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This entry was inspired by a journal I made some time ago. I feel like there are a lot of people who are looking for ways to improve their own characters, so here is a personal checklist for you guys to use when you would like. This is just meant to be a helpful tool for people who truly want to improve.

Let's begin by addressing this question first. What is a Mary-Sue? A Mary-Sue is a character that can be seen as a completely perfect in every way OR a character that contains many over-used qualities. I posted only a few of them on this list. If you know of any I should add, comment and I will add it.

It is okay to have a few of these qualities. This is a very long list. YOU WILL ALWAYS have some form of sue qualities in your character. Yes, plural, as in more than one. It might be hard to believe but as you go through my list here, you will understand.

These are separated into categories.

Backstories that are overused:
-Your oc's parent's died (whether it be from sickness or they were murdered)
-Your oc's closest friend(s) died
-Your oc was abused as a child (by whomever and however)
-Your oc grew up in a super rich family
-Your oc is a runaway
-Your oc grew up in a super poor family(rarely ever will you find middle class oc's xD)
-Your oc has a relationship with a canon character (Siblings, girlfriend/boyfriend, ect.)
-Your oc was abandoned by their parents

Personality traits:
-Your oc is suicidal (If you are going to have an oc be suicidal... At least give them a reason for it.)
-Your oc is depressed more often than any other emotion (I hate this one so much e-e;... Even depressed people still have emotions)
-Overly happy
-Your oc is rebellious
-Your oc is super popular
-Doesn't have to do anything to be considered a 'good' person
-Your oc is a psycho (Please give them a reason... All things have reason behind them.. People don't just kill to kill...)

-Your oc has wings (demon, angel, whatever)
-Your oc has magical powers (I don't have a problem with this one... But I won't lie. It's overused.)
-Your oc has the ability to destroy the world/save the world/ect
-Your oc is immortal (If you make an immortal oc... For the love of crap... give them a weakess of some kind. Also... Immortal just means that your character cannot die... it does NOT mean they are ageless... I have seen three people say that because their oc is immortal... age doesn't matter... But it does. You do have an age even though you don't die.)
-Your oc has a boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife. They're relationship is perfect and flawless.
-Your oc is paired with a cannon character and wins their love
-Your oc cannot live without their lover (I love how people say they hate Twilight... Yet they make an oc that is the spitting image of Bella :Y She had this quality)
-Your oc is a werewolf
-Your oc is a vampire (Monsters are just the hype right now :P You see them everywhere. Specifically these two.)
-Your oc is inhuman (Doesn't matter if they're a demon that no one has ever heard of or what, it's still an over-used trait.)
-Your oc wins every battle
-Your oc can heal themself
-Your oc is super fast
-Your oc is super strong
-Your oc is possessed by some kind of demon/ghost/ect.
-your oc is super intelligent
-Your oc has big breasts/A perfect body/Ect.
-Your oc is Omniscient
-Your oc has animal ears/tail/ect.
-Your oc has an unusual hair color or highlights (I personally like this one... But it is an over-used trait)

Side Notes:
-Don't make an oc just to pair them with someone else. If you want people to see your character as something more... Build on their personality and their personal story.
-This goes along with the first note... Don't make an oc just to make an oc(unless maybe it's an adoptable or something?)... Make an oc that you can bring to life. Give them a personality. Stray away from making oc's that are all alike. Take qualities of things you hate instead of things you like! Inspiration is everywhere! Mix and match!
-Don't have your oc get jealous of other oc's being paired with the canon character you like. This is incredibly stupid and annoying. I am just going to be blunt there. They are fake character's... Cry me a freakin' river.

This is just a list for people who are looking to actually improve their character's or make character's who are more relatable or unique.

As I said before... Your oc can have a few of these qualities, but when you have too many of these... You should probably tone it down a bit! Anyway, I really do hope this helps some of you out who are trying to avoid these qualities.
I try to update this every time I think of something new or get some suggestions from people. Feel free to leave a comment if you have something else I should add up here! It will be greatly appreciated!

As I said before, no character is perfect... In fact, if a character that didn't have a single one of these qualities I would be quite surprised... And almost deem them a Sue for not being a Sue xD... Ironic, huh.
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ShadowWolf121212 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
I made a Sue, and its a guy........ Failure!!!!!! Of course, that group no longer exists, so I guess he doesn't count.
Chiakikat Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Eh, well if you wanted to recycle him and use him for something else, you could always redesign him with less sueish traits~ I do that with a few of my characters that I want to keep. 
ShadowWolf121212 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Nah, I can make another one. You'd like him too, I suppose, since he *gasp* is immortal but can indeed
Chiakikat Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
The new oc or the old oc? o3o
ShadowWolf121212 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
New. The old one didn't age at all.
Chiakikat Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah, I see.

Well, if you want to tell me about the new oc or show them to me, then you're more than welcome to.
ShadowWolf121212 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
I made a zambie. :3 A born zombie, who's "father" was in the CDC and raped a n infected woman. ('Cause why not, right? The dead can't get pregnant.) But she does, of course, and to avoid losing his job, the man dumps the baby in an empty street.
Chiakikat Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist
That's interesting. I've never heard of that before xD.... 
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JavaJoJo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Ahhaha my OCs aren't all that sue....victory! XD
Chiakikat Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
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