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Mary Sue Litmus Test

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As many of you may, or may not, know, a Mary Sue is a character that is perfect in nearly every way. They're attractive, popular. intelligent, good at nearly everything they do, and supposedly without a flaw. Often, they have tragic pasts which they have miraculously overcome with no ill effects.

This test is to help you recognize any Sue traits in your characters, though there are no characters here that fit that description because we'd weed them out. ;)


Is your character the only one of his/her species in existence? (+2)

Because all of the others died tragically? (+5)

Because of unknown reasons? (+1)

Is he/she a fantasy creature that's familiar, but rarely used as an avatar (hippogriff, satyr, cockatrice)? (-2)

Is he/she a normal, real world animal, excluding wolf? (-1)

Is your character described as beautiful? (+1)

"Unusually" or "astonishingly" beautiful? (+2)

Are his/her eyes an unusual color? (+1)

Do they change color according to his/her mood? (+1)

Is he/she unusually petite or unusually large for his/her species? (+1)

Does he/she lack wings (ordinarily wingless creatures count!)? (-1)

Is he/she entirely black or white? (+1)

Shiny, metallic, iridescent, sparkly? (+1)

Does he/she have a prominent scar on his/her face? (+1)

Did you make the name Japanese, if so did you use a dictionary to come up with the name? (+2)

Does his/her name contain any of the following?
Star/Fire/Black/Dark/Moon/Ice/Silver/Song/Wind (+3 each)
Flame/Night/Dawn/Shadow/Snow/Wing/Heart/Blood (+2 each)
Rain/Strike/Flash/Cloud/Soul/Feather/Claw/Wolf/Blade/Tear (+1 each)
(in English or in any other language)

Deliberately misspelled (Starr, Wynd, Klaw)? (+2)

Made up fantasy name starting and ending in the letter a? (+1)

Do you use this name for everything you do on the internet? (+5)

Unusually keen senses? (+1 for each)

Telepathy or empathy? (+1)

Healing? (+1)

Healing that works completely and perfectly regardless of the affliction in question? (+10)

Control of the weather or other natural elements? (+1)

Precognitive dreams or visions? (+1)

Is he/she a shape-shifter? (+1)

With more than two forms? (+2)
More than three? (+3)
Unlimited forms? (+10)
ALL of the above? (+100)

Does he/she have a beautiful singing voice? (+1)

Is he/she royalty? (+1)

Is he/she the most powerful or high-ranking of his/her kind? (+3)

Is he/she the very best at what he/she does? (+3)

Is he/she a phenomenally skilled warrior? (+1)
With any weapon? (+1)
With a very special weapon? (+2)
Passed down to him/her by a dying family member or master? (+3)
Is it magical? (+2)
Is it named? (+1)
With one or more of the words from the list? (+10)

Does he/she have a perfectly normal history that you don't get into? (-10)

Have you written down the character's history in story form? (+1)

Was he/she captured and/or abused by humans? (+10)

Was he/she adopted? (+1)

Is he/she a human who was turned into his/her current form? (+1)

Is he/she a member of a rogue team that plays by its own rules? (+1)

Is he/she the leader? (+1)

Is he/she reincarnated? (+2)

Is he/she your Otherkin/Furry/Were "trueform"? (+10)

Do you secretly believe that someday you're going to transform into him/her? (+5)

Do you publicly believe that someday you're going to transform into him/her? (+10)

In making your character, did you borrow ANY idea, be it in name, terminology, world, physiology, or function, from Mercedes Lackey? (+20)

0-5: Congratulations! You have created an original, believable, and interesting character!
6-10: Your Mary Sue tendencies are few and small enough that they probably don't matter much.
11-15: Borderline.
16-20: I'm sorry, dude, but you're pretty much a Mary Sue.
21-30: This is prominent enough that you might seriously want to consider making changes to your character so as not to annoy your neighbors.
30 or more: Please do not come near me.
Also: Adriel, Aiden Silvermoon II, Ailil, Anisa Amri, Barbarian Barbie, Bella, Centauress Cissiria, Ciprian Tremas, High Elf Seri, Granite Stoneheart, Katela el'Baran, Kiran, Kitsa Stormeyes, Lady Kavryn, Meridian, Mia, Midwife Lien, Mudan Jasil, Myrela, Naclia, Natasi, Olula, Permanent Tears, Pirate Kreoss, Priestess Elohssa, Priestess Jenesis, Priestess Lianora, Priestess N'shara, Priestess Sairina, Priestess Sura, Priestess Thalia, Princess Elianna, Sevrina, Silvia, Vampiress Ileta, Vanaia, Werewolf Xanin, Y'ezela, Zaole, and Zira.

Yes, I am crazy.

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Post by Mana Link »

My scores:
Midau: 3 original, emo.
Alm: 5 original, still fucking crazy though
Laies: 3 original
Jet: 2 original
Air: 5 original
Xian: 3 original
Mica: 14 borderline sue
Malak: 7 Few sue tendancies
Almelchaya: 16 OMG noooooo *sobs* SUE
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Post by Valenti »

((First post here! Hi all, I'm... Elianna and Itoya's original creator... ^^; )

Elianna: 7 - Mary Sue Tendencies (would've been 17, if added with the 'kidnapped by humans' plot she's going to be in, and became Mary Sue, but I opted out)

Itoya: 10 - Mary Sue Tendencies (though, there were some questions I was iffy on...)

Admittingly, some of the questions, again, I was quite iffy...
But, eh, I usually don't trust those Mary Sue tests too much and take it with a grain of salt. :/

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it is best to take those tests with a grain of salt. Al only blew his chances on the test due to the cursed sword he possesses.
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Post by Fantasy »

Flora- 4 Congratulations! You have created an original, believable, and interesting character! (This is good.)

Linda- 8 Your Mary Sue tendencies are few and small enough that they probably don't matter much.(Heh... I think that it belongs 18 but the question don't really fit.)
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Post by Z »

Yep, like Rory said. Also, for some of the questions, consider how they relate to the norm for the race or class. Red eyes are normal for a dark elf, and control of the elements is a part of shamanism. Though, technically, shamanism is controling spirits who control the elements. Healing powers are ok when used by a priest. So, if one of the questions asks something that is perfectly acceptable in this world, don't count it.

This was posted on the old MSN board, but I found a better test here: http://www.springhole.net/quizzes/marysue.htm

I'll go through my characters later. :P
Also: Adriel, Aiden Silvermoon II, Ailil, Anisa Amri, Barbarian Barbie, Bella, Centauress Cissiria, Ciprian Tremas, High Elf Seri, Granite Stoneheart, Katela el'Baran, Kiran, Kitsa Stormeyes, Lady Kavryn, Meridian, Mia, Midwife Lien, Mudan Jasil, Myrela, Naclia, Natasi, Olula, Permanent Tears, Pirate Kreoss, Priestess Elohssa, Priestess Jenesis, Priestess Lianora, Priestess N'shara, Priestess Sairina, Priestess Sura, Priestess Thalia, Princess Elianna, Sevrina, Silvia, Vampiress Ileta, Vanaia, Werewolf Xanin, Y'ezela, Zaole, and Zira.

Yes, I am crazy.

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Adriel: 3 (Because he's purty)
Aiden: 6 (Silvermoon)
Anisa: 4
Aroal: 1
Bella: 0
Ciprian: 1 (facial scar)
Ileta: 4
Kiran: 1
Kitsa: 15 (beautiful, odd color-changing eyes, Silvermoon name, father's sword)
Lianora: 1
Mia: 3
Mudan: 1
Naclia: 1
N'shara: 2
Olula: 2
Sairina: 4
Seri: 1
Sevrina: 8 (She'd be soooo much more if this test had some questions that really applied to her.)
Thalia: 3
Y'ezela: 4
Zira: 2
Also: Adriel, Aiden Silvermoon II, Ailil, Anisa Amri, Barbarian Barbie, Bella, Centauress Cissiria, Ciprian Tremas, High Elf Seri, Granite Stoneheart, Katela el'Baran, Kiran, Kitsa Stormeyes, Lady Kavryn, Meridian, Mia, Midwife Lien, Mudan Jasil, Myrela, Naclia, Natasi, Olula, Permanent Tears, Pirate Kreoss, Priestess Elohssa, Priestess Jenesis, Priestess Lianora, Priestess N'shara, Priestess Sairina, Priestess Sura, Priestess Thalia, Princess Elianna, Sevrina, Silvia, Vampiress Ileta, Vanaia, Werewolf Xanin, Y'ezela, Zaole, and Zira.

Yes, I am crazy.

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Post by CrimsonJustice »

The results for my character roster:

Ultarik - Borderline (+11)
Nakira - Congratulations! You have created an original, believable, and interesting character! (+4)
Jereidon - Congratulations! You have created an original, believable, and interesting character (+3)
Rylan - Congratulations! You have created an original, believable, and interesting character (0)
Kylia - I'm sorry, dude, but you're pretty much a Mary Sue. (+17) NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Oh well, her 8 endurance makes up for it.
Thiana - Congratulations! You have created an original, believable, and interesting character (+4)

There, answered according to data in the profiles. Though most of my characters are rather vague on some, for Kylia I added Demons instead of humans for the +10 question.


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