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25 October 2015 @ 06:07 pm
Kind-hearted and nice characters= Mary Sue ?!  
A lot people seem to label any nice and kind-hearted characters as Mary Sue, some of them even outright hate them.

I have few nice and kind-hearted characters who are deemed as Mary Sues by the anime fans:

Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura
A lot people always deemed her as a Mary Sue just because she has nice and kind personality. But actually I don't see Sakura as a Mary Sue because she actually shows other emotions (e.g: gets angry when Touya teases her or when Kero disturbs her, easily gets sad when her friends are in trouble, and she can easily gets confused), she has few flaws (e.g: gets scared easily, rather clumsy, and trusts people too much), and she has her own responsibilities (e.g: being a Cardcaptor, working her responsibilities around house and school works.

Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket
When it comes to anime/manga Mary Sues, Tohru Honda is often considered as the "prime example" of it. But personally, I don't think Tohru is just as "Mary-Sue" as a lot people deemed her to be because she is actually has her own flaws e.g: dense, not good at school work, clumsy, too trusting, naive, and she is emotionally vulnerable.

Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon
Some people I notice consider Usagi to be a Mary Sue because of her ability to befriend other people easily, being the strongest Sailor senshi, and able to forgive her enemies so easily. If anything I never consider her to be a Mary Sue because she has her own flaws and although she is the strongest among the Sailor senshis, yet she still shows her moments where she is weak and vulnerable.

I mean, I personally think it is kind of unfair when people deemed nice and kind-hearted characters as "Mary Sues."

If anything, I personally would consider Bella Swan from Twilight fits the definition of a Mary Sue more than the other characters mentioned above.
elbow568 on November 14th, 2016 01:43 am (UTC)
Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon
The Wandering Lurkerlunalotte88 on February 2nd, 2017 05:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, there were some characters for whom I was surprised got a fair amount of hate. Sad. They were nice, and I could see myself hanging around them as friends if they were real, and they have realistic flaws.

Could it be connected to glorifying the not-so-nice but brooding, deeply tragic, sort-of-villain character (many of whom are great characters too)?