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Mary Sue Hunter
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 sport is He Who Fights Monsters. The kinds of Mary Sues that most need hunting are the ones who warp the reality of their 'verses to resist it. The more Mary Sues your Mary Sue Hunter can successfully take down, and the easier the takedowns, the more likely her name could land on some other Mary Sue Hunter's list. Also, not all authors or Hunters 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.


Examples:

Anime
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! fanfic Not the Usual Kaiba, Mokuba seems to be turning into one.
  • In Naruto Veangance Revelaitons, an ending that the author's former stepbrother wrote has Edfred and his boyfriend Muskoka restore the cast to normal, enabling them to kill the hated main character, who easily fell into several Mary Sue categories.
  • In the Mai-HiME fic, Perfection Is Overrated, the main cast goes up against a group of foes called SUEs, who represent typical Mary Sue types, with powers symbolic of the Mary Sues' impact on the plot, such as a fundamentalist Christian with the ability to reduce the effectiveness of her enemies' powers. Miyu accidentally becomes one by killing Akane's Child and resulting in the death of Mariko, whose powers made her extremely popular on campus and enabled her to become Akane's most important person instead of Kazuya.

Literature
  • 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

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