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The Mary Sue trope is the butt of a lot of jokes, and it's not hard to see why: it's fun to make fun of. Who doesn't love to pick apart these indulgent, immortal and blessed Author Avatars? But wouldn't it be even more fun to create an intentional Sue and play it for comedy?

A Parody Sue intentionally evokes a generic Mary Sue storyline with one of the following resolutions:

  1. The character succeeds and the whole universe ends up falling to her buxom charms, usually being made into her all-encompassing harem, except for maybe one snarky guy who knows exactly how stupid this is.
  2. The character fails, either because there's just too many other stock Mary Sues competing for that position or because the other characters see how genuinely shallow and uninteresting the character really is.
  3. The character is perfect in ALMOST every way. The ways she's not perfect affects her life the most.

This character can overlap with any of the other Mary Sue types, so long as it's fairly obvious the story is basically a big Take That! at Mary Sue. One good sign of a Parody Sue is when the story points out the Canon Defilement caused by Sue's presence and actions.

However, it takes the steady hand of a skilled writer to make this kind of character work, even if they're playing it for laughs. Don't be fooled if somebody claims this is what they were aiming for once they suffer the backlash of their storyline. And of course, just because somebody intends to make their story a hilarious parody doesn't mean they'll actually succeed — sometimes Parody Sue can end up just as tedious as the original. After all, a character that is intentionally poorly-written is still poorly-written. One could argue that it's even worse, considering how bad the character comes across can't be blamed on accident or inexperience.

There is also the issue of the mimicry of Sueishness being a little too accurate; Poe's Law is a genuine problem with Parody Sues, and it is quite easy to make a Parody so close to a true Mary Sue that it's impossible to distinguish between them. This is especially an issue with outsiders to certain fandoms, more so if that fandom is a common Acceptable Target. Sure, you might see your Parody Sue as a biting criticism of the common wrongdoings in character creation. But a non-fan is going to see, at best, just another Mary Sue, adding directly to the pile that you created your Parody specifically to rail against.

See also The Ace, which does much the same thing but with a supporting character - though obviously this character archetype also has some drawbacks to their skills. The non-comedic exposure of how someone who seems to be “perfect” actually isn’t often falls under Broken Ace and may lead to a Broken Pedestal for their admirers. The author may choose to create a Parody Sue by having their fictional character create a very obvious Mary Sue character for themselves — if so, this will be a case of Her Codename Was Mary Sue.

If you come across a piece of blatant Sueishness in fanfiction and feel the need for some justified cruelty, it can be wiser (or at very least, a whole lot more fun) to assume that it's a parody. If you're right, you're right, and if you're wrong, you've insulted the author far more than any accusation of poor writing ever could.


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  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series turned Shogo Aoyama, the one-shot movie character in the first Yu-Gi-Oh! movie, into a straight parody of this named "Gary Stu". In practice, he was more like the Only Sane Man when it came to everyone's obsession with card games. ("I just don't see the appeal.") He learned.
  • Lelouch from Code MENT. He's a prince who's also related to Death the Kid and Alucard with incredible power and influence over others, gets away with stuff that can only be described as batshit insane... and yet he spends most of his time just being a Jerkass, scoring drugs, blowing stuff up, and contributing nothing but menace to society.
    • His solution to C.C. holding him at gunpoint is to attempt suicide, since a dead body can't be harmed by being shot. And it gets worse from there. The best bit? He did it in canon, Code MENT just made it look far sillier.
  • Princess Cadance in Friendship is Witchcraft is a Purity Sue and Only Sane Mare in a Crapsack World where such beings have no chance to survive. She dies a horrible death at the hooves of the Villain Protagonist, Twilight Sparkle.
  • Ultra Fast Pony:
    • The episode "Now with a Sound Effect" introduces Snuggle Berry, an alicorn Purity Sue. She's the only pony nice enough to attend Rainbow Dash's birthday party, and she wins an award for being such a "cutesy-wootsy cuddlepie". Then she gets killed by a rabbit stampede, and a caption assures the audience that it's totally okay that she died.
    • In "Stranger than Fan Fiction", the show's usual writers are indisposed, so Yellow Twilight (no relation to Twilight Sparkle) fills in for them. She writes herself into the story as a Villain Sue, and the twin sister of a popular canon character, to boot. In her script, she defeats Twilight Sparkle in a magic duel (with plenty of romantic subtext), then has a Heel–Face Turn and immediately befriends everyone. Her script ends with her flying into space while everyone talks about how awesome she was.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged gives us Mr. Popo, who is said to be the ultimate evil force in the series. The heroes are too weak to face him and are terrified of him, Shenron essentially bows down to him, he's the Man Behind the Man with Kami, absorbs the immortal Garlic Jr., can cross into the real world and treats everyone like utter crap. And the fandom loves him for it!

  • The term Mary Sue actually comes from Lt. Mary Sue of A Trekkie's Tale, a parody of Sues in Star Trek.
  • The Vampoife Dood Who Lifed Mega Crossover story famously parodies the Mary Sue trope, with a heavy dose of snarkiness.
  • The main characters of anything by Squirrelking of Half-Life: Full Life Consequences fame. They are always the brother or son of the canonical protagonist and usually ridiculously overpowered. However, as the fics ended up being written intentionally-badly by Mortimer, it's obvious in hindsight that they were meant to be taken as seriously as a duck taped to a lemon.
  • The Knights of the Old Republic fic Marisu Saves the Day neatly skewers the tendency for fanfic writers to make female Revan into a Mary Sue. (Note the character's first name.)
  • Arwen, the Warrior Babe takes to a ludicrous extreme the Action Girl change that some feared the movie version of The Lord of the Rings would bring.
  • The Game of the Gods has not one but thirty Lord of the Rings Parody Sues, all of whom meet their end via the invoking of Logic. And it's pretty darn funny.
  • "Don't Let A Mary Sue Into Titans' Tower" A Teen Titans fic that hilariously parodies traditional Mary Sues, with the titular Mary Sue (who has the required super-long, super-stupid name) being incredibly lame and all the Titans trying to get rid of her but being unable to.
  • Sakura-Rose Sunblossom Orange Juice Annie-Marie McFate, who is part of an entire subspecies of Gutless called Mary Sues. In the same set of chapters, there's also Xuxastell (a parody Relationship Sue) and Jeffx (Totally Not Sephiroth), who later evolves into JEFFIROTH who is so badass, his font is bolded.
  • "Maridah Sumaya," a parody of bad Aladdin: The Series fanfic (especially Mozenrath fanfic). It ends with Mozenrath absorbing some of her power and using it to take over Agrabah.
  • Attack of the 50 Foot Eyesores, a parody of Transformers fanfiction with all the usual: twins of opposite factions with awe-inspiring powers who refuse to fight, forcing (almost) everyone to fall in love with them, freaking out and accusing others of being sexist for little remarks, and even making characters that don't fit right into "their" world vanish. Followed by Return of the 50 Foot Eyesores, which revives them and adds a mysterious long-lost sibling with a mysterious dark lover, and also turns Megatron into a Canon Sue on purpose who immediately makes Starscream fall in love with him.
  • The whole point of the Anti-Cliché and Mary-Sue Elimination Society is to get rid of such Parody Sues (because none of the authors want to pick on a real life Sue and incur wrath of the Sue's author). Some of the Society agents themselves are Parody Sues.
  • JUST THE BEST MARY SUE, EVER! is possibly the jewel of this trope in the fandom for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The author, Bamfwriter, deliberately set out to create a character about whom she could answer "yes" to every question on the LXG Mary Sue Litmus Test. The entire first chapter is little more than a description of her improbable beauty. The rest of the story includes a lot of sex (including a five-way), some swearing, two characters coming back from the dead, and a cameo by Harry Potter.note 
  • There exists a tiny sub-genre of stories wherein the characters of a series find and read a Suefic. Results vary by author, but are usually hilarious as the canon characters attempt to explain what the hell is happening. One of the most famous may be Never Leave Fanfiction Lying Around, where the characters from Lord of the Rings read a Mary-Sue Legomance, Legolas included. Hilarity Ensues.
  • At World's End is not a comedy, but it does have the character Don James, who is introduced in chapter eight and appears to be a Marty Stu, until he dies at the end of the chapter, and then at the very beginning of the next chapter it's revealed that he's been a traitor the entire time, and later on it is revealed that the reason for this is that he was actually driven to madness by his own Marty-Stuness! Though it doesn't say that last bit in as many words, obviously.
  • John Su's "My First Fanfic" is the ultimate example of Parody Sue. Don't look directly into the Man Wave.
  • Latias' Journey portrays "Berry Stoo" and "Mariah Susanson" as darkly humorous Humanoid Abominations.
    • More specifically: they are, during the Tournament Arc, revealed to be another hideous result of the Big Bad residual evil; a Team Rocket experiment with human and Pokemon psychics that involved a piece of the shattered crystal core of the Big Bad backfired, killing the psychics horribly, and in their dying moments, the psychic backlash was pulled together by the crystal and created Mariah Susanson, who became a Reality Warper and was influenced by her combined psyche's desires and wish fulfillment fantasies. Barry Stu was a random guy she tore the soul out of and remade to fit her desires; when the first Stu was defeated in a battle, she destroyed him and turned his opponent into her next Stu, and so and so forth. In other words, a more twisted take on the Sue problem.
  • A story arc in Invader Zim: The Series (a fanfic adaptation of Invader Zim) involves a group of these, the leader of whom is named Sue, and murders Jhonen Vasquez for the cancellation of the original series, then becomes the girlfriend of Nick Grey (an admitted Fixer Sue) after his old girlfriend leaves him. During this, she also assists both Dib and Zim from behind the scenes, using her assistance to partly brainwash them into loving her to some extent. This leads to the two becoming vampires through having them eat something during the process of becoming vampires. Naturally, Zim and Dib become vampires that feed on Chinese food and corn, respectively, as well as taking on mutations related to what they feed on. After this, she reveals to Nick that her full name is Relationship Sue, a half-Irken, half-human with the power to draw an infinite amount of guns out of thin air, and that she plans to enslave Zim so that the two can conquer the universe as king and queen. She then kills him. This ultimately leads to an epic battle between the Sues and Zim, Dib, Gaz, GIR, Johnny C, and White, which concludes with Gaz crushing Relationship Sue to death with a monster truck.
    • And she still comes back later on, becoming a recurring villain onwards to the end of the story. In one chapter, Zim uses some of her DNA to create a date for the school dance, for some reason mixing it with Dib's DNA. Said date has huge "tracts of land", and it's pointed out that Zim is so enamored with her that he starts acting completely out of character to impress her. Then she becomes so obsessed with him that she tries to kill him to keep him, at which point Zim begs Gaz and White for help in dealing with her, which leads to her being killed by Gaz and flushed down a toilet.
  • In the Ouran High School Host Club story Too Perfect to Be True, the canon characters plead with the audience to stop replacing their beloved Haruhi with Mary Sues.
  • Nine Men and a Little Lady by Kielle neatly skewers The Lord of the Rings Sues.
    Galadriel's Journal
    Lothlórien, February 15, 3019

    Today the Fellowship moves on. A great evil passes from my domain, and a vast dank shadow lifts from the hearts of my people.

    Oh, and the One Ring is leaving, too.
  • Perfectua Bellenina, star of a grotesquely exaggerated Star Wars Suefic that the canon characters themselves are unlucky enough to stumble upon...
  • This fanfic gives us Raven Tw'light-Moon, who is the best at everything and everypony loves her the moment they see her...except Twilight, who is protected by her cynical personality. In the end its revealed that she's an Eldritch Abomination called a Mare E. Sue who grows stronger by carrying out the general Mary Sue role and her goal is to become strong enough to Take Over the World. Her one weakness is criticism, so Pinkie takes Twilight beyond the Fourth Wall to do an MST of the fanfic, criticizing and deconstructing every way in which Raven is a Mary Sue until she finally loses it, destroying her in the process. Unfortunately, a Mare T. Stu shows up in the end.
  • The prototypical My Little Pony Mary Sue is a black-and-red alicorn with great magical powers. The Saga of Dark Demon King Ravenblood Nightblade, Interior Design Alicorn features a super-powered black-and-red alicorn who is always distracted from the crisis at hand by his delusion that he is a master interior decorator, while his unremarkable gay lover solves the crisis.
  • The Life and Times of Firecat drops a Parody Sue into the G.I. Joe universe.
  • The Pony POV Series:
    • According to Word of God, General-Admiral Makarov — the Big Bad of Shining Armor's side story — is a parody of the Villain Sue. It kind of shows in his full name (Supreme Marshal of the Imperial Armed Forces, General-Admiral Solomon Azure Raven Makarov) and some of his traits, as well as his tendency to claim his back up plans were his plan on all along so he can act like he didn't really lose at all. He turns out to be a Reality Warper and Equineoid Abomination called the Shadow of Chernobull, which was created by Pandora (the Draconequi of Imagination) to be a creature of her realm that could retain its fantastic traits in the real world and sealed away in her Box until a Hooviet experiment set it loose. The reason she imprisoned it in the first place because it turned into a Black Hole Sue and attempted to become the hero of every story in existence.
    • It turns out Makarov is not unique in the sense of being this: 'insertions' created by inexperienced Shadows Who Make are classic Mary Sues with similar abilities to Makarov and potentially devastating results for the universe. However, the difference is these insertions are often devoured near instantly upon entering the universe by the Blank Wolf, who swiftly erases whatever damage they caused, making it a Mary-Sue Hunter. Makarov shows what happens when such a creature is not swiftly annihilated by the Blank Wolf and slipped through the cracks under being Pandora's creation and thus initially avoiding being found by the Wolf. Once it does find him it swiftly puts an end to him
  • The Harry Potter fanfic Stranger than Mary Sue Fiction is a comedy story from the POV of Draco Malfoy with Blaise as his best friend in which he's haunted by the voice of a narrator, a la Stranger than fiction, but his narrator is a Mary Sue. It deconstructs some of the common traits of Harry Potter Sues, but without being an out and out parody.
  • Happy Endings is a Harry Potter fanfic that pits a newly resurrected Severus Snape against Andromeda Merlina Francesca Tiffany Morningstar Brighteyes, a Sue who undid many of the tragic events of books 6 and 7 to write her own happy ending.
  • My Metal, a My Immortal Heavy Metal parody by Monica Gilbey Bieber features a Gary Stu named Rainblood Öystein Cross Vülture White.
  • The Human Whose Name Is Written In This Fanfiction has Yumi Toyota Nintendo Sushi-Fuji, "A Tragic OC who becomes a slut."
  • Electranote  Pendragon, a recurring character in the MST series Jake English's Mysterious Theater of Scientific Romance from the Year 3000. She's implied to be just a crazy girl whose deluded herself into thinking she's the daughter of Saber and Gilgamesh from the future.
  • In Perfection Is Overrated, the cast goes up against the SUEs, a group of girls with powers similar to the Himes, who represent various Mary Sue archetypes and effects on the plot. In the former, Mariko Suou is a girl with the ability to make everyone fall in love with her immediately after meeting them. In the latter, Shizune's powers make those of everyone in the vicinity much weaker, about how Mary Sues are typically overpowered and overshadow the canon characters. The fic explores whether the SUEs can win against the Himes without Plot Armor. They ultimately don't, for a variety of reasons.
  • In Harry Potter and the Something Something the most perfect girl ever appears in Voldemort's lair offering him a shot at redemption. Voldemort is entranced by her pretty eyes... the Sue ends up dead like all the other sues that keep showing up on Voldemort's doorstep but Voldemort kept her pretty eyes to play with.
  • In The Sue Rules, a Mortal Kombat fanfic, a Mary Sue was created to eliminate Scorpion with his own elements. The Mary Sue is basically poked at, and Kitana and Kung Lao set out to find her, only to have several Mary Sues fall for the latter, including Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way.
    • It also teaches you (step by step) how to make a Mary Sue and how to obliterate canon with them.
  • The Transformers fanfic The Recruitment Office features an assortment of Transformer fan characters (some author creations, others belonging to friends and used with permission) attempting to pass a rigorous test to determine if they're Mary Sues. All is going fairly well until a genuine over-the-top Sue, Titania Prime, waltzes in... and Hilarity Ensues.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfic "Fanfic Is Crapsack" a Gary Stu makes a (very) brief appearance in Twilight Sparkle's library and attempts to seduce her. She blasts him, sending his flaming severed head rocketing out of her upstairs window.
  • ''My Little OPony: Twilight Is Magic'' is a story where Twilight Sparkle (the main protagonist of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) is a perfect Mary Sue: she's flawless, she solves almost every problem by herself, everypony loves her, and she's a princess from the very beginning. (To add a little more conflict, Rarity later turns out to be an evil vampire who steals her princesshood and brainwashes other ponies into obeying her, as well as making them think that Twilight isn't as pretty as Rarity.) While the writing is proper, the story reads as though the author used the Mary Sue Litmus Test as a checklist.
  • "Mister Black" in Make a Wish. The Wizarding World sees him as a godlike immortal Chick Magnet super-wizard, when he's really Harry Potter using an illusion and an alias. Most of Mister Black's feats are thanks to coincidences, a family of Seers providing him useful tools and advice, and people misinterpreting Harry's words and deeds based on his previous "accomplishments". Then Harry finds out about Mister Black's new reputation and nearly exhausts himself trying to live up to it.
  • Kindred Spirits, an AU of Pokémon: The First Movie, features Amber Juniper, who has quite a few Mary Sue traits. Possesses the same first name as the author? Check. Has a team of powerful and exoticnote  Pokémon? Check. Has some of Mew's abilities? Check. Befriends the protagonists immediately? Check. Contributes nothing to the story, but simply provides an excuse for the author to rewrite canon scenes (though with her receiving a single line every so often so the readers don't forget about her)? Check. Lasts longer in battle than anyone else? Check. Literally does not have a father? Check. Her very presence causes Mewtwo to want to get to know her better? Check. ...But the reason for all of this is because Amber isn't actually an OC, but Amber Fuji, a minor character who dies in the first ten minutes of the movie (who never met the heroes in canon). She only uses Mew's powers once, to save her life when her clone body fails the way it does in canon, and forgets everything that she experienced while a clone, including the psychic powers. Her presence on New Island does make things change... for the worse, as Mewtwo's obsession with her causes him to throw everyone else in the dungeon while he tries to learn more about her, thereby deconstructing what usually happens with Sues who exist to redeem the villain.
  • Consequences of Unoriginality is a My Little Pony fanfic based upon the premise of someone being forced to be a Gary Stu—and then takes every single thing associated the Mary Sue concept and points out how absolutely horrifying they would all be in-universe. And then he becomes a normal pony, but the rest of Equestria remembers their minds being twisted into loving him.
  • Say It Ain't Sue! is the story of Best pony, a pink alicorn who's friends with/related to all of the Mane Six, excellent at everything, and loved by all. Except... not. Everypony knows that she's a delusional fake who literally came into existence a short while ago, isn't connected to them in any way, and is utterly inept at practically anything she tries, despite being convinced of the opposite. She's treated with pity more than anything. She ultimately realizes this and sets out to start a new life as a proper pony.
  • In Why Everyone Hates Starshine Perfection, the Equestria Girls (minus Twilight) find a story starring one of these — the titular Starshine Perfection. She's dressed in pink, white, and rainbow colors, she automatically befriends the girls (except Rarity, who got the Ron the Death Eater treatment) and they become little more than plot devices (minus Sunset, whose main personality trait is to cry a lot), her half-pony form is an Alicorn, and she's dating Ben Tennyson, which isn't explained. Nobody likes her. Especially not Rarity.
  • Sue Mary, a Troll Fic author, was originally conceived as a Parody Sue, featured in a Danny Phantom fanfic that is no longer available, named Oh Gosh No! Not Another Oh Gosh No! Story!.
  • Touken Ranbu fic You Are My Sunshine features Nikkō Ichimonji, a Yamato Nadeshiko Bishōnen sword who has the saniwa falling in love with him at first sight and causes others to "willingly go OOC just for him without even knowing it until it was too late" (yes, that's a direct quote) by smiling. Most of the plot entails Tsurumaru, Hasebe and Nansen teaming up to make him look bad. Out of all the Sue traits he has, his desire to be treated like a normal sword is not played for any laughs.
  • In the FusionFall fanfic Let Me Tell You Something, the B-plot centers around a group of three female (and one male) EFC troopers who steal Ben's hoverboard. Said troopers (named Moondove Glowwwyrm, Rose Raven, Ruthinia Bludrayne, and Ryuusetto Marumoto Akahito Fireant) all claim to be super close to Ben–said claims ranging from "best friend" to "we're getting married"–and that he gave them the hoverboard of his own free will. Much to Dexter's surprise and horror, once the four find out what state Ben's in at the moment, sole male Fireant is the one who starts acting uber-sappy and concerned over his well-being.
  • The Animaniacs fanfic A Horrible World of Plot Holes and Spelling Errors has the Warner siblings deal with four different Sue variations: a fourth Warner sibling that appears out of nowhere, two Relationship Sues (one human, one of the same species as the Warners) who fight over Yakko, and a pedophile who can't understand why that's a bad thing. Of the four, the Relationship Sues are Played for Laughs the most, the sister Sue has the worst spelling and ends up being the most sympathetic, and the pedophile turns out to be the worst of the bunch when he tries to rape Dot, believing he's in a story where adults having sex with kids is perfectly acceptable — fortunately, Yakko and Wakko intervene before he can do anything. Ultimately, that turns out to be the last straw for the siblings, who promptly threaten the author to get rid of the Sues. She complies, and the Sues end up getting crushed by the Satellite of Love.
  • In the Supernatural fic The Angelic Mary Sue, Castiel — who is an angel not overly familiar with humanity — concludes after doing some online research that if he makes himself into a "Mary Sue", he'll be able to win Dean's heart. This fails hilariously with his attempts to give himself Common Mary Sue Traits like clumsiness, color-changing eyes, and great beauty only weirding Dean out with his bizarre behavior of suddenly tripping over things, wearing freaky-looking contact lenses, and putting on makeup. When Dean finally learns what Castiel has been trying to do, he tells Castiel that most people actually hate Mary Sues and Castiel doesn't need to try to change himself to get Dean to love him.

  • An example that defies classification: There was a German radio drama series with fanfictions parodying fairy tales. One was about the sufferings of an ugly punkling ("punk" as in the music/life style). It ended with Kim Wilde crashing the scene, blinding the punkettes with her beauty and dragging him off to pop music ever after.

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  • Mhairie Sioux Escrivain and the Dracula of Hogwarts is an Interactive Fiction game where you play as a Mhairie Sioux in the Harry Potter world who's half-unicorn, has a faerie dragon as a pet, is so speshul that she becomes a member of all four Hogwarts houses at once, gets Harry and Draco to moon over her, and saves the entire school from Dracula by being so pure that drinking her blood causes the vampire to reform on the spot. In case you haven't figured out by now, this game is not meant to be taken seriously in the slightest.
  • From the Friday Night Funkin' mod VS Sky, Sky herself can count as this. Her design makes her a Distaff Counterpart to Boyfriend, minus her purple eyes. She is a reality warper who has a (unrequited) crush on Boyfriend and wants to be with him by any means necessary, despite the fact he already has a girlfriend (named, well, Girlfriend). She is also meant to be a parody of people who make Mary Sue-like OCs and ship them with canon characters.

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  • The flash cartoon Most Original Sonic Fanfic Evr features several of these.
  • The Silly Filly Studios cartoon The Adventures of Donut Steel has one. Named Donut Steel.
  • If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device:
    • the Ultramarines are portrayed as overly polite and honorable and ludicrously effective at everything they do. Even so, the Emperor still thinks they are "a stupid fucking smurf village", and even their own Chapter Master is sick and tired of their perfectness. It's been all but said that the Ultramarines are getting help from outside forces; whatever's going on, the Chapter Master knows and feels really guilty.
    • Sly Marbo, an Imperial Guardsman and Rambo expy becomes a maybe even bigger example of this trope than the Ultramarines in one of the shorts he flies across space unshielded and singlehandedly frees a planet from the Dark Eldar in the most over-the-top manner - beating his enemies with their own subtitles. Also, his only vocalization is the scream from the Dawn of War trailer.
    • Kaldor Draigo is a deconstruction of this trope. His canon incarnation has often been criticized for his Incorruptible Pure Pureness that renders him capable of surviving the Warp for untold years. However, being trapped in the Warp for so long made Draigo turn completely nuts. His combat prowess is just as ridiculous though, as he beats up a furious Daemon Primarch in a matter of milliseconds before anyone can notice. They two actually converge, in an odd manner: The Warp allows for Clap Your Hands If You Believe, and since Draigo is too fucking crazy to ever doubt his own prowess, and also believes he's as skilled as in canon, it becomes true.

  • From the Homestuck fandom in general, the Build-A-Mary-Sue thread on the MSPA forums is dedicated to coming up with as over-the-top Suish characters as possible.
  • Bite Me!: The reveal of Claire's backstory probably makes her this.
  • xkcd: Gnome Ann from strip #1704. Take every quote with "no man" in them, replace "no man" with "Gnome Ann", and you get what Gnome Ann is like.
    "Time and tide wait for Gnome Ann."
    "The wicked flee when Gnome Ann pursueth."
    "Time ripens all things; Gnome Ann is born wise."

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  • Nabeshin, the Author Avatar of director Shinichi Watanabe from Excel♡Saga, Puni Puni Poemi, and Nerima Daikon Brothers who even has his own ongoing B-Plot in the former. Not that these shows take themselves seriously anyway....
  • The eponymous character from Hayate the Combat Butler skirts this. He's fast, near-perfect in all regards, liked by almost every major female character who meets him (though he doesn't really understand how to return their love), but is counterbalanced by the fact that the universe loves to screw around with him. He also seems a little Book Dumb, especially compared to a Teen Genius like Maria and Nagi.
    • Ditto Hinagiku Katsura, the 15-years-old Student Council President and fencing expert, who's also fallen in love with the hero and in later manga chapters, is revealed to have a home life and past that's almost as screwed up as Hayate's. Some tropers have once remarked that Hina "has Mary Sue written all over her, in several languages, with glowy marker". Even her character description in the manga is extra-flowery compared to the other characters. She is rather popular in the real world, though, so...
      • She gets an ending theme all to herself, too. Hinagiku is definitely a Parody Sue... And is loved because of it!
  • Punie from Magical Witch Punie-chan would most certainly be a normal Mary Sue under most circumstances: she's cute, strong, has magical powers, and everyone loves her. It's just that little bit about being truly and disturbingly evil, complete with a Stepford smile, to the point where even her adorable mascot Paya-tan is out to kill her.
    • Then again, Paya-tan is a dick too, not to mention a Vietnam veteran and a Yakuza boss.
  • From Dragon Half comes Princess Vena, daughter to the king, with the obligatory tragic backstory, she's only half human, and gains Nigh-Invulnerability because of that, she's a master black mage, with the ability to create golems and use powerful spells, She's the main heroine's romantic rival for Saucer, and she's pretty on top of that. She even has a freaking pair of servants who follow her around and sing her praises whenever she tells them. She is even called "The Perfect Princess". However, her non-human half is slime, and the only reason she doesn't look exactly like a slime is because she uses a polymorph spell to keep a human shape, and although she won't die from say, a sword in the chest, she'll turn back into a slime. She and her father hate each other, and this has been to their detriment in fighting Mink. Her bitchy behavior is not excused, and she's pretty weak by the standards of the story, mostly being thought of as a nuisance. Saucer doesn't really care for her, and when she expositioned her tragic backstory, giving her some chance of being sympathetic, she immediately followed it up with "Surely for a super beautiful girl like me, burdened by a tragic past, Saucer is the right man!" Yeah.
  • Miko Shirogane/Shirogane Z from Powerpuff Girls Z is a Villain Sue parody, being multi-talented in many areas and forms a plan that successfully humiliates the Powerpuff Girls. And she does this all in an over-the-top fashion.
  • Medaka from Medaka Box. As a freshman in high school, she becomes the Student Council President with 98% of the vote... and single-handedly executes the duties of the entire student council, with some help from her childhood friend. She's absurdly rich, trained to near-Naruto levels of martial arts (everyone else is pretty much normal), is a master of deductive reasoning, and that's just for starters. She's also completely out of touch with normal people: she once ran a tutoring session for an entire class that consisted of tips on how to make sure your handwriting was clear enough, because she couldn't conceive of actually getting a wrong answer that wasn't because of a handwriting mistake. (Things like this cause her childhood friend to remark, at one point, "She's so smart that she's come back around to stupid.")
    • The series actually exaggerates this — being a Sue is a genuine superpower (called being an abnormal), and the school is part of a government program to artificially create Mary Sues. The way they test if someone's an Abnormal? They have them roll a cup of dice — Abnormals get all 6s. When they have Medaka do it her dice make a tower on the table. Medaka is so Sueish that she's more sueish than the sues.
    • This continues to be played with as the series goes forward — dealing with the "Minuses" takes up the biggest arc so far, which are God Mode Anti-Sue characters with psychotic (negative, or minus) personality traits. (The standard Mary Sue characters are called "Pluses.") A later arc has two "Not Equal" characters show up, which are heavily insinuated to be so far beyond human mentalities that they're actually of Eldritch Abomination level of psychosis and power — the main one shown so far has been clocked at having over 13 quadrillion various superpowers (normal Abnormals get one). Worse, they're Medium Aware — they're waiting out the main character and her True Companions, as they'll graduate in a few years and thus not be there to stop their plans; they know to do this because they know they're in a Shonen Jump manga and the hero always wins in Shonen Jump, even against impossible odds.
    • Most of them lose their Sue-ish traits and powers after growing up, becoming (mostly) normal adults.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya has probably become the definitive deconstruction/parody of the God-Mode Sue in Anime. She's brilliant and gets top grades without having to study (though also prone to doing stupid things regularly), she's noted to be stunningly beautiful, she's also in incredible physical shape (having in a short period of time been in, quickly excelling, and gotten bored with, every school athletic club, who are pining to have her back), and an entire organization exists with the sole purpose of keeping her happy and making sure that she never loses at anything (because they are afraid of her). She is also a literal God Mode Sue. In fact, she only doesn't count as being a Mary Sue because she's totally disillusioned with reality due to her childhood and faced with a completely unflappable Deadpan Snarker. There's also the fact that her "literal" God Mode is a direct obstacle to one of her main goals — to experience the supernatural; much of the series involves the others running around trying to keep her in the dark. Her presence also makes their lives of the club members, as well as many others, harder instead of better, with no actual upside. It also really complicates her relationship with Kyon. She'd probably be mortified if she knew that Kyon can effectively read her mind at times based on what her reality warping powers do.
    • Not to mention Jerk Sue. She only gets away with as much stuff as she does because no one wants to cause The End of the World as We Know It.
    • Though Kyon isn't afraid to call her out on it, even coming dangerously close to hitting her when she goes particularly over-the-line at one point.
  • The most powerful weapon in Soul Eater is Excalibur, a sword that can turn any Meister into one of the greatest meisters of all time (a loser meister uses it to defeat three of the top students). He's also really obnoxious, has 1,000 provisions that a person must follow, calls everyone a fool, and constantly talks about how awesome he is. The result is that no one can actually stand him enough to use him.
  • D-Frag! presents us Funabori, an adorable little tenth-grader who is also a good cook and housewife... who is forced to bear with being the object of worship as well as the general insanity of her schoolmates (save Kenji, the only person who often repays her kindness).
  • A story arc of Gintama focuses on Gintoki being replaced by a fellow named Kintoki Sakata, who's essentially him, but without any of his negative qualities (His natural perm being considered one of them), gold hair, and the black and white of his outfit being inverted. He turns out to be a robot who was created to be a substitute for him whenever he wasn't around, but he decided he'd rather take over his life completely by brainwashing everyone into thinking he was him with hypnotic radio waves (Save for Tama and Sadaharu, who were immune due to not being human). Ultimately, it's recalling the flaws that Gintoki had that enables the rest of his friends to snap out of their hypnosis and help him put an end to the problem.
  • Mako Mankanshoku of Kill la Kill has a lot of Common Mary Sue Traits; a quirky, buxom every girl who always manages to defuse dangerous situations, is the first and only friend of the protagonist, is incredibly powerful, and has the odd friendship (later crush) and leniency of the ultra-strict disciplinary committee's chair. The parody? She's also a clueless Genki Girl who seems totally out of touch with reality and generally comes off like more of a bizarrely lucky idiot than The Ace.
  • One-Punch Man:
  • The protagonist of Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto is a guy who seems incapable of doing things without stylish flair, thus earning a reputation as The Ace among his classmates. Understandably, his unflappable nature causes other classmates to hate him and try to humiliate, only for him to trump them through being even more ridiculous.
  • Rebuild of Evangelion: Mari Makinami is possibly this as a Take That! and Deconstruction toward a certain type of characters created by the fandom: a brave, cheerful and sane protagonist who helps the other Children in saving the day typicallly seen in Evangelion Fix Fic. However, the movies make sure to show us that, just being a cheerful Determinator is not enough to turn the plot into the positive direction, and that a Genki Girl who is a bit too... passionate in ripping apart Angels in the NGE world can come across as very unrealistic and creepy. Even more, her Dissonant Serenity can actually be interpreted as just another kind of mental instability like her fellow Children.
  • Reinhard van Astrea from Re:Zero. He's unquestionably the greatest swordsman in the setting, and is blessed with a miriad of abilities such as super speed, a power boost for every time of day and weather effect, the ability to see in the dark or unhindered by fog, the ability to walk on clouds and water, the guarantee that all attacks will miss him, all magic damage is reduced to only 20% of its normal power, curses can't affect him, he never mixes up salt and sugar, everything he cooks will be delicious no matter what, any clothes he makes will look good, and so on. Not only is he no holds barred the strongest character in the series, as well as the most competent at virtually any other physical task, but the light novels make a point of letting you know how graceful he looks while he does everything as well. He's also explicitly referred to as being handsome in case anyone following the series happens to be blind. His only shortcoming is that he's not good at resolving social conflicts, but he's so gosh darn amicable that he doesn't have to deal with this often. The only thing that keeps him from breaking the story is that he doesn't show up in most arcs.
  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.:
    • Teruhashi is a Sue on the surface — she is so impossibly beautiful men can't help but stutter at her looks, so kind that she is seen as a saint, intelligent enough that schoolwork is no issue, and easily the most popular girl at school. However, when Saiki reads her thoughts, he learns that the whole persona is carefully fabricated; Beneath the Mask, she's fully aware of the many benefits she reaps from her perfect image and is determined to maintain that image at all costs. When Saiki resists her charms, she becomes obsessively fixated on him because of it.
    • Saiki himself as well, of the Parody God-Mode Sue variety. Despite being the most powerful being in the world, he—like Saitama above—is completely depressed from the tedium and lack of challenge in his life, and while he has the love and admiration of many, he usually sees it as a bother more than anything.
  • Kobachi Osaragi of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. Originally introduced as Iino's very plain friend, it was later revealed that she's one of the most popular girls in her grade and has a steady stream of boyfriends without even trying. However, the joke is that unlike Stock Shoujo Heroines who claim to be average but are attractive and social enough to get everyone in school to love them, Osaragi really is plain-looking, unremarkable in talent, and dresses frumpily, and her popularity is just as inexplicable to the characters in-universe as it is out of it.
  • Osomatsu-san:
    • Godmatsu, from his self-titled episode. Made from the collective goodness of the sextuplets, he's kind, helps out his parents, and even gets a job to support the household. The brothers plot to kill him so he can't raise the low standards their parents have of them and force them to do something with their lives. Luckily for them, their collective evil is an even bigger Villain Sue and squishes him flat; too bad it's so huge it's a threat to the rest of them all on its own.
    • F6, the sextuplets' Bishōnen counterparts. They're literal School Idols, excel in everything they do, regularly save the world, and equally share the affections of their crush Totoko. One of them is even actually Santa. They were also initially created as part of a larger parody setting to drum up interest in the anime itself, most episodes featuring them also play up how ridiculous they are, and one episode implied their "beloved by all" trait is so enforced that the narrator was scared witless into complying.
  • Catarina from My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!. On the outside, she is a Purity Sue who saves everyone from their inner demons, has a whole harem of rich, attractive men and women, and is called a saint for her kindness. While she does live up to her reputation and genuinely cares for everyone, she's also a dimwitted Genki Girl who thinks that her harem consists of very good friends. For example, when accused of bullying, her friends defend her by saying that she's not just too nice, but too dumb to pull off the complicated Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics she was accused of.
  • Varhram from Avesta of Black and White plays this for drama. Throughout the story he is portrayed as a typical God-Mode Sue and Black Hole Sue, someone who accomplished the most insane feats to perfection and who is endlessly popular and well liked to the point that anyone who doesn't is looked at with suspicion or even pity. As the story progresses however it is made clear that this popularity is closer to some kind of madness, a Cult of Personality centered entirely around Varhram like a blind religion fueled by pure zealotry. And when the man himself finally makes an appearance it is clear that his perfection have caused him to become detached from humanity, unable to see people as anything more than characters in a book with himself as the reader, free to do with them however he pleases. But underneath all these layers it is revealed that he has been chained by his own perfection, endlessly feeling forced to accomplish greater and more insane feats in order to live up to the outlandish ideals everyone has of him just so that he can feel that he has a reason to exist. More than anything, he just wants to be as flawed as everyone else, tired of the loneliness his perfection has brought him.

    Comic Books 
  • Squirrel Girl is canonically the most powerful character in the Marvel Universe. The fact that her powers relate to talking to squirrels makes the parody aspects of this all the more obvious.
  • Ultimate X-Men had the character of Elliot Boggs, a.k.a. the Magician, who was brought to Professor X after accidentally killing his parents when his powers manifested, at which point he is promptly invited to join the X-Men, defeats the Blob in front of reporters causing the media to embrace the X-Men for the first time, starts dating Shadowcat, and even singlehandedly takes down a group of attackers that had already beaten the rest of the X-Men. Eventually it is revealed that he actually has vaguely-defined reality-altering powers that he'd been subconsciously using since they manifested to make all of this happen. Once he realizes that his powers are shaping the world and the people in it into what he wants, he fakes his own death while acting like a villain so that nobody would come after him or feel bad about his death. He vanishes after saying goodbye to Kitty, then wiping her memory of it, remarking that he'll be staying somewhere extremely remote until he can control his powers, like Antarctica. Apparently omnipotence isn't so great when you can't control it.
  • The DC Comics universe has the legendary Rex the Wonder Dog. He's a decorated veteran World War II experimental supersoldier. He's an investigative journalist. He can drive vehicles. He can speak every language that exists, has eternal youth, and has ill-defined magical powers. He once nuked a T. rex. He almost certainly knows more than Batman and Mr. Terrific combined. He's also a dog, who gained the ability to talk after he had already accomplished most of his impressive stuff.
  • DC also has Lobo, who is sometimes a Parody Sue by way of being an overpowered parody of hyper-masculine '90s Anti-Hero characters during their peak time period. His accomplishments includes getting kicked out of heaven and hell (becoming immortal), fighting toe-to-toe with Superman, genociding his entire race and Santa Claus too, and wadding up and eating an entire city that ticked him off. His sense of smell lets him track across space, and he's genius with any science involved in making weapons. On the other hand, his powers run on Rule of Funny mixed with Unstoppable Rage, so sometimes he's chumped hard instead.
  • Henrietta Hunter in X-Statix, a world-renowned mutant pop star and philanthropist with a tragic past and a constantly-chipper demeanor, who due to her fame is instantly made leader of the team once she joins despite having absolutely no qualifications. She's so annoyingly-perfect that the other team members actively start trying to get her killed on missions.
  • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: Thunderclash, who is nice, sociable, well-read, polite and considerate, dashingly heroic, incredibly smart, A Father to His Men, and almost terminally selfless. In other words, everything Rodimus isn't (and both he and Getaway are hilariously salty about it). At one point he delivers a monologue so heroic it physically harms some Emotion Eater monsters. Even the Matrix of Leadership likes him better than it does Optimus Prime, and even in Transformers: Last Bot Standing, a comic set an incredibly long time after any Transformers continuity, the Visitors - who have been surviving on Human Resources for so long that half of them barely remember that there was a war, let alone what it was about or who led the sides - still remember who Thunderclash was. Comparisons to Ace Rimmer by the fans came pretty quickly. This was also something of an oblique reference to his old bio, which gave him nothing but 9's and 10's in his stats and contained lines like "Commands the instant respect and loyalty of every Autobot" and "just his fearless presence on the battle field quells any Decepticon fightback."

    Comic Strips 
  • The infamous "His Code Name Was The Fox" arc in FoxTrot, where Roger Fox wrote an abominable novel that cast himself as a generic Tuxedo and Martini superspy. You can read it starting here (although the arc it's a part of starts earlier). Created its own trope.
    • Another example is Andy's mother, who's so amazing that the New York Times said she was perfect and Martha Stewart has literally been begging her to share her recipes. The first storyline to feature her actually deals with the long-standing inferiority complex Andy developed from living in the shadow of such a perfect person, and they end up having a serious heart-to-heart that helps smooth things out (at least until a later plotline where Andy seemingly developed Aesop Amnesia and those feelings of inferiority returned).
  • In Curtis, the main character's favorite comic book features "Supercaptaincoolman", a superhero who seems able to have every super-power in the book and is almost invincible. (Almost; bad guys in the comic often edge into Villain Sue territory themselves.)

    Films — Animated 
  • Metroman from Megamind is seen as a cocky, handsome, and powerful Expy of Superman. Everyone in the world loves him and there are shrines for him pretty much everywhere. However, the subversion is that he believes that being a Invincible Hero is what's expected of him, and his true passion is to be a musician.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • You Don't Mess with the Zohan has a main character who can do impossible wire-fu martial arts, feels absolutely zero pain, has a massive budgie stuffed down his trousersnote . All this is played for laughs. Also, he is shown to be attracted mainly to (besides the main romantic interest) old and/or fat women, whom he very loudly bangs after giving them a haircut.
  • Didier, the French exchange student from Son of Rambow is a sexy, young Johnny Depp-lookalike who is so cool that he has two unwanted harems, one of girls, and one of boys. Yet underneath his cool and bored exterior he is just another sweet and innocent pre-teen boy who wants to have fun and make believe with other children his age. It also becomes evident at the end of the film that he's not even remotely popular back home.
  • The title character of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. Neurosurgeon, particle physicist, race car driver, multi-instrumental rock star and comic book hero — he also saves the human race from an alien invasion effortlessly. And then there are all the Shrouded in Myth moments such as references to his former wife. All of this is very intentionally over-the-top and meant as comedy.
    • The character was originally not intended as so much of a parody, described as more of a renaissance man by the actor who played him.
  • The film Her Alibi is an overlooked gem for parodying this concept. The main character writes almost nothing but books featuring his Author Avatar, and rewrites events in his life to fit this character, making him look like an over-the-top James Bond.
  • The French movie Le Magnifique, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, uses a very similar concept: an unassertive book writer is famous for writing spy novels which look like James Bond parodies, where he appears as the main character, his overbearing boss as the main villain, the perky girl next door as a fellow spy and love interest, and so on.
  • In American Dreamer, a woman has a concussion and wakes up believing she's a character in her favorite pulp novels: a sort of over-the-top female James Bond.
  • Rushmore begins with Max Fischer dreaming he's popular and can solve an unsolvable math problem.
  • Pleasantville took a subtle jab at this. When the main characters, a brother and sister are transported into a fictional 1950s-era sitcom in which everything is (apparently) perfect, the sister is forced to assume the role of the daughter in the fictional sitcom family, who is, of course, loved by everyone. The name of the character she is forced to become? Mary Sue.
    • Furthermore, it was her who took the initiative in messing up the Sugarbowl Utopia, by introducing them to sex.
  • Secret agent Derek Flint of Our Man Flint is an over-the-top hyper-talented parody of James Bond.
  • Austin Powers is, like Derek Flint, a Parody Sue of secret agents.
  • Similarly, Dr. Neil Connery (played by Sean Connery's brother) of Operation Double 007.
  • Rustlers' Rhapsody, itself a parody of western films, features the protagonist Rex O'Houlihan, a heroic cowboy with impressive gunslinging skills and an absurd amount of Genre Savvy.
  • The Other Guys has a type 2 example with two Cowboy Cop characters played by Samuel L. Jackson and The Rock. In universe, both are definitely in the Jerk Sue category, loved by all and chick magnets, routinely creating massive property damage, and huge jerks to the "little people" at the station. They kill themselves early in the film in what is clearly a case of believing too strongly in their own hype/assuming too much that the world works the way it does in cop movies.
  • Gary from The Muppets (2011). He's basically your most cliched feel-good movie hero, but Played for Laughs. The fact that he's played by Jason Segel, the co-writer and executive producer, helps.
    • He also has a Parody Sue girlfriend named Mary.
  • The Disney Channel made for TV movie Read It and Weep had Iz, the wish-fulfillment Mary Sue from the main character's diary who seems to just be a Sue doing Sue things: winning the guy the author wants, humiliating expys of people the girl dislikes and so on. Then the diary gets published...and becomes a best seller with Iz coming to life in the author's mind to supposedly help her through he new-found fame. Only for the deconstruction to seriously set in, especially once people find out the diary's characters are based off actual other students when the author slips and calls the villain by her rival's name. Iz is then revealed to be self-centered, vain, and a total sociopath who doesn't care who gets hurt to get what she wants, and the author realizes that acting like a Sue in Real Life turns you into a total jerk and loses you all your friends.
    • Oh, and Iz also has superpowers for no reason other than to abuse people she dislikes. Also causing problems when people realize the book's characters are based off real people since, well, you're writing about "zapping" people just for being mean in a normal, high school way.
  • Born To Be Bad (1950) is, in essence, a Joan Fontaine movie for people who can't stand Joan Fontaine. The lead character's entire persona is based on making everyone around her think she is a sweet, perfect, butter-wouldn't-melt-in her mouth Mary Sue ... when in fact she is a cold-blooded, scheming, manipulative vixen.
  • Maureen in Ricki and the Flash is beautiful, kind, caring, makes the best food and characters can't say her name without mentioning how great she is. This is all because she's a Foil to Ricki, who wasn't there for her kids growing up. Part of the film puts her in comparison to Ricki as the perfect mother. Ironically a common Mary Sue trait is a beautiful singing voice, and Maureen doesn't sing in the film at all - despite being played by Broadway powerhouse Audra McDonald.
  • Smolder Bravestone in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. He's a famous Adventurer Archaeologist who has amazing strength and speed, looks like Dwayne Johnson, and is listed as having no weaknesses unlike the other characters who all have at least one weakness. The parody part comes from him being a video game character "played" by Spencer who's a germophobic and socially awkward teenager in real life, which leads to this incredibly buff and tough-looking man cowering in fear from squirrels and repeatedly whining that he doesn't want to do the dangerous stuff the game expects him to.
  • Dungeons And Dragons Honoramong Thieves: Xenk is inhumanly perfect — a righteous and knowledgeable fighter whom everyone fawns over. Edgin, the snarky protagonist, is unwilling to take him seriously and tries repeatedly to undercut him, but Xenk never falls for it...making him seem even holier and the situation even more humorous.

  • H. P. Lovecraft, of all people, wrote a clever skewering (metaphorically speaking — none of his Eldritch Abominations appear in the story) of the Purity Sue type called "Sweet Ermengarde".
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter pulls this on a God-Mode Sue in typically vicious fashion. When a Mad Doctor inflicts terrible revenge on one of his former Special Forces coworkers, the feds send in Agent Kyle Chutsky. He's an Adonis, physically fit, expert at most everything, swiftly gets into a Slap-Slap-Kiss relationship with Dexter's sister Deborah, and has a personal history with the villain. So is our Villain Protagonist about to be pushed out of the book? Not quite. Remember that personal history? The mad doctor grabs Chutsky, and by the time Dexter finds him he's lost two of his limbs and all of his composure.
  • Donald Ogden Stewart's short story "How Love Came to General Grant", a parody of novelist Harold Bell Wright, establishes in this paragraph the purely pure pureness of Miss Ella Flowers:
    A hush fell on the crowd as they caught sight of her face — a hush of silent tribute to the clear sweet womanhood of that pure countenance. A young man on the edge of the crowd who was on the verge of becoming a drunkard burst into tears and walked rapidly away to join the nearest church. A pr-st---te, who had been plying her nefarious trade on the avenue, sank to her knees to pray for strength to go back to her aged parents on the farm. Another young man, catching sight of Ella's pure face, vowed to write home to his old mother and send her the money he had been expending in the city on drinks and dissipation.
  • The character Donna Inez in Lord Byron's Narrative Poem Don Juan may well be an early example. The Lemony Narrator spends many verses praising her beauty and accomplishments in an overblown manner, describing her as so morally perfect that "her guardian angel had given up his garrison". She is also an Insufferable Genius and has absurdly high moral standards.
  • Jerzy Kosinski's Being There has most everyone becoming fascinated by and even in awe of Chauncey Gardiner, a brilliant-yet-humble socio-political thinker who brings hope and clarity to a complex world with his simple sayings, looks described as a cross between Cary Grant and Ted Kennedy's, and elegant manners. No one can dig up a single bad thing about his past; he's a man with nothing to hide...of course, the audience knows that his real name is Chance the Gardener, who is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, mentally challenged, was isolated from the world until middle-age, picked up what little he knew of it from TV, and happens to look like someone intelligent because of his nice clothes and manners. The poor guy is passive by nature and while he's a good person at heart, the things the other characters love about him are all based on their preconceptions and misinterpretations of what he says and does, which he is virtually incapable of correcting due to his mental shortcomings.
  • Major —— de Coverley from Catch-22 does almost nothing at the Air Force squadron but play horseshoes and rent apartments, and his few lines of dialogue paint him as very simple-minded, but everyone in the book holds him in godlike reverence. In a novel full of Deadpan Snarkers, no one dares turn a bit of snark his way; in fact, they're all so terrified of him that no one's ever even asked his first name; that's why he's Major —— de Coverley.
  • Aliera in the Dragaera series has been seen by fans as one of these. While she has several Sue-ish traits, being a strikingly beautiful Action Girl, but she is very far from being a Sue, instead presented as a hot head with morally questionable beliefs (admittedly this is her House's hat).
  • Discworld's Captain Carrot. (Presumably) Royal blood? Relentless charisma? Godlike physique? Check, Check and Squeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! It can be said that Carrot would have been a blatant Mary Sue character, were he not a gentle parody of the "Action hero" archetype.
    • Carrot's Sue-ness is more apparent in his reality-bending powers than in any superficial trait. He has the inexplicable ability to turn bad people — or at least, ordinary people in bad moments — into good people, because he believes so earnestly that all people are good at heart that nobody can bear to disappoint him. People are aware of this reality-warping ability, and it's commented on several times in the text, but somehow it still keeps on working. It's temporary, though; enough to quell a riot but not to so enthrall that underlying conflicts won't reappear unless Vimes and others remove the cause.
    • Indeed in one book it's implied had Vimes not left to address the problem at its source the entire watch, Carrot included, would have died in the rising turmoil.
    • Laddie from Moving Pictures is a Parody Dog Sue. Gorgeous, athletic, iconogenic, instantly admired and trusted by any humanoid he meets... and a brain the size of a flea.
  • Goosebumps: The protagonist's sister in "I'm Not Scared Of You!" is so annoyingly perfect at everything (and loves to rub it into the protagonist's nose, willingly and unwillingly) that the poor kid decides to try to toss a swamp monster at her out of sheer desperation. It doesn't works — she manages to nag it to (apparent) death and becomes a national hero, leaving the kid and his friend to be apparently attacked by the revived monster while she goes take a call by the President.
  • Stanisław Lem's Ijon Tichy character, hero of The Star Diaries, strays into Parody Sue territory at times; typically with sharply satirical results.
  • Captain Benjamin Avery, square-jawed hero of The Pyrates, Master Swordsman, Cunning Linguist, Chick Magnet and Celibate Hero, is one of the most blatant — and enjoyable — in history.
    In short, Captain Avery was the young Errol Flynn, only more so, with a dash of Power and Redford thrown in; the answer to a maiden's prayer, and between ourselves, rather a pain in the neck.
  • James Meyer in the Torchwood novel Border Princes by Dan Abnett. He's Torchwood's best agent, the team's banter and social life all revolves around him, and Gwen dumps Rhys for him. It turns out that he's a victim of his own Reality Warper powers; he can't help changing the world into the one he wants, and the realization this isn't the way things should be terrifies him.
  • In Jane Austen's Love and Freindship (sic), Laura. Also Sophia, Edward, and Augustus. Perhaps the Ur-Example.
  • Two examples occur in the Dear Dumb Diary series:
    • The first is main character Angeline, who is constantly described as The Ace: she's pretty, smart, the most popular girl in school, and gets a lot of (metaphorical) screen time. However, she comes to resent being treated as a goddess, and just wants to be a normal kid. It's also clear that much of her focus comes from protagonist Jamie's obsessive hatred of her perfection.
    • The sixth book in the series also gives us Colette, a temporary student who manages to upstage Angeline in popularity, which Jamie enjoys. Then we find out that she's nowhere near as popular at her regular school, thanks to an embarrassing incident that Jamie had heard about earlier. She's also the reason the exchange happened in the first place: desperate for a fresh start, she hit her school with a powerful stink bomb that lead to it having to get fumigated, sending her to Jamie's school for that time period.
  • Brooding YA Hero has Broody McHottiepants (that's his actual name, not a mocking nickname), a parody of the Troubled, but Cute bad boy characters prevalent in young adult fiction. He's so gorgeous that his looks are constantly described in the purple prosiest of terms, he has a past so mysterious and dark that it requires hundreds of pages of build-up to properly convey, and he effortlessly charms every YA heroine he comes across even when he's being a total jerk. All of this has the natural consequences/drawbacks of him having an ego the size of Asia and being unable to comprehend that other characters, like his Token Black Friend who exists only to be his funny sidekick or his ex-girlfriend who's tired of never getting to be anything other than "bitchy ex who always loses the guy to the Not Like Other Girls heroine", resent how their entire lives revolve around him and how his sheer popularity with YA authors and readers mean that more diverse characters like them rarely ever get to be the stars of their own stories.
  • The aptly-named Mr. Perfect from the Mr. Men books, who lives up to his name and plans his own birthday party perfectly, including bringing out a huge platter of cupcakes for every guest except Mr. Greedy, as this was for the inevitable event that he completely eats the big cake. At the end, the only thing that Mr. Uppity can nitpick about him is that because he doesn't have any flaws to nitpick about.
  • The 1980s satirical magazine Yaahting featured an article supposedly by the glamorous couple Lint and Berry Nurdee, who can accomplish any shipboard task with ease, spend their lives sailing the world between exotic ports, and helpfully offer their advice and assistance to other cruising sailors. From the reactions of the other characters, however, it’s clear the Nurdees are really just insufferable narcissists who annoy everyone else with their insistence that they are “perfect” and that much of their “help” is unwanted and irritating.
  • On the outside, Catarina Claes of My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! is a Purity Sue who saves everyone from their inner demons, has a whole harem of rich, attractive men and women, and is called a saint for her kindness. While she does live up to her reputation and genuinely cares for everyone, she's also a dimwitted Genki Girl who thinks that her harem consists of very good friends. For example, when accused of bullying, her friends defend her by saying that she's not the type; not only is she too nice, she's not bright enough to pull off the complicated Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics she was accused of.
  • Luo Binghe from The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System was written as an over-the-top male power fantasy self-insert in the webnovel series Proud Immortal Demon Way: he's an extraordinarily handsome and charming half-demon lord who's so absurdly overpowered that he effortlessly defeats the toughest of foes, conquers most of the world, amasses a harem of over three hundred women, and virtually every non-evil character he meets either falls in love with him or bends over backwards to help him even when there's no logical reason they should want to do so. However, while Luo Binghe still gains much of his overpowered cultivation abilities after Shen Yuan transmigrates into the webnovel, it's shown that he also suffers from deep-seated abandonment issues and insecurities about his half-demon heritage and that the ripple changes to the webnovel's plot caused by Shen Yuan have made it so that he can't just effortlessly get what he truly wants which isn't a harem or world conquest but Shen's love.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Momoi Taro from Avataro Sentai Donbrothers may be one. He has has been able to do anything perfectly since he was a child, but being better than everyone else has caused people to dislike him to the point that all of his neighbors moved away to get away from him when he was a child. He also Cannot Tell a Lie, which results in Brutal Honesty and him always losing when he plays Rock Paper Scissors because his opponents can just ask him what move he will throw. He also is way more powerful and skilled at fighting than the rest of the Donbrothers and somehow is able to Summon Backup Dancers for his Big Entrance when he transforms.
  • Frasier:
    • Brilliantly done in the episode "The Show Where Diane Comes Back", in which Diane's play Rhapsody and Requiem is a thinly veiled reproduction of Cheers, with "Mary Ann" as the Author Avatar. Everyone loves her in the bar (even delivering an ode to her), which drives Frasier nuts, particularly since everyone also downplays the time that "Mary Ann" abandoned her fiance at the altar — which, since Frasier was the fiancé who got stiffed in real life, he has some alternative perspectives and objections towards. When the actor "Franklin" openly asks why his character would forgive Mary Ann so easily for leaving him at the altar, it causes Frasier to explode in a famous speech:
      Frasier: What you are feeling is that this woman has reached into your chest, plucked out your heart, and thrown it to her hellhounds for a chew toy! And it's not the last time either! Because that's what this woman is! She is the Devil! There's no use running away from her, because no matter how far you go, no matter how many years you let pass, you will never be completely out of reach of those bony fingers! So drink hearty, Franklin, and laugh! Because you have made a pact with Beelzebub! And her name is Mary Anne!
    • One-time character Dr. Clint Webber, from the episode "The Perfect Guy," is another great example. He's outrageously good-looking to the point where even Martin is taken aback; he's an Oxford-certified MD with a Master's Degree in French history; he put himself through college working as a sous chef, meaning he's an excellent cook (even creating a mixed drink that Niles praises as "Heaven in a glass"); he's a polyglot who speaks at least English, French, and Mandarin; he's the godson of world-famous opera tenor Jose Carreras; he's a chess expert despite never having played the game himself; and he's an overall charming fellow of whom people just can't seem to get enough (in-universe, anyway; real-life viewers tend to see him as an annoying know-it-all budinski.) After slowly giving in to envy after a series of increasingly unlikely upstagings, Frasier is gleeful to discover that Webber is a terrible singer.
  • Appears in the 4th season Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Superstar", similar to the Futurama example. Loser Jonathan uses a reality-altering spell to make himself everyone's Minnesota Fats — he fights better than Buffy, beats Giles at chess, advises the Initiative, plays basketball, fronts a band, and starred in The Matrix. Unfortunately, the spell also conjures an ugly monster terrorizing the populace; destroying it would end the spell.
  • In Garth Marenghis Darkplace Garth casts himself as Rick Dagless, MD, described by his priest as "the most sensitive man I know, and I know God."
  • The various incarnations of Flasheart in Blackadder are essentially over-the-top parodies of a heroic arcetype from the time they are in, and are each incredibly handsome, skilled, charismatic and beloved by everyone except Blackadder himself.
  • One episode of My Wife and Kids has Betty White guest-star as a Mary Poppins-like housekeeper who can do anything perfectly, and in doing so elicits an awed "... Wow..." from everyone around her...except for wife Jay, who feels put out by the attention she's getting. At the end of the episode, the Kyles' neighbor runs into the house, saying that he just saw her flying through the sky with an umbrella, garnering one final "...Wow..."
  • Tek Jansen, hero of Stephen Colbert's (fictional) novel Stephen Colbert's Alpha Squad 7: Lady Nocturne: A Tek Jansen Adventure, and the related comics and animated adventures that have been seen. He is super awesome spectacular ultra-spy who has obviously had hundreds of girlfriends, and the fact that he physically resembles and is voiced by Colbert is surely a matter of coincidence.
  • Monk seems to have envisioned himself as one of these as a child as an insert to his favorite show. It's actually incredibly disturbing.
  • On an episode of Yes, Dear, Jimmy (Mike O'Malley) was a contestant on, and within days became the most popular member of the household, prompting everyone (except poor Ashley) to use him as a decoy to get Ashley eliminated in the first ceremony (using something of a Batman Gambit, no less). Jimmy ended up disqualified when Greg snuck onto the set to try and warn him of treachery from the others (though it turned out that it was just part of the gambit, the revelation footage not having been televised on the episode they were watching).
  • After watching "The Antwon Walker Story", Dave Chappelle wrote "The Dave Chappelle Story". He is portrayed as being born with a huge penis, is on first name basis with Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy and had had sex with Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, some of the girls from the "Big Pimpin'" video, and Halle Berry. But he always kept it real.
    Did I tell you sell drugs? No! Hov' did that. so hopefully you won't have to go through that.
  • The Red Green Show had, in the later seasons, a segment featuring Ranger Gord's 'Educational Films', featuring him as almost everything the real Gord isn't. (Well, Gord and the cartoon-Gord are both male Canadian forest rangers.)
  • Jool in Farscape possibly. Hot young student who accidentally finds herself dumped on the existing cast? Check. Kaleidoscope Hair? Check. Remarkable voice? Check. Hot Topic Goth dress sense? Check. The crew, however, spectacularly fail to fall in love with her, or even give the faintest crap about her for quite a while. Unfortunately the writers overdid it and made her a full-blown Scrappy to many of the audience.
  • Dr. Angela Hunter on Green Wing. She's stunning, brilliant, great at her job, (almost) everyone loves her, she's one of the few competent people at the hospital and seemingly kind and generous. In actuality she's very bitchy and just fakes a lot of her kindness to get ahead. To top it off she becomes the star of a documentary that comes to film at the office and manages to leave with a great acting job. And then she gets murdered by a moose.
  • Jason on The George Lopez Show is probably meant to be a parody. He plays baseball, is on the debate team, spends his free time wheeling around his disabled brother, and has daddy issues.
  • Leverage features a character, Jim Sterling, about whom the writers had a rule. That rule was "Jim Sterling doesn't lose!" What makes this a parody? Jim Sterling is the main character's rival.
  • The Torchwood episode Adam opens with what very well might be a bad Self-Insert Fic. The Torchwood team suddenly has a new member, the titular Adam, whom everybody remembers having always been there, and whom everyone adores. Additionally, everyone is acting very Out of Character. It quickly becomes clear that all is not as it seems when Gwen arrives and doesn't remember Adam... until he touches her arm and psychically inserts Fake Memories of himself. Three guesses as to who the Monster of the Week turns out to be.
  • The Good Place:
    • Tahani's sister, Kamilah. Her name is Arabic for "perfect" for a reason. She is the youngest person to graduate from Oxford, an awarded and world class painter, activist, iconoclast, Olympic archer (who got gold), BAFTA award winning documentary maker for the documentary she made on her Grammy award-winning album, person voted "Most likely to be Banksy", and so unbelievably desirable that at least two women profess their undying love to her during their first meeting with her before she even utters a single word to them. And that's not even getting on the fact that she became the youngest person to ever get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, because the critics were so impressed by her album that they decided to add it to the hall only six months after it was released and ignore the mandatory 25 years. No wonder Tahani developed such an inferiority complex from constantly living in her shadow despite being very successful herself.
    • Everyone in The Good Place is absurdly kind and selfless, to the point that nearly everything that comes out of their mouths is some beautiful, successful humanitarian act. Eleanor is justifiably freaked out by this. It is also intentional, as they aren't really in the good place. They are really in the bad place and the pefect community is designed to torture them. When they enter the real good place, this is not the case.
  • The appropriately named Cousin Susie in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She's a living saint who helps the poor, heals the sick and inspires Character Development. Zelda says of her "she can make anyone feel inadequate", and she likewise spends the whole episode trying to invent a machine that will solve a major problem - all so Susie will be proud of her. She's also there to teach Sabrina An Aesop about how true beauty is on the inside.
  • One Saturday Night Live sketch is a fake trailer for a movie called The Group Hopper, a parody of movies like The Maze Runner (2014) and The Hunger Games. The main character is an ordinary boy refuses to conform to a category, instantly gets the girl because of this, has a powerful ancient weapon called a "zoomerang", draws parallels to God ("I'm a virgin pregnant with your baby!"), and is outright stated to be The Chosen One. Also, his name is "Thehero", which he says is tattooed on his back; it actually reads "The Hero".
  • The Castle episode "Hong Kong Hustle" has Beckett get jealous of a Hong Kong police captain involved in their case (she was friends with the Body of the Week). She outranks Beckett (who is stalled at detective first grade), is the leader of an organized crime task force and also works with INTERPOL and the Hague, is married to an action movie star and has two gorgeous kids, she's got everything! Actually, she's Married to the Job and is separated from her husband and never there for her kids, and went to investigate her old friend's death hoping to get one thing in her personal life to go right.
  • Black Mirror's "USS Callister" plays it for horror with programmer Robert Daly's "Captain Daly" persona, which he plays in his Game Mod for his Cyberspace game, Infinity, based on his favorite TV show, Space Fleet (it even works as a bit of a Shout-Out to the original Mary Sue, seeing how Space Fleet is an obvious stand-in for Star Trek: The Original Series). In the game, Captain Daly is an archetypal overpowered, idealized Self-Insert, who is at first seemingly beloved and respected by his crew, who constantly extols his great skills and intelligence, until it is revealed that all the other characters in the game are sapient AIs based on Robert's real co-workers, and he is essentially using the game to enact petty revenge for mostly imagined slights against him in his everyday life. Also, the crew don't really respect or love Captain Daly, or even care all for the space adventures he drags them along on, but are just playing along and kissing up to him because they are deeply afraid of him, as he has god-like powers (he is the programmer of the game after all), which he often uses to frighten or even torture them into playing along with him if they just step slightly out of line.
  • Patana in 31 Minutos was introduced as this, she was a better reporter than the rest of the cast, everyone but Tulio liked her immediately and noticed how much better she was than him, in her first field work she got to interview a robber in the middle of the crime and he stopped just to answer her questions even when he got caught both by the owner and the police and everyone stopped to have a meal and be part of her interview, at the end of the episode she even became a cast member in a real life news show all while being arguably still a teen. Why? Just to to humiliate Tulio further.

  • The Alice Cooper song "You're a Movie" is about an overconfident soldier who embodies this trope.
    Bullets repel off my medals
    And my men are in awe when I speak
    All chaos my strategy settles
    My mere presence gives strength to the weak
    For me it seems really alarming
    I'm really just only a man
    With five million sheep in this army
    I seem to be the only one fit to command
  • The wizard rock band House of Black made a song called "Mary Sue" poking fun at, well, Mary Sues.

  • Wooden Overcoats has Eric Chapman. Impossibly handsome, charms the pants off of everyone he meets, a total Chick Magnet, impeccably polite and kind to everyone, and so perfect, he somehow manages to bring literal sunshine everywhere he goes. Save for our protagonists, everyone in town loves him, and on the rare occasion something actually goes wrong for him, it usually turns out to be for the best. He also has an ever-growing Dark and Troubled Past that has allowed him to become ridicuously skilled at everything. All this makes him a perfect foil to our hero, the cantakerous, universally disliked Doom Magnet Rudyard Funn, who hates Eric's guts.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Vampire: The Requiem parodies the Villain Sue of its previous series, Caine, with Vampire-As-Jesus Longinus and Vampire-As-L. Ron Hubbard Dracula. Both are mythic founders of magically inclined covenants, both are dead convinced they are the Best Vampires Ever and both are hilariously deluded as to the universality of their creations. Caine would swat both of them with a pinkie toe, but their advantage is that Caine doesn't exist in this scenario.
    • That doesn't stop the Lancea Sanctum from INVENTING the Cainite Heresy in the Camarilla Fan Club supplements, just to add a level of meta on top that nobody seems to really be "getting".
    • Dracula's "Rites of the Dragon" is a supplement prop book specifically designed to parody "The Book of Nod".
      • And let's not forget the Jack Chick parody Bible tract in the Daeva clanbook...
      • White Wolf released a "new translation" of The Testament of Longinus on PDF, which reads like other holy scriptures if the narrator (of the first part) were a raving egomaniac. Including repetitions, contradictions, and historical inaccuracies... and translator notes which argue with each other about the significance and authorship of various verses. It's a hoot.
  • Dungeons & Dragons, as usual, has a handful of everything.
  • Witch Girls Adventures includes a "Mary Sue" trait specifically intended for playing a Parody Sue.

  • Princess Winnifred the Woebegone in Once Upon a Mattress has one defining character trait: she's spunky! Luckily, the play is a madcap comedy, so we're not asked to take her (or anybody else) too seriously. And a good actress can make the character fairly endearing.
  • Arguably, Johanna in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. She's set up as The Ingenue to a ridiculous degree, the shrinking maiden figure who the plot revolves around, and who is fancied by every man who sets eyes on her. Hilariously subverted when she grabs a pistol and proceeds to blow the head off someone at point-blank range.
  • Since Urinetown is a parody of musical theater, it makes The Ingenue, Hope Cladwell, one of the most over the top parody Sues ever, bordering on a Deconstruction. One could also say that The Hero, Bobby Strong, is also a Parody Sue.

    Video Games 
  • The Disgaea games give us Kurtis. He's handsome, he's badass, he is a genius, a cyborg, has a quite tragic backstory and is The Rival... And then he does a Heroic Sacrifice and ends up transformed into a Prinny. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Duke Nukem, though the "parody" part was subverted in Forever. Word of God has said that in that game he's meant to be taken completely seriously, and that he is supposed to be the coolest thing and center of his world. Most people who played the game seem to have thought it was a parody regardless of the intent.
  • Friday Night Funkin' gives us Senpai, the main enemy of Week 6. He's a parody of shallow Dating Sim protagonists who effortlessly win over the hearts of their love interests. Since Boyfriend doesn't follow the rules of the game, he's able to easily defeat Senpai in a singing contest, at which point Senpai flies into a rage because he didn't effortlessly get Girlfriend.
  • Hyrule Warriors has a rare cross between this and a Big Bad. Cia is a strikingly beautiful and powerful sorceress who is in love with the hero Link, defeated the perennial Zelda villain Ganondorf, and bends the antagonists of other games to her will. The deconstruction comes with the gradual relevation that Cia is a Psychopathic Womanchild who was driven insane over being forced into the thankless task of maintaining the timelines for eternity, and for all her power, is completely unable to change the Zelda canon on her own. By the end of the game, her followers grow sick of her and makes way for Ganondorf to return.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising features Dark Pit, an edgy, brooding Palette Swap of Pit who claims to be his inner darkness personified, has all his powers, and can fly without divine intervention. He has all the makings of a Villain Sue from an uninspired fanfic... and the rest of the cast know it, and mercilessly mock him for it. In part due to how the original Pit is already a Cloudcuckoolander that doesn't have an evil bone in his body, Dark Pit eventually realizes he isn't actually evil, just slightly more sarcastic than the other characters (which admittedly is a lot), and so he begrudgingly ends up becoming a good guy. And to add insult to injury, he was only able to fly because Pandora was possessing his wings, so as soon as she ditches him, he can't do anything that Pit can't already do.
  • In Mary Skelter 2, we get Otsuu, who can do basically everything the other Blood Maidens can with the exception of stuff tied to their Blood Abilities, and who's mere presence in the plot saved the dead-by-backstory-in-the-first-game Little Mermaid (oh, and also, they're an Official Couple) on top of generally making everything seem better. And then the illusion crumbles a little with the destruction of the Liberated District, causing the deaths of many a first game Reasonable Authority Figure and quite a few of the girls having fallen to Blood Skelter before even getting into the party. And then Alice is revealed to be the Mysterious Nightmare that destroyed the Liberated District in the first place, everybody aside from Otsuu and Little Mermaid ends up outright dead, and Otsuu reveals that she forced herself into a sue-esque role via the Witchcraft to save Little Mermaid from her first game backstory death. She is then convinced by Little Mermaid to let go of this for the sake of letting everyone else be happy and alive, which makes her reset the timeline to the first game...'s Updated Re-release, which's expanded postgame allows Otsuu to bring Little Mermaid back with far less sue-ness involved.
  • Infinite from Sonic Forces has many Villain Sue traits. He's faster than Fastest Thing Alive Sonic and effortlessly curb stomps him, beats up powerful heroes like Silver and Omega easily, recruits a Legion of Doom consisting of some of the franchises most powerful villains subservient to himself, is single-handedly responsible for Eggman's takeover of the world, and every other sentence he speaks is about how awesome and powerful he is. Fans have also noted he checks off a lot of boxes for edgy OC villains produced by the fandom from broad ones like his dark color scheme and asymetrical design to fandom specific ones like being a species of animal not seen in the series yet, a common fan character trait. He's actually nothing more than a sadistic bully whose one real power is Your Mind Makes It Real illusions that make him appear all powerful and the other villains are just illusionary copies. Once ways around it are found, he's not nearly as invincible as he likes to pretend he is and Eggman could dispose of him whenever he saw fit, which he ultimately does. Notably, he spends a lot of the game in direct opposition (and as a Foil to) the Avatar, a much more straightforward (and far less extreme) Original Character archetype and one who has flaws and a character arc.
  • Tales of Monkey Island has Santino, one of de Cava's crew members. Possesses a multitude of great skills (including brawling, cross-stitching and speaking the language of the giant manatees), is utterly fearless, and is so attractive even the (straight male) captain is affected. He's also long dead, although the rest of the crew seems not to have noticed.
  • Tales of Vesperia: In the PS3 version, Flynn Scifo is a Type 3 that is Played for Drama. His best friend and eternal rival, Anti-Hero/Vigilante Man Yuri Lowell constantly snarks about how he gets the treatment of a God-Mode Sue in-universe when it comes to combat and politics. However, Yuri is also aware that his friend is the single most Lawful Stupid human being in existence. When his devotion to the rules cause him to screw up, Yuri really lets him have it... and Flynn reluctantly realizes that he's in the wrong for once when he does.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero and Trails to Azure has KeA as a darkly deconstructed example. She's mentally a young 9-year-old girl Happily Adopted by the protagonists, everyone she meets loves her unconditionally and thinks she's the cutest thing in the universe, she's an Instant Expert at everything she tries, including cooking, she's able to read and learn concepts far beyond elementary school level (i.e studies even some adults struggle with), and she's actually an attempt at re-creating a goddess from 500 years ago. The deconstruction comes in two ways: firstly her age is treated very realistically and that limits her Story-Breaker Power a lot, and secondly she's only Loved by All because her latent Reality Warper powers have been unwittingly forcing everyone to like her. The Big Bad exploits this by revealing it right as the protagonists are getting through to her; KeA is justifiably horrified at what she'd been unconsciously doing, sending her into a Heroic BSoD so severe she becomes the Final Boss.
  • In Undertale, the True Final Boss is Asriel Dreemurr. He takes the appearance of the Obviously Evil "God of Hyperdeath" with Villainous Fashion Sense, Black Eyes of Evil, and Horns of Villainy. Throughout the battle, he makes Straw Nihilist remarks and explains his intention to undo everything so you can struggle forever. He really is as powerful as he thinks, after absorbing all the other SOULs in the Undergroud. The problem is that this is not Asriel's real character — and when you understand that, it becomes painfully obvious that he is using this power to assume the form of a sort of self-insert edgelord Villain Sue. Asriel is a kind-hearted child who is concealing his kindness and childhood. He makes himself appear older, cooler, and more badass — or at least he tries: his attempt is so over-the-top it falls flat. note  He reveals how immature he is when he throws a tantrum because you refuse to let him win the "game." Despite the parody, the whole exchange is Played for Drama. The way to overcome Asriel is to see him for what he is: a child who is frightened, in pain, and lashing out. Instead of defeating this boss, you let him know he has a friend.
  • Zed from Wild ARMs, more so in the remake Wild Arms Alter Code F. He is a demon who sees himself as the incredibly awesome protagonist of the story and claims that the main characters are villainous, until he finally ditched Ziekfried and, in the remake, can eventually join the party. In the original game he also dropped the "Doom Bringer" sword which was very powerful but reduces Jack's luck the worst possible value when he uses it - which sort of explains Zed's comic ineptitude throughout the game.
  • Mai Waifu in Yandere Simulator is a girl with long pink hair and color-changing eyes who's promised her heart to an overseas game developer (who most definitely isn't YandereDev). In the game, she's basically an ordinary student.
    • The final romantic rival, Megami Saikou, is described as "impossibly wealthy, a certified genius, has extensive self-defense training, has excelled at everything she has ever attempted to do in her entire life, and has been trained to possess all of the qualities of a perfect leader," as well as the most beautiful and popular girl in school, the sole heiress to Japan's most powerful business company, and the Student Council President. To top it all off, she's the only rival with foreknowledge that there's a potentially dangerous stalker at school and will be designed to be the main character's toughest opponent as her final rival. Her name is even entirely about how perfect she is: "Megami" is Japanese for "goddess" and "Saikou" for "the best".

    Visual Novels 
  • Erika Furudo in Umineko: When They Cry is a Black Hole Fixer Sue of an Amateur Sleuth who just so happens to wash up on Rokkenjima so Bernkastel has her own piece when she takes over the anti-fantasy side of the game. She proceeds to wander around being an insufferable Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, attempts to supplant the protagonist, helps Battler find the gold just to make the chaos worse, and frames Natsuhi for the murders. She's basically Bern's self-insert Sue, and she's virulently loathed by both the fanbase and the other characters. In short, Parody Sue Played for Drama = messy Deconstruction.
  • Magical Diary does a mild jab at the archetype as the default name for the main character is "Mary Sue."
  • In the Kickstarter demo for Monster Prom's sequel, Monster Camp, Billy the Backer creates one of these depending on what choice you make in the Lake area. She goes from a regular orc girl to a buff, tattooed rainbow-haired orc magical girl with chainsaw hands and "a PhD on stepping on [Billy]".

    Web Animation 
  • Strong Sad's fanfiction character, Twelve Times A Day Man, from Homestar Runner.
  • Shadowleggy is very aware of playing this trope when she appears in her videos.
  • Barbie Life In The Dream House plays Barbie's ridiculous over-the-top perfectionnote  completely for laughs. She's got a mansion that she lives in with her sisters, three pampered pets, and a limitless closet. She's got an adoring boyfriend, loyal friends, and a legion of in-universe fans. She's beautiful and glamorous and this cannot be tarnished. Any attempt at undermining this perfection will backfire hilariously.
  • has the Crab of Ineffable Wisdom, a giant omniscient crustacean with the face of the owner of the site who appears as a frequent Deus ex Machina in its cartoons.
  • Apple White in Ever After High, she is very much a parody of the Princess Classic. Everyone fawns over her, all the boys are head over heels for her, and she does genuinely want to help people.
  • RWBY gives us Pyrrha Nikos, whose main problem is the unfailing, completely justified admiration of everyone around her...well, okay, it's played more realistically than that, but it still qualifies for this trope. The writers avoided the obvious problems with this trope by making her a second-string character and killing her off in the story's third volume.

  • The Girl Genius webcomic has an Affectionate Parody (guestwritten by Shaenon Garrity, the creator of Narbonic, Skin Horse, and Smithson) called "Fan Fiction" where a girl tells a Heterodyne Boys story with a self-insert character that mines all the Mary Sue traits including eyes that change color, and coming back from the dead.
    Bill Heterodyne: Ah, Marietta! You're as bold and beautiful as you were the day we rescued you from the bandits who kidnapped you after your mysterious yet famously powerful Spark tribe was completely wiped out, leaving you the only heir to its secrets!
    Maria Antonia Fantasia Philomel: Oh, enough about my traumatic past! (I was also a princess.)
    • Though while the story mocks the Mary Sue, it ends up sympathetic to her author — her siblings are sick of her ridiculous self-inserts and whine that she's telling the story wrong, but their mother defends her and tells her she made her own Mary Sue stories when she was a girl.
      Mom: Kids, kids, your sister loves telling you those stories. And when you get down to it, what's more important — what the Heterodyne Boys actually did... or the dreams they inspire in us?
      Mom: [to the girl] I used to have them both fall for a girl named Raven Moonsdaughter.
    • In the actual main comic, we have Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer! He's a world-renowned hero who is virtually impossible to kill. People who hear stories of him love the guy, but just about anyone who actually met him finds him terribly annoying. The twist, however, is that he's one of the antagonists and sees the world through Black-and-White Insanity, leading him to be a rather Horrible Judge of Character in regards to our actual heroes.
  • In this strip of The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, the author claims in the Alt Text that his Mary Sue character is an annoyed elderly rooster.
  • Terror Island:
    • Lewis Powell took the above idea even further, claiming in this strip that his Mary Sue character was a fake magic cube. Ben wrote Lewis's commentary that day, for what it's worth.
    • Within the strip itself, there's Bartleby. Every time he appears, he immediately finds a flawless solution to all of the ongoing story arcs. His only weakness is that if the current strip number isn't a multiple of 100, he ceases to exist.
  • Mary Sue Academy is about a school for Mary Sues, and is appropriately full of these. It's right here.
  • Shadow and Chug of Powerup Comics are (stealth) parodies of the Jerkass Stu model. Since they represent all of the authors' viewpoints, it's deemed acceptable for them to dismiss the recurring strawman character with a bullet to the forehead simply because he has the "wrong" opinions.
  • Dave Anez has admitted (and lampshaded) the fact that Bob is Bob and George's Marty Stu. He dresses like Proto Man (easily the coolest Mega Man character), he's able to beat the main cast in combat and able to out-program Dr. Wily. He's the mastermind behind the events of 5 and 6 parodies, and a demi-god to boot. Since Bob And George was a Gag Series, he ends up as the butt of jokes a bit more often than your average Marty Stu and other characters get the better of him more than once, though they usually end up regretting it. Given the often ridiculously exaggerated things he's done (like killing a ghost/hologram), he may even qualify as The Ace.
    • In terms of raw power, however, Bob ranks fourth (at best) among the cast. The two author characters (literal Reality Warper gods both surpass him. It's also implied his brother, George, is actually more powerful than he is, but is too much of a Nice Guy to fully utilize this power.
  • In Homestuck, half of the central cast could be considered Parody Sues in some respect - nearly all have unique and bizarre personality traits, abilities and circumstances. Additionally, due to the mythical nature of SBURB/SGRUB, the world-ending video game that acts as the central plot driver, all the central characters are some sort of The Chosen One. What the comic typically does to keep them in the realm of parody rather than straight examples is by making them either ultimately irrelevant, developing them out of their Sue-ish traits, or simply lampshading the fact that they are absurdly competent.
    • There's still some debate among fans as to whether Jade was intended to be a Parody Sue. She does have a ludicrous number of quirky hobbies, skills, and "cute" flaws (narcolepsy and general ditziness). She also has a magical pet, crazy supernatural powers, future technology, a grasp on the unfolding plot, and she lives under the wing of her equally talented and rich Grandfather who is deceased, making her Conveniently an Orphan in addition to everything else, and she's taken care of by her ridiculous Reality Warper dog. What makes her seem like a Parody Sue instead of a straight example is the fact that her Sue-ness (like every other trope used in the series) is exaggerated to the point that it becomes funny. Then she loses her powers, her gear and her pet, and spends so much time dozing that all the other main characters zoom past her. Time to start earning your keep, miss.
      • Jake, the Alternate Universe version of Jade's adoptive grandfather/biological father, deconstructs this. Like Jade, he lives alone on an island, along with Dirk's robot clone and a myriad of dangerous and exotic alien monsters, has multiple quirky or strange hobbies and personality traits, all while having a tragic backstory through the death of his beloved grandmother who was murdered for being a threat to an all-powerful villain. Additionally, all his friends in his group are vying for his affections and allegedly he holds an insane amount of hidden potential, despite seeming like a dunce. However, his own lack of self-awareness and general obliviousness ultimately backfires on him when his friends grow tired of his behavior after dealing with him in a vacuum for 6 months, culminating with his boyfriend breaking up with him and his best friend (who had been in love with him) suddenly becoming an evil, physically and emotionally abusive mind controlled tyrant, showing that Mary Sues just wouldn't work in real life.
    • The parody really ramps up when the comic introduces the 12 trolls. Just about every one of them exhibits a few blatant Mary Sue traits, some of which double as a Shallow Parody of pop-culture. Most are promptly played for laughs, and some subverted or developed to reveal Hidden Depths.
      • Aradia and Sollux. Each has incredible Psychic Powers combined with precognition. To boot, Sollux works technical wizardry while Aradia comes Back from the Dead. Both of them could easily qualify for God-Mode Sue if they tried, but they simply don't want to.
      • Tavros. He is the Extreme Doormat and The Woobie of the group. He initially seems a shoo-in for Sympathetic Sue, but he's not. Not to mention he can commune with Bec.
      • Karkat. He is secretly a mutant, the only one of his race who has red blood, which causes him much angst. He also insists that he's The Leader of the group despite his apparent lack of leadership ability. The plot renders his mutant blood totally irrelevant, and he gradually cultivates a real knack for leadership.
      • Nepeta. An enthusiastic Fangirl who likes dressing up as a cat, drawing colorful comics and Shipping her friends, she resembles the protagonist of a Self-Insert Fic written by a fan of the very comic she's in. Unlike a conventional Self-Insert Sue, she gets side-lined pretty consistently.
      • Kanaya. She has much in common with Jade, including stylish clothes and the same special house. Instead of the "magic princess", Kanaya's depiction riffs on the "beautiful vampire" traits of some well-known Sues. Just count how many times the phrase "one of the few of your kind" recurs in her introduction.
      • Equius. He is a freakishly-STRONG Perpetually-Frowning mess of restrained aggression, and everything he does is manly. Like Nepeta, he mostly occupies the background. What's more, his superlative STRENGTH is comically-useless against the greatest threats.
      • Eridan. This edgelord carries a BFG and combines Anime Hair with the fashion sense of a hipster. His obsession with conquest and genocide makes him a Sociopathic Hero or Anti-Hero at best. Eridan seems to think he qualifies as a Sympathetic Sue due to his many troubles, but other characters (and the audience) instead see his self-pity as mere Wangst.
      • Feferi. She has all of Jade's special qualities amplified. She is a Princess Classic and, with the highest and rarest blood color, heir-apparent to become Empress. She wears bright clothes and gold accessories where almost everyone else is decked out in blacks and greys. She is a Friend to All Living Things and is very nice, considering the rest of the troll race are a bunch of murderous bastards. And, of course, her beloved Guardian can kill the rest of the troll race on a whim. She fails to bring about the bright future she dreams of, and despite a royal pedigree she shows no leadership.
      • Gamzee. a Joke Character who turns into a Lethal Joke Character, his murderous rampage kicks off an entire story arc and his behind-the-scenes machinations are explicitly or implicitly responsible for many plot details. However, instead of a Chessmaster Mary Tzu, he's a gullible idiot. By the end, he is little more than a Butt-Monkey and Cosmic Plaything of the real villains.
      • Vriska. Most of all, Vriska, because she actively tries to be a Mary Sue. She has a FLARP character named "Marquise Spinneret Mindfang". She can put people under Mind Control to manipulate them. She cheats, lies, steals and evades consequences. She inserts herself into major plot events just to seem important. She even makes romantic moves toward The Hero! She strives to fill the role of Mary Tzu, Jerk Sue, Villain Sue, God-Mode Sue and Black Hole Sue all at once, because that's her idea of "winning." Sometimes she succeeds, but ultimately she fails and dies. She seems to learn a lesson from this setback... then she unlearns it and tries again.

        While the rest are parodied for fun, Vriska is a thoroughly Deconstructed Character Archetype and metafictional examination of the Mary Sue. What kind of person would behave this way? An insecure, unhappy one. How would others respond to her? They consider her a dangerous, abusive manipulator. Word of God also declares that Vriska is an intentional attempt to establish a Base-Breaking Character — a resounding success, because she certainly is. The other characters have very divided opinions on Vriska, and so does the audience.
    • The Sue-ness is surpassed again by Calliope, AKA uranianUmbra. She's critical to almost everything about the Alpha universe session, having given the kids their special chat client, introduced them, and told them about and encouraged them to play the game. She's a Sailor Earth character as well, since an Ophiuchus-themed troll has long been speculated (especially one with the initials UU), and she fills in the gap in the hemospectrum where Karkat would be if he wasn't a mutant. Oh, and she's apparently the Last of Her Kind, since the Empress exterminated the limebloods because they had much stronger Psychic Powers than the other castes and posed a threat to her reign. As it turns out, UU is not, in fact, a troll. She's an entirely different species and is cosplaying as her fantroll.
      • She's also the smarter, more talented sister of the Big Bad Caliborn/Lord English, and foreshadowing suggests she will be instrumental in stopping Lord English. Which would all be very Sueish except for the fact that he Out-Gambitted her and killed her dreamself, leaving him permanently in control of their shared body and Calliope's ghost hiding from him in a secluded corner of the Furthest Ring, with no idea how to fight back.
      • Then we get Alt!Calliope. She's Calliope from a timeline where she managed to get past Caliborn and gain power equal to his. She manages to do what the kids have been trying to do for most of the story: destroy the Green Sun. She has realistic emotional troubles, though, because her whole timeline was never meant to happen.
    • Caliborn's no slouch in this either, Villain Sue-wise: While he is a grating, petulant brat, He played and won an impossible session that not even his ultra-talented sister was allowed to complete (with direct help from the author, to boot), defeated said sister, gains command of a group of powerful enforcers, and when he's an adult, beefs up and becomes an all-powerful entity that can only be defeated by messing with reality itself. He also uses these powers to mow down anything he doesn't like, including the author for putting him through everything. So what's the parody? His jacked persona is based on his own Marty Stu OC, he's annoyed by Hussie's help and hates how the narrative messes with his mind (which is likely why he became so crazy as Lord English in the first place), and pretty much everyone he encounters hates him. The enforcers he gets are also a bunch of chumps when pitted against the right people.
  • Living with Insanity features a parody on bad writing as a whole, starring a character actually named Marty Stu who can convince nazis to stop being evil just because he is sexy.
  • Tsukiko from The Order of the Stick is this to an extent. She has several Mary Sue traits — name meaning "Moon Child" in Japanese, heterochromatic eyes, great beauty, skimpy clothing, unusualy skilled for her young age, oppressed by a stuck-up society not understanding her greatness.... Parody comes in two aspects. First, she is terribly Wrong Genre Savvy, acting like she is in her own self-insert romantic fanfic and can do whatever she wants to get Xykon to fall in love with her and others are just obstacles for her to dispose without consequences — which gets her killed once she tries to get rid of Redcloak. Second, that "oppressed by a stuck-up society not understanding her greatness" part? She was jailed for necrophilia and her entire reasoning for that behavior is based on Insane Troll Logic.
  • Chainsawsuit got a few entries, including ""Brightshadow Academy for Mary Sues." Its newest student is Jane Peters, who "had no unique powers and a very normal past":
    poor jane peters... but little did she know that she was going to become the greatest student that brightshadow academy had ever seen
  • Pokémon-X has an April Fools Day comic where the author shows why he doesn't allow fanmade characters, introducing a Marty Stu (allegedly based on actual suggested characters) who saves the world with his oddly-colored and decorated Mewtwo, effortlessly saves the day, and becomes May's immediate boyfriend for instant sex (which May's in-comic semi-love-interest Brendan has no problem with, in this scenario).
  • League of Super Redundant Heroes has a super-heroine literally called Mary Sue, who is clearly the most perfect example of a human being (or superhuman being for that matter), but still points out her "defining flaw" that goes hand-in-hand with her perfection to define the trope.
  • "Mary Sue Wish Fulfillment Guy," by Kevin Bolk (author of Ensign Sue Must Die), who is a thinly-veiled parody of Rayne Summers of Least I Could Do.
  • Pilot has numerous in-universe games. One of these games, Edgelord, is a parody of pretty much all Mary Sue Tropes. As such, everyone (aside from Father Figure) is a Parody Sue.

    Web Original 
  • Doobies, a creation of 4chan's /tg/, are a parody of Mary Sue races. They see themselves as perfect divine beings that everyone should worship (and some crazy people actually do), when in reality they are absolutely hideous, disgusting, stupid, incompetent, and clumsy creatures that look like horribly deformed lizard-rabbit people with two eyes on ones side of their face and no eyes on the other. The only thing special about them is that they are almost impossible to kill and don't age.
  • Marine Todd, a Twitter meme based on the Designated Hero of a right-wing Strawman Political Urban Legend doing the rounds on the Conservative Twittersphere. The parody versions riff off it by amplifying the wish fulfillment and the writer's ignorance to staggering levels:
    ...he had already engaged in real battle with real Atheists: Muslims.
    a marine came home from ending terrorism in iraq and went to his favorite bar. he saw a cute girl and tried to buy her a drink. "no thanks i'm a feminist" she said. the marine ripped off his shirt "are you still a feminist?" "not anymore but i have a boyfriend" she replied. he pulled out his gun. "u think the friend zone scares me? i just got back from a war zone." she sent her boyfriend a text message to break up with him and started kissing the marine and his gun. all the other patriots in the bar got up and started clapping and din't stop until the marine and the girl were married. repost if you believe love can blossom anywhere, even on a battlefield!!!
  • The Quintessential Mary-Sue was intentionally written to hit as many points on the litmus test as possible. Before the story even starts, she has turned the setting into Cosmic Horror. It only gets worse in later chapters, especially since there is a Hope Spot before her complete and total victory.
  • The SCP Foundation has several flavors of this:
    • SCP-10101-J is of the "blatant author-insert that's better than everyone" variety handled in an over-the-top manner. He's ridiculously overpowered, his containment procedure amounts to "give him everything he wants," and he helps capture or redeem "evil" SCPs while refusing to help the Foundation with "good" SCPs (in a series that normally falls closer along the lines of Black-and-Gray Morality with some tragic characters). At some points, the article even goes in to first-person to highlight his self-insert nature.
    • SCP-777-J is along the lines of an animesque protagonist being added to the world of the website. His abilities are not as over-the-top as 10101-J's, but he's still immune to all damage, cannot be contained by the Foundation, able to take down several powerful SCPs, (including SCP-343, a Reality Warper that may or may not be God, by saying that he doesn't believe in him) and he turns everything around him in to some incomprehensible fan fiction-like story.
    • SCP-496-J, a blatant Purity Sue who's in a relationship with Dr. Clef and given complete access to two other SCPs, limited supply panacea 500 and machine that can alter objects 914.
    • SCP-056 is a more realisticly written Parody Sue. It is a shapeshifting being that turns into a better version of whatever observes it and also has a completely insufferable personality.
    • SCP-732 turns Foundation documents into bad fanfic, which makes for a handy excuse for the periodic Sue-purges.
    • SCP-6101 (part of the site's Broken Masquerade canon) is a more sympathetic take on this, being the persona of a nine-year-old boy from the Make-A-Wish Foundation who wanted to be an SCP. The article describes him as "the most powerful SCP" and a nearly omnipotent superhero that the Foundation considers one of its greatest allies, though it's all but stated that in real life, he's just a regular kid with a terminal illness.
    • SCP-7606 is an all-powerful indestructible Eldritch Abomination with power over the concepts of fire, darkness, and death... and a very clear parody of the bog-standard Lovecraftian gods that have cropped up throughout the Foundation's history. Plus, he's also a jab at Able, attributed the power of "unmatched physical combat prowess with knowledge of several ancient martial arts, along with the ability to manifest any weapon of its choosing." Except he's not a Lovecraftian god at all, but a sorcerer using a ritual to make him seem as such. In reality, he's just a 20-something jackass with no real power and an embarrassing vulnerability to getting shot dead by a pissed Florida Man.
  • A Running Gag in TwoSet Violin's videos concerns a guy called Ling Ling, the perfect violinist who can do anything and everything, up to and including stretching the duration of a day to 40 hours just so he can practice his playing for that entire amount of time.
  • Whateley Universe: setting aside any Alternate Character Interpretation one might have of the members of Team Kimba, there are a few of these around.
    • The Lit Chix are the Author Avatars for the Canon Cabal, and were deliberately designed to poke fun at the writers' foibles. This didn't stop Loophole from becoming a main character later.
    • 'Captain' Bravo and his main squeeze Pucelle are an unsubtle parody of two classic superheroic archetypes.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Figaro Pho: Figaro's rival in the "Fear of Rivals" episode. Even the action figure based on him is indestructible!
  • Ice King of Adventure Time turns into one of these in the episodes "Fionna and Cake" and "Bad Little Boy", which makes sense since these episodes are parodies of badly written Fan Fiction, with every narrative focus on Fionna and Cake being less about adventure and more about shipping.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Alan is an impossibly gentle, selfless and kind person who is Gumball's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis. His focus in "The Saint" has him act untroubled by whatever awful thing Gumball does to him and automatically forgive him easily. At the end of the episode, Laser-Guided Karma grants him not only everything he lost, but also more, including 20 million in cash because he gave a homeless man 20 dollars. The single time he is angry is just to make Gumball feel better about himself. However, this status temporarily goes away when he is in "The Vision" accidentally made into a Knight Templar who wants to force smiles on everyone and make the world a better place by force due to hearing Gumball's ideas of what he thought his life goals were, Gumball pops him at the end of the episode for good measure subverting him being a possible Villain Sue parody as well.
  • In the American Dad! episode "American Fung", Chinese billionaire Fung Wah buys the show and inserts himself into it as a Black Hole Sue.
  • Animaniacs: Hello Nurse, according to the song about her, her list of accomplishments includes winning the Tony, Nobel Prize, and Pulitzer, obtaining several P.H.Ds, playing Chopin without rehearsing, singing opera at the Met, solving math equations, winning a scholarship to Yale, starring as the lead role in King Lear, becoming the ambassador to China, and not smoking.
  • In The Boondocks, one-shot character Ebony Brown can be interpreted as being an Affectionate Parody of invokedMary Sue Fan Fiction (regarding both this show and others) because, by this show's standards, she's just so damned perfect. First of all, she's Robert's latest girlfriend, but miraculously bucks tradition by being genuinely more kindhearted, sane, and levelheaded than anyone else around her; as well as being so strikingly beautiful, that even Uncle Ruckus puts a lid on his racism for once, and falls arse-over-tits for her. Second, she repeatedly leans on the fourth wall, and expresses a desire to become a major part of Robert's life (similar to a Self-Insert Fic character joining the main cast out of nowhere). Third, Robert falls completely in love with her, and becomes madly obsessed with their relationship together, even though they only met a short while ago (a satire of invokedshipping stories where characters are Strangled by the Red String); and their relationship is played up for all the hamfisted melodrama that can be wrung from it (satirizing the Romantic Plot Tumor nature of the aforementioned shipping stories). As a bonus, Ebony shares her name with one of the most infamous Mary Sues in fan-fiction history. It's not known if this is an intentional reference or not, but it would make it all the more blatant if it was.
  • The Brandy & Mr. Whiskers episode "Sandy & Mr. Frisky" is a parody of the Copycat Sue and Black Hole Sue tropes. Brandy and Mr. Whiskers meet doppelgangers of themselves with eerily similar interests and appearances, who even got stranded in the jungle in the exact same way... and turn out to be better than them in practically every way, and become instantly popular. However, Brandy and Mr. Whiskers become jealous of their doppelgangers' perfection and popularity, especially since all their friends are spending more time with the new duo than with them. In order to get their lives back, they first try to ruin Sandy and Mr. Frisky's reputations, then when that fails, they create a Rube Goldberg Device to fling the doppelgangers far, far away. Just before using the device, Brandy and Mr. Whiskers regret their actions and reconcile with Sandy and Mr. Frisky, who agree that our protagonists have every reason to feel this way since they've accidentally been effectively replacing them. However, the device is then set off by accident. When this turns out to have caused Sandy and Mr. Frisky to get rescued from the Amazon and potentially get their own TV show, our protagonists become jealous again and vow to never speak of the episode's events.
  • In Code Lyoko episode "Kadic Bombshell", Brynja Heringsdötir is an obvious parody of the Relationship Sues so prevalent in the show's Fan Work. This one-shot character has every trapping of a Mary Sue and Odd (and Ulrich, and Jérémie, and every other boy in the school) falls for her, but she's quickly revealed too shallow to be a serious love interest. She leaves at the end of the episode without having any lasting effect on the status quo (the heroes not even bothering with a Return to the Past).
  • One episode of Code Monkeys has Dave and Jerry quitting Game-A-Vision and starting their own "Stonervision" firm, and are replaced by Mike and Shawn, who not only look similar, but are dedicated to their jobs, make cookies for everyone, and Mary falls in love with Shawn (and moves into their office). It turns out they're actually Federal agents out to arrest Mr. Larrity on tax evasion charges (and not for any of the other crazy crimes he's done); when Dave and Jerry come back, in deep debt to their drug lord financier Tony Dakota, they all cooperate to arrest Dakota, and both him and the Feds end up killed in the ensuing shootout (while Dave and Jerry are forced to Crossing the Burnt Bridge by having to play Dungeons & Dragons with Todd as the other employees point and laugh at them.
  • Daria Morgendorfer writes stories about a Communist-fighting agent named Melody Powers, intentionally depicted by Daria as if she was an enhanced self-insert within an otherwise extremely bloody spy story. The two times she's shown reading a Melody story to an audience, she's either trolling her peers ("Cafe Disaffecto") or said audience is completely deaf ("The Old and the Beautiful").
  • Darkwing Duck plays with this in the episode "Comic Book Capers." When Megavolt discovers Darkwing's manuscript for a licensed comic book based on his exploits, he completely rewrites the plot to make himself the star and give himself the ability to turn into a 50 ft. giant, which sends Darkwing fleeing for his life.
  • Appears in Doug. When Skeeter helps with one of Doug's Quailman comics, his character is a blatant God Mode Stu, gaining whatever power most quickly solves the situation at hand (said character is also an Expy of the Silver Surfer, who is in comics at Story-Breaker Power). This is heavily lampshaded in Doug's dislike of the character.
  • An episode of The Fairly OddParents! has Timmy wishing up a big brother named Tommy. He was so perfect that he actually got Tootie to lose her crush on Timmy. This, of course, backfires when Tommy wants to take Timmy on a long charity trip to a third world country.
    • The final season initially sets up Chloe to be this, with her being a universally beloved child prodigy whose only character flaw being that many of the good deeds she's been praised for have had unforeseen negative consequences (which tend to be glossed over anyway). This is quickly downplayed in favor of having her simply be a more neurotic do-gooder in contrast to the more laidback and selfish Timmy.
  • Family Guy: The Griffins bring in a new dog after Lois points out that Brian's getting old. "New Brian" is polite, perfect, multi-talented and instantly befriends everyone (sans Stewie), who rightly realizes that he's Brian's "replacement". New Brian goes on to improve everyone's lives and supplant Brian completely. However, he makes his fatal mistake when he... gets a little intimate with Rupert the teddy bear. Stewie is not pleased...
    • Don't forget Derek, Jillian's (late) husband. He's depicted as a parody of a Relationship Sue.
  • In the episode of Futurama parodying Star Trek fandom, they produce an episode of Star Trek based on an alien energy cloud's fanscript, wherein members of the regular cast fall in love with and are overwhelmed with admiration for the alien energy cloud.
    • There's also Barbados Slim, who won Olympic gold medals in both Limboing and Sex. His pecs also wiggle by themselves. He has been described as both an adonis, and a 'mahogany god'.
      • He gets some minor comeuppance in Bender's Big Score, when after Hermes steals back his wife from him, Slim tries to storm out of the room, being forced to limbo underneath a malfunctioning automatic door...which then shuts on him partway through.
  • Lila from Hey Arnold! is effectively a Sickeningly Sweet parody of a Mary Sue, as is Helga's older sister Olga. Interestingly, both of them started as deconstructions of the idea (Lila was smart, funny and charming but had a horrible home life and poor self-esteem, while Olga was a Broken Ace who was both neurotic and naive), before the writers evidently realized that ramping up their cutesy perfection was funnier. Given "Big Sis" - the episode that puts them both together - it's hard to disagree.
  • Home Movies: You let Fenton play in your movies at your peril.
    "You're the dirty villain, and I'm the hero, and you suck. A-and you're really stupid and I'm really smart. OK? And you're fat and have bad skin, and I'm thin and I have small pores."
  • In Invader Zim, Tak has some Sue attributes: arrives at the Skool out of nowhere on an incredibly cool and expensive-looking jet, gets Dib's attention (while shooting down Zim's futile courtship attempts), turns out to be another rogue "Invader" like Zim — only incredibly more competent, and so on. And yet, she's still so Genre Blind as to put a Big Red Button to disable her master plan and gets defeated by the very people she denounced as worthless.
    • Ultimately counts as a subversion when you remember you are comparing her to Zim, the Empire's biggest and most legendary fuck-up. Tak's competency is likely the norm, or at least not unexpected for a real invader (which Zim is not). One episode had Zim spying on some of his fellow Invaders, and we see most have already taken over the worlds. It's later revealed the first one was by Skoodge. Much later, a "Freaky Friday" Flip plot in the comics has Gaz-in-Zim's body use just a fraction of his resources to take over the world in only three days. Tak isn't overly competent to make fun of Mary Sues; she's overly competent to remind us just how genuinely dangerous the Irken Empire itself really is when they're not screwing around and eating snacks all day.
    • One episode cast Dib as a God-Mode Sue. After throwing a muffin at Zim in school, he's visited by Energy Beings that sought him out to be their champion against the Irken Invaders. They give him superpowers that allow him to do pretty much anything he wants, which he proceeds to use to talk Zim into turning himself in to the authorities, expose every single paranormal mystery, singlehandedly fought and defeated the Irken Armada, and "even got to ride a moose". As it turned out, it was all a virtual reality simulation orchestrated by Zim to get him to admit he threw the bran muffin.
  • Kaeloo: Quack Quack the duck. He's "smart", a good athlete, very talented at everything and is also indestructible. As a result, he wins everything, and all his successes are Played for Laughs as well as being the reason Mr. Cat hates him so much.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles has Jek-14, a Force-sensitive Sith clone of a basic clone trooper who's better than everyone at everything, making most of the main characters jealous. Not helping matters is when he defects to join the side of good.
  • The Life and Times of Juniper Lee: The one-shot character Ashley has all the hallmarks of being a Sue, being ridiculously nice and upstaging the titular character when it comes to magical skill. However, when she temporarily takes over Juniper's spot as The Chosen One, she's instantly overwhelmed by the duties attached to the title.
  • An episode of The Little Mermaid cartoon has an old acquaintance of Sebastian who has the same problem. In a last-ditch effort to beat him at something, Sebastian challenges him to pretty much tell Sebastian's life story. The old acquaintance not only does so, in perfect detail, (which, in itself is pretty damn creepy) but also manages to mix a heaping helping of The Reason Sebastian Sucks while doing so. Cue the Flat "What" from everyone. Including the viewers. Though like the Tree excess example he admits the one thing he's not better than Sebastian at is making friends, because everybody would rather try to knock him off his high horse with contests than be his friend.
  • Kyle from Looped. He's a handsome, popular, intelligent, and kindhearted Chick Magnet and All-Loving Hero admired and beloved by everyone in school (to the point where he is allow to freely visit the teachers' lounge), as well as The Ace who spends his spare time doing good deeds around town out of charity. His impossibly over-the-top flawlessness is completely Played for Laughs, and is also the reason why Luc considers him his archenemy.
  • The Mary Sue concept in general, as well as Always Someone Better, is parodied in the Recess episode "Here Comes Mr. Perfect", in which a Marty Stu from out of town shows up whose sympathetic character flaw is literally the fact that he's Marty Stu — his perfection always makes the people around him immediately hate him because he's so much better at the stuff everyone else is known for, and he actively tries to avoid showing it off for this reason.
    • He also gives a speech in his own defense that, in a meta sense, can be taken as a sort of defense of the Mary Sue — not that they're good characters, per se, or not annoying, but that it isn't the character's fault — they didn't decide to be perfect.
  • Susie's mother Lucy in Rugrats appears to be a Parody Sue, judging from her first episode. She repeatedly stuns Didi with just everything she's accomplished in her life - aside from being a qualified doctor with four kids, she's also a chef who studied in France, a talented artist, a certified pilot and is almost perfectly sweet. The parody part comes from how she casually drops all these talents to a dumbfounded Didi.
  • Poochie on The Simpsons is a good example of a Stu character played as a parody of new characters who are just stuck into stories and then they annoy the fans. But the reason Poochie annoys the fans isn't just because he's new, it's because of his Gary Stu traits. He comes in with a whole rap song about why he's so cool, Itchy and Scratchy's usually violently comedic characters are changed into oohing and ahhing over him, and he throws the story off course to show off how cool he is (cue Milhouse moaning "When are they going to get to the fireworks factory?!"). Also, like with many Gary Stu type characters, the fans are annoyed by him, except for his voice actor, Homer, who acts like a fan who is overly protective of their Mary Sue character. Homer's idea of how to improve the show is to make Poochie louder, angrier, have access to a time machine, and to make the other characters say "Where's Poochie?" when he's not on-screen, which could also go under the Creator's Pet trope.
    • This is, of course, why he was the former Trope Namer of Shoo Out the New Guy.
    • Luckily, the Marketing Executives who created him in the first place wised up quickly and killed him off when he had to go back to his home planet. Following the brodcast, Krusty shows off an affadevit that legally forbids Poochie to be used in future shorts.
    • With Bart Simpson's favorite comic book, Radioactive Man, its eponymous hero can be this sometimes; one issue has him traveling back in time, competing against Jesse Owens in the Olympics, and winning, something Bart views as a good thing. Although, there's another special issue where Milhouse claims he and Fallout Boy are killed on every page, which may be an aversion to the Trope.
  • Swifty the Shrew from Sonic Boom is a walking play on this trope. He wows the cast, shows up Sonic himself, and basically crowd-pleases... at first. As time wears on, the entire main cast join Sonic in finding him irritable, and with how regularly he appears in front of Sonic during their race, it becomes clear he's also a cheater. There's also the fact he's just one of a line of mass-produced drones Eggman made to help facilitate the construction of his new amusement park, which is how he was able to cheat in the first place. After peer pressure from Amy pushes Fink to revoke Sonic's banishment, the Swifties are rapidly disassembled.
  • Mintberry Crunch from the South Park "Coon & Friends" trilogy.
    Stan: Wow! Who would have thought that Mintberry Crunch had powers?
    Cartman: *sighs* Fucking Mintberry fucking Crunch.
    • Gary from "All About the Mormons." When Mr. Garrison introduces him to the class, he notes that Gary is a straight-A student and a child actor, and makes it clear that he prefers him to all of the regular characters. Everybody else immediately hates him...unless they talk to him for five minutes, because he's so nice that your anger will quickly dissipate.
  • Sierra from Total Drama World Tour has quite a lot of Mary Sue traits, such as an unusual and nonstandard physical appearance, having a massive crush on a character known for having numerous real-life fangirls, knowing everything about the other characters, and often displaying skill and strength beyond expectations. However, other characters find her creepy and annoying, especially Cody (her aforementioned crush).
  • The Venture Bros.: Brock Sampson is a parody of over-the-top Sociopathic Hero characters. While he does get plenty of asskicking scenes, he is also shown doing less adventurous things with the Ventures (such as helping effeminate Dean put on his plays and/or dressing up for costume competitions), whom he sees as a family unit. In fact, when Femme Fatale Molotov Cocktease invites him to abandon them and join her as a mercenary, he happily tells her that he prefers the Ventures to the moral ambiguity and weirdness of spy work.


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Alternative Title(s): Parody Stu, Troll Sue


The Ultramarines

So comically invincible, their own Chapter Master can't stand them.

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