I take issue with these Mary Sue tests. They are, in a word, biased to the author's preferences. For example, the one at katfeete.net apparently counts wearing a duster coat (well, they put it as "trench coat", same thing in practice) towards the overal Mary Sue-ness. Never mind the fact that my character wears it because he spends most of his time in the fucking desert.
I wish people could stop being paranoid about being a Mary Sue, or what level of sueness their characters exhibit.
Edit: And there's this one: "[X] appears to die but later turns out not to be dead after all." WHAT?! THAT'S NOT EVEN A CHARACTER TROPE! THAT'S A FUCKING NARRATIVE TROPE YOU INBRED SCUMFUCK WEASELCOCK AAAARGHRBRRLBRLBRLBRL
Sorry, I'm over iAAARGHBRLBRLBRL-
We now track my thought process over the rest of this test.
And getting resurrected over the course of the story counts too?! Jesus hogwrestling Christ!
Suffering guilt over something they did in the past? Extra Mary Sue points, y'all. Obviously a balanced and well thought-out character doesn't care that he, for example, fed a woman to a horde of alligators in a fit of outrage. Just whistle down the wind and walk right on, cowboy, nuthin' wrong with that.
Okay come on, what the fuck, half of these are narrative tropes rather than character tropes.
Okay, legitimate Mary Sue traits as far as the eye can see, now...
Results: "In general, you care deeply about [X], but you're smart enough to let him stand on his own, without burdening him with your personal fantasies or propping him up with idealization and over-dramatization. John is a healthy character with a promising career ahead of him. "
There you have it, folks. If you want good characters, bully the fuck out of them and don't let up.
edited 4th Apr '11 12:12:44 AM by MisterAlways