The most common type of Mary Sue is a character based an the author's idealization of themself. Furthermore, because the author is imagining a preferred version of themself, and because faults are overlooked in favor of optimization, a Mary Sue tends to have only superficial resemblance to the author, sharing similar likes/dislikes and a similar spirituality (when applicable), but objectifying things such as worldview and relationships. This type of Mary Sue is more common simply because it's easier to write and is more appealing to the author. This Mary Sue is found in fanfics and original fiction alike. Yes, Mary Sues abound even in professional writing.

The other type of Mary Sue is a character intended to be an ideal match for another, appearing almost exclusively in fanfics. In this case, "ideal match" means that the character's positive traits are exaggerated to render impossible any competition for the love interest. Arguably more pernicious than the "self-idealization" type, the "ideal match" type by its very nature prevents compelling character or plot development, which the "self-ideal" Mary Sue may be able to avoid.
Self-idealization: "That fic was ridiculous. I could overlook the atrocious grammar, but not such an obvious and annoying Mary Sue. What's the point of releasing a story to the unsuspecting public if it's only written for the masturbation of the author's ego?"

Ideal match: "It's hard to find any other story that's so dull as one that has an ideal match Mary Sue in it. What is there to be interested in if the pair never has any trials to overcome?"
by Aesi January 30, 2008
Used to negatively describe a female character, usually in a fanfiction (but sometimes in a Tv show or movie,) that can be just be very annoying because they are too perfect or there aren't any/many weaknesses in their personality. If they are a side character, they can sometimes take the spotlight. If they are a main character, it can make an uninteresting story. Sometimes turn into a joke. Also look at Marty-Stu.
This is a prime example of a Mary-Sue that I found on a writers page on fanfiction.

"Michelle Isabella Fenton

Danny Phantom's thirteen-year-old sister, who is two years younger than him. She is Danielle Phantom's identical twin and Nat Wolff's girlfriend. She is a Harry Potter style witch and a Aquamarine style mermaid. Michelle has dark brown hair and aquamarine blue eyes. She is an Avatar style water and airbender. Michelle is 25 percent Twilight vampire, which explains why people think she looks perfect. Her hair is elbow-length and she is 5'3. In her power form, she has a white bikini top, full white knee-length skirt, a diamond on the very center or her forehead near her eyes. In this form, Michelle wears silver sandal heels. Her hair had white streaks in it. Two streaks of hair that are about 3 inches wide are curled and pinned at the center of the back of her head, towards the nape of her neck. Michelle is also very good with arrows.

Personality: Sweet and innocent. Very loving. Dispite how it may seem like an act, Michelle's personality is pure. Can be a bit protective at times, but only for the better.
Aliases: Lena Yue"

Doesn't that character sound kinda annoying?
by Nobody That Important July 13, 2008
An original character (fem.) in fanfic or an original story, usually on the internet, who is far superior to all other characters. She is typically beautiful, intelligent, kind, and in all other ways "perfect". She usually serves as an important part in a pivotal plot element (ie: a prophecy) and becomes romantically involved with the author's favourite character in the story. The internet fiction world runs rampant with these characters.
dracosluvur: My character's name is Alienne Raven Jewel Sassandra Moonflower Romance Shimmer Honeybeam, she came to Hogwarts after being separated from her family in the U.S. and sold into illegal slavery in Japan, she's fluent in both languages and is part Fae. She has snow-white skin, black hair and sparkling eyes that change colour. She's tall, thin and busty, she fills in as the Charms professor sometimes and doesn't really have a house because she's just that unsortable so she has her own luxury room in one of the towers. Almost the entire male population adores her, staff and students, and she gets perfect marks and it figures that she is the one who actually kills voldemort.

SatiricalBanshee: AGH!DUCK AND COVER! MARY-SUE!

by SatiricalBanshee February 26, 2008
A Mary Sue or Gary Stu (male form) is often either a perfect or almost perfect character. They often appear in fan fictions and are sometimes based on the author themselves.

If the Mary Sue or Gary Stu is based on the author, they normally have qualities that the author wishes they had.
For example, they wish to be more popular or better looking.

When a Mary Sue or Gary Stu is written into a fan fiction, it will often cause canon (original) characters to become OOC (out of character). They often have terrible, grief-filled pasts and 'need' a certain canon character to understand them or they have a past that is the exact same or very similar to a canon character's.

Mary Sues and Gary Stus are mostly found in new writers or written in fan fictions by more exprerienced writers for fun.

They also tend to have either very common or extremely strange and exotic names or, if they are made for fun, will sometimes have the name Mary Sue or Gary Stu.
Mary Sue had a horribly tragic past.
When she was only a baby, her parents had been murdered by Voldemort because they had been trying to protect her.

However, when Voldemort tried to kill her it backfired and left her with only a scar.
by ManamixChan December 28, 2009
Plural. See Mary-Sue
The story had three Mary-Sues, all of which were obnoxious in their urple "glory".
by nscangal August 27, 2005
A female character that is annoying because she is too perfect.
Usually used in RPGs and stories
(RPG) Stop being a Mary-Sue... you have like 102384028 powers already O.o
by ~Shinku~ December 31, 2009
A gorgeous, athletic, talented and intelligent girl who has every man on earth chasing after her. Even though she is beautiful, she will deny this. Almost always on the good side. If not, she's that overpowered hottie on the other side. Unusually attractive, and is related or in a relationship with any Canon character.
So perfect that it's very annoying.

Used most commonly in RPGs, Fan Fictions etc etc.

Her male counterpart is Gary-Stu or Marty-Stu.

WARNING If you character is named Mary Sue but does not have these traits, the name does not exactly matter. It is okay to give you character the name, Mary Sue.
Fan-fiction writer:
Her name is Celestia Destiny Raven Violet Shimmer Moondancer. She has long raven black hair and beautiful pale skin. Her eyes are a sharp emerald but they change to a glistening red when she is mad. They change blue when she's happy too! She's very curvy and has the best taste in fashion. However she denies all of this and in such a cute, bashful way. She was such a talented witch, that the second she was born, Voldemort hissed in agony. She is sent to Hogwarts at age 6 and secretly trained by Dumbledore until she is old enough to go to Hogwarts. She then gets Draco Malfoy and half of the male population in Hogwarts to go after her. When Voldemort appears and asks her out, she refuses but shakes his out of pity. Then he turns good and we all live happily ever after. The End.

Random Guy:
MARY-SUE!MARY-SUE!
by Muffins4C August 11, 2011

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