A new Mary Sue test:
- a. Does he or she often state these opinions, argue with other characters about them, or try to win them over?
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- a. Did he or she not know it?
- b. Were one or both parents killed tragically, especially by the bad guy?
- c. Has your character sworn revenge for their deaths?
- a. Was his or her entire town destroyed?
- b. Was his or her entire country or planet destroyed?
- a. Was it your character's fault?
- b. Does he or she only think it was his or her fault?
- c. Does everyone else try to convince him or her it wasn't his or her fault?
- a. Something that wasn't his or her fault?
- b. Does everyone else try to convince him or her that it wasn't his or her fault?
- a. Is your character a good guy from an evil race or culture?
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- a. Is your character's race especially rare (less than 1% of the population)?
- b. Is your character's race completely unknown in that place, or previously undiscovered?
- a. Three or more races?
- b. With the benefits of all of them, but none of the weaknesses? (Score five points for this question.)
- a. Do other characters comment on it?
- b. Does your character glow or sparkle?
- a. Does your character use a sword or similar in a setting where more advanced weapons have rendered them impractical?
- b. Is the weapon out of place in that culture (such as a katana in medieval Europe)?
- c. Is it claymore-sized or larger?
- a. Or is the outfit sexy and revealing?
- b. Is it impractical for the setting?
- c. Do you wish you had your character's outfit?
- a. A long-lost heir or similar?
- a. One earned by some feat of great renown?
- a. Is he or she valedictorian?
- b. Is he or she captain of a sports team? Score just one point if it's a less popular sport in the setting, like cross-country.
- a. Is there no good explanation for why he or she is good at them?
- a. More than one thing?
- b. Without a good explanation?
- a. Faster than anyone has ever learned that skill?
- b. Does he or she defeat the master who taught him or her those skills? (Skip this question if the mentor is old and infirm or has otherwise lost some of his or her skills.)
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- a. Does it have it contain apostrophes, hyphens, non-English (or whatever language you are writing in) letters, or is it otherwise near-unpronounceable?
- b. Is it a word that isn't usually a name?
- c. Is it a name usually given to the opposite gender (not counting names that work for both genders, like Sam and Jordan)?
- d. More than three names, not counting titles?
- a. More than one?
- a. More than one?
- b. Is it a mythical or supernatural creature?
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- a. Does he or she defeat every antagonist by him- or herself?
- b. Does your character defeat villains who are much more powerful than him or her?
- c. Does your character win easily without a struggle?
- a. Does he or she defeat an entire army by him- or herself?
- a. Do skilled characters need his or her help with the things they're supposed to be good at?
- a. As far more important than larger threats?
- a. Does the world behave differently around him- or her (flowers blooming, the sun coming out, etc)?
- a. Or, when he or she is absent, do the other characters always end up talking about her?
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- a. Everyone except villains, who automatically hate him or her?
- b. Do people obsess over him or her (following him or her around, wanting to be just like him or her, etc)?
- c. Even if your character is mean to him or her?
- b. Is it obsessive hate?
- c. Does everyone else in the story hate them for it?
- d. Does something bad happen to people who dislike your character, especially ironically?
- e. Does the person who disliked him or her die (not counting villains)?
- f. Would he or she have died, but your character saves him or her?
- a. Does your character get to have sex with lots of other characters?
- b. Or could he or she if he or she weren't too virtuous?
- c. Do people of the wrong sexual orientation fall in love with your character?
- d. People who ought to be out of his or her league?
- e. Villains or enemies?
- a. Through love and/or sex?
- a. Does he or she not get in trouble for it?
- b. Does he or she convince the authorities that he or she is right?
- a. Or does he or she get a cool punishment when other people would get a serious punishment?
- b. If he or she does get punished, does the authority figure wish he or she didn't have to punish your character (and only your character)?
- a. Alternately, are there no disagreements because everyone knows your character is right?
- b. Does something happen that proves him or her right?
- c. Is the person who disagreed with him or her punished, especially ironically (skip this and the following if you already counted it in question 67)?
- d. Does the person who disagreed die?
- e. Would he or she have died, but your character saves him or her?
- a. Does he or she convince other people of his or her views?
- b. Does he or she change the entire culture to his or her views?
- a. Something that no one is allowed to do?
- a. If your character does have a job, is he or she never seen actually doing it?
- b. If your character is in school, is he or she never seen studying, but always gets good grades?
- a. Are his or her only personality flaws stubbornness, impulsiveness, or a bad temper?
- b. Are these always justified (he or she only impulsively does the right thing)?
- a. Does he or she consider his or her popularity to be a curse?
- b. How about his or her exceptional talents?
- a. Does your character come back from the dead because the world needs him or her so badly? (Score five points for this question.)
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- a. A different (real) ethnicity?
- b. A different sexual orientation?
- a. Is he or she a senior (65+ or the equivalent)?
- a. Is he or she disfigured in a way that is not cool or sexy?
- a. Are there significant negative consequences?
- b. Does he or she ever lose a fight against someone of the same or lesser skill level?
- c. Does your character ever ignore a problem hoping it will go away (but it doesn't), or give up on something without trying?
- a. Does your character get rescued by someone who isn't a love interest?
- a. Does a wrong choice ever lead to negative consequences?
- a. Do other characters call him or her out on it?
- b. Does he or she admit that he or she shouldn't have done it and tries to change?
- a. Alternately, is your character in a committed relationship for the whole story with no significant romantic rivals?
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edited 17th Sep '11 5:50:53 PM by jewelleddragon
- Henrietta from Gunslinger Girl: Universal 39, Writer's 43, this test 30 before de-suifiers, 18 after.
- Liriel from Drowtales: Universal 33, Writer's 39, this 56 before de-suifiers, 28 after (!)
- the Arbiter of Planes (NPC deity character, leader of a wing of the Celestial Bureaucracy), got 60 before de-suifiers, 32 after (!)
- Lura Bogmort (1/4 Orc 1/4 Succubus rogue): 35 before, 21 after.
- Nekssa the Insane Marilith, Minion with an F in Evil: 55 before, 29 after.
- Torrin Nalsarkoth: (nerdy Dark elf scholar): 14 before, 4 after.
edited 17th Sep '11 6:03:24 PM by FrodoGoofballCoTV
- When your character is not in a scene, are the other characters always talking about them amongst each other, especially if the subject is brought up out of the blue and not a result of the natural flow of the conversation?
edited 17th Sep '11 6:19:19 PM by Wolf1066