A character who hunts Mary Sues
in other Fan Fic
stories to get rid of them. Also, the format of story the Hunter appears in. This genre appears in sheltered corners of many fanfic communities and more openly in some places.
The genre did not exist before The Nineties
, that being when the oldest Mary Sue Litmus Tests started circulating.
The hunter will use a definition of Mary Sue
most often based on Common Mary Sue Traits
, or perhaps just select Original Characters
who really annoy her. The Original Character
(or more rarely, a retrofit a canon character
) will kill, maim, injure, arrest, expose, discredit, "purify", or otherwise remove another Original Character
and their influence from an established canon. Think Revenge Fic
, but for Mary Sue
Usually, these stories are done in a style similar to Mystery Science Theater 3000
, taking excerpts from some other Fan Fic
writer's work and building around it. The tone will usually be cynical and satirical
While some works with this sort of character are revered, random examples of this genre are not as accepted as normal MSTs
. Writers are expected to ask permission to MST
another fanfic. Mary Sue Hunters will at best humiliate, and more likely kill and humiliate, the Mary Sues hunted; it's hard to get permission for that,
and there is expected to be honor amongst fanfic writers. Thus, these stories tend to get banned from most regular fanfic communities.
Mary Sue Hunters are more tolerated if the author also creates the prey — that is, the Sues hunted. These will usually be Parody Sues
by definition; the stories they appear in probably won't exist outside the Hunter fic, if there.
The big problem with this sort of character and this sort of fanfic is He Who Fights Monsters
. The most well known kinds of Mary Sues are the ones who warp the reality of their 'verses
to the author's own liking. As Mary Sue Hunters exist solely to kill perceived Mary Sues and thus change the world of that "verse" to the author's liking they are by definition a type of sue
. Also, not all authors can reliably tell if an Original Character
is a Mary Sue, but Hunters are almost always presumed to be able to tell — they don't generally say "My God, What Have I Done?
" So statistically, they are slightly more likely to be a Mary Sue than an OC without an agenda. Some works in this genre, inc. the Trope Codifier
, have recognized this. In spite of this, entertaining sue hunters, or ones that target hated fanfics can gain fans who like the Fix Fic
aspect of these stories. Badly written ones however aren't any better than your typical God-Mode Sue Revenge Fic
story and may even become targets of
Mary Sue Hunter stories themselves.
- Limyaael wrote The Game of the Gods, a Lord of the Rings fanfic that has Morgoth playing a game with Varda where he creates Mary Sues and places them in Middle-Earth while his opponents use logic and the rules of Tolkienian canon to kill them.
- The Redwall fandom used to have these. It was headed by a weasel named Kelaiah and a pine marten.
- The Epitome of Randomness came up with their own interesting take on the genre. Specifically, a whole organization of children dedicated to the field. Introducing the Sue Slayers
- Narutaki in Kamen Rider Decade is an odd canonical one. Hellbent on making sure Decade does not enter any worlds except the world of Negatives. He does things ranging from rallying the entire world of Riders against him or at one point summoning an makamou to stop him
- The Protectors of the Plot Continuum could be argued to be the Trope Codifier for Mary Sue Hunters, as whether or not they started it, they definitely popularised the idea. Different from others in that it has its own shared universe.
- Similarly, the Anti Cliche and Mary Sue Elimination Society (thus the name), also in its own shared universe but in a much smaller shell. The Society goes up against mostly Parody Sues and Stus, except some authors will choose to use their own former Sues. However, some of the Agents are almost a hop, skip, and a jump from being Sues themselves, and they're only protected by the mighty power of Lampshade Hanging (and being mostly crazy).
- Dr. Clef (the character, not the author) of the SCP Foundation has a reputation for "decommissioning" Reality Warpers... most of which are terrible Mary Sues written by people who don't know any better.
- He Who Fights Monsters kicked in pretty hard. Once Clef's fellow Sue Hunter, Dr. Kondrikai, was found riding The Dreaded SCP-682 like a bull, they knew they had gone too far and began retconing Mary Sues instead of decommissioning them.
- Ensign Sue Must Die - Kirk, Doctor, and Sherlock are attempting to start one. So far they managed to get Tardis stolen and bagged Wesleynote They fail due to not realizing that their ally Wolverine was a Sue. And possible so is Kirk himself.
- The Pony POV Series has a somewhat unique, dead serious example with the Blank Wolf. As the Guardian Entity of the timeline, it's meant to erase things that shouldn't exist, which includes Mary Sues. As a result, it can No Sell their OP abilities. However, in this universe, Mary Sues are Played for Drama as creation threatening Cosmic Horror level beings created my unknowing Shadows Who Make that attempt to hijack existing stories and twist them to revolve around them, and most of it's victims are creations of the author for the story including the Big Bad General-Admiral Makarov rather than ones he perceived as Sues.