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Is your character a Mary Sue?

Post by Carena Ghirlandaio on Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:16 am

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So, I was super bored, so for fun I decided to take a Mary Sue Litmus Test for my two characters. A Mary Sue is usually scorned for being "perfect", being extremely tragic, getting everything they want by controlling other characters actions, etc. Etc. They are usually scorned.

So, I was wondering out of curiosity, what's your score? Take this test for all your characters. Post below if you wish. If you get a ridiculous number, you may want to think about your character- and DON'T LIE! It'd just expose you sooner.

The idea of this sort of character test originally sprang from the world of fanfiction. A "Mary Sue" was a non-main character that was usually perfect in every way and often stole the plot.

Now, in the world of role play, a "Mary Sue" has been further defined as a character, usually following the "Perfect in every way" archtype, that really makes it difficult for the RP to be fun for others. They are the extremes of the RP world. (Marty Stu is the male equivelent.)

Now, the details of what makes a Mary Sue/Marty Stu change for each continuity. For example, the first ever test I had seen was written for a Tamora Pierce-based RP, and thus had a lot of magic influences. This continuity does not have magic at all, so that wouldn't be a factor.

Directions: Take this and add up all the points that apply. There will be points after each line, and you add/subract (whatever it says) those points if that line applies to your character. Don't even bother trying to explain away WHY it applies to yourself, the important thing is if it does or not, not why. Might as well not lie to yourself, right? (Feel free to post on this thread.)

Name and physical description
+Is your character's name your name? [+10pts]
++Or a variant of your name? [+5pts]
+Is your character's name a word that is not usually used as a name, or contain a word not usually used for a name? (Ex: Don Dangerous, Lela the Savage, etc.) [+5pts]
+Is your character's name one you really, really want? [+10pts]
+Is your character's last name a common ethnic name? (Ex: Baker, Mc- or Mac-something, O'-something, Garcia, Ahden, Koch, Giovanni, etc.) (Will provide a list of last names later) [-2pts]
+Would people consider your character skinny? [+5pts]
++To the point of anorexic? [+10pts]
+Is your character overweight? [-10pts]
+Does your character have scars? [+5pts]
++That detract from their looks? [-2pts]
+++That make them look more beautiful, or they are still beautiful in spite of them? [+10pts]
+Does your character have fair skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes naturally? [+5pts]
++Because they're German/Scandanavian? [-5pts]
+++But they are Asian/Hispanic/African? [+15pts]
+Does your character look a lot older than they are? [+10pts]
++And they dress to look older? [+5pts]
+Does your character look a lot younger than they are? [+10pts]
++And they aren't a late bloomer? [+5pts]
+Does your character look their age? [-10pts]
+Is your character physically disabled? [List below]
++Blind? [-5pts]
++Deaf [-5pts]
++Paraplegic (sp) [-10pts]
++Mute [-2pts]
++Due to pulmonary (sp) ailments? [-2pts]
++Missing limbs [-10pts]
+Has your character learned how to live with this disability? [-1pt]
+Has your character not been able to learn to live with their disability? [Please re-evaluate your character. Characters that have a disability but can't or won't work through them generally aren't good candidates for a boarding school]

History and Personality
+Has your character had a dramatic past? [List below]
++A parent or relative died [+10pts]
++Were molested [+5pts]
++Has Amnesia [+20pts]
+++Because of these traumatic events [+5pts]
+++Of only these traumatic events [-5pts]
++Hereditary medical ailments [+5pts]
++Sudden ailments that have never been in the family but are life threatening over night [+15pts]
+Does your character act like they should because of these traumatic events? [-5pts]
+Does your character have a mental disability/disorder? [List below]
++Depression [+10pts]
++Bi Poler Disorder [+10pts]
++ADD/ADHD [+10pts]
++A common phobia [-1pt]
+++That affects the character's life far beyond the acceptable extreme [+5pts]
++Agoraphobia [Please re-evaluate. If your character was agoraphobic, they wouldn't be able to leave the house, let alone attend a boarding school so far from it.]
++DOWNS [+5pts]
+Is your character a self-mutilator? [List below]
++Just a cut or two [+5pts]
++As many as 10 cuts [+10pts]
++More cuts than your character can or will count [+25pts]
+Can your character be described as "The person everyone likes?" [+5pts]
++And/or envies? [+10pts]
+Can your character be described as "The person everyone hates?" [+20pts]
+Does your character have a lot of strengths, but few or no weaknesses? [+10pts]
+Does your character have a lot of weaknesses, but few or no strengths? [+20pts]
+Can your character be described as a "Drama Queen?" [+10pts]
+Is your character a bully? [+5pts]
+Is your character not heterosexual? [+10pts]
+Is your character going through an identity crisis? [+5pts]
++Because they have realized they feel themselves to be transgendered (the wrong gender)? [-5pts]
+Is your character a mix of more than three nationalities? [+10pts]
+Does your character look like the typical person of their strongest ethnicity? [-2pts]

Skills and talents
+Can your character play an instrument? [-2pts]
++Professionally? [+2pts]
+++More than one? [+3 pts for all that apply, +1 for each that is professionally played)
+Is your character an athlete? [-2pts]
++And a star at a sport? [+3pts + 1 pt for each additional sport the character is a star at]
+Does your character suck at the sport they play, but play it because they love it? [-2pts]
+Can your character get an A without effort? [+10pts]
+Does your character struggle to hit the low B's and honestly are working for them? [-10pts]
+Does your character have multiple trophies/awards? [+5pts]
++And they have lettered in an American school? [+5pts]
+Can your character draw or write? [-2pts]

Scores
0-25=Not Mary Sueish at all. You may have a few traits, but nothing you can be faulted for.
26-75=Kind of Mary Sueish. Definitely enough to consider changing a few things.
76-300=Mary Sue. You really have some things to work on.
301-519=Super Mary Sue. Suggestion: recreate your character immediately.

(NOTE: THIS IS NOT MADE BY A MOD- It is NOT a requirement; but it could help a few of us with our characters.)





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Re: Is your character a Mary Sue?

Post by Carena Ghirlandaio on Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:51 am

Name and physical description CARENA AMATA GHIRLANDAIO
+Is your character's name your name? [+10pts]
++Or a variant of your name? [+5pts]
+Is your character's name a word that is not usually used as a name, or contain a word not usually used for a name? (Ex: Don Dangerous, Lela the Savage, etc.) [+5pts]
+Is your character's name one you really, really want? [+10pts]
+Is your character's last name a common ethnic name? (Ex: Baker, Mc- or Mac-something, O'-something, Garcia, Ahden, Koch, Giovanni, etc.) (Will provide a list of last names later) [-2pts]
+Would people consider your character skinny? [+5pts]
++To the point of anorexic? [+10pts]
+Is your character overweight? [-10pts]
+Does your character have scars? [+5pts]
++That detract from their looks? [-2pts]
+++That make them look more beautiful, or they are still beautiful in spite of them? [+10pts]
+Does your character have fair skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes naturally? [+5pts]
++Because they're German/Scandanavian? [-5pts]
+++But they are Asian/Hispanic/African? [+15pts]
+Does your character look a lot older than they are? [+10pts]
++And they dress to look older? [+5pts]
+Does your character look a lot younger than they are? [+10pts]
++And they aren't a late bloomer? [+5pts]
+Does your character look their age? [-10pts]
+Is your character physically disabled? [List below]
++Blind? [-5pts]
++Deaf [-5pts]
++Paraplegic (sp) [-10pts]
++Mute [-2pts]
++Due to pulmonary (sp) ailments? [-2pts]
++Missing limbs [-10pts]
+Has your character learned how to live with this disability? [-1pt]
+Has your character not been able to learn to live with their disability? [Please re-evaluate your character. Characters that have a disability but can't or won't work through them generally aren't good candidates for a boarding school]

History and Personality
+Has your character had a dramatic past? [List below]
++A parent or relative died [+10pts]
++Were molested [+5pts]
++Has Amnesia [+20pts]
+++Because of these traumatic events [+5pts]
+++Of only these traumatic events [-5pts]
++Hereditary medical ailments [+5pts]
++Sudden ailments that have never been in the family but are life threatening over night [+15pts]
+Does your character act like they should because of these traumatic events? [-5pts]
+Does your character have a mental disability/disorder? [List below]
++Depression [+10pts]
++Bi Poler Disorder [+10pts]
++ADD/ADHD [+10pts]
++A common phobia [-1pt]
+++That affects the character's life far beyond the acceptable extreme [+5pts]
++Agoraphobia [Please re-evaluate. If your character was agoraphobic, they wouldn't be able to leave the house, let alone attend a boarding school so far from it.]
++DOWNS [+5pts]
+Is your character a self-mutilator? [List below]
++Just a cut or two [+5pts]
++As many as 10 cuts [+10pts]
++More cuts than your character can or will count [+25pts]
+Can your character be described as "The person everyone likes?" [+5pts]
++And/or envies? [+10pts]
+Can your character be described as "The person everyone hates?" [+20pts]
+Does your character have a lot of strengths, but few or no weaknesses? [+10pts]
+Does your character have a lot of weaknesses, but few or no strengths? [+20pts]
+Can your character be described as a "Drama Queen?" [+10pts]
+Is your character a bully? [+5pts]
+Is your character not heterosexual? [+10pts]
+Is your character going through an identity crisis? [+5pts]
++Because they have realized they feel themselves to be transgendered (the wrong gender)? [-5pts]
+Is your character a mix of more than three nationalities? [+10pts]
+Does your character look like the typical person of their strongest ethnicity? [-2pts]

Skills and talents
+Can your character play an instrument? [-2pts]
++Professionally? [+2pts]
+++More than one? [+3 pts for all that apply, +1 for each that is professionally played)
+Is your character an athlete? [-2pts]
++And a star at a sport? [+3pts + 1 pt for each additional sport the character is a star at]
+Does your character suck at the sport they play, but play it because they love it? [-2pts]
+Can your character get an A without effort? [+10pts]
+Does your character struggle to hit the low B's and honestly are working for them? [-10pts]
+Does your character have multiple trophies/awards? [+5pts]
++And they have lettered in an American school? [+5pts]
+Can your character draw or write? [-2pts]

Scores
0-25=Not Mary Sueish at all. You may have a few traits, but nothing you can be faulted for.
26-75=Kind of Mary Sueish. Definitely enough to consider changing a few things.
76-300=Mary Sue. You really have some things to work on.
301-519=Super Mary Sue. Suggestion: recreate your character immediately.


END RESULT: 62 (Kind of Mary Sueish. Definitely enough to consider changing a few things.
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Re: Is your character a Mary Sue?

Post by Gwenyth Woods on Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:06 am

Name and physical description GWENYTH ELEANOR WOODS
+Is your character's name your name? [+10pts]
++Or a variant of your name? [+5pts]
+Is your character's name a word that is not usually used as a name, or contain a word not usually used for a name? (Ex: Don Dangerous, Lela the Savage, etc.) [+5pts]
+Is your character's name one you really, really want? [+10pts]
+Is your character's last name a common ethnic name? (Ex: Baker, Mc- or Mac-something, O'-something, Garcia, Ahden, Koch, Giovanni, etc.) (Will provide a list of last names later) [-2pts]
+Would people consider your character skinny? [+5pts]
++To the point of anorexic? [+10pts]
+Is your character overweight? [-10pts]
+Does your character have scars? [+5pts]
++That detract from their looks? [-2pts]
+++That make them look more beautiful, or they are still beautiful in spite of them? [+10pts]
+Does your character have fair skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes naturally? [+5pts]
++Because they're German/Scandanavian? [-5pts]
+++But they are Asian/Hispanic/African? [+15pts]
+Does your character look a lot older than they are? [+10pts]
++And they dress to look older? [+5pts]
+Does your character look a lot younger than they are? [+10pts]
++And they aren't a late bloomer? [+5pts]
+Does your character look their age? [-10pts]
+Is your character physically disabled? [List below]
++Blind? [-5pts]
++Deaf [-5pts]
++Paraplegic (sp) [-10pts]
++Mute [-2pts]
++Due to pulmonary ailments? [-2pts]
++Missing limbs [-10pts]
+Has your character learned how to live with this disability? [-1pt]
+Has your character not been able to learn to live with their disability? [Please re-evaluate your character. Characters that have a disability but can't or won't work through them generally aren't good candidates for a boarding school]

History and Personality
+Has your character had a dramatic past? [List below]
++A parent or relative died [+10pts]
++Were molested [+5pts]
++Has Amnesia [+20pts]
+++Because of these traumatic events [+5pts]
+++Of only these traumatic events [-5pts]
++Hereditary medical ailments [+5pts]
++Sudden ailments that have never been in the family but are life threatening over night [+15pts]
+Does your character act like they should because of these traumatic events? [-5pts]
+Does your character have a mental disability/disorder? [List below]
++Depression [+10pts]
++Bi Poler Disorder [+10pts]
++ADD/ADHD [+10pts]
++A common phobia [-1pt]
+++That affects the character's life far beyond the acceptable extreme [+5pts]
++Agoraphobia [Please re-evaluate. If your character was agoraphobic, they wouldn't be able to leave the house, let alone attend a boarding school so far from it.]
++DOWNS [+5pts]
+Is your character a self-mutilator? [List below]
++Just a cut or two [+5pts]
++As many as 10 cuts [+10pts]
++More cuts than your character can or will count [+25pts]
+Can your character be described as "The person everyone likes?" [+5pts]
++And/or envies? [+10pts]
+Can your character be described as "The person everyone hates?" [+20pts]
+Does your character have a lot of strengths, but few or no weaknesses? [+10pts]
+Does your character have a lot of weaknesses, but few or no strengths? [+20pts]
+Can your character be described as a "Drama Queen?" [+10pts]
+Is your character a bully? [+5pts]
+Is your character not heterosexual? [+10pts]
+Is your character going through an identity crisis? [+5pts]
++Because they have realized they feel themselves to be transgendered (the wrong gender)? [-5pts]
+Is your character a mix of more than three nationalities? [+10pts]
+Does your character look like the typical person of their strongest ethnicity? [-2pts]

Skills and talents
+Can your character play an instrument? [-2pts]
++Professionally? [+2pts]
+++More than one? [+3 pts for all that apply, +1 for each that is professionally played)
+Is your character an athlete? [-2pts]
++And a star at a sport? [+3pts + 1 pt for each additional sport the character is a star at]
List: Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Dance, (Therefore +5 pts]
+Does your character suck at the sport they play, but play it because they love it? [-2pts]
+Can your character get an A without effort? [+10pts]
+Does your character struggle to hit the low B's and honestly are working for them? [-10pts]
+Does your character have multiple trophies/awards? [+5pts]
++And they have lettered in an American school? [+5pts]
+Can your character draw or write? [-2pts]

Scores
0-25=Not Mary Sueish at all. You may have a few traits, but nothing you can be faulted for.
26-75=Kind of Mary Sueish. Definitely enough to consider changing a few things.
76-300=Mary Sue. You really have some things to work on.
301-519=Super Mary Sue. Suggestion: recreate your character immediately.


END RESULT: 73; Kind of Mary Sueish. Definitely enough to consider changing a few things.
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Re: Is your character a Mary Sue?

Post by Penelope Adams on Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:32 pm

Name and physical description Fiammetta Aria Fay
+Is your character's name your name? [+10pts]
++Or a variant of your name? [+5pts]
+Is your character's name a word that is not usually used as a name, or contain a word not usually used for a name? (Ex: Don Dangerous, Lela the Savage, etc.) [+5pts]
+Is your character's name one you really, really want? [+10pts]
+Is your character's last name a common ethnic name? (Ex: Baker, Mc- or Mac-something, O'-something, Garcia, Ahden, Koch, Giovanni, etc.) (Will provide a list of last names later) [-2pts]
+Would people consider your character skinny? [+5pts]
++To the point of anorexic? [+10pts]
+Is your character overweight? [-10pts]
+Does your character have scars? [+5pts]
++That detract from their looks? [-2pts]
+++That make them look more beautiful, or they are still beautiful in spite of them? [+10pts]
+Does your character have fair skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes naturally? [+5pts]
++Because they're German/Scandanavian? [-5pts]
+++But they are Asian/Hispanic/African? [+15pts]
+Does your character look a lot older than they are? [+10pts]
++And they dress to look older? [+5pts]
+Does your character look a lot younger than they are? [+10pts]
++And they aren't a late bloomer? [+5pts]
+Does your character look their age? [-10pts]
+Is your character physically disabled? [List below]
++Blind? [-5pts]
++Deaf [-5pts]
++Paraplegic (sp) [-10pts]
++Mute [-2pts]
++Due to pulmonary (sp) ailments? [-2pts]
++Missing limbs [-10pts]
+Has your character learned how to live with this disability? [-1pt]
+Has your character not been able to learn to live with their disability? [Please re-evaluate your character. Characters that have a disability but can't or won't work through them generally aren't good candidates for a boarding school]

History and Personality
+Has your character had a dramatic past? [List below]
++A parent or relative died [+10pts]
++Were molested [+5pts]
++Has Amnesia [+20pts]
+++Because of these traumatic events [+5pts]
+++Of only these traumatic events [-5pts]
++Hereditary medical ailments [+5pts]
++Sudden ailments that have never been in the family but are life threatening over night [+15pts]
+Does your character act like they should because of these traumatic events? [-5pts]
+Does your character have a mental disability/disorder? [List below]
++Depression [+10pts]
++Bi Poler Disorder [+10pts]
++ADD/ADHD [+10pts]
++A common phobia [-1pt]
+++That affects the character's life far beyond the acceptable extreme [+5pts]
++Agoraphobia [Please re-evaluate. If your character was agoraphobic, they wouldn't be able to leave the house, let alone attend a boarding school so far from it.]
++DOWNS [+5pts]
+Is your character a self-mutilator? [List below]
++Just a cut or two [+5pts]
++As many as 10 cuts [+10pts]
++More cuts than your character can or will count [+25pts]
+Can your character be described as "The person everyone likes?" [+5pts]
++And/or envies? [+10pts]
+Can your character be described as "The person everyone hates?" [+20pts]
+Does your character have a lot of strengths, but few or no weaknesses? [+10pts]
+Does your character have a lot of weaknesses, but few or no strengths? [+20pts]
+Can your character be described as a "Drama Queen?" [+10pts]
+Is your character a bully? [+5pts]
+Is your character not heterosexual? [+10pts]
+Is your character going through an identity crisis? [+5pts]
++Because they have realized they feel themselves to be transgendered (the wrong gender)? [-5pts]
+Is your character a mix of more than three nationalities? [+10pts]
+Does your character look like the typical person of their strongest ethnicity? [-2pts]

Skills and talents
+Can your character play an instrument? [-2pts]
++Professionally? [+2pts]
+++More than one? [+3 pts for all that apply, +1 for each that is professionally played)
+Is your character an athlete? [-2pts]
++And a star at a sport? [+3pts + 1 pt for each additional sport the character is a star at]
+Does your character suck at the sport they play, but play it because they love it? [-2pts]
+Can your character get an A without effort? [+10pts]
+Does your character struggle to hit the low B's and honestly are working for them? [-10pts]
+Does your character have multiple trophies/awards? [+5pts]
++And they have lettered in an American school? [+5pts]
+Can your character draw or write? [-2pts]

Scores
0-25=Not Mary Sueish at all. You may have a few traits, but nothing you can be faulted for.
26-75=Kind of Mary Sueish. Definitely enough to consider changing a few things.
76-300=Mary Sue. You really have some things to work on.
301-519=Super Mary Sue. Suggestion: recreate your character immediately.


END RESULT: 51 (Kind of Mary Sueish. Definitely enough to consider changing a few things
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Re: Is your character a Mary Sue?

Post by Mathew Kennedy on Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:57 pm

Name and physical description
+Is your character's name your name? [+10pts] No
++Or a variant of your name? [+5pts] No
+Is your character's name a word that is not usually used as a name, or contain a word not usually used for a name? (Ex: Don Dangerous, Lela the Savage, etc.) [+5pts] No
+Is your character's name one you really, really want? [+10pts] No, I could go with anything, but I l do like the name- I wouldn't really pick a name I hated now would I?
+Is your character's last name a common ethnic name? (Ex: Baker, Mc- or Mac-something, O'-something, Garcia, Ahden, Koch, Giovanni, etc.) (Will provide a list of last names later) [-2pts] Yea? I think Kennedy is a pretty common last name, I know a few.
+Would people consider your character skinny? [+5pts] Yes
++To the point of anorexic? [+10pts] No
+Is your character overweight? [-10pts] No
+Does your character have scars? [+5pts] In my mind I'd say the odd few, can't step in a ring over the course of a few years and really not.
++That detract from their looks? [-2pts] I'm going to say no, because I've never felt like decribing them, so they have to be minor.
+++That make them look more beautiful, or they are still beautiful in spite of them? [+10pts] No
+Does your character have fair skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes naturally? [+5pts] No
++Because they're German/Scandanavian? [-5pts] No
+++But they are Asian/Hispanic/African? [+15pts] No
+Does your character look a lot older than they are? [+10pts] Yea
++And they dress to look older? [+5pts] No
+Does your character look a lot younger than they are? [+10pts] No
++And they aren't a late bloomer? [+5pts] No
+Does your character look their age? [-10pts] No
+Is your character physically disabled? [List below]
++Blind? [-5pts] No
++Deaf [-5pts] No
++Paraplegic (sp) [-10pts] No
++Mute [-2pts] No
++Due to pulmonary (sp) ailments? [-2pts] No
++Missing limbs [-10pts] No
+Has your character learned how to live with this disability? [-1pt] NA
+Has your character not been able to learn to live with their disability? [Please re-evaluate your character. Characters that have a disability but can't or won't work through them generally aren't good candidates for a boarding school] NA

History and Personality
+Has your character had a dramatic past? [List below]
++A parent or relative died [+10pts] No
++Were molested [+5pts] No
++Has Amnesia [+20pts] No
+++Because of these traumatic events [+5pts] NA
+++Of only these traumatic events [-5pts]NA
++Hereditary medical ailments [+5pts] NA
++Sudden ailments that have never been in the family but are life threatening over night [+15pts] NA
+Does your character act like they should because of these traumatic events? [-5pts] NA
+Does your character have a mental disability/disorder? [List below]
++Depression [+10pts] No
++Bi Poler Disorder [+10pts] No
++ADD/ADHD [+10pts] No
++A common phobia [-1pt] No
+++That affects the character's life far beyond the acceptable extreme [+5pts] NA
++Agoraphobia [Please re-evaluate. If your character was agoraphobic, they wouldn't be able to leave the house, let alone attend a boarding school so far from it.] No
++DOWNS [+5pts] No
+Is your character a self-mutilator? [List below]
++Just a cut or two [+5pts]No
++As many as 10 cuts [+10pts]No
++More cuts than your character can or will count [+25pts]No
+Can your character be described as "The person everyone likes?" [+5pts]No
++And/or envies? [+10pts]No
+Can your character be described as "The person everyone hates?" [+20pts]No
+Does your character have a lot of strengths, but few or no weaknesses? [+10pts]No
+Does your character have a lot of weaknesses, but few or no strengths? [+20pts]No
+Can your character be described as a "Drama Queen?" [+10pts]No
+Is your character a bully? [+5pts]No
+Is your character not heterosexual? [+10pts]No
+Is your character going through an identity crisis? [+5pts]No
++Because they have realized they feel themselves to be transgendered (the wrong gender)? [-5pts]NA
+Is your character a mix of more than three nationalities? [+10pts]No
+Does your character look like the typical person of their strongest ethnicity? [-2pts] NA

Skills and talents
+Can your character play an instrument? [-2pts]Yea
++Professionally? [+2pts] Perhaps, I'll give him this one.
+++More than one? [+3 pts for all that apply, +1 for each that is professionally played)
+Is your character an athlete? [-2pts]No
++And a star at a sport? [+3pts + 1 pt for each additional sport the character is a star at] Yea, i made him a pretty damn good boxer.
+Does your character suck at the sport they play, but play it because they love it? [-2pts] No
+Can your character get an A without effort? [+10pts] No
+Does your character struggle to hit the low B's and honestly are working for them? [-10pts] No
+Does your character have multiple trophies/awards? [+5pts] No
++And they have lettered in an American school? [+5pts] No
+Can your character draw or write? [-2pts] Yea(Why does drawing take away points?)

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Re: Is your character a Mary Sue?

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Name and physical description
+Is your character's name your name? [+10pts] No
++Or a variant of your name? [+5pts] No
+Is your character's name a word that is not usually used as a name, or contain a word not usually used for a name? (Ex: Don Dangerous, Lela the Savage, etc.) [+5pts] No
+Is your character's name one you really, really want? [+10pts] No
+Is your character's last name a common ethnic name? (Ex: Baker, Mc- or Mac-something, O'-something, Garcia, Ahden, Koch, Giovanni, etc.) (Will provide a list of last names later) [-2pts] Yes
+Would people consider your character skinny? [+5pts] Yes
++To the point of anorexic? [+10pts] No
+Is your character overweight? [-10pts] No
+Does your character have scars? [+5pts] No
++That detract from their looks? [-2pts] No
+++That make them look more beautiful, or they are still beautiful in spite of them? [+10pts] No
+Does your character have fair skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes naturally? [+5pts] No
++Because they're German/Scandanavian? [-5pts] /
+++But they are Asian/Hispanic/African? [+15pts] /
+Does your character look a lot older than they are? [+10pts] No
++And they dress to look older? [+5pts] No
+Does your character look a lot younger than they are? [+10pts] No
++And they aren't a late bloomer? [+5pts] /
+Does your character look their age? [-10pts] Yes
+Is your character physically disabled? [List below]
++Blind? [-5pts] No
++Deaf [-5pts] No
++Paraplegic (sp) [-10pts] No
++Mute [-2pts] No
++Due to pulmonary (sp) ailments? [-2pts] No
++Missing limbs [-10pts] No
+Has your character learned how to live with this disability? [-1pt] /
+Has your character not been able to learn to live with their disability? [Please re-evaluate your character. Characters that have a disability but can't or won't work through them generally aren't good candidates for a boarding school] /

History and Personality
+Has your character had a dramatic past? [List below]
++A parent or relative died [+10pts] No
++Were molested [+5pts] No
++Has Amnesia [+20pts] No
+++Because of these traumatic events [+5pts] /
+++Of only these traumatic events [-5pts] /
++Hereditary medical ailments [+5pts] Yes
++Sudden ailments that have never been in the family but are life threatening over night [+15pts] No
+Does your character act like they should because of these traumatic events? [-5pts] Yes
+Does your character have a mental disability/disorder? [List below]
++Depression [+10pts] No
++Bi Poler Disorder [+10pts] No
++ADD/ADHD [+10pts] No
++A common phobia [-1pt] Yes
+++That affects the character's life far beyond the acceptable extreme [+5pts] No
++Agoraphobia [Please re-evaluate. If your character was agoraphobic, they wouldn't be able to leave the house, let alone attend a boarding school so far from it.] No
++DOWNS [+5pts] No
+Is your character a self-mutilator? [List below]
++Just a cut or two [+5pts] No
++As many as 10 cuts [+10pts] No
++More cuts than your character can or will count [+25pts] No
+Can your character be described as "The person everyone likes?" [+5pts] No
++And/or envies? [+10pts] No
+Can your character be described as "The person everyone hates?" [+20pts] No
+Does your character have a lot of strengths, but few or no weaknesses? [+10pts] No
+Does your character have a lot of weaknesses, but few or no strengths? [+20pts] No
+Can your character be described as a "Drama Queen?" [+10pts] Yes
+Is your character a bully? [+5pts] No
+Is your character not heterosexual? [+10pts] No
+Is your character going through an identity crisis? [+5pts] No
++Because they have realized they feel themselves to be transgendered (the wrong gender)? [-5pts] No
+Is your character a mix of more than three nationalities? [+10pts] No
+Does your character look like the typical person of their strongest ethnicity? [-2pts] Yes

Skills and talents
+Can your character play an instrument? [-2pts] No
++Professionally? [+2pts] No
+++More than one? [+3 pts for all that apply, +1 for each that is professionally played) No
+Is your character an athlete? [-2pts] Yes
++And a star at a sport? [+3pts + 1 pt for each additional sport the character is a star at] No
+Does your character suck at the sport they play, but play it because they love it? [-2pts] No
+Can your character get an A without effort? [+10pts] No
+Does your character struggle to hit the low B's and honestly are working for them? [-10pts] No
+Does your character have multiple trophies/awards? [+5pts] No
++And they have lettered in an American school? [+5pts] No
+Can your character draw or write? [-2pts] No

Scores
0-25=Not Mary Sueish at all. You may have a few traits, but nothing you can be faulted for.
26-75=Kind of Mary Sueish. Definitely enough to consider changing a few things.
76-300=Mary Sue. You really have some things to work on.
301-519=Super Mary Sue. Suggestion: recreate your character immediately.

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Meh, maybe I should add some things to his character. After taking this he seems kind of 2-D, haha

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Re: Is your character a Mary Sue?

Post by Mathew Kennedy on Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:14 am

yea man, I'd say aiming for 15-75 is pretty good, the same traits that make a Mary Sue are also what defines your character and helps set them apart, moderation is key of course.
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