Is Your Character a Mary Sue?

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You're probably here because you got a flame (or a very very harsh review) of your story, telling you that your character is a Mary Sue. I'm not here to comfort you. I'm here to tell you that he or she JUST MIGHT BE!

If you do NOT know what a Mary Sue is - a) WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING TAKING THIS QUIZ!? And b) feel free to do research - Wikipedia has a quite nice page on Mary Sues. In short, Mary Sues are some of the most hated literary devices, and this quiz will help to tell you if you've created one!

Created by: Xandra J.
1. What is your age?
Under 18 Years Old
18 to 24 Years Old
25 to 30 Years Old
31 to 40 Years Old
41 to 50 Years Old
51 to 60 Years Old
Over 60 Years Old
2. What is your gender?
Male
Female
3. Is your character named after you?
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
More than one of the above
None of the above
All of the above
4. Is your character in the same general age group as you? (Teenager, Adult, Young adult, etc.)
Same age
Within five years
Within ten years
Not a bit
5. Is your character a teenager?
Yes
No
6. Does your character have a tragic past?
Yes
No
7. Has your character ever been (or thought he/she has been) responsible for the death of a parent/friend/lover?
Yes
No
8. Do you use overly poetic terms to describe your character? (eg. "Raven locks", "Amber orbs", etc.)
Yes
No
9. Do you and your character dress alike, or does he/she dress how you wish you could or would be allowed to dress?
Yes
No
10. Do your character's eyes have any strange, not naturally occurring qualities? (changes colour, flashing, etc.)
Yes
No
11. Does your character have strangely coloured eyes that do not come from coloured contacts?
Yes
No
12. Does your character have purple eyes?
Yes
No
13. If the previous question applies to you, have you ever described said eyes as "Amethyst orbs"? (If you answered no previously, simply answer no to this)
Yes
No
14. How many main characters fall in love with your character?
1-3
4-6
More than 7
15. Does your character have a remarkable singing voice?
Yes
No
16. If you previously answered yes, can he/she charm or bewitch people with his/her singing? (If you answered no to the previous question, simply answer no to this one)
Yes
No
17. Is your character the sole surviving member of some great tragedy, genocide, or the last of a house or species?
Yes
No
18. If a fanfiction character, does your character have a weapon or trinket similar to another character's previously unique weapon or trinket? (if not a fan character, answer no to the next four questions.)
Yes
No (or not a fan character)
19. If a fan character, is your character essentially the female version of your favorite male character, or vice versa?
Yes
No (or not a fan character)
20. Is your character the child or close relative of a major Canon character?
Yes
No (or not a fan character)
21. Do The Rules of a universe bend or break for your character? (The Rules are the general laws that apply to a fandom - like in an Aladdin story, a genie not attached to a lamp would be breaking the rules.)
Yes
No (or not a fan character)
22. Does your character "Just know things" about the fandom that only the canon characters should know? (eg. Luke: "Darth Vader is my father!" Mary Sue: "Oh, I knew that all along!")
Yes
No (or not a fan character)
23. Was your character adopted, orphaned, a runaway, stolen at birth or in any other way raised by someone who is not the character's own parents.
Yes
No
24. Does your character ever die while saving another character, but is restored to life?
Yes
No
More than once
25. Is your character remarkably witty/always has a clever come-back?
Yes
No
26. Does your character sleep with many other characters? (Or get the chance, but doesn't because he/she "Isn't that kind of person"?)
Yes
No
27. If your character falls in love, does he/she give up said love for a greater purpose? (If he/she doesn't fall in love, simply answer no.)
Yes
No
28. Is your character a familiar mythical creature such as a vampire, werewolf, nymph, or an easily recognizable variant?
Yes
No
29. Does he or she come from another country/world/universe than the other characters in the story?
Yes
No
30. If a newcomer or fan character, does your character beat up, humiliate, tell off, or in any other way best a character you would personally like to do the same to?
Yes
No (or not a fan character or newcomer)
31. Is your character any sort of nobility or royalty?
Yes
No
Without knowing it?
32. When your character makes his/her first appearance, do most/all of the characters in the area notice him/her immediately?
Yes
No
Does this appearance occur in a crowed area?
33. Does your character have strangely coloured hair, or hair that changes throughout the story? (disregard if character is dying hair)
Yes
No
34. Does your character have some tragic, incurable disease?
Yes
No
35. Are there prophesies about your character?
Yes
No
More than one
36. Does your character have some kind of mental disorder (such as multiple personality or Anti-Social) to make up for a murder/crime he/she committed, or to explain why he/she is always lurking?
Yes
No
37. Do you sometimes imagine you ARE your character? (If the only time you do this is when writing, skip this.)
Yes
No
38. If someone does not like your character do you take it as a personal attack?
Yes
No
39. Has your character befriended a villain and convinced said villain to reform/change his/her ways?
Yes
No
More than once
40. Is your character generally dislike by many other characters in the story?
Yes
No
For being so perfect?
For his/her powers?
For being so popular? (Seriously, just go shoot her now.)
41. DE-SUIFIER: Do you ever make fun of your characters flaws, or use them as plot devices?
Yes
No
42. DE-SUIFIER: Is your character overweight, and stays that way throughout the entire story? (a little bit of pudginess does NOT count.)
Yes
No
43. DE-SUIFIER: Is your character out of shape, and stays out of shape throughout the entire story? (I don't mean "Oh, I just don't think I can finish this triathlon!" I mean honestly, hinderingly wimpy.)
Yes
No
Yes - and I use this as a plot device
44. DE-SUIFIER: Is your character human, 40+, and looks his/her age?
Yes
No
60+?
45. DE-SUIFIER: Does your character have a debilitating phobia that does NOT disappear at the crucial moment?
Yes
No
46. DE-SUIFIER: Is your character mentally or physically disabled (paraplegic, retarded, etc.) and has no special powers to make up for this? (To quote Dr. Merlin, anyone who says "She's so pretty that it's like a disability because everyone hates her or wants to have sex with her" will be summarily keelhauled.)
Yes
No
47. DE-SUIFIER: Has your character ever been petty, selfish, lazy, or pointlessly cruel for no other purpose than that it was convenient for him/her?
Yes
No
48. DE-SUIFIER: Has your character ever been faced with a situation that he/she had no hope of overcoming on his/her own?
Yes
No
Did he/she give up without trying?
Did he/she give up after failing?
Did he/she eventually succeeded, did it take a long time and many tries?
49. DE-SUIFIER: If your character has a bad past with his/her parents, does he/she reconcile with them in the end?
Yes
No (or no bad past)
50. Do you view your characters more as tools instead of as friends or children?
Yes
No

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