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Playing With: Black Hole Sue
Basic Trope: The logical extreme of the Mary Sue; a character who bends the reality of the universe they are in to their will.
  • Straight: Mary Sue effortlessly defeats the Big Bad (you know, the one bent on destroying the entire galaxy) that the heroes has been trying (and failing, despite their best efforts and combined talents) to thwart from the beginning, and Bob leaves Alice (his wife) for her, because Mary is, like, so OMG perfect for him!.
  • Exaggerated: All the other characters (yes, even the resident Flat Earth Atheist and the resident Nay-Theist) bow down and worship her as a goddess.
  • Downplayed: Mary Sue becomes Bob's mistress, although he does not leave Alice for her.
  • Justified: Mary Sue is explicitly part of a God Guise plotline; everyone thinks Mary Sue is a goddess (possibly even the Messianic Archetype) because of some ancient prophecy that just happened to coincide with her arrival.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Parody Sue
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes everything goes her way, sometimes nothing goes her way.
  • Averted: Mary Sue does not suffer from Special Snowflake Syndrome; rather, she is presented as ordinary (as befits the universe), and does not disrupt established character relationships.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Doesn't Mary Sue realize that her being the center of the universe will just aggravate everyone?"
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: The world is at grave peril, but since everything Mary Sue always goes according to her whims, the heroes convince her to help them to save the world. That way, their success should be assured.
  • Defied: Mary Sue knows her limits; she may be able to take out a few Mooks with her katana, but she knows she's no match for the Big Bad himself. And she knows that Bob doesn't return her feelings...or at least already has Alice (who has been with him from the beginning and is pregnant with his child.) So Mary doesn't pursue Bob.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Mary Sue has become a Spoiled Brat who's not used to being told no. So when she doesn't get what she wants for the first time in years. The fact that she has always gotten what she desired up until this point makes her so much more upset because she does not know how to deal with it nor how to respond to the situation properly.
    • Alternatively, Mary Sue always succeeds at everything. As result, she finds her life very predictable and boring and hopes that one day someone might defeat just to break the monotony.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Mary Sue knew that this day would come because you can't always get what you desire in life and that the best thing to do is move on, even if it is a first for her.
    • Because Mary Sue always get what she desires, she loses to the person she'd least except and dies happily.

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