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Purity Sue
See how she sparkles, See how she shines...
"Janeway made it clear the only reason they were staying behind was because she didn't want to risk the Ocampa. All other reasons stumble in front of this point: it means that faced with a crew desperate to get home and a woman liable to literally attack her for this decision, she chose the weakest possible argument to give them that said 'We could, but we won't' instead of 'It just won't work.' This is because Jeri Taylor was involved, and Janeway had to do it for reasons of pure nobility rather than because it made sense."
Chuck Sonnenburg, discussing Star Trek: Voyager ("Caretaker")

The original Mary Sue archetype to gain wide recognition, from as early as King Arthur's Galahad of the Sangreal. Incorruptible Pure Pureness is the theme here.

A Purity Sue can be male or female without too significant a difference, but in all but the earliest incarnations there's a strong tendency towards the latter. It is a character that is intentionally made by the author to be overly positive. They almost never have any flaws that actually affect them in a way that truly matters, usually going for endearing traits such as "clumsiness" or na´vetÚ, instead getting overloaded with overwhelmingly positive but largely passive traits (i.e. beauty, innocence, etc.). The character will usually be soft-spoken, have a pleasant voice, and be mild-mannered. Often, the traits verge towards the ethereal, with auras, non-human lineage, and other such things.

Like all Mary Sues, she doesn't do enough to justify the positive response. And as usual it's the writer's fault. A character who would come off as wise and pure in the hands of a better writer, motivating the main characters in their down-time, turns into a smiling ditz who manages to convince people to do the right thing just because we are informed that she is wise and pure, and somehow she is the main character. She's usually cast as a passive motivator of other people, inspiring them to strive towards the author's goals by her very presence alone. Oh, sure, she might smile, offer encouragement, write articles, and other such things, but she gets such a disproportionately positive response that it soon breaks the Willing Suspension of Disbelief.

She often overlaps with a Fixer Sue. Almost never truly overlaps with God-Mode Sue because her overwhelming righteousness is usually the focus of the story and not her objective actions. Anti-Sue, Jerk Sue and Villain Sue are all antitheses to this character type (especially the last, since she's always a protagonist). This is the type that most often shows up as a Parody Sue.

When considering if a character that overlaps with one or more of the other types belong here, keep in mind that Purity Sue pretty much exists to be loved by everybody for being (as the plot tries to suggest) "perfect" (or close enough) in every way that matters. If it's less about the character's actions and more just about everybody's fascination with the character, it belongs here. Note that merely being a Yamato Nadeshiko, Proper Lady, or The Woobie does not make one a Purity Sue.

Modern male Purity Sues are uncommon, but they're much more common in historic shows and texts. They tend to fall into three categories:

See also Mary Sue Classic, the fairly specific and extremely common plot format that uses this character type exclusively. This trope, along with that framework, is the oldest (widely accepted) form of Sue, being Older Than Steam and probably (depending on whether you believe Galahad was a Christ figure) Older Than Print.

No examples, please. This only defines the term.
Parody SueMary Sue TropesMary Sue Classic
Pure Is Not GoodPurity PersonifiedToo Good for This Sinful Earth
Mary TzuWish FulfillmentRelationship Sue
Protection from EditorsYMMVPutney Swope Panic
Protection from EditorsYMMV/Home PageRelationship Sue
Precocious CrushImageSource/InternetRaven Hair, Ivory Skin

alternative title(s): Purity Stu
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