"The next thing you need to do is create your main character, and since it's important to write who you know, the main character will obviously be
you; but while you are a repressed, socially retarded dullard who no one would ever honestly admit to liking, your author insertion character is a fantasy, so they will be a charismatic eccentric who is unconditionally loved by everyone, even while he's setting their dog on fire.
A Canon Sue is a Mary Sue
who happens to be a canonical
character. This could be one of two things:
- A Possession Sue. It's more frequently referred to as Canon Sue, but it has its own article.
- A professional work in which a canonical character already has the attributes of a Mary Sue.
In the second version, this can sometimes be tricky to identify; creators often draw on their own personality, appearance, and/or history for inspiration, since it's easy and convenient to write what
you know, so the appearance of these doesn't automatically mean a Canon Sue. However, if the character that appears is very obviously an Author Stand-In
(especially to such a degree that the character's back-story and the author's biography are practically interchangeable), believes in everything the creator believes
, does everything the creator does (or wants to do
) and is absolutely correct and perfect in both, is over-idealized and perfect to a fault, and/or (most importantly and required) seems as though the story exists only to further this one specific character (most often to the detriment of any other characters present
, who simply cannot measure up to the author's clear favourite
), you're in Mary Sue
also plays in, as the Canon Sue accusation is often blatantly leveled at characters just because they hook up with a lead (or the Ensemble Darkhorse
) who the accuser ships with somebody else. Also, with the general trend of Mary Sue
being used as an all-encompassing insult for any female character considered to get "above herself", this accusation gets thrown around a lot without much basis in fact.
In general, Canon Sues are significantly less common than fanfiction
Mary Sues, since most professional authors have more skill, talent and accumulated experience than the amateurs who write fanfiction. However, this means that when they do occur they are significantly more visible (who's going to remember the hastily typed out daydream of a 12 year old girl in a year?
). Due to the author creating an entirely different template for the work of fiction, they can set up the rules of The Verse
that allow or disallow particular tropes or characteristics. As such, they can choose what Common Mary Sue Traits
are allowed, making it a bit harder to see when plot bias is in effect. However, they're hardly immune to this trend.
For the most blatant and infamous examples see Creator's Pet
. The Magical Girlfriend
and Yamato Nadeshiko
, while occasionally possessing similar traits, are not usually viewed as such; they are seen more as targets of enticement instead of ones to emulate; whether they're still Canon Sues
is left to the viewer. Also see The Ace
, which puts an idealized character in a supporting role in the story, often serving as a rival, a foil, a source of comedy, or as a mentor (or possibly just the Hero of Another Story
). Suetiful All Along
can also play a part as well.
No examples, please. This only defines the term.