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    The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test


    How to use this test:
    First, if you're unsure of what a Mary Sue is, please read this page.

    Answer all questions for which the answer is 'yes' or 'technically yes' unless the item mentioned is commonplace in the universe you are writing for. If most people in your story's world have wings, skip the question about flying. If it's established that anyone can have technicolor hair (as in many anime shows) pink coifs don't apply as "unusually" colored hair. If your character had an exotic name because you make up most of your characters' names, you would not answer yes to having an unusual-sounding name that you made up. Sue-ness is relative. ;)

    If your character is a role-playing character and the only reason you can answer 'yes' is because of other players acting of their own free wills (IE, everyone has their characters throwing themselves at your character's feet and you've done nothing to force this) do not answer yes to the corresponding question.

    Make sure that you answer the questions properly depending on what type of universe your character is in:
    Fanfiction - a story set in a world you didn't make up.
    Original Fiction - a story set in a world you created yourself.
    MMO/RPG - Role-Playing Game/MMORPGs.

    If you see a question that looks like it's been linked, rest your cursor over it - it contains a tool tip, which should contain further information on the subject.

    Also, this test is divided into five sections to help prevent confusion and speed up the testing process:

    Part 1 - All Characters
    Questions that pertain to all characters everywhere.

    Part 2 - Original Fiction Characters
    Questions for original fiction characters only.

    Part 3 - Fan Characters & Newcomers
    Questions for fan characters (RPG and fiction) and characters you may be planning to add to an original fiction universe you've already established.

    Part 4 - RPG Characters
    You guessed it - questions for role-playing characters and MMORPG-based characters.

    Part 5 - De-Suifiers
    Questions that subtract from the final score.

    Please, please, please remember that these are the symptoms, not the disease. Just because something is on the test does not mean that it's inherently bad and should be avoided at all costs. Think of them as being like salt or spices - they serve to enhance the dish when used in the right amounts, but when used too liberally, the result tends to be quite unappetizing. Again, INDIVIDUAL ITEMS DO NOT MAKE THE MARY SUE. THE INDIVIDUAL ITEMS ARE NOT BAD. MOST CHARACTERS HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST SOME OF THEM.

    While it is true that some writers are skilled enough to pull off characters that fall into the 'Sue category, do not assume that you are one of them. I've seen plenty of Sue-authors fall into this trap. Instead, go out and get feedback from people more experienced in reading/writing, preferably adults. Not teenagers. Adults.

    Furthermore, this test has never been nor probably will be perfect. At best, I can only offer it as a guide, not an instruction manual.

    And for those who wonder about it - I use the gender-neutral terms "xe," "xir", and "xirself" because A: it's shorter than typing out "he/she" etc. all the time, and B: there are plenty of characters, particularly within the SF supergenre, who are neither male or female.

    Part 1 - All Characters
    This area applies to RPG characters, fanfiction characters, and original fiction characters.

  1. Is/does your character's name:
    1. Your name, variation of your name, nickname, screenname, or any name that has been applied to you? (Spelling it differently or changing it a little counts.) Fic: RPG:
    2. A name you planned on giving one of your children?
    3. Is your character's name taken deliberately from a character from another fandom that you like?
    4. Does your character have an unusual or exotic name (EG, a name related to nature or something mystical, a strangely-spelled name, or a name from a culture your character doesn't belong to) chosen primarily because it sounded exotic, extra-pretty, or to make your character "stand out" more?
    5. Is your character's name not merely mildly unusual (EG, a child with hippie parents named Skye or River), but very unusual for your character's place and situation? (EG, a Medieval English princess named Sakura or Ravynne.)
    • (Having trouble finding names for your characters? Try the random name generators - link opens in a new window.)
  2. Did you deliberately base your character's looks on your own?
  3. Does your character look how you wish you look?
  4. Is your character described, illustrated, and/or depicted as effortlessly exceptionally beautiful, cute, or handsome?
    1. Does anyone fight or squabble over your character because of xir looks?
    2. Is anyone (including you) jealous of your character's good looks?
    3. Do any characters see xir attractiveness as a threat?
  5. Does anyone want to adopt your character, or wish that your character was their own offspring?
  6. Do other characters frequently tell your character how sexy, cute, or beautiful xe is?
    1. Does your character modestly deny it every time or refuses to believe that xe is attractive?
  7. Does your character have a great body/physique, which you describe, show, and/or illustrate in detail?
    1. Despite the fact that xir eating and/or exercising habits decree that xe should be under or overweight, or lack most of those gorgeous manly muscles?
    2. Does your character weigh so little that xe could be (or is) mistaken for anorexic, but isn't - and it's meant/taken as a compliment?
  8. Is your character strong enough to wield a huge weapon like a warhammer, giant gun, or huge sword, yet has a waifish figure instead of 'unattractive' bulging muscles?
  9. Do you use poetic and/or creative terms to describe your character, but virtually no-one else (aside from your character's love interest, perhaps)?
    1. Do you frequently describe your character's beautiful/handsome/cute attributes or point out how sexy your character is?
    2. Conversely, do you go to great lengths describing how your character is not gorgeous?
  10. Does your character explicitly look like or strongly resemble an attractive real-life celebrity in-story? (Faceclaims don't count unless it's highlighted how your character looks like that celebrity in-story.)
  11. Do other characters find your character extremely attractive and desirable, even when xe should be completely gross and icky (EG, after battling, getting tortured, going for days without bathing or washing), and they don't have a fetish for that kind of thing?
  12. Does your character have any of the following?
    1. Natural eye coloration not normally found in xir race/species? (Note: Alexandria's Genesis is not real.)
    2. Eyes with any other unusual qualities?
    3. Natural hair color not normally found in xir race/species?
    4. Unusual feature of any other kind? (Particularly unusual/exotic birthmark, tattoo, blood color, etc.) One box for each:
  13. Does your character have a particularly attractive scent that doesn't come from xir perfume, cologne, or shampoo?
  14. Does your character have a scar or other small "flaw" that is noticed by someone, but does not actually detract from your character's appearance from your point of view?
  15. Has your character been in a lot of physical fights and/or battles, but doesn't have many noticeable scars to show for it? (Do not click if healing technology or magic is readily available that allows for healing without scars.)
  16. Does your character have a particularly piercing (EG, "can stare straight into your soul"), haunting, captivating, or dazzling gaze?
  17. Does your character's personal choice of clothing frequently include:
    1. Clothing that you deliberately picked from your own wardrobe?
    2. Clothing you chose because you really wished you owned it or could get away with wearing it in public?
    3. Clothing you chose because it makes your character look super sexy and/or badass?
    4. Clothing that is realistically impractical or improper for the character's situation, but looks cool? (Ignore if your character's choice in clothing ends up backfiring - eg, midriff-revealing armor results in a serious injury, or a high heeled shoe breaks and results in a sprained ankle.)
  18. Do you describe your character's clothing by the scene or stereotype it is most often associated with? - But ignore if this is because someone in the story is describing the character.
  19. Is your character impervious to any of the normal limitations and/or weaknesses of xir species?
  20. Does your character belong to a species whose members are generally extremely attractive by human standards?
    1. Does your character's species normally have a really high sex drive by human standards and/or have the ability to turn on virtually any human they meet?
  21. Does your character belong to an exotic or unusual race or species with powers/abilities beyond human (or whatever the "normal"/most commonly shown species/race in the story is) ability? (If your character belongs to a race you made up, consider taking the Mary Sue Race Test.)
  22. Is your character a cross-breed/hybrid of any kind?
    1. In a universe where hybrids of this type are virtually unheard of or are completely unprecedented?
    2. A hybrid of more than two species?
    3. Does xe possess the strengths of both or all species, but none of the weaknesses?
    4. Or does your character have all of the weaknesses, but none of the strengths? - Minus 4!
    5. Is your character supposed to be part something furry, yet shows no sign of being anything but human save for a furry tail, animal ears, fangs, and/or claws?
    6. If not a cross-breed, then is your character cross-cultural because you believe it makes your character more "interesting" or "exotic?" (Note that making the character cross-cultural for the sole sake of exoticism is generally frowned upon. Please see What Is Cultural Appropriation, Anyway? for more information. Link opens in new window.)
  23. Does your character belong to a species that typically has an appearance or exhibits behaviors that you and/or most people in real-life would find unattractive or unappealing, but your character looks or acts more human for some reason?
  24. Does your character become a genetically, scientifically, cybernetically, or magically altered/enhanced being, possibly with new powers?
    1. Is xe happier this way?
    2. Do people like xir better this way?
    3. Do you wish it would happen to you?
  25. Do you think of your character as a role model?
  26. Does your character voice political, social, and/or religious opinions or beliefs which you share?
    1. Does xe convince others that xir way of thinking is right?
    2. Is spreading these views one of your character's biggest motivations, or even xir sole motivation?
    3. If religious, does your character explicitly have divine support or assistance in gaining converts and/or confronting nonbelievers?
    4. Do characters who disagree with your character's views/beliefs simply do so out of spite, stubbornness, and/or ignorance?
    5. Does anyone who doesn't adopt your character's ideals by the end of the story end up beaten up, humiliated, miserable, and/or dead?
  27. Does your character express unusally free, enlightened, or "liberated" views on topics such as sex and equality for xir time/place?
    1. And does no-one frown upon your character's behaviors or views?
    2. Or do only characters who don't matter disapprove, EG, the villain, the "village idiot," fusty old grandpa, etc?
  28. If your character has a short temper, sharp wit, snarky attitude, or is otherwise prone to verbal assaults, are the tongue-lashings and/or snarkings xe gives other characters always deserved and/or justified?
  29. If your character is openly defiant or disrespectful toward authority figures, is your character always justified and in the right?
  30. Are any other actions that get your character into trouble with authority always justified from your point of view?
  31. Do authority figures punish your character more harshly than they would have punished his or her peers under the same circumstances?
  32. Do authority figures not punish your character when they probably would have punished his or her peers under the same circumstances?
  33. Is your character easily provoked to violence - but only gets into fights with characters who truly deserve the beating they get?
  34. Are The Rules of the universe bent or broken for your character? (Like joining a group despite being too old or too young.) (Do not click if the rules catch up to your character and xe does not find a way to permanently cheat or circumvent them.)
  35. Does your character have any of the following psychological disorders or conditions for the following reasons?
    1. Antisocial Personality Disorder - to explain your character's Jerkass Loner personality?
    2. Split personality/multiple personalities - so your character can do "bad" stuff, yet still have a claim to innocence? (Also, please read the first section of this article - link opens in a new window.)
    3. Inability to form a solid intimate relationship - so xe has an excuse to sleep with as many people as you want?
  36. Is your character mainly driven by completely-justified revenge?
  37. Does your character have a past xe cannot remember? (Does not count if these are memories of toddlerhood or infancy.)
    1. If/when your character discovers xir past, will xe not like it?
    2. And/or discover that xe is actually someone of great importance?
  38. Was your character an important and/or famous person in a past life?
  39. Are animals instinctively attracted to your character?
  40. How many animal companions does your character keep? (Ordinary, non-magical pets like cats and dogs - or any pet considered ordinary within the canon, such as non-legendary Pokemon in a Pokemon story or an owl in Harry Potter do not count.)
    1. Is said animal a wolf, bird of prey, big cat, or mythical creature?
  41. Does your character habitually share profound wisdom and knowledge?
  42. Does your character always have money to spend on frivolities or whatever xe really wants or needs at the time?
    1. For no apparent reason? (EG, your character never works or gives any clue to any source of income.)
  43. Did you choose your character's occupation and/or hobbies because you think they sound neat, glamorous, prestigious, or exciting?
  44. Does your character share your favorite types of movies, music, clothes, hobbies, etc? (Having trouble of thinking of hobbies/interests for your character? Try the Character Interests Generator. Link opens in new window.)
    1. Even though your character belongs to a different race/species/group that has its own culture and entertainment already, or normally doesn't care for that type of thing at all? (EG, a Homestuck troll who is into fashion or J-Pop.)
  45. Is your character unusually accomplished for xir age, time period, place, occupation, and/or social status?
    1. In something that is extremely desirable and/or useful in the story's universe?
    2. In something that is extremely difficult for virtually anyone achieve?
    3. Is your character unusally accomplished in more than one area?
  46. Does your character pick up new skills and/or gain ranks unusually fast during the course of the story?
    1. To the point where xe learns skills that usually take years to master in a matter of weeks or days?
  47. Is your character simply the best or among the best among xir peer group? One box for each:
    1. Is xe famous/renowned for any of these?
    2. Are other characters extremely impressed or astonished at your character's skills and/or virtues? (Does not count if they are easily impressed due to their own inexperience.)
    3. Do they impress even the most cynical, jaded, exacting, and/or experienced?
    4. Does your character modestly dismiss or deflect well-earned compliments?
  48. Does your character have Barbie Doll syndrome?
  49. Ah, the sound of music! Does your character:
    1. Have an exceptionally good singing voice?
    2. Play a musical instrument very well?
    3. Is this instrument a guitar, harp, or flute?
    4. Can xe charm others with xir musical talent?
  50. Does your character use magic in a typically non-magical universe? (Ignore if this is because the story primarily focuses on magical-type people and magic is hidden away from muggles/mundanes as a matter of course.)
  51. Does your character fly in a universe where most characters are groundbound?
    1. Without wings or other apparent means?
  52. Does your character have psychic and/or telekinetic abilities that are not commonplace among xir kind and/or the world xe lives in?
    1. Do these powers allow your character to 'see' or just 'know things' without actually being there, allowing xir to save the day?
    2. Do they make up for a disability, such as being blind, deaf, or mute?
  53. Does your character have a telepathic/empathic connection or the ability to communicate with any kind of animal?
    1. Anything such as horses, wolves, big cats, or mythical creatures? - Bonded creatures do not count, so long as this is within a universe where this is perfectly normal and it is your character's one and only bonded creature.
  54. Does your character have the ability to shapeshift?
    1. Into multiple animals?
  55. Does your character possess healing powers in a setting where they're virtually unheard of?
    1. Strong enough to save a character from mortal injury and/or death?
  56. Does your character possess power that can take out entire cities/legions of soldiers/general all-around-evil?
  57. Does your character end up in a tight spot and discover that xe has really cool, yet completely unforeshadowed powers that were dormant and/or unknown before? (Does not count if this is how the story begins.)
  58. Does your character have any other relatively unique special powers/abilities that come in handy?
  59. Not counting his or her first language, how many languages does your character fluently speak? Click one box for every language:
  60. Does your character succeed at virtually everything xe tries?
  61. Do the first plans, strategies, ideas, etc. your character comes up with always (or nearly always) work?
    1. But only after everyone else dismisses it and tries everything else first?
  62. Or does your character bungle almost everything, but is quickly and easily forgiven for it?
  63. Does your character ever single-handedly take out more armed forces (EG, security guards, soldiers) than you can count on one hand using xir mad kickass skills in one go?
  64. Is anyone envious of your character's talents and/or abilities?
    1. Because xe beats them at their own game/games?
  65. Does your character alone use a weapon that:
    1. Is famous or legendary before the character acquires it?
    2. Was given by some kind of spirit/magical being?
    3. Is magical?
    4. Is unusually ornate?
    5. Is from a different culture or country than your character?
    6. Do you often mention how special/significant this weapon is?
  66. Does your character use a sword-type weapon in a relatively modern setting for no logical reason?
  67. Does your character frequently carry knives, daggers, or other little sharp pointy objects concealed within xir clothing for no other reason than that they might come in handy?
  68. Does your character possess a one-of-a-kind trinket that is magical and/or has some special significance?
    1. Does this trinket protect your character from some weakness?
  69. Does your character have unfairly restrictive parents/guardians?
    1. And does this fact have little to no impact on the main plot or your character's behavior, but simply serves to give your character something to complain or angst about?
  70. Or do your character's parents/guardians let xir do whatever xe wants and never really get in the way or ask too many questions?
  71. Is your character nobility, royalty, or of an equivalent high status (eg, governor, president, chieftain)? (Ignore if this is because the story focuses on royal-or-equivalent types.)
  72. In ANY type of story, if your character is the main character:
    1. Does your character discover that xe is of royal-or-equivalent status at some point in the story?
    2. Or is your character adopted by someone who is royal-or-equivalent?
    3. Does either result in your character becoming next in line for the throne?
  73. Is your character extremely popular or positively renowned where xe comes from or frequents?
  74. Is your character undeservingly despised and/or outcast by most people?
    1. Because your character is unusually talented/attractive/rich?
    2. Because of xir skills or special powers?
    3. Does something happen during the course of the story that makes the majority of characters genuinely sorry for mistreating your character?
  75. Is your character some kind of 'chosen one' and/or a major part of a prophecy?
    1. Does it involve saving the world/realm?
    2. Does it involve becoming a great leader?
  76. Does your character consider xir talents, special abilities, or good looks to be a curse? (A few moments or an episode of wishful/speculative thinking don't count; it must be a constant or near-constant thing.)
  77. Does your character manage to become friends with a villain, and through this friendship cause the villain to become reformed?
    1. Does the villain revert back to his old ways, but retains some bit of goodness, caused by your character committing a selfless act of some kind?
  78. If/when your character has sex, is it absolutely perfect and beyond amazing?
    1. Even if it's your character's first time?
  79. On the subject of your character and xir family...
    1. Was your character orphaned, abandoned, kicked out, or at least raised by a family/person that was not xir own family?
    2. Was a major villain responsible for the death of the parents or guardians?
    3. Was your character responsible for the death of xir parents/guardians?
    4. Did your character witness the death of the parents/guardians?
    5. Was xe adopted by a cruel family or person?
    6. Ran away at any point?
    7. Raised xirself?
    8. Lived in the streets?
    9. The very last or only survivor of anything?
    10. Adopted by another species/racial group?
  80. What about any of these?
    1. Born/raised in extreme poverty?
    2. Born/forced into slavery?
    3. Banished from anywhere?
    4. A member of a despised, outcast, and/or downtrodden race or group?
    5. An illegitimate child in a society where this is stigmatized?
    6. The parent of an illegitimate child in a society where this is stigmatized?
    7. Physically abused?
    8. Sexually abused/raped?
  81. Did anything else remarkably strange or otherwise unusual happen in your character's infancy or childhood?
  82. If your character lost xir virginity unwillingly, does xe find a way to restore it? (Yes, this really is a thing.)
  83. Has your character otherwise lost:
    1. A child?
    2. Lover/spouse?
    3. Close friend?
  84. If your character has a torment-ridden, pain-filled past, do you believe it excuses xir actions?
  85. If your character is of relative wealth and/or high social status, does xe have "generic rebellious royal syndrome?"
  86. Does your character angst about something that xe did in the past?
    1. Death of a main character's family?
    2. Death of xir own family?
    3. Does your character eventually learn that it wasn't xir fault?
  87. If your character has to prove xirself, does xe completely pwn everyone else and make them look like buffoons in the process?
  88. If your character is/was a villain:
    1. Does xe reform by the end of the story?
    2. Does xe reform because of act of kindness on the part of the hero?
    3. Does no-one question or remain cautious of your character after your character makes the switch? Or does anyone who does question or remain suspicious of your character end up end up beaten up, humiliated, miserable, and/or dead? (See also: Basic Tips To Write Better Heel-Face Turns. Link opens in new window.)
  89. Does a major villain have a personal fixation/obsession with your character?
    1. For no apparent reason?
    2. Something that has to do with your character's family, and not your character xirself?
  90. Is your character ever spared by an otherwise-ruthless villain?
    1. And/or does an otherwise-selfish villain protect or grant asylum to your character?
    2. Do either of these happen despite the fact that xe has already done massive damage to the villain, the villain's troops, and/or the villain's property, or has done anything to annoy the villain in general?
    3. Because the villain is attracted to your character?
  91. Have you ever wished you could date/marry/adopt or even be your character?
  92. Do you feel insulted, attacked, or defensive when someone does not like your character?
  93. If people don't like your character, do you believe it's just because they don't "get" xir, or that they're just jealous of your character?
  94. Did you feel that this test insulted or attacked you or your character so far?

Part 2 - Original Fiction Characters
Only answer these questions if your character is for an original fiction. (For a new character you plan to add to an established original fiction universe, see the Fan-Character Specific Area.)

Not an original fiction character? Skip this section.

  1. Does your character have markedly more romance and/or sex than any other regular character who shows an active interest in romance/intimacy? (IE, xe gets all the girls/guys while everybody else goes without, even if they'd rather be in a relationship or dating - AKA Kirk Syndrome.)
    1. Everyone else combined?
    2. Even though there's no good reason why the other characters can't get a date?
  2. If your character wanted, could xe have sex with or date any or almost any character xe finds attractive?
    1. Could your character even have sex with characters who are normally explicitly chaste?
    2. With someone who isn't normally attracted to your character's sex?
  3. Are all of your character's love interests the type of people you'd like to hook up with?
  4. Does your character become friends with nearly everyone xe meets?
    1. Do they care for your character more than they care for friends they've known longer?
    2. Even characters who are not known for their friendly, outgoing attitudes?
    3. Would any of the friends your character makes die for your character? (Unless, of course, said character would pretty much die for any casual friend/acquaintance.)
  5. Are most (if not all) characters who don't like your character merely mean, shallow, spiteful, and/or jealous of xir?
  6. Do characters who criticize or don't like your character from the start like xir by the end, or at least have a grudging respect?
  7. Does anyone who doesn't like or respect your character by the end of the story end up beaten up, humiliated, miserable, and/or dead?
  8. Does your character have a job or skill that is discouraged, forbidden, or unusual among xir gender, race, or social status?
  9. Does your character single-handedly save the day way more often than other main characters?
    1. More than the other main characters combined?
    2. Even when there's no good reason why another character wouldn't have been just as capable?
    3. With a heretofore unknown power or skill?
    4. Does your character almost die in the process?
    5. Does your character actually die in the process? (Any nasty irreversable thing, like getting sent to an inescapable dimension count, too.)
    6. Does everyone mourn the death of your character?
    7. Is xe later revived/resurrected/brought back?
  10. Does your character play a major and pivotal role in saving a world, race, or group to which xe did not belong to at the beginning of the story?
    1. Does xe become one of their leaders?

Part 3 - Fan Characters & Newcomers
Only answer these questions if you are taking this test for a fan character (fiction or non-MMO RPG) OR for a new character whom you plan to add to an established original series (consider the original cast as canon and the newcomer as a fan character).

Not a fan character or newcomer? Skip this section.

  1. Is your character's name a variation, pun, or synonym of a canon character's name?
  2. Do your introduce and/or describe your character on the first page? (Ignore if this is an RPG character.)
    1. In minute detail?
    2. On the first paragraph?
  3. Does your character share a notable physical characteristic with a canon character, or at least have one that is remarkably similar? (Genetic resemblances do not count here.)
  4. Does your character share a disability or neurological condition with a canon character? (Do not click if this is due to heredity, and you have properly researched the disability or condition in question.)
  5. Is your character basically your favorite character, only more like you or how you wish you were somehow?
  6. Is your character of a species that is not normally found in the universe for which you are writing? (EG, a catgirl in Asgard.)
  7. Was your character trained in some art by or with a canon character?
  8. Does your character share tastes or a hobby with a canon character?
  9. Is your character just as good or even better at the jobs and/or skills of one or more canon characters? (EG, better hacker or smarter than the nerd character, better fighter than the tough character.)
    1. For no apparent reason?
    2. Does xe have the talents, skills, and/or abilities of several canon characters combined?
  10. If your character is the child of one or more canon characters, did xe inheirit any of the parents' powers or talents?
    1. From more than one parent?
    2. Is xe even better than the parent or parents?
  11. If the last question did not apply, does your character have a gadget, weapon, or power that can rival that of a canon character?
    1. Is it for all intents and purposes identical to the one used by the canon character - and the canon character's gadget/weapon/power is supposed to be one-of-a-kind or extremely rare?
    2. Alternatively, did you deliberately choose your character's skill/power/doodad to "compliment" or contrast with that or those of a canon character? (EG, a Fantastic Four fan character with ice powers to contrast Johnny Storm's fire powers.)
  12. Does the arc/story pretty much center around xir, or is xe the main source of conflict in the story/arc?
  13. Does your character belong to or join the Resistance/Rebellion/Elite or any other special/elite group? (Ignore if this is because a character had to be replaced due to an actor leaving or a copyright issue with the character.)
    1. A member or child of someone in this group without knowing it?
    2. Does xe specifically join the team/clique/crew/unit that the canon characters belong to?
  14. Is your character closely related to a canon character? (Ignore if the character is a child is born during the course of the story AND is raised by xir parents.)
    1. The sibling?
    2. The lost or estranged child/sibling?
    3. The twin/clone?
    4. Are the parents canon characters that seem very unlikely to procreate together?
    5. Do other characters comment on or are amazed by how much your character looks like xir canon relative?
    6. If your charcter is not actually related, does xe have other connections to the canon characters?
  15. If your character is the child of one or more canon characters:
    1. Does xe rapidly age and mature beyond infancy for any reason?
    2. Travel back in time from the future to help the canon characters in the present?
  16. Is your character liked by all the canon characters you like?
    1. Do they care for your character more than they care for their canon friends?
    2. Would any of your character's canon friends die for your character? (Unless, of course, said canon character would pretty much die for any casual friend/aquaintance.)
    3. Even characters that are not known for their friendly, outgoing attitudes?
    4. Do characters who criticize or don't like your character from the start like xir by the end, or at least have a grudging respect?
    5. Or does anyone who criticizes or doesn't like your character end up getting beaten up, humiliated, miserable, and/or dead?
  17. Do any of the main characters look up to your character?
    1. As a leader?
    2. Do canon leaders see your character as a threat because of this?
  18. How many major canon characters fall for your character?
  19. How many minor canon characters fall for your character?
  20. How many major canon characters does your character fall for?
  21. How many minor canon characters does your character fall for?
  22. And:
    1. Does your character become the significant other/partner of a canon character?
    2. Have sex with a character who wouldn't normally have sex with pretty much anyone under the same or similar circumstances?
    3. Or could your character have sex with a canon character if xe wanted, but refuses because your character is "not that kind"?
    4. Does your character marry the canon love interest?
    5. Or give up this romance for some greater good/noble purpose?
    6. Does the canon love interest break up with a previous love in order for any of this to happen?
    7. Does your character fall for the characters that that you fall for?
  23. Does your character make canon any characters realize their romantic feelings for each other?
    1. Did a 'something special' not exist at all until your character came along?
    2. Does this romance contradict a character's previously-established sexual orientation?
  24. Assuming your character has non-canon friends and/or peers somewhere, does xe hang out with the canon characters more than xir own friends or peers?
  25. Does your character end up moving in with or living fairly close to any of the canon characters?
  26. Was or is your character adopted by a canon character?
    1. By a canon character who has shown no interest in children in canon?
    2. And does the adoption take place in a world/country where child protective services exist, and the adoptive parent is someone that pretty much any real social worker would deem unsuitable?
  27. Is your character a 21th century Earth citizen transported through time/space/dimensions to the time/world the story is set in?
  28. If not from 21st century Earth, is your character from another time, world, or reality?
    1. The universe of another published work?
  29. If the story is set in a real country that you don't live in, does your character originally come from your country, rather than the country the story is set in?
  30. Is your character's history remarkably similar to the history of a canon character?
  31. Is your character involved in a canon character's past somehow?
    1. In a way that blatantly contradicts or disregards the original story?
  32. When your character makes xir first appearance, do most or all of the canon characters notice xir right away?
    1. Does this scene occur in a crowded place?
  33. Do the adventures of your character mirror or closely resemble the adventures of any of the canon characters? (Ignore if this is because it happens to pretty much everyone in the canon, IE, shopping at Ollivander's for a wand before attending Hogwarts.)
  34. Does your character save the canon characters from a situation or come up with a solution that they probably could have done by themselves before? (Admittedly, lead characters tend to be phenominally lucky, but still...)
  35. Does xe solve the personal problems of any canon character?
  36. Does your character tell off, beat up, humiliate, outdo, or kill a character to whom you would personally like to do the same?
  37. At any point, does your character take over the job/position of a canon character? (Ignore this question and the subquestions if this is because of a rights issue with the character, or because an actor left the series/franchise.)
    1. Because it's a position that you think is interesting or fun?
    2. Because you think that the character who already does this job isn't good enough?
    3. Does your character take over this job permanantly?
  38. Is your character ever taken, threatened, and/or endangered by the villain/villains? (Ignore if this is because your character is a new regular you've added to your cast.)
    1. Do the canon characters immediately dash off to the rescue? (Ignore this question if they're in the business/habit of rescuing individual people from bad guys.)
    2. Does xe rescue xirself?
    3. Was there a special reason the villains targeted your character?
    4. If an RP character played in a freestyle RP, have you tried this plot device with your character more than once during the story?
  39. Does your character:
    1. Know something that only a canon character should know?
    2. Do something that only a canon character should have done?
    3. Was it something that changed said canon character originally?
  40. Does your character play a crucial role in resolving the conflict of the story/arc?
    1. With a heretofore unseen power or skill?
    2. Does your character almost die in the process?
    3. Does your character actually die in the process? (Any nasty irreversable thing, like getting sent to an inescapable dimension count, too.)
    4. Does everyone mourn the death of your character?
    5. Is xe revived/resurrected/brought back later?
  41. If you've created your own 'arc,' storyline, or plot event...
    1. Does your character know everything about what's going on in the story/arc?
    2. ...While the canon characters know almost nothing at all?
    3. Does it take place in another world or country, which your character is familiar with?
    4. Does this plot/arc replace a canon storyline?
  42. Do you plan on writing more stories about your character?
  43. Do you plan on writing stories about your character's children?

Part 4 - RPG Characters
Only answer these questions if you are testing an RPG character.

  1. Do you or have other players told you that you constantly try to bring the story's spotlight onto your character, or have your character do most of the heroic/cool stuff?
  2. If your character is in a tight spot, do you give xir a new gadget or ability so xe can escape?
  3. If your character is an OC in a fandom RPG, do you refuse to interact with or avoid interacting with other OCs in favor of the canon characters?

Part 5 - De-Suifiers
Answer for characters of any fiction type. These will subtract from your final score.

  1. Do you ever poke fun at your character's faults/weaknesses and/or use them as plot devices or gags?
  2. Has your character ever been honestly selfish, petty, lazy, shallow, or pointlessly cruel?
  3. Is your character really and honestly overweight, and stays overweight throughout the entire story? (A little bit of chubbiness does not count.)
  4. Is your character honestly ugly, and stays ugly throughout the entire story?
  5. Does your character get into a fight or rush into a situation without preparing for it - and get xir butt completely owned?
  6. Is your character out of shape, and stays out of shape for the entire story? (Not 'oh, man, I just don't think I can survive this triathlon,' but honestly, hinderingly wimpy?)
  7. Is your character physically disabled, and has nothing to make up for it? (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.)
  8. Is xe truly mentally disabled in some way and has no powers because or despite of this?
  9. Is your character human, 40+, and looks xir age?
    1. Older than 60?
  10. Does your character have a truly debilitating phobia that does not disappear at a crucial moment?
  11. Has your character ever run away from anything simply because xe was a coward?
  12. If your character had a bad past with xir parents/guardians, does xe reconcile with them, or at the very least come to a sort of peace or a new understanding with them at any point? (Your character does not necessarily have to be completely okay with what the other characters did.)
  13. Has your character ever been in a situation that xe had no way of overcoming on xir own and had to rely on others for help?
    1. Did xe give up without trying?
    2. Did xe give up after failing?
  14. If xe eventually found a way of overcoming a problem that initially seemed hopeless, was it extremely difficult and/or took a really long time?
  15. Does your character ever seriously question the morality of xir actions and/or is left with a lingering doubt that xe may not have done the right thing?
  16. Does your character suffer post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of everything xe has gone or goes through, and doesn't get over it after a dose of good loving/snuggling from xir love interest?
  17. Is your character ever manipulated or used as an unwitting pawn by someone without the aid of magical/chemical/technological/hypnotic mind-control?
    1. With tragic results?
  18. Has your character ever misjudged someone else and discovered xe was completely wrong about that person?
  19. Does your character ever admit to being wrong, even if xe doesn't really mean it?
  20. Has your character ever ignored wrong-doings against xirself and/or others because xe simply didn't want to get into trouble?
  21. Does your character act in odd and/or awkward ways that other people find strange and confusing rather than endearing, and these people aren't called or portrayed as foolish/stupid because of it?
  22. If your character is all or partially non-human, does xe react in very non-human ways or in ways more appropriate to xir species that are not meant to be perceived as cute and endearing by the audience?
  23. If your character is vampire, is xe...
    1. A mindless killer?
    2. Maybe not mindless, but has no significant moral or emotional issues with killing/murder?
    3. Unable to have sex?
    4. Unattractive?
    5. Unable to overcome xir dependance on blood?
  24. Do you view your characters more like tools than friends/children?
  25. Did you spend days, if not months or longer carefully and thoughtfully researching the traumas/hardships/handicaps/disorders your character has so you could write them as realistically and sensitively as possible? (This includes talking to or reading blogs/books written by people who have lived or experienced it first-hand; simply reading medical or psychological sites can help, but they don't count alone.)

Your total is:

0-5 Points

Fanfiction & MMO/RPG/Original Fiction: If your score isn't this low from clicking several De-Suifiers, it may be possible that your character is poorly-developed yet, or a potential Anti-Sue or Hood Ornament.

5-16 Points

Fanfiction & MMO/RPG/Original Fiction: Very low chance your character is a Mary Sue. Usually a very safe range to be in.

17-21 Points

Fanfiction: Low-to-moderate chance your character is a Mary Sue. Generally a safe range to be in.
MMO/RPG/Original Fiction: Low chance your character is a Mary Sue.

22-29 Points

Fanfiction: Moderate-to-high chance your character is a Mary Sue. Still a safe-ish range to be in.
MMO/RPG/Original Fiction: Low-to-moderate chance your character is a Mary Sue.

30-35 Points

Fanfiction & MMO/RPG/Original Fiction: High-to-very high chance your character is a Mary Sue. Risky range to be in.

36-49 Points

Fanfiction & MMO/RPG/Original Fiction: Extremely high chance your character is a Mary Sue. VERY risky range.

50+ Points

Fanfiction & MMO/RPG/Original Fiction: Your character is almost certainly a Mary Sue, and a bad one at that. On the odd chance that xe isn't, it's most likely you didn't read the instructions properly (some people don't do this, which causes freakishly high scores). If it's the latter case, read the instructions and take the test again.

Part 1: Any resemblance to other characters in the "samples" is strictly coincidental.
Part 2: If your character receives a high score, it is NOT an attack against you. I am in no way to be accused of bashing your character, capice?

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