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Holepunch's Mary Sue Litmus Test:

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 points—the de-Suifier part of the test ought to restore some balance to the character (if they've got any) by taking away a few points.

This test is divided into three parts:
1) General traits—applicable to all characters.
2) Fanfic characters' section. (for fandoms with an expanded universe, run the characters through this section as well—it's still fan work.)
3) Flaws and de-Suifiers—something to soften the blow.

Point Ratings:
0-15: Doing fine; this character is balanced and believable, without any/many overwhelming Sue qualities. Good job!
15-25: This character is acceptable, but not humble.
25-40: Getting into Sue territory; you might want to go over the character again.
40-50: It would be a good idea at this stage to seriously reconsider this character, as they can qualify for a Mary Sue.
50+: You've got a Sue on your hands. I recommend killing it with fire.
80+: What the hell are you thinking!?

Example Scores:
Colonel Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds): 10
Edward Cullen (Twilight): 92
Granny Weatherwax (Discworld): 10
Artemis Entreri (Forgotten Realms): 53
Riddick (Pitch Black, Chronicles of Riddick): 23

Remember, just because a character gets points for something doesn't mean that they're a Sue. It's when the points start to pile up that the trouble begins. Even if ones are innocuous, too many and you might have a problem on your hands...

Section I: General Traits

1) The character's name, is it... (1 point each)
a) An unusual name for the character's locale/culture/race/time? (ex. Sakura or Hiromi for a non-Japanese, an English medieval peasant named Madison).
b) A more ordinary name, spelled differently so that it's more unusual?
c) A noun or verb not usually used as a name? (ex. Wolverine, Hunter, etc.)
d) A nickname that was chosen because it sounded cool? (ex. Raven, the Jackal)
e) A New Age, gothic, or just darn whimsical name? (ex. Moonlight Raven Winterschild, Ebony Tamora Eclipse, Lady Amelia Dianne Clark the Third, etc.)
f) The name of a god, goddess, or mythical hero? (ex. Ares, Juno, Isis.)
g) Obviously the name of a historical figure? (ex. Bonaparte, Cleopatra, Diogenes. Common names like William don't count.)
h) Something just 'perfect' for them? (ex. Jade, for an aloof or cool character.)

2) Does the character have an impressive-sounding title or a unique address? (1 point.)

3) Is the character exceptionally beautiful or handsome? (2 points.) Or are they merely pretty or good-looking, but not striking? (1 point.)
...Is their beauty frequently described (or remarked upon by others)? (2 more points.)
...By characters who don't normally do that sort of thing? (2 more points.)
...Are they described in poetic terms or purple prose? (1 more point.)
...IN DIALOGUE!? (3 more points.)
...Do they still look good even when they should not be, such as after being tortured, wounded, badly sick, in battle, etc?) (2 more points.)

4) Do other characters fight over the character because of their good looks? (2 points.)
...Is anybody envious of or feels threatened by their beauty? (1 point.)

5) Conversely, is it emphasized that that character is not beautiful or attractive, despite evidence to the contrary, such as a great number of other characters falling in love with/lusting after them? (3 points.)

6) If male, is that character a chick magnet? If female, do all the guys want her? (3 points.)
...Does this charm defy sexual orientation? (4 points.)

7) About the character's charisma, are they able to make friends/allies easily? (1 point.)
...Even with otherwise unfriendly characters? (1 more point.)
...Can they regularly convert enemies to allies with their charm? (3 points.)
...Do other characters automatically trust them? (2 points.)
...Even characters that are of a suspicious/untrusting mindset? (4 points.)
...Are they good at talking someone into doing what they want or giving out information? (1 point.)

8) Does the character have a great physique, which is shown or described in loving or drooling detail? (2 points.)
...Does it defy their eating/exercise habits? (3 points.)
...Are their proportions impossible or extremely difficult to achieve? (ex. A D-cup on a 28-inch bust, a 6'1 girl weighing 100 pounds but not anorexic, etc.) (5 points.)

9) Looks aside, is the character in the pink of health despite detrimental habits? (ex. a chain-smoker with healthy lungs, very heavy drinker with healthy liver and skin, etc.) (5 points.)

10) Back to looks, does the character have any of the following? (1 point each.)
a) An unusual eye colour for their race/species? (ex. purple, blue if Asian, yellow)
b) A distinctive or unusual birthmark, especially if it's noticeable?
c) Eyes with any other odd characteristics, such as vertically slit pupils or mismatched colours?
d) Colour-changing eyes? (3 points.)
e) Mood-ring eyes? (5 points.)
f) An unusual hair colour for their race/species/animation? (ignore if it's dyed. 3 points if it's natural.)
g) Multicoloured hair? (5 points if it's natural.)
h) Cool tattoos?

11) Does the character have a scar that does not actually detract from their appearance, but makes them look cool? (1 point.)
...Is this scar in an odd shape for which there's no real accounting? (3 points.)

12) Does this character get a disproportionate amount of description or screen time compared to the other characters? (2 points—ignore if they're the main character.)

13) Does the character smell really good—and it's not their perfume, shampoo, or soap? (1 point.)

14) About the character's clothing... (1 point each.)
...Was it chosen to make them look extremely cool? (bonus point if it involves a lot of black, leather, high-heeled boots, or a trench coat. Or, god help you, all of the above.)
...Is it very expensive and/or cool/trendy?
...Is it very impractical or inappropriate for the character's setting or profession, but nonetheless looks good? (ex. high heels on a soldier's combat boots, a miniskirt on a nun, etc?) (4 points.)
...Are there weapons stashed in there?

15) Can the character get away scot-free with being openly disrespectful or insubordinate toward authority figures and/or superior officers? (3 points for limited occasions, 5 points if it's regularly.)

16) Is the character always 'right?' (2 points.)
...And do they regularly prove other characters 'wrong?' (2 more points.)
...Are the other characters cowed by this one's greatness and authority, and agree to do, think, or believe things the character's way, even if they were firm about their beliefs and habits before? (4 points.)

17) If anyone disagrees with or dislikes the character, are they stupid, nasty, jealous, just plain wrong, or evil to 'justify' their dislike of the character? (5 points.)

18) Is the character socially popular? (1 point.)

19) If the character has an attitude, temper, or spitfire personality, are the tongue-lashings they dole out to other characters 'justified?' (2 points.)

20) If the character's in trouble, is there always someone there to bail their ass out of the fire? (2 points.)

21) Is the character always punished more harshly than is normal for the infraction they've committed? (2 points.)
...Or do they always get off easy? (4 points.)

22) Does the character always have money for whatever they might want? (1 point.)
...Even if they have no day job or source of income? (2 more points.)
...Are they fabulously wealthy, heir to a large fortune, or just provided for? (3 points.)

23) About the character's past, were they...
a) Tortured? (2 points.)
b) Orphaned? (2 points.)
c) Abandoned? (2 points.)
d) Enslaved? (2 points.)
e) Abused? (3 points.)
f) The only survivor of some disaster/genocide/etc? (3 points.)
g) Raped? (4 points.)

24) Is their whole family dead? (2 points)
...Did the family die/be killed in front of them? (4 points.)

25) Is this character meant to be an ideal? (ex. If male, is he a paragon of rugged masculinity and an inspiration to all? If female, is she all sweetness and purity, or else a tough independent warrior woman?) (3 points.)

26) Is the character unusually and improbably advanced for their age/social status/whatever? (ex. the 15-year old general of an army, the 12-year-old going to university). (5 points.)

27) Are they very accomplished? (2 points.)
...Are they remarkably accomplished in more than 1 area? (3 points for each.)

28) Is the character the youngest ever to attend an academy/join an organization/attain a rank/etc? (5 points.)
...What about the only woman (or man, in a female-dominated field/society) to do that in known history? (4 points.)

29) Is the character the best or among the very best at something they do? (3 points for each thing.)

30) Are even the most cynical, anal-retentive, exacting, or fussy characters awed or impressed by this character's skills? (4 points.)

31) Everybody loves music! Does the character... (1 point each.)
...Have a lovely singing voice?
...Play a musical instrument? (1 point for each instrument.)
...Can they play by ear?
...Can they make anyone cry with how beautiful their singing/playing is?
...Have an especially pleasant/sexy speaking voice?

32) Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Speaking of which, does the character fluently speak any languages apart from their native tongue? (1 point for each.)
...Do they have a gigantic vocabulary in some language, whether it's their native one or not? (1 point.)
...And does it exceed their age and/or educational level? (2 points.)

33) When the character does something, do they always succeed? (5 points.)

34) Are the character's parents/guardians unduly restrictive or demanding? (1 point.)
...Or do they just let their kid run amok? (2 points.)

35) Is the character undeservingly outcast or despised by people? (2 points.)
...Is it because of their talent, their powers, or their intellect? (4 points.)
...Is it because of their beauty? (5 points.)

36) Do they have a tormented, angst-ridden past? (3 points.)

37) Is the character very intelligent? (1 point.)
...Do they have very good intuition? (1 point.)
...Are they a genius? (3 points.)
...Do they have an IQ of 6420340? (5 points, and learn how IQ tests work, please.)

38) Do they have a wide variety of talents? Are they a renaissance man/woman? (ex. cooking, mechanics, carpentry, driving, botany, etc.) (3 points.)

39) Is the character a very good mimic for ordinary (non-magical) skills? (ex. they can emulate accents, dances, etiquette, etc, by observation) (2 points.)

40) Do they have a great memory? (1 point.)
...Is it photographic or eidetic? (3 points.)

41) Is the character's appearance unsuited to the time or place? (ex. a cavewoman with shaved legs, somebody wearing bifocals in the historical Middle Ages, etc.) (4 points.)

42) Is the character related to royalty or nobility? (2 points.)

43) Are they particularly well-travelled? That is, greater than the norm for their surroundings? (1 point.)
...How about in a time/place where travel was not extensive? (1 more point.)

44) Are the character's flaws limited to small, insignificant ones that won't do any harm, or even endear them, such as adorable clumsiness? (3 points.)
...Are they mentioned, but never see use in-story? (Informed flaws.) (5 points.)

45) Does this character obviously get preferential treatment over the other characters—that is, do they get to take all the nicest presents? (ex. If a special or helpful item is found, this character gets it. If someone is to have a great bit of dialogue or action scene, it's this character, and so on and so forth) (5 points.)

46) Is the character able to make accurate snap judgements of other characters? (3 points)
...Are they always right? (5 points, and go soak your head.)

47) Is the character able to get away with just about everything they do, no matter how insolent/nasty/destructive/obnoxious/etc, without invoking karmic backlash of some sort? (5 points.)

48) Does the character have a familiar or an animal companion? (1 point.)
...Is it something "cool," like a wolf? (1 more point)
...Is it a magical creature or a demon? (1 more point.)
...What about something major, powerful, or large, like a gryphon or a dragon? (2 more points.)

49) Does the character have any special/magical items that make the going easier on them? (ex. an enchanted sword, a glowing crystal ball to light the way, a bag of holding.) (2 points per item.)

50) Is the character the most powerful mage in the world? (5 points.)
...Or are they just a very skilled or powerful one? (3 points.)
...Or are they just your average mage? (1 point.)

51) Does the character practice a type of magic that is not usual for their sex/social standing/training level/whatever restrictions apply? (3 points.)

52) Is the character an alien, or something else not human? (1 point.)
...Are they of a 'superior' species? (3 points.)
...Are they a hybrid of some sort? (1 more point.)
...What about if hybrids are really rare or generally impossible in their canon/setting? (5 points.)

53) Is the character possessed of any cybernetics that enhance their natural abilities or give them new ones? (ex. infrared, super strength, ability to hack computers with their MIND) (1 point per enhancement.)
...If not cybernetics, is the character possessed of super-powers that give them these traits? (2 points per ability.)

54) If the character is a vampire, do they sparkle? (If they do, stop taking this test immediately and learn the bloody folklore. If you insist on continuing, take 15 points.)
...Or are they just an ordinary vampire? (2 points.)
...Are they angsty? (3 more points.)
...Do they have less weaknesses than is traditional? (ex. not averse to garlic, cannot be harmed by silver) (2 more points per weakness removed.)
...Do they have more powers than is traditional? (3 more points per added ability.)
...Are they a 'good' vampire? (2 more points.)

55) Is the character tough, physically, emotionally, and/or mentally? (1 point.)
...Are space marines wimpy compared to this character? (2 more points.)
...Is the toughness only stated, but never actually shown? (4 more points.)

56) Do they regularly receive new skills or weapons? (3 points.)

57) Do they master any skills in an improbably quick amount of time? (ex. becoming fluent in a language in a few weeks, mastering a type of magic within a few months where it usually takes years, etc.) (3 points.)

58) About weapons, can they use any? (1 point per weapon. Ignore if the character in question is with a military or paramilitary organization and this is included in the standard training package. Take points for non-standard weapons.)
...Do they tend to carry an arsenal along with them? (2 points.)
...Even when it's inappropriate to do so? (2 more points.)
...Do they carry a weapon that is inappropriate for the surroundings? (ex. a broadsword in WWII era, etc.) (4 points.)

59) Does the character look younger than they are? (1 point.)
...Significantly younger? (2 points; 1 if they use potions/suck life force/etc to remain young)
...Are they an immortal? (3 points.)
...Or is there no explanation for this at all, apart from a desire to keep the character young and pretty? (5 points.)

60) Is the character liked by the whole cast? (5 points)

61) Are the character's observations consistent with objective reality? (5 points)

Section II: Fanfic Characters

1) So when they get introduced, does the reader get scads and scads of description on them in fine, loving detail? (4 points.)

2) Do they ever get into a romantic or sexual relationship with a canon character? (3 points; 5 points per instance if they get with multiple canon characters.)
...Is the canon character altered in any way to better fit this character, or do they otherwise act differently when they're with them? (5 points.)

3) Does this character take the spotlight away from the main cast? (4 points; 1 point if the OC in question is the main character in a cast of mostly original characters.)

4) Does this character ever show up one or more of the canon characters? (ex. A villainous OC humiliating Darth Vader or outwitting Havelock Vetinari.) (3 points per instance.)

5) Are the rules of the canon bent or broken for this character? (ex. a 9-year old being admitted to Hogwarts) (5 points per instance.)

6) Is the character basically a gender-swapped version of a canon character? (3 points.)

7) Is the character a clone of a canon character? (2 points.)
...What if cloning isn't part of a world's canon? (5 points)

8) Does the character possess a trinket similar or identical to something a canon character has? (3 points; ignore if everyone in the canon has this item)
...Does it have the same powers/carry the same significance? (2 more points. Ignore if it's a typical item as above.)
...Does it turn out that the canon character's trinket is a fake, whereas this character's one is the real deal? (5 points.)

9) Does the character exist to harass, threaten, kill, or beat up the characters you don't like, or to get with the characters that you do? (4 points.)

10) Is the character related to a canon character, whether by marriage or bloodline? (3 points for marriage or immediate family, 1 point for more distant relations, such as cousins.)

11) Does the character manage to beat one or more of the canon characters at their own game? (ex. in a wizards' duel in the Harry Potter universe, in a swordfight in the A Song of Ice and Fire universe.) (3 points per instance.)

12) Is the character of a species that is not normally found in the universe of the series for which this is written? (5 points.)

13) Is the character a racial hybrid? (1 point; ignore if you took the point for this earlier)
...When this is unusual in that universe? (2 points.)
...When this is unheard of in that universe? (5 points.)
...Are they a hybrid of more than two species? (4 more points.)
...More than four? (5 more points.)
...Do they have all of the strengths and none of the weaknesses of their respective species? (5 more points, and slap yourself.)

14) Does the character possess something that should not be found in the universe in which the story is set? (ex. An aetherlock rifle in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.) (5 points.)

15) If they are a villain, does the character rise to the head of the universe's evil organization, if the series in question has one? (3 points; 5 if they actively dispatch the villain and take his place.)
...Or do they start up an evil organization of their own? (3 points.)

16) Do they reform a villainous character, whether through love or friendship or what have you? (3 points.)
...Even if the said villain was a complete monster beforehand? (5 points.)
...Or are they the one being redeemed? (2 points.)

17) Does the character twig to the plot or what's really going on long before any of the other characters do? (2 points.)

18) Does the character wind up saving the day? (2 points.)

19) Are they a part of, or join, the canon cast's organization, group, or team? (ex. They become a Jedi Master or a member of Slytherin House.) (2 points.)
...Is the aforementioned group a pretty exclusive one? (ex. Kingsguard.) (4 points.)

20) Does the character fight another character whom they really should lose to (ex. A padawan fighting General Grievous), but manage to win or break even? (4 points.)

21) Does the character's very existence break canon? (5 points.)

22) Is the character better at a specialty than a canon character of the same specialty? (ex. A character who is more skilled in potions than Severus Snape, or gets better grades than Hermione Granger.) (3 points per instance.)

23) When the character gets themself into a fine scrape, does getting out of it involve a plot tweak or a bending of established canon? (3 points.)
...What about a bending of previously established fic canon? (4 points.)

24) Does the character have powers that do not belong in the universe of the series? (4 points.)

25) Is the character liked by all the canon characters they meet? (3 points.)

26) Does the character solve the personal problems of any canon character? (3 points per character.)

Section III: Flaws and De-Suifiers

1) Does the character have honest-to-goodness acknowledged faults that aren't small, insignificant, or innocuous? (ex. greedy, weak-willed, sickly) (-3 points.)
...Do these faults have some bearing on the plot, as opposed to just being there for kicks and giggles? (-1 more point.)

2) When the character gets themself out of trouble, is it through hard work and perseverance, rather than blind luck? (-1 point.)
...Is it at a high cost? (ex. losing a useful item in the process, a limb, or something else significant.) (-2 more points.)

3) Does the character have some physical aspect that actually does detract from their appearance, such as a nasty scar, beer belly, etc? (-1 point.)
...What about their voice? Do they sound raspy/whiny/unpleasant/etc? (-1 point.)
...Do they have gross habits or manners that are off-putting? (ex. picking their nose, spitting) (-1 point.)

4) Does the character look older than they are, if they are about 30 years old or more? (-1 point.)
...Have they aged badly? Have the years not been kind to them? (-1 point.)

5) If the character is not human, do they react or think in distinctly non-human ways? (-2 points.)

6) Do they have or did they have any significant problems or failings that they could have prevented but didn't? (ex. They dropped out of university for letting their grades slide too much.) (-3 points.)

7) Are they especially bad at any practical or useful skills, such as cooking, sewing, driving, etc? (-1 point per skill.)

8) Are they illiterate, in a society where literacy is expected? (-4 points.)

9) If they are a villain, do they have a code of honour or personal credo that they follow no matter what? (ex. an imperial officer who insists on treating prisoners decently, or who always makes sure there are no civilian casualties.) (-3 points.)
...Even if they know that the heroes can exploit it? (-4 points.)

10) Is the character disabled, physically or mentally, and does not have something to make up for it? (-4 points.)
...Is the character blind, mute, or deaf? (-3 points for each.)

11) Has the character ever made a bad decision? (-1 point if minor, -4 points if it's a major, life-changing decision. -2 points if it's something that made a lot of trouble or hardship for them for any decent length of time.)

12) Does the character have an inflated self-image, and honestly sees themself as being much better at a skill than they are? (-2 points.)

13) Is the character very shy? (-1 point)
...Do they come off as cold, even if they don't mean to be? (-1 point.)
...Are they not skilled at making friends or getting close to others? (-1 point.)
...Or do they tend to put reserved people off by being too familiar too quickly? (-2 points.)
...Does the character get lonely easily? (-1 point.)

14) Have the character's principles ever created major trouble for them? (ex. Eddard Stark's devotion to honour and unwillingness to betray his principles was his downfall.) (-2 points.)

15) Does the character... (-1 point for each.)
...Dress badly? (mismatched colours, ill-fitting, ugly print dresses, etc.)
...Apply their makeup badly, if they wear it?
...Get called out on wearing skimpy or inappropriate clothing for their situation?

16) Is the character honestly ugly or unattractive, whether it's their looks or their personality? (-2 points.)
...If the character is unnaturally beautiful, are they perceived as such and are considered scary or repulsive because if it? (-1 point.)

17) Was the character involved in some scandal that damaged their reputation and/or integrity? (-2 points.)

18) Is the character impotent or sterile? (-4 points.)
...If sterile, is it by their own choice? (-1 point instead.)
...Does this impotency or sterility cause them problems and/or pain? (-2 more points.)

19) Is the character a slob that would make a monkey blush? Or, are they a neat freak that simply must have things just so? (-1 point.)

20) Is the character incompetent or below-average in their job/profession/field? (-3 points.)

21) Does the character have a potentially damaging or debilitating habit? (ex. smoking, heavy drinking.) (-2 points per habit. Ignore if their habit is 'cool' and they don't suffer any side-effects for it.)

22) Does the character have any phobias? (not just fear of something; it has to be crippling) (-1 point.)
...Do they play an important part in the plot? (-2 points.)

23) Does the character have a fixation/obsession with something? (-1 point.)
...Does it interfere with their day-to-day life? (-2 points.)

24) Are they an older person, and feeling their age? (-1 point.)

25) If they've got great skills in something (ex. martial arts, archaeology), is it because they've spent years training or studying to get to where they are? (-2 points.)

26) Do they get a tragic or very unhappy ending? (-3 points.)

27) Do they exhibit traits which do interfere with their calling? (ex. a callous paladin, a forgetful mage) (-1 point.)

28) Is the character naive, gullible, or easily taken advantage of? (-1 point.)
...And do they get taken advantage of? (-1 more point per instance.)

29) If the character is a vampire...
...Are they a repulsive Nosferatu-type? (-2 points.)
...Are they bestial and vicious, instead of the more suave, attractive type? (-2 points.)

30) Does the character work hard for the money/job/rank/etc that they have? (-1 point.)

31) If the character is high-ranking, do they ever feel under a lot of pressure from their job/chain of command? (-2 points.)
I was looking at some Mary Sue litmus tests some time ago. While fun, they're not as comprehensive as they could be, so I made my own and ran a few random characters through it.

XD Yes, the vampires question is biased. I regret nothing. NOTHING.

If you use this to test a character, leave a comment with their name and score, maybe? All in the spirit of good fun.

EDIT: Wow, I'm surprised and pleased by how many people are using this to test their characters! But I'm not sure how to judge the more negative scores, since nobody I tested (and I tested more a handful!) got more than -5. If you're getting more than -20 or -25, then you might have what they call an "Anti-Sue", which is still unbelievable thanks to too many flaws rather than too many virtues. A well-balanced character ought to be somewhere in the range of -5 to 20, to my thinking.

EDIT 2: Just because a character gets an acceptable score does not mean that it's a 100% guarantee that they're a well-developed, interesting, well-balanced character. Only the story will tell whether they're that or not, not a Sue test. =P
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5815 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
40 for the main character of the story i'm writing LOL
greenhousegirl Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
25 isn't too bad :I
THeMaDwalKer Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Student General Artist
wow, I'm actually surprised, my three main OCs are actually not MSs! Com only got about 7-8 points, Mads only got 6, and Void got 10! (though he's a cheater because he's all about perversion.) heck, noneof my chars are MSs! this was helpful!
TantigerofFire Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-13, Thirty Six you are edging on Anti-Sue. Eh. I think it'd get bumped but because he's a robot and he's been through a lot XD.
I mean...a lot. I really should start writing his story ._.
(Then again I got to skip the fancharacter list because he's not in any universe but his own XD)
fastgyrl Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i got 6 for my fan-druid! yay!
iNsAnItYsPurity007 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It was at 11, but her bad habits made up for most of it!
LeaderOfFeeless Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer

Dominic Samuels: Cambion, Son of the current ruler of Hell. Score: 8

Amara-Silvan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So many minuses, I gave up. At least she isn't a sue...
honeylovescake143 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
MY CHARACTER IS A SUE!?!?!?! but, but i tried so hard!!
CheerfulElegance Featured By Owner Edited Jan 13, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
I have a question as well. 
Many of the things in the character's past section apply to my characters current situation.
She and her sister are orphans, enslaved, and by extension often abused...does that make them sure fire Mary Sues?

I withdraw my question even orphaned, abandoned, and abused my character still got off with a 4...
Kira-Huskal Featured By Owner Edited Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So, my character has heterochromia iridum (her eyes kind of look like this…) is it still considered sue-ish?
Pyro-Muffins Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really. Heterochromia is fine as long as its not treated as a big deal and the colors are realistic.
Kira-Huskal Featured By Owner Edited Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks ^^
Pyro-Muffins Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem ^w^
psychicflame Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question: My character has brown skin but her eyes are green and her hair is blonde, do those count as unusual eye and hair colors?
Omniprophet Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
-4 for an elemental.
IcefirexBlurr Featured By Owner Edited Jan 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Lessa Fletcher
Score: 11
pegasiswaterbender Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
straight at one point. 
Because she is blind. 
shadowstarfoxDS Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student General Artist
I got a 5.  Well, I know I'm doing good!
KatTheUntitled Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I got a 4. Which is the most balanced I've ever gotten this character for. Mainly because many Mary Sue tests forget to mention things like phobias that effect the character very much, the fact the character is short for their age/so clumsy they're always breaking their glasses would take away points. (Honestly though, what kind of Mary Sue would be short, actually afraid of something, and that clumsy?)
xXShadowmayXx Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Maximus got a 3! Yay! He's not a gary-stu! 
Kaszlica Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My fursona got -3
iNsAnItYsPurity007 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Somehow I got -33... I think you're character is fine. XD
Kaszlica Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this even possible XD
iNsAnItYsPurity007 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know, but I managed! I don't think it's a good thing though... XD

Her bad habits made up for everything she got. Xp
FrozenJinga Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student General Artist that good?
FrozenJinga Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Wait. About the second for seven. What if it takes a really long time for the character to warn up to her?  What if it takes years?
fastgyrl Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I am .5

My god I don't even
Seriously thought my character was a Mary Sue.
DumbWriterBoy Featured By Owner Edited Dec 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
Overall, this is a really good Mary Sue test, but there's something I feel the need to point out. I don't think it's fair to penalize a character that, say, is a vampire who sparkles.

I've read the folklore, and I like it quite a lot. But even so, vampires are fictional. Totally, completely fictional. For that reason, people should be free to portray them how they want and enjoy any kind of portrayal. Why? Because they're fictional.
You like the original vampires? Great. You like the bishounen reverse-harem vampires from Diabolik Lovers? Great. You like the sparkly vampires from Twilight? Great. You like the monstrous vampires from The Strain? Great. However, I will say this again—it's not right to say that someone's interpretation of something that does not exist is incorrect. People interpret things differently, portray them differently, view them differently, and when adding them to their own story, they sometimes experiment with different aspects of said thing. There's nothing wrong with this. Let people experiment with their fictional beings. It's called creativity, and it's not fair to rain on someone's parade just because you don't find their version of a fictional being to your liking.
EPIC-FAILXD Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
A ten for Terana. Whoo.
CrimsonAndClover95 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I need this.
Lizalot Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
okay I got -6, -6, and -1 for three of my characters
ASkinnyWhiteGuy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
I think I might have screwed up; my character (don't bother searching my page for him, I haven't uploaded any artwork of him yet) got a 0.
o1m Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i ran myself through this and got a 34 damn can't help that i'm fabulous
Redwolfvirus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love this test xD I used it on a ton of my characters for fun
My lowest score was for a main character of mine who got -1 c:
griifet Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student General Artist
my bby boi got a 8
not sure if he's too plain or i am a good mama
ILYAll Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
SO HELPFUL!!! happy cry XD 
Seriously, this is amazing. Heart  +fav 
XxEeveeChanxX Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
1) General traits: 10
2) Fanfic characters' section: 2
3) Flaws and de-Suifiers: -8

Total: 4

Lagoon-Sadnes Featured By Owner Edited Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
0 points for Angela. Great :3
varletlegion Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Does playing the same annoying tune on a shell flute count as musical talent?

Does high intelligence count if it's high enough to be dehabilitating?

Does angst count if the character does it enough to come off as bellyaching or whining?

And does black, boots and trench coats count if their social peers think that your character might sacrifice babies to his dark lord on his spare time?

Cewllll... Taido got a -21

And Yif got a -19

It's very important to give them as many flaws as they have perks.
SilverSummit Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
15 exactly for my main OC.  Ahahahaha....
KayumaCrystalyte Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
From 11 to a -1, does that count?:o (Eek) 
megapokemaniac Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Student Writer
This is a great test, but I think you should have a point range for in case we have anti-sues.
XxLlamacornxX Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm studying before I make an OC. Is that weird?
sonamy6 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used this on two of my OCs for The 7D fandom. First is Mae: she scored 13 total, 16 before the flaws/de-suifiers section. Second is Lucky: He got a 1. 9 before the flaws/de-suifiers, mostly because he's a Murphy. 
ScarletandLunaRcool Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My character, Alexandria (For a story I'm planning on writing) got 4.
Eevee-Adopt-Mart Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
0.o my AU oc went from 11 to 0! whoa. my mind has been blown.
AssertiveJenny Featured By Owner Edited Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my character came from a 13 to a 2 because of the de-sufiers
The24thDoctor Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
my OC for Naruto (Usimaki Kasumi) got a 21 originally and then a 12 after the knockdown points
megapokemaniac Featured By Owner Edited Sep 12, 2014  Student Writer
My ghost-girl Sofia went from 28 to 13. Much of the knockdown came from the paranoia I gave her.
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