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.