Webcomic: Ensign Sue Must Die
So begins the tale of Ensign Sue Must Die
. A webcomic
drawn by Kevin Bolk
of Interrobang Studios
and written by Clare Moseley of Clare Moseley.ca
. The story takes place in the Star Trek
universe after the events of the 2009 revamp film
which follows the Starship Enterprise
's new medical officer Ensign Sue. The comic completely parodies the concept of a Mary Sue
character. Can be found here
or on deviantart.
The original storyline having come to a close that is not quite Exactly What It Says on the Tin
, a continuation — Ensign Two: The Wrath of Sue
— began on December 21, 2012 and finished on August 16, 2013. A final storyline — Ensignł: Crisis of Infinite Sues
— began on January 31, 2014 and finished on January 2, 2015.
This webcomic provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion:
- Annoying Sex Maniac: Because of the Sues' track of being Relationship Sues, they'll try to hook up with every hot guy they see, which irritates everyone to no end. Just ask Khan.
- Art Shift:
- During the fourth comic, when Sue narrates.
- Mostly averted in the world-hopping in Ensign 2.
- Author On Board: Played with. Although Ensign Sue has all the usual qualities of a Mary Sue, she has somehow popped up in a universe where all the other characters don't follow the usual rules of a Mary Sue fic. Except for God. And it's implied that their minds will be warped if they spend enough time around her. In the Harry Potter universe, the other characters are indeed acting like the typical cast of a Mary Sue story.
- Awesomeness Is Volatile: The Khan working with the Sues is disintegrated by the sheer magnificence of Khan Prime's pecs.
- Back from the Dead: Ensign Sue, who was killed off in the end of the first chapter. Sue Prime didn't just conjure alternate versions of her throughout the multiverse. The original Ensign Sue still exists as the Sue of the Harry Potter universe and reveals her old medical uniform after reuniting with Captain Kirk.
- Badass Crew: The group that joins forces to form La Résistance after Sue Prime successfully created her Sueniverse.
- The Bad Guy Wins: At the end of chapter 2, the Doctor has been killed (though regenerated), Spock is Brainwashed and Crazy, Captain Kirk has been broken by the revelation of his Sue status, and Ensign Sue has been broken by the rejection of her fellow crewmates. Sue Prime gloats at the success of her Evil Plan, and the page announces To Be Continued.
- Bare Your Midriff: Mirror Sue's outfit.
- Batman Gambit: Knowing that the Doctor, Kirk and Spock would try to get rid of her pieces spread all over the Multiverse, Sue Prime created the pokeballs to be able to contain the multiple Sues. She inserted them in the Pokemon Universe so they would be mass-produced, with the cover they were actually for pokémon. When enough pokéballs containing Sues were in the Star Trek universe, she sent Anna Mae, Empress Sue and Wolverine Sue to free them. With enough Sue power concentrated in the Star Trek universe, they could begin the convergence of all universes, enabling Sue Prime to enter the mundane world without being Brought Down to Normal. Oh, and she ensured all this would happen by making Khan pass as Sherlock to trick them into enacting her plan.
- Big Bad: Sue Prime. Also counts as a Hidden Villain since (of the protagonists) only the Original Sue knows about her.
- Big "NO!": Kirk's reaction to Brainwashed and Crazy Spock's claim that Kirk is himself a Sue. Bonus points for the scene being a Star Wars reference. He gets a second in the opening of Chapter 3 when he gets razzed by Empress Sue as he's doing his Captain's Log for getting in touch with his inner Sue..
- Black Hole Sue: All Sues are theoretically capable of bending everyone and everything in the universe to their perfection.
- Blatant Lies: When the Doctor asks Sherlock if he's a fan of the "long-running TV shows" he mentioned, Sherlock looks wide-eyed and claims that "a female associate" is a fan. The Doctor replies, "Of course she is."
- Bokukko: Anna Mae Sue. Whether played for the cuteness factor or for her butchered Japanese is unknown.
- Brainy Baby: Apparently, even as a newborn infant, Ensign Sue was able to escape the destruction of the Kelvin.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The leader of the Sues "re-educates" Spock and corrupts him to their cause.
- Brick Joke:
- Remember in the film when Scotty mentions that he lost Admiral Archer's beagle in a transporter accident? He tries to do the same to Ensign Sue. It fails, but Sue finds the beagle. Bonus brick joke for those who've read the novelization The beagle shows up at the end of the book.
- Early on, Mirror Sue is shown to have a fondness for girls, such as Uhura. Much later, Uhura takes advantage of that to clobber Mirror Sue to allow them to escape.
- Brought Down to Normal: When Ensign Sue is brought back to the Star Trek universe, her Reality Warper status vanishes, leaving her merely an incredibly annoying girl.
- Butt Monkey/They Killed Kenny Again: Ever since the Eleventh Doctor was shot by the Sue-tified Spock, the Doctor's regenerations have become a Running Gag.
- Bystander Syndrome: One of the reasons Sue is so hard to eliminate is that nobody wants to have anything to do with her. Also Starfleet's official response: HA HA... HA... HA.
- Call Back:
- The universe where Ensign Sue is found in the sequel is the same one we saw her end up in the original: Harry Potter.
- In the original, Ensign Sue states that she was raised by worms (inside a wormhole!), and that they died as a part of her tragic backstory. In The Wrath of Sue, The captain is enraged by her calling him James instead of by his title, especially because of the crisis she brought upon them, and orders her locked in the brig. Her response is "This is worse than when the worms died!"
- Cannot Tell a Lie: God Sue said to Ensign that she would never lie to herself. Three strips later, it's revealed that she's physically incapable of saying anything she doesn't truly believe. This is especially shocking when she proves incapable of saying she loves Spock.
- Canon Sue: Some of the Sues are canonical characters, including:
- Wesley from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Wolverine from The X-Men. He reverts back to normal after the Sues are defeated.
- Possibly Kirk himself. Though Denny Crane later reassures him that being exceptional in and of itself is not the mark of a Sue.
- Subverted with Bella Swan.
- Played with in Equestria. We see Twilight Sparkle included with a bunch of bad original characters, but we never see if she gets captured or not (though it is heavily implied).
- Category Traitor: Khan calls Ensign Sue a traitor, despite the fact that she only just discovered what was going on and had never been in contact with the other Sues in the first place
- Cat Girl: Anna Mae Sue seems to have this trait. Doesn't hurt she speaks in part-Japanese as well.
- Cerebus Syndrome: A minor case. The webcomic is still quite silly, but while the first story was just about Mary Sue being put in a world that knows how ridiculous she is, the second story has her going through a Heel Realization and includes moments such as Wolverine stabbing the Doctor in the back, on panel. The third chapter has continued the trend toward drama, though still with plenty of gags thrown in.
- Character Development: The original Ensign Sue, after being Brought Down to Normal, gets this in spades.
- Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Sue Prime's pose at the end of chapter 2.
- The end of Chapter 1, where we see that Ensign Sue has died, but she meets Sue Prime, who sends her to the Harry Potter Universe.
- Then Chapter 2. Empress Sue has the Infinity Gauntlet, Wolverine Sue stabbed the Doctor (who then regenerated into Eleven), Ambassador Spock is frozen in carbonite, Spock has been brainwashed, Kirk is in a Heroic BSOD after being told that he is a Canon Sue, Ensign Sue has broken down in her cell after discovering she no longer has Sue powers, and Sue Prime's plan appears to have succeeded.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: The Sues are clearly living in their own little world.
- Chibi: The whole comic is drawn in this style. Which, of course, makes everything much funnier.
- Coats Are Off: "Wrath of Khan" Khan defeats "Into Darkness" Khan this way. The sheer magnificence of his pectorals does him in.
- Cosmetically Advanced Prequel: The Doctor of course knows all about The Aesthetics of Technology
- Crapsaccharine World: Sue Prime's "new universe", Sueranus.
- Crazy Enough to Work: McCoy lampshades Kirk's tendency to invent these type of schemes almost word for word.
- Complexity Addiction: Sue Prime gets diagnosed with this ailment when she explains her plan to the cast:
The Doctor: That... seems needlessly complex.
- Cute Bruiser: "They had no honor!"
- The Cutie: Ensign Sue.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Naturally, a number of the characters have them, but especially the Sues.
- As per Canon in the Continuity Reboot, Captain Kirk lost his father from the destruction of the USS Kelvin and spent his youth angry at the world. Spock mentions his tragic past as proof of Kirk's apparent Suehood.
- Ensign Sue was also a victim of the Kelvin's destruction. She was then raised by worms in a wormhole! And then the worms died...
- Darkest Hour: The end of Chapter 2. Chapter 3 eventually reaches the point where Sue Prime has been freed and created her new sue-niverse, naming it Sueranus, and all that's left is a resistance group.
- Deadpan Snarker: Spock, unsurprisingly.
Spock: Your consummate professionalism is nothing short of inspiring, Captain.
Kirk: I hate you, Spock.
- Deconstructive Parody: The premise is basically "What would happen if someone as self-centered, oblivious and powerful as a Mary Sue showed up on the Enterprise?"
- Deliberately Monochrome: The First Doctor. "You're looking a little pale."
- Depraved Bisexual: Mirror Sue makes out with Uhura to prove she is evil.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Somehow, the gang completely manage to miss the significance of Chekov's new girlfriend showing up at their strategy meeting. Played for laughs, just like everything else. The Captain becomes suspicious when she repeatedly shows up in officer only meetings, but Chekov's girlfriend turns out to be innocent of being a Sue.
- Doppelgänger Crossover: BBC Sherlock and Reboot Khan. Played with regarding Denny Crane.
- Downer Ending: Ensign 2 ends like this, setting up part three: Crisis of Infinite Sues.
- Dramatic Unmask: Wolverine-sue rips off his mask when he reveals himself as a Sue.
- Dressed in Layers:
- When searching various universes for Sues in the sequel, upon seeing Kirk the Sue in the Harry Potter universe rips off her uniform to show a Starfleet uniform is underneath, meaning she is the original Sue. Kirk wonders how long she's been wearing it like that.
- Denny Crane's appearance starts with him tearing off a Starfleet uniform, revealing a business suit underneath.
- Evil Brunette Twin: Empress Sue stands out from her Sue sisters for being the only black haired Sue among the blondesnote . After all, she's evil.
- Eureka Moment: Possibly one of the funniest renditions ever. Young!Spock finally realizes who the threat to the universe that his Prime self warned him of is.
- Evil Twin: Mirror Sue. Sherlock has one too, that seems to be Khan.
- Even Sues Have Standards: Even Wolverine!Sue thinks that Sue Prime's plan is kind of dumb.
- Expospeak Gag: Mary Sue reveals her dark secret to McCoy: she has pedal transient paresthesia! Her foot's asleep. Also a Continuity Nod to Star Trek IV, where McCoy uses fancy terms for cramps to get through a hospital with a crewmember feigning illness.
- Face Palm: Repeatedly.
- Famous Last Words:
- "Hurray! An away mission with my three favorite men. This is the happiest day of my—" Ensign Sue, before going on a mission as a Red Shirt.
- "Those pectoral muscles, so real, so magnificent...no! I was so close...so..." Khan, right before being vaporized by Khan Prime.
- Fandom Rivalry: The rivalry between the Star Trek and Star Wars fandoms is lampshaded when the Star Trek characters end up in the Star Wars universe:
Scotty: There's just somethin' not right with this universe.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Spock, naturally, once or twice.
- The Final Temptation: Ensign Sue starts to question herself and feel bad after she lost her Sue privilege powers. British Sue then shows up to tell her that their Mother will fix that and that she, Ensign Sue, has always been Mother's favorite. It looks like Ensign was about to turn back from her character development, now that she has been informed that she's special again, but seeing Kirk's Heroic BSOD and Sue!Spock makes her realize that this stopped being about her a long time ago.
- First Name Basis: Parodied. Ensign Sue addresses all the crew members by their first names and is often told to use their last names or official titles. This becomes a Rant Inducing Slight 2/3rds of the way through the sequel.
- Flawed Prototype: Ensign Sue, who doesn't have the Psychic Link all other Sues share with their mother, Sue Prime.
Kirk: We don't know if they have similar appearances, but they should all exhibit reality-warping powers... Fantastically and unbelievably capable, playing by their own rules with little to no consequence, and doing things that just shouldn't be possible.
Dr. McCoy: You describing yourself there, Jim?
- Also, in the finale of Ensing Sue Must Die, we see a collection of Sues. Among them, is Wolverine. He is later introduced into the story as an ally. And then he betrays the cast by revealing himself to be a male Sue
- Freak Out!: Poor Spock.
- From Bad to Worse: Scotty's reaction to when he beams down Ensign Sue during an ion storm...only to have EMPRESS Sue beam back with Ensign Sue.
- Funetik Aksent: Chekov and Scotty.
- Gag Boobs
- Gainaxing: Along with the above.
- Gender Bender: The Doctor's final regeneration takes the form of an alternate 13th Doctor played by Joanna Lumley, from the comic relief parody, Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death. Captain Kirk asks her out, which gets a little awkward after the universe resets and she reverts back to 10.
- Genre Deconstruction: If Mary Sue fics can be called a genre. It starts by showing how characters might really react to someone who acts like Mary Sue, then goes on to show what actually makes someone a Mary Sue, and what might happen if such a character suddenly lost their Sue privileges. All while maintaining a healthy amount of humor, of course.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot:
- Mirror Sue demonstrates how evil she is... by making out with Uhura. When Spock relays the events to Kirk, Kirk remarks that he likes this Sue better.
- When Uhura takes advantage of this to defeat Mirror Sue, Chekov calls it "...the best thing I've ever seen."
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: Mirror Sue having black hair and a gray outfit, and regular Sue having blonde hair and a blue uniform.
- God Is Evil: No, worse! God is another Mary Sue.
- God-Mode Sue: Naturally, Sues can do anything, even things that the Word of God for a given fictional universe says is absolutely impossible, like defying All Deaths Final. The leader of the Sues, Sue Prime, is very literally this. When the Sues take over, Spock says that there are no more rules, and the universe is free of convention.
- Go Out with a Smile: Ensign Sue starts to disappear after Prime Sue's defeat. She smiles since everybody she loves is safe now.
- Graceful Loser: The Sues take defeat better than we thought, as Prime Sue recognizes her selfishness and immaturity.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Anna Mae Sue(-chan) the Sue of the Pokémon world in Ensign Two speaks almost exclusively in sentences with random and horribly broken Japanese sprinkled in. She later contacts the bridge and her mangling of the language (including using "boku" instead of "watashi") break Sulu's brain). She does it again.
Sulu: Argh! Her pidgin Japanese is killing me!
- Half-Human Hybrid: Sue is inconsistent about this. It seems either she can spontaneously change species, or she's simultaneously half-human, half-vulcan, half-klingon, half-deity, half-time lord, and half-basically everything else.
- Hand Wave: The in-universe explanation for why the Doctor regenerating has become a Running Gag in "Ensignł" (especially how it goes out-of-ordernote ). The presence of several Sues in the same dimension is causing the laws of the universe to bend or out right break, which also applies to the rules, lore, and logic the Doctor normally is bound by.
- Heinz Hybrid: Ensign Sue almost reaches a double-digit number of halves, as she seems to gain a new one every time she meets a new race.
- Hellbent For Leather: Her uniform has leather boots.
- Heroic BSOD: Kirk breaks after finding out he just might be another Sue.
- Hiding The Handicap: Played with. Ensign Sue claims to have done hidden her dreaded "pedal transient paresthesia" her whole life. (Given that that's a fancy term for her foot being asleep, it probably didn't take much effort.)
- His Name Is...: Just as Wesley is about to reveal his findings that will allow them to neutralize the Sues, he gets captured in a pokeball for being a Sue.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Ensign Sue has these, according to herself. She loses this ability when she loses her Sue powers, and she finds it somewhat funny.
- I Am Very British: British Sue is a mix of every British stereotype note in a single Sue character. She also shouts random British references when excited.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Kirk has one with Sue!Spock. He breaks free with Ensign Sue's help.
Ensign Sue: The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the Sue!
Spock: Ensign, that is... logical.
- In Mysterious Ways: Sue Prime's defense when the characters begin to critique her plan.
- Interactive Narrator
- Intimate Healing: In the first arc, Ensign Sue is a true believer of this.
- Kaleidoscope Eyes: And hair, and Beauty Mark... we can even see them in the process of changing.
- Kawaii: Sue — although according to Sulu, the term kawaii will be excised from the Japanese language in the mid-21st century, due to rampant overuse by American teenage girls.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: Apparently Sue-exposure has had some lingering effects on Captain Picard.
- La Résistance: After Sue Prime created her "perfect" world, Sherlock Holmes rallied what The Doctor called "The most powerful resistance in the multiverse", comprised of Bruce Lee, Optimus Prime, Phil Coulson, Luigi, Mr T, Megaman, Pippi Longstocking, Scrooge McDuck, Buffy, Michelangelo, Snake Eyes, Sailor Moon, Micheal Jordan, Spinks, Applejack, Superman, Rabbid, Sam and Dean Winchester, Hercules, Speedy Gonzales and SWAT Kats.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: An interesting variation at the end.
- Logic Bomb:
- When Spock gives several facts about Kirk that back his allegations that KIRK, is a Sue, too. It leads to a Big "NO!" from Kirk.
- Logic (or more accurently, criticism) seems to be the Sue's weak spot, especially for God Sue.
- Love Hungry: The defining personality trait of the Sues. Especially God Sue. Made more ironic when revealed that she is incapable of loving anything, even Spock.
- Luminescent Blush: "Luckily, even with their love for each other, they will always pine for me..."
- Manga-esque: A borderline case.
- Mark of the Beast: One character asserts that the Sues' beauty marks are in fact the mark of the beast.
- Marty Stu: In The Wrath of Sue, it is revealed that Sue does indeed have male counterparts.
- The first one openly introduced is Wesley from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Inevitably, Sonichu.
- Wolverine, though this turns out to be a case of Sue corruption.
- Spock is given this theme after being brainwashed by the Sues, though he claims that Kirk is in fact the actual Sue. It takes reassurance from Denny Crane to help Kirk realize that being exceptional in and of itself is not what makes a Sue.
- Mary Sue: The main theme of the series. The trope is Invoked, Parodied, Deconstructed, and overall Played With in many, many different ways. The major Sues are:
- Ensign Sue, a medical officer serving the USS Enterprise.
- Empress Sue of the Terran Empire.
- Anna Mae Sue, the Sue of the Pokémon world.
- Sue Prime, the Big Bad. It is hinted by her words in the end of the second series that she is the ORIGINAL Mary Sue.
- Confirmed as of Crisis of Infinite Sues.
- Mary Suetopia: Sue Prime's ultimate goal.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: At the very end, as Kirk wonders upon Ensign Sue, who had to be gradually Retgonned to return the multiverse to normal, he encounters an ensign on medical staff very similar to her named Ensign Mary Smith. Spock and Captain Kirk both agree that the universe is a very strange place.
- Meaningful Name: Anna Mae, anyone?
- Mega Crossover:
- Ensign Two: Wrath of Sue is shaping up to be one of these. So far, the Tenth Doctor and Sherlock have appeared on the Enterprise and thus far, they have visited the Pokémon world, the Marvel Universe, Equestria, the DC Universe, and the "prime" Star Trek universe in the 24th century.
- A montage shows Spock's team visiting the following worlds: Kingdom Hearts, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Transformers, The Da Vinci Code, The Smurfs, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Supernatural, Equestria, and inevitably, Sonic the Hedgehog. The continuation has Star Wars, Twilight and AKIRA.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Mirror Sue is Empress, not a minion, but she isn't very good at being evil. To be fair, Sues are proven to be unreliable narrators at best, and given the amount of dislike shown to her in the Mirror Universe, she's unlikely to actually be in charge.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Gasp! Not pedal transient paresthesia!
- Mixed Ancestry/Too Many Halves: She's half-Vulcan... and half-Klingon... and half-Russian... and half-Japanese... and half-Deity ... and half Time Lord. Anne May is apparently half Q.
- Moe Stare: All Sues have this in promotional art, and sometime in-universe. They have mastered it to the point of being a lethal and annoying weapon.
- The Mole: Wolverine is also a Sue, and backstabs, literally, the Doctor.
- Multicolored Hair: Pink and blonde; see page image. Well, more specifically, pink and blue and purple and yellow and...
- My God, What Have I Done?: Sue Prime briefly experiences this when she believes herself to have vaporised Ambassador Spock in a moment of rage.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Played for Laughs in comics 8 and 9.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Not all Sues are blessed with this trait, but many of them, especially Ensign Sue, are able to spontaneously possess powers as necessary. Ensign Sue breaks down when she finds out that she can't do this anymore.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: They kill Sue, but Sue Prime turns her into a Harry Potter Sue and creates Sues in many other universes. Later, Kirk's frustrated decision to throw Ensign Sue into the brig puts a strain on the relationship between him and the only Sue who was sympathetic and helpful to him.
- No Kill Like Overkill: The phasers here have Overkill, as well as Pocket Death Star setting.
- Not So Above It All: Sulu reacts exactly how you'd expect a real Japanese person would to Sue's more obnoxious fangirl tendencies, but he himself daydreams about Kirk in a similar way to Ensign Sue's Yaoi Fangirl mode.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: When we are first introduced to Empress Sue of the Terran Empire, she is just as oblivious as any other Sue, and while a self-described evil doer, her definition of "evil" is entirely composed of style. But when she reappears in the sequel, she's entirely capable of beating people up on her own and teamed up with the murderous Wolverine Sue.
- No, You:
- Obliviously Evil: The Sues may threaten the fabric of the universe and gradually warp the minds of everyone around them, but most of them are unaware of this or oblivious to its implications, and Ensign Sue acts guilty when told about it. After getting Brought Down to Normal, Ensign Sue becomes significantly less oblivious and prompts confusion from one of her sisters when she asks why their actions are making everyone else upset.
- Oh, Crap:
- Only Sane Sue: British Sue, being a stereotype of brainy and stern British, is less childlike than the other Sues and her speech pattern doesn't follow any known fandom. Of course, like a proper Sue she is, she also has her gimmicks.
- Other Me Annoys Me: "Jim's right. I AM a jerk!"
- When Ensign Sue grows out of her Suehood, Khan muses "Oh, what it must be like to see reflections of yourself and have these childish creatures staring back at you..."
- Overly Long Gag: When Khan breaks the Doctor's neck, he says, "Aargh! Seriously not funny anymore!"
- Overly Long Name: Mary Amethyst Star Enoby Aiko Archer Picard Janeway Sue.
- Painting the Medium: Sue's thought bubbles change color the moment she realizes how far Sues have warped reality.
- Parallel Universe
- Parody Sue: The Webcomic!
- Pieces of God: Travelling into the mundane dimension is enough to make Sue Prime Brought Down to Normal. To bypass this, she sent pieces of herself across the veil. These pieces manifested as the Sues. Most of the Sues are connected to her thoughts. The only exception is Ensign Sue, due to being the first piece made and thus a Flawed Prototype.
- Plot Armor: Three guesses, and the first two don't count. Combined with her reality-warping abilities, and you get the Person of Mass Destruction who wrecked the X-Mansion in the sequel.
- Plot Hole: Sue's power is capable of creating these in order to make her "perfection" possible. For example, Ensign Sue is the youngest Starfleet officer ever. And yet, just like Kirk, she was somehow a victim of the Kelvin's destruction, even though that should make her too old.
- Precious Puppies: Le' Cutest of Beagles.
- Psychopathic Manchild: All of the Sues have a childlike disregard for the extremely dangerous consequences that should result from their whimsical actions (which somehow usually don't happen thanks to their nature), but Anna Mae in particular takes this to sociopathic levels when she steals the TARDIS, attacks the X-men, and kidnaps Ambassador Spock, freezing him in carbonite.
- Psychic Link: All Sues, save Ensign Sue, share a connection, linking them to Sue Prime's thoughts.
- Punny Name:
- Raised By Worms: Apparently, Ensign Sue was found and raised by worms living in a wormhole.
"And then the worms died..."
- Rant Inducing Slight: Kirk finally loses it toward the end of the second episode when Ensign Sue calls him "James" one too many times. The opening to Chapter 3 has Kirk unsure where Sue's loyalty is, or if she's willing to help them in the wake of it.
- Readings Are Off the Scale: Anna Mae Sue directly references the trope when she states that Ambassador Spock's power level has reached "over 9000 desu!!!"
- Reality Warper: This is what makes Sue go beyond a mere annoyance and present a true threat. Not only does the universe gradually shift itself according to her whims to make her perfection possible, but given enough time, she will warp the minds of everyone around her.
- Red Shirt:
- The only possible way to kill Ensign Sue, as the increase in mortality rate is the only concept stronger than her ability to bend reality.
- Specifically defied later on during the sequel. Only named senior officers go around catching all the Sues because of the likelyhood of this happening along the way.
- Reference Overdosed: The ending strip has loads of references, including Harry Potter, Star Wars, X-Men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony, Naruto, Bleach, Supergirl, Sailor Moon, Sonic the Hedgehog and Ghostbusters, all about to be overcome by Sues.
- Relationship Sue: In-Universe!
- Ensign Sue clearly sees herself in this light, including asking Uhura to "step aside" form her relationship with Spock and constantly insisting that she and Kirk share a deep love.
- Also Sue Prime, who is "destroying the fabric of the universe just to romance a wrinkled timedisplaced vulcan".
- Retgone: At the end of the comic, all of the Sues fade from existence and everything goes back to normal. All of the characters gradually forget the events of the comic entirely, and Captain Kirk tries to think on Ensign Sue while he still can.
- The Reveal: That Sue Prime is Lt. Mary Sue from "A Trekkie's Tale" - the Mary Sue Trope Namer.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: "Le Cutest of Beagle"
- The Scrappy: Ensign Sue is this In-Universe. Nobody likes her, unless she's been present long enough for her Black Hole Sue Reality Warping powers to take effect. Once she loses her Sue powers, she gets accepted by the non-Sue characters, and one of the villains.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Old Spock leaves as soon as Sue arrives.
- Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Sue is sure her mirror self is evil, simply because of her clothes.
- Sequel Hook: At the end of chapter 1, Sue Prime brings Ensign Sue Back from the Dead and spreads Sues throughout the Multiverse.
- Shadow Archetype: Ensign Sue (after Character Development) becomes the polar oppose of God Sue, in Ensignł. Ensign is implied to literally be God Sue's empathy and love, so God Sue (and by extension, the other Sues) are incapable of loving anything and only care about their own selfish desire of being loved. Even their own designs are mirror-like: Ensign's eyes and mark are pink and her hair is purple, her hair is down and she wears the blue uniform; God Sue's eyes and mark are purple and hair pink, her hair is up in a beehive and she wears the yellow uniform.
- Skyward Scream: Kirk's reaction to a brainwashed Spock's allegation KIRK is a Sue, too.
- The Sociopath: Anna Mae Sue has become this, revealing that she froze Spock Prime in carbonite in the stolen TARDIS, describing it as "kawaii!" She also doesn't even try to listen to or empathize with others, something not even Ensign Sue was guilty of.
- SpaceX: Her Spunicorn is "like a unicorn, but it's in space"!
- Spanner in the Works: Ensign Sue herself, though with New Powers as the Plot Demands, she foils the crew's attempts to get rid of her—though with each new power, they Didn't See That Coming.
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: When Sue admits her "horrible" medical condition.
- Stocking Filler: Her uniforms inexplicably has fishnet stockings. Spock even notes it when she shows up.
- Suckiness Is Painful: Sulu finds Anna Mae Sue's Gratuitous Japanese bad enough to claim it's killing him.
- Sympathetic Sue:
- Naturally, many of the Sues have Dark And Troubled Pasts. And some of them have a "cursed" life. Which is basically Ensign Sue's response upon being told that she is the Unwitting Pawn of a power threatening the multiverse.
- A more literal version in how Ensign Sue is the only one of the Sues people can really sympathize with at all.
- Take That: Canon characters aren't immune from being a Sue. Wesley Crusher, for example.
- They Call Me CAPTAIN Kirk: Sue calling the crew by their first names was enough of a Berserk Button to get called out on it by Kirk in Ensign Two. She stops starting with her Heel Realization in Cubed. Kirk takes it after her apology and plea as a sign of trust.
Kirk: You had me at Captain.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: A concise summary of the first story's plot.
- Thinks Like A Bad Fanfic: Sue clearly sees everything as if it's being manipulated by a Sue-loving author. Thankfully it turns out she won't be made right unless people are subjected to too much Sue-presence, but sadly, the Harry Potter characters were....
- Thirty Sue Pileup: Used In-Universe.
- Quite intentionally, Sue is all 30 rolled into one overenthusiastic package.
- The other variation is occurring in Crisis with dozens of Sues infesting the Enterprise and planning to take over the multiverse.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: The actual Aquaman is delighted when asked to help out with something real. It didn't take long at all to find the superheroine Sue though.
- Title Drop: Happens during Chapter 1, when Spock realizes that Sue could threaten the entire universe.
- Token Good Teammate: Ensign Sue is this to the Sues now that losing her Sue powers has allowed her to see the reality of the situation.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Spock claims that Kirk is one of the Sues. Kirk's reaction is a Big "NO!" done as a Skyward Scream.
- Too Dumb to Live: Ensign Sue would be this, if she weren't a Mary Sue. Repeatedly avoids death through New Powers as the Plot Demands.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Empress Sue of the Terran Empire actually enjoys the Agony Booth.
- Too Many Halves: Ensign Sue keeps telling whoever she is interested in that she's half of his ethnicity.
- Trilogy Creep: Played with on the promo 'poster' for part three.
Everything is a Trilogy now...
- Troll: Sue Prime accuses this of anyone who points out how needlessly complex and stupid her master plan is.
- Troubled Fetal Position: Kirk's reaction to learning he's a Sue.
- Two-Part Trilogy: Part one is mostly self-contained, part two ends on a cliffhanger.
- Unicorn: "It flies at warp speed and farts stardust."
- Unwanted Harem: Mirror Kirk really doesn't like two Sues hanging on him.
- Up to Eleven: Spock sets his phaser to "Pocket Death Star". It still doesn't kill Mary Sue.
- Unreliable Narrator: Shown in strip 4, which Sue narrates. Given how she sees things, she's likely doing it all the time.
- Uriah Gambit: The others try to get Sue killed by throwing her into situations she survives, mostly because of New Powers as the Plot Demands coupled with Rule of Funny.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: The leader of the Sues plans to create a utopia of great power and wisdom. Given how annoying and self-centered the Sues are, as well as how much trouble they have been causing, this probably isn't a good thing.
- Villainous Breakdown: Sue Prime has a major one when Spock points out her own inability to love anything is proof her plan to make the multiverse love her is flawed. She snaps, screaming "SHUT UP!" over and over while attempting to vaporize him.
- Villainous BSOD: Ensign Sue curls up in a ball and cries after her Heel Realization.
- Villain Sue: Invoked with Mirror!Sue, though her definition of evil is rather weak... Until the sequel, that is...
- We Hardly Knew Ye: The 11th Doctor only appears in four strips (the last one of Ensign Two and the first three of Ensignł) before he gets shot by Sue!Spock. Later, 12 only gets one and 9 only gets 6/7th of one before giving way to 6.
- Wham Episode:
- The 30th strip of "Ensign Two": Spock, the Doctor, and Wolverine board the TARDIS to confront Anna Mae Sue, only for Mirror!Sue to appears and knock Spock out with the Infinity Gauntlet and Wolverine showing his true colors by stabbing the Doctor. And when Spock gets back to the Enterprise, He's become a Sue. HOO, boy...
- The 42nd strip of Crisis of Infinite Sues. Prime Spock ask to God Sue if she truly loves him. Sue giggles at such silly question and prepare to affirm. But she can't. She's physically incapable of lying to herself. This shows that if she's lying about loving Spock, the one she claims to be the one she's doing all this for, then she doesn't love anyone. Then Spock implies that Ensign holds Sue's love and empathy, as her first created piece. God Sue, unwilling to accept the truth, shoots a kamehame hadouken at Spock!
- What Have I Done: Ensign Sue when she realizes that she will be responsible for the Sues conquering the Enterprise.
Ensign Sue: Captain...I'm so sorry...
- What Is A Sue?: Ensign 3 begins a debate on what really counts as a Sue. As a twist, though it's a conversation that Denny Crane points out to Kirk that there was nothing wrong with being exceptional and that he is defined by his choices and what he does. At the same time, Sgt. T.J. Hooker talks to Ensign Sue. He tells she is not useless and that she does not have to be exceptional for her to help the people she cares about and that she should be liked for who she is.
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Her?:
- It doesn't work, she's immune to phasers.
- Sue!Spock also averts this by immediately shooting the Eleventh Doctor on sight, and the Twelfth soon after.
- Widget Series: Uhura's opinion of any universe where the weird stuff is centered on Japan.
- Wingding Eyes: Sue's eyes turn into stars and other shapes.
- Winged Unicorn: Almost every Sue in Ponyville, including Twilight Sparkle.
- Wolverine Publicity: Literally, Wolverine joins Spock's team in search for the Sues. Lampshaded by Captain America himself.
"I don't know how things work in your universe, but if there's a team around here, Wolverine has to be on it."
- Would Hit a Girl:
- Khan isn't above doing this to a Sue that annoys him sufficiently. Not that she seems to mind.
- He also doesn't have any qualms about knocking out Ensign Sue with a punch to the gut.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Ensign Sue demonstrates that she finds the idea of Kirk × Spock quite alluring. Of course, even in this scenario, she thinks that deep down they'd still pine for her.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Twice in Ensign 3. Denny Crane explains to Kirk that being exceptional doesn't make him a Sue, it just makes him a bit interesting. Next Sgt. T.J. Hooker then tells Ensign Sue that not being her old definition of special doesn't make her unlovable, especially when she's determined to try and save her friends, also telling her that no one is perfect.
- You Are What You Hate:
- The Logic Bomb a brainwashed Spock drops on Kirk is this. The opening to Chapter 3 has Empress Sue razz Kirk during his Captain's Log, telling him "You're really getting in touch with your inner Sue!" and making him drop a Big "NO!" in response.
- Ensign Sue has begun to dislike Sue behavior now that she has lost her powers and is becoming a developed character. Khan points this out to her, and actually finds it admirable, not liking to be around the Sues himself.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Kirk does a Captain's Log, lamenting all that has happened, only to be interrupted by Empress Sue, who compliments him on "getting in touch with [his] inner Sue." Cue another Big "NO!".
- You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: When Ensign Sue realizes that the Enterprise crew will be assimilated and it's all her fault, she calls Kirk "Captain" rather than "James."
- After Spock Prime pretty much spelled out on how Mary Sue Prime really didn't love him, she lost it and shot a massive laser at him with the intent to destory him. Everyone even her though ti happened and she was shocked, before revealing that the laser did not hurt him, but turn him into Super Spock, he refers to Sue Prime as Mary. This is due to reevaluation of her. Despite claiming and proving she did not truly love him, she could neve destroy him and in fact just ended up making even more powerful. At her core, Mary Sue Prime loves these chaacters, albeit not in a traditional, healthy or perhaps even understandable way. It's this along with Ensign's words that lead to her downfall.