Mary Sue

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A Mary Sue is a self-insert character who is conspicuously more talented, more beautiful, more powerful, and/or otherwise obviously superior to other characters in the story. If the "Mary Sue" character is male, he may be referred to as a "Gary Stu".

Characters Reputed to be Mary Sues

  • Eragon: "Gary Stu" for Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon
  • Kathryn Janeway: Mary Sue for Jeri Taylor, a Star Trek: Voyager writer
  • Anita Blake: Mary Sue for Laurell K. Hamilton, author of assorted "Anita Blank, Vampire-hunter" novels
  • Dagny Taggart: Mary Sue for Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged.