OC Mary-Sue Test 2.1OC Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu Test
This test is designed for Original Characters. Questions for Role Play Characters and Fan Characters will be added soon.
Now, this tests for both the traditional Mary Sue/Gary Stu, and for 'gloomdog' style characters, which I suppose is a sub-category of the Mary Sue, but is often over-looked in this kind of test.
Further down this test, there is a list of traits and characteristics, each one stating how many points that particular trait is worth. Simply read through the list, and give your character the appropriate number of points for each of the listed traits/characteristics displayed by your character.
When you reach the end of the list, add up all of your character's points and refer to the results at the very bottom of the test to see (approximately) where your character is on the Sue Scale.
Now, while you're taking this test please also take into account
How to Avoid Creating a Mary Sue TutorialHiya!How to Avoid Creating a Mary Sue Tutorial5 years ago in Writing More Like This
While reading manymanymany fan fictions and original stories with varying levels, it popped into my mind a few tricks to decrease the Mary Sue aspects from characters. I've sorted the tricks to different categories, hope they are useful! The categories are,
- What is a Mary Sue anyway? And why people create them?
- Before creating him/her, aka General attitude
- When creating him/her
- When writing about him/her
- Notes about fan characters
- Notes about original characters
- Links to other Anti Mary Sue tutorials
Most the tricks I've mentioned in this guide are good to remember all the time. However, the tricks I've marked with a star symbol (*) are optional, kind of extra tricks. I use quite harsh examples in the guide to make stuff clear, but remember that the flaws that are smaller than the ones that I mentioned can be bad, too!
On the other hand: Generally, NONE of mentioned flaws are ABSOLUTELY bad, so you don't necessarily have to throw your character into recycling bin or
How to Introduce a CharacterThe classical Movie Introduction Sometimes, you get a hero. Not over time, but right at the start this is your hero. He's confident, he's suave, and he always packs his shaving cream. Somehow he always manages to get that beard just right, despite the fact that you've never seen him trim. Everything about him is admirable, and you just wanna follow him like a little puppy dog because that's how AWESOME he is.How to Introduce a Character5 years ago in Writing More Like This
it might work, but you still shouldn't do it. It's one thing for movies, where you can simply follow someone's action across the screens. In books, you want the closeness that only seeing the character fall on their face time times just to get it right once will bring.
The stumbling introduction - sometimes, your character stumbles into the wrong thing at the wrong time. Or the right thing at the right time, perhaps, but if you want a good story you should probably make sure it ends up worse for them than it would have otherwise.
Oh, sure, things
Is she Mary Sue? Clarifying Mary SueIs she Mary Sue?4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
So, I realize that everyone has heard of Mary Sue characters, but the thing that bothers me is that Mary has never really been as clarified as she could be. Girls go around crying Mary Sue at every character with long pink hair, then go and create even worse Mary Sue characters in the false illusion that they're making nonMary Sue characters (or even anti-Sues) when in fact they're doing the opposite. Allow me to explain how this seems to happen.
First of all the term "Mary Sue" desperately needs to be clarified to these people, so this brings us to the very important question: What IS a Mary Sue?
At least everyone can agree on one thing. Mary Sues are characters that are so perfect it's annoying.
But. What do they mean by perfect? Everyone has different ideas of that, naturally. Unfortunately, this is how many fanfiction (and other) writers make their biggest mistakes.
When you hear the name Mary Sue what pops up in your mind? A be
Character Cliches to AvoidCharacter Cliches to Avoid (Like the Plague)Character Cliches to Avoid5 years ago in Writing More Like This
This tutorial-suggestion love child will be split into two parts :: 1 for cliches that should NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVUR be done by anyone, and the second part being ones that shouldn't be done by beginning writers.
Section One: The Black Plague
These are character cliches that are so overdone that they should NEVER be done anymore. EVER.
Not a lot to say on this one. There's nothing worse than reading a piece of writing though with a main character or side character that never got the character development that they deserved.
This is my name for characters that never change through the series/work. Your character should always grow with each obstacle they're faced with.
Characters with Atrociously-Spelled Names
Let's just say that if I have to get out the pronounciation guide to get through the first half of your character's name, it shouldn't be done.
Levampirecat's OC memeAnother OC memeLevampirecat's OC meme5 years ago in Memes More Like This
Your OC's full name:
What does their name mean?:
Do they have a nic-name?:
Did they give themselves that nic-name or did friends/other give it to them?:
Does their nic-name have a meaning or significance?:
Are they Male or Female?:
What species/race are they? (Human, vampire, fairy, angel etc.):
How old is s/he physically (e.g a vampire may look 20 but they may really be 4000 or something)?:
But really how old are they really?:
Are they immortal?:
Or do they just live longer than a normal human/creature?:
When is their birthday?:
What year were they born?:
So that would mean their starsign is...?:
And even though you probably don't care...their birthstone?:
What is their blood type? :
Where does your character currently live?:
What is their place in society? (e.g poor, rich, middle class, royalty etc):
When is your story set?
Do they have a rank or title? (general, queen, duke, doctor ):
Does your character have any allerg
Character SheetName:Character Sheet4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Don't get too extravagant with this. Description of appearance is one of the most commonly overdone things with OCs. Keep it simple no one will remember a word you say if you describe everything from the shape of his/her nose to the color of his/her toenails. Also, keep this within the realm of the fandom. In a fandom where characters all have naturally colored hair, it would be strange if your character had naturally pink hair.
Do note the weapon depends on the fandom, the age, the time, the place, etc. Your character may also not have weapons, it all depends. If your character does have a weapon, what type of weapon it is depends largely on the fandom. For example, it would be quite bizarre if your Rurouni Kenshin OC used a light saber as a weapon. And it would be a plot-hole
Similar to weapon, the ability of your character depends on the fandom. If the canon characters of the fando
Using Found Objects as WeaponsThe Guide to using found objects as weapons:Using Found Objects as Weapons5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Rule 1: If you can lift it, you can hit something with it. No, really, try it out on your enemies. (We are not encouraging you to try anything out on your enemies.)
Rule 2: If it has a point at the end, you can stab someone with it.
Rule 3: If it pierces the skin, rule 2 has been successful; otherwise, run.
Rule 4: If it pierces the skin but does not do more than penetrate, you should consider finding poison; quickly.
Rule 5: If you've decided you do not want to use your skin-penetrating object as a weapon, then pierce it somewhere else and hope for the best. Otherwise, prepare to die.
Rule 6: if your object does not have a pointy end (and yet you still found yourself reading rules two through five) you are most likely annoyed enough to pick up something heavier.
Rule 7: All objects can be used as a blunt weapon.
Rule 8: if you have just attempted to use a feather as a blunt weapon, you have discovered that not all items are equal
Rants: Mary-sues and how to make a decent OCRants: Mary-sues and how to make a decent OC4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Well, I figured that since Spongebob- Proof Of Spandy was so popular that I would do something that's different but also the same. I've written a little mini rant/opinions on an issue that isn't nearly as annoying as it used to be but it's still suck around for a quite a while everywhere I've been (Ex. DevArt, Fanfiction Net, LiveJournal). So, hope you can all enjoy and leave whatever comments you feel necessary. I would love to hear your opinions.
First I shall address Mary-Sues. Here's the five bad points of a Mary-Sue:
The name is only a slight problem. As in, it's not really one to be too concerned about but it is something that could give a good character a bad image. A name such as 'Melony Butterfly Lily DeeDee Silver Jay Hannah Rose, Melony Rose for short' is not going to give anyone a pretty image of your character and people will get tired just by trying to sa
Top Story ClichesTop Story ClichésTop Story Cliches10 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Gathered and Organized by Haidan Dong
The Main Character
1. Is without question an orphan.
2. If main character is a girl, she is clever, pretty and resourceful.
3. If main character is a boy, he is brave, sensitive and good at solving riddles.
4. May have had their parents divorced or moved recently to a new town.
1. Either has twice the amount of skills as the main character, or none at all.
2. If first choice, he/she is very annoyed at the main character.
3. If second choice, he/she provides 80% of all the comic relief.
4. Will always be the opposite gender of the main character.
1. Great heroes come in trios. Period.
2. If the main character is a guy, the other two will be a girl and a guy.
3. If the main character is a girl, the other two will both be girls as well.
4. The Trio will have someone who is brave (main character), someone who is funny and someone who is annoyed at the other two.
The Person Who Likes/Is Lik
Tips In Effective CharactersNotes on creating effective charactersTips In Effective Characters8 years ago in Writing More Like This
Motivation: When considering a character, always ask yourself why? Question your characters motive for everything they do, think, or say. Delve into the psychology of your character. Dont just make them insane for no reason, or just always happy, or anything that cant have backup. Every thing has a reason, and this should be relatively obvious to your readers, unless you mean to keep it a secret; but a good, solid character has depth. One creates depth through a deep understanding of their characters past, psychology, and motives.
Stick to what you know: Its hard to have a deep understanding for your character, if they have no basis in reality. It doesnt mean you cant have superheros or fantasy elements, but their traits and personality are still realistic. Even in an alternate universe, there is a state of consistency. Lack of consistency creates an unbalance and a poor
Story Writing TipsTip #1: Write about what you know. If you're writing a love story in which the main female character is dumped by her boyfriend, think about what you have been through in your own personal experience, and think about how she might react. Does your character have a strong personality? Are they normally quite likeable? Do they have a weak personality, and they let people push them around? Or do they have a personality that is mysterious, and unpredictable? Once you have established a main character, only you, the author, can predict how they will react to a certain problem.Story Writing Tips8 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Tip #2: When beginning a story, and a chapter, it often helps to start the story/chapter in the middle of an action, because then you immediately grasp the reader's attention.
Tip #3: When writing a summary, you might want to include a very short excerpt from your story. That way, you get the reader intrigued. In a real, published book, the first thing that a person sees is the cover, second the title, and third, the
How to Be a Likeable Female Character1. Have a sense of humor.How to Be a Likeable Female Character3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
2. Learn to do some things for yourself; don't just sit around and expect someone else to handle all the work.
3. Have a listening ear and a sympathetic heart.
4. Dream about true love, but at the same time know how to care for yourself.
5. If you do find love, love him for who he is, not for what you want him to be.
6. Never be controlling or manipulative.
7. Never let anyone push you around.
8. Cry when necessary, but don't get carried away.
9. Always stand by those whom you truly care about.
10. Don't be so serious that you forget to have fun, but don't have so much fun that you forget to be serious.
The Mary Sue and YouAs some of you are probably aware, a "Sue War" is stirring in the DP fandom. Since I've got some free timeThe Mary Sue and You5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
and have a horrible case of writer's block, I figured I would write a little something up concerning Mary Sues.
The Mary Sue
Many people in fandom have heard the term Mary Sue, but few know the actual definition of a Sue. In short, a Mary Sue is a character that is unbelievably perfect. They have skills or traits that are either unexplained or impossible. The Mary Sue often dominates the entire story, and overshadows other main characters, the only exception being the love interest. Essentially, a Mary Sue is the author's idea of a perfect character, and is often a self insert. Note:This does not mean that all self inserts are Mary Sues, although instances of this are extremely rare.
Most Mary Sues have extraordinary powers that are either uncommon or unheard of in the story universe. In the DP fandom, a telltale sign of a Mary Sue is when he/she is
OC Guide-BlankPart 1-About:OC Guide-Blank5 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Place of birth/home town:
(Fill out in first person as the character.)
Hey there! What do you have to say, now that you're taking this interview?
That's great! Now, what do you think of the war?
How about global warming?
What about the government?
Splendid. What's your opinion on physics?
And about chemistry?
Who is your hero from history?
Who is a person you know personally that you consider a hero?
Where's the best place that you've traveled?
Why is your name what it is?
What is your favorite color?
If I were to offer you money, would you take it?
Even if it were counterfeit?
How about $1,000 worth of drugs?
How about that much in alcohol?
What about just some alcohol?
What's the worst thing you've ever do
How To Write A StoryWriting a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him to the public.How To Write A Story6 years ago in Writing More Like This
-Sir Winston Churchill
Now that we've gotten that out of the way....
Hello, and welcome to Cooking With The Authors! This is the show where we bring an aspiring author to our stage, set them in an electric chair, and give them the basics to writing a story. If they do it right, their novel or what have you is published. If they turn out trash not unlike the bet sellers of today, well, our contestants get to have a nice little meeting with Old Sparky! Today, our contestant is... you, the reader!
No, not really. I wish there was such a game-show, but who in their right mind would be a contestant on that show? Although, I know I'm being fairly hypocritical here. If th
I Have Writer's Block!Don't panic. Don't bang your head against the wall. (All you get is a headache... trust me on that.) Writer's block requires a thoughtful, logical approach, so hating yourself will go nowhere.I Have Writer's Block!5 years ago in Writing More Like This
The first thing we tend to do when we have writer's block is to leave the book. We close the file or notebook and say we'll get to it later. Well, sometimes that works, but sometimes we still haven't touched it a week later. Or a month later. At that point things get a little worrisome. That's why I've compiled this list.
1. Try taking a walk or bike ride. Sometimes you just need the time to yourself. I know you've probably heard this before, but that's because it works. Let your mind drift to your characters, and an idea may arrive.
2. Think about your book before you go to sleep. Sometimes you dream about it, which can provide ideas. Sometimes you figure out the answer to your writer's block before you fall asleep. (If you're like me, you'll grab the nearest Post-it, scribble down your ideas, a
The Name GameThe Name GameThe Name Game2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Pitfalls to Avoid and Tricks to Use while Naming People and Places
We've all been there. You're reading a pretty interesting piece of fantasy fiction, and a few paragraphs in you learn that the main villain's name is "Abraxas the Cruel, Lord of the Black Tower." You wince at the unoriginality, close the deviation, and move on to something more interesting. We've all been on the other side of things, too, with a detailed plot outline in hand, staring at a Word document that displays only a single line: "???? knew what he had to do--kill the president." We're sure that once we get that protagonist's name down, that perfect name, we'll be able to write the whole thing in one gush of brilliance, but all that's coming to mind are banal names like "John Everyman" or over-the-top ones like "Staff Sergeant Max Fightmaster".*
*Yes, that is his rea
OC Biography sheetBeginningsOC Biography sheet6 years ago in Profiles More Like This
What role does this character play?(Storybased):
What inspired you to create this character?:
What does this character represent to you, if anything?:
What goals do you have for this character?:
Pronunciation of their name(first, middle name(s) and last):
Meaning of their full name:
Why did their parents name them this?:
If not parents, what decided their name?:
Why did you, their creator name them this?:
Do they enjoy these/this nickname(s)?:
History behind nickname(s):
Before going on with this sheet, take a moment to briefly describe this character as a whole, a character snapshot:
Realm/Universe(Real world, an anime verse, etc.):
Share about this realm(What's considered normal/average/within sanity for this realm/verse):
How old they appear:
Any history behind their sex
100 Questions to Ask Your OC100 Questions to Ask Your OC3 years ago in Writing More Like This
Hello, folks! The purpose of this exercise is to delve deep into a character's mind and tease out interesting eccentricities about them, the bits and pieces of unique information that make them special. Each question is designed to help think about the character more and understand them. Whether you're responding to one question or all of them, hopefully your character speaks to you all through it!
1. People don't behave the same way all the time. In fact, they generally have a mask for every social group -- friends, family, business. Sometimes they have a different mask for different groups of friends. How does your character act around different people? How does their personality shift and change?
2. Your character has been brought to a party and promptly ditched. They don't have a ride back home. How does this work? How comfortable are they around all of these strangers? Do they interact?
3. It's kind of awkward - what subje
In-Depth Character QuizHey! You like making characters, right? Course you do! Want to make your characters three dimensional and complex? The correct answer is HECK YES! To set you on the path of three dimensional character thinking, here's a few questions to ask about your character. Think hard and do your best to answer each one, otherwise this probably won't help you much.In-Depth Character Quiz5 years ago in Memes More Like This
First off, an easy one: What's your character's name?
Is there a specific reason behind why you gave them the name? Is it important or relevant to the story or did you just need a name and assign them one at random?
What do they think of their name? Do they like it or do they have an alias to hide it?
Who is your character? If you were to try and articulate them to a stranger in under 200 words, what would you say? Focus on the most important points that define your character to give the stranger a clear, accurate sense of who said character is.
What gender are they?
Are they a typical member of the gender? Do they struggle with gender
Knowing Your CharacterIn a storywhether it be told on stage, on screen, or in printknowing your main characters inside and out helps create a well rounded and interesting plot. It also makes writing them easier too. In this guide, a companion to To Create a Character, I'll attempt to help put skin and flesh on the bare bones of a character, to create "character," and to discover things about them that youthe creatornever knew.Knowing Your Character5 years ago in Writing More Like This
Exercise 1: Interviews
One of my favorite ways to get to know my character is to interview them as one would a celebrity. The interview can be general, just asking about their life, likes, pet peeves, etc. or it can be prior to or after a significant event (i.e. just saved the world, just won the World Cup, recently defeated by protagonist, etc.).
Here's a list of interesting things to ask your character:
- Do you have any pet peeves?
- What do you think of [insert character here]'s opinion on y
Blank Character Profile - Huge CREATIONBlank Character Profile - Huge8 years ago in Scraps More Like This
Character's Full Real Name:
Age (Lived Years):
Original or Fan Character:
Profile Creation Date:
Hair Length / Cut:
Body Hair Colour(s):
How To 'Flesh Out' an OCHow To 'Flesh Out' an OC4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
The aggregate of features and traits that form the
individual nature of some person or thing.
In this tutorial I will guide you through a way to 'flesh out' an Original Character (Also known as an OC). Before we begin, let's go through the basics.
A character is quite simply one who possesses qualities that define them from someone else. Every character is original and unique. A character can not only be human, but an animal, an alien, or anything that the imagination can come up with.
However, characters are often difficult to create, because to put it bluntly, you are in a sense creating a new being. This being needs the same kinds of traits and characteristics you possess, but can't be your own. They have to be original. In this case, many young writers and artists forget how hard it is to make a character and forget the complex details that enhance a character.
Fleshing out is a term used commonly in developing characters. It means to add additional det
The Mary Sue Litmus TestHolepunch's Mary Sue Litmus Test:The Mary Sue Litmus Test5 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Ah, the Mary Sue. We can't cobble together a truly comprehensive description of what they are, exactly, but we can agree on one thing: an annoying, 'perfect' character who, through a general lack of flaws and character development, is excruciating to sit through and often makes us gnash our teeth, tear our hair, and reach for the back button. This nefarious creature can be measured and detected, so let's all grab our magnifying glasses and get classifying.
This is a subjective subject; a trait that drives one person right up the wall might fail to get any reaction from another. As you go through the list, count up the points. Each trait will register from 1-5 points, with 1 being a mild thing and 5 being a serious infraction. If a trait is not addressed at all in the story the character comes from, or is totally unknown, just ignore it. And don't worry about racking up pointsthe de-Suifier part of the test ought to restore some balance to