Mary Sue test...

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    pyan

    pyan Fortiter et recte! Staff Member

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    Ursa major

    Ursa major Bearly Believable Staff Member

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    Does that test constitute a complete module of an A-level, by any chance?











    ;):)
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    thatollie

    thatollie Kraken Addict

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    I've taken that one before, it's a really good test.

    Scored an impressive 6 for a character I was really worried about.
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    HareBrain

    HareBrain Lagomorphing Staff Member

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    According to that, my main character "could probably take a little spicing up", so I've made him a vampire and given him four foreign languages. And naturally purple hair.
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    Hex

    Hex Mod in tooth and claw Staff Member

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    Mine too (I got 6, like thatollie). I made her an exiled amnesiac princess called Barbie-Wonderful who can fly.
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    thatollie

    thatollie Kraken Addict

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    My character is already a blind girl who can shoot (because she has psychic powers that make it so), does she really need any more spice.
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    Fantastyfan

    Fantastyfan New Member

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    I'm quite skeptical of this test. When ever you put anything that makes the character interesting in part 1 it goes up. A lot of the things in part 5 (the de-suifiers) are pretty common in a lot of characters and do not make them unique. Such as:

    1. Use character's weaknesses as a plot device
    10. Debilitating phobia that does not mysteriously disappear at a crucial moment.
    12.Bad past with parents (at least with troubled characters)
    14. Overcomes tough problem that seemed hopeless, difficult and/or took a long time.
    15. Character doubts they do the right thing (even though they usually did the right thing)
    23. Vampire part
    22. Act in strange ways


    It also doesn't take into account the uniqueness of the combinations of traits the can make characters interesting or not.
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    Anne Lyle

    Anne Lyle Fantastical historian

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    My protagonist is totally powered by my id, but only managed a 3 - OTOH I'm not writing anime fanfic, which this test seems heavily weighted towards :)
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    TheDustyZebra

    TheDustyZebra Ninja agent Staff Member

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    Hmm ... 13 isn't too bad for my little guy!
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    TheEndIsNigh

    TheEndIsNigh ...Prepare Thyself

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    I'm worried.

    I applied the test for all four of my main characters (in parallel) and got a


    5.

    Apparently I need to spice them up. :eek:
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    Oskari

    Oskari Registered Lunatic

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    Hmmm. Don;t know about this test. I did my best with my main character and she scored a 17, which is borderline for needing a bit of spicing up.

    Sure, this little test gave me a few moments to think about my main character, but it really didn't feel that satisfying. :(
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    Mouse

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    I also got six.

    Princess Barbie-Wonderful sounds like she'd be a perfect match for my main character, Hex. Prince Absolutely Super-Sexy.
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    TheDustyZebra

    TheDustyZebra Ninja agent Staff Member

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    I'm pretty sure my little guy (or really, all three of them together) only scored so low because (1) they are kids, so all the sex questions don't apply, and (2) at least one of them is modeled after my son, but not me, so those questions don't technically apply either.
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    thatollie

    thatollie Kraken Addict

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    So, did you check the question about naming your kids after the character?
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    Toby Frost

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    I scored 13 for Space Captain Smith. I think I would have scored much lower had I not liked his outfit.
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    Cayal

    Cayal The Immortal Prince

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    I got 25....cliche city baby (although not quite).
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    fishii

    fishii Posts from the land of Oz

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    I scored a very high number is it way too bad that I scored a 115 for my main character?
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    thatollie

    thatollie Kraken Addict

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    It depends on the overall quality of the story, but a bit of refinement might help.
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    Mith

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    I did this for my main character and got a score of -1, dunno if I should be sad about that or not, hmmm...
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    Flugel Meister

    Flugel Meister Universe Builder

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    Scored an unusually low -11. But my protagonist is very firmly grounded and realistic. More of a witness to the fitness than the heroic instructor, if you know what I mean.

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