So, there’s this girl. She’s tragically orphaned and richer than anyone on the planet. Every guy she meets falls in love with her, but in between torrid romances she rejects them all because she dedicated to what is Pure and Good. She has genius level intellect, Olympic-athelete level athletic ability and incredible good looks. She is consumed by terrible angst, but this only makes guys want her more. She has no superhuman abilities, yet she is more competent than her superhuman friends and defeats superhumans with ease. She has unshakably loyal friends and allies, despite the fact she treats them pretty badly. They fear and respect her, and defer to her orders. Everyone is obsessed with her, even her enemies are attracted to her. She can plan ahead for anything and she’s generally right with any conclusion she makes. People who defy her are inevitably wrong.
God, what a Mary Sue.
I just described Batman.
WILL AUTO-REBLOG FOREVER.
I loathe the “Mary Sue” criticism. It’s so damaging to female characters in narratives because it can instantly invalidate any good aspects she may possess. Female characters are underrepresented and have been butchered to no end by male writers (in all forms of story-telling) that we need to instead work on fostering a culture that can recognize what’s done right and work on improving what’s wrong. Constructive criticism is good and necessary for improvement, but to so easily invalidate a character by saying “She’s a Mary Sue” is lazy and destructive to all female characters who must then meet a certain criteria to NOT be considered a Mary Sue.