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.
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.
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.
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.
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.invoked
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!"
Canon Sue: Some of the Sues are canonical characters, including:invoked
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.
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.invoked
Chibi: The whole comic is drawn in this style. Which, of course, makes everything much funnier.
Crazy Enough to Work: McCoy lampshades Kirk's tendency to invent these type of schemes almost word for word.
Cry for the Devil: Ensign Sue starting from Episode 2 Strip 27. Stripped of her powers and rejected by the crew of the Enterprise, she finally gets a genuinely sympathetic moment. Then Anna Mae Sue releases her from the brig as the bridge crew are paraded by them in chains, Spock with a phaser behind them being snuggled by Wolverine Sue...
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...
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.
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.
The Final Temptation: Ensign Sue starts to question herself and feel bad after she lost her Sueprivilegepowers. 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.
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
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.
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.invoked
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.
Hand Wave: The in-universe explanation for why the Doctor regenerating has become a Running Gag in "Ensignł" (especially how it's starting to go out-of-ordernote Currently:10 -> 11 -> 12 -> 9 -> 6 ~> 7 -> 2 -> 4 -> 8). 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.
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.
I Am Very British: British Sue is a mix of every British stereotype note The "Keep Calm" crown on her purple scarf that goes with her version of Sherlock's coat, Harry Potter's glasses, a pin with the Great Britain's flag, a deer hat and wears pearls instead of extravagant earpins in a single Sue character. She also shouts random British references when excited.
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 major Sues are:invoked
Ensign Sue, a medical officer serving the USS Enterprise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Doctor and the readers in Ensign 2 when we are reminded that Wolverine is also a Sue. Also, Mirror!Sue has the Infinity Gauntlet.
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: 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..."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"!
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.
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....
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...
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 Craig 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.
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.
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.