The Mary Sue test

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The Mary Sue test

Postby Jack Rothwell » February 4th, 2011, 12:32 pm

Dunno if you guys have heard of this one (I'm sure some of you have), I got introduced to it a few months back and now I always use it as a measuring stick for the characters I create and the future ones I have in mind. It really helps to ensure they're balanced and easier to integrate into the existing stories, and highlighting areas where they might be over the top.

http://www.springhole.net/quizzes/marysue.htm

I'd like to see if anyone's brave enough to post results, and, for the record:

Tamina (southern continent thread) - 4


I'll post up more if i get bored. :ugeek:
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Re: The Mary Sue test

Postby Graybeard » February 4th, 2011, 2:00 pm

Thanks for posting this. It came up here a couple of years ago, and it's something that should probably be revisited from time to time -- although I see essentially no Mary Sue tendencies in any characters currently active. Quite the contrary, all of the current crowd strike me as entirely sensibly put together, even if they do have ... unusual stories to tell. Long may it continue!

I score Sister Rose a 14 or 15 on this scale, Layla a 12. Keyes isn't really a "player character," having just popped into the Southern Continent to try to help move things along there (speaking of which, more new players would be excellent, as usual), and I haven't worked up any backstory on him to be able to answer some of these. Grope would score rather higher, simply by being a troll. I'd still love to get him back into the picture somehow.

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Re: The Mary Sue test

Postby Graybeard » February 4th, 2011, 2:13 pm

Incidentally, not in Errant Road but in the fanfic I'm writing, Lorrin Elle scores 15, and almost all of that results from the connection with Sarine, which after all is the whole point of the fanfic. Maybe I should Sue him up a little -- how is Sarine ever going to be attracted to such a milquetoast? ;)
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Re: The Mary Sue test

Postby Jack Rothwell » February 4th, 2011, 2:51 pm

Dunno bud, I'll make sure to read it when its done though.

Jade (temple thread)- 13, blame it on the backstory.

Leo (temple thread)- 6, maybe because i'm not jamming his good looks down peoples throat's every time i post.
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Re: The Mary Sue test

Postby Drannin » February 4th, 2011, 3:06 pm

Argus scored a 9. Part of that was that I didn't really think to give him a really 'Tsuirakuan-sounding' name. (sweatdrop)

Oh well. Maybe Cleiviein falls into the same category as the Mcsweeny family of the Agatean Empire. Anyone who gets that reference has my instant respect.
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Re: The Mary Sue test

Postby Porcelain Fish » February 5th, 2011, 2:04 am

Either I goofed on the test or Maduin really needs some tuning. I came up with a score of 21. Is he really that bad? And be honest.
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Re: The Mary Sue test

Postby Drannin » February 5th, 2011, 8:13 am

Porcelain Fish wrote:Either I goofed on the test or Maduin really needs some tuning. I came up with a score of 21. Is he really that bad? And be honest.

...I never thought he was that bad. I always liked Maduin.
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Re: The Mary Sue test

Postby Jack Rothwell » February 5th, 2011, 9:16 am

I don't see anything wrong with yours Fish, besides 21 isn't bad at all by the standards of the test.

On a side-note:

The Vampire Lestat (over the whole Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice)- 96

I'm not kidding :o
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Re: The Mary Sue test

Postby Graybeard » February 5th, 2011, 12:42 pm

Porcelain Fish wrote:Either I goofed on the test or Maduin really needs some tuning. I came up with a score of 21. Is he really that bad? And be honest.

21 isn't a bad score on the Mary Sue test, not at all. From the way the thing is written, 17-21 is kind of the "desirable" range -- no outrageous breaches of plausibility, but enough color to be interesting. I don't see any changes as necessary. It does say "keep an eye out to make sure he doesn't wander off into real Mary Sue range," but you're OK on that count.
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Re: The Mary Sue test

Postby Jack Rothwell » February 15th, 2011, 6:26 am

Maytag (Flipside Webcomic)- 55

Sorry Brian!
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