[LMB] OT: Mary Sues
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Thu Sep 19 22:35:54 BST 2013
"mmegaera at nwlink.com" <mmegaera at nwlink.com> wrote:
> [LMB] OT: Mary Sues
>> Thinking of male Mary Sues, if I think back to the stuff my guy friends
>>wrote back in high school they typically appeared as absolutely unbeatable
>I've sometimes heard the term Marty Stu for the male version. I don't know
>how common that is, or if it has the same pejorative quality.
Gary Stu is the one I've seen more often.
I started out reading fanfiction in a rather guy-heavy fandom, Ranma 1/2 in the late nineties/early oughts. Most Cool Mysterious OCs were guys, though a good number were girls, too. Some at least were pretty clearly self-inserts.
But I didn't see the term "Mary Sue" that much. At least one corner of the fandom instead used the acronym "ANC", for Annoying New Character. I thought that was a pretty useful term.
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