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Mary Sue Wish Fulfillment Guy

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This was the art for one of the slides for my "10 Things I Hate About Webcomics" panel I put together for Zenkaicon 2011. The idea behind the whole talk was to poke fun at common webcomics tropes, cliches, and/or bad habits and to help new creators recognize them and then either avoid them or exploit them.

This one was the parody comic I made for the "Mary Sue/Self-Insert/Wish-Fulfillment Character" slide; very clearly the author's overly idealized version of themselves and awkwardly the center of the comic's whole damn universe.

If you don't want your character to fall into this trope, I recommend taking the Univeral Mary Sue Litmus Test. Give your character some faults or weaknesses. Poke fun at those failings and/or use them as plot devices. You'll have more fun writing your characters and it will make for a more interesting story.

If it's important that your character act this way, then at least make them deal with the consequences of their actions and don't let your supporting cast find everything they do endearing. Very few people would REALLY want to hang out with a person like this... unless they were masochists or sycophants. X_x

For the record, the "Wizard Basketball" thing isn't a total non-sequitur. I used to be pretty good at hoops when I was younger and I had always wanted to be a pro player if the cartooning thing didn't work out. I also wanted to be a wizard. :D
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Is Mary Sue Mean Bad?


There Superman, Batman, Goku, Mario, and Many Overrated Heroes.