* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: ''Tales of MU'' encourages this, including having a SpinOff that gives a [[SympatheticPOV completely different view]] of some characters and events. Every major character and most minor ones seems to spark competing theories. Is Mackenzie Blaise a MarySue, an unrepentant sociopath, or just a normal girl who happens to be CursedWithAwesome? Was her grandmother's treatment of her horrible child abuse or going above and beyond the call of duty to raise a dangerous child? Is everything Amaranth's fault after all?
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* ArchiveBinge[=/=]ArchivePanic -- Mack's first year at MU ends with ch. 496; the second year is up to ch. 265. Also: 117 chapters in ''Jamie's Tale'', 12 chapters of ''As The Underworld Turns'', and 77 chapters of ''Other Tales'' (assorted side stories).
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: At one point, Mack begins to panic during a crucial moment. Steff responds to this by... yanking down Mack's pants and smacking her ass repeatedly with a stick. This apparently makes her focus and she sets off to resolve the situation.
* DracoInLeatherPants[=/=]MisaimedFandom
** Despite Puddy several times approaching MoralEventHorizon moments, and being a generally vile person, she has an extremely loyal fan-following on the forums, even in the face of hostility to and attacks on other fan favorites.
** The Man. As demonic as he is portrayed, his WickedCultured is often mistaken for AffablyEvil.
* EthnicScrappy -- Shiel the kobold started out this way, with frequent race-baiting and StrawFeminist arguments that bordered on InsaneTrollLogic. She seems to be [[CharacterDevelopment growing out of it lately]], though, which is making her into a [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap more interesting and likable character]].
* FanNickname -- "Mack Daddy", for Mack's absent demon father.
* JerkassWoobie -- Mack in the early chapters, especially with regards to the prejudice and bigotry of which she is routinely the victim, but which she also routinely exhibits to others. To be fair, much of this was [[FreudianExcuse taught to her]] as she grew up by her KnightTemplar grandmother. But between the Mechans, the Arkhanites, Winnie, and just about anyone who disagrees with her, she gives as good as she gets on the {{Jerkass}} front.
* MartyStu: Dan Harris, (AKA [[spoiler:Aidan]]), for no apparent reason other than to provide a way for the author to [[{{Anvilicious}} heavy-handedly discredit Martha Blaise's half-demon-child-rearing skills.]]
* MoralEventHorizon -- Mercy waves to everyone else from deep inside it.
* StrangledByTheRedString -- A very odd version of it, in that Mack is not going to be allowed to be straight, or celibate, or monogamous by turns. Not only does the story conspire to get her into sexual situations, Amaranth even ordered her to perform a specific sex act with Ian ''on demand'', at any time he wanted, after Mack admitted wanting to do so. Ian balked. [[spoiler:He got over it.]]
* WhatAnIdiot:
** Amaranth's imminent desire to see the good in everyone, combined (ironically enough) with her high intelligence makes her extra susceptible to this trope. She's used to be the smart one and takes it for granted she's right about everything, never quite realizing what a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter she is. This means she pulls off some really boneheaded stunts and gives Mack a lot of ''really bad'' advice, all the while thinking that she's doing what's best for her.
** Mack herself has some ''huge'' moments of cluelessness, mostly derived from a total lack of social experience.
* TheWoobie -- Two. Because of her "programming" (namely, to want to do what she's told), the early parts of the story imply, and [[http://www.talesofmu.com/story/other/bonus-story-diary-of-a-golem-girl show in only a small part]], that she has suffered a a horrifying array of abuses. She very quickly gained the sympathy of both the rest of the core cast and the audience.

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