Not every Mary Sue
can have the patience of a saint. After all, if you
were that perfect, lesser beings would get on your nerves too
. Everyone falling in love with you? It's such a pain!
People not always realizing that you are
the most kick ass person here and you have
to be the one to save the day? Fools! People expecting you to follow the same rules as the other characters? You'll show them! Grr! Get out of Jerk Sue's way!
The basis of this trope is the tendency of many Darker and Edgier
writers to create a bitter, ill-spirited, confrontational, or downright mean character and still play them up as an ideal person,
or just get away with being a bullying Jerkass
. The other characters tolerate the antics (which can range from petty to sociopathic), allowing him/her to walk all over them and talking them up in their conversations with each other. Common synonyms include "strong", "tough", and "rugged" while common topics include how much better they've made their lives through their "tough love
" or whatever Freudian Excuse
supposedly justifies their behavior. It's often an unsuccessful or inept attempt to play on Jerkass Dissonance
Perhaps they are loathed so much not just because they are jerks, but because you are also expected to think they are awesome. They certainly come with most of the other traits of Mary Sueness - being completely untouchable in every way. And of course, despite being a jerk, everybody either completely ignores her appalling attitude, or lets her walk all over them, even the ones who would normally peel off her skin and wear it as a coat for that kind of behaviour.
Either way, they're royal pains in the neck and annoying to be around and read about. The male version tends to be less common nowadays (or at least called out more often); as with Marty Stu
, he's falling victim to men wanting more realistic protagonists.
Very prone to It's All About Me
. Contrast to Butt Monkey
or Can't Get Away with Nuthin'
. Both this and the latter tropes usually represent the two opposite ends of Comedic Sociopathy
Compare Draco in Leather Pants
, when it's the fanbase itself that overlooks or all too easily excuses a character's jerkish habits, or Creator's Pet
, when it's the writers
doing it and the fans despise the character as a result. Either of these can overlap with Jerk Sue.
Compare and contrast Jerkass Woobie
, where a Jerkass
is portrayed sympathetically as a flawed, emotionally fragile character.
Often overlaps with Karma Houdini
No examples, please. This only defines the term.