Well, he was supposed
to score high, but that doesn't really have anything to do with this. What I was referring to was this section from the post in question:
11. Has your character been tortured?
(Cool and Unusual Punishment
probably shouldn't count, but I did say I'm checking every question that could possibly be seen as a "yes")
This referred to an incident where the bad guys "tortured" him by reading to him from celebrity gossip magazines.
I'm concerned that this somehow created that impression that Cool and Unusual Punishment
was even slightly something associated with Mary Sues
, when it could not possibly be further from it. To quote the actual definition:
Besides, why beat the hero when you can torture him with the most horrible thing in the universe... six hours of opera (Scare Chord)! Or six hours of laxative commercials, or six hours of the Ice Capades. Basically anything so bad that the Suckiness Is Painful. It would make anyone confess.
A variant is for the villain to do torture that is so ridiculous it would never work, but everyone acts as if it would.
Or the laconic: "ridiculous punishments". This is not something that would give characters "cool" points. It is not something that would give them sympathy points, at least not of The Woobie
type. It's almost purely a comedy trope and I can't see what it's doing on the test.
edited 22nd Sep '11 11:04:28 AM by nrjxll