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 '90s, 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 of 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!

Live-Action TV


Web Original
  • 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. Clef's writer has also written a sorta-retcon which leaves to the reader's imagination whether Clef's feats of badassery are real or an unremarkable researcher's records corrupted by an SCP-732 outbreak.
  • Ensign Sue Must Die - In Ensign 2: The Wrath of Sue, because of the Enterprise's actions in the last one, the crew of the Enterprise (and The Doctor) travel the multiverse to contain the many Mary Sues that spawned in it with Pokéballs. However, it turns out that had been Sue Prime's plan all along, to get all the Sues in one universe and weaken the fabric between dimensions so she could come back.

Western Animation

  • 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 by unknowing Shadows Who Make that attempt to hijack existing stories and twist them to revolve around them, and most of its victims are creations of the author for the story including the Big Bad General-Admiral Makarov rather than ones he perceived as Sues.