A Mary Sue
who exists to be the perfect mate for a specific character. Far beyond Magical Girlfriend
, or Yamato Nadeshiko
(which present extraordinary mates, but are played more-or-less realistically), this character has everything in the plot conspiring to enforce this One True Pairing
. The author will generally either use this character as a stand-in for them to vicariously live out a relationship with the designated other half, or as their ideal significant other while they use a more "normal" character as their stand-in (sometimes both).
It's worth noting that since Wish Fulfillment
places having a healthy, idealistic romantic relationship as one of its cornerstones, most Mary Sue
characters will include an element of romance. They don't really become a Relationship Sue unless it becomes obvious that character exists, first and foremost, to be in a relationship with another character.
, he or she is the perfect beloved of a canon
character. Never mind if that canon character is already half of an Official Couple
; he/she is the real
intended. The canon character who is to be paired with a Relationship Sue will usually be attracted to him/her at first sight
; how long it takes for him/her to act on it depends on whether the writer is aiming for a WAFF
or something angstier.
Gaining the canon character's attention (as they or the author will often profess) are qualities that the Relationship Sue almost never has. She could kill her beloved's pet kitten and mail it back to them, and they'd still tell everyone how in love they are with her for her modesty. Just as often, the author will develop the budding romance as a love that needs no reason, it just is. The worst situation for a canon character, however, is when at any point of the story they are made to suffer Character Derailment
to become a more perfect match
for a Relationship Sue. She will, in turn, almost always become a Clingy Jealous Girl
when she eventually gets to be the character's girlfriend, but it is played as ideal
If the canon character is already paired, or has another plausible-looking match in canon, this rival
will either end up saying "I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
" or turn evil
; either way, he/she will probably undergo severe Character Derailment
. That, or a nearby train
will undergo severe derailment and splatter
the character's canon love interest. Guess who will be there to comfort them
in their time of grief. Alternately, if the writer can get away with it (or sometimes even if they can't) the canon match won't even be mentioned, or the would-be rival suddenly falls in love with somebody else (often turning gay
in the process to make sure that it can't be undone). If they're already in an established relationship, expect the canon love interest to cheat on the desired character.
Anyone in the story who isn't a possible romantic rival, if they like the character whom the Relationship Sue is having the relationship with, will like him/her, too—regardless of whether they normally would. They may even be attracted to him/her—but they will not stand between him/her and his/her beloved if they intend to remain heroic/good characters. If the Sue likes them enough, she might even pair these characters up with other canon characters or even some OCs.
This can overlap with all of the other Mary Sue
types, but the most common is good old fashioned Purity Sue
. Fixer Sues
can only fix up other
pairs if they're this sort, unless they know
they will get removed from the storyline (and stay that way). May also be a Satellite Love Interest
No examples, please. This only defines the term.