twice in ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'' does superstarultra insert himself into the fic. On both times [[SelfDeprecation he is the villain]], ruining the characters' lives ForTheLulz.
* Very common in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' fics. The character will usually be one of Tohru's long lost relatives or a twin of of the zodiac members (to explain why they turn into [[CopycatSue the same animal]]). If it's a girl, her love interest will most likely be [[BreakoutCharacter Kyou.]]
* The ''Manga/OnePiece'' fandom is full of fanfics about the cool new member of the Strawhat crew. Variations include fics about a cool new pirate joining the Whitebeard/Red-Haired/Heart/Kid Pirates... you get the idea. These are so prevalent that subversions and deconstructions of such stories are beginning to become a sub-genre of their own. In the entire fandom, only two stories of this sort have gathered over 1000 favorites.
** One is ''Fanfic/SolInvictus'' by Toraffles. A play off of the reincarnation angle, the female protagonist is born as a female Luffy, possessing the knowledge of the manga from the beginning, and she resolves to change things. However, the fact that some other characters in that universe, though no other Straw Hats yet, were also gender-swapped creates unforeseen changes. Far from playing it straight, but a rather good story altogether.
** 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 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.
* The fanfic [[FanFic/TheNewMath The New Math]] is set in the world of [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]], and has the author plucked from our world and placed there by a mysterious entity. Said entity also records the adventures of the SI via forum postings.
* The ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''{{Genderswapped Nations}}'' is revealed to be one in an author's note, where the author, Pandapika, admits that the story is based on a common fantasy she had of secretly being the gender bend of England.
* ''Fanfic/{{Chlorine Grown Roses}}'''s protagonist, Azusa Tachibana, is an arguable example, but her friend Akira Tomuson (a character made up by the author's editor and friend) is so similar to her creator that they share basically the same name.

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* Twice in ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'' does superstarultra insert himself into the fic. On both times [[SelfDeprecation he is the villain]], ruining the characters' lives ForTheLulz.
ForTheEvulz.
* Very common in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' fics. The character will usually be one of Tohru's long lost relatives or a twin of of the zodiac members (to explain why they turn into [[CopycatSue the same animal]]). If it's a girl, her love interest will most likely be [[BreakoutCharacter Kyou.]]
Kyou]].
* The ''Manga/OnePiece'' fandom is full of fanfics about the cool new member of the Strawhat Straw Hat crew. Variations include fics about a cool new pirate joining the Whitebeard/Red-Haired/Heart/Kid Pirates... you get the idea. These are so prevalent that subversions and deconstructions of such stories are beginning to become a sub-genre of their own. In the entire fandom, only two stories of this sort have gathered over 1000 favorites.
** One is ''Fanfic/SolInvictus'' ''FanFic/SolInvictus'' by Toraffles. A play off of the reincarnation angle, the female protagonist is born as a female Luffy, possessing the knowledge of the manga from the beginning, and she resolves to change things. However, the fact that some other characters in that universe, though no other Straw Hats yet, were also gender-swapped creates unforeseen changes. Far from playing it straight, but a rather good story altogether.
** The other one is ''Fanfic/ThisBites'' ''FanFic/ThisBites'' by Xomniac, with assistance from [=CV12Hornet=] and The Patient One, 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 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.
* The fanfic [[FanFic/TheNewMath The ''The New Math]] Math'' is set in the world of [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]], ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', and has the author plucked from our world and placed there by a mysterious entity. Said entity also records the adventures of the SI via forum postings.
* The ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''{{Genderswapped Nations}}'' ''FanFic/GenderswappedNations'' is revealed to be one in an author's note, where the author, Pandapika, admits that the story is based on a common fantasy she had of secretly being the gender bend of England.
* ''Fanfic/{{Chlorine Grown Roses}}'''s ''FanFic/ChlorineGrownRoses'''s protagonist, Azusa Tachibana, is an arguable example, but her friend Akira Tomuson (a character made up by the author's editor and friend) is so similar to her creator that they share basically the same name.



* Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way, of ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'' infamy, is a thinly-disguised self-insertion BlackHoleSue in an unrecognizably goth (and poorly written) ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' universe. The author, Tara Gilesbie (or Gillespie, her spelling skills are notorious) only saw the movies, and only became aware of the books at around chapter 15 or so ... not that she has any respect for the movies' canon either. The other characters occasionally slip up and call Enoby "Tara", thus giving away her nature as a self-insertion.

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* Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way, of ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'' ''FanFic/MyImmortal'' infamy, is a thinly-disguised self-insertion BlackHoleSue in an unrecognizably goth (and poorly written) ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' universe. The author, Tara Gilesbie (or Gillespie, her spelling skills are notorious) only saw the movies, and only became aware of the books at around chapter Chapter 15 or so ... not that she has any respect for the movies' canon either. The other characters occasionally slip up and call Enoby "Tara", "Tara," thus giving away her nature as a self-insertion.



* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has a lot of fanfics with this premise. Said premise spawned two ChooseYourOwnAdventure-esque spinoffs.

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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has a lot of fanfics with this premise. Said premise spawned two ChooseYourOwnAdventure-esque spinoffs.spin-offs.



** ''FanFic/TheGamesOfTheGods'' brings Rachel from Australia to Middle-earth. Her author denies that Rachel is a self-insert. In a note above book 1, chapter 25 "Focus", Crimson Starlight acknowledges that Rachel "is based on my own humble personality" but has "some major differences", and that Rachel's opinions may not agree with the author's.

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** ''FanFic/TheGamesOfTheGods'' brings Rachel from Australia to Middle-earth. Her author denies that Rachel is a self-insert. In a note above book Book 1, chapter Chapter 25 "Focus", "Focus," Crimson Starlight acknowledges that Rachel "is based on my own humble personality" but has "some major differences", differences," and that Rachel's opinions may not agree with the author's.



* [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10849720 Another Life]], a story about the creator/alter ego of a MarySue in a ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fic.

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* [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in [[https://www.''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10849720 Another Life]], Life,]]'' a story about the creator/alter ego of a MarySue in a ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fic.



* Not surprisingly, a fair amount of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' {{Fanfic}} follows this line, including any number of stories where, due to painfully contrived circumstances, Mr. Spock falls passionately in love with a woman who bears an astonishing resemblance to the author. The term "MarySue" actually comes from ''FanFic/ATrekkiesTale'', a parody of these kinds of stories.
* ''Series/ICarly'': There is copious amounts of this usually by having a new transfer student that just happens to have the same name as the author joining the same school as the iCarly PowerTrio. They also usually end up in a LoveTriangle with them all.
* The ProfessionalWrestling internet fanbase ''loves'' this kind of fiction, often called "Dynasties", "Legacies", "Diaries", or just plain "Fantasy Booking".
** The whole concept of taking a wrestling company and shaping it as the author sees fit doesn't necessarily have to be Self-Insert Fic material, but when the story opens with Vince [=McMahon=] handing over control of the family business to a total stranger, the tone is irreversibly set. (And don't start on the number of women's wrestlers who get into romance...)
** In 85% of wrestling fanfic these days The Undertaker ALWAYS has a daughter in her early-twenties who, of course, falls in love with [insert name here but it's usually Randy Orton].
** Almost as common is a girl showing up as Matt and Jeff Hardy's long-lost sister. This will not necessarily stop her from sleeping with one or both of them.
* A famous, and often ridiculed, Marty-Stu among ''Series/DoctorWho'' fandom is [[Fanfic/TheBenChathamAdventures Ben Chatham]], a character who very strongly resembles his creator (the legendary 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. 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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* Not surprisingly, a fair amount of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' {{Fanfic}} {{fanfic}} follows this line, including any number of stories where, due to painfully contrived circumstances, Mr. Spock falls passionately in love with a woman who bears an astonishing resemblance to the author. The term "MarySue" actually comes from ''FanFic/ATrekkiesTale'', a parody of these kinds of stories.
* ''Series/ICarly'': There is copious amounts of this usually by having a new transfer student that just happens to have the same name as the author joining the same school as the iCarly ''[=iCarly=]'' PowerTrio. They also usually end up in a LoveTriangle with them all.
* The ProfessionalWrestling internet fanbase ''loves'' this kind of fiction, often called "Dynasties", "Legacies", "Diaries", "Dynasties," "Legacies," "Diaries," or just plain "Fantasy Booking".
Booking."
** The whole concept of taking a wrestling company and shaping it as the author sees fit doesn't necessarily have to be Self-Insert Fic material, but when the story opens with Vince [=McMahon=] Wrestling/VinceMcMahon handing over control of the family business to a total stranger, the tone is irreversibly set. (And don't start on the number of women's wrestlers who get into romance...)
** In 85% of wrestling fanfic these days The Undertaker Wrestling/TheUndertaker ALWAYS has a daughter in her early-twenties who, of course, falls in love with [insert name here but it's usually Randy Orton].
Wrestling/RandyOrton].
** Almost as common is a girl showing up as Matt Wrestling/{{Matt|Hardy}} and Jeff Hardy's Wrestling/JeffHardy's [[LongLostRelative long-lost sister. sister]]. This will not necessarily stop her from [[BrotherSisterIncest sleeping with one or both of them.
them]].
* A famous, and often ridiculed, Marty-Stu Marty Stu among ''Series/DoctorWho'' fandom is [[Fanfic/TheBenChathamAdventures Ben Chatham]], a character who very strongly resembles his creator (the legendary Website/OutpostGallifrey / Website/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. 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.



* [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10849720/1/ Another Life]]'', a story about the creator/alter ego of a MarySue in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' universe.
* Spoofed in [[http://web.archive.org/web/20030711193142/members.aol.com/tjats/204.html this episode of Science Fiction Theater 1,000,000,000]] (a fan fiction series based on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'') where the AuthorAvatar tries to play the role straight, but after probing by Crow and Servo, he then turns into a typical MartyStu, even changing the series into Freedom Fighter Theater 3000 for a time.

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* [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10849720/1/ Another Life]]'', Life,]]'' a story about the creator/alter ego of a MarySue in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' universe.
* Spoofed in [[http://web.archive.org/web/20030711193142/members.aol.com/tjats/204.html this episode episode]] of Science ''Science Fiction Theater 1,000,000,000]] 1,000,000,000'' (a fan fiction series based on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'') where the AuthorAvatar tries to play the role straight, but after probing by Crow and Servo, he then turns into a typical MartyStu, Marty Stu, even changing the series into Freedom "Freedom Fighter Theater 3000 3000" for a time.



* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is somewhat notorious for its terrible self-insert fictions, mostly starring young fifteen year olds who somehow get sucked into their television sets and get keyblades.
** {{Deconstructed}} in ''Fanfic/ThoseLackingSpines'', which in one chapter, a long line of wannabe Keyblade bearers are waiting for their keyblades, with the OriginalCharacter population getting so high that the introductory towns in the game are incredibly filled.

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is somewhat notorious for its terrible self-insert fictions, mostly starring young fifteen year olds who somehow get sucked into their television sets and get keyblades.
Keyblades.
** {{Deconstructed}} {{Deconstruct|ion}}ed in ''Fanfic/ThoseLackingSpines'', which in one chapter, a long line of wannabe Keyblade bearers are waiting for their keyblades, Keyblades, with the OriginalCharacter population getting so high that the introductory towns in the game are incredibly filled.



** Parodied in ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops''. It's a common variant loop that both Spyro and Cynder can't stand, and the loops love to specifically point out how humans turned into dragons and attempting to be heroes [[DeconstructiveParody wouldn't end well.]] (Spyro and Cynder specifically refer to having to keep an eye on them as babysitting them, because if they don't immediately get themselves killed, they usually [[NiceJobBreakingItHero end up breaking something]] and making the loop far harder on them.)

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** Parodied in ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops''. It's a common variant loop that both Spyro and Cynder can't stand, and the loops love to specifically point out how humans turned into dragons and attempting to be heroes [[DeconstructiveParody wouldn't end well.]] well]]. (Spyro and Cynder specifically refer to having to keep an eye on them as babysitting them, because if they don't immediately get themselves killed, they usually [[NiceJobBreakingItHero end up breaking something]] and making the loop far harder on them.)



* [[http://www.mgcomics.com/MBC/ Mixed Bag Comics]] is a SpriteComic using characters from, well, [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover as many sprite-based games as possible]]. Some of these characters appear to act as if in their original continuities while others don't and yet more do so only partially, making the position of the self-insert seem less out-of-place than it would be otherwise. The webcomic twists the trope even further in several ways:

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* [[http://www.''[[http://www.mgcomics.com/MBC/ Mixed Bag Comics]] Comics]]'' is a SpriteComic using characters from, well, [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover as many sprite-based games as possible]]. Some of these characters appear to act as if in their original continuities while others don't and yet more do so only partially, making the position of the self-insert seem less out-of-place than it would be otherwise. The webcomic twists the trope even further in several ways:



* VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII fandom is a breeding place for this type of fanfiction. A good example would be [[http://www.fanfiction.net/~highpriestessmegami Sephirothslave's]][[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1052718/1/Shinra_High Shinra High]] and its sequel, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1900045/1/Shinra_SOLDIER Shinra SOLDIER]]. The main character is a blatant self insert. There are few differences between the OC and its creator: it shares her name, appearance ([[BuxomIsBetter with improvements in the bust area]]), likes and dislikes, preferences, fears, desires, opinions and some skills. The self insert allows Sephirothslave to enjoy the game universe, twist the characters to her own liking, "earn" a position as Commander of the Shinra Army, Sephiroth's love and the adoration or respect of everybody except a few who hate her (and are thus automatically evil). What few seem to notice however, is that she didn't only insert herself into her fanfictions, [[ThirtySuePileup but also her real life friends (while not even bothering to change their family names), younger sister and even her ''band teacher'']]. The massive ego-mania and canon defilement have earned her hundreds of negative reviews, the [[http://lian-hua.livejournal.com/ occasional]] [[{{MST}} sporking]] and the [[UnstoppableRage outrage]] of many fans of the game.
* A less Stu-ish example comes from FanFic/ToyHammer with a direct self-insert (down to name, appearance and personality) in the form of Vincent, a friend of the main character (a reclusive artist named Michael).

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* VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fandom is a breeding place for this type of fanfiction. A good example would be [[http://www.fanfiction.net/~highpriestessmegami Sephirothslave's]][[http://www.Sephirothslave's]] ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1052718/1/Shinra_High Shinra High]] High]]'' and its sequel, [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1900045/1/Shinra_SOLDIER Shinra SOLDIER]]. SOLDIER.]]'' The main character is a blatant self insert.self-insert. There are few differences between the OC and its creator: it shares her name, appearance ([[BuxomIsBetter with improvements in the bust area]]), likes and dislikes, preferences, fears, desires, opinions and some skills. The self insert allows Sephirothslave to enjoy the game universe, twist the characters to her own liking, "earn" a position as Commander of the Shinra Army, Sephiroth's love and the adoration or respect of everybody except a few who hate her (and are thus automatically evil). What few seem to notice however, is that she didn't only insert herself into her fanfictions, [[ThirtySuePileup but also her real life friends (while not even bothering to change their family names), younger sister and even her ''band teacher'']].her]] ''[[ThirtySuePileup band teacher]]''. The massive ego-mania and canon defilement have earned her hundreds of negative reviews, the [[http://lian-hua.livejournal.com/ occasional]] [[{{MST}} sporking]] and the [[UnstoppableRage outrage]] of many fans of the game.
* A less Stu-ish example comes from FanFic/ToyHammer ''FanFic/ToyHammer'' with a direct self-insert (down to name, appearance and personality) in the form of Vincent, a friend of the main character (a reclusive artist named Michael).



* ''[[http://danbooru.donmai.us/pool/show/1017 Manga of My Memories of Playing Touhou]]'' by Shino/Ponjiyuusu is example of TropesAreNotBad. Shino replaces playable character and acts as PsychoLesbian ButtMonkey. She repeats mistakes made by common Touhou players and get herself hilariously beaten by game bosses from PCB to UFO.
** This category of fanfiction is very common in Touhou. ''FanFic/AverageJoeInBulletHell'' is a [[InsistentTerminology semi]]-straight example, in which the traits of the author are passed to the protagonist, Ryan Randa.

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* ''[[http://danbooru.donmai.us/pool/show/1017 Manga of My Memories of Playing Touhou]]'' by Shino/Ponjiyuusu is example of TropesAreNotBad.[[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]. Shino replaces playable character and acts as PsychoLesbian ButtMonkey. She repeats mistakes made by common Touhou ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' players and get herself hilariously beaten by game bosses from PCB to UFO.
** This category of fanfiction is very common in Touhou.''Touhou''. ''FanFic/AverageJoeInBulletHell'' is a [[InsistentTerminology semi]]-straight example, in which the traits of the author are passed to the protagonist, Ryan Randa.



* Not even ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is safe from this. ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5124333/1/ The Adventures of Brody and Sniper]]'', widely considered one of the worst [=TF2=] fanfics ever written, is about a MarySue who is playing the game during a thunderstorm, causing Sniper to come out of the computer. [[RelationshipSue He soon falls in love with the Sue]], and follows her around during her daily life.
* The ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' archive is full of self-inserts; unlike other series, [[TropesAreNotBad some of them are actually very good]]. [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4772320/1/New-Reality New Reality]] and [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2510204/1/Two-Worlds-Combined Two Worlds Combined]] for VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia and [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6469254/1/Fairy-Tales-and-Brave-Vesperia Fairy Tales and Brave Vesperia]] for VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia are some notable examples. Beware, though; [[DoorStopper they're all over 400k words]].
* Done in the ''Devious Four Chronicles'' (a well known SuperMarioWorld [[GameMod ROM hack]] series) with the characters of Hunter and SCORPION, villain versions of their respective authors about whom the entire plot is based. But then you had the works released a bit earlier when the group consisted of four different authors... which meant every game had literally four major characters that were [[AuthorAvatar Author Avatars]] of their authors. Leading to such 'interesting' situations as Randor Land 3, the game LetsPlay/{{raocow}} played when each world had a different self insert character seemingly appear from nowhere to take a shot at Mario and co. You can see a great example of the result in this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKCwWjbsKnU raocow video]].
* Also done in the Fire Emblem fanfic [[Fanfic/{{Asleep}} Asleep]]. Done in a way that focuses on the main character without stealing the plot of the game; the fic is told from his point of view as he goes along with the story, he has to level up just like the other characters, RealityEnsues hard at some moments and [[spoiler:the entity that sent him into the game also introduced a [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil counterbalance]] to his presence, which consists of [[EnemyWithout everything he ever hated about himself given its own body]] with all his powers, plus its own.]]
* An entire fanfic series, called "The Family Series," is entirely nothing but self-insert fics. You can read it here: [[http://thefamilyseries.deviantart.com/gallery/]] (just a warning, the series isn't uploaded by chronological events so you probably will be missing out on certain events that haven't even been uploaded yet)
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/2931578/I-m-My-Own-OC I'm My Own Oc]] is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, in that he is pretty much the "hero" of his fanfics. Most notorious among them is ''The Adventures of Ryan and Kirrie'', a {{Lemon}} fic starring Ryan and the LovableSexManiac [[AllWomenAreLustful Kirrie]] (for a given value of lovable) on their adventures through the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' world.

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* Not even ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is safe from this. ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5124333/1/ The Adventures of Brody and Sniper]]'', Sniper,]]'' widely considered one of the worst [=TF2=] ''[=TF2=]'' fanfics ever written, is about a MarySue who is playing the game during a thunderstorm, causing Sniper to come out of the computer. [[RelationshipSue He soon falls in love with the Sue]], and follows her around during her daily life.
* The ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' ''Franchise/{{Tales|Series}}'' archive is full of self-inserts; unlike other series, [[TropesAreNotBad [[TropesAreTools some of them are actually very good]]. [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4772320/1/New-Reality New Reality]] Reality]]'' and [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2510204/1/Two-Worlds-Combined Two Worlds Combined]] Combined]]'' for VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' and [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6469254/1/Fairy-Tales-and-Brave-Vesperia Fairy Tales and Brave Vesperia]] Vesperia]]'' for VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' are some notable examples. Beware, though; [[DoorStopper they're all over 400k words]].
* Done in the ''Devious Four Chronicles'' (a well known SuperMarioWorld ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' [[GameMod ROM hack]] series) with the characters of Hunter and SCORPION, villain versions of their respective authors about whom the entire plot is based. But then you had the works released a bit earlier when the group consisted of four different authors... which meant every game had literally four major characters that were [[AuthorAvatar Author Avatars]] {{Author Avatar}}s of their authors. Leading to such 'interesting' situations as Randor Land 3, the game LetsPlay/{{raocow}} played when each world had a different self insert character seemingly appear from nowhere to take a shot at Mario and co. You can see a great example of the result in this [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKCwWjbsKnU this]] raocow video]].
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* Also done in the Fire Emblem ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' fanfic [[Fanfic/{{Asleep}} Asleep]].''FanFic/{{Asleep}}''. Done in a way that focuses on the main character without stealing the plot of the game; the fic is told from his point of view as he goes along with the story, he has to level up just like the other characters, RealityEnsues hard at some moments and [[spoiler:the entity that sent him into the game also introduced a [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil counterbalance]] to his presence, which consists of [[EnemyWithout everything he ever hated about himself given its own body]] with all his powers, plus its own.]]
* An entire fanfic series, called "The ''The Family Series," Series'', is entirely nothing but self-insert fics. You can read it here: [[http://thefamilyseries.deviantart.com/gallery/]] (just com/gallery/ here.]] (Just a warning, the series isn't uploaded by chronological events so you probably will be missing out on certain events that haven't even been uploaded yet)
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* [[https://www.''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/2931578/I-m-My-Own-OC I'm My Own Oc]] OC]]'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, in that he the author is pretty much the "hero" of his fanfics. Most notorious among them is ''The Adventures of Ryan and Kirrie'', a {{Lemon}} fic starring Ryan and the LovableSexManiac [[AllWomenAreLustful Kirrie]] (for a given value of lovable) on their adventures through the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' world.



* ''Webcomic/{{Stand Still Stay Silent}}'' has a forum board consisting entirely of this. They've mounted their own expedition.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Stand Still Stay Silent}}'' ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' has a forum board consisting entirely of this. They've mounted their own expedition.



* Dan O'Brien of ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' has these as a regular feature of his blog. However, they're the self insert of a [[SelfParody drunken loser making dick jokes]], hilariously out of place, and usually [[LampshadeHanging calling attention to logical inconsistencies within the story]]. Or just causing [[HilarityEnsues wacky drunken hijinx]]. PlayedForLaughs either way.
* [[http://kleinerkiller.deviantart.com/gallery/41037509/Minecraftia-Saga Yognapped]] tosses a sadistically evil representation of the author into the Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries to serve as the BigBad. Subverted, as he [[spoiler: gets brutally slain by the heroes at the end of the first story,]] and later installments distance the [[spoiler: resurrected]] character considerably as he suffers from a VillainousBreakdown.
* There's quite a few floating around revolving around OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent getting sucked into the universe of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', but one of the most prolific is [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9983180/1/RWBY-Reckoning RWBY: Reckoning]], which has been regarded as well-constructed by reviewers.
* 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]]...

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* Dan O'Brien of ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' Website/{{Cracked}} has these as a regular feature of his blog. However, they're the self insert of a [[SelfParody drunken loser making dick jokes]], hilariously out of place, and usually [[LampshadeHanging calling attention to logical inconsistencies within the story]]. Or just causing [[HilarityEnsues wacky drunken hijinx]]. PlayedForLaughs either way.
* [[http://kleinerkiller.''[[http://kleinerkiller.deviantart.com/gallery/41037509/Minecraftia-Saga Yognapped]] Yognapped]]'' tosses a sadistically evil representation of the author into the Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries to serve as the BigBad. Subverted, as he [[spoiler: gets [[spoiler:gets brutally slain by the heroes at the end of the first story,]] story]] and later installments distance the [[spoiler: resurrected]] [[spoiler:resurrected]] character considerably as he suffers from a VillainousBreakdown.
* There's quite a few floating around revolving around OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent getting sucked into the universe of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', but one of the most prolific is [[https://www.''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9983180/1/RWBY-Reckoning RWBY: Reckoning]], Reckoning,]]'' which has been regarded as well-constructed by reviewers.
* Played amazingly well by authors in ''Fanfic/CoOpMode'', ''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]]...



* Played absolutely straight in ''{{Fanfic/Security}}'', where author Michael Allen begins writing a self insert fic about an overweight security guard at Winslow, only to find himself living it. The characterization is solid, and it's amazing how far a BadassNormal can go in this world with foreknowledge, [[EngineeredPublicConfession two tape recorders]], and sheer ''chutzpah''.

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* Played absolutely straight in ''{{Fanfic/Security}}'', ''FanFic/{{Security}}'', where author Michael Allen begins writing a self insert fic about an overweight security guard at Winslow, only to find himself living it. The characterization is solid, and it's amazing how far a BadassNormal can go in this world with foreknowledge, [[EngineeredPublicConfession two tape recorders]], and sheer ''chutzpah''.



* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4483666/1/Neos_Happy_Funtime_Land Neo's Happy Funtime Land]]'' by @/NeoTheSaiyanAngel is an excellent parody of a Self Insert, in which the author rewrites an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' and secretly tricks the animators and voice actors into producing it. The author describes herself as an "absolutely gorgeous person..." for a paragraph or two. Neo goes so far as to change a character's hair with the snap of her fingers, saying that she liked it better blond.
* @/{{Donteatacowman}}'s brief fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4616905/1/The_Strange_Self_Insert The Strange Self Insert]]'' sees the author dropped into ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' to gush over Ron (but she preferred him evil) and tell Kim she's one-dimensional. Unsurprisingly, they decide to send her home as quickly as possible.

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* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4483666/1/Neos_Happy_Funtime_Land Neo's Happy Funtime Land]]'' by @/NeoTheSaiyanAngel Tropers/NeoTheSaiyanAngel is an excellent parody of a Self Insert, in which the author rewrites an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' and secretly tricks the animators and voice actors into producing it. The author describes herself as an "absolutely gorgeous person..." for a paragraph or two. Neo goes so far as to change a character's hair with the snap of her fingers, saying that she liked it better blond.
* @/{{Donteatacowman}}'s Tropers/{{Donteatacowman}}'s brief fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4616905/1/The_Strange_Self_Insert The Strange Self Insert]]'' sees the author dropped into ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' to gush over Ron (but she preferred him evil) and tell Kim she's one-dimensional. Unsurprisingly, they decide to send her home as quickly as possible.



* {{Transformers}}. Oh ''Primus'', where do we start... The classic example would be infamous TriChess (that now seems to disappear off the web). ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' has it the worst, with almost every OC being a self insert of various degree and a MarySue. Regularly played with and parodied in Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}.
** On the other servo, a rare case of a ''decent'' self insert fic is the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''-based ''FanFic/{{Canonfodder}}''.
* Who hasn't seen ones like this in WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution? Plenty to see, some not that bad, some terrible, you decide.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', due to the high and notable levels of LongingForFictionland in its fandom, has a lot of "human in Equestria" stories, and it can be guessed a lot of these are self-insert fics. ''Fanfic/ThroughTheEyesOfAnotherPony'' began as an attempt to pull off a self-insert character well, though the protagonist's characterization has since evolved away from simply being the authorial alter ego.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8214285/1/The_Royal The Royal]] is bad on the levels of ''Fanfic/MyImmortal''. During the author's note in the first chapter, she accidently calls her character [[Literature/TheHungerGames Katniss]] "Melissa".

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* {{Transformers}}.''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''. Oh ''Primus'', where do we start... The classic example would be the infamous TriChess (that now seems to disappear off ''[[http://www.transformersfanfic.com/viewstory.php?sid=505 Trichess,]]'' which depicts the web). romance between the author (a human female {{telepath|y}}) and ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]] Megatron'' ([[RoboShip a Deception]]). ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' has it the worst, with almost every OC being a self insert self-insert of various degree and degrees ''and'' a MarySue. Regularly played with and parodied in Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}.
''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}''.
** On the other servo, a rare case of a ''decent'' self insert self-insert fic is the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''-based ''FanFic/{{Canonfodder}}''.
* Who hasn't seen ones like this in WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution? ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''? Plenty to see, some not that bad, some terrible, you decide.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', due to the high and notable levels of LongingForFictionland in its fandom, has a lot of "human in Equestria" stories, and it can be guessed a lot of these are self-insert fics. ''Fanfic/ThroughTheEyesOfAnotherPony'' ''FanFic/ThroughTheEyesOfAnotherPony'' began as an attempt to pull off a self-insert character well, though the protagonist's characterization has since evolved away from simply being the authorial alter ego.
* [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8214285/1/The_Royal The Royal]] Royal]]'' is bad on the levels of ''Fanfic/MyImmortal''. ''FanFic/MyImmortal''. During the author's note in the first chapter, she accidently accidentally calls her character [[Literature/TheHungerGames Katniss]] "Melissa"."Melissa."



* ''FanFic/WithThisRing'' has the AuthorAvatar wake in space with an Orange Lantern Ring. He goes to Earth and becomes a founding member of the Team in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. There are two different timelines based on morality, one Paragon and one Renegade. Both take actions that change things for the better, a more cohesive and closer Team in Paragon or more powerful Team in Renegade or the worse, the Light has adapted to block Paragon!OL's scans and Renegade!OL gets the attention of Apokalips.

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* ''FanFic/WithThisRing'' has the AuthorAvatar wake in space with an [[Franchise/GreenLantern Orange Lantern Ring.Ring]]. He goes to Earth and becomes a founding member of the Team in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. There are two different timelines based on morality, one Paragon and one Renegade. Both take actions that change things for the better, a more cohesive and closer Team in Paragon or more powerful Team in Renegade or the worse, the Light has adapted to block Paragon!OL's scans and Renegade!OL gets the attention of Apokalips.



* [[strike:[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]]] [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Psyweedle]] wrote himself in as [[GodModeSue The Webmaster]] in a fic he [[strike: plagiarized from Dr. Who]] wrote [[OldShame when he was 13.]]
* The 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]].

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* [[strike:[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]]] [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Psyweedle]] wrote himself in as [[GodModeSue The Webmaster]] in a fic he [[strike: plagiarized [[strike:plagiarized from Dr. Who]] wrote [[OldShame when he was 13.]]
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* The Fanfic/AntiClicheAndMarySueEliminationSociety ''FanFic/AntiClicheAndMarySueEliminationSociety is actually made up of (mostly) self-inserts to, ironically, [[MarySueHunter combat]] [[MarySue Mary Sues]] {{Mary Sue}}s themselves; however, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters the inserts actually work hard not to make themselves into Sues]]. Mostly through [[LampshadeHanging liberal usage of lampshades]].



* The MassiveMultiplayerCrossover fic, ''FanFic/TheWorldOfTheCreatures'', provides an unusual example. It is openly and unashamedly a Self-Insert fic. However, author Patrick Murphy does many things to keep his avatar from becoming a Marty Stu. First of all, Murphy actually casts his real-life best friend as the main character instead of himself. Although he is in the story, he spends most of it [[SelfDeprecation locked away in a dungeon being agonizingly tortured]]. Secondly, the group of characters working to save Murphy were specifically chosen because they're the sort of characters who save people no matter who those people might be, or if they're not, they become that way through character Development.
* The Crossover fic, ''FanFic/CruelToBeKind'', Features the adventures of Alexander Harlow after he encounteres a ClingyMcguffin called Lvios who is capable of travelling different dimensions. He proceeds to use it to explore different worlds from media and then make an empire at an alternate earth.
* Megacrossover ''FanFic/OneFootAnotherMultiverseSI'' follows Poe after accidentally making a deal with Mephisto which leads to him being punted around the multiverse and he ruins everything due to his hilarious levels of stupidity and incompetence as he tries and fails to fix things.

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* The MassiveMultiplayerCrossover fic, ''FanFic/TheWorldOfTheCreatures'', provides an unusual example. It is openly and unashamedly a Self-Insert fic. However, author Patrick Murphy does many things to keep his avatar from becoming a Marty Stu. First of all, Murphy actually casts his real-life best friend as the main character instead of himself. Although he is in the story, he spends most of it [[SelfDeprecation locked away in a dungeon being agonizingly tortured]]. Secondly, the group of characters working to save Murphy were specifically chosen because they're the sort of characters who save people no matter who those people might be, or if they're not, they become that way through character Development.CharacterDevelopment.
* The Crossover crossover fic, ''FanFic/CruelToBeKind'', Features the adventures of Alexander Harlow after he encounteres encounters a ClingyMcguffin ClingyMcGuffin called Lvios who is capable of travelling different dimensions. He proceeds to use it to explore different worlds from media and then make an empire at an alternate earth.
* Megacrossover MegaCrossover ''FanFic/OneFootAnotherMultiverseSI'' follows Poe after accidentally making a deal with Mephisto which leads to him being punted around the multiverse and he ruins everything due to his hilarious levels of stupidity and incompetence as he tries and fails to fix things.
30th Jan '17 8:36:17 AM TheCuza
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* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', cyber-nerd Matt Miller's loyalty mission is to accompany him on what he describes as a top-notch virtual reality training scenario in which you help a vigilante defeat a nefarious villain. It quickly becomes clear that you've actually been dragged into his ''[[ShowWithinAShow Nyteblayde]]'' [[InsistentTerminology "expanded universe fiction"]] casting him as the titular vampire hunter's apprentice. Matt's {{Squee}} soon turns to dismay when [[BigBad Zinyak]] hijacks the simulation and turns his beloved hero against him, but somehow by the end of it all [[PlayerCharacter the Boss]] is won over.

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* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', cyber-nerd Matt Miller's loyalty mission is to accompany him on what he describes as a top-notch virtual reality training scenario in which you help a vigilante defeat a nefarious villain. It quickly becomes clear that you've actually been dragged into his ''[[ShowWithinAShow Nyteblayde]]'' [[InsistentTerminology "expanded Nyte Blayde]]'' "[[InsistentTerminology expanded universe fiction"]] fiction]]", casting him as the titular vampire hunter's apprentice. Matt's {{Squee}} soon turns to dismay when [[BigBad Zinyak]] hijacks the simulation and turns his beloved hero against him, but somehow by him. By the end of it all, the Boss has been ''converted into a fan of the show'', and uses his/her authority as [[spoiler:[[EarthShatteringKaboom sole remaining world leader]]]] to bestow all [[PlayerCharacter rights to the Boss]] is won over.franchise onto Matt.
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]].
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